Saturday, September 10, 2011

Defunct Local Band Profile Series: From The Ashes Of Angels & TraynWreck

Once again, it's time for this month's Defunct Local Band Profile, and for just the second time in this monthly series' history, we're profiling two bands in the same post! One has minimal information and the other has no audio, so it made sense to double up this month. Both are from Sault Michigan too, so if you're across the river, this should get your attention a bit more! As always, this series profiles randomly selected local bands with online pages that are either defunct or have been inactive for at least one year, with no biases whatsoever in the band selection aside from the above criteria. So let's get this month's profile going, and if there's any errors or omissions, give me a shout! (Updated on May 5th, 2012)
From The Ashes Of Angels

Genre: Death Metal/Grindcore/Thrash

Hometown: Georgetown, Colorado (formerly Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan)

Musicians: (This information may be incomplete. E-mail me at if you have any additions or corrections!)

David Waite (Jibber N' The Beanie), vocals/guitar
Scott Savoie (Swayze Train, Insipid Brutality), songwriting

Info/Analysis: Formerly named "The Angel(s) of Suffering", From The Ashes Of Angels was a metal project from Bay Mills native David Waite. The band was active locally from 2007-2009 before David moved to Georgetown, Colorado, where he currently does railroad work. He took the band with him when he moved, giving it it's current name while there, but the band has had no substantial updates since 2009. They didn't appear to expand past a solo project in studio, at least not that I saw, though David still uses the band's page for personal needs. F.T.A.O.A. had just one posted song, which was a metalcore-influenced original demo named "Lie In Hate". It's a very heavy song with brutal riffing & nice screaming, and a harder edge than some other local hardcore bands! It's too bad that F.T.A.O.A. aren't active anymore, but their only song is very brutal, and hopefully David returns to metal at some point, as he has a lot of talent! Also notable for being co-written by Swayze Train guitarist Scott Savoie, you can check out "Lie In Hate" at the project's MySpace page and below!


Genre: Rock N' Roll/Hair Metal/Classic Metal

Hometown: Rudyard, Michigan

Sam Lalruatpuia (Silent Despair), guitar/piano
Alex Traynor (Banned), drums

Audio/Video: No media of theirs was ever posted online that I've seen. However, both Sam and Alex have audio online via Sam's acoustic solo project's page & YouTube videos of Alex's current local band Banned, who probably share the closest resemblance to how TraynWreck would have sounded. Check the above links to hear what we could have seen from TraynWreck!

Info/Analysis: TraynWreck launched in November 2009 as a classic metal cover band from local musicians Sam Lalruatpuia & Alex Traynor. Formed after an impromptu jam session following Sam missing practice for another band, TraynWreck had high hopes to make an impression in the local scene, including plans to begin gigging the following summer, but they never found any additional members to round out their lineup, and they quietly went inactive in the spring of 2010, with Sam later moving to Tyrone, Pennsylvania. I was impressed by Alex & Sam's confidence on their old MySpace biography, but it's a shame that TraynWreck never took off as hoped. There was promise there, as both guys are talented, but hopefully they go far with their next musical projects!
I hope you guys liked this month's Defunct Profiles! We'll be back for another Sault Michigan profile likely in December, possibly earlier, so stay tuned for that! Our next two profiles will be of Sault Ontario bands, and we're doing just one band as usual next month, but which band will be next? Through completely random selection, I've chosen Detroit, the inactive local hardcore band featuring Lion Ride & The Labour Of... members! This should be good, so watch out for this profile around October 10th, and stay tuned for more news and notes very soon! Thanks everyone!

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