Fête & Black Sheep Entertainment present
with A Killer's Confession (featuring Waylon of Mushroomhead), Kissing Candice, Dead By Wednesday, On Your Deathbed
Saturday, February 4th
Tickets: ADV $15 • DOS $18
A Killer's Confession
A Killer's Confession, featuring Waylon Reavis formerly of Mushroomhead. Debut LP UNBROKEN Spring 2017 on EMP LABEL GROUP.
"Pretty, ugly, gross, bloody, pissed, catchy, heavy." These are the words spewed from KISSING CANDICE frontman Joey Simpson when describing the bands album, Blind Until We Burn, in stores now on Victory Records.
Blind Until We Burn is one of the most blood-drenched doses of violence that has been put to ears. Distinct themes of angry defiance and horror-laced hysteria snake throughout the album, which Simpson bodes, "Sometimes you never see things for what they are until it's too late."
Formed in 2012 from the remnants of Dr. Acula, keyboardist and sample mastermind Joey Simpson was looking to start a project that would combine metal, hardcore, industrial and electronic music in a unique and cinematic fashion. Taking on the role of frontman, Joey hit the studio with producer Jeremy Comitas, and the pair were the first to glue the KISSING CANDICE sound together with the debut EP Murder. As guitarists Tommy 'Dreamer' Sciro, Walter Dicristina, and bassist Mike Grippo joined the band, their ideas soon spilled into the mix. Simpsons explains, "The KISSING CANDICE sound is always on an incline. Everyone brings their ideas to the table, it's not just one writer for music. Everyone has an input on everything, from guitar riffs to the lyrics to the electronics. "We'll take a riff from someone and cut that in half and add another riff to it and just build off that." Dicristina amends, "We wanted to create a record that sounds as cinematically expressive as our live performances look and feel."
The result is a spirited chunk of roughed-up American metal that is an amalgamation of serial killer thriller, dark romance and witchcraft, woven in a world of hallucinating demons.
"Each song on this album is different from the next, we try to write about a little of everything - horror movies, thinking positive, questioning everything from what the government feeds us to religious beliefs. From the people who support us to the people who talk shit about us. "There's a little something for everyone," promises Simpson. "We want this record to appeal to everyone. There is literally something for all types of listeners to grab on to," guitarist Tommy Sciro justifies. "If someone is having a bad day and want to hear something about being positive it will be there. If they want to just scream along cause they're angry or frustrated and need a release, they can."
Whether its distressing paranoia or a bloody discharged axe-wound, KISSING CANDICE bring a new vision of the macabre, pulling the listener to shake a layer of dust off a tired genre which too often trades intelligence for fantasy, substance for spectacle.
Dead By Wednesday
In 2005, Dead By Wednesday made their first mark by releasing their debut CD Democracy is Dead on Jasta of Hatebreed's Stillborn Records which sold 3K out of the box with it’s debut. Then in 2008 came The Killing Project, the highly anticipated sophomore full length CD on Eclipse Records (Mushroom Head, Scum of the Earth). The Killing Project demonstrated with a punch to the face, New Haven CT's very own aggressive hybrid of metal, punk, & real hard core. While considered a metal band, DBW's older sound was once called “cross-over". With songs of urgency & importance regarding ideas on religion, current world affairs, race & equality, it was destined to make an impact. And it did. Shortly after, the video for the single 'Pawns' by Grammy nominated producer David Brodsky of My Good Eye, NYC, went into rotation on MTV2's former show ‘Headbanger's Ball’, as well as Music Choice, Havok TV on Demand, Sirius Liquid Metal, Rock Band, Touch Tunes, and even placed in UFC. Then in 2011, the band worked on all new brutal material & went into the studio recording their equally as important junior LP with long time friend & producer Enoch Jensen. Dead By Wednesday was focused on making “their Master of Puppets” dubbed The Last Parade, and some believe they succeeded in doing so. The release of The Last Parade was followed by a full U.S tour with Straight Line Stitch and Defiler, sponsored by the clothing line Hatewear, Inc. Two of their music videos from the album were featured on Comcast on Demand, one of which was screened at various film festivals across the country. Dead By Wednesday went on to snag the “Best Metal” award two years in a row at the Connecticut Music Awards. Their fourth release in 2014 was a short but sweet five song powerhouse EP entitled Death of the Rockstar, that leaves you wanting more. Following its release, Dead by Wednesday went on a US tour with the Grammy nominated metal band Shadow's Fall, playing sold out shows across the country. Next they did an American East Coast tour with power metal legends Flotsam & Jetsam, as well a short run with Dirty Rotten Imbeciles (D.R.I.).
In 2015, DBW had to part ways with their frontman, Joe Morbidelli, due to his battle with addiction. In response to his heartbreaking departure, the band recorded their newest album, Darkest of Angels. Each song features a guest singer from a prominent metal band of the past decades, including Brian Fair of Shadow's Fall, Carly Coma of Candiria, Rob Dukes of Exodus and Generation Kill, Waylon of Mushroom Head, Jon Arch of Fates Warning, AK of Flotsam & Jetsam and more. The theme of the album is addiction, as an ode to their former frontman. The album will be released in the spring of this year.
After months of auditions, DBW finally found their newest singer, 6'5 powerhouse Rob Roy from Ma. Together with Joey Concepcion on guitar (who also plays in Armageddon with Arch Enemy's Chris Amott), Opus on drums (who also plays with Marc Rizzo of Soulfly) and Mike Modeste on bass, the band has morphed into a "real" unstoppable international act. They are band that can be put up on the same stages with any of the top metal contenders "of the now." Throughout the years they have toured relentlessly, and in doing so have found their own sound and style, creating a fierce loyal fan base along the way. Now, with all the right members in place, they have all the pistons of this metal turbo engine running full throttle, and are without a doubt a serious force to be reckoned with.
Dead by Wednesday has recently rocked the stage at the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, along with White Chapel, King Diamond and Slayer. They played Rock & Shock Horror Festival several years in a row, with Life of Agony, GWAR, Hatebreed and Soulfly. At the New England Metal Festival they played along with Battlecross, Goatwhore, Dillinger Escape Plan and Opeth. This March they will share the stage with death metal titans Revocation at The Providence Tattoo & Music Festival.
On Your Deathbed
On Your Deathbed, the melodic and aggressive metal band from Massachusetts, were formed in the end of 2013. They have had huge success playing some of the most reputable venues with some of the biggest bands in the metal and rock world.