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Ligature Marks is an American metal band from Portland, Oregon formed in 2017. The lineup is made up 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, Nova Eyes), 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 of 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.

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When you see Kyle Baltus play drums, the first thing that’ll cross your mind is “HOW can that kid play that hard for that long?” He’s sought after for his feel, intuition and powerhouse drumming.

I believe that some people are put on this planet to play music – it’s their life’s calling. I know this to be true about Kyle. He’s got all of the ingredients of the perfect bandmate: he’s a talented drummer, has the showmanship part nailed, and is an easy hang (which is SO important!).

We’ll talk about his international touring, recording, music video production and the experiences he’s had along the way. Kyle’s got some great stories, and we’ll get the inside scoop on ’em backstage on All Access Live.

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