Eat Sleep and Breathe Metal
Eat Sleep and Breathe Metal
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WhatDrivesTheWeak is a deathcore band from Eastern Kentucky. Formed in 2008, they released their first full length album “Iniquities” in 2012 then disbanded in 2013. In 2017 the band reformed and came back in full force. After going through a few member changes, the band changed to more of a Melodic Deathcore sound, with some pure Death Metal influence thrown in for good measure. With Chris Whited (Bodysnatcher/King Conquer/1776 Recordings) at the helm, in September 2019 the band went into production for their second full-length album, Lightbringer. The album was released worldwide on March 13th, 2020.
During the COVID-19 Nationwide shutdown, the band was forced to cancel all upcoming shows and appearances. Instead of sitting around and growing stagnant, the band decided to forge ahead and begin writing a new EP, scheduled for release in 2021. WDTW signed with Misanthropik Records in September 2020, and with the help of their new label, intend to release a plethora of new material and merchandise, schedule some awesome tours with great bands, and reach the biggest audiences in the band’s career. For the new “Leviathan EP”, WhatDrivesTheWeak will once again be produced by Chris Whited, and they are looking forward to sharing more new music with all their fans as soon as possible. Stay tuned to the official WDTW social media channels for updates, teasers, clips, memes and more. We can’t wait to appear on a stage near you in the future, and until then, stay safe and stay metal.
My name is Brandon Rowe and I play bass for WhatDrivesTheWeak. I was born and raised in Ky. Ever since I was young, I have been raised on music. I remember listening to a lot of 80’s Bands Like Tears for Fears and Duran Duran when I was a child. My first hard rock album was AC/DC’s Razors Edge, given to me by my mother and I remember being blown away by it. My Grandfather gave me my first acoustic guitar and I started learning to play at the age of 6. My parents worked a lot, so I couldn’t play sports or anything like that, and I spent a lot of time teaching myself how to play guitar. My introduction to metal came from my older cousins, who I use to stay with. We would watch MTV Headbanger’s Ball and after seeing Metallica and Megadeth the first time, I became an instant fan, and my life was forever changed. I realized that I wanted to play metal and be just like them. When I was in middle school, I would take my guitar with me and jam with my friends between classes. It really helped me come out of my shell and get over my stage fright. I played the talent show with some friends in high school and was so nervous that I stared at the stage the whole time we played. During high school, I started to get more interested in death metal and black metal, I listened to bands like Cannibal Corpse and Deicide. I remember being drawn in by the brutality and speed of those bands, and I realized that I wanted to start playing that kind of music. During my Junior year of high school, I met Craig (Drummer of WDTW), we became friends, and both joined a local band called Riddlebrain. That band didn’t last long, and after it disbanded, we joined another local band named Broken Shadows together and really made a name for ourselves as musicians by playing all sorts of shows at regional venues. I left Broken Shadows and started playing with various other musical acts as a live fill in or studio musician, bands such as The Aaron Miller Band, Third Circle, and Ashes Arose ), who were all local acts that had varying levels of success. I started a band with the vocalist of Broken Shadows called Dark Kast. We were successful enough to open for a few national acts, like Nonpoint and Wednesday 13. After a while, that band fell apart too. When I was without a band, Craig called me to ask if I would be interested in trying out for WDTW and I jumped at the chance to audition because I always wanted to be a part of a project with so much brutality, technicality, and speed. They offered me the gig, I accepted immediately and haven’t looked back since. I plan on staying with this band for a long time to come. Outside of WDTW, I like to promote music for several other bands, write my own solo stuff and spend time with my family and play video games with my son.
My name is Jon Marshall, and I am the vocalist for WhatDrivesTheWeak. My intro into becoming a musician started my sophomore year in high school. I was fresh to a new school and quickly made friends with a drummer from a local band. He introduced me into playing drums and I eventually joined a gothic metal band called Divinity of Afflictions. I stayed with them until my freshman year of college when I decided that I would try out different things and eventually decided on vocals. I am self- taught, but I did take voice lessons as a child and took music classes in college. I joined a local metalcore band called Detest the Common, then another called Feeding Fear. I stayed with them only for a few months when both bands broke up. I then went on to start WhatDrivesTheWeak in later part of 2008. The first band that influenced me to start screaming was Bleeding Through. I was very new to that style of metal and I fell in love it almost as soon as I heard it. Shortly thereafter, I was at my local Hot-Topic and heard a brutal song come over the speakers. It was a song from Suicide Silence followed by a song from Carnifex. Those two bands were my introduction to the deathcore scene, and I have been in it ever since. In 2013 WDTW split up, everyone moved away to focus on their lives and the thought of reforming didn’t seem like something that would ever happen. I ended up playing bass in a local rock band but because it wasn’t metal, I hated it. I left that band and just focused on my life. However, in late 2017 we all decided to join a group chat together and reflect on the good ole days of WDTW. After fate decided that members could move back home, the spark relit our passion and our need to play again flared up, so we reformed the band. Ever since then we have been striving to accomplish our dreams and make this band our career. WDTW is my baby, it is the one thing I have put more time in than anything else and I love it. When I’m not playing music or doing anything else band related, you can find me at home with my wife or out at my friends tattoo shop (Midnite Society Tattoo) or apothecary shop (Bloodmoon Goddesses).
I’m Jerrod Melvin and I play guitar in WhatDrivesTheWeak. I’ve lived in Kentucky all my life, so naturally it’s where the inspiration for my sound comes from. I harness the inner hatred that fills me because of this cursed land and turn it into music for other people in the world who are plagued by rage, hoping to instill a positive feeling by reminding them that they are not alone in this cruel world. Music is really something I owe my life to. I started playing piano when I was 5 and then I picked up the guitar when I was 12 and I never put it down. I was an awkward kid. I didn’t have many friends growing up and my siblings were practically a generation older than me. So, I spent a lot of time alone with just my music to keep me company. I actually picked up the guitar because I had hoped that it might make me more approachable since I was such a shy child. Spending all of my adolescence with just 4 walls, a couple of instruments, and a CD player that my older brother had given me before he moved out, I never quite learned any sort of social skills. When I got to high school, I decided to join marching band and play the drums. I had no prior experience playing drums, but music was what I knew, and I knew I wanted to at least spend some of my boring high school days playing music. Thanks to all that alone time with just sheet music and a CD player, I did pretty well in marching band, and I managed to make some great friends that were able to pull me out of my shell. It’s because of music that I was able to rid myself of the lonely weird kid I used to be, and finally be just a weird kid with some self-confidence. Not much of a difference really, but that confidence boost really helped me become the person I am today. Other than playing guitar, you can usually find me in front of a smoker cooking some amazing meats and vegetables, gaming, or beer drinking with a few close friends.
I’m Craig and I play drums for WhatDrivesTheWeak. My interest in becoming a musician started at a young age. My mom played guitar and listened to a lot of heavy metal and because of that, I grew up wanting to be on a stage. I joined the school band in middle school and stayed all the way through my high school graduation. I started playing drum kit and learning how to cover metal songs during high school and joined my first rock band my junior year. The band was called Riddlebrain, but we didn’t accomplish much outside of playing a few local shows. After Riddlebrain disbanded, I joined Broken Shadows, another local band with big aspirations. We worked hard and achieved some marginal regional success and played a handful of big shows, but the band broke up around 2012. In 2013, I joined WDTW and haven’t looked back since. We have worked hard to establish ourselves as a serious act and define our own unique sound, and although we broke up for a few years (2013-2017), we are back and stronger than ever. Musically, I am influenced by all kinds of music, starting with Pantera as a kid, and going into all kinds of other genres and bands as an adult. I enjoy playing several different genres of music; however, I’d say I enjoy playing metal more than anything else. I’m always striving to challenge myself as a musician in writing with WDTW, because I believe if you’re in your comfort zone, you’re not getting better and ultimately, I want to be the best I can for my band and our fans. Outside of music, my hobbies include video games (like every other kid of my generation), digital artwork, going on long drives with my girl, playing with my kitty cats and cooking delicious food.
My name is Jordan LeMaster, and I’m one half of the guitar tandem in WhatDrivesTheWeak. I was born and raised in Eastern Kentucky and still currently live in the area. I started playing music when I was 8 years old, taking piano lessons. When I was 14, I picked up the bass, and guitar shortly after at 15. I joined the band when I was 18, and haven’t really done much with music outside of the band aside from “bands” in high school that would last a short amount of time, break up, and then the same members make a new one shortly after. Most of my influences musically come from outside of metal, particularly shoegaze and alternative rock, but I’m also influenced by hardcore and death metal. Outside of the band, you won’t see me doing much. I’m an introvert and decently private person.
Gear breakdowns -
Scorpion Percussion and Xcel Drumsticks
Sabian and Saluda Cymbals
Roc n Soc Hardware
Highwind Amplification Pedals
Behringer Bass Amps
Behringer Power Amps
Rockville Audio Speakers
Band Endorsements -
New EP TBA (2021)
Influenced by/For Fans Of:
Fit for an Autopsy
Black Dahlia Murder
Thy Art is Murder