Aaron "Kajol" Poulsen- Vocals
Chris Suitt- Drums
Steve Robertson- Guitar
Doug Bigler- Guitar
Ricky Brandes- Bass
Salt Lake City
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Formed in late summer of 2004, Separation of Self is composed of talented musicians from former regional acts of the Salt Lake City area. Through out the years Separation of Self have also achieved show opportunities with Machine Head, SNOT, Amon Amarth, Dark Tranquility, Divine Heresy, Hed P.E, Scars of Tomorrow, Still Remains, OTEP, Sonic Syndicate, GOJIRA Threat Signal, Sybreed, The Agonist, Life of Agony, Mudvayne, American Head Charge and BloodSimple to name a few. Separation of Self’s following continues to grow everyday with an ever expanding internet network of friends and also gaining fans with each show they perform. Experienced in the scene, with members holding years of musical knowledge, this 5 piece has made an impact on the Utah map. Major radio support from local stations, soaring cd sales and continued touring of the mid and mountain west thus far, is just the tip of the ice berg for their bright looking future.
In fall of 2006 Separation of Self was introduced to the Project Independent metal showcase. This program is based out of Los Angeles and is designed to get a featured artist band, chosen by fans via votes, on the road and exposed to the masses. One year after being entered into the showcase the fans spoke out and voted for Separation of Self to be the fall 2007 featured artist. They dominated each and every round of voting. Round one they beat out 6 of the 16 bands by an amazing 44% of votes. In round two there were 10 bands left and they once again dominated making it into the the top 5 and final third round. And in the final round Separation of Self over-whelmed the polls with 207,623 votes at 49.7% of total votes.
With their freshman release, "Caldera", in 2005 being a huge success, Separation of Self had perfected the process of molding and fine tuning material for their second record "reSolve" released in 2007 under EvO/Fontana. They are currently working on material for their 3rd album titled "Desire Create" hoping for a summer 2009 release and tour to follow. With nothing seeming to be in their way, Separation of Self is pulling out all the stops and looking only forward to the future. The combination of heart pounding drops, intricate leads, relentless rhythms and dynamic vocals, makes this band a well-rounded group. With influences ranging from Iron Maiden and Meshuggah to Pink Floyd and Alice in Chains, their musical talents put forth a roller coaster of tension and resolve...
CD Review SLUG Magazine
Separation of Self
Separation of Self = Killswitch Engage + As I Lay Dying + All That Remains
Separation of Self fit right in with the New Wave of American Heavy Metal, a scene that is huge not only in the U.S. but all over the world. Resolve is one of those albums that like the style or not you cannot deny that the band is extremely good at what they do. At first I was turned off by the style of the band, but now it's caught on in my head and I find myself singing along to some of the ultra-catchy choruses. So what if they don't really offer much as far as ingenuity goes with Resolve. It's a hell of a lot better stylistically than their debut Caldera, which was more seated in hardcore with lots of those moshcore breakdowns. Resolve has some truly talented musicianship in the band's creation of riffs and much better breakdowns than were displayed on their debut, and hell, do not forget the melodic guitar work. Separation of Self is a band just waiting to be discovered. I'd much rather listen to this album than what Killswitch Engage or All That Remains have put out lately. It's catchy, it's heavy, and just a well played, produced and arranged album. It's no wonder the guys have created a big following in Utah. Bryer Wharton
SLUG magazine interview
Playing Utah’s scene for close to five years now, Separation of Self have developed a following with their distinct brand of modern metal. The band has retained all of its original members aside from their drummer, Chris Suitt, who joined in 2007. The tight-knit group shared insights on the current metal scene in Utah, past experiences and what they are all about. When asked to describe their sound the response came with no definite tag. Suitt says: "Heavy and melodic. All of our ideas [the bands] are mixed in, with the European sound like In Flames and Soilwork and the rhythm stuff like Meshuggah."
Poulsen elaborated: "I’d just say metal. I’ve heard some people describe us as metalcore, but that’s just what I’ve heard, I wouldn’t know how to describe us." The basic consensus was that Separation of Self is just metal.
Separation of Self is part of a growing community of bands in Utah who aren’t out to compete for bragging rights for being the best. They’re more concerned with building a scene.
Poulsen says: "We’ll go out to other bands shows, make friends, the next thing we know the following week they’re coming to our shows with all their friends."
Separation of Self is part of a handful of bands that Club Vegas owner, Dusty Ash, has taken under his wing. The bands (including Massacre at the Wake) have a sort of unwritten contract to only play club shows at Ash’s venue, (all-ages shows are doable anywhere for the bands) and for the guys it’s a win-win situation.
"I think it’s helped us out a lot; I know it helps the club out too. If somebody likes the band and the only place to see them is Club Vegas, they’ll keep going there. That is kind of the idea behind it: make friends at the show who keep going back, and build the scene," Poulsen says. The band describes their live show as being energetic with lots of hair, but also having room for improvement. One of the most interesting aspects of their local show is hearing the crowd become louder than Poulsen. Although it’s flattering that the band has gained such a large following, Poulsen states that the phenomenon still freaks him out.
Salt Lake City
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Soilwork, In Flames, Lamb of God, Threay Signal, Scar Symmetry, Mnemic, Sybreed, Periphery, Meshuggah, Dream Theater
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Dusty Ash (national), Kajol Poulsen (local)