Black Lines To Battlefields EP
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About the Artist
Forging their roots in the underground Seattle rock scene, ACCEPTANCE has made waves not only by delivering a truly loaded live show but through an intrinsic spark and creative sincerity that radiates from the music itself.
"A lot of bands challenge their audience and that9s always a good thing but what9s more important for us is to use our music to challenge ourselves and put our true character to the test -- to say what we think and be who we really are," vocalist Jason Vena says. "We do hope this inspires our friends and fans of the band to do the same." Growing up playing in local punk and hardcore bands has created a strong sense of honesty and self respect that serves as a foundation on which the ACCEPTANCE sound is built.
"The ideas for what we wanted to do musically were all there in our previous experiences," guitarist Kaylan Cloyd recalls. "When we came together as ACCEPTANCE we quickly began to refine those sounds which lead us to where we are today." Another big point of progress for the band is that no one is relegated to just their own instrument in the writing process.
"Everyone plays multiple instruments," guitarist Christian McAlhaney explains. "Nick was on guitar before switching to drums and Jason, who sings, also played bass before we got Ryan in the band. Its never felt as complete as it does now." After performing locally and releasing their debut CD through Seattle-based Rocketstar Records, ACCEPTANCE launched regional and national tours with bands like The Juliana Theory, Noise Ratchet and Further Seems Forever. The act also performed at the popular Cornerstone Festival in Illinois. The Militia Group - originally a booking agency -- approached the band and began a professional and personal relationship that continues to grow stronger every day.
"We are so happy to have seen ACCEPTANCE grow from this really cool hardworking bunch of kids into the professional rock machine that they have quickly become," comments Chad Pearson of The Militia Group (who eventually scrapped the booking business to focus on building the record label.) "They have been such a solid part of the Militia family that it feels totally natural for us to be releasing the EP. We believe big things are coming for these guys -- they are all such good people."
When asked to sum up the bands approach, Vena explains: "Although music means the world to each member of the band, its important to us that people come away from our shows or from listening to our CD with something more than just a good song or a catchy lyric. We like knowing that we9ve made people think and feel something about themselves."
Top Customer Reviews
At that time the critically aclaimed LP "Phantoms" hadn't even come out yet. These guys were really nothing more than a cult pop-rock-emo band with some mild attitude. Oh, and yes they are from Seattle. (I've been reviewing a lot of bands from that scene lately) They recorded a demo in 2000 which led to constant touring in the area. It took them 3 years to do it, but eventually they created a niche in the northwest emo-rock scene and put out this EP, which includes 5 new songs and 2 live tracks. A must for any fan. The song content is smooth and sincere, with occasional melody that loves to get you hooked.
What really impresses me though, is the variation. Every song has a personality all it's own. Acceptance deserves much credit for being able to meld all their emotion and creativity to make every song a different experience.
The lyrics are most definately emo, but not in a whiney way. The vocals are much more serious and calming than other similiar acts. The singer has a depth to his voice that really makes him a treat to listen to. His annunciation especially is astounding.
All the songs here are very good, but the obvious standout track is "seeing is believing" It's about as good as a song can get. Extremely catchy, and masterful verse lyrics with a simple but sweet chorus.Read more ›
The Seattle scene is brilliant right now and Acceptance is at the forefront.
I have never seen a bad show, in fact, many of the songs on this Milltia Group release are actually recorded from live shows. I honestly can't think of another rock band that plays as well as Acceptance, each song is brilliant, and every note is spot on.
If you ever get the chance, see Acceptance live, you will not be dissapointed. If you can't, then buy this album, get the best speakers you can and turn it up as loud as possible, and while you still won't be quite as blown away, you might come close.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Amazing album from start to finish! Glad to see these guys back in action.Published 11 months ago by Michael Stabile
Great CD, great band, wish they were still around. I got to see them in concert in Oklahoma way back when. They were excellent.Published on February 9, 2013 by Patrick Mayfield
I bought this for a friend. He received it fast and in great condition. Thanks so much. This was a good buy.Published on November 18, 2012 by Sherrin Kayla Dunlevie
Gosh, these guys r good live. saw them twice, first when they were at chain last year and with anberlin and saosin at H.O.B. anaheim. This ep is also good, along with phantoms. Read morePublished on March 23, 2006 by Sam
...right away i noticed that the songs on the EP were slightly softer than those of the full-length (omit permanent). They have more of an emo feel. Read morePublished on November 2, 2005 by RaisedOnSpitalfield
yep there good i swear i heard permenant some were but dont know were.Published on March 25, 2005 by hard rocker
First of all, I hadn't heard any songs on this cd prior to my purchase, so anytime I make a whimsical purchase I tend to be skeptical if my money was well spent. Read morePublished on January 24, 2005 by Katie Schmitz