Tezra has a long and complicated history to say the least. Instead boring you with the nitty gritty of it all, we shall give you the condensed version.
Initially formed in the summer of Nineteen Ninety Five by cousins Shawn and Brett Jolley on guitar and drums respectively, and friend Doug Scott also on guitar, the band was an escape from their tedious rural life in central Utah. Years went by and they progressed in their skills and the songs became better.
In 2001 Brett moved to Ogden, Utah and ended up meeting Adam Gentry. After learning that Adam had sang in bands previously, Brett asked him to join the Tezra brotherhood. One year later Doug moved to Ogden as well and things started to fall into place. Yet in 2006 Shawn tragically passed away, leaving a void that could never be filled. After many tears, beers, and discussions, the remaining members decided to carry on.
Shortly after the addition of Tyler Vallette on Bass, they started gigging around town and began to make a little noise in the local scene. Since then they have played with prominent acts such as Philm, The Butcher Babies, Gemini Syndrome and Shadows Fall, as well as a slot on the Slave To The Metal Tour.