Hailing from Auckland New Zealand, Ross McDougall gained notoriety within the punk rock and hardcore music scene playing for Hardcore heavyweights Evil Priest and Antagonist A.D. Having toured extensively throughout New Zealand and Australia, Ross McDougall has also had career highlights such as headline tours throughout South East Asia and Japan, main stage appearances at Big Day Out, main local support for the Taste Of Chaos tour.
Ross McDougall currently plays for New Zealands premier metalcore act, Saving Grace.
Since their humble beginnings Saving Grace have gone on to share stages and tour with some of the world’s finest hardcore and metal acts including Parkway Drive, Bleeding Through, As I Lay Dying, Darkest Hour, Misery Signals, Bring Me The Horizon and many more with a strong tour history across New Zealand, Australia, Mexico and the United States.
Playing a brutal style of music influenced by mid 90s hardcore bands such as Arkangel, Reprisal and Earth Crisis as well as legendary extreme metal classics Slayer, Sepultura, Morbid Angel and Cannibal Corpse, Saving Grace create a blend of brutal metallic hardcore unlike many of their modern day contemporaries.
Saving Grace released their debut studio album ‘Behind Enemy Lines’ in 2008 which secured 3 international record deals for its release and was followed by highly successful touring and mass press worldwide which thrust the band onto the radar of many fans across the globe.
The band released their sophomore album entitled ‘Unbreakable’ on Strike First Records in January 2010 followed by touring and festival appearances throughout the year all over Australasia.
2011 saw the band play their first appearance at the annual FACEDOWN FEST in California before embarking on the INRI Clothing Young bloods Tour across North America alongside Sovereign Strength, Creations, The Burial and Stand Your Ground.
Saving Grace returned to Australia for their 3rd Easter stint at Easter fest 2011 co-headlining the metal showcase alongside The Chariot and Oh, Sleeper.
The band’s highly anticipated crushing third full length album ‘The King is Coming’ is available in stores and online on November 22, 2011 on Facedown Records.
Highly successful tours and festival appearances worldwide in support of the critically acclaimed ‘The King is Coming’ including Facedown Fest 2013 and The 15th Annual New England Metal & Hardcore Festival in Worcester, MA alongside the likes of Hatebreed, Exodus, Suicidal Tendencies and Anthrax gained the attention of US based management company Crimson Management (The Acacia Strain, Job For A Cowboy, Shadows Fall) who have partnered with the band to help further develop and expose the band to metal and hardcore audience worldwide.
Saving Grace are currently at work on their fourth studio album slated for an early 2014 release.