The Killing Lights

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The Killing Lights
Vampires Everywhere! Warped 2012.jpg
The Killing Lights performing on Warped Tour in 2012
Background information
Origin Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Genres Post-hardcore, alternative metal, shock rock, Gothic Metal, Industrial Metal
Years active 2009–Present
Labels Century Media, Hollywood Waste
Members Michael Orlando
DJ Blackard
J.J. Gun
Frankie Sil
Past members David Hernandez
Alexander Hernandez
Zak Dunn
Jason Shaffer
Philip Anthony
Aaron MartinAdam Vex (Tour Member)
Miles Roger (Tour Member)
Chris Paterson

The Killing Lights, formerly Vampires Everywhere!, is an American metal band from Los Angeles, California best known for their 2010 EP Lost in the Shadows. They are currently signed to Century Media and Hollywood Waste Records.



Michael Orlando grew up in South Florida along with brothers David and Alex Hernandez. After many failed bands, Michael Orlando (a hairdresser at the time) began to play his way to the top. He formed a pop punk band labeled "Love She Wrote[1] " with Nick Bartolo,[2] which was a failed operation at trying to "fit-in" with the pop crowd. He then asked Alex Hernandez (who was involved in pornographic films[3] in order to support his drug habit) to join his band and thus The Killing Lights! was born.


The Killing Lights was founded in 2009 by Michael Orlando (a.k.a. Michael Vampire). The band's original name came from the movie "The Lost Boys." "Vampires Everywhere!" is a comic book in the movie that explains the rules of vampires and how to kill them.


On February 9, 2010, The Killing Lights released their debut EP Lost in the Shadows. The first single and music video entitled “Immortal Love” was released exclusively on PureVolume on January 18, 2010. Together with director Scott Hanson who worked together with A Day to Remember, Carnifex, A Skylit Drive and Alesana The Killing Lights produced a music video for their song Immortal Love which was shown at MTV 2 (Headbangers Ball),[4][5] Heavy Rotation and Fuse On-Demand.[5][6]

The group has toured through the USA and Canada several times with acts including Escape The Fate[7] Brokencyde,[8] Black Veil Brides, Eyes Set to Kill, Get Scared, Dr. Acula, Aiden, Alesana, Honor Bright, Our Last Night,[9] Polkadot Cadaver and Modern Day Escape. They shared stage with X Japan and Murderdolls as the opener.[10] They played a gig at SXSW 2010 with D.R.U.G.S., VersaEmerge and Black Veil Brides in Austin, Texas.[8]

Their Single "Undead Heart" was released on November 29, 2010.


The debut album Kiss the Sun Goodbye followed on May 17, 2011 and was released worldwide via Hollywood Waste Records. Wil Francis (Aiden, William Control) was guest singer in the song Bleeding Rain.[11] The Deluxe Version includes 3 Bonus tracks. Their second music video was directed by Fred Archambault who worked with Avenged Sevenfold and Deftones.[12] Fans of the Post-hardcore genre voted the album negative at Sputnikmusic.[13] The album ranked on Place 19th at the Billboard Top Hard Rock Albums and on Place 43 on Top Independent Albums (Billboard).[14]

Since then Alex Rouge and David Darko have left the band to formed their own band called The Automatic Me.

In August 2011 The Killing Lights played at Sunset Strip Music Festival. The band covered Katy Perry´s song Teenage Dream.[15]

In Fall 2011 they played on the "Something Wicked This Way Comes Tour" with Wednesday 13, Polkadot Cadaver & Nightmare Sonata.

In December 2011 they announced that they would be releasing a new album sometime in 2012.


The band announced that they will be playing the entire Vans Warped Tour (summer 2012).

On April 25, 2012 The Killing Lights bassist, Philip Kross, announced his departure from the band. Philip had tweeted earlier that day, "I love yoü all.... Please know I didn't quit on YOÜ I am still yoür family and stay tuned for my new project! I wish the Vamps luck❤"

Since then The Killing Lights have found a replacement bassist, Adam Vex.

The album, Hellbound & Heartless was released on June 19, 2012, presenting a drastical change from softer post-hardcore scream-style music to a heavier industrial metal with its typical distorted vocals.

In October 2012, the band embarked the road with Alesana, In Fear and Faith, and Glamour of the Kill

The band will join Orgy and Davey Suicide on the "Wide Awake and Dead" Tour this spring.[16][17]


On November 10, 2013 The Killing Lights posted a message on Facebook stating the changing of the band's name.

I would like to personally welcome you to the new chapter in my life "The Killing Lights". As most of you know I was involved in a near fatal car accident many years back. I feel the name The Killing Lights properly represents my struggle with this tragic event & the new chapter in my music career. We will be entering the studio in 2014 to record our debut record on Century Media Records. CMR has been amazing with this transition & their positive energy towards the change has been awesome. We will be doing a UK Tour in Feb. to give a glimpse of what's to come. I have so much respect for my loyal VE fans over the years that have fought with us & stuck by us on every turn. I cannot wait for you to hear the new TKL music & see us live. Check back on Monday to hear a new demo. I love all of you & I'm excited for this next chapter in my life!

Michael V TKL

The band also announced a 2014 UK Tour to give a glimpse of what's to come.[18]

Musical style and influences[edit]

The band's sound spans several genres, including post-hardcore,[19] metalcore,[20][21] industrial metal,[22] industrial rock,[23] alternative metal,[22][24] shock rock,[23][25][26][27] gothic metal[22][28][29] and horror punk.[30] Their influences include Slipknot,[31] Atreyu,[31] Cannibal Corpse,[31] Dimmu Borgir,[31] The Black Dahlia Murder,[31] Children of Bodom,[31] As I Lay Dying,[31] August Burns Red,[31] Death,[31] Obituary,[31] and Behemoth.[31] Regarding the band's vampire themes, vocalist Michael Vampire has stated "We didn't get inspired by Twilight or True Blood at all. I love True Blood and own season 1, but all of our influences come from the classics. By classics I mean The Lost Boys, Nosferatu, Bram Stoker's Dracula, Bela Lugosi, Fright Night, and more."[32]


  • Michael "Vampire" Orlando - Lead Vocals (since 2009)
  • DJ "Black" Blackard - Lead Guitar (since 2011)
  • Joshua "J.J. Gun" Ingram - Drums (since 2013)
  • Frankie Sil - Bass Guitar (Since 2013)
  • Zak "Night" Dunn - Lead Guitar (2009–2010)
  • Jason "Jay Killa" Shaffer - Keyboards (2009-2010)
  • Alexander "Rogue" Hernandez - Bass Guitar (2009–2011)
  • David "Darko" Hernandez - Drums (2009–2011)
  • Aaron "Graves" Martin - Rhythm Guitar (2009-2013)
  • Charles Philip "Kross" Anthony - Lead Guitar (2010-2011) Bass Guitar (2011–2012);
  • Chris Paterson - Rhythm Guitar, Backing Vocals (2013)



Year Album Label Chart positions[33]
US Indie US Hard Rock US Heat
2011 Kiss the Sun Goodbye Hollywood Waste 43 19 4
2012 Hellbound and Heartless
"—" denotes a release that did not chart.


  • 2010: Lost in the Shadows (Century Media)
  • 2010: Undead Heart (Hollywood Waste, Digital only)
  • 2012: Drug of Choice (Hollywood Waste, Digital only)
  • 2012: I Can't Breathe (Hollywood Waste, Digital only)


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