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Brink of Something Beautiful


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"Cane Records Blasts Hardcore Metal"

By: Kendall Sale/ Edge Writer
Issue Date 3/27/08

On- campus record label Cane Records celebrated their second album release of the semester on Saturday night at the Rat.

A far cry from Cane Records' first album release, which featured R&B crooner Les, Saturday's release party celebrated the debut album of Brink Of Something Beautiful, a band that describes themselves as "hardcore and metal with some punk and jazz influence."

Although the heavy metal genre appeals to a limited audience, Cane Records saw the great potential in Brink, who was signed to the label last spring.

"It's almost like you're in a trance listening to them, even if you don't like metal or screamo," said Bailey Usdin, president of Cane Records. "The way they're passionate about their music comes through their performance and everyone can relate to them."

Brink started recording their album, titled Doctrine Of Ethos, in August 2006. Unlike other artists working with Cane Records, Brink recorded and produced the entire album on their own.

"We had free reign over recording," said the band's vocalist Tony Martinez, a senior pre-med major at the University of Miami. "It was great because we had a lot of creative freedom."

Even though the band was given freedom in recording, the process still proved to be grueling. According to Martinez, each song had to be recorded three or four times until they got the sound they wanted.

Now that the album is finally complete, Cane Records will assist Brink in releasing, marketing and promoting it.

Saturday's release party was the first step for Brink in the promo process. After an opening performance featuring acoustic artist Elaine Maltezos, the winner of Cane Records' 2007-08 audition, Brink Of Something Beautiful took over the stage.

"We measure our success on stage in how much we sweat," said Dana Salminen, the band's bassist.

In an intense and definitely sweaty performance, Brink showcased 11 songs from their album. From the first track to the very last, the band's energy level never faltered. One song even incorporated an electric cello in a choir breakdown.

"They throw in elements you don't expect," said Jen Mozenter, album parts and production coordinator for Cane Records. "They are developing their own style, which is part of the reason why they have such a large fan base."

After performing mostly around the Miami and Ft. Lauderdale area, Brink Of Something Beautiful is planning to tour on the East Coast this summer. Currently, they are trying to win a spot at Warped Tour on

'They have a great future ahead of them", Usdin said. "Their live performance is amazing and their fan base will continue to grow." - Miami Hurricane Section: The Edge


LP: Doctrine of Ethos (2008)



Brink of Something Beautiful hails from Miami, Florida, where they formed in November of 2005. The five member metalcore/post hardcore group incorporates different elements into their music, ranging from hardcore and metal to contemporary jazz and classical influences. They currently play various venues and are booking a summer tour. Brink of Something Beautiful is just getting started to make their mark on the hardcore music scene.

Tony Martinez, Dana Salminen, Tim Stimpson, Karl Fagerstrom, and Brandon Mayer are the musicians behind Brink of Something Beautiful. An interesting mix of backgrounds, ranging from Florida and the Northeast, to Seattle and Indonesia, the band was formed when Tim met Tony and Karl. From there Dana and finally Brandon were recruited. Their original vocalist Benjamin Vipler left the band in October of 2006.

The name “Brink of Something Beautiful” was originally conceived by Ben, and holds strong ties to many of the band’s lyrics. It centers on a theme of self-discovery and growth and relates to many of the outside influences the band relies on when writing their music.

The members of Brink of Something Beautiful all have strong musical backgrounds. They all played in bands prior to forming Brink and with the exception of one member, have all been formally trained in their instruments and in music theory. Dana has also had the honor of playing at Carnegie Hall multiple times. To add to the prestige of the group, Karl has won a plethora of awards for both drums and the trumpet, such as All-Northwest Jazz Band Drummer 2005 and the Berklee College of Music Scholarship in 2004. Their training is apparent in their performance, with their energy and precision being unmatched.

Their talent is also evident in their writing. “In Memory of Dana” continues with their theme of self discovery. The song revolves around a character that is constantly collapsing under pressure by what is around him, while emphasizing how important it is not to surrender who you are and to fight for your identity. “Where’s James Bond When You Need Him” is a social commentary on the complacency of this generation. The song uses heavy symbolism, such as fire, suggesting it can only take one person to serve as an example for others. Both of these songs are examples of how Brink of Something Beautiful is not just another hardcore band, but a passionate combination of musicians who are doing what they love.

Their first album “The Doctrine of Ethos” was released in March 2008. Their debut showcases a mixture of influences, from hardcore and mathcore bands. Influences for this album include The Dillinger, Escape Plan, The Black Dahlia Murder and others Brink of Something Beautiful utilizes mathematics in their instrumentation, which stems from their engineering backgrounds. Many of their lyrics have been inspired by vocalist Tony Martinez’s personal experiences and surroundings.

Tony has been quoted saying, “Our only goal is to make music that everybody can listen to and find honesty in – maybe too much honesty – something that can speak to them.” Brink of Something Beautiful has a passion that is clear in their music and lyrics. Whether on stage or in the studio the band never misses a beat and unmistakably reaches their fans while staying true to their music. Brink of Something Beautiful has only just begun on the road to success.

‘Cane Records is the student-run record label at the University of Miami, established by students in the Music Business and Entertainment Industries Program in 1993. “Doctrine of Ethos” will be the twentieth album release by the label. For more information, please visit