I Declare War (band)

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I Declare War
Origin Seattle, Washington, U.S.
Genres Deathcore[1]
Years active 2005–present
Labels Artery Recordings
Associated acts Lost Origins[2][3]
Members Jamie Hanks
John Winters
Greg Kirkpatrick
Garon Howe

I Declare War is an American deathcore band from Seattle, Washington.


The band was founded in 2005. The original line up consisted of: Johnathan Huber (Vocals), Evan Hughes (Guitar), Jake Paulson (Guitar), Randy Carpenter (Drums), and Zack Ring (Bass).[4]

In 2006 the group released their first album, the independently released What You Deserve and began touring soon after. In 2007 the band released their second album and first on a record label, Amidst the Bloodshed on the now defunct Compton Records.[5] During a tour in the same year, the group came in contact with fellow deathcore band Whitechapel and established a close friendship with them.[6]

Two years later, in 2009 the band would experience its first major lineup change "with Chris Fugate stepping in to replace Paulson, Ryan Cox coming in for Carpenter, and Brent Eaton taking over for Ring." [7] This would leave Huber and Hughes as the only original members in the band. Also in 2009, the band was contacted by the up-and-coming Artery Recordings after Whitechapel guitarist Alex Wade "was approached by Artery in regards to possible bands to sign" and recommended I Declare War.[8]

The following year the band released their third album, 2010's Malevolence. This would mark the group's last release to feature original vocalist, Jonathan Huber. He would leave the band in 2010 to further other ventures. Huber would then go on to join death metal outfit Pathology. The band was quick to find a replacement vocalist in Jamie Hanks. Hanks had previously been the long time vocalist of death metal band Those Who Lie Beneath.[9]

In 2011, Hanks made his first recorded appearance with the band on the group's fourth record, the self-titled I Declare War. This release being titled I Declare War Guitarist Evan Hughes was the only member in the band left from the original 2005 lineup. However, even this was about to change.

In early 2012, the band’s lineup again went through a drastic change. Every single member of the band other than their newly appointed vocalist left I Declare War. With Hanks now finding himself the senior member of the band, the group gained a new lineup in 2012. This third and current incarnation of the group consists of guitarist John Winters, drummer Colin Bradford, bassist Gordon McPherson, and vocalist Jamie Hanks. They eventually expanded to once again include a second guitarist, this one being Jacob Hansen. Later on yet again due to heavy touring Hansen and Bradford would leave and enters Yusef Johnson.

In 2014, this new lineup released its first album together, We Are Violent People by Nature, which would be I Declare War’s fifth full-length album and would reach #13 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart.[10]

In 2016, 'Songs for the Sick' was released. An Instrumental version of the album was also made available.

Band members



  • 2007: Bring the Season (Compton Records)


  1. ^ "I Declare War - Biography, Albums, Streaming Links - AllMusic". allmusic.com. Retrieved 10 January 2017. 
  2. ^ Rosenberg, Axl (February 23, 2015). "Ex-Veil of Maya Vocalist Brandon Butler Declares War with Lost Origins". MetalSucks. Retrieved June 22, 2015. ...Lost Origins ... [is] a new band featuring four former members of I Declare War. 
  3. ^ Kennelty, Greg (February 24, 2015). "Ex-VEIL OF MAYA Vocalist Joins LOST ORIGINS (Ex-I DECLARE WAR)". Metal Injection. Retrieved June 22, 2015. [Lost Origins] consists of ex-I Declare War guitarists Chris Fugate and Chris Gettman, bassist Brent Eaton, drummer Ryan Cox. Basically it's all of I Declare War minus the singer. 
  4. ^ Rad666. "What You Deserve." Www.metal-archives.com. N.p., 17 July 2007. Web. 13 Oct. 2014.
  5. ^ "Amidst the Bloodshed." www.metal-archives.com. N.p., 8 Aug. 2008. Web. 14 Oct. 2014.
  6. ^ "I Declare War’s Biography." Last.fm. CBS Interactive, 24 Apr. 2013. Web. 13 Oct. 2014.
  7. ^ Rovi, Gregory H. "I Declare War." www.billboard.com. Prometheus Global Media, n.d. Web. 14 Oct.2014.
  8. ^ "I Declare War Set New Album Release." www.antimusic.com. Iconoclast Entertainment, 18 Mar. 2010. Web. 13 Oct. 2014.
  9. ^ "I DECLARE WAR Announces New Vocalist." Blabbermouth.net. N.p., 16 Nov. 2010. Web. 13 Oct. 2014.
  10. ^ Charts, Allmusic
  11. ^ a b Chart history, Billboard.com

External links

  • Official website
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