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The Famine

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With The Famine, what’s old is new again. Sort of.

“The Famine is about the now and the future, not a long ago past,” says vocalist Chris McCaddon. “We’ve long since moved on and we’re concentrating on making new music.” The Southern-tinged, bitingly metallic The Raven And The Reaping is The Famine’s debut effort for Solid State Records.

The Famine features three of the original members of the long defunct, yet fondly remembered band Embodyment, which formed over thirteen years ago. Clearly, vocalist Chris McCaddon, drummer Mark Garza, and guitarist Andy Godwin shared a musical bond unbroken by time, space, and circumstances. The members aren’t doing The Famine as a way to exhume Embodyment’s corpse. Rather, The Famine represents a new and broader territory the members want to explore. McCaddon finishes, “This is a new chapter for us, personally and musically. We’re not trying to regurgitate the past. And we don’t want to do a disservice to what The Famine is trying to do.” And what is The Famine trying to do? Easy. Make intelligent, yet insurgent metal that scorches the earth with its intensity and ferocity.

After McCaddon amicably left Embodyment due to the popular “creative differences” excuse, and after the band’s eventual dissolution, he remained friends with his former bandmates, so it’s no surprise that the members would feel that itch to play together again, and it was an itch they would be compelled to scratch. “We stayed in touch over the years, and one day, Mark and Andy finally came to me and said ‘We want to play metal again’ and there was me, wanting to do the same exact thing.” Things fell into place beautifully and naturally from that point on, with the trio recruiting bassist Nowell to complete the line up.

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