You may know Columbus, Ohio as being home to the Big 10 OSU Buckeyes. Yet, Ohio’s capital was, and continues to be, a breeding ground to a hodgepodge of musical talent. Rich and diverse in its artistic tapestry, many bands have come through this city to grace its various stages. One band has risen with the potential to shine yet another bright light on such a great city.
Let’s go back to 2009. Guitarist brothers Michael and Josh Enyart, drummer Steve Cotton, bassist Josh Burden and vocalist Ryan Henry, influenced by so many great bands, such as Metallica, Killswitch Engaged and a variety of underground artists as well, would create the sound known as Strikken. Like so many great bands before them, these guys live for the stage.
In 2011, the guys began the arduous, yet thrilling journey, to record their first album together, “Long Story Short.” 15 tracks of raw potential lay before them. Brazen with album in hand, the band was ready to make their mark. Strikken released "Long Story Short" with the help of their own indie record label (Bare Metal Records). The album has gotten great recognition including nomination for "Best Metal Album" from the Independent Music Awards, and "Best Heavy Metal Album of 2011" from The Columbus Music Awards. The album is available for purchase on iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby, and most internet music sites.
Two years later and a variety of shows under their belt, the band was blessed to have received 2 award nominations for “Best Metal Album” – Independent Music Awards and “Best Heavy Metal Album of 2011” – Columbus Music Awards. Then something amazing happened that can only be described as a miracle. Through Michael’s vision, the LSS album became available as a download for ROCK BAND - the video game. Even earning the # 26 spot for “2012’s most downloads” for their song “Ashes”. With a variety of positive reviews, including Melodyhunt.com, stating “It's like the frosty meeting the French fry. Seriously, it's that awesome.” The guys were blown away by peoples’ response to their music.
In 2014, the guys released their newest record, “According to Purpose.” With no backing from a major label, the album, in the short time of its release, has already had far reaching effects. With new bassist, John Collins, the band is re-energized and ready to show the world the beauty and power of these 12 new songs. In July of 2014 Strikken said goodbye to longtime drummer and friend, Steve Cotton, and welcomed Kyle Smith as their new drummer. Coming from Propulsion, Kyle brings new life and ferocity to this seat. Strikken, now complete, is poised and ready for the future.
"Sophomore album from this exciting band that has the audacity to combine the intense majesty of power metal with the modern aggression of metalcore. Great heavy grooves abound and the mixture of clean and death vocals work extremely well together." - Progmetalzone.com on the review "According to Purpose"
"Pure aggression flowing through your speakers" -Metal Mark, Skulls-N-Bones.
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Strikken has created a distinct niche for themselves and managed to separate from the crowd with a 'melodic' metal sound that grabs your attention. Strikken has opened and headlined across the mid-west playing over 550 shows so far and sharing the stage with major dozens of metal acts such as All That Remains, Times of Grace, Drowning Pool and more.
~ added to ROCK BAND & Rock Band Blitz on Feb. 2012
~ played for Columbus Crew on main stage 9 times to 20000 + people
~ opened for over 60 Nationals inc: Drowning Pool, All That Remains, Times of Grace, RA, Seether, Powerman5000, Bobaflex, Trapt, Jackyl, Mini Kiss, Mushroomhead, Evans Blue
~ played DirtFest to sold out crowd
~ played Pontiac Silverdome at Midwest Bike Fest
~ featured band on iHeart Radio
~ played on Hard Beyond Driven Radio
~ played 580 shows!
~ sponsored by Sam Ash for 2 years
~ released 1st full length album - Long Story Short - May 2011
~ released 2nd full length album - According to Purpose (Aug 2014)
~ 2015 TOUR with Guns Out at Sundown