Fate Misunderstood

Burn Halo to Open for A7X in Baltimore

Burn Halo is slated to open up for A7X at Ram’s Head Live at the December 9th and 10th shows.  It apprears as if these will be the bands first concerts as Burn Halo.  Burn Halo’s lead singer, James Hart, was previously in the band 18 Vision, which has since broken up.  Below is additional information from their new MySpace page:

Between May and October of 2007, Hart made weeklong treks to Tusla, OK to write and demo with Maloy, solidifying his objective of what the music would sound like and focusing on writing songs that would construct a well-balanced record. “I knew that I wanted a clear-cut rock ‘n’ roll band, which is something I had not had in the past,” Hart says of the music. “My vision and my brand of rock ‘n’ roll without having to compromise on any of the songs or any of the material. I wanted to make a very straightforward rock album. Something that had commercial appeal, but also something that had a classic, vintage mid-‘80s throwback vibe to it.”

Hart recorded the album from October to November of 2007 with Maloy as producer, laying down the tracks with an army of skilled studio musicians, including Nickelback drummer Daniel Adair, former Jane’s Addiction bassist Chris Chaney, and guitarist Neil Tiemann who now tours with American Idol winner David Cook. In the studio Maloy was particularly helpful in getting the best possible performance out of Hart, especially when it came time to lay down the vocals. “I really felt like he was able to grasp what I wanted to do and where I wanted to take this,” Hart says. “From a producer standpoint I feel like he really knocked it out of the park. As a vocalist he was able to bring a lot out of me instead of having me go through the motions and just get the part right. Emoting a little more than I have in the past. He was really able to pull a lot of character out of my voice.”

The result is a dynamic, gripping collection of gritty rock songs that immediately engage their listener, ranging from the propulsive “Save Me,” which Hart describes as the “heaviest” track on the record, to the memorable first single “Dirty Little Girl,” which features Avenged Sevenfold guitarist Synyster Gates. Hart also reveals his emotional and musical range on “Here With Me,” an emotive throwback ballad that resounds with immediacy and sincerity, and showcases Hart’s songwriting goals for the album. “I wanted to touch more on real life situations and real life stories,” Hart says. “I wanted to paint a real life picture. I started listening to country and a lot of those songs are very real and down to earth. They are songs about real life, about situations you would come across with a lover or the loss of a friend or heading down a dark path in life. I wanted it to be really simple and easy to digest. I wanted there to be no question about what I was singing about.”

After the album was completed, in early 2008, Island elected not to release Burn Halo’s debut, leaving Hart with the tough job of finding a new home for his project. Nothing felt quite right, though, so Burn Halo’s manager Bret Bair formed his own label Rawkhead Rekords through Warner Music Group to release the record. Hart spent much of 2008 finalizing the lineup of his touring band- which he hopes will help write and record Burn Halo’s successive albums- with Aaron Boheler on bass, Joey Cunha on lead guitar, Allen Wheeler on rhythm guitar, and Ryan Folden on drums. All that’s left is to show it all to the world. “I think this is a real statement album for me,” Hart says. “Anyone who is familiar with me and my past is going to be able to get this record. They’re going to understand why I made this record and that this is the record I’ve been wanting to make.”



Paramore – “Decode” From TWILIGHT Sountrack

I. love. it.  Maybe it’s because it combines the two things I can’t get enough of… Paramore + Twilight 🙂  Thoughts?

A Skylit Drive Show in Baltimore

Recently, we went to see A Skylit Drive, Alesana and Escape the Fate at Rams Head Live.  They were the openers for Silverstein and Chiodos.  We only ended up seeing the first 3 bands since we didn’t know any Silverstein/Chiodos songs.  The band I most wanted to see was A Skylit Drive.  Their newest full album, Wires and the Concept of Breathing, is a remarkable album from start to finish.  Each track is really worth the listen and the sound of the band is so different than other bands out there.  They opened the set with the album titled track and continued for only about 5 songs.


A Skylit Drive

A Skylit Drive

You could tell that the audience had not necessarily come to see them, but as they were warming up the crowd for the bands to follow after them, it was clear that they were gaining fans with every minute they were on stage.

Alesana came on next and tore it up.  Those guys were CRAZY on stage.  They all dressed the same in white jeans and white Hanes tee shirts.  Odd.  Their front man is nothing short of insane, and really pumped up the crowd.  Their music wasn’t all too bad either.

Escape the Fate followed, and I felt something was lacking.  The crowd seemed to eat it up, but there was something I couldn’t get into about their music.  Their new lead singer Craig Mabbitt – formerly from blessthefall – seemed arrogant and annoying to me for someone his age/level of “stardom”.  I’m completely of the mind that when bands are first starting off, they need to exude a level of confidence, but should still stay humble in their success and following.

I was hoping that after seeing them, I would want to go out and get their new album, This War is Ours, but… I don’t…

Overall, the bands we DID see were good, but A Skylit Drive really took the cake.  The vocals, lyrics and musicianship impressed me above the other bands there that night.  Make sure to check these guys out.  Do it now!