Righteous Vendetta has come a long way from their humble beginnings at a community college in western Wyoming. Through two full-length records, one EP, hundreds of thousands of miles on the road, and numerous tours, they have established themselves as a veteran act with more than a few notches on their proverbial belt.
From their inception, Righteous Vendetta has never been comfortable with sitting still. After releasing two full-length albums on Red Cord Records and touring extensively on that material, they decided it was time for a change. "We finished our 2011 release Lawless and started thinking what we were going to do next. After some ideas were tossed around, we decided to try something that would really challenge our songwriting skills and push us to our creative limits. So we took the intensity and high-energy of our older metalcore sound and tried to take it in a more appealing direction", writes guitarist Justin Olmstead. The result of this new direction was their single "This Pain", which spent fifteen weeks in the Top 20 on Billboard's Christian Rock chart. Since then they've hit the ground running with the independently released Righteous Vendetta, Vol. I. Though the band's style has changed with their latest release, their brand of hook-infused rock has found fans on the airwaves and at venues throughout the country. Their newest single, "The Fire Inside", has spent more than a dozen weeks on the Christian Rock chart, peaking at #9 and sharing the Top 10 with the likes of Skillet, Red, and P.O.D.
Even after nearly a thousand shows to date, the band's touring schedule is as busy as ever. Last year, Righteous Vendetta made their performance debut in Europe, playing to packed venues in Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic, Poland, and more. This year they've already supported Hurt and Smile Empty Soul as the first installment in a series of major tours, followed by runs with Trapt, Taproot, and 10 Years, playing more than sixty dates with some of the biggest names in hard rock.
The band recently recorded their third full-length record The Fire Inside with Milwaukee-based producer Joel Wanasek at JTW Studios. "The new record is sure to be one of the biggest, hardest hitting mixes in the genre," said vocalist Ryan Hayes. "It's heavy, catchy, melodic, and will have you singing every chorus after the first time you hear it." Armed with a melodic, infectious sound and a habit of hitting venues across the nation hard, fast, and often, Righteous Vendetta is destined to make waves. Look for their new record The Fire Inside this fall.