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Dear Enemy

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"Dear Enemy, 2005 Demo"

There are plenty of bands who follow the pattern of "artistic growth" established by The Beatles as the industry standard. As time passes, their ambitions enlarge, and soon they're writing suites and symphonies and impenetrable in-jokes. But the artists that do things backwards are the ones to watch: they get the esoterica out of the way first, then hone things down to the heart of the matter. Dear Enemy is a new act, a mash-up of several popular Atlanta metal bands, but if you remember the old groups (Wastegate, Lucideon, Integen), then you'll realize this quintet has purged itself of all art-for-art's-sake tendencies. The four songs on its new demo, sympathetically, and loudly, produced by old friend Brian Parker, hit like a kidney punch, rushing headlong into the sort of anthemic choruses that are a radio programmer's wet dream. "To Have And To Hold," with Bryan Kraatz's raw-throated demand, "I've been wanting a reason," is the most immediate contender, but the remaining trio of cuts isn't far behind. All this isn't to suggest that there's anything crass about Dear Enemy's in-your-face accessibility. These songs are still intelligent rock that exists outside metal's middle-of-the-road mainstream. But these guys have realized that in an increasingly busy world, time is of the essence, and that reality has forced them to get much, much better at delivering their message.

Dan LeRoy - Dan LeRoy (Alternative Press, VirginMega Online)

"Dear Enemy at The Roxy (Atlanta, GA)"

On Saturday April 29, Three Days Grace headlined The Roxy, but Atlanta band Dear Enemy owned the night. From the crowd’s perspective, no one would ever know that Dear Enemy is an unsigned local band. The five high-energy band members worked the crowd like nobody else in town.

Three minutes before their show time, the theater was packed with over 800 rabid hard rock fans. A sea of lighters lit up when the house lights dimmed and Barry Manilow’s “Looks Like We Made It” hit the P.A. From the stage to the balcony, lead singer Brian Kraatz had the entire crowd raising fists in the air screaming “throw your hands up, throw your hands up” while keeping the mosh pits flowing with blood, sweat, and tears.

The enormous mutant wall of guitars courtesy of Ed Borowski and Gogi Randhawa mixed with the tasteful hard-hitting drums from newcomer Alex Dorminy and the pounding bass of Ben Workman. These four guys keep the performance fun and active by running around the stage, jumping on speakers, and swinging their guitars around like little kids. The live sound of Dear Enemy gives the crowd heavy guitar riffs with big melodic choruses and aggressive vocals by Kraatz and extreme back-up screams from Randhawa. The sound is brutal yet full of melody without the typical emo whining.

When Dear Enemy left the stage for Three Days Grace to take over, the band members headed straight to the merch booths to hang out with their fans. By the end of the night, they had given away more than 800 free demos, signed hundreds of autographs, and sold hundreds of dollars in merchandise. Thanks to an amazing performance, Dear Enemy gained several new fans and, judging from the crowd’s enthusiastic response, easily out-performed the headlining act.
- Southeast Performer


Believe The Rumors (LP 2008)
Walking Past Yesterday (EP 2006)
The Devined Sessions (EP 2005)





- Full east coast tour with Sevendust
- Full east coast tour with Taproot
- Full midwest and west coast tour with Taproot
- Shared stage with Chevelle, Three Days Grace, Red, Nonpoint, Hoobastank, Dark New Day, Hurt, Sevendust, Taproot, Alterbridge and more
- Winner of Ernie Ball Warped Tour Battle of the bands 2007 and 2008
- Acquired sponsorships from Hughes & Kettner Amplifiers, Pearl Drums, Ahead Drumsticks, Rocktron Effects, Warwick Basses, Dean Markley Strings, No Fear Clothing, SRH Clothing, Vigilant Threads, Alibi Industries and In-Tune Guitar Picks
- Atlantis Music Conference Showcasing Artist 2005 and 2006

In nature, the "Dear Enemy" effect occurs when powerful rivals agree to cooperate for the greater good rather than slug it out. That phenomenon happens all too rarely in the ultra-competitive music world, but great things can happen when it does, and Atlanta's Dear Enemy is proof.

Dear Enemy formed in early 2005 from the ashes of some of Atlanta's best-known local groups. They were motivated by a single desire: to completely eliminate egos and distractions, and make the hardest, most direct music they can, with the broadest possible appeal.

The difference between their past projects and Dear Enemy is evident on the group's 2005 demo, produced by Brian Parker. Songs like "Days Of Regret" and "Rise Up" go straight for the jugular, as jackhammer riffs and precision rhythms explode into melodies that leave you no choice but to pump your fist and sing along.

Already in their short life as a band, Dear Enemy has opened for such national acts as Three Days Grace, Dark New Day, Nonpoint, Burn Season and more. They continue to make waves reaching fans all over the world with their unique promotional techniques, their persistance, and their overdriven work ethic. It doesn't hurt that the band is known as one of the most approachable in the scene. The future looks bright for this powerhouse quintet and the sky is the limit to what they can do with their hard hitting riffs, memorable vocal melodies and undeniable live show.

Now on the weight of their 2006 demo, "Walking Past Yesterday" which was produced by Corey Lowery of Dark New Day, Dear Enemy's popularity grows exponentially and has shot them into a whole new level primed for the big leagues. With rigourous touring and unrelenting promotion, it will not be long before this hard-hitting band becomes a household name.