Arrows Of Apocalypse

Our Story


Mike Lipps- I’ve been playing drums on and off since I was 14 years old. I borrowed my brother’s old Tama set and took snare drum in beginning band in high school. I taught myself set, and was heavily influenced by Metallica. Over time I joined a few bands in high school that never really did anything noteworthy. Around 2006 I got together with a few guys and formed a band called Hidden Revenge. My influences grew to include Iced Earth, Iron Maiden and other prog metal bands. We played around the Cincinnati area for a while, and won a couple battle of the bands, but split up around 2010. In 2015 I saw an ad on Craigslist for a band that was looking for a drummer. I auditioned and joined, and we went on to be called Arrows of Apocalypse. It’s been a wild ride, and I’m excited to share our breed of metal with you all.

Mike and Ray Hartke had both been playing guitar since their teens. Once they felt they were ready, they joined a band called Willing Victim. At the start, both of them played guitar, but some things went wrong and their bass player left, so Ray took over as the bass player and has been playing bass ever since. Willing Victim was the band to see in Cincinnati back then, they opened up several times for bands like Overkill. They opened for Wrathchild America when they filmed their Climbing the Walls video at Bogarts. Once the brothers felt that Willing Victim had gone as far as it could, they decided to move on. Michael knew Corey Trader from High School, and Corey knew a good drummer from a former band, Casey Moss. Along with Ray Hartke on bass and lead vocals they formed Crucified Youth. Together they took Cincy by storm again playing all over the tri state area and eventually recording a EP at Sub-Pop Records with Afghan Whigs bassist John Curley doing the mixing. The EP did really well but due to family issues, Corey left Crucified Youth just awhile later. They still went on to play more shows and disbanded about a year later. Corey did not play in a band again for quite awhile though he still picked up his guitar and played it everyday. Mike and Ray went on to form Screaming Wheel and releasing an EP. Again they played all over the Cincy area and traveled to Texas to meet with some A&R folks about a record deal. Unfortunately it fell through and they came back to Cincinnati. They disbanded awhile later. They went on to play in a couple of other bands such as The Chronics before hooking up again with Corey Trader in 2008. They got a band together that did mostly covers called Man Crazy Nurse and jammed together on and off until 2015 when Arrows of Apocalypse came into being. Since then they have recorded their self titled EP. They played several shows across the tri state area, and will release the EP on most major digital platforms over the next few weeks.

Corey Lee Trader- I started playing guitar at the age of 12. My Mother was a country music vocalist and my Father was a vocalist and guitarist, so I was surrounded by music growing up. I was in several bands in high school, and really learned how to play with other people in that time. In my Junior year of high school I met Michael Hartke who was in a band with his brother Raymond Hartke called Willing Victim, at the time. Michael and I became fast friends, have the same love of music and the love of playing music. When Willing Victim went their separate ways, Michael got in touch with me about starting a new band with him and his brother Ray. A good friend of mine, Casey Moss who had played drums with me in other bands in the past happened to be looking for a band as well. Thus, Crucified Youth was born. Ray Hartke decided to play bass and took the initiative of being the front man and vocalist, Mike and I covered guitars, and Casey on drums. Things picked up really fast for us as we got better and better as a cohesive unit. Crucified Youth was born and went on to record an EP and play many venues in Cincinnati such as Bogarts, Murphy’s Pub, Top Hat, Annie’s as well as Sudsie Mallone’s.