After the Burial

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After the Burial
Anthony NotarmasoAfter the Burial.jpg
After the Burial live at Vans Warped Tour 2012
Background information
OriginMinneapolis, Minnesota, United States
Years active2004–present
  • Trent Hafdahl
  • Anthony Notarmaso
  • Dan Carle
  • Adrian Oropeza
Past members
  • Justin Lowe
  • Lerichard Foral
  • Nick Wellner
  • Greg Erickson
  • Eric Robles
  • Grant Luoma

After the Burial is an American progressive metal band from Minneapolis, Minnesota. They are currently signed to Sumerian Records and have released four of their five full-length albums through the label. Since their inception in 2004, the band has gone through two vocalist changes, two drummer changes, the departure and death of founding rhythm guitarist Justin Lowe, and the departure of bassist Lerichard Foral. Lead guitarist Trent Hafdahl remains the sole remaining founding member. They are considered key contributors to the development of subgenres such as djent and progressive metalcore.[5]


Formation and Forging a Future Self (2004)[edit]

After the Burial was founded in 2004 by Nick Wellner, Trent Hafdahl, Justin Lowe (born Justin A. Lowe in Flemington, New Jersey; December 17, 1982 – July 21, 2015),[6] and Greg Erickson who all met in high school. Dave Coleman initially filled in on bass while they searched for a permanent member. After posting an ad on a Twin Cities hardcore message board, Lee Foral responded and earned a spot in the band.

The group's first album entitled Forging a Future Self was recorded in late 2005 and was released on April 1, 2006. It was distributed via Corrosive Records, though there was never an official record deal in place.

They would later sign to Sumerian Records where Erickson and Wellner departed and Grant Luoma (of local act Nostalia) joined as vocalist. Eric Robles took Erickson's place as drummer but also departed before the recording of the band's second album.

Rareform (2008–2009)[edit]

The band entered the studio in 2008 to record their second studio album Rareform. All drum programming was done by the band's then current rhythm guitarist Lowe, while Hafdahl handled the lyrical writing duties due to the lack of output by then current vocalist, Luoma.

Shortly after the release, vocalist Luoma was replaced.[7] Anthony Notarmaso joined in his place, and the band recruited Dan Carle (also of Nostalia) on drums.

In late 2008, the band supported Suicide Silence on The Cleansing The Nation Tour, and in early 2009, co-headlined a U.S. tour with Veil of Maya.

The band decided to re-release Rareform with Notarmaso's vocals in September 2009. It also included bonus content, such as live footage from a sold out concert the band performed at.[8]

In 2018, the band did a 10 year anniversary tour for Rareform, alongside The Acacia Strain.[9]

In Dreams (2010–2012)[edit]

The band's third full-length album, In Dreams was recorded and released in 2010 through Sumerian.[10]

In late 2010, the band supported Winds of Plague on The December Decimation Tour, and in 2011, headlined the Crush Em' All Tour 2.

On March 14, 2011, an extended mix of the song "Pi (The Mercury God Of Infinity)" was uploaded to YouTube.[11]

This Life is All We Have EP and Wolves Within (2013-2015)[edit]

On April 2, 2013 Sumerian Records posted a re-mastered version of the song "A Steady Decline" and stated: "On April 1, 2006 After the Burial released their ground breaking album Forging a Future Self, which helped shape the sound of modern metal. To celebrate seven years of shred ATB has released a new take on an old favorite!"

On April 30, Sumerian Records uploaded three songs on their official YouTube channel for After the Burial's three song EP entitled This Life Is All We Have. The EP includes the following re-mastered songs from Forging a Future Self, featuring Anthony Notarmaso on vocals: "A Steady Decline", "Fingers Like Daggers", and "Redeeming the Wretched".

During live shows in 2013, After the Burial began playing two new songs called "A Wolf Amongst Ravens" and "Anti-Pattern" from their yet to be released album.[12][13]

On November 5, 2013, Sumerian Records released the band's new song entitled "A Wolf Amongst Ravens" on YouTube[14] and revealed the band's new album Wolves Within being release on December 17, 2013. They also resigned to Sumerian Records.[15]

On November 18, 2013 the song "Of Fearful Men" was uploaded to YouTube and made available for purchase through iTunes[16] and the entire album (Wolves Within) was released under Sumerian Records in December of the same year.

Justin Lowe's departure and death[edit]

Guitarist and founding member Justin Lowe left the band and was found dead in the summer of 2015.[17]

Guitarist and founding member Justin Lowe officially left the band with a statement on June 24, 2015 citing a mental breakdown caused by paranoid schizophrenia. Justin supposedly believed that After the Burial, their record label (Sumerian Records) and most people in his life were out to ruin him.[18] After the Burial responded to Lowe's open letter the following day confirming he was under severe mental distress and requested their fans to support Lowe during his time of recovery. Lowe was under care with his family at the time.[19]

On the evening of July 20, 2015, Justin Lowe was pronounced officially missing, and search efforts had been put into place in order to find him. Lowe, age 32, was found dead by a hiker on July 21, 2015, directly underneath the Soo Line High Bridge, while his car was found on the Minnesota side of the bridge. Authorities state that his death was consistent with that of a fall. It is currently unknown if the fall was accidental or intentional.[20]

On July 27, the band released a statement on their Facebook page saying that they had decided not to perform on the Summer Slaughter tour in the wake of Lowe's passing, and that they needed time to recover from the loss of their friend.[21]

Dig Deep, and Lee Foral's departure (2015–present)[edit]

On October 29, the band streamed the new track "Lost in the Static" and also announced a tour starting on November 5 in San Diego, being followed by The Faceless, Rings of Saturn and Toothgrinder. On New Years Day 2016, the band announced their new album Dig Deep, which was released on February 19, 2016.

On December 22, They were announced to be part of the Sumerian Records 10th Anniversary Tour with Born of Osiris, Veil of Maya, ERRA and Bad Omens. The tour started on February 19 in Minneapolis.

In June 2016, Lee Foral announced his departure to focus on his family.[22]

On December 3, 2016, Adrian Oropeza was announced as a full-time After The Burial member after the year of touring with them.[23]




After the Burial discography
Studio albums5
Music videos4

Studio albums[edit]

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions
Year Album details Peak chart positions


Hard Rock
2006 Forging a Future Self
  • Released: April 1, 2006
  • Label: Self-released (distributed by Corrosive Recordings)
  • Formats: CD, digital download
2008 Rareform
  • Released: July 22, 2008
  • Label: Sumerian
  • Formats: CD, digital download
2010 In Dreams
  • Released: November 23, 2010
  • Label: Sumerian
  • Formats: CD, digital download
3 27 12
2013 Wolves Within
  • Released: December 17, 2013
  • Label: Sumerian
  • Formats: CD, digital download
2 27 9 44
2016 Dig Deep
  • Released: February 19, 2016
  • Label: Sumerian
  • Formats: CD, digital download, vinyl
50 1 1 4 91
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.


List of extended play
Year Album details
2013 This Life Is All We Have
  • Released: April 30, 2013
  • Label: Sumerian
  • Formats: digital download


Year Song Album
2015 "Lost in the Static"[30] Dig Deep
2016 "Collapse"[31]

Music videos[edit]

List of music videos, showing year released and director
Title Year Director(s) Album
"Your Troubles Will Cease and Fortune Will Smile Upon You" 2011 Scott Hansen[32] In Dreams
"Pendulum"[33] N/A
"A Wolf Amongst Ravens" 2014 Anthony Dubois[34] Wolves Within
"Lost in the Static"[35] 2016 N/A Dig Deep
"Collapse"[36] N/A


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  2. ^ Brandon East. "Wolves Within Review | After The Burial | Compact Discs | Reviews @ Ultimate-Guitar.Com". Ultimate Guitar. Retrieved July 2, 2014.
  3. ^ Patrick Sullivan. "Rareform - After the Burial: Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards: Allmusic". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved July 2, 2014.
  4. ^ "CD Review: AFTER THE BURIAL - In Dreams|Metal Injection". Metal Injection. Retrieved July 2, 2014.
  5. ^ "After the Burial | Biography & History | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 2017-05-24.
  6. ^ Justin A. Lowe 1982-2015 Obirtuary accessdate July 21, 2018
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  8. ^ "After The Burial - Rareform". Discogs. Retrieved 2017-01-26.
  9. ^
  10. ^ "After the Burial: 'In Dreams' artwork unveiled". Retrieved 2017-01-26.
  11. ^ "After The Burial - Pi 2011 Extended Mix". Retrieved 2015-07-25.
  12. ^ "A Wolf Amongst Ravens live". Retrieved 2015-07-25.
  13. ^ "Anti Pattern live". Retrieved 2015-07-25.
  14. ^ "A Wolf Amongst Ravens". Retrieved 2015-07-25.
  15. ^ "Sumerian Records Press Release". Retrieved 2015-07-25.
  16. ^ "Of Fearful Men Youtube". Retrieved 2015-07-25.
  17. ^ "Justin Lowe — Toontrack". Archived from the original on 2013-01-27. Retrieved 2015-07-25.
  18. ^ "After The Burial guitarist Justin Lowe quits band, cites bizarre conspiracy". 2015-06-24. Retrieved 2015-07-25.
  19. ^ "After the Burial Respond to Justin Lowe's Odd Exit Letter". 2015-06-26. Retrieved 2015-07-25.
  20. ^ "After the Burial Guitarist Justin Lowe Found Dead". Retrieved 2015-07-25.
  21. ^ "In the wake of our loss, it comes with... - After The Burial | Facebook". Retrieved 2017-01-26.
  22. ^ Storm, Brian (2016-06-03). "AFTER THE BURIAL Member Departs The Band Through Overnight Statement". Rock Feed. Retrieved 2017-01-26.
  23. ^ "Instagram photo by After The Burial • Dec 2, 2016 at 11:47pm UTC". Instagram. Retrieved 2017-01-26.
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  27. ^ "After the Burial – Chart History: Hard Rock Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 29 January 2013.
  28. ^ "After the Burial – Chart History: Rock Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 29 January 2013.
  29. ^ Ryan, Gavin (February 27, 2016). "ARIA Albums: Hilltop Hoods Debut at No 1". Noise11. Retrieved March 1, 2016.
  30. ^ "After The Burial stream new single, "Lost In The Static"". Alternative Press. October 29, 2015. Retrieved November 13, 2015.
  31. ^ SHRUM (February 4, 2016). "Song Premiere: After the Burial - "Collapse"". New Noise Magazine. Retrieved February 18, 2016.
  32. ^ "AFTER THE BURIAL - Your Troubles Will Cease And Fortune Will Smile Upon You (Official Music Video)". YouTube. Retrieved March 1, 2016.
  33. ^ "AFTER THE BURIAL - Pendulum (Official Music Video)". YouTube. Retrieved March 1, 2016.
  34. ^ "After The Burial - A Wolf Amongst Ravens (Euroblast 2012)(OFFICIAL VIDEO)". YouTube. Retrieved March 1, 2016.
  35. ^ "AFTER THE BURIAL - Lost In The Static (Official Music Video)". YouTube. Retrieved March 1, 2016.
  36. ^ "AFTER THE BURIAL - Collapse (Official Music Video)". YouTube. Retrieved March 3, 2016.