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Below is our complete Intervals news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.
Aaron Marshall from Intervals has released a statement online about parting ways with all other band members and recording a new album. Read the full statement (giving Wintersun a run for its money in the length department) here:
"Hey guys, Aaron here. I'm writing this update to bring everyone up to speed on things. This is a little lengthy, but to put this all in perspective, I would like to recap the last four years. For anyone with questions about anything, you will want to read this. This is super important, so thanks in advance for reading!
"For those who don't know how this all started, Intervals is sort of an accident. In 2011, I began writing and recording my own music at home for the first time. After years of playing with local bands in Toronto, this was the first time I had written and recorded any of my own music. A close friend proposed the idea of filming me playing a tune (Still Winning) and cutting a video. Initially, I didn't understand the concept… 'Why would anyone want to watch me sit here and play guitar?'… After being persuaded, I sat down and performed the tune a countless amount of times while he filmed me.
"I didn't think anything of it, but he was very adamant about getting this thing out there for people to see. After showing me the finished product, I still didn't really get it… 'So, its like, a music video, but with no low budget actors and fake cars?…' From there, he prompted me to choose a name and create a YouTube and Facebook page. Being a perfectionist by nature, I was sort of reluctant to follow through, as I had intended to write an album's worth of material and put a band together, before venturing forward with music. After some coaxing, I sort of settled on the name Intervals and made all the necessary pages so he would stop hounding me to post this video. Having zero experience with anything like this, we were both taken back by the response this video was having. All of a sudden there was a surge of new people demanding more songs, new content, etc… I had nothing more than that one song and no idea what I should do next. As interest continued to grow, I felt that I owed it to myself, and anyone who cared, to follow through and see where I could take this thing.
"As a guitarist that also plays drums, it was very important to me, that I connect with a drummer on the same wavelength. I received an email from Anup about making a video for a tune and I was beyond excited. I had been following him on YouTube for some time and couldn't believe I would get to see him play one of my songs. Coincidentally, Matt Halpern (Periphery) and I had discussed that Anup would be an excellent fit and that perhaps we should consider working together. More...
Intervals - which split with the band's vocalist last month - has checked in with the following recap of the year:
"2014 was an unforgettable year for us. We embarked on our first European tour, traveled America multiple times over, charted Billboard with an independent release, put out three music videos, and most importantly, played music for and met so many of you guys.
"Thank you to everyone for your relentless support and thank you to all the bands we shared the road with this year.
"2015 will bring some very exciting new things as we begin working on a new record and more. Happy new year everyone and see you all again soon!" More...
What was old is now new again, as much like with Hollywood returning to Star Wars, Jurassic Park, and Terminator, metal heads had a desire for past and present to collide throughout 2014.
This was another year of major reunions and comebacks with the likes of At The Gates, Slipknot, Sanctuary, and Massacre all returning with new material. The long dead Coal Chamber also came back to life, although we won't see an actual release until next year (with varying opinions on to whether that particular resurrection was wanted or needed).
Besides all the blasts from the past, this was a year marked by spectacles in the metal world – some truly unfortunate and others less so. Heavy metal managed to hit the Facebook trending bar and gain exposure to millions when 92 year old actor Christopher Lee released his Metal Knight EP and Christmas single ”Darkest Carols, Faithful Sing.”
Tim Lambesis of As I Lay Dying was finally sentenced after being arrested back in 2013 for attempting to hire a hitman to kill his ex-wife – an act that lead to the creation of Wovenwar, featuring the remaining members of As I Lay Dying as well as a fellow ex-believer from Oh, Sleeper.
This was also the year that included Roadrunner Records botching the release of the first Opeth single from “Pale Communion” and subsequently breaking the Internet. And who could forget Wintersun's infamous rant (perhaps best summarized as “I can't possibly record an album unless its in my own personal studio that someone else has paid for”), which sent a horde of lemming-like fans to send death threats to the Nuclear Blast Facebook page?
Typical metal shenanigans aside, this was actually a solid year for metal overall even past the major reunions. Now moving into 2015, the big question marks are if that Metallica album actually comes out, when Dimmu Borgir is finally going to get around to leaking some new info, and for those of us who have been impatiently waiting since 2012 – when will God Of Atheists finally drop that debut release that we voted most anticipated two years ago?
Before any of those questions come close to getting answers, let's take a look back at what 2014 had to offer for metal fans... More...
Intervals, which released "A Full Voice Within" earlier this year, has issued the following announcement about parting ways with the band's vocalist:
"Hey everyone, Aaron here.
"We would like to take a minute to get you guys up to speed on things. It is with a heavy heart, that we announce to you all, that we have decided to part ways with our singer, Mike Semesky.
"To give you some background, Mike initially joined the band, filling in on bass guitar when the band was still strictly an instrumental entity. With a few tours under our belts with Mike, we realized that we all shared a chemistry, and decided to entertain a curious desire of all of ours, which was to write our debut record, with a vocalist.
"Writing and recording A Voice Within was a gratifying and enlightening experience and touring in support of that record with Mike this past year, has been nothing short of spectacular. With that said, we have reached a fork in the road that is this journey, and have come to an amicable parting of ways. We wish Mike the best in future endeavours and beyond.
"Since the beginning, Intervals has always been about sharing the joy and passion we all have for music, together. When things began, I had one song and no clue what I was doing or what the future held. You all welcomed the sounds I hear in my head with open ears, minds, and hearts. Your warm reception and encouragement made it possible to have connected with Anup and Lukas and fully realize the band's potential as well as giving us the ability to tour and play music for you all.
"We are nothing short of grateful to all of you and will continue to do so. When we announced the addition of a vocalist to the band, initially, it was met with mixed emotions. However, this past year, we have enjoyed nothing more, than to connect with you guys, not only musically, but beyond that. We live for that vibe we all feel, when we're sharing a verse or a chorus, together. Those are the tangible moments that keep us constantly yearning to make music what we live for. More...
This week, our Official Podcast brings you another round of live music recaps. First, co-host Mike Smith (OverkillExposure) revisits the burgeoning local metal scene of Lynchburg, Virginia – previously covered here – with a rundown of its newly minted “Thursday Throwdown” series of concerts.
The second show, held at Phase 2 on Thursday, April 17th, presented a compact and delightfully complete ceremony of rock and metal tribute, starting with three-piece cover act Mourn The Illusion, continuing with progressive melodic metallers Unspoken, and culminating with headliners and local hard rock darlings Singleside ("Moving Forward" album review here).
Next up, co-host Kevin Perez (n0thinghead) discusses a recent headlining performance in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, by Canadian bizarro-metal wackos Protest The Hero. Check out his thoughts about the bill, which included openers Intervals, eclectic tech-proggers The Safety Fire, and strangely, Detroit thrashers Battlecross.
Finally, your co-hosts react to the recently released single “All Rise” from Wovenwar, the new formation of As I Lay Dying members minus prison-bound frontman Tim Lambesis. Wovenwar features Jordan Mancino (drums), Nick Hipa (guitar), Phil Sgrosso (guitar), Josh Gilbert (bass/vocals), and Oh, Sleeper frontman Shane Blay (vocals).
Check out the podcast here, enjoy, and offer us your feedback.
Last week on Metalunderground.com's Official Podcast, we brought you two young and very special Canadian bands, The Kindred and Hollow. And sure enough on this week's episode, co-host Kevin Perez (n0thinghead) continues indulging in his love for progressive (and, coincidentally, Canadian) bands.
Toronto, Ontario's Intervals, formed in 2011 and until late last year a strictly instrumental band, have just debuted with the full-length "A Voice Within," within which you'll indeed find a voice: frontman Mike Semesky. Kevin considers some of the musical developments this shift in focus has spurred.
Next, co-host Mike Smith (OverkillExposure) makes a painful, heavy-hearted effort to dissect his conflicted feelings about the latest Iced Earth release "Plagues Of Babylon" (reviewed here). It is the veteran metal band's tenth studio album, and so far to Mike's ears, falls tragically short of the dazzling comeback that was 2011's "Dystopia."
Finally ensues a discussion of singer Howard Jones, the positives and negatives of his contributions to the mighty Killswitch Engage, and his brand new group dubbed Devil You Know.
Take a listen here, enjoy, and offer us your feedback.
Intervals released debut full-length "A Voice Within" today, and to celebrate the release, the band has hit the road with Protest The Hero (dates available below).
Battlecross, which just returned home from a tour in Europe, is now set to hit the road in the States this weekend on a U.S. tour featuring Protest the Hero, The Safety Fire, Intervals, and Night Verses. The first date of the tour is in Buffalo, NY on Saturday, March 1st and wraps up in Amityville, NY on April 6th.
The band comments: "We just had an amazing run with Killswitch Engage and Trivium in Europe and we're stoked to be with them yet again in the US! We're going to have a blast with our fans and hopefully make some new ones!"
The touring doesn't stop here though, as Battlecross will be playing dates with Killswitch Engage and Trivium as well as making a stop at the infamous New England Metal & Hardcore Festival. See the band live on these dates: More...
Intervals has released a teaser trailer for new album "A Voice Within," which can be seen below, and the band also comments:
"Our new record is officially out in just over 1 week on March 4th! We've been patiently waiting for everyone to hear this for the last 4 months.
"Thank you to everyone who has pre-ordered a bundle or digital copy thus far. As an independent act, your support is direct, tangible, and empowering. If you haven't yet, please consider pre-ordering a copy, as our first week sales directly impact the capacity at which we can perform for all of you over the course of this album cycle.
"As an added bonus, remember that every pre-order bundle enters you in for a chance to win a signed Jackson Guitars - Official! 7 string guitar! We can't wait for you guys to hear this record and we'll see you all on the road soon!" More...
Battlecross will hit the road supporting Protest The Hero, The Safety Fire, Intervals, and Night Verses. Dates for the trek are as follows:
Sat/Mar-01 Buffalo, NY @ Waiting Room
Sun/Mar-02 Cincinnati, OH @ Bogarts
Mon/Mar-03 Grand Rapids, MI @ The Intersection
Tue/Mar-04 Des Moines, IA @ Wooly's
Wed/Mar-05 Burnsville, MN @ The Garage
Fri/Mar-07 Milwaukee, WI @ The Eagles Hall
Sat/Mar-08 Joliet, IL @ Mojoes
Sun/Mar-09 Lincoln, NE @ Bourbon Theatre
Mon/Mar-10 Ft. Collins, CO @ Aggie Theatre
Tue/Mar-11 Grand Junction, CO @ Mesa Theatre & Club
Wed/Mar-12 Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
Fri/Mar-14 Spokane, WA @ The Hop
Sat/Mar-15 Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory
Sun/Mar-16 Reno, NV @ Knitting Factory
Mon/Mar-17 Sacramento, CA @ Assembly
Tue/Mar-18 Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues
Wed/Mar-19 Tucson, AZ @ 191 Toole
Fri/Mar-21 Lubbock, TX @ Jake's Backroom
Sat/Mar-22 Austin, TX @ Red 7
Sun/Mar-23 Little Rock, AR @ Juanita's
Mon/Mar-24 Baton Rouge, LA @ The Varsity Theatre
Wed/Mar-26 St. Petersburg, FL @ State Theatre
Thu/Mar-27 Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room
Fri/Mar-28 Jacksonville, FL @ Jack Rabbits
Sat/Mar-29 Wilmington, NC @ Ziggys By The Sea
Sun/Mar-30 Raleigh, NC @ Lincoln Theatre
Tue/Apr-01 Charlotte, NC @ Tremont Music Hall
Wed/Apr-02 Washington, DC @ The Rock and Roll Hotel
Thu/Apr-03 Hartford, CT @ Webster Theater
Fri/Apr-04 Rochester, NY @ Montage Music Hall
Sat/Apr-05 Cambridge, MA @ The Middle East Downstairs
Sun/Apr-06 Amityville, NY @ Revolution More...
Intervals has released a new track, which can be heard below, and the band also issued the following statement:
"Alright everyone, here is the premier track, 'Ephemeral' from our upcoming record! We also have some exciting news!
"We're incredibly excited and proud to announce Mike Semesky as the band's singer. Intervals has always been about open minded, forward thinking, progressive music with no boundaries. It's also been about staying true to the art we feel compelled to make, and we couldn't be happier with the dynamic Mike brings to the music.
"For those who remember, the band put out a feeler for a vocalist with the release of 'The Space Between,' but in lieu of finding the right candidate, we decided to move forward with our initial intent: Make music. Mike joined the band as our bass player, but after only a few weeks of touring, it was apparent that this was the chemistry we were after all along. The human voice is an instrument and from our perspective, we are by definition, still an 'instrumental' band, now with added dimension and perspective.
"The band still retains it's identity in guitar driven, progressive rock/metal and there's something on this record for everyone. We couldn't be more thankful for the support you have all shown us over the past few years and we hope you continue to follow along on this journey we share. This release is our proudest musical accomplishment to date and we can't wait for everyone to hear it!" More...
Canadian progressive metal act Intervals has announced the group will be entering the studio with Jordan Valeriote in November to begin tracking an upcoming release. Intervals comments:
"We have confirmed studio time starting November 4th with the man, the legend, Jordan Valeriote at Sundown Studio. You guys will recognize his work, as he engineered/mixed 'In Time' along with other releases from Structures, Counterparts, Silverstein and more.
"We'll have more details for you guys as things come together, but for now, that's where we're at. We can't wait for you guys to hear what we've been working on. Lots of surprises to come."
Following the studio, Intervals will be touring Europe this winter with Protest The Hero, Tesseract, and The Safety Fire. Catch the band live: More...
Intervals has now released the new "In Time" EP, which was engineered and mixed by Jordan Valeriote at Sundown Studios.
The full release is now available for streaming through the player below, or it can be purchased in digital format over at bandcamp. The track listing is as follows:
1. Alchemy 02:14
2. Mata Hari 04:49
3. Tapestry 05:18
4. Momento 04:23
5. Epiphany 05:58 More...
Intervals has posted some new footage online from the band's recent stay at Sundown Studios with producer/engineer Jordan Valeriote. Check out the clip below. The recording sessions are for a new EP coming out this Fall, 2012. A previously posted behind the scenes studio video is also available at this location.
Intervals has posted a behind the scenes video clip from the studio online, which can be viewed below, and the band also commented:
"Day 3 in the studio is done and leads are finished. We're ahead of schedule and things are sounding awesome so far! Our friends over at Heavy Blog Is Heavy put up a little interview type thing I shot with Ben Dundas. Check it out!"
Canadian act Intervals has checked in with the following brief update on the band's progress recording a new album:
"...aaand drums for our upcoming release are finished! Anup is a machine. We'll be heading into Sundown Studios in a month to record and mix everything else. We're all excited and stuff."
Intervals also commented on the band's drummer hitting the road for upcoming tour dates with The Contortionist:
"Our drummer Anup will be filling in for Chimp Spanner on tour next month with 7 Horns 7 Eyes, Jeff Loomis, and The Contortionist. We'll have him back right in time for a tour which we'll be announcing shortly ;) Check out a video of him running through Bad Code. Groooooove."
To hear what Intervals has to offer, you can stream the band's "The Space Between" EP at this location.
Toronto act Intervals has released the new EP "The Space Between" for streaming online and free download. You can check out the release in the player below.
The track listing is as follows:
2. Still Winning
Toronto's Intervals will be releasing the new EP "The Space Between" as a free download on December 20th, 2011. The band has now posted a playthrough video for a song off the EP, which can be found below. Intervals also commented:
"So, with the upcoming release of our FREE EP 'The Space Between,' I decided to shoot another play-through video. The audio in this video is the pre-production version of this tune and a newer version (mixed by Nolly of Red Seas Fire) will be featured on the EP. Hope you enjoy!" More...