Countdown to The Metal Assault 12th Anniversary Fest – Part Three with Dawn Fades
Countdown to The Metal Assault 12th Anniversary Fest
Part Three with Dawn Fades
Los Angeles, California based metal blog turned record label Metal Assault will be celebrating the 12-year anniversary of its February 13, 2010 inception with a festival, February 12 and 13 2022 at Transplants Brewing, a brewery plus live music venue in Palmdale CA. In addition, Metal Assault is also hosting a pre-party on Friday February 11, at Supply and Demand in Long Beach CA. The weekend will feature an eclectic assortment of 22 bands, including several representatives from the Metal Assault Records roster, as well as some non-roster bands that Metal Assault has supported and worked with over the years.
Metal Assault owner Aniruddh “Andrew” Bansal says about the festival weekend: “I’ve devoted the past twelve years of my life to promoting heavy metal, and I find it only fitting to celebrate this 12-year anniversary of the launch of Metal Assault, with the biggest event I’ve curated till date. I’m delighted to have put together a lineup of bands that people will most certainly enjoy from start to finish, across the entire weekend. And what’s more, in collaboration with Transplants Brewing, Metal Assault is launching its very own beer!”
Let’s meet one of the bands playing The Metal Assault 12th Anniversary Fest…
Introduce yourself, tell me what you do in your band, and how long the band has been together.
I’m Sam Sherwood and I’m the vocalist and primary song-writer for Dawn Fades. I formed the band in 2016 in Los Angeles. There’s been a core group of us for the majority of the time including Nate Hertweck (Guitar), Scott Quist (Drums) and Markus Erren Pardiñas (Bass), with Mike Wright joining on guitar late in 2021.
How did you wind up being connecting with Metal Assault Records?
We had played several Metal Assault gigs around LA and became friendly with Andrew. We knew he was a fan of the band so when we heard he was starting a label we hit him up about putting out our record. The stars aligned timing-wise and our self-titled debut was the 1st release on Metal Assault Records.
What is the name of your current or upcoming album or EP and what inspired the title?
In September 2021 we released our second album “Ode”. The title is pulled from a song and poem from the album that is in 2 parts. It is about love, family and loss.
What are you looking forward to the most about playing the Metal Assault 12 Year Anniversary Fest?
We love Transplants Brewing! Seriously one of the best venues around run by some of the best people. They always treat us great and the stage setup is top notch. We are very much looking forward to seeing our friends in the other bands and making new ones.
Select two songs you might be playing at the Metal Assault 12 Year Anniversary Fest and what inspired the lyrics.
“Ode Pt. 2” is about loss in relationships. The bitter-sweet knowledge that all things must come to an end eventually. “Lean” is about how easily people can be convinced to sell their voices. The way the system tosses lies to the masses and they are gobbled up.
What could one expect from your live show at the Metal Assault 12 Year Anniversary Fest?
We plan to tear the house down with an emotional, cathartic set. Very Intense. Playing live is what we live for.
What’s up next for your band after the Metal Assault 12 Year Anniversary Fest?
We are already working on songs for our 3rd album and have a few LA area shows booked. We are working on a possible mini tour up the coast in the spring time (Covid willing).
(Interview by Ken Morton)