Brandon Bolmer - vocals
Bradley Bell - keys
Jason Hale - guitar
Pat McManaman - guitar
Matt Goddard - bass
Tanner Wayne - drums
“We have something to prove and we are ready to do it,” states Chiodos keyboardist Bradley Bell. With a new lineup and a new outlook on life, Chiodos released their third album, Illuminaudio, in October of 2010.
The album is the follow up to the band’s sophomore release, Bone Palace Ballet, which debuted at #5 on the Billboard 200 Chart and topped the Independent Chart. The critically acclaimed album has gone on to sell over 215k copies, while the debut album, All’s Well That Ends Well, has sold over 244k units since its 2005 release.
Illuminaudio is the debut Chiodos recording for new lead vocalist Brandon Bolmer (formerly of Yesterday’s Rising) and drummer Tanner Wayne (formerly of Underminded and Scary Kids Scaring Kids). Alongside Bolmer and Wayne are established Chiodos members Bradley Bell (keys), Jason Hale (guitar), Pat McManaman (guitar), and Matt Goddard (bass).
Seamlessly intertwined with the band’s signature haunting melodies and grandiose vocals, is a bolder, more striking contrast between delicate piano-work and intense, bellowing screams. With the core composers of the music still at the heart of Chiodos, fans can be reassured that they will hear the sound that they have grown familiar with over the years. Bell explains, “Even if the lineup had stayed the same, I feel that the direction of sound would've turned out similar. We don’t feel like our vision was lost or compromised in any way throughout the writing process.”
The album was recorded at The Machine Shop in Weehawken, New Jersey with producer Machine [Lamb Of God, Every Time I Die, Cobra Starship]. “Recording with Machine was incredible,” says Bell. “We didn't really know what to expect, but right away we could tell that he believed in us.”
With positive vibes flowing between the band and producer, the studio was transformed into a creative sanctuary. Away from the pressures of daily life and touring, the band was able to hone in on their skills and emotions to create a sound that truly represents who Chiodos is today. “He was truly inspiring in a lot of ways…from pushing us in our writing to digging deep inside of us to helping us realize what our true sound is,” Bell describes of the experience. “And to really bring it out of us, he would get up and start break dancing and shouting at us to make us that much more excited. We've never had the opportunity to work with a producer like that and we feel it was key in this transitional process.”
A theme of transitions and growth is evident throughout the album, with a focus on moving forward and starting over. Illuminaudio “means a new chapter, it means change, and a fresh start. Some of the songs are very personal, and I’m happy to have that,” expounds Bolmer. “There is a meaningand point to each song, and when put together, it creates something that I will remember for the rest of my life.”
Reflecting on the personal nature of the album’s content, Bell adds, “I hope that people can use Illuminaudio as an escape from their problems and see a light at the end of the tunnel no matter what their situation…There is so much poison and negativity in this world that in order to not let it effect us and the chemistry of our brotherhood, we just have to accept the fact that everybody has their own problems and opinions and hope the best for everyone in any situation.” He concludes, “Music isn't meant to be a competition or an open forum for people to destroy; those who treat it is as such simply don't deserve to be graced with it.”
Regardless of member changes, the rising pressure of the band’s past success, or life’s constant obstacles redirecting their path, Chiodos has once again created an album that pushes boundaries and allows the music to speak for itself. Illuminaudio is an honest, raw representation of hope, strength and optimism. “We put an incredible amount of thought, time, sacrifice, emotion, and stress into the process of making this beautiful monster,” states Bell. “I believe all of that will shine through the music as soon as people press play.
“...the progression seen from Bone Palace Ballet to Illuminaudio is exactly what should have been expected. Jason Hale is back, shredding away with his signature face-melting riffs, Bradley Bell is stronger than ever behind the keyboard, and Tanner Wayne replaces Derrick Frost without missing a beat (literally)...certainly worthy of being grouped with Chiodos' previous records...they're back in business and they won't be going anywhere anytime soon.”
"Artistically, Chiodos are stronger than they've ever been, and this album is pretty close to a masterpiece. This is a ferociously ambitious album, anthemic and operatic, but loaded with post-hardcore screaming, avalanches of drums and choruses meant (and destined) to be screamed back at the stage by the audience."
- Alternative Press
“...the Michigan sextet’s arty, gymnastic arrangements are still intact here, but with an even greater dynamic sweep...the streamlined focus serves Chiodos well.”
“This is a new chapter for Chiodos that indicates quite a promising start.”