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KISW Metal Shop Presents
Every Time I Die
The Acacia Strain
No Bragging Rights
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
El Corazon 206-262-0482
109 Eastlake Ave E, Seattle, WA (MapQuest)
7pm (doors open at 6pm). All Ages.
$17.00 advance tix from Cascade Tickets.
$20.00 at the door.
ABOUT EVERY TIME I DIE--
Every Time I Die have never been an easy act to categorize and that's one of the key reasons why the band's fans have never turned their back on this innovative act's unique brand of music. While the band started out in the late '90s hardcore scene, over the past decade they've continued to evolve and push the boundaries of heavy music, a process that's culminating with their sixth full-length Ex Lives.
Recorded by Joe Barresi (Tool, Queens Of The Stone Age) Ex Lives sees the band--vocalist Keith Buckley, guitarists Jordan Buckley and Andy Williams, drummer Ryan Leger--coming together to create the most forward-thinking album of their career.
"Everything about this record was new," Keith explains. "Normally I'm in a comfort zone when I write lyrics because I'm just holed up in my apartment, but this time I was finding little corners of clubs in Europe with [side-project] the Damned Things trying to squeeze in a couple of hours of writing and I think that process really affected the way this album came together."
Keith adds that although Every Time I Die's party vibe has been well-documented in the past,Ex Lives saw the band approaching the album from a more serious perspective. "There's no song like 'We'rewolf' on this album," Keith explains. "I was pretty angry when we were writing these songs which isn't a good spot for a human being but is good if you're a guy singing in a band," he continues with a laugh. "I was just really angry and disappointed with a lot of things in my life at the time and I think that definitely comes through on a lot of these songs; I was wondering if it was all karma because I was a horrible person in a past life and that's where the album title came from."
From the syncopated chaos of the opening salvo "Underwater Bimbos From Outer Space" to the progressive mosh anthem "A Wild, Shameless Plain" and relentless metal riffage of "The Low Road Has No Exits," Ex Lives sees Every Time I Die further tempering their aggression while also implementing new instrumentation such as banjo (see the sinister intro of "Partying Is Such Sweet Sorrow") and, yes, flute (see the end of "Indian Giver") in order to recontextualize exactly what it means to be a heavy band, which is something that has endeared them to fans for thirteen years.
"I don't think us doing anything different is a surprise to Every Time I Die fans because one of the main reasons why a lot of people have stuck by us for so long is because they know they can expect the unexpected with each release," Keith explains, adding that if you listen close enough you'll take note of plenty of sonic subtleties on Ex Lives. "There are a lot of little weird things that I think people will start noticing more as they listen to the album," he elaborates. "I'd never added any keyboard or synthesizer elements to an Every Time I Die song before so it was a really cool opportunity to expand the sound on this disc."
Similarly Ex Lives also sees Keith pushing his limits on songs like "I Suck (Blood)," which proves how versatile the band's vocalist has become whether he's cathartically screaming or crooning an upper register melody. "On albums like [2007's] The Big Dirty no one heard my vocals until the album was totally done but on this one everyone had their input on what I was doing vocally and they could give me suggestions to improve them," Keith says, adding that this disc was more collaborative for the band. "I think I was also more energetic because I was nervous to sing in front of everyone."
It's impossible to deny that in an increasingly stagnant musical climate, Every Time I Die are still pushing the limits of their own sound--and Ex Lives is aural evidence that after over a decade together they're anything but complacent. "I had to prove myself 100 percent from the beginning like I did when we put out our first record to show the other guys in Every Time I Die as well as myself that I could do this and I couldn't be happier with the end result," Keith summarizes when asked to describe Ex Lives. "This feels like a new band in a way... it's just its own thing and that feels really, really good."
ABOUT THE ACACIA STRAIN--
While it can be said that certain bands 'embody' an attitude, lifestyle, or belief, Massachusetts' long standing quartet, THE ACACIA STRAIN, ARE anger. This shines thru now more than ever on their recently released full length entitled "Wormwood". The bands fourth effort for Prosthetic Records is without a doubt their heaviest, most aggressive and relentless record to date. Start to finish, "Wormwood" is sure to both impress and strike fear into the hearts of all who dare listen to it.
Those that DID dare to listen were many and immense. The album was the BEST selling record of THE ACACIA STRAIN's career to date. Wormwood debuted at #67 on Billboard's Top 200 with first week sales of over 6,0000 copies and combined of over 20,000 units to date and counting. The album entered #21 on Rock album charts, #6 on Independent album charts, #8 on Hard Rock album charts, and #22 on Tastemaker album charts.
With the success of their previous full-length, "Continent" (which debuted at number two on Billboard's "Heatseekers" chart in 2008), and their DVD "The Most Known Unknown" (which debuted at number 10 on Billboard's Top Video Sales Chart in February of this year) THE ACACIA STRAIN continues to prove themselves viable and influential in today's extreme music scene. On "Wormwood" lyricist Vincent Bennett returns to convey more anguish and turmoil than ever. To record "Wormwood", the band returned to the scene where they created "Continent", Planet Z Studio in Hadley, MA. Notorious producer (and owner of Planet Z Studio) Zeuss has had an impressive and extensive list of artists he has worked with including Hatebreed, The Red Chord, All That Remains, and more. "Wormwood" is another shining example of his knowledge of the extreme music genre and his exquisite production style. This time around we find guitarist D.L. experimenting with 8 string guitars, adding further depth and low end to the band's already crushingly heavy signature sound. While current fans of The Acacia Strain are sure to appreciate "Wormwood", this album is sure to garner new fans, both young and old, with the impressive display of both technicality and mind-numbingly destructive music.................
Taking influence from bands like As I Lay Dying, Norma Jean, and Every Time I Die, Boston metalcore outfit Vanna was barely together a year before signing with Epitaph Records in fall 2005. Comprised of Joe Bragel (vocals), Nick Lambert (guitar/vocals), Evan Pharmakis (guitar/vocals), Brandon Davis (drums), and Shawn Marquis (bass), their music often alternated between melodic singing and visceral growling. The band parted ways with Bragel for personal reasons in February 2006, and a new vocalist, Chris Preece, eventually replaced him. Vanna's debut EP, The Search Party Never Came, appeared in June 2006. Vanna spent the summer touring nationwide, including various dates with labelmates Escape the Fate, before retiring to a Seattle studio with producer Matt Bayles (Mastodon, Norma Jean) that fall. The resulting full-length, Curses, surfaced in April 2007 and was supported with spring shows alongside Lovehatehero.
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