In partnership with Disturbedâ€™s label Intoxication Records, Reprise Records is pleased to announce that it has signed Vancouver hard-rock band Art of Dying to its roster. Intoxication Records was launched in 2004 by Disturbed singer David Draiman and guitarist Dan Donegan. Its first release was the bandâ€™s live CD/DVD Music as a Weapon II.
Art of Dying is a five-piece rock band fronted by Jonny Hetherington. The Vancouver-based group, which includes guitarist Greg Bradley, guitarist Tavis Stanley, bassist Cale Gontier, and drummer Jeff Brown, has built a dedicated international following since 2006 touring with Disturbed and Seether, as well as performing at such international festivals as Download and The Virgin Festival alongside Tool, Metallica, and The Deftones.
â€œWeâ€™ve been fortunate enough over the last two years to get to know Dan Donegan and David Draiman as friends, performers, and musicians,â€ says Hetherington. â€œWe knew that if and when an opportunity ever presented itself with them we would be willing to take it in a heartbeat. When you make music your life and you decide to throw everything you have into it, it’s a huge commitment to yourself. Sometimes all you need is a break. For us the break was a phone call from Dan and getting our music into his hands. We are thankful to Disturbed in so many ways for letting us tour with them and attend their â€˜school of rockâ€™ while out on the road. We are so honored in every way, shape, and form to have their support.â€
â€œIâ€™d never seen a band with the same work ethic and hunger as Disturbed until I met Art of Dying,â€ says Donegan. â€œThese guys live music 24/7. They are non-stop, 100 percent committed to their music and their fans. They have a way of connecting and interacting with a crowd not only onstage but off as well. They are regular down-to-earth guys who love what they do and it shows.â€
Art of Dying released its self-titled debut in 2007 through iTunes. They are now hard at work on their debut for Intoxication/Reprise with producer Howard Benson in Los Angeles. â€œWe are very excited to see how the songs will sound once they’ve been through the â€˜Howard Machine,â€™â€ Hetherington says.
Disturbed, which Draiman, Donegan, and drummer Mike Wengren formed in Chicago in 1996, have sold nearly 11 million albums worldwide. Their most recent release, 2008â€™s self-produced platinum album Indestructible, debuted at No. 1 on Billboardâ€™s Top 200 album chart and remained in the Top 10 for five weeks. It is the bandâ€™s third consecutive No. 1 album, following the platinum-sellers Believe (2002) and Ten Thousand Fists (2005), making Disturbed one of only six rock bands in history to score three consecutive No. 1 debuts with studio albums. Disturbedâ€™s 2000 debut album, The Sickness, has been certified quadruple-platinum by the R.I.A.A.