"Heavy as fuck groove oriented death metal with hellish
thick, crunchy rhythms that are punishing and pit friendly,"
(Brutalized Zine #7). This is how TORN ASUNDER
has been described time and time again. The release
of their debut EP "In Painful Remembrance" has been
well received, getting great reviews in such underground
publications as Brutalized, Pernicious, Bast, Metal
Mafia, and Death-Core as well as interviews in Mutilated
Mag, and Synapse Zine (Philippines), just to name a
Originally formed in early 1996, founding members Micah
London (guitar), Jimmy Bendezu (drums), and Johnny Bendezu
(bass) met up with vocalist Rusty Kupyar. These 4 individuals
began writing material, and established a foundation
from which to work.
TORN ASUNDER began playing local shows in 1997,
and landed their first major show in May of 1998 opening
for INTERNAL BLEEDING. 1998 was a busy year for TORN
ASUNDER. Aside from playing many shows, they journeyed
into the studio to record the "In Painful Remembrance"
EP which would be released on Lifeless Records of Holyoke,
MA. December 1998 saw TORN ASUNDER in Burlington,
VT playing to 300+ kids, with a warm, pit-heaving greeting!
Early 1999 saw the release of the "In Painful Remembrance"
EP. Their CD release party was with INCANTATION, ANGELCORPSE,
and KRISIUN (Brazil). In early May, TORN ASUNDER
played the first annual New England Metal and Hardcore
Fest. TORN ASUNDER played to approximately 250
kids that showed just how pit friendly TORN ASUNDER
truly is. The show was so crazy, vocalist Rusty had
to go to the emergency room to receive 4 stitches on
his right thumb.
Within months of its release, "In Painful Remembrance"
began receiving airtime on stations all along the East
Coast. In fact, The CD was the number 1 'hard rock'
album for 2 1/2 weeks at Elon College in North Carolina,
and made it to the number one position on WTCC's (MA)
During the next 2 years, TORN ASUNDER had played
alongside a variety of acts including MALEVOLENT
CREATION, CRYPTOPSY, CANDIRIA, SHADOWS FALL, IMMOLATION,
SKINLESS, MAYHEM, ALL OUT WAR, GOD FORBID, JUNGLE ROT,
KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, MORTICIAN, EXHUMED and MUSHMOUTH
just to name a few. TORN ASUNDER has also ventured
out into the New England area, playing CT, MA, NY, ME,
VT, RI and NJ to very receptive crowds. They have also
played the first and second annual New England metal
and Hardcore Fest in Worchester, MA and were well received
both times playing to packed rooms. The CD, as well
as the band, has been receiving great reviews.
With the demise of fellow scenesters 6thirty7, guitarist
Metal Steve Ghazil was recruited to fill the empty slot
of second guitarist. The addition of Steve brought TORN
ASUNDER to a whole new level. The song writing progressed,
the shows continued, and the decision was made to book
time for the first full length.
However, it was about this time that the stresses of
life began to pile, and not all members could dedicate
the time needed to make TORN ASUNDER a full time
commitment. So it was along side good friends KILLSWITCH
ENGAGE, and Louisiana hard hitters CROWBAR that TORN
ASUNDER bid farewell.
Spring 2004 began another chapter for TORN ASUNDER.
Although school, work and bills are still ever present
in our lives, the one thing that was missing was what
we had given up to tackle life's issues... making music.
Jimmy, Johnny, Micah, Steve and Rusty have reunited
to continue where they had left off. TORN ASUNDER
is back, and back with a vengeance, and the songwriting
has progressed to a point where the music is the strongest
it ever was. The month of March saw TORN ASUNDER
in the studio, recording the album entitled "Recollections".
After the recording, Micah stepped aside to fulfill
his dreams of studying abroad in Japan, and long time
friend Sean Gora (vocalist for End-Time Illusion) was
recruited to fill the space of second guitarist. The
album is done, and TORN ASUNDER shall now begin
its conquest to embrace the rays of eternity.