Blessthefall

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Blessthefall
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Blessthefall live at Warped Tour 2012
Background information
Origin Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.
Genres
Years active2004–present
Labels
Website blessthefallmusic.com
Members
  • Jared Warth
  • Eric Lambert
  • Beau Bokan
  • Elliott Gruenberg
Past members

Blessthefall (stylized as blessthefall or BLESSTHEFALL prior to 2013) is an American metalcore band from Phoenix, Arizona, signed to Rise Records. The band was founded in 2004 by guitarist Mike Frisby, drummer Matt Traynor, and bassist and vocalist Jared Warth. Their debut album, His Last Walk , with original vocalist Craig Mabbitt, was released April 10, 2007. [1] Their second studio album, Witness , with current vocalist Beau Bokan, was released October 6, 2009. Their third studio album, Awakening , was released on October 4, 2011. [2] Their fourth studio album, Hollow Bodies , was released on August 20, 2013. To Those Left Behind is the band's fifth full-length album, released on September 18, 2015. Their sixth full-length album Hard Feelings , was released on March 23, 2018. Following drummer Matt Traynor's departure, Warth became the band's only remaining original member.

Metalcore is a fusion genre combining elements of extreme metal and hardcore punk, that originated in the late 1980s. Among other styles blending metal and hardcore, such as crust punk and grindcore, metalcore is noted for its use of breakdowns, which are slow, intense passages conducive to moshing. Other defining instrumentation includes heavy guitar riffs often utilizing percussive pedal tones and double bass drumming. Vocalists in the genre typically perform screaming, more popular bands often combine this with the use of standard singing, usually during the bridge or chorus of a song. However the death growl is also a popular technique within the genre.

Phoenix, Arizona State capital city in Arizona, United States

Phoenix is the capital and most populous city of Arizona, with 1,660,272 people. It is also the fifth most populous city in the United States, and the most populous American state capital, and the only state capital with a population of more than one million residents.

Rise Records American record label

Rise Records is an American record label currently based in Beaverton, Oregon, mainly focusing on heavy metal and punk rock music artists.

Contents

History

Origins and His Last Walk (2004–2007)

Blessthefall grew out of the high school practice sessions of rhythm guitarist Mike Frisby, lead guitarist Miles Bergsma, drummer Matt Traynor, bassist and vocalist Jared Warth, keyboardist and vocalist Andrew Barr and later, vocalist Craig Mabbitt. Mabbitt's arrival resulted in Barr moving to strictly keyboards. Barr then departed in early 2005, with Warth picking up the keyboards when necessary. After founding member Miles Bergsma left to attend college at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, they released a three-track EP and newcomer Eric Lambert (Bergmas's replacement) became the lead guitarist to form their first solid line-up. [3] Phoenix-area gigs with Greeley Estates and an openly religious orientation got the band local press and a deal with Warner subsidiary, Science Records. [4] The band then toured with Alesana and Norma Jean across the United States and Canada. [5] Their debut album, His Last Walk , was released on April 10, 2007, to mixed reviews. [6] [7] [8] It peaked at No. 32 on the U.S. Billboard Heatseekers chart. [9] The album sold over 65,000 copies, and its singles sold over 100,000 copies. [10]

Matt Traynor

Matthew James "Matt" Traynor is an American musician that primarily performs metalcore best known for being the former drummer of the metalcore band Blessthefall from its formation in 2004 until his departure in 2018. He is originally from Massapequa, New York, but moved to Phoenix, Arizona and eventually formed the metalcore band Blessthefall.

Craig Mabbitt American musician

Craig Edward Mabbitt is an American singer-songwriter and recording artist. He is the lead vocalist for American rock band Escape the Fate. He was formerly the lead vocalist for the bands Blessthefall and The Word Alive. He is also the current lead vocalist of a side-project band, The Dead Rabbitts, along with Escape the Fate's rhythm guitarist, TJ Bell.

Berklee College of Music independent college of contemporary music in Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Berklee College of Music is a private music college in Boston, Massachusetts. It is the largest independent college of contemporary music in the world. Known for the study of jazz and modern American music, it also offers college-level courses in a wide range of contemporary and historic styles, including rock, flamenco, hip hop, reggae, salsa, heavy metal and bluegrass. Berklee alumni have won 294 Grammy Awards, more than any other colleges, and 95 Latin Grammy Awards. Other notable accolades include 19 Emmy Awards, 5 Tony Awards and 5 Academy Awards.

Blessthefall toured with Escape the Fate, LoveHateHero, Before Their Eyes, and Dance Gavin Dance on the Black on Black tour during September and October 2007. [11] They were also part of the Underground Operations Tour and Loathing Tour 2007, opening for Protest the Hero and All That Remains, along with fellow opening bands, Threat Signal and the Holly Springs Disaster. [12] They were a part of From First to Last's fall headlining tour, starting November 1 with A Skylit Drive and Vanna. [13] The band also completed the entire 2007 Warped Tour circuit nationwide. [5]

Escape the Fate American post-hardcore band

Escape the Fate is an American rock band from Las Vegas, Nevada, formed in 2004 and originally from Pahrump, Nevada. They are signed to Eleven Seven Music. The group consists of Robert Ortiz (drummer), Craig Mabbitt, TJ Bell, Kevin "Thrasher" Gruft and touring musician Erik Jensen (bassist). As of 2013, Ortiz is the last founding member in the current lineup of the group.

LoveHateHero American post-hardcore band

LoveHateHero was formed in Burbank, California in 2004 by vocalist Pierrick Berube, guitarists Josh Newman and Mark Johnston, bassist Paris Bosserman, and drummer Bryan Ross. They were signed to Ferret Music and released three albums, Just Breathe in May 2005, White Lies in February 2007, and America Underwater in November 2009.

Before Their Eyes is an American post-hardcore band from Findlay, Ohio. The band is currently signed to InVogue Records.

Mabbitt's departure and Bokan's induction (2008–2009)

While on their first European tour (with Silverstein) in late 2007, Craig Mabbitt left the band during the United Kingdom portion to spend more time with his daughter, whose childhood he felt he was missing out on. For the remainder of the tour, Jared Warth filled in for vocals while playing bass. When Mabbitt later attempted to return to Blessthefall, the band members decided not to let him back in, preferring to move on without him. On December 15, 2007, Blessthefall posted a blog on their MySpace page announcing their parting ways with Mabbitt, while Mabbitt posted a bulletin on his personal MySpace page stating his willingness to return to the band. Despite the departure, Mabbitt has remained great friends with the band.[ citation needed ]

Silverstein (band) Canadian post-hardcore band

Silverstein is a Canadian rock band from Burlington, Ontario that formed in 2000. Their band name is a reference to the famous children's author Shel Silverstein, whom the band had admired and read the stories of as children. They have released a total of eight studio albums, three EPs, a compilation album and a live DVD/CD. Their lineup had remained unchanged for eleven years since December 2001, consisting of lead vocalist Shane Told, lead guitarist Neil Boshart, rhythm guitarist Josh Bradford, bassist Billy Hamilton, and drummer Paul Koehler. In September 2012, the band had announced that Neil Boshart had been fired and would be replaced by Paul Marc Rousseau, who also joined Billy Hamilton on backing vocals. The band achieved moderate success with their second studio album, Discovering the Waterfront, which was nominated for a Juno Award and reached No. 34 on the Billboard 200 charts, with the following two albums charting at similar positions. Silverstein has sold over 1,000,000 albums worldwide.

Craig Mabbitt stated that the day after he finished recording his first album with Escape the Fate, This War Is Ours , he got a phone call from Blessthefall's management asking him to return to the band, but he refused. [14] Mabbitt felt there was too much bad blood with their management. He also felt the band knew he had just finished a new album and that it was just bad timing, especially as he had begged to be back in for the previous eight months. [14]

<i>This War Is Ours</i> 2008 studio album by Escape the Fate

This War Is Ours is the second album by American rock band Escape the Fate. It is the first Escape the Fate album to feature former Blessthefall singer Craig Mabbitt on vocals. The album received mixed reviews from critics. It was produced by John Feldmann, and released on October 21, 2008 through Epitaph Records.

The final song the band recorded and released with Mabbitt, called "I Wouldn't Quit If Everyone Quit", was released on the reissue of His Last Walk .

<i>His Last Walk</i> 2007 studio album by Blessthefall

His Last Walk is the debut full-length album by American metalcore band Blessthefall, released April 10, 2007. It is the only release by the band to feature original vocalist, Craig Mabbitt, who would later be replaced by Beau Bokan. The album was released before Blessthefall started to play on the Taste of Chaos tour. Four singles were released for the album: "Higinia", "Guys Like You Make Us Look Bad", "A Message to the Unknown", and "Rise Up." The last song, "His Last Walk", features a bonus song called "Purple Dog", which is a joke song made by the band members in which all members sing the song and clap their hands.

Shortly after this, on September 26, 2008, the band announced that they had made Beau Bokan the new lead singer and keyboardist. Bokan joined the band after leaving Take the Crown, a group who released an EP and a full-length album but broke up due to the departures of James Campbell and Tony Gonzalez, lack of management, and financial burdens. [15] [16]

Witness (2009–2010)

In May 2009, after their tour with Silverstein, Norma Jean, and Before Their Eyes, [17] the band headed into the studio to record their second album, Witness . On May 13 the band signed to Fearless Records and worked on the album with producer Elvis Baskette. [10] [18]

On June 3, the band announced via MySpace that they were officially finished with the recording of their new album and that it was to be released in the autumn. They also had a mid-year tour with August Burns Red and Enter Shikari. [19] In July, Blessthefall released a song clip on their MySpace page titled "God Wears Gucci", released on iTunes for download on August 11, 2009. In September 2009, the band uploaded another track on their MySpace page titled "What's Left of Me". Witness was released on October 6, 2009. [20]

In June 2010, Blessthefall toured New Zealand in support of Saosin, and in Australia in support of Story of the Year and Saosin. Blessthefall played across Auckland, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide. [18]

After the release of Witness, the band co-headlined the Atticus Fall Tour with Finch, Drop Dead, Gorgeous, and Vanna from October 10, 2009 through to November 19. Other bands on the tour included Of Mice & Men and Let's Get It. [21]

In October 2009, the band announced on YouTube that they were working on a music video for "What's Left of Me", which was released December 14, 2009 on MySpace Metal.[ citation needed ]

In April 2010, the band was featured on the Punk Goes Classic Rock album, covering "Dream On" by Aerosmith. [22]

Their song "To Hell and Back", released on Witness , was released on the soundtrack to Ubisoft's Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Conviction . The game trailer was released on April 9, 2010. [23]

Awakening (2011–2012)

On February 15, 2011, the band announced that Mike Frisby had left the band to pursue another path leaving bassist and vocalist Jared Warth and drummer Matt Traynor the remaining two founding members of the band. Elliott Gruenberg, formerly of Before Their Eyes, Legacy and Settle the Sky, would be permanently on guitar. [24] Bokan confirmed that Blessthefall would not play at Warped Tour 2011, but rather would be recording their third full-length album, which began in Orlando, Florida on May 17, 2011. [25] Michael "Elvis" Baskette, who produced their previous album, also produced this effort. [26] [27] The band had hoped to feature guest vocalists including Ronnie Radke of Falling in Reverse (previously of Escape the Fate), and Tim Lambesis of As I Lay Dying, [28] but it was later confirmed that there would be no guest vocals. [29]

Blessthefall joined Emmure, Alesana, Motionless in White and other bands on the All Stars Tour. [30] The band headlined the Fearless Friends tour with The Word Alive, Motionless in White, Tonight Alive, and Chunk! No Captain Chunk!. [31] They released the official video of "Promised Ones" on November 11, 2011, [32] which starts with the intro song of the album titled Awakening. According to a video interview with Lambert and Bokan, Blessthefall planned on entering the studio in February to record an EP with Tim Lambesis of As I Lay Dying. [33] Later Matt Traynor confirmed that this was not true. [34] Due to time restraints they had to put off the recording of the EP until after Warped Tour.[ citation needed ] Plans for this EP have since been scrapped according to guitarist Eric Lambert in an interview with Bryan Stars.[ citation needed ]

Hollow Bodies (2012–2014)

On October 4, 2012, the band confirmed that they were writing a fourth album. [35] Recording of this album started on April 19, 2013 [36] and finished on May 21, 2013. [37] [38] Hollow Bodies was subsequently released on August 20, 2013, reaching No. 15 on the Billboard 200 album charts with 21,888 copies sold in its first week. [39] [40] The entire album was actually streamed through Billboard's website one week before the actual release. [41] Joey Sturgis produced the album. [42] [43]

Three singles were released, including "You Wear a Crown But You're No King", [44] "Déjà Vu" [45] [46] and "See You on the Outside". [47]

The band toured in the Warped Tour 2013, alongside Motion City Soundtrack, Big D and the Kids Table, Five Knives, Itch, Echosmith and Goldhouse. [48]

On January 17, 2014, the band announced their upcoming North American tour to promote Hollow Bodies .[ citation needed ]

On December 10, 2014, the band was announced as part of Warped Tour 2015. [49]

To Those Left Behind, Record label change, Hard Feelings, departure of Matt Traynor (2015–present)

On May 1, 2015, the band announced they were working on a new album. [50] On June 11, 2015 they announced that it would be titled To Those Left Behind . It was released on September 18, 2015. [51] [52] [53] [54] On July 14, the band released the official audio for the song "Up in Flames" from the album. [55] [56] [57] On August 4, the band announced the release date of their second single, "Walk on Water", which was released on August 7 along with the online preorders. [58]

On September 28, 2016, the band announced they were touring with Crown the Empire, New Years Day, and Too Close to Touch. [59] The band was announced on March 22, 2017, to be playing on Warped Tour 2017.

On January 26, 2018, they announced they have signed a new record deal with Rise Records. [60] Their sixth studio album, Hard Feelings , was released through Rise Records, on March 23. [61]

On August 17, 2018, drummer Matt Traynor announced he will be departing from the band, citing his family being the main reason, after their headlining Hard Feelings tour with The Word Alive. [62]

Musical style

The band's style has been described as Christian metalcore [2] (although frontman Beau Bokan has stated that they don't want to be considered a Christian band), [63] screamo [3] [18] [64] and post-hardcore. [18] [65]

Members

Timeline

Blessthefall

Discography

Studio albums

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