Mark Wills is a multi-platinum selling country music star with eight top 10 hits to his name including "19 Something," "Wish You Were Here" and"Don't Laugh At Me;" all of which received nominations for Single, Song and Video of the Year by the Country Music Association. Wills won the Academy of Country Music 's award for Top New Male Vocalist in 1998. In 2002, his single "19 Something" spent six consecutive weeks at No. 1, was Billboard's top country hit of the year and was the second most-played song of the decade in 2009.
San Diego favorites, Adestria, have been working their way through the ranks of the music scene and showing no signs of stopping anytime soon. Recently labeled #5 Unsigned Band by AP magazine, this band blends big breakdowns with melodic piano and catchy guitar riffs. Fans of Asking Alexandria and August Burns Red will find Adestria to be the perfect mix of fast heavy music, gang chants, and memorable choruses.
One of hard rock’s preeminent breakthrough success stories of recent years, the Massachusetts-based quintet All That Remains has built its career on overcoming the odds. From cracking the Billboard Top 20, to joining the elite active rock radio fraternity, to being one of just a handful of acts to take part in the Rockstar Mayhem Festival, Ozzfest and Vans Warped Tour trifecta, the group has shattered previously-held expectations about just how far a band with roots in independent heavy metal can go – and with their fifth album, For We Are Many, it’s clear they’re only getting warmed up.
The release of the "Southbound" 7inch and its corresponding video opened many critical eyes to the emergence of this special unit from Phoenix. A New Times award for "Best Hard Rock Band" only confirmed what many already suspected, these fellas are out for blood. The rapier like riffing of Jay Hofer, the cocksure wordplay of Matt Strangwayes, Bill Schumann's technical recklessness, and the freakish lack of respect with which Uncle Dave treats his instrument have established Greenhaven as one of the most promising bands in the country.
Party death metal rockers Attila formed in their hometown of Atlanta in 2005, meeting each other at their high school and through mutual friends. Their mutual love of music (and partying) brought the guys together to form what would eventually become the fourth imprint on the Artery Foundation/Razor & Tie joint venture, Artery Recordings. Over the years Attila has gone through a few lineup changes, but founding members Fronz and Sean have remained a constant staple. For the past two years, the band has consisted of Fronz (vocals), Nate (guitar), Chris (guitar), Sean (drums) and Chris (bass). This lineup really brought together Attila’s sound and image that they are known for today.
Casino Madrid is a metalcore band from San Diego, California. The San Diego band is the ninth addition to the Artery Recordings family. Comprised of Joe Demaio (vocals), Marcelo Sedano (guitar/vocals), Armani Sanchez (guitar), Travis Knutz (bass), Rob Cesena (keys/synth/programming) and Johnny Thunder (drums), Casino Madrid formed in 2007. In 2009, the band released their self-produced EP, For Kings and Queens, which has sold over 20,000 digital tracks.
New England post-hardcore group, Vanna, have spent the last several years on a personal journey, and it's the experience of living on the road that has helped them to discover who they truly are. After years of relentless touring and musical growth, the band has found balance with A New Hope, both literally and figuratively. Since the bands formation in 2004 Vanna – Chris Preece (vocals), Nick Lambert (guitar/vocals), Evan Pharmakis (guitar/vocals), Shawn Marquis (bass) and newcomer Chris Campbell (drums) – have built a strong following based on their killer live shows, which helped garner attention from Epitaph Records. The band signed with the label in 2005 and released their debut EP, The Search Party Never Came, the following year. With the EP's release came extensive touring until it was time to release their full length album, Curses, in 2007. Signaling growth sonically from the EP, Curses highlighted the band's metalcore side establishing them as one of the most interesting up-and-coming bands in the post-hardcore scene.
Founded in 2008, The Crimson Armada is based out of Columbus, Ohio and is comprised of Saud Ahmed (lead vocals), Brandon McCaster (guitar/vocals), Dan Hatfield (guitar), Chris Yates (bass) and Jordan Matz (drums). The band came together to go beyond just playing metal by paying tribute to various forms of the heavy style combining their diverse influences and their spiritual messages encrypted within the lyrics. Something that fans who choose to look into the deeper meaning of the lyrics will find uplifting all whilst experiencing The Crimson Armada’s truly heavy style of playing.
Seattle’s I Declare War, Jamie Hanks (vocals), Evan Hughes (guitar), and Ryan Cox (drums), is one of the new heavyweights in the deathcore scene today. The fact that the deathcore band’s name is inspired by hip hop is not ironic at all, as I Declare War will concur that their diverse musical influences help keep their sound unique and fresh. After a few lineup changes while growing the band, they eventually evolved into their current lineup as members were introduced to each other through the local Seattle music scene. A force to be reckoned with in the deathcore scene, I Declare War shows no signs of slowing down.
This eclectic punk band got together and actually formed the group during their first recording process. At the time, none of the members even lived in the same state. Easy and repeated picks for Best of Phoenix New Times Show Case Performances, this has always been an against-all-odds kind of band but the desperation gives the music an edge you don't often hear. The bands latest writhing release, Somewhere There's a Law Against Everything, smacks with all of the frustration, cynicism and pessimism that not only the band, but most of the country is feeling right now. It delivers an irreverent electric jolt to the Powers-that-be while conveying a longing for simpler times and a pullback to the rustic.