Ligature Marks is an American metal band from Portland, Oregon formed in 2017. The lineup is made from of some of the Pacific Northwest’s most hailed underground bands, vocalist Benjamin Charles(SYX, Twenty Shades of Red) , guitarist Karl Whinnery (Proven, Nova Eyes, Vintersea), guitarist Josh Whinnery (Proven), drummer Kyle Baltus (36 Crazyfists, Falling Closer, SYX) and bassist Dave Keller (SYX, Falling Closer).
At first glance the bands musical style could likely fall under the blanket statement of Metalcore. Dig a little deeper and you’ll uncover depths of influences ranging from progressive metal to hardcore and from punk to straight forward heavy metal. The pallet of guitar styles the Whinnery brothers have in their arsenal lay down brutal and melodic textures, equally haunting and beautiful as it is ruthless and destructive. Backed by the unforgivingly savage rhythm section of Dave Keller and Kyle Baltus, the perfect amount pocket and chaos, groove is everything. The vocals of frontman Benjamin Charles are raw and intelligent. Memorable lyrics delivered aggressively and without apology, equally tormented as they are hopeful.
Ligature Marks stands ready to make a name for themselves. With the release of their first EP “Set Oceans on Fire” looming on the horizon and the bands music video for their first single “Fire & Flood(directed and produced by Karl Whinnery) set to debut this spring, the band is sure to live up their name with a lasting impression. Maybe not strangled to death but you should probably have a safe word established ahead of time.