The new 86 Bullets album, Ascension, goes on pre-sale today on the band’s Bandcamp store, the album is slated for release on Friday, July 16, 2021.

Prior to the pandemic, the first single “Burn” was released before everything came to a halt. Once the band was able to resume, the creation and recording of the rest of the album took place in the late winter and early spring of 2021. Ascension is a continuation of previous themes from the band, such as addressing issues of human and animal rights, as well as providing a beacon of hope and positivity for all amidst the darkness. The title “Ascension” can take on several meanings, depending on the perspective of the subject, and the songs ultimately support this concept, lyrically and musically.

Ascension features 10 killer tracks including the single Burn

1.Their Spirits Among Us 01:26
2.Burn 03:43
3.Tearing Down The Crucifix 05:20
4.Embrace The Silence 04:10
5.Unity 04:04
6.Lost In This World 04:00
7.Never Forget 04:10
8.Breaking The Beast 03:17
9.Last Day On Earth 04:17
10.Execution Of The Innocent 06:12

Music & Lyrics by 86 Bullets 

Recorded at Studio E 
Produced by 86 Bullets 
Album Artwork – Rob Howell & The Howell Underground 

86 Bullets Are: 
Lead Vocals – Steve “Gravy” Graybeal 
Lead Guitar / Vocals – Chris “Shredder” Elliott 
Bass Guitar / Vocals – Eric Dee 
Drums – Jerry “Jyro” Oxendine 

86 Bullets is a rock band that brings powerful sound as well as incredible enthusiasm and energy to every performance. These boys were born to rock! Only three months after forming 86 Bullets debuted at the 2016 M3 Rock Festival in 2016 sharing the stage with legendary hard rock bands Tesla, Queensryche, Night Ranger and Motley Crue’s very own Vince Neil. Due to the huge buzz their amazing performance at M3 generated, 86 Bullets exposure on radio stations is steadily increasing and the band would love to take you along for the ride!

86 Bullets have a heavy sound with a pop sensibility and a setlist that gets everyone to stand up and take notice. Not only does this band rock a crowd, they rule, conquer and take no prisoners. On April 30, 2017, the Baltimore-based rockers released their dynamic new album Agents of Absolution featuring the single “A Beautiful Lie.” The track quickly became a favorite of numerous hard rock radio outlets.

The members of this band are all long-time veterans of the Mid-Atlantic music scene and are some of the area’s finest musicians, each with their own following of fans and musicians alike. Steve, Chris, Eric, and Jerry oppose the abuse and exploitation of animals, children, and anyone else that cannot speak or defend themselves and it is their passion for animal rights that led to the naming of the band.

In December 2018
86 Bullets was nominated for “Best Heavy Metal Band” by The Maryland Music Awards

Question About the Name: How Many Bullets Does It Take To Like an Elephant?

Tyke was an African elephant who performed with Circus International of Honolulu, Hawaii. During a performance on August 20, 1994, she killed her trainer, Allen Campbell, and injured her groomer, Dallas Beckwith. Tyke bolted from the arena and ran through the streets of the Kakaako central business district for more than thirty minutes. Police fired 86 shots at the animal, who eventually collapsed from the wounds and died. Tyke became symbolic of circus tragedies and a symbol for animal rights. 

Allen Campbell’s autopsy revealed that he had cocaine and alcohol in his system at the time of his death. Officials at the Denver Zoo confirmed that there were complaints of animal abuse filed against Campbell during the late 1980s when he operated an elephant and camel ride concession in the city. The Tyke incident inspired legislation on local levels in Hawaii and abroad. 

Find Out More About Tyke the Elephant  

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