Devil To Pay
Devil To Pay
Background information
Origin Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
Genres Doom Metal, Sludge Metal, Southern Metal
Years active 2002 - Present
Labels Lax Wax, Ripple Music
Associated acts The Gates of Slumber, Wretch, Apostle of Solitude
Website Devil To Pay Official

Devil To Pay are a sludgy heavy rock band hailing from Indianapolis, Indiana, USA. Since 2002 this quartet has served as one of the key bands in the Indiana stoner / doom metal scene, led by one Steve Janiak. The band's lyrics are based heavily in hallucinations, history, supernatural theories and apocalyptic themes to scratch the surface.

Since their formation the band has released six studio albums and has toured all over the United States, appearing at a host of festivals including Doomed & Stoned Festival, Stoner Hands of Doom, Templars of Doom and SXSE among others.


Thirty Pieces of Silver & Cash Is King (2002 - 2007)Edit

Devil To Pay was founded on February 25th, 2002, by drummer Chris Gordon (ex-The Gates of Slumber, ex-Wretch) and guitarist/vocalist Steve Janiak, after talking music one night at the Alley Cat, a popular dive bar in Broad Ripple. Joined by Rob Secrist on guitar, the band signed up as an alternate in a local battle of the bands. After a few months of jamming, the band found out they were slated to fill a slot and had only a couple weeks to prepare. Bassist Matt Stokes, a high school friend of Secrist, joined shortly after and Devil to Pay quickly hashed out a 25 minute set, playing their first show May 29th, 2002 at the Patio. After a second show at the Melody Inn with The Keep (featuring Chuck Brown of Apostle of Solitude), Chris Gordon unexpectedly quit the band. Matt Stokes childhood friend Chad Prifogle (drums) joined Devil to Pay the next day.

From there the band performed frequent local gigs around Indianapolis throughout 2002, including the final round of the battle of the bands, coming in 5th place overall out of 200 local acts. Devil to Pay would go on to play shows outside of Indiana beginning in 2003, starting with a January show alongside Bible of The Devil, Superchrist & The Leroy Fix in Chicago.

In February of 2003, Janiak fell ill with a life threatening blood clot in his intestines, requiring emergency surgery to remove 3 feet of necrotic bowel. The surgery was successful, but there were serious complications. During this time, the guitarist was put into a drug-induced coma for several weeks, and the subsequent hallucinations, visions and flashbacks from the experience became the inspiration for much of Devil to Pay's lyrical content in the following years.

After Janiak's recovery, Devil to Pay performed in the 2003 battle of the bands over the course of the summer, eventually winning the grand prize of $10,000 on August 21st.

The band began work on their first studio album at Azmyth Studios, Indianapolis, ultimately releasing Thirty Pieces of Silver on November 29th, 2003 on Indianapolis's Benchmark Records, topped off by a two-venue release party at The Melody Inn and The Emerson Theater. Devil To Pay would also tour the southwest United States for the first time that December, heading as far west as Mesa, Arizona.

2004 continued with more local and regional dates, with the band gearing up for a longer US tour. Devil to Pay appeared at festivals such as Stoner Hands of Doom and Templars of Doom, sharing the stage with the likes of The Glasspack, Pelican, Tummler, Buried at Sea, King Valley and The Gates of Slumber among others. The band started the midwest leg of a 2004 tour with Conifer and ran into vehicle trouble, borrowing a van for a few dates and returning home for repairs. Unfortunately, the day the band was set to re-join Conifer on the west coast, Rob Secrist abruptly quit the band. Janiak, Stokes and Prifogle continued the tour as a trio. Secrist was eventually replaced by guitarist Bob Bridges.

The band kept the performance momentum going into 2005 including an appearance at Emissions from the Monolith as work on a second album began.

Cash Is King would be released on March 14th, 2006 with multiple weekender tours and a tour with Eldemur Krimm closing out the year to support it. The band would keep up the pace of gigging in 2007, playing with Indian, Lo-Pan, Wretched and The Glasspack among others. Bob Bridges left Devil to Pay in February 2007 and was replaced by guitarist Billy Lee.

Heavily Ever After (2008 - 2012)Edit

With more sporadic shows in 2008 and another lineup change, with Rob Hough replacing Lee on second guitar, Devil To Pay would begin work on their third record and filmed one of their live performances in the tail end of that year. Featuring songs old and new the band would release a live DVD entitled '48 Minutes' on February 28th, 2009. A short two-day jaunt along with a six-date tour with Lo-Pan would follow. The band would release their third album Heavily Ever After on August 15th, 2009 at Zanies Too in Indianapolis (With Lo-Pan, Cocaine Wolves and Chapstik), followed by many more shows and an appearance at the tenth Stoner Hands of Doom Festival.

2010 would see the band committing to a full tour with Lo-Pan, while 2011 saw the band perform sporadic shows with the likes of Backwoods Payback, Suplecs, Stonecutters and Premonition 13 to name a few. After a mind-expanding epiphany in 2011, Janiak also began to explore links between the normal and paranormal, devouring anything he could find on the subject from eastern philosophies, the new thought movement to books about theoretical physics and alternate universes. All of which bled profoundly into Devil To Pay’s lyrical themes. A new single would see release in 2012 in This Train Won't Stop / Tie One On while the band celebrated their tenth anniversary with a special show at Indy's Jukebox on August 25th, 2012 (with Lo-Pan & Goliathon). In 2012, thanks to a friend of the band who sent off some recordings to the label, Devil To Pay would sign with Ripple Music and begin work on their fourth studio album.[1]

Ripple Music and Fate Is Your Muse (2013 - 2015)Edit

With newfound inspiration and musical themes to expand on their riffed-out, doom-rock sound, Devil To Pay would release their fourth studio album Fate Is Your Muse on April 9th, 2013. A release party would follow on April 12th at Radio Radio (with So Sayeth & Dead Man's Switch). A single for Ten Lizardmen and One Pocketknife came out on April 27th, 2013 as the band toured once again with Lo-Pan, followed with shows with Earthen Grave, Soulfly, The Decline Effect, Kid Rock, ZZ Top and Daikaju among others. The band would close out the year with a November tour throughout the Northeastern United States. The band would spend the next two years performing in their hometown and working on a fifth album.

A Bend Through Space and Time (2016 - Present)Edit

On January 6th, 2016 the band would release a new song in Your Inner Lemmy, a tribute to the departed Motörhead frontman. The band would perform a string of shows early that year alongside Karma to Burn, Mos Generator and U.S. Bastards among others leading up to the release of A Bend Through Space & Time on August 12th, 2016. A release show on August 20th at Radio Radio (with Apostle of Solitude and American Bombshell) would follow along with the band's first tour in three years. Devil To Pay would follow with a west coast tour of the United States in 2017 and local shows with Earthride, Buzzov*en, Wo Fat, The Well and many others, including an appearance at Doomed & Stoned Festival.

On September 30th 2019 it would be announced that Devil To Pay would be releasing their sixth studio album, Forever, Now or Whenever, on November 8th, 2019 via Ripple Music.[2]


Studio AlbumsEdit

  • Thirty Pieces of Silver (2004, Benchmark / Lax Wax)
  • Cash Is King (2006, Lax Wax)
  • Heavily Ever After (2009, Lax Wax)
  • Fate Is Your Muse (2013, Ripple Music)
  • A Bend Through Space and Time (2016, Ripple Music)
  • Forever, Now or Whenever (2019, Ripple Music)

Misc. ReleasesEdit

  • Tractor Fuckin' Trailer (Split with Mantis) (2003, Lax Wax)
  • 48 Minutes (Live DVD) (2009, Lax Wax)
  • This Train Won't Stop / Tie One On (7" Single) (2012, Gloryhole)
  • Ten Lizardmen & One Pocketknife (7" Single) (2013, Ripple Music)


Current MembersEdit

  • Steve Janiak - Guitar, Vocals (2002 - Present)
  • Rob Hough - Guitars (2008 - Present)
  • Chad Prifogle - Drums (2002 - Present)
  • Matt Stokes - Bass (2002 - Present)

Former MembersEdit

  • Billy Lee - Guitars (2007 - 2008)
  • Bob Bridges - Guitars (2004 - 2007)
  • Rob Secrist - Guitars (2002 - 2004)
  • Chris Gordon - Drums (2002)


  • Thirty Pieces of Silver Tour (2003)
  • 2004 West Coast Tour (With Conifer) (2004)
  • Cash Is King Tour (With Eldemur Krimm) (2006)
  • 2009 North American Tour (With Lo-Pan) (2009)
  • Devil To Pay & Lo-Pan (With Lo-Pan) (2010)
  • Devil To Pay & Lo-Pan (With Lo-Pan) (2013)
  • Fate Is Your Muse November Tour (2013)
  • A Bend Through Space and Time Tour (2016)
  • West Coast Tour 2017 (2017)

External LinksEdit


  1. Ripple Music
  2. The Obelisk
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