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If there is one thing that can be said of Black Bell, the name is synonymous with perseverance. The ever evolving, ever changing brainchild of Ash Biggs and Mike Loudenback has forged through trenches and come back on the other side wielding a renewed passion for musical ferocity that will not be contained.
The band's first line up was Ash on vocals and guitar, Mike on guitar, Aaron Brown on drums, and Gavin Ward on live bass. "The Truth of Silence EP" was recorded, mixed and mastered in its entirety by Mike, and produced by Ash Biggs and Aaron Brown, making it the bands first full DIY recording. Elements of hard rock, jazz, R & B, hip hop, and even ethnic influences blended in an acoustic sound that was raw, heavy, and melodic. The EP was experimental. In essence, the idea was to write some new songs and see what happened ... let the music evolve on its own. The album was written, produced, and recorded in Mike's bedroom.
"The Inevitable Decline" is the second DIY from Black Bell, once again, (predominantly) written, recorded and executive-produced by Ash Biggs and Mike Loudenback. Slick production and mixing by Jared Knowland polished up the songs. TID also features Jared Tillford on keyboards. From the seething aggression of the album opener "Stix & Stones" to the sweeping movements of the epic closing title track, "The Inevitable Decline" trudges on briskly towards an uncertain conclusion.
2013 saw the second line-up of Black Bell with the inclusion of Tobby Lugo (We Have Guns) on drums and Luke Martyn on bass and back up vocals. In late spring, Tobby and Luke transitioned out of the band to pursue other endeavors while Black Bell recruited their producer, Jared Knowland to take up live drums.
An emotionally charged live performance makes Black Bell one of Eugene’s many risings stars. Combining classic, modern, and progressive influences with pop sensibilities and a brutal guitar attack, Black Bell sets themselves apart as a musical force to be reckoned with.