EDMONTON - JULY 20 - ALL ELSE FAILS - FUCKTROPOLIS EP RELEASE PARTY
The Starlite Room
10030 - 102 Street
All Else Fails “FUCKTROPOLIS” EP Release Party
Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/147909468732181/
Tickets $15 Advance
$20 @ The Door
Available through band members or online: http://www.ticketfly.com/event/301053
FREE COPY OF FUCKTROPOLIS WITH YOUR TICKET!
Doors @ 8pm
SILENCE THE MACHINE
ALL ELSE FAILS Offer Free Download ‘Better Left Undead’; Releasing New EP ‘Fucktropolis’ July 30th
(L-R) – Shane Tym – Drums | Barrett Klesko – Lead Vocals / Guitar | Seedy Mitchell – Bass/Backing Vocals | Mike Sands – Guitar (Photo Credit– Tyler J. Branston)
All Else Fails is making a mark around the world for their aggressively dark brand of metal that is breaking the traditional ideals of their genre. Drawing comparisons to bands like As I Lay Dying, the band infuses their music with a variety of elements that includes experimental, Classical, synth lines, and spoken word sampling to accent a unique blend of heavy as hell screams and shiver inducing clean vocals.
A high energy live show that sets them apart from their peers has garnered them appearances on numerous high level festivals over the years, including Van’s Warped tour, Boonstock and opening spots for artists like Protest the Hero, Cancer Bats, Dayglo Abortions, 3 Inches of Blood, Fear Factory, Threat Signal, Decapitated, Suffocation, and Arise & Ruin.
The band’s last release received world wide praise from industry publications around the world. With the release of the band’s most recent music video “This Burden of Life” in the fall of 2012, and its addition to rotation on Canada’s Much Music, All Else Fails’ fan base expanded dramatically.
Music Video - This Burden of Life - http://youtu.be/9IOIWddofYE
Music Video - Obsidian Walls - http://youtu.be/MZ4PZuzQq_g
Music Video - Rebirth - http://youtu.be/BGov6ji_72s
“What is also apparent on this third release is not only the sheer creativity of the group, but also its stone cold knack for writing songs designed to permanently embed in the gray matter…There is just something about the band’s songwriting approach; it seems so darn natural and effortless. On “The Oracle” nothing ever sounds forced, formulaic, or identifiable as anyone but ALL ELSE FAILS. Don’t let this one slip past your radar. “ – Blabbermouth.net
“It would not surprise me in the slightest if you heard this group grace the airwaves from the obscure darkly lit, pubs of Gothenburg to the soundboards of our own local modern rock stations. It seems more than fortunate that these Alberta natives named their album The Oracle because these local talents have clearly seen the future.” – Edmonton Journal
“A Monster of a Metal Opus” – The Edmonton Journal
“All Else Fails have delivered us a brilliant new album” – Confront Magazine
“The epic twelve track album [The Oracle] explores their most extraordinary sound to date. Ranging in themes from the apocalypse (‘This World In Flames’, ‘Rebirth’) to drug abuse (‘Fallen’), to religious persecution (‘Monster Eats The Pilot’), to being haunted by the sins of one’s past (‘The House At The End of The World’)” – PureGrainAudio.com
“Obsidian Walls” is a colossal song” – Planet Mosh
“”The Oracle” is a highly addictive journey that captures the listener from start to finish.” – SpazioRock.it (Italy)
“The Oracle is one hell of a powerful album, packed with no end of metal elements, punk edginess and even jazz flourishes . One could make the standard obligatory comparisons to other metal records, but The Oracle defies all traditional categorization. The music is at once darkly visceral and starkly beautiful. In a world of countless “core” clones in the metal scene today, this opus stands out amongst the many. All Else Fails have realized their most compelling yet pulveringing album to date.” – Metalholic Magazine
“For St Albert-based band, All Else Fails, music is not just an end in and of itself, it’s a means to an end. The trio uses its music to ask questions about some of the bigger issues facing the world, without necessarily drawing concrete conclusions. Preferring to provoke debate than provide answers…” – Vue Weekly – Edmonton
“ALL ELSE FAILS is a brand of metal that represents brutality, melody, and freshness that is well captured on The Oracle, What Was, Is And Could Have Been.” WeLoveMetal.com
“…plenty of gems amongst them, including “Twilight Of Mankind,” “Monster Eats The Pilot”, the crushing “Rebirth” and the symphonic/metallic based stand out effort “Obsidian Walls”” – Blistering.com
“All Else Fails have crafted one of the most diverse sounding albums I’ve heard in a while. The Oracle, What Was Is and Could Have Been refuses to be pigeon-holed into a genre, and that’s why it’s great. Rather than sick to a straight formula, All Else Fails branch out into several genres and bring their sound into the fold to produce some incredibly creative songs.” – The Age Of Metal
“When it came down to the track list at hand, I can point a few starlets that mesmerized me. I recommend on “This World In Flames”, both electric and acoustic, bone crushing “Rebirth” and “Obsidian Walls”, “Fallen” was a great treat even though it was lyrically heavy, and I even found the last parody “Robots!!! KOLTG” as cool. In addition to the names of the hits, I urge to take a deep listen to the rest while trying to notice the strong connection between the musical diversities and the strong lyrical sense. ALL ELSE FAILS did more than a fine job on those creations.” – Metal-Temple.com
“The band, out of St. Albert, AB. plays music which brings together classical, progressive and metal elements, to create an orchestral approach to hard driving music” – Yorkton This Week
“An uncompromising metal album the way they don’t make them anymore” – The Sound Check
“These guys are wickedly awesome. Both shows last year, the guys tore it up. The CD always finds it’s way to the car on those long trips. If you weren’t at their last few shows, make a point to come out to this one. You won’t be disappointed.” – Baycore.net post by Jolt Entertainment
Shared Stage w/
Protest the Hero
Five Finger Death Punch
3 Inches of Blood
Past Festivals & Tours
2012 – Hell & Highwater Canadian Tour
2011 – Boonstock (Headliner)
2011 – Metal Fest 2011 (Edmonton
2010 – Indie Week
2010 – Cross Canada Oracle Tour
2010 – Metal Mountain Fest
2010 – Western Canada Tour
2009 – Cross Canada Tour
2009 – Black Harvest Fest
2009 – Niagara Music Fest
2009 – Vans Warp Tour
2007/08/09 – BandRanch
2008 – Deathfest
• 2012 – Nominated – Edmonton Music Awards – Metal Album of Year
• 2011 – Nominated – Edmonton Music Awards – “Artist to Watch”
2011 - The Oracle, What Was, Is And Could Have Been
2009 - Against The Darkening Sky
2007 - All Else Fails EP
- Canadian: shows up fifteen minutes early with Tim Hortons
Colin Close @ The Artery
SONiC 102.9’s band of the month for April 2013 is recently back home from a successful visit to Canadian Music Week in Toronto and is revving up to rock the Starlite Room April 25, 2013. Edmonton’s Rend formed in 2010, is another remarkable result of real work merging with raucous talent to create their distinctive pop-edge sound. A new second album is following is hot on the heels of their debut album ‘No Lines’ from February 2012. I fired off a few questions for the feisty five-piece, here’s what Rend’s front girl Carol-Lynne Quinn (CL) revealed.
You describe liking to connect with your fans and learn about them. Can you describe one of the more memorable conversations you’ve had?
One of the best memories I (CL) have with a fan happened back in December 2012. We were playing an all-ages show in support of the Gateway Association on the HMV stage at West Edmonton Mall. While we were performing I saw a teenage girl in the audience who has written on our Facebook wall several times and has been a super supportive fRend (a Rend fan). I decided to pull her up on stage during our last song “Hide”. To my surprise she danced and sang every word with me! I think I was just as stoked as she was. After the show she came up to us and said how amazing it felt and asking if she was dreaming. Something so simple but it made her day. I think growing up and being really into live music has given all of us a drive to connect to our audience during and after every performance.
What the best part(s) are of road trips & least favourite aspect(s) of being on tour?
The best part of being on tour is just that, being on tour! Living the dream… (and) sometimes our dream consists of renting a R.V. and sleeping in a Wal-Mart parking lot. But being able to wake up every day and know you are going to a radio station to promote the songs you are passionate about or are going to play in front of a crowd of people you don’t know is such an amazing experience. I (CL) think the fact that we all have such different personalities is kind of cool, the right amount of chill and crazy thrown in the mix. We think the hardest part of touring is that Canada is HUGE!!! If we lived somewhere else it would only take 30 minutes to get to the next place but most times we are driving anywhere from 3- 10 hours to get to our next destination.
What is Rend anticipating most in 2013?
We just recorded some pre-production demos of new material and we are starting to make a game plan to record our next record. In the last 2.5 years we have grown as performers and our live show has transformed. We released our first album on February 25, 2012 and are so ready to record our next one. We have been working hard at crafting our sound and the direction we want to go. I (CL) have learned so much in regarding song writing and we are hoping to record our 2nd album in 2013!
What does the band’s name represent?
Our definition of Rend means to tear apart so you’re never the same again. We are passionate about creating great music that has substantial lyrics. We don’t want to be a band you just pass by and forget, we want to be a band you grow with and you connect to.
What’s your most important message to your fans?
We simply want our fans to know that they are loved and there is light past the shadow. I’ve had several fans contact me and write about how our lyrics have helped through hard times… that’s why I write these songs. It’s such an amazing feeling. When people come to our shows it’s all about fun and energy and rock and roll but it’s also about the lyrics and hopefully songs people can connect to.
Rend is: Carol-Lynne Quinn on lead vocals and keys , Jeff Quinn on bass, Charis Logan on drums, Steve Roe on guitar, and Nate Glubish on piano and synth. Five passionate people who love music, people, and putting on a great show, Rend is also up for the Edmonton Music Award’s Female/Female-fronted Artist of the Year.
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Download Rend’s ‘Battlecry’ for free here.
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KISS COMMING TO EDMONTON
While we don’t know for sure if they actually used KISS as an abbreviation for something else or just for the word itself, KISS’ image pissed enough people off. They continue to sell out shows around the globe as I am sure they will here in Edmonton.
In the business world KISS reminds people of “Keep It Simple Stupid” , a guideline to make their writing more to the point and readable. I’m not sure if this article will turn out simple or stupid but let’s try for both!
First the simple:
The band has always said that they played straight ahead ” SIMPLE” hard rock. True, but that’s the shit I always got into as a kid! GOD OF THUNDER pretty much confirms that SIMPLE is exactly what KISS was… But who the hell cares?! It was, and is a fantastic tune…To this day it’s the highlight of any KISS concert (at least for me anyway!!!). Don’t lie it is for you to!
If you haven’t been to a KISS show… this is the part of the concert that The DEMON himself Gene Simmons flies up to the rafters of the building and tears the roof off the place!!! It’s always the same and it’s always fuckin great!!! Fire , blood, tongue, etc…
Simple has always sold well… AC/DC knows the formula. In the song THUNDERSTRUCK they repeat the same lyrics a whopping 33 times!! (shit song from an otherwise great band). But it sold folks!!!
In 1977 Gene Simmons was quoted in an interview with Rolling Stone magazine as saying that “we are not a great band, maybe not even average”. What? is this guy on crack? Was he listening to the same music I was? (OK I was 7 at the time but, DETROIT ROCK CITY was pretty much the greatest thing my 7 year old ears had ever heard!!!) DESTROYER didn’t leave my turntable for months!!!
I played that album loud and often… Mostly because my parents were in the living room listening the to “I WRITE THE SONGS” by Barry Manilow and whatever tune ABBA had out at the time. (Funniest stereo war ever!!!!)
My side of the house…”I WAS RAISED BY THE DEMONS”……their side of the house… TAKE A CHANCE, TAKE A CHANCE, TAKE A, TAKE A CHANCE CHANCE….
I loved KISS right thru LICK IT UP! This was just more proof that just repeating a lyric over and over could sell albums!!! Remember when they took the makeup off? Anybody else out there shocked that Gene was an ugly bastard?
Now for the STUPID:
FAMILY JEWELS… What the hell guys? Paul: how could you let this happen? That show is not good! Not good at all! It pains me to say this but it’s OZZY’s fault. Ok not so much OZZY’S but Sharon’s for sure! Lets face it OZZY DIDN’T KNOW HE WAS ON TV!!! THE OSBOURNE’S WAS A DISGRACE. I am the biggest OZZY/ SABBATH fan there is but something in hard rock music changed forever after that shows debut. The curtain was pulled back! The illusion destroyed forever! Now we know that ALICE COOPER plays golf! I didn’t need to know that! Remember in THE WIZARD OF OZ when you realized that the great and powerful wizard was just some asshole with with a bunch of special effects. I preferred the illusion that rock n roll created far more than having to witness Gene’s daughters sweet 16 party in prime time on A&E.
When I was growing up some “STUPID” people were actually worried that KISS records included Satanic messages when played backwards. It seems funny now ‘cause bands like SLAYER just include Satanic messages when you play the music forward. Of course there were people who believed KISS was in fact an “evil” band. Pick an album cover…. any album cover. So what if some members of the press thought that KISS stood for Knight’s In Satan’s Service. In 2013 that would just make a great name for a band… I mean seriously….why hide it!
All we know for sure was that KISS has been a fun-loving glam rock/hard-rock band for decades. Their epic, over the top show rolls into Edmonton on Friday July 12th, 2013.
Regardless of what you may think of the bands records or there blatant self promotion and licensing, one thing is for sure, KISS kicks some serious ass live!!!
I will leave you with this almost Shakespearean quote from Gene Simmons: “Women are from Mars, men have a penis”
SKULLDUGGERY for Barsnbands.com
The other day, my car was broken into. The thief smashed the window with a hammer, and grabbed the bag that was sitting on the passenger seat. The poor guy probably figured there was something of value in it - it was a really nice satchel, given to me by an awesome swim team when I finished…
April Wine - April 6th - Century Casino
Listen up groovy rock fans!!!!! APRIL FREAKIN WINE is coming to town…. Ya I know Bon Jovi and Motley Crüe are coming to, but come on!!! “SHE’S A ROLLA, YEAH! A HIGH ROLLA BABY!!!”…and yes I was singing that as I typed it!!! Actually I’m still singing as I type this!!! You know what? Fuck it! I’m gonna put that song on really loud as I write the rest of this… Hang on a second….Ok I’m back. That’s better. Does anybody really wanna hear Vince Neil slaughter a song that we all love on the original recording? Let it live on the record Vince! Anyway back to April Wine and a little bout me. I’m 43! That means i was born in 1969 (for those of you that suck at math)… FAST TRAIN (April Wine’s first single) came out in 1970. These guys were touring, and just generally kicking ass when I was 1.
One of my earliest memories was riding in the back of my parents Toyota Corona in Winnipeg and Tonight is a Wonderful Time…. came on the radio. It was the first time I liked a song that parents seems to like to! Not really sure why that sticks in my head but it does. Oh yeah, now I remember… I hated the brown flared corduroys and the orange turtle neck my mom made me wear that day. THE HORROR!!! Good tune though!
Before I had enough money to buy my own music I would sit in my bedroom and record the radio to a cassette on a “GHETTO BLASTER” as they were called at the time! Anybody remember 92 CITI FM? (It’s a Winnipeg thing). This one stretch of music came on and it was Highway to Hell, I LIKE TO ROCK, Eruption, of course followed by You Really Got Me. I played the shit out of that tape!!! I hit the record and play button at the same time perfectly, and hit stop right before the Dj came back on! Nailed it!!! April Wine, AC/DC, and Van Halen were on a continuous loop for most of the next year at my place…. Who am I kidding? They’re all still on a continuous loop at my place!!!
Here’s 10 reasons to be an April Wine Fan:
1. SHES A ROLLA YEAH (ROLLER)
A HIGH ROLLA BABY!!! YEAH!
2. Canadian rock is friggin awesome!
3. Chicks really dig the slow ones. “Tonight is a Wonderful time to fall in love”. (I Loved that shit at a high school dance!). “Hands up a little higher MR. Chapman!!”
4. DROP YOUR GUNS
5. WEEPING WIDOW
6. BAD SIDE OF THE MOON ( this ones an Elton John cover by the way. Now ya know)
7. YOU COULD HAVE BEEN A LADY
8. OOWATANITE ( soo creative with the spelling eh!)
9. THE NATURE OF THE BEAST 3/4 sleeve concert shirt was the shit. I remember the day after they played in Winnipeg in 1981 that my JR. high school was flooded with that shirt!
10. Insert your own reason here… I know ya got one…but if you don’t have one then you can use mine… I LIKE TO ROCK!!!!
Anyway these road warriors are playing at the Century Casino on April 6th!!! TICS are 60 bucks!! Event Details
Almost forgot… I just wanted to clear something up… I love Motley Crüe but Vince really does skip a few lyrics and slur more than a couple of words together live! Plus MC Hammer officiated his fourth marriage…Can’t touch Vince!…and he just never really looked right after the plastic surgery!
Reason number 11 to be an April Wine fan:
Myles Goodwyn never wore lipstick!!! ( Sorry Vince!)
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