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Painstake

Painstake
Origin Denver, Colorado, United States
Genres Alternative metal,[1] Heavy metal,[1][2] Hardcore,[2][3] Metalcore,[2] Death metal[3]
Years active 1993–2000, 2006–2007
Labels Uprising Records, Rise Records
Website [1]

Painstake began in 1993 as a hardcore straight edge band. The band played in small clubs in their hometown of Denver, Colorado, steadily rising to higher recognition. As a result of their performances and growing respect, Uprising Records signed the band to a two-album deal, with which they released Consecrate and Don't Condemn This Dying.

After the release of the album entitled Consecrate the band severed ties with Adam Tymn (Vaux), who was replaced by Carl Kumpe. Painstake went on to record the second of their two albums Don't Condemn This Dying.

The band later reformed in 2006, receiving a "Best Comeback" accolade in "Westword" magazine's 2006 "Best of Denver" issue. The band officially went on hiatus in March, 2008.

History

Painstake's original 1993 line up was made up of Jason Andrade (Denver's four)-guitar, Max Michieli-vocals, Adam Tymn-drums, and Alvaro Warden-guitar. Andrade soon left the band to continue duty as "four's" drummer, while Michieli, Tymn, and Warden soldiered on. After debuting sans a bass player at a small club in Colorado Springs with Buffalo New York's seminal metalcore act Snapcase. Warden, disappointed with the band's performance decided to quit the band. Andrade, there as an audience member, along with Samual McGibbon, saw potential in the band and rejoined, asking McGibbon, a proficient guitarist himself to join the ranks. Soon after Tymn asked an acquaintance, Thom Gann, of Indiana hardcore champions War Cry to come on as the band's bass player. With this line up intact the band set out composing several songs which would eventually be featured on their debut LP.

Gann had a friend in Indiana that ran a small label with whom he shared the band's recently recorded demo in 1994. The friend, impressed with the demo, asked the band to appear on a benefit compilation record titled, Ceremony of Fire, which was to feature several bands in the contemporary hardcore genre, including Syracuse, New York's straight edge titans Earth Crisis. The album was meant to raise money for a militant animal rights activist. The band's appearance on this album led to the misconception that the band was a militant straight edge band. Although the members of the group identified with the straight edge movement, militancy was not an agenda with which they wanted to be associated. The band's participation on this compilation directly led to the band's two record deal with Uprising Records. Once the deal was signed, recording of the debut album commenced.

With the release of the album in 1995, Painstake began to gain momentum, playing several local gigs as well as out of state gigs in both Arizona, Utah and North Carolina, with many of the hardcore heavyweights of the day such as, 108, Converge, Damnation A.D., Coalesce, and many more. As the band's popularity grew, turmoil within the band led to the departure of Adam Tymn, the band's original drummer and founding member.. Tymn went on to form the very popular band, Vaux. The band filled the empty drum throne with Carl Kumpe. Like AnDrade and McGibbon before him, Kumpe witnessed the band wreak havoc at local shows and became quite impressed with the unit's ability and direction.

With Kumpe in place the band set out on their one and only tour throughout the midwest and east coast. The tour was plagued with problems and was cut short by vehicle issues. Nevertheless, the tour transformed the band into a national contender in the growing hardcore scene. During their travels the band began to realize that their participation on the militant animal rights compilation specifically, and their alliance with the straight edge movement generally, as well as several incidents of violence at their shows, led to an air of negativity that came to surround the band's name. The band made the joint decision to shed their straight edge label. Many of the members remained straight edge and never denounced the movement, but felt it was necessary to continue in a positive fashion.

In 1996 the band re-entered the studio to record its second LP Don't Condemn this Dying for Uprising subsidiary Rise Records. The album was marred by muddy sound as the band was forced to self-produce the album with little in the way of resources, assistance or technical knowledge.

As the band continued to gain momentum entertaining the idea of overseas touring and interest from peers such as Steve Austin from Relapse Records recording artists Today is the Day, Michieli decided to leave the band for personal reasons. After this, the remaining members decided to break up the band.

2000s and Reformation

The new millennium saw little action from the band until 2006 when Andrade contacted the former members in an attempt to reform the band. With everyone but Michieli on board the band decided to reform under the same moniker, but opted to play only new material. Jamie Van Lannen took Michieli's place as vocalist, but due to a formidable school schedule was unable to continue. The band, holding several tryouts, chose Andon Guenther as Van Lannen's replacement. Andrade, bringing much new material to the band, served as the key writer in the final incarnation of the band. The members planned on recording the new material, releasing the material themselves. After several successful shows and the recording of a heretofore unreleased demo, disagreements regarding direction led to Andrade's departure in mid-2007. The band soldiered on and remained a vital and viable creative entity until March, 2008, when the remaining members of the unit mutually agreed to place "Painstake" on hiatus. No further reunion is planned, though future recordings have been discussed.

Discography

Studio Albums

References

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