Like a Storm
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|Like A Storm|
|Origin||Auckland, New Zealand|
|Genres||Hard rock, Didgeridoo Metal, Voodoo Metal|
|Labels||Century Media (World), Warner Music (NZ)|
|Associated acts||Alter Bridge, Korn, Creed, Shinedown, Black Veil Brides, Puddle of Mudd, Staind, Sick Puppies|
|Past members||Paul Sievers
Like A Storm is a hard rock band from Auckland, New Zealand, best known for combining heavy baritone guitar riffs and hard rock songs with didgeridoo. Formed by brothers Chris, Matt & Kent Brooks, Like A Storm have shared American & European stages with Alter Bridge, Korn, Shinedown, Black Veil Brides, Creed, Puddle of Mudd, Staind, Sick Puppies, and many others, as well as touring North America extensively as a headline act. Like A Storm are the highest charting New Zealand hard rock band in American radio history, and the only New Zealand band to ever break the US Active Rock Top 20.
The first single from Like A Storm's latest album Awaken The Fire, Love The Way You Hate Me spent 5 weeks at #1 on US satellite station Sirius XM Octane, and received significant airplay on radio stations all over the US, Europe and New Zealand. The official music video became a viral hit, with over 2 million Youtube views. Love The Way You Hate Me peaked at #22 in the U.S Active Rock Chart, making it the highest charting song by a New Zealand Hard Rock band to date. Like A Storm's subsequent single, Wish You Hell, charted even higher - at #18, it is the only song by a New Zealand artist to break the Top 20 on US Active Rock Radio.
Love the Way You Hate Me pioneered a sound referred to as "Didgeridoo Metal", which features singer Chris Brooks playing the didgeridoo, combining the ancient instrument with progressive metal and hard rock influences. Like A Storm's latest album, Awaken The Fire, is available worldwide. Awaken The Fire, which was written, produced & recorded by the Brooks brothers, features the worldwide rock radio singles "Wish You Hell", "Love the Way You Hate Me" and Like A Storm's hard rock cover of "Gangster's Paradise" by Coolio.
Wish You Hell, the second single from Awaken The Fire, combines hard rock with delta blues into a sound referred to as "Voodoo Metal". The song, which features slide guitar, jaw harp, and mandolin alongside a heavy rock band track, is Like A Storm's highest charting single to date.
Like A Storm first began touring the US in 2009, when they were invited to join Creed on their nationwide "Full Circle" Reunion tour. The "Full Circle" tour took Like A Storm all over the country, playing arenas and amphitheaters in a wide range of American cities. Overwhelming fan response to the band's live show saw their first album, The End of the Beginning, enter Billboard's New Artist Charts at No. 61 from tour sales alone. The End of the Beginning continues to be available through iTunes.
The band continued extensive American touring into 2010, in support of their first single "Chemical Infatuation" - sharing stages with artists such as Shinedown, Skillet, Puddle of Mudd and Drowning Pool, as well as playing major festivals including Rock On The Range. "Chemical Infatuation" reached No. 43 in the U.S Active Rock Top 100.
2011 saw Like A Storm complete two tours of the US with Alter Bridge. In between tours, the band entered the studio to record "Like A Storm Unplugged", an unplugged album featuring acoustic and piano driven interpretations of some of their most popular songs. Like A Storm Unplugged, produced and mixed by the Brooks brothers, showcases the Brooks brothers playing a wider range of instruments - including didgeridoo, piano, church organ and djembe. In the words of singer/guitarist Matt Brooks, We all grew up playing any instrument we could get our hands on, and it's awesome to be able to explore these different ideas within the music of Like A Storm. We see it more as re-building the soundscape with different instruments and textures than stripping the songs down.
Also in 2011, Like A Storm played main stage slots at 3 summer festivals - Boonstock in Gibbons, Alberta, Canada; "Pain in the Grass" for KISW Seattle; and the PDX "RockFest" in Portland. In December 2011, the band was voted Tunelab's "Most Fan Friendly Band."  The Brooks brothers responded by thanking their fans on social networking sites. In January 2012, Like a Storm returned to their native New Zealand for a month long holiday, and recorded the band's first unplugged DVD "Southern Skies" which was released 22 February 2012. In the movie Chris, Kent, and Matt take viewers to some landmark places and tell of stories growing up in Auckland before playing acoustic versions of fan favorites while at those sites. Southern Skies also gives you a sneak peek at two new songs off of the upcoming album as well as Matt's humorous home video documenting the little time they spent in Australia. While in their hometown, Matt and Kent went on to do an interview with New Zealand's largest rock radio station. At the time singer/guitarist/didgeridoo player Chris was ill and could not attend. A filmed version of the interview can also be found on the "Southern Skies" DVD.
In the Spring of 2012, the band went out on an acoustic tour of the United States with more than 50 shows to promote the Limited Edition Acoustic EP and their Southern Skies DVD. In these shows the band frequently covered songs from other artists as well, such as: "Have You Ever Seen the Rain" by Creedence Clearwater Revival and "Simple Man" by Lynyrd Skynyrd.
Shortly after their acoustic tour, the Brooks brothers went back to tour alongside Creed in May 2012 with drummer Roye Robley. Like a Storm also played several festivals in Summer 2012. Shows include: Summerfest in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Common Ground Music Festival in Lansing, Michigan, Jinxfest and Cornfest in Illinois; among others. The day after headlining Jinxfest, Like a Storm headed off to tour with Creed for several more dates. Details can be found on the band's Facebook page or website.
October 13, 2012 marked Like a Storm's first show of their US headlining tour, titled "Unleash the Chaos" in support of their sophomore album, "Chaos Theory, Pt. 1." The first single from the record, "Never Surrender," has a music video that came out November 21, 2012. The seven-track "Chaos Theory Part 1," followed shortly after, being released just two days later. Included in the album is a cover of Coolio's "Gangsta's Paradise" which has received airplay on multiple stations including Sirius XM's Octane.
In 2013, Like A Storm released the live double-album "Worlds Collide: Live from the Ends of the Earth". The album includes two live discs, recorded on opposite sides of the world. The first CD features Like A Storm's high energy rock show, recorded during an American arena tour - while the second disc showcases the band's unplugged side, and was recorded in their native New Zealand. The album features a range of instruments in addition to the traditional hard rock sound - including didgeridoo, djembe, piano, synthesizers, choirs and programming.
It was at that time Century Media took notice, reached out and signed the group. The band immediately began recording their third album, and first with record label support, "Awaken the Fire." Featuring updated versions of the tracks on "Chaos Theory, Pt. 1" along with 4 new tracks, the album is set to be released on February 24, 2015. The first single off the album, "Wish You Hell," has cracked the Top 30 on the US Active Rock charts, as of February, 2015. 
2015 will see the band tour in support of Hell Yeah alongside of Devour the Day and play festivals including Rock on the Range and Rocklahoma. Like A Storm and Devour the Day will play at Bay City River Roar 2015 in MI along with Three Days Grace.
Like A Storm has made huge waves in both the U.S & Europe - labeled "one of the hottest buzz bands out there right now," by National Rock Review. With a brand new album out through Century Media/Another Century, this year the Storm spreads to Europe and the rest of the world.
The band of brothers moved from Auckland, NZ to North America knowing no one. Renowned for their explosive live show, LAS quickly climbed the ranks, having now toured arenas and large clubs all across the US with such heavy-weights as: Alter Bridge, Black Stone Cherry, Steel Panther, Shinedown, HellYeah & more.
Their connection with the crowds every night was instant - Their first album, "The End of The Beginning," debuted in the Billboard Top 200 from nightly tour sales alone. Like A Storm's brand new single, "Love The Way You Hate Me" has been #1 on the biggest rock station in North America for 5 weeks. Its stateside success makes LAS the highest-charting New Zealand rock act in US radio history.
The track connected with listeners everywhere. When a new single typically lasts a few weeks at US radio, "Love The Way You Hate Me" blasted for over 9 months! Outlasting singles from much more established acts. The official video for "Love The Way You Hate Me", which features a zombie mob of actual LAS fans, has over 2 million views on Youtube. The track was inspired when someone at a truck-stop in small-town USA called one of the brothers a "freak." Produced by the band themselves, it's one of the first, if not the only, charting single to feature the ancient Aboriginal wood instrument, the Didgeridoo. When combined with crushing guitars and prog drumming, "Didgeridoo Metal" was born.
Their brand new album, "Awaken The Fire" is one of the first releases from Century Media imprint ANOTHER CENTURY, and will be released all across Europe on March 16th, 2015. Like A Storm will be touring all across Europe in 2015 supporting the release.
Like A Storm have six international releases to date:
- The End of the Beginning (2009)
- Like A Storm Unplugged (2011)
- Southern Skies DVD (2012)
- Chaos Theory (2012)
- Worlds Collide: Live from the Ends of the Earth (2013)
- Awaken The Fire (2015)
|NZ||US Mainstream Rock|
The End of the Beginning
|2014||Love the Way You Hate Me
Awaken The Fire
|2015||Wish You Hell
Awaken The Fire
- Chris Brooks – lead vocals, rhythm guitar, keys, programming, didgeridoo
- Matt Brooks – lead guitar, lead vocals (on "Ordinary", "Break Free" & "Southern Skies), keys, programming
- Kent Brooks – bass guitar, vocals, guitar, keys, programming
- Zach Wood - drums
- "Most Fan Friendly Band". Retrieved 27 December 2012.
- "Southern Skies Unplugged in New Zealand". Retrieved 23 February 2012.
- "Like a Storm Acoustic Tour". Retrieved 10 February 2012.
- amvela2. "Like a Storm Acoustic "Simple Man" cover". Retrieved 25 February 2012.
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- Taking the US by Storm article on National Rock Review 11-Dec-2013
- Concert Review & Interview from Machine Shop, Flint, MI performance on 26-Apr-2014 by National Rock Review
- Chaos Theory: Part 1 reviewed by National Rock Review 30-Mar-2014
- Concert Review from Dirt Fest performance on 09-Aug-2014 by National Rock Review