Bands from last year Ruinfest VIII:
Genre: Technical Death Grind
This band has been ripping apart the SoCal scene for years with their technically precise blend of brutal Death Grind. GUTSAW just released their devastating new album "All Lives Splatter" and has been receiving praise from critics and extreme metal fans all over. We can't wait to see them lay waste to the RUINFEST stage with their high intensity live performance.
NECROJUANA Music Video:
THE FLAVOR OF FLESH Music Video:
THE BRUTAL MASSACRE OF RAW DISGUSTING TECHNICAL DEATH GRIND EMERGED LIKE A TRIO OF GHOULISH DEMONS OUT OF THE MESSIEST MORGUES IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA IN JULY 2003. WITH THE LINE UP CONSISTING OF AXE GRINDER NECRO NICK ON GUT-TARS AND VOKILLS, DAVE INGRATE, HANDLING BASS AND VOKILLS AND MARK RIVAS ON SKINBLASTING DRUMS.
IT ALL STARTED WITH THE INTENT TO CREATE A MORE BRUTAL, FASTER AND SICKER TECHNICAL DEATH GRIND BAND THAN ANYTHING THAT CAME BEFORE IT. THE NAME GUTSAW IS A METAPHOR THAT STANDS FOR THE SAW THAT SPILLS THE TRUE, SICK GUTS OF REALITY THAT IS HIDDEN FROM THE WORLD THAT IS BLIND. THE ONE THAT DOESN’T WANT THE TRUTH OF MURDER, RAPE AND DISGUST THAT THE MEDIA DOESN’T WANT YOU TO SEE, UNFURL AND BECOME EXPOSED. THE 3 PIECE UNDERRATED GODS OF GRIND ARE BACK WITH A NEW ALBUM CALLED ‘ALL LIVES SPLATTER’ RELEASED SEPTEMBER 30TH 2022 TO CUT OUT THE CANCER OF HUMANITY.
Genre: Progressive Metal
This group killing the SoCal scene for over a decade while releasing mind blowing records filled with infectious riffs, soaring vocals, and epic shred! Having recently released the critically acclaimed "Thanatos Rising", we know this band is ready to deliver a legendary performance. We're very excited to see SORIZON to shred the stage at this year's RUINFEST!!!!
THANATOS RISING Music Video:
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BIO: (full bio here: http://www.sorizon.net/bio.html)
With a definite progressive metal bent, SORIZON aims to break down subgenres to bring metalheads together. SORIZON's previous releases have garnered overwhelmingly positive reviews, including proclamations that they “rival the better work of Symphony X” and “the guitarists complement each other like not many bands have done; Maiden and Priest come to mind.”
Sorizon has just released their third full-length album, Thanatos Rising, featuring powerful artwork painted by Eliran Kantor (Testament, Sodom, Havok).
“‘Thanatos Rising’ is a journey through the nightmarish battles of life and death, ending with worth and wisdom,” says guitarist Dr. Danny Mann.
The themes of Thanatos Rising resonate with the state of the world: death, fear of the unknown and the hope of renewal. Thanatos Rising brings SORIZON's peak of songwriting and critically acclaimed production. Sorizon began building momentum for Thanatos Rising throughout 2020 by releasing eight singles from the upcoming album on all major online music platforms. The new album is out now on limited edition blood red and black galaxy vinyl and digital.
Hailing from Southern California, Keith McIntosh (vocals), Dr. Danny Mann (guitar) and Sean Elston (drums) began making metal in the band Joust in 2006. After a short but successful run, they decided to get heavier and more progressive, thus spawning SORIZON in 2008. After a few lineup changes, SORIZON now rocks an undeniable chemistry with Tim Hall on guitar (since 2011) and Kevin Vickers on bass (since 2012).
SON OV LEVIATHAN
Genre: Black Metal
This band has been making a name for themselves in the SoCal metal scene with their blistering riffs and ferocious black metal anthems. We cannot wait to see the grim ritual unleashed upon the stage this year!!!
Son ov Leviathan was founded in 2014 by sole member Hexorath based out of California. Ideologically, Son ov Leviathan is and always will be based in self expression, the opposition of oppressive ideologies, igniting metamorphosis and condemning the pestilent nature of humanity. This is presented in the form of black metal with lyrics rooted in luciferianism, blasphemy and misanthropy.
Son ov Leviathan self released the debut full length 'Vi Veri Vniversum Vivus Vici’ in November of 2017 with great initial reception across all digital platforms. Shortly after, Son ov Leviathan was back at work releasing the sophomore album “Luciferian Misanthrope” February 1st of 2019. It was clear that bringing Son ov Leviathan from the studio to the stage was the next step in the venomous path for the band.
Since then, Son ov Leviathan has been actively exercising rituals across California, continuing the journey of growth and spreading our profane gospel. Son ov Leviathan's third full length entitled "Lvcifugium" has been recorded and is currently in post production with a release date soon to be announced!
Genre: Brutal Death Metal
This devastating group was formed in Mexico during the 90s and have been killing it all over the world with their classically brutal sound and punishing grind beats. Having recently released the death metal opus "Violentopia", we know this band is set to absolutely destroy the stage at this year's RUINFEST!!!!
ROTTENNESS is a brutal death metal band hailing from Merida, Mexico and the midwestern United States. Guitarist Jaleel Castillo founded the band in the late 90’s and immediately hit the road touring Mexico, the United States, Europe and South America—playing hundreds of shows in dozens of countries, including festival performances at Obscene Extreme, Meh Suff, Bogota Deathfest, and Maryland Deathfest, alongside tours with MALIGNANCY, FUCK THE FACTS, CEPHALIC CARNAGE and many more.
Currently ROTTENNESS has signed with SELFMADEGOD RECORDS (Poland) and released their newest LP, ‘Violentopia’ (2022), featuring a whole new 5-piece lineup alongside guest performances by members of Cephalic Carnage, Pig Destroyer, Unidad Trauma and Abysmal Dawn, mixed by Rob Caldwell (Cannibal Corpse, Municipal Waste, Devourment) and Davide Billia (Hour of Penance).
ROTTENNESS aims to continue touring and performing as much as possible, bringing their professionally underground, Mexican-American style of brutal death metal to as many cities and countries as possible.
Genre: Black Metal
This band has been making waves in the US black metal scene with their unique sci-fi approach to the genre and their amazing song crafting. The bands riffs are sharper and more dangerous than ever with their latest release "Zenith". We can't wait to watch IMPERALIST annihilate the stage and this year's fest!!!
"Parallax Descends" music video:
"Splendor Beneath An Ancient Permafrost" music video:
Based just a few minutes east of Los Angeles, Imperialist was born from a fascination with the depths of space merged with songwriting influenced by the mystical art of Black Metal. The result is a cosmic, cold, telling experience from infinite realities.
VOICES OF RUIN
Genre: Melodic Death Metal
This band has been tearing up stages worldwide with their aggressive approach to the classic Scandinavian melodic death metal sound. Having represented the US metal scene at Wacken and released the critically acclaimed "Path to Immortality", these battle tested warriors are ready to unleash the shredding riffs and mind bending guitar harmonies upon the RUINFEST stage!!!
REACH TOWARD THE SKY music video:
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Voices of Ruin is a cutting edge metal band that combines elements of European melodic death metal and classic heavy metal with the devastation of west coast thrash. Unrelenting in their delivery, they bring crushing and powerful anthems of burning worlds and vicious demons cast out from Hell. Voices of Ruin can be seen scorching stages all over the world.
Genre: Death Grind
Unidad Trauma has quickly been carving out a name for themselves throughout the US and Mexico with their fierce blend of deathgrind and have recently released an absolutely crushing new album "Arte Medica Siniestra". With their captivating live show and brutal sounds, we can't wait to see UNIDAD TRAUMA rip apart the stage at RUINFEST!!!!
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33 (Ars Sinistra) Music Video:
Unidad Trauma Bio:
2019 was a strange year for underground medicine in Tijuana, Baja California. A series of unfortunate events befell one of the most infamous medical practices in all of Mexico, causing it to abruptly shutter its seedy doors, effectively halting its progress on questionable medical techniques and research. However, the fierce tenacity within the remaining doctors could not be excised from the world of medicine. Plans were quickly brought forth to create a new practice in which the 4 young Doctors' thirst for the discovery of new sinister medical knowledge could be quenched.
By mid-2019, the entity now known as UNIDAD TRAUMA had already begun to enter the ears of the populace of Mexico and the United States. Stories started circulating regarding a group of so-called “Medical practitioners” who would give dissertations in the form of a harsh musical assault to those with an unhealthy curiosity for occult medicine . The most well known of which took place during a string of dates across the American Southwest with Cattle Decapitation. More of these sorts of lectures were also done in Mexico the same year, with a tour of the countries most populous cities.
Soon enough, word had spread to the European country of Belgium through a purveyor of morally questionable art and music, and thus the Doctors were invited to perform at Masters of Grind in November 2019 with acts such as Birdflesh, General Surgery, Cattle Decapitation, and Agathocles. But this was only the beginning, as the fervor of the clad in black surgeons only became more unrelenting with each successful procedure in the name of progress and science.
Unfortunately, world events including the global CoronaVirus pandemic and the shutting down of international borders in North America caused the postponement of Unidad Trauma’s largest performance yet at Domination Festival in Mexico City, as well as other planned Mexican and US tour dates. Unfortunately for the test subjects currently housed at their clinic in Tijuana, and ever being men of opportunity, the Doctors locked themselves within their headquarters… scheming and toiling away on their first release via Concreto Records, "Arte Medica Siniestra".
Genre: Progressive Metal
This band has been releasing the most amazing prog metal masterpieces in recent times and we are VERY excited to welcome WITHERFALL to this year's fest! The band's latest release "Curse of Autumn" brings the infectious riffs, insane shred, and powerful vocals to another level. We cannot wait to see WITHERFALL shred the stage APART at this year's fest!!!!
WITHERFALL are unstoppable! The dark melodic heavy metal juggernaut from Los Angeles are blazing new trails and weaving new tales on spectacular new album, Curse of Autumn. Although two years separate WITHERFALL's third opus from their celebrated A Prelude to Sorrow album, it feels like a long time. Even with the Vintage EP bridging the gap, the wait has been cruel.
Well, WITHERFALL legions the tease of what's to come is out there. Fronted by a riveting, high-budget Zev Deans (Ghost, Behemoth) video for "As I Lie Awake," a visualizer video for "The Last Scar," and the premiere of the utterly wild "Another Face," the Curse of Autumn finds vocalist/keyboardist Joseph Michael (Sanctuary), guitarist Jake Dreyer (Iced Earth), bassist Anthony Crawford (Chon), and drummer Marco Minnemann (The Aristocrats) with a genuine metal classic in their collective midst.
Full bio here: https://www.witherfall.com/bio
Genre: Death Metal
This band has been destroying the modern death metal scene all over the planet with their devastating riffs, shredding solos, and refreshing take on the classic death metal sound. The "Nightmare Frontier" EP that Abysmal Dawn released this year is a solid reminder that this band is here to level the stage and claim the death metal throne!!! We've been fans of Abysmal Dawn for decades and we are honored to welcome them to this year's RUINFEST!
"INANIMATE" Music Video
"IN SERVICE OF TIME" Music Video
American death metal masters Abysmal Dawn are back! After a six-year gap, the Los Angeles-based outfit and Season of Mist hereby present Phylogenesis. Not that Abysmal Dawn have laid low since the release of 2014’s lauded Obsolescence full-length. Far from it.
They toured North America four times and hit Europe and South America for the first time. Meanwhile, founding member Charles Elliott opened his studio, Tastemaker Audio, to accelerate Abysmal Dawn’s own recording needs, as well to act as a bridge to other bands in need of a knowledgeable and relatable audio technician. But the road to Phylogenesis wasn’t an easy one.
Besides work-horsing it throughout the U.S., Canada, Sweden, Germany, the UK, Brazil, Chile, and beyond in support of Obsolescence, Elliott and crew managed through some of the lowest points in Abysmal Dawn’s career. Internal strife, administrative burdens, musical differences, and motivation all had their various ways with the Californians. Yet, from the darkest depths, they prevailed, heralding a new chapter in the group’s storied history. Indeed, Phylogenesis is Abysmal Dawn’s rebirth!
Read the full bio here: https://www.season-of-mist.com/bands/abysmal-dawn/