Emerging from northern Colorado, arguably home to the state’s largest dark metal scene, is Mourned By Flies, pummeling crowds with their combative, yet tantalizing riffs, melodies and vocals. Mourned By Flies consists of Erik Gristle (vocals), Greg Keenan (guitars/synth/drum tracks), Jesse James McGarvey (guitars), Aimee Rodriguez (bass) and Skar Huwig (drums). They carry with them a vast array of musical experience, with an impressive resume of past bands to their credit. The members’ collective list includes eROTic, Skarmine, The Dacron Jesus Kult, Dismal, Famous Bacon, Dead High, Deadless, Wretched Decrepancy, Acid Reign, Angus Scrimm, and Dysorder. Skar Huwig pulls double-duty by also serving as the drummer for The Mandrake, and vocalist Erik Gristle and guitarist Jesse James McGarvey continue to create new tracks for Pseudogod and Minya, respectively.
Originally formed in 2006, Mourned By Flies came together as an almost spur of the moment collaborative effort involving members of local Colorado metal bands eROTic and Skinned. They have seen some changes within the band’s lineup since their inception, and they continue to evolve as both a group and as musicians. Rather than list individual bands that they have taken inspiration from, with their music indicating a seemingly never-ending assortment, the members of Mourned By Flies simply credit all aspects of heavy metal, accompanied by gut-wrenching life experiences. This gives way to a modern metal sound that includes equal parts of emotion and chaos. The ending result is a powerhouse of a band with a sound that has to be heard to be believed. They offer organic instrumentations infused with synthetic elements, which in turn creates a unique and alluring sound.
Entering the music scene in 2006 with a bang in their first live showing, Mourned By Flies served as support for the Finland-based 69 Eyes, a band that has been featured on the MTV show Viva La Bam. Their first live show was greeted with an amazing response from the crowd. They have since opened for national acts such as Another Black Day, formerly known as From The Ashes, who are played daily on Clear Channel radio stations across the country. Being one of Colorado’s hardest working and most determined local bands, Mourned By Flies is currently nearing the release of their debut album Signs of Life, and early responses to previews of the songs featured on the album have been positive and very strong. With the validation of the metal community, they have aimed their sights higher and are looking to the next step: signing with a small music label and gaining national distribution to expose more people to their commanding sound. Mourned By Flies continues to tirelessly perform live on a regular basis, and look to keep expanding their fanbase with new music, hard work, and a relentless drive. And if what the band has accomplished thus far is any indication for the future, the best and brightest is yet to come.