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While former members Steve Braun, Nancy Carpenter, Michael Courtois, Dean Guldswog, Jonah Lewis and Shaun Pilon are all alive and well, it is difficult to imagine an AngelragE reunion without Gar or Matt. It would definitely be cool to see members of the band work together again in some capacity and hopefully AngelragE fans will continue to support all of their new projects!
Gar finished GarageBand demos for all 12 songs on Heresy, but never recorded guitar parts or vocals and abandoned the project after the resignation of lead vocalist Nancy Carpenter. Several songs were previewed in behind the scenes videos.
It's up to his family and currently under consideration.
Apart from the Heresy demos, just various early demos that are already available online: Angelus Saevio, A New One To Give Ya!, Praise, Born Again, and Man of Miracles from the Fight the Devil sessions, and Breathe Again from the Omega sessions.
Yes. Gar had long desired to create an AngelragE superhero franchise, starting with a graphic novel in 2012, followed by a live-action concept trailer. In 2020, Gar and his son began collaborating to build several locations and characters for an animated AngelragE series set within the Roblox universe and screen captured hours of footage for the first episodes, with both of them voicing characters. Only the pilot was completed but remained unedited as this was one of many projects Gar abandoned during the 2020 lockdown. I am currently editing the footage and hope to release the pilot episode sometime later this year. You can see the intro teaser HERE. Gar also wrote many short horror and sci fi stories which may yet be released.
Garland Triest wrote, produced, sang, and played every instrument. Amber Quick and Faith Triest did voiceovers, and Karen Triest advised on sound design. Vocalist Shaun Pilon did vocals on Epiphany In Blood and Finger of God, but, unfortunately, these versions did not make the final cut. You can hear Finger of God featuring Shaun Pilon HERE.
No. This rumor originated on Facebook and is completely unsubstantiated. On August 13, 2021, Gar was found unresponsive at his desk. Preliminary reports indicated positional asphyxia due to acute alcohol poisoning.
No. She is alive and well. This rumor originated on Facebook from the same source and seems to stem from confusing AngelragE lead vocalist Nancy Carpenter with Nancy Chamblee, who was an early AngelragE supporter, spokesmodel, and investor until her death on March 27, 2009.
Matt died December 2, 2020 in Brawley, California, reportedly of Covid 19; in a Facebook post, his wife Joelle wrote, "It’s no surprise that a lot of people are shocked and many of you have been asking me what happened. Matt’s health had been on the decline for a while so when he tested positive for Covid on Tuesday, i got pretty scared. One of Matt’s problems was that he had breathing issues and he was regularly taking Advair. there were a lot of other things I worried about but my main concern was that with his shortness of breath from having the coronavirus, he would suddenly stop breathing or get dizzy and fall down the stairs. We don’t really know for sure what did it in the end but i was having him check in with me every few hours and at about noon the next day, he seemed to be feeling OK and breathing better. unfortunately, judging by the time his sister spoke with him and the time of my first text that went unanswered, something went wrong between 2:30 and 4:30 PM and he went peacefully in his sleep. There may be other potential factors but most likely, the Covid was the very last slap on an already bruised and beaten body. I knew in my bones that something was wrong and I just wish I acted on those instincts right away instead of waiting because I was worried about him being annoyed with me for having people wake him up. I’ve been trying to tell myself that in all likelihood, even if I was in the house, I wouldn’t have known because he looked so peaceful, he probably didn’t make a sound. Regardless.... all of those what if’s are just total agony right now.... Always trust your instincts."
This rumor goes all the way back to 1997, when lead guitarist Garland Triest was in a head on car accident and disabled for 3 years while working on demos for an album called Fight the Devil. Fans have applied this mythos to every major mishap since, including the deaths of investors Nancy Chamblee and Steve Blank, the murder of Triest's niece Amanda, the tragic death of drummer Matt Rutherford, and the untimely loss of Triest himself.
While Gar's lifelong study and fascination with theology insured AngelragE songs are biblically accurate, he did not intend them to be missionary devices and stated so publicly. However, he also appreciated that Christian Metal fans were his earliest and biggest supporters and treated them with love and respect. Famed Metal Pastor Bob Beeman wrote on the liner notes of Ω (Omega), "I am excited about AngelragE. These guys rock! Not only are their lyrics scripturally based and thought-provoking, but their music is outrageous! You will love these guys." Pastor James Wilkinson also wrote, "God's hand is on this CD!"
AngelragE's vivid lyrical themes including spiritual warfare, Hell, Satan and demonic possession made others wonder if the band might actually be satanic. In later interviews, Gar said that a lot of the controversial artwork and lyrical content was designed to have more than one meaning and most often those double entendres were diametrically opposed; however, no one in the band has ever made any statements concerning any supposed occult connection, and Gar himself was a Deist.
Hi, I'm Mark! I designed the current site and also worked on the last part of the AngelragE Full Disclosure documentary. Updates here will be infrequent for obvious reasons. The band's social media pages will remain online, but will not be updated beyond Gar's last post July 25, 2020.
In August of 2020, Garland Triest deleted the original site, as well as several of the band's social media accounts. You can visit an archived version from May 12, 2019 at The Internet Archive's Wayback Machine.