Dying Wish is a metalcore band from Portland, Oregon, that has been making waves in the hardcore scene since its formation in 2018. With Emma Boster on lead vocals, Sam Reynolds on lead guitar, Andrew Le on bass, Pedro Carrillo on rhythm guitar, and Jeff Lambra on drums, the band’s sound is reminiscent of NWOAHM bands such as Bleeding Through and Killswitch Engage, with a contemporary hardcore edge.
The band quickly gained attention with their debut single, “Dying Wish,” and followed up with a split album with Canadian metalcore band Serration, as well as the stand-alone single “Enemies in Red” featuring Bryan Garris of Knocked Loose in 2018. Their success led to a signing with SharpTone Records and the release of their new single, “Innate Thirst.”
Dying Wish has played live shows with several other hardcore acts, including Sanction, SeeYouSpaceCowboy, Vamachara, and Typecaste in 2020, and Motionless in White and Silent Planet in 2021. The band is famous for its energetic and intense live performances that captivate audiences.
Fragments of a Bitter Memory
In 2021, the band released their debut studio album, Fragments of a Bitter Memory, which confronts social issues such as sexism. Critics have well-received the album, with Kerrang describing it as a “breathless, punishing rampage to the finish,” and Everything is Noise praising the band’s fresh take on metalcore.
Recognition and Nominations
Dying Wish was nominated for “Best International Breakthrough Band” at the UK Heavy Music Awards in 2021, but lost to Spiritbox. Nevertheless, the nomination is a testament to the band’s growing popularity and influence in the hardcore scene.
Dying Wish is a band that is making its mark in the hardcore scene with its unique blend of metalcore and contemporary hardcore. Their energetic live performances and socially conscious lyrics have earned them a dedicated fan base and critical acclaim. As they continue to evolve their sound and push the boundaries of the genre, it’s safe to say that Dying Wish will continue to be one of the most exciting bands in modern American hardcore.