Joe Arnold


John Arnold


Marc Battung


Jimmy Schultz



Of all the creative hubs established in the US, Orange County has a history rich in producing rock and metal bands. From the explosion of West Coast punk to multiple waves of metal, the OC has been a musical breeding ground for decades. Alternative metal band Cerebellion attests to this. Fostered in the OC scene, the band has amassed a global following since their inception a decade ago. Cut from the cloth of artists such as Tool, Metallica, Breaking Benjamin and Machine Head, the group is on course to releasing their third studio album, a forthcoming effort galvanized by the clash of creatives in their hometown.

“The scene we’re in consists of passionate music lovers who are down to earth and willing to support each other,” says vocalist Joe Arnold. “Bands here are in it for the love of the music and the camaraderie.”

Formed in 2009, Cerebellion is comprised of Arnold alongside twin brother and guitarist John Arnold, bassist Marc Battung and drummer Jimmy Schultz. Beginning to write together their senior year of high school, the Arnold brothers met Battung through a classified ad, and felt chemistry from the start. Rounding out the lineup with Schultz, the group released their 2010 debut album Inalienable — a 12 track record that garnered praise from, who nominated them “Best Metal Newcomer of 2010.” The album also earned them airplay on Rock 107.1FM in Joplin, Missouri, where their single “Just Under the Surface” became a top 10 requested song alongside Metallica, Korn & Avenged Sevenfold. In 2015, the band issued their sophomore album Regeneration, an offering that solidified them globally with the song “Savior” charting as a most downloaded song on iTunes Denmark. The band continued to tour regionally and further cemented their place as regulars in the SoCal gig circuit, opening for acts such as Motograter, Skinlab, David Ellefson (Megadeth), Kyng, Terror Universal, Arrival of Autumn, Taproot, among others.

With a decade under their belt, Cerebellion is at work on their third full-length album, slated for release in late 2020. Titanic riffs dovetailed with aggressive vocals, the upcoming material takes the band a step beyond where Regeneration left off. Forceful and dynamic, the outfit’s new record steers the group down a path where hard rock and metal intersect — but with a heavier twist and their own artistic elements added to the mix.

“We aren’t afraid to be vulnerable,” Joe Arnold said. “If one line in a song can shed a light on something to someone that they connect to on a deep emotional level, that would be great. But if nothing else, I just hope that the songs evoke some kind of emotional response in people, even if it is just them grooving along to a riff.”

Cerebellion are putting the final touches on their third studio album, due out in 2020. The band plans to release a slew of singles and tour extensively in support of the record.