The four-piece – vocalist Paul Rose, guitarist Omar Magana, bassist Cory Ferris and drummer Brent Guistwite – formed in 2014 from the ashes of previous bands which included Woe, Is Me, Decoder and Cursed Sails. Magana, Ferris and Guistwite were all memb...
The four-piece – vocalist Paul Rose, guitarist Omar Magana, bassist Cory Ferris and drummer Brent Guistwite – formed in 2014 from the ashes of previous bands which included Woe, Is Me, Decoder and Cursed Sails. Magana, Ferris and Guistwite were all members of the latter and were working on songs for a new album when it all collapsed. Yet instead of dwelling on the setbacks and the negatives, they moved forward, with Rose in toe, to create something positive out of the experience. "We did some cool stuff with Cursed Sails," says Magana, "but it was never fully there and things ultimately fell through. I started writing again for what I expected to be the next Cursed Sails record but after writing a few songs, our original vocalist quit."
"That's when Brent got ahold of me," chimes in Rose. "I was quick and ready to hang it up because I was almost done from all my failures, but I said 'Okay – I'll give it one last go' and we went out there and started recording and it became quickly apparent that all the chemistry was great – we all boosted each other to do better and all the components were just right." "And now the individual want from everyone to do it well and do it right this time around is very strong," says Magana. "This time we know what to avoid. When we started this band I just remembered everything that went wrong before."
"Failures are much more valuable than successes," adds Rose. "You don't learn anything from a success, but when you fail you understand what you did wrong."
The result of all that trial and error is Fever Dream, the band's debut record. A brutal assault of metal, its ten songs are infused both with heavy industrial leanings (just check out opening track "Spin The Bottle" or the pummeling intensity of "Bellow") as well as catchy choruses and ambitious, soaring melodies (listen to the epic and ambitious soaring choruses of "Are We Innocent?" and "The Surge"). Whichever side of the spectrum these songs fall – and it's often both, as on the vicious and sinister "Lights Out" or the fierce fire of "Never Again" – they all combine together to create a debut album that's as full of confidence as it is uncertainty, and which is full of nihilistic despair and determined defiance against it.