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We Came As Romans
March 2, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 11:30 pm$18
We Came As Romans, w/:
- The Plot In You
- Oceans Ate Alaska
- Tempting Fate
Friday, March 2, 2018
@ The Forge
Doors = 6:00 pm
Show = 6:30 pm
Tickets = $18
We Came As Romans
We Came as Romans hail from Troy, Michigan, an upscale Detroit suburb that gave birth to the band’s blend of post-hardcore and melodic screamo. Guitarist Joshua Moore, bassist Andy Glass, drummer Eric Choi, guitarist Lou Cotton, and vocalists David Stephens and Kyle Pavone headlined shows in the Michigan area before graduating to the national circuit, where they opened shows for the likes of Our Last Night, Gwen Stacy, and the Number Twelve Looks Like You. We Came as Romans took time off in September 2008 to record an EP, Dreams, which they released for free two months later. Over 50,000 copies were downloaded within its first week of availability, and the band used that momentum to sign a contract with Equal Vision Records in early 2009. They returned to the studio with Joey Sturgis (who had previously recorded the group’s EP) that same year to work on a full-length album, To Plant a Seed, which was released that fall. The band toured ceaselessly after being signed to Equal Vision, with multiple trips across the United States, Canada, and Europe as well as New Zealand and Australia. In 2011, the band began work on Understanding What We’ve Grown to Be, a lyrically darker affair than To Plant a Seed. Amid constant touring and Joshua Moore contracting bacterial meningitis, taking him out of commission for a short while, the band released the record in September of 2011 to positive reviews, peaking at the number 21 slot on the Billboard 200. Arriving in 2013, Tracing Back Roots offered up a cleaner, more melodic take on the genre, a musical shift that became even more pronounced on 2015’s eponymous We Came as Romans. In September 2017 the band issued the title cut from its fifth studio LP, Cold Like War, which was released later that October. (Source)
The Plot In You
Originally called Vessels, metalcore band the Plot in You initially began as the side project of Landon Tewers, formerly of fellow Findlay, Ohio band Before Their Eyes. In 2010, Tewers announced that he was leaving his old band, focusing his efforts full-time as the singer of the Plot in You. Recruiting guitarists Anthony Thoma and Josh Childress, bassist Ethan Yoder, and drummer Cole Worden, the band quickly set to work, releasing their Wifebeater EP later that year and signing to Rise Records. The band further honed their airtight, breakdown-heavy sound on their full-length debut, 2011’s First Born. Guitarist Thoma left the band shortly after the LP’s release, and was replaced by Derrick Sechrist, who made his first recorded appearance on the group’s 2013 sophomore outing, Could You Watch Your Children Burn. The following year saw the band part ways with Rise Records and ink a deal with Attila frontman Chris Fronzak’s StaySick Recordings. Their third studio album, Happiness in Self Destruction, arrived the following year. (Source)
Oceans Ate Alaska
A propulsive and forward-thinking progressive metalcore unit from Birmingham, England, Oceans Ate Alaska formed in 2011 around the talents of James Harrison (vocals), James Kennedy (guitar), Adam Zytkiewicz (guitar), Mike Stanton (bass), and Chris Turner (drums). Taking their name from a mega-tsunami that laid waste to Alaska’s coastline in 1958, the hard-hitting quintet’s aural assault is as emotionally charged as it sonically pulverizing, invoking names like Born of Osiris, Asking Alexandria, and Between the Buried and Me. The group’s debut album, the aptly named Lost Isles, was released in early 2015 via Fearless Records. The following year saw the group play the entire 2016 Vans Warped Tour, and in December they decamped to the studio to begin work on their sophomore LP. In May 2017 they released the single “Covert,” followed by the full-length Hikari in July of that year. It would be their first outing with new vocalist Jake Noakes, who took over from James Harrison shortly after the latter’s departure in late 2016. (Source)
Sometimes time is the missing ingredient needed in order for an idea to come to fruition. Such is the case with rising metalcore/djent band Currents, who after forming in 2011 spent the next few years discovering their identity and evolving into the thriving band they are today. After a change in vocalist in 2015, adding Brian Wille to the group, Jeff Brown (drums), Chris Wiseman (guitar), Ryan Castaldi (guitar) and Dee Cronkite (bass) solidified their lineup with members who shared a common current of energy that moved through one another towards the same vision.
That vision will come to light on the band’s debut album due out this summer. Speaking of the forthcoming record, Brown says “it’s definitely dark lyrically. Although some of the leads and drums might make it more upbeat. Over all the album is about Brian’s thoughts and fighting his demons. We left all the vocals up to him so he could have full creative control. It turned out awesome and we are super proud of it. The instruments came together over 2 years of writing. We went into the studio with over 50 songs and ideas and left with 13 songs we believed were our best work.”
The upcoming record will mark Currents’ debut, full-length album, following two previous EPs with their former vocalist. The release also finds them partnering with their new label, SharpTone Records, which is home to contemporaries like Atilla, Emmure, Miss May I, We Came As Romans and While She Sleeps among others.
Brown adds, “SharpTone Records is an absolute dream come true. Every single band has a dream of getting signed. However, getting signed nowadays doesn’t mean much without the right people behind you. We waited and passed on many offers before talking with Shawn (Keith) and Sal (Torres) at SharpTone. These two guys have a genuine love and passion for music. That then translated to our band and we could tell that they were in this for the long haul. The relationship has been nothing short of amazing and we can’t wait to see what the future holds.”
After biding their time, the future looks bright as Currents embark on what will undoubtedly be their most successful and busiest year to date! (Source)
Tempting Fate has set out to deliver a unique blend of music, with a style all their own. Their music can be described as heavy grooving, melodic, and fast metal focused on catchy choruses and harmonized guitar solos.The band was formed in 2010 by brothers Cory Beecher (Vocals) and Shane Beecher (Guitar), with the recent addition of Matt Campbell (Bass). Tempting Fate has built a strong following over the past five years, playing countless shows across the coast, including the Sunset Music Festival. The band is currently in the studio, focusing on their new sound and album – out early 2016.
Their latest release, ‘ILLUSIONS’ dropped in 2014 and can be downloaded for free. The eight track EP was written, recorded, and produced entirely by the band. Stay tuned for the next era of Tempting Fate, coming 2016! (Source)
- March 2, 2018
6:00 pm - 11:30 pm
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