Volumes (stylized sometimes as VOLUMES) is an American progressive metalcore band and self-proclaimed "groove metal" band based in Los Angeles, California. The group consists of bassist Raad Soudani, vocalists Myke Terry and Michael Barr, and drummer Nick Ursich. The group was founded in 2009 and debuted with their first EP, The Concept of Dreaming in (2010). This was followed with their debut album Via (2011) and their sophomore album No Sleep in 2014. Both albums peaked at No. 1 on the iTunes Rock and Metal charts.
Performing in 2017
|Origin||Los Angeles, California, U.S.|
Volumes make use of "bouncy" guitar riffs, groove-driven breakdowns, nu metal influence and dual lead vocalists. The band has been credited as an important contributor to the djent scene, and has also been associated with groove metal.
- 1 History
- 1.1 Formation, The Concept of Dreaming & Via (2009-2013)
- 1.2 No Sleep & Mediaskare Dispute (2013-2015)
- 1.3 Departure of Barr, Arrival of Terry & Different Animals (2015-2019)
- 1.4 Coming Clean & firing Gus Farias (2019)
- 1.5 Return of Barr, departure and death of Diego Farias + holywater. (2020-present)
- 2 Controversy
- 3 Members
- 4 Discography
- 5 Videography
- 6 References
Formation, The Concept of Dreaming & Via (2009-2013)Edit
The band was founded in January 2009, by guitarists/songwriters Diego Farias and Daniel Braunstein that had a writing and recording relationship developing as both were aspiring engineers, guitar players, and producers began writing music together. The duo began searching for likeminded musicians in the area to further their heavy metal, hip-hop, jazz and classical influenced music and would go on to expand their lineup adding dual-lead singers singers Michael Barr and Diego's brother, Gus Farias, bass player Raad Soudani and drummer Chris Khoury. After filling out their lineup the band began work on their debut EP with the working title, "The Concept of Dreaming" with an expected release date of December 2009. But publication came to a halt when guitarist Daniel Braunstein decided to leave the band citing time constraints with university and no longer being able to participate actively in the band. He was soon replaced by guitarist Daniel Schwartz and the band was able to continue working on their delayed EP.
On September 29, 2009 the Los Angeles based-band was signed to Mediaskare Records with guitarist Gus Farias stating that the band is "..stoked to announce that we have signed to Mediaskare Records, joining a great team and roster of bands we look up to". Along with the announcement of being signed the band also revealed that their delayed EP, "The Concept of Dreaming" would be released on November 16, 2010.
On February 1, 2011, the band was announced to be a part of the "New England Metal and Hardcore Festival" a three day endeavor this spring at the Palladium in Worcester, Ma.
On May 15, 2011, Volumes were announced to be a part of Arsonists Get All the Girls spring headlining tour with fellow bands A Plea for Purging, Lionheart and The Contortionist. On the 23rd, the band was announced to be a part of the summer "Slaughter Survivors Tour" with fellow metal acts Conducting from the Grave, The Contortionist, Scale the Summit and Rings of Saturn. On June 10, 2011 the band played a new Jersey show with metal acts Arsonists Get All the Girls and Failure in Vanity.
On August 24, 2011, the band released the first single, "Affirmation of Ascension" from their forthcoming album and less than two weeks later on September 2, the band released their next single, "Edge of the Earth". The band would go on to release their debut studio album, Via through Mediaskare Records on September 27, 2011 with it reaching #1 on the iTunes Rock & Metal Charts. Not too much later on the band would release the music video for their song, "Wormholes" which originally appeared on their debut EP and also re-recorded for their debut album on October 13.
On November 23, 2011, vocalist, Michael Barr, was forced to leave the band's current tour due to a back injury. Barr had the following to say: "If you haven't heard already, I unfortunately had to return home for the remainder of Thrash And Burn tour due to a severe and hazardous back injury requiring exclusive medical attention. Volumes will still be killing every show for the next 24 days. Please do not be discouraged, I will be back in full force soon. Thank you for all the support and kind comments, get out to the rest of the shows and have fun with my boys."
By the end of 2011, drummer Chris Khoury departed the band, leading to Daniel Schwartz taking over the drums at live shows but would leave by the end of the year. In early 2012, they found a new permanent replacement drummer, Nick Ursich.
On November 19, 2012, the band was announced as part of Of Mice & Men 2013 headlining tour from January to February alongside Texas in July, Woe, Is Me and Capture the Crown. While on tour the band recorded a live music video featuring clean vocals from Woe, Is Me vocalist, Hance Alligood, and released the video on February 13, 2013.
On March 24, 2013, the band was announced to be a part of the 2013 Van's Warped Tour alongside fellow metal act Crown the Empire. The following month they were announced to be a part of the summer All-Stars Tour alongside bands Iwrestledabearonce, For All Those Sleeping and DayShell.
On August 24, 2013, Volumes' posted footage from their summer spent on the Vans Warped Tour and following All-Stars Tour recapping the tours. On the 29th the band's label released a professional recorded live video of the band performing their song, "Intake" while at Warped Tour on their YouTube channel.
No Sleep & Mediaskare Dispute (2013-2015)Edit
On September 12, 2013, the band released a pre-production version of their new song, "Vahle" a tribute song to a close friend of the band that tragically died. The song is expected to appear on the band's second outing.
On May 28, 2014, the band has announced that their new album, "No Sleep", will hit streets on July 15 via Mediaskare Records. The effort was recorded last fall with Brandon Hall Paddock and band guitarist Diego Farias at the helm. Along with the announcement the band also released the lyric video for their song, "The Mixture" which is expected to appear on their forthcoming album.
On July 13, 2014, the band released their next single, "Erased" from their highly anticipated sophomore album. Two days later on July 15, Volumes released their second full-length album No Sleep which reached again at #1 on the iTunes Rock and Metal Charts featuring their single, "Vahle".
In summer 2014, Volumes completed their first full US Vans Warped Tour in 2014.
On January 24, 2015, it was revealed that the band helped a man escape a serious car accident while en route from their show in Lawrence, KS last night. Members of the band witnessed the serious car crash unfold and vocalist, Michael Barr, posted a video clip of them helping a man escape the wreckage of a car that is pinned against some sort of rock formation.
On February 5, 2015, after nearly two years of silence it was announced that the Volumes and Structures collaborative project originally announced in 2013, appropriately named "Vol/tures" had finally began working on new material releasing a 15 second snippet of what is to come.
Departure of Barr, Arrival of Terry & Different Animals (2015-2019)Edit
On October 5, 2015, it was announced by the band that co-vocalist Michael Barr would be sitting out their European tour with Northlane to continue working on the upcoming album and further the creative process. Consequently, The Contortionist frontman Michael Lessard would be filling in. The following month on the 19th Volumes announced that Barr had departed from the band due to "different musical direction and taste", and Born of Osiris member Joe Buras will be stepping in for current touring duties until their new vocalist is announced. It wouldn't be until the following year that Barr would return to music with a more melancholic dark poppy solo project going on to release his "Back Home EP" that year as well.
On June 5, 2016, the band announced that they had finally found their permanent replacement for Barr, being former Bury Your Dead vocalist Myke Terry. On the 16th the band followed the announcement of their new vocalist with the news that they had left Mediaskare Records and signed with Fearless Records also releasing their new single, "Feels Good" and first song with new vocalist Terry. Bassist Raad Soudani expressed that the band "..ultimately came to the decision to sign with Fearless Records after spending years watching them evolve into one of the top labels" and "...Fearless Records 'family' is a perfect fit for Volumes. We feel more confident moving forward as group and believe this opportunity will open".
On June 29, 2016, the band re-released their studio albums Via and No Sleep through their own record label "91367 Records." It was revealed that their previous label, Mediaskare, had not given them income from the sales of their first 2 studio albums, with each selling over 40,000 copies to date.
On February 7, 2017, According to a report from RockFeed Volumes had a pretty rocky weekend as current vocalist Gus Farias and ex-vocalist Michael Barr got into a heated Twitter discussion regarding drugs, jealousy and their past relationship with each other over the weekend, and it was quite rough. After Gus Farias targeted Barr with a tweet regarding his take on the ex-member’s solo project, Barr responded, trying to respectfully sort out the matter, even wishing Farias the best and stating his comments were “unfortunate.” On the 19, Volumes released a new single, "On Her Mind" featuring rapper Pouya, and alongside the single they announced that their new album entitled Different Animals would be released worldwide on June 9 through Fearless Records. During the New Reign tour with Born of Osiris, Volumes premiered their new song "Left For Dead" live.
On March 10, 2017, the while still on tour with Oceans Ate Alaska, Born of Osiris, Within the Ruins and Fire from the Gods the band announced an upcoming spring headlining tour beginning on April 23rd with supporting act Fire from the Gods.
On June 12, 2017, the band released the music video for their track, "Finite" directed by Samuel Halleen. On the 20, they were announced to be opening for Issues' upcoming fall "Headspace" headlining tour beginning September 24th in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.
On November 16, 2017, as the music industry mourns the loss of Lil Peep amongst many other heartbreaking losses this year, the band's vocalist, Gus Farias, has taken to Twitter to address his own personal demons, stating he will be checking himself into rehab.
On December 6, 2018, it was announced via Game Informer that former vocalist Michael Barr would be providing vocals to Capcom's Devil May Cry 5 video game after original Suicide Silence vocalist Eddie Hermida was removed from the track following sexual misconduct allegations. Barr will appear on the track, "Superhuman" co-written by the game's composer Cody Matthew Johnson.
Coming Clean & firing Gus Farias (2019)Edit
On April 23, 2019, the band surprised released their EP, entitled, "Coming Clean", having spent the last eight months working on it and recorded the effort throughout Southern California out of Butter Studios in Venice, West Alley Recording Studios, and Farias Productions. Self-producing and keeping everything "in-house and organic," they enlisted Kyle Black (Pierce the Veil, New Found Glory) and Max Schad (Veil of Maya) for an additional perspective. Bassist Soudani declared that "...Coming Clean is an emotional moment for us" and that "...I hope you feel something when you hear it and gain some perspective. This is Volumes. Coming Clean hints at where we're headed in the future." Followed by releasing a music video for the song, "Until the End" directed by Joshua Fu on May 9th.
On December 16, vocalist Gus Farias addressed his departure from the band releasing the following statement: “I just want to make it clear that I did not quit. I love being in the band. I got kicked out for personal bullshit, which really is bullshit. I’m gonna be the bigger man and not air out business like that. I got a check, I secured my royalties. I’m out. I’m putting me first. I’m putting everything I got into Yogi. I know what it took to get Volumes where it’s at because I had a big, big, big part in it…”. The band have yet to release a statement of their own following Gus Farias departure while Gus is now focusing on his solo rap project, ”Yung Yogi”. Adding to the fire, Gus took to Twitter in January to fire shots at the band over Michael Barr allegedly rejoining Volumes. But as of now the band have neglected to comment about the situation.
Return of Barr, departure and death of Diego Farias + holywater. (2020-present)Edit
On January 30, the band released a new single titled 'holywater', confirming rumors that Michael Barr was back in the band, and revealing that guitarist Diego Farias is no longer a part of the band.  
Later the same day, the band released a statement on social media giving more of an insight into the lineup changes, giving clarity on the departure of the Farias brothers and the arrival of Barr. They also stated that Max Schad mixed and tracked the new track 'holywater' whilst also providing guitar for the band. Further talking about guitarists, they said that a touring guitarist will be with them for their upcoming UK/EU tour with Born Of Osiris, and they will "figure out permanent guitarists when it organically happens". 
On February 6, former vocalist Gus Farias announced on his Twitter page that his brother and former guitarist of the band, Diego, had died. The band released their own personal statement on the bands official Twitter later the same day, reading:
|“||"We are absolutely devastated by the tragic passing of Diego Farias. We are trying to cope and process this as it all seems so surreal. We send our love and thoughts to his brothers Gus and Andres, his mother and father, and his entire extended family.
As we collect our thoughts we will then be able to properly convey them more. But for now... we love you Diego, rest in power.
In an Alternative Press article pressed in late January 2013, it was reported that Volumes had been banned from Rocketown in Nashville, after vocalist Michael Barr was evicted from the venue for dedicating a song to a gay friend. However, later reports described how Barr was escorted from the venue by security after he had assaulted crowd members whilst hardcore dancing to other bands, and that he was "looking for a fight" while doing so. Some crowd members ganged up on Barr, at which point security had arrived to the situation and ultimately escorted Barr from the venue. After being denied access back inside when attempting to re-enter the venue, Barr allegedly shouted pejorative slurs at the concert promoter working the door. The band was still not allowed at the venue when they returned to the area three years later with a new vocalist.
In February 2017, Volumes vocalist Gus Farias generated controversy when he failed to deliver on paid guest spots for other bands, later offering refunds.