Archer, the award-winning metal trio from Santa Cruz, California, keeps the momentum of their incredible 2008 in serious overdrive with an exciting slate of concerts to launch 2009. The band their fans love to call "Shred Zeppelin!" starts the year bringing their guitar driven, retro-new metal to Anaheim on January 17 as the opening act for Puddle of Mudd at the Hilton Pulse Room.
In March, Archer (www.myspace.com/archer ) hits the road with Black Label Society, the megapopular L.A. based heavy metal band led by Zakk Wylde, and New York based nu metal band Dope for the opening Western U.S. and Canadian leg of the Black Label Bash. Archer's stint on this tour, Black Label Society's first in North America since the fall of 2007, includes dates in San Francisco, Portland, Spokane, Seattle, Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton.
Last year, Archer was a massive hit at Sweden Rock Fest, where they opened for Judas Priest, Poison, RATT, Def Leppard, Triumph, Saxon and Whitesnake. The band also rocked numerous cities in the Midwest throughout the year in on-going support of their powerhouse debut disc Doom$day Profit$ that reached the Top Ten on the FMQB Top Metal Album Radio Chart. Many of these stops also included Epiphone Guitar endorsee, front-man and lead guitarist Dylan holding guitar clinics in selected tour destinations, "spreadin' the shreddin'" to Archer and Epiphone fans everywhere performing with the new Epiphone Prophecy guitars.
Doom$day Profit$ is a genuine tour-de-force, with rich with a powerful, Ozzy, Sabbath, Iron Maiden and Metallica influenced vibe that rages with that essential combination of brain-burrowing melodies, ripping riffs, pulsing basslines, tsunami drums and grab-by-the-throat vocals.
Archer is quickly gaining slews of cross-generational fans wherever they play.
"It's pretty eclectic," bassist Isaiah says. "When we play bars, roadhouses, it's mostly bikers and an older crowd for sure and they love what we play, they love the sound. There's just enough of the old that they can latch on to it, with lots of the new for an audience that's more our age."
"That's what we grew up loving all those great bands but it has to evolve in some way," Dylan adds. "That's what we're trying to do. We would love to see this genre be as big as it was before and we're having a great time with it."
"We're reigniting the flame for a new generation of classic metal," Isaiah says, "paying homage, while giving it a new sound as well."