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Rise To Addiction

Formed: 2004
From: London, United Kingdom
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Rise To Addiction News

Below is our complete Rise To Addiction 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.

Evile Reveals First Photo with New Bassist

British thrashers Evile recently announced their new bassist, Joel Graham, who joined the band following the tragic death of their late bassist, Mike Alexander. Joel Graham previously played in Yorkshire metal band Rise to Addiction, who recorded for Mausoleum Records. View the first new photo of Evile featuring the new line-up below.


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Rise To Addiction Parts With Bass Player

British metal group Rise To Addiction has parted ways with bass player Joel Graham after he was selected to become the new bassist for British thrash metal band Evile. A message from the band reads as follows:

"Unfortunately for RTA, Joel (Graham - bass) has decided to leave the band and join EVILE full time, it's a real shame but Joel's replacement is already in rehearsals, so there won't be much downtime for the band. Please join us in wishing Joel and Evile good luck on their massive tour schedule for 2010!"

Graham has issued the following statement: "Although I'm moving to Evile, I can't help but feel that's it's a shame that I can't practically do both bands. I have had some amazing times with RTA and met some great people along the way. Thank You! I will miss Leigh (Oates), Aynsley (Dickinson) and Steve (Wray) but I will be sure to keep in touch with them as much as possible and we will remain great friends. More then anything I wish Rise To Addiction all the best and look forward to hearing, seeing and doing some festivals together with them in the very near future."

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Hydrogyn Announces European Tour Dates

Ashland, Kentucky based rockers Hydrogyn have announced a European tour date, starting the first of two legs planned for this year in London on April 21st.

Hydrogyn's touring partner for the UK will be Rise To Addiction and in France will be long time friends of the band Ellipsis. Julie and Jeff will be appearing on the new Ellipsis release on the song "Alchemy Kill Bomb." Italy and the rest of Europe's touring partners will be announced soon.

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Rise To Addiction Post New Video Online

UK rockers RISE TO ADDICTION have posted a new video for the song 'One Sweet Minute' from their 2007 debut full length album A New Shade Of Black For The Soul released on Mausoleum Records. View here. More...

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Rise To Addiction Announce One-Off Show

RISE TO ADDICTION have updated their live schedule. They will support INME at the Gasworks in Bradford, UK on Monday, December 17th.

As previously reported, Rise To Addiction will play a Christmas show at The Corporation in Sheffield, UK on December 21st. Also on the bill are HOOKER BENTLEY, TIANANMEN and AXIS DYNYD.

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More Details On Retro Grave's Trouble Re-make

Jeff "Oly" Olson (TROUBLE, RETRO GRAVE) has tapped Vincent Wojno (TROUBLE, MACHINE HEAD, KREATOR, TESTAMENT) to produce and engineer the first two RETRO GRAVE albums. The debut CD, now simply titled "Run", is a re-arrangement of TROUBLE's "Run to the Light" (originally issued in 1987 via Metal Blade). Special guests on the "Run" album include former TROUBLE bassist Ron Holzner; members of RISE TO ADDICTION, TROUBLE and NOVEMBERS DOOM; Kyle Thomas (ALABAMA THUDERPUSSY, EXHORDER, FLOODGATE); Leif Edling (CANDLEMASS); Sammy Duet (GOATWHORE, ACID BATH); and up-and-coming guitarist Mike "Rebeard" Schermuly.

"Run" is currently being recorded for an early 2008 release. A record deal is being nogotiated, the details of which will be announced in the very near future.

Kyle Thomas briefly fronted TROUBLE in 1999 and is "a welcome addition to the 'Run' album," says Olson. "All of my guests are very talented musicians that I'm psyched to work with, especially my new friends from the UK, RISE TO ADDICTION [who toured with TROUBLE in Europe earlier this year]. These guys are hard-working and extremely talented group of guys, as [is] my new permanent guitarist, Mike 'Redbeard' Schermuly from Portland, Maine."

Samples from the debut RETRO GRAVE EP can be heard at retrogravemusic.com

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Rise To Addiction Announce U.K. Tour

RISE TO ADDICTION — the British band featuring former BLAZE members John Slater (guitar) and Steve Wray (guitar) — has scheduled the following U.K. dates:

Oct. 14 - Dudley, JB's
Oct. 18 - Leeds, Rios
Oct. 20 - Bradford, Gasworks
Nov. 18 - York, Junction

RISE TO ADDICTION will release its debut album, "A New Shade of Black for the Soul", in the U.S. on October 9 via Mausoleum Records.

"A New Shade of Black for the Soul" was issued on May 14 in the U.K., May 18 in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, and May 21 in the rest of Europe via Mausoleum. The CD was produced by Andy Sneap (MACHINE HEAD, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, TRIVIUM, MEGADETH). Always willing to push musical boundaries, RISE TO ADDICTION enlisted the help of avant-garde pianist Mike Garson on one of the songs. Mike, who is known for his work with greats such as DAVID BOWIE, SMASHING PUMPKINS and NINE INCH NAILS, wrote and recorded the piano interlude for the song "Fessonia".

RISE TO ADDICTION, whose music is described as a distinctive modern sound with melody and slab heavy riffing, released its self-titled EP in 2005 through Madman Records. Also produced by Andy Sneap, it featured three tracks — "Falling as One", "Everlasting Wave", "To a God Unknown" — and also included the promo video for the EP's opening track.

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Epica and Kiuas Added To Bloodstock Open Air 2007

Dutch Gothic Metal Band EPICA and Finnish Metallers KIUAS are the latest additions to the line up for this years Bloodstock Open Air. To recap, bands confirmed so far are:

In Flames
Lacuna Coil
Arch Enemy
Testament
Dream Evil
Korpiklaani
Rise To Addiction
Benediction
Wolf
Epica
Kiuas
Memfis
Beyond All Reason

Many more bands to be announced.

As previously reported, the open air leg of this year’s Bloodstock has moved from July 6-7 to August 16-18. The rescheduling also means that the annual indoor part, usually held in September will not be taking place this year. Despite the confusion and disappointment, the event which takes place at Derbyshire’s Catton Hall boasts its strongest line-up yet.

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Rise To Addiction Set Release Date, Plan Tour

Fast rising UK band RISE TO ADDICTION will release their debut album 'A New Shade Of Black For The Soul' through Mausoleum Records on 14th May 2007 in the UK and 18th May in the rest of Europe.

The album was recorded at Backstage Studios and The Cell in England during 2006.The tracking was handled by Rise To Addiction while the final mix and production was completed by Andy Sneap (Machine Head, Killswitch Engage, Trivium, Megadeth).

The full track listing is:

A New Shade
Cold Season
Moth To A Flame
Falling As One
Low
One Sweet Minute
This Ride
Everlasting Wave
I Follow
To A God Unknown
Fessonia
The Hive

The cover artwork and sleeve design has been completed by the bands guitarist John Slater.

Always willing to push their musical boundaries, Rise To Addiction enlisted the help of avant-garde pianist Mike Garson on one of the songs. Mike, who is known for his work with greats such as David Bowie, Smashing Pumpkins and Nine Inch Nails, wrote and recorded the piano interlude for the song 'Fessonia'.

Commenting on the recording, vocalist Leigh Oates said that “We’ve really pushed the envelope on this album, it’s been a long time in the making and we’re all beyond proud of the end result."

Speaking about Mike Garson's involvement guitarist John Slater added "I've been a massive fan of Mike's ever since I heard his work on David Bowies' Aladdin Sane and to have him play on this album is just fantastic! I can't wait for you all to hear it!"

Rise To Addiction will tour in support of the release. They have been confirmed as special guests to legendary Chicago doom metal band TROUBLE on their forthcoming European tour in May. The bands full tour schedule is as follows: More...

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BOA Changes Dates, Indoor Fest is Cancelled

The open air leg of this year’s Bloodstock has moved from July 6-7 to August 16-18. The rescheduling also means that the annual indoor part, usually held in September will not be taking place this year. Despite the confusion and disappointment, the event which takes place at Derbyshire’s Catton Hall boasts its strongest line-up yet with Swedish royalty In Flames and Arch Enemy alongside thrash legends Testament and Italian goth metallers Lacuna Coil. Other bands confirmed are Dream Evil, Wolf, Korpiklaani, Memfis and Rise To Addiction.

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Rise To Addiction To Support Trouble On Tour

Up and coming UK rockers RISE TO ADDICTION have announced details of high profile European tour in May and June. The band have been confirmed as special guests for legendary Chicago doomsters TROUBLE on their forthcoming 'Simple Mind Condition European Tour.'

Dates confirmed for the band are:

May 26 - HOLLAND Den Bosch - W2 May
May 27 - HOLLAND Amsterdam -Melkweg
May 28 - UK Wolverhampton - Wulfrun
May 29 - UK Leeds - Rio's
May 30 - UK London - Scala
May 31 - FRANCE Paris - Le Nouveau Casino
June 1 - GERMANY Aschaffenburg - Colos Saal June
June 2 - GERMANY München - Backstage
June 4 - HUNGARY Budapest - A38
June 5 - GERMANY Nürnberg - Hirsch
June 6 - SWITZERLAND Pratteln - Z7
June 7 - GERMANY Essen - Zeche Carl
June 8 - GERMANY Hamburg -Markthalle

The band Leigh Oates (vocals), John Slater (guitar), Steve Wray (guitar), Joel Graham (bass guitar) and Aynsley Dickinson (drums) recently signed a worldwide deal with legendary Belgium metal label MAUSOLEUM RECORDS. The bands' debut album 'A New Shade Of Black For The Soul, was produced by Andy Sneap (MACHINE HEAD, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, TRIVIUM, MEGADETH) and is scheduled for release in May.

RISE TO ADDICTION, whose music is described as a distinctive modern sound with melody and slab heavy riffing, released its self-titled EP in 2005 through Madman Records. Also produced by Andy Sneap, it features three tracks — "Falling As One", "Everlasting Wave", "To A God Unknown" — and also includes the promo video for the EP's opening track. You can check out some of their material on their MySpace page.

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Rise To Addiction On NZ's "Metal Dat Out" Fest

RISE TO ADDICTION, the fast rising British rockers who feature former BLAZE members John Slater (guitar) and Steve Wray (guitar), have been confirmed to appear at the inaugural "Welcome In The Beast – 666 – Metal Day Out Festival" which takes place on 6th June 2006 at the Champion Dragway, Highway 1, Near Auckland, New Zealand . A total of 18 acts will be appearing at the event, including ILLDISPOSED (Denmark) and FLATLINE (USA). The band are set to perform in the early evening on the main stage.

RISE TO ADDICTION released their self titled EP last year through Madman Records. Produced by Andy Sneap (Machine Head, Killswicth Engage, Trivium ) it features three tracks 'Falling As One' , 'Everlasting Wave' , 'To A God Unknown' and also includes the promo video for the EP's opening track. The band are currently in the studio laying down tracks for their debut album, with Andy Sneap once again handling production duties. Release is expected on as yet unspecified label later this year.

In other news, the band recently parted ways with bassist Rob Naylor (ex-BLAZE), who left the band to pursue a "flying career." His replacement is Joel Graham, who has already played several shows with the group.

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Bloodstock 2005 Nearing Final Lineup

The lineup is close to finalized for Bloodstock 2005 at the Assembly Rooms on 2nd-3rd September. As it stands, there is a wide mix of Thrash, Gothic, Doom, Heavy, Classic, Femme, Power, Metal, and more. The lineup is looking like this:

Friday 2nd September 2005 (Doors 4.00pm) - BATTLE METAL NIGHT

MAIN HALL:

HAMMERFALL (headline)
STORMWARRIOR (+ Kai Hansen exclusive Helloween set)
METALIUM
RECKLESS TIDE
SUIDAKRA

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Rise to Addiction Sign With Madman Records

RISE TO ADDICTION, the new the new project featuring former BLAZE members John Slater (guitar), Steve Wray (guitar) and Rob Naylor (bass), along with Leigh Oates (vocals) and Aynsley Dickinson (drums), have inked a deal with Madman Records. The group's debut CD is scheduled for release in the U.K. on Monday, July 18. Madman Records are still working on distributing the CD through more major outlets, including HMV.

Here are the upcoming RISE TO ADDICTION tour dates:

Jul. 13 - Camden Underworld - London, UK
Jul. 15 - Snooty Fox - Wakefield, UK
Jul. 30 - Rock 'N' Blues Festival - Derbyshire, UK
Jul. 31 - Clarence Park Outdoor Festival - Wakefield, UK

RISE TO ADDICTION have been confirmed for the 2005 edition of the Bloodstock festival, set to take place on September 2-3, 2005 at The Assembly Rooms in Derby, U.K. Other bands scheduled to appear at the festival include HAMMERFALL, IRON SAVIOR, RAVEN, CATHEDRAL, AFTER FOREVER, STORMWARRIOR and SEASON'S END.

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COB, Hammerfall To Headline Bloodstock 2005 Fests

BLOODSTOCK 2005 will comprise 2 separate festivals. The brand new outdoor show BLOODSTOCK OPEN AIR ( B-O-A ) will take place on June 24th-25th 2005 at Catton Hall, in the Midlands, with the annual BLOODSTOCK05 – UK Metalfest taking place indoors at the Assembly Rooms in Derby on 2nd-3rd September 2005.

With the indoor festival now having reached capacity within the current location, the next logical step was to find an additional location, and the decision to go outdoors was an easy choice to make as the UK does not have an outdoor Euro-style Metal festival along the lines of Wacken, Bang Your Head and Summer Breeze (DE), Gods of Metal (ITA), Sweden Rock (SWE), Graspop (B), Dynamo (N) and so many more. The current choice of venue, Catton Hall, offers a fantastic location within a rural setting, centrally located within the UK for all areas to reach easily, and yes, camping will be provided. Our initial capacity is for up to 8,000 with further growth at the site to accommodate 20,000 within a few more years. More...

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