Escape the Fate
is an American Post-Hardcore
band from Las Vegas
formed in 2004. Since forming, they have released three EPs and three full-length studio albums. Their first big break was winning a radio competition sponsored by My Chemical Romance
, earning them a place on their tour and kickstarting their career. Dying Is Your Latest Fashion was the band's debut, the only album to feature original vocalist Ronnie Radke. This War Is Ours, released on October 2008, was the band's first album with Craig Mabbitt as the new lead vocalist. Their self-titled third studio album was released on November 2010 and their most successful album to date.
As said up above, the band went through quite a lot of drama concerning their line-up changes, especially the vocalists. Ronnie Radke was arrested in 2008 following run-ins with the law over narcotics possession and battery charges for a fight that left an 18 year old dead. Whether Radke was asked to leave the band or was fired, either way, some bad blood seems to have come out between the rest of the band and Radke. Radke was sentenced to prison for a couple years, and has now found a new band to front for
After the departure of Radke, former Blessthefall
vocalist Craig Mabbitt joined the band, first as a temporary replacement, and then as a permanent member. He also had a small side project going on called The Word Alive
, but it didn't work out too well for him (he was kicked out due to his tour schedule with Escape The Fate). Nevertheless, the groups seem to be on friendly terms with each other.
With the addition of Mabbitt, the group has hit the big time with two more albums and several music videos. Their third album, Escape The Fate
, has hit Number 25 on the Billboard 100, 1 at Hard Rock Albums, 4 in a Rock Albums, 3 in Alternative and Independent charts and 18 in Digital Albums Chart.Members:
- Craig Mabbit - Vocals (2008 - Present)
- Kevin 'Thrasher' Gruft - Guitar (2013 - Present)
- TJ Bell - Bass (2012 - 13), Rhythm guitar (2013 - Present), backing vocals
- Robert Ortiz - Drums (2004 - Present)
- Ronnie Radke - Vocals (2004 - 08)
- Max Green - Bass, back-up vocals (2006 - 2012, 2013 - 14)
- Carson Allen - Keyboards, synthesizers, vocals (2005)
- Omar Espinosa – Rhythm guitar, backing vocals (2004 - 07)
- Bryan Money - Guitar (2004 - 2013)
- Michael Money - Rhythm guitar (2008 - 13)
- Escape the Fate EP (Unreleased to the public) (2004)
- There's No Sympathy for the Dead EP (2006)
- Dying Is Your Latest Fashion (2006)
- Situations EP (last release to feature Radke as vocalist) (2007)
- This War Is Ours (2008)
- Escape The Fate (2010)
- Ungrateful (2013)
Tropes associated with Escape the Fate:
- Album Title Drop: On both DIYLF and TWIO, "Situations" and "This War Is Ours," respectively.
- Audience Participation Song: "Situations" when played live.
- Breakup Song: A few. "Harder Than You Know" is an example.
- Careful With That Axe: On a lot of their songs which predominantly feature screaming, such as "The Guillotine," "This War is Ours," and "Massacre."
- Common Knowledge: Ronnie wasn't fired because he went to jail. He actually was fired some time before that, and was in the crowd heckling Craig's first show in March 2008.
- Commuting on a Bus
- Max between 2011 and 2014.
- Sent to rehab to deal with his drug problems in 2011, is replaced by TJ on tour.
- Returns in 2012 for a few shows.
- Fired officially by management for passing out on stage.
- Came back in 2013 to fill the gap left by Monte and Mikey leaving.
- Left again in 2014 without telling the band, and joined Falling In Reverse.
- Literally inverted by the Money brothers, who repeatedly bailed on the band whenever they weren't using the tour bus. Eventually the rest of the band got sick of this, and officially hired their touring guitarist Thrasher.
- Coolest Club Ever: In the 10 Miles Wide video with their own airline, with Joel Madden and Ron Jeremy in attendance.
- Concept Video
- Cover Version: Of "Smooth" by Santana.
- Early-Bird Cameo: TJ and Thrasher were both touring replacements in 2011 before being hired.
- Emo Teen: Their earlier looks often called this to mind.
- Epic Instrumental Opener: "This War is Ours." Oh my GOD, that intro...
- Fanservice: In many, many videos, especially Situations and 10 Miles Wide.
- Hand or Object Underwear: Craig in one of his photoshoots.
- I Love the Dead: "Zombie Dance"
- Indecipherable Lyrics: People who aren't familiar with screamed vocals might not be able to pick out words without the help of a lyric book or the internet.
- Loudness War
- Murder Ballad: "Cellar Door"
- Nobody Loves the Bassist: Averted with Max Green, due to the fact that he does back-up vocals as well as bass, plus he's Mr. Fanservice for some fangirls out there.
- TJ as well, due to having all of the above qualities, but unlike Max, no drug problem.
- New Sound Album: A poppier shift from Dying Is Your Latest Fashion to This War Is Ours, and a shift to more produced, edited, and harder metalcore-like sounds from the latter to the self-titled.
- One Woman Song: "Ashley"
- Performance Video: For the song, This War Is Ours, ending with the guys in a motel room with groupies.
- Rockstar Song: Quite a few of these.
- Self-Titled Album
- Scary Musician, Harmless Music
- Seven Deadly Sins: The focus of the Gorgeous Nightmare video.
- Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll: Ronnie had problems with drugs and alcohol, and towards the end showed up to nearly every show drunk or high off his rocker. Max had the same problems. Craig was an alcoholic. "It's Just Me" is about getting wasted on tour, and the dialogue section at the end is about Craig enjoying passing out and throwing up because of alcohol use. Additionally, "Situations" is about one-night stands.
- Shout-Out: The video for "Situations" is one to Van Halen's "Hot for Teacher."
- Surprisingly Gentle Song: "Harder Than You Know," "The Day I Left The Womb." Also double as Power Ballads.
- Talky Bookends: In Gorgeous Nightmare.