A Plea for Purging

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A Plea for Purging
A Plea For Purging at Scream the Prayer Tour 2011
Background information
Also known as Silas[1]
Origin Nashville, Tennessee, United States
Genres Metalcore,[2] deathcore, Christian Metal, Heavy Metal, Melodic metalcore
Years active 2005–2012
Labels Facedown Records[3]
El Shaddai Australia
Associated acts Corpus Christi,[4] Haste the Day, Project 86, With Blood Comes Beauty
Past members Andy "Dozer" Atkins
Ryan Blake Martin
John Wand
Aaron Eckermann
Lyle Paschal
Tyler Wilson
Justin Lewis

A Plea for Purging was a Christian metalcore band based out of Nashville, Tennessee. During their time active, they released four full-length albums on Facedown Records[5] and two EPs. Their final release, The Life & Death of A Plea for Purging, reached #24 on the US Billboard Rock Albums chart and #11 on the Heatseekers chart.[6] Guitarist Blake Martin played on Project 86's record, Wait for the Siren and was a touring member for Haste the Day. Drummer Aaron Eckermann was a touring member for Corpus Christi.[4] Vocalist Andy Atkins was featured on The Crimson Armada's song "Composed of Stone", from their album Conviction.[7]


In 2005, Blake Martin (Lead Guitar) and John Wand (Bass) recruited Justin Lewis (Vocals), Aaron Eckermann (Drums), and Lyle Paschal (Rhythm Guitar) to join their band, which they had originally called Silas.[1] They later changed it to A Plea for Purging. The band recorded a self-titled EP with this line up, and soon after Justin Lewis quit the band.

The band then asked Andy Atkins (ex-With Blood Comes Beauty) to join the band.[8] The band recorded an EP before signing to Facedown Records. Their Facedown debut was A Critique of Mind and Thought, with this line up, before guitarist Lyle Paschal quit.

In 2008, the band then recruited guitarist Tyler Wilson, and recorded the albums, Depravity and The Marriage of Heaven and Hell. In 2010, Wilson left, and the band continued on as a quartet. They played on the Haste the Day final tour, along with Mychildren Mybride and The Chariot.

The band announced they would disband in 2012, and recorded an album titled, The Life & Death of A Plea for Purging.

The Quit Your Band and Get A Job Tour alongside As Hell Retreats took place from August 10 to September 8 of 2012, culminating with a final show in A Plea for Purging's hometown of Nashville, Tennessee. This was the last for both A Plea for Purging and As Hell Retreats, with both bands disbanding following the tour.[9]

Band members[edit]

Final line-up
  • Amos Andrew "Andy" Atkins[10] - vocals (2006-2012)
  • Blake Martin - lead guitar (2005-2012)
  • John Wand - bass (2005-2012)
  • Aaron Eckermann - drums (2005-2012)
Former members
  • Justin Lewis[11] - vocals (2005-2006)
  • Lyle Paschal - rhythm guitar (2005-2008)
  • Tyler Wilson - rhythm guitar (2008-2010)


Studio albums


  1. ^ a b "A Plea for Purging on Real TV". Real TV. 
  2. ^ A Plea for Purging at Allmusic
  3. ^ "A Plea for Purging at FaceDown Records". Retrieved 24 March 2011. 
  4. ^ a b "Aaron Eckermann". Encyclopedia Metallum. 
  5. ^ Biography at Allmusic
  6. ^ Billboard Charts, Allmusic
  7. ^ "Crimson Armada - Conviction - Amazon.com Music". Amazon.com. Retrieved January 6, 2016. Track 3: Composed Of Stone (Feat. Andy Adkins Of A Plea For Purging) 
  8. ^ Power, Billy (August 22, 2015). "Episode 31: Andy Atkins". Urban Achiever. Retrieved February 18, 2016. 
  9. ^ "A PLEA FOR PURGING ANNOUNCE FINAL TOUR". Facedown Records. 6 June 2012. Retrieved January 6, 2016. 
  10. ^ "Interview with Andy Atkins of A Plea for Purging". 
  11. ^ "A Plea for Purging EP". 

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