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Spring Arrives...As Summer Dies

April 3, 2009 - Jim Price

Two weeks after Spring’s arrival, one of western New York’s most prominent rock bands returns to Altoona.  Buffalo-based quintet As Summer Dies brings their dark and hard brand of rock to Aldo’s in Juniata this Friday night, April 3.  It will be the group’s third visit to the Altoona area, following a previous appearance at Aldo’s in February of last year, and a 2007 appearance at City Limits (now 30 Something) in Greenwood in support of Mushroomhead. 

Formed in 2002, As Summer Dies blends elements of goth, punk, metal, and hardcore into a dark and agitated sound.  The group’s sound is defined by the anguished howl of singer and guitarist Adam Vayne, the eerie presence and flavorings of synthesizer player Rob Zelin, terse guitar work from Jay Fritzius, and the tight and concussive rhythms generated by bassist Angel and drummer Rick Leonard.  Their sound has been compared to such names as Joy Division, The Cure, Marilyn Manson and the Deftones.

As Summer Dies is currently touring in support of their latest CD release, Ashes.  Copies of the CD will be on sale during this Friday’s show, and can also be obtained at Hot Topic at the Logan Valley Mall.

Two area bands will open for As Summer Dies; Three Score And Ten and The Battle.  Formed early last year, Three Score And Ten is a hybrid project formed from the ashes of three former hard-hitting area bands; Second Offense, Lost Ledny and Choking Faith.  This group’s style is intense heavy metal, fronted by the angry and emotional vocals of singer Myke Long, and backed by a rigid wall of brash guitars and pulverizing rhythms.

Based out of Everett, The Battle is a quintet featuring Joe Smith on lead vocals, Josh Bollman on lead guitar, Wes Clark on rhythm guitar, Josh Savage on bass, and David Grant on drums.  Likewise, their sound is heavy, intense metal.  So far, the group has played shows in Bedford, Blair and Cambria Counties, and has also performed in Pittsburgh and West Virginia.

This show is sponsored by The Underground Television.

The show begins at 10 p.m.  There is no cover charge for Penn State students carrying a valid student ID.  Aldo’s is located at 623 4th Avenue in Juniata.  For more information, call 943-9907.


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Angel of As Summer Dies, during their February 2008 performance at Aldo's.


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