South Florida’s UNDERLINED has inked a worldwide deal with Standby Records. The band recently finished recording its debut album, “Deadtime Stories”, at Cleveland’s Studio D Productions with producer Don Debiase for a fall release.
“UNDERLINED is by far the perfect definition of ‘Rock N’ Roll 2.0,’ which is why we couldn’t be more excited to be the conduit to spread their destruction to the world,” said Standby Records owner Neil Sheehan. “It’s been almost two decades since bands like MUSHROOMHEAD and SLIPKNOT redefined the incorporation of theatrics with punishing metal. No one has done this significantly since…until now.”
As an introduction to UNDERLINED‘s destructive force, the band has released the first song from “Deadtime Stories”, “The Suffering”.
A still video showcasing the band’s bizarre look, as well as “The Suffering”, can be seen below.
Mixing modern-day power with the electronic haze reserved in the past for powerhouse bands like MINISTRY, UNDERLINED is poised to show a new generation of fans just how punishing the next wave of masked heavy metal bands can be.
“I believe that our contortion of already iconic imagery will only assist us in the carving out of our path in the entertainment industry,” said UNDERLINED frontman H7. “While the use of makeup, body paint, masks, costuming and special effects are surely nothing new, I damn well know that we’re a perfect ‘horror metal’ band of sorts, for all horror movie buffs, metal or industrial music fans and mental patients alike.”
While many may look to label UNDERLINED as a clone band, the group has received support from some of the genre’s biggest acts. For “Deadtime Stories”, the band recruited ex-CHIMAIRA drummer Andols Herrick and solicited guest appearances from MUSHROOMHEAD‘s Waylon Reavis and Skinny Felton on the track “Personal Demons In The Void”.
But UNDERLINED‘s deep industrial metal pedigree doesn’t end there. The band tapped Kem Secksdiin of SUBKULTURE (featuring ex-CELLDWELLER and CROSSBREED members) to provide programming and electronics on “Deadtime Stories”, and lastly, ex-MARILYN MANSON keyboardist Madonna Wayne Gacy (a.k.a. Pogo) was brought on to provide remixing services for the first single, “The Suffering”.
UNDERLINED‘s over-the-top post-apocalyptic imagery — falling somewhere between “Mortal Kombat”, comic book villains, and the fifth circle of hell — and brutal industrial metal sound is surely guaranteed to help the band work its way into the hearts, heads and record collections of metal fans around the world.
H7 – Vocals
0R1AS – Guitar
MaRAX – Guitar
TR1MUr3 – Bass
K3M – Samples, Vocals
J0NF3kT – Keyboards
NiV3kK – Drums