Dallas is named after the eleventh Vice President of the United States, George M. Dallas. Dallas is also home to the band Cleric, and eleven years ago Cleric made a split CD with the band Pools. Six years ago Cleric made their debut album Gratum Inferno to which was applauded by many music journalists. In October their second full-length Serpent Psalms was released. Serpent Psalms is as expansive as it is chaotic, an amalgam of sheer brutality and dark melodies that set a landscape of despair and anxiety.
Cleric was formed sometime in 2007/2008 when Chris Richardson and John Schiller’s previous band Cøma split up, joining them was Zach Jobin, with Andrew Hawkins hopping aboard after the split of Man Is Mostly Water. The band began to shift gears sometime in 2008 with the addition of Andrew Hawkins (Baring Teeth). What once started as an innocent Doom project in 2007/2008 quickly transformed into a fire-breathing HM-2 death metal juggernaut a year later. Heavily influenced by death metal legends, Asphyx and Bolt Thrower, the band recorded a demo and soon after recruited Zac Christian (vocals).
The group split up in 2009 with each member going on to do other projects. Cleric reformed in November 2011 at No Thanks Fest V without Hawkins but Zac Christian joining as lead vocalist. Hawkins rejoined in September of 2012.