If you live in New York City, you've probably seen the stickers. You may have even met someone rocking the wristband. If you go to heavy music events, there's a good chance you've heard of or caught a Fear Is Dead show.
The band has released 5 EPs to date, their sound gradually evolving over the years into the heavy, minimalist, “in your face” band they are today. The present lineup consists of two familiar faces, front-man Skila (one of the founders) and guitarist David English (guitarist for the last 3 EPs and second senior member). Two newcoming members,Timmy V (bassist) and Ish Roberts (drummer), have joined them in the stage and studio.
Fear is Dead was formed in a garage in Queens, New York in 2011. Since then, they have been racking up a number of awe-inspiring live performances all over NYC, melting faces from Knitting Factory to the Studio at Webster Hall. Recently in 2018, they set out for the west coast and rocked out in Vancouver's Heavy Metal Brewing Company. A couple of times a year you can catch them packing the house at their second home, Brooklyn's Lucky 13 Saloon. They've shared stages with artists like Michael Graves (Misfits) and Hed P.E. and were reviewed by Metal Underground.Com, Aquarian Weekly and Tattoo.Com.
The band's unique sound and intense energy has garnered the acclaim of many of New York’s underground, bringing together fans from the Metal and Hardcore/Punk scenes. They've been described as "cathartic", "expressionist", "groove heavy" and "raw", exploring the darker, grittier side of the human experience. David's guitar work, known for being "rhythmic and riff heavy," provides the perfect environment for Skila's aggressive, syncopated styled, and at times rapid staccato vocals.
With a new rhythm section on board, the band has been performing consistently and recently recorded 2 singles at Silvercord, a studio designed and owned by Joe Duplantier of Gojira. The 1st song Assimilation is set for release November, followed by the video in December. Also in the works is their 1st full-length album due Summer 2020.
Their music, videos, and artwork all embody what Fear Is Dead is about: evolving musically and artistically. Losing yourself to find yourself, even for a moment.