Shuvel was an American rap metal band originally from Wichita, Kansas. The band released their major label debut album in 2000 through Interscope Records.[2][3][4]

OriginWichita, Kansas, USA
GenresRap metal, nu metal
Years active1997-2011[1]


Original members Jeff Hollinger (vocals), Isaac Ayala (vocals) and Kyle Hollinger (drums) formed the band in 1997 in Wichita, Kansas. They added guitarist Ryan Stuber and bassist Carlos Sandoval. After playing local venues for a while, they moved to Phoenix, Arizona to further their career, spending six months there until then moving to Los Angeles.

A stripper in attendance at the band's performance at a house party in San Pedro, California connected the band with an artist relations agent from Interscope Records in 1999.[5] The band released their debut album Set It Off in late 2000.[6] The band toured with Sevendust, Crazy Town, Kittie[7] and landed a spot on the second stage of Ozzfest 2000.[6]

The band eventually moved to having only one vocalist and continued to tour and release music until their dissolution in 2011.[1]

Shuvel drummer Kyle Hollinger later joined the band Crazy Town.[8] Another Shuvel drummer Trevor Stafford went on to join Adelitas Way.

Musical styleEdit

According to Spin reviewer Greg Milner, the band's sound is a "mash-up of Beasties, Bizkit and Helmet."[9]

Critical receptionEdit

Spin Magazine reviewer Greg Milner called the band's music "genuine head-bobbing/banging music" and "fine mainstream metal"[9] in contrast to James Doolittle of The Morning Call who was unimpressed with the "metal/rap routine" of Set It Off, going on to say that "you realize just how silly a copycat sounds when nothing new is brought to the table."[10] Tim Sheridan of Allmusic called it "an energetic but rather run-of-the-mill rap-metal disc".[11]


Final line-up[12]
  • Isaac Ayala - Vocals (1997 - 2011)
  • Ryan Stuber - Guitar (1997 - 2011)
  • Carlos Sandoval - Bass (1997 - 2011)
  • Josh Fresia - Drums (2005 - 2011)
Previous members
  • Jeff Hollinger - Vocals (1997 - 2006)
  • Kyle Hollinger - Drums (1998 - 2000)
  • Trevor Stafford - Drums (2001)
  • Keigan Veer - Guitar (1997)
  • Logan Dudley - Drums (1997)


  • Set It Off (2000)
  • Return Of The Fist (2006)[13]
  • As The World Burns (2009)

Year Song Album
1999 "Clean Slate" Celebrity Deathmatch Soundtrack
"Hit List"[15] Set It Off
2000 "Set It Off"[16]
2006 "Hollow[17] Return Of The Fist


  1. ^ a b "Shuvel Timeline (Facebook)". After 14 years of battle, we have decided to call it a day...Peace-Shuvel
  2. ^ Phares, Heather (August 29, 2000). "Shuvel - Music Biography, Credits and Discography". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-03-12.
  3. ^ (February 9, 2001). "Setting It Off with Shuvel: Former Wichitans in rock band tour in support of their first major-label release", The Wichita Eagle, p. GO! 1B.
  4. ^ Wissmuller, Christian (August 2001). "Buzz: Shuvel", Guitar Player 35 (8): 63.
  5. ^ "SHUVEL by Goth Brooks".
  6. ^ a b Rodriguez, Kenn (April 6, 2001). "Shuvel finds fans aren't just in Kansas anymore", Albuquerque Journal, p. 15.
  7. ^ "Interview: Kittie Modern Fix". All the bands that we are on tour with, The StepKings, the Workhorse Movement, Shuvel – we’re all having a good time with them.
  8. ^ "Crazy Town Interview (".
  9. ^ a b Milner, Greg (November 2000). "Reviews: Native Sons", Spin 16 (11): 198.
  10. ^ Doolittle, James (November 25, 2000). "Shuvel: Set It Off", The Morning Call, p. A52.
  11. ^ Sheridan, Tim (August 29, 2000). "Set It Off – Shuvel". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-03-12.
  12. ^ "Shuvel - CD Baby Music Store".
  13. ^ "Shuvel - Return of the Fist (2006).mp3".
  14. ^ "Release 'Demo 2003' by Shuvel - MusicBrainz".
  15. ^ "Shuvel - Sampler (Cassette) INTR-10004-4".
  16. ^ "Shuvel - Sampler (Cassette) INTR-10135-4".
  17. ^ "Shuvel Hollow on Vimeo".