As of August 20, 2023, a tenebrous silence has fallen upon the streaming platforms that once pulsed with the sonic fury of AngelragE. The enigmatic band's CDs, "Ω (Omega)" and "AngelragE," have been elusive gems since 2020; a poignant exception was the critically acclaimed single "On Broken Wings," which remained available until recently.
The tale of AngelragE's most recent chapter, the long-awaited album "Heresy," is one of dreams shattered by an unexpected foe: the Covid lockdown. The recording sessions were abruptly halted, leaving only tantalizing glimpses of the band’s final songs. Tragically, within mere months, the band's 25-year history spiraled into an unforeseen abyss. The heart-wrenching departure of drummer Matt Rutherford, enmeshed in a bitter divorce and custody battle, cast an irrevocable pall over the recording sessions. Shockingly, on December 2, 2020, Rutherford's life was cut short at a mere 42 years.
The upheaval continued as lead vocalist Nancy Carpenter also bid adieu, leading guitarist Garland Triest to abandon the project and disappear from social media until his death; his final, chilling post on Instagram declaring, "We'll all be dead by Christmas." The guitarist pulled both “Omega” and “Angelrage” from streaming platforms, spending his last days in total isolation, his final compositions remaining unheard.
Amidst the sorrow, a glimmer emerges; honoring the 20th anniversary of their demo "Fight the Devil," angelrage.com will unveil "EssencE: The Essential AngelragE." This 10 song limited edition CD, which will be available exclusively through angelrage.com, chronicles the band’s musical evolution. Also teased is a 20th-anniversary edition of the ”Fight the Devil" demos. Fans can celebrate as AngelragE's legacy continues to endure - a testament to the human spirit's fragility and resilience, reminding us that amidst adversity, music endures as a beacon of light.
Roughly two years after the unexpected loss of AngelragE guitarist Garland Triest and drummer Matt Rutherford, fans of the underground metal scene are still reeling. Triest, a founding member of the band, was well known for his guitar wizardry and larger-than-life persona; Rutherford's thunderous drumming was the perfect complement, providing the foundation upon which the band's sound was built for over 15 years. Their sudden absence left a void felt by all who knew them, and it has taken a long time for some to accept that they are no longer with us.
In the months following Triest's demise, social media platforms like Facebook were flooded with speculation and conspiracy theories about what had really happened to the guitarist. Some assumed suicide, given reports that he had been struggling with depression and addiction following the inexplicable exit of lead vocalist Nancy Carpenter from the group. Others postulated that he may have encountered foul play, possibly from within the music industry.
Despite the fact that there is no clear evidence to support any of these theories, they continue to circulate online, fueling rumors and speculation. Some fans have even gone so far as to suggest that Triest may have orchestrated his own death and is currently living under an assumed identity. The truth is, we may never know exactly what happened; it’s possible that he succumbed to alcohol poisoning, as family and friends have suggested. It's also possible that there were other factors at play, such as underlying health issues or personal problems with which he might have been grappling.
Rutherford’s death was also not without controversy; while it was initially reported that he had died of COVID 19, his estranged wife wondered if he'd had an adverse reaction to the medication he was given and claimed that doctors had refused to do an autopsy. She also hinted at his long history of alcohol abuse: “There may be other potential factors but most likely, the Covid was the very last slap on an already bruised and beaten body.”
Regardless, one thing is clear: both were talented musicians who touched the lives of many people during their time on this earth. Their memory will live on through their music as well as the impact that they had upon those who knew them. And while it's natural to want to know the truth about their deaths, we should also remember to celebrate their lives and the contributions that they made to the world of music.
Abandoned during the Covid 19 lockdown and finished by filmmaker Mark Hunt, the conclusion of the Full Disclosure documentary chronicles the shocking events that brought AngelragE's 25 year history to an abrupt end, featuring exclusive audio and video showcasing the band's final songs.
Just months after pulling out of recording sessions for AngelragE's Heresy CD, original AngelragE drummer Matt Rutherford has died, 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."
A visibly shaken Garland Triest confirmed today that vocalist Nancy Carpenter will not be singing on the Heresy album; a devastating blow to the band after the departure of longtime drummer Matt Rutherford, who - embroiled in an acrimonious divorce and custody battle for his 2 children - was unable to participate in the project. Triest, who said he was still processing the murder of his niece Amanda, has commented publicly that he composed the songs on Heresy for Carpenter's voice and characterized her as "irreplaceable," so it's anyone's guess as to whether the album - to which she also contributed lyrics - will ever see the light of day. There are tantalizing clips of several of the new songs including Paragon Meadows, Siren, Collide, and Moonspell in behind the scenes videos released by the band in 2019.
On what should have been a celebratory day - his birthday - AngelragE guitarist Garland Triest awoke to the shocking news that his niece Amanda had been murdered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin at only 37 years old. The two had remained close throughout her life. In an emotional post on Facebook - his last - Triest expressed shock as well as frustration that police, overwhelmed by Covid lockdowns and BLM protests, were unable to offer much assistance. The suspect (pictured), who used an alias, "Val," remains at large.
Originally posted via social media shortly after the Covid 19 lockdowns began, guitarist Garland Triest offered a message of hope. It would be his last public appearance.
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AngelragE guitarist Garland Triest has released 2 new tracks from an EP of punk covers recorded during lockdown titled gargar doesn't live here anymore, including covers of Blitzkrieg Bop (Ramones), 7 and 7 Is (Arthur Lee and Love), Anarchy In the U.K. (Sex Pistols), Bite It You Scum (G.G. Allin), and a punkified version of I Will Always Love You (Dolly Parton). You can hear the second track, 7 and 7 Is, at the link below.
Longtime AngelragE fans were left stunned with the announcement that original drummer Matt Rutherford would not be playing on the band's forthcoming Heresy CD. Guitarist Garland Triest relayed via social media, "It is with great sadness I announce that our dear Matt is no longer able to continue with us on our journey. I will be forever proud of what he and I accomplished with AngelragE and he will always be a part of the family. His contributions were truly profound and he will be greatly missed. Please join us in wishing him the very best and also in welcoming our new drummer, Dean Guldswog. Dean and I worked together in the late 1980s and early 1990s and aside from being my best friend from back home, he is a world class drummer who is more than capable of stepping up to the challenge of bringing these new songs to life and doing Matt’s legacy justice as well as bringing his own technical expertise to the band. We are currently working on completing demos for the Heresy album and stoked to be working together again! Stay tuned!"
While making light of a nasty tumble down a flight of stairs, AngelragE's Garland Triest channeled Edward Norton's character in the film Fight Club in a post on social media: "I am gar's fractured radius." The guitarist sustained several injuries but is expected to make a full recovery.
While not a familiar name to AngelragE fans, drummer Steve Blank was a very important figure behind the scenes, regularly present at rehearsals and offering financial support to facilitate the recording of the Ω (Omega) album. In an emotional tribute to his former bandmate, guitarist Kenny Kasman of The Kazmaniax wrote, "I will always miss my friend Steve Blank, who passed away yesterday morning. We played together on more occasions than I can recall. I loved him very much. Here is Steve playing on my original Beacon Shines Bright. The shock of his passing hurts a lot. ...Steve, I am now, and have always been.... Your Friend, Kenny."
[Sadly, Kenny would join his friend in death December 21, 2021 - EDIT]
You can hear some of Gar's inhuman voice artistry in the new Korean film Bakugan: Battle Force! Featuring original screenplay with characters based on the stories: Bakugan Toyline franchise, the battle brawlers force battle the evil 10 to save the universe and their world!
AngelragE vocalist Nancy Carpenter and guitarist Garland Triest were in attendance Saturday night at the world-famous Whiskey a GoGo in Los Angeles checking out San Diego numetal/rapcore band Freak Show, who were supporting Head P.E..
You can hear some of AngelragE creator Garland Triest's vocal artistry in season 2 of the Hulu original series Marvel Runaways, premiering today! The guitarist has done voiceovers for several films including As Above, So Below (2014), Krampus (2015), and Ghostbusters (2016).
The fourth in a series of videos introducing the members of AngelragE
The third in a series of videos introducing the members of AngelragE
The second in a series of videos introducing the members of AngelragE
"I waited 13 years to replace the original lineup of AngelragE... 13. years. Mostly out of respect for the incredibly talented souls that were a part of it, but also because I never found the right people. When I did, it was literally all at once and they had been right under my nose all along. The new version of AngelragE is what I always wanted it to be. I had no idea back in the 90's when I set out to create music with beautiful, delicate parts contrasted by crushingly heavy riffs, that a whole genre would emerge around that style. Metalcore has become hugely popular, and I was doing it long before it was called Metalcore. I finally have the beauty and the beast combination of lead singers that I originally envisioned in Nancy Carpenter and Shaun Pilon, an amazing rhythm section with Michael Courtois and Matt Rutherford, and, to be honest, I'd better step up my game, because this band is a.ma.zing! Brace yourself." - gar
The first in a series of video segments introducing the members of AngelragE
Through conversations with fellow fans, filmmakers, and other industry professionals, filmmaker Russ Gomm's new book, The Blair Witch Project, examines the lasting effect that this seminal film had not only on audiences, but the film industry itself and the future of the horror genre. As an avid fan and collector, Gar discusses his love of the franchise, the effect the original film had on him and how it affected the industry. https://www.amazon.com/Blair-Witch-Project-Russell-Gomm/dp/0993306039