Pitch Black Forecast

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Pitch Black Forecast
Origin Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Genres Metalcore, Groove metal
Years active 2005-Present
Labels Fractured Transmitter
Associated acts Mushroomhead
Strapping Young Lad
Fear Factory
Dethklok
The Alter Boys
Members Jason Popson
Gene Hoglan
Steve Rauckhorst
Robert Reinard
Tom Shaffner
Past members Craig Martini

Pitch Black Forecast is a Groove Metal supergroup formed in 2005 with a lineup consisting of Mushroomhead frontman Jason Popson and ex-Strapping Young Lad drummer Gene Hoglan and former Integrity bassist Steve Rauckhorst. Formed in Ohio back in 2005 under the name Absentee. They released their debut record Absentee in 2008 featuring guest contributions from Lamb of God frontman Randy Blythe and The Human Furnace from Ringworm.

History[edit]

Hoglan and Popson met back in 2004 while Jason was selling T-shirts for Meshuggah while they were on tour with Strapping Young Lad. Popson was taking a break from touring with Mushroomhead where he was known as J Mann. He never mentioned that he was Mushroomhead’s frontman and it wasn't until late in the tour that Hoglan found out. Originally, the group was intended to be similar to Probot with Popson as the vocalist and a revolving door of guitarists and drummers. When Popson was finally ready to record, though, the only one who was not busy was Hoglan. In January 2007, Hoglan flew to Ohio and he and Popson wrote and recorded Absentee in 10 days. Guitarist Rob Reinard (NDE) was brought in by studio engineer Bill Korecky. Bassist Craig Martini was also brought in for the band. Popson and Martini are longtime friends and have performed in bands in the past, including Unified Culture, State of Conviction and The Alter Boys. Shortly after finishing recording "Absentee" Martini left the band in good terms, relocating to Nevada and was replaced by Steve Rauckhorst, who Popson had previously known from the Cleveland scene and his time in Integrity. They played their first show in nearly six months at Peabody's in Cleveland. On May 5, 2011, Pitch Black Forecast announced Tom Shaffner of Keratoma fame would be their new second guitarist. The band's name was originally "Absentee" before switching it to Pitch Black Forecast and using the former as the name of the first album. The first track that was record, which Popson titled "Revolve" and included on his Melvins Tribute album, We Reach: The Music of the Melvins, was released Popson's record label Fractured Transmitter.

The band's second album, a five-track EP, titled "Burning in Water ... Drowning in Flame" was recorded at Cleveland's Galahad Studios and was released on iTunes on July 18, 2012. The physical release of the album was on Aug. 11, 2012, at a live show for Popson's bands Unified Culture and State of Conviction at Peabody's Down Under in Cleveland. The album features Devin Townsend and M. Shadows from Avenged Sevenfold

Related artists[edit]

Discography[edit]

  • Absentee - 2008
  • Burning in Water ... Drowning in Flame - 2012

Members[edit]

Current members[edit]

  • Jason Popson-Vocals (2005–Present)
  • Gene Hoglan-Drums (2005–Present)
  • Rob Reinard-Guitar (2007–Present)
  • Steve Rauckhorst-Bass (2008–Present)
  • Tom Shaffner-Guitar (2009–Present)

Former Members[edit]

  • Craig Martini-Bass (2007–2008)

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