Sunday, March 20, 2016

Hemotoxin "Transparent Eyes" (Unspeakable Axe Records)

Originally formed by Michael as one man project in June 2010 until original drummer Joey Banducci joined on drums as well as original bassist Josh Sumpter. In February 2011 the band had just recorded their first demo Biohazard, which contained 3 original songs and a cover of Sepultura's 'Troops of Doom'. Clayton Cagle of Apothesary was also apart of the band in late 2010 as Lead Guitar, he played on Biohazard and also played Hemotoxin's first show (February 11 2011 Red House) , but was released mid 2011. Through most of the year Hemotoxin continued as a 3 piece (Michael, Josh and Joey). During this time (June 2011) the band released their second demo "Walls that Divide'. For a brief period of time Jimmy Hill of Necrosin joined on lead guitar, but later departed to pursue Necrosin. In November of 2011 Joey quit the band and was soon after replaced by current drummer Brandon Wilcox (Brandon also played in their first band together Aeon of Death years prior.). At the same time Hunter Farrand (a young guitar player from Lafayette, CA.) contacted the band for a try out, after two try outs the band welcomed Hunter as the new lead guitar player. In December 2011 the band recorded their first EP 'Divinity in Torture' the band hand pressed every copy of "Divinity in Torture' and was released February 2012. That year band saw much success with landing a spot on Slaughter by the Water 3 and played a bicycle powered stage, stationary bikes were used to power a generator that powered the entire stage. At the festival Hemotoxin met Scott Fuller (Abysmal Dawn/Annihilated/Ex-Havok) who would produce their first full length album "Between Forever... and the End" in December 2012. The album was recorded in 5 days, and was released February 11 2013 (The two year anniversary of the band's first show). Through out the year Hemotoxin found success with the release of the album, but in September 2013 long time friend and bassist Josh Sumpter was released from the band,and two months later Hunter Farrand quit. The band had songs put together for a new EP which Brandon and Michael wrote most of through late 2013. For a short time Allan Islas joined on bass and played two shows before quitting. In December 2013 Hemotoxin had recruited both current Lead guitarist and bassist Michael Rohwer and Nathan Fruth. Shortly after Hemotoxin recorded the EP Alchemist and was released April 10 2014. Since the band has played all over California and continue to spread their music anywhere and everywhere. The band is currently writing for a new full length album set for release in summer 2015.
Hemotoxin "Transparent Eyes" (Unspeakable Axe Records)

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