Greeley Estates

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Greeley Estates
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Greeley Estates at Warped Tour in Vancouver, BC
Background information
Origin Maricopa County, Arizona, U.S.
Years active2002present
Labels Record Collection, Science, Tragic Hero, Ferret
MembersRyan Zimmerman
Chris Julian
David Ludlow
Kyle Koelsch
Past members See below

Greeley Estates is an American metalcore band from Maricopa County, Arizona. Formed in 2002, the band has released five full-length studio albums and four EPs. The group initially had an emo and post-hardcore sound, but later shifted to the metalcore genre with their third studio album Go West Young Man, Let the Evil Go East (2008).

Metalcore is a fusion genre combining elements of extreme metal and hardcore punk. The word is a portmanteau of the two genres. 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. Pioneering metalcore bands—such as Integrity, Earth Crisis, Converge and All Out War —are described as leaning more toward hardcore, with their style sometimes being called metallic hardcore, whereas later bands—such as Killswitch Engage, All That Remains, Trivium, As I Lay Dying, Bullet for My Valentine, and Parkway Drive—are described as leaning more towards metal. Pantera and Sepultura have been particularly influential to the development of metalcore in the 2000s, which saw many bands in the genre achieve commercial success.

Maricopa County, Arizona County in the United States

Maricopa County is located in the south-central part of the U.S. state of Arizona. The U.S. Census Bureau estimated its population was 4,307,033 as of 2017, making it the state's most populous county, and the fourth-most populous in the United States, containing more than half the population of Arizona. It is more populous than 23 states. The county seat is Phoenix, the state capital and fifth-most populous city in the United States.

Arizona state of the United States of America

Arizona is a state in the southwestern region of the United States. It is also part of the Western and the Mountain states. It is the sixth largest and the 14th most populous of the 50 states. Its capital and largest city is Phoenix. Arizona shares the Four Corners region with Utah, Colorado, and New Mexico; its other neighboring states are Nevada and California to the west and the Mexican states of Sonora and Baja California to the south and southwest.


Greeley Estates signed to Tragic Hero Records and Ferret Music in 2009 and released their fourth full-length album No Rain, No Rainbow in 2010, which features an even heavier sound. The band released their fifth and most recent full-length The Death of Greeley Estates on August 9, 2011 (not to be confused with their 2005 DVD of the same name), to which its sound was cited by vocalist Ryan Zimmerman as a hybrid between their previous two albums. Greeley Estates has gone through numerous line-up changes since its formation, with Zimmerman being the only remaining founding member after Hackenson's departure in 2014.

Tragic Hero Records is a record label founded in Raleigh, North Carolina in March 2005 to represent the growing metalcore and post-hardcore scene of North Carolina. The label was founded by Tommy LaCombe, David Varnedoe and Jason Ganthner. Alesana was the first band the label signed. Among Tragic Hero's best-known signees are Strawberry Girls and A Skylit Drive, whose most recent album reached No. 64 on the Billboard 200; Alesana, who later signed with Fearless Records, Letlive, who later signed with Epitaph Records, and He Is Legend, who signed with Tragic Hero for their most recent album after several successful full-lengths on other labels.

Ferret Music was an American independent record label, founded in 1996. The label is owned by NORA's vocalist, Carl Severson, and based in West Windsor Township, New Jersey. Ferret recently started an imprint called New Weathermen Records. Warner Music Group's Alternative Distribution Alliance acquired a stake in Ferret Music in August, 2006, and as a result is currently distributed by Fontana Distribution, Alternative Distribution Alliance and eOne Music.

<i>No Rain, No Rainbow</i> 2010 studio album by Greeley Estates

No Rain, No Rainbow is the fourth studio album by the American metalcore band, Greeley Estates. It is their last release with the guitarist Alex Torres. Its only single was "". The album is Greeley Estates' heaviest release, with many songs having fast tempos and blast beats, and with some songs completely absent of clean vocals.


Formation and early years (2002—2005)

Greeley Estates was formed by Ryan Zimmerman, Brandon Hackenson, Dallas Smith, Jared Wallace and Mike Coburn. The band name is derived from a sign in Greeley, Colorado that read "Greeley Estates" that Zimmerman and Hackenson saw on the way from Chicago to Phoenix. Mike Coburn left the band shortly before they started touring at the end of 2003. After a few substitute drummers, Brian Champ soon became the main drummer for Greeley Estates. They went through a few bass players who all left before they began touring the US. Jared Wallace was then replaced by Josh Applebach. They released their debut album Outside of This in 2004, a music video produced for its title track accompanied it. In 2005, Greeley Estates signed to Record Collection and released their follow-up material; the Caveat Emptor EP .

Greeley, Colorado Home Rule Municipality in Colorado, United States

Greeley is the home rule municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Weld County, Colorado, United States. Greeley is in northern Colorado and is situated 49 miles (79 km) north-northeast of the Colorado State Capitol in Denver. According to a July 2015 estimate by the U.S. Census Bureau, the population of the city is 100,883, and a 2014 population estimate made Greeley the 12th-most populous city in Colorado. Greeley is a major city of the Front Range Urban Corridor.

<i>Outside of This</i> 2004 studio album by Greeley Estates

Outside of This is the debut album by Greeley Estates. Released on July 22, 2004, it earned the group a cult following of fans in the emo and post-hardcore genres before the band's eventual evolution into a metalcore sound.

Record Collection is an independent Los Angeles, California-based creative music studio founded by Jordan Tappis. Record Collection is home to a diverse roster which includes music from former Red Hot Chili Peppers' guitarist John Frusciante, The Walkmen, Blake Mills, Dawes, Murs, Black Knights and management clients Blake Mills, Matt Sweeney and Fiona Apple.

That same year, Greeley Estates had become one of PureVolume’s top 10 unsigned artists with over a million playsan accolade supported by having album sales in the top 10 on Smartpunk since October 2004. Their distribution record further secured them a position on the Smartpunk chart for "Sales of All Time". They played every date of the Vans Warped Tour in 2005. Also, Greeley Estates co-headlined the MySpace Fall Tour 2005. Other accomplishments at this point included extensive touring, a DVD entitled The Death of Greeley Estates released in May 2005, playing on the Taste of Chaos tour and continual play on KEDJ 103.9 alternative rock radio in Phoenix.

PureVolume was a website for uploading and streaming of music files, the first independently run of its type. PureVolume was created by Unborn Media, Inc; Mitchell Pavao; Brett Woitunski; and Nate Hudson, all from the University of Massachusetts.

Taste of Chaos live music festival

Taste of Chaos was a live music tour that was started in the winter of 2005 by Kevin Lyman, the creator of the successful Warped Tour along with his friend and business partner, John Reese. The Taste Of Chaos tour catered to fans of the post-hardcore, emo, pop punk and metalcore genres, while offering the same low ticket price and festival-style format as the Warped Tour. In 2007, each of the seven bands playing the entire tour was a Warped Tour veteran: five had played the 2006 Warped Tour and two had played TOC previously.

KZON is a commercial FM radio station licensed to Gilbert, Arizona, and broadcasting to the Phoenix metropolitan area. KZON airs a Hot Adult Contemporary radio format branded as "Hot 97.5/103.9". Its studios are located on 7th Street in Midtown Phoenix, while its transmitter is located in San Tan Valley, Arizona. It is owned by Riviera Broadcasting.

Far from the Lies (2006—2007)

In mid-2006, Greeley Estates recorded their second full-length album Far from the Lies and released it later in the year.

<i>Far from the Lies</i> 2006 studio album by Greeley Estates

Far from the Lies is the second full-length album by Greeley Estates, released on June 6, 2006, through Record Collection.

On January 31, 2007, bassist Josh Applebach announced that he would leave Greeley Estates for a teaching career in Arizona. Bradley Murray (previously with Versus the Mirror) from Tucson, Arizona became their touring bassist. His first live appearance with the band was on February 3, 2007 in Safford, Arizona.

Tucson, Arizona City in Arizona, United States

Tucson is a city and the county seat of Pima County, Arizona, United States, and home to the University of Arizona. The 2010 United States Census put the population at 520,116, while the 2015 estimated population of the entire Tucson metropolitan statistical area (MSA) was 980,263. The Tucson MSA forms part of the larger Tucson-Nogales combined statistical area (CSA), with a total population of 1,010,025 as of the 2010 Census. Tucson is the second-largest populated city in Arizona behind Phoenix, both of which anchor the Arizona Sun Corridor. The city is 108 miles (174 km) southeast of Phoenix and 60 mi (97 km) north of the U.S.–Mexico border. Tucson is the 33rd largest city and the 58th largest metropolitan area in the United States (2014).

Safford, Arizona City in Arizona, United States

Safford is a city in Graham County, Arizona, United States. According to the 2010 Census, the population of the city is 9,566. The city is the county seat of Graham County.

On June 3, 2007, guitarist Dallas Smith announced that he would be leaving the band in order to start up a family and announced that his last show would be June 20, 2007 at the Clubhouse in Tempe, Arizona. After their Mexican tour with Silverstein, Brad Murray left the band for personal reasons.

Go West Young Man, Let the Evil Go East (2007—2008)

On September 4, 2007, Greeley Estates recorded their new album. The two new members of Greeley Estates include Alex Torres (previously with Eyes Set to Kill) and Joshua Ferguson (previously with Glory Nights) During the recording of the band's third full-length album, Go West Young Man, Let The Evil Go East , Joshua Ferguson left to complete his apprenticeship as a hair stylist in Calgary, Alberta, Canada; personal reasons seem to be why he left.

Greeley Estates had announced Tyler Smith as their new bassist, who was formerly of In Fear and Faith. Smith played his first show with the band on February 9, 2008, at the Clubhouse in Tempe, Arizona, Smith as well played on Go West Young Man, Let the Evil Go East on all tracks where Ferguson did not. In the same year, Greeley Estates had a track, entitled "Let The Evil Go East", on the Warped Tour 2008 compilation.

Go West Young Man, Let The Evil Go East was released May 6, 2008. For the track "Blue Morning" on this album, Greeley Estates hired music video director Daniel Chesnut to create a "high energy, intense video" to match the band's new persona and differed sound.

On November 14, 2008, Greeley Estates announced that Smith, found within the course of the same year, had left the band to join The Word Alive. [1]

No Rain, No Rainbow (2009—2010)

A song from the fourth album, entitled "Seven Hours" along with "Jealousy Breeds Killing Sprees", which features guest vocals Craig Mabbitt from Escape the Fate, were streamed online during November 2009. Another new song from album No Rain, No Rainbow entitled "Friends Are Friends for Never" was also streamed online.

As of June 12, 2010, guitarist Alex Torres announced his departure from the band via MySpace. In the blog, he stated; "Im not exactly sure how to say this, but as of a month ago, I let the guys know that I would be leaving the band.. and the "Oh, Sleeper" tour would be my last tour in Greeley Estates... To clear things up early, NO there is NO bad blood, and everyone is on good terms. Greeley has been my family since 2007, and that will NOT change."

Greeley Estates has been touring around the world, headlining many of these tours with bands including Vanna, Tides of Man, A Bullet For Pretty Boy and The Crimson Armada.

Greeley Estates began work on their fifth studio album in 2010, originally expecting for an April or May release date. [2]

The Death of Greeley Estates (2011)

When asked of the band's fifth full-length album before its release, Zimmerman told AMP , "We’re thinking of kind of combining the last two records, Go West and No Rain, to kind of bring back some singing and have a little bit of melody but still have the heavy. I’m not sure yet on the lyrical direction." [3]

The fifth album was aimed for a summer release (which it met with an August release date), with producer Cory Spotts, who also produced the band's very first album Outside of This in 2004. [4] The name of the album was revealed to be The Death of Greeley Estates.

On June 1, 2011 the first single to the new album was released on the band's Facebook page, titled "The Last Dance". On June 7, another song from the record was leaked, titled "Friendly Neighborhood Visit" through Alternative Press . [5]

The Narrow Road/Devil Son (2012-2013)

Greeley Estates explained that the album they intend to release this fall will in fact come in two parts, each with seven songs: The Narrow Road, on November 20, 2012, and Devil Son, on April 9, 2013. They are releasing both albums entirely independently without a record label. They released a single, "Lot Lizards," from The Narrow Road on October 25. [6] On October 30 they released another new song from The Narrow Road online for one day only called, "Die." On November 13, another new song from The Narrow Road was released entitled, "Head Underwater" which will be the first official single, and will see an upcoming music video. The music video for the song "Head Underwater" premiered on Alternative Press on February 12, 2013. The first song to appear from Devil Son was "Turn The Night Away" released on April 2, 2013. On April 5, 2013 the music video for the song "Marionette" premiered on YouTube.

Calling All the Hopeless (2016-present)

On September 14, 2015 Greeley Estates posted "Working on new music!! We will keep you posted on the progress of the record." to the band's Facebook page, this was followed by a post on December 2, 2015 stating "New Greeley Record coming 2016!" [7]

The band released a new EP entitled Calling All the Hopeless on June 27, 2017.


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