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Starkill in 2013
Background information
Origin Chicago, Illinois
Genres Melodic death metal, power metal, thrash metal, symphonic black metal
Years active 2012–present
Labels Century Media,[1] Prosthetic Records
Website Starkill Official Facebook
Members Parker Jameson
Spencer Weidner
Tony Keathley
Shaun Andruchuk
Sarah Lynn Collier
Past members Charlie Federici
Mike Buetsch

Starkill is an American melodic death metal band from Chicago, Illinois; The members met and began writing materials in 2008, eventually signing to Century Media Records on 14 December 2012 and releasing "Fires of Life" on 16 May 2013.[1][2]

The band has incorporated many different musical styles, leading critics and fans to label them as melodic death metal,[3] power metal,[4] thrash metal,[5] and symphonic black metal.


Foundation and Fires of Life (2012-2014)[edit]

Founding members, and brothers, Parker Jameson and Spencer Weidner had been writing material since their early teens, yet had difficulty putting together a full band due to the lack of like-minded, capable musicians in their hometown. Because of this, Parker enrolled at Indiana University, hoping the school's music program would expose him to musicians with similar aspirations.[6] Shortly after beginning his freshman year at Indiana University, Parker met guitarist Charlie Federici. The two discovered that they shared similar musical influences and goals, and with the addition of Charlie, the core of the band was formed.

The three began writing and performing material under various names in the Indiana and Midwest regions, eventually attracting the attention of Century Media Records in early 2012 while subsequently and permanently settling on the name "Starkill". The band began recording their debut album at Electrowerks Studios that summer, and announced their signing with Century Media months later in December.[1][2] Their debut album, Fires of Life was released in May 2013 and then the band toured around North America and Europe.

Virus of the Mind (2014-present)[edit]

On April 11, 2014 Starkill released a music video for "Sword, Spear, Blood, Fire" and announced plans to record a new album at Electrowerks Studio with producer Chuck Macak with an expected release date in the fall of 2014.[7] On July 17, 2014 the album artwork, title and release dates were revealed for the album, titled "Virus of the Mind". The scheduled release dates were October 14, 2014 in the USA and Canada and October 20, 2014 in Europe, Australia and New Zealand.[8]

On August 7, 2014 the first song off the album, "Breaking The Madness", was released on the Century Media Records YouTube channel, as well as the track listing and lineup of the album.[9] A video discussing the recording of the album, dubbed "Creating The Virus - Part 1" was released on August 21, 2014,[10] followed by a second video, "Creating The Virus - Part 2" on September 17, 2014.[11]

The first video off the album "Before Hope Fades", was released on YouTube on October 2, 2014[12] and on October 13, 2014 Virus of the Mind was made available for streaming on[13] Virus of the Mind was released on October 14, 2014 in the USA and Canada and on October 20, 2014 in Europe, Australia and New Zealand.[8][14] On November 6, 2014 a lyric video of the title track "Virus of the Mind" was released.[15]

Shadow Sleep[edit]

Starkill announced on February 2, 2016, via their Facebook page,[16] that pre-orders for their third album were being accepted via an Indiegogo campaign with a $25,000 USD goal.

Later that year, the band announced their signing to Prosthetic Records and released the title and album of their third full-length record, Shadow Sleep. The album was slated released worldwide November 4, 2016, being tracked and engineered by both Starkill and Charles Macak of Electrowerks Studios, and mastered by Troy Glessner.




  • Charlie Federici – rhythm guitar (2012–2013)
  • Mike Buetsch – bass (2012-2013)



Studio albums[edit]

Music Videos[edit]

  • Fires of Life[18]
  • New Infernal Rebirth[19]
  • Sword, Spear, Blood, Fire[7]
  • Before Hope Fades[12]
  • Breaking the Madness
  • Burn Your World


  1. ^ a b c "Century Media Records - Starkill: : Century Media Records signs STARKILL". Retrieved 2013-10-14. 
  2. ^ a b "Century Media Records - Starkill: : "Fires Of Life" out now". Retrieved 2013-10-14. 
  3. ^ "Starkills Fiery Blood Talk with Parker". Retrieved 2013-10-15. 
  4. ^ "How to Pull Off a Little Bit of Everything". Metal Archives. 2013-10-15. Retrieved 2013-10-15. 
  5. ^ James, Fox. "Starkill - Fires of Life". Metal Mouth. Retrieved 2013-10-15. 
  6. ^ "Starkill's Parker Jameson Talks Debut Album "Fires Of Life," Upcoming Tour Dates". Retrieved 2013-10-15. 
  7. ^ a b "STARKILL - Sword Spear Blood Fire (OFFICIAL VIDEO)". Century Media Records. 2014-04-10. Retrieved 2014-04-11. 
  8. ^ a b "Century Media Records - Starkill: : STARKILL - Announce "Virus of the Mind" album, post artwork". Century Media. July 17, 2014. Retrieved November 7, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Century Media Records - Starkill: : release first song from new album "Virus Of The Mind" set for October release". Century Media. August 7, 2014. Retrieved November 7, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Century Media Records - Starkill: : STARKILL - post video footage from the studio, "Virus Of The Mind" out October 20". Century Media. August 21, 2014. Retrieved November 7, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Century Media Records - Starkill: : set to release "Virus Of The Mind" on October 20, in studio video #2 online now". Century Media. September 17, 2014. Retrieved November 7, 2014. 
  12. ^ a b "STARKILL - Before Hope Fades - (OFFICIAL VIDEO) - YouTube". YouTube. October 2, 2014. 
  13. ^ "Century Media Records - Starkill: : streaming "Virus Of The Mind" via, album out on October 20, 2014". Century Media. October 13, 2014. Retrieved November 7, 2014. 
  14. ^ "Century Media Records - Starkill: : new album "Virus Of The Mind" out now!". Century Media. October 20, 2014. Retrieved November 7, 2014. 
  15. ^ "Century Media Records - Starkill: : post new "Virus Of The Mind" lyric video". Century Media. November 6, 2014. Retrieved November 7, 2014. 
  16. ^ "New Album Preorders". Official Facebook page. Retrieved 16 February 2016. 
  17. ^ "Starkill - Encyclopaedia Metallum: The Metal Archives". Encyclopaedia Metallum. Retrieved 2014-03-06. 
  18. ^ "STARKILL - Fires of Life (OFFICIAL VIDEO)". Century Media Records. 2013-03-08. Retrieved 2014-03-06. 
  19. ^ "STARKILL - New Infernal Rebirth (OFFICIAL VIDEO)". Century Media Records. 2013-03-28. Retrieved 2014-03-06.