Our Story

In an age where rock music is no longer the top genre and attention spans are shorter than ever, a band must go above and beyond to ensure they stand out from the rest of the noise. That is precisely what Chasing Desolation has been striving for since day one.

The group was formed in 2005 by guitarist Jimmy Strimpel before he even reached high school. Seth Perez joined as the drummer, and eventually transitioned to the role of lead vocalist. The band then took a hiatus to pursue other projects and their education. After reuniting in 2016, they added bassist Austin Dunn and the band relocated to Los Angeles. It was there that they found the final two permanent additions to the roster: guitarist Vahan Aslanyan and drummer Mike Mahan.

Chasing Desolation delivers a powerful mix of heavy rock blended with the band's eclectic mix of influences. They seamlessly transition from in-your-face double-kick laden metal riffs to nuanced, harmony-rich melodic sections that are both catchy and intoxicating. The band delivers a high-energy live set that is sure to win over anyone in the crowd from the moment they step on the stage.

The band has recently been gaining serious momentum. They released their first EP and music video, both entitled “Malice”, and are currently gearing up for a new song and music video release in mid to late September. They most recently performed sets at Redwood Metal Fest in Ukiah, CA and at the Viper Room in Hollywood. The band is also currently being featured on 95.5 KLOS, a local Los Angeles radio station.

Stay tuned for many more exciting updates!