Dead Letters leads the way in the evolution of progressive thrash metal. Members are:
• Daryl Gough (rhythm guitar)
• Matt Miller (lead guitar)
• Casey Raymer (bass guitar)
• Brandon Bumford (drums)
• James Dimick (vocalist)
Dead Letters meticulously writes catchy melodies, with abrupt, even abrasive changes in time signature and styling. Melding together heavy distortion guitars, fast paced riffs, abstract key signatures, and tight knit rhythm patterns. Pushing the envelope of “old school thrash” meets “progressive nu-metal,” each song is an odyssey of musical art that differs from the next. Composed by four veterans of their instruments and composition, each individual brings to the table a different genre and styling that spans nearly 3 decades of the heavy metal realm.
Formed in 2007 by Daryl Gough and former bass player Mark “Mental” Enriquez, the band has had an evolution of musical styling’s, and personnel changes. Bringing drummer Brandon Bumford to the band in late 2007 and with the addition of Matt Miller in early 2008 the lineup was almost complete. The music was becoming faster, longer, and better. These members of the band became the core as the vocalists came and went.
First, Joe Bertucci (2008-2009) took the band in its first rap-metal direction. He later left the band to pursue a band more geared to his genre. Robby Seeley entered the band in 2010, but left after about eight months for personal reasons.
Shortly after New Year’s 2010 Mark “Mental” Enriquez decided to leave the band for personal reasons, and the band set out to find a new bass player. After a few short auditions Casey Raymer joined the band in mid 2010.
James Bryant (2010-2011) followed quickly and left the band in April of 2011. Enter James Dimick, in early 2012 to paint the way for yet another new direction vocally for the band.