Escape The Fate

I Am Human I Am Human

Marketing Highlights

  • Escape The Fate recently completed a North American Tour
  • The Band will be embarking on a European tour in January and February of 2018
  • Escape The Fate will tour with I Prevail in the Fall of 2018
  • The lead track from the album, "Empire" was launched on November 16th
  • An Aggressive Digital and Social Media marketing campaign is planned for this project leading up to and beyond it's release.

Bio

Monte Money has the word “grateful” tattooed on his knuckles. The guitarist for Escape The Fate had the work done to publicly summarize where he’s been, what he did on the journey and where he is right now. “It’s really a response to everything,” he says, humbly. “The name of our band is a response, as well. There were times we were living like rockstars instead of being thankful for what was happening.” Monte’s commentary is one of the central tenets behind Ungrateful, Escape The Fate’s fourth album, and first for their new home, Eleven Seven Music. The members of ETF—Monte, singer Craig Mabbitt, rhythm guitarist Michael Money, drummer Robert Ortiz and newest recruit TJ Bell on bass—have enjoyed a run that most bands would’ve sold their souls to experience. But while the band came close to having the kind of VH1/Behind The Music-style flame-out that’s indicative of many careers these days, ETF woke up and jammed each other’s faces into the grindstone, creating nothing less than the most ambitious album of their career. The motivation behind the making of Ungrateful required the members of Escape The Fate to rethink everything about their very existence. After years playing in the studio with the band, Monte’s brother Michael was enlisted as a full-fledged member. New management was acquired, songwriting commenced and the band once again reteamed with John Feldmann to oversee album No. 4. But in a moment of speedily acquired hindsight, the band weren’t completely committed to Feldmann’s vision. They met with additional producers and heard the same old lines they had from others before. Interestingly enough, the band found an internal solution to their producer hesitancy. “We realized the stuff Monte was doing in Garageband was coming out better than what the major producers were doing,” says Ortiz. So the band kept some of the Feldmann-produced tracks with Monte’s vision on newer songs. “Feldmann is great, but he has a certain sound. We didn’t find one producer who liked our ideas and wanted to expand upon them,” Monte remembers vividly. “A lot of them wanted to change things. I don’t know if it was because they were older dudes and their attitude was, ‘Well, this is what works, let’s not change it.’” In addition, Brandon Saller—the former drummer of Atreyu, currently fronting Hell Or Highwater—was enlisted to help Mabbitt, in the words of Ortiz, “find his inner rock god.” “I’m not the most confident guy when it comes to recording my vocals in the studio,” Mabbitt admits. “No one else can tell me what’s up: It’s always, ‘Do you like it? Do you want more takes?’ Brandon was there to really push me and get me into it. He knows when it’s cool to scream and when it’s cool to sing and totally helped me achieve a better performance.” At the end of the project, Ungrateful’s 11 tracks show a creative arc the band hadn’t previously dared to navigate on their previous releases. While lesser bands undermine themselves with the too-many-cooks-in-the-kitchen mentality when using multiple producers, Escape The Fate have delivered a remarkably cohesive record that’s not only contemporary, but offers the same kind of immediacy that is the lifeblood of the entire history of hard rock/heavy metal. “I never wanted this band to be sectioned-off and labeled,” says Monte. “Our previous records don’t sound like they flow together. We’ve just matured as songwriters and at the end of the day, our chemistry is great.” Right out of the box, Ungrateful stakes its claim in the modern-metal sweepstakes in no uncertain terms. On the exuberant title track, Mabbitt’s performance goes from bestial growling to positively heroic, as the band churn behind him with a rock sensibility that’s closer to metal royalty (cf. Guns ’N’ Roses, Skid Row) than today’s routine metalcore masses. The band agrees that “Until We Die” is their official anthem, capturing their conviction amid Monte’s cascading solos and an arcane piano coda at the song’s end. “Chemical Love” is a slight diversion, featuring Ortiz’ dancefloor-friendly beat and plenty of electronic flourishes and atmospheres. During “Risk It All,” the band seemingly replaced the drummer’s blood with energy drinks, given how he offers velocity, acceleration and vibe, while Mabbitt stacks the vocal melodies and Monte delivers the kind of harmony leads Judas Priest and Iron Maiden forgot to write. The poignant ballad “Picture Perfect,” finds Fall Out Boy frontman Patrick Stump co-writing with Monte and Mabbitt for this tribute to one of Money’s childhood friends who died suddenly. At its essence, Ungrateful is a valentine to hard rock and metal, a record capable of bridging scenes, reconciling the calendar and fostering a new awareness in that culture’s evolution. “Craig and I like anything that will take a song wherever it needs to go,” says Monte, regarding the band’s m.o. “I think different things are needed for certain songs. We’re not really ‘experimental,’ but we’re not afraid to bring various elements into our sound. But really, I like to think of this as our real third album. Because this feels like a completely new band to me.” Considering all the roadblocks that threatened to derail them, Escape The Fate are ready to show exactly how ungrateful they aren’t. Because Ungrateful is more than just the new Escape The Fate album—it’s a high-decibel mission statement. “If we were a big mega-million corporation,” Ortiz begins, “I think our mission statement would be ‘Bringing Real Rock To The Masses.’ Anything but that cookie-cutter stuff that’s out there now.” While Mabbitt agrees with his bandmate’s marketing flair, he offers another spin on the agenda of Escape The Fate in 2013—and beyond. “I’d say ‘Be Excellent To Each Other.’ Because that’s working for us.”

-Jason Petigrew, Alternative Press

Tracklist

1. Beautifully Tragic
2. Broken Heart
3. Four Letter Word
4. I Will Make It Up To You
5. Bleed for Me
6. Do You Love Me
7. I Am Human
8. If Only
9. Empire
10. Recipe For Disaster
11. Riot
12. Digging My Own Grave
13. Resistance
14. Let Me Be

Home Market

Los Angeles, California - USA

Album Details

Artist

Escape The Fate

Album Title

I Am Human

Street Date

02/16/2018

Order Due Date

01/19/2018

Discount

5% (ends 02/22/2018)

Genre

Rock/Rock

Label

Eleven Seven Music

Configuration

CD Longplay

Price Code

CD13

UPC

849320020721

Box Lot

30

Catalog #

ESM2072

Album Details

Artist

Escape The Fate

Album Title

I Am Human

Preorder Date

12/01/2017

Street Date

02/16/2018

Genre

Rock/Rock

Label

Eleven Seven Music

Configuration

Digital Audio Longplay

UPC

849320020707

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