Band of the Week

The Dagger Rebellion

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Meet the Band: Paul Kahan (vocals), Nick Hawkins (lead guitar), Shawn Kahan (guitar), Bryan Miner (bass guitar), Adam Biats (drums)

Guitar Heroes: The band's two guitarists — Nick Hawkins and Shawn Kahan — have played together for years and have real chemistry. "They know each other's styles so well," says singer Paul Kahan. "Nick is the more trained guy. He knows his shit. Shawn is the rhythm guitarist, and he's not as classically trained but he does a large chunk of the guitar work on our new record."

Brotherly Love: Kahan and his brother Shawn formed the band in 2005 and Kahan says the bond with his brother has helped keep the band going. "We're both immature in our own ways. We fight more than two adults should. We also hang out more than two brothers normally would. He's one of my best friends. But if it weren't for music, I don't think we would have much in common."

Line-up Changes: The band has had 12 drummers and six bassists since forming in 2005. "Now it's the best line-up," says Kahan. "I'm excited. This is the first time we're doing something that has real meaning behind it."

Top Billing: The group has put together a huge lineup of local acts for its upcoming EP release show.  "I think we have one of the best metal scenes in the country right now," says Kahan. "The hardcore and metal scene is really united. The same bands are playing in the same tight-knit groups. We're doing a chili cook-off and we're giving away 500 shirts. Jakprints gave me an amazing deal on the shirts."

Why You Should Hear Them: Produced by Durv Viswanathan, who works with Sumerian Records, and Ruled by Reason's Matt Tarach the band's new 3-song EP, The Silenced, features blistering guitar work. "We had a lot of hands in this one, which is cool because we've always been self-produced," he says.

Where You Can Hear Them:

Where You Can See Them: The Dagger Rebellion performs with The Greenery, To the Wind, This is a Lifetime, Sentients, Visionaries, Ruins of Tekoah, Here Lies Another, Telos, Abstraction, Nephilm, Asyria and To Kill A King at 6 p.m. Saturday, April 27 at Peabody's. — Jeff Niesel

About The Author

Jeff Niesel

Jeff has been covering the Cleveland music scene for more than 20 years now. And on a regular basis, he tries to talk to whatever big acts are coming through town, too. If you're in a band that he needs to hear, email him at [email protected]
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