Actus Reus is a modern metalcore band from the Atlanta suburb Buford, Georgia. Actus Reus was started by guitarist Landon Hosea, bassist Logan Grailer, and vocalist Adam Rose while they were in high school. The band played house parties for a couple years until 2018 when Actus started playing clubs around Athens, Georgia. The band’s popularity grew quickly in the local scene in Athens and Atlanta due to the in-your-face, energetic live shows. The band released their first single “Failure to Comply” in September 2018 after recording in a friend’s attic. The single did very well for a local band’s first song and their popularity continued to grow. Actus then decided to pick up a second guirist Jack Faught to give the live shows more depth. The group set out o record their four song EP “Vengeance” in early 2019 and released it that April. The EP gained attention from metalheads all over the world and put Actus Reus up in the local Georgia metal scene. Since releasing the EP, Actus Reus has played many live shows across Georgia opening up for national bands such as Moon Tooth, The Anchor, and The Number Twelve Looks Like You. The band has cycled through three drummers to date, but are set for the future with the machine gun Isaac Broquist
Actus Reus describe their sound as the new wave of metalcore; mixing in sounds from bands such as Killswitch Engage, Lamb of God, Parkway Drive, Machine Head and Tool. Some tracks on the catalogue have a thrash metal sound such as the first track “I Live in a Coffin” or a groove metal flow such as “Cultist”, while the the new single “Thoughts Revoked” has a classic metalcore vibe along with blast beats and nasty gutturals. It is hard to categorize their sound, which makes the tracks even more appealing and well worth the listen.
Actus Reus have started recording songs for their first full length album “Mens Rea”. The singles “Jimmy”, “Suburban Decay”, “Cultist”, and “Thoughts Revoked” are already available on all streaming platforms. “Mens Rea” is a concept album about the life and destruction of the fictional character Jimmy who seeks to overthrow the government and bring the world back together.
Actus Reus had the honor of performing at Welcome To Rockville 2021 at Daytona International Speedway along with an insane amount of talented bands such as Metallica, Slipknot, Lamb of God, Mudvayne, and many others. Actus Reus headlined the Twitch stage on Saturday night of the festival and performed in front of an estimated 2,000 fans from all over the country. From the opening note, the crowd was involved and singing every word. The performance was made possible by the DWPresents Twitch channel where Actus Reus came in 2nd place in a performance based competition. The band’s popularity and marketing technique were put on display at Rockville; they were able to draw what was possibly the largest crowd the Twitch stage drew over the entire weekend