The Athiarchists are a two-piece, hardcore, thrash metal band from Eugene, Oregon. They originally formed on April 20th, 2006. This energetic duo consists of Aaron "The Athiarchist" Tunnell on guitar/bass/vocals, and Dano "The Animal" on drums and vocals.
Through DIY ethics, a can-do attitude, hard work, and honest respect for the fans, they quickly gained popularity in their home of Eugene and worked their way into a national touring act.
They are most well known for poaching shows where ever they want, which first began with the purchase of a generator they used to play shows in the parking lots of events they wanted to play, including dates of the Mayhem Festival along the West Coast since it's beginning in 2008.
In 2010, they built the Music Adventure Stage, an overhauled 24' U-Haul truck. Loaded up with a 12,500 watt generator, full pa, stage, lighting, gear storage, and sleeping bunks, they played the parking lots and entry lines of many clubs, and festivals including; Warped Tour, Jägermeister Music Tour, and their most notable, Mayhem Festival 2010. They began playing without permission, but after much support from other bands on the tour, and their ever growing fan base, they were invited to finish out the Mayhem Tour, and join up with the Uproar Festival.
On April 18th, 2011, episode 4.03 they were featured on Rob Dyrdek's Fantasy Factory titled 'The Bleeding Frogs', in which they join Rob Dyrdek and the cast of the show to create a supergroup called The Bleeding Frogs.