The Dead Rabbitts

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The Dead Rabbitts
The Dead Rabbitts performing live at ShapeshifTour 2014.jpg
The Dead Rabbitts performing live in 2014. From left to right: TJ Bell, Rob Pierce (above), Craig Mabbitt (below) and Alex Torres.
Background information
OriginPhoenix, Arizona, U.S.
GenresMetalcore, experimental metal, post-hardcore
Years active2011–present
LabelsTragic Hero
Associated actsBlessthefall, Escape the Fate, The Word Alive, Eyes Set to Kill, Greeley Estates, Alesana, Motionless In White
WebsiteThe Dead Rabbitts on Facebook
Past members
  • Kevin "Thrasher" Gruft
  • Brian O'Dawd
  • Tony Aguilera
  • Augustus Cryns
  • Chris Julian
  • Alex Torres
  • Rob Pierce
  • Bobby Whitaker

The Dead Rabbitts are an American metalcore supergroup from Phoenix, Arizona. The band is a side project of Escape the Fate's lead vocalist, Craig Mabbitt and rhythm guitarist TJ Bell. The Dead Rabbitt's debut EP, Edge of Reality, was released on October 19, 2012 for people who purchased the album through PledgeMusic, and October 30, 2012 in the iTunes Store. The band's debut album, Shapeshifter, was released on July 1, 2014.


Formation and Edge of Reality (2011–2013)[edit]

In late 2011, lead vocalist Craig Mabbitt announced an upcoming side-project, along with an upcoming album for Escape the Fate. Mabbitt revealed that a single from the side-project would be released in February 2012, and the album would be produced by Caleb Shomo of Beartooth. Members of the side project would include Kevin "Thrasher" Gruft of LoveHateHero who later went on to join Escape the Fate, TJ Bell of Escape the Fate and formerly of Motionless In White, Alex Torres formerly of Eyes Set to Kill, Greeley Estates, and Alesana. He hinted that the album will be a reminiscent of the music he made while in his previous bands Blessthefall and The Word Alive.

Mabbitt announced a tentative April 9 release date for the album, stating "what better day to release your album than on your birthday?", but this was later delayed. In January, he created a Facebook page and posted that he would stream a song from the side-project's upcoming EP if the page got to 50,000 "likes".[1] When the page got to around 49,500 likes, he revealed the title and lyrics for the upcoming song, titled "Edge of Reality".[2] The song "Edge of Reality" was released the moment the page reached 50,000 likes.

On March 30, he announced the name of the upcoming EP, Edge of Reality, under the band name "The Dead Rabbitts". On April 9, he released another song from the EP titled "World of Disaster".

In mid-2012, The Dead Rabbitts announced that they would be teaming with To Write Love on Her Arms and PledgeMusic with the release of the EP. Through PledgeMusic, fans were able to pre-order the EP along with extra items such as signed CD's, posters, concert tickets, and more. People who pre-ordered the album through the website, or "pledged", would also be able to download the album earlier than others. When the pre-orders hit the target goal, 5% of the money raised would be donated to To Write Love On Her Arms. Pledgers would also receive updates and exclusive videos. Mabbitt released certain songs from the EP when the target percentage of donations reached certain points, such as 55% or 75%. The target was reached on October 4, 2012, and the album was released on October 19.

The band set off on the "Pizza Party Tour" with bands Get Scared and Rob the Cartel and As Thick As Thieves The tour started in Tucson, Arizona on September 12, 2012, and ended September 29 in Sacramento, California.In December 2014 The Dead Rabbitts will be touring with The Word Alive.

Tragic Hero Records (2014–present)[edit]

In November 2013, Dead Rabbitts signed with Tragic Hero Records and announced that they will be releasing an album sometime in 2014.[3] In December, they began recording songs with Andrew Wade.[4] On May 14, 2014, Dead Rabbitts via Tragic Hero Records released a preview of their new single titled "My Only Regret" and announced that it would be released on May 16.[5] On May 16 The Dead Rabbitts released "My Only Regrets", the title of their debut album Shapeshifter, a track list, and announced its release would be on July 1, 2014. On July 1, 2014, Shapeshifter was released via Tragic Hero Records's website and the iTunes Store. On November 7, the band released a music video for their song "Deer in the Headlights".[citation needed] In 2015, lead guitarist Alex Torres left the band.[citation needed]

On January 7, 2017, Bobby Whitaker was confirmed as the new lead guitarist of the band.[citation needed] On January 24, 2017, the band released the first single, "Dead Again", and the title of their second album, This Emptiness.[6] On January 29, 2017, they released a preview of their new single, "Burn It Down", a track list for the album, and announced its release would be on February 14, 2017. This upcoming record was produced by Kevin "Thrasher" Gruft and mixed by Andrew Wade. [7] On January 11, 2017 Rob Pierce left the band. and Blake Bailey replaced him as a touring musician.[citation needed] During their album release party in Mesa, Arizona, Erik Jensen played rhythm guitar alongside Bobby Whitaker. The band then announced Erik as a touring musician.[citation needed] Following the release of their new album, Bobby Whitaker left the band.[citation needed]

Band members[edit]




  • Edge of Reality (2012)

Studio albums

Music videos[edit]

  • "Edge of Reality" (2012)
  • "Deer In the Headlights" (2014)
  • "Burn It Down" (2017)
  • "This Emptiness" (2017)


  1. ^ "Welcome to Twitter - Login or Sign up".
  2. ^ ""Edge Of Reality" on my knees, im... - The Dead Rabbitts". Facebook. Retrieved June 2, 2014.
  3. ^ McConnell, Kriston (November 21, 2013). "The Dead Rabbitts (Craig Mabbitt) To Release New Album Through Tragic Hero Records". Under the Gun Review. Retrieved February 22, 2014.
  4. ^ "so we are now scheduled to start... - The Dead Rabbitts". Facebook. November 20, 2013. Retrieved June 2, 2014.
  5. ^ "THE DEAD RABBITTS - My Only Regret (Teaser)". YouTube. May 12, 2014. Retrieved June 2, 2014.
  6. ^ Rabab, Al-Sharifh (January 23, 2017). "Dead Rabbitts (Craig Mabbitt of Escape The Fate) return with first song since 2014". AltPress. Retrieved January 30, 2017.
  7. ^ "THE DEAD RABBITTS - Burn It Down (Preview)". Instagram. January 29, 2017. Retrieved January 30, 2017.

External links[edit]

The Dead Rabbitts on Facebook