The Red Shore

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The Red Shore
Origin Geelong, Victoria, Australia
Genres Deathcore, technical death metal
Years active 2004–2011
Labels Mediaskare
Stomp Entertainment
Roadrunner Records
Rise Records
Associated acts Deez Nuts, I Killed the Prom Queen, Boris the Blade, Into The Maelstrom
Website Official MySpace
Past members Chase Butler
Jason Leombruni
Roman Koester
Tim Shearman
Jon Green
Damien Morris
Jamie Hope
Richard Johnson
Jake Green

The Red Shore were an Australian deathcore band from Geelong, Victoria, formed in 2004. The band claims their style is a combination of death metal and technical death metal, though they are often referred to as a deathcore band.

The Red Shore signed to Big Phat Adelaide Records and Modern Music in 2006 and released their first EP, Salvaging What's Left. In late 2007, the band raised national headlines when they were involved in a fatal car crash while on tour, claiming the lives of vocalist Damien Morris and roadie Andy Milner.

The members decided to continue as a band, signing to Siege of Amida Records and releasing their debut album, Unconsecrated, in 2008. A compilation album, titled Lost Verses, was recorded and released in May 2009.

In late 2009 vocalist, former bassist and founding member Jamie Hope left the band, leaving Jason Leombruni as the last founding member to remain in the band.

Their second album, The Avarice of Man, was released in September 2010. It is the first to be released through Roadrunner Records Australia and the first to feature Chase Butler as vocalist.


Formation and first release (2004–2007)[edit]

The Red Shore was formed in 2004 by original members Richard Johnson, and Jamie Hope. After a few weeks, they were in need of a guitarist, and Jamie suggested Jason Leombruni. After a brief search for a singer, Damien Morris joined the group. The Red Shore draw their influences from bands such as Hate Eternal, Devourment, Decapitated and Behemoth. With this lineup they released the demo "The Beloved Prosecutors", containing early recordings of the songs, "Effigy of Death", "I Only Smile When You're Bleeding", and "I Threw My Conscious into The Path of Oncoming Traffic". Two of these also made their way onto their debut EP. They signed to Big Phat Adelaide Records and Modern Music in 2006 and released their first EP, Salvaging What's Left. During the recording of the EP producer and engineer Roman Koester began contributing material and eventually joined the band as a second guitarist.

Richard Johnson later left the band saying that he was unable to keep up with their more technical direction. He was soon replaced by Koester's friend, Jake Green, of Melbournes's The Ocularis Infernum.

Fatal car accident (2007)[edit]

On 19 December 2007, the band was on the Christmas Carnage tour supporting American band All Shall Perish. At around 7 am, The Red Shore's minibus veered off of the Pacific Highway just north of Coffs Harbour. The accident killed singer Damien Morris and driver/merchandiser Andy Milner.[1][2] In the following days, fans flooded the band's MySpace page with tributes to the two.[3] Morris was 27 at the time of his death, making him a member of the 27 Club.

Following the accident, Jamie Hope moved from bass to vocals. It was reportedly Morris' wish that should he not be able to play, or if he left the band, he wanted Hope to be the vocalist because they "had similar voices". The band continued to tour, supporting I Killed the Prom Queen on their 2008 Say Goodbye tour. Jon Green, formerly of Picture the End, filled in on bass for the tour, eventually becoming the band's full-time bassist.

Further exposure, Unconsecrated, new vocalist and The Avarice of Man (2008-2010)[edit]

The Red Shore had planned on releasing their debut album in early 2008, but following the death of Damien Morris, it was delayed. In October 2008, the band embarked on their first overseas tour, alongside UK band Bring Me the Horizon and then headlined the Set It Off Australian tour.

The band released their debut album, Unconsecrated, on 8 November 2008.[4]

The band filmed a music video for the song "Vehemence the Phoenix" and are expected to start recording material for the follow-up to Unconsecrated in June 2009.[5] The music video was released on 10 March.

In early 2009, after signing on for the Australian Summer Slaughter tour, The Red Shore confirmed they would then not be playing alongside Dying Fetus, The Faceless and Necrophagist on the tour. They stated, "Throughout the last few months we felt that certain circumstances pertaining to the tour did not suit the band and this coupled with some ongoing medical problems with some of our members and some financial constraint simply means that opting out of this tour was the best thing for the band at this point in time."[citation needed]

They toured Australia with Bring Me the Horizon and Cancer Bats in May 2009 and released Lost Verses on 9 May. The album compiled old songs, re-recorded in honour of their fallen brothers, and also for the fans that have stood by them. The album debuted and peaked at number 91 on the ARIA Albums Chart.[6]

In August 2009, the band signed a deal with Rise Records, who will distribute a special deluxe edition of Unconsecrated across the United States, Canada and Japan. The deluxe edition will feature nineteen songs and a DVD documentary, along with the debut album, it will be available on 27 October 2009.[7] It was also made official on the band's MySpace site that drummer Jake Green had left the band, "due to continuous health constraints". Tim Shearman, formerly of Her Nightmare & Samsara, who filled in on the band's Australia tour with Bring Me The Horizon, will be his permanent replacement.[8] Tim embarked on his first tour with the band in September for the Lost Versus tour. The band has recently[when?] mentioned the possibility of going overseas to record the next album.

The band also toured Australia as the main support for America's The Acacia Strain throughout November 2009. During this tour, Before The Throne vocalist Chase Butler filled in for vocalist Jamie Hope. After the completion of the tour it was announced that Jamie Hope would be leaving the band and Chase Butler would be taking over the position of front man full-time.[9] On top of that the band also announced that they had signed a deal with Roadrunner Records Australia, and that a new full-length album would be released in 2010.[10] On 26 July, Triple J premiered the new single, entitled "The Seed of Annihilation", the first song to feature Chase Butler on vocals. It is now currently streaming on their MySpace page. The Avarice of Man was released on 3 September 2010. It has been considered a more technical death metal style. The Red Shore then went on tour in the United States with the No Mercy Tour along with Suffokate, And Hell Followed With, Murder Death Kill and King Conquer. They were set to support Despised Icon on the Australian leg of their final tour in November.[needs update] In an interview released November 2010, guitarist Roman Koester stated that whilst touring in the US the band filmed a video clip for the song "The Seed of Annihilation". The music video debuted June 2011.[needs update]

Break Up (2011)[edit]

On 5 October 2011, The Band stated on their Facebook that the band has broken up as members have moved onto other projects and different stages of life. "It is with much love, respect & regret that we have to announce the end of The Red Shore. The members have moved onto other projects and different stages of life, which meant that the band could not continue. The Red Shore has been such a large part of our lives and we the members past and present would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for all of their love and support over the years, through the good times and the bad, ups and downs. You gave us the strength to carry on and for this we are eternally grateful. We would like to also thank all the bands who helped out and our labels who helped push us. B.P.A records, Stomp, S.O.A.R, Rise, Mediaskare, Roadrunner Australia, Listenable. Not to mention all the endorsements, Pearl, Sabian, Pro-Mark, Schecter, Ampeg, Godlyke, Framus, Peavey, Drop Dead, To Die For, Macbeth. We are very proud of our achievements and have many great memories, so once again thanks for making our dreams come true & stay tuned for TRS members new projects! Thankyou"

Band members[edit]



Date of release Title Label
2005 The Beloved Prosecutor (Demo)
27 May 2006 Salvaging What's Left - EP Big Phat Adelaide Records/Modern Music
2007 Pre-Production
10 November 2008 Unconsecrated Siege of Amida Records, Stomp Entertainment, Rise Records
9 May 2009 Lost Verses (Compilation) Stomp Entertainment
3 September 2010 The Avarice of Man Mediaskare Records, Roadrunner Records, Stomp Entertainment


  1. ^ "Melbourne band The Red Shore in fatal smash". Archived from the original on 29 February 2008. Retrieved 4 November 2008. 
  2. ^ The Red Shore Singer Reportedly Killed in Australian Car Crash, on
  3. ^ Roberts, Brendan; Collier, Karen (20 December 2007). "Fans of The Red Shore mourn as smash kills band members". Herald Sun. Retrieved 4 November 2008. 
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ "Interview with Roman". 20 November 2008. Retrieved 18 February 2009. 
  6. ^ "The ARIA Report Issue 1003 - ARIA Top 100 Albums - Week Commencing 18th May 2009" (PDF). Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 27 May 2009. 
  7. ^ "The Red Shore signs with Rise Records". 2009-08-05. Retrieved 2016-09-09. 
  8. ^ "News: New Labels and New Members". The Red Shore Official MySpace. Retrieved 9 August 2009. 
  9. ^ "Featured Content on Myspace". Retrieved 2016-09-09. 
  10. ^ "Featured Content on Myspace". Retrieved 2016-09-09. 

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