A Course of Action | Dark Before the Dawn

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Dark Before the Dawn

by A Course of Action

Four guys from the south just making great rock music.
Genre: Rock: Hard Rock
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1. Tell Me Why
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2. See You Again
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3. Never There
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4. Until Its Mine
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5. One Step from Down
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6. Shadow
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7. Slow Burn Out
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8. Dark Before the Dawn
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9. Screaming
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A Course of Action is a powerful foursome that brings many years of musicianship and a genuine love of music for the sake of music. They are known for incredibly tight live shows, commercial edgy, radio-friendly, hard-rock music that promises to break the cycle of “new” rock styles and refocuses listeners on solid rock music, with clear influences of Alice in Chains, Tool, Sevendust and current influences such as Alter Bridge.

Lead guitarist, Jonathan Byrd, played on the national scene in a Mercury Records act known as Copperhead in the early 1990’s, but when that band met their demise, he and former Copperhead bassist, Tony Hawkins formed Hybrid in 2000. They recruited for 3 years to find the right singer to solidify their vision for Hybrid, and they found that reality in John Culberson, a South Carolina native who also had regional success in True To One. Hybrid had a lot of regional success from 2003 until 2008, but with the advent of social marketing, the name Hybrid became too broad to brand. The band was at a crossroads, and with an imminent name change, also came a lineup change, when the band parted company with drummer, Okey Parsons. The band soon added Florida native, JT Silvestri on drums and most recently, the band said goodbye to founding member, Tony Hawkins, but gained Wes Johnson on bass guitar.

The band has been making huge strides month after month since then. 2012 has been a fantastic year, and bodes well for the events to come in 2013. A Course of Action will be a band to watch. The band is known for tight live shows, great music and solid original material. Hailing from North Carolina, South Carolina and Florida, the group brings many years of musicianship and a genuine love of music for the sake of music. That coupled with a strong DIY work ethic, the band seems poised for great things.

Once the band was asked, "what is your gimmick?" The answer was, "there is no gimmick. We are just four normal guys from the South making great rock music." The band is currently supporting a full length album, titled "Dark Before The Dawn", but most recently finished new tracks with famed producer, Beau Hill.

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No gimmicks or tricks to be found with the North Carolina based band known as A Course of Action. What you will find with this group is straight forward kick tail rock and roll being created in the highest quality of musicianship. If you like your rock in the vein of AlterBridge, Chevelle, Tool and Alice in Chains to name a few, yet every bit original in its own right, then this quartet could be your “next find”. A Course of Action is currently supporting its full-length album entitled Dark Before The Dawn which is chock full of memorable hard rocking tunes, catchy choruses and is well worth your effort to check out. While this rock outfit has every right to be proud of their current project, the band isn’t about to rest on its laurels and is already actively tracking new songs for another project with plenty of touring on the horizon for the remainder of 2013. (See link for full article.) http://www.rockrevoltmagazine.com/acourseofactioninterview/

— Rock Revolt Magazine (Feb 11, 2013)

It’s almost impossible, but the first CD of the North Carolina based band A COURSE OF ACTION sounds like a major label release. The mixing and production is quite incredible and more important, the included material on the album is of a superb high level. OK, we already have bands like CREED, ALTER BRIDGE, SHINEDOWN and CHEVELLE ruling the Rock Airwaves in the USA, but A COURSE OF ACTION is definitely a nice welcome. The band does add a few influences from Classic Melodic Hardrock and Progressive Metal to the overall typical modern day American Rocksound. Especially the last 2 tracks add something extra, which sets them apart from the rest of the major label signed rockbands in America. “Dark before the dawn” has a massive Progressive Metal twist and closing track “Screaming” is excellent Melodic Hardrock like HAREM SCAREM circa ‘Mood swings’, 90s TALISMAN, a little TYKETTO and TEER during their independent debut album. However, most of the time it is pure modern American Rock with big fat groovy guitar riffs and melodic clean vocal choruses, with as one of the highlights the rather excellent opener “Tell me why”. Not only is the sound and production of this CDR really terrific, the band is also capable of writing and recording sensational songs only here, while the lead vocals of singer John Culberson are amazing (somehow reminding of HARRY HESS of HAREM SCAREM). The band’s guitarist is the actual founding member of A COURSE OF ACTION and he happens to be Jonathan Byrd, who played and recorded with major label act COPPERHEAD 20 years ago. With A COURSE OF ACTION however, Jonathan founded a band with a bright future, because their first record is an instant killer release. Definitely a band to watch out for in the future, as they could become the next big thing. Written by Gabor Rating Gabor 8/10

— Gabor Kleinbloesem, MyGlobalMind.com (http://myglobalmind.com/2013/01/27/a-course-of-action-dark-before-the-dawn-review/) (Jan 27, 2013)

Gene Foley www.FoleyEntertainment.com Review of "Dark Before The Dawn" at Sonicbids RATING SCALE "1" Indicates the Lowest Score "5" Indicates The Highest Score Recording Quality/Production: 4.5 Lead Vocals: 4.5 Musicianship: 4.5 Lyric Writing: 4 Music Composing: 4 Melodies: 5 Song Arrangement: 4 Quality of EPK Content: 4 Overall Delivery: 4.5

— Gene Foley, Foley Entertainment (Jan 17, 2013)

Without a doubt one of the best pure Rock Bands you will ever hear and if you have listened to this band one time, you are most likely still listening to their addictive Rock sound to this day. It does not surprise me at all that A COURSE OF ACTION is The Band Of The Week. Along with their Killer songs, the band also has some of the most devoted fans I have seen.They support them in every thing they do and the band always keeps them informed and involved. It is like every fan they have, is truly a member of their own family. The Band contributes their sound to bands like Alice In Chains , Alterbridge , Chevelle , Sevendust and TOOL, BUT , the band I hear the most in their music would have to be EVE TO ADAM out of New York. A Course Of Action's music is smooth and nothing out powers anything else in the band which makes it so easy to listen to. If you have never had the chance to listen to this band do yourself a favor and give them a listen. Let the band know what you think and I guarantee you will not only hear some of the best music you ever listen to but find some of the best people you could have ever met.

— The Pit Unsigned Magazine (Jan 7, 2013)

"This sounds like something I would hear on the Octane station on Sirius satellite radio. It's where the heavier rock bands are played. As I just mentioned, they are a rock band, and they sound pretty kick ass. The singer reminds me of the singer from Sevendust. He has that nice soft singing voice and it sounds like just about the same ranges too. I didn't hear too much of the same heavy vocals, though that Sevendust has. The music is pure heavy rock. Three Days Grace, Breaking Benjamin, Red, Sevendust, etc....those kinds of bands. I think my favorite song that I listened to was Now You See. It was a little on heavier rock side, the vocals were kick ass and just all around a great tune. I'm officially a fan."

— Jen's Metal Page (Jun 19, 2009)

A Course of Action, a band made up of members from the south who have now made their home in western North Carolina, opens for 1980’s hair band Winger on Friday in Hickory. “People hate putting labels on it, but I call it modern rock-alternative,” John Culberson, guitarist for A Course of Action said. A Course of Action is a four-member band hailing from North Carolina, South Carolina and Florida. The band consists of Culberson on guitar and band mates J.T. Silvestri on drums, Wes Johnson on vocals and rhythm guitar, and Connelly Springs native, Jonathan Byrd on lead guitar. Of opening for Winger, Culberson said, “When I was younger, I liked those guys. It’s kind of cool getting to play with a national recording artist…you know you will get a crowd.” The band was recently featured on 106.5 The End radio station and has travelled playing for the armed forces across the world. “Regionally we’ve been doing this for a long time,” he said. The band will play a set stemming from their “Dark Before Dawn” album. “It’s a more polished sound that represents us,” Culberson said. The band works hard to produce that polished sound, even going as far as building their own recording studio. “We love what we do. It’s a very hard business to crack, especially in this economy. We are pushing ourselves very hard right now. We have built our own studio in Hickory,” Culberson said. Friday’s show will be a culmination of the band’s hard work before displaying their talents at an industry showcases Aug. 11 in Greensboro and Aug. 12 in Charlotte as part of The Exposed Music Festival. “It’s not only good for us, but good for the local music scene as well. We are going to have a good turnout for the show,” Culberson said. “It’s going to be a really good show overall.” Doors open at the Main Cellar City Club at 6:30 p.m. Tickets can be bought for $25 from the band and for $30 at the door and online. For more information, visit www.acourseofaction.com . Also on stage Friday is another local Burke County group Justifyed. The band joins A Course of Action for a combination of solid original hard rock music and then familiar 1980’s and 1990’s tunes with Justifyed. Visit www.facebook.com/acourseofaction or www.acourseofaction.com .

— Mary Beth Robertson, Morganton News Herald (Jul 19, 2012)

"Ok guys....welcome to SMT....I sat through all your tunes and I must say I really enjoyed your band and all your songs. great production, solid songs and musicianship all the way around. Well done guys, nice riffs, really good vocals, clean playing and some fairly catchy material all add up to a nice well rounded package. The band appears to have a good image and I can see this band selling on the commercial level. I can't really complain so I won't....listened to several bands last couple of days.....you are the only one to spark my interest...tight sound too.....well done guys.........Overall really good band with commercial potential................8/10 The Jester Promoter SAVAGE HENRY http://signmeto.roadrunnerrecords.com/artists/savage-henry"

— Henry, "The Jester" Savage; Sign Me To Roadrunner Records Scout (Aug 7, 2012)

"debuted live on rok out radio tonight dont ask how but we did we let the audience vote we give you a perfect 10."

— Lady Spitfire, DJ, Rok Out Radio (Aug 9, 2012)

Rooted in the Appalachian reaches of North Carolina, rockers A Course Of Action have been steadily drawing attention to their contemporary sound through tireless performing and a strong DIY work ethic. After more than a decade, during most of which the band was known as Hybrid, A Course Of Action has put forth their debut album Dark Before The Dawn. Drawing on hard rock notables such as Tool, Papa Roach, and Sevendust for inspiration, A Course Of Action's sound integrates well with the style of rock preferred by mainstream listeners. Dominating Dark Before The Dawn are the pinched, staccato riffs of Jonathan Byrd and John Culberson. The first song on the album, "Tell Me Why", establishes the band's direction with a sputtering pace that is complimented by nicely melodic choruses. Most songs follow this pattern, with "See You Again" offering a bit of a Papa Roach swirl and "Until It's Mine" possessing some Soundgarden qualities, but there's a rougher edge to Dark Before The Dawn that helps distinguish the band from their forerunners. The guitar tone is more jagged than the polished radio darlings which, to me, lends credibility to the band's desire to add a bit of grit to what currently passes as the rock scene. An interesting bit of trivia about A Course Of Action centers on Byrd. Back in the early 1990s, he was a member of the Southern rock outfit Copperhead, whose song "Long Way From Home" was featured in the Mickey Rourke movie Harley-Davidson & The Marlboro Man. Those were some crazy times, kids. Anyway, things really begin to come together for the band on "Never There". The grinding, low-end riffs are more consistent here and keep the song's momentum at an even pace. Byrd and Culberson punctuate the track with several nicely placed leads and a very tasteful solo. "One Step From Down" also maintains a pleasing tempo with melodic, Tool-like riffs. Culberson provides an impassioned vocal performance here as well, adding to the genuine appeal of the song. Overall Culberson has a smokey, mid-range rock 'n' roll voice well-suited to A Course Of Action's musical direction. Never once does he sound strained or hollow. One other track that stands out on Dark Before The Dawn, despite the halting riff patterns, is "Shadow". The band mixes things up a bit here by bringing in some synth effects which, along with a more discernible bass presence, adds a touch of menace to the track which aligns it a bit more with the dark tone of the album cover. A Course Of Action's formula is not complicated and does not push any limits, but it does result in an enjoyable listen that modern rock fans will want to experience. I wouldn't be surprised at all to hear songs from Dark Before The Dawn on your favorite Clear Channel station alongside Alter Bridge and Chevelle.

— Harvest Moon Music (Nov 8, 2012)


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