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Dear Deadly
Background information
Origin Chicago, Illinois, United States
Genres Nu metal
Heavy metal
Hard rock
Years active 2011–present
Labels Independent
Members Benny McCulloch
Eric Lugo
Nicholas Pappas
Nick Savage
Past members Brian Olivo
Wesley Jaffray
Krik Perecich
Bryan Schroth
Kyle Biba
Joe Nevills
Adrian Martinez
Joey Hletko
Matt Hicks

Dear Deadly initially formed in 2011 by Benny McCulloch, the band officially established as a five-piece in 2012 with the founding line-up consisting of McCulloch, Lugo, Martinez, Perecich, and Nevills. The band released their debut EP A World Beyond, mixed and mastered by Lee McKinney of Born Of Osiris in April 2014. Followed by, It's Not Over Yet, after a considerable line-up change in 2016. It's Not Over Yet was a stylistic departure from their previous 2014 EP which was largely based in Metalcore. The band is currently in the studio working on their first full-length album, Bad Habits, to be released in 2019.


Formation and A World Beyond (2011–2014)

Benny McCulloch, the band's current lead guitarist and backing vocalist, originally formed the band in Westmont, Illinois in 2011. The band's original line-up consisted of completely different members compared to that of the band's line-up from 2014 and released their debut EP, A World Beyond. In 2012, After a solid year of writing music and recording demos, McCulloch, Perecich, Hletko and Nevills needed a vocalist. Eric Lugo responded to a craigslist ad and the band finally had a singer. Another year would pass before they would recruit Adrian Martinez as a second lead vocalist with an emphasis on heavier vocals. From 2011-2013, the band was clawing and scratching to hone a certain sound influenced by Avenged Sevenfold, Asking Alexandria, and Periphery amongst many others. In the Fall of 2013, the band decided to record and produce their debut EP, A World Beyond.

A World Beyond and the departure of Adrian Martinez and Joe Nevills

A World Beyond was recorded during the Winter of 2013-2014 and was mixed and mastered by Lee McKinney of Born Of Osiris. After the release of A World Beyond on May 18, 2014, the band would soon go on a brief hiatus due to internal differences. Adrian Martinez was asked to leave when the band decided against having a second vocalist and Nevills soon left the band due to personal reasons. Lugo would also depart briefly for the birth of his son in the summer of 2014. McCulloch and Perecich went back to drawing board in an attempt to develop a different sound.

It's Not Over Yet (2014–2017)

In 2015, the band would begin to shift from their metalcore roots into more of a nu metal influenced sound. 2015 also saw the addition of Bryan Schroth on bass, Kyle Biba on drums and Kirk Perecich eventually moving from bass to rhythm guitar later in 2016. Eric Lugo returned in early 2016 as the band aimed to narrow down which songs they were going to include on their upcoming EP. Ultimately deciding to compromise between the band, the EP would evolve from a metalcore sound on the first few tracks, to a nu metal, hard rock sound by the end of the EP.

In the Summer of 2016, the band recorded It's Not Over Yet at Electrowerks Studios in Downers Grove, Illinois and Chuck Macack produced the EP. The album was released on February 4, 2017 with an EP release show at Subterranean, in Chicago, Illinois. It's Not Over Yet was supported by several music videos including The Hopeless, Deviant, The Devil You Know and I Tried. The band would spend the next two years playing shows in support of It's Not Over Yet and would begin work on their first full-length album, Bad Habits (2019).

In April 2017, Dear Deadly competed in Metallica's Hit The Stage" Contest.

Bad Habits (2017–Present)

Dear Deadly began writing material for Bad Habits in the Winter of 2016 and have been accumulating material for their first full-length album.

Musical style

The band's music has mostly been described as metal but has also been labelled hard rock and nu metal Additionally, it was also sometimes described as metalcore on their early work. Their first EP, 2014's A World Beyond, is generally considered to be a metalcore album. 2016's It's Not Over Yet, shifts from metalcore on the early tracks, to more of a alternative, nu metal sound towards the end of the EP. It's Not Over Yet is influenced by Linkin Park and other modern hard rock/metal such as Avenged Sevenfold and Korn. 2019's Bad Habits will be largely influenced by the nu metal giants of Linkin Park, Korn and Slipknot but with a modern twist and a full departure from their metalcore roots but maintains the album will be undoubtably heavy musically.

Lyrical style

Benny McCulloch has expressed the feeling that the band's lyrical style has always been fairly mature. According to McCulloch, the 2014 A World Beyond lyrics are actually deeply insightful. "Adrian Martinez wrote very intellectual and meaningful lyrics that made you think about the origins of life and just how small we are in this universe. It is easier to use larger, more intellectual words when it comes to screaming and growling vs. writing lyrics that will strictly be sang. Hence why on It's Not Over Yet, while the lyrics are still mature, we don't use nearly as many big words as the 2014 EP. It's also different writers entirely but none of that is a coincidence." Bad Habits (2019), will introduce more diversity in both the lyrical style and vocal delivery in the form of several singing styles, rapping, and certain amounts of screaming.


All of the band's members have expressed their passion for nu metal, metalcore, post hardcore, punk, pop punk, and 80's hard rock. Bands include Linkin Park, Korn, Slipknot, Asking Alexandria, Motionless In White, Born Of Osiris, Periphery, Avenged Sevenfold, Guns N Roses etc...

Band members

Current members

  • Benny McCulloch – lead guitar, rhythm guitar, vocals, keyboards, programming (2011–present)
  • Eric Lugo – lead vocals (2012–2015, 2016–present)
  • Nicholas Pappas – drums (2017–present)
  • Nick Savage – bass guitar (2018–present)

Former members

  • Brian Olivo – bass guitar (2018)
  • Wesley Jaffray – bass guitar (2017)
  • Kirk Perecich – bass guitar, rhythm guitar (2012-2017)
  • Bryan Schroth – bass guitar (2016-2017)
  • Kyle Biba – Drums (2016-2017)
  • Joe Nevills – Drums (2012-2014)
  • Adrian Martinez – vocals (2013-2014)
  • Joey Hletko – rhythm guitar (2011-2013)
  • Matt Hicks – drums (2012)



Studio albums & EPs

  • A World Beyond EP (2014)
  • It's Not Over Yet EP (2017)
  • Bad Habits (2019)