Appearing amid the fertile screamo scene of the 2000s, the Las Vegas quintet Escape the Fate prided itself, above all else, on an energetic and visceral live show. The band's formation was propelled in part by MySpace, which vocalist Ronnie Radke and bassist Max Green utilized while searching for new bandmembers after their previous group's demise. The networking site allowed them to recruit guitarist Bryan Money, who subsequently brought along Vegas transplant (and former Lovehatehero guitarist) Omar Espinoza. Drummer Robert Ortiz joined thereafter to complete the group. Debuting live barely one month later, the guys found early success via local radio outlets and quickly amassed a devoted hometown following. By September 2005, Escape the Fate had won a local radio contest judged by My Chemical Romance. The gig awarded them the opportunity to open a show on the band's headlining tour with Alkaline Trio and Reggie and the Full Effect, which subsequently led to Escape the Fate's record deal with Epitaph. Their debut five-song EP, There's No Sympathy for the Dead, appeared in May 2006. Tour dates followed throughout the summer months, but the band took a break from the road several weeks before the September release of Dying Is Your Latest Fashion, citing personal issues. The album fared well, however, and the band resumed touring soon after. Guitarist Espinoza amicably left the group in 2007, and Ronnie Radke was ousted one year later due to continued drug problems and one charge of battery (which indirectly resulted in the death of an 18-year-old boy). Escape the Fate recruited former blessthefall vocalist Craig Mabbitt to fill the vacant frontman position, and the revised lineup immediately hit the studio in mid-2008 to record a sophomore album. This War Is Ours was released that October and debuted at number 35 on the Billboard charts. ~ Corey Apar & Andrew Leahey, Rovi
Attack Attack! are a metalcore/post-hardore band formed in Columbus, Ohio in 2005. The original lineup consisted of Austin Carlile, Ricky Lortz, Nick White, Andrew Wetzel, and Andrew Whiting. Caleb Shomo joined the band as their keyboardist and Johnny Franck joined as rhythm guitarist and clean vocalist. Nick White left the band soon afterward and John Holgado became their new bassist.
The band’s musical style consists of mainly metalcore and post-hardcore with elements of electronic music mixed in. The main electronic elements include some usage of Auto-Tune, synth and keyboard playing, and techno-based breakdowns.
Halfway through a tour supporting Maylene and the Sons of Disaster, vocalist Austin Carlile was fired by the band due to personal differences. He was replaced by Nick Barham, former vocalist of For All We Know. On October 19, 2009, Barham announced his departure from the band just two days short of their headlining tour. Caleb Shomo this time took over lead vocals while still performing as their keyboardist. The band headlined the 2010 Artery Across the Nation Tour with support from Asking Alexandria, I See Stars, Breathe Carolina, and Bury Tomorrow in early 2010 and performed three songs off their upcoming self-titled album: “Sexual Man Chocolate,” “AC-130,” and “A For Andrew.” On November 10, 2010, Johnny Franck announced that he had left the band in order to focus on his relationship with God. Caleb Shomo now performs both clean and unclean vocals. Sean Mackowski is also the band’s new rhythm guitarist. They reissued their self-titled album on July 19, 2011 with four new songs, the first songs to feature Caleb’s clean vocals, two of which were produced by John Feldmann. Also included are remixes of “Sexual Man Chocolate” and “AC-130” as well as acoustic versions of “‘I Swear I’ll Change’” and “Turbo Swag.”
The Word Alive was formed originally as a side project by ex-vocalist Craig Mabbitt (Escape The Fate, Blessthefall), who was replaced by singer Tyler “Telle” Smith (formerly of Greeley Estates and In Fear And Faith) when Mabbitt exited the band in November 2008. In 2009 the group released Empire, which has already sold more than 15,000 copies and spent time on Billboard’s “Heatseekers” chart. Quickly winning over listeners with its scorching musicianship and Smith’s hyperkinetic vocals, the EP set the stage for an even deeper, more innovative full-length to follow.
“On Deceiver, we wanted to take everything that we did on the EP and boost it times ten,” says Smith. “We got to do everything that we feel represents us on this album. In some parts it sounds like you could almost be listening to an ambient/indie band because of the electronic influences, in other parts it’s dark and almost creepy. We spent a lot of time before writing the album thinking of how we could sample other instruments to really add depth—either keyboard parts that Dusty [Riach, keyboardist] would do, or cello, violins and different percussion instruments.
“One thing’s for sure,” Smith adds. “On this album, when we’re heavy, we’re way heavier.”
Cousins Tony and Matt Lovato grew up across the street from each other in the Blue Island section of the south side of Chicago and began playing together at seven, borrowing instruments from Tony's father, with Tony picking up guitar and singing and Matt playing bass. In high school, they hooked up with guitarist Jeremiah Rangel and drummer Nick Gigler. Tony came up with the band name Mest while looking at a case of Milwaukee's Best beer. Playing in local Chicago punk clubs, the group self-released their debut album, Mo' Money, Mo' 40'z. They got their first real break when Tony wrote to Goldfinger lead singer John Feldmann and got a response. After listening to a demo tape, Feldmann agreed to let Mest open for Goldfinger, got them a record deal with Maverick, and produced their major-label debut, Wasting Time, which was released in July 2000. A year later, Mest returned with a cameo-filled (Young MC, Save Ferris' Monique Powell) spiky-punk second album entitled Destination Unknown. A self-titled third album, which included a cameo from Good Charlotte's Benji Madden, appeared in June 2003. A lengthy stretch of Warped Tour dates followed, which led to exhaustion for Mest and back surgery for Tony Lovato in particular. But the band soldiered on, and in autumn 2005 they released their fourth effort for Maverick, Photographs. After ten years together, Mest called it quits in early 2006. They went out on an appropriately titled final tour, So Long and Thanx for the Booze, that February alongside Allister and Scary Kids Scaring Kids.