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Godsmack came as a breath of fresh air to the world of heavy metal when they arrived on the scene in 1998. Godsmack's ferocious tour dates and hit albums featuring the deep growl of lead singer Sully Erna earned the band the reputation as one of the most popular heavy metal bands of the new millennium. Even Godsmack's latest album, The Oracle, has given the band their third #1 album in a row, showing off their staying power. This will also be displayed on Godsmack's North American tour dates in 2011, which are tearing through arenas this summer.
Sully Erna formed Godsmack in 1995 after becoming tired of drumming and wanting to take a stab at singing. Godsmack's self-titled debut album became a huge success, going platinum four times thanks largely to the hit single, "Whatever." Headlining and high profile tour dates quickly followed, including an appearance at Ozzfest and supporting Black Sabbath on their tour. Godsmack continued to score hits with their albums, including Faceless in 2003, which featured the Grammy-nominated songs "I Stand Alone" and "Straight Out of Line."
After four years without a release, Godsmack released The Oracle in 2010. The album was praised by fans and critics as a return to the band's signature sound displayed on their first album. The album has also reignited Godsmack's tenacity for touring, as the band has numerous tour dates in 2011. After finishing up headlining appearances on the Mayhem Festival on August 14, Godsmack will perform around North America where they will be supported by Red Jumpsuit Apparatus and Adrenaline Mob. Don't miss these 2011 tour dates as Godsmack shows the world they're still in their prime.
On their sixth full-length album Isolate and Medicate, multi-platinum alternative rock trio Seether – Shaun Morgan [vocals, guitar], Dale Stewart [bass, backing vocals], and John Humphrey [drums] – strip their trademark melodic thrash to its core and deliver the most poignant, passionate, and powerful record of their illustrious career. With rigorous minimalism and maturity, chief songwriter Shaun Morgan – long one of rock’s most unheralded melodists, has become a composer of deep emotion and clear-eyed vulnerability. The band too has developed into one of rock’s most fearsome units, playing with precision, grit and authority, yet still light on their feet. After 15+ years of hardscrabble success, it’s evident that Seether felt like survival was not enough. They had something to prove with this new album – somewhere farther to go.
One reason for the new approach must surely be Seether’s close partnership with ace producer Brendan O’Brien (Springsteen, Pearl Jam). More like a member of the band than a hired gun, O’Brien repeatedly championed Morgan as one of music’s most gifted songwriters and vocalists and Seether as one of rock’s most extraordinary bands. His unrelenting faith in their talent and potential has been something of a North Star for Seether, helping them struggle through and outlast some very dark times.
Recognizing that he needed to limit distractions, in early 2013 Morgan went about constructing a refuge in his New Hampshire home – a space where these new songs could develop and take shape. “I actually built a room that I could write in,” he recalls. “I personally pulled out the carpet, put in wood flooring, decorated, and painted. After getting off the road, it was a process of preparation to get the environment just right. I made a place that I felt comfortable and creative in. I was able to be safe and isolated, concentrating on writing music instead of dealing with the distractions that come with daily life.”
Lyrically, Morgan has never been afraid to look his demons in the eye. The people in these songs confront the truth with simmering rage; it’s the fuel they need to make them feel alive. “The whole record is a collection of diary entries,” Morgan revealed. “It’s just where I’m at and what I’m going through. I’m writing songs about getting through whatever situations I’m in at the time. These songs deal with relationships and life situations.”
Morgan emerged with a collection of fleshed-out ideas that the musicians honed during rehearsals together in drummer John Humphrey’s native Oklahoma. By the time they assembled with O’Brien to record the album at Hollywood’s Henson Studios in January 2014, their vision had clearly come into focus.
“It felt so natural,” explains Humphrey. “When we get together, there’s an indescribable chemistry. That’s all over this album. The three of us can jam together and finish a song pretty quickly. We were really focused. These guys are my second family. We’re tight musically and otherwise.”
The band cut the entire album in sixteen days. The swift recording pace did not allow them to smother the tracks with overproduction, but rather gave the songs a chance to breathe. On working with O’Brien, bassist Dale Stewart enthused, “He’s like a fourth band member at this point. We understand each other. He likes to get in there and work quickly and he encourages us to be ourselves. We often followed our first instinct. That allowed us to capture the moment.”
The album opener, “See You At The Bottom,” quickly locks in with brutal force as Morgan’s Beatles-meets-Nirvana wail comes screaming out of the speakers. From there, the album never lets up.
Gnashing riffs underpin another infectious chorus on the virulent first single, “Words As Weapons.” Morgan’s remarkable ear for indelible melodies is truly the band’s secret weapon. It’s what makes Isolate and Medicate so damn listenable. Morgan makes unrelenting despair a fun listen.
“Same Damn Life” – a boiling rejection of suburban sprawl juxtaposed against Morgan’s surgery falsetto – is a pop metal surprise. “I always felt like there was something there,” Morgan said of the song. “It started from a riff and went into a vocal idea. I’m a big fan of The Beatles. It’s fun to do something with that pop element. Those are the songs that stick with you.”
The album’s centerpiece, “Crash,” is quite possibly the most beautiful song Seether has ever recorded. Gorgeous vocal lines and warm, fuzzed-out guitars cascading into pulsating wall-of-sound atmospherics mark an undeniable creative peak for the band. “It’s different from what we’ve done in the past and that excited all of us,” Stewart says. “It doesn’t follow the stereotypical formula. It’s pretty. It’s heavy. It’s emotional and deep.”
Another reason for the band’s fresh outlook is the strong support and enthusiasm they feel from new label partners The Bicycle Music Company/Concord Music Group. The brothers-in-arms feel was galvanized with their new team. “In one of our first meetings with the label, we played everybody five or six completed songs,” Morgan remembers. “This marked the first time anybody outside of the band and Brendan listened to it. Afterwards, everybody was really excited and happy. Seeing the level of enthusiasm was great. That felt like the moment everything came together. It was a rebirth, in a sense.”
Seether has worked tirelessly to reach this point. The hard rocking outfit originally from Pretoria, South Africa has now released eight albums in all, two of which have gone Platinum and two more that are certified Gold along with a live concert DVD that has sold over 500,000 units – for total worldwide sales in excess of 4.5 million. The consistent hit makers have quietly amassed eleven #1 singles and seventeen Top 5 multi-format hits resulting in singles sales that top seven million – a level of success few artists working today can match. Seether has averaged 120 performances a year, crisscrossing the globe, emerging into headlining mainstays and featured performers on many of the world’s biggest rock festivals.
Isolate and Medicate will undoubtedly resonate deeply with the group’s fiercely loyal fans. “I hope everybody can feel this,” concludes Humphrey. “It’s a special album for us, and we put everything we had into it.”
Morgan completes the sentiment, “I want them to walk away having enjoyed the music. I want them to get the same emotional sense and happiness we feel listening to it. It’s so important and tied to memories we’ve all had. When somebody listens, it’ll hopefully make them feel good. They will know they’re not alone. That’s the reason we do it.”
Escape The Fate:
With one of the fastest and heaviest sounds in metalcore today, Escape the Fate has gained a huge following with three hit albums and regular tour dates on the Warped Tour. Though their lightning fast guitars and drums have brought them popularity since 2004, their most recent, self-titled album has brought them into the mainstream. It's also brought Escape the Fate their first headlining tour dates in 2011, which continue well into the fall.
Escape the Fate caught their big break after winning a radio contest to open a show for My Chemical Romance, judged by the band themselves. While Escape the Fate's debut album, Dying Is Your Latest Fashion, initially received average reviews, it showcased the band's talent and led to tour dates that would boost their popularity. The band's lead singer, Ronnie Radke, was soon fired from the band due to frequent incarceration and his involvement in the murder of a teen. With Craig Mabbitt, Escape the Fate released This War Is Ours in 2008. The album reached #2 on the Independent Album charts and brought the band their first full-length concert schedule.
Escape the Fate has let more of their classic metal and rock influences show on their latest self-titled album, which is garnering well-deserved buzz from music critics. The group has recently finished tour dates on two 2011 headlining tours, with more beginning in late August. While most of the concert schedule is planned for the US, Escape the Fate will head to the UK shortly before ending their 2011 tour dates on October 30. Don't miss this opportunity to catch one of the world's leading metalcore bands on their concert schedule this fall.
Buckcherry rocked 1999 with their hit "Lit Up" and toured with Lenny Kravitz on his Freedom Tour. After breaking up in the early 2000s, they remerged with a Platinum album in 2006 and followed up with two top-ten albums on the BIllboard 200. With Josh Todd's screeching vocals and Keith Nelson's hard-hitting guitar riffs, the members of Buckcherry have become heavy metal gods. Buckcherry tour dates have been scheduled nationally to promote their latest release, All Night Long. Don't miss a date on the Buckcherry concert schedule (2011); Use Eventful as your source for Buckcherry tour dates and venue information.
After their self-titled 1999 debut went Gold, they released their critically panned album, Time Bomb, in 2001. Buckcherry tour dates were booked on the opening stage for ACDC's spring 2000 tour and they subsequently disbanded. They reunited in 2005 to release their commercially successful album, 15, which featured their first top ten hit - "Sorry". Buckcherry toured with Motley Crue in 2008 on Crue Fest along with rockers Papa Roach. They released their first top ten album, Black Butterfly and they toured with Kiss in 2009.
Buckcherry released their most recent album, All Night Long, in 2010 which debuted at #10 on the Billboard 200. Buckcherry toured with Hellyeah and All That Remains on the Jagermeister Music Tour throughout Spring, 2011. A scaled down Buckcherry headlining tour is currently scheduled throughout the US this 2011. The Buckcherry bandmates are the bad boys of metal and true living rockstars. Don't miss a date on the Buckcherry concert schedule (2011); Use Eventful for Buckcherry tour dates and concert performance info.
With an ever-evolving musical style characterized by a hard rock sound, it's hard to believe that Grammy nominated band Skillet has been playing Christian rock since 1996. However, the band's accessible music, universal lyrics, and lavish tour dates have made them hugely popular with fans of all beliefs. While Skillet has had a reputation for revolving band members, the current lineup of Jonathan Salas, John Cooper, Korey Cooper, and Jen Ledger is putting on many a memorable tour date in 2011. While concert dates for the Avalanche Tour are over, Skillet has plenty of 2011 tour dates where fans can check out new addition Jonathan Salas and the rest of Skillet live.
Skillet was formed by current lead singer and bassist John Copper (formerly of Seraph) former guitarist Ken Steorts (of Urgent Cry). The two met while on tour with their respective Tennessee bands and decided to form a side project. Skillet signed to ForeFront Records and -- in 1996 -- released their self-titled debut album. Fans enjoyed Skillet's post-grunge style and the band went on a number of concert dates around the US while writing material for their second album, Hey You, I Love Your Soul. Soon after the album's release, John's wife Korey (formerly of Alkeme) joined the band to play keyboards live and has since become a fixed and popular member of Skillet, taking on keyboards, synth, and rhythm guitar. Skillet's next album, Invincible, was released in early 2000 and became been their highest selling album to date.
Even with such a heavy workload, Skillet continued to play a number of concert dates while writing their fifth album, Alien Youth. The album's self-titled lead single was a hit on Christian charts, propelling Skillet on to a number of headlining tour dates in promotion of the album. More changes came for Skillet on their sixth album, Collide. While the electronic and rock sounds were kept, the music developed a harder sound that was offset by softer instruments like the violin, similar to Evanescence. Fans seemed to enjoy the adapted sound and the album was followed up by the release of Comatose in October of 2006. The album generated a number of hit singles that not only swarmed Christian music charts, but broke into mainstream charts as well.
Skillet's latest full-length album, Awake, was released in August of 2009. The album reached a three-way tie for the highest-charting Christian album on the Billboard Hot 200 when it reached the #2 spot. Korey Cooper released a remix of "Monster" on their podcast in 2010, and the ensuing popularity inspired the upcoming Awake and Remixed EP. Skillet can currently be found on a number of tour dates in 2011 following the Avalanche Tour, with performances lasting until the end of the year. Skillet's remaining tour dates in 2011 jump around the country a bit, going back and forth between the east and west coasts in a matter of days. After a solid concert schedule in June, July, and August, Skillet has just a few concert dates in September. Skillet has one scheduled concert date in October before scheduled 2011 tour dates end on December 30 in Lynchburg, Virginia. It's likely that Skillet will add more 2011 tour dates in the fall, so make sure to check concert dates on Eventful to see when Skillet will be in your area.