“Decimated King is a 5 piece Death Metal band based in Christchurch, New Zealand. The band has been actively playing shows and writing music since 2007.”
Vocalist: Angus Shaw
Bassist: Brad Lucas
Guitarist: Thomas Magrath
Guitarist: Benjamin Ellis
Drummer: Bryce Tozer
Drummer: Jonty Verkerk
Bassist: Marcel Stet (The Steed)
Guitarist: Oscar Smith
Decimated King’s roots were formed in 2007 when guitarist/vocalist Angus Shaw and bassist Marcel Stet started writing music under the name Hangmans Noose. The two soon joined the City School of Rock where they recruited drummer Jonty Verkerk, continued working on material and started playing local shows. The following year guitarist Brad Lucas joined the lineup bringing the band to a solid 4 piece and expanding the group’s sound. Upon the close of the City School of Rock early 2011 following the Christchurch earthquakes Decimated King began practicing at Hagley Community College. Later that year guitarist Benjamin Ellis joined the band freeing up Angus to focus solely on vocals and creating the 5 piece model that has stuck with the band ever since. Briefly after Ben’s arrival the band started recording their first release and moved into their own practice shed.
Early 2012 Decimated King released their first EP “Ashes”. The EP was 5 tracks that were independently recorded and released by the band and engineered by Marcel. Only 50 physical copies of the EP were ever made and since their brief sale the recordings have been available to stream and download* for free via Decimated King sites. The band promoted the EP by playing numerous local shows and getting airplay on NZ metal radio stations. In 2013 the band continued to play shows now all over New Zealand, simultaneously writing and scrapping a lot of new material as the band worked on improving and defining the setlist and sound/tone of the band. In May of 2014 Marcel left the band and bass duties were taken up by Brad, freeing up the second guitarist spot for new member Thomas Magrath, a long time friend of the band whom had recently filled in for Marcel on the Bass at a live show.
*[as of late 2017 the EP has had over 1000 downloads].
Shortly after Tom’s arrival the band released a brand new demo track entitled “Excess”, which was the first official release since “Ashes”. The song was a fresh sound for the band as it featured guitar solos and harmonies yet it kept the raw power and aggression of the earlier tracks. The demo was recorded independently in the band’s practice shed and was deemed a success as it received positive reviews, local radio play and continues to be part of the band’s explosive live set and a fan favorite. After this the band continued working on progressing their sound, writing music, playing numerous out of town shows and expanding their fan base. In September of 2016 the band released a second demo track entitled “In a Blaze”. The new demo received a similar positive response to “Excess” as it showed an increase in groove, melody, technicality and showed a definite progression in the band’s sound. It was revealed shortly after it’s release that “In a Blaze” and “Excess” were both to be properly recorded and released on the band’s debut album “Dead Air”.
The band started tracking drums for the debut album “Dead Air” in November 2016. Tracking for the album continued through early 2017 until progress was halted after numerous setbacks such as the Port Hill Wildfires, hard drives and computer failure, changes in location and recording personnel. Fortunately the recording process started back up in the latter half of 2017 and is currently still in progress. In October 2017 Jonty left the band was replaced by Bryce Tozer, a good friend of the group and bandmate to Brad in local band “Extorted”. Decimated King have booked numerous shows from February onwards in 2018 where they will make their return to their live stage and debut the new drummer.
“The band is currently actively playing shows across New Zealand, writing new music, selling merch and finishing off their debut album “Dead Air” which is expected to be released in 2018.”