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London-based metal band , formed in 2006.  The band started with the name of Halide and changed their name to in 2008.  They are currently touring the United States for the first time ever as part of the Vans Warped Tour

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has found great success in the London music scene, and are now bringing their talent and enthusiasm for metal to the United States.  These talented young musicians have evolved into a tight band that is sure to please rock fans all over the world.  They are arguably one of the best metal bands to come out of the British heavy metal scene in many years.  Some of the most iconic hard rock and heavy metal bands coming out of Britain include Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden and Motorhead.

Vocalist Austin Dickinson, talked about his start in music as well as the band’s new album, being a part of the Vans Warped Tour and traveling through the United States for the first time. “For me, the moment when I decided that I wanted to do it (play music for a living) was when I walked out of an exam” says Dickinson, “my last A–level.  I walked out halfway through and went and did a show that night.  It’s become clear over the last few months that we can take this band to the next level, so it was obviously the right decision.” Dickinson said.

released their debut album, City of Vultures, in the United States this past June, receiving nothing but great reviews.  The band is experiencing a lot of firsts this year, which has proved to be an exciting time for them.  “It’s amazing and an honor to be a part of the Vans Warped Tour.” Dickinson said.  He and the rest of the band have worked very hard to get to where they are today, and their hard work has definitely paid off judging from their strong fan base.

Music has always been a large part of Dickinson’s life.  At the age of 12, he was in his first band and began touring at the young age of 16.  “Music was engrained in me and I’ve always enjoyed playing music.” says Dickinson.  No stranger to the music industry, Dickinson  is the son of legendary Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson; however, his talent and the band’s sound are their own.  For people who may have not heard Rise to Remain, Dickinson describes it as “really heavy music that’s all in good fun.”

Renowned metal producer Colin Richardson (Slipknot, As I Lay Dying) produced the debut album, City of Vultures.  The critically acclaimed album has taken London by storm and it will undoubtedly find the same great success in the United States.  Working with Richardson was a good experience for the band.  “He came to us and we knew people who had used him before and we grew up listening to other music he produced.” Dickinson said.

There was a delay in the release of City of Vultures in the United States due to some changes in the band lineup.  The new album was released in the United States on June 5th, but was released overseas much earlier.  The band has a reason for the delay as they are always thinking of their fans first.  “The first U.S. tour didn’t happen.  We wanted to tour at the same time of the album release because we wanted everyone to get the full experience.” Dickinson explained.

Since the album took a little longer to release in North America, the band added some extras for the fans.  The North American special edition CD includes download links to four bonus audio tracks (Breaking The Hollow, Darkest Days, Heartless and The Unwanted) that were recorded specifically for this release as well as all four of City Of Vultures‘ music videos (Nothing Left, Power Through Fear, The Serpent and This Day Is Mine). If you are a fan of metal music, you will surely want to add Rise to Remain to your collection.
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