Ella Kaye's Collaborative EP Features 12 of Band's Phoenix Metal Peers

One of the great things about Phoenix bands is that they constantly pump the local scene.

Local hardcore/death metal at Ella Kaye reinforced this with their recent EP release Comas Collide on February 8. It's a collaborative effort; meant to showcase metal variety and musicians having a damn good time, rather than celebrate the local band that actually came up with the idea.

First off, the band's EP features eight signed musicians and 12 total artists -- on just five tracks. Ella Kaye's founder and vocalist, Justin Chard, and guitarist, Michael Martin, are the only two band members involved in the making of the record. Album guests include Matt Good (From First To Last), Jared Warth (blessthefall), and David Sanders (The Attitude), Eric Lambert (blessthefall), Michael Barr (Volumes), Alexia Rodriguez (Eyes Set To Kill), Tony Pizzuti (The Word Alive), Aaron Matts (Betraying The Martyrs), Tony Pizzuti, and Zack Hansen (solo) (The Word Alive).

"People are fans of the album's guests rather than my band [Ella Kaye], so it's a cool story," admits lead vocalist and founder, Justin Chard. He decided to make an album with all his favorite musicians, and by a mix of pure serendipity and great connections, the people he asked agreed and came together.

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Lauren Wise has worked as a rock/heavy metal journalist for 15 years. She contributes to Noisey and LA Weekly, edits books, and drinks whiskey.
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