Righteous Vendetta, Stranded By Choice, Deathwish, Levels
RIGHTEOUS VENDETTA is ready for battle, driven by the fire of hope and inspiration. Arising from humble small-town origins, this 4-piece war machine offers positivity and encouragement against adversity, with a melodic sound of defiance and power.
After a 6 year process with Sony (Century Media) the band has been released from the contractual obligations of a record deal. The band is poised for a massive comeback on an independent platform that has the band and only the band in the drivers seat. 2019 alone, Righteous Vendetta posted streaming numbers comparable to bands at the top of the market, garnering over 4 million streams in less than a year.
The band’s latest LP, Cursed (2017), arrived after a long season of writing, rewriting, honing, shaping and refining. It was a process that resulted in a definitive mission statement, laying the blueprint for the band’s evolving creative identity. The album was produced and mixed by Mitch Marlow (In This Moment, New Years Day).
They effortlessly combine the diverse melodic Swedish death metal of vintage In Flames with the spirit-filled pop-melodicism of Anberlin, easily appealing to fans who grew up listening to albums like The End of Heartache by Killswitch Engage and Shadows Are Security by As I Lay Dying. There’s even a bit of the SoCal hardcore-meets-Pantera fury of Throwdown, not as much in overt sonic thunder as in energetic, steadfast perseverance.
This is a band that knows what it means to fight for everything they’ve got, to earn respect with integrity, to stand up and be counted, to surpass and defy all expectations by delivering the goods on an awe-inspiring scale. This is a new collection of anthems for a generation hungry for music that’s authentic and pure. Righteous Vendetta is reverent to the greatest strengths of the scene’s past, yet equally forward-thinking.
Gestated in a small town in rural Wyoming (population: 10000), these four young men have beaten the odds against isolation, outside pressure, and the daily grind to conjure a ridiculously catchy and relentlessly fierce sound to rival the genre’s titans and light up the world’s stages.
“There was no music scene, really, which forced us to tour,” explains vocalist Ryan Hayes, who first formed Righteous Vendetta after discovering his college piano teacher could play guitar. “The closest ‘big’ market to us was Denver, which is about nine hours from where we live. By the time we were signed, we already had over a thousand tour dates under our belts. It really helped to shape us as musicians and who we are as a band.”
The lineup shifted a bit (“we’d have to find new members on YouTube or wherever else we could”) before it solidified as Hayes, guitarist Riley Haynie, bassist Stetson Riemann, and drummer Zack Goggins. After opening for Hatebreed, Righteous Vendetta caught the attention of Jamey Jasta, who encouraged them to explore more of the melodic side of their already crushingly heavy, breakdown-friendly music.
Songs like “The Fire Inside,” “With Love” and “What You’ve Done” helped grow the band’s fanbase, through hard-touring, social media, online videos, and a series of independent releases and material issued by Red Cord Records, with the 2014 Defiance EP cementing the group as a rising force.
The two years Righteous Vendetta spent crafting Cursed was time well spent. “We put a lot of pressure on ourselves to write ‘hits’ at one point,” the band’s frontman confesses. “If you get too much into that mentality, you can start to lose yourself. So as we made Cursed, we focused on what we were when we started: a metal band. And we wrote a metal album.”…