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MP3 End Of An Era - The War Against
An eclectic mix of shimmering melodies, electronic mayhem, heavy metal crunch, and punk rock attitude. All wrapped up into one package that will make your mothers cry and your friends question their entire existence.
7 MP3 Songs
ROCK: Industrial Rock, METAL/PUNK: Industrial Metal
In 2004, New Jersey bubbled out a fresh new odor soon to be known as End of an Era. Formed by singer Jeff Wallace and keyboardist Steven Blair, the two visionaries put together a demo in their home grown studio located in Manchester, NJ. This duo would eventually join forces with childhood friends Justin Mazyk on Bass, Jeff Brogan on guitars and rounded out by, New Jersey’s own punk rock icon, Spags on drums. End of an Era ventured into the NJ/NY underground scene with a strong work ethic and a unstoppable drive to succeed like few bands before them have possessed.
With a self produced debut LP, “Mission Statement”, under their arms, the close knit crew began their onslaught on the local New Jersey scene and soon garnered the reputation as the “new sh*t” in the scene. Regarded as “a young, talented and hard working new band destined for great things with no sign of slowing up for anything!” by one of New Jersey’s top promoters, End of an Era have shared the stage with My Chemical Romance, Muse, Nonpoint, Madina Lake, Taking Back Sunday and Linkin Park just to name a few, and all with more than warm welcomes!
The name, End of an Era, is less of a catchy moniker and more of a mission statement in itself. According to Blair, “The band has always asserted itself as the termination of all that is considered the ‘norm’.” Whether it would be music and fashion styles or religious and political institutions, End of an Era''s lyrics, sound, and style represents the consequence of a world consumed by it''s own righteousness and the beginning of it''s change.
After relentlessly playing shows on the DIY circuit, the band quickly became self supportive and realized there was no other way to do it than on their own. Spags says, “We realized early on that no one was going to be sending any free passes our way, so we‘ve worked very hard to get to a point where we don‘t have to rely on anyone or anything.” Wallace adds, “We’ve been doing it on our own so long, we don’t really know any other way.“ With more than 250 shows in support of their debut release, which has since sold over 3500 copies, the Jersey boys ventured back into the studio to capitalize on their new energy and sound.
While playing shows with the New York based Suicide City, the band formed a friendship that brought guitarist/producer Billy Graziadei (of Biohazard fame) closer into the inner workings of the band. “After seeing the guys play their set, I saw an energy and uniqueness uncommon among the mundane scene we are all living in right now. They were entertaining and captivating, melodic and all while staying in tune! I knew right away that I wanted to work with the band!” Graziadei came into the camp as a producer and brought the band into Underground Sound Studios (https://www.tradebit.com) to work on their new release entitled, “The War Against.”
The title, “The War Against”, symbolizes the band’s struggle to become a force in the music industry without compromising to everyone’s judgments and expectations. According to Mazyk, “If ‘Mission Statement’ was our introduction, then ‘The War Against’ is our battle cry.“ The goal of the new album was to take the sound, feel, and energy of their live show and transform it into a record. You can feel the music trying to break through your speakers to punch you in the face. Brogan adds, “This time around there was more of a focus on the performances, feel, and overall sound of the music, and it‘s made a big difference on us as a band.”
Live, the band explodes on to the stage and always leaves fans screaming for more. Melding equal parts of melody, musicality and raw aggression, the typical End of an Era show can best be described as an experience that should not be missed. Wallace describes the End of an Era live experience as “a chaotic and spontaneous journey that is all about the connections we make with the audience.” Blair added, “Our live show is like an exorcism. There''s stuff flying all over the place, people screaming at the top of their lungs, and all the members of the band look as if they are having terrible convulsions. But in the end, it serves as a complete purification of the demons within.”
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