For fans of DEFTONES and RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE, ISLANDER has exploded onto the nu-metal and alternative scenes, surprising critics everywhere with their label-debut EP, Pains.. Demonstrating a wide array of influences, ISLANDER‘s crisp fusion of thrashing instrumentation and impassioned vocals are slated to catapult them straight to the top of the Rock charts. We caught up with vocalist Mikey and talked about the concept album Violence and Destruction and many of the specific tracks on the brand new and amazing release…
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With major players in the rock movement behind them, including Sonny Sandoval of P.O.D. and H.R. of BAD BRAINS,ISLANDERs bold and brooding style will not be ignored. Released on October 1st, Pains. was met with positive reviews, called “edgy, destructive, and somehow smooth despite its ripping instrumental work and cracking vocals” by New Noise Magazine. Delivering that intensity live proved an easy task, as ISLANDER?s tour with label-mates CLOSE YOUR EYES garnered new fans with each performance. Upon taking in their live show, the Front Row Report offered the following: “To see a new band owning the stage like ISLANDER is rare and offers hope that rock, metal, and punk aren’t dead.”
Fresh from the studio with Cameron Webb (SILVERSTEIN, ALKALINE TRIO), ISLANDER promise to up the ante for their upcoming full length and prove why Big Cheese Magazine called them “ones to watch”. Violence & Destruction hit stores on July 8th, just in time for their summer-long run on the Victory Records Stage at the 2014 Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival. Don’t miss their impassioned, energy-fueled set as Mayhem tears through your city.
The only band to make both Revolver Magazine’s list of “Most Anticipated Releases of 2014” and Alternative Press’ “100 Bands You Need to Know in 2014”, join ISLANDER on their rise to the top.
“‘Violence & Destruction’ will be able to hold its own for years. You found something you could listen to, every day, for months.” – HM Magazine