Ice Nine Kills

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Ice Nine Kills
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Background information
Also known asIce Nine (2002–2006), INK, Fallbrook, I9K[1]
OriginBoston, Massachusetts, U.S.
Years active2002–present
Associated acts
  • Spencer Charnas
  • Ricky Armellino
  • Patrick Galante
  • Joe Occhiuti
  • Dan Sugarman
  • Justin DeBlieck
Past members
  • Jeremy Schwartz
  • Andrew Justin Smith
  • Hobie Boeschenstein
  • Dave Marvuglio
  • Dave Sieling
  • Shane Bisnett
  • Steve Koch
  • Grant Newsted
  • Conor Sullivan
  • Justin Morrow

Ice Nine Kills (sometimes stylized as ICE NINE KILLS or abbreviated INK) is an American metalcore band from Boston, Massachusetts who are signed to Fearless Records. Best known for its horror-inspired lyrics, Ice Nine Kills formed in its earliest incarnation in 2002 by high school friends Spencer Charnas and Jeremy Schwartz. The group originally pursued a style of ska-punk[2] but have since shifted into a style which has been described as theatricore,[3] metalcore,[4] melodic hardcore,[2] post-hardcore,[5] heavy metal,[6] symphonic metal.[7] Charnas is currently the only remaining founding member.

To date, Ice Nine Kills has released three EPs: The Burning, 2 Song Acoustic and The Predator. Five full-length studio albums: Last Chance to Make Amends, Safe Is Just a Shadow, The Predator Becomes the Prey, and their most successful albums to date; Every Trick in the Book, which peaked at #122 on the US Billboard 200 and their most recent, The Silver Scream, released on the fifth of October 2018 to critical acclaim among fans.[8] Their band name is derived from the fictional substance ice-nine from the science fiction novel Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut.


2002–2009: Formation and Last Chance to Make Amends[edit]

Ice Nine Kills was founded in 2002 under the name "Ice Nine" by high school friends Spencer Charnas and Jeremy Schwartz, before later recruiting drummer Grant Newsted in 2003 and swapped out their then-bassist (Patrick Morse) for Hobie Boeschenstein in 2004,[9] but changed their name to Ice Nine Kills just before releasing their debut independent album Last Chance to Make Amends on April 20, 2006.[10] However, they did record a demo, entitled "The Pop-Punk-Ska Years", in 2002, which would eventually be released in 2009.[2]

The following year on November 20, 2007, Ice Nine Kills released their EP, The Burning through Red Blue Records.[11] The band then set out on several national tours in support of the EP including opening slots on tours with I See Stars and Eyes Set To Kill among others.[12][better source needed] By 2008, the group had been invited to open for well-known acts such as As I Lay Dying, A Day To Remember, Thursday, Paramore and a one off performance on the Taste of Chaos 2009 tour.[13] That same year, Ice Nine Kills released 2 acoustic tracks ("The Simple Act of Giving Up" and "Lifetime in a Week") on an EP titled 2 Song Acoustic.[14]

In mid 2009, Schwartz decided to leave the band after struggling with life on the road, leaving Charnas as the only original member.[15] Charnas then recruited former members of the Rochester NY based post-hardcore band Remember Tomorrow which had recently disbanded.[16] This shifted Ice Nine Kills' sound into more of an experimental metalcore sound to which Ferret Music took notice and signed the band in the spring of 2009 and after their appearance on Warped Tour 2009 the band began writing and recording their next record.[13]

2010–2013: Safe Is Just a Shadow and The Predator[edit]

Former guitarist Justin Morrow (left) and deceased bassist Shane Bisnett (right) performing live in 2011.

Ice Nine Kills released their second full-length album Safe Is Just a Shadow on July 12, 2010.[17] Vocalist Dave Sieling, who has since left the band, contributed clean vocals along with Spencer Charnas. The album received praise from heavy metal magazine, Revolver in the 2010 Hottest Chicks in Rock Issue and subsequently the band was invited to attend the Revolver Golden Gods awards in Los Angeles CA on April 20, 2010.[18][19] The band supported Safe Is Just a Shadow with a two-week appearance on Warped Tour 2010,[20] and a supporting slot with Michigan-based nu metal band Taproot.[citation needed] The band performed on a headlining tour in the summer of 2011 as well as a performance at the Darien Lake NY stop of Warped Tour 2011 on the Dzambo Stage.[21][better source needed] The band released a music video inspired by the film Inglourious Basterds for their song "The People Under the Stairs" on June 20, 2011. That same day the band announced their partnership with Outerloop Management who represent We Came as Romans, Refused, and Periphery among others.[citation needed]

On May 12, 2012, it was announced that the band would be the opening act for the 2012 edition of The All Stars Tour featuring Suicide Silence, The Word Alive, Dance Gavin Dance, I See Stars, and Attila.[22] Prior to The All Stars Tour the band supported Like Moths To Flames on their first headlining tour in Canada in early June as well as a small midwest run supporting Norma Jean in July.[citation needed]

It was announced on August 16, 2012 that the band would be supporting We Came As Romans and Abandon All Ships for a Canadian Tour taking place September 11 through the 17th.[citation needed] The band would close out 2012 by taking part in the "Party with The Devil" tour with Attila, Make Me Famous, Issues (ex Woe, Is Me members), and Adestria from October 26 to November 15, followed by a short run with Like Moths To Flames from December 2 to 9.[citation needed]

On November 22, 2012, Ice Nine Kills released an official lyric video for their new single "The Coffin is Moving".[23] On that same date, they launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise money to fund their New EP. On December 22 the band announced that they had raised over $21,000 for their Kickstarter campaign and that their new EP "The Predator" would be released on January 15, 2013.[24] To celebrate this announcement they released a second single from the EP entitled "What I Never Learned In Study Hall" featuring guest vocals from Tyler Carter vocalist of Issues.[25] The acoustic version of the song was released on January 8 on the Take Action compilation volume 11 via Hopeless Records.

Logo for Ice Nine Kills

On January 9 Ice Nine Kills announced tours throughout February and March in support of I See Stars, For All Those Sleeping, The Color Morale, and more.[citation needed]

The band's second EP entitled The Predator was released on January 15, 2013 and debuted at No. 9 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart.

On March 13, 2013, the band announced they would be playing the first 2 weeks of the 2013 Vans Warped Tour on the Ernie Ball stage as well as The All Stars Tour featuring Every Time I Die, Chelsea Grin, Terror, Iwrestledabearonce, and more.[citation needed]

On April 26, 2013, the band released a stand-alone single called "The Product of Hate", the song was released as a fundraising way to help the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings in 2013.[26]

On July 9, 2013, the band release the official video for the song "The Coffin Is Moving".[27]

On November 4, 2013, the band released a new single titled, "Connect the Cuts".[28]

2014–2015 The Predator Becomes the Prey[edit]

On January 8, 2014, the band released the second single from their forthcoming album, "The Power in Belief".[29]

Ice Nine Kills released their full-length effort The Predator Becomes the Prey on January 21 through the newly created Outerloop Records, an imprint of Fearless Records. The album marks the band's first entrance into the Billboard Top 200 charts landing at #153. The album also debuted at #3 on the top heatseeker's chart, #38 on the independent label chart, and #13 on the Hard Rock charts.[30][31]

On February 26, 2014, it was revealed that INK will be performing on the Monster Energy Stage for the entire Warped Tour 2014.[32]

On February 27, 2014, Ice Nine Kills Released a music video for 'Let's Bury The Hatchet... In Your Head'.

On February 6, 2015, INK released a music video for 'The Fastest Way To A Girl's Heart Is Through Her Ribcage'.

On February 19, 2015, Ice Nine Kills released a new song called 'Me Myself & Hyde' from their new album scheduled for fall of 2015

From April 30 – May 22, Ice Nine Kills Headlined the IX LIVES TOUR with Get Scared, Upon This Dawning, Chasing Safety, and Brightwell (band).

On June 22, 2015, INK released a music video for their version of 'Animals' by Maroon 5 on Fearless Records Punk Goes Pop Vol. 6.

2015–2018: Every Trick in the Book and Safe is Just a Shadow re-release[edit]

On September 17, 2015, the band signed to Fearless Records who released their then-upcoming album Every Trick in the Book.[33] The lead single and music video, "Bloodbath & Beyond" was released on September 25.[34] The second single, "Communion of the Cursed", was released on October 22. The music video was a 'shortened remake' of The Exorcist.[35] Every Trick in the Book was released on December 4, 2015.

Alongside other newly signed Fearless Records artist Wage War and The White Noise, the band headlined on the "Fresh Faces Tour" from October 24 – November 29, 2016.[36]

Ice Nine Kills released a re-recorded version of their 2010 album Safe Is Just a Shadow on January 6, 2017.[37] Vocalist Spencer Charnas described the reasoning, stating "With the evolution of our skills as musicians, and the original producer, Steve Sopchak, having established himself at the top of his craft, we felt this was a perfect time to re-record the album and give it that extra attention that it always deserved."[37]

In March 2017, they released a music video for "Nature Of The Beast" inspired by the book Animal Farm.[38] Additionally, the band was featured on the Fearless Punk Goes Pop series Punk Goes Pop 7 covering "I Don't Wanna Live Forever" originally by ZAYN and Taylor Swift on July 14, 2017.[39] Afterwards, the band toured with Motionless in White and Chelsea Grin, while working on their upcoming studio album.[40][41]

On June 14, 2018, drummer Conor Sullivan announced that he was leaving the band to pursue different musical projects. Former Affiance drummer Patrick Galante will serve as a touring member.[42]

2018–present: The Silver Scream and The Silver Scream: Final Cut re-issue[edit]

On June 20, 2018, Ice Nine Kills released "The American Nightmare", the first single from their upcoming album The Silver Scream.[43] It was accompanied by a music video inspired by the film A Nightmare on Elm Street.[44] The Silver Scream was released on October 5, 2018 and marked the band's highest chart debut to date. The album scanned almost 19,000 copies in its first week landing the band their first top 10 record on the billboard top album chart.[45] It features thirteen songs inspired by thirteen separate horror films.[46]

In an interview with Wall of Sound on September 24, 2018, Spencer Charnas revealed the band collaborated with Less Than Jake on the song "IT is the end" which is based on the movie IT. Less Than Jake provided the brass instrument section of the song to give it a "sinister, carnival, circus vibe"[47] The album also features a track called "Rocking the Boat", in which the band namedrops all of their previous releases and former singer Jeremy Schwartz makes a guest appearance.

Ice Nine Kills in 2018.

On January 1, 2019 former bassist Shane Bisnett died at age 31. Frontman Spencer Charnas revealed the news via Instagram sharing a video and anecdotal story about his former bandmate who recorded bass on the band's 2010 album Safe Is Just a Shadow.[48] The band released a tribute song named "Sunrise" under the moniker Fallbrook.[1]

On the March 23, their bassist Justin Morrow parted ways with the band, joining Motionless in White. The band wrote "We are excited for Justin and wish him nothing but the best" and announced Joe Occhiuti as a permanent replacement.[49] Justin DeBlieck was also not present on the first two tours of 2019 while he was producing the new Motionless in White album, Disguise.

On September 13th, 2019 the band released an acoustic rendition of their hit song, "Savages".[50] On the 24th the band released their final music video for the Silver Scream completing the storyline they had started with "Thank God It's Friday" with the release of a music video for the final track on the album, "It is the End".[51]

On October 4, 2019 the band released the acoustic version for their song, "Stabbing in the Dark" featuring Matt Heafy of Trivium fame. The song will be a part of the band's forthcoming reissue of the "Silver Scream" dubbed the "Final Cut" set for an October 25th release. The reissue will also see the band covering Michael Jackson's hit song, "Thriller" and a song about the Scream horror series.[52][53]





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