Skull'Rz Bane
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Skull'Rz Bane

Youngstown, Ohio, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2005 | SELF

Youngstown, Ohio, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2005
Band Rock Hard Rock

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Aug
06
Skull'Rz Bane @ ROXFEST

Negley, Ohio, United States

Negley, Ohio, United States

Aug
05
Skull'Rz Bane @ ROXFEST

Negley, Ohio, United States

Negley, Ohio, United States

Oct
29
Skull'Rz Bane @ Fastbacks BBQ Bar & Grill

Brook Park, Ohio, United States

Brook Park, Ohio, United States

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“There is a local/regional band that has grown by leaps and bounds over the last year. After an almost tragic home invasion, surguries, and full recovery while defending his brilliant daughter and bands drummer SKULL'RZ BANE has become one of northeast Ohios premiere heavy metal/hard rock ORIGINAL BANDS. They have a performance that cannot be ignored. A two member band that creates a full sound that some four piece bands could be in awe of. I look forward to 2013 becoming a break out year for SKULL'RZ BANE.” - Bob Esker-REXPRO


“There is a local/regional band that has grown by leaps and bounds over the last year. After an almost tragic home invasion, surguries, and full recovery while defending his brilliant daughter and bands drummer SKULL'RZ BANE has become one of northeast Ohios premiere heavy metal/hard rock ORIGINAL BANDS. They have a performance that cannot be ignored. A two member band that creates a full sound that some four piece bands could be in awe of. I look forward to 2013 becoming a break out year for SKULL'RZ BANE.” - Bob Esker-REXPRO


"Not only are the members of Skull’Rz Bane extremely driven individuals, they have killer music that has blown fans away across the region. The crushing thrash-like riffs of “White Crosses” and “Run For Your Life” can appease even the most jaded metal fan, while others like “Welcome to My Prison” and “Masterpiece” showcase their incredibly tight musicality as a two-piece heavy metal band, with the latter also showcasing Roxanne’s unique vocal ability. " - Rick Polo-The Raw Alternative


The night of Aug. 28 started off as a typical one for Drew Johnson, guitarist for local rock band Skull’Rz Bane.

But it turned into a shocking hell that left him with multiple stab wounds at the hands of a stranger who had broken into his house. He was left lying in a pool of his own blood, his abdomen opened up by a vicious blade attack, and his daughter holding his flesh together to keep him from bleeding to death.

Johnson is on the mend these days, although he hasn’t returned to his band yet. His alleged attacker has been apprehended and is awaiting justice.

To help Johnson, an all-day benefit concert with five bands, two acoustic acts, food, raffles, an auction and more will begin at 3 p.m. Saturday at The Dash Inn on the West Side of Youngstown.

Johnson plans to attend that show, although he still bears the scars — physical and mental — from the attack.

Here is what happened to him on that night in late August.

Johnson and Skull’Rz Bane had played at Go Go Girls in Austintown and went out for a post-gig breakfast. Afterward, he and his daughter, Roxanne — who is the band’s drummer — returned to their home on the West Side of Youngstown.

As soon as he pulled up in front of his house, Johnson noticed that something was amiss. A door window was smashed out, and a light that he had left on had been turned off. Cautiously, he took out his pocket knife and began to search his house in the dark. He could tell that someone had gone upstairs because a drum kit that had been blocking the stairs had been moved.

Once upstairs, he noticed that a door that he always keeps closed was ajar. As he opened the door, a man jumped out and stabbed him twice in the left upper chest.

Johnson dropped his pocket-knife and grabbed the assailant’s hand and wrestled him to the ground, suffering four more stab wounds in the process.

He pinned his assailant but was getting weak from blood loss. He called Roxanne to take the man’s knife while he held him down, but she couldn’t pry it away.

“I knew time was running out quickly with the amount of blood I was losing, so I told him, ‘We don’t have to do this.’” said Johnson. “He said, ‘You first,’ and I said, ‘That’s not going to happen.’ I somehow managed to get him up, down the stairs and out the door, and I pushed him out. He started screaming about keys, so to keep him from trying to come back in and doing anything else or hurting my daughter, I found my keys and threw them at him and closed the door.”

At this point, Johnson said he lay down on the kitchen floor to die. Roxanne called 911 and then held her father’s flesh together with her hands to staunch the blood. But there were too many wounds.

A pool of blood had formed underneath Johnson, and his daughter kept screaming into the phone for the ambulance to hurry.

“I truly didn’t think I would make it,” Johnson recalled. “I was actually preparing to die at this point. Finally, the paramedics arrived, and they were able to get me to the hospital and into surgery quick enough to save me.”

Johnson was in surgery for six hours at St. Elizabeth’s on the North Side. In addition to massive slashing wounds from which he lost two liters of blood, Johnson also had a collapsed lung. Surgeons had to remove part of his stomach because it was mangled.

Police found Johnson’s alleged assailant and his vehicle later that night. The suspect, who was wanted in another stabbing earlier the same night, now awaits trial.

As for Johnson, he said he is finally starting to feel like himself again.

“I can’t wait to get back on stage,” he said. “We normally play at least once a week, and I’m not used to taking this long between shows. I am planning on being at the Dash Inn for the benefit. And who knows, maybe I’ll try to make it to the stage.”

Scheduled to play at the concert are acoustic acts Bill Seiffert and Freddie and local bands No. 1 Special, Obsydyan, Six Shots Left, Azimuth and Fastlane.

Tickets are $5 in advance and $8 at the door. For tickets or to make a donation, call Roxanne Johnson at 234-855-0823 or e-mail her at Roxm14@aol.com. - Published: Youngstown Vindicator 11/4/10 @ 12:00


Discography

Skull'Rz Bane, 2005.
Skull'Rz Bane:2012, 2012.
Skull'Rz Bane: Live at Ballyhoo, 2012.

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Bio

Youngstown music scene veterans Drew Johnson and his daughter, Roxanne make up the All Original Hard Rock, with a taste of metal duo, Skull'Rz Bane. From the stage at your local music festival to backyards and bonfires, you will see Skull'Rz Bane ready to RaWk! With their explosive live show, you will leave wondering, “What will they do next?â€? Their music incorporates elements from just about every style possible, while maintaining their basic Rock-N-Roll roots. Being both frontman and guitar player, its fun to watch Drew run around the stage, with the attitude and sound of three guitar players, with some of the craziest riffs and solos seen these days. Add Rox's melodic hard-hitting drumming stlye and unique vocals to the mix and you have something that not only must be seen, but heard! And with 350 shows under their belt and their recent 10 year anniversary they have honed their skills and are Ready to RaWk, Now more then Ever!   

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