Five years ago today Facedown released the sophomore album from Wrench in the Works and Decrease/Increase was born. During the writing and recording of the album, Wrench went from a three piece to a five piece which, in addition to using baritone guitars on the recording, gave their sound a big nudge in intensity. Their style of progressive metal-influenced-hardcore rebelled against the emerging genre’s restrictive conventions and the band’s unconventional writing shone through.
Drummer Andy Nelson recalls having to find a “work around” to get guest vocals from Tommy Green (Sleeping Giant) laid down without being able to have Tommy in the studio:
Tommy did a guest spot on a song called Death Slayer – it’s a slower and heavier song on the record and we just thought his vocals would sound awesome on it. He has a very anointed voice and his tone and placement is just great. Funny story, we actually met up with him while SG was on tour. We drove from Conneticut to New Jersey and brought a traveling studio, power converters and all, and he recorded his vocals in the back of a Jeep Forester. It was pretty freakin punk.*
Vocalist Darrell Tauro remembers that the stand-out track from Decrease/Increase for him was “Project AK-47” named after the rescue organization for child soldiers and children in armed conflict in Southeast Asia.
They’re going out there and freeing child soldiers and rescuing these kids. Some of them are 8, 9 years old, and they’re being trained and used, basically, for drug armies—even governments use them. This organization goes in and rescues these kids and houses them and educates them. They give them a chance to live their lives and not be victimized by these regimes.**
Project AK-47 raises awareness and money to help save these kids. For only $7 you can save a kid. When you think about it, we spend more on lunch in a day then it costs to save a kid’s life, so after hearing about this we felt a Godly calling to spread awareness as a band.*
*Quote taken from this Noisecreep interview.
**Quote taken from this Highwire Daze interview.
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War of Ages have just announced a China Tour. More details at www.warofagesmetal.com.
Jun 3 – Tianjin@ 13 Club
Jun 4 – Zhengzhou @ 7 Livehouse
Jun 5 – Wuhan @ Vox
Jun 6 – Guangzhou @ T:Union
Jun 7 – Shenzhen @ B10 Livehouse
Jun 9 – Xiamen @ Real Live
Jun 10 – Shanghai @ Yuyintang
Jun 11 – Chengdu @ Little Bar
Jun 12 – Chongqing @ Nuts Club
Jun 13 – Xi’am @ Aperture Club
Jun 14 – Beijing @ Yugongyishan
Alove For Enemies vocalist Erich Barto looks back on writing and recording “The Harvest.”
Looking back at “The Harvest” a few things come to mind. It was a very exciting album to write/record because it was to be our first full length and our first release on Facedown. I remember two things in particular when I think of that record. We sometimes rehearsed 5 days a week, writing and getting the songs ready for the studio. Once the album was released on March 8, 2005, we embarked on what became the busiest tour schedule we’d ever had up to that point. In fact, we got to go to Europe with that record which remains one of my fondest memories.
The other memory that stands out is that in 2005 the hardcore scene started to tip in a direction that was foreign to me. Bands would start to almost “compete” with each other. It was a game of who had more endorsements, who headlined what stage, etc. The concept of competition and what hardcore means to me are complete opposites. ALFE was never a group of guys who set out to be rockstars. My brothers in ALFE sacrificed a lot to be able to give 100% of their time and energy all the time, regardless if there were 10 kids or 4000 kids at a show. We wanted to make meaningful music, raw and visceral. And I feel “The Harvest” really reflects that. It is something I will always be proud of.
Hear “The Harvest” on Spotify.
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War of Ages are teaming up with Dream Beard brand, Phinehas, and Death of an Era to bring you the Supreme Chaos US tour! The tour kicks off in WoA’s hometown and treks across the US to Pomona, CA just in time for War of Ages to play Facedown Fest. Go to warofagesmetal.com for ticket links.
Apr 18 – Erie, PA @ Basement Transmissions
Apr 19 – Nutley, NJ @ Radiant
Apr 20 – Amityville, NY @ Amityville Music Hall
Apr 21 – Allentown, PA @ Croc Rock
Apr 22 – Springfield, VA @ Empire
Apr 23 – Kent, OH @ The Outpost
Apr 24 – Westland, MI @ The Token Lounge
Apr 25 – Barrington, IL @ Penny Road Pub
Apr 26 – St Louis, MO @ Fubar
Apr 27 – Nashville, TN @ Rocketown
Apr 28 – Birmingham, AL @ Syndicate Lounge
Apr 30 – Fayetteville, NC @ Drunken Horse Pub
May 1 – Savannah, GA @ The Guild Hall
May 2 – Jacksonville, FL @ Murray Hill Theatre
May 3 – Jackson, MI @ Ground Zero Event Center
May 4 – Baton Rouge, LA @ The Spanish Moon
May 7 – Austin, TX @ Dirty Dog Bar
May 8 – Houston, TX @ Walters
May 9 – San Antonio, TX @ Alamo City Music Hall
May 10 – Fort Worth, TX @ Tomcats West
May 12 – Joplin, MO @ Solace Venue
May 13 – Iowa City, IA @ Blue Moose
May 14 – Sheridan, CO @ Skatuary
May 15 – Roswell, NM @ The Unity Center
May 16 – Pomona, CA @ Glasshouse [Facedown Fest]
This week’s $5 Download Sale includes Saving Grace “The Urgency,” Ark of the Covenant “Self Harvest,” Colossus “Badlands,” and xDEATHSTARx “We Are The Threat.” Pick these up now for only $5 through the end of the week.
Gideon will be hitting some central and eastern states before ending up in Canada for a three-date run on this just-announced headlining tour. They’ll be bringing along Texas in July, Kublai Khan and Silent Planet, making this a can’t-miss tour package!
Ticket announcement soon. Keep watching www.gideonal.com for updates, and while you’re there be sure to check out all Gideon’s tour dates including a run in Japan and a spring tour with The Ghost Inside.
If you liked our Flash Sales you’re going to love this!
Introducing our weekly $5 Download Sales! We’re kicking off our new weekly sale with these four phenomenal albums: Gideon “Calloused,” Mouth of the South “Struggle Well,” Those Who Fear “Death Sentence,” and Leaders “Indomitable.” Only five bucks each! And every week we’ll be offering four new albums, many of which were not available during the flash sales.
**We’re kicking off this new feature with the 10-year anniversary of Symphony In Peril’s album “The Whore’s Trophy.”
Symphony In Peril drummer Collin Simula and vocalist Shawn Jonas look back on “The Whore’s Trophy.”
Collin: As Shawn was writing lyrics, the theme that was rising to the top was this idea of deception and how it manifests itself in different aspects of life, spiritual, emotional, relational. The idea culminated with the story of the Whore of Babylon in the book of Revelation—which inspired the striking and unsettling title, The Whore’s Trophy.
Shawn: The Whores Trophy was quite the controversial title. I remember we were looking for a title and coming up empty until Josh found that phrase in my journal/lyric book. We all kind of laughed at first but then we realized that we did kind of like it. I remember calling Jason at Facedown Records once and he mentioned that Christian book stores refused to put it on their shelves because of the title, even though it was taken straight out of the book of Revelation.
Looking back on this album I can definitely see we were all in a place of searching. From the opening lyric “quiet this night and open these eyes,” to Josh’s lyrics “I lost my faith in the fire,” to lyrics written about Collin’s experience with an abusive relative (“Inherent Scars”), the songs speak of what we were searching for individually as band. This album represented our lives, our hearts, our pain, our art, our scars, and our journey.
Collin: The impact of “The Whore’s Trophy” has lasted far longer than we could have imagined, influencing many metalcore bands to come, not to mention the final breakdown in ‘Stiletto’ going viral on YouTube as the soundtrack to the immensely popular and hilarious ‘Drive-by Hardcore Dancing.’
Shawn: I get messages from people about the impact the songs had on their lives and with their relationship with Jesus. I am honored to have made this album with such amazing guys. Andy, Josh, Capps, and Collin are my friends for life.
Hear “The Whore’s Trophy” on Spotify.
We are very excited to finally announce Facedown Fest 2015! We are taking the fest back to the Glasshouse in Pomona,CA on May 16, 2015.
xDeathstarx are reuniting to headline the fest, along with Gideon and War Of Ages! Saving Grace are flying all of the way from New Zealand for this one US show, and of course the rest of the family will be there as well including My Epic, Everything In Slow Motion, Those Who Fear, Mouth Of The South, Hope For The Dying and Leaders.
Tickets are available at www.facedownfest.com and include a sweet ticket / T-shirt / poster bundle! See you all in May!