The Hectic is a 7 pc “Texas Industrial Alt Metal” sensation described in the press as “Pantera and Slipknot meets Nine Inch Nails”. The industry took notice of the The Hectic following their self-titled ,debut release, mastered by Tom Baker (Marilyn Manson, Avenged Sevenfold, and Disturbed) The band earned the #1 spot on Reverbnation’s Houston Metal Charts and held on to it for 56 weeks running. Their album is on Pandora making “The Hectic Radio” available to 35 million listeners worldwide!

The Hectic's nominations include-  Houston radio station 94.5 Texas Buzz Awards 2010,2011,and 2012 “Best Metal Band in Texas”  And drummer,Ken Pride, nominated “Best Drummer in Texas” ! The Examiner awarded The Hectic the “- Get Your $’s Worth-Live Show-” . They constantly revise and perfect their stage, set, and show. Ever evolving and never predictable- In return The Hectic fans use their imaginations in support of the band- "The Hectic Roll" is the biggest seller at sushi hot spot Sushi Tora, and they may be the only band with their name on a race car.

In the words of legendary promoter, Chris Harkness-"...After decades in the business I don't get excited about many bands but I'm excited about The Hectic...I have done many shows in the past with industrial and metal touring bands including NIN, Ministry, Pantera, and Marilyn Manson, I would put The Hectic up with any of them - the show was that impressive...In my humble opinion, The Hectic is one of the most exciting new bands to come out of Houston since ZZ Top emerged in 1969."
This talented and celebrated ensemble is determined to work hard to continue earning the praise and support of the press, the industry, and their favorite- the fans.


Cory Simpson, Zombie Audio Tech, emerged from the deep in late Summer, 1986. He spent much of his formative years spinning his vibe on the Houston party scene. Joining the band in 2006, he currently lends a brutal other-worldliness to the killer Hectic sound, fully earning the moniker “DJ Hardcore”. Keep your ears open.


Shawn studied music at the Atlanta Institute of Music from which he graduated with honors in 1994.  During this time he played with death metal band, Gothic Outcasts and in a 80s metal cover band.  In 1994, Shawn joined Cauldron Born, an Atlanta based progressive power metal band which released 3 albums on an Italian record label and played metal festivals across the US.   Shawn met guitarist, Rusty Cooley through a local Atlanta musicians wanted ad in 2003.  He started playing with Rusty Cooley working on his instrumental material.  Cooley eventually moved to Houston, TX and reformed Outworld. In 2004, Shawn relocated to the Houston area to join Outworld and record their debut cd.   Some notable shows Outworld has played are the Summer NAMM show, ProgPower USA festival in Atlanta, and Texas Madfest. Outworld entered an international contest called Famecast in Aug 2007 which they won first place in all 5 rounds in the Metal category and won $10,000. After Outworld parted ways Shawn joined the progressive metal band Eumeria in 2009. Most recently Shawn has played in the local Houston bands Silenced Within and blues/rock band, Staci’s Edge.  His musical influences range from rock, jazz, funk, classical, and traditional/progressive metal.

Music Credits / Discography:
  • Cauldron Born -  Born of the Cauldron – 1997 Underground Symphony
  • Cauldron Born – God of Metal – 1998 Underground Symphony
  • Cauldron Born – And Rome Shall Fall – 2002 Underground Symphony
  • Outworld – Outworld – 2006 Replica Records
  • Outworld – Promo EP – 2008
  • Eumeria – Rebel Mind – 2011
  • Caudron Born – Swords and Sorcery Heavy Metal – 2014 Iron On Iron Records
  • Staci Butler – Lien on Your Soul – 2014


Marilyn - Interlochen alum, graduated from the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in 2005, Music Therapy major and principal cellist at SHSU graduating in 2010, Performed with headliner on Latin Grammy's at the Toyota Center in Houston, Performed Schumann Cello concerto in A Minor with SHSU Symphony Orchestra, Traveled to China touring with SHSU Symphony Orchestra where she played exchange concerts at Chinese Conservatories in Bei-Jing, Xi'an, and Shanghai. Also plays piano and guitar.... And she's been thrown out of an Applebee's or two...


Lead guitarist Esq. Starting out playing cover music in the Colorado bar scene, Eric relocated to TX in 1989 and was a founding member of the melodic metal band Z-Lot-Z. The popular regional band released 3 albums in the 90’s on Molten Metal records, which were distributed internationally. In 2001, Eric joined power metallers Destiny’s End (Metal Blade), fronted by singer James Rivera, and toured the US and Europe. After the band’s demise, Eric joined a re-formed line up of Helstar with Rivera and toured world-wide from 2002-2007, playing several high profile festivals in Europe. During this time, Eric and Rivera released the s/t Distant Thunder CD on Massacre records. Helstar reformed in 2007 with original members, and Eric moved on Leatherwolf, based in Los Angeles - recording and touring on the World Asylum CD (Massacre) in 2008. Upon leaving Leatherwolf, Eric formed the prog-metal band Krucible with Nightmare Records owner/vocalist Lance King, although the band didn’t release any CDs before disbanding. Eric has also been in a variety of cover and tribute bands over the years. His Queensryche tribute band, Mindcrime, with singer Chris Salinas (ex-Zero Hour, Power of Omens) regularly plays the Texas region and has appeared at ProgPower USA. He also plays in the tribute band Sabbath Judas Sabbath with members of Helstar. Eric currently has his sights set on creating new music with The Hectic, with plans for regional live shows and an upcoming new CD.

Music Credits / Discography:
  • Z-Lot-Z - '92 (1992)
  • Z-Lot-Z - Tearing At Your Mind (Molten Metal, 1995)
  • Z-Lot-Z - Soul Existence (Molten Metal, 1999)
  • Distant Thunder - Welcome The End (Massacre, 2004)
  • Leatherwolf - World Asylum (Massacre, 2006)