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First Fleet Concerts & Phenomenon Presents


Lacuna Coil, Avatar, Three Years Hollow

Thu, February 21, 2013

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 7:30 pm

The Castle Theatre

Bloomington, IL

$30.00 - $32.00

This event is all ages

Note: 21+ Full Venue Access / Unaccompanied Minors: Balcony Only

Somehow, Sevendust grow stronger with each successive album. Their personal bond not only strengthens, but the music tends to get tougher and tighter as well. Their ninth full-length offering, Black Out the Sun [7 Bros./ADA-Music], staunchly upholds that tradition. They don't stray from the bruising hallmarks of their patented style, but they also don't stick to a script either. They deliver what their diehard fan base has loved since day one, but they continue to challenge themselves in the process. As a result, Black Out the Sun sees Sevendust at their most uncompromising, unwavering, and undeniable.

For the first time since their formation, the quintet took a much-needed break right after touring for almost two years behind 2010's Cold Day Memory. The record served as a milestone for a few reasons. It welcomed founding guitarist Lowery back into the fold after a 6-year absence and yielded the band's highest first-week debut ever on the Billboard Top 200, reaching number twelve on the chart. After the roller coaster tour cycle, the group enjoyed a real "vacation". Lowery and Rose joined forces for Call Me No One, dropping their debut The Last Parade, and Connolly and Hornsby formed Projected and released Human. However, by the summer of 2012, everyone began chomping at the bit to return to Sevendust.

"It was cool to recharge for a minute and come back hungry again," admits Connolly. "We needed to hit the reset button and remember how important this band was to us. The juices started flowing, and we were thrilled to do it."

"Taking a break helped tremendously," Lowery agrees. "We're family, and we missed each other. We were ready to write, record, and laugh together again."

That excitement carried over to the studio. The band retreated to Architekt Music Studios in Butler, NJ where Call Me No One recorded and immediately got back in the groove, self-producing alongside engineer Mike Ferretti. Writing and recording as they went along, the entire album was finished in merely 31 days, only breaking to enjoy a beverage or two at "The Murder Bar."

Connolly laughs, "There was this bar that looked like a house across the street from Architekt. The first day we got there, the studio owner George Roskos told us if we went there we'd get murdered. Within five minutes of checking into our hotel, Lajon, Vinnie, Morgan, and I were in there checking it out. It happened to be the most unassuming and harmless place on the planet, but it's part of the album's story."

That story also happens to be the band's deepest to date. Prior to recording, Lowery endured the loss of his father Willie, a patriarch for the group as a whole. The title track went on to serve as a tribute to him.

"Lajon kept saying the line Black Out the Sun over and over again, and I attached that title to my experience with my dad," recalls Lowery. "He was a huge part of my musical history. He was a great musician, and I idolized him. The song is about the anger I had over losing him. It's not lashing out, but it's dealing with that sadness positively. Life gives and it takes. It was important for me to give him this one last message about how much he means to me."

With its staggering guitars and impactful melody, "Black Out the Sun" stands indicative of the record's vibe as a whole. "I always felt like this album was going to be dark," Witherspoon goes on. "It's darker, but it's lighter too. From the end to the beginning, you're able to tap into every emotion. As we get older, we see death more, but we also life more with these babies we're having and our kids growing up. We're going through this transition of life and seeing the devastation and change in the world."

The first single "Decay" directly reflects upon the state of the world today. Primed with an explosive groove and guttural distortion, it's Sevendust at their heaviest. "That song deals with what's going on around us," reveals Witherspoon. "There is so much decay, but we're trying to get to a better place together. It's a hard-hitting track that really defines what Sevendust is."

There's also another side of Sevendust, and that comes through on the pensive and poetic acoustic musing, "Got a Feeling". Penned by Lowery, it's a haunting moment punctuated by vocal harmonies from all five members.

"It's all of these random thoughts about life and humanity," the guitarist explains. "I thought it'd be cool if everyone sang on it. We always like those dark and moody songs, and this is one of them."

That moment when everyone sings remains emblematic of the unity at the heart of this group. It's a big reason why Sevendust stands as strongly as ever since their landmark self-titled debut. Along the way, three of their eight albums have reached gold status and they've played to sold-out crowds around the globe. However, it still feels like the beginning.

Now, the Sevendust freight train shows no signs of stopping with Black Out the Sun. "This is the culmination of our career thus far," proclaims Connolly. "There are all of these bits and pieces of what we are, but it's newer and updated. Our style is our style. We constantly strive for a better version of it. There aren't a lot of bands that have all five original guys after 15 years. It's a very unique gift we have, and we treasure it."

Witherspoon concludes, "I can't wait for people to feel the emotion and energy in this album. I'll never forget the first time we got together. There was something magic about it. It's like this band is what we were all meant to do. I still feel that way. I never want to stop. This is what fans have been waiting for, and Sevendust is here to stay."
Lacuna Coil
Lacuna Coil
Moving and powerful, mysterious and serpentine, the music of Lacuna Coil has always been somewhat of a mystery to nail down. Too brawny to be gothic, yet too melodic to be purely metal, the band has carved a path all its own with their unique sound and undeniable songwriting prowess. With the appropriately-titled Dark Adrenaline, the Italian sextet's sixth full length release, they once again deli
ver a dozen songs that are tinged with sadness, honed in anger and wielded with a deft touch and a brawny punch.

Never a band to repeat itself, the songs on Dark Adrenaline are undeniably Lacuna Coil, but feel more complete than the band's 2009 release Shallow Life. Co-vocalist Andrea Ferro explains, "On the last album we were looking at experimenting with our music. With Dark Adrenaline we've been able to sum up almost all of the different aspects of Lacuna Coil". There is a fluidity and maturity to the new songs that show a band that is willing to branch out while still staying true to their sonic roots. "We are aware of what we and our roots are, but at the same time we look into the future with our own vision. Dark Adrenaline is the victorious sum of 15 years of experiences", offers up front-woman Cristina Scabbia.

And a triumphant victory it is. The first single, album opener "Trip the Darkness" bursts with heft and passion. The song, about facing your darkest hours without fear, introduces a theme that runs throughout the album. Scabbia explains, "We realized that the lyrics were about sadness, rage and anger, but also power, self esteem and excitement. " The band channeled everyday life - all of the good and the bad, the bold and mundane - to create the music on Dark Adrenaline. "Our real life events have been the biggest influence for us," explains Ferro, "There isn't any one concept, just a lot of dark vibes and flowing energy." Other standout tracks include the blistering "Against You", a song about uprising, which is particularly timely given the world's current political climate, and "Intoxicated", with a degree of drama that is almost cinematic in nature.

The band once again teamed up with producer Don Gilmore (Linkin Park, Duran Duran, Avril Lavigne) to record Dark Adrenaline. "We had a great time in the studio with Don. We felt that since we knew each other [having worked together on 2009's Shallow Life], we'd be able to maximize our working relationship", offers Ferro. That comfort comes across in the cohesion of the album. Initial tracking took place at bassist Marco Coti Zelati's studio with the two singers. Guitarists Cristiano Migliore and Marco Biazzi and drummer Cristiano Mozzati then came and fleshed out the songs, breathing life into them. Even the band's cover of R.E.M.s "Losing My Religion" feels truly at home in the Lacuna Coil songbook. Scabbia explains this cohesion wasn't the case when the album initially began taking shape, "We felt the songs were turning into something harder and more obscure than on previous albums, but through team work, common goals and open minds, we came up with Dark Adrenaline."

The band will once again embark on a world tour in support of the new album. Having already played on Ozzfest, Gigantour and all of the major European festivals, Lacuna Coil are a well-oiled machine on the road that deliver the goods nightly. Fans are in store for a real treat when the catch the band this time around, as 15 years into their career the band shows no signs of slowing down and they are primed and pumped to take their Dark Adrenaline to crowds the world over.

Something is evolving in LACUNA COIL. We want to thank all of you coilers around the world for being such awesome supporters. We are hoping to please your ears and fill your hearts again.
The pieces that doesn’t fit in to the puzzle. The passionate and merciless, tearing the past apart over and over again. Avatar are the once who never rest, never stay and dwell in what has happened before. They know what they’re doing. They know what has to be done. They are the voices in your head.

Avatar and their followers are the once who dare to see their full potential, not afraid to stare deep into whatever darkness that comes their way. Founded in the then young Swedish boy John Alfredsson’s mind by the turn of the millennium, they have always stood for relentlessness and determination. With the addition of every new member the energy has risen like a mushroom cloud. Avatar means a God in disguise. Nothing but greatness is accepted. With the blunt force that is metal music Avatar has set out to claim their kingdom; Earth.

With their new album – Black Waltz – Avatar is once again standing on the front line, ready to fight for everything insane. By having the courage to let the music take them wherever it needs to go they’ve reached lands and soundscapes never seen or heard of before. They play the soundtrack to the end of world and give you the greatest show of the apocalypse.
Three Years Hollow
Three Years Hollow
Three Years Hollow is the modern rock band hailing from the Quad Cities (IL, IA).

“There's a brand of rock for every taste, but if I had to pick my poison, I've always gravitated towards a heavy, driving, edgy rock song more than any other. If it's loud with a dash of frantic or angry pace to it, then sign me up, I'm interested. The guys from 3 Years Hollow subscribe to the same rock preference, and they successfully modeled their sound to fall in line accordingly. – Chris Brack,

Three Years Hollow's debut album ‘Ascension' has been well received by fans and critics alike. It's an album that is aggressive on tempos, heavy on guitar riffs, yet well-defined and melodic on vocals. ‘Ascension' contains fan favorite tracks ‘Wasted' and ‘The End of Demise' among others. One can't help but notice the edge the album has from a lyric perspective. “The motivation for me on Ascension was that I was ticked off at girls. I was ticked off at everything!” says 3YH front man Jose Urquiza.

'Remember', the long awaited follow up to 'Ascension' was released on March 10, 2012 to a sold out crowd. The recording process for this EP took them to Groovemaster Studios in Chicago, IL to work with Tadpole (Disturbed, Staind, Adelitas Way, Seether) on production and mixing, then on to Brad Blackwood of Euphonic Masters (Adelitas Way, Evanescense, Sick Puppies, Skillet) for mastering. “In the years since Ascension, so much has happened for us personally. Life has happened for us. The subject of Remember has a positive message. It's hard to write dark, angry songs when you're so happy about everything” says Jose. With all of these positives, it's no wonder why the band has been anxious to give the fans a taste of what they've been working on. That taste is the first single, ‘Chemical Ride'.

The video release for Chemical Ride occurred on New Year's Eve 2011 and received 6000 views in the first week alone. The reaction from the fanbase has been overwhelming and humbling. The band couldn't be more excited.

But don't think that this album will have one single and a bunch of fluff to accompany it. As Jose states, “The song I'm most excited for people to hear is ‘We Belong'. It is so different from everything else that we do. It has so much harmony work in it. The whole message of the song is where ever I need to be, that's where I want to be. Take me where we all belong.”

In June of 2012, 3YH collaborated with Clint Lowery (Sevendust, Call Me No One, Hello Demons Meet Skeletons) to compose the next generation of 3YH music. Release dates for those songs are still pending.

Three Years Hollow isn't just a great studio band. They take a tremendous amount of pride in their live show as well. “We are commonly told that we sound even better live than we do on our album. That is something we take a lot of pride in.” says guitarist Tony Reeves. That pride in the live show has been noticed by promoters and has afforded them the privilege to compile an impressive resume of stage mates. That resume includes the likes of Chevelle, Buckcherry, Puddle of Mudd, Papa Roach, Pop Evil, Taproot, Black Stone Cherry, Evans Blue, In This Moment, Tesla, The Veer Union, Janus, Filter, Saliva, Eye Empire, Soil, P.O.D., The Used, Candlebox, Anew Revolution, Kyng, Straight Line Stitch and Texas Hippie Coalition, among others.

From here, the sky is the limit for Three Years Hollow. 2012 brings a new album and a new level of excitement. They intend to get the music out to as many people as possible through distribution, promotion, and touring. The goal is to attract the right support to help 3 Years Hollow take their musical career to the next level and every level beyond. That level is definitely somewhere the band believes, to quote the song, “Where we all belong.”
Venue Information:
The Castle Theatre
209 E. Washington St.
Bloomington, IL, 61701