The album is a full length concept album based around the bookThe Screwtape Letters. The disc features 10 brand new songs recorded with metal mastermind Jamie King.
In the current scene where the music itself is often overshadowed by trends, fashion, and safety with the familiar, Called To Arms is a welcome throwback to the burgeoning metalcore scene that existed at the turn of the millennium. The band attempts to focus on songwriting and writing a complete album, in opposition of structuring their songs around breakdowns and overused metal harmonies.
Officially formed in 2003, the group hails from North Carolina, a state that has provided the melodic hardcore and metal world with such household names as Hopesfall, Beloved, Between the Buried and Me, Glass Casket, He Is Legend and many more; needless to say Called To Arms is in good company. After a series of demos, the band released their debut EP “A New Life Given” in 2004 and subsequently began to gain exposure playing live alongside national touring bands.
Over the next few years, Called To Arms played live around the southeast, and eventually garnered the attention of Tragic Hero Records. In 2005, the band went into the studio with metal mastermind Jamie King (BTBAM, glass casket, etc.) to record their Tragic Hero debut. Before the record could be released, the band went on a hiatus while guitar player Brady Sweat filled in for Dreamt Records act My Epic on tour and writing for their new record and drummer Zack Van Hoy joined indie rock act Dakota Darling.
When the band became active again in 2006, Van Hoy decided not to return, prompting Brady’s younger brother Grayson Sweat to step up to fill the role. Their Tragic Hero debut “The Last Lament” was finally released in 2007, being described as “a 28-minute trip through nearly every sub genre of metal that exists… complete with impressive musicianship and songwriting” (HM Magazine).
The band is currently working on a full length concept album (their 3rd album) comprised entirely of new material based on the C.S. Lewis work “The Screwtape Letters” with the plan to record the effort in summer of 2009. With this new album the band hopes to break the mold and stereotypes associated with the stale state of metal today, and bring back the excitement that once surrounded the groundbreaking metal acts in the early 2000s with a focus that revolves less around generic mosh parts and more around melody and creative songwriting. Keep your eyes and ears peeled for their new record in 2010!