On The Road… with The Hate Poison Tour

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One of the most exciting tours of fall kicked off last week in Denver as “The Hate Poison Tour” packed the house at The Summit Music Hall. Co-headlined by twin heavy hitters Escape The Fate and Nonpoint, the tour was a great showcase for established bands and young upstarts a like. Vincent Renn of Fiendish Memorieswas on hand to capture the action for Ghost Cult!Continue reading

Escape The Fate – Hate Me

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Hitting their tenth anniversary, and releasing their fifth album, post-hardcore success story Escape The Fateare in the position of having to prove themselves all over again. Hate Me (Eleven Seven) saunters in on the back of a mixed response to the bands’ last two releases, the experimental Escape The Fate (Interscope) and 2013’s step in the right direction Ungrateful (Eleven Seven) whilst seeing the band integrate new guitarist “Thrasher” Gruft, TJ Bell move from four to six strings and having to respond to Max Green’s destabilizing return and subsequent second departure.

Yet fans need have no worries, for the shifting sands have left the band on stronger foundations, and as the grains slip away, it is on a sure footing of modern heavy rock they stand. Kicking off with a metalcore-spiced rager, it isn’t long before the growing Linkin Park influence in their sound shines through, with euphoric synths and electronics embellishing more mature, uplifting tracks like ‘Live For Today’ and ‘Alive’.

Not ones to want to dish up a string of repetitive cut and paste numbers, Escape The Fate show they can turn their hand to more emotional, sincere moments, that they can slam and djent, and (despite being a little too close to stealing the guitar shuffle from ‘Beautiful People’) in ‘I Won’t Break’ they can craft an anthem that belongs over a montage of chair shots and stare-downs, building up a WWE pay-per-view.

It’s an nebulous thing to try to define what “better songwriting” is, but Escape The Fate have found the key to it – producing a diverse yet distinctive selection of tunes that do what they set out to do; ‘Breaking Me Down’ tugs the heartstrings and screams radio play, ‘Just A Memory’ inspires fists and voices to raise in union, ‘Les Enfants Terribles’ is dark, twisted, heavy and grooved up and ‘Get Up, Get Out’, with its Sound Of Madness (Atlantic) swagger, is a straight up banger.

It’s no easy thing to have lost several song writers along the way and still come out the other side victorious. Craig Mabbitt’s strongest recorded performance to date helps, the hand of Chester Bennington around his vocal chords wringing out the right hooks and darkened melodies, but it is the contribution of the whole that is the key in maintaining energy, heaviness, and stronger output. Hate Me is the sound of a band pulling out the stops to create not just a return to form, but a refined new standard for them to live up to going into their second decade.

And they’re not even in their 30’s yet…

 

8.0/10

STEVE TOVEY

Video: Escape the Fate Post Behind The Scenes Clip For Just A Memory

Escape The Fate, photo credit: Jeremy Saffer

Escape The Fate, photo credit: Jeremy Saffer

Escape The Fatehave shared the making of clip for their just released video ‘Just A Memory’, from their upcoming album Hate Me. You can see the clip at this link or below:

Hate Me releases on October 30th from Eleven Seven Music. You can pre-order Hate Me and purchase tickets to their upcoming headline tour from the bands website at: www.escapethefate.com

 

Escape the Fate Hate Me Album cover

Video: Escape The Fate Release – Just A Memory Video Clip

Escape the Fate Hate Me Album cover

Escape the Fate have dropped their video for the single ‘Just A Memory’. The track comes off of their just announced new album Hate Me, due on October 30th from Eleven Seven Music. You can watch the video at this link or below:

 

 

You can pre-order Hate Me or tickets to their upcoming headline tour from the bands website at: www.escapethefate.com

Escape The Fate To Release New Album In October, Headline Tour

Escape The Fate, photo credit: Jeremy Saffer

Escape The Fate, photo credit: Jeremy Saffer

Escape The Fate have announced their new album Hate Me, coming out on October 30th from Eleven Seven Music. They have also booked a headline tour for this fall (#hatemetour) and will be supported by A Skylit Drive, Sworn In, Sirens & Sailors and Myka Relocate. Tickets go on sale later this week. The first single ‘Just A Memory,’ is being given away to fans for free for the next 48 hours via www.escapethefate.com. The video for ‘Just A Memory’ will debut on 8/20, in time for the tour pre-sale.

Escape the Fate Hate Me Album cover

 

Hate Me Track Listing
1. Just A Memory
2. Live For Today
3. Remember Every Scar
4. Breaking Me Down
5. Alive
6. Get Up, Get Out
7. Hate Me
8. Les Enfants Terribles (The Terrible Children)
9. I Won’t Break
10. Let Me Be


Front Man Craig Mabitt discussed the album title:

Lyrically, a lot of these tracks are based around the hate we’ve received over the years and just embracing that and using it to our own advantage. I’ve had to step up to the plate lately, for the fans as much as anything else, because they take the name Escape The Fate very seriously and I owe them something for that, for all the support they’ve shown us over the years. It’s very humbling for me to be able to listen to this collection of songs and think about where we’ve come from and what we’ve been through to get to this point.”

 

Oct 13: Chain Reaction – Anaheim, CA

Oct 14: DNA Lounge- San Francisco, CA

Oct 15: Senator Theatre -Chico, CA

Oct 16: Boardwalk- Sacramento, CA

Oct 17: Hawthorne Theater – Portland, OR

Oct 18: Studio Seven – Seattle, WA

Oct 19: Knitting Factory – Spokane, WA

Oct 21: In The Venue – Salt Lake City, UT

Oct 22: Marquis Theater – Denver, CO

Oct 23: Aftershock – Kansas City, KS

Oct 24: Mill City Nights – Minneapolis, MN

Oct 25: Bottom Lounge – Chicago, IL

Oct 26: The Crofoot – Pontiac, MI

Oct 29 : Agora Ballroom – Cleveland, OH

Oct 30 : Marlin Bar @ Webster Hall – New York, NY

Oct 31: The Chance – Poughkeepsie, NY

Nov 01: Crocodile Rock Cafe – Allentown, PA

Nov 02: Greene Street – Greensboro, NC

Nov 03: The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA

Nov 05: 89th Street Collective- Oklahoma City, OK

Nov 06: Walters – Houston, TX

Nov 07: Gas Monkey – Dallas, TX

Nov 08: Dirty Dog – Austin, TX

Nov 09: Korova – San Antonio, TX

Nov 10: Mesa Music Hall – El Paso, TX

Nov 11: Joe’s Grotto – Phoenix, AZ

Nov 12: Vinyl @ Hard Rock Hotel – Las Vegas, NV

Nov 13: The Catalyst – Santa Cruz, CA

Nov 14: The Whiskey – Hollywood, CA

Nov 15: Soma – San Diego, CA