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One of Canada's more explosive hard rock acts, Vancouver-based five-piece Art of Dying's raucous blend of ardent post-grunge and blistering, three-part harmony-laden alt-metal falls somewhere between Pearl Jam, Incubus, and Hinder. Formed in the mid-2000s around the talents of Jonny Hetherington (vocals), Greg Bradley (guitar), Tavis Stanley (guitar), Cale Gontier (bass), and Jeff Brown (drum), the band released its eponymous debut in 2006 on its own label, Thorny Bleeder, resulting in critical acclaim both at home and abroad, as well as shows and tours with the likes of Seether, Disturbed, and Theory of a Deadman. The group's sophomore effort (and Reprise Records debut) Vices and Virtues arrived in March of 2011. The following year saw the release of the CD/DVD Let the Fire Burn, a ten-track set of acoustic fan favorites. The band spent the next few years on the road, eventually heading back into the studio with producer David Bendeth (Bring Me the Horizon, Breaking Benjamin) to lay down tracks for its third studio long-player. The resulting Eleven Seven-issued Rise Above arrived in May 2015. ~ James Christopher Monger