|Origin||Virginia Beach, Virginia, U.S.|
|Genres||Hardcore punk, mathcore|
|Years active||1995–1999 , 2011|
|Labels||Hydra Head, Reservoir, Magic Bullet|
|Associated acts||Channel, Converge, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Doomriders, Old Man Gloom, The End Of The Universe, Moutheater|
Jesuit was an American hardcore punk band from Virginia Beach, Virginia, formed in 1995. The band disbanded in 1999 and had a one-off reunion in 2011.
Jesuit formed in 1995 with drummer J. How, bassist Brett Matthews, and guitarists Nate Newton (ex-Channel) and Kelly Posadas. In 1996 the group released a self-titled 7" vinyl EP produced by Kurt Ballou through Reservoir Records. The CD version of the EP also featured the three song's from Jesuit's demo tape as bonus tracks. In December 1996, Jesuit embarked on a tour which took them all the way north into Canada for a week's worth of shows in Ontario with Canadian grindcore band Acrid.Jesuit and Acrid teamed up again in July 1997 for a full tour across the Midwest, Northeast and East Coast of the United States.
In 1998, Jesuit toured North America with Botch and The Dillinger Escape Plan. The group traded out Kelly Posadas for Brian Benoit, and released a second self-titled 7" EP through Hydra Head Records in 1999—again produced by Ballou.Jesuit disbanded later in 1999.
After the break up, Nate Newton and Brian Benoit moved to Massachusetts/New Jersey (respectively) and either joined or formed new bands.Newton would go on to perform in Converge, Old Man Gloom and Doomriders. Benoit performed with The Dillinger Escape Plan until severe nerve damage in his arm made it difficult for him to play his instrument.
In November 2010, Jesuit announced their intent to reform for a few shows in 2011, and also release a collective anthology of the group's early releases which had all gone out of print.Magic Bullet Records released Jesuit's Discography in April 2011. The compilation album featured the group's two EPs, demo tape, and compilation contributions in reverse chronological order. The songs were remixed by Kurt Ballou at GodCity Studios, remastered by Bob Lipton at Peerless Studios, and the packaging featured newly designed artwork by Florian Bertmer and Brent Eyestone.
On April 9, 2011 Jesuit performed their first show in over a decade. The group opened for the also recently reformed bands Unbroken and Indecision at the Santos Party House club in New York City.Jesuit also performed at Virginia's Best Friends Day festival in August 2011.
Dropdead is an American hardcore punk band based in Providence, Rhode Island. They have been active in the punk scene since 1991, having been formed in January of that year. The band's songs are generally short and very fast-paced, with few lasting longer than one minute. Other famous crust punk and grindcore bands like Nasum have covered some of their songs. The band has a strong do-it-yourself ethic.
Mathcore is a subgenre of hardcore punk and metalcore influenced by post-hardcore, extreme metal and math rock that developed during the 1990s. Bands in the genre emphasize complex and fluctuant rhythms through the use of irregular time signatures, polymeters, syncopations and tempo changes. Early mathcore lyrics were addressed from a realistic worldview and with a pessimistic, defiant, resentful or sarcastic point of view.
Converge is an American hardcore punk band formed by vocalist Jacob Bannon and guitarist Kurt Ballou in Salem, Massachusetts in 1990. During the recording of their seminal fourth album Jane Doe, the group became a four-piece with the departure of guitarist Aaron Dalbec and the addition of bassist Nate Newton and drummer Ben Koller. This lineup has remained intact since. They have released nine studio albums, three live albums, and numerous EPs. The band's sound is rooted in both hardcore punk and heavy metal, and they are considered pioneers of metalcore as well as its subgenre mathcore.
Botch was an American metalcore band formed in 1993 in Tacoma, Washington, United States. The band, featuring Brian Cook, Dave Knudson, Tim Latona and Dave Verellen, spent four years as a garage band and released several demos and EPs before signing to Hydra Head Records. Through the label, Botch released two studio albums: American Nervoso (1998) and We Are the Romans (1999). The group toured extensively and internationally in support of their albums with liked-minded bands such as The Blood Brothers, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Ink & Dagger and Jesuit. Botch struggled to write a third studio album, and in 2002 the group broke up due to tensions among the band members and creative differences. Hydra Head posthumously released an EP of songs the group had been working on before they split titled An Anthology of Dead Ends and a live album documenting their final show titled 061502 in 2006.
Bane was an American hardcore punk band that began in 1995 as a side project between Aaron Dalbec and Damon Bellorado. Dalbec approached Matt Firestone to sing and they played under the moniker of Gateway for a few shows, before Firestone parted ways to focus on other projects. Dalbec then approached Aaron Bedard about singing for Bane. They went into the studio in December 1995 with a few friends and released a five-song demo. The next year saw the release of their first EP, and many shows throughout central Massachusetts. In early 1997, Bane released Free to Think, Free to Be EP, and in 1998 the band released the Holding This Moment 7" and CD collection, and embarked upon their first US tour. Like many other hardcore bands, Bane are known for their promotion of tolerance and unity within the scene.
Unbroken was an American metalcore band from San Diego County, California, United States. They were influential in the Southern California hardcore scene during the mid-to-late 1990s. The band chose the name Unbroken because they wanted to emphasize their dedication to the straight edge philosophy of drug abstinence. However, most of the members have since given up this belief.
Nate Newton is the American bassist in hardcore punk band Converge. He also played bass in Cavalera Conspiracy and Cave In, and he plays guitar and sings in Old Man Gloom and Doomriders.
Ben Koller is an American drummer who's played with Converge, Mutoid Man, Killer Be Killed and All Pigs Must Die. He started playing a full drum kit at age 14.
Brian Benoit is a former guitarist for The Dillinger Escape Plan. Before playing in Dillinger, Brian played in Jesuit with eventual Converge bassist Nate Newton. Brian joined Dillinger Escape Plan prior to recording Calculating Infinity and performed on the EP Irony Is a Dead Scene and LP Miss Machine.
Ensign is an American hardcore punk band from New Jersey, United States. It was formed in 1995 and signed to Indecision Records in 1996. They signed to the larger label "next door", Dexter Holland's Nitro Records in 1998 and finally came to rest at Blackout Records in 2003 after a brief sortie back to Indecision in 2000.
Moonblood was a German pagan black metal band from Schneeberg (Saxony), formed in 1989.
Unloved and Weeded Out is a compilation by American metalcore band Converge, on January 28, 2003, through Deathwish Inc.
Florian Bertmer is a German illustrator from the hardcore punk, grindcore and metal scene. He has done artwork for bands like Converge, Napalm Death, The Hope Conspiracy, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Agoraphobic Nosebleed, Pig Destroyer, Doomriders, Kirk Hammett, Lucasfilm, Alamo Drafthouse and others. His early works were reminiscent of Pushead while his later works have become more influenced by Art Nouveau and Occultism. He fronted the band Cheerleaders Of The Apocalypse. He has also created several official movie posters in collaboration with Alamo Drafthouse Cinema and has designed deck art for skateboard companies such as Creature Skateboards or Substance Abuse.
Magic Bullet Records was an American independent record label specialising in punk rock, heavy metal and experimental music.
Converge / Dropdead is a split EP by American bands Converge and Dropdead. The single was self-released commercially in digital and 7" vinyl formats by both of the bands on June 16, 2011, and will be distributed through Deathwish Inc. and Armageddon. Copies were also available during Converge and Dropdead's May/June 2011 tour with Trap Them and Burning Love.
Discography is a compilation album released by the American rock band Jesuit. Released on April 12, 2011 through Magic Bullet Records, the compilation features every song ever recorded by the hardcore punk group during their brief tenure in the mid 1990s. Jesuit recorded a demo tape, two self-titled EPs and a Black Sabbath cover for a compilation album before disbanding in 1999.
Jeff Dean is a punk rock musician and recording engineer based in Chicago, Illinois. He is best known for playing guitar in The Bomb with Jeff Pezzati of Naked Raygun, and Noise By Numbers with Dan Vapid of The Methadones.
Grave Pleasures is a Finnish post-punk band from Helsinki. Formed in 2010, Grave Pleasure's previous incarnation, Beastmilk, released a demo followed by an EP, and later debut full-length Climax. Members Mat McNerney and Valtteri Arino continued the band in 2015 as Grave Pleasures, following Johan Snell and Paile's departure with the group. With new members, Grave Pleasures released Dreamcrash months later.
Stephen Brodsky is an American rock musician who is best known as being a member of Cave In, Mutoid Man, New Idea Society and Old Man Gloom. He also has a solo career, and is a former member of Converge, Kid Kilowatt, Parasite and Pet Genius.
Thoughts of Ionesco was a Detroit-based post-hardcore band extant from 1996-1999 and known for detuned guitars, screamed vocals, complex arrangements, improvisational sections inspired by free jazz, and their destructive live performances.