Winds of Plague is an American deathcore band from Upland, California, formed in 2002, known as one of a few deathcore bands to incorporate symphonic elements into their music.

Winds of Plague
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Background information
Also known asBleak December (2002–2005)
OriginUpland, California, U.S.
GenresDeathcore, symphonic metal, metalcore, symphonic deathcore
Years active2002–present
LabelseOne, Good Fight, Century Media, Life Sentence, Recorse
WebsiteWinds of Plague on Myspace
Winds of Plague on Facebook
MembersJonathan Cooke
Art Cruz
Michael Montoya
Justin Bock
Adrienne Cowan
Shane Slade
Past membersChris Cooke
Matt Feinman
Corey Fine
Kevin Grant
Brandon Pitcher
Kristen Randall
Jeff Tenney
Brandon Galindo
Nick Eash
Andrew Glover
Nick Piunno
Alana Potocnik
Davey Oberlin

The band's name is derived from a section of lyrics in the Unearth song "Endless"; "Growing wings of sorrow/have brought you to the winds of plague."


HistoryEdit

Formation, name change, and debut release (non studio album) (2002–2005)Edit

Winds of Plague was founded in 2002 in Upland, California. During the time of the band's inception, its name was originally Bleak December. However, they changed their name in April 2005, to Winds of Plague, being named after a lyric from the Unearth song, "Endless".[1] They released their demo A Cold Day In Hell in late 2005 independently. Several of the songs would subsequently be re-recorded for the following album.

Decimate the Weak (2006–2009)Edit

Decimate the Weak, the band's first album for Century Media Records, was released in 2008. The album included several re-recorded tracks from A Cold Day In Hell.

The Great Stone War and line-up changes (2009–2011)Edit

The Great Stone War was released on August 11, 2009. The album features two singles, "Approach the Podium" and "Chest and Horns", though no music videos were ever shot for any songs on the album. On October 14, 2009, keyboardist Kristen Randall stated that she would be leaving the band and did so days afterward.[2] The band approached musician Lisa Marx to fill in on keyboard for their Australian/New Zealand tour. Afterwards the band found Alana Potocnik who has since been inducted as Winds of Plague's keyboardist.

Against the World (2011–2013)Edit

Against the World was released in 2011 to widespread critical acclaim. "Refined in the Fire" and "California" have been released as singles, and music videos for "Drop the Match", "California" and "Refined in the Fire" have also been released. The band also appeared on the soundtrack for the game Homefront performing a cover of the Buffalo Springfield song "For What It's Worth". A cover of "Zombie" by The Cranberries was included in an iTunes extended play for "California", but the EP was later removed from the iTunes store for unknown reasons.

Resistance (2013–2016)Edit

Winds of Plague's fourth studio album, Resistance, was recorded in early to mid-2013 and was released on October 29, 2013.

In December 2015, while playing the Affliction Metal Show at The Observatory in Santa Ana with Suicide Silence, vocalist Johnny Plague announced that after going through a brief hiatus, Winds of Plague would resume touring and working on a new album in 2016.

Blood of My Enemy (2017–present)Edit

Winds of Plague's fifth studio album, Blood of My Enemy, was recorded from 2016 to 2017 and was released on October 27, 2017.

ToursEdit

The band has toured with Despised Icon, Parkway Drive, Impending Doom,[3][4] Danzig, Dimmu Borgir, Veil of Maya,[5] With Dead Hands Rising, and As Blood Runs Black.[6] Most recently, they played at the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival,[7] toured the US on the "Blackest of the Black" tour[8] and finished a 2010 Japan tour with Parkway Drive, 50 Lions, Despised Icon, The Warriors, and Terror.[9] They were featured on The Atticus Metal Tour with Emmure, All Shall Perish, Abacabb, Terror, and The Ghost Inside. In the summer of 2009 was in the Summer Slaughter tour with Necrophagist, Suffocation, Darkest Hour and others. After the Summer Slaughter tour, they joined Hatebreed, Chimaira, Dying Fetus, and Toxic Holocaust on the Decimation of the Nation tour. On January 20, 2010, it was announced that Winds of Plague would be playing on the Jägermeister Stage at the 2010 Rockstar Mayhem Festival in July and August. During April 2010, Winds of Plague toured with Despised Icon, The Warriors, Parkway Drive, and 50 Lions for Parkway Drive's UK and Europe Tour. During February 2011, Winds of Plague toured in the US with After the Burial and headliners As I Lay Dying. They played several songs from their then upcoming new album. They played the entire Warped Tour 2011 on the Advent Clothing stage along with The Acacia Strain, Set Your Goals, We Came As Romans and others. They will also be headlining the 2011 "Thrash and Burn" tour with Chelsea Grin, As Blood Runs Black, and numerous others. They replaced All Shall Perish during Caliban's "Get Infected" Tour 2012 with support of We Butter The Bread With Butter, Eyes Set To Kill and Attila which started off on February 2 in Karlsruhe, Germany. For their 2014 tour supporting Bleeding Through, with Scars of Tomorrow and Lionheart, Johnny Plague was unable to perform due to undisclosed circumstances. Rather than leave the tour, the band opted to have Mike Milford (of Scars of Tomorrow) fill in on vocals. The band did a tour in February 2017 with DevilDriver, Death Angel, the Agonist, and Azrael. Just recently, the band also did a tour on the first ever Chaos & Carnage tour supporting Carnifex. Oceano, Archspire, Spite, Buried Above Ground, Shadow of Intent & Widowmaker were also on the tour.

MembersEdit

Timeline

 

DiscographyEdit

Winds of Plague discography
Studio albums5
Music videos6
Demos3

Studio albumsEdit

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
US
[10]
US
Heat.

[11]
US
Indie.

[12]
US
Rock
[13]
US
Hard Rock
[14]
Decimate the Weak
  • Released: February 5, 2008
  • Label: Century Media
  • Formats: CD, digital download
9
The Great Stone War
  • Released: August 11, 2009
  • Label: Century Media
  • Formats: CD, digital download
72 25 9
Against the World
  • Released: April 19, 2011
  • Label: Century Media
  • Formats: CD, digital download
60 6 13 3
Resistance
  • Released: October 29, 2013
  • Label: Century Media
  • Formats: CD, digital download
165 29 50 18
Blood of My Enemy
  • Released: October 27, 2017
  • Label: eOne/Good Fight
  • Formats: CD, digital download
16 24
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.
Demos
Album title Release date Label
Bleak December 2002 Independent
Demo 2004 2004 Independent
A Cold Day in Hell June 19, 2005 Recorse
Demo 2006 August 24, 2006 Independent
Other Releases
Album title Release date Label
Stronger Than All (Split album) February 5, 2008 Seventh Dagger Records

Music videos

(2008) The Impaler (From the album Decimate The Weak)

(2011) Drop The Match (From the album Against The World)

(2011) California (From the album Against The World)

(2013) Open The Gates Of Hell (From the album Resistance)

(2013) Say Hello To The Undertaker (From the album Resistance)

(2017) Never Alone (From the album Blood of My Enemy)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Century Media official Winds of Plague Biography Archived December 20, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "Winds of Plague Keyboardist Kristen Randall Parts with the Band". 2009-10-14. Retrieved 2010-12-31.
  3. ^ "Impending Doom and Dead to Fall Reveal Tour Dates". MetalUnderground.com. 2007-12-04. Retrieved 2010-12-31.
  4. ^ "Winds Of Plague – "Decimate the Weak" (CD)". Retrieved 2010-12-31.
  5. ^ "Winds of Plague Embark On US Tour". 2008-03-28. Retrieved 2010-12-31.
  6. ^ "WINDS OF PLAGUE Checks In From 'Metal For The Masses' Tour". BlabberMouth.net. 2008-04-17. Retrieved 2010-12-31.
  7. ^ Complete New England Metal and Hardcore Festival 2008 Lineup Confirmed
  8. ^ "Blackest of the Black". Retrieved 2010-12-31.
  9. ^ "WINDS OF PLAGUE、まもなく来日!". Retrieved 2010-12-31.
  10. ^ "Winds of Plague – Chart History: Billboard 200". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 28 December 2013.
  11. ^ "Winds of Plague – Chart History: Heatseekers Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 28 December 2013.
  12. ^ "Winds of Plague – Chart History: Independent Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 28 December 2013.
  13. ^ "Winds of Plague – Chart History: Top Rock Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 28 December 2013.
  14. ^ "Winds of Plague – Chart History: Hard Rock Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 28 December 2013.