Upon A Burning Body has released three albums and an EP -- enough to introduce the world to the San Antonio quintet's grooving brand of heavy metal. But frontman Danny Leal says being part of last summer's Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival provided an exponential boost to the cause.
"That was definitely a great tour for us and showed the growth of the band," says Leal, 29, who co-founded the band -- which plays ?? -- during 2005. "Mayhem's like a vacation; it's so easy and so pro you never want to leave, everything from the amount of people you're playing in front of to the people who run it. It makes you feel really good, like a you're just hanging out with your friends.
"Everything you do and work for to tour that way, they bring it to you. It feels like a prize, almost."
UABB has been getting other rewards for its latest album "The World Is My Enemy Now." The set logged career-high chart debuts during August -- including No. 3 on Billboard's Hard Rock Albums chart, No. 6 on Top Independent Albums survey and No. 39 on the Billboard 200. It also marked the group's first appearance on the U.K. charts. "That was great," Leal says. "It's one of those things that you hear about and you're like, 'Wow, that's really cool' and you want to keep pushing it and make it go even bigger and better."
And, he adds, the crowds coming to the band's own shows after the Mayhem tour are helping to make that happen.
"We're definitely getting a lot of the older guys coming, fans we've been itching to get," he says. "To seem them coming to shows is great for us."
Upon A Burning Body, Veil of Maya, Gideon and The Last Ten Seconds of Life
Saturday, Jan. 17. Doors open at 6 p.m.
Saint Andrews Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit.
Tickets are $16.
Call 313-961-6358 or visit www.saintandrewsdetroit.com.
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