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If He Dies He Dies

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“If he dies, he dies” - a poker-faced line-reading courtesy of Dolph Lundgren inspires a batch of men from Muskegon, Mich., to match riff and rhythm with truthful exhortation. In 2003, bassist Ephraim and drummer Daine, working-class brothers in both blood and rhythm, found like-minded musical partners in guitarist/vocalist Tom and guitarist/vocalist Brent, and what spilled forth was a collective appreciation for hard-nosed intensity and music-as-release philosophy: IfHeDiesHeDies. Such is a band that commits itself to truth instead of trend, that approaches music-making as an instinctive need instead of exhibitionist self-indulgence. Songs became explorations of right-brained passion and left-brained solidarity, genre-be-damned dynamics merged with metallic fists of fury. Live shows represented their ferocity, becoming transformative, tooth-chipping blood runs, wholesale liquidations of negative energy bordering on purification ritual. In early 2005, a two-day studio session resulted in IfHeDiesHeDies’ six-song recorded debut, a self-titled EP properly exhibiting the group’s singular synthesis of lyrical upheavals channeled through the machinery of disarming melodies, chug-and-slash riffs and layered, but never unwieldy, arrangements. Freshly recorded material further fueled the band’s desire to play live, building its fan base in dive clubs, dusty cornfields or dingy basements. Consistently averaging 8-10 shows a month, the strength of the group’s performances have resulted in gigs with The Black Dahlia Murder, Mastodon, Symphony in Peril, Bear vs.

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  • PeacefulDeath

    They should have stuck together, they had the talent to go all the way I thought, and kind of a unique sound. Played with them once in an empty bar in Indy and was floored by their solidarity and kickin tunes.

    24 Oct 2011 Reply
  • Smirnon

    rather dumb name, regardless of where it was coming from. music's alright.

    4 Nov 2009 Reply
  • optimistic_tour

    they broke up

    28 Aug 2009 Reply
  • kwasu76

    Awesome!!! The rise....The fall <-----------> MASTERPIECE!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

    25 Mar 2009 Reply
  • DarkyHBK

    yeah good band...too bad it's not popular :(

    18 Jan 2009 Reply
  • hellorhighwater

    amazing <3

    26 Sep 2007 Reply
  • Fkod

    Nice band... I liked some of the stuff

    7 Feb 2007 Reply

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