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Escape the Fate is an American Post-hardcore band from Las Vegas formed in 2004. Since forming, they have released three EPs and three full-length studio albums. Their first big break was winning a radio competition sponsored by My Chemical Romance, earning them a place on their tour and kickstarting their career. Dying Is Your Latest Fashion was the band's debut, the only album to feature original vocalist Ronnie Radke. This War Is Ours, released on October 2008, was the band's first album with Craig Mabbitt as the new lead vocalist. Their self-titled third studio album was released on November 2010 and their most successful album to date.
As said up above, the band went through quite a lot of drama concerning their line-up changes, especially the vocalists. Ronnie Radke was arrested in 2008 following run-ins with the law over narcotics possession and battery charges for a fight that left an 18 year old dead. Whether Radke was asked to leave the band or was fired, either way, some bad blood seems to have come out between the rest of the band and Radke. Radke was sentenced to prison for a couple years, and has now found a new band to front for.
After the departure of Radke, former Blessthefall vocalist Craig Mabbitt joined the band, first as a temporary replacement, and then as a permanent member. He also had a small side project going on called The Word Alive, but it didn't work out too well for him (he was kicked out due to his tour schedule with Escape The Fate). Nevertheless, the groups seem to be on friendly terms with each other.
With the addition of Mabbitt, the group has hit the big time with two more albums and several music videos. Their third album, Escape The Fate, has hit Number 25 on the Billboard 100, 1 at Hard Rock Albums, 4 in a Rock Albums, 3 in Alternative and Independent charts and 18 in Digital Albums Chart.
- Craig Mabbit - Vocals
- Max Green - Bass, back-up vocals
- Bryan Money - Guitar
- Robert Ortiz - Drums
- Ronnie Radke - Vocals
- Carson Allen - Keyboards, synthesizers, vocals
- Omar Espinosa – Rhythm guitar, backing vocals
- Escape the Fate EP (Unreleased to the public) (2004)
- There's No Sympathy for the Dead EP (2006)
- Dying Is Your Latest Fashion (2006)
- Situations EP (last release to feature Radke as vocalist) (2007)
- This War Is Ours (2008)
- Escape the Fate (2010)
Tropes associated with Escape the Fate:
- Album Title Drop - On both DIYLF and TWIO, "Situations" and "This War Is Ours," respectively.
- Audience Participation Song - "Situations" when played live.
- Break Up Song - A few. "Harder Than You Know" is an example.
- Careful with That Axe - On a lot of their songs which predominantly feature screaming, such as "The Guillotine," "This War is Ours," and "Massacre."
- Coolest Club Ever: In the 10 Miles Wide video with their own airline, with Joel Madden and Ron Jeremy in attendance.
- Concept Video
- Cover Version - Of "Smooth" by Santana.
- Emo Teen - Their earlier looks often called this to mind.
- Epic Instrumental Opener - "This War is Ours." Oh my GOD, that intro... *head asplodes from the awesome, epic shredding*
- Face of the Band - Generally averted; most fans know all of the bandmembers.
- Fan Service: In many, many videos, especially Situations and 10 Miles Wide.
- Hot Dad: For many fangirls, Craig (though his daughter Leila is still rather young, and Craig himself is very young as well).
- I Love the Dead - "Zombie Dance"
- Indecipherable Lyrics - People who aren't familiar with screamed vocals might not be able to pick out words without the help of a lyric book or the internet.
- Loudness War
- Murder Ballad - "Cellar Door"
- Nobody Loves the Bassist: Averted hard with Max Green, due to the fact that he does back-up vocals as well as bass, plus he's Mr. Fanservice for some fangirls out there.
- New Sound Album - A poppier shift from Dying Is Your Latest Fashion to This War Is Ours, and a shift to more produced, edited, and harder metalcore-like sounds from the latter to the self-titled.
- One-Woman Song: "Ashley"
- Performance Video: For the song, This War Is Ours, ending with the guys in a motel room with groupies.
- Playing to The Fetishes: Look up the aforementioned Fan Service.
- Rockstar Song: Quite a few of these.
- Self-Titled Album
- Scary Musician, Harmless Music
- Seven Deadly Sins: The focus of the Gorgeous Nightmare video.
- Sex, Drugs and Rock and Roll - Ronnie had problems with drugs and alcohol, and towards the end showed up to nearly every show drunk or high off his rocker. Max had the same problems. Craig was an alcoholic. "It's Just Me" is about getting wasted on tour, and the dialogue section at the end is about Craig enjoying passing out and throwing up because of alcohol use. Additionally, "Situations" is about one-night stands.
- Signature Song: The Ronnie era has Situations, My Apocalypse, and Not Good Enough For Truth In Cliche. Craig era has Something, Issues, The Flood, and This War Is Ours.
- Surprisingly Gentle Song - "Harder Than You Know," "The Day I Left The Womb." Also double as Power Ballads.
- Talky Bookends: In Gorgeous Nightmare.
- Tear Jerker - "The Day I Left the Womb" Ronnie seems to be struggling not to cry in this song. This troper can relate to the lyrics.
- They Changed It, Now It Sucks - What the various factions of fans inevitably cry with the drop of every new album. Goes hand-in-hand with this band's Broken Base.
- Additionally, This War Is Ours was named "The Most Disappointing Album Of 2008" by... some magazine, I can't remember. Ronnie had that page up on his prison cell wall for a while.