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Dead and Divine was a five-piece post-hardcore band out of Burlington, Ontario, Canada.[1] Their initial success spawned from their 2005 EP What Really Happened At Lover's Lane on Verona Records (a label created by the band themselves, and Silverstein's Shane Told).[2]

Dead and Divine
Dead and Divine live in 2008.
Background information
OriginBurlington, Ontario
Years active2003 - 2012
LabelsDistort, Rise, Verona
WebsiteDead & Divine official MySpace page
MembersMatt Tobin
Chris LeMasters
Kellan Lindsay
Sebastien Lueth
Kelly Bilan



What Really Happened At Lovers Lane (2005-2006)Edit

What Really Happened At Lover's Lane beat all expectations when in its first week alone it sold nearly 1,000 copies nationwide, landing them a spot on the Canadian Billboard Top 200.[3] The band then set off on an independently booked coast to coast Canadian headlining tour that following summer, playing in as many cities as they could.

Writing/The Fanciful (2006-2007)Edit

In the fall of 2006, the band took time off touring to begin work on their full-length album. Along with locking themselves in their jamspace for hours on end, they initiated the writing process, creating and fine tuning new tracks for their second album. Following their writing stint, Dead and Divine set out on several more self-booked headlining tours including a winter tour throughout Ontario during the month of January, a February–March east coast tour, and two more full Canadian tours spanning from April to August 2007. Finally taking some time off, the band spent five days at Drive Studios with producer Steve Rizun, completing pre-production for six songs on their upcoming full-length.

They spent most of December recording their Rise Records debut at Interlace Studios with producer Kris Krummet. The band then shot their music video for their single "Like Wolves" from their record The Fanciful with director Ben Knechtel - (Hawk Nelson, Seconds To Go, Thousand Foot Krutch). The band toured Canada and the US supporting The Fanciful for close to two years with bands like Darkest Hour, Oh Sleeper, and Cancer Bats.

In July 2008, it was announced that Ryan Leger would leave the band in order to be with his girlfriend and newborn daughter.[4] The band has recently found a replacement, Kyle Anderson of Sydney. It was announced on their Facebook page. Leger later joined Every Time I Die.

Distort Entertainment/The Machines We Are (2008–2012)Edit

In September 2008, the band signed with Distort Entertainment (Alexisonfire, Bleeding Through, Cancer Bats, Architects, The Bronx, etc.) They went on to be a part of the Weight Of The World Cross Canada Tour with headlining band Misery Signals. Also on the tour were Haste The Day, Architects and Sights & Sounds.

The band then released The Machines We Are on August 4 and embarked on a Canadian tour with Straight Reads The Line.[5] They again broke the Billboard Top 200 Chart, and hit No. 18 on the Canadian Neilsen Soundscan Hard Rock Charts, as well as landing No. 39 on the Canadian Neilsen Soundscan Alternative Charts. The band was nominated for Favorite Punk/Hardcore Group at the CMW Indie Awards (Other nominees include Alexisonfire, Propagandhi, and Comeback Kid). In August 2009, they shot their second video with Director Marc Ricciardelli (Alexisonfire, Bedouin Soundclash, Moneen, Cancer Bats) for their single "Neon Jesus". The video was released on September 18, 2009. In October/November 2009 the band toured the US with The Chariot and Oh, Sleeper, having Fear the Aftermath and Believe the Hype playing with them as well. They have recently announced that they will be headlining the "Hell Hath No Waste Like Us" Tour with support from The Bled, and will soon after be touring the UK and Europe with The Chariot.

The band had officially released the name for their third full-length album titled Antimacy on January 25 on their Myspace. The album was released on August 2, Antimacy has debuted at No. 53 on the Canadian Albums Chart.[6]

On April 22, 2012, the band announced that they would be breaking up after one last hometown show in Burlington, Ontario via their Facebook page. They cited a hectic touring schedule and a need to focus on personal lives as their reason for splitting.[7] However Tobin says that incessant fighting and disagreements between the band lead to their demise: "D&D was like…the Amityville Horror house. It was family in a home. It was nice and big and cozy from the outside, but once you stepped inside it was quite the opposite. It was cursed. If you were inside, you were ravaged by demons and it harmed everything it touched. It rotted you out. However, if you left the house, or just stepped outside for a few moments, it was as if nothing was ever wrong. The band was cursed, haunted and afflicted. It affected everyone. So, one day I decided to torch the fucking house."[8]

On April 14, 2014, vocalist Matt Tobin formed a new band by the name of "Ritual".[9]


Old membersEdit

  • Vocals - Matt Tobin
  • Guitar - Chris LeMasters
  • Bass - Kellan Lindsay
  • Guitar - Sebastian Lueth
  • Drums - Kelly Bilan
  • Guitar - Pat Simms (2003 - 2006)
  • Dave McGuire - Guitar (2003-?)
  • Isi Commisso - Bass (2003-2006)
  • Will Allen - Drums (2003-2007)
  • Kyle Anderson - Drums (2008-?)


Non-album songsEdit

  • The End Is The Beginning Is The End (The Smashing Pumpkins cover, released in 2011 as a free download via Dead and Divine's Facebook in exchange for likes prior to the release of Antimacy)
  • Lotion (Deftones cover, was only available for download by attending one of Dead and Divine's special shows in February 2012 in Kitchener, St. Catherines, and Hamilton.)


  • Like Wolves
  • Neon Jesus
  • Asphyxia Fiend


  1. ^ Hoath, Chris. "Dead and Divine «  Reviews «".
  2. ^ "Bring Back the Boombox - CEMF Interview & Album Review".
  3. ^ "DEAD AND DIVINE - The Machines We Are – The Uniter".
  4. ^ Chart Attack - Dead and Divine Hate Their Van
  5. ^ "Eye Weekly - Interview". Archived from the original on 2011-07-10. Retrieved 2009-09-30. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  6. ^ "CANOE -- JAM! Music - SoundScan Charts". Archived from the original on 2008-11-21. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  7. ^ "THE END".
  8. ^ "Q&A: RITUAL Frontman Rises from the Dead -". 3 February 2015.
  9. ^

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