Howard Jones Discusses Changing Devil You Know’s Name To Light The Torch

During an appearance on The Jasta Show, Howard Jones offered more of an explanation for changing Devil You Know’s name to Light The Torch. The main reason was due to issues with the band’s former drummer John Sankey.

Jones said the following:

“First off, it sucks to have to go through all this. I mean this goes without saying. I mean dropping incorporated stuff and trademarks…

At the same time it’s a band name so you’re not thinking… ‘Alright, no big deal, whatever,’ except that [the] record label have spent a lot of money promoting you, they spent a lot of money on the album, you spent a lot of time and effort on it. But we kind of had to do it.

Without going deep—because, I mean I don’t have social media because I really don’t care to tell my business to people—However, there’s really no way to avoid not telling to some extent what happened.

So it basically goes down like this. A lot of things that led up to… Let’s see, like, the summer of last year. It had got to the point where our drummer [John Sankey]—there was a lot of issues. He had been… We had had some fill-in drummers because we were just trying to deal with some internal stuff.”

“He wasn’t out of the band at the time… We had some fill-in drummers because we were trying to deal with internal stuff. And then… Should I just go to the email chain and read this? ‘Cause it would be a lot easier.”

“I’ll simplify it, god cause I hate talking, you know I don’t care about talking about stuff like this.”

“Here it is, it’s like OK, we were having troubles with him and he was doing stuff. So we’re like: ‘Okay, well we’re gonna get a fill-in drummer, deal with what you need to deal with, but things are getting weird, but we gotta keep touring.’

So we gotta kept touring. Then we fired him. And we had to fire him by email because we just couldn’t reach him. We fired him and then it’s like: ‘Look, we got this tour coming up, we’re going to have to make an announcement that we need a new drummer.

So he then proceeded to email and said: ‘No, you can’t put that up without it going through me or my attorney first.’ So we fired him on the 22nd and on the 24th he put out a press release on PRP or whatever, saying that he had decided to step down and move back. Nah, you got fired man.

And we just sat on it for a year because we didn’t want drama. So a year later we are still dealing with this guy trying to buy out his portion, because he had a portion of the name just like all of us, so we tried to buy his portion, he came up with a figure, we said ‘alright, we’ll cut a check.’…”

He later continued:

“It was just the fact that… We were to the point where we had to fire him. Because just everything had acculumated. But then, when he put out a press release [a couple days later] that he stepped down and was like ‘Now I’m gonna focus on the festival’ [at the time Sankey was involved with the failed ‘Legion Music Fest‘] it was like: ‘Dude that’s not how it went down.’ So we just didn’t say anything because I just don’t care about drama. The last thing I’m gonna do is a press release, when do you see me put out a press release?”

He also added:

“Just the fact that he put out that press release and it was just so much false information and it kept going a year later. And it was finally like: ‘Dude, we’ll buy you out, what number?’ He gave a number, ‘Alright, we’ll cut a check’, he then said ‘Nah I don’t think so, I want to keep hold of it.’

It’s not that… We could have kept using the name, but just not with him. And it’s not a matter of percentage, it’s like if Fran [Francesco Artusato] left the band I’d give him his percentage because that’s him, it’s fine. But it’s just, there was just too much.”

[via The PRP]

Devil You Know Explain Why They Changed Their Name To Light The Torch

Devil You Know have offered an explanation for changing their name to Light The Torch. The main reason was due to “member issues and legalities .”

The band said the following:

“After member issues and legalities continued for a year with no end in sight, we collectively felt it was time to put DYK to rest. Every effort was made to avoid this decision, but it needed/had to be done for the sake of moving forward. We will be forever grateful to those of you who shared that journey with us.

With that said, we decided that this was a perfect time to write and record something truly different, something that reflected what we have been through and what we have become. Our new album is almost done being mixed, and there will be many more details coming in the following days and weeks. We are LIGHT THE TORCH. See you soon.”

They also added:

“LIGHT THE TORCH will absolutely continue to perform Devil You Know songs and, the only way to legally continue would be under this course of action.”

The band’s new album will be released this year via Nuclear Blast.

Devil You Know Change Their Name To Light The Torch

Devil You Know have apparently changed their name to Light The Torch. The band said the following:

“We have officially changed our name to LIGHT THE TORCH! A full statement will be made soon and a new album is very close to being completed. It’s a new beginning and we couldn’t be more excited.”

Legion Music Fest Gets Cancelled

It was previously revealed that John Sankey left Devil You Know to focus on the Legion Music Fest in Australia. Now, it appears that the event has been completly cancelled.


Organizers said the following:

“Legion Music Fest Announcement

The organizers wish to thank all Aussie metal fans for their continued support of the Legion project over the last 10 months.

Due to a number of business considerations, we have made the decision to not proceed with the proposed launch of Legion Music Fest in January 2017.

*Edit* Please note – no transactions have been processed at all and no fans are out of pocket.

Legion HQ”

Devil You Know Partner With Legally Armed America

Devil You Know have announced a new partnership with Legally Armed America, which is a pro-gun TV program and web community. As part of the deal, the band will have their music featured in the network’s content. More info is available HERE.


Howard Jones said the following:

“The band’s collaboration produces music that is dense, forceful, and brimming with raw urgency. We see the same passion in what Paul Glasco does on Legally Armed America. I speak for each of the band members when I say we’re ardent supporters of the shooting sports lifestyle, and zealous Second Amendment supporters. We’re pleased our songs are woven into the Legally Armed America show, and see our presence as an extension of our support for firearms and the outdoors.”

Devil You Know, All Hail The Yeti, Etc. Added To 2016 Texas Revolution Fest

More bands have been announced for the 2016 Texas Revolution Fest. The festival will take place at the Empire Control Room & Garage in Austin, TX on October 22 and the updated lineup includes: Hatebreed DevilDriver, Soilwork, Crowbar, Unearth, Devil You Know, Walls Of Jericho, Ion Dissonance, ’68, All Hail The Yeti, Battlecross, Cruel Hand, Darkness Divided, Eternal Sleep, Exalt, He Is Legend, I Declare War, Incantation, Malevolent Creation, Moon Tooth, Ringworm, Seeker, Toothgrinder, Will To Die, and Wovenwar.


Hatebreed, DevilDriver, Etc. Set For Fall 2016 So What?! Music Festival

Mored bands have been announced for the fall edition of the So What?! Music Festival. The event will take place at the Deep Ellum in Dallas, TX on October 21-23, and the updated schedule includes: 2×4, ’68, A Sounding Sea, Acolyte, Agerasia, As Cities Burn, At All Cost, Avion Roe, Between California & Summer, Bodysnatcher, Darke Complex, Foxing, He Is Legend, Hotel Books, I Declare War, Icarus The Owl, In Her Own Words, It Lives It Breathes, Jonny Craig, Kyle Lucas, Least Of These, Limbs, Losing Teeth, Mercury Girls, Mirror Eyes, My Only Safe Haven, Myke Terry, Odd Folks, Oh Captain My Captain, Outliers, Outline In Color, Palisades, Rival Choir, The Human Experiment, The Number Twelve Looks Like You, The Orphan The Poet, The Rocket Summer, The Stolen, Trails Of Man, Traitors, Unity-TX, 7 Minutes In Heaven, Aaron Gillespie, Acceptance, Ace Enders, Assuming We Survive, Balance And Composure, Blindwish, Capsize, Chase Huglin, Citizen, Cruel Hand, Cult Leader, Dance Gavin Dance, Dark Sermon, Depedence, Desires, DevilDriver, Devil You Know, Eternal Sleep, Everyone Dies In Utah, Exalt, Free At Last, Glass Houses, Good Tiger, Hail The Sun, Hatebreed, Hawthorne Heights, Mount Tyrant, Polyphia, Recent Rumors, Ringworm, September Stories, Spite, The Contortionist, The Last Ten Seconds Of Life, The News Can Wait, The White Noise, To The Wind, Until We Are Ghosts, Vanna, Vinnie Caruana, We Came As Romans, Will Deely, Will To Die, William Beckett, and Woven In Hiatus.

Nick Augusto (Ex-Trivium) To Drum For Devil You Know For The Rest Of the Year

Devil You Know have revealed that Nick Augusto (ex-Trivium) will be handling the drumming duties for the band for the rest of 2016. Devil You Know posted the following:

“We are excited to announce that Nick Augusto will be playing drums for us for the rest of the year!!!”


Hatebreed Premiere “Something’s Off” Music Video

Hatebreed have premiered a new video for their song “Something’s Off” This song is from the band’s new album, “The Concrete Confessional,” which is available now.

The band also have the following dates booked with DevilDriver and Devil You Know:

09/23 Tucson, AZ – Club X’s
09/24 San Bernardino, CA – Ozzfest Meets Knotfest
09/26 Seattle, WA – Studio Seven
09/27 Portland, OR – Dante’s
09/28 Vancouver, BC – Venue Nightclub
09/30 Calgary, AB – The Gateway
10/01 Edmonton, AB – Union Hall
10/02 Saskatoon, SK – Saskatoon Event Centre
10/03 Winnipeg, MB – Pyramid Cabaret
10/05 Milwaukee, WI – The Rave
10/06 Green Bay, WI – The Sandlot Entertainment Complex
10/07 Minneapolis, MN – Mill City Nights
10/08 Sauget, IL – Pop’s Nightclub
10/09 Des Moines, IA – Wooly’s
10/11 Buffalo, NY – The Town Ballroom
10/12 Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall
10/13 Peoria, IL – Limelight
10/17 Knoxville, TN – The International
10/18 Louisville, KY – Mercury Ballroom
10/19 Birmingham, AL – Iron City
10/20 Baton Rouge, LA – Varsity Theatre
10/21 Dallas, TX – So What?! Festival
10/22 Austin, TX – Texas Revolution
10/24 St. Petersburg, FL – State Theatre
10/25 Jacksonville, FL – Mavericks
10/26 Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
10/27 Reading, PA – Reverb
10/28 Poughkeepsie, NY – The Chance

Devil You Know Announce 2017 UK Tour With Westfield Massacre, Wearing Scars, & Brutai

Devil You Know have announced ta 2017 UK headlining tour. The band will also be joined by special guests Westfield Massacre, Wearing Scars and Brutai.

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UK!!! This is happening!!!

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Tour dates:

01/10 Milton Keynes, UK – Crauford Arms
01/11 Norwich, UK – Waterfront Studio
01/12 York, UK – Fibbers
01/13 Birmingham, UK – O2 Institute 2
01/14 Manchester, UK – Sound Control
01/15 Chester, UK – The Live Rooms
01/17 Glasgow, UK – G2
01/18 Newcastle, UK – The Cluny
01/19 Nottingham, UK – Rescue Rooms
01/20 Sheffield, UK – Corporation
01/21 London, UK – Underworld
01/22 Swansea, UK – The Scene
01/24 Bristol, UK – The Fleece
01/25 Southampton, UK – Talking Heads