Starkweather (band)

Starkweather (band)

Infobox musical artist
Name = Starkweather

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Origin = Philadelphia, United States
Genre = Hardcore punk
Years_active = 1989–present
Label = Candlelight
Associated_acts = Dillinger Escape Plan
URL = [ Official website]
Current_members = Rennie Resmini
Todd Forkin
Harry Rosa
Vincent Rosa
Bill Molchanow
Past_members = Michelle Eddison
Jim Winters
Liam Wilson

Starkweather is a hardcore punk/metalcore band from Philadelphia, United States that formed in 1989. Starkweather pioneered the hardcore/heavy metal crossover sound that would later be known as "metalcore". They have influenced many of today's top selling hardcore/metal bands. [ Croatan review @ Allmusic] "Mastodon, The Red Chord, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Killswitch Engage, Losa, The Black Dahlia Murder, Coalesce, Strapping Young Lad ... but it is important to know that Starkweather have been around longer than any of the abovementioned bands and have influenced some of them (either directly or indirectly)"] [ Biography @ The Gauntlet] "they have been cited as influence to many of today's top selling metal/hardcore bands"]

The name Starkweather is taken from Charles Starkweather, a late 1950s spree killer. [ Rennie Resmini interview] ]


Starkweather made an impression with a succession of 7" single releases. These were followed by their first EP, "Starkweather", for Inner Rage Records (1993); a studio album, "Crossbearer", for Too Damn Hype (1994); their second full-length effort, "Into the Wire", on Edison Recordings (1995); and the 1996 "Bitter Frost / Bee Stings and Posion Eggs" split with Season to Risk through Supermodel Records.

Starkweather released their third album, "Croatoan", in late 2005. It was produced by Pierre Remillard, and was released only on vinyl through Hypertension Records. In that year, the band went on their first international European tour, visiting the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, England and France. 2006 saw the CD release of "Croatoan" on Candlelight Records. [ [, Biography @ Rockdetector] ] "Croatoan" features guest performances from bass player Liam Wilson (The Dillinger Escape Plan and Burnside) and Jim Winters (Believer, Earth Crisis, Turmoil, and The Promise). and the cover art was done by artist Paul Romano, who also worked with Mastodon, The Red Chord, Trivium, Earth, and Godflesh.

tyle and influences

Starkweather songs don't follow traditional verse-chorus-verse structure. Songs tend to have "narrative or cinematic flow", the compositions tend to emphasize an ongoing development of themes and motifs. Alex Henderson of Allmusic has described their music as "dissonant, jagged, angular, and discordant as well as abrasive, noisy, violent, claustrophobic, and dense" and an "extreme sensory assault".Singer Rennie Resmini is influenced by the vocalists of Swans, The Birthday Party (Nick Cave) , Amebix, Killing Joke, and others. Other influences on the band are Voivod, Celtic Frost, Articles of Faith, Watchtower, Atheist, Dream Theater, Fate's Warning and Iron Maiden


Current members

* Rennie Resmini - vocals
* Todd Forkin - guitar
* Harry Rosa - drums
* Vincent Rosa - bass guitar
* Bill Molchanow - guitar

Former Members

* Michelle Eddison - bass guitar (1990–1999)
* Jim Winters - guitar
* Liam Wilson - bass guitar


* "Crossbearer (LP) Harvest records (1991)
* "Starkweather" (1993) on Inner Rage Records, France
* "Philly Dust Krew" compilation cd (1993) Too Damn Hype Records
* "Crossbearer" (studio album, 1994 re-issue of vinyl with bonus tracks on Too Damn Hype Records)
* "Into The Wire" (studio album, 1995 Edison Records)
* "Bitter Frost/Bee Stings and Posion Eggs" (split with Season to Risk, 1996)
* "Croatoan" (studio, 2005) vinyl by Hypertension cd released by Candlelight Records in 2006)


External links

* [ Official website]
* [ MySpace page]

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