ROCKTAGON: In Flames vs Shinedown [WATCH][VOTE]
It’s the REV 96.7 ROCKTAGON! Two bands enter, one band leaves!
Every Tuesday night at 6pm, Choad will play two songs that will battle all week in the ROCKTAGON. You be the judge and vote for your favorite song below. Voting begins Tuesdays at 6pm and will continue through the week until the following Tuesday at 2pm.
The Champion: In Flames
In Flames is a Swedish heavy metal band, which was formed by guitarist Jesper Strömblad in 1990 in Gothenburg, Sweden. Along with the bands At the Gates and Dark Tranquillity, In Flames was originally a metal band responsible for developing the genre now known as melodic death metal.
During the band’s early years, the band had a varying group of musicians recording with the band, including many session musicians. By the release of Colony (1999) the group had established a stable lineup. Their sixth studio album Reroute To Remain (2002) showed the band moving toward a newer style of music that moved further away from melodic death metal and closer to alternative metal. This decision was criticized by fans of the group’s heavier metal sound; however, it increased the band’s mainstream audience and bolstered their album sales. As of 2008, In Flames had sold over 2 million records worldwide.
Since the band’s inception, In Flames have released twelve studio albums, three EPs, and two live DVDs, their latest release being their twelfth studio album Battles in 2016. In Flames has been nominated for three Grammis Awards. They won two of these nominations; one for Soundtrack to Your Escape (2004) in the “Hard Rock/Metal of the Year” category, and one nomination for their following album Come Clarity (2006) in the same
In early 2016, In Flames began recording a new album in Los Angeles, and finished the recording in April.
On 25 August 2016, In Flames posted a YouTube link to a new song entitled “The End” along with a new profile picture with the In Flames logo accompanied by the word “Battles”. It was later revealed the same day that Battles will be the title of their twelfth studio album, and was released worldwide on 11 November 2016 through Nuclear Blast.
Read more about In Flames at Wikipedia.
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The Contender: Shinedown
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Shinedown is an American hard rock band from Jacksonville, Florida, formed in 2001 and founded by members Brent Smith (vocals), Brad Stewart (bass), Jasin Todd (guitar), and Barry Kerch (drums). A few lineup changes followed, and the band’s current lineup consists of Smith and Kerch, the band’s only two remaining original members, with guitarist Zach Myers, and bassist Eric Bass. Since Shinedown’s inception, the group has released five albums: Leave a Whisper (2003), Us and Them (2005), The Sound of Madness (2008), Amaryllis (2012), and Threat to Survival (2015). Shinedown has sold more than ten million albums worldwide.
The band’s origin’s trace back to frontman Brent Smith prior band, “Dreve”, of which had signed a record deal with Atlantic Records in 2000. The record label, unhappy with Dreve as a whole, dropped the band prior to releasing an album, but retained Smith, who they felt was worth developing separately as an artist. Atlantic signed Smith to a development deal where record representative helped him with his song-writing ability, and helped him recruit members for a new band, which would become Shinedown. Smith moved to Jacksonville, Florida and began work on the project in 2001. The first member he recruited was bassist Brad Stewart, through local Jacksonville music producer Pete Thornton. Smith and Stewart began recording demos together in a small local studio, who’s owner recommended they meet with her fiance, guitarist Jasin Todd, who Smith brought in as the third member. The original lineup was rounded out by drummer Barry Kerch, who was the seventh drummer the band had auditioned for the spot. The four worked together on creating demos, and submitted their work-in-progress material to Atlantic, who approved of the material and green-lighted a full-length album.
The resulting work was the band’s debut album, Leave a Whisper which was released July 5, 2003. The band released multiple singles to promote the release, including “Fly from the Inside,” “Burning Bright“, “45“, and a cover of the Lynyrd Skynyrd song, “Simple Man“. The band toured extensively in support of the album, playing over 400 live shows over the course of 2003 and 2004. The band later released a live DVD titled Live from the Inside that documented the live shows of the touring cycle. Leave A Whisper, while not an immediate success, through the extensive touring and successful singles, eventually went platinum in the United States, indicating sales of over 1 million.
Read more about Shinedown at Wikipedia.
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