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'Beneath the Machine' is the first cut from Sanctity's RR debut to receive the video treatment.
The band have also finalized the track listing for its new album, "Road to Bloodshed", due in. "Road to Bloodshed" track listing:
01. Beneath The Machine
02. Brotherhood Of Destruction
03. Road To Bloodshed
04. Laws Of Reason
05. Billy Seals
07. Beloved Killer
08. The Shape Of Things
10. The Rift Between
12. Once Again
Roadrunner A & R VP Monte Conner, the man responsible for signing acts such as Sepultura, Slipknot and Trivium had this to say about his discovery, "SANCTITY is straight-up, guitar-based, melodic heavy metal. I received a video of the band's song 'Zeppo', and besides showcasing the blazing fretwork of lead shredder Zeff, the main thing I got from the video was a sense of how of much a star the vocalist (Jared) really is. He knows how to command a stage and has an overwhelming presence. The minute I saw Jared in action, I knew I had to sign the band. Of equal importance, he's got an amazing vocal range and a fresh style compared to what's out there today."
METAL Injection, the video-on-demand site, recently had the chance to speak with Jared MacEachern and Jeremy London of Sanctity. The band discussed many topics, including being a young band signed to Roadrunner, their forthcoming LP, "Road to Bloodshed," their experiences on the road, and Dave Mustaine. To watch the entire interview, visit < href="http://www.metalinjection.tv">www.metalinjection.tv.
When asked if the band had any words of advice to other up and coming bands on how they can get signed to a major label, they said "Practice...practice...practice...practice, and never stop. We just played show after show after show. Get your name out there. Let people see you, let people hear you, and you never know. The right person may be at the right show."
"The year before we got signed we played, like, 194 shows, as an unsigned band, which is like four or five shows a week. It was ridiculous for a while. We played as much as we could. I think that's really the key. And playing shows...there's only so much stage work you can do while at practice, but really playing out is what gets the bands; you get used to the crowd responses. 20 to 2000 people. 20 people is more intimidating than 2000 people because you really have to impress those 20 people. And, we got used to that."
French band Gojira & new Roadrunner signing Sanctity will be joining special guest Annihilator as support on Trivium's upcoming tour, sponsored by Metal Hammer & Total Guitar. The headline tour will see Trivium play 44 shows in two months in 17 countries across Europe.
Please note the following:
* Gojira will appear on all Irish and UK dates (no mainland European dates)
* Sanctity will appear on all UK and mainland European dates (no Irish dates, due to US commitments)
Tickets are on sale now from all usual box offices and ticket agents including www.ticketmaster.co.uk and www.livenation.co.uk .With tickets selling like hot cakes, the tour is set to be the band’s third consecutively sold out headline tour here. UK dates are as follows:
Sun 8th Apr – Dublin Ambassador LAST FEW TICKETS
Mon 9th Apr – Dublin Ambassador
Wed 11th Apr – Bradford St Georges Hall
Thu 12th Apr – Manchester Apollo
Fri 13th Apr – Glasgow Academy LAST FEW TICKETS
Sat 14th Apr – Newcastle City Hall
Sun 15th Apr – Liverpool University
Tue 17th Apr – Nottingham Rock City LAST FEW TICKETS
Wed 18th Apr – Cambridge Corn Exchange LAST FEW TICKETS
Thu 19th Apr – Portsmouth Guild Hall LAST FEW TICKETS
Fri 20th Apr – Plymouth Pavilions LAST FEW TICKETS
Sun 22nd Apr – Newport Centre
Mon 23rd Apr – Wolves Civic Hall
Tue 24th Apr – Ipswich Regent
Wed 25th Apr – London Hammersmith Apollo
Trivium shortly embark on a 6-week US tour with Lamb Of God, Machine Head, and Gojira, following their recent headline dates & the Big Day Out tour in Japan & Australia. Next single The Rising is set for digital release on April 2, for which the band are planning to film a video shortly.
New label mates Sanctity release debut album Road To Bloodshed on April 9. The North Carolina metal band have already been featured as a hot band to watch out for this year in Metal Hammer, Rocksound, and Total Guitar magazines. You can check out their video for demo track Zeppo shot in an abandoned 1930’s prison online.
Sanctity has revealed the artwork for their upcoming debut, "Road To Bloodshed." You can check it out here.
Sanctity's debut album, Road To Bloodshed hits stores on April 10.
Nights like this one only confirm that Euro-metal is steadily on the rise in New England. Judging by the number of excited fans attending the Palladium on Dec 16th, you would think that we were graced with not one but two headliners. It was a year ago, almost to the day that the two cohorts of Scandinavian merry men strolled through town and now they brought along France's beloved Gojira. Keeping chronological order, Sanctity took the stage first. They were greeted surprisingly well for an opening act. I haven't seen these guys before but kudos for their fervor on stage. Some of the fans were familiar with their stuff and even managed to form the beginnings of a mosh pit.
Highly acclaimed but alas, largely unknown in US, Gojira were up next. The quality of their music and the level of passion they played with were enchanting. This is a band that effortlessly fuses serene imagery with formidable riffs in an exceedingly refined manner. Grimacing vocalist Joe Deplaned was remarkably dynamic in his performance, interacting on stage and proving that Death metal bands can actually be eye-pleasing to watch. Mario's drum solo was an unexpected but gratifying treat. The set list revolved around their latest album: Ocean Planet, Heaviest Matter, Flying Whales and Backbone. The crowd looked a bit perplexed but displayed support with spontaneous cheers. More...
Massachusetts' ALL THAT REMAINS have returned from a sold-out tour of the United Kingdom alongside DragonForce and are currently taking a short break back home before gearing up for the band's first headling tour, set to begin Jan. 23. Support will come from Misery Signals with rotating appearances from Sanctity, Cellador, The Human Abstract and labelmates LIGHT THIS CITY.
"We just got back from our fourth UK tour and it was a great time," frontman Phil Labonte said. "This time we were lucky enough to go out with our great friends in DragonForce. This is our third tour with these guys so its like touring with old pals. Of course all the shows were sold out and a great time! Thanks to all our old friends for coming out and cheers to all the new cool people we met this time! We'll be back in March/April so make sure you come on out and buy us a drink!!"
Continuing to support the band's latest release, 'The Fall of Ideals,' ALL THAT REMAINS has had a busy year, already appearing on the second stage of Ozzfest, hitting Europe on Sounds of the Underground 2006, and opening for Killswitch Engage as well as touring with DragonForce both at home and abroad. In March and April ALL THAT REMAINS will head to Europe again to headline with support from Misery Signals and Textures.
MTV has also nominated the band's video for "This Calling" for video of the year on Headbangers Ball.
Here is a current list of All That Remains tour dates: More...
Tour dates have been announced for Children Of Bodom's upcoming tour with Amon Amarth, Gojira, and Sanctity. Here are the confirmed tour dates:
11/29 Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero (no Amon Amarth)
11/30 Rochester, NY @ Water Street Music Hall (no Amon Amarth)
12/1 Detroit, MI @ Harpo's Concert Theatre
12/2 Milwaukee, WI @ The Eagles Club
12/4 Dallas, TX @ Gypsy Ballroom
12/6 Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre
12/8 San Diego, CA @ Soma
12/9 Los Angeles, CA @ Wiltern Theatre
12/11 Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
12/12 Lawrence, KS @ Granada
12/13 Minneapolis, MN @ The Quest
12/15 Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
12/16 Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
12/17 New York, NY @ Nokia Theatre
12/18 Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
With the start of the second annual Gigantour looming on the horizon, organizers have tinkered with the schedule a bit, to include adding several new stops to the run.
Originally due to launch Sept. 7 in San Diego, the outing will now get underway Sept. 6 in Boise, ID, and won't hit San Diego until Sept. 9; the move knocks off the schedule a previously announced Sept. 9 show in San Luis Obispo, CA. Meanwhile, new stops have been added in Oklahoma City, OK; Boston; and Atlantic City, NJ.
The main-stage roster for the majority of the tour features headliners Megadeth, as well as Lamb of God, Opeth, Arch Enemy, Overkill, Into Eternity, Sanctity, and The Smashup. The Phoenix, Oklahoma City and Boston stops, however, won't include Into Eternity, Sanctity and The Smashup, and those three bands, as well as Overkill, won't be on board for the tour's Las Vegas engagement, which is now confirmed to take place at the House of Blues.
Tickets for most shows are on sale now, while those for stops in Chicago and Atlantic City will hit the box office Saturday (8/26). Details are shown in the itinerary below.
Gigantour is the brainchild of Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine, who last year mounted an inaugural run that also included Dream Theater, Fear Factory, Dillinger Escape Plan and Nevermore. That trek is documented on the forthcoming "Gigantour 2005," a live set that comprises a two-disc audio version that hits stores tomorrow (8/22), and a two-DVD video version that surfaces Sept. 5.
Earlier this year, Megadeth signed a new record deal with Roadrunner Records.
"It is exciting to be some place you are respected, understood and appreciated," Mustaine said a statement. "The truth is there's a lot of people I've known there over the years. I'm stoked we're all coming back together again to work on this project."
Roadrunner plans to release "United Abominations," Megadeth's follow-up to 2004's "The System Has Failed," later this year, according to the label.
Here are the latest Gigantour 2006 tour dates: More...
Trivium have announced their first ever North American headline tour set to kick off on October 1st. The trek will be in support of their new album, "The Crusade," which is set for release in the US & Canada on October 10.
The Sword and Protest The Hero will be support for the whole tour, while Seemless and Sanctity along with Cellador will split time as the tour openers (* see below for details).
The tour will run from October 1st through November 5th.
TOUR DATES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE
DATE CITY VENUE
10/01/06 Orlando, FL House Of Blues
10/02/06 Atlanta, GA The Masquerade
10/03/06 Norfolk, VA The Norva
10/04/06 Towson, MD Recher Theatre
10/06/06 Philadelphia, PA The Trocadero
10/07/06 Worcester, MA The Palladium
10/08/06 Montreal, QC Le Medley
10/09/06 Toronto, ON Phoenix Concert Theatre
10/10/06 Rochester, NY Waterstreet Music Hall
10/11/06 New York, NY Avalon
10/13/06 Cleveland, OH Peabody's Down Under
10/14/06 Detroit, MI Harpo's
10/15/06 Columbus, OH Newport Music Hall
10/16/06 Cincinnati, OH Bogarts
10/17/06 Chicago, IL Metro
10/18/06 St. Paul, MN Station 4
10/20/06 Englewood, CO Gothic Theatre
10/21/06 Salt Lake City, UT Avalon Theater
10/23/06 Portland, OR Hawthorne Theater
10/24/06 Vancouver, BC Croatian Cultural Centre
10/25/06 Seattle, WA El Corazon
10/27/06 San Francisco, CA Slim's
10/28/06 Los Angeles, CA The Avalon
10/29/06 San Diego, CA Soma
10/30/06 Pomona, CA Glasshouse
11/01/06 Tempe, AZ Marquee Theatre
11/03/06 Houston, TX The Meridian
11/04/06 San Antonio, TX White Rabbit
11/05/06 Dallas, TX Ridglea Theatre
* Cellador: October 1 - October 9
* Sanctity: October 10 - October 18
* Seemless: October 20 - November 5
MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine has posted the following message on the "Forums" section of the Gigantour web site:
"Welcome to Gigantour 2006! I doubt I will get to meet many of you, but just know that I look forward to those of you that I do meet.
"I am very proud of the bands that I have chosen this year. And although some of us are similar, most of us aren't. One thing is that the guitarists are what makes me the proudest!
"To stand among the next generation of lead guitar heroes is thrilling, and while some may doubt the validity of what I am going to say, I look forward to seeing if I can learn anything from these excellent musicians. Old dogs can learn new tricks.
"I also want to keep an eye on all of the vocalists, especially the dude from THE SMASHUP, he has to sing in at least four or five different charachters when he sings — hella kewl!!! Knowing me, it's prolly all of the band taking turns and I'm just completely fooled.
"So, that's it for now. Come back soon, come back often, come out and see us on Gigantour 2006 North America, unless you are in Australia, then stay there and we'll come to you for Gigantour 2006 Australia, fondly called G.2006.OZ.
"Thank you for being part of my dream, part of this tour, part of our scene, and I will be watching you!"
The second edition of MEGADETH's Gigantour festival trek, which bowed last summer, will begin on September 7 in San Diego, California and feature LAMB OF GOD, OPETH, ARCH ENEMY, OVERKILL, THE SMASHUP, INTO ETERNITY and SANCTITY in addition to the headliner.
MEGADETH will release a new studio album, called "United Abominations", on October 31 via Roadrunner Records.
A CD of the first Gigantour will be out on August 22, while a DVD arrives on September 5.
The fast and furious traveling festival that was hailed last year by Revolver magazine as "the mother of all shred fests" will kick off its second year in early September.
Look for the tour--the brainchild of MEGADETH frontman Dave Mustaine --to launch in the Northeast and to work its way through 25 major markets before wrapping in mid-October, with Xbox's "Gears of War" sponsoring the trek. MEGADETH will return as the festival headliner on a bill that includes fellow heavy-hitters Lamb of God, plus OPETH, ARCH ENEMY, OVERKILL, INTO ETERNITY, SANCTITY, and THE SMASHUP all confirmed for these mostly outdoor shows. Other second stage artists will be announced soon.
Mustaine personally hand-picks all the Gigantour bands, with a sharp eye on true musicianship. He says Gigantour is a great place for like-minded music fans to see a full day of music on two stages without breaking the bank, and he's glad the tour is back in '06. " This is the concert that I, as a heavy metal music fan, would want to see," says Mustaine. "It is going to be something to look forward to each year, to see what kind of tremendous talent we can assemble, for Gigantour festivals in the years to come."
LAMB OF GOD's Mark Morton says, "MEGADETH is one of the main reasons I started playing metal guitar in the first place. To finally tour with them is really exciting and it's a great way to start off our world tour supporting Sacrament. We've been dying to get the new material up and running on the live stage. We've worked so hard on the new record--it's really a great sense of accomplishment to see the new tunes come to life in a live setting. We're really looking forward to this one." The group's Chris Adler says, "Teaming up with Megadeth on GIGANTOUR is a metal dream come true. The lineup represents some of the most proficient metal bands and players from across the world and we are looking forward to joining forces and kicking ass. We're planning on a nice long set, introducing a lot of new and very heavy material from Sacrament as well as keeping the brutal live tracks from our previous albums. We can't wait to take the stage and destroy it."
Last year's inaugural GIGANTOUR was a six-week trek that was hailed by the Miami Herald for featuring "only bands whose musicianship matches their ability to melt faces with sheer volume and power." The Orange County Register agreed, saying, "...it does a heart good to see Mustaine able to buck the chameleon trend of rock and stay firm to his ideals, keeping the music the priority and not the image."
As for joining forces with GIGANTOUR, Craig Davison, Director of Global Games Marketing for Xbox, says, "We're totally jazzed about the partnership between Gigantour 2006 and our forthcoming Xbox 360 blockbuster, Gears of War ! Partnering a music extravaganza like GIGANTOUR with the launch of a mega-hit game like Gears of War captures the excitement around two awesome happenings for fans of music and video games!" Gears of War is a blockbuster video game exclusively for the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system that blends tactical action with survival horror. Gears of War thrusts gamers into a harrowing story of humankind's epic battle for survival and is available this holiday.
In other GIGANTOUR news, Image Entertainment will release two-DVD and two-CD sets of GIGANTOUR 2005, which included Megadeth, Dream Theatre, Fear Factory, Anthrax, Nevermore, Life of Agony, Symphony X, Dry Kill Logic and Bobaflex. The CD is out August 22, with the DVD hitting stores September 5--just in time for this year's tour.
Stay tuned for more details, or check out www.GIGANTOUR.com , www.megadeth.com , www.myspace.com/gigantour2006 , and www.myspace.com/megadeth .
The current itinerary is below (note: exact line-up for shows subject to change). More...
The full lineup for the 8th Annual New England Metal and Hardcore Festival, which is sponsored this year by ESP Guitars and Krank Amps, has been confirmed.
The three-day festival at The Palladium in Worcester, MA, will feature headliners Lacuna Coil, Black Dahlia Murder, and Between the Buried and Me on Friday, April 28. Arch Enemy, Chimaira, and Exodus will headline Saturday, April 29. Headliners for Sunday, April 30 are Gamma Ray and DragonForce.
UK-based DragonForce will be making its first-ever American appearance at the festival. Italy's Lacuna Coil and Sweden's Arch Enemy will be making return appearances at the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival, after stellar performances at the 2003 and 2002 editions of the festival.
"It's fantastic to be a part of what is quite possibly the best U.S. metal fest around!" said Arch Enemy guitarist Mike Amott. "This is our third time playing the New England Metal and Hardcore fest and it's always a pleasure. It's held in a great venue with great fans."
"It is an honor for us to be one of this year's headliners at the New England Metal and Hardcore festival," said vocalist Andrea Ferro. "We are more than ready for it. We can't wait."
Bands confirmed for Friday (listed alphabetically) are: A Life Once Lost, A Perfect Murder, Alarum, Arsis, Between The Buried And Me, Black Dahlia Murder, Cephalic Carnage, Dead To Fall, Demiricous, Ed Gein, From A Second Story Window, Haste The Day, If Hope Dies, Lacuna Coil, Ligeia, Necrophagist, Neuraxis, Nodes Of Ranvier, Ringworm, Scarlet, Still Remains, Suicide Silence, The Absence, Thine Eyes Bleed and Through The Eyes Of The Dead.
Saturday's bands include 100 Demons, Arch Enemy, At All Cost, Caliban, Chimaira, Colin Of Arabia, Cryptopsy, Damnation AD, Death Threat, Embrace The End, Exodus, First Blood, Full Blown Chaos, God Forbid, Hate Eternal, Immolation, Into The Moat, Ion Dissonance, Overcast, Ramallah, Remembering Never, Righteous Jams, Scars Of Tomorrow, Shoot To Kill, Since The Flood, Skinless, Spitfire, Suffocation, Sworn Enemy, Terror, The Acacia Strain, The Classic Struggle, The JonBenet, and Turmoil.
Sunday's lineup is: A Love End Suicide, Bloodlined Calligraphy, Born Victim, Bronx Casket Company, Burn In Silence, Byzantine, Cannae, Cellador, Doom Raider, DragonForce, Folly, Gamma Ray, Goat Horn, Hypersolid, Inked In Blood, Into Eternity, Light This City, Losa, Mercury Switch, On Broken Wings, Phoenix Morning, Protest The Hero, Sanctity, The Miles Between, Torn Asunder, Trouble, Twelve Tribes, Who Killed The Prom Queen, Wolf, xdeathstarx, and xlooking forwardx.
Talent is subject to change.
The 8th Annual New England Metal and Hardcore Festival is also sponsored by Prosthetic Records, 2nd Stage sponsor; Revolver Magazine, exclusive magazine partner and creator of the official event program; Facedown Records, sponsor of street marketing efforts; FUSE TV; Mazur PR; The Syndicate; and many others.
Vendors this year include Century Media/Nuclear Blast, Deepsend Records, ESP Guitars/Krank Amps, Eulogy Recordings/Hand Of Hope Records, Facedown Records, Fuse TV/Uranium, Lifeforce Records, Metal Blade Records, Oak Knoll Productions, Prosthetic Records, Red Rocket Records, Relapse Records, Revolver Magazine, Stillborn Records/Hatewear Inc., Trustkill Records, Victory Records, and others.
Friday tickets are $35.00; Saturday and Sunday individual day tickets are $40.00. Three-day passes are $109.50. Tickets are available now at all Strawberries Record Stores, online at tickets.com, or by calling tickets.com at (800) 477-6849. There is re-entry at this all-day event until 6 p.m. each day.
The Palladium is located at 261 Main Street in Worcester, Massachusetts.
Initial dates have been released for DRAGONFORCE's upcoming North American tour:
April 28 - Toronto, ON @ Opera House
April 29 - Montreal, QC @ Medley
Apr 30 - Worcester, MA @ The Palladium (NEMHF)
May 1 - New York, NY @ Avalon
May 3 - Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero
May 4 - West Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
May 5 - Cleveland, OH @ Agora Ballroom
May 6 - Chicago, IL @ Metro
May 8 - Denver, CO @ Cervantes
The band will be supported by PROTEST THE HERO (except for the Toronto and Montreal dates), SANCTITY, and a to be announced 4th act. However, only the three bands will be performing at the New York show.
MassConcerts has announced that the New England Metal & Hardcore Festival will return once again to the Palladium in Worcester, Massachusetts, on Friday April 28, Saturday April 29 and Sunday April 30. Friday tickets are $35.00; Saturday and Sunday individual day tickets are $40.00. Three-day passes are $109.50. Tickets go on sale this Friday, February 24 at 10:00am at all Strawberries Record Stores, online at tickets.com, or by calling tickets.com at (800) 477-6849.
Proclaimed in past years as one of the best American festivals focusing on heavy music, the three-day show will host numerous metal, hardcore, and metalcore bands along with a jam-packed vendor area where fans can purchase hard-to-find CDs, t-shirts, and other music merchandise. ESP Guitars will be giving away guitars and Krank Amps will be giving away amps and even a half stack. These two great companies will also be bringing you up close and personal with some of the bands they endorse - so as we get closer to fest we will have schedule of artist signings and other surprises.
The show will once again take place on two stages at The Palladium. Bands that have already been confirmed for the festival are: Lacuna Coil, Gamma Ray, DragonForce (first time EVER in America!), Arch Enemy, Chimaira, The Black Dahlia Murder, Bullet For My Valentine, Exodus, Cryptopsy, 100 Demons, A Perfect Murder, Alarum, Arsis, Bloodlined Calligraphy, Bronx Casket Company, Byzantine, Caliban, Cattle Decapitation, Colin Of Arabia, Damnation AD, Dead To Fall, Death Threat, Demiricous, Dying Eyes Bleed, Ed Gein, Embrace The End, Folly, Full Blown Chaos, Goat Horn, God Forbid, Hate Eternal, Horse The Band, Hypersolid, If Hope Dies, Immolation, Inked In Blood, Into Eternity, Ion Dissonance, Ligeia, Losa, Mercury Switch, Necrophagist, Neuraxis, Nodes Of Ranvier, On Broken Wings, Protest The Hero, Ramallah, Righteous Jams, Ringworm, Sanctity, Scars Of Tomorrow, From A Second Story Window, Shoot To Kill, Since The Flood, Skinless, Still Remains, Suffocation, Sworn Enemy, The Acacia Strain, The Absence, The Classic Struggle, The Miles Between, Torn Assunder, Trouble, Twelve Tribes, I Killed The Prom Queen, Wolf, xDEATHSTARx, and xLOOKINGFORWARDx. More bands will be announced in the coming weeks. Talent is subject to change.
"We’ve been extremely happy with how this festival has grown over the years," said MassConcerts Booking Agent and festival co-founder Scott Lee, "and this year the lineup is one of the most varied yet - a great mixture of different styles of bands."
The 8th Annual New England Metal and Hardcore Festival is brought to you by ESP Guitars and Krank Amps, teaming up to present the festival this year; Prosthetic Records, which is sponsoring the 2nd Stage upstairs, Revolver Magazine our exclusive magazine partner and creator of the official event program, Facedown Records which is sponsoring our street marketing efforts, FUSE TV, Mazur PR and The Syndicate. Vendors this year include Century Media, Trustkill, Eulogy/Hand of Hope, Metal Blade, Red Rocket Records, and many others.
Roadrunner Records has announcedthe signing of Asheville, NC Classic-Metal quartet, SANCTITY. The group formed in 2000 and is comprised of Jared MacEachern (vocals/rhythm guitar), Zeff Childress (lead guitar), Billy Moody (bass) and Jeremy London (drums).
SANCTITY was signed by longtime Roadrunner A&R man and purveyor of seminal Metal bands like SEPULTURA, SLIPKNOT, and - most recently - TRIVIUM, Monte Conner. Says Conner: "Sanctity is straight-up, guitar-based, melodic heavy metal. I received a video of the band's song ‘Zeppo,’ and besides showcasing the blazing fretwork of lead shredder, Zeff, the main thing I got from the video was a sense of how of much a star the vocalist (Jared) really is. He knows how to command a stage and has an overwhelming presence. The minute I saw Jared in action, I knew I had to sign the band. Of equal importance, he's got an amazing vocal range and a fresh style compared to what's out there today."
Conner’s interest was piqued after hearing two sets of demos the band recorded recently with producer Jason Suecof at Audiohammer Studios in Sanford, Florida (Trivium, God Forbid). But the band took the bull by the horns and sealed the deal by delivering a self-financed, homemade video for their fans’ favorite track, "Zeppo."
Regarding the video, Jared says "Our director Ramon Boutviseth knew of this abandoned prison that was built in the 1930’s. It was really dusty in there, not to mention the fact that everything had been originally painted with lead paint, which was now hanging off the ceilings and walls like dead skin after a sunburn. One of the best things about the shoot was the fact that it was an experiment for us and Ramon - none of us having ever shot a video before. We all think it turned out great, but what wasn't so great was the fact that we were all sick for a couple weeks afterward…"
"'Zeppo' is a song that we wrote a number of years ago," continues Jared, "and even after our last session in the studio, we still felt it was one of our strongest songs. The title 'Zeppo' is a little obscure, but we feel it fits. It comes from a TV show we were watching, where one of the characters says he feels like a Zeppo, meaning Zeppo Marx, the only Marx Brother who never did anything. In the show, this character ends up saving the day. In a way, I guess it's one of those songs about being the underdog. Both the song and the video are indicative of what it's like for us to completely immerse ourselves in SANCTITY and our efforts to be heard."
"We're all really excited about joining the Roadrunner family, and look forward to jumping right into the thick of it," enthuses Jared. “It was a long road getting here but we couldn't ask for better people to work with. We look forward to making a record that will explode some heads out there!"
Sanctity is managed by Justin Arcangel and Brian Heafy of Dark Angel Management and will record their Roadrunner debut this summer with Jason Suecof for a fall 2006 release. In the meantime, the demo version and video of "Zeppo" can be found on Roadrunner's site as well as the band's MySpace page and official site.