Rage Fest Featuring:
Suicide Silence, Volumes, Like Moths to Flames, Spite
6:00 pmAlamo City Music Hall
$20.00 - $25.00
This event is all ages
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Instead of cracking open a few beers, raising their fists, hollering at chicks, and having a good time, so many bands choose to whine about their hearts and their hair. Where's the fun in that? Thankfully, Atlanta's Attila haven't forgotten how to party on their fifth full-length album and third for Artery Recordings/Razor & Tie, About That Life. Boasting brutal grooves and a whole lot of bravado, this is metal at its most raw, raucous, and ratchet. The quintet—Chris "Fronz" Fronzak [lead vocals], Chris Link [guitar], Nate Salameh [guitar], Sean Heenan [drums], and Kalan Blehm [bass]—incorporate hip-hop flavor into head-crushing riffs for an intoxicating sonic brew. You can jump in the pit or shake your ass to it—at the same time.
When they hit the studio with producer Joey Sturgis [Asking Alexandria, The Devil Wears Prada] back at the helm in 2012, Attila had one goal.
"We just wanted to make a really raunchy album," says Fronz with a smirk. "Going into it, we knew that there would be a heavy hip-hop influence so we put ourselves into that mindset. I only listened to ignorant rap for the month leading up to the album. It's really heavy rap-influenced metal with some southern rock thrown in. It's the soundtrack for a badass."
"Badass" is the most a propos description of the entire collection. Somehow, Fronz and his cohorts tapped into the crunk energy their native Atlanta is known for, crafting the ultimate 21st century hybrid of rap and rock. They're not making any apologies for it either. The first taste of the album came with the fiery "Middle Fingers Up". Snapping from a slippery rhyme into a bruising beat, it's an irresistible anthem doused in gasoline.
"It's our intro," he goes on, "It sets the pace for the whole album. It's about using ignorance to your advantage. Either you get it, or you don't."
The same could be said for the title track where Fronz renounces material trappings with a shit-eating grin and a "bad bitch" on his arm. "People revolve their lives around money only to be let down," he explains. "I poke fun at that by saying, 'I had diamonds but I threw them away'. Money doesn't matter at the end of the day. This is a fun track about living in the moment."
In many ways, Attila tap into the carefree spirit that rock music has been about since its inception. That's what really makes them stand out amongst a scene that doesn't know how to cut loose and have a good time.
"We just truly don't give a fuck," he declares. "We do what we love and we embrace the hate that comes with it. People have this pre-conceived notion that music has to have some positive message and really deep uplifting lyrics. That's totally bullshit. Not everybody in the world listens to music because they're depressed. We make happy music for happy people who want to have a good time. If you're looking for a message, go read The Bible. If you want to party, you've come to the right place."
Attila definitely know how to party. After forming in 2005, they rose through the ranks to solidify their status as the ultimate purveyors of "party metal". Their explosive live presence made them a fan favorite worldwide as they've shared the stage with everyone from Asking Alexandria and As I Lay Dying to Suicide Silence and Iwrestledabearonce. Their fourth effort, 2011's Outlawed, hit #7 on the Billboard Independent Albums Chart, #8 on the Hard Music Chart, and #87 on the Billboard Top 200 upon its debut. Overall, they've sold over 60,000 records so far. However, they're primed for much bigger things to come now.
Ultimately, it's about everybody having a good time along with them. "I want people to smile and enjoy the music," concludes Fronz. "Music can get you through anything. If you're having a bad day, play our album and head bang. Start a party. Live life!"
VOLUMES is a collection of five young musicians coming from a wide array of musical backgrounds, ranging from jazz, classical, post-rock to rap and of course metal. VOLUMES eclectic tastes blend together to forge a creative bond between several types of genres that are worlds apart. The combination of their efforts results in fusions between intricate patterns, melodies, and progressive.. yet-not-to-be-overlooked-aggressive, straight to the point, metal. This particular blend of musical styles strives to find a balance between chaos and tranquility. Standing out in their genre is the fact that VOLUMES have two lead-vocalists who utilize their different ranges to create a layered, charismatic volatile sound which leave all listeners begging for more.
Upon the band's arrival, fans quickly became as passionate about the group's songs as the young men who composed them. When We Don't Exist took the early promise of the group's debut EP, Sweet Talker, and expanded upon all of its ideas. When We Don't Exist is broader, catchier and more fired up than the vast majority of the likeminded genre records being downloaded, streamed and otherwise consumed around the world. One listen to the group's output is all the evidence one needs to understand why the Like Moths To Flames has dominated on the road on The AP Tour with Miss May I and The Ghost Inside, the Scream It Like You Mean It Tour with We Came As Romans and Attack Attack! or supporting groups like DRUGS. The two newer songs on the deluxe edition – "Learn Your Place" and "Shapeshifter" – inch even further toward that proverbial "next level," looking toward the future.
Vigilant fans of the metalcore sound were well aware of vocalist Chris Roetter before the band began. Like Moths To Flames is the culmination of all of his travels, experience and relationships from the years he spent fronting Emarosa and Agraceful. The rest of the band cut their teeth in smaller acts as well. Guitarist Eli Ford was formerly in My Ticket Home. Drummer Greg Diamond came from The Air I Breathe, while bassist/backing vocalist Aaron Evans (who started LMTF with Roetter) and lead guitarist Zach Huston played in TerraFirma together.
"Aaron and I were in bands that had seen the bad side of the music business," Roetter explains of the group's formation. "This time around, we wanted to make sure that we were playing music that we had a good time with. We wrote music that we liked that we knew that we would like to play live. We knew we wanted to go out and have fun we want to do it our way, however we wanted."
The band found their footing with their debut EP and then really developed their sound with their first full-length, which is chock full of angry bile and exposition reflective of a singer with plenty to get off his chest.
Like Moths To Flames embarked on the "A Metal Christmas" tour to support their inaugural EP on Rise Records, together with Texas In July and A Hero A Fake. After a lineup reshuffle that resulted in the current incarnation save for the drummer position (which shifted shortly thereafter), the band recorded their first full album, which was released in November, 2011. In the following January, they hit the road on the S.I.N. Tour with D.R.U.G.S., Hit the Lights and Sparks The Rescue. Next they found themselves back on tour with their friends in Texas In July. Next came the summer's Scream It Like You Mean It Tour. The year wrapped up with Like Moths To Flames joining The AP Tour.
In an era of verse/chorus/verse screaming and singing, Like Moths To Flames aims for a more organic blend of the two styles that serves the song rather than a formula. Even as people continue to discover When We Don't Exist, Like Moths To Flames are putting their eyes toward the bigger prize of album number two, which the band intends to make even "darker" and "more eerie."
Spending ten months out of the year on the road, the group is fully committed to making music their long-term lifestyle. At the end of the day, the band's raison d'etre is simple. "I want to be able to connect with people through writing songs," Roetter says. "That's something that I've been able to do since I was younger and that's something that I want to continue to do. We want to be able to meet fans and people and play our music. More time out on the road playing shows for more people is going keep lighting the fire under the band to keep it going."
Alamo City Music Hall
1305 E Houston St
San Antonio, TX, 78205