Descension Rate is the product of two very different backgrounds coming together to form one brutal beast. The impetus of DR came about some time in the year 2003. Jeff Jordan had been playing in an industrial rock band, Loss of Will, for a couple of years in the small college town Morgantown, West Virginia, while Ryan Postlethwait had been playing guitar with local industrial metal terrorists 3-Hole Face. The two bands became somewhat of "gig buddies."
Despite their totally different backgrounds musically, Jeff (electonic based music) and Ryan (metal based) began getting together at least once a week to get together and "jam" and see what happened. The songs quickly began to pour out, and Descension Rate was officially formed in October 2004. After realizing they were onto something worthwhile and having a fair amount of demos, Ryan and Jeff decided to form a full band to take DR to the stage. Enter Doug Lilly on bass, Stanislav "Vicious" Benkivoc (of Beloved Dead and Deacon's Screech fame) on live electronic percussion, and Neil Zahradnik (guitar).
On January 28th, 2005, Descension Rate played their first live show with other local Morgantown acts, 8 Bitz, The Caterpillar Scheme, and The Emergency. The show was a major success, and since then DR has been constantly playing shows in the West Virginia and Pennsylvania area, with more shows always pending.
On February 10, 2006, Descension Rate's first EP Level 12 was officially released.
In April 2006, Descension Rate played a show with Slick Idiot in Pittsburgh, PA. This was the last show with Vicious as the electronic drummer. With his departure came the inclusion of Mike Beck as the new keyboardist.
August 3, 2006, was the first show to feature Mike Beck. At this show, a free E.P. featuring the album version of "Tin Cradle," five remixes of the song by local artists, and Jeff Jordan and Ryan Postlethwait's version of The Emergency's "Church of the Chix Denomination."
Descension Rate's first full-length album "Deadly Elegance" was officially released January 20th, 2007 featuring twelve songs including all the songs from “Level 12” and eight new songs. Look for another remix CD in the future!