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 →
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.
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:
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.
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.”