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Warped Tour 2011 Lineup Includes We Came as Romans, the Word Alive

Joey Foley, FilmMagic

Christmas time is almost here. Traditionally many things come with the end of the year holidays — one is the slow drawn announcements of bands on the Warped Tour 2011 lineup. We Came as Romans and the Word Alive have already been confirmed for the longstanding, always-affordable festival.

We Came as Romans, known for a devastating live performance of the metalcore variety, released the digital single ‘To Move on is to Grow’ back in September. It’s safe to say that the band’s sophomore release could be expected in time for their appearance on the Warped Tour 2011 lineup.

The Word Alive, who just finished up a tour with A Day to Remember (a band heavily rumored to be joining the Warped Tour 2011 lineup as well), are kindred spirits with regular tourmates We Came as Romans, developing keyboard-laden textures and attitudes that go beyond the chest beating aggression of hardcore.

To continue on with the heavier bands — a focus of last year — added for the Warped Tour 2011 lineup is the metal core road warriors Miss May I. Through a non-stop tour schedule the Ohio quintet have quickly become a band to watch. Unlike many of their peers and tour mates they avoid the trend of synthesizers and auto-tuned vocals keeping things bleak and the riffs drowned in Swedish-metal influences.

On the other end of the spectrum the heavy electronica focused Woe, Is Me will be joining the tour as well as Winds of Plague, who have spent the year touring relentlessly playing Rockstar Mayhem Festival and going overseas with Despised Icon all the while breaking new keyboardist Alana Potocnik into the rigorous schedule of the death core band’s life on the road.

Returning for another year is Of Mice & Men, who recently reunited with original frontman Austin Carlile. Carlile left the band in 2010 when an ailing heart condition forced the singer to step away from touring to focus on his health and a then open-heart surgery that was needed to save his life. Fully recovered he’s returned to the melodic hardcore outfit, forcing replacement singer Jerry Roush to step down.

Also making a returning appearance is Enter Shikari. For many the band may seem unfamiliar in the states, but that all may soon change. The U.K. metal core outfit, known for infusing crunk and electronica into their crushing sound, have created a large demand for their return after winning crowds over last year on Warped Tour and having a successful run opening for A Day to Remember.

The always eccentric and equally hard to categorize I Set My Friends on Fire will be hitting the sun drenched stage this year. After numerous set backs, including the departure of co-founding member Nabil Moo, the band is slated to be supporting their sophomore release ‘Astral Rejection.’ It’s safe to say the electro-centric band will be focusing on new material after supporting their debut for three years. Former Norma Jean cover band Abandon All Ships have been confirmed for this year as well.

Warped Tour 2011 is slated to begin June 24 in Dallas and run all the way into August.

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