The Used is an American rock band from Orem, Utah. Their sound has been classified under many sub-genres of rock. They signed with Reprise Records in late 2001 and rose to fame in June 2002 after releasing their debut self-titled album, The Used. They followed up with their second album, In Love and Death, in September 2004 and their third album, Lies for the Liars, in May 2007. An EP, Shallow Believer, was released in February 2008 that featured most of the band's B-sides to date. They have spent all of 2008 working on their fourth studio album, and is due to be released in early 2009. The band has achieved both Gold and Platinum statuses in over 6 countries worldwide.
Escape The Fate's early success on local radio quickly massed a sizable fan base. In October 2005, they won a local radio contest judged by My Chemical Romance, who awarded the band an opportunity to open for its headlining tour with Alkaline Trio and Reggie and the Full Effect.
The band signed to Epitaph Records. Their debut five-song EP, There's No Sympathy for the Dead, was released in early 2006. Tour dates through the summer followed, including several dates on the Warped Tour, and the band subsequently dropped off a tour with Bullet for My Valentine and Eighteen Visions due to personal problems. Their first full length record Dying Is Your Latest Fashion was released on September 26, 2006 soon after signing with Epitaph Records.
Guitarist Omar Espinoza left the band during the Black On Black tour in late 2007. He stated in his MySpace blog that he left the band for good and that his leaving was on good terms, and he is still friends with the members of Escape the Fate. He said that he would continue to support the members no matter what, and that he still believed Escape the Fate was a great band.
Death Note (デスノート, Desu Nōto?) is a Japanese manga series created by writer Tsugumi Ohba and illustrator Takeshi Obata. The series centers on Light Yagami, a high school student who discovers a supernatural notebook, the titular "Death Note", dropped on Earth by a shinigami (death god) named Ryuk. The Death Note grants its user the ability to kill anyone whose face they have seen, by writing the victim's name in the notebook. The story follows Light's attempt to create and rule a world cleansed of evil using the notebook, and the complex conflict between him and his opponents.
In early 2002, Mark Jansen was fired from After Forever due to creative differences. He then began looking for musicians who would work towards a more classical/symphonic type of music project; this was initially named "Sahara Dust". In late 2002, the band courted Helena Michaelsen (from Trail of Tears) as its frontwoman, but shortly after she was replaced by the then unknown mezzo-soprano Simone Simons, Jansen's girlfriend at the time. The band's line-up was completed by guitarist Ad Sluijter, drummer Jeroen Simons, bassist Yves Huts, and keyboard player Coen Janssen. The name was later changed to Epica, inspired by Kamelot's eponymous album.
Apocalyptica was formed in 1993 when four cellists, Eicca Toppinen, Paavo Lötjönen, Max Lilja, and Antero Manninen gathered to play Metallica covers at Sibelius-Academy. They performed in an after-Christmas party as a "Jailhouse Band" at the Teatro Heavy Metal Club. That evening the line-up was Toppinen, Lilja, Manninen and Perttu Kivilaakso (who was to join the band permanently in 1999.) Among the audience was Kari Hynninen, who worked for the independent label Zen Garden Records. After listening to Apocalyptica's set, Kari Hynninen signed them on the spot to Zen Garden Records.
Arch Enemy was originally assembled when the band Carcass ended, and guitarist Michael Amott (ex-Carcass and Carnage ) and vocalist and bassist Johan Liiva (ex-Carnage) joined guitarist Christopher Amott and drummer Daniel Erlandsson in order to play together once more.
The band's debut was entitled Black Earth and was released by Wrong Again Records in 1996 . It obtained a fair amount of success in Japan and Sweden. Many consider it to be the band's most aggressive album, a trait which was softened to some degree on their following releases, but which was never abandoned.
After the release of Black Earth the band switched labels, signing a contract with Century Media . In 1998 Arch Enemy released Stigmata , which counted with the addition of bassist Martin Bengtsson, who was added so that Liiva could concentrate fully on the vocals. This album obtained the attention of a wider audience, reaching popularity both in Europe and America .
In 1999, Sharlee D'Angelo assumed the role of Arch Enemy's bassist. Burning Bridges was released, and was soon followed by the live album Burning Japan Live 1999 , which was initially a release limited to Japan, but which was released on the rest of the world to attend demands from fans.