Crossfaith are a Japanese electronicore band from Osaka that was formed in 2006. The band released their first demo Blueprint of Reconstruction in 2008, the band consists of vocalist Kenta Koie, guitarist Kazuki Takemura, Hiroki Ikegawa on bass guitar, drummer Tatsuya Amano and Terufumi Tamano on keyboards. They are renowned for their fusion of metalcore and post-hardcore with electronic dance music, Crossfaith released their second EP Zion in September 2012, this acted as a promotional release to countries outside Japan. The band started when vocalist Kenta Koie, now guitarist Kazuki Takemura and turntablist Terufumi Tamano were in a nu metal band which they covered Linkin Park and this used to feature Kenta rapping as well as screaming. After their cover band broke up Kenta wanted to start up a new metal band, to do this he asked drummer Tatsuya Amano, a fellow student at his school who was in Kentas music club to audition. Amanos drum cover of Slipknots impressed Kenta and the others so much they knew they wanted him a part of the band, the band formed fuelled by their hatred of Japan’s enormous pop music culture.
In 2010, Koie was featured in Manafests song No Plan B on Avalanche/No Plan B EP, in March 2011 Tragic Hero Records signed Crossfaith for an American release of their second album The Dream, The Space. In August the band went to Japan to play the Summer Sonic festival, the largest festival in the country, in September 2012 the band released their second extended play Zion, used as an introductory sampler designed to break into a bigger market. Zion was named after the city in The Matrix film series. The extended play revived a popular response from critics such as Kerrang. Three promotional videos spawned out of the promotion of the ep, music videos for Monolith and Jägerbomb, on 10 November the band performed at the 2012 Warped Tour at the Alexandra Palace in London on the Kevin Says Stage. The stage they played on was only a 500 capacity room and their performance at the festival garnered a lot of attention for the band. On 4 February 2013 the Zion EP was released in Europe by Search and Destroy Records, Crossfaith performed at the Australian 2013 Soundwave festival for all 5 dates in, Sydney, Melbourne and Perth between 23 February and 4 March.
They have announced Sidewaves shows prior to the dates with Periphery. Just two days after their appearance in Australia the band is started their March tour across the United States in support of Enter Shikari, then, in May the band is main supporting band on Bring Me the Horizons headline tour of the United Kingdom. Their performances were praised as offering constant energy and how Amano Tatsuyas drum solos were stunning and this show was at the Underworld just a year after their show there supporting Of Mice and Men. Across July and August Crossfaith United States touring festival Warped Tour and will perform at Reading, Crossfaith will release their third studio album Apocalyze in Japan on 4 September 2013 and on 9 September in the United Kingdom. The album was recorded at Machine Shop Studios in New York City in January 2013 and will be released on Search and Destroy, prior to the release of Apocalyze, Crossfaith released three music videos, We Are the Future and The Evolution
Heavy metal music
Heavy metal is a genre of rock music that developed in the late 1960s and early 1970s, largely in the United Kingdom and the United States. Heavy metal lyrics and performance styles are associated with aggression. The first heavy metal such as Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath. During the mid-1970s, Judas Priest helped spur the evolution by discarding much of its blues influence, Motörhead introduced a punk rock sensibility. Beginning in the late 1970s, bands in the new wave of British heavy metal such as Iron Maiden, before the end of the decade, heavy metal fans became known as metalheads or headbangers. During the 1980s, glam metal became popular with such as Mötley Crüe. Since the mid-1990s popular styles have further expanded the definition of the genre and these include groove metal and nu metal, the latter of which often incorporates elements of grunge and hip hop. Heavy metal is characterized by loud distorted guitars, emphatic rhythms, dense bass-and-drum sound. Metal subgenres variously emphasize, alter, or omit one or more of these attributes, the typical band lineup includes a drummer, a bassist, a rhythm guitarist, a lead guitarist, and a singer, who may or may not be an instrumentalist.
Keyboard instruments are used to enhance the fullness of the sound. Deep Purples Jon Lord played an overdriven Hammond organ, in 1970, John Paul Jones used a Moog synthesizer on Led Zeppelin III, by the 1990s, in. almost every subgenre of heavy metal synthesizers were used. The electric guitar and the power that it projects through amplification has historically been the key element in heavy metal. The heavy metal guitar sound comes from a use of high volumes. Guitar solos are an element of the heavy metal code. That underscores the significance of the guitar to the genre, most heavy metal songs featur at least one guitar solo, which is a primary means through which the heavy metal performer expresses virtuosity. One exception is nu metal bands, which tend to omit guitar solos, with rhythm guitar parts, the heavy crunch sound in heavy metal. Palm muting the strings with the hand and using distortion. Palm muting creates a tighter, more sound and it emphasizes the low end
Lamb of God (band)
Lamb of God is an American groove metal band from Richmond, Virginia. Formed in 1994, the group consists of vocalist Randy Blythe, guitarists Mark Morton and Willie Adler, bassist John Campbell, the band is considered a significant member of the New Wave of American Heavy Metal movement. Since their formation, Lamb of God has released eight albums, one live album, one compilation album. The bands cumulative sales equal almost two million in the United States, including one album certified Gold by the RIAA, in 2010 and 2011 the band received Grammy nominations for songs from their 2009 album Wrath. They received a nomination in 2016 for their song 512, Lamb of God has toured with the Ozzfest twice. Other appearances include Download Festival and Sonisphere Festival in the UK, Soundwave Festival, Mayhem Festival 2010, from 2008 to 2010 they toured as part of Metallicas World Magnetic Tour. In 1994, guitarists Mark Morton and Matt Conner, bassist John Campbell, the band members knew each other from the college they were all attending, Virginia Commonwealth University, in Richmond, Virginia.
Morton and Conner left the band soon after its inception to pursue masters degrees and Campbell replaced Morton with Abe Spear. For the next five years, the band practiced in Richmond and around Virginia, in 1995, the band released its self-titled first demo. After the demo, Burn the Priest recorded two split EPs with Agents of Satan and ZED respectively, after the bands first three demos, Burn the Priest added vocalist Randall Blythe to its line up. In 1997, Morton returned to the band, two years later, the band released its first full-length self-titled album, Burn the Priest, through Legion Records. Mikey Brosnan of Legion Records saved up $2,500 for the recording, the album was produced by Today Is the Day guitarist and vocalist Steve Austin. Spear left the band, leaving a position for a guitarist. Adlers younger brother Willie became the second guitarist a year later. Contrary to rumour, the band did not change their name to Lamb of God after being banned from venues and they changed their name because of the altered line-up, and to avoid being mistaken for a satanic metal band.
With a new name and label, the band released its album, New American Gospel. Patrick Kennedy of Allmusic compared the band to Pantera stating, The essential signatures of post-Pantera metal are in abundance on Lamb of Gods inaugural album, Chris Adler commented, This is a classic record. We had all the elements together to make one of the heaviest
The groups self-titled debut album was released on April 28,2009, through Atlantic Records. Their second album The Strange Case Of. was released on April 10,2012 and its lead single Love Bites from that album won their first Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance on February 10,2013. Halestorm is well known for their near non-stop touring, often performing as many as 250 shows a year, Halestorm appeared on the first annual Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival, and in October 2010 the band traveled to Japan to participate in the Loud Park Festival. Halestorm appeared on the 2010 Taste of Chaos tour, siblings Arejay and Elizabeth Lzzy Hale have been actively writing and performing original music since 1997 when they were 10 and 13 years old, respectively. Lzzy started learning piano at the age of 5, Lzzy progressed to a keytar, Lzzy took guitar lessons at 16. The teen siblings released an EP titled Dont Mess With the Time Man in 1999, in 2003, Joe Hottinger joined the band. In Halestorms earlier days and Arejays father, Roger Hale, the group signed a recording contract with Atlantic Records on June 28,2005, and released a live EP titled One and Done on April 28,2006.
The EP, now out of print, featured a live version of Its Not You. Their self-titled debut album was released on April 28,2009, the song I Get Off served as the albums lead single. Both the song and video for their single, Its Not You, were released in late November 2009. Singles and videos for Love/Hate Heartbreak and Familiar Taste of Poison were released in 2010, on November 16,2010 Halestorm released a live CD/DVD entitled Live in Philly 2010, which was recorded at The TLA in Philadelphia in early 2010. On March 22,2011, Halestorm released an EP called ReAnimate containing covers of songs of different genres, on January 24,2012, Halestorm released the EP Hello, Its Mz. Hyde. Their second full-length album, The Strange Case Of. was released on April 10,2012, in the US, April 9 in the UK, and April 17 in Italy. On October 29,2012 they were announced as the support for Bullet For My Valentine on their UK tour in March 2013. was nominated for a Grammy in the Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance Category.
Drummer Arejay Hale asked on his mic what happened and after Lzzy replied to the audience that they had just been nominated for a Grammy, the entire event was recorded by a fan and posted on YouTube. On February 10,2013 Halestorm won the award, becoming the first female-fronted band to both be nominated and win in that category, in April 2013, Halestorm reached the top of the Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart for the first time with their single Freak Like Me. On August 6,2013, the band premiered their video for Heres To Us, on October 15, Halestorm released their second covers album entitled Reanimate 2.0. Halestorm covered the Dio song Straight Through the Heart on the tribute album Ronnie James Dio - This Is Your Life, on March 28,2014 Halestorm performed a brand new song called The Heartbreaker at the Cannery Ballroom in Nashville, Tennessee
Deftones is an American alternative metal band from Sacramento, California, U. S. Formed in 1988, the band was founded by Chino Moreno, Stephen Carpenter, Abe Cunningham, during the groups first five years, the bands lineup changed several times, but stabilized in 1993 when Cunningham rejoined the group after his departure in 1990. Cunningham replaced John Taylor, who had replaced Garcia after he had switched to drums in 1990, the lineup remained stable for fifteen years, with the exception of keyboardist and turntablist Frank Delgado being added in 1999. In 2008, Cheng was involved in an accident that ended his stint with Deftones. He has been replaced by Sergio Vega, the band is known as one of the most experimental groups to have come from the alternative metal music scene. Deftones have released eight albums since their inception, after the lineup settled in 1993, the band secured a recording contract with Maverick Records, and subsequently released their debut album, Adrenaline, in 1995.
Promoting the album by touring exhaustively with other bands in the scene and their sophomore album, Around the Fur, was released in 1997. The album and its singles reached chart positions, and the album was the bands first to receive certification from the RIAA, the band found even further success with their third album, White Pony, in 2000. It showed a transition away from the earlier sound into a more experimental direction. Its lead single, Change, is the groups most commercially successful single, White Pony was the bands first of three albums to be certified platinum in the United States. Their self-titled fourth album was released in 2003, while the groups mainstream success continued, sales proved to be lackluster compared to White Pony. The follow-up, Saturday Night Wrist, was released in 2006 after a falling out within the band due to creative tensions. Its completion was delayed by personal issues within the band. In 2008, while Deftones were working on an album tentatively titled Eros, as a result, he was left in a minimally conscious state until his death in 2013 of cardiac arrest.
During that time, Deftones halted production on Eros and released Diamond Eyes and Koi No Yokan in 2010 and 2012 respectively, in 2016, the band released a followup, titled Gore. When Stephen Carpenter was 15 years old, he was hit by a car while skateboarding, confined to a wheelchair for several months, he began teaching himself guitar by playing along to bands such as Anthrax, Stormtroopers of Death and Metallica. Carpenter and Chino Moreno were friends from their childhood, All three went to McClatchy High School in Sacramento and remained friends through the citys skateboarding scene. While Carpenter was a fan of metal, Moreno was interested in hardcore punk bands such as Bad Brains and post-punk
Arch Enemy is a Swedish melodic death metal band, originally a supergroup, from Halmstad, formed in 1996. Its members were in such as Carcass, Carnage, Mercyful Fate, Spiritual Beggars, Nevermore. It was founded by Carcass guitarist Michael Amott along with Johan Liiva, the band has released nine studio albums, two live albums, three video albums and three EPs. The band was fronted by Johan Liiva, who was replaced by German Angela Gossow as lead vocalist in 2000. Gossow left the band in March 2014 and was replaced by Canadian Alissa White-Gluz, Arch Enemy, the brainchild of Michael Amott, was originally assembled when Amott left Carcass. He and his younger brother Christopher joined with vocalist Johan Liiva, the bands debut, entitled Black Earth, was recorded in Studio Fredman and released by the now defunct Wrong Again Records in 1996. It obtained a fair amount of success in Japan, achieving MTV rotation with their first single Bury Me an Angel, Amott revealed that he had the credits listed that way to make the album seem more of a band effort.
Many consider it to be the bands most aggressive album, a trait that was softened to some degree on its following releases, after the release of Black Earth the band switched labels, signing a contract with Century Media. In 1998 Arch Enemy released Stigmata, for which bassist Martin Bengtsson, the album caught the attention of a wider audience, gaining popularity in both Europe and America. This was the first Arch Enemy album to be released worldwide, in 1999, Sharlee DAngelo assumed the role of Arch Enemys bassist, and Daniel Erlandsson was once again recruited to handle drum duties, this time on a permanent basis. During the touring-cycle for Burning Bridges, Sharlee DAngelo was temporarily replaced twice, in November 2000, vocalist Johan Liiva parted ways. Liiva was soon replaced by German death metal female vocalist Angela Gossow, the first album with songs featuring Gossow was Wages of Sin, released in 2001. This is the first album where the band used C tuning, in December of the same year, Arch Enemy took part in the Japans Beast Feast 2002 concert, playing alongside Slayer and Motörhead.
Anthems of Rebellion was released in 2003 and brought some innovations, such as the use of a voice singing in harmony, such as in the End of the Line. In November of the year, the band released the EP Dead Eyes See No Future. In June 2004, the band embarked upon Japan touring with Japanese act Edge of Spirit, in June 2005, Arch Enemy finished the recording for their sixth album, Doomsday Machine. In July 2005, guitarist Christopher Amott left the band in order to focus on his personal life and he was temporarily replaced by guitarist Gus G. and by Fredrik Åkesson in September 2005. Christopher returned on a permanent basis in March 2007, shortly before the band entered the studio to begin recording their new album with producer Fredrik Nordström, Åkesson went on to become Opeths new lead guitarist in May 2007
Stone Temple Pilots
Stone Temple Pilots are an American rock band from San Diego, that originally consisted of Scott Weiland, brothers Dean and Robert DeLeo, and Eric Kretz. Since the bands formation in 1989, its line-up remained unchanged until the firing of Weiland in 2013, in 2015, Bennington left the band to focus solely on Linkin Park. On December 3,2015, Weiland was found dead on his tour bus prior to a performance with his band The Wildabouts, in 2016, the band launched an online audition for a new lead vocalist. After forming in 1989 under the name Mighty Joe Young, the signed with Atlantic Records. The band found success in 1993 upon releasing their debut album, Core. The band released four studio albums, Tiny Music. Songs from the Vatican Gift Shop, No.4 and Shangri-La Dee Da, before separating in 2002, the band eventually reconvened in 2008 for a reunion tour, released a new self-titled album in 2010, and actively toured until Chester Benningtons departure. The bands only material with Bennington was the EP High Rise in 2013 and they began discussing their girlfriends, only to realize they were dating the same woman.
However, instead of letting this come between them, they developed a bond and formed a band after they each subsequently broke it off with the girl, after a few years Allin went his separate way pursuing other interests. The remaining members witnessed drummer Eric Kretz play in a Long Beach club, guitarist Hicock eventually left the band in 1989, in need of a replacement and auditioning many guitarists, Robert suggested his older brother, Dean. At the time, Dean was a businessman who had left behind his previous career as a musician. The band managed to convince Dean to play guitar for Swing, completing the original STP lineup, Dean reportedly refused to continue playing in a band called Swing, and shortly afterwards the band became Mighty Joe Young. The band recorded a tape that was completed around 1990. Mighty Joe Young played several gigs in the San Diego area and their first show was supporting Henry Rollins at the Whisky a Go Go. The group began to work on their album with Brendan OBrien.
During the recording, they received a call from their lawyer who informed them there was a bluesman who had already claimed the name Mighty Joe Young. They eventually settled on the name Stone Temple Pilots, Stone Temple Pilots developed a fan base in San Diego clubs. In 1992, Stone Temple Pilots signed with Atlantic Records and their first album, was released on September 29,1992, and peaked at No.3 on the Billboard Albums Chart
Amon Amarth is a Swedish melodic death metal band from Tumba, formed in 1992. The band takes its name from the Sindarin name of Mount Doom and their lyrics mostly deal with Viking mythology and history, and so they have been associated with Viking metal. The band is composed of vocalist Johan Hegg, guitarists Olavi Mikkonen and Johan Söderberg, bassist Ted Lundström, Amon Amarth has released ten studio albums, one compilation album, one EP, one video album, and ten music videos. Its first studio album, Once Sent from the Golden Hall, three more albums, Surtur Rising, Deceiver of the Gods, and Jomsviking followed in 2011,2013, and 2016, respectively. After a 1991 demo, Scum broke up, Johan Hegg convinced the former members to reform, and Amon Amarth formed in 1992. Hegg replaced Mäkitalo on vocals, Anders Hansson joined on guitar, recorded its first demo Thor Arise. In 1994 another demo entitled The Arrival of the Fimbul Winter was recorded, in 1996, it signed with Pulverised Records, on which it released its first MCD, Sorrow Throughout the Nine Worlds, which sold 6000 copies.
They signed with Metal Blade Records which released the debut album Once Sent from the Golden Hall. According to Allmusic, the song that bore the groups namesake was the most memorable, containing the chaotic noises of battle, the screams of the dying, and much sword-clashing to boot. Since they have performed at multiple Canada and US tours, festival appearances, eight music videos, and appearances in over 100 metal magazines. In June 1998, as the band was about to commence a tour alongside Deicide, Six Feet Under and Brutal Truth, after the tour Martin Lopez quit to join Opeth and Fredrik Andersson came in. With him in Spring 1999 the band recorded and released its second full-length, the release was supported by the X-Mas Massacre Festivals Tour with Morbid Angel headlining. The Crusher, released in 2001, was considered to be its most aggressive album, in support of it the band went on tour with Marduk and Vader, taking part in No Mercy Festival. Its first American tour in autumn 2001 though had to be cancelled and was later, in January 2002, without Marduk.
In April 2002 the band toured Europe with Vomitory and in August performed at Wacken Open Air before 12.000 metal fans. In Berno Studio in Malmo Versus The World was recorded and came out, The Viking Edition comprising a bonus CD which included demos Thor Arise, touring continued up until Spring 2004 when the band started working on Fate of Norns album which was released on 6 September 2004. The follow-up, With Oden on Our Side, has shown that Amon Amarth continue to be champions of the death metal tournament. The albums material though was not included in the DVD Wrath Of The Norsemen which was released in May 2006, having turned gold in US ever since
Katatonia is a Swedish metal band formed in Stockholm in 1991 by Jonas Renkse and Anders Nyström. The band started as a project for the duo, as an outlet for the bands love of death metal. The band released two albums, Discouraged Ones and Tonights Decision, before settling into a stable quintet lineup for all of 2000s. The band was first formed in 1991 by Jonas Renkse and Anders Nyström as a two piece studio-based project, Renkse would provide clean and screamed vocals and drums, while Nystrom would provide all bass and guitars. Renkse was the primary lyricist, while Nystrom was the music composer. The duo had been working together with music in some capacity since 1987, but became serious about making music in 1991, when began work on their first release. The newfound popularity found them recruiting a bass guitarist, Guillaume Le Huche, so the trio could play live performances, the resulting work, Dance of December Souls, was released in late 1993. The albums bleak melancholy and despair of their sound, continued to give them the classification of death/doom, after touring in support of the album, the trio recorded another EP, For Funerals to Come, which was released in early 1995.
However, Le Huche left the band shortly after, and issues finding a replacement found the break up for a year, while Renkse. Of note, Renkse started up a new band, October Tide, after working some with Norrman on the project, Renkse decided to revive Katatonia with Normann as the new third member. After the year off, the band reformed in 1996 to record and release a studio album. To promote the album, the band recruited Mikael Oretoft to play bass, after the bands 1997 releases, due to a desire to create more emotive and evolving music, the band decided to move in that direction. The first of said releases was an EP entitled Saw You Drown, released in early 1998, in 1998, the band released their first full-album of this style, titled Discouraged Ones. After the release, the signed a multi-album record deal with Peaceville, which would mark the first time the band would work with a bigger label. Additionally, Renkse wanted to further on dedicating himself to developing his clean vocals. The band kept active and releasing their album, Tonights Decision.
The session were difficult, with the writing alone taking Renkse, once recording, they recruited Dan Swanö, who had helped assist the band in the past, as a sessions drummer. While the album contained no screamed vocals, the band still retained Åkerfeldt still assisted with production on the album
Thy Art Is Murder
Thy Art Is Murder is an Australian deathcore band from Blacktown. The band formed in 2006 and have released two EPs and three albums and are currently signed to Distort in Canada and Nuclear Blast worldwide. The album reached no.1 on AIR and both no.2 and no.4 respectively on the USA and Canadian iTunes metal charts on its week of release. Building on a following among fans of deathcore in Western Sydney, they recorded a three track demo This Hole Isnt Deep Enough for the Twelve of You. They returned to the studio in 2008 to record the EP Infinite Death, the EP reached number 10 on the AIR Charts. Following two years of national touring, it was announced in 2008 that van Ryn was about to depart from the group. It was initially claimed that he left the group due to creative differences, however it was claimed in 2013 that van Ryn was replaced because he couldnt sing and he had a massive attitude problem. Thy Art Is Murder searched for a year for a new vocalist, the band were so impressed with his death growl vocals that he was incepted into the band during 2009.
Bassist Mick Lowe replaced King shortly before the band began tracking demos for their first full-length album The Adversary, the demos recorded in 2009 included early versions of the songs Engineering the Antichrist and Cowards Throne. In 2010, the began recording the albums final recording sessions. The album was released on 16 July 2010, Thy Art Is Murder supported the release of The Adversary with Canadian deathcore band Despised Icons Australian leg of their Farewell Tour, which included The Red Shore. 2011 saw further changes, notably the departure of founding member. Delander decided to switch duties from guitar to bass, making way for Andy Marsh, following their Australian tour with Fear Factory in September 2012, Hate was released on 19 October 2012. The first single, Reign of Darkness, had premiered earlier on radio station Triple Js The Racket on 18 September. The album debuted at #35 on the ARIA Charts, making Thy Art Is Murder the first extreme metal band to ever to break the top 40, the album reached #1 on AIR.
The album was met with a mix of positive and some negative criticism. In January 2013, the performed at the Sydney Big Day Out festival. Following their second European tour in February and March Thy Art Is Murder signed to Nuclear Blast on 24 January 2013 for distribution of Hate outside Australia
Eagles of Death Metal
Eagles of Death Metal is an American rock band from Palm Desert, formed in 1998. Founded by Jesse Hughes and Josh Homme, the band includes a wide range of other musicians that perform both on the bands studio albums and at live shows. Hughes and Homme are the permanent members of the band. The bands current touring line-up includes Hughes alongside Dave Catching, Eden Galindo, Matt McJunkins, despite their name, Eagles of Death Metal are not a death metal band and the name is intended to be humorous. In a 2003 interview Homme described the sound of the band as a combination of bluegrass slide guitar mixed with drum beats. Hughes is known for his interaction with audiences at live performances. While the band were on stage at the Bataclan in Paris, France, on November 13,2015, the death toll inside the venue was 89, including the groups merchandise manager, but the band members escaped safely out of the venue via a door backstage. When asked what he was doing, the man yelled, This is death metal, dude.
to which Homme replied and this is like the Eagles of death metal. An alternate story concerning the origin of the band claims that the name originated during an exchange in which a friend of Josh Homme was attempting to convert Hughes to the death metal genre. When the friend played a song by the Polish band Vader and made a claim that the song was within the metal genre. After hearing this phrase, Hughes wondered what a cross between the Eagles and a metal band would sound like. Eagles of Death Metal formed in Palm Desert, California, in 1998 and first appeared on Josh Hommes The Desert Sessions Volumes 3 &4, over the next few years, Homme became distracted from the band due to the success of Queens of the Stone Age. However, in an October 2008 interview, he reaffirmed his commitment to the band saying, I have musical schizophrenia, and this is one of those personalities. The band released their album, Love, Death Metal. Several songs from the album were used in American television commercials including those for Ask.
The first song on the album, I Only Want You, was used on the soundtrack for the PS2 game Gran Turismo 4. Globe Shoes, a manufacturer of shoes, has featured the song in the montage section of episode 1 in their new series of skate films entitled, United By Fate. Miss Alissa was featured on Nikes FIFA World Cup 2014 campaign video, the video is entitled Winner stays and featured footballers Cristiano Ronaldo, Andrea Pirlo, Tim Howard and many others
Alice in Chains
Alice in Chains is an American rock band formed in Seattle, Washington, in 1987 by guitarist and songwriter Jerry Cantrell and original lead vocalist Layne Staley. The initial lineup was rounded out by drummer Sean Kinney and bassist Mike Starr, although widely associated with grunge music, the bands sound incorporates heavy metal elements. Since its formation, Alice in Chains has released five studio albums, the band is known for its distinctive vocal style, which often included the harmonized vocals of Staley and Cantrell. Alice in Chains rose to fame as part of the grunge movement of the early 1990s, along with other Seattle bands such as Nirvana, Pearl Jam. The band was one of the most successful acts of the 1990s, selling over 20 million records worldwide. In 1992 the bands album, was released to critical acclaim and was certified quadruple platinum. Their third album, Alice in Chains, was released in 1995 and has been certified double platinum and it achieved No.1 position on the Billboard 200 chart.
The band has had 14 top ten songs on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, although never officially disbanding, Alice in Chains was plagued by extended inactivity from 1996 onwards due to Staleys substance abuse, which resulted in his death in 2002. The band reunited in 2005 for a benefit show, performing with a number of guest vocalists. They toured in 2006, with William DuVall taking over as lead vocalist full-time, the new line-up released the bands fourth studio album, Black Gives Way to Blue, in 2009. The album received gold certification by the RIAA, in 2013, the band released The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here, its fifth studio album. The band has toured extensively and released videos in support of these albums. Alice in Chains is currently working on their studio album. Other members of this group at that time were guitarists Johnny Bacolas and Zoli Semanate, drummer James Bergstrom and this was prompted by a conversation that Bacolas had with a singer from another band about backstage passes.
Staley met guitarist Jerry Cantrell while working with Alice N Chains at Music Bank rehearsal studios, the two struggling musicians became roommates, living in a rehearsal space they shared. Alice N Chains soon disbanded, and Staley joined a band that required a guitarist at the time. Staley asked Cantrell to join as a sideman, Cantrell agreed on condition that Staley join Cantrells band, which at the time included drummer Sean Kinney and bassist Mike Starr. Local promoter Randy Hauser became aware of the band at a concert, one day before the band was due to record at the Music Bank studio in Washington, police shut down the studio during the biggest cannabis raid in the history of the state