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    Skar

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    Genre:Alternative, Industrial, Metal
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    Albums:8
    Songs:103

    Most Popular Songs (more)

    1Persistence of Fear lyrics
    2Future Homes Beneath Your Feet lyrics
    3Disconnect (and Dissent) lyrics
    4Chokestone lyrics
    5Staring Down the Void of Infinity lyrics
    6Cold Dead World lyrics
    7Sitting Duck lyrics
    8Dystopian Revisionist History lyrics
    9Death Sentence lyrics
    10Symptom Of The Universe [Black Sabbath Cover Bonus Track] lyrics

    Most Popular Albums (more)

    1Breaking Point [2010]
    2No Backing Down [2004]
    3Dystopia [2013]
    4Interferences [2008]
    5Skar [2003]
    6Televangelusions: Live Conversion [2 DVD] [2015]
    7The Pornography of Death [2016]
    8Artificial Reality [2006]

    Biography

    Skar is an American rock group from Cleveland, Ohio, formed in 1997. The group consists of Vin "Speed" Pittmann (lead vocals and guitar), James Jason West (guitar) and Brandon Banewood (drums and percussion). In their early years, they went by the stage names "Speed", "Twizt", "Slit", and "Bamm", although Speed has gone on to retain the nickname. Longtime bassist Andrew Bellamy departed the group in late 2013 after 13 years in the group. On November 8, 2016 Skar announced a hiatus.

    Skar's sound is a fusion of multiple subgenres of rock and metal, rooted in alternative metal. Their early work resembled nu-metal and hard rock, while from Artificial Reality onward, they began to incorporate progressive and experimental influences into their music. Skar are also known for their diverse subject matter in Speed's lyrics. Skar's early subject matter involved personal and negative life experience and criticism of politics and government. Artificial Reality and Interferences featured lyrics primarily critical of the current political and social issues of the time as well as religion and war. Breaking Point's lyrics were rooted in personal experience and criticism of the music industry. Dystopia was a concept album involving the experience of a rogue subject in a genetically selective Orwellian society.

    Speed, West, and Banewood started the band in Ohio in 1997 while still attending high school. The band originally consisted of the three, along with Sean Richmond on bass, who left upon his graduation. In 2000, the band was introduced to former Fallout '99 bassist Andrew Bellamy, and upon his entering, the band recorded their debut EP Die, released that summer.

    In 2002 the group had maintained a large enough local following that major labels began to take attention. Skar signed with Virgin Records' V2 label and released the EP In Stitches. They then began recording their debut album with Neverless frontman Dan Robertson producing at Lava Room studios in Cleveland. Skar was released March 25, 2003.

    The lead single from the album, "Stand Against", slowly grew in popularity before peaking at #2 on the US Modern Rock charts in the summer of 2003, propelling the album up the charts and becoming gold certified (for sales of 500,000). Subsequent single "My World" also reached the top 10 of the US rock charts. Skar found themselves opening up for a number of bands such as A Perfect Circle, Static-X, Mudvayne, and Disturbed over the course of the year.

    In 2004, the band quickly wrote and recorded their second album, this time with Dave Bendeth producing. A short club tour before the album's release resulted in Andrew Bellamy being arrested for disorderly conduct and vandalism. No Backing Down was released on July 20, 2004. Despite less than enthusiastic critical acclaim, the album debuted at #6 on the US albums chart. The band toured with Korn and Chevelle for the summer of 2004.

    In 2005, the band began their first headlining tour, the "Skarred 4 Life" tour, with openers MadamimadaM, Tremulant, and The Rules. While on tour, the band began writing music for their next album, which would be a drastic departure from the simplistic heavy metal of their first 2 albums. Skar's debut self titled album was certified Platinum for sales of over 1 million copies in the United States in the summer of 2005.

    Skar entered the studio in February of 2006 with Tool producer David Bottrill. Following a series videos on their website and Youtube, the album title and release date were announced. Artificial Reality was released July 25, 2006 and debuted at the #1 spot on the US albums chart, and was also their first album to reach the top 40 in Germany and Australia. The album moved 172,000 copies in it's first week in the U.S. and would later become certified platinum. Three singles from Artificial Reality, "Give", "Seek", and "Down", all reached the top 5 of the US Rock charts. "Seek" is Skar's biggest hit in the US, reaching #66 on the Billboard Hot 100 as well as becoming their only #1 peak on the US Modern Rock Chart and also reaching #1 on the US Mainstream Rock Chart as well as 8 weeks at #2 on that chart. Skar's 2006 world tour started in the US with The Oedipus Complex and Between the Buried and Me and ended in early 2007 in Europe. Artificial Reality became Skar's second album to be certified Platinum for over 1 million in sales in the United States.

    Throughout 2006, Skar gained internet notoriety and increasing popularity through their early use of Youtube. Skar posted recording footage of Aritificial Reality, encouraged fans to upload footage and music videos to the website, and documented the entirety of their 2006 summer tour of the United States with The Oedipus Complex on their Youtube channel. Skar were one of the first major recording artists to use the website thoroughly and in cooperation with fans, and in 2008 a DVD was released compiling the majority of the Youtube footage along with other professionally filmed live performances, Artificial Sanity Tour.

    In late 2007, the band began work on a new album, which was recorded in January and February of 2008. Interferences was released on August 5, 2008 and became their second album to reach #1 on the US albums chart and also became their first charting album in the UK. The album sold over 138,000 copies in it's first week in the United States. The single "Once Again" hit #1 on the US Mainstream Rock chart, and "Interferences" was nominated for a best hard rock performance Grammy award. The World Interference Tour began in June 2008 in the US and lasted until June 2009, when it concluded in Australia.

    Skar released a new song on February 2, 2010 titled "Paranoia Virus" in promotion for the movie The Crazies. Skar began recording their fifth album in an abandoned house in rural Ohio in February, but ultimately these sessions failed and the band relocated to Chicago to record in a studio in April. The band embarked on another world tour in August 2010.

    Breaking Point was released on October 26, 2010. The album was preceded by a period of turmoil in the band, particularly Speed who suffered a period of depression in late 2009 as documented in the "Long Downfall" documentary included with the deluxe edition of Breaking Point. The first single, "The Fall of Order" was released in September 2010. The album marks another turn in sound for the group, this time reverting to a much heavier sound influenced by noise rock, doom and sludge metal, and notably features only guitar, bass, and drums in it's instrumentation. The album sold 88,000 copies in it's first week, debuting at #2 in the US. In the rest of the world, it yielded some of their highest charting performances (#2 in Canada, #6 in Germany, #6 in Australia, and #24 in the UK). The group toured throughout 2010 and 2011 in support of the album.

    V.S. Pittmann suffered from an intense bout with writers block during the period of Breaking Point and it continued afterward, so he began to work on music outside of Skar's typical sounds with Ben Peck for what would become the Pretend Eyes side project in 2012. Skar would begin recording a new album just 1 month after the release of Pretend Eyes' album. Skar performed a short run of 11 dates featuring themselves only in the US beginning on December 21, 2012 between recording, which wrapped up at the end of January 2013 with the release of the live DVD recorded on the Breaking Point tour entitled Televisualism: Live Witnesses.

    Dystopia, the 6th studio album, released on June 25, 2013. This album draws heavily from past Skar work but also adds an industrial and experimental influence, including the reintroduction of acoustic guitars and synthesizers. Upon release this album charted at #4 in both the United States and Australia, and sold just over 61,000 copies in the U.S. in it's first week of sales. "Dystopian Revisionist History" and "Nobody Gets Out Of Here Alive" were released as singles but received minimal media attention due to the extended length of these songs, but "Nobody Gets Out Of Here Alive" would peak at #25 on the US Rock singles chart. A music video was made for that song which contained other short samples of songs from the album, released as the "Dystopia" short film. "Potential" was released as a single on July 15 with a music video released later in September. The music video was controversial for featuring babies being euthanized and surgical testing on live humans in theme with lyrics from the Dystopia album.

    Skar began the "Road to Dystopia" world tour on July 12th in the United States. For this tour, Skar have been joined by two additional touring members to provide additional musicianship. Alex Walling, who appeared on Artificial Reality, performed live on all legs of the world tour providing additional keyboard, synthesizer, guitar and samples. Michael Dines also appeared live on the North American dates of this tour performing additional live guitar and keyboard parts. The first leg of the tour concluded in Montreal, Canada on September 7th. The European tour began in late September and concluded on November 15th. Andrew Bellamy announced his departure from Skar on November 18th. Skar announced that Bellamy had decided to decline involvement in Skar's 2014 plans and touring due to lifestyle change choices. Skar will tour Australia in April of 2014 with The Oedipus Complex opening, who performed with Skar previously on 2006's Artificial Sanity tour in the US. Skar recently announced Scott Rivas will perform with the group on bass guitar for all scheduled 2014 live appearances. In November 2013, the song "Human" from the Dystopia album was released as a single for radio airplay and streaming.

    In January of 2014 Skar announced the dates for the April 2014 tour of Australia and New Zealand and officially confirmed the addition of Scott Rivas and Dalton Scannlain to the live lineup. Skar toured in Asia after the Australia tour with The Oedipus Complex, and returned to North America for a tour in the summer of 2014. Skar continued to play festivals and sporadic dates until October 2014.

    On January 11, 2015, Skar released a new single "Sitting Duck" for free digital download with the double concert DVD "Televangelusions: Live Conversion" following after on March 3. This DVD features one disc containing the April 2014 concert in Melbourne, Australia and the other disc featuring a documentary and videos related to the Dystopia album and tour. Skar spent May in the studio working on new music before touring from June to September. Skar finished recording and worked on the album through December. In late 2015, Skar released a cover of the Bjork song "Army of Me" for black Friday record store day in a 7" gray vinyl and for free digital download.

    Skar's seventh studio album The Pornography of Death was released on May 13, 2016. The first single from the album, "Incomprehensible" was released on March 14, while the first promotional single "Animal Kingdom" was released on April 1. Skar premiered many of the album's songs on their 2015 US summer tour and the short 2016 European tour in March. "Discontent (Part 2)" was not a song, but is used as an intro for the band's 2016 live performances. On April 20, the band released another song from the forthcoming album, "Nuclear Sunset (Final Words)" which features a heavily computerized industrial sound. The Pornography of Death debuted at #1 on the charts in Australia and New Zealand, marking the first time Skar had reached the top of an album sales chart abroad. Meanwhile, it sold 40,000 copies in the US in the first week to debut at #9. A music video for "Animal Kingdom" also premiered on May 13 with another music video for "Nuclear Sunset (Final Words)" following on June 1.

    Skar toured the United States and Canada from June until August and performed at several festivals, and began touring Europe in September. A single and music video were released for "Slavery" on September 11th which was widely criticized. The group performed their last show on Halloween in

    Skar announced a period of hiatus on November 8, 2016. In doing so, they also included a free download of a new song "Protest Existence", and also released a video of the band performing the song live in a rehearsal studio.

    Members

    1996 - 2016 Skar members:

    * Vin "Speed" Pittmann (born 01/16/1981) - lead vocals, guitar, additional instrumentation
    * James Jason West (born 09/03/1980) - guitar, additional instrumention
    * Brandon Banewood (born 02/25/1981) - drums, percussion

    Former Members:

    * Sean Richmond - bass guitar [1997 - 2000]
    * Andrew Bellamy - bass guitar and backing vocals [2000 - 2013]

    Touring:

    * Michael Dines - guitars, keyboards live [2013]
    * Alex Walling - keyboards, synthesizers, piano, sampling, additional instrumentation live [2013 - 2016]
    * Dalton Scannlain - guitars, backing vocals and additional instrumentation live [2014 - 2016]
    * Scott Rivas - bass guitar [2014 - 2016]

    Discography

    * Die (EP) - 2000, self-released
    * In Stitches (EP) - 2002, None All/V2
    * Skar - 2003, V2. #64 US Top 200
    * No Backing Down - 07/20/2004, V2. #6 US Top 200
    * Artificial Reality - 07/25/2006, Virgin US. #1 US Top 200, #3 CAN, #32 AUS, #35 GER
    * Interferences - 08/05/2008, Universal. #1 US Top 200, #2 CAN, #11 AUS, #15 GER, #38 UK
    * Breaking Point - 10/26/2010, UMG. #2 US Top 200, #2 CAN, #5 AUS, #6 GER, #24 UK
    * Dystopia - 6/25/2013, UMG. #4 US Top 200, #4 AUS, #4 CAN, #8 GER, #28 UK
    * The Pornography of Death - 5/13/2016, UMG. #9 US Top 200, #1 AUS, #1 NZ, #3 GER, #8 CAN, #40 UK, #44 FRA, #48 Japan International Albums

    Videos

    * Artificial Sanity Tour - 2008

    * Features footage from original Youtube uploads by Skar
    * Features the Artificial Sanity Tour documentary
    * Features live performances from throughout the 2006 Artificial Sanity Tour

    * Televisualism: Live Witnesses - 2013

    * Feature the contents of the bonus DVD included with deluxe editions of Breaking Point
    * Features the music videos from Breaking Point
    * Features documentary footage of touring from 2010 to 2011
    * Features a live performance from the June 28, 2011 tour date in Toronto, Canada in full

    * Televangelusions: Live Conversion - 2015

    * Live concert filmed April 12, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia.
    * "Down Under", Skar returns to Australia short documentary feature
    * "Sitting Duck" uncensored music video
    * "Dystopia" short film and "Potential" uncensored music video

    Singles

    * "Out Cold" - 2002
    * "Stand Against" - 2003. #2 US Modern Rock, #4 US Mainstream Rock
    * "My World" - 2003. #5 US Modern Rock, #8 US Mainstream Rock
    * "Low" - 2004.
    * "Bite" - 2004. #6 US Modern Rock, #3 US Mainstream Rock
    * "Hating Me" - 2004. #14 US Modern Rock, #11 US Mainstream Rock
    * "Secrets" - 2005. #8 US Modern Rock, #4 US Mainstream Rock
    * "Give" - 2006. #97 US Hot 100, #6 US Modern Rock, #2 US Mainstream Rock
    * "Seek" - 2006. #66 US Hot 100, #1 US Modern Rock (1 week), #1 US Mainstream Rock (1 week)
    * "Down" - 2007. #10 US Modern Rock, #4 US Mainstream Rock
    * "We Are" - 2007. #24 US Modern Rock, #13 US Mainstream Rock
    * "Interferences" - 2008. #8 US Modern Rock, #2 US Mainstream Rock
    * "Once Again" - 2008. #93 US Hot 100, #3 US Modern Rock, #1 US Mainstream Rock (2 weeks)
    * "The Day the Earth Stood Still" - 2009. #20 US Modern Rock, #11 US Mainstream Rock
    * "Paranoia Virus" - 2010. #16 US Rock Chart, #26 US Modern Rock, #18 US Mainstream Rock
    * "The Fall of Order" - 2010. #5 US Rock Chart, #3 US Mainstream Rock, #10 US Modern Rock
    * "Nothing" - 2011. #14 US Rock Chart, #4 US Mainstream Rock, #14 US Modern Rock
    * "Blank Sound of Music (Ugly Truth)" - 2011. #16 US Mainstream Rock, #38 US Modern Rock
    * "Dysentery" - 2011. #36 US Mainstream Rock
    * "Dystopian Revisionist History" - 2013.
    * "Nobody Gets Out Of Here Alive" - 2013. #25 US Rock Chart, #19 US Mainstream Rock, #39 US Alternative
    * "Potential" - 2013. #29 US Rock Chart, #7 US Mainstream Rock, #33 US Alternative
    * "Human" - 2013. #28 US Mainstream Rock
    * "Sitting Duck" - 2015. #30 US Rock Chart, #10 US Mainstream Rock, #38 US Alternative
    * "Army of Me" (Bjork cover) - 2015
    * "Incomprehensible" - 2016. #45 US Rock Chart, #14 US Mainstream Rock Chart
    * "Animal Kingdom" - 2016. #33 US Mainstream Rock Chart
    * "Nuclear Sunset (Final Words)" - 2016
    * "Slavery" - 2016
    * "Protest Existence" - 2016

    Awards:

    Sales:

    * Skar - RIAA Gold Award for 500,000 album sales (2003)
    * Skar - RIAA Platinum Award for 1,000,000 album sales (2005)
    * No Backing Down - RIAA Gold Award for 500,000 album sales (2006)
    * Artificial Reality - RIAA Gold Award for 500,000 album sales (2007)
    * Artificial Sanity Tour - RIAA Platinum Award for 100,000 music video sales (2008)
    * Interferences- RIAA Gold Award for 500,000 album sales (2009)
    * Artificial Reality - RIAA Platinum Award for 1,000,000 album sales (2009)

    Awards:

    * "Interferences" - Grammy Award Nomination for Best Hard Rock Performance (2009)
    * "Nobody Gets Out of Here Alive" - Revolver Golden God Awards Song of the Year Nominee (2014)
    * "Incomprehensible" - Revolver Golden God Awards Song of the Year Nominee (2016)

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