Members: Joel - Lead Vocals, Lee - Guitar, Simeon - Drums, Pete - Guitar/Vocals, Andrew - Bass
Anchored in the aggression of bands like Killswitch Engage and As I Lay Dying while channelling the pop sensibility of Story of the Year and Cartel, Australia's Forgiven Rival are quickly gaining momentum and drawing the attention of international audiences, sharing the stage with UnderOath, Story Of The Year, Escape The Fate, Haste The Day, Blessed by a Broken Heart, The Audition, Parkway Drive, Silverstein, Project 86, THSD, Sights and Sounds, Boys Night Out, MxPx, I Killed The Prom Queen, The Getaway Plan, and many more.
In 2006, Forgiven Rival independently released their debut EP 'The Symphony of Words' before signing to Australian label, El Shaddai Records. 2008 saw the successful Australian/Japanese release of their Debut Album 'This is a War' which was followed by the release of the first film-clip 'Like The Effects of the Wind'. In the following months, the band inked a deal with Cartel Music Management and picked up endorsement deals with Zildjian, Roulette Custom Drums, Vic Firth, ESP, Hughes & Kettner and Dean Markley. Their music appeared on a number of Extreme Sports films including Extreme Velocity, Adaptions Encore, and Freesurf DVD. With constant touring, charity events, festival appearances and heavy media/radio attention, Forgiven Rival began to carve their mark on the Australian music scene.
In mid 2008 the band received an invitation to perform at Canadian Music Week in Toronto alongside The Holly Springs Disaster and Sights and Sounds. On return to Australia in late March, Forgiven Rival re-entered the studio for pre-production on the next album scheduled for release early 2010 with a new single to be dropped exclusively through iTunes late 2009. A sit down meeting with Australia's foremost booking and touring agency, Premier Artists, resulted in the band teaming up with this iconic agency to continue the bands spiralling growth in Australia. In early June 2009, Forgiven Rival introduced Andrew Hennesy as their new bassist, freeing up frontman Joel Thornton, taking the live show to exciting new levels.
In the coming months, 'This is a War' will be available world-wide as Forgiven Rival gears up for some extensive touring, crazy festivals, and the release of their new single.
"This Is A War is a blueprint for modern Australian, accessible music."
- Blunt Magazine
"Heavy with melody and aggression, the debut by Melbourne four-piece Forgiven Rival is nothing short of first class."
- The Adelaide Advertiser
"The big heavy hardcore breakdowns and metallic edge to their sound ensures that the band have plenty of power behind them, while the melodic choruses showcase the commercial appeal within the band's song writingâ¦ a well-rounded and likeable release, and one that's sure to attract more than a few listeners in the band's direction"
- The Blistering Webzine