Escape The Fate
Singers are notorious for being unreliable, unpredictable and uncontrollable. A case in point was Escape The Fate's original vocalist Ronnie Radke.
A year after the Post-Hardcore band from Pahrump, NV released their '06 debut "Dying Is Your Latest Fashion," Radke was involved in a Las Vegas altercation that resulted in the fatal shooting of 18-year-old. Though Radke didn't shoot the victim, the person who did claimed self-defense, Radke was indicted on battery charges and given five year probation. But Radke failed to report to his parole officer and was sentenced to two years at High Desert State Prison.
As Radke's legal troubles mounted the group decided to continue without him. "First we couldn't tour out of the country, then out of the state," stated bassist Max Green.
Former Blessthefall vocalist Craig Mabbitt, Green's best friend, stepped in.
The decision greatly improved the group's fortunes. '08's "This War Is Ours" debuted at #35 on the Billboard 200, selling 13,000 copies in the first week.
"Guillotine," a song about the Halo video game, was sung by Radke on "Dying Is Your Fashion." "This War Is Ours (The Guillotine Part II)," also about Halo, appeared on "This War Is Ours." Mabbitt expanded the lyrics to reference real-life soldiers in battle. Mabbitt's father had served in the military.
The group left Epitaph for DGC/Interscope because they wanted to reach a larger audience. It worked. Escape The Fate's self-titled third album was a career best.
Released in '10, the same year Radke completed his prison term, the album charted at #25 on the Billboard 200 and #1 on Hard Rock Albums chart. It was also the last with Green.
The album also featured a third "Guillotine." The Halo link was absent as Mabbitt's lyrics focused on soldiers fighting and waiting to come home.
Explaining that Interscope had too much creative control over the band and that they were unhappy with it, Escape The Fate moved to Eleven Seven Music for '13's "Ungrateful." That same year, drummer Robert Ortiz became the last original member left in the group.
Having begun recording in the spring of '15, Escape The Fate released their fifth full-length effort, "Hate Me" later that the year.
2006 Dying Is Your Latest Fashion
2008 This War Is Ours
2010 Escape The Fate
2015 Hate Me