Looking to shift from hip hop to metal, grunge and hardcore punk, the singularly-named vocalist Skila formed Fear Is Dead in 2011 in Queens, New York. The band released EPs in 2011 and 2013 and then went on hiatus. Skila reformed the brand in 2015 with guitarist David English, bassist Matt Pompeii and drummer Carlos Crowcell and released Fear Is Dead's third EP later that year. The band released its fourth and most recent EP, What Remains, in 2017.
Fear Is Dead's concert at the Studio at Webster Hall tonight was a release party for the What Remains EP. The band's racing set highlighted the raw brutality of hardcore music, the coarse edge of nu-metal, and the fresh experimentation of a minimalistic band that sought to deconstruct rather than copy. Skila shouted manically as English's abrasive djent-style guitar work crushed chords to the fierce grooves of the rhythm section. Dark and heavy, this music was not for the faint of heart.
Visit Fear Is Dead at www.fearisdead.com.