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This Or The Apocalypse Post New Song Online
May 21, 2010
Lancaster, Pennsylvania's This Or The Apocalypse is set to reveal a brand new track today, entitled "Charmer" from their Good Fight Music debut, 'Haunt What's Left'. The track will be located at their MySpace page. 'Haunt What's Left' is produced by Josh Wilbur and Lamb Of God's Chris Adler, and is set to hit stores on June 22nd, 2010. When asked to comment on "Charmer," Adler stated, "This is the shit that makes me get up in the morning. This is not the hit, this is not the second single, this is not the third - it is the 'shedding skin' tune. This gives me goose bumps and makes me jealous."

This Or The Apocalypse vocalist Ricky Armellino had a few words of his own to express the meaning behind "Charmer." "The more I struggle to learn about myself, the more I just abhor the amount our society consumes. It's disgusting that a religious belief could make one feel empowered enough to irresponsibly destroy and consume other forms of life because they feel that there is an 'afterlife' only for themselves and nothing else," starts Armellino. "One of my dearest friends calls me a 'charmer' because I tend to be cunning and persuasive when I talk to others, it's a gift and a curse; you can be so convincing that you can even distort the truth in your own eyes and make yourself believe you're not one of 'them', you're not to blame. I named the song after that nickname because I always want to remind myself that I should be holding myself accountable first, the rest of the world second."

This Or The Apocalypse is heading out on the road with Gwen Stacy and Inhale Exhale this spring and summer. Tour dates are listed below.

This Or The Apocalypse Tour Dates w/ Gwen Stacy, Inhale Exhale:
6/14 - Ground Control - West Palm Beach, FL
6/15 - The 7 Venue - Douglasville, GA
6/16 - The 7 Venue - Douglasville, GA
6/17 - The Oasis - Charleston, SC
6/19 - Club Relevant - Virginia Beach, VA
6/20 - The Brewery - Raleigh, NC
6/21 - Mt. Airy Firehall - Mount Airy, MD
6/22 - Spotswood VFW - Manalapan, NJ
6/23 - Hangar 84 - Vineland, NJ
6/24 - Bogies - Albany, NY
6/25 - Rocko's - Manchester, NH
6/27 - Championship - Lemoyne, PA
6/29 - Frankies - Toledo, OH
6/30 - The Pike Room - Pontiac, MI

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Chris Adler, Josh Wilbur Producing This Or The Apocalypse
February 26, 2010
Lamb Of God drummer Chris Adler has teamed with famed producer Josh Wilbur (Atreyu, Avenged Sevenfold) to produce the new album from the band This Or The Apocalypse, which is due out this Spring on Good Fight Music.

With a creative approach, broad vision, and DIY principles, This Or The Apocalypse is a group that exhibits the patience and dedication to step outside the box and create something both heavy and unique. With a foundation steadily built from self-released recordings and self- booked tours, This Or The Apocalypse signed to LifeForce Records and released their first commercial debut, 'Monuments', in September 07 in the US and the rest of the world the following month. The album ripped along at a driving pace, thoughtfully interchanging syncopated polyrhythmic grooves, striking melodies, and a passionate approach unheard in heavy music; blurring the lines between hardcore and metal, dodging the gimmicks of both. This Or The Apocalypse joined the debut roster of Good Fight Music in 2010 to release their upcoming album.

Chris Adler had the following to say about the working with This Or The Apocalypse on the production of their new record: "I've been wanting to produce a band other than my own for a while now, but never found one that inspired me quite enough to jump in. It's an exhaustive process to commit your creativity and focus to someone else. Most bands that are noticed today do one thing really well, or are known for a particular direction. Few combine as many elements as seamlessly as This Or The Apocalypse. This record is intense to say the least. It feels like a landmark music moment. Time will tell, but I'm obviously pretty f'n psyched."

Vocalist Ricky Armellino is equally amped about working with Chris Adler and Josh Wilbur on the new album: "Normally when you meet people in Adler's position, the last thing on their mind is finding new music or even listening to it. Chris still finds the time. He's full of music and got a ton of energy; I feel like getting him into the writing/ recording process for the new album was an incredible circumstance for us. From day one we've been shooting back and forth demos, lyric sheets, home recordings of White Lion songs and developing a lot of ideas together. Josh Wilbur's an incredible vocal producer and his recordings are organic, huge, and a cut above anything you hear in the genre, so getting him in the mix was a huge blessing for the project. These guys are family to us now and we can't wait to get this monster on the shelves."

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HOME TOWN: Lancaster, PA
Rick Armellino - Vocals
Jack Esbenshade - Guitar
Sean Hennessey - Bass / Vocals
Rodney Phillips - Guitar / Vocals
Grant McFarland - Drums

Most unfamiliar with Lancaster County, Pennsylvania typically associate it with sprawling rural environments and Amish populations. Those who have spent time in the central PA location can speak of an entirely different portrait of Lancaster. They have experienced the "big city" atmosphere mixed with the earnest hard work ethos of a small town. They know of the thriving and vibrant downtown arts and music scene, which has produced a number of ground breaking local music acts. They can also tell you the benefit of its close proximity to 5 major US cities. It is this blend of circumstances that established the creative approach, broad vision, and DIY principles of This or the Apocalypse. They are a band that exhibits the patience and dedication to step outside the box to create something both heavy and unique. Their craft of song is intelligent, scathing, honest and even uplifting.

With a foundation steadily built from self-released recordings and self-booked tours, This or the Apocalypse signed to LifeForce Records. Their first commercial debut, "Monuments", reached American shelves on September 07 and the rest of the world the following month. The album ripped along at a driving pace, thoughtfully interchanging syncopated polyrhythmic grooves, striking melodies, and a passionate approach unheard in heavy music. With inspiration taken from vintage poetry and classic literature coupled with Armellino's tenacious and honest vocal delivery, the album offered listeners a welcomed change of pace from typical heavy music themes.

"Monuments" blurred the lines between hardcore and metal, dodging the gimmicks of both. The band toured relentlessly performing through North America for 10 months out of 12 months in support of the release during it's debut year. Focused and unwilling to stop writing new material, the band used recording equipment to create pre-production demos while on the road. It provided an opportunity to creatively experiment as a band without the limitations of deadlines. While on stage the band displayed an array of musicianship and energy, which caused them to stand out in distinction amongst others on the bill. At the 2009 New England Metal and Hardcore Festival, Lamb of God drummer Chris Adler was in attendance to one of these noted performances. Chris fondly recalls his first impressions of the band:

""I received advance copy of 'Monuments' from my friend Drew at Lifeforce and I flipped on the drummer. I called Drew and asked if this was the real deal or programming; he assured me it was real. I saw they were playing a festival LOG was on months later, very early in the day. I drug my drum tech to come watch with me and about 12 other people stood in awe with jaws dropped. I found the drummer, Grant, later that day and we discussed all things metal over a bottle of vodka in the back of my bus all night. I realized after that hang, specifically, that this was a band that could be and do anything and I was entirely addicted"

Shortly after Chris approached the band about producing their next album. Chris explains, "I knew that if I was going to ever work with another band that it would have to be a very special circumstance. I've had literally thousands of bands ask, but I never felt the connection and belief I felt when I saw and hung with TOTA. I'm happy to be a part of this. I feel like this is an important moment." Chris also brought along with him famed producer/engineer Josh Wilbur (Avenged Sevenfold/Atreyu) to work on the project. The band brought into the session enough material to record three full albums.

While the core of the songs retain the trademark TOTA sound, each member made a commitment to push their individual arrangements and performances well beyond any previously established boundaries. The synergy between the band and the co producers was the perfect storm of aggressive and creative youth coupled with experience and wisdom. The blistering ensemble of tracks will undoubtedly blaze a new path for the band and turn the world of aggressive music upside down.