Vocals: J. William Heitmann,
Lead Guitar: Don Belch,
Guitar: Chris Evan,
Drums: Chris Appenzeller,
Keys/Sampling: Greg Weber
Originally formed as a 4-piece in early 2000 with current guitarists Don Belch and Chris Evan shredding not only the axes, but also the microphones, the current 6-headed, York, Pennsylvania-based metal monster known as Ninetail was established in the Summer of 2005. Since its rebirth, the band – with Belch and Evan (guitars), joined by J. William Heitmann (vocals), Griff (bass), Greg Weber (keys & samples) and Chris Appenzeller (drums) – has enjoyed a slow and steady rise to the forefront of the American underground metal scene. Having thrilled more than 200 audiences in 35 different states with its ultra-violent, high-energy live performance, Ninetail has built a fanatically loyal fan base across the United States.
With the release of their debut full-length album, “The Process of Conversion,” in June of 2006, Ninetail quickly introduced the world to a crushingly brutal new brand of heavy metal, with its down-tuned, jackhammer guitar riffs, growling, hound-of-hell vocals and atmospheric, industrial-esque keyboard/sample work inspired by bands like American Head Charge, Bloodsimple, Pantera and Lamb Of God. A fervent response to the album throughout the Mid-Atlantic States prompted invitations to share the stage with many different national acts, including: Static-X, Soulfly, Chimaira, God Forbid, Mushroomhead, Devildriver, Otep, Byzantine, Full Blown Chaos, Bleed The Sky, Silent Civilian, Goatwhore, High On Fire, Watch Them Die, In This Moment, The Autumn Offering, Soil, Brand New Sin, Black Market Hero, Halo Of Locusts, Marc Rizzo, Suicide City, Dog Fashion Disco, Rumpelstiltskin Grinder, The Red Death, Whitechapel, Temple Of Brutality, November 5, 1955 and many more.
In the Fall of 2007, the band’s blistering performance at the Project Independent Pennsylvania State Invitational earned Ninetail a coveted spot alongside seventeen of the underground metal world’s elite on the nationally-distributed Project Independent Volume 4 compilation CD – leading to a worldwide, online vote at www.projectindependent.net to determine the best unsigned metal act in the United States. With Ninetail’s newly recorded track, “Westboro,” receiving more than 800,000 of the 1.6 million total online votes, the band was awarded the title of “2008 Project Independent Featured Artist” on January 1, 2008. During the Spring of 2008, Ninetail maintained its ridiculously busy schedule of live performances throughout the Mid-Atlantic States, while at the same time writing, recording, mixing & mastering their second full-length album, “Half Truths & Hand Grenades.” Produced by drp head, Frank Phobia, tracked at Akdar Studios with Mike Radka and mixed with Tom Volpicelli and Frank at Mastering House.
With “Half Truths & Hand Grenades,” Ninetail have taken their devastatingly intense variety of metal music to an entirely new level. Faster, heavier and more technically complex than their previous release, the band’s sophomore effort promises to help Ninetail leave their collective boot mark on metalheads’ skulls everywhere. In anticipation of the album’s national release, Ninetail toured the country on the 2008 Project Independent Showcase Tour from August 29th – November 2nd, 2008. The tour, which consisted of 58 performances in 33 different states, introduced Ninetail to metalheads all across the country, and gave the band a chance to connect with countless new fans.
drp records sealed a distro deal with MVD worldwide in Spring 2009, quickly grabbing the NINETAIL masterpiece to proudly add to their catalog. The Enhanced version of “Have Truths…” featuring two live clips videos and added goodies hits stores and online in Summer 2009. The band will ht the road the remaining months of 2009 into 2010 to support the release.
WILL YOU JOIN THE FIGHT WHEN NINETAIL WAGES WAR IN YOUR NECK OF THE WOODS?