He started playing drums as a seven-year old. At the age of fourteen, he started learning to play the guitar. His career started as a drummer for the Greenville, South Carolina-based technical death metal band Lecherous Nocturne.
During his tenure there, he was recommended to Karl Sanders of, and subsequently joined the band in September 1997, as a guitarist and vocalist.
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