Beatdown outfit PALEFACE was formed in Zurich, Switzerland in 2017 by vocalist Marc Zellweger and drummer Colin Hammond (CJ). Both met each other through a mutual friend in 2016 and saw each other frequently at Beatdown/Hardcore shows in Zurich, Switzerland throughout 2016 and 2017. After expressing their love for beatdown and hardcore Zelli and CJ shook hands at a Knocked Loose concert in 2017 and promised to create the craziest beatdown band ever together.
Shortly after they recruited guitarist Yannick Lehmann to the band. In 2017 PALEFACE was officially formed and they quickly released their first demo single called „Servant Filth“ which was later found on their first EP in 2018 „Chapter 1: From The Gallows“. Later in 2018 they brought bassist Tommy-Lee Abt to the PALEFACE family and soon they were ready to unleash Chapter 1 in front of people for the first time. PALEFACE played their first show in October 2018 and quickly grew somewhat in popularity among the swiss beatdown/hardcore scene with their single release of „Deprivation Method“ featuring French beatdown band Parjure, German behemoths Mental Cruelty and Belgium’s well known beatdown/hardcore band xViciousx.
In early 2019 PALEFACE started writing the follow up EP to Chapter 1 called „Chapter 2: Witch King“ which ultimately released in May 2019. With tracks like „Human Hunter“ and „Skin People“ PALEFACE gained international attention and were booked all over Europe throughout the year. In 2019 the band also created their own Beatdown and Hardcore festival called „Gallow Fest“ which was created to further improve and reinforce the swiss beatdown and hardcore scene in Switzerland. In late 2019 Switzerland’s finest beatdown band PALEFACE released a new single „No Mercy At All“ featuring the well known swiss beatdown band Hood Brawl. After a successful release of Chapter 2 and many shows in 2019, PALEFACE knew they had to write the follow up to Chapter 2 and conclude the story with Chapter 3 soon.
The swiss cheese beatdown band PALEFACE started working on „Chapter 3: The Last Selection“ in October 2019, which was originally planned to be another EP and to be released in May 2020. However, as the world fell apart in 2020 PALEFACE were left with much more time to transform Chapter 3 into their debut album. It was during this time they also adopted their current manager Kriss Jakob. Through him PALEFACE were able to land a deal with digital distribution companies such as Paris based Believe and German based Blood Blast Distribution (Nuclear Blast). PALEFACE released music videos for „Curse Us“ and „The Rats“ which gained them massive international attention. When „Chapter 3: The Last Selection“ released on the 30th of October 2020, it spread like wild fire worldwide. Songs like „Curse Us“, „The Rats“ and „Skalpell“ from their debut album were quickly ranked high in the beatdown/hardcore charts and PALEFACE were also featured as the cover and face for Spotify’s Heavy Beatdown playlist.
During the beginning of 2021, PALEFACE got to work with the well known PR Agency „Cosa Nostra“ which has been known for working with bands such as „Slipknot“, „Behemoth“, „Code Orange“ and so on. They also entered the Kingstar Booking family and have Nanouk De Meijere for all EU/UK booking enquiries at their side.
The neutrality Switzerland is known for globally does not apply to PALEFACE.
They came to destroy.