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Soulbender is a heavy metal band formed in Seattle, Washington, by musicians hailing from both Seattle and Vancouver, including Queensrÿche guitarist Michael Wilton and My Sister’s Machine vocalist Nick Pollock.
Their sound was described as post-grunge, and the band focused more on the metal side of the genre.
Other founding members were guitarist Dave Groves and drummer Wes Hallam, both of whom played in the Vancouver band Fallen Angel. This band has also featured two former members of the 1990s metal band Peace and Silence; Travis Bracht (also of Second Coming) and Chuck Miller.

History - Formation (2001-2003)

Soulbender initially began as a solo project of Queensrÿche guitarist Michael Wilton in conjunction with two longtime friends, guitarist Dave Groves and drummer Wes Hallam. Through a mutual friend, producer and engineer Eric Janko, Michael was introduced to vocalist Nick Pollock, formerly of Alice N’ Chains and My Sister’s Machine. Soulbender played their first live show opening for Queensrÿche vocalist Geoff Tate’s solo band at the EMP in Seattle in June 2002. They also performed at the very first Layne Staley Tribute later that August.

Soulbender (2003-2007)

With the addition of bass player Marten Van Keith, who also hailed from Vancouver according to Wilton, the group released their self-titled debut album through Licking Lava Records in 2004 and they immediately began to tour in support of the album. Prior to the release of the album, Sefany Jones of KNAC was given a demo CD of six songs.

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  • zeroleft

    http://www.myspace.com/soulbender

    17 Oct 2010 Reply
  • Gleb_Monster

    so interesting stuff like demo w/ Ripper.

    14 Oct 2010 Reply
  • jimmyjimbo

    The band has currently gone under some member changes. At the end of Jan 2007, Nick Pollock and Wes Hallam have stepped down from their roles as lead singer and drummer of the band. The band is currently trying out new singers and drummers and writing new songs. Currently on Drums is Van Williams from Nevermore, and on Vocals Travis Bracht from Second Coming.

    31 May 2007 Reply

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