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    Tue, 14 Sep 2010 17:04:24

    Escape the Fate talks Zombies, Wes Craven and Heavy New Album - Escape the Fate bassist Max Green busts open the lid on the band's new album for ARTISTdirect.com editor and <i>Dolor</i> author Rick Florino. He also talks Wes Craven, zombies and <i>Ren and Stimpy</i>...

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    Escape the Fate might just gut hard rock from the inside out with their third self-titled album, due out November 2nd via DGC/Interscope.

    The album hearkens back to when heavy metal was based on balls of steel and a "fuck-you" attitude that could make panties drop and fists pump. The album's first single "Issues" sees the band exorcising one of its most epic choruses yet, while "Massacre" bludgeons and batters with a tight thrash assault.

    About the heavier direction, Escape the Fate bassist Max Green divulges, "The album has a darker tone to it overall! All of the songs are Escape the Fate-style, but there's one general direction. That focus is this darker, edgier and heavier sound. It's heavier in the sense of Rob Zombie or Slipknot. It's not post-hardcore or anything like that. It's just heavy rock. A lot of the songs have a haunting, creeping atmosphere and tone to them. At the same time, some of the tracks are driving, thrashing metal that's pounding with big choruses."

    One of the anomalies is "Zombie Dance," which sounds like The Nightmare Before Christmas soundtrack interpreted by Seasons in the Abyss-era Slayer. It's an undead anthem that's bound to ignite crowds. Green feels a kinship with the forbearers of metal of horror that went all-out.

    "In old school zombie movies, you actually saw brains and guts. They were eating intestines and shit out of people," laughs Green. "You rarely see that shit nowadays. If you do, it's presented in a comedic fashion." He goes on, "With the way the world is today, everything's been toned down so someone can make a bigger buck. It used to be that parents hate it and kids love it. Now, 'artists' try to appeal to the parents and kids, so both of them buy it. Cartoons that I used to watch when I was young like Rocko's Modern Life and Ren and Stimpy were really gross and disgusting! They were great. You can't find a cartoon like that today. It's the same thing with movies. They try to do gore, but they can only do so much."

    You can't find metal that's this infectious yet this incisive either, and that's what makes Escape the Fate one of the most important hard rock and heavy metal releases of 2010.

    Max and his cohorts aren't afraid to throw down. "We're entertainers above all. We watch every other band, and we're going to do everything that they won't do and everything they're fucking afraid to do. We've always done what we wanted, and we're blessed that we've been able to do this."

    What else is Max excited about other than his impending tour with Bullet for My Valentine and first major label release?

    He laughs, "I just saw a commercial the other day for Wes Craven's new movie, My Soul to Take. I want to see it because it actually looks like it has a bit of a story!"

    Escape the Fate has quite the story as well, and no one will forget it.

    —Rick Florino

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