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Dark Avenue

Dallas, Texas, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2014 | SELF

Dallas, Texas, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2014
Band Metal Hard Rock




"Dark Avenue - Seasons Change album"

One of the things I really like about this group is their lyrics. The weird thing is I never listen to lyrics, well I tend not to let's say! I'm a music junky, groove is my thing. Seriously though, Mario's lyrics are written well and the listener can always understand what he is talking about. The lyrics are deep, soul searching and honest. "Another Day" is a prime example of what I'm talking about. The chorus catches me everytime and puts me in the mood to listen to A Perfect Circle. In fact, that's probably the only part of the album that reminds me of APC, but it is a highlight of this EP! I absolutely dig it! - Joe Keys - JoSara Music

"Dark Avenue - New Metal Band"

Dark Avenue is an appropriate name for one of the newest metal bands in the Dallas music scene. The seasoned veterans that comprise the group create an interestingly unique blend of melodic metal with some hard rock sounds thrown in for good measure. The cohesive rhythm section gives the music an almost haunting quality, while the driven guitar hooks and vocals are where the more melodic elements come into play, offering a nice balance. They’re certainly a little different from your average metal band, which should prove good for the band’s long-term career. - Jordan Buford - The Music Enthusiast

"Dark Avenue Lights Up Gas Monkey"

Dark Avenue took to the stage at Gas Monkey Bar & Grill in support of The Kul. On a night where the bill was packed with heavy hitters from the region Rocket Queen, Manny The Martyr, and the headliners The Kul there was no shortage of great music and amazing talent in the house. Any one of these acts could easily headline their own show but joined forces to set Gas Monkey on fire, and the crowd acted in kind. Dark Avenue jammed through their set with the crowd dancing and singing along with most of their set list it was no wonder since this band is comprised of Dallas Music scene veterans. Look for big things to come from Dark Avenue in the future, with the talent they possess they will be hard to slow down. - John Walsh - Press Pass Magazine


Seasons Change - EP - 2014

  1. Seasons Change
  2. In Memory Of Me
  3. Another Day
  4. Sober
  5. Aftermath



things catch fire. Just ask Dark Avenue. Originally formed as a side
project to the Dallas/Fort Worth heavyweight Pistol Whippin Ike, three
of the members began writing alternate jams for fun – and the project
instantly sparked a wildfire. In a short amount of time the band
established a reputation in the DFW area, performed with acts like Pop
Evil, Queensrÿche, Red Sun Rising, Bobaflex, 36 Crazyfists, and launched
a successful crowdfunding campaign to finance their first recordings.
With the release of their debut album Illusions, Dark Avenue have
bridged the gap between metal and hard rock – and Texan crowds have been
drawn to their effulgent flame.

Formed in 2014, Dark Avenue is
comprised of guitarists Barry Lorberbaum and Andrew Lewthwaite, bassist
Alan Sauls, drummer Jeff Hathcock and vocalist Mario Cadena. The band’s
first recording was Seasons Change, a five-song EP whose title track was
the catalyst that ignited regional interest. It spurred a showcase
during SXSW/Austin Music Week and a development deal with Breakout
Artist Management, who fostered their growth and transcended them beyond
the Dallas scene.

“The scene in Dallas is super vibrant,” explains
Lorberbaum. “But there wasn’t anyone bridging the gap between heavy
bands and the lighter bands. The heavy music crowds stuck to their
bands, and the alternative/hard rock fans stuck to theirs. You did not
see any crossover fans. That gap is bridged with our music. The metal
fans get their heavy, and the alt-rock fans get their more mainstream
sound, and all get songs they can relate and sing along to.”

middle ground between heavy and light is where the nexus of creativity
lies for Illusions. In the center of a Killswitch Engage/Imagine Dragons
Venn diagram, the first single “Outside” is colossal and robust, yet
driven by dynamic and melodic vocals. Perhaps that’s why it’s been
featured on several nationally televised MMA events. Then there’s the
song "Una Vez Mas," the group’s first single in Spanish. Its
overwhelming response prompted the band to track Spanish versions of
their songs for a future deluxe release of Illusions. And let’s not
forget the crowd favorite “Maybe Tomorrow.” It won Video of The Year at
the 2016 Krave Music Awards and helped them take home the grand prize:
Artist of The Year.

“I want people to leave listening to the
album like they were right there with us,” says Cadena, “feeling what we
were feeling, seeing what we were seeing, as if they were part of it.”

Band Members