As They Burn Bio:
The city of fine wine and whirlwind romance has finally unleashed its dark side in the form of five-piece metal band AS THEY BURN, the pride and joy of the Paris hardcore scene. While the states are inundated by sing-song choruses and pop-punk melodies, these Parisian imports infuse grit and powerhouse aggression to a genre that has been watered down for years. Delivering intensely low growls that would put even the angriest Rottweiler to shame, paired with powerful chugs that could make your mother cry, AS THEY BURN has the gusto to make it to the top.
It’s a tale as old as time; friends bonded together by music, trapped in the dreaded suburbs, fighting with everything they’ve got to make a name for themselves. It’s rare that start-up bands find success, but when AS THEY BURN formed in 2007 the fire in their hearts immediately got the Paris hardcore scene heated. With vocalist Kevin Traoré, guitarists Hoby Arinosy and Fabio Meschini, Ronald Pastor on bass and Milton Bakech on drums, there was never a doubt that they would soon dominate the metal airwaves. Playing the local hardcore circuit, they were able to get the attention of Belgian label Ultimhate Records, gaining an immense fan base across Europe. Through Ultimhate AS THEY BURN released the A New Area for Our Plagues EP, which made its way onto French music charts, selling off the shelves within a year.
Their newfound recognition landed them on tour alongside hardcore legends, DESPISED ICON. The tour’s success got the attention of Siege Of Amida Records, an English-based independent label who offered AS THEY BURN a contract in 2011. Touring with established metal label-mates WHITECHAPEL and IMPENDING DOOM, AS THEY BURN made their way to the US, unleashing their unique brand of tech death metal to hardcore fans worldwide. After releasing Aeon’s War, their dreams of metal domination slowly turned to reality. Known for Kevin’s chillingly intense screams, intensely precise guitar riffs and Milton’s controlled double petals, they had quickly become Paris’ premiere metalcore band.
New heights were reached in 2012, as they joined the Victory Records roster. Upon the band’s signing, vocalist Traoré commented, “Being a part of Victory Records is such a great pleasure and honor. It’s been a while that we’ve been giving our best to make our dreams come true. This is just the beginning.” Inspired and excited, AS THEY BURN will release their first Victory Records album on February 19th, 2013, just in time for Valentine’s Day. So, curl up with your loved one by the fire, turn up AS THEY BURN and let the dark, metal magic ensue.