Salt the Wound

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Salt the Wound
OriginCleveland, Ohio, U.S.
GenresDeathcore, melodic death metal
Years active2001–2010, 2011–2015
Associated actsMy Virgin Eyes, The Analyst, Believe You Me
MembersKevin Schaefer
Jake Scott
Brian White
Cole Martinez
Brandon Tabor

Salt the Wound was an American deathcore band from Cleveland, Ohio, formed in 2001. The band is signed to Rotten Records and have released three full-length studio albums. After the release of their debut album, Carnal Repercussions the band would continuously tour to an overwhelming extent, which led to their disbandment during the first half of 2010. With later negotiations, the group reformed in 2011 with original as well as new members releasing their next full-length studio album Kill the Crown.



Salt the Wound was founded on September 11, 2001[1][2] as a duo by their original drummer, James Anthony Agrippe, and guitar player Mike Kawkabany. The group continued on as duo until 2003, where additional members joined and assumed the requirements of a full band. Vocalist Kevin Schafer was welcomed during this year, which then shortly led to these three recruiting Abe Zieleniec as the band's bassist and Jake Scott as another guitar player.

Rotten Records and disestablishment[edit]

The band released two EPs in 2004 and 2005 respectively, but didn't record and release their demo that had them searching for a label until 2007, which led to Salt the Wound being signed to Rotten Records. Salt the Wound achieved underground success in 2008 through their debut studio album, Carnal Repercussions which attracted radio airplay as well as touring requests. By 2009, the album collectively sold 75,000 copies worldwide.[citation needed] By mid of 2009, the group finished recording their second full-length album, entitled Ares,[3][4] which was released September 15, 2009 and features Matthew Wessoly, their final vocalist incepted into the band before their disbandment.

On October 30, 2009, Salt the Wound announced that they were "hanging up the towel". They held a farewell tour at the beginning of 2010, holding their final show in the states in their hometown of Cleveland.[5][6]

Reformation and second disestablishment[edit]

Salt the Wound announced in November, 2010 that they have officially reformed (with original vocalist Kevin Schaefer, original guitar player Jake Scott, and The Analyst drummer Brandon Tabor). The band released their third full-length album entitled Kill the Crown in March 2011, which was produced by Brian White.[7] Their next studio album was supposedly confirmed to have been in the works as stated by guitarist Scott, although its status has been unknown since 2014. Their social media pages have been inactive since 2015 as well, thus leading to the presumption of their second disbandment.

Musical style[edit]

Salt the Wound's musical style is essentially deathcore but also includes influences of melodic death metal in their music.[1] Their vocal style contains death metal-stylized death growl vocals along with metalcore screaming and "pig squeal" vocals in earlier albums.[8] The drumming is described as "ultra-fast" and includes blast beats. The guitar work features a lower tuning for the rhythm guitar position, but a higher tuning for the lead position, and is usually played at intricate riffs. Salt the Wound have stated that they are primarily influenced by bands such as All Shall Perish, The Black Dahlia Murder, and The Dillinger Escape Plan.[9]

Band members[edit]

Current members
  • Jake Scott - guitars (2003-2010, 2010–2015)
  • Kevin Schaefer - vocals (2003-2008, 2010–2015)
  • Brandon Tabor - drums (2008-2009, 2010-2015)
  • Brian White - guitars (2011–2015)
  • Cole Martinez - bass (2011–2015)
Former members
  • James Anthony Agrippe - drums (2001-2006)
  • Mike Kawkabany - guitars, vocals (2001-2004)
  • Abe Zieleniec - bass (2003)
  • Vince Stropki - bass, guitars (2003-2004, 2008-2010)
  • Nick Cetrone - drums (2007-2008)
  • Brian "Brooklyn" Martinez - bass (2008-2009)
  • Tim McCullough - drums (2008-2009)
  • Matthew Tanner - vocals (2008-2009)
  • Rob Walters - drums (2009-2010)
  • Mat Wessoly - vocals (2009-2010)
  • Dave Mihalik - bass (2010-2011)



Demos and EPs
  • It's Taken Too Long (2004, demo)
  • Perceiving the Beauty of Nothing (2004, demo)
  • 3 Song Demo (2004, demo)
  • Bedsprings and Bloodshed (2005, self-released EP)
  • Demo 2007 (2007, demo)


  1. ^ a b Sharpe-Young, Garry. "Salt the Wound". MusicMight. Archived from the original on 2013-01-27. Retrieved 2009-07-08.
  2. ^ True, Chris. "Salt the Wound biography at allmusic". allmusic. Retrieved 2009-08-01.
  3. ^ "Salt The Wound Finishes New Album". June 27, 2009. Retrieved 2009-08-01.
  4. ^ "Ares release date". Rotten Records. Retrieved 2009-08-01.
  5. ^ Salt the Wound to Disband in 2010, Announces Final Tour Retrieved 11-11-09
  6. ^ Salt the Wound breaking-up. The Gauntlet. Retrieved 2009-11-11
  7. ^ "Salt The Wound reforms". Lambgoat. Retrieved 20 December 2011.
  8. ^ Bowar, Chad. "Carnal Repercussions review". Retrieved 2009-08-01.
  9. ^ "To Release 'Carnal Repercussions' In February". January 16, 2008. Archived from the original on January 27, 2013. Retrieved 2009-08-01.

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