Patrick Bruders

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Patrick Bruders
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Bruders performing with Down in 2013
Background information
Born El Paso, Texas
Origin New Orleans, Louisiana
Genres Sludge MetalDoom MetalBlackened Death MetalBlack MetalHeavy MetalCrust PunkCountry
Occupation(s) Bassist
Instruments Bass guitar
Associated acts CrowbarDownGoatwhoreOutlaw Order • Pure Luck • Gasmiasma • Saint Vitus

Patrick Bruders is an American musician, best known as the current bassist for heavy metal supergroup Down, the former bassist of the blackened death metal band Goatwhore from 1997 to 2004, and the former bassist for the seminal sludge metal band Crowbar from 2005 until 2013.[1] In 2008 he joined Eyehategod side project Outlaw Order and began live bass duties for the band, but has since parted ways with the group. He began touring as live bassist with heavy metal supergroup Down in early 2011, replacing former bassist Rex Brown, before being added as a permanent member, performing bass duties live and in the studio. Bruders is also a member of the New Orleans-based crust punk band Gasmiasma, Austin-based country band Pure Luck, and joined legendary doom metal band Saint Vitus for their performance at the Hammer of Doom music festival in Würzburg, Germany.



Date of Release Title
2000 The Eclipse of Ages into Black
2003 Funeral Dirge for the Rotting Sun


Date of Release Title
2011 Sever the Wicked Hand


Date of Release Title
2012 Down IV Part I - The Purple EP
2014 Down IV - Part II


Date of Release Title
2011 Trenchrats E.P.
2012 =Crashermangle
2013 Krvs Kadavers (Live Cassette)
2014 Thermobarbarian Glioblastoma

Playing Style & Equipment[edit]

Patrick Bruders is primarily a finger style bassist. He has noted Steve Harris, Geezer Butler, Jack Bruce, Waylon Jennings, John Paul Jones, Geddy Lee, and Felix Pappalardi as influences.


·LTD Surveyor 4 bass Red 2003 model

·LTD Phoenix bass Brown

·LTD Phoenix bass Black

·LTD Viper bass Black

·LTD F-154DX bass Brown

·4003 Rickenbacker bass Fireglo

·4003 Rickenbacker bass Midnight


Bruders performing with Down in 2015

·Ampeg SVT 8x10E

·Ampeg SVT IV

·Orange OBC 8x10

·Orange AD200 bass MK3 amp head


·Tech 21 BSDR DI Sansamp

·Boss chromatic tuner pedal TU-3

Personal life[edit]

Bruders has noted that his father's records are how he started gaining interest in bass.

He has been married to Stephanie Bruders (née Le Compte) since 1998.


  1. ^ "Crowbar To Support Hatebreed In U.K.". Blabbermouth. 3 January 2005. Retrieved 11 March 2010.