CHAPTER 14
BIO

Though Chapt er 14 features two members of recently departed metal-core unit Destr oy Th e Runner, 14 was in the works long before their tenure in Runner. Vocalist Chad Acke rman (who has also spent time as a guitarist in As I Lay Dying and vocalist in Austrian Death Machine) says “Me and Tanner [Sparks] were doing Chapter 14 full time before we were asked to join Destroy The Runner in 2006.” The original Chapter 14 also included future members of Confide, Chiodos and In Fear And Faith. Ackerman reveals “We did two full U.S. tours on our own, which I actually booked through MySpace and opened up for As I Lay Dying a number of times. The band had a following but we never got a chance to record so towards the end of Runner we were into recording these songs and touching them up with some of our newer influences.”

The result is the forthcoming EP Like Trees In November which has Sparks taking on the role of guitarist, bassist and drummer recorded in his own Sparks Studios. Ackerman who is known for his soaring melodic vocals has delivered his best work here with a confident and powerful range. The music is technical with a post-hardcore attack and at times metallic drums pushing it forward but make no mistake this is vulnerable and emotional rock. Ackerman reveals “Chapter 14 is actually the most poignant chapter in my favorite book, Watership Down.” Watership Down is a popular novel written by English author Richard Adams about a group of rabbits who encounter death and destruction from all around them while searching for a safe home.

“Chapter 14 [of Watership Down] is actually titled “Like Trees In November” and it’s in this chapter that the main rabbits go to persuade their friends to leave the rabbit farm where they live and warn them that the farmer who runs it will destroy them. However none of the rabbits on the farm believe the main characters and think that they are lying. The main characters have to leave their friends behind knowing it is their doom. While the songs on the EP aren’t entirely about Watership Down, relationships including the types that the rabbit shared are a central topic.”

Producer Brian Grider recorded vocals and handled mixing and mastering on the EP at his own SCM Recordings. Long time friend Matt Geise of Lower Definition adds guest vocals to the song “Moth And Rust.”

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