With UFest only 2 months away there is nothing to do but mentally prepare ourselves for one of the most epic days of music (Everyone that went last year knows what I am talking about). The line up this year: A Day To Remember, Asking Alexandria, Hellyeah, Trivium, August Burns Red, Powerman 5000, Redlight King, Born of Osiris, and Devour the Day are going to kill it. For those who are not familiar with all the bands here is a little background information on the bands:
A Day To Remember: The band all from, Ocala, Florida, were all playing in different groups, until singer Jeremy McKinnon, guitarists Neil Westfall and Tom Denney, bassist Joshua Woodard, and drummer Bobby Scruggs came together in 2003. Jeremy McKinnon (lead singer) first got a job at the Boston Market, and later going on to do construction work. He was inspired to play heavy music by a local band, Seven Star, before joining guitarist Tom Denney and drummer Bobby Scruggs to form A Day To Remember. The group has gone through several changes over the years with their drummers and guitarist but has found a fit with Alex Shelnutt on drums and Kevin Skaff on the guitar. The band signed with Victory Records in 2006 and since has come out with For Those Who Have Heart (2007), Homesick (2009), What Separates Me from You (2010), and Common Courtesy (2013).
Asking Alexandria: The band Asking Alexandria has their roots in Dubai where guitarist Ben Bruce started the band and released one full-length album (titled The Irony of Your Perfection) The band shortly afterwards broke-up. In 2008 Bruce moved back to the UK where he revived the band with new members: Danny Worsnop (lead vocals), Ben Bruce (lead guitar), Cameron Liddell (rhythm guitar), James Cassells (drums), and Sam Bettley (bass guitar). Recorded in spring 2009, the band’s first LP, Stand Up & Scream, was released later that year. Four months later, the band released their sophomore album, Reckless & Relentless. The album sold 31,000 copies in its first week, and reached number nine on the Billboard 200.
Hellyeah: The band Hellyeah is a heavy metal supergroup that consisted of: Chad Gray (lead vocal for Mudvayne), Greg Tribbett (guitar for Mudvayne), Tom Maxwell (guitar for Nothingface), Bob Zilla (bassist for Damageplan), and Vinnie Paul (drummer for Pantera and Damageplan). The idea to form this supergroup happened in 2001 at the Tattoo the Earth tour, but there were too many scheduling conflicts between the bands. In 2006 they were able to record their first album and in 2007 they released their album Hellyeah that entered the Billboard 200 at 9, selling 45,000 copies in the first week. Their second album Stampede sold 28,000 copies in its first week and was number 8 on the Billboard 200.
Trivium: The band Trivium was formed when Matt Heafy (lead vocal and guitar) performed cover versions of Metallica and the Offspring at Lake Brantley high School talent show. Brad Lewter (vocal) saw the performance and asked Heafy to try out for his band. Lewter later quit the band and Corey Beaulieu (lead guitar) and Paolo Gregoletto (bass guitar) joined in 2004. Their second album Ascendancy (2004) became 151 on the Billboard 200. Their third album The Crusade (2006) debuted at number 35 on the Billboard 200 and sold over 32,00 copies. Trivium continued to come out with back-to-back albums, with their most recent album Vengeance Falls that was released in October of 2013.
August Burns Red: The band August Burns Red is an American Christian metal core band from Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The band got their name when in high school, one of their best friends, Jon Hershey, who was also the vocalist at the time. Right before he joined the band, he was dating a girl named August. The relationship got a bit out of hand, and he really wanted to end it. So, he ended the relationship and instead of just getting sad about it, she got really angry, and Jon at the time had a dog-named Redd. She went up to his house, and burned his dog Redd alive, in his doghouse. The name and everything comes from, because the next day, the headline of the newspaper in the local news was “August Burns Red.”
Powerman 5000: Powerman 5000 is a Boston-based heavy metal rock band that was formed in 1991 by the younger brother of Rob Zombie, known as Spider One. PM5K most successful album was Tonight the Stars Revolt! which sold over a million copies. Powerman 5000 songs have been used in television film soundtracks, and video games. Some video game titles their songs are in are: as FreQuency, Shaun Palmer’s Pro Snowboarder, SX Superstar, Tony Hawks Pro Skater 2, the Twisted Metal series, Shadow the Hedgehog, and WWE SmackDown! vs. RAW. Film soundtracks such as Evolution, Freddy vs. Jason, Titan AE, Little Nicky and Zoolander have all featured the work of Powerman 5000.
Redlight King: Mark Kasprzyk better known by his stage name Kazzer grew up in Ontario, Canada. At the age 8 he began learning judo, he later became part of the Canadian National Judo Team and was an alternate for the Canadian team in the 2000 Summer Olympics. Redlight King, who are currently signed to Hollywood Records and made news in 2011 for his success in getting permission from Neil Young to sample Young’s 1972 song, “Old Man”. The sample is included in the song “Old Man” on the debut album Something for the Pain, released on June 2011.
Born of Osiris: The band Born Of Osiris originated from Palatine, Illinois in 2003. Born Of Osiris has gone through a number of name changes including Your Heart Engraved, Diminished and Rosecrance. the band stayed with “Born Of Osiris” in 2007, basing the name off the Egyptian deity Osiris, and the tale of his son Horus. The group is signed to Sumerian Records and has released two full lengths and two EPs on the label. Their album, A Higher Place, reached number 73 on the Billboard 200. Their second full-length album, The Discovery, released March 22, 2011, debuted at 87 on the Billboard 200.
Devour the Day: Founded by Joey “Chicago” Walser (guitar and bass) and Blake Allison (lead vocal and drums) after their former band, Egypt Central, split up, Devour the Day is band based out of Memphis, Tennessee. They got together in 2012, the pair quickly set to work on their debut. After heading into the studio with Grammy-winning producer Skidd Mills, the pair released their first album, Time & Pressure, in 2013 before setting off on tour with Hinder.