When Solid State recording artist Beloved suddenly called it a day in the winter of 2005, many of the band’s fans were left scratching their head. The North Carolina band seemed to be on the cusp of something larger than they had ever been before. They’d toured the nation numerous times, their debut full length “Failure On” had gotten positive reviews in critical press and they seemed to be in a place where most bands could only imagine. But, despite having grown up together, they were growing apart musically and emotionally. Band members began relationships and started projects that took their attention away from Beloved. One of those projects was called Advent. Fronted by former Beloved drummer Joe Musten, Advent was an outlet for Musten and former Beloved guitarist Matt Harrison and bassist Johnny Smrdel, alongside newcomers Chris Ankelein on drums and Mike Rich on guitar, to express the heavier side of music they loved. Since the bands inception in 2005 Advent has been making quiet but steady progress out of Kernersville, North Carolina. Having shared the stage with musical contemporaries like Underoath, Every Time I Die, Maylene and the Sons of Disaster and others, Advent has been reaching out to crowds who are familiar with the member’s former melodic hardcore ties and introducing them to a more aggressive and straight forward incarnation. Their debut album Remove the Earth and now Naked and Cold are a testament that change is often a positive step. Advent’s honest approach to hardcore will surely rekindle the genuine spirit within a style of music that often seems to have lost its way.
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