Buffalo-based metalcore quintet Every Time I Die formed in the winter of 1998. Spearheaded by brothers Keith (vocals) and Jordan Buckley (guitar), the founding lineup also included guitarist...Expand
Buffalo-based metalcore quintet Every Time I Die formed in the winter of 1998. Spearheaded by brothers Keith (vocals) and Jordan Buckley (guitar), the founding lineup also included guitarist Andrew Williams, bassist John McCarthy, and drummer Michael "Ratboy" Novak. During their first short tour of New York and Canada, the fledgling group befriended Goodfellow Records chief Chris Logan, who released their debut EP, The Burial Plot Bidding War, in 2000. Bassist Aaron Radaczyk replaced McCarthy prior to recording Every Time I Die's first full-length effort, Last Night in Town, issued via Ferret Records in the spring of 2001. The band supported the album on tour with Killswitch Engage, and in the summer of 2002 joined the annual Warped Tour. Another bassist swap brought on Steven Micciche, who joined Every Time I Die in time for their 2003 sophomore effort, Hot Damn!, as well as a U.S. tour in support of Jackass alum Steve-O.
In early 2005 Micciche resigned from the lineup, prompting the addition of ex-Between the Buried and Me bassist Kevin Faulk, who was ousted just three months later following sessions for the band's third LP, Gutter Phenomenon. Former Nora bassist Chris Byrnes was named his replacement. Phenomenon was released that August and touring commenced. The guys spent summer 2006 on the main stage at Warped, after which Byrnes announced he too would be exiting the group. Undeterred, the guys soon brought on bassist number six, ex-The Chariot's Keller Harbin, and continued touring through November alongside Atreyu and From First to Last before beginning work on their next album. Every Time I Die also released the DVD Shit Happens in late October, and soon after, the band entered the studio with producer Steve Evetts (Dillinger Escape Plan, Saves The Day) and began work on 2007's The Big Dirty.
For BMTH, it all started in March 2004, when these kids got together from the ashes of a collection of defunct bands and began to write music. Taking their influences from bands such as Norma Jean, The Red Chord and many of the heavier American metal-core acts, the newly formed band soon started turning heads. Much more attention followed, building rapidly after playing shows across the UK with the likes of Zao, The Nothing, Shaped by Fate and Johnny Truant. A rabid, hungry, loyal and HUGE fan-base started to grow and their shows became busier and busier. They didn't have any boundaries or rules, they just wrote what they wanted to hear and play. Bring Me the Horizon are five young British lads with a penchant for the heavy. Their astonishingly good debut mini album, 'This is What the Edge of Your Seat Was Made For', is essentially an 18 minute breakdown; four tracks of intense raging chugging and squealing, stop/starting and severe 'core riffing. Nary a second hand euro thrash riff to be found, nary a melodic sung chorus, all things about this genre that irritate are devoid (well save for ball splittingly tight pants and backwards hair-cuts). Then they played shows.... and kids moshed.... and they kept playing shows.... and kids kept moshing....2006 became the year of the Horizon.
First they became one of the top 100 played acts on MySpace (them and Coldplay were the only UK acts in the top 100!!!), followed by a blistering Radio One Rock Show Session. They won BEST BRITISH NEWCOMERS at the Kerrang! awards (beating the likes of Enter Shikari and The Automatic…), toured with Lostprophets, Killswitch Engage, Aiden and Bleeding Though, performed a brutal and much talked about set at Download (biggest pit of the weekend) and have been bombarded with tours for Europe and the USA too….. And all this from a band that had only recently released their debut album! The band have grown again in popularity and profile throughout 2007 and 2008 with a North American release from Epitaph Records and extensive touring, plus a number dates on Gigantour with Megadeth in Australia, a huge sold out tour in the UK (culminating in a blistering sold out show at Londons' Astoria theatre which holds 2000 people), and being flown over to Russia to perform twice, all leading them to another tour of Australia and multiple European Summer festivals and most importantly a much sought after tour on the Warped tour for Summer 2008, where they have quickly established themselves as THE band that everyone wants to watch with their incendiary live show. The band was writing and demoing new material since late 2007 and went into the Studio Fredman in an isolated area of Sweden in April 2008 with acclaimed producer Fredrik Nordstrom (Dimmu Borgir, At the Gates). They left with an album yet another step up from their previous work, entitled Suicide Season - A title very close to their hearts.