Asking Alexandria has only been around since 2008, but they have paid their dues in England and the US. Before recording their first album, the band played extensive concert dates in the UK and the US in 2008. After gaining a decent following, Asking Alexandria recorded their debut album, Stand Up and Scream, in 2009 right before being signed to Sumerian Records. Despite the previous year full of tour dates, the album was such a success that the band spent most of 2009 playing concert dates with bands like Alesana and Evergreen Terrace.
2010 was an even busier year for Asking Alexandria; the band worked on a reissue of Stand Up and Scream called Stepped Up and Scratched, which has a more dustup vibe than the original. The band also worked extremely hard on their newest album Reckless & Relentless while playing numerous tour dates on a number of separate tours with Attack Attack!, Dance Gavin Dance, We Came as Romans, and the Thrash and Burn Tour with Born of Osiris.
With Reckless & Relentless released on April 5, 2011, Asking Alexandria is scheduling even more concert dates to promote the album. Tour dates for 2011 will include plenty of popular metal bands, including Evergreen Terrace, Emmure, Chiodos, Miss May I, and Lower Than Atlantis. The Reckless and Relentless Tour is currently on the US leg of its tour dates, making their way up the West Coast and weaving back and forth over the Canadian border. The European leg of 2011 tour dates will begin with a sold out show in London on April 22 and will continue throughout Western Europe and South Asia until late May, returning to Europe for the final few concert dates.
As I Lay Dying: Formed in early 2001 to realize the developing musical vision of ex-Societys Finest guitarist Tim Lambesis, As I Lay Dying first took shape as a trio, with (now-former) guitarist Evan White and drummer Jordan Mancino rounding out the lineup. One month into their lifespan, the group hit the studio to record their first album, Beneath The Encasing Of Ashes, released that June by Pluto Records. As I Lay Dying caught the touring bug shortly afterward, and started what to this day remains a pattern.
Released by Pluto in August of 2002, As I Lay Dyings split CD with fellow San Diegans American Tragedy offered the first sign of where the band was headed. Touring as relentlessly as ever behind their latest effort, As I Lay Dying found themselves landing on the radar of several prominent record labels, with Metal Blade ultimately sealing the deal in March of 2003and the bands Metal Blade debut, Frail Words Collapse, dropping on an unsuspecting public that July.
Long story short: Produced by Lambesis, Frail Words Collapse crystallized everything As I Lay Dying had been working toward into a massive knockout blow. Even though mainstream acceptance still eluded them, it didnt matter: Sonically, the band had united the classic Göthenburg soundthe punch-press rhythms, snarling vocals and melancholy riffs of seminal Swedish bands like At The Gateswith the chugging heartbeat of modern hardcore, launching themselves into the forefront of a new scene of metal bubbling under in the U.S. With each tour came new fans, who told their friends, who told their friends, who told Well, you get the idea.
Enter 2005. Strengthened by the road, creatively on fire, and with their lineup both solidified and contributing equally to the songwriting process, As I Lay Dying enter Big Fish Studios in Encinitas, California (the same place theyd recorded Collapse), at the beginning of January. With Lambesis at the production helm, along with help from bandmate Phil Sgrosso, and engineer/co-producer Steve Russell once again behind the boards, the quintet sequestered themselves until spring and emerged with their leanest, meanest and most focused effort yet, Shadows Are Security.
Suicide Silence: SUICIDE SILENCE has dominated the metal world since arriving on the scene in 2005. Almost immediately, the Riverside natives caught fire and became a five-piece force of destruction, bludgeoning fans across the world with the strength of their two full-length records. It's now 2011 and the band is gearing up for its biggest campaign yet. SUICIDE SILENCE will soon be entering the studio with heavyweight producer Steve Evetts (Dillinger Escape Plan, Every Time I Die, Hatebreed) to create their most substantial piece of work to date. This summer, the yet-to-be-titled record aims to redefine heavy and further the band's dominating force within the extreme metal community. Following a long list of achievements, including a Revolver Golden God Award for ‘Best New Talent’, the band catapulted to the top of the metal world to become one of the most influential and respected young bands around. SUICIDE SILENCE has spread their infectious brand of metal across the globe, taking part in tours such as Vans Warped Tour, the Rockstar Mayhem Festival, Music as a Weapon IV and even the massive Download Festival in the UK. This year will see some of their best touring yet; having already confirmed Graspop, Vainstream, and other major European festivals, the band is now excited to reveal their participation in the 2011 edition of the Rockstar Mayhem Festival.
Clearly reminded of the sheer aggression and captivating performance of the band’s 2008 appearance, the Mayhem Festival has invited SUICIDE SILENCE to return and unleash their punishing brand of metal to the masses. This special 2011 performance will feature a more elaborate stage show alongside an array of new music never previously performed and will certainly be the premier opportunity to witness the band lay waste across the country. SUICIDE SILENCE has already landed the cover of Revolver, been named one of the ‘100 Bands You Need To Know’ by Alternative Press and shifted nearly 200,000 records in a time where critics claim the music industry is dead. After two highly acclaimed studio albums and countless laps around the globe alongside the likes of Slipknot, Slayer, Megadeth, As I Lay Dying, Mudvayne and more, SUICIDE SILENCE has proven itself to be a truly dominant force in modern metal. Now, the juggernaut returns with its third-full length, which looks to push the extreme metal genre even further into the scope of music fans everywhere. Look for SUICIDE SILENCE to be in your face throughout the year regardless of where you live or what genre you pledge your allegiance to. SUICIDE SILENCE will find a way into your world in 2011 so be prepared to bang your head!
The group will made their triumphant return to the U.S. in early July as part of the summer's most anticipated tour, "Rockstar Energy Mayhem," alongside Slipknot, Disturbed and Machine Head, among a slew of others. Be sure to visit MYSPACE to view their complete touring schedule.