Lazarus A.D.

Lazarus A.D. is an American thrash/groove metal band from Kenosha, Wisconsin,[2] originally formed as "Lazarus" in 2005. The "A.D." was added to avoid potential legal issues.[citation needed] They released two studio albums in their career, The Onslaught (2007) and Black Rivers Flow (2011), and despite having never announced an official hiatus or disbandment, the band has been mostly inactive since drummer Ryan Shutler's death in 2015.

Lazarus A.D.
OriginKenosha, Wisconsin, U.S.
GenresThrash metal, groove metal[1]
Years active2005–2015 (hiatus)
LabelsMetal Blade
MembersJeff Paulick
Dan Gapen
Alex Lackner
Past membersRyan Shutler (deceased)


In 2007, they released their debut The Onslaught. The band sent the self-released album out to many known metal record labels. The labels turned the band down for a record deal. Later one of the songs off The Onslaught was added to a compilation album by Earache Records. Not long after, the album received positive reviews in metal underground and drew the attention of Metal Blade Records. The band landed a contract with Metal Blade and The Onslaught was re-released in 2009.[3] Lazarus A.D. toured for a-year-and-a-half to promote the reissue of The Onslaught, supporting Testament on their Formation of Damnation tour and Kreator on their Hordes of Chaos tour, both in the US.[4][5] Following this was Lazarus A.D. headlining their own US tour, with support by Lightning Swords of Death.[6] Also during this period, the band shared the stage with three of thrash metal's "big four" (Megadeth, Slayer and Anthrax), as well as other acts like Judas Priest, Rob Zombie, Exodus, Napalm Death and Kataklysm.[7][8][9]

Their second studio album, Black Rivers Flow, was released on February 1, 2011, and Lazarus A.D. toured for less than a year to promote the album, first supporting Death Angel on their Relentless Retribution tour in the US,[10] followed by a European co-headlining tour with Bonded by Blood,[11] and then returning to the US by opening for Cavalera Conspiracy.[12] The band's drummer Ryan Shutler died suddenly on May 17, 2015 in Sacramento, California.[13] Although no official hiatus or breakup has been announced, Lazarus A.D. has been mostly inactive since Shutler's death.

Musical styleEdit

Lazarus A.D.'s sound has been described as a mix between thrash and groove metal with elements of traditional heavy metal.[1]


Current membersEdit

  • Jeff Paulick – lead vocals, bass (2005–2015)
  • Dan Gapen – lead guitar, vocals (2005–2015)
  • Alex Lackner – rhythm guitar (2005–2015)

Former membersEdit

  • Ryan Shutler – drums (2005–2015; died 2015)



  1. ^ a b "Interview: Lazarus A.D. Frontman Jeff Paulick Talks About Tours, New Material, Gear, Burgers and More". October 24, 2011. Retrieved November 15, 2020.
  2. ^ Christopher, James (February 26, 2009). "Lazarus A.D." AllMusic. Retrieved August 8, 2011.
  3. ^ "Lazarus A.d. – The Onslaught (2009)". idiomag. August 21, 2009. Archived from the original on February 27, 2012.
  4. ^ "TESTAMENT To Tour North America With UNEARTH, LAZARUS A.D." March 16, 2009. Retrieved April 2, 2021.
  5. ^ "KREATOR To Tour North America In March". November 24, 2009. Retrieved April 2, 2021.
  6. ^ "LAZARUS A.D., LIGHTNING SWORDS OF DEATH: Tour Dates Announced". December 15, 2009. Retrieved April 2, 2021.
  7. ^ "JUDAS PRIEST, SLAYER, ROB ZOMBIE, MEGADETH Confirmed For Japan's LOUD PARK Festival". June 5, 2009. Retrieved April 2, 2021.
  8. ^ "TESTAMENT, EXODUS: Interview Footage From New Year's Eve Bash Posted Online". April 7, 2009. Retrieved April 2, 2021.
  9. ^ "KATAKLYSM: U.S. Headlining Dates Announced". December 7, 2009. Retrieved April 2, 2021.
  10. ^ "DEATH ANGEL: North American Headlining Tour Announced". April 7, 2011. Retrieved April 2, 2021.
  11. ^ "BONDED BY BLOOD To Team Up With LAZARUS A.D. For European Co-Headlining Tour". January 21, 2011. Retrieved April 2, 2021.
  12. ^ "CAVALERA CONSPIRACY To Be Supported By LAZARUS A.D. On U.S. Dates". April 7, 2011. Retrieved April 2, 2021.
  13. ^ "Lazarus A.D. Drummer Ryan Shutler Dies". Loudwire. May 18, 2015. Retrieved June 24, 2016.

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