Not to be confused with the '80s speed metal band of the same name, Kublai Khan are a metalcore quartet from North Texas who formed in the summer of 2009.
The group's aggressive, punishing sound combines monstrous riffs and thrashing blastbeats with thoughtful lyrics that address issues such as racism, depression, and addiction. The group consists of guitarist/vocalist Nolan Ashley, vocalist/lyricist Matt Honeycutt, bassist Eric English, and drummer Isaac Lamb. After forming in 2009, they self-released their debut EP, Youth War, in January of 2011. The group built up a fan base through solid regional and national touring, and eventually opened for bands such as the Acacia Strain
, Fit for a King
, and Texas in July
. The group signed to Artery Recordings
in early 2014, releasing their debut full-length, Balancing Survival and Happiness, that spring. Kublai Khan toured Europe with Obey the Brave
in the spring of 2014, and appeared at the Impericon Festival in Germany. The group's second album, New Strength, appeared on Artery
in November. ~ Paul Simpson, Rovi