Deafening “that which I can embrace” is a dominating grunge-metal triad thriving in Houston, TX. The continual evolution and success of Deafening can be summed up in three words; Tony, Carlos and Muttley. Vocalist/guitarist Tony Casella hits hard with scraping vocals intertwined with his six string machine. With a voice that can crush on command, this front man doesn’t just have something to say, he amps it up and penetrates your core; while the guitar slaves to keep up with the master. Carlos Torres, Deafenings’ bassist, stomps into the foreground of the band setting with a high degree of prominence in the music. Holding the triad together on the drums, the one who makes the band tick, is Carlos E. Escober a.k.a. Muttley. Deafening will have you chewing the lucid skin from your lips while your heart pumps another ounce of grunge to feed your soul (leaving you grinding your teeth for more!).
Herize: A Deafening Experience, is a full length CD available to all. The CD is part of nineteen professionally recorded songs obtainable through the bands website. Herize is a full bodied Deafening experience. Professionally recorded and mastered to get the blood flowing, eyes dilated and the hair on the back of your neck standing. Can you feel it? The hair rising like rat whiskers erected in attention. If you’re not fortunate enough to own the CD you can catch Deafening playing all over the Houston, TX area. Tony’s skeleton grin is a definite hair raising event (no CD required).
Deafening has seen much success in the Houston area. The band were prominent members of the Houston Band Coalition, HBC. Much of HBC’s achievements can be accredited to signing Deafening. Although no longer members of HBC, it is no secret that Deafening has long worn out coattails from leading the way for all others to follow. Success in Houston hardly describes this trio. One would have to travel to Los Angeles twice, play at the Roxy, and Whisky A Go-Go, just to scratch the surface. Deafening can be seen in Cold’s music video “It Happens All The Time” aired on MTV. Not to mention opening for Jerry Cantrell of Alice In Chains! These guys have well earned bragging rights.
With a bag full of accessible ego the members of Deafening are exceptionally humble. They focus on satisfying and growing their fan base. The fans are why they are here and why they will never leave. It’s the great fight for the underdog that sparks this being to life. Spending four homeless months in Los Angeles did not scar this group, it fueled their desire to push through. Push, pull, shove…. Whatever it takes - Deafening is certainly that which we can all embrace.
Written by Joshua Moore