Withered Veins

Withered Veins (Hard Rock/Grunge) - Fort Wayne, Indiana

Withered Veins is a three-piece grunge/heavy metal band formed in Fort Wayne, Indiana in November 2017. They are composed of bassist/lead vocalist David Winn, guitarist/backing vocalist Matt "Ace" Mirelez, and drummer Nick Degunya. They blend the late 90's-early 2000's metal sound with the early 90's Seattle grunge sound and have brought it to Fort Wayne. Withered Veins takes inspiration from such bands as Alice In Chains, Godsmack, Iron Maiden, Kiss, Mastodon, and Nirvana. They debuted in the studio with their six-song E.P., 'When Blood Runs Cold' on April 20th, 2018.

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"Lost Voice" Single Review
The track starts out pretty moody and builds a somber tone. The vocals are emotional, passionate and pull at the heart strings as the laid back tone of the track builds up to a wall of sound when it erupts around the two minute mark. The track dips back down with its melodic instrumentation and flips back up its passion at the ending to close out the track. The track is a tribute to the late Layne Staley and they wear their heart on their sleeve with the track and their passion really shines through.

Withered Veins tug at all the feels with their new single.

"Isolation" Single Review
The track starts off with a somber riff before slowly picking up steam. The haunting vocals kick in and slowly thereafter, the track picks up the heaviness a few notches. The ballad-like chorus will get lighters swaying in no time during a live show. The instrumentation keeps things moving at a nice steady clip as the vocals shine bright with its emotion. Later on in the track the instrumentation takes over and just simply rocks out. The band have really elevated their sound with this single.

Withered Veins have another Rock banger on their hands via their newest single.

"Bullseye" Single Review
The "Bullseye" single from Withered Veins starts off with a shredding guitar solo right from the get go which then transitions into a more Rock heavy sound that drives full speed ahead with riffs galore. The surprising soaring vocals in the chorus is a nice touch and adds more layers to the track. The melodic verses continue as the riffs really deliver that pure Rock feel. There's another guitar solo later in the track that solidifies the track as one of the best Rock singles of 2019.

The newest single from Withered Veins will captivate Rock listeners for a long time.

-Interview- (11/9/20)
1. What do you wish to accomplish with the new album?

We want this to be the album that really gets our name out there and wins us new fans. This has been our best material yet and we feel that it will really open some doors for us.

2. How did the recording process for the album come about? Who produced it?

It was a more intense recording process than our EP because we had more than twice as many songs and wanted to get contributions from all of our members. Our drummer, Nick Degunya, recorded and produced most of it. For six songs, the vocals were recorded by Julian Zapata of In Hollow Recordings. It's always a blast working with him. He's fantastic at what he does and brings out the best of us vocally. Everything else was recorded ourselves.

3. What was the writing process like?

For me (Ace Mirelez), the writing process is one of the best parts of being in a band. With how this year has gone, I had a lot on my mind and a lot to write about. Much of the material was written about current events or things we are passionate about. I wrote the lyrics to Breathe in about 30 minutes; the words just flowed from my hand because of how heavy things were and still are weighing on me. My favorite thing about this album, however, is that we got writing contributions from all four members. You can definitely hear everyone's influences in the music.

4. What's your favorite track(s) off the album?

Subhuman, Yours Is Not Life, See Hear Know, and Breathe.

5. How has Covid affected what you do as a band?

Well for one, it pushed back the making of this album by about six months. The original release date was May 8th, and looking back that may have been a little optimistic, we still could've gotten it done by early June. One silver lining that happened though, was that we figured out how to record all our instruments and vocals ourselves. We weren't able to get together with our usual producer so we had to learn how to do it.

6. Are there plans for an upcoming single?

We actually just released the final single for the album on October 17th for the song "Subhuman". We also have singles for This Is Not A Drill, Bullseye, Isolation, and Lost Voice, available on all streaming platforms.

7. How did the artwork come about for the album? Who designed it?

So the title of the album is "Downward Dogma". It's a play on words of the downward dog position in yoga (which can look like someone worshipping) and "irrefutable" religious teachings. We stand against people that use religion as a tool to persecute and invalidate people that are different or don't believe as they do, and that's what we wanted to convey with some of our songs and both the front and back covers of the album. We used a lot of red in the design because it represents much of the anger and anxiety that went into the writing of the album. Ace designed the artwork, but all four of us had input into the design.

8. What’s next for Withered Veins?

We're going to promote this album like crazy and play as many shows as possible in support of it. We hope everyone will give Downward Dogma a listen once it releases November 14th and let us know what you think!

-Interview- (11/10/19)
1. How did you get started with music and how did you develop your sound? Who thought of the name “Withered Veins" and is there any meaning behind it?

Guitarist Matt “Ace” Mirelez formed the band with then-singer Topher Beyer in November 2017. Ace had the idea for a band that blended the raw energy of heavy metal with the haunting harmonies and personal songwriting of grunge. “Withered Veins” was the name of a song Ace had written prior to forming the band. It was about how a woman in his life had become like a drug to him, and since she had left he felt as though his veins were withering away. Ace and Topher were throwing around ideas for a band name and Withered Veins was suggested and instantly stuck. After some lineup changes, bassist David Winn and drummer Nick Degunya joined in summer of 2018.

2. What do you want people to take away from your music?

We just want people to feel our emotions through our music. Some of our best songs were written during the hardest times in our respective lives. We want to write songs that are fun to listen to while also being relatable and helping people let their emotions out.

3. How would you describe your sound to the average listener?

It is the hard, heavy instrumentation of Godsmack and some of the late 90’s Metal bands, some of the eerie harmonies and melodic guitar riffs of Alice In Chains, and some influences of late 70’s-early 80’s Classic Rock.

4. Who are three bands you’d like to tour with?

Alice In Chains, Opeth, and Iron Maiden.

5. What are your three desert island albums that you'd never get tired of listening to?

Iron Maiden - "Somewhere In Time", Alice In Chains - "Facelift", and The Offspring - "Americana".

6. What’s your take on the current state of Hard Rock/Grunge?

We definitely see it starting to become popular again, as many of the people who were kids when this music first came out are the ones coming out to most of the shows we play. There’s been a huge wave of 80’s nostalgia recently, and we feel the 90’s nostalgia wave is next.

7. What’s the current music scene like there in Indiana both locally and state wide?

In Fort Wayne, the Metal and Indie scenes are huge. State wide is more of a variety, but still leaning more towards Metalcore, Black Metal, etc.

8. What’s your take on legal/illegal music downloading?

We’re fine with legal downloading. We wish there was a way to monitor it more closely so that people don’t pirate it, but we know that it’s a risk we must take to get our music more widely known.

9. What’s next for Withered Veins?

Really, we’re just trying to play as many shows as possible and build a bigger fan base. We do want to put out a full length album at some point in the future, though.

10. Any shoutouts?

Topher Beyer, Matt Baez, Jerrad Gorsuch, Dylan Masoner, all former members. We couldn’t have done this without you, we love you guys.