Cincinnati Thrash Metal stalwarts Split the Abyss began backstage during a performance of Little Shop of Horrors at the School for the Creative and Performing Arts in Cincinnati Ohio. A chance meeting between guitarist/vocalist Max Kessler and drummer Woody Corsini was the catalyst for the creation of one of Cincinnati's finest Heavy Metal bands. Driven by mutual dissatisfaction with the current trends in the Cincinnati metal scene the two of them decided to form their own band. Split the Abyss was created to be a brutal thrash metal band in the vein of classic Slayer, Sodom, Dark Angel and Kreator. Also in the formula were some of the technical flourishes of Dream Theatre and Fates Warning and the old school Death Metal tenets of Death, Morbid Angel and Dismember.
In 2008 guitarist Mark Green joined the band through an ad on craigslist. With this addition, the songwriting and performance of the band improved to an impressive degree. The line up was later rounded out by bassist Matt Keller. The summer of 2010 brought two watershed moments for Split the Abyss; the band finally made its live debut at the Madfrog and has been performing regularly in the Greater Cincinnati area ever since. Then, tracks for the band's debut album were laid.
Split the Abyss' self titled debut album was released to the general public in the winter of 2011 as the culmination of 3 years of work.
The writing process for the second album began when Matt left the band to pursue other endeavors. Replacing him on bass would be another Matt... Matt Hamlin. This line up of Split the Abyss is currently performing around the Cincinnati area and working on a second album.
More on the Split the Abyss saga is to come...