Matriarchs is a Euro/American hybrid metallic hardcore band formed in Los Angeles CA in 2014. It started out as strictly a studio project by founding guitarist/songwriter Ben Levi. The project was inspired by his affinity for modern european beat down and 90s new york metallic hardcore. Ben had played with drummer Alfred Santa Cruz, Bassist Miguel Vasquez and Guitarist Marty Cole in several other projects through out the last decade so they were no strangers to getting creative together. Once they found the right vocal force in Paris born Richard Barthel the unit was complete.
After playing their first show opening for Lionheart in Los Angeles to a packed house the boys never looked back . They've gone on to play with bands like Soulfly, Harm's Way, Disgrace, Bane, Backtrack, Sworn Enemy and Vision Of Disorder. In 2016 bassist Miguel Vasquez exited the band to persue his career in digital animation working for disney. Allan Santa Cruz, Alfred's brother stepped in as Miguel's replacement. The band has released two demo's and is currently promoting their full length EP "Scandalous Jointz" which has garnered critical buzz.
An Ambitious release produced by Nick Jett of Terror, and Mastered by Matt Hyde, (lioheart, hatebreed, deftones) Scandalous Jointz fuses together the visual aesthetic and presentation of more thought provoking heavy acts with the sonic ferocity and energy of hardcore.
A few national festivals and two tours later saw the band taking a hiatus and reflecting on what the general direction and purpose of the band would be.
in 2018 Matriarchs parted ways with their vocalist Richard Barthel, and have been collaborating with different voices within the heavy music scene taking a more collaborative metallic approach to their sound.
After teaming up with Jeremy Valentyne and Brandon Wolfe to produce their new release, Matriarchs have a newfound focus on bringing you heavy anthems of rebellion.