Friday, May 10, 2013

Defunct Local Band Profile Series: Cherubic Red & Faithless Sin

It's the 10th of the month, so it's now time for this month's Defunct Local Band Profiles! As usual, this monthly feature series looks at 1-2 local metal/hard rock bands that have either broken up or fallen inactive, in order to profile their history, material, and major events for current readers, and as the first band we picked this month had no available media, I picked another band to fill out this double post! Today, we have a band each from both sides of the border, and though neither lasted a long time, they have their own distinct info to share, so read on below for this month's Defunct Local Band Profiles! (Updated on August 28th, 2013)
Cherubic Red

Genre: Experimental/Industrial Rock

Hometown: Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan


Steven Dahlke, vocals/guitar
Nick Moreau (Plastic), guitar/bass/drums

Info/Analysis: Originally named Cash Only, Cherubic Red were a short lived industrial hard rock project that was active in the Sault Michigan area from roughly August 2009 until February 2010. Describing their sound as "rhythmic destruction", along with crediting numerous influences, old blog postings on their MySpace page from late 2009 indicated plans to release a single named "An Deinem Herzen" (German for "In Your Heart"), though the band went inactive before any media could be posted. They also had a close relationship with defunct local grunge band Half Stupid (who Steven Dahlke once promoted shows featuring), but little else is known on Cherubic Red that I can find. The influences and postings seem promising for a more unique local hard rock project, and hopefully we'll hear some of what Steven & Nick were working on at some point down the road!

Faithless Sin

Genre: Thrash Metal

Hometown: Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario

Members: (Members not in their last full lineup in italics. E-mail me at if you have any additions or corrections!)

Jason Bourcier (Winkstinger, Fitswitch, No Arrow), vocals
Joe Falco (No Arrow, Flashback), guitar
Ryan Gratton (Chronic Demonic), bass
Jonathan Harvey (Gates of Winter), drums

Mike DiPasquale (Time of Ruin), guitar
Frank LaTassa (Quite Frankly), guitar
Mark Parent (Time of Ruin), drums

Info/Analysis: Primarily active from 2006-2007, Faithless Sin were visible and busy during their initial run, including releasing their song "Chaos Reigns", but major activity died down after the departure of guitarist Mike DiPasquale in September 2006, and updates ended the following spring. Plans to relaunch the band with a new name & sound led to the creation of a separate new band named Time of Ruin (featuring Jason, Mike, and Mark from Faithless Sin), who were active from 2007-2008. Most of Faithless Sin's original lineup relaunched the band after a three year hiatus in August 2010, but their reunion was short lived, and they disbanded for good that fall. Personally, I'd say that Time of Ruin should be looked back on & remembered first given that they did more (and actually played concerts), but at least Faithless Sin had posted media! "Chaos Reigns" is a solid extreme metal track with nice guitar work and an intense feeling, but the recording quality isn't very good. Still, if you liked Time of Ruin or the other local bands that Jason fronted, check out Faithless Sin's only posted original song below!

I hope you guys liked this month's defunct profiles! Next month, we'll look at another Sault Michigan band, but which one? By random selection, I've chosen Insipid Brutality, the defunct local black/death metal band who just released a posthumous album last year, so watch out for what should be an interesting single-band profile on or around June 10th! That's all for today, but stay tuned for at least one new news post this weekend! Thanks everyone!

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