The Red Death

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This article is about the death metal band. For the Edgar Allan Poe story, see The Masque of the Red Death. For the D&D campaign setting, see Masque of the Red Death (Ravenloft). For the 1964 film, see The Masque of the Red Death (1964 film).
The Red Death
Origin Bath, New York, United States
Genres Deathcore, metalcore
Years active 2002–2008
Labels Metal Blade (2005-2006)
Ferret Music (2007-2008)
Past members Paul Hamblin
Aaron Conti
Graham Mitchell
Mark Kelley
Jordan Rathbun
Brian Van Gelder
Karl Janovec
Josh Williammee
Nate Golia
Dominic Mastronunzio

The Red Death was an extreme metal band from Bath, New York.


Formed in 2002 after the demise of Another Day Forgotten by singer Paul Hamblin, guitarist Josh Williammee, and drummer Graham Mitchell, the original lineup was rounded out by guitarist Brian VanGelder and bassist Karl Janovec. In 2003 Bryan left the band and was replaced by Nate Golia, a guitarist from nearby Rochester, NY, formerly of another metal band, Warblade. That summer they embarked on their first short tour, with Virginia screamo band Shadows and the Silence (whose bass player, a Bath native, Dominic Mastronunzino, would replace Karl Janovec the following summer). While on a three-week tour with New Jersey's With Resistance, the band began speaking with Metal Blade Records and signed with them the following fall; however, Nate left the band to concentrate on school and was replaced by Aaron Conti, formerly of If Hope Dies. After signing to Metal Blade, the band embarked on several extended, full-U.S. tours with bands such as From a Second Story Window, The Acacia Strain, Undying, Through the Eyes of the Dead, Arsis, and Into the Moat. In 2006 they were dropped by Metal Blade Records.

With a new bassist (Jordan Rathbun), the band recorded a new demo for prospective labels. They were signed by UK record label Siege of Amida. In a distribution deal with Ferret Records, Siege of Amida released The Red Death's second and final full-length CD, titled "Godmakers" in early 2008. That summer the band decided to call it quits. Their "final" show was Halloween night (2008) at The Little Pickle in Bath, NY. The Red Death reunited for a single show on Halloween night 2009 at the Half Penny Pub in Syracuse, NY.


Final line-up[edit]

  • Paul Hamblin - vocals (2002-2008)
  • Aaron Conti - guitar (2002-2008)
  • Graham Mitchell - drums (2002-2008)
  • Mark Kelley - guitar (2007-2008)
  • Jordan Rathbun - bass (2007-2008)

Former members[edit]

  • Joshua Williammee - guitar, bass
  • Bryan VanGelder - guitar
  • Nate Golia - guitar
  • Dominic Mastronunzino - bass
  • Jed Shugars - bass
  • Jackson Portwood - bass (2005)
  • Karl Janovec - bass


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