Decatur is a metal band based out of Toronto Canada. Founded by Jay "Beard" Sarrazin (Composer/Lead Vocals/Guitar) in 2016, Decatur was created to pay tribute to the traditional metal uprising Jay was surrounded with growing up. A force to reckon with, that's loud and proud, this Canadian born musician draws his sound from many places, bands and genres.
Taking inspiration from the thrash kings like Metallica, Slayer and Pantera and combining it with bands like Lamb of God, Killswitch Engage and In Flames, Decatur touches all spectrums of metal and aren't afraid to spread their wings and try something different and daring. From the hard partying chants of their single “Vegas Girl” and the story telling of “Badder Than Brooklyn” to the brutal beat down of songs like “Bottled Inside” and “Internal War”, Decatur is dedicated to writing actual songs and albums and bringing metal back to the era of long lasting music that can be listened to for years to come.
Their obsession with growing and their relentless hard work shows in their live performances and in their non-stop attitude to take the next step in bringing real metal back to the world and to the fans from the 80's all the way to the present.
Jay "Beard" sarrazin
Starting music at the age of 8, Beard grew up in a musical family in Montreal, Quebec. At age 12 his family moved to Toronto, Ontario and he started to grow his musical obsession from rock and roll to metal and from pop to blues. Throughout the years Beard developed a love for heavy metal as well as writing and composing music. As a self taught guitar player and drummer he wrote music with the approach of a full band and was determined to bring back great song writing to metal. Spending a decade writing for his first band, Beard grew into a full on song writer and started to find himself and his sound. Part ways through this growth he became the frontman and singer of his band and began his accent as a force to watch out for. While working in the industry as a stage hand and guitar tech he learned the amount of dedication, suffering and hard work it takes to make it in the music industry and set his goals on not only writing great music but being as professional as possible in every aspect. He is strongly influenced by metal bands such as Metallica, Pantera, Gojira, Unearth, Killswitch Engage and In Flames as well as great song writers such as Michael Jackson, The Beatles, Elton John, The Eagles, Queen and Eric Clapton.
Born and raised in Toronto, Ontario, Liam Maguire graduated from the legendary Musicians Institute in Hollywood, California, in 2014. During his time in the United States Liam shared the stage with, and studied under such greats as Carl Schroeder (Sara Vaughan), Greg Harrison (Hed P.E., P.D.P.), Scott Henderson (Tribal Tech, Chick Corea Elektric Band), and Alex Macachek (FAT, Virgil Donati). His passion for music began at an early age playing the violin, performing with the Mississauga Youth Orchestra, and the P.C.S.S. Advanced Chamber Strings Ensemble. Liam has been performing in various bands with styles ranging from blues, and jazz to classic rock, and heavy metal His specialties include improvisation, performance, and combining contemporary techniques with classical knowledge. Liam is influenced by Ozzy Osbourne, Megadeth, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Children of Bodom, Stevie Ray Vaughn and Jimi Hendrix.