He Who Binds Himself (HWBH) is a Death Metal band from Phoenix, Arizona, formed in 2004 by vocalist Nathan Gearhart (vocals, ex-Vehemence, ex-Unholy Monarch ). Upon switching their name from He Who Binds Himself to Nefaricede in 2008 and resurrected back to He Who Binds Himself in 2010 with a new line-up; Mark Kozuback on bass (ex-Vehemence, ex-Abigail Williams, ex-Reign of Vengeance, ex-Mistaken Identity, ex-Revolution, ex-The Symmetry in Chaos) and Andy Schroeder on drums (ex-Vehemence, ex-Abigail Williams, ex-Mistaken Identity, ex-Revolution, ex-The Symmetry in Chaos) the low end and rhythm section comes into HWBH as an already established and well-oiled machine. Originally, Gabe Oso (ex-Inducing Terror, ex-Ritual Autopsy, ex-Invading Uranus) was the bassist (2004-2010) and switched over to guitars in 2010, and joining in 2008, guitarist Steven Jasinski (ex-Autumn's End, ex-Eroticide, ex-Reign of Vengeance); both provide a range of technical, death, thrash, and groove metal riffage with a destructive edge that would strike a nerve.
In 2014, two one track demos “The Worthless Altar” and “March of the Bastards” and in 2019 an extended four track demo entitled “Demo 2014” were released; their old-school influence of metal was apparent in He Who Binds Himself's initial work and soon embarked their style which the band adopted positively. Their four track demo “Demo 2014”, received positive thoughts and verbal reviews by fans within the region which spurred the band to work on their self-title debut album.
He Who Binds Himself signed to Metal Devastation Records (https://www.metaldevastation.com) for the distribution of their immense self-titled debut album, “He Who Binds Himself”, released on January 7th, 2020 digitally and May 24th, 2020 on Physical CD (CD release delayed due to COVID19 pandemic). The album was recorded, mixed and mastered at Villain Recording (http://www.villainrecording.com), Phoenix Arizona and was engineered by the owner Byron Filson except the bass tracks and guitar solo for "Alone And Suffering" which was recorded at Mass Insanity Productions, LLC (http://www.massinsanity.com) and by owner/engineer Steven M. Jasinski; the production reflects the best qualities of recorded material found in the Death Metal genre of today.
He Who Binds Himself, is not loath to venture into undesirable obscure matters that focuses on the horrors of everyday atrocity as a platform for lyrical content. Their sound is a blend of diverse musical influences from various styles ranging from technical, thrash metal, old school death metal, and even groove metal that consists of technical guitar riffs, vindictive drumming, pounding bass lines and vehement vocals which has created catchy memorable songs that intrigue the listeners of all metal genres.
Having their self-titled debut album, He Who Binds Himself, played consistently throughout radio stations worldwide, ever since the band’s inception, including the most reputable Radio Stations, DJ’s and Fanzines in the Underground Scene, who have given them high praise such as, "one of the most efficacious and influential Death Metal bands of 2020 who has unleashed an old school death metal style with melodic, brutal, and technical overtones that should be heard, recognized, and complimented to the laity".