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OriginStephenville, Texas, U.S.
Years active2001–2008, 2021–present
Past members

Submersed (sometimes typeset as SubmerseD) is an American rock band from Stephenville, Texas. They first disbanded in 2008, reuniting in late 2021, early 2022.


Submersed was signed to Wind-up Records,[1] and worked with Alter Bridge guitarist Mark Tremonti on its debut studio album, In Due Time, which featured the singles "You Run", "Hollow", and the title track.[2] In support of the album, the band performed in several cities across the US and Canada, sharing stages with Trapt, Crossfade, Seether, Rob Zombie, Chevelle, Mudvayne, Taproot, Alter Bridge and others.[3][4]

After a short break and the departure of guitarist Eric Friedman, the band continued work on their second studio album with producer Rick Beato.[5] Their sophomore and final album, Immortal Verses was released on September 18, 2007, and featured two singles: "Better Think Again" and "Price of Fame". The band toured the US again, sharing stages with 12 Stones, Evans Blue, Fuel and others.[6]

As disclosed in a blog on Submersed' Myspace, the band parted ways and was dropped from Wind Up Records. In the blog entry written by vocalist Donald Carpenter, he explained the breakup:

I know that all of you are wondering, what happened to Submersed? Well, the answers is... A lot.. This business and struggle to make it took its toll on the members... Two weeks before "Price of Fame" was slated for release, Tj, Kelan and Justin decided to move on with their lives and left SubmerseD. Garrett and I believing in "Price of Fame" made the choice to press on and see what could happen. Well, nothing happened... the single never had a chance... mind bottling... The fact is, is that a majority of our fanbase is unaccounted for due to Burning, making it impossible for the labels to understand just how many people really support us out there... When it comes down to it now, SubmerseD no longer has a place on Windup's roster and will be dropped shortly... I was trying to wait until things were a little more official before an announcement but you guys and gals are smart and I felt you deserved an explanation now rather than later.

On November 24, 2008, the band posted a blog on their MySpace that simply said "SUBMERSED WILL BE BACK!" No other details have been disclosed.

Post break-up[edit]

After the disbanding of Submersed, Donald Carpenter joined Million Man Army with Mike Moye and Nothing In Return with Lance Arny. After Million Man Army disbanded and Donald left Nothing In Return, he formed Eye Empire with former Dark New Day members, Corey Lowery and B.C. Kochmit.,[7] but as of April 2014 was no longer a member.[8] Donald later became the vocalist for the band Apollo Under Fire.[9]

As of November 2020, Donald Carpenter had finished recording the debut album of his new project Blisskrieg, along with guitarist Todd Whitener, bassist Jesse Vest, and drummer Matt Taul, all former members of the bands Days of the New and Tantric. In early 2021, they released their album 'Remedy'.[10]

Eric Friedman played lead guitar for the Los Angeles band Daughters of Mara. After Daughters of Mara disbanded, Eric joined Creed as a touring guitarist during their 2009 and 2010 tours. In 2012, he is currently a member of the supergroup Projected[11] and of Tremonti as well, which also features Submersed drummer Garrett Whitlock.[12]

On March 4, 2019, SubmerseD had a partial reunion as Donald Carpenter, Eric Friedman, and Kelan Luker played a one-off acoustic set of SubmerseD songs for "Lukerpalooza," a benefit/remembrance concert for Seth Luker, SubmerseD's longtime manager (and Kelan's brother). The show took place at the Twisted J Live in Stephenville, Texas, and also featured sets by Drowning Pool, Tremonti, and others. They played a 6 song acoustic set, including To Peace, Dripping, Flicker, You Run, Unconcerned, and Hollow.


Original members
Touring members
  • Justin Finley – lead guitar (2006–2008)



Year Title Chart positions[15] Album
US Mainstream Rock
2003 "You Run" In Due Time
2004 "Hollow" 19
2005 "In Due Time" 31
2007 "Better Think Again" 36 Immortal Verses
2008 "Price of Fame"

List of other songs[edit]

  • "Complicated" featured in soundtrack of The Punisher.
  • "Broken Man", "Leave" and "Come To Me" from All Things Becoming of an End album
  • "Holyland", a very early version of "Flicker". The song is a completely different one on its own, and sounds nothing like Flicker, but it does share the lyrics for the chorus, and the odd melody can be heard on "In Due Time". It has been performed live.
  • "Lonely Road", "Everything", and "Keep You Waiting" are B-sides from Immortal Verses
  • "Guilty Pleasure" is a possible B-side from Immortal Verses, but is not known.
  • "You Run" single contains two different versions of "You Run" other than the In Due Time version.
  • "Best Of Me" is an unreleased track from 2003.
  • An acoustic version of "Come To Me" from 2003-2004.
  • "O Holy Night" -- origin unknown.


  1. ^ Eye Empire Frontman Talks Transition From Submersed
  2. ^ – Band
  3. ^ FM99 – Lunatic Luau History
  4. ^ Live Vancouver – Alter Bridge, Crossfade, Submersed
  5. ^ AllMusic – Immortal Verses – Credits
  6. ^ Stereolab – 12 Stones Add Dates With Submersed
  7. ^ Eye Empire Frontman Talks Transition From Submersed
  8. ^ Eye Empire Parts Ways With Singer Donald Carpenter
  9. ^ "Apollo Under Fire". Retrieved February 13, 2018.
  10. ^ "Blisskrieg". Facebook.
  11. ^ Noisecreep – Projected Sevendust Creed
  12. ^ Creed's Mark Tremonti Releasing Solo Debut
  13. ^ Billboard – Submersed Chart History
  14. ^ Billboard – Submersed Chart History
  15. ^ Billboard – Submersed Chart History