Fête, Rambudikon & Black Sheep Ent. present
with New Year's Day, Bad Omens, Cane Hill
Thursday, March 9th
Tickets: ADV $18 • DOS $20
You know you want this.
It’s been far too long since a heavy metal band could get the party started the way Attila can. Drinks will be pounded down, blunts will be blown, panties will be thrown, and everyone will have the time of their lives once the Atlanta quintet’s sixth full-length album, Guilty Pleasure [Artery Recordings/Razor & Tie], pipes through the speakers. Hell, you don’t even have to admit you love it—hence the title—but we know you will (or at least your girlfriend will)…
2013 became a landmark year for the group—Chris “Fronz” Fronzak [lead vocals], Chris Linck [guitar], Nate Salameh [guitar], Kalan Blehm [bass guitar, backing vocals], and Sean Heenan [drums]. Their fifth offering, About That Life, snatched #22 on the Billboard Top 200, #5 on the Independent Chart, #4 on the Hard Music Chart, and #5 on the Rock Chart, moving over 14,200 copies first week. In the midst of sold out headline shows around the States, the band began working on what would become Guilty Pleasure at the end of the year. This time around, Fronz possessed a clear vision that included embracing seven-string guitars, adopting lower tunings, and nodding to turn-of-the-century classics from Slipknot, Korn, and Limp Bizkit.
“We’re never going to write the same album twice,” he declares. “We’re always going to maintain our sound and style, but we bring something new to the table for our fans to keep it fresh and interesting. Lyrically, I expanded. It’s not all about partying and being crazy. I touched on some real shit. I dropped some knowledge. I wanted to be more real because I owe it to our audience. The songs are more meaningful.”
Once again, the boys retreated to the studio with Joey Sturgis [Asking Alexandria, Of Mice & Men] in Michigan. Together, they amped up everything across the board.
“It’s a heavier and more fun Attila,” smiles Fronz. “It’s rap metal at its finest. There are elements from our older albums as well as new flavors.”
That’s apparent on the first single “Proving Grounds”. The guys ignite an atomic hook bolstered by succinct riffing and a percussive slam. “’Proving Grounds’ are areas that the government would test nuclear and atomic bombs,” he goes on. “Anyone can relate to this because we all have doubters. You have to take that doubt and leverage it do better. Proving people wrong is the ultimate satisfaction.”
On “Rebel”, Fronz spits incendiary bars over a barrage of chugging jackhammer guitars. Everything culminates on an anthemic refrain that’s equally ballsy and blistering.
“It’s about being yourself, doing what you love, and not giving a fuck about what authorities, parents, or people tell you that you’re supposed to do,” he proclaims. “That’s an important message. You can’t always live by the rules. If you really want to do something, you just have to do it. I want to encourage kids to use their ambition and do what they love.”
Then, there’s “Horsepig”. Boasting brash delivery and another sizable groove, it’s a special one for Fronz as it proved to be a family affair. “My three-year-old son actually named that song,” he admits. “One day, I showed him a flashcard of a warthog. He knew what it was, but he wanted to change the name to ‘Horsepig’ since a warthog looks like a horse and a pig. Later that day, we wrote the song, and I had to use the word he invented for its title.”
Along the way, Attila have turned “party metal” into a bona fide art form. Formed in 2005, they’ve continually clawed their way towards heavy music domination. In addition to being a headliner on Warped Tour 2014 and touring alongside everybody from Suicide Silence to Asking Alexandria and Memphis May Fire, these mayhem mavens have sold over 100,000 records to date. They’re preaching a new kind of gospel too…
“Our generation is killing rock ‘n’ roll by writing all of this pussy-ass music,” he leaves off. “This kind of music is about breaking the rules and pushing the limits. That’s what Attila has done and we will continue to do. We’re breaking rules. We don’t give a fuck if people like us or not. We’re doing what we love and having the time of our loves. The world needs that. We’re happy to be your outlet. Have a fucking blast. We’re your Guilty Pleasure.”
New Year's Day
Bad Omens exceed boundaries on their self-titled full-length debut for Sumerian Records. It’s something of a mission statement for the Los Angeles-based quintet—Noah Sebastian [vocals], Nicholas Ryan [guitar], Joakim “Jolly” Karlsson [guitar], Vincent Riquier [bass], and Nick Folio [drums].
“We tried to spread awareness about being open minded when it comes to heavy music,” exclaims Noah. “We wanted to go beyond the realm of heavy and incorporate everything from industrial to soundtrack-style moments.”
It’s a goal that Noah’s possessed since first writing for what would become Bad Omens in 2013. The Richmond, VA native logged time in a prominent local band, but he wanted to focus on his own artistic vision. He wrote and recorded a handful of solo songs without mentioning a word to anybody. When it came time to recruit other players, he linked up with old friend Nicholas. He added another buddy Vincent who introduced him to “Jolly”—all the way in Sweden. Nick joined last after submitting a cover online.
“The band started as me and two of my close friends and two other guys I’d never even met outside of Face Time or Skype,” he smiles. “This music just spoke to everyone, and we felt a bond.”
It also spoke to Sumerian Records who offered Bad Omens a deal in 2015 based off the strength of the demos and songwriting. The guys spent months rehearsing in Nick’s basement before hitting the studio with Will Putney [Upon A Burning Body, The Amity Affliction, Body Count] to record the album.
“We chose Will because he specializes in a more raw sound,” Noah goes on. “It’s not over-produced. It’s real.”
Early 2016 saw the group unveil the single “The Worst In Me.” With its jagged riffs, sweeping harmonies, and towering chorus, the track immediately set the internet ablaze, racking up over 860,000 views on YouTube in less than a month.
“For me personally, it’s about a very intense and unhealthy relationship I was in, but we wrote it in a format that’s universal to all bad habits,” he says. “More specifically, it’s something you can’t let go of even though it’s not good for you—whether it’s a relationship, a drug problem, or terrible situation. You’re addicted.” On the other end of the spectrum, the record concludes with the sprawling epic “The Fountain.” Tempering an industrialized hum and sweeping soundscapes punctuated by flutes and booming war drums, Alternative Press debuted the cinematic music video.
“We watched The Fountain with Hugh Jackman while we were recording,” he goes on. “It’s a sci-fi thriller romance with an insane plot and 3 different universes. The romantic aspect resonated with me. It’s unique for us and metal at large, because we’re using a lot of atypical instruments.”
Over the past year, Bad Omens has amassed a diehard following, delivering live alongside everyone from Born of Osiris and After the Burial to Veil of Maya, Upon a Burning Body, and Erra. Now, they’re ready to break more ground.
“I want people to feel inspired the way I do when I listen to music, because I’m listening all day,” Noah leaves off. “I want to share that inspiration to do something different.”
Cane Hill is an aggressive 5 piece metal band hailing from New Orleans, LA. The band's been spending the last year touring the states with the likes of The Hollywood Undead, The Acacia Strain, and For The Fallen Dreams. On October 23rd 2015 the band will be releasing their self titled EP, recorded by Drew Fulk via Rise Records. To support the release, Cane Hill will be embarking on the "To Those Left Behind Tour" with blessthefall and Stick To Your Guns. You can pre-order the EP right now at www.wearecanehill.com, while you're there you can check out the bands new music video for "Time Bomb" featuring Scout from the band issues.