Dark Day Sunday, the new thrash act formed by Frank Aresti of Fates Warning and Jason Bittner of Shadows Fall, is giving fans a taste of what the band will be bringing this year by offering a free MP3 of the song “Halfway To Godz.” Head over to Dark Day Sunday’s Facebook profile to check out the track. The band also commented on its creation:
“DDS is composed of four guys with a common love for head banging fury, wailing guitar solos, melodic vocals that simply won’t quit, and a rhythm section so in tune with one another you’d swear they were born of the same insanity. Frank Aresti started his career with seminal prog-metal band, Fates Warning. As inspiration to many later bands, from Dream Theater to Slipknot, Frank’s guitar playing helped propel the band to commercial success and critical acclaim.”
“I love playing with Fates,” comments Frank, “but DDS has a special place in my heart. I grew up listening to late 70’s British punk and hardcore, then to early American thrash. I absolutely love this music.”
In the drummer’s seat is Jason Bittner of Shadows Fall. “Jason brings a great energy to this band,” comments Aresti. “He lends an aggressive approach, pushing the beat while completely locking up with the rhythm section. It’s a powerful feeling when you hear us live.”
Rounding out the rhythm section on bass is Ed Lanouette. He cites his main influences as Jaco Pastorius and Black Sabbath’s Geezer Butler. The un-seeming mix can be distinctly heard in Dark Day Sunday’s music, as Ed blends a heavy, intense approach with melodic agility. Soaring above the ferocious riffs and pounding rhythm section is vocalist Marc Lopes, who cites his main influence as Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden: “Bruce has the ability to be melodic and aggressive at the same time. I love that, and that’s what I go for in my singing.”
“I want to take this band on the road, across the world,” says Aresti. “I want to continue making and recording music as long as we can. And judging how all four of us love doing this, that’s going to be a long time.”
Dark Day Sunday expects to release a debut album later this year which will be supported by extensive international touring.