Vampires Everywhere!

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Vampires Everywhere!
Vampires Everywhere! Warped 2012.jpg
Vampires Everywhere! performing on Warped Tour in 2012
Background information
Origin Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Genres
Years active 2009–2013, 2015–2016
Labels Century Media, Hollywood Waste
Website www.facebook.com/vampireseverywhere
Past members Michael Vampire
Matti Hoffman
Grey Soto
David Hernandez
Alexander Hernandez
Zak Dunn
Jason Shaffer
Philip Anthony
Aaron Martin
Adam Vex
Miles Roger
Frankie Sil
Chris Paterson
Bryan Allan
DJ Blackard
Joshua Ingram

Vampires Everywhere! was an American metal band from Los Angeles, California. They were active from 2009 to 2016, the final lineup consisted of Michael Vampire (vocals), Matti Hoffman (lead guitar) and Grey Soto (rhythm guitar). Their name was taken from the film The Lost Boys.

History[edit]

Formation and Lost in the Shadows (2009-2010)[edit]

Vampires Everywhere! was founded in 2009 by Michael Orlando (a.k.a. Michael Vampire). The band's 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.[1]

On February 9, 2010, Vampires Everywhere! released their debut EP Lost in the Shadows. The first single and music video, "Immortal Love", was released exclusively on PureVolume on January 18, 2010. Together with director Scott Hanson who worked with A Day to Remember, Carnifex, A Skylit Drive and Alesana, Vampires Everywhere! produced a music video for their song Immortal Love which was shown at MTV 2 (Headbangers Ball),[2][3] Heavy Rotation and Fuse On-Demand.[3][4]

The group toured through the USA and Canada with acts including Escape The Fate[5] Brokencyde,[6] Black Veil Brides, Eyes Set to Kill, Get Scared, Dr. Acula, Aiden, Alesana, Honor Bright, Our Last Night,[7] Polkadot Cadaver and Modern Day Escape. They shared stage with X Japan and Murderdolls as the opener. They played a gig at SXSW 2010 with D.R.U.G.S., VersaEmerge and Black Veil Brides in Austin, Texas.[6]

Their single "Undead Heart" was released on November 29, 2010.[citation needed]

Kiss the Sun Goodbye (2011)[edit]

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.[8] The Deluxe Version includes 3 Bonus tracks. Their second music video was directed by Fred Archambault who worked with Avenged Sevenfold and Deftones.[9] The album ranked on Place 19th at the Billboard Top Hard Rock Albums and on Place 43 on Top Independent Albums (Billboard).[10]

Since then Alex Rouge and David Darko have left the band to form their own band called The Automatic Me.[citation needed]

In August 2011, Vampires Everywhere! played at Sunset Strip Music Festival. The band covered Katy Perry´s song Teenage Dream.[11]

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

In December 2011, they announced that they would be releasing a new album sometime in 2012.[citation needed]

Hellbound and Heartless and disbandment (2012-2013)[edit]

On April 25, 2012 bassist Philip Kross left the band, amicably, to pursue other projects. The next day, Vampires Everywhere! announced that Adam Vex would be replacing him temporarily while on tour.[12]

Their second album, Hellbound and Heartless, was released on June 19, 2012, presenting a drastic change in style from metalcore and gothic rock to industrial metal. The band played the entire Summer Vans Warped Tour to support the album.[1]

In October 2012, the band embarked the road with Alesana, In Fear and Faith, and Glamour of the Kill, then joined Orgy and Davey Suicide on the "Wide Awake and Dead" Tour throughout March 2013.[13][14]

In November 2013, Michael released a statement, announcing that Vampires Everywhere! had been disbanded, and that the members would instead release new music as The Killing Lights. They released a new song, "Don't Turn Around", a few days later.[15]

The Killing Lights (2014)[edit]

On August 14, The Killing Lights released a video, directed by Will Da Rosa, for "Lies Spread Like Fire", a new song from their upcoming EP.[16] The Killing Lights later performed their first headlining show at Chain Reaction on October 4, where they played their EP in its entirety.[17]

On October 21, The Killing Lights released a second single, "Until I Bleed", through Kerrang! around the same time pre-orders for their EP, The Killing Lights, went live, the EP was released on December 2, 2014.[18]

A music video, directed by Brad Golowin, for "Until I Bleed" was planned for a November release, but was instead released on December 11, a tour in support of the EP was planned for 2015.[19]

Reformation, Ritual, and second break-up (2015-2016)[edit]

On February 11, 2015, The Killing Lights reverted to Vampires Everywhere![20] and, shortly after, announced that they were recording a new album in two sessions, the first to commence in March,[21] the second in April, in Salt Lake City.[22]

Michael later performed with Motionless In White at Rock on the Range.[23]

On November 30, the band played on the Bat2Bat Tour with Consider Me Dead and Set to Stun.[24] Immediately after the tour ended, they released the song "Black Betty", off the new album, Ritual, which had a tentative release date of early 2016.[25]

On January 19, 2016, they released the first official single from the new album, a cover of "Take Me to Church", featuring Alex Koehler of Chelsea Grin.[26] Ritual was finally released on March 18, 2016, and was supported by a short headlining tour,[27] before they joined Filter, Orgy, and Death Valley High on their Make America Hate Again Tour.[28]

In November 2016, Vampires Everywhere! disbanded once again and Michael Vampire started a new band called Dead Girls Academy.[29]

Musical style and influences[edit]

Vampires Everywhere!'s sound spans several genres, including metalcore,[30][31][32] post-hardcore,[33] industrial metal,[34] industrial rock,[35] alternative metal,[34][36] shock rock,[35][37][38][39] gothic rock[34][40][41] and horror punk.[42] Noisecreep described the band as "an ultra-catchy hybrid of goth, metalcore and pop".[30] Vampires Everywhere!'s influences include Slipknot,[43] Atreyu,[43] Cannibal Corpse,[43] Dimmu Borgir,[43] The Black Dahlia Murder,[43] Children of Bodom,[43] As I Lay Dying,[43] Parkway Drive, August Burns Red,[43] Death,[43] Obituary,[43] and Behemoth.[43] 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."[44]

Members[edit]

Timeline

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Album Label Chart positions[45][46]
US Indie US Hard Rock US Heat
2011 Kiss the Sun Goodbye Hollywood Waste 43 19 4
2012 Hellbound and Heartless 22 9
2016 Ritual
"—" denotes a release that did not chart.

Singles and EPs[edit]

  • 2010: "Lost in the Shadows" EP (Century Media)
  • 2010: "Undead Heart" Single (Hollywood Waste, Digital only)
  • 2012: "Drug of Choice" Single (Hollywood Waste, Digital only)
  • 2012: "I Can't Breathe" Single (Hollywood Waste, Digital only)
  • 2016: "Take Me to Church" Single (Digital only)

References[edit]

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