Wild Throne, known as Dog Shredder until 2013, consists of friends and musical cohorts Josh Holland (guitar/vocals), Noah Burns (drums) and Jeff Johnson (bass). The trio spent 10 years playing in bands with and around each other in their hometown of Bellingham, Wash. before unifying in 2009 with a mission to hit hard. The band’s progress in the early days of this pursuit has been documented on two vinyl EPs: 2011’s Boss Rhino EP and 2012’s Brass Tactics. The band’s sound is a dynamic mix of elements of Judas Priest, Mastodon, Queen, the Mars Volta, classic metal, thrash and progressive rock, creating music that Pitchfork once described as “exhilarating, fun [and] ferocious” and “proof that ambition and skill don’t automatically cancel out heart.”
While on tour in 2013, the band caught the interest of producer Ross Robinson (Korn, At the Drive-In, Blood Brothers) and entered Robinson's studio to record "Blood Maker", an EP slated for release on March 4, 2014 via Brutal Panda Records. The first single from the collaboration, “Shadow Deserts,” was premiered via Pitchfork and later accompanied by a music video.
Between recording and releasing music, Wild Throne has made touring a priority from the beginning. Both independent tours and those in support of bands like Red Fang and Dysrhythmia all over the United States have honed the band into a live entity that Seattle’s The Stranger newspaper described as “downright un-fuckwithable.” The boys have also shared stages with everyone from Melt Banana to Marnie Stern, Helmet to Kylesa in and around the Northwest region.