Himsa

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Himsa
Origin Seattle, Washington, United States
Genres Metalcore, melodic death metal
Years active 1998–2008
Labels Revelation, Prosthetic, Century Media
Associated acts Botch, Iamthethorn, Nineironspitfire, Undertow, The Vows, Sledgeback, Heiress
Website www.himsa.org
Past members Personnel

Himsa was an American heavy metal band from Seattle, Washington. Formed in 1998, their band name was derived from the word himsa, which in Sanskrit means "harm" or "violence".

The group released four full-length studio albums, two EPs and one DVD before their disestablishment in 2008.

History[edit]

The band formed in 1998 and released an independent EP and full-length album in 1999 on Revelation Records. Before being signed to Prosthetic Records, the band released one more EP in 2001, which was also on Revelation.

2003 saw Himsa record and release their album Courting Tragedy and Disaster. Following the release of the album the band toured extensively throughout the US and other parts of the world. They spent the latter half of 2005 in Denmark, recording their follow-up album, Hail Horror.

In December 2006, Himsa announced that they have signed with Century Media Records.

On April 23, 2007, Himsa entered the studio to work on their new album, Summon in Thunder, which was released on September 18, 2007. This was their only studio album released on Century Media Records. This album added a more melodic death metal sound to the band.

Touring[edit]

In early 2006, Himsa toured with Darkest Hour, The Acacia Strain, A Life Once Lost, and Dead To Fall. During November 2006, Himsa toured Australia with Parkway Drive and Cry Murder.

Disbandment[edit]

Himsa advertised that their August 16, 2008 at El Corazon in Seattle was to be their last show ever.

On June 20, 2008, bassist Derek Harn issued a statement via blabbermouth.net as follows: "After 10+ years, four releases, countless tours and almost incomprehensible (yet constant) upheaval, the last three years of the band have been relatively stable. Having sacrificed everything we had in order to ensure the band's survival it's time to let it go. We made a great CD ('Summon in Thunder', Century Media); reportedly, our best. We've got a great label. We're getting along, we've toured and we’re fine. It's all good. We're leaving it at that. A relatively unremarkable closing to HIMSA's gi-normously dramatic career, there appears to be no acrimony or unpleasantness, simply the end of a blistering, phenomenal, tumultuous era of the metal that HIMSA permeated into the modern musical landscape. References have been made to the band's evolving difficulties with the relentless touring schedules that have been the hallmark of HIMSA's career. If we can't tour, and our reality is we can't tour as we have in the past, then it's not HIMSA. Better to hang it up than fade away.”

Vocalist John Pettibone said that he will devote all his time to side bands such as The Vows and has said he is done with touring. Pettibone has since joined Seattle band Heiress, which has released a self-titled 7" and a split 7" with Narrows.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums
EPs
DVDs

Personnel[edit]

1998–1999 1999 1999 1999–2000
  • Christian Schmitt - Vocals
  • Brian Johnson - Guitar
  • Aaron Edge - Guitar
  • Henry - Guitar
  • Derek Harn - Bass
  • Mike Green - Drums
  • Christian Schmitt - Vocals
  • Brian Johnson - Guitar
  • Aaron Edge - Guitar
  • Derek Harn - Bass
  • Mike Green - Drums
  • Christian Schmitt - Vocals
  • Brian Johnson - Guitar
  • EJ Bastien - Guitar
  • Derek Harn - Bass
  • Mike Green - Drums
  • Brian Johnson - Vocals, Guitar
  • EJ Bastien - Guitar
  • Derek Harn - Bass
  • Mike Green - Drums
2000 2000
Asian Tour
2000 2000–2001
  • John Pettibone - Vocals
  • Brian Johnson - Guitar
  • EJ Bastien - Guitar
  • Derek Harn - Bass
  • Mike Green - Drums
  • Chris LaPointe - Vocals
  • Kirby Charles Johnson - Guitar
  • Derek Harn - Bass
  • Mike Green - Drums
  • John Pettibone - Vocals
  • Brian Johnson - Guitar
  • Kirby Charles Johnson - Guitar
  • EJ Bastien - Guitar
  • Derek Harn - Bass
  • Tim Mullen - Drums
  • John Pettibone - Vocals
  • Brian Johnson - Guitar
  • Kirby Charles Johnson - Guitar
  • Clay Layton - Turntables & Samples
  • Derek Harn - Bass
  • Tim Mullen - Drums
2001–2002 2002–2003 2003 2003
  • John Pettibone - Vocals
  • Brian Johnson - Guitar
  • Kirby Charles Johnson - Guitar
  • Derek Harn - Bass
  • Tim Mullen - Drums
  • John Pettibone - Vocals
  • Sammi Curr - Guitar
  • Kirby Charles Johnson - Guitar
  • Derek Harn - Bass
  • Tim Mullen - Drums
  • John Pettibone - Vocals
  • Sammi Curr - Guitar
  • Kirby Charles Johnson - Guitar
  • Matt Wicklund - Guitar
  • Derek Harn - Bass
  • Chad Davis - Drums
  • John Pettibone - Vocals
  • Sammi Curr - Guitar
  • Kirby Charles Johnson - Guitar
  • Derek Harn - Bass
  • Chad Davis - Drums
2003 2003–2005 2005–2007 2007–2008
  • John Pettibone - Vocals
  • Sammi Curr - Guitar
  • Kirby Charles Johnson - Guitar
  • Derek Harn - Bass
  • Chad Davis - Drums
  • John Pettibone - Vocals
  • Matt Wicklund - Guitar
  • Kirby Charles Johnson - Guitar
  • Derek Harn - Bass
  • Chad Davis - Drums
  • John Pettibone - Vocals
  • Sammi Curr - Guitar
  • Kirby Charles Johnson - Guitar
  • Derek Harn - Bass
  • Chad Davis - Drums
  • John Pettibone - Vocals
  • Sammi Curr - Guitar
  • Kirby Charles Johnson - Guitar
  • Derek Harn - Bass
  • Joe Frothingham - Drums

See also[edit]