Monday, January 19, 2009

Die Alone - Discography

Die Alone started in late 2001 and officially broke up in 2008, after at least a year of inactivity. The band started out under the shadow of the At The Gates-clone metalcore scene, but quickly evolved away from that and incorporated elements of black / death metal and proceeded to put out a few demos before releasing a full length record on Corrosive Recordings.

As a member of the band, it sucks to try and write a decent explanation of the band that doesn't come off like some egotistic label produced PR release, but what we attempted to do was to bring real metal out of the era of fat guys in Packer jerseys. We were influenced by Immolation and Gorguts most obviously, but generally we listened to a lot of 90's era black/death metal and that shaped what we sounded like.

Our first vocalist, Art Henke, had vocals that were definitely hardcore influenced and he was never as metal as Tim and I were. Our first demo CD, "These Are More Than Words..." was a polished version of what we were doing, and I can listen to it and still be proud of what we did. The first few years of our existence consisted of us playing shows where people stood watching us with no idea what was going on. Looking back, I'd like to think that was because we were doing something outside of the box, but more than likely it was because we were playing through shit equipment in a room that makes bands that were as noodly as we were sound like a bunch of slop. Whenever we had the opportunity to play in a full sound environment with good stage (holy fuck?!) monitors, we came across better. Unfortunately, those types of shows were few and far between, often at venues (like the Rave, Vnuks, the Rock Shop, etc.) that couldn't get DIY kids to attend.

After some petty inter-band drama, Art left the band and was replaced by Mark Fisher (x-Shoot The Hostage). This allowed us to move even more solidly into being a death metal band and added a beefiness to our sound. Those years were awesome, even though we continued playing shows with barely any acknowledgement and I still believe that our full length record "The Arcane Suicide Movement" was put together extremely well. Eventually as time went on, we all developed other things in our lives that consumed our time and we slowly quit being a band. In retrospect, it took so much work to put together the material for that one full length that I don't think any of us had any urge to start over from scratch. I couldn't imagine at this point in my life being able to sit down and work on one song for months at a time like we did for Die Alone and I'm proud of what we did in that band.

So without any more nonsense, here's the complete studio recordings of the band:


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