Trenches (band)

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Origin Indianapolis, Indiana
Genres Metalcore, Christian metal, sludge metal
Years active 2007-2010, 2012-present
Labels Solid State
Associated acts Haste the Day, Spero, The Weakenders, Upheaval, Anapparatus
Website Trenches on Facebook
Members Jimmy Ryan
Bill Scott
Joel David Lauver
Past members Phil Hook
Eli Larch Chastain
Zach Frizzell

Trenches is a Christian metal band, formed by Haste the Day vocalist, Jimmy Ryan. The band announced their hiatus in 2010 before getting back together in early 2012.


Jimmy Ryan, a member of Haste the Day, at the time, decided to depart the band, when they were in Indianapolis, Indiana on December 30, 2005, doing a concert, where he is a native of the city. The group was formed, when Ryan selected Joel David Lauver to be a guitarist, keyboardist, and vocalist, Eli Larch Chastain to be a guitarist, Bill Scott to be a bassist, and Phil Hook to be their drummer.

Their first concert occurred in the city of Noblesville, Indiana, on November 24, 2007. The band's national debut was during a performance at the Cornerstone Festival, the subsequent year. Trenches was to perform, in 2009, at the same festival, yet they were replaced on the line-up listing.[1][2][3][4]

Since then, Hook and Chastain have left the band, and drummer, Zach Frizzell, joined the band.[5] The band is currently working on a new album, titled, Reckoner.[6]

On August 4, 2016, Trenches released an instrumental track, "The Death of All Mammoths", from the upcoming album, Reckoner.[7]


Trenches commenced as a musical entity, in 2007, with their first studio album, The Tide Will Swallow Us Whole, that released on September 16, 2008 by Solid State Records.[8][9][10]


  • Jimmy Ryan - vocals (2007-2010, 2012–present)
  • Bill Scott - bass (2007-2010, 2012–present)
  • Joel David Lauver - guitars, vocals, programming, keyboards (2007-2010, 2012–present)
  • Phil Hook - drums (2007-2010, 2012-2013)
  • Eli Larch Chastain - guitar (2007-2010, 2012-2014)
  • Zach Frizzell - drums (2013–2015)
  • Dave Powell - drums (Emery) (2013)


Studio albums
  • "The Death Of All Mammoths" (August 4, 2016, Independent)


  1. ^ MacAllister, Levi. "Trenches Interview". HM Magazine. Retrieved June 27, 2015. 
  2. ^ Jesus Freak Hideout. "Trenches". Jesus Freak Hideout. Retrieved June 27, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Trenches Biography". MTV. Retrieved June 7, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Trenches". Retrieved June 7, 2015. 
  5. ^ a b "Trenches on Encyclopedia Metallum". Encyclopedia Metallum. Retrieved June 7, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Trenches Facebook Update". Trenches/Facebook. Retrieved June 6, 2016. 
  7. ^ TRENCHES (August 4, 2016). "Trenches - "The Death Of All Mammoths"". SoundCloud. Retrieved August 4, 2016. 
  8. ^ a b Cunningham, Christian (October 28, 2008). "Review: The Tide Will Swallow Us Whole - Trenches". Cross Rhythms. Retrieved June 27, 2015. 
  9. ^ a b Fryberger, Scott (September 13, 2008). "Trenches, "The Tide Will Swall Us Whole" Review". Jesus Freak Hideout. Retrieved June 27, 2015. 
  10. ^ a b Murphy, Josh (September 19, 2008). "Review : Trenches - The Tide Will Swall Us Whole". Indie Vision Music. Retrieved June 27, 2015. 

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