2010 – present (8 years)
Washington, D.C., United States
Vestiges formed in January of 2010. Influenced by hardcore, black metal, crust, d-beat, screamo, and post-rock, the band set out to incorporate elements of each genre to articulate their message both musically and lyrically through a series of albums that follow a central narrative about the relationship between man and nature.
On October 10, 2010 the band released their debut full-length album and the first installment of their narrative, The Descent Of Man. The album was independently released by the band on a limited run of hand-numbered double vinyl, compact discs, and cassettes, which has afforded the band the opportunity to tour extensively across North America and Europe. The Descent Of Man is currently distributed in North America, South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia through a number of independent record labels and distros.
The Descent Of Man follows the creation, the evolution, and the eventual annihilation of mankind. Today, we find ourselves hoping to reverse the damage that we have done and struggling to sustain what little earth we have yet to rape repeatedly. We validate this existence with stories that justify our behavior and our role in the natural world. The promise of salvation in a land we have yet to see has clouded our judgment in a land that is right before our eyes. Industrialization, militarization, overpopulation, theism, specieism, and nihilism are regarded as evolution and progress. Our greed and ignorance have been celebrated and our past has been forgotten. We were meant to be a part of nature. We were not meant to conquer nature. We were given life and we have done everything in our power to bring death upon everything in our path, including ourselves. There will be horrifying consequences for what we have done.
On April 22, 2011 the band released VI, the next chapter of their narrative, on an extremely limited compact disc pressing with the plan to release a vinyl-only, remastered version of the song on a split with Ghaust (Indonesia) through three labels on three continents (North America, Europe, and Asia). The split was released on October 10, 2011, along with a 180gram pressing of The Descent Of Man, in celebration of its first anniversary.
VI introduces an era of reformation in nature following the annihilation of mankind. Today, we find ourselves buried amongst the remains of our faith and infinite wisdom. The extinction of the most endangering species on earth is celebrated by those that we have forsaken. No salvation, no exception; for the blood of the earth is on our hands.
On February 15, 2012 the band released a cover of "Zombie" by The Cranberries on a split with Caulfield through three labels on three continents (North America, Europe, and South America).
There can never be peace on earth until the fearing, oppressive human presence is removed, leaving all the natural world to control their own lives and determine their own destinies as a sovereign entity, free in mind and body, separate and distinct physically, equally, and naturally.
On December 12, 2012 the band released VII and VIII, the next chapters of their narrative, with the plan to release a vinyl-only, remastered version of the songs on a split with Panopticon along with a repress of The Descent Of Man on double vinyl, double compact disc, and double cassette.
The band is currently writing and recording for the next installment of their narrative and will be hitting the road throughout United States, Canada, and Mexico during the summer of 2013.
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