As "Vampires Everywhere!"
Vampires Everywhere! was founded in 2009 by Michael Orlando (a.k.a. Michael Vampire). The band's original name came from the movie "The Lost Boys." "Vampires Everywhere!" is a comic book in the movie that explains the rules of vampires and how to kill them.
On February 9, 2010, Vampires Everywhere! released their debut EP Lost in the Shadows. The first single and music video entitled “Immortal Love” was released exclusively on PureVolume on January 18, 2010. Together with director Scott Hanson who worked with A Day to Remember, Carnifex, A Skylit Drive and Alesana, Vampires Everywhere! produced a music video for their song Immortal Love which was shown at MTV 2 (Headbangers Ball), Heavy Rotation and Fuse On-Demand.
The group has toured through the USA and Canada several times with acts including Escape The Fate Brokencyde, Black Veil Brides, Eyes Set to Kill, Get Scared, Dr. Acula, Aiden, Alesana, Honor Bright, Our Last Night, Polkadot Cadaver and Modern Day Escape. They shared stage with X Japan and Murderdolls as the opener. They played a gig at SXSW 2010 with D.R.U.G.S., VersaEmerge and Black Veil Brides in Austin, Texas.
Their single "Undead Heart" was released on November 29, 2010.
The debut album Kiss the Sun Goodbye followed on May 17, 2011, and was released worldwide via Hollywood Waste Records. Wil Francis (Aiden, William Control) was guest singer in the song Bleeding Rain. The Deluxe Version includes 3 Bonus tracks. Their second music video was directed by Fred Archambault who worked with Avenged Sevenfold and Deftones. Fans of the Post-hardcore genre voted the album negative at Sputnikmusic. The album ranked on Place 19th at the Billboard Top Hard Rock Albums and on Place 43 on Top Independent Albums (Billboard).
Since then Alex Rouge and David Darko have left the band to form their own band called The Automatic Me.
In December 2011, they announced that they would be releasing a new album sometime in 2012.
The band announced that they will be playing the entire Vans Warped Tour (summer 2012).
On April 25, 2012 bassist Philip Kross announced his departure from the band. Philip had tweeted earlier that day, "I love yoü all.... Please know I didn't quit on YOÜ I am still yoür family and stay tuned for my new project! I wish the Vamps luck❤"
Vampires Everywhere! soon found a replacement bassist for touring, Adam Vex.
Their second album, Hellbound and Heartless, was released on June 19, 2012, presenting a drastic change from softer post-hardcore scream-style music to heavier darker industrial metal with its typical distorted vocals.
On February 11, 2015, The Killing Lights reverted to Vampires Everywhere! and, shortly after, announced that they were recording a new album in two sessions, the first to commence in March, the second in April, in Salt Lake City.
On December 19, 2015, they released the song "Black Betty", off the new album, Ritual, which is set to be released in early 2016.
Ritual was released on March 18, 2016.
As "The Killing Lights"
On November 10, 2013, Michael posted a message on Facebook stating the changing of the band's name to The Killing Lights.
I would like to personally welcome you to the new chapter in my life "The Killing Lights". As most of you know I was involved in a near fatal car accident many years back. I feel the name The Killing Lights properly represents my struggle with this tragic event & the new chapter in my music career. We will be entering the studio in 2014 to record our debut record on Century Media Records. CMR has been amazing with this transition & their positive energy towards the change has been awesome. We will be doing a UK Tour in Feb. to give a glimpse of what's to come. I have so much respect for my loyal VE fans over the years that have fought with us & stuck by us on every turn. I cannot wait for you to hear the new TKL music & see us live. Check back on Monday to hear a new demo. I love all of you & I'm excited for this next chapter in my life!
Michael V TKL
After releasing two demos on Facebook and some minor touring, on August 14, The Killing Lights released a video, directed by Will Da Rosa, for "Lies Spread Like Fire", a new song from their upcoming EP.
The Killing Lights performed their first headlining show at Chain Reaction on October 4, where they played their EP in its entirety.
On October 21, The Killing Lights released a second single, "Until I Bleed", through Kerrang! around the same time pre-orders for their EP, The Killing Lights, went live, the EP was released on December 2, 2014.
A music video, directed by Brad Golowin, for "Until I Bleed" was planned for a November release, but was instead released on December 11, a tour in support of their EP is planned for next year.
Musical style and influences
The band's sound spans several genres, including post-hardcore, industrial metal, industrial rock, alternative metal, shock rock, gothic rock and horror punk. Their influences include Slipknot, Atreyu, Cannibal Corpse, Dimmu Borgir, The Black Dahlia Murder, Children of Bodom, As I Lay Dying, August Burns Red, Death, Obituary, and Behemoth. Regarding the band's vampire themes, vocalist Michael Vampire has stated "We didn't get inspired by Twilight or True Blood at all. I love True Blood and own season 1, but all of our influences come from the classics. By classics I mean The Lost Boys, Nosferatu, Bram Stoker's Dracula, Bela Lugosi, Fright Night, and more."
|US Indie||US Hard Rock||US Heat|
|2011||Kiss the Sun Goodbye||Hollywood Waste||43||19||4|
|2012||Hellbound and Heartless||—||22||9|
|"—" denotes a release that did not chart.|
Singles and EPs
- 2010: "Lost in the Shadows" EP (Century Media)
- 2010: "Undead Heart" Single (Hollywood Waste, Digital only)
- 2012: "Drug of Choice" Single (Hollywood Waste, Digital only)
- 2012: "I Can't Breathe" Single (Hollywood Waste, Digital only)
- 2014: "Lies Spread Like Fire" Single (as The Killing Lights)
- 2014: "Until I Bleed" Single (as The Killing Lights)
- 2014: "The Killing Lights" EP (as The Killing Lights)
- 2016: "Take Me to Church" Single (Digital only)