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I Prevail Announce ‘Rage on the Stage’ Autumn Tour

I PrevailMichigan metalcore outfit I Prevail have announced a run of autumn shows being billed as the Rage on the Stage tour. The quartet are still out on back of their debut full length Lifelines (Fearless Records, 2016), and support on all dates will come from fellow metalcore-ers We Came As Romans, The Word Alive, and Escape The Fate.

Check out the full list of dates below.

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Failure Anthem And Through Fire Announce US Tour

through-fire-tour-16Through Fire and Failure Anthem will team up for a fall tour starting on October 24th. Also appearing will be Letters from the Fire and Cover Your Tracks. The fourteen show run begins on October 24th in New York City and ends on November 9th in Kansas City. Prior to the tour, Through Fire will be opening for Sick Puppies in support of their breakthrough album Breathe. Failure Anthem will be supporting Shamans Harvest and Texas Hippie Coalition in support of their album First World Problems. Letters from the Fire are currently touring with Art of Dying in support of their debut album Worth the Pain and Cover Your Tracks will be supporting Ice Nine Kills in support of the album Fever Dream. Following the tour, Through Fire and Failure Anthem and will join Escape the Fate and Nonpoint on their Hate Poison tour. So it seems there’s no excuse for no catching at least one of these bands

Dates for the tour are below

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Tours: Escape The Fate / Nonpoint

Escape The FateHardcore band Escape The Fate has announced that they will be touring with Nonpoint for the ‘Hate Poison’ tour with special guests Get Scared, Failure Anthem, and Through Fire.  Escape The Fate will be touring in support of their recent album, Hate Me, released last year on Eleven Seven Records.

Tour dates are below.

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Escape The Fate - This War Is Ours

Escape The Fate

This War Is Ours

Epitaph Records
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Rating: 3/5

 
 

 

 

Escape The Fate is definitely on the cusp of something big. I had never heard their name before and so was surprised to learn that they had found a happy home on Epitaph, one of my most trusted record labels, and that This War Is Ours debuted at #35 on the Billboard 200. Not too shabby for a young post-hardcore outfit, if you ask me.

Although they’ve only been on the scene for about five years, they’ve already encountered some of the more stereotypical “rockstar” challenges with their original lead vocalist, Ronnie Radke and some precarious drug problems that led to Radke’s—shall we say—departure. This War Is Ours is the first release with new singer, Craig Mabbitt of Blessthefall fame and it’s clear that he has attempted to demonstrate his vocal diversity within the 11-track setting. He is (more or less) successful in that respect.

These days with the inbred-crossover-music genres, it’s damn near impossible to categorize a band as any one thing in particular. Technology has made music so easily accessible that musicians glean inspiration from absolutely everywhere, and Escape The Fate is no exception. While comfortably settled in the post-hardcore, screamo genre, the tracks on This War Is Ours drift between metal, hardcore, and even a mostly acoustic ballad that would turn any poppy boy band green with envy.

The title track, “This War Is Ours (The Guillotine Part 2)” is the heaviest of the bunch and starts off with a scaling metal guitar solo that leads into raw, punched up hardcore growls. At first it’s hard to believe that it is the same Mabbitt screaming bloody mayhem into the microphone and then one song later, crooning on the nauseatingly saccharine “Harder Than You Know”, but his vocals eventually seem to settle into a median pop punk pattern. Guest vocalist Josh Todd from Buckcherry lends his pipes on “10 Miles Wide” and pulls them into the alt rock arena and it’s good, but my favorite track by far is the very last Ludo-esque “It’s Just Me”. If there ever needed to be a definitive example of “infectious”, that would be it. The released singles, “The Flood” and “Something” are both fairly radio-friendly versions of mainstream post-hardcore, but they’ve helped the band gather scores of fans from all walks of life. At least, one would hope it’s the music and not Mabbitt’s uncanny semblance to Pete Wentz…

For the first release with a new singer, This War Is Ours demonstrates an amazing amount of musical aptitude, but despite being good, Escape The Fate seems to still be grappling with finding a sound of their very own to carry throughout the album from start to finish. As I said, they are on the cusp of reaching their full potential as a band, and if the rumors of their next album (much heavier, much more screaming) are true, it’s safe to say that Escape The Fate will enjoy success now and with many more albums that are sure to come.

Escape The Fate - Self Titled

Escape The Fate

Self Titled

Universal Music
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Rating: 1/5

 
 

 

 

In my CD rack to my immediate left, I have the first two Escape The Fate CDS. They’re sitting there, amongst all my other CDS that start with the letter “e” (yes, my CDs are organized alphabetically, I’m just that cool) and yet I don’t remember what they sound like. I remember not liking them but other than that, it’s pretty much all blank when it comes to Escape the Fate.

So going into their third album, and major label debut, I didn’t know what to expect but I assumed I wouldn’t like it. One thing’s for sure: what I got is not what I expected but I still don’t like it.

The self-titled album starts off with a long and boring introduction. Soft, eerie melodies float through for a minute and a half like I Am Ghost. It’s a decent introduction but long and pointless nonetheless. When they finally break into a real song – Massacre – it seems that Escape The Fate don’t quite know what style to go with. It starts with a big rock vibe with heavy breakdowns and constant drumming but then it throws in melodic vocals ala Fearless Records crop, computerize voice-effects flood the track as do synth melodies. I wouldn’t have liked it had they kept to the generic rock sound (a mixture of metalcore and eighties rock with elements of Bring Me The Horizon) but I could have at least handled it. But throwing in all these styles and pointless breakdowns kills the flow of the song and when they keep doing it, kills the flow of the album.

They have hard songs, they have slow songs and they even have Linkin Park sounding songs  (seriously, Lost in Darkness sounds like a horrible Linkin Park b-side but a Linkin Park song nonetheless) but other than the production value and overall dark tone, there’s little unifying them. There’s eletronics effects on almost every song, the vocals alternate from smooth to guttural groans randomly and have nothing unique to them, the lyrics are laughable (Come on, come on, shake your money maker. Take, take your time, do it right tonight. Double down another round) and there’s really nothing hear that makes you want to take notice. The only upside is that maybe, just maybe, the fact that they don’t scream constantly and have some decent guitar riffs (the breakdown in Prepare Your Weapon is pretty good)  may make them accessible to a wider audience but that’s still not saying much.

Really, Self-Titled albums are supposed to show the world who you are, Escape The Fate’s self-titled album is a forgettable combination of other band’s styles and sounds – be it Linkin Park’s vocal delivery, Bring Me The Horizon’s guitar work, Avenged Sevenfold’s overall vibe and feel – nothing on it screams Escape The Fate.

I’m sure that when they next release an album, I’ll look up to the left and see three Escape The Fate CDs sitting there and, once again, not be able to remember anything about them.

Escape The Fate - There's No Sympathy For The Dead

Escape The Fate

There's No Sympathy For The Dead

Epitaph Records
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Rating: 2/5

 
 

 

 

Do you remember that Halloween Simpsons episode when Homer buys Bart that evil Krusty doll that tries to kill him? As he’s buying the doll, the toy store owner keeps saying good and bad things about the product, to which Homer mindlessly replies “that’s good” or “that’s bad”. When I saw Escape The Fate‘s There’s No Sympathy For The Dead, I had that very same reaction. Epitaph Records – that’s good. Generic emo name with blood stained cover – that’s bad. “For fans of Underoath, Senses Fail, Taking Back Sunday” – that’s good. A promo picture in the artwork where I can’t tell if three of the five members are girls or guys – that’s bad. And it went back and forth like that for a while, but really, that’s all physical pointless stuff, what matters is the music – and when I finally got over my “that’s good/that’s bad” duel and listened to the CD, I came out with more of a “that’s generic” outlook.

Because that’s what There’s No Sympathy For The Dead is, it’s a generic emo album with a touch of generic screamo screams thrown in for good measure. And while their singer proudly proclaims that they will be the change in rock world and that they are “gonna be the biggest thing. So huge,” you just know that unless their full length in September strikes a chord with the mindless emo boys and girls around the globe, the band will fade into nothingness in only a few years.

Nevertheless, I don’t think I’ll write them off completely, because There’s No Sympathy For The Dead has a few good tunes on it. Ronnie does have a solid voice, and he uses it to his advantage. The music is solid, good guitar riffs, a solid backbone drum beats. I can easily look past the trite cliche lyrics like I know that the blood still stains and I won’t be the same or Your death is written on paper, my heart is fueled by hatred, dragging dead bodies up really steep hills, and instead enjoy the album for the melody and energy within the songs (I could easily see myself having fun with my fist in the air at a concert of theirs one of these days). But what I can’t get past is how they throw in meaningless screams that don’t do anything to move the song forward. If they just stayed with the Buddy Neilson-esque singing vocals, I’d be happy, but they throw in the screams and the song always loses its staying power. Just take one listen to the fade out ending of The Guillotine and you’ll know what I mean.

While I find the band incredibly arrogant by their bio, especially for being so generic, they aren’t too bad. As for as the uprising of emo bands go, these are one of the better choices, proving that Mr. Brett knows how to pick them. They will sell well, and I know a lots of people of will love them, I just hope they lose the screams on the full length.

Escape The Fate - Dying Is Your Latest Fashion

Escape The Fate

Dying Is Your Latest Fashion

Epitaph Records
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Rating: 3/5

 
 

 

 

Whenever I see a package from Epitaph I get excited, I mean, how could you not? It’s Epitaph for crying out loud. Still, there are the occasional Epitaph releases that make me groan, and when I saw Escape the Fate‘s cliche and boring artwork staring back at me, I let out a loud groan.

I was not looking forward to this album in the least. I remembered their last EP, No Sympathy For The Dead, as a generic, emo/screamo release; and most importantly, it was a release I never played again after I reviewed it. So as I looked at Dying Is Your Latest Fashion, I was pretty nondescript and knew what I’d be getting. I let the CD linger around for a bit before finally getting around to playing it – and I was surprised to see that the album wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought it was going to be.

That’s not saying that Escape the Fate are breaking any new grounds, far from it; but they have crafted an album that was able to keep my interest from start to finish which is extremely rare for upcoming emo bands that are trying to break into the over saturated scene. Never do the songs become annoying or repetitive, they flow nicely and show that this upcoming band is one that plans to stay around. Yeah, their lyrics are filled with the same dark imagery of love and lost being described in metaphors death and destruction; but they aren’t overly important and you’re easily able to pass over the fact. Some lyrics, in fact, even grab your attention (Sitting in this room playing Russian roulette, finger on my trigger to my dear Juliet. Out from the window see her backdrop silhouette, this blood on my hands is something I can not forget.)

The music is strong throughout the album, which is a nice bonus. There isn’t any laid back, soft guitars, it’s all heavier and more forceful – with some great solos thrown in there occasionally. The instruments are all evenly mixed, with the right instrument making the necessary impact ar certain moments as they grow in momentum to burst out of your speakers. Still, the thing that makes Dying Is Your Latest Fashion so enjoyable and bearable compared to most emo bands is lead singer, Ronnie Radke. Finally, we have a singer that can hold his own. They are strong, powerful, and have a certain quality to them that makes them both unique and oddly familiar at the same time. It’s a mix of Buddy Nielson, Gerard Way and Bert McKracken. Although,like on the EP, the pointless screams ruin certain songs, because Radke has a strong enough voice,the screams don’t add anything, they just take away from the flow of the album.

The album is far from great, but it’s definitely entertaining; more so than most of the new emo/screamo bands, and much better than their EP. It’s far from innovative, but sometimes that’s exactly what you want. I have no idea how often I’ll actually play the disc, but I know that when I next hear Escape The Fate, I won’t be groaning.

Tours: Escape The Fate / Attack Attack

Escape The Fate and Attack Attack! have announced that they will be co-headlining This World Is Ours Tour in April.  The tour will find the bands accompanied by The Word Alive, Secrets and Mest.  Attack Attack continues to support their recent full length, This Means War, and Escape The Fate are currently in the studio recording their new album.

Tour dates can be found below.

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Tour: Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival

The annual Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival will return August 26 through October 15. The festival will tour North America with a big lineup.   Leading the pack will be multi-platinum headliner Avenged Sevenfold, who are making their  triumphant return after co-headlining the 2010 debut Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival.  Joining Avenged Sevenfold on the main stage will be Three Days Grace, Seether, Bullet For My Valentine, and Escape the Fate.

For this tour, the Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festical continues their alliance with Child Find of America, a national not-for-profitorganization dedicated to the prevention and resolution of childabduction.  A portion of the proceeds of each festival ticket sold will benefit Child Find of America.

Escape The Fate Releases New EP, Tour Dates

Escape The FateLas Vegas’ Escape The Fate have released a new EP, Issues Remix EP. The release features remixes of the single by Jakwob (Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Lily Allen), LA Riots (Tiesto, The Ting Tings), Wolves At The Gate (The Cure) and Does It Offend You, Yeah? (Muse, The Raconteurs, Bloc Party). Issues is the single from their recently released self-titled album.b

Escape The Fate will be hitting the road on “The Dead Masquerade” tour, with openers Alesana, Motionless in White, Get Scared and Drive A acting as opening acts. The dates are below.

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Escape The Fate Cancels Tour, Bassist Enters Rehab

Escape The FateLas Vegas, Nevada’s Escape The Fate have dropped of their upcoming European tour with Bullet For My Valentine that was scheduled to begin this weekend in Helsinki, Finland. Bassist Max Green has entered an undisclosed rehab for drug and alcohol addiction. Lead vocalist Craig Mabbit commented on the situation:

Max needs his friends and family by his side, so we’re not gonna leave him. Max is one of my best friends and has never done this band wrong in any way shape or form. It’s very honorable of him to admit he has a problem and wants to seek help for the longevity of his life and this band. I’m so sorry to the fans, but so proud of Max. He needs our love and support through this rough time in his life, so let’s give it to him. Our soldiers never let us down and we will be back to play Europe and the two London dates very soon. We love you guys.”

To make up for the cancellations, Escape The Fate will headline a string of European dates in early 2011. Tickets for the two London headline shows that were scheduled for December 6th and 7th at the Islington Academy will be honored when these shows are rescheduled early next year.

Escape The Fate Streaming New Full Length

Escape The Fate has launched a full stream of their upcoming self titled album.  The album is set for a November 2, 2010 release, and marks the band’s major label debut on DGC/Interscope Records.  The band released their last record, This War Is Ours, in 2008.

Stream the album here.

Escape The Fate Streaming Two New Songs

Escape the Fate is streaming two new tracks over on their myspace.  The tracks come from their forthcoming self titled major label debut, set for release on November 2, 2010 via DGC/Interscope Records.  The band recently released the song “Massacre” as the album’s lead single

Give them a listen here.

Escape The Fate Announce Title and Release Date For Major Label Debut

Escape the Fate has revealed that their forthcoming major label debut will be self-titled and unleashed on November 2, 2010 via DGC/Interscope Records. The album’s first track, “Massacre,” premiered last weekend on MySpace and boasts over 200,000 page views in 48 hours. Bassist Max Green explains why the band chose the track “Massacre,” as their first single, as well as their ambitions for the album:

“We’re making our mark on the world 100% through blood sweat and tears and so we felt we should set it in stone by self titling our album… We chose ‘Massacre’ as a street track for the fans because it is full force and us at our peak. Right out the gate it makes you wanna get up and break something!”

Bandmate Monte Money adds:

“There are no more questions about who we are. This album is us, through and through,” says Monte. “Every member has grown, and we’re waving our flag. Welcome to fucking Escape The Fate.”  Max adds, “Our record will be the cure for the modern day music epidemic. We are wiping the slate clean and re-writing rock music as you know it!”

The band will be heading on tour in support.  Tour dates can be found below.

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Escape The Fate: Bad Blood

Escape The Fate have posted their new song, Bad Blood, on their MySpace page. The track was a previously unreleased track that was added to the deluxe expanded edition of their album This War Is Ours.

The album was re-released on April 27th through Epitaph Records.