7 Angels 7 Plagues
|7 Angels 7 Plagues|
|Years active||1999–2002, 2005–2006|
|Associated acts||Misery Signals, Adriell, Dead to Fall, xFor Death or Gloryx, Martyr A.D., Burning Empires|
|Past members||Matt Matera
7 Angels 7 Plagues was formed in 1999 by Jared Logan from the scraps of two local Milwaukee bands, Castahead and Intercede. The band's initial members were Logan on drums, David Lesinski on bass, Matt Matera and Ryan Morgan on guitar, and Temo Rios on vocals; Rios left the group in 2000 and was replaced by Matt Mixon shortly after. A self-released demo EP, Until the Day Breathes and the Shadows Flee, was issued by the band in 2000 while they toured in the midwestern United States. In 2001, 7 Angels 7 Plagues released Jhazmyne's Lullaby. Allmusic described the album as a "volatile cauldron of sound"; while Canadian music magazine Exclaim! described them as "super-aggressive, hyper-melodic" and noted elements of jazz in the group's sound and graphic design.
Mixon left the group after the release of the album, and Rios returned to take his place. The group toured in support of Jhazmynes Lullaby, but while en route to a show in Savannah, Georgia in 2002, their tourmates Compromise were involved in a car accident. Soon after this, in July 2002, Rios left 7 Angels 7 Plagues, and Jesse Zaraska, Compromise's vocalist, took his place. Simon Brody, former lead vocalist of Drowningman, considered joining the group but ultimately did not do so. Logan then departed the band several months later, and the group dissolved shortly thereafter.
The band and Uprising decided to re-release the band's first record that originally got them signed to Uprising. Now re-mastered by Alan Douches at West West Side and with new artwork by Martin Defatte in Bluenote style to match their full-length record, Jhazmyne's Lullaby. A two album set was produced for collectors.
After the band broke up in 2002, members went on to play in the bands Misery Signals, Dead to Fall, and Burning Empires, along with Adriell and xFor Death or Gloryx. They reunited in December 2005 to play three charity shows with Branden Morgan of Misery Signals filling in on drums. Matthew Matera has started a Mastering and Recording Company called American Modern Studios, located in both Chicago and New York City areas. A retrospective in 2014 stated that the band "continue to be a major influence on young metal and hardcore acts" in the Milwaukee scene, more than a decade after their breakup.
- Final formation
- Matt Mixon - lead vocals (Burning Empires)
- Matt Matera - guitar (Dream Party, Royalty In Exile, Dead To Fall, Adriell, Black Candy)
- Ryan Morgan - guitar (Misery Signals, Burning Empires)
- Kyle Johnson - bass (Misery Signals, Burning Empires)
- Jared Logan - drums (Martyr A.D.)
- Former member
- David Lesinski - bass
- Temo Rios - lead vocals
- Jesse Zaraska - lead vocals (ex-Misery Signals, Compromise: final shows only*)
- Until the Day Breathes and the Shadows Flee (Self Released, 2000)
- Jhazmyne's Lullaby (Uprising Records, 2001)
- Downy, Ryan. "7 Angels 7 Plagues: Biography". Allmusic.
- The Legacy of 7 Angels 7 Plagues. Shepherd Express, September 24, 2014.
- Jason Dodd, Review of Jhazmyne's Lullaby. HM 96 (July/August 2002). 
- Review of Jhazmyne's Lullaby, Allmusic
- Review of Jhazmynes Lullaby. Exclaim!, March 2002.
- Loud Rock. CMJ New Music Report, July 22, 2002, p. 15.
- Loud Rock. CMJ New Music Report, July 29, 2002, p. 13.
- Iwasaki, Scott (February 18, 2005). "Misery Signals has seen misery". Deseret News (subscription required). Retrieved 20 October 2014.
- Listen: Fall Out Boy Drummer's New Project. SPIN, December 9, 2009.