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Twelve Tribes was a metalcore band, from Dayton, Ohio, USA. Originally established in 1998, the group were signed to the independent record label Ferret Music. They were influenced by a cross cultural array of music such as punk rock, hip hop, classic rock, drum & bass, metal and hardcore.

Twelve Tribes
OriginDayton, Ohio
Years active1998–2008
LabelsFerret Music, Eulogy Recordings (Alveran Records Europe), (Roadrunner Records UK)
WebsiteOfficial Website
MembersAdam Jackson
Andrew Corpus
Kevin Schindel
Jeremiah Stikeleather
Shane Shook
Past membersSteve Brooks
Dave Mann
Matt Tackett
Jason Thompson
Alex Vernon


After recording two demos and playing shows in and around the mid-west, the band signed with South Florida's Eulogy Recordings. They released their debut full-length album As Feathers to Flowers and Petals to Wings in 1999, which gained nationwide attention and contributed to an upsurge in the melodic hardcore movement.

As Feather To Flowers... was followed shortly after by the EP entitled Instruments. This musical offering was the antithesis of the traditional hardcore sound and somewhat distanced the band from mainstream fans. The band toured much of the following two years with then up and coming bands such as Poison the Well, Blood Has Been Shed, Every Time I Die, Drowningman, and Eighteen Visions.

The Rebirth of Tragedy had been 2 years in the making. It was produced by Killswitch Engage's vocalist Howard Jones. He commented about the band that "Without a doubt Twelve Tribes is unique; nobody has what they have, and knowing them as people as well as musicians made me jump at the opportunity to get involved. To me, this is what music is."[1] Their Ferret Records debut is a documentation of their struggles, successes and personal growth as musicians. They went on to share the stage with bands such as Lamb of God, Killswitch Engage, Soulfly, Machine Head, Zao and It Dies Today.

It was this sold out overseas tour in 2005 with Killswitch Engage that set the band up for what would be a year of touring America. Twelve Tribes returned overseas two more times with 36 Crazyfists and then with their label mates Every Time I Die and A Life Once Lost.

In 2006, the band began touring again in the US and went again over to the UK and Europe with Hatebreed and Unearth promoting their October 3 release of Midwest Pandemic. They completed their January/February tour in the UK with 36 Crazyfists with huge success and also finished their headline tour in May in Europe with the same result. The band split-up in 2008, which reasons remains unknown.

Vocalist Adam Jackson has recently worked with underground emcee/producer Necro for his upcoming album entitled Death Rap. He also worked with Alaskan band 36 Crazyfists multiple times. He provided vocals on their album, The Tide And Its Takers, on the track "Clear The Coast" and contributed vocals and lyrics to the track "Anchors" which is found on the album Collisions and Castaways. In 2015, he can be heard on "Silencer", a track on Time and Trauma.


Faith No More, Metallica, Bloodlet, Candiria, Public Enemy, Converge, and Rage Against the Machine.[2]


Prior membersEdit


Date of Release Title Label
1999 As Feathers to Flowers and Petals to Wings Eulogy Recordings
August 8, 2000 Instruments
June 1, 2004 The Rebirth of Tragedy Ferret Music
October 3, 2006 Midwest Pandemic


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