Biography : Impending Doom (USA)
Manny Contreras and vocalist Brook Reeves started Impending Doom together in 2005 with Chris Forno, Jon Alfaro and Isaac Bueno. The band practiced with their sound before writing enough songs to record their demo, The Sin and Doom of Godless Men. After this release, Greg Pewthers joined as a third guitarist after also leaving Oblige. Later that year, bassist Alfaro left the band and David Sittig was added to the line-up in his replacement. Andy Hegg later took the place of Bueno and the band recorded the album Nailed. Dead. Risen. after getting signed to Facedown Records. After its release, guitarist Forno left the band and due to drummer Andy Hegg's dedication to his soccer scholarship, Impending Doom was forced to employ substitute drummers for the tours that supported the album. Since then touring drummer Chad Blackwell became the official drummer for the band, during which Greg Pewthers returned to Oblige (a band later known as The Devastated), and was replaced by Cory Johnson, formerly of Sleeping Giant.
The group signed to Facedown Records in January 2007, and their debut release for the label, Nailed. Dead. Risen., reached number 46 on the Billboard Top Heatseekers chart. The record has received generally positive reviews. The band has since started a street team to promote their music, which can be found on their Myspace top 8. The group then embarked on a tour of the United States to support the album in autumn 2007, including dates with Dead to Fall, Winds of Plague and With Dead Hands Rising. In 2009 the band released their second album, The Serpent Servant. Sometime after the release, drummer Chad Blackwell, a native of Pensacola, Florida, left the band to attend the Atlanta Institute of Music, to which Impending Doom asked former member Isaac Bueno to rejoin.
The band refers to its style of Christian metal as "Gorship" – a portmanteau of gore and worship. The band also clarify on their MySpace blog that "Gorship" is their way of worshiping God through their gore sounding music; not worshiping "gore" as some are led to believe. Impending Doom released their second album, The Serpent Servant, on March 31, 2009 which has hit number 3 on the Billboard Top Heatseekers chart. Their third album, There Will Be Violence, was released on July 20, 2010. Sometime during the recording of the new album, both Manny Contreras and Isaac Bueno left the band for unknown reasons. Since then the band brought Brandon Trahan (ex-Mirror Of Dead Faces, xDEATHSTARx) into the line-up but have yet to find another permanent guitarist. The band has been on the Thrash and Burn tour 2010 with Through The Eyes of The Dead, Kittie, Born of Osiris, Asking Alexandria and more. They've toured with MyChildren MyBride, The Crimson Armada, Chimaira, and other bands.
The band also created their own symbol called the "Repentagram" combining the words repent and pentagram. The band explained the Repentagram with the following:
"We’ve gotten a lot of mail questioning the Repentagram Logo, I would like to take time right now to explain it to you all. First off we are a christian band and a real one at that, we would never put something out that had satanic meaning or anything negative. We thought up the word "REPENTAGRAM" basically putting two words together. 1. REPENT (meaning: to feel such sorrow for sin or fault as to be disposed to change one’s life for the better; be penitent.) 2. PENTAGRAM (which in the dark metal world is a satanic symbol.) Since we are a Christian death metal band we wanted to think up something clever; thus the Repentagram came into thought. It is not the same amount of sides as a pentagram, we are going for making a Christian death metal symbol. Just like we created the word "GORSHIP" (which as you all should know, does NOT mean worship gore, it means worshiping God through our Gore sounding music) the Repentagram is just the new word. Please pass this information along to anyone you may know that thinks anything more than it really is."
Baptized in Filth was produced by Andreas Magnusson who produced Oh, Sleeper's album Children of Fire and was mixed by Machine. The album is focused in God, Satan and the Number of the Beast; 666. The first single is "For the Wicked" and the first video is "Murderer". Before the band played at Warped Tour 2012, guitarist Cory Johnson was discharged from the band and original guitarist Manny Contreras rejoined in his position.
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