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Inch of Dark is a four piece hard rock band currently hailing from Austin, TX. Originally formed in early 2010 in Vail CO, Inch of Dark draws from Rock, Metal and Blues and spits it back in your face with modern hard rock flair. I.O.D.’s mainstream yet uncompromising original sound, characterized by the unique baritone lead vocals of Jerome Chwalek is best described by Heather Savage of rocknrollview.com –
“Their overall sound and amazing songwriting touch is action packed. All songs are a skillful combination of Alternative Rock and Hard Rock. Music will remind you of Jon Foreman, Kutess, Hawk Nelson and Falling Up. I can also hear Disturbed and Alice in Chains.”
2013 was a turbulent year for the band. After the original lineup had moved to Austin, TX from Vail, CO the previous year their drummer and rhythm guitarist left the band. In the midst of rebuilding the lineup tragically on March 17th, 2013 bassist Garrett Parvin was killed in a motorcycle accident. The future of the band was uncertain. It was Garrett and Jerome who founded the band when they started collaborating together. It was a difficult time after moving to Texas and to see the band fall apart but it was Garrett’s positive view that carried them forward, he always said, “we started this thing and we’ll finish this thing” and then loosing him everything stopped. Ultimately it was family and fans that convinced them to pick up the torch and carry on Garrett’s dream, no question it’s what he would have wanted. By July a new lineup was complete and the new Inch of Dark played their debut show on August 22nd, to an unprecedented large (for a Thursday night) supportive crowd of old and new fans at the Red Eyed Fly. The attendance garnered them a Saturday night slot for their next show at the legendary Austin venue.
They continued to play shows, notably opening up for Boy Hits Car and Austin’s own A New Revolution and finishing out the year along side Austin greats Powderburn and Snake Skin Prison for the annual a Very Metal Christmas at the Dirty Dog.
Now starting out 2014 on a positive note the band looks to move forward with full force. The planned release of their sophomore EP was delayed with the loss of Garrett and the rebuilding of the band. They are currently tracking for the new EP and if all goes well with the amount of material written, 2014 could see two releases this year. The band also plans to branch out on the road to expand regionally throughout Texas.
From Michael Keith’s review from allwhatsrock.com sums it up -
“Whether it’s musically, lyrically, inspirationally, emotionally, spiritually – if you feel like music is taking us in the wrong direction than rest assured Inch of Dark is taking us back in the right direction.”
- See more at: inchofdark.com