Three Amherst Steele graduates are getting their chance to play loud and get paid for it.
“Decemator,” a heavy metal thrash band, has been playing area clubs and now has interest from a record label. The band includes Anthony Jones on lead guitar, Ian Anderson on bass and vocals, and Samuel Crlenjak on drums.
“We tend to play aggressively, loud and in-your-face type, and it really has that power,” said Jones, who graduated in 2012.
Decemator’s style “comes from our influences and our chemistry together,” he said. The trio has been playing for a year. It’s been featured at clubs in Akron, Lakewood, and Brook Park.
So far, no venues in Amherst. “We make abrasive metal in an area where metal is still stigmatized and unwelcome,” boasts to the band’s Facebook page. “We are here to play abrasive, loud, raw metal.”
Media South Records of North Carolina has an interest in the band, which has been asked to get its music legally protected and name and logo trademarked before signing with the label.
The band’s play list includes songs with names like “Venom,” “The Evil One,” and “Demolish the Weak.”
Jones, Anderson, and Crlenjak came up with the band name over dinner at Blue Sky Restaurant. “We wanted to think of a name that would be brutal sounding, but wouldn’t pigeonhole us into a theme, lyrically,” said Anderson, who graduated in 2013. “Decemator” was born.
“In the beginning we had a very thrashy kind of feel,” said Crlenjak, who also graduated in 2013. “But we’ve decided to change up. We’re heading into a dark kind of metal.”
“We relate to the kids who are considered outcasts and downtrodden” Anderson said. “For this person, who is looking for a release from the stress of everyday life, we provide a way for them to get energy out in a safe, easy and productive way.”
“Everyone who has been at our concerts says, ‘Man, you kick a—. You’re great. You’re awesome.’ ” Jones said. “Some people think metal is loud noise, devil music, but our music is a form of art.”
Catherine Gabe can be reached at 440-647-3171 or @ReporterGabe on Twitter.
Courtesy photo “Decemator” band members Ian Anderson (bass guitar and vocals), Samuel Crlenjak (drums), and Anthony Jones (lead guitar) are seen here at a recent gig at Iggy’s in Lakewood. The band’s next show is Feb. 20 at Chuck’s Steakhouse in Akron.