Written by Jason Nauman.
Playing in a band is a lot like gambling: you can make the right moves at the right time, but if luck doesn’t come your way on a given day, then it‘s usually a sign to cut your losses and walk away. Had Anaheim, California’s New Years Day called it quits five years ago, I don’t think anyone would have blamed them. The band’s former label, TVT records, went belly up in 2008, prompting their then debut album My Dear to be left under promoted. An album that should have taken the band to the next level in the rock stratosphere instead ended in the band imploding, losing multiple original members and putting their musical future in jeopardy. It seemed as if the deck were stacked against New Years Day.
Lesser bands would have collapsed under the weight of that setback, but the remaining members of New Years Day stuck together and continued writing new material. The resulting album, the appropriately titled Victim to Villain, shows the band taking advantage of a fresh start to create a new direction for themselves.
Stylistically on Victim to Villain, the group keeps their pop sensibilities intact from My Dear and layers in alt metal riffs and haunting choruses. The resulting sound is something that’s equal parts catchy and rocking. It’s a balance that serves the band well, giving equal room for singer Ashley Costello’s voice to soar and the well executed hard rock to be fleshed out from band members Russell Dixon (drums), Jake Jones (guitar), Nikki Misery (guitar), and Anthony Barro (bass).
Whatever momentum was lost in the TVT records debacle seems to have been regained with their new single “Angel Eyes” and its accompanying video. Chris Motionless, from the band Motionless in White, lends his vocal talents to the track, diversifying the song during the breakdown portion. “When it came time to need a guy to guest vocal on the album, there was no better fit than Chris,” says Costello. “I always really liked what he and his band stood for. It felt very similar to myself and I felt I could relate to it.” The choice of guest vocalist was a good one, As the polished song benefits from his inclusion and the transition to his vocals seems natural.
“I’ve been out to prove something since the day I was born – revenge,” Costello says, and it certainly shows over the X amount of tracks laced with anger and passion. Victim to Villain shows the band planting their flag in the rock and roll landscape, triumphantly announcing their return and getting their long sought after revenge.
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Written by Jeremy Copp
Do you know how to “Metal?” Be honest now. Do you TRULY know how to Metal? Well, Super Quest is a band that is here to help you. Hailing from Peterborough, Ontario, these guys have been making a series of videos to help you, the metal novice, grasp the finer points of the genre! From dealing with power-outages to drumming without pants, these guys will teach you everything you need to know in order to live and breathe Metal.
The latest installment in the video series, “How to Metal: Death Metal Lesson with Super Quest,” went viral. And by that we mean, almost a million views in five days type of viral. When asked if this was expected of the tutorial, 24-year-old vocalist/ guitarist and star of the video Jawn Whitten exclaimed, “Oh God, no!” But shortly after posting the video to Reddit, and barely 12 hours later, over 42,000 people had witnessed its awesomeness.
“All of the sudden there were all sorts of news media sites talking about my video and giving the most hilarious descriptions about me,” said Jawn with a laugh.
There is a mild dose of irony in Super Quest getting a huge boost in notoriety from giving a Death Metal guitar lesson. Their sound is nowhere near Death Metal. Instead, you will hear influences ranging from Classic Rock artists like Led Zeppelin and AC/DC to 80’s Metal groups like Def Leppard and Kix.
When Jawn met drummer Roger Sage in 2010, they bonded immediately over a shared love of Quiet Riot’s cover of “Come on Feel the Noise.” Along with band mates Alex Donchak (guitar) and Tyler McIntyre (bass), they’ve created a classic rock sound with a modern edge. They played their first show on Canada Day (August 1) in 2011 and haven’t looked back since.
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