THE BOYS

 
 
 

RUSS DRUMMOND

GUITAR

Russ began crafting his epic guitar skills in junior school where he and his sister first took lessons. This passion took hold a few years later when he starting taking huge influence from his idols, James Hetfield, Joe Satriani and Dave Gilmour.
Russ grew up listening to his father's music, featuring the likes of Pink Floyd, Rush and Queen.

Russ’ role is very proactive, always bringing ideas to the table, and he had a hand in influencing the drums and lyrics on Morientum Terra.

Russ is also a devoted football fan and massive lover of new, upcoming and underground music. 

His education and influences are evident in his elegant crafting of the blinding technique that form the chiselled, epic style of playing you can see today.

TOOLS:
Ibanez & PRS Guitars, Line6 Helix, & Amps. 

Russ listens to:
Tesseract, Dream Theater, Persefone, Opeth, Leprous.

 
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RJ LEARMOUTH

VOCALS

A small primary school in rural Thurrock is where Rj started his vocal journey.
Discovering metal at the age of eleven changed his entire life forever.
Labelling himself first as a poet and not a musician, Rj initially started teaching himself vocals by listening to Angela Gossow, which was later developed by listening to Randy Blythe, Dez Fafara and Devin Townsend as well as being given tips from fellow vocalists in the underground metal scene.

A medical practitioner by trade, the little time Rj spends outside work is filled almost completely by cycling, political activism, making clothes and writing.
Most of his hand-written writings are conceptualised as future Raze The Void material, but for the moment is only performed and tested at local poetry nights. These writings are also added to a collection for a future book.

Rj was introduced into live music primarily by Joe, having never played live music before in his life. Today his unusual style helps Raze The Void stand out, alongside the gigantic sounds that surround him. 

TOOLS:
SHURE SM58 Microphone, T.Bone GM55 Microphone.

RJ listens to:
Devin Townsend, Mastodon, Gojira, Judas Priest, Immortal Technique, Blind Melon, Lamb of God.

 
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ALEX RYAN

DRUMS

Alex first started drumming at just fourteen and initially took heavy influence from the likes of Chris Adler.
He joined the band with a simple hurricane of drums in a practice session, and being a cut above everyone else, he now is the thunderous back bone of Raze The Void.

Although drums are his forte, Alex can also play six other instruments, including the saxophone and the guitar alongside his ability to sing, something that was featured in ‘From The Light And The Dark.’

Originating from Brentwood, Alex now resides in Wales, between studying for his MA, rock-climbing and kayaking, he still finds time to dedicate himself to all that is RTV.

His drumming style of late has been influenced by the Djent movement, from drummers such as Matt Halpern, resulting in a change of drum setup which has evolved the band's rhythm without detracting from RTV’s unique sound.

TOOLS:
Mapex Drum Kit, & TAMA Pedals. 

Alex listens to:
Lamb of God, Periphery, Leprous, Electric Six.

 
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JOE STAM

GUITAR / BACKING VOCALS

Joe started playing guitar learning from his brother on his father's guitar at the age of ten. From there, he took lessons, growing his talents to where he is now, taking huge influence from bands such as Mastodon, Leprous, Protest The Hero and Guthrie Govan.

As well as providing his intricate interplay of rhythmic tones, Joe also can play four other instruments as well as being a vocalist, providing the big and sometimes haunting backing vocal sections to Raze The Void.

Joe is also one of the ones responsible for getting Rj involved in music many years before the birth of RTV, and when the two briefly lived together, he helped develop the lyrical concept of much of RTV's material .

When he isn’t playing, Joe is either throwing himself down a dirt-trail on his bike, writing acoustic music or exploring outdoors.

TOOLS:
Ibanez RGD, Line6 Helix, &  T.Bone MB85 Microphone.

Joe listens to:
Leprous, Mastodon, Protest The Hero, Tool, Andy D.

 
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TERRY WHEYBREW

BASS

Terry’s journey to his impressive bass playing skills started at the age of fifteen in high school, where, with the help of Joe, he learnt the fundamentals of bass. The first song he learnt, The White Stripes: Seven Nation Army, started the path of his gradual evolution through pop-punk into metal with a heavy influence from Metallica and in particular, Cliff Burton. 

This influence, along with a deep love for music, has led to a complex infusion of dynamic bass sounds, that more often than not, intricately follow the guitars with the flow of a song. This is one bass player you can’t help but hear!

If he isn’t imparting logic and reasoning to RTV or organising merchandising and funds, he can more than likely by found face deep in either gaming or Formula One.

TOOLS:
Warwick Guitars Bass, & Ashdown Engineering Amps.

Tez listens to:
Metallica, Tool, Megadeth, White Wizard, Kingston Wall.

 
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THE STORY OF RTV

 

Raze The Void was born out of noise and anger in 2015, eventually unleashing into the world cut and refined in January 2016.

The name, style, concept, and image came from months of conversation and planning.

Prior to the birth of Raze The Void, there was nine years of the band playing together, but in 2015, the decision was made to start afresh and seriously focus into this new endeavour.

Raze The Void as a name originated as the title for the first track written in this new project, which has since been renamed to ‘All We Have Ever Known.’  The name was liked so much by the band, it became them.

Writing the music started with a joint collection of ideas, riffs, rhythms and sounds, written and fitted together by everyone.
The concept intertwining these anthems is the chronicling of a dystopian vision; the overthrow of oppression, the creation of a utopia and finally, repetition. 

The circular motion of human error and greed. 
A reflection of man’s ability to find strength and overcome.

The combination of these ideologically manic writings and the monstrous sound that carries it became the debut EP ‘Obsolescence’ which, despite only containing three tracks, is just shy of thirty minutes long.

This concept of guerrilla force and dystopian vision coupled with the desire to have a professional and clean image inspired the ‘Raze The Void’ logo and along with it the faux-revolutionary ‘dead tree’ emblem.

The music is not intended as a foothold into the realms of populist ideologies, it more a social commentary of self-reflection, the global economic environment, and society as a whole.
The music is an expression of independent revelation, and encourages the concept that power lies within the reach of everyone, and that collectively, we can achieve anything through unity.
It is also a stark reminder and warning to governments, monarchies, bankers and people in power, that without the fair and even distribution of social equality and social mobility, revolution is fast and unstoppable.

The future for Raze The Void spans far past the end of this first conceptual chapter into another progression of this story. The evolution will only grow further and expand out wider as more experiences and input from fans, other writers and more shape our eventual direction.

To date, the touring of ‘Obsolescence’ has taken us all over the UK, from in around our home towns of Essex, to London, Suffolk, Kent, Leeds and Bristol.

The biggest event of all of these being the journey to Bloodstock Open Air 2017.
After four months of sweat, blood, tears and very stiff competition from the best the underground metal scene had to offer, we emerged victorious in the Metal 2 The Masses: Hitchin competition.
Playing Bloodstock’s New Blood Stage and onto Luton’s very own Castlefest, we were supported all the way by our followers, growing in number with every show.

Our eyes look now to expanding further across the rest of the UK, with hope of taking Raze The Void to Europe to spread the name and message.