Washington D.C.,USA


  • Ash Avildsen - Vocals
  • Tosin Abasi - Guitar
  • Evan Brewer - Bass
  • Vinny Vinh - Drums

Small wonder that Washington, D.C. has given rise to some of the country’s most outspoken, innovative and intense bands over the years. After all, the city has seen its share of wickedness and corruption in the last few decades. And the well-defined voices of dissent‚ from Minor threat to the Obsessed, Clutch to Bad Brains‚ have always been loudest emanating from scenes like this, where artists’ outrage is expressed in sheer decibels and total passion. REFLUX are the latest and most extreme in a proud tradition of D.C. bands who stand firmly opposed to the status quo.

Formed by vocalist Ash Avildsen and guitarist Tosin Abasi in March 2002, REFLUX didn’t truly become the progressively brutal and melodic band the pair had envisioned until drummer Vinny Vinh and bassist Evan Brewer joined up just as REFLUX were getting interest from labels. Vinh and Brewer not only solidified the lineup with their total commitment to the band, they brought the necessary skills to keep up with Abasi and Avildsen’s challenging technical material which has the musical complexity and savagery of Meshuggah and the melodic intensity of bands like Killswitch Engage and Shadows Fall.

From the beginning, REFLUX‘s diversity and technical expertise has allowed the band to fit right in no matter whether they were opening for Hatebreed, Dying Fetus or Strapping Young Lad. Avildsen expresses his conspiracy-themed lyrics with a vein-popping hardcore roar, and his clean vocals add a melodic dimension to the always bludgeoning sound. Abasi, the architect of massively brutal epics, builds REFLUXs songs from impossibly fast riffs and skittering fills, hammering home his point with huge breakdowns to diffuse the tension. Vinh and Brewer supply the support, keeping a solid, punishing base when Abasi throws in odd time signatures and experimental diversions.
REFLUX‘s Prosthetic Records debut, The Illusion of Democracy is a necessary step forward in the evolution of extreme music. Recorded during a particularly contentious presidential election year, it not only captures the fury and frustration fuelled by a democracy that has derailed in the midst of a controversial war, it successfully unites the visceral passion of hardcore and the vicious attack of death metal with a certain avant-garde virtuosity. Add Avildsen’s consciousness-raising lyrics to the mix and you have a volatile concoction that’s just ready to explode.


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Title Type Ratingsort icon Label Release date
The Illusion of Democracy Full-length
Prosthetic Records October 12, 2004


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what happened to the rest of the guys? we all know what tosin's been up to but... any1?

I totally agree, may be is not as fucking awesome as Animals As Leaders, but I think Reflux was a really good band indeed!

For me, this album totally obscures AAL; this was the release of the last decade. Amazing album with amazing ideas. One of the best albums i own.

@buster: Hey dude, i might be wrong, but i heard Ash Avildsen founded Sumerian Records (FellSilent, et al) - i also think he is now a manager/agent now for bands. Can somebody confirm this? Ash was an awesome vocalist \m/

Yep, Ash is behind Sumerian Smile

Evan Brewer Becomed the bassist for 'The Faceless' so they should feature him in their upcoming album