The twisted lovechild of rap and American metalcore is afterbirth—and on their fifth LP, Attila ingest it in full: counting stacks, starting beef—all deathcore galore. “I’m gettin’ high on some ignorant shit/Let the fuckin’ beat drop cause’ my words’ about to hit,” frontman Chris Fronzak spits before a scream-growl switch on “Thug Life.” The band make claims of a bad “bitch” who “fucks” all night and counts their money on the title track, though; likely soon-to-be (if not already) in debt to their producer on some rented tour bus. After a barrage of forgettable, dropped-down chug, About That Life actually finds a little life through laughter: “Callout” jokes about a famous friend’s (archaic) entanglement with girly computers and drugs. But the song’s left field shot at Falling In Reverse frontman, Ronnie Radke, dishes out the real bite (“Even Ronnie Radke talks shit on my Instagram/Give me your address so I can hit you with a mike stand”). While “Middle Fingers Up” is actually not a bad song in itself, the rest of the album rocks like Brokencyde trying to cover Bring Me The Horizon—and just collapses magnificently. @MattCrane
About That Life is available for pre-order on iTunes today.
Pick it up at iTunes now for only $7.99. If you already bought the “Love’s Not Dead” EP, you can Complete Your Album for only $3.94! The album is available in many of your local record stores and some Best Buy stores too!! We’re honored to share it with you and thank you endlessly for all your support.
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“We’re doing this, in the first place, because we’re jealous of Green Day and we’re jealous of the Foo Fighters and we’re jealous of Queen and The Who because they are all able to give their fans an experience that cuts deeper than a catchy single, an album concept or a flashy stage show.” Or so says Brandon Phillips of Kansas City’s The Architects. While his tongue may be tucked firmly in cheek, it doesn’t diminish the overall importance and ground-breaking nature of the band’s latest undertaking… BORDER WARS, a combination album and graphic novel.
Equal parts epic album, visual artistic expression, and heavy storytelling, BORDER WARS is a breathtaking series of five connected episodes told through a collection of comic book stories and their accompanying soundtrack releases. The concept album is the culmination of nearly two years of blood and sweat-sodden labor, consuming tens of thousands of cigarettes and thousands of midnight hours to bring fans the biggest, coolest experience possible. Set to release in five episodic forms, the band was able to cram BORDER WARS with a multitude of quality tracks without the constraints of adding any “filler.”
To really understand BORDER WARS, you first have to wrap your head around The Architects’ outlook on the current state of the music industry as a whole. As the world’s definition of “epic” shift from Beatlemania to Biebermania, the Kansas City natives look to redefine and reestablish the modern idea of “doing something big.” With a “you may well be able to outsell me, but you’ll never out-create me” approach to their latest release, Brandon Phillips and company are set to shatter the preconception that auditioning for American Idol or The Voice is the only way to succeed.
When The Architects joined forces with Skeleton Crew Records and illustrator Mallory Dorn, an enviable project was born. Accompanying the music part of the “project”, Dorn’s vivid artwork illustrates this first installment of the serialized novel. As a companion piece to their modern take on meat and potatoes rock, the book helps define the unique vision that the band has constructed.
What would begin simply as a collection of ideas from the mind of singer and principal songwriter Brandon Phillips would eventually become BORDER WARS, which tells the story of Tom and Josie, two kids from a tiny town in southwestern Texas. Their backgrounds could not be more different. Tom is the only son of a wealthy televangelist minister. Josie is a runaway, currently employed by meth cooker. Their paths weave and interact with the city’s corrupt sheriff and his reality show, an ex-cartel boss on death row, hookers, scumbags, mob lawyers, crooked senators and a pair of wise morticians, culminating into a blood-soaked denouement.
Following the split of The Gadjits in 2004, the band has pushed forward, balancing a punk mentality with a solid, blue-collar work ethic. With four well-received full lengths under their belt (Keys to the Building 2004, Revenge 2006, Vice 2008 and The Hard Way 2009), the band is no stranger to release day. Aimed for a July 16, 2013 street date for Episode One, BORDER WARS is intended to keep fan on the edge of their seat, jonesing for the next chapter to drop.
The Architects are here to remind you that music is not a temporary fashion accessory fling.
Equal Vision Records’ Texas In July will issue a digital deluxe version of their latest full-length album on July 16, just prior to their two week run on the 2013 Vans Warped Tour.
The self-titled album’s expanded digital deluxe version features three brand new songs and was produced and engineered by Carson Slovak and Grant McFarland at Atrium Audio; And mixed and mastered by Will Putney. “Time-lapse” – the first of the new songs to be released – is available streaming now on Youtube.com/equalvision and also on the Equal Vision Records 2013 Summer Sampler.
“We are so glad Warped Tour attendees are going to be some of the first people to hear ‘Time-lapse’ live!” shares Texas In July lyricist/bassist Ben Witkowski. “This song was an instant favorite of ours when it reached completion. Opening up our sound some more was in order for the deluxe songs, even throwing in new tunings and styles. We tried a bunch of new things throughout the three songs. I think our fans will enjoy the addition to our self-titled record, and that it will appeal to some new metal enthusiasts as well!”
Texas In July, which is the band’s third full-length album, features several guest artists: drummer Matt Greiner of August Burns Red, vocalist Dave Stephens of We Came As Romans, and vocalist Chadwick Johnson of Hundredth. The album received rave reviews all around the world and had an impressive No. 1 debut on the Billboard Mid-Atlantic Regional Heatseekers Chart, as well as No. 3 on the Billboard New Artist Chart and also placed on the Billboard 200, Rock, Independent, and Hard Rock charts. The band also released an intense music video for “Bed of Nails” off of Texas In July, which can also be viewed on Youtube.
Texas In July has toured with the likes of August Burns Red, We Came As Romans, Of Mice & Men, Miss May I, and Silverstein, and performed at renowned music festivals around the world such as New England Metal and Hardcore Fest, Graspop Metal Meeting, Summerfest, Cornerstone Festival and more.
The Ephrata, PA-based quintet is comprised of Adam Gray, Ben Witkowski, Christian Royer, Chris Davis and Alex Good. They will be on tour all summer long, starting with northeastern headline tour, followed by their aforementioned run on the 2013 Vans Warped Tour.
The complete tracklisting for Texas In July (digital deluxe) and all upcoming Texas In July tour dates can be seen below.
Pre-orders for Texas In July (digital deluxe) are available now through the band’s Official Merch Store.
2. Cry Wolf
3. Shallow Point
4. Without a Head ft. Chadwick Johnson (Hundredth)
5. Bed of Nails
6. Repressed Memories
7. C4 ft. Dave Stephens (We Came As Romans)
8. Crux Lust
10. Black Magic
11. Cloudy Minds ft. Matt Greiner (August Burns Red)
13. 03 Deville
14. Forbidden Fruit
PA Deathbed Festival
Jun 29 Allentown, PA @ MainGate Nightclub
Texas In July – headline
Jul 05 Richmond, VA @ Kingdom
Jul 06 West Chester, PA @ The Note
Jul 07 New York, NY @ Tobacco Road
Jul 09 Providence, RI @ Fete
Jul 10 Clifton Park, NY @ Upstate Concert Hall
Jul 11 Amityville, NY @ Revolution Bar & Music Hall
2013 Vans Warped Tour
Jul 23 Kansas City, KS @ Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre
Jul 24 St. Louis, MO @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Jul 25 Atlanta, GA @ Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood
Jul 26 Tampa, FL @ Vinoy Park
Jul 27 West Palm Beach, FL @ Cruzan Amphitheatre
Jul 28 Orlando, FL @ Central Florida Fairgrounds
Jul 29 Charlotte, NC @ Charlotte Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Jul 30 Cincinatti, OH @ Riverbend Music Center
Jul 31 Milwaukee, WI @ Marcus Amphitheatre
Aug 02 Dallas, TX @ Gexa Energy Pavilion
Aug 03 San Antonio, TX @ AT&T Center
Aug 04 Houston, TX @ Reliant Center Parking Lot
Texas In July – headline
Aug 06 Birmingham, AL @ Zydeco
Taylor Momsen and her band THE PRETTY RECKLESS premiered the lyric video for “Follow Me Down” off their upcoming album Going To Hell on Nylon magazine’s NYLONMAG.COM and the band’s new website Goingtohell.xxx yesterday (June 17). The fierce hard rock song that displays Taylor’s dark, alluring vocals can be viewed here: http://nylonmag.com/nylonblogs/blog/2013/06/17/video-premiere-the-pretty-reckless/.
Says NYLONMAG.COM (6/17), “The track is pure, heavy, intense rock, with Momsen snarling lines like ‘Follow me down to the river, man, I’ll be down here on my knees,’ while her bandmates ferociously tear away at their instruments.”
The chaos-loving hard rock band will continue to release new band updates on what they are calling “Hell Mondays” at their new website www.goingtohell.xxx. The new album is set for release later this year.