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Today, dress warm for your horse drawn wagon ride. Enjoy a horse drawn wagon ride while taking in the snowy paradise around you. When you return, be sure to grab a cup of hot chocolate or coffee to take the chill off. Lunch will be served following the sleigh ride—be sure to check out the views of the mountains, lined with skiers and snowboarders.
Up next, Tom Bender or alternate takes the mic for some live entertainment to get down to before departing. After, enjoy a tasting and tour at Ellicotville Brewing Company before heading home. After, enjoy a stop at Antoinettes Sweets for a sweet treat—be sure to take some goodies home for later!
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Last stop will be the Our Lady of Fatima Shrine for their festival of lights. In all, there are over 75 displays to be viewed. The Basilica itself is gorgeously illuminated on the outside; inside warm candlelight glows to reveal a fabulous Nativity Scene behind the main altar. Concluding your self-guided tour, depart for home. All Wright All Day Frank Lloyd Wright was an American architect, interior designer, writer, and educator, who designed more than 1, structures, of which were completed. Begin your morning with a docent led tour of the Darwin Martin House—a home designed for wealthy Buffalo businessman Darwin D.
Martin and his family. Take in this breathtaking national historic landmark. After, enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before going to Graycliff. Martin, wife of Darwin Martin, as a summer home for the family. This masterpiece is situated on a 65 foot cliff above Lake Erie, featuring beautiful wood accents and stained glass windows. Graycliff is now fully restored to its glory days—now is the perfect time to visit! Since opening its doors more than 75 years ago, the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum has been dedicated to preserving history, honoring excellence and connecting generations.
Enjoy a self guided tour through the museum followed by some free time in Cooperstown. Grab some lunch and see what this quaint town has to offer before heading back home. Spooky Trails.. Learn of the friendly haunted spirits that live there along with the history of the theatre itself. Lunch will be served at Phoebes Restaurant—a local favorite in Syracuse. Maple Syrup Country Travel down to maple country to Spragues Maple Farm this morning for some pancakes or a hot turkey sandwich for lunch. Be sure to try a sample before heading home! Start off with a visit to the Hall of Fame—where legend are remember and memories are brought back to life.
After, enjoy free time on your own to explore before heading home. Optional: add another Cleveland attraction. This center is the first state of the art museum dedicated to telling the vita story of comedy in America. Exclusive collections and world-class exhibits give comedy fans an unprecedented behind-the-scenes look at the time-homed creative processes that have elevated entertainment to an art. Brewing Buffalo Start the day with lunch at the Restaurant located in the heart of downtown Buffalo.
After lunch, head over to the brand new Labatt Brew House for a tasting and tour. The 3, square-foot innovation brewery and tasting room consists of a barrel, four-vessel brew house with 11 fermenters. Beer is served straight from eight brite tanks. Visitors will be able to experience the brewing process inside of the brewery and help Labatt explore new beer styles.
After, enjoy a stop at Resurgence Brewery for another tasting before heading home for the evening. Optional: add a different brewery, Buffalo Creek Casino, or tour of Buffalo with step on guide instead of Resurgance Brewery. March Bagness! Each passenger will receive a bar of gift before heading to a Gourmet Canned Good Shop where they have authentic hot gourmet products from around the world.
Habanero Pepper products are one of their specialties. Each passenger will receive a special canned good to take home. A Quilt Shop is our following stop. Check out one of a kind gifts along with their full service quilt shop and fabric store. Each passenger will receive a handmade quilted. Check out the assortment of homemade cheeses using high quality milk from the Cardot Farm. Each passenger will receive a gift to take home. A Chocolate Shop is next, each guest will receive a sample of goat milk fudge to take home. A winery is the last stop before heading home today.
Each passenger will get a customized bottle with your group name on it! Lucille Ball Museum or remove a stop due to the liking of your group. Enjoy a self guided tour of the center before boarding the paddle boat for a cruise. After your cruise, enjoy a delicious lunch on site. A stop at Becker Farms for a wine tasting is included before heading home. With over 75, items spread through 4 buildings on 2 levels, this is a shopping experience you won't find on-line! Historic, nostalgic and just plain fun, you can spend hours here and still won't see everything!
After our morning of shopping, we will refuel at the Iron Kettle Restaurant. Once your belly is full, the group will board the bus and head over to the Made in America Store. After our visit here, we will head home for the evening. Corning Museum Of Glass Glass is a versatile, ancient material that is still being explored and understood by artists, scientists and historians today. The story of glass is a story about art, history, culture, technology, science, craft and design.
Nearly 50, objects representing more than 3, years of history are displayed in the galleries; items range from the portrait of an ancient Egyptian pharaoh to contemporary sculpture. A glass demonstration class is included with your package and will be sent to your group leader once completed. Lunch options are available at museum dining area. With over 90 wineries, and non-wine vendors, this is a fun day for everyone!
Live entertainment will be on site along with an arts and craft show. Pennsylvania Shopping Kick back and relax on your way to PA for some shopping! First stop of the day is the Grove City Premium Outlets.
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Enjoy a short stay before departing for Erie—be sure to grab lunch! Next stop is the Millcreek Mall. After, enjoy a dinner stop at the Golden Corral or other preferred by group before heading home! Chautauqua Belle Head to Jamestown today and tour the huge Harley Davidson shop with plenty of photo-ops!
After, its off to Chautauqua Lake—but not before a stop to this candy factory—with some of the best goat milk fudge around! Sit back and relax, a narrative historical tour of the lake will provide you with a lot of history. While cruising, enjoy a BBQ buffet style meal. Its fine neoclassical, beaux arts and art deco architecture speaks to its history as an industrial capital in the early 20th century.
Start your day with a guided tour throughout the streets of Buffalo. After your tour, lunch will be served at Chefs Restaurant! With bellies full, the last stop today is the Pierce Arrow Museum. Listen as your guide highlights the history of the collection, the museum and how pieces were acquired! Theatre Packages Available! Many options to choose from! We customize any tour for your groups needs! Meals can always be added also!
Horse racing is also done during summer months! Call today for more information! Group usually enjoy a stop to Golden Corral before heading home. Call today to see what is available! Seneca Casinos Offers based on group play available! Buffalo Creek Casino is also an option - a great add on a Buffalo day trip! Call today for pricing! After check in and time to relax enjoy a Dixieland Dinner Cruise this evening. Buffet style dinner is served aboard the boat. Spanning feet long, 85 feet wide, and 51 feet high, this modern engineering marvel amazes visitors young and old.
Be sure to grab some lunch before departing for the hotel. On day three, enjoy a stop at the Creation Museum before beginning the journey home. Georgia On Your Mind Established in , Savannah is the oldest city in Georgia and the location of one of the largest National Historic Landmark districts in the country.
Known as the first planned city and cut out in a series of grids that allow for wide open streets intertwined with shady public squares.
Stop for an overnight in Statesville, North Carolina with dinner nearby. On day two, arrive in Savannah in time for lunch before checking into your home for the next three nights. Tonight, enjoy a Gospel Riverboat Dinner Cruise. The following day, take a guided trolley tour of Savannah before time on your own. A trolley will be available to transport back to the hotel to freshen up before dinner at Mrs. Wilkes Boarding House. Over the next few days, visit St.
Arrive in Statesville for an overnight stop before arriving home. West Chester, PA has become a popular destination for thousands of visitors interested in seeing live television at its best. At this state-of-the-art broadcasting facility, guests will see and experience how QVC products are sourced, tested, brought to life on air, and delivered to millions of QVC customers. After, group will have free time nearby. On day two, get ready for the famous Fallingwater; stretching over a 30 foot waterfall! Nicely done.
This is a great addition; thank you for sharing it! This list is not for outdoorsy people or people who like scenery on long drives. You should be used to criticism. Bombay Hook would add less time to the Chesapeake Bay route, and more time to your Susquehanna river route.
Randal — this is great. You inspired me to write a similar blog with a twist. No Shenandoah route through VA? Skyline Drive and even George Washington National are pretty good drives. Along with Mt. Rushmore, Crazy Horse is fantastic. Crazy Horse was by far more interesting and educational.
Great day. Rushmore and only a few miles away , unfinished as of this date, but without cost to American taxpayers. Pikes Peak is a national forest, under the Department of Agriculture. Might I suggest an overlooked, but technological marvel, the Bell Laboratories Building? Bretton Woods, NH? How about Cornish? Harpers Ferry in West Virginia might save some mileage and you can add the Appalachian Trail as a bonus! Nebraska City. Then you can take I yawn across to the Badlands, and skip Mount Rushmore. Next challenge? Could replace the Statue of Liberty with Ellis Island part of the same site and then technically you could drive to it, across the service bridge.
You have to get NPS permission of course. Any suggestions? Then you can have this algorithm try to optimize the route to hit all of those points. Very interesting. Much more interesting to visit. Taliesin, WI? I think you have to do a little more research of the town you want people to visit. Might as well just head to Madison and experience one of the top 10 cities in the US…. If you are able to put such a trip together, please let me know. I begged and pleaded with him but all my efforts failed.
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World please am begging you people to try and thank this man for me,or if you need his help here is his email address: peterwisespellcast null gmail. Nice, and go Branson, MO! Were public funds used to pay for the time to make this? Meanwhile, the output is flawed and will only work for a narrow and extremely specific group of people. Please get out of the damned lab and do some more actual living to realize that a computer algorithm is NEVER the answer, but merely a suggestion and that the variables that make us human are the very reasons that computers should NEVER replace humans as decision-makers.
I would hate to see what your algorithms would do to socialized medicine where older people are concerned. I once worked for Waste Management as a contractor and got to see how they used computer routing like this to save time and fuel for their collection runs.
Most national trucking companies use software like this to upload route information to their drivers in real-time. This map is not optimized just by changing a couple of way points I took off miles. Bryce canyon national park to pikes peak.
You save a lot of backtracking and 7 miles by switching lost world caverns and wright brothers museum. One of your stops is wrong according to your rules for stops. If you want the national park, you had to go to Agate Fossil Beds National Monument which just happens to be on the opposite end of the state in the Nebraska pan handle. That would cut out miles in driving. I think Alaska should be on it. Given that Cleveland is home to one of the top ten most visited National Parks in the country and the author claims it is only a necessary stopping point, there is no way this can be factually accurate.
To skip Western Montana, Butte, Bozeman, etc. Why would anyone drive the desolate northern route through Montana? The surrounding recreation is second to none. The best blue ribbon fishing rivers in the world. Whoever wrote this blog is not in touch with what people want. You should be ashamed to publish something like this without research!!!
Branson, Missouri? Louis, with the Arch and amazing neighborhoods? That is trully amazing!!! Well done, I would absolutely love a South America version which is my next project! This is fantastic! I need to set aside some time to head out on this road trip. Thanks for doing all the hard work! Anybody notice that for Oregon, this map completely skips Crater Lake? I feel as though the west coast could use more love. For the main trip there is. My friend and I are definitely thinking about doing this, but are wondering about how much money we should budget.
Any suggestions Mr. That all depends on how you travel are you comfortable camping regularly to save money or do you want to stay in hotels, do you want to eat cheap food that you made yourself or dine out, etc.? Hi Chelsea, did you end up doing the trip? Is the code for this available anywhere? Github etc. Thanks a bunch for doing this! I plan on reworking this a bit to add fixed end points to the journey rather than the full loop. It amazes me how many people do not know how to read well. The algorithm called for National Parks. It did not call for any other sites such as State Parks or Monuments.
Come on, guys! Apply your reading skills. All the comments below are talking about places that are nearby to visit but they are not National Parks. Remember GPS receivers are just a tool to use for your navigation needs. You still auto use your common sense when traveling. I Rv all over the country.
One of the best stops was a privet owned bicycle museum in Ohio. Some of the best stuff is off the main lines and privet owned. America is like a box of chocolates…. The path takes you less than 30 minutes from there…. I cannot conceive why you would drive I-5 through northern California when you could take Highway 1 along the spectacular coastline and through the Redwoods.
The same goes for many other routes on this map. Have you actually done driving trips around the USA? Google maps has cycle routes, too, so perhaps this might be an interesting thing to try? Thanks for the work, Randall Olson! If there were an app that allowed you to input your own personal favorite destinations, that would be one thing. Our family took a 7-month trip around the country in , homeschooling our kids as we went.
While our maps may have looked similar, our idea of what was worth visiting was very different than this researcher. Randy, Has anyone approached you about documenting this trip? Would you mind contributing or going along? If no, then in what way could i reference you? SJ Dix. Great work. Save the interstates for those areas where there are no scenic or fun roads. As for the Flint MI vs Vermont, that just tells you that trip advisor is junk data.
My only complaint is the optimization allowed interstate travel. St Helens or even the Boeing plant building for Hanford, it should be noted there is a large part of Hanford that is for all practical purposes a wilderness area and wildlife refuge. And I am pretty sure they have a museum related to developing the bomb there too. Top landmark in WA state? Heck no! But as a National Historic Site, it meets their criteria. I just completed this journey and I have absolutely NO complaints! I used this map as a guide but I also improvised and stopped whenever I saw something that caught my eye.
But how much would the whole thing cost? Bedding, food, gas, ect…. Hi Zoe, did you ever complete the trip? Did you keep a record of costs etc, I would love to hear your feedback! Excellent work! Hello, What would you sujest for Horse drawn wagon route? As a Washingtonian, I was both insulted and saddened by your article, Hanford is a dump, period. Rainer, Grand Coulee dam, the list is endless. In every state you choose a true landmark of interest. Washington got a dump site with a fence around it. Used to be a huge fan….
I see a few flaws, three must see places that the route just passes by: 1. Wisconsin Dells, specifically an Upper Dells boat tour 3. Colonial Williamsburg, VA. Stupid, stupid. Whoever made this has either never been on a true road trip, or is so dull, I would rather bypass watching paint dry and wait for it to peel. It takes months of prep finding out what roads to drive on and which sites to see. It takes takes dozens permutations and re-alignments to find a trip that YOU want to take, not one that a computer recommends.
Yes, you of course need have a good plan in order to see what you want to see, but you need to enjoy the experiences between those sites and enjoy the trip in total. They miss some of the greatest driving roads in the country. Route 1 as stated below is one of them.
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The Million Dollar Highway is another, and instead they chose to stay on I through the plains of Colorado?! Also, if you are going to see something in Nebraska, why there? Western Nebraska is full of fun roadside oddities, geological formations, and historical sites from the Oregon trail and this trip skips over all of them!
This road trip is about efficiency, but road trip are about emotion. Road trips are inherently illogical. I refuse to accept this as a perfect road trip and instead accuse it of fraud. A road trip is not just getting to the next place. You can have goals, stops along the way, sites you pans out, but it does not have a single place you are headed. There is only the moment you reset your odometer, and the road ahead.
From here, shuttle to Bernkastel-Kues, or continue biking among vineyards and orchards, watching for swans and other birds. Meet the barge in Bernkastel-Kues, then rest or explore before dinner on board. Bernkastel and Kues, united in , were once two small cities divided by the Mosel.
The simple, fourth-generation Zimmermann operation contains a century-old cellar, wine barrels and a candle-lit tasting room upstairs where you can sample four different wines. This morning, ride the shuttle approximately 45 minutes through the Eifel Valley to the city of Daun. Climb on our bicycles there and take an exhilarating ride, climbing a slight incline at first and then coasting downhill along a former railway track that is now a cycling path. This exciting reel includes stretches through tunnels, over bridges and past small lakes formed from volcano craters, known as maars.
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Along the way, stop in Gillenfeld and enjoy a simple lunch hosted by Sigrid and Leo Lenerz. Later, ride back to Bernkastel, where you can try one of the local restaurants for dinner on your own. Today, cruise out of Bernkastel and follow the Mosel downstream. After breakfast, arrive in Traben-Trarbach, an architectural jewel of Jugendstil surrounded by woodland and extensive vineyards.
Beautifully situated on the Mosel, where the river meanders in many bends through the hills, Zell is one of the largest wine-producing communities on the waterway. One of the best wines made here, Zeller Schwarze Katze Black Cat , is produced with grapes from 16 different locations. Be sure to notice the sculpture on the market-square fountain depicting a snarling cat on top of a wine barrel.
Continue to Bullay, another big name in wine.
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You can linger here a while and pause to enjoy lunch along the route. Rejoin the barge in Beilstein and cruise to Cochem later this afternoon, giving you ample time to relax and freshen up for a festive farewell dinner on board. This characteristic Mosel town is beloved for its steep vineyards, wooded hills, medieval buildings and a picturesque center with beautiful timber-framed houses. The fairy-tale castle includes seven rooms of fine furniture and objects from different periods and styles.
After your visit, you may shop and eat lunch on your own before saying goodbye to your VBT Trip Leader. Then shuttle to Koblenz and settle in to your centrally located hotel. Please check with the front desk to verify the times that breakfast is served. VBT transfer times and departure points are finalized in advance and cannot be modified for individual guests. If you extend your stay beyond the scheduled program dates, return transportation to the airport will be at your own expense. Depart home for Luxembourg City, Luxembourg.
If your luggage is lost, fill out a PIR form before leaving the customs area — VBT representatives are not allowed in the customs area. Make certain your VBT luggage tags are affixed to your bag so your VBT representative can identify you as you enter the arrival hall. Your VBT representative will be holding a VBT sign and will help you transfer via taxi or minibus approximately 20 minutes to your hotel in Luxembourg City. Please be ready and waiting in the hotel lobby at a. En route, there will be a short minute stop at the Luxembourg American Cemetery so you can honor those who fell here during World War II.
Upon arrival in Metz, meet your local city guide and enjoy a pleasant walk into the charming city center, a quaint tapestry of bridges and romantic corners. Visit the imposing Cathedral of St. Here, admire the fine stained-glass windows, including a modern work by Marc Chagall. Then, walk to the Saturday morning local market, to the lively Place St.
After meeting the crew and your VBT Trip Leaders, settle in before participating in a bike safety session while cruising to Richemont. Here, you disembark for a bike-fitting and a short warm-up ride. Reunite with the barge at its new mooring point and have time to change before gathering for a welcome drink, the perfect opportunity to raise a glass to the most rewarding way to bike Europe! Enjoy dinner on board. Tonight, the barge moors in the quiet countryside, just outside the city of Thionville.
Please note regarding WiFi onboard the barge: Due to the nature of the barge movements, internet access is not always available. If stable internet access is critical to you, VBT recommends that you purchase your own bundle before traveling overseas. As always, VBT also provides our traditional printed maps and route notes during the tour.
Ride along the Mosel River through the French countryside and rejoin your barge. After breakfast, cycle along the Mosel River on a quiet bike path. Then turn inland and cycle along a pleasant rolling route through small villages. In this charming hamlet, admire marvels of construction that span the ages, including fortifications erected over many centuries. Impressive ramparts and walls encircle the village, and cobbled alleys lead to a labyrinth of back streets and an impressive fortress. Cycle from here to Rodemack, or join the shuttle if you wish to avoid the long hill into the village.
After lunch, continue cycling through French farmlands, on a mix of quiet country roads and bike lanes and along the Mosel through very pretty wetlands and villages, crossing the international border into Germany and meeting the barge in Remich, Luxembourg. The shuttle will be available to assist you, or you can ride the entire day. On the German side, you will follow the renowned Route du Vin, famous for its outstanding Riesling and Cremant.
Sweeping views of vineyards sloping hillsides accompany your ride. Meet the barge in Nittel for a cruising lunch to Wasserbillig, Luxembourg. From here, you may cruise or continue cycling. If you choose our longer option, you ride past Konz, a small city at the confluence of the Mosel and Saar rivers, then continue into the Saarland along the more intimate Saar River.
Wooded mountains, wide meadows, farmsteads,and villages mark your progress as you ride. The town center boasts a roaring foot You meet the barge in Nittel and enjoy lunch as you cruise to Wasserbillig, Luxembourg. Then ride on the Luxembourg side of the Mosel to the confluence of the Saar River. Continue cycling up the Saar to medieval Saarburg. Your barge will be moored beneath the castle ruins.
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After your tour, cycle along the Saar River to the confluence of the Mosel River, then continue riding to Trier, where you meet the barge. After lunch on board, you are free to explore this historic and fascinating town. Tonight, your barge moors here, so you can try one of the local restaurants for dinner on your own. What to Expect: Today you follow the Saar River downstream through a nature preserve along the banks of this once free-flowing and wild river.
Follow a flat bike path all the way into Trier to meet the barge. The ride is easy with a few bumps over tree roots. Please watch for these and gently lift off your seat to soften the impact. This morning you cruise out of Trier during breakfast. Arriving in Schweich, you have the option to continue cruising to Neumagen or to start your day cycling towards Bernkastel-Kues.
In Piesport, see a reconstructed Roman winepress and other evidence of a rich Roman past. Stop for lunch on your own in Neumagen, where you witness more signs of ancient Rome. After dinner, stroll to the fascinating wine cellar of Josef Zimmermann via an elegant district of fine Art Nouveau villas, many of which display signs proclaiming their status as a weingut , or winery estate.
The simple, fourth-generation Zimmermann operation boasts a century-old cellar full of wine barrels and an inviting tasting hall. Your welcoming host will guide you through a tasting of four different wines during your visit. What to Expect: Cruise or cycle this morning to Neumagen. From here, ride through the Middle Mosel, a stunning tapestry of, breathtaking scenery, lush vineyards, and quaint wine villages.
The route follows an old Roman road and passes replicas of Roman sculptures. This morning, shuttle approximately 45 minutes through the scenic Eifel Valley to the town of Daun, a spa town fed by mineral springs. Return to your bicycle here and enjoy an exhilarating ride, climbing a slight incline at first and then coasting downhill along a former railway converted into a cycling path. This exciting reel includes stretches through tunnels, over bridges, and past small lakes formed from volcanic craters known as maars. Pass stately castles, lush vineyards, green forests, and quiet villages that invite you to pause and explore.
Along the way, stop in Gillenfeld to enjoy a simple lunch hosted by Sigrid and Leo Lenerz. What to Expect: Bike an invigorating rails-to-trails route known locally as the MMR, a mainly flat or downhill bike path with a few gradual climbs at the beginning. Take our shuttle after lunch if you wish to avoid hills, then continue on the MMR bike path coasting through illuminated tunnels and a viaduct before a thrilling, gradual descent into Wittlich town. From Wittlich you may shuttle back to the barge or ride flat and easy bike paths along a small river through gorgeous forest and farmlands to the Mosel River, where your barge awaits.
After breakfast, arrive in Traben-Trarbach, an architectural jewel of the German Art Nouveau movement known as Jugendstil. The surrounding woodlands and extensive vineyards add to its irresistible charm. Beautifully situated on the Mosel, where the river twists and turns through the hills, Zell is one of the largest wine-producing communities on the river. You have the power to get out of it, but you are content there. A high-spirited rock band with blue collar roots, they truly found themselves when Brett quit school in to join them as lead singer.
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With its eerily ethereal guitar tones, the song is threaded with plainspoken yet piercing lyrics e. Any band that has earned an army of devout followers through dropping seven killer full-lengths — and touring their collective ass off for sixteen years — could perhaps be forgiven for thinking they could take it easy as they wade into their eighth release. Rather than meticulously plan things out or stick rigidly to any kind of template, when it comes to writing, The Black Dahlia Murder prefer to let things happen organically.
In the hands of guitarist Brian Eschbach — who co-founded the band with Strnad in — and new recruit Brandon Ellis Arsis, ex-Cannabis Corpse , Nightbringers is rich with dynamic riffs that are at once fresh and classic TBDM, resulting in a collection that shifts through many moods and effortlessly incorporates various elements of extreme metal. He really took the reins, and this record is also the most involved that Alan Cassidy drums has been too. I also think as we get older the emotional content goes up.
I think we better realize how to grip the listener. Upon first hearing the latter, Strnad was intent on matching its visceral intensity. She finds her moment to take it from her, cutting it right out of her stomach. We are the rulers of the darkened hours that the Christian good fears. A lot of archaic ideas that are still upheld — such as marriage and monogamy — came from Christianity, whether people want to acknowledge it or not, and to me, death metal has always been bucking that.
Rather than decamp to a single studio, the members split off when it came time to start laying down the songs — all well versed in how to get the best out of their individual performances. Ellis then recorded his many blistering solos in his home studio, while Strnad opted to record at his home in Auburn Hills, Michigan with Joe Cincotta Suffocation, Internal Bleeding of Full Force Studios overseeing his sessions.
In many ways, Technology — released February 2nd, via SharpTone — is custom made to conquer the big spaces they will be playing throughout the UK, America, Australia and Japan in and beyond. The album opens with the title track and sets the tone for the record, which is an inventive, intelligent and infectious piece of work taking a frank look at modern day life.
It is a song partly inspired by Rob watching the Netflix documentary The White Helmets and the global atrocities that bypass our daily attention. It affected me so much. While writing the song it was also a difficult time for me emotionally, and one night I found myself in a club where the DJ was playing the Baywatch theme tune. That was the start of the process by which I came to realise there was light at the end of the tunnel.
This song is about going through hell and coming out the other side stronger for it. Next up, Come Out To LA — a 3-minute second explosion of sarcasm aimed squarely at the music industry: an anti-hit that deserves to be a huge hit. We had someone taking us to fancy meals, promising us the world, and in our naivety we lapped it all up. This delicate balance of human relationships is expanded on Tightrope. Porkies, however feels like a revolution as it builds into a huge, propulsive riff.
The aggression makes sense when you find out what inspired it. You can call it xenophobia but I see xenophobia and racism as very interchangeable — in my view we are all the same people. They still mix massive hooks and brilliant melodies with wry observational lyrics, but this time they want to make you think bigger and more critically too. In , the duo encountered vocalist Briton Bond and, shortly after, bassist Chris Gaylord and drummer Stephen Kluesener were incorporated into the mix. Wage War marks their territory with from-the-heart lyrics and thrashing beats that transcend to a community who understands the trials and tribulations of growing up all too well.
The band delivers 11 tracks of uncompromising multi-dimensional metalcore, filled with high-intensity rhythms, battering drums and blazing guitars, tempered with tuneful vocal passages.