Shi - 死
Shi Band
Shi in 2019.
Art by Yoko Molotov.
Background information
Also known as
Origin Louisville, Kentucky, USA
Genres Doom Metal, Stoner Metal
Years active 2015 - Present
Associated acts Rusty Old Crows, Zgowonto Lizards, Crown of Serpents
Website Facebook
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(Or Shi, pronounced sǐ) are a doom/stoner metal band from Louisville, Kentucky, active since 2015. The band's official Latinized name Shi reflects the Japanese pronunciation of the character 死. In Mandarin Chinese, the character is pronounced sǐ. In both languages, the character means "death".

Initially forming as a trio, Shi's sound would start off as stoner/doom but by 2018 evolve into a quartet with a more generally abrasive sound, eventually releasing their debut album "Depressive Suicidal Stoner Doom" in 2020, a motto the band has since embraced.


死 began in the summer of 2015 with the band quickly recording a demo with music about witches, robot bikers and dragons. Their first show followed on 10 July 2015 at the Mag bar in Louisville, Kentucky (with Seawitch and The Mighty Auroch.[1] More shows would follow throughout 2015 at venues such as Modern Cult Records and Massey's in Danville, KY. In 2016 the band would release a follow-up EP in Robot Songs with more sporadic shows. the band would begin 2017 with a performance at The New Vintage showcasing 3 Songs, their most recent recordings.

By 2017 Jace Stone (Crown of Serpents) would join the trio to make a quartet and the band would play more shows in the Louisville and Lexington areas, notably appearing at events the likes of Doom Daze of Summer, Clairvoyance, Louisville Is Dead and many others. At the time the band would be working towards a debut album, eventually releasing this debut known as Depressive Suicidal Stoner Doom on 31 January 2020. A release party would be held at the Magnolia Bar on the same day alongside Swamp Hawk and Blind Scryer.


  • 2015 EP (2015)
  • Robot Songs (2016)
  • 3 Songs (2017)
  • Cellar 1 (2017)
  • Cellar 2 (2018)
  • Depressive Suicidal Stoner Doom (Studio Album) (2020)


  • Zach Payne - Bass (2015 - Present)
  • Tyler Lewis - Drums (2015 - Present)
  • Bob Lowrey - Guitars, Vocals (2015 - Present)
  • Jace Stone - Guitars (2017 - Present)



External LinksEdit


  1. Shi FacebookAccessed 9 January 2017
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