Hail the Villain

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Hail the Villain
Origin Oshawa, Ontario
Genres Hard rock
Alternative metal
Years active 2003-2012
Labels Warner, Roadrunner[1]
Website hailthevillain.com
Past members Joseph Stamp
Flavio Cirillo
Chad Taylor
Drew Dockrill
Bryan Crouch

Hail the Villain was a Canadian hard rock band from Oshawa, Ontario. The band had moderate success, and after the departure of lead vocalist Bryan Crouch, eventually went on an indefinite hiatus.


Early days and Population: Declining (2003–2011)[edit]

Hail the Villain hails from Oshawa, Ontario. Originally called Fahrenheit, the band formed in 2003, but changed their name to Hail the Villain in 2006. In the spring of 2009, Hail the Villain made a record deal with Warner Music Canada. By the spring of 2010, Roadrunner Records had come on board to release the album in the United States. Hail the Villain's debut album Population: Declining, was released sometime in 2008 and re-released on Roadrunner Records on June 8, 2010. Their debut album was mixed by Mike Fraser. On August 17, 2010, Hail The Villain began playing on the Jägermeister stage at the Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival tour. The band also played on the Jose Cuervo Second Stage at The Kansas City Rockfest, on the grounds of the Liberty Memorial on May 14, 2011. Starting on November 21, "Runaway" was used as the theme song for WWE's 2010 Survivor Series. The single "Take Back the Fear" was in the 2010 WWE-produced sports drama film Legendary and the 2011 film Win Win. In 2011, Population: Declining was nominated for Rock Album of the Year at the 2011 Juno Awards.

They have released a music video for the song "My Reward", and they were on the 2011 MMVA: The Preview show.[2]

Departure of Bryan Crouch, hiatus and possible break-up (2011–present)[edit]

On November 11, 2011, Hail the Villain announced that after seven years of being in the band, Bryan Crouch has quit and forms Six Side Die.[3]

On February 8, 2012, Hail the Villain released a post on their Twitter and Facebook pages, stating, "We're not dead. We're writing. Stay tuned." There has been no activity on any of the band's social media accounts since, leaving their status unknown.

As of February 17, 2016, their website can no longer be visited, hinting a possibility that the band has dissolved.

Band members[edit]

Current lineup
Former members
  • Bryan Crouch - vocals (2003–2011)
  • Drew Dockrill - drums


Studio albums[edit]

  • Population: Declining
Population: Declining
Studio album by Hail the Villain
Released CanadaUnited States June 8, 2010 (re-release)
Recorded Metalworks Studios in Mississauga, Ontario
Label Warner Music
Hail the Villain chronology
Population: Declining
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  1. "Take Back the Fear" - 3:44
  2. "My Reward" - 2:53
  3. "Runaway" - 3:11
  4. "16 Cradles" - 3:42
  5. "Evil Has a Name" - 3:26
  6. "Try Hating the World" - 3:06
  7. "Glad to Be" - 2:58
  8. "Blackout" - 3:19
  9. "Pyro" - 2:21
  10. "Mission Control" - 3:32
  11. "Swan Dive Suicide" - 5:00
  12. "Social Graces" - 3:54


  • Maintain Radio Silence (April 17, 2010)
  1. "Social Graces" - 3:54
  2. "16 Cradles" - 3:42
  3. "Blackout" - 3:19
  4. "Take Back the Fear (Live)" -
  5. "Mission Control (Live)" -


Year Song Peak chart positions Album


2010 "Take Back the Fear" 15 13 20 32 Population: Declining
"Runaway" 21 14 24 46
2011 "My Reward"

Music videos[edit]

  • "Take Back the Fear" (One performance video and one animated video)
  • "Runaway" (Released October 20, 2010)
  • "My Reward" (Released May 20, 2011)

Other projects[edit]

Hail the Villain has created two volumes of their ongoing comic book series. Volume 1: Take Back The Fear (named after their single from Population: Declining) came out August 31, 2010. Volume 2: My Reward (also named after a song off Population: Declining) came out January 18, 2011. Volume 3 was planned, but its status is currently unknown due to the band's current unknown status. Although it is no longer available at Hail the Villain's official website, the comic book is available as a webcomic that can be read through Rune.co, the website of one of the band's comic book sponsor, Rune Entertainment.


  1. ^ "We Sign Hail the Villain!". Roadrunner Records. 12 Jul 2011. Retrieved 21 Nov 2012. 
  2. ^ Chandler Levack Special to the Star (25 Mar 2012). "Can Hail the Villain heal its voice?". thestar.com. Retrieved 21 Nov 2012. 
  3. ^ "Bryan Crouch Quits Hail The Villain". Facebook. 11 Nov 2011. Retrieved 22 Mar 2012. 
  4. ^ Records, Roadrunner (12 Jul 2011). "Hail the Villain Check-In From Day 1 on UPROAR". Roadrunner Records. Retrieved 22 Mar 2012. 
  5. ^ "Canadian Active/ Alternative Charts". Media Source. 27 Jul 2010. Retrieved 21 Nov 2012. 
  6. ^ "Canadian Active/ Alternative Charts". Media Source. 13 Jan 2011. Retrieved 21 Nov 2012. 
  7. ^ "Canadian Active/ Alternative Charts". Media Source. 21 Dec 2010. Retrieved 21 Nov 2012. 
  8. ^ "Canadian Active/ Alternative Charts". Media Source. 22 Jun 2010. Retrieved 21 Nov 2012. 

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