The Killing Lights is an American metalcore band from Los Angeles, California.
"Vampires Everywhere!" era:
Vampires Everywhere! was founded in 2009 by Michael Orlando (a.k.a. Michael Vampire). The band's original name came from the movie "The Lost Boys." "Vampires Everywhere!" is a comic book in the movie that explains the rules of vampires and how to kill them.
On February 9, 2010, Vampires Everywhere! released their debut EP Lost in the Shadows. The first single and music video entitled "Immortal Love" was released exclusively on PureVolume on January 18, 2010. Together with director Scott Hanson who worked with A Day to Remember, Carnifex, A Skylit Drive and Alesana, Vampires Everywhere! produced a music video for their song Immortal Love which was shown at MTV 2 (Headbangers Ball),Heavy Rotation and Fuse On-Demand.
The group has toured through the USA and Canada several times with acts including Escape The FateBrokencyde,Black Veil Brides, Eyes Set to Kill, Get Scared, Dr. Acula, Aiden, Alesana, Honor Bright, Our Last Night,Polkadot Cadaver and Modern Day Escape. They shared stage with X Japan and Murderdolls as the opener. They played a gig at SXSW 2010 with D.R.U.G.S., VersaEmerge and Black Veil Brides in Austin, Texas.
Their Single "Undead Heart" was released on November 29, 2010.
The debut album Kiss the Sun Goodbye followed on May 17, 2011, and was released worldwide via Hollywood Waste Records. Wil Francis (Aiden, William Control) was guest singer in the song Bleeding Rain. The Deluxe Version includes 3 Bonus tracks. Their second music video was directed by Fred Archambault who worked with Avenged Sevenfold and Deftones. Fans of the Post-hardcore genre voted the album negative at Sputnikmusic. The album ranked on Place 19th at the Billboard Top Hard Rock Albums and on Place 43 on Top Independent Albums (Billboard).
Since then Alex Rouge and David Darko have left the band to formed their own band called The Automatic Me.
In August 2011, Vampires Everywhere! played at Sunset Strip Music Festival. The band covered Katy Perry´s song Teenage Dream.
In Fall 2011, they played on the "Something Wicked This Way Comes Tour" with Wednesday 13, Polkadot Cadaver & Nightmare Sonata.
In December 2011, they announced that they would be releasing a new album sometime in 2012.
The band announced that they will be playing the entire Vans Warped Tour (summer 2012).
On April 25, 2012 The Killing Lights bassist, Philip Kross, announced his departure from the band. Philip had tweeted earlier that day, "I love yoü all.... Please know I didn't quit on YOÜ I am still yoür family and stay tuned for my new project! I wish the Vamps luck❤"
Vampires Everywhere! soon found a replacement bassist for touring, Adam Vex.
The album, Hellbound & Heartless was released on June 19, 2012, presenting a drastical change from softer post-hardcore scream-style music to a heavier darker industrial metal with its typical distorted vocals.
In October 2012, the band embarked the road with Alesana, In Fear and Faith, and Glamour of the Kill, then joined Orgy and Davey Suicide on the "Wide Awake and Dead" Tour throughout March 2013.
"The Killing Lights" era:
On November 10, 2013 The Killing Lights posted a message on Facebook stating the changing of the band's name.
I would like to personally welcome you to the new chapter in my life "The Killing Lights". As most of you know I was involved in a near fatal car accident many years back. I feel the name The Killing Lights properly represents my struggle with this tragic event & the new chapter in my music career. We will be entering the studio in 2014 to record our debut record on Century Media Records. CMR has been amazing with this transition & their positive energy towards the change has been awesome. We will be doing a UK Tour in Feb. to give a glimpse of what's to come. I have so much respect for my loyal VE fans over the years that have fought with us & stuck by us on every turn. I cannot wait for you to hear the new TKL music & see us live. Check back on Monday to hear a new demo. I love all of you & I'm excited for this next chapter in my life!
Michael V TKL
The band also announced a 2014 UK Tour to give a glimpse of what's to come.
After releasing two demos on Facebook and some minor touring, on August 14, The Killing Lights released a video, directed by Will Da Rosa, for "Lies Spread Like Fire", a new song from their upcoming EP.
The Killing Lights performed their first headlining show at Chain Reaction on October 4, where they played their EP in its entirety.
On October 21, The Killing Lights released a second single, "Until I Bleed", through Kerrang! around the same time pre-orders for their EP, The Killing Lights, went live, the EP was released on December 2, 2014.
A music video, directed by Brad Golowin, for "Until I Bleed" was planned for a November release, but was instead released on December 11, a tour in support of their EP is planned for next year.
The band hopes to work on a new album in 2015.
Musical style and influences:
The band's sound spans several genres, including metalcore,post-hardcore,industrial metal,industrial rock,alternative metal,shock rock,gothic rock and horror punk. Their influences include Slipknot,Atreyu,Cannibal Corpse,Dimmu Borgir,The Black Dahlia Murder,Children of Bodom,As I Lay Dying,August Burns Red,Death,Obituary, and Behemoth. Regarding the band's vampire themes, vocalist Michael Vampire has stated "We didn't get inspired by Twilight or True Blood at all. I love True Blood and own season 1, but all of our influences come from the classics. By classics I mean The Lost Boys, Nosferatu, Bram Stoker's Dracula, Bela Lugosi, Fright Night, and more."
Michael "Vampire" Orlando - lead vocals (2009-present),
DJ "Black" Blackard - lead guitar (2011-present),
Bryan Allan - bass (2014-present),
Joshua "J.J. Gun" Ingram - drums, percussion (2013-present),
Zak "Night" Dunn - lead guitar (2009-2010),
Charles Philip "Kross" Anthony - lead guitar (2010-2011) bass (2011-2012),
Aaron "Graves" Martin - rhythm guitar (2009-2013),
Chris Paterson - rhythm guitar (2013),
Alexander "Rogue" Hernandez - bass (2009-2011),
Frankie Sil - bass (2013-2014),
David "Darko" Hernandez - drums, percussion (2009-2011),
Jason "Jay Killa" Shaffer - keyboards (2009-2010)
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