Art of Dying (band)

Art of Dying is a Canadian rock band from Vancouver, formed in 2004 by lead singer Jonny Hetherington and guitarist Greg Bradley. Soon after, the duo added Chris Witoski on rhythm guitar, bassist Matt Rhode, and drummer Flavio Cirillo.[2]

Art of Dying
Art of Dying in 2007
Art of Dying in 2007
Background information
OriginVancouver, Canada
Years active2004–present
  • Jonny Hetherington
  • Cody Watkins
  • Cale Gontier
  • Tavis Stanley
Past members
  • Chris Witoski
  • Matt Rhode
  • Flavio Cirillo
  • Greg Bradley
  • Jeff Brown


In 2006, Art of Dying released their first album, Art of Dying on Thorny Bleeder Records.[3] In February 2007, Classic Rock Magazine released the compilation Classic Rock: The Bands You Need to Hear in 2007, and included the Art of Dying song "Completely".[4] The band then supported Seether on the UK leg of their world tour.[5][6]

On December 1, 2009, it was announced that the band had signed a record deal with Reprise Records and its division Intoxication Records, founded by Disturbed members David Draiman and Dan Donegan.[7] Witoski and Rhode left the band and were replaced by bassist Cale Gontier and guitarist Tavis Stanley, both previously of the band Thornley.

Art of Dying's second album, Vices and Virtues, produced by Howard Benson and mixed by Chris Lord-Alge, was released on March 22, 2011.[8] Half of the songs were new; the others were remixed versions of songs from the band's first album. It was not well-received.[9] Art of Dying went on its 'Avalanche Tour', performing 128 concerts in 2011.[10] In addition to headlining and co-headlining club shows, the band played some of the biggest hard rock and heavy metal festivals in the country. They played the 2011 and 2012 Avalanche Tours, headlined by Stone Sour and Shinedown, respectively,[11][12] and toured on Rockstar's 2011 Uproar Festival, headlined by Avenged Sevenfold.

Let the Fire Burn, a completely acoustic album, was released on April 24, 2012.[13] The band continued to tour heavily in the US, playing several dates with Papa Roach and Buckcherry, opening for Marilyn Manson and appearing at the Rock Vegas Festival and KUPD's first annual Desert Uprising in Phoenix.

In 2014, Art of Dying was signed to Better Noise Records (now Better Noise Music).[14] In 2015, the band toured as the opening act for the cello-metal band Apocalyptica during the North American leg of its Shadowmaker tour. In December 2015, they released the album Rise Up. It was produced by David Bendeth at House of Loud and received excellent reviews.[15][16][17]

In 2016, the band self-released the six-track EP Nevermore and stayed on the road.[18][19][20]

In 2017, Art of Dying announced on Facebook that drummer Jeff Brown, who had replaced Flavio Cirillo in 2008, left the band to "pursue a different path". He was replaced by longtime drum tech and stage manager Cody Watkins.[21]

In 2019, still without a label, the band released its fifth album, Armageddon.[22][23]

In 2020, Thorny Bleeder Records released the 11-track Art of Dying Compilation album, Demos & Rarities (2003-2007).[24]

Band membersEdit

  • Jonny Hetherington – lead vocals (2004–present)
  • Cody Watkins – drums, backing vocals (2016–present)
  • Cale Gontier – bass, backing vocals (2008–present)
  • Tavis Stanley – backing vocals, rhythm guitar (2008–present), lead guitar (2015–present)

Former members

  • Chris Witoski – rhythm guitar (2004–2008)
  • Matt Rhode – bass (2004–2008)
  • Flavio Cirillo – drums (2004–2008)
  • Greg Bradley – lead guitar (2004–2015)
  • Jeff Brown – drums (2008–2016)


Studio albums

  • Art of Dying (2006), Thorny Bleeder Records
  • Vices and Virtues (2011), Reprise Records
  • Let the Fire Burn (2012), Thorny Bleeder Records
  • Rise Up (2015), Better Noise Records, Eleven Seven Music
  • Armageddon (2019), Vices and Virtues Music


  • Get Through This (2007), Revolver Records
  • Rise Up (2015), Better Noise Records
  • Nevermore (2016), Vices and Virtues Music
  • Nevermore Acoustic (2017), Vices and Virtues Music
  • Ready For a Good Time (2022), Vices and Virtues Music


  • Demos & Rarities (2003-2007) (2020), Thorny Bleeder Records


Year Song Peak chart positions Album




2007 "Get Through This" Art of Dying
2011 "Die Trying" 18 40 6 21 Vices and Virtues
"Get Thru This" 43 18 34
2012 "Sorry" 19 15 37
2013 "Raining" (featuring Adam Gontier) 31
2015 "Rise Up" (featuring Dan Donegan) 33 Rise Up
"Tear Down the Wall"
"Everything" 36
2016 "Moth to a Flame"
"Torn Down" Nevermore
2017 "All or Nothing"
2019 "Cut it All Away" Armageddon
"Do or Die"
"Dark Days"
"No One Ever Wins"
2020 "Vices & Virtues" Ready For a Good Time
2021 "Afterlife" (with The Veer Union) N/A
"That High" Ready For a Good Time
2022 "Stand My Ground"
"Sweet Emotion"
"Ready For a Good Time"

Music videosEdit

List of music videos, showing year released and director
Title Year Director(s)
"Get Through This" 2007 Brian Adler
"Completely" Darryl Whetung, John Allan
"I Will Be There" 2008 unknown
"Die Trying" 2011 Andrew Bennet
"Get Thru This" Brian Adler
"Rise Up" 2015 Chad Archibald
"Torn Down" 2016 Davo
"All or Nothing" 2017


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