Chelsea Grin is Alex Koehler (vocals), Michael Stafford (guitars), Jack Harmond (guitars), Dan Jones (guitars), David Flinn (bass) and Andrew Carlston (drums). The band started in high school inspired by Whitechapel, Emmure, and Job For A Cowboy, among others. The guys quickly made a name for themselves playing VFW Halls on the weekends and releasing a debut EP that sold out at local retailers. "Two years ago everyone was 18, just graduated from high school and started touring, it was like jumping from high school to college in a van," David explains. After some brief regional tours the band signed to the Artery Foundation for management and then signed on as the first band on Artery Recordings, a joint partnership with Artery Management and Razor & Tie Entertainment. Chelsea Grin released it's debut, Desolation of Eden, in Feb 2010, it sold over 20,000 copies; garnered a spot on the coveted Alternative Press "AP Recommends" column; and was voted #2 in the September 2010 AP Readers Chart. The band toured throughout 2010-2011—highlights have been jaunts with Whitechapel, For Today, 2010's Thrash & Burn tour, and 2011's Bamboozle Festival.
Ice Nine Kills
Boston Rock/Metal act, Ice Nine Kills, burst onto the scene in late 2007 with the release of the experimental and lyrically tongue in cheek EP, The Burning. The band, who takes it's name from the classic piece of American literature, Cat's Cradle, by renowned satire novelist, Kurt Vonnegut, has always strived to blur the lines between melody and unbridled aggression. After a successful stint on 2009's Vans Warped Tour, INK headed into the studio to record Safe Is Just A Shadow,the follow up to The Burning EP. Safe is Just a Shadow was released in July of 2010, to coincide with another run on The Vans Warped Tour. After the massive success of a Kickstarter campaign in which the band raised over $22,000, The Predator EP was released in early 2013 to much praise from old and new fans alike. This undeniable heat the band had created landed them on both the 2012 and 2013 additions of The All-Stars tour opening for metal heavyweights like Suicide Silence and Every Time I Die; as well as another stint on the The Vans Warped Tour 2013.
The success of The Predator EP, fused with an impressive touring résumé, provided INK with their biggest break yet; being the first band signed to Fearless Records' brand new imprint label, Outerloop Records. Building on the success of the last year, the band released their highly anticipated new album, The Predator Becomes the Prey, which debuted at #3 on the billboards heatseeker's chart and #13 on the billboard hard rock charts. The band followed up the release with a nationwide tour alongside metalcore scene stars Attila. For the Summer of 2014 INK was invited to perform on the entirety of the Vans Warped Tour on the highly coveted Monster Energy Stage. The founder of Warped, Kevin Lyman, was so impressed with the band that he bumped them up to the Main Stage for an entire week of the tour- having them play alongside some of today's biggest names in punk and metal music.
Tuscaloosa, Alabama brings us Gideon, an aggressive, melodic hardcore band with an already impressive repertoire. Well-placed gang vocals and a powerful front man set Gideon apart from many of their peers, while the band as a whole, whose members have been playing together only since 2008, come off sounding like seasoned pros. Their Facedown debut "Costs" (engineered by Brian Hood) will be released on March 1, 2011 and will be supported by non stop touring including Facedown Fest in Pomona, CA (April) and Cornerstone Festival in Bushnell, IL (July).
Metal from Spokane, WA
As graduated alumni from the tasty menagerie of bands that the Chicago metal scene produced, Deadships has inherited the proverbial torch – the deep understanding of metal music that only a devoted community can effectively nurture. Every show is instilled with a courageous amount of life force. Professionalism and dedication may as well be the bands middle and maiden names.
They've devoted a Herculean amount of labor and awed many a crowd. Their travels are commendable; their sacrifices, immeasurable. And, between you and me, with the pace they've set their music is going to be heard from whichever horizon that endless road takes them for a long, long time.
With a multitude of influences, Article III brings an explosive new sound to the metal scene