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Stonecutters
Stonecutters 2020
Stonecutters circa 2020.
Background information
Origin Louisville, Kentucky, USA
Genres Sludge Metal, Doom Metal, Thrash Metal, Death Metal
Years active 2005 - Present
Labels Time Is Truth Recordings, Grind Ethos
Associated acts My Own Victim, Kallus, False, Incursion, Son of Dog, The Hookers, Assisting Sorrow, Fatal Step, Cult of Frost, Cryptic Hymn, Winterhymn, Tyranny Enthroned, Anagnorisis, Bowels, War Cloud, Volcandra, Horseburner, Blind Scryer
Website Stonecutters Destroy

Stonecutters are a metal band from Louisville, Kentucky, USA. Beginning in 2005, they played primarily sludge metal but have incorporated elements of doom metal, death metal, hardcore punk and thrash metal into their sound over the years. In recent years they have their sound is more predominantly focused towards thrash metal, with the band referring to themselves as "genre-bending death metal".

HistoryEdit

Stonecutters Early

Stonecutters in their early years.

Stonecutters were formed by Brian Omer in 2005 sometime after the dissolution of My Own Victim, recruiting members of Louisville's metal scene and adopting a sludge metal sound.[1]  Louisville artist and former musician William David Pollard (Evergreen, Cinderblock) took the role of providing artwork and lyrics for the band, acknowledged as a "shadow member".[2] Sometime in the next year they would play their first live show at Uncle Pleasant's (Now The New Vintage as of 2012.) in Louisville and release their first album in 2006 titled The Death of Me[3]. Three years later a second album by the name of Christhammer would follow on their personal label Time is Truth.

In 2011 the lineup would change with Eric Christopher Leffler replaced founding member Cliff Whitehead. In April 2013 lineup their third album Creatio ex Nihil was released at Headliner's Music Hall, Louisville, KY[4]. A short tour of the midwest followed. At some point Chris Leffler would leave the band and be replaced by Nick Burks. 2014 led the band to two short tours of the United States and a performance at Berserker Fest in Michigan.[5]

In 2015, Stonecutters toured twice in support of their current album along with promoting songs from their upcoming fourth album entitled "Blood Moon". Notable performances include the closing party for iconic Louisville video store Wild & Woolly Video[6], a second appearance at Berserker Fest[7] and performing at GWAR-B-Q.[8]

Stonecutters officially released their fourth album Blood Moon on 31 October 2015 with a video following for "Sign Of The Pentagram". A vinyl edition was officially released on April 2 but was available in March to support their "Blood Moon Rising" Tour. [9] The band followed up with appearances at Louisville is Dead (A local festival) and Full Terror Assault alongside two more tours of the United States that year.

On 9 February 2017 the band released a second video from Blood Moon for the song "Carbon Footprint".[10]

Stonecutters

Stonecutters circa 2018.

On 25 August 2017, Stonecutters announced a fifth studio album was fully written and in the works with a crowdfunding campaign lasting from August to December.[11] Following a series of 2018 tours, Stonecutters would confirm that Carved in Time would be set for a 2 November 2018 release. The band would tour the West Coast USA in support of the record and close out with a string of dates supporting GWAR. On 2 January 2018 the band announced a mini-tour where they would perform the entirety of Carved in Time.[12] 2019 would prove to be one of the most active years for Stonecutters, participating in several tours and releasing a new EP in The Living Dead in October 2019, with a release party at the Mag Bar on 31 October.

On 4 December 2019, bandleader and founder Brian Omer announced that, after a March tour in 2020, that he would be leaving Stonecutters in the following personal post:

“It is with a heavy heart that I write this...but after nearly 15 years, 6 releases, countless shows and tours, I've decided to bow out of Stonecutters. I love my bandmates and cherish our great times together, but it's time for me to move on. I will be doing one last tour in the month of March, then onto the next chapter in life. We still have lots of awesome merch available on our bandcamp page. If you've ever been interested in any of it now is the time. I always thought of Stonecutters as a very powerful, unique, dedicated, hard working band that I will always be proud of. Hope to see you all soon somewhere down the road.”
 
— Brian Omer, Facebook Post [13]

On 16 July 2020 a new song would be revealed in "The Absurdist" as work began on new music. River Jordan (Blind Scryer, Volcandra) would be revealed as the band's new guitarist.[14]

MembersEdit

Current LineupEdit

  • Kevin Redford - Bass, Backing Vocals (2005 - Present)
  • Nick Burks - Guitar, Vocals (2013 - Present)
  • Christopher J. Smith - Drums (2018 - Present)
  • River Jordan - Live Guitar (2019); Guitar (2020 - Present)

Past and Live-Only MembersEdit

  • Brian Omer - Guitars, Vocals (2005 - 2020)
  • Cliff Whitehead - Guitar, Vocals (2005 - 2011)
  • J.R. Switzer - Drums (2005 - 2008, 2009)
  • J.D. Hall - Bass (2005)
  • Chad Omen - Bass (2005)
  • Greg Stilts - Drums (2005)
  • Richard Bybee - Drums (2005)
  • Johnny Wooldridge - Drums (2008 - 2017)
  • Chris Leffler - Guitar (2011 - 2013)
  • Charlie Taylor III - Live Drums (2017; Pagan Warrior Tour)
  • Nicholas Bryan - Drums (2017 - 2018)

DiscographyEdit

Studio AlbumsEdit

  • The Death of Me (2006, Self-Released)
  • Christhammer (2009, Time is Truth)
  • Creatio ex Nihil (2012, Time is Truth)
  • Blood Moon (2015, Time is Truth)
  • Carved In Time (2018, Grind Ethos)

EPsEdit

  • Stonecutters  (2005, Self-Released)
  • The Living Dead (2019, Grind Ethos)

SinglesEdit

  • The Absurdist (2020, Self-Released)

Compilation AppearancesEdit

  • "Our Mother of Sorrows" on Bluegrass Doom Comp Vol. 1 (Blue Grass Records)
  • "Red" on Rise: A Tribute to Kinghorse (Louisville Lip Records)
  • "Seekers of Truth" on Head Cleaner: A Louisville Music Compilation Vol.  1 & 2 (Gubbey Records)
  • "Thieves" on Head Cleaner: A Louisville Music Compilation Vol. 3, 4, 5 & 6 (Gubbey Records)
  • "Sound The Trumpets" on Head Cleaner: A Louisville Music Compilation Vol. 7, 8, 9 & 10, 11 (Gubbey Records)
  • "Pagan Warrior" on Positively Lost: The Art of Doodlehound (Doodlehound)

Tours Edit

  • 2013 - Creatio ex Nihil Tour
  • 2014 - August 2014 Tour
  • 2014 - Frozen in Dysphoria
  • 2015 - March 2015 Tour
  • 2015 - May 2015 Tour
  • 2016 - Blood Moon Rising
  • 2016 - Madness Prevails
  • 2016 - Death Awaits
  • 2017 - Stoneburner (With Horseburner)
  • 2017 - Pagan Warrior West Coast Tour
  • 2017 - Road to WVRMFest
  • 2018 - Embrace The Unknown
  • 2018 - Gods and Monsters
  • 2018 - Die Killing (Select dates with GWAR)
  • 2018 - Carved In Time North American Tour
  • 2019 - Carved in February
  • 2019 - ...An Image Carved In Time
  • 2019 - The Devil Rides Alone
  • 2019 - Midwest Shredfest
  • 2019 - Death Spiral
  • 2019 - The Living Dead Tour (Select dates with Yatra, War Cloud)
  • 2020 - March Radness (With Lich King, Toxic Ruin; partially canceled)

Links Edit

References Edit

  1. Ultimate Metal
  2. Discogs
  3. Gh Gumman May Interview with Stonecutters, Eighth question in the interview.
  4. Never Nervous
  5. Stonecutters Facebook
  6. Wave 3
  7. Stonecutters Facebook
  8. Stonecutters Facebook
  9. Stonecutters Facebook
  10. YouTubeAccessed 11 February 2017
  11. Stonecutters FacebookAccessed August 25 2017
  12. Facebook
  13. / Facebook accessed 8 December 2019
  14. Metal Injection
V·T·E Stonecutters
Current Members Nick BurksKevin RedfordChristopher J. SmithRiver Jordan
Past and Live-Only Members Brian OmerCliff WhiteheadJ.R. SwitzerChris LefflerJ.D. HallChad OmenGreg StiltsRichard BybeeCharlie Taylor IIIJohnny WooldridgeNicholas Bryan
Releases StonecuttersThe Death of MeChristhammerCreatio ex NihilBlood MoonCarved in TimeThe Living DeadThe Absurdist
Associated Bands and Artists William David Pollard • Jeff Gaither • Cory Fusting • My Own Victim • Kallus • False • Incursion • Son of Dog • The Hookers • Assisting Sorrow • Fatal Step • Volcandra • Blind Scryer
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