Caninus (band)

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OriginNew York City, United States
GenresDeathgrind, grindcore
Years active2003–2011
LabelsWar Torn
Past members
  • Basil
  • Budgie
  • Buddy Bronson
  • Justin Brannan
  • Rachel Rosen
  • Richard Christy
  • Blast Thundercurry (Colin Kercz)
  • Rocky Raccoon
  • Thunder Hammer Attack
  • L. Ron Howard

Caninus was an American deathgrind band formed as a side project by Most Precious Blood guitarist Justin Brannan, Rachel Rosen, drummer Colin Thundercurry and two female pitbull terriers, Budgie and Basil.[1] They were signed to War Torn Records and had three releases, including a split with Hatebeak and a 7" split with death metal band Cattle Decapitation. In 2008, Richard Christy played the drums on an unknown number of songs for Caninus.[2]

On January 5, 2011, Basil, one of Caninus's pitbulls, died. Basil had been diagnosed with a brain tumor and was euthanized.[3] The band has ended because of the dog's death. Vocalist Budgie also died in early 2016.[4]

Past members[edit]

  • Basil – vocals
  • Budgie – vocals
  • Buddy Bronson – bass
  • Justin Brannan – guitar
  • Rachel Rosen – guitar
  • Richard Christy – drums
  • Blast Thundercurry (Colin Kercz) – drums
  • Rocky Raccoon – drums
  • Thunder Hammer Attack – drums
  • L. Ron Howard – drums


  • Now the Animals Have a Voice, album (2004)
  • Caninus/Hatebeak, split (2005)
  • Cattle Decapitation/Caninus, split (2005)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "For Those About To Squawk: Bands With Non-human Singers". Retrieved June 5, 2007.
  2. ^ "Richard Christy - The Official Richard Christy Website". Retrieved 8 October 2020.
  3. ^ Neilstein, Vince. "R.I.P. Basil, Caninus, 2001-2011". Retrieved January 5, 2011.
  4. ^ "R.I.P. Budgie, pit bull and Caninus vocalistMetal Insider". Retrieved 2016-01-11.

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