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La Mirada, California, United States | SELF

La Mirada, California, United States | SELF
Band Metal Rock


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Kaustik is an American heavy metal/ rock band from Los Angeles and Orange County, CA. Formed in 2001, the group was founded by guitarist Ryan Burrows and Bass/Vocalist Robert Madrigal. Although the band has experienced several line-up changes, for most of its recent recording career Kaustik has been composed of Ryan, Robert, lead-guitarist Elan Mlagenovich and drummer Victor Alegria. A previous release of the first self titled Kaustik album in 2006 included former members Justin Campos (lead-guitar), Ray Kilmon (drums) and Xavier Vasquez (vocals).
Kaustik was originally called "Relic" (for two shows) but was later changed to "Kaustik" after discovering that name has been taken by another band. Founded in 2001, when Ryan Burrows met Robert Madrigal and decided to make a band. The two recruited guitarist Bryan Starek and drummer Leigh Valasco but that didn't last more than two shows when Bryan left the band and was replaced by Xavier Vasquez to play guitar, soon to follow was Leigh and was finally after an attempt to work with a few other drummers, he was eventually replaced by drummer Rory Reynolds and the first Kaustik was born. Soon the band had their first real taste of the music scene/ business while playing shows in LA and OC and recording many demo songs at "The Compound" in East Los Angeles with Andrew Jaimez and still at the time included versions of "Possessed", the first song ever written by Ryan and Robert. A decision was made one day in 2005 to bring into the band Ray and long time friend Justin, moving Xavier to vocals.
Kaustik in its previous line-up released in 2006 a self-titled album and began playing shows all over Southern California including venues such as The Whisky a go go, The Key Club, House of Blues, Club Vodka, Hogue Barmichales, The Alley and many more venues sharing the stage with such bands as: STEMM, Bleed the Sky, Norma Jean, Jefferson Airplane and Asecino. The band also attracted the attention of Schecter Guitar Research after being introduced to the company by actor Andrew Bryniarski and received the first guitar endorsement. At many shows the Kaustik crowd generally enjoys a mosh pit along with some head banging over a few pitchers of beer, one incident to this day the band does have some controversy with the House of Blues in Anaheim CA, and Orlando FL, two cities where the venue is located at Disney theme park property. At a show in 2007 while Kaustik was performing their final song of the show that night a brawl broke out in the mosh pit area and was followed up by a second brawl after the show outside the venue where security and police were quickly on the scene to stop the madness. Since this incident Kaustik has not been welcome to play these two venues due to, "the unruly crowds the band brings to shows". None the less this line-up but Robert back on vocals, capped off their last of many shows by opening for Twisted Sister in December 2007 for the "Twisted Christmas" show at the House of Blues in Hollywood, CA. After that show everything changed, remaining members Justin and Ray decided to leave the band in pursuit of their own life away from the group leaving Ryan and Robert to recruit Elan and Vic to join after they had already disbanded with their previous bands, "MMVF" (Elan) and "Tolerance of Pain" (Vic) and were ready to rock.
Since the change, this new re-born Kaustik has played 250+ shows around the South-West region of the United States including, Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico and Texas. Since October 2009 the band has been recording at the RecRoom recording studio in Anaheim, CA by Scott Flammer, and will be released in March 2011. This will be the first full length album including 10 new songs including a revised version of Possessed now entitled “Disputed Corruption”. This album is the follow up of their demo CD including songs, "Sanction in the Shadows", "Crystal Coves" and "Demon Eyes", released in 2008 which have been re-recorded and will be released on the new album. Kaustik has played with such bands as Death by Stereo, Revolution Mother, Gojira, HELLYEAH, All That Remains, The Damned Things, Buckcherry, DI, toured with Internal Corrosion and received a sponsorship from Jagermeister. The band will be going on their first U.S. tour for 28 shows in 30 days leaving at the end of April 2011 and following up with their own summer metal festival, “The 2nd annual Booze, BBQ and METAL” in June 2011.