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November 20, 2014

From The Depths Entertainment  /  11/20/2014 09:20:00 AM
Rochester, NY band Red Letter Statement gets interviewed and talks about their "Love People" EP, the NY music scene and their upcoming plans.
www.facebook.com/redletterstatement
www.facebook.com/redletterstatement
From: Rochester, NY
Sounds like: Alternative Rock



1. How did you get started with music and how did you develop your sound? Who thought of the name “Red Letter Statement” and is there any meaning behind it?

I (Adam August, singer) can't speak for the whole band, but biologically I come from a long line of musicians. One being Billy Cobham (my grandfather) whom I didn't know about for 18 years. Along with being adopted into a very musical family. So I started playing music at a very young age. We all are huge fans of music from the early 2000's. (TBS, SOTY, Finch,Thursday,Thrice, Coheed, etc.) We love music that comes from the soul, that tells a story. So that's what we do. We focus on writing Bc it's our therapy. We don't try to fit in a genre or hit some kind of demographic. We just do what we do. I actually came up with the name. In short the name means speaking truth. Speaking from the heart. Speaking to build up and inspire, not to put down or digress. Every song that we have written and will write, has and will have that element.


2. What do you want listeners to take away from your music? How has the response to the "Love People" EP been since its release?

That regardless of what we all feel and have gone through, there is always a chance to relate or make a positive connection with someone. The response has been great. I get to to talk to kids from all around the world. This album title kinda painted a target on us for being a good neutral listener. Which is exactly what we wanted.


3. How would you describe your music to the average listener?

Alt Rock, unfortunately, I wish we could come up with something more specific.


4. What can people expect from your live show?

Energy........gang vocals.......... Energy......... Me most likely injuring myself.


5. Who are three bands you’d like to tour with?

Letlive, Night Verses, and Biffy Clyro.


6. Any crazy show stories?

We played at a little theater in East Wearham, mass. The kids over there are insane. It was the first show I have played with kids crowd surfing with body boards and inner tubes. It was chaos, which is the way it should be.


7. What’s your take on the current state of rock?

Unfortunate. It's crazy how, in America, one guy pressing play on a computer can pack a room. But a group of musicians pretty much living in poverty, to do what they love, are struggling to get their friends to a show.


8. What’s the current music scene like there in the New York both locally and state wide?

It's over saturated, too many shows with too many promoters trying to make money. No local show should be $10 with forced ticket sales. It turns bands against each other, instead of developing a community.


9. What’s your take on legal/illegal music downloading?

It's inevitable, I see music as marketing for your brand (yes brand), it's what you give to people to encourage them to want to see you play live or buy your merch. Music is a window to your soul. If people like what is in there, they will believe in it. People are more willing to spend money on what they believe in. Listening to music is a way to get to know someone. If you sat down on a first date, and they said, "give me 5-10 dollars, and we can get to know each other" most likely you give them a few choice words and leave. Plus with technology these days, you can make a record in your basement and then distribute it electronically with next to no overhead costs. That pretty much cuts the ridiculous abuse of labels out. I think it's great that the music industry is getting challenged, bc it is giving the power back to the artist.


10. What’s next for Red Letter Statement?

It will always be, putting our best effort to make a positive impact on the world.


11. Any shoutouts?

Thanks to Eddie from TBS, Christian from (the late) anberlin, and our friends in Night Verses. They all have Been giving us great advice so far, in our efforts to get touring.

November 17, 2014

From The Depths Entertainment  /  11/17/2014 03:21:00 PM
New York, NY indie rock band Mind Over Time recently released their "Ghosts" EP. Below is the EP for your listening pleasure.
www.facebook.com/amindovertime
www.facebook.com/mindovertime
From: New York, NY
Sounds like: Indie Rock

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From The Depths Entertainment  /  11/17/2014 03:16:00 PM
Dallas, TX deathcore band Ashes Of The Forgotten recently released a lyric video for their new track "Last Life". Below is the video for your listening and watching pleasure.
www.facebook.com/ashesoftheforgotten
www.facebook.com/ashesoftheforgotten
From: Dallas, TX
Sounds like: Deathcore



November 14, 2014

From The Depths Entertainment  /  11/14/2014 07:19:00 AM
Perth, Australia pop/punk band Ready To Fire gets interviewed and talks about their take on pop/punk, their live show and their upcoming plans.
www.facebook.com/readytofireband
www.facebook.com/readytofireband
From: Perth, Australia
Sounds like: Pop/Punk



1. How did you get started with music and how did you develop your sound? Who thought of the name “Ready To Fire” and is there any meaning behind it?

We started out back in 2010 through our local music school. I was learning drums and Donna was learning guitar when a teacher in the school decided he’d throw us together to become a cover band. By 2013 we had added my long-time mate Kim Thair on board and Donna’s friend Harrison Smith leaving behind the covers and kick starting what would then be known as ‘Ready To Fire’. In the short space of the year since then we’ve written a ton of songs, and thrown ourselves into the local music scene. It’s been hectic, but we’re living out our dreams and we wouldn’t trade it for anything else.


2. What do you want listeners to take away from your music? How has the response to the "Ready To Fire" EP been since its release?

No matter how far we get as a band the thing that stands out as a real goal and achievement for us is attracting fans. If we can change anybody’s life in a positive way be that through some kicks live shows or providing music for them to listen to when life sucks we’ve done our jobs.
The release of the ‘Ready To Fire’ EP drew a huge response at the launch show, it honestly stands out as one of my favourite memories. The fact that so many people that we had met or impressed along the way came down and pitched in to get a copy meant the world to us. Since then we’ve continued to play as many shows as we can bringing the EPs along with us; and whether the room is full or contains 20 people, we’ve always left each show with another new fan who either bought an EP or liked the page. One fan can make a huge difference and slowly the numbers have built up.


3. How would you describe your music to the average listener?

Energetic and uplifting. There’s some killer vocals, incredible guitar solos and a ton of highs and lows within each track. You’ll always get a different track from us and we hate filler.


4. What can people expect from your live show?

Imagine the tracks from the EP with ten times the intensity and throw in some unpredictability and you’ve got yourself a RTF live show. We try our best to engage the crowd in between our nonsensical banter and experimentation but it’s always a laugh. We haven’t forgot our cover roots either and always throw in a modern or classic track, done Ready To Fire style, for new fans to sing along to.


5. Who are three bands you’d like to tour with?

There’s so many amazing bands out there, to be on a national tour with any of them would be a dream come true; however I think the ultimate goal for any of us would be Green Day, Paramore or All Time Low; especially for Donna. She loves Alex Gaskarth.


6. Any crazy show stories?

Every now and again we play Blink 182’s All The Small Things, however to mix it up and get everyone fully into it we pull people up onto the stage to play it. We’ve had fans come up and play bass, guitar and even sing! It’s always a blast.


7. What’s your take on the current state of pop/punk?

Pop Punk has never been bigger. There’s an incredible amount of bands out there giving it all at each and every show, and there’s a huge fanbase to play for. Just look at the Warped Tour lineup and you can see the endless potential there. Every band looks after each but they also want to stand out and be the best so you can expect some great music with every release.


8. What’s the current music scene like there in the AU both locally and state wide?

Australia is a tough music scene. The Eastern States is thriving however over West here there are limited venues... but that doesn’t stop punters coming out. The positives are that every musician in the scene looks out for each other and if you can play a solid show you will score the gigs everybody wants to play.


9. What’s your take on legal/illegal music downloading?

Downloading music has become so everyday that virtually everyone who has a laptop or computer probably does it. And as much as it sucks that a lot of music isn’t being paid for I think it’s a positive for the industry overall as it pushes bands to lift their game and make records that make fans want to spend money on. It also forces more bands to go on tours to earn money which means more live shows!


10. What’s next for Ready To Fire?

We’re currently in the process of recording our second EP at Sumo Studios with a close friend of mine Tristan Sturmer. The studio is incredible and will definitely provide a crisper and fuller sound compared to anything we’ve ever recorded before. This one will sound as professional as it can be and we’re so excited to release it. Keep your eyes peeled early next year!


11. Any shoutouts?

We wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for Paul Vincent seeing something in both Donna and I. We were so young when he put us together as a band and he took a gamble not many people would take today.

November 13, 2014

From The Depths Entertainment  /  11/13/2014 03:59:00 PM
Calgary, Alberta, Canada metalcore band From The Wolves gets interviewed and talks about the formation of the band, their live show and their upcoming plans.
www.facebook.com/fromthewolvesband
www.facebook.com/fromthewolvesband
From: Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Sounds like: Metalcore



1. How did you get started with music and how did you develop your sound? Who thought of the name “From The Wolves” and is there any meaning behind it?

Basically long story short, me (Layne) and John started jamming about a year ago. Messed around with a few different styles of playing and writing until we landed on what we have today. Then just added the rest of our lineup as time went on. The name itself doesn't mean anything to be honest. We made a list of names and just picked one finally one night we thought fit. Nothing really exciting behind it.


2. What do you want listeners to take away from your music? How has the response to "MMXIV" been since its release?

I (Shane) think people should take away from our music that we put everything we've got into our sound and stuff we've written. All of our lyrics are open to interpretation. We just want to come hard with it and show everyone that Canada has got some of the heaviest metalcore out there. The response has been pretty good. People seem to like it and are getting into it.


3. How would you describe your music to the average listener?

I don't think you can really have a average listener anymore. There are so many people out there listening to everything. I've seen everyone from full metalheads to ladies who listen to club music head banging to our stuff.


4. What can people expect from your live show?

Rowdy. Very high energy show from start to finish. We are out on that stage to give anyone that comes the absolute best show they can see from us.


5. Who are three bands you’d like to tour with?

Parkway drive. The Acacia Strain. Stray From The Path.


6. Any crazy show stories?

Nothing really crazy has happened in our shows. We like to have fun and try to keep things interesting.


7. What’s your take on the current state of metalcore?

Well my input to that question would be that metalcore is absolutely dead and just barely hanging on. These metalcore bands were in their prime back in 06 when you could play a chug chug breakdown and keep things simple. Nowadays if you have a simple breakdown or riff in a song, you're automatically a 'cliché' band with zero talent. And the album releases from every metalcore band in the recent couple of years have been absolutely terrible. Bands will go out of their way to sound like a band they saw at Warped Tour that sold more T Shirts to 12 year old scene girls. Metalcore is dead, and we are going to do what we can to bring it back to what it used to be.


8. What’s the current music scene like there in the Canada both locally and state wide?

Canada has a ton of amazing bands who absolutely destroy it every time they hit the stage. Though I've noticed that not enough of the bigger bands tour through Canada other than to Toronto and Montreal.


9. What’s your take on legal/illegal music downloading?

Unfortunately it's a thing we all have to deal with. If people want your music they will get it any way they can. I've always supported every band I dig by buying their albums. The internet has changed the entire game. I miss waiting for a new album to drop and going to the record store to pick it up the day it's released but now it seems that no matter how hard artists try their albums get leaked.


10. What’s next for From The Wolves?

New EP. Tours. Trying to get our music to every corner of the world we can.


11. Any shoutouts?

Wolves Breath crew. Our friends in Shark Infested Daughters. Lie Among Us. Our friends and families who support us and to everyone who comes to our shows and throws it down just as hard as we do. Thanks to everyone who has listened to and downloaded our EP.

November 12, 2014

From The Depths Entertainment  /  11/12/2014 06:47:00 AM
Anchorage, AK metalcore band The Harlequin State recently released their "Deadweight" EP. Below is the EP for your listening pleasure.
www.facebook.com/theharlequinstate
www.facebook.com/theharlequinstate
From: Anchorage, AK
Sounds like: Melodic Hardcore



November 11, 2014

From The Depths Entertainment  /  11/11/2014 10:30:00 AM
Charleston, SC thrash metal band Centura get their "Amerigeddon" EP reviewed. Check out our take below.
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www.facebook.com/centurametal
From: Charleston, SC
Sounds like: Thrash Metal



To preface this review, Centura's "Amerigeddon" EP was produced by themselves and mastered by the great Jamie King who also has produced/mastered other bands such as Between The Buried And Me, For Today and Motionless In White. He was also in one of our favorite (very underrated) broken up bands Swift. If you've heard a Jamie King mastered or produced album, you know the expectations are to be quality work. The EP opens great with the fast thrash sound of the title track "Amerigeddon". The frantic tempo and aggression in the five minute track is something to hear. The melodic section near the end the track is very early Metallica like. "Prostitution Of The Constitution" comes in like a swift haymaker to the chin. This seven minute track goes quickly for the jugular at only the second song. Within the first twelve minutes of the EP (1/3 of the way through) is extreme high intensity. The breakdown on the second track will create chaos. "Warfare Isn't Fair" brings to mind God Forbid as its more melodic but still devastating. "Universal Healthscare" keeps the melody there as it treads into a more early All That Remains sound. "Defying Their Gravity" can be seen as a crowd favorite and circle pit creator. "One Nation Under Fraud" closes out the EP. The track featured stellar guitar solos and overall just a killer metal track.

Verdict:
The production on this EP is fantastic and the listener should be excited about Centura's new upcoming music. The Centura sound is crushing. If you like your metal hard and fast, this should be right up your alley. This EP from Centura brings Armageddon to metal heads eardrums.

November 10, 2014

From The Depths Entertainment  /  11/10/2014 04:54:00 PM
Calgary, Alberta, Canada metalcore band From The Wolves get their "MMXIV" EP reviewed. Check out our take below.
www.facebook.com/fromthewolvesband
www.facebook.com/fromthewolvesband
From: Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Sounds like: Metalcore



Calgary, Alberta, Canada metalcore band From The Wolves are coming out the gate with authority as their "MMXIV" EP is looking to shake things up in the fastily growing stale genre of metalcore. "Sheep" opens the EP with a sheer intensity that brings to mind early The Ghost Inside or Stick To Your Guns. "Legacy" will make the two steppers happy with its fast pace. The breakdowns and bridge in the track bring to mind early From Autumn To Ashes. "Antagonist" brings a more metal side to the forefront. The track just crushes everything in its path and could be seen as a crowd favorite. The last track "Continual" brings to mind melodic hardcore bands and you can feel the passion throughout the two minute track. The track is the catchiest track on the EP in terms of melody but there is no clean singing throughout either the track or EP. The track is great and the only downfall of the track and EP is that it's too short.

Verdict:
If you want a quality metalcore release with newer material coming in the Spring (which if its better than this will be scary good) then pick up this EP. It's free and should be on every metalcore fans playlist. The EP is short, sweet and to the point clocking in at only around ten minutes. There's no reason to not check out this quality EP.

November 9, 2014

From The Depths Entertainment  /  11/09/2014 04:28:00 PM
Dallas, TX deathcore band Ashes Of The Forgotten get their "Dark Aeons" EP reviewed. Check out our take below.
www.facebook.com/ashesofthefogotten
www.facebook.com/ashesoftheforgotten
From: Dallas, TX
Sounds like: Deathcore



"The Void" is a stormy introduction track to set the mood of the EP. Its pianos and thunder strikes prepares the listener for a ferocious onslaught thats about to occur. "Celestial Eradication" is a fast death metal track that intends to evicerate everything in its path. The speed metal tendencies are enough to keep the circle pit moving through its five minute track time. "FortyTwo" brings to mind early As I Lay Dying and even early Parkway Drive as it has the power to get even the most metal of listeners start to slam dance. "The Advocate" is almost black metal sounding and keeps things at a high octane level. The track will get your head bobbing with its fierce breakdowns and riffs. "Depraved Awakening" is short and devastating. We dare you to not listen and explode with your inner rage. The closing track "B.F.C." clocks in at nine minutes long. The track is a wonderful showcase of sound that really lets the listener in to the true musical talents of the band and what they're capable of. If this track is any indication of what's to come, the deathcore scene better watch out.

Verdict:
Ashes Of The Forgotten's sound is their own style of death metal with a hardcore flair. They're guaranteed to make the metal head listener wanna jump in the pit and destroy the floor. If you like your deathcore, check out this EP as it has a lot contained within its half hour time frame.

From The Depths Entertainment  /  11/09/2014 10:40:00 AM
Thessaloniki, Greece gothic rock/post punk band Remain In Light get their "Introduction To A Dream" EP reviewed. Check out our take below.
www.facebook.com/remaininlightband
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From: Thessaloniki, Greece
Sounds like: Gothic Rock/Post Punk



Thessaloniki, Greece may not be on many peoples radar when it comes to music but rest assured, they are well represented in this "Introduction To A Dream" EP from Remain In Light. The first track "X Corde Vita" is a haunting track that encompasses their sound perfectly. Their sound is a dash of The Cure and Depeche Mode. "Open Mindway" is next. The track is a more upbeat affair and also had a music video shot for it. The track brings to mind early Billy Idol and keeps things at a more post punk pace. "Balm Of Gilead (Venra)" has the signature Remain In Light sound in full effect. The track is a driving force of passion, emotion and goth undertones. The influence of Edgar Allan Poe's "The Raven" fit the tracks tone. The female vocals add a bit of flair to the track. It works very well. "Longing" features more female vocals as the driving force in the track. The singing throughout is spectacular and really showcases the sound nicely. The track is the shortest track on the EP but shouldn't be downplayed. "Prey Red" opens with a synth heav, upbeat gothic melody. The beat continues throughout the track and its a wonderful track to listen to. The closer "Salvation" closes out the EP with a track brimming with single potential. The track is a tour de force of catchy dark wave and just like the EP, explodes with a sonic sound of excitement to the gothic rock, post punk landscape.

Verdict:
Remain In Light is a band that have a tremendous focus on their sound. Their style of gothic rock mixed with post punk may be an acquired taste to some but if you give it a listen, it's quite haunting and refreshing. Fans of Tears For Fears, Billy Idol, The Cure, Depeche Mode and the Talking Heads are in for a treat.

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