To be honest, the five guys of Rise a Thousand don’t know each other at all. Connected through dubious trajectories, obscure chatrooms en remarkable websites they have absolutely nothing in common: no house where they all live, no shared girlfriends and even no common interests. On the other hand, the five men are all exactly the same and this shelters the magic ... [More]of the illustrious quintet simply in just one plain thing: making kickass rockmusic until it blackens your eyes. ‘Nobody knows who we really are,’ says bassist Pascal. ‘But put us together in a room filled with guitars or on a stage and you’ll understand immediately why this band exists’. And so, things come together and make sense.
For over five years, Rise a Thousand is a welcome guest in the scream/metalscene, regaining a solid reputation. Their catchy metal consists of strong verses on heavy, edge cutting metalriffs combined with attractive choruses and grand solid breakdowns, where singing meets screaming and grunting. This gives the band not only a pure, sincere name that pays respect to the genre, it also creates an accessibility for a broader audience. And it shows: playing live, the self-proclaimed all-blacks kick ass from the first note played. The stage transforms in a place where hectic and sheer excitement dominate, spectators rush into moshpits and single ladies throw themselves onstage, from where vocalist David looks the audience straight in their eyes, playing with them with a fierce and self esteemed grin. ‘It is actually really simple: just give everything you got and the audience follows by itself,’ he says.
The attitude of spurity has put Rise a Thousand at festivals like The Powerfest (with Ignite, Shelter, Darkest Hour) and as a support act for Poison The Well (USA), Silverstein (Canada), hed(P.E.) (USA), 36 Crazyfists (USA), Saosin (USA), Zebrahead (USA), The Blackout (UK) or Glamour Of The Kill (UK). Rise a Thousand just keeps blasting on. Because Rise a Thousand isn’t just these five guys. Rise a Thousand comes with a thousand. Including you.
‘..tight performance and enthusiasm from the band.’ (Up Magazine, 2011)
‘...nice musical variations and a couple of a-typical inventions that makes this band more original then most other bands in the genre.’
‘Besides personal taste, Rise a Thousand is an impressive band, with especially strong instrumental angles.’
‘...a well oiled band…’
(jury reports Clash Of The Titans) ’[...] a performance to enjoy! [...] never a dull moment.’ (Popcall) ‘The band played a solid and tight set and they actually managed to play decent like they do on their free download demo. [...] If this band will continue to develop their sound and stage performance we might even see them at some of the (smaller) summer festivals this year.’ (Metalrage) ‘The energetic metal of Rise a Thousand is a combination of metal and hardcore. Creative and original, but most of all accessible what leads to fans of all kind. The entire alternative scene falls for Rise a Thousand, because of their authenticity and pure love for music.’ (Lords of Metal) ‘The guys from Rise a Thousand came, saw and kicked ass!!’ (vpro3voor12/ Utrecht) 'Tight metalcore with screaming vocals’ (www.punksquad.nl) “...the 2nd band could do their gig: Rise A Thousand put down a solid emo/metal set with a lot of energy. This five-piece band has all the right stuff to turn into one of Dutch leading bands in this scene.” (Hell Of Fame, nov ‘06) '...fast', 'loud' en 'ultra tight'. (vpro3voor12/arnhem-nijmegen)
BAND: Danny Hermans – guitar Darrick van Dieren – drums
David Evers - vocals Mathijs Bodt – guitar Pascal Vugts – bass
WEB: www.riseathousand.com www.facebook.com/riseathousandband
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