A Plea for Purging

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A Plea for Purging
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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] Christian metal
Years active 2005–2012, 2017
Labels Facedown[3]
El Shaddai (Australia)
Associated acts 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[4] and two EPs. Their final release, The Life & Death of A Plea for Purging, reached No. 24 on the US Billboard Rock Albums chart and No. 11 on the Heatseekers chart.[5] 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 musician for Corpus Christi. Vocalist Andy Atkins was featured on The Crimson Armada's song "Composed of Stone", from their album Conviction.[6]

History[edit]

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 (formerly of With Blood Comes Beauty) to join the band.[7] 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 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, 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.[8][9][10] The band reunited for a one-time show at Facedown Fest 2017.[11]

Band members[edit]

Final line-up

  • Amos Andrew "Andy" Atkins[12] - vocals (2006-2012)
  • Blake Martin - lead guitar (2005-2012)
  • John Wand - bass (2005-2012)
  • Aaron Eckermann - drums (2005-2012)

Former members

  • Justin Lewis[13] - vocals (2005-2006)
  • Lyle Paschal - rhythm guitar (2005-2008)
  • Tyler Wilson - rhythm guitar (2008-2010)

Timeline

Discography[edit]

EPs

  • A Plea for Purging (2006)
  • Quick Is the Word; Steady is the Action (2007)
  • Heart of a Child/Fat Pride (7-inch) (2011)

Studio albums

Year Title Label Chart peaks
US Hard Rock Independent Heatseekers
2007 A Critique of Mind and Thought Facedown Records
2009 Depravity 24[14]
2010 The Marriage of Heaven and Hell 21[15] 40[16] 7[17]
2011 The Life & Death of A Plea for Purging 24[18] 11[19]

Videography

  • "Malevolence" (Depravity)
  • "Shiver" (The Marriage of Heaven and Hell)
  • "The Eternal Female" (The Marriage of Heaven and Hell)
  • "Heart of a Child" (The Life & Death of A Plea for Purging)
  • "The Life" (The Life & Death of A Plea for Purging)

References[edit]

  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 March 24, 2011. 
  4. ^ Biography at AllMusic
  5. ^ Billboard Charts, Allmusic
  6. ^ "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) 
  7. ^ Power, Billy (August 22, 2015). "Episode 31: Andy Atkins". Urban Achiever. Retrieved February 18, 2016. 
  8. ^ "A PLEA FOR PURGING ANNOUNCE FINAL TOUR". Facedown Records. June 6, 2012. Retrieved January 6, 2016. 
  9. ^ "A Plea For Purging break up, announce final tour". Lambgoat. June 6, 2012. Retrieved November 23, 2016. 
  10. ^ Neilstein, Vince (June 7, 2012). ""QUIT YOUR AND GET A JOB TOUR"". MetalSucks. Retrieved November 23, 2016. 
  11. ^ Beard, Mason (January 24, 2017). "Facedown Records Announce Facedown Fest 2017 Lineup". Indie Vision Music. Retrieved January 24, 2017. 
  12. ^ "Interview with Andy Atkins of A Plea for Purging". 
  13. ^ "A Plea for Purging EP". 
  14. ^ Billboard. "Heatseekers Albums: March 21, 2009". Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved November 23, 2016. 
  15. ^ Billboard. "Hard Rock Music: July 24, 2010". Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved November 23, 2016. 
  16. ^ Billboard. "Independent Albums: July 24, 2010". Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved November 23, 2016. 
  17. ^ Billboard. "Heatseekers Albums: July 24, 2010". Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved November 23, 2016. 
  18. ^ Billboard. "Hard Rock Music: November 26, 2011". Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved November 23, 2016. 
  19. ^ Billboard. "Heatseekers Albums: November 26, 2011". Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved November 23, 2016. 

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