EMI has set a June 13 U.K. release date for "Nothing Left", the debut single from RISE TO REMAIN, the up-and-coming London, England metalcore outfit featuring singer Austin Dickinson, the son of IRON MAIDEN frontman Bruce Dickinson. According to a press release, the song is "a powerful statement of intent" from the five-piece which has already been awarded "Best New Band" accolades from both Kerrang! and Metal Hammer magazines. Boasting a festival-sized chorus, Austin Dickinson's impassioned vocals tell a tale of loss and grief, driven along by Ben Tovey's intricate lead guitar lines, above the turbo-thrust of Will Homer's shredding rhythm guitars, and the hammering precision of Pat Lundy's drums and Joe Copcutt's bass.
RISE TO REMAIN previously independently released a number of EPs, including the acclaimed "Bridges Will Burn", and upon signing to EMI in March 2011 made a brand new track, "The Serpent" (audio stream below), available as a free download from their web site. Now with "Nothing Left", RISE TO REMAIN has fulfilled its early promise and delivered a debut single on EMI that showcases the band's enormous talent, whetting the appetite of all metal fans in anticipation of the group's debut album, which will be released later this year.
RISE TO REMAIN just headlined the Redbull Bedroom Jam stage at Camden Crawl this weekend and has a string of European live shows this summer.
In a recent interview with RockAAA, Austin Dickinson revealed the key piece of advice his dad has given him: don't fuck up. "He has told me not to fuck up enough times," Austin said. "He also tells me all the usual father stuff and he is supportive, which is all I can ask. I don't think either of us could stand it if either of us stepped into each other's musical endeavors.
"Dad wasn't in MAIDEN for the majority of my childhood so I didn't have a concept of what he did, although I do now, of course. He was a lot more creative than active, and he wasn't touring constantly.
"I did tour the world when I was very young, only around one or two years old, so I can't remember that. So I didn't really grow up around music in that way, although it has always been a big part of my life."
According to Dickinson, RISE TO REMAIN completed work on its debut album long before the band went looking for a record deal.
"We spent a good while talking to a bunch of labels," he told RockAAA. "We actually recorded, mixed and mastered the album before there were any major labels in the game. We did that because it was our first album and we wanted to take our time and care with it. We wanted to rearrange the band priority of getting signed to a label first then rushing out a record. We wanted to do it the other way by doing the album first and getting a good metal record done. Then we sent the album to all the labels and we spoke to a lot of them, but EMI were the ones who showed the most enthusiasm and excitement and had the most plans for us. The whole thing fits together really well and we are really delighted and honored to be working with EMI.
"The situation has changed now and labels aren't so much concerned with creative control as they are with merch and the likes because of downloading. It is really up to individual bands to do what suits them, but as it was our first, we really wanted to sculpt and hone it."
"The Serpent" audio stream: