From: CA, United States
Genre: Metal, Alternative, progressive
Etched In Red is a Progressive Metal group for the new millennium. The San Diego, CA-based quintet combines elements of Alternative Rock, Hard Rock, Metal and Progressive Rock that shuns every type of Corporate Rock cliché.
The group was born in the Fall of 2002 with longtime friends Seth Boyce (vocals) and Jason Kirk (guitar) putting an ad out in a local paper. George Makris (drummer) and Nick Kramer (guitar) were the first to respond, and the rest is history. Bassist Chad Gutterud joined the lineup in 2008 when the group’s original bassist left for personal reasons.
Etched In Red released its debut album, Dylate, in 2007. The album, which was independently engineered and produced, is a collection of hard-hitting yet intelligent Metal songs in the vein of nu-metal-meets-progressive: intelligent, lyrical wordplay delivered through fierce vocals, aggressive and brooding riffs coupled with blistering, elaborate solos and an ambitious rhythm section.
The group has drawn comparisons to various performers such as Dredge, Opeth, Pantera, Deftones and Tool. “Music is the universal language,” says Kirk, “and we feel compelled to speak it as intelligently and emotionally as we can without being pigeon-holed.” The CD has drawn rave reviews across the board from critics of extreme metal to post-grunge alternative.
EIR has shared the stage with contemporaries such as As I Lay Dying, Alien Ant Farm, Drowning Pool, Prong, Powerman 5000, as well as Taproot and have performed in numerous industry showcases where they’ve impressed representatives from Sony, Atlantic and Epic Records, to name a few.
Etched In Red came off a short summer tour in support of their album, with more regional touring in the works. After a listen to the album or a night at one of their shows, you’ll agree with the critics that this is a band to keep an eye on. EIR is currently working on their followup album, due out summer 2012.