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ALEX ERIAN USED TO BE DESPISED, BUT NOW, HE’S BRAVE

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It’s no secret that I was way into Despised Icon before they broke up at the end of 2010. So I was excited to get an e-mail this morning from that band’s now-former frontman (or I guess I should say “one of their frontmen”), Alex Erian, announcing the formation of Obey the Brave, a new project which also features ex-Blind Witness guitarist Jon Campbell (no not that dude, they spell their first names differently).

Alas, we don’t actually know much about the band right now, as thus far they have only released the below video, in which they a) sit around a table and eat breakfast, b) introduce themselves to the camera and say nothing especially exciting in English for awhile, c) introduce themselves to the camera and say nothing especially exciting in French for awhile, and then d) around the 1:20 mark, finally let us hear a sample of their first single, “Live and Learn.” That being said, “Live and Learn” sounds like metallic hardcore done right — there’s a nice epic section towards the end of the sample that I really like — so fingers crossed, the band may turn out to be cool. Hopefully we’ll get to hear the full song soon enough.

While we wait for more music from the band, they’ve announced their first string of shows. Dates are after the jump; if anyone goes to see them, please drop us a line and let us know how they were.

02/17/11 – Sherbrooke, QC @ Le Magog
02/18/11 – St-Hyacinthe, QC @ L’Espace Temps
02/20/11 – Montreal, QC @ Club Soda w/ Everytime I Die, Terror
03/02/11 – Kemptville, ON @ Leslie Hall
03/03/11 – St-Jerome, QC @ Cafe d’en face

-AR

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