Ludicra was a heavy metal band from San Francisco.[1] They originally formed in 1998 as a quartet and later expanded to five members. On July 26, 2011, the band announced on their official website that they had disbanded.[2]

Background information
OriginSan Francisco, California, United States
Years active1998–2011
LabelsAlternative Tentacles, Profound Lore

Ludicra's sound has been described as black metal[1] and avant-garde metal.[3][4] Influences include bands such as Darkthrone, Gorgoroth, Dødheimsgard, and Bethlehem,[1] and genres like thrash metal, doom metal, punk, and folk.[5]

The group included current and former members of other San Francisco-based bands, including Impaled, Hammers of Misfortune,[1] Tallow, Missile Command, Ominum, and punk band Hickey. They shared the stage with the death metal band Impaled,[1] the post-hardcore/noise rock outfit Total Shutdown,[1] the instrumental math metal band the Fucking Champs,[1] and the black metal band Krallice.


Current membersEdit

  • John Cobbett: Guitars (1998–2011)
  • Christy Cather: Guitars, vocals (1998–2011)
  • Ross Sewage: Bass (1999–2011)
  • Laurie Sue Shanaman: Vocals (1999–2011)
  • Aesop Dekker: Drums (1998–2011)

Former membersEdit

  • Jesika Christ: Bass, vocals (1998–1999)

Session performersEdit

  • Melynda Jackson
  • Lorraine Rath
  • Kris Force
  • Sigrid Sheie
  • Jackie Perez-Gratz


  • Hollow Psalms (Life is Abuse, 2002)
  • Another Great Love Song (Alternative Tentacles, 2004)
  • S/T EP (Life is Abuse, 2006)
  • Fex Urbis Lex Orbis (Alternative Tentacles, 2006)
  • The Tenant (Profound Lore Records, 2010)

Other appearancesEdit


  1. ^ a b c d e f g York, William (July 22, 2002). "Ludicra". Allmusic. Retrieved October 13, 2011.
  2. ^ Official Ludicra web site Archived 2001-12-18 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Smith, Chris (July 2011). "Rehab of a strung-out musical scene". San Francisco Magazine. Archived from the original on October 2, 2011. Retrieved October 13, 2011.
  4. ^ Smith, Chris (July 6, 2011). "Our avant-garde metal scene". Retrieved October 13, 2011.
  5. ^ Lee, Cosmo; Voegtlin, Stewart. "Into the Void: Stylus Magazine's Beginner's Guide to Metal". Stylus Magazine. Archived from the original on October 2, 2009. Retrieved May 17, 2010.

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