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Destroy The Runner was:

Chad Ackerman.
Duane Reed.
Nick Maldonado.
Tanner Sparks.
Marc Kohlbry.

Destroy the Runner was an American metalcore band from San Diego, California, United States. Tim Lambesis of As I Lay Dying managed them for their album Saints, and did so again with Jason Rudolph for their second album I, Lucifer.

There comes a time in every artist’s life in which he must find himself through his medium. He must pry himself from any hint of reliance upon others and their art, and embrace who he is and what he was born to create.

Such is the case for Destroy The Runner, and their sophomore effort, ‘I, Lucifer’. Much like Radiohead with ‘OK Computer’ or U2 with ‘Joshua Tree’, Destroy The Runner have birthed a giant with ‘I, Lucifer’. 2006 saw the release of their debut album ‘Saints’, and while a solid effort, the record did not point towards a band satisfied with their sound, but rather, one developing it. ‘I, Lucifer’ sees Destroy The Runner as a band fully realized.

“We realized very quickly after the release of ‘Saints’ that our musical passion had shifted” explains the band. “We knew we needed to do something on our own terms, regardless of what people thought or wanted to hear. We needed to be who we really were and make an album that reflected that.” That album, ‘I, Lucifer’, is set to change the face of aggressive music as we all know it. Full of an unbridled passion and energy, the album does not let up throughout its 11 tracks. Each track shines with a uniqueness and feel unlike its predecessor, but the album flows soundlessly. ‘I, Lucifer’ is something that artistically has not been attempted, much less fully realized, by any of the bands peers. this is the album that will put Destroy The Runner on the map and solidify a position as a forerunner of aggressive music.

On April 15, 2008, Destroy the Runner released I, Lucifer. The album has a more progressive sound, with less screaming than their previous album. It charted in the U.S. on the Billboard Top Christian Albums chart at #27 and on the Top Heatseekers chart at #25.

On August 11, 2009 the band announced on their myspace blog that they are in the studio writing and recording and will have new material out soon.

On the October 4, 2009 the band announced via myspace bulletin that they would release a b-side from Saints before their new album would be released.

October 24, 2009 saw Chad Ackerman post a video on Youtube to answer some questions about their upcoming album. The album was supposedly to be heavier than I, Lucifer, Chad was to be screaming on the album, and Jordan Mancino of As I Lay Dying was rumored to be recording drums for the band.

December 3, 2009 the band released a statement saying that the b side from Saints will be entitled Sinners, and that Chad Ackerman re-wrote and recorded lyrics for the song. The B-side is now available online through iTunes.

On 16th of May 2010, Destroy the Runner announced that they would taking an "indefinite hiatus". While the band has broken up, the members continue to be involved with music. Chad and Tanner stated that they will be pursuing their band, Chapter 14, full time.

In 2008, both current and past members of the band helped to work on Total Brutal, the debut album by Austrian Death Machine, a side-project of vocalist Tim Lambesis (of As I Lay Dying). Chad Ackerman voiced all of the "Ahhnold" impersonations on Total Brutal".

Chapter 14 is currently recording and the band consists of Chad, Tanner, and Mike Catalano(Destroy The Runner/Chiodos)on drums, Eddie Hudson(Paper Mache)on bass, and Noah Slifka(In Fear & Faith)on guitar.

Chad Ackerman, Kevin Kelsey(Kmotiv), and Sean Sallings are currently writing and recording material as Count Your Curses.

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