Still Not Dead
By Jamie Solis
CITIES OF ORIGIN: Riverside, Fontana and Ontario.
KINDRED SPIRITS: System of a Down, Iron Maiden, Pantera, Slipknot, HED PE and TechN9ne.
FREQUENTS: The Vibe (Riverside) and Friar Tucks (Pomona).
Some of the greatest bands of all time have utilized face makeup, alter egos or extreme props and costumes to bring their stage performance to the next level—Kiss, Slipknot and Gwar are just a few of the bands that have perfected this art. The up-and-coming band Still Not Dead is following in these ambitious footsteps with zombified face makeup and a metal disposition to drive the heavy home. Decked out in blood and gore from head to toe, these guys will have you wondering when the unknown virus that caused apocalypse finally broke out. Join in the terror of the undead—you’ll find intense lyrics, insane double bass and violent moshpits if you dare to attend one of their live shows.
How did your band get together?
Krypto: We first started with only three of us—Bones, Slink and myself; three friends who love horror movies and metal. We developed our own style and sound while attempting to find a solid lead singer. We had almost [given] up hope, and then we met Ram. He was the missing piece, the soul if you will, to make this music come to life. [Through] Ram we met Psycho, who started as a roadie and later flourished as a hype-man.
How would you describe your music?
Ram: Our music is Dawn of the Dead meets Rage Against the Machine, and then Rage goes off and eats Metallica. We sing about the zombie apocalypse—definitely out of the norm from the usual music of today, offering an escape into fantasy, while still touching on common pain we all face each day.
What can fans expect from a live Still Not Dead performance?
Ram: I’m a firm believer in giving the audience a show . . . something where when they leave for the night they remember who we are. The energy we emit [through] our stage presence is contagious, and it shows [through] the audiences’ reaction to us. Sometimes the energy is so off the charts, Psycho (our highly intense hype-man) will jump straight into a pit, with no regard of his well-being. If you come to a SND show, you’re [going to] see tons of blood, gore and zombies getting down to some good old fashion metal!