ROCKTAGON: Incubus vs Amaranthe [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 Returning Champion: Incubus
ncubus is an American rock band from Calabasas, California. The band was formed in 1991 by vocalist Brandon Boyd, lead guitarist Mike Einziger, and drummer Jose Pasillas while enrolled in Calabasas High School and later expanded to include bassist Alex “Dirk Lance” Katunich, and Gavin “DJ Lyfe” Koppell; both of whom were eventually replaced by bassist Ben Kenney and DJ Kilmore respectively.
Incubus has attained commercial success, reaching multi-platinum sales, as well as releasing several successful singles. The band earned mainstream recognition with the release of their 1999 album Make Yourself which spawned the popular singles “Pardon Me” and “Stellar”. In 2001, Incubus became even more successful with the single “Drive” and their follow-up album Morning View which included the popular hits “Wish You Were Here“, “Nice to Know You” and “Warning”. Their sixth studio album, Light Grenades, debuted at No. 1 in 2006 and has received Gold certification in the U.S. Incubus released their first greatest hits album Monuments and Melodies in June 2009, accompanied by a tour of the United States, Japan and Canada. The band’s most recent album, If Not Now, When?, was released on July 12, 2011. Incubus also released the EP Trust Fall Side A in 2015 and has plans to release their eighth studio album, titled 8, in 2017. Incubus has sold over 23 million albums worldwide.
The band reconvened in 2016 to work on their 8th full-length studio album. On February 16, 2017, the lead single “Nimble Bastard” was released, and it was announced that the new album would be titled 8, with a projected spring 2017 release date. A summer 2017 tour was also announced with Jimmy Eat World and Judah & the Lion supporting. The band is currently working on a collaboration with Skrillex that has yet to be released.
Read more about Incubus at Wikipedia.
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The Contender: Amaranthe
Amaranthe (/æmɑːrɛnθ/ a-mah-renth) is a Swedish heavy metal band, originally known as Avalanche. The band is notable for having three lead vocalists: Elize Ryd, Jake E, and Henrik Englund Wilhemsson, each presenting a different vocal style (Ryd and Jake E employ standard male and female power metal singing, while Englund performs death growls found within the death metal genre).
Formed by Joacim “Jake E” Lundberg (Dreamland, Dream Evil) and Olof Mörck (Dragonland, Nightrage) in 2008, the project began taking shape when singers Elize Ryd (toured with Kamelot) and Andreas Solveström (Cipher System, Within Y) signed on, as did drummer Morten Løwe Sørensen (The Cleansing, Koldborn, Mercenary). Bassist Johan Andreassen (Engel) joined after the photoshoot for the Leave Everything Behind demo but before the recording of the first album Amaranthe.
The band was originally called “Avalanche”, until May 2009, when the band was forced to change their name, due to legal issues. The members chose to rename the band “Amaranthe”. They later released their first demo, Leave Everything Behind.
The band’s debut album, Amaranthe, was released in April 2011 and reached a peak position of 35th on Swedish charts and 16th on Finnish Charts.
Their second album, The Nexus, was released in March 2013. Guitarist Olof Mörck described the album as having greater contrasts, a more controversial mix of genres, and featuring more creative freedoms than Amaranthe. According to Olof, the band “took everything [up] to eleven” in the new album. The album reached 6th on Swedish charts, 4th on Finnish charts, and reached a peak of 12th on the US Heatseekers charts.
In October 2013, vocalist Solveström left the band and was replaced by Henrik Englund Wilhemsson (Scarpoint).
Their third album, Massive Addictive, was released on the 21st October 2014.
Their fourth album, Maximalism, was released on October 21st, 2016.
In November 2016, clean vocalist Jake E. announced that he would take a break from the band.  In February 2017, he decided to make his departure permanent.
Read more about Amarnathe at Wikipedia.
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