Rise To Remain - Biography

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Rise to Remain were formed in London, late 2006, by Ben Tovey and Will Homer (formerly of Hours Past) along with other schoolmates under the name "Halide" as a side project to several of the band's members other endeavors in music. Within a few months the band solidified their line-up, adding Austin Dickinson (formerly of The Oath) on vocals after their respective bands played a show together at the "Tufnell Park Dome" and began playing local gigs as well as travelling across the UK, seeking out more shows. Halide recorded one three-track EP, which saw a viral release through their Myspace. This eventually garnered attention from more legitimate local promoters, who granted the band further exposure by putting them on at slightly higher profile shows, namely with Biomechanical and other local heavyweights such as Eternal Lord and Exit Ten. The band then organised a UK tour, with them and local act Terrorlapse, as well as playing one-off supports to their peers in bands such as Viatrophy, Sylosis, Anterior and Malefice. In early 2008, whilst playing the Islington Academy supporting Sylosis, the band were offered the opening slot on the smaller, third stage of the Download Festival at Donington Park at 10:45 am. This opportunity lead to the band changing members, adding Joe Copcutt on bass and Pat Lundy on drums (both formerly of 12 Ton Method), and their name, switching from Halide, to Rise to Remain. However, they still retained early songs that would later be recorded for Rise to Remain, namely Purify, Illusive Existence, Salvation and Fracture.

The band swiftly changed their name to Rise to Remain, and played one last show as Halide at the Camden Rock Bar. The ensuing Download Festival performance drew minor attention to the band, and lead to them securing a booking agent, Paul Ryan. During the summer of 2008, the band undertook their first recording as "Rise to Remain", creating the EP "Becoming One". This was then self released by the band.

Since then the band has been at its most active, beginning with opening slots for more local bands, including homegrown heroes Exit Ten and Viatrophy and Australian death metallers The Red Shore, and eventually completing a co-headline club tour with Holy Grail, and supporting the likes of Shadows Fall, Five Finger Death Punch, The Haunted and Trivium, as well as appearing at Sonisphere Festival and Download Festival. The band also recorded a cover of the Judas Priest song "The Rage", for a Metal Hammer tribute CD. During the recording of "Bridges Will Burn" the band were briefly signed to indie label Transcend Records, however, the deal was not honoured and therefore, Rise to Remain left the label and remained an unsigned act, releasing their EP free with Metal Hammer magazine in 2010. There were no releases on Transcend Records from the band. On 14 June 2010, Rise to Remain were given the Metal Hammer Golden God Award, for "Best New Band", an award that was voted for by over 400,000 people across the globe."[1] Also in 2010, the band won "Best British Newcomer" at the Kerrang! Awards. The band supported Korn on their UK tour in October 2010, and then completed a string of shows supporting Funeral for a Friend, as well as being added to the line-up of Bullet for My Valentine's European tour in November 2010, after Escape the Fate were unable to fulfill their slot. As a result of the Bullet For My Valentine tour, the band had to drop out of a UK tour supporting As I Lay Dying and Suicide Silence, but returned to support Hatebreed on their UK dates in December 2010. Between July and November 2010, the band recorded their debut album with producer, Colin Richardson, who has worked with Carcass, Machine Head and Bullet for My Valentine, amongst others.

The band performed as an opening act for Iron Maiden on the Singapore & Indonesian leg of their world tour in February 2011 and followed on from there to appear as part of the Australian leg of the Soundwave Festival, playing with such bands as Sevendust, Stone Sour, Queens of the Stone Age and many more. Upon their return to the UK, the band signed with major label EMI Records, and released a track from their debut album, entitled "The Serpent", which received several thousand downloads in its first 24 hours. The band then went and supported Funeral For A Friend on their headline tour throughout March and April. They played major festivals over the summer of 2011 such as Download Festival, Sonisphere (UK, Switzerland, Italy and France), Hevy Festival and Graspop Festival.
Austin Dickinson, lead vocalist of Rise to Remain, live in Stadthalle Offenbach.

The band's debut album, City of Vultures, was released on the 5th September and debuted in the UK at No. 83 and in India at No. 10. With this, the band started their UK headline tour on the 7th September 2011 with support from The Safety Fire and Bleed from Within. This was a 19 date tour which was supposed to finish on the 29th of September, but due to one of the dates being rearranged it finished on the 1st of October. The Band was soon after meant to go on an US tour supporting Chimera, however the pulled out after the band was given the opportunity to support Machine Head in the Us, the following year. In November, Rise headed out with Trivium and In Flames' as support for their European tour. The tour then headed to the UK in December 2011 as the Defenders Of The Faith III Tour which was announced back in July 2011.Ghost and Insense joined Rise to Remain in support of Trivium and In Flames.

For Kerrang! Magazine's celebration of the 20th anniversary of influential grunge band Nirvana's breakthrough album, Nevermind, Rise to Remain contributed a cover of the song "Breed", on a cover album featuring artists such as The Dillinger Escape Plan (who covered "Territorial Pissings"), Evile (who covered "Lounge Act"), and The Blackout (covering "Stay Away").

After concluding the tour supporting Trivium and In Flames, Rise to Remain closed their touring commitments for 2011. Starting on January 15, 2012, Rise to Remain were meant to support Machine Head on their North American tour along with Suicide Silence and Darkest Hour in support. However on 6 January 2012, bassist Joe Copcutt and drummer Pat Lundy announced their departure from the band, made public by the Rocksound and Blabbermouth websites. Lundy is now the drummer for the Welsh post-hardcore band Funeral For a Friend and Copcutt now plays bass in the British-Canadian supergroup Axewound. Consequently, the band had to pull out from the US Machine Head tour.City of Vultures was due to be have been released in North America on the 24th January, coinciding with the Machine Head US tour.

The Band enlisted Adam Lewin on drums and Josh Hammond on Bass guitar for their second UK headline tour, in March 2012. However a few weeks after the end of the tour while the band was at rest, Josh Hammond left the band. This was announced in early June when the band released details of the new bass player to replace him, Conor O'Keefe, via a picture on their Facebook page.

City of Vultures was released in the US on 5 June 2012. The North American special edition CD included download links to four bonus audio tracks ("Breaking The Hollow," "Darkest Days," "Heartless" and "The Unwanted") that were recorded specifically for this release as well as all four of City of Vultures' music videos ("Nothing Left," "Power Through Fear," "The Serpent" and "This Day Is Mine"). On June 8, 2012 Rise to Remain and Cancer Bats were due to play the main stage of Download Festival 2012, however, both bands were pulled due to weather conditions, with Cancer Bats later downsizing and playing the smaller Red Bull Bedroom Jam stage.

Rise to Remain then continued onwards to become part of the annual Vans Warped Tour, beginning on the 13th June 2012, and culminating 5 August, and performing with acts such as Breathe Carolina, Sleeping with Sirens, Pierce the Veil and Taking Back Sunday. The tour was the first North American endeavour for the group.

Rise to Remain are currently in the studio, writing their second album.