"Negative 263" spawned in 2005 by drummer Chris Sanchez and guitarist Zane McBride, introducing a heavy – in your face, brutal style of metal to Abilene, TX. After touring the southern region for a year with many well-known local acts, the band approached Jagermeister in 2006, which led to a long-term endorsement.
Although the band was already headed down the right path and had nailed down an undeniably powerful sound that demanded respect, "Negative 263" introduced their new bass player Lodi Mitchell, who already had his fair share of recognition from his previous band, in the midst of 2006. With the addition of his experience, talent, and solid bass tone, the band’s style and sound was ready for the next level of their success. The band moved on to bigger & better shows (courtesy of Jagermeister) with such bands as Staind, Disturbed, Type O Negative, Slipknot, Hatebreed, Killswitch Engage, Shadows Fall, Machine Head, and many more. This was only the beginning of what fueled the band’s strive for their dreams to become a reality.
In late 2008, after achieving many of their goals, "Negative 263" decided that it was time for a refreshing change in their sound & style. Throughout their past touring experience, Chris and Zane of "Negative 263" met singer Tony Housh and guitarist Sam McCrory, whom played in a Dallas, TX band together, and was immediately attracted to their musical style, talent, and stage presence. There was no question at that point that Tony and Sam would make a great addition to "Negative 263".
Since the addition of Tony and Sam, the band has revamped their style and sound, making it more commercially acceptable with intense melodies and ambient / theme-like guitar layers while still providing the solid, heavy punch that "Negative 263" has been famous for in the past. The band’s line up is now complete and they hope you all enjoy what you hear and are looking forward to seeing all of you at the next available show in your area!
“The dream is now alive” - 263