Inhale Exhale

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Inhale Exhale
Inhale Exhale performing at the Murray Hill Theater in June 2010
Background information
Origin Cleveland, Ohio, US
Genres Metalcore, technical metalcore, mathcore, experimental metal
Years active 2005–2013
Labels Red Cord, Solid State
Past members Ryland Raus
John LaRussa
Ton Saffell
Greg Smith
Chris Carroll
Bobby Poole II
Brian Pittman
Jeremy Gifford
Nick Brewer

Inhale Exhale was an American metalcore band from Cleveland, Ohio.


Formation/The Lost. The Sick. The Sacred.[edit]

The band was formed in 2005 by Guitarist John LaRussa (former member of the band Narcissus) and bassist Brian Pittman (former member of the band Relient K). In 2006, they added vocalist Ryland Raus and Bobby Poole on drums prior to the recording and release of their Solid State Records debut, The Lost. The Sick. The Sacred.[1] They shot two videos for the release, "A Call to the Faithful" and "Redemption". Both appearing on Fuse countdown, and MTV's headbangers ball, along with other slots on various music shows. The video for "A Call to the Faithful" was featured on the front page of Myspace at the time, and was one of the band's major hits with fans live and online. They were also featured in Revolver magazine and AP magazine.

The band hit the road right out of the gate of the release of their first album, touring with many acts such as August Burns Red, The Chariot, Maylene and the Sons of Disaster, Oh Sleeper, Project 86 and more. In July 2007 the band announced through a blog on Myspace that Brian Pittman was leaving for personal reasons: "After a lot of thought and consideration, Brian has decided to stay home. He will always have a place in Inhale Exhale, and we love him. But too many factors at home needed his attention. He is excited to be on a permanent break from music. He loves what he has done thus far in his career, but he needed to take care of some personal business."

The band had gone through a number of drummers. Bobby Poole was with the band for the recording of The Lost. The Sick. The Sacred. and a few of the band's early tours. He was replaced on tour by Chris "Tank" Murk throughout their summer touring of 2007.

I Swear...[edit]

Inhale Exhale at Cornerstone Festival 2007

Before going into the studio to record their second album I Swear..., the band chose Chris Carroll as their new permanent drummer. Jeremy Gifford replaced Brian on bass guitar throughout the rest of 2007 playing on tour dates and recording with the band. He left the band in 2008 and started playing guitar for the band Lovedrug. A new bass player was never officially announced, but Greg Smith was eventually confirmed as bassist. On June 10, 2008 the band released their second album, I Swear... for Solid State Records with the lead single "It's Myself vs Being A Man", which was their most downloaded single, and was featured on MTV, Fuse countdown, Direct TV, MTV2 and many other outlets. They were featured in Alternative Press, Revolver, Decibal, Outburn, and Karrang. In support of I Swear...They toured with such artists as Haste the Day, Emarosa, Dead and Divine, The Showdown, War of Ages, Becoming the Archetype, A Plea for Purging, Sky Eats Airplane and more.

Bury Me Alive[edit]

It was announced on the band's MySpace page on May 12 that they were working on new material and would be recording during the summer to release their next studio album in the fall. In the middle of July, the band confirmed that their next album would be called Bury Me Alive. On September 15, Inhale Exhale posted a new song on their MySpace page, and on October 6, Bury Me Alive was released. They shot a video for the single "Did You Ever Have A Touch To Lose?" which had an exclusive with Noiecreep. They did extensive touring for their album "Bury Me Alive" more than they ever have previously. Touring with many bands supporting and sharing the stage, such as Miss May I, I Wrestled A Bear Once, The Color Morale, Memphis May Fire, The Chariot, This or the Apocalypse, Demon Hunter, Gwen Stacy, The Browning, Sleeping Giant, Greeley Estates and more, along with a good amount of spot dates and runs. They were also featured in AP magazine, Revolver, and most other music media outlets. On February 24, 2011, the band announced on their Facebook account that they have left Solid State Records and have become an independent band once again. On March 30, 2012, Inhale Exhale announced that the band had signed to Red Cord Records for a two-album contract.


Inhale Exhale's new full-length album, Movement, was released October 9, 2012, along with a month-long tour in Europe hitting the countries of Germany, Netherlands, Austria, Poland, Ukraine, Czech Republic and more. They had an exclusive stream via Revolver magazines site for the song "Carpe Diem", along with a follow up feature and interview in Revolvers December 2012 issue, in which the band went into some detail on the recording process, and how they went into it wanting a raw album, rather than the cookie cutter over produced material bands were putting out. The album is distributed through Sony/Red worldwide. The band has not announced a U.S. tour yet to follow their Europe tour beside some festival dates.

On June 2, 2013, Inhale Exhale announced on their Facebook page that they were breaking up: "As of right now, after touring 10+ countries, releasing 4 studio albums internationally, and shooting videos and singles and all that goes along with being in this band, Inhale Exhale is coming to an end." They performed at the Alliance Festival on August 4, 2013 in Pittsburgh, PA along with Demon Hunter, Red Jumpsuit Apparatus and others. Their final farewell show was performed in Canton, Ohio on October 19, 2013.



Title Release date Label(s)
The Lost. The Sick. The Sacred. November 21, 2006 Solid State Records
I Swear... June 10, 2008 Solid State Records
Bury Me Alive October 6, 2009 Solid State Records
Movement October 9, 2012 Red Cord Records

Music videos[edit]


  1. ^ "AllMusic Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved August 10, 2016. 
  2. ^ Archived from the original on May 17, 2014. Retrieved October 29, 2007.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ Archived from the original on February 7, 2008. Retrieved October 29, 2007.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-04-17. Retrieved 2016-11-27. 
  5. ^ Music/do-you-ever-have-a-touch-to-lose/57177751001
  6. ^ [1][dead link]

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