Lord Dying are a heavy metal quartet from Portland, Oregon that play a signature brand of sludge, doom, and even thrash. Founded in 2010 amid a fertile underground scene, original members included guitarist/vocalist Erik Olson, guitarist Chris Evans, bassist Don Capuano, and drummer/vocalist Jon Reid. The band released a self-titled demo EP that quickly sold out when they began sharing local stages with Unsane, Red Fang, Yob, and Valient Thorr. The culmination of this initial stage experience netted a live EP simply entitled Fall Tour in 2012.
Moving outside of their comfort zone of the American Northwest, Lord Dying began playing national stages with Danava, Lecherous Gaze, Black Cobra, Gaza, Witch Mountain, Black Tusk, Down, and Ghost. Their live presence attracted the attention of Relapse Records, and the band signed a multi-album deal with the label. Their debut, Summon the Faithless, was recorded and mixed by Sanford Parker and released in July of 2013. The band undertook national tours first with Howl, then Ramming Speed and Valient Thorr. Their first headlining tour got them a spot at Phil Anselmo's Housecore Horror Film Festival in Austin, Texas. After taking time off to write, they made their initial trip to Europe touring with Red Fang and the Shrine; they even netted an appearance at New Zealand's storied Roadburn Festival.
Reid left Lord Dying shortly before recording sessions for their sophomore Relapse album. He was replaced in the studio by veteran Rob Shaffer (Dark Castle, Monarch, Yob). Joel Grind of Toxic Holocaust helmed the sessions that resulted in Poisoned Altars, which was issued in January of 2015. Subsequently, drummer Nickolis Parks joined Lord Dying full-time. ~ Thom Jurek