Metal Gets Hip Hop Makeover

Dead Rabbitts team up with Whitney Peyton

    Craig Mabbitt is no stranger to dabbling in different genres. Working on multiple projects, such as  Dead Rabbitts and Escape The Fate, he normally stays close to the hardcore and metalcore scenes. However, Mabbitt is not afraid to experiment and puts a hip hop spin on “Dead Again” with a feature from Whitney Peyton.

     The close friends have shared the stage together in the past, so a musical collaboration was something both wanted to pursue. As Mabbitt shares, “It’s really great having Whitney on the track. She brings a whole new element to the song and I love her part. Do yourself a favor and check her out if you haven’t already!”

     The two blend perfectly together on the remix and Peyton’s feature elevates the song to a whole new level. Both musicians are highly respected in their genres, making crossings of these two worlds something special. Peyton explained, “I love fusing rock with rap, and if you’re going to do to it, go big by collaborating with a band fronted by one of the most renowned talents in the industry, Craig Mabbitt. The Dead Rabbitts are a force to be reckoned with and I’m just happy to be part of the storm!”

     The original track is off the Dead Rabbitt’s highly anticipated sophomore record, “This Emptiness”, who will be headlining the first ever Tragic Hero Records Tour that also features I Set My Friends on Fire, SET TO STUN and Northern Ghost. The tour kicks off tonight in Austin, TX and wraps up on 7/15 in Fullerton, CA.
About Dead Rabbitts

     The Dead Rabbitts are a metalcore super group from Phoenix, AZ. The band is comprised of Craig Mabbitt (Escape the Fate), TJ Bell (Escape the Fate, Motionless in White), and Rob Pierce . The music is largely reminiscent of Mabbitt’s previous groups Blessthefall and The Word Alive with Mabbitt telling AltPress “this is what I wanted to do with The Word Alive.” It’s a heavier bombardment of sound than Escape The Fate fans will be used to, but is still filled with plenty of hooks and harmonies.

     After the release of their first EP Edge of Reality (produced by Caleb Shomo of Attack, Attack! and Beartooth) and a successful tour with Get Scared, The Dead Rabbitts signed with Tragic Hero Records. “It pretty much fell into place”, says Mabbitt. “I called Escape The Fate’s old manager. I said, ‘If you’re interested, why don’t you manage this project?’ He said, ‘Cool. Well, I’m managing A Skylit Drive right now and they’re on Tragic Hero. Show me some songs.” So I did, and everybody loved them.

     Mabbitt and The Dead Rabbitts immediately began work on a full-length album with Andrew Wade (A Day To Remember, Motionless in White) in Ocala, Florida. “Wade took a lot of the songs and fucking killed it, in a good way,” says Mabbitt. “He took one of my least-favorite songs that we recorded, and now it’s the whole band’s favorite. It’s crazy how much something so simple can completely change a song.” The album is entitled Shapeshifter (out 2014) and is even heavier and faster than Edge of Reality. The record also features a sexually charged raucous tune with Ashley Costello of New Years Day.

     After staying quiet for three years, 2017 was the return of the Rabbitts as the band premiered, “Dead Again”, off their upcoming album ‘This Emptiness’.

The record is a personal outlet for Mabbitt while he touches on his own struggles as explained to AP, “The past two years of my life, just personally, have been pretty crazy, [There were] a lot of changes I was trying to make that ultimately just made me very, very unhappy.” While the subject matter may be dark, Mabbitt is hopeful for the future, “The main line in the chorus [of the title track] ends with, ‘This emptiness gives me room to grow.’ So it’s very optimistic. It goes to some dark places, but [is] just all around optimistic about it.”

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