Pommey Metal - Episode 2

This month's Pommey Metal features metalcore breakthrough act Rise To Remain.

Fronted by Austin Dickinson, son of Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson, Rise To Remain are currently leading the UK metalcore scene, and having seen them live, supporting Korn early this month, it's not really a surprise. It's absolutely clear that this is a band that is full of energy and talent. I caught up with Austin to find out what's going on with the band before they head out to Australia for the Soundwave Festival next year.

Rise To Remain are definitely getting their success the hard way: by touring, touring, and touring some more. They've toured with a whole host of well-known bands. I asked Austin if any of the bands have taught them anything that's been a big help to their career.

"All the bands have taught us something. Trivium were a fantastic band to tour with. They taught us what it meant to tear the roof off night after night, and still stay in shape. The secret is sleep and water."

Somehow between the busy touring schedule they've been able to write and record their debut album, but they aren't giving anything away.

"It'll be out next year, we're insanely proud of it and its being produced by Colin Richardson and Carl Bown! At the minute we're doing vocals, so this is my personal favourite, obviously. But the whole recording process has been unbelievable, the results are gonna be beyond our wildest dreams. We've been playing two new songs live recently: The Serpent and Power Through Fear. The former is pretty much a tour-de-force of what this band is about! Stay tuned!"

So with Soundwave Festival quickly approaching I asked Austin about what the band are looking forward to most.

"The experience! In our four years as a band, we've never had the opportunity to play overseas, so this will be mind blowing." And who is he looking forward to seeing play. "One Day As A Lion, Bullet For My Valentine, Slayer... I honestly would probably list the whole line-up."

I asked Austin which other UK bands we should keep an eye on?

"The Safety Fire, Haarp, Laruso, Sylosis, Speedtheory, Exit Ten...there are far too many! Get involved, the UK metal scene needs your heads to bang!"

And why Rise To Remain are Metal As Fuck...

"...I just coughed up a bullet!"

Keep an eye out for next month's installment of Pommey Metal which I guarantee will blow your minds! For now, I'm going to board a flight and spend a few weeks in the States! Bye for now!



Wed 23rd Feb Hisense Arena - Melbourne,  w/Iron Maiden

Thurs 24th Feb Entertainment Centre - Sydney,  w/Iron Maiden

Sat 26th Feb Showgrounds - Brisbane,  Soundwave

Sun 27th Eastern Creek Raceway - Sydney,  Soundwave

Fri 4th Mar  Showgrounds - Melbourne,  Soundwave

Sat 5th Mar Bonython Park - Adelaide,  Soundwave

Mon 7th Mar  Steel Blue Oval - Perth,  Soundwave