|Origin||Lawrence, Kansas, United States|
|Associated acts||Roman Numerals
Reggie and the Full Effect
Black Light Burns
|Past members||Andrew M. Fisher
Adam "Hammerlord" Mitchell
The Esoteric is a hardcore/rock band founded in 1996 from Lawrence, Kansas. They are currently signed to Prosthetic Records. Following several self-produced EPs, the band's debut full-length, With the Sureness of Sleepwalking, came out on Prosthetic Records in 2005. Their follow-up, Subverter, released on Prosthetic in 2006 and received good reception from online blogs and music magazines.
The Kansas outfit is quick to point out and pay homage to their influences and support their fellow local bands. The band has toured with the likes Himsa, Mastodon, Dog Fashion Disco, Mindless Self-Indulgence, Scarlet, Calico System, and Fight Paris.
On January 1, 2007 the band announced the departures of guitarist Cory White and drummer Marshall Kilpatric. White left the band based on personal reasons while Kilpatric relocated to Los Angeles to join Black Light Burns. Former drummer Adam ‘Hammerlord’ Mitchell retook the throne at the drums for a short Canadian tour. Although not officially reformed, White and Kilpatrick rejoined the band for a few select shows in the Kansas City area in 2009 including the American Waste Festival. In 2011, the band covered the track "Iron Clad Lou" for the compilation album Songs of Farewell and Departure: A Tribute To HUM.
Most current lineup
- Eric Graves – Guitar
- Anthony Diale – Bass
- Stevie Cruz – Vocals
- Marshall Kilpatrick – Drums, Percussion
- Cory White - Guitar
- For the Sick: A Tribute to Eyehategod (2007)
- Subverter (2006) 
- With the Sureness of Sleepwalking (2005)
- 1336 EP (2004)
- Wormwood Split (2003)
- A Reason to Breathe EP (2002)
- Roads Between (The Esoteric / Saved By Grace split CD) (2002)
- Loaded in Lawrence (compilation) (2002)
- Live at CBGB's NYC (Luddite Clone / The Esoteric split CD) (2001)
- Plagued by Visions (2001)
- Lifeless Records 2001 Compilation (2001)
- Malicious Intent: Ultimus Dies Sepulcris (compilation) (2001)
- An Illusion of Sacred Circumstances (1999)
- Derailer Split (1999)
- Mowdown Music Compilation (1999)
- Esoteric EP (1998)
- Dan Goldin (2011-06-26). "HUM Tribute Album "Songs of Farewell and Departure" Set for Sep 6th Release". Exploding In Sound. Retrieved 2011-11-11.
- "The Esoteric Discography". Retrieved on July 7, 2007.