10 Years in The Black Tour
Born Of Osiris, I See Stars, After The Burial, Upon a Buring Body, Bad Omens
Thursday, December 1st, 2016
5:30 pmBrooklyn Bowl Las Vegas
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"We hadn't reached our destination yet, and Danny had," admits Bruce. "I think it was necessary. When it happened, I was devastated. I lost my best friend. We even started referring to this part of our career as 'The Black period.' It was the darkest time, but we weren't going to give up. If he hadn't left, I don't think we would've been as inspired as we were. I also don't think Asking Alexandria would still be around. Instead, we're more excited than ever about this band."
Bruce locked himself in his New Jersey home and immediately began writing ideas for what would become the group's fourth full-length album, The Black [Sumerian Records]. He studied their early material, focusing on capturing that initial magic and rekindling their groove-driven and electronic-laden metallic swing.
In order to properly do that, the band actually turned to a fan. Ukrainian singer Denis Stoff gained notoriety posting Asking Alexandria covers on YouTube and consequentially inked a deal with Sumerian Records in his band Make Me Famous. Bruce shot him an email one night. The next day, a new Asking Alexandria song had vocals.
"When I first saw him on YouTube, I thought he sounded just like Danny, and it was so weird," recalls Bruce. "So, I reached out. As soon as he sent me the first demo, it didn't feel like there was a new guy. He's Asking Alexandria's singer. It's like it was always meant to be. He gave us a new lease on life."
Denis made his live debut in front of 30,000 people when Asking Alexandria headlined the Czech Republic's Rock for People Festival. In between sold out shows around the globe, they ventured back and forth to the Michigan studio of longtime producer Joey Sturgis in order to cut The Black. The sessions came together rapidly.
"Not only was it easier, but it was a lot more enjoyable," continues Bruce. "We're all on the same page. There was this creative freedom with no limitations and restrictions. It felt like Reckless & Relentless on steroids."
The album's first single and title track, "The Black," evinced that sentiment. With a sidewinder guitar riff, industrial-style slam, and hypnotically haunting refrain, the song sees the group evolve their patented sound with a more potent punch.
"I think everyone goes through this at some point or another," he sighs. "There's a time in your life where you feel like you're really trying to clutch onto anything, but nothing's there for you to clutch onto. You feel completely hopeless and lost, but you get through it. The song is a reminder to keep on fighting and searching for the light at the end of the tunnel."
"Let It Sleep" stands out as the quintet's heaviest salvo ever. Exploding on impact, the track builds into a guttural chant that's immediately irresistible and impenetrable.
"You battle with voices inside your head," says Bruce. "Everyone has those two sides. You're torn between two different ideologies, trying to figure out which path to go down. It was appropriate to go so heavy."
Meanwhile, "Send Me Home" sees the musicians flex their melodic muscle with a magnificent melody, highlighting Stoff's vocal prowess and range. "That was the first thing he sang over, and it was when I knew it was going to work," smiles Bruce. "Lyrically, it discusses being away on tour all the time and being far away from the people you love. Everyone thinks it's a 24-hour party, but the reality is you're separated from everyone who cares about you."
The Black reflects the apex of Asking Alexandria's singular style. However, that dynamic approach has defined them since day one. It's what made millions fall in love with them on 2009's Stand Up and Scream and turned "The Final Episode (Let's Change the Channel)" into an RIAA Gold-certified smash. The 2011 follow-up, Reckless & Relentless, would bow at #9 on the Billboard Top 200, while From Death to Destiny debuted at #5 in 2013. Along the way, they've covered magazines such as Alternative Press, Guitar World, Revolver, Metal Hammer, Kerrang!, and more as well as touring alongside Guns N' Roses, Avenged Sevenfold, Korn, Slipknot, and many others.
Now, The Black represents a new beginning and the commencement of their biggest, boldest, and best chapter yet.
"This is a new era," Bruce leaves off. "We got a kick in the ass to bring that passion, angst, and aggression back. I hope when people walk away they simply think, 'Fuck yes, my favorite band is back.'" – Rick Florino, December 2015
3D is currently over 30,000 units sold in North America mainly as a direct result of the band's relentless touring that also supported Attack Attack, Forever The Sickest Kids, We The Kids and Emarosa. The group's first headliner with We Came As Romans as direct support selling 500 - 1000 tickets in many markets. I SEE STARS also continues to be one of the top selling bands at retail in Hot Topic.
I SEE STARS is a band made up of lifelong friends and it's that exact dynamic that makes them so entertaining. All members; Devin Oliver (vocals), Andrew Oliver (drums), Brent Allen (guitars) and Jeff Valentine (bass) lived in the same neighborhood as kids. The friendship goes back as far as elementary school. Zach Johnson (keyboards, screaming vocals) later joined in middle school to help the band evolve adding in synth and samples. Jimmy Gregerson (guitars) then completed the six piece group taking Devin off guitar and making him the permanent lead vocalist. Over time as the album 3D was being created people all over the map were already starting to become familiar with the band. Sumerian Records quickly signed the band and released the debut album, 3D, on April 14th, 2009 to rave reviews.
I SEE STARS will be doing their first overseas tour in 2011 with We The Kings in the UK and will also be stopping in Indonesia before performing at the Soundwave Festival in Australia with such genre titans as 30 Seconds To Mars, Iron Maiden, Queens Of The Stone Age and Bring Me The Horizon. Their sophomore record, The End Of The World Party, could possibly be the heaviest pop album yet. This new offering has lots of substance and is very theatric in scope. There is literally something for everyone. The culmination of all this hard work pays off in the spring of 2011 as the band is featured on the Alternative Press tour with Black Veil Bride, D.R.U.G.S and Verse Emerge.
I SEE STARS states: "We are taking I SEE STARS to the next level. This new chapter is bringing mainstream pop to hardcore music alongside build ups that spawn from the core of techno/dub-step/electro music. Catchy and melodic vocals that illustrate a concept that we feel raises the bar. You're going to dance way more, you're going to want to throw your fists way more. When you put those two together, you have a whole different game. We didn't limit ourselves, and teaming up with 3D producer, our buddy Cameron Mizell and a balls to the wall producer like Joey Sturgis (The Devil Wears Prada, Attack Attack, Asking Alexandria), further proved that the sky is the limit to what we can do. The wait is over, and the end is near"
In 2011, I SEE STARS further cemented their status as visionaries of the genre and gain legions of new diehard followers.
resulting in an overall unrelenting output of punishment. This Minnesota quintet is hell-bent on forging their own unique path within the extreme metal genre and they are well on their way to that very goal.
This is an extreme metal hybrid that is a voracious assault on all the senses forcing your brain to fire on all cylinders in order to process the amount of material that is currently being pounded into your ears. This is thinking man's metal and it's not for the weak minded.
The tech-wizardry is amped way up, the breakdowns are massive and face-melting and the vocal delivery is the most devastating yet. Already lauded for their technically impressive yet well structured style of songwriting, AFTER THE BURIAL certainly takes things up a notch or two with this newest outing. Each track will keep you on your toes guessing what might possibly be next in this never-ending array of intensity. This is essentially a roller coaster of unconventionality, so strap yourself in tight and prepare for a wild ride.
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