6/21 - Levels

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Switching it up a bunch today and trying new things; check out Arkansas metalcore band Levels' playlist! These tracks seem to be what inspired each band member deeper into the metal scene. 

We are Levels, a metalcore and djent influenced band based out of Little Rock, Arkansas. Having been around for just over 2 years now, we have had the opportunity to tour and play a number of festivals including So What?! Fest in Dallas, TX and Get Busy Living Fest in Los Angeles, CA. Following our first tour “The Wild Wild West Tour”, we had the privilege of playing a sold out show in Springfield, MO with The Devil Wears Prada. Now, we are in the midst of releasing our first full length album under Famined Records. Thanks to the help of our label, and Defiled Management, we have successfully released three singles off the album: May Flower, which has premiered through Ghost Killer Entertainment and The Noise; “Mind (feat. Myke Terry of Volumes)”, which was revealed through Idobi Radio; and “Bloodstream, which was premiered through Chugcore. Along with those outlets, “May Flower” and “Mind (feat. Myke Terry of Volumes)” were also featured on the Spotify Playlists: Got Djent and New Blood
 

Featuring: August Burns Red Traitors The Devil Wears Prada Alexisonfire Veil of Maya Limp Bizkit  Megadeth Balance and Composure Metallica Periphery



August Burns Red - “The Eleventh Hour” -  This song really got me into drumming. I was fascinated by Matt Greiner’s skill. I had never heard anything like it at the time. I used to listen to messengers religiously (no pun intended). I remember this being one of the first songs I learned to play on drums. I will still return to it from time to time. That song will always have a special place in my heart. -Dalton Kennerly

Traitors - “Phantasm” - I think I can speak for most of us when I say that we love to jam this track in the van on the way to a show. “Back to the mother fuckin point!” That drop just gets me going. Tyler has some very unique vocals. This song just gets us psyched to play music. -Dalton Kennerly

The Devil Wears Prada - “Assistant to the Regional Manager” — I didn’t start getting into metal until I was in high school. In 2011 I went to my first show featuring The Devil Wears Prada, Miss May I, and We Came as Romans. I’d been jamming Prada’s With Roots Above and Branches Below album for a year or so by this point. When they played this song live and I heard the chorus being sung by an almost sold out crowd at the new daisy theatre in Memphis, TN I couldn’t help but want to be a part of the metal scene and be involved with playing music and going to shows. -Jake Sanders

Alexisonfire - “This Could be Anywhere in the World" — The first metal song I can remember listening to, willingly, I suppose. At least probably the first one I had in my music library, which mostly consisted of Relient K and old country songs. My brother showed them to me along with Underoath and I fell in love with them. I still jam this song to this day and will always regret never going to see them. -Jake Sanders

Veil of Maya - "It's Not Safe To Swim Today" — This song has so much meaning to the start of my guitar playing that I still remember where I was sitting when a friend showed it to me. I had just started playing guitar and jamming with friends around 2009 and started hearing about different bands. When I heard this song I couldn't believe what I was hearing! It broke the typical metalcore vibe I was used to and really put me in my place when I thought I was getting good at writing music back then. This song is 10 years old now and I think it holds up great compared to what's being released in the genre now. I've always been inspired by Marc's use of odd chords/notes/patterns and he continues to inspire me today. -Jager Felice

Limp Bizkit - "Break Stuff" - This is the go-to song for me when I want to get pumped up before a show. I still find myself going back and watching live videos for this song at Woodstock '99, and I just want to teleport there and go crazy with the crowd! I've never seen so much reaction to a live song before and I just eat it up. Seeing people react to the music I play live is what drives me during a performance. If crowds were still like that, I would play the best show of my life. -Jager Felice

Megadeth - “Peace Sells” — This song got me into metal. I was in 7th grade and a kid showed me this at lunch on his CD player. The opening rift had me sold immediately. “Peace Sells…But Who’s Buying?” would end up being the first album I ever bought. One of my first shows was seeing Megadeth when I was 14. I won a backstage pass and got Dave Mustaine to sign one of his signature guitars I owned. It was such a cool experience that really made me appreciate the band more. -Jacob Hubbard

Balance and Composure - “Rope” -  One of the most underappreciated Balance and Composure songs. I started listening to them my sophomore year of high school and it was just perfect angsty music for all the sad teenager moments. This song sticks out to me because of the flow the first part of the song has and I have a weak spot for slow instrumental parts like towards the end of the song. -Jacob Hubbard

Metallica - “Fade to Black” — This track not only got me into metal but made me want to pick up a guitar for the first time. I remember like it was yesterday a neighborhood friend down the street came over one day with Ride the Lightning and was like "you gotta listen to this track" and as soon as track 4 came on, I literally lost my mind with James Hetfields clean guitar blended with Kirk Hammett's ambient over driven leads. - Rob Mathews

Periphery - “Icarus Lives” — It goes without saying that doing what we do wouldnt really be possible without the inspiration of Periphery. I am such a huge Mark Holcomb fan and this track just punches you right in the gut with the first catchy but powerful riff. This was the very first track I had ever heard of Periphery's and its still stuck near and dear to my heart to this day. -Rob Mathews


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