Common Dead

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Common Dead
Origin Chicago, United States[1][2]
Genres Thrash metal, melodic death metal, groove metal[3]
Years active 2009–2013[4]
Labels Independent
Members Andrew Laurenson

Common Dead is a melodic thrash/groove metal band from Chicago, United States and served as alter ego for musician Andrew P. Laurenson.[5][2][6] The band is considered one of the background players in the new wave of American heavy metal.[7][8]


Common Dead is classified as melodic death metal[9][10] by various sources, although the band touches on melodic thrash metal,[9] groove metal, and alternative metal[2] influences. Laurenson is the band's sole proprietor and has performed all instrumentation for all recorded efforts thus far. He plays lead/rhythm guitar and vocals for live occasions.[11]

Common Dead debuted with a self-titled album in 2009[12] that earned favorable reviews from press.[13][14] In an interview with,[15] Laurenson commented that the band revolves around a melodic guitar influence and raw, forthright vocals. A four-track EP was released in January 2011 entitled Interim Flesh, which experimented with industrial metal influences[16] not typical of the band's style. The EP scored warm praise from critics.[17]

The band released an album Diatribe in February 2012. It was met with generally positive reviews from numerous sources. [18] [3][19][20] The band has so far released three music videos for songs from this album. One titled "Critical Mass" was broadcast on Underground Video TV.[21][22][23][24] The following year, the album Allegorize was released. [25]

Metal Underground interviewed the band after a raw mix for a Fear Factory cover came out on YouTube. Common Dead recorded a cover for "Flashpoint" as one instrumentalist. They also announced that new members would be joining the band for live performances.[26] A break in activity was confirmed in 2013 as Laurenson moved towards other projects.[27]


  • Common Dead (full-length, 2009)
  • Interim Flesh (EP, 2011)
  • Come Get Some: Alternate Studio Version (Single, 2011)[28]
  • Diatribe (full-length, 2012)
  • Allegorize (full-length, 2013)


  1. ^ Williams, Robert. "Interview with Common Dead (February 2010)". Retrieved 20 February 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c "Official Website". 
  3. ^ a b Bruce Moore (March 12, 2012). "Diatribe (Review)". Pure Grain Audio. 
  4. ^
  5. ^ Fisher, Jason. "Common Dead Issues Album Update". The Gauntlet. The Gauntlet. Retrieved 25 February 2016. 
  6. ^ "Billboard: Common Dead". Billboard Music. 
  7. ^ "Interview with Common Dead". Metal Rules. February 20, 2010. 
  8. ^ "Common Dead: Animalism". MetalBuzz. 
  9. ^ a b "Common Dead Band Info". Spirt of Metal Guide. 
  10. ^ Decibel Magazine. 76. Feb. 2011
  11. ^ Greg Pratt (February 22, 2012). "Diatribe Review". Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles. 
  12. ^ AllMusic Guide
  13. ^ Robinson, Kyall (August 11, 2010). "Third party review of Common Dead". The Metal Forge. 
  14. ^ Williams, Robert (February 2010). "Review of Common Dead (self-titled)". Metal Rules. 
  15. ^ Williams, Robert. "Interview with Common Dead (February 2010)". Retrieved 20 February 2010. 
  16. ^ Ken Kopija (Editor in Chief) (January 20, 2011). "Common Dead Release Interim Flesh EP". MetalBuzz. 
  17. ^ Williams, Robert (January 2011). "Review of Interim Flesh". Metal Rules. 
  18. ^ Greg Pratt (February 22, 2012). "Diatribe Review". Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles. 
  19. ^ Firuath (February 24, 2012). "Diatribe Review". Metal Underground. 
  20. ^ Brutalism (March 10, 2012). "Third party review of Diatribe". Brutalism. 
  21. ^ Underground Video TV (December 11, 2011). "Underground Video TV". Chicago, IL.  Missing or empty |series= (help)
  22. ^ "Common Dead Critical Mass". Underground Video TV. Nov 25, 2011. 
  23. ^ "Underground Video Television Episode Listing (#16)". Underground Video TV. 
  24. ^ "Underground Video TV: Aired Episodes & Podcasts". Underground Video TV. 
  25. ^ Greg Pratt (April 16, 2013). "Allegorize Review". Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles. 
  26. ^ "Metal Underground Exclusive with Common Dead". Metal Underground. April 9, 2012. 
  27. ^ "Common Dead Going On Extended Hiatus". Metal Underground. June 11, 2013. 
  28. ^ Ken Kopija (Editor in Chief) (May 20, 2011). "Common Dead iTunes Single". MetalBuzz.