Destroy the Runner

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Destroy the Runner
Also known asDie Like Me (2004-2006)
OriginSan Diego, California, US
GenresMetalcore, progressive metal
Years active2004–2010, 2016–present
LabelsSolid State
Associated actsAustrian Death Machine, Count Your Curses, Chapter 14, Other Mountains, Abandoner
MembersDuane Reed
Nick "Maldy" Maldonado
Kyle Setter
Marc Kohlbry
Past membersChad Ackerman
Tanner Sparks
Jeremiah Crespo
Mike Catalano

Destroy the Runner is an American heavy metal band from San Diego, California, United States. Tim Lambesis of As I Lay Dying managed them for their album Saints, and did so again with Jason Rudolph for their second album I, Lucifer.


Destroy the Runner was signed by Solid State Records, on which their debut album Saints was released on September 12, 2006, to mixed reviews.[citation needed] Their name is reportedly a reference to the 1976 film Logan's Run.[citation needed]

The band followed the release of the album with a tour supporting Haste the Day and Scary Kids Scaring Kids, which was followed by tours with August Burns Red and The Chariot.[1]

Both Kyle Setter and Jeremiah Crespo would leave the band in 2007, and were replaced by Chad Ackerman and Tanner Sparks.

In October 2007, the band began recording their second LP with Brian McTernan at Salad Days Studios in Baltimore, MD.

On April 15, 2008, Destroy the Runner released I, Lucifer. The album has a more progressive sound, with less screaming than their previous album.[2] It charted in the U.S. on the Billboard Top Christian Albums chart at No. 27 and on the Top Heatseekers chart at No. 25.

On May 16, 2010, Destroy the Runner announced that they would taking an "indefinite hiatus".

On April 22, 2016, the band updated their Facebook. This update hinted at new material, and also reestablished the band's original members to their current lineup.[3]

On May 1, 2016, the band announced that the four original band members were regrouping and had already written songs that were ready to be recorded for an EP, Void, through an Indiegogo campaign.[4]

Other projects[edit]

Duane Reed and Nick Maldonado are both members of the experimental metalcore band Abandonner.

Nick Maldonado currently plays in Hell or Highwater, which features members of Atreyu.

Marc Kohlbry is currently a member of the post-rock band Other Mountains.

Chad Ackerman and Tanner Sparks are both members of the post-hardcore band Chapter 14.

Chad Ackerman sings for the electro-rock group Count Your Curses.

In 2008, both current and past members of the band helped to work on Total Brutal, the debut album by Austrian Death Machine.

Band members[edit]

Current lineup

  • Nick “Maldy" Maldonado – lead guitar (2004–2010, 2016–present)
  • Duane Reed – rhythm guitar, vocals (2004–2010, 2016–present)
  • Kyle Setter – lead vocals (2004–2007, 2016–present)
  • Marc Kohlbry – drums (2004–2008, 2016–present)
  • Tanner Sparks – bass guitar (2007–2010, 2016–present)

Former members

  • Chad Ackerman – lead vocals (2007–2010)
  • Mike Catalano – drums (2008–2010)
  • Jeremiah Crespo – bass guitar (2005–2007)



Studio albums


  • Die Like Me (2004) (self-released)
  • Void (2016) (self-released)


  • "End Transmission" (2016)[5]

Music videos[edit]

  • Saints (Saints)
  • Isabella's (I, Lucifer)


  1. ^ Allmusic biography
  2. ^ "I, Lucifer review". Archived from the original on August 27, 2008. Retrieved August 16, 2008.
  3. ^ "Destroy The Runner to reunite? - News - Alternative Press". Alternative Press. Retrieved April 28, 2016.
  4. ^ "Destroy The Runner EP 2016". Indiegogo. Retrieved January 29, 2019.
  5. ^ "Destroy The Runner premiere new song, set to release EP". Lambgoat. November 16, 2016. Retrieved November 23, 2016.

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