Initially the brainchild of guitarist Pierre Carroz, the first idea of Herod came to life during his stay in Malmø, Sweden, back in 2006. In Sweden, Pierre found little else to do than to isolate himself in his empty studio apartment, and so he began putting together dark and deviant riffs with his baritone guitar on an old 4-track recorder.
In 2011 back in Switzerland, Pierre then became acquainted with former Twisted-drummer Fabien Vodoz and A Fine Day to Exit-singer David Glassey, and the three would go on to form Herod and write the songs of what would later become their devastatingly heavy debut record They Were None. Bertrand Pot joined the band as the second guitarist just before the first gig.
The album was recorded in late 2012 with esteemed, Swiss producer Julien Fehlmann, who is also the man behind the sound of bands such as The Ocean, Coilguns and Unfold, and mastered by Svante Forsback, who is mostly known for his work with rock and metal mastodons Volbeat and Rammstein.
They Were None is an album infused with downtuned and distorted mastery in the vein of Meshuggah, Breach and Cult of Luna, and Herod makes no attempt to compromise what-so-ever with their blunt and upfront approach to heavy music. They Were None has been released on May 2nd 2014.
Just after releasing the record, the band joined the roster of Hummus Booking, and played the staggering amount of 35 shows in Switzerland with the likes of Gojira, Crowbar and co throughout the two years following the release, before heading out on a massive european tour, supporting Carcass, Obituary, Napalm Death and Voivod.
Playing in front of thousands of people and amassing dozens of reviews and articles isn’t a bad thing for a band pretty much only two years into its existence, and so Herod immediately start writing new material.
In January 2017, Herod enlists Mike Pilat (ex-The Ocean) as the new singer/guitar- player. This opportunity helps the band to focus on new dynamics. A few shows throughout the early summer have been scheduled, before they head back to Studio Mecanique to record their sophomore album, once again with Julien Fehlmann.