MASTIV was Formed in the spring of 2008 by Steve Thiriot (Vox/Keys), with founding members Chris Whitney (Guitar/Vox) Lance Isbell (Drums), and Chris Meyer (Bass) They created a very unique style of metal, welding together elements of Hard Rock, Thrash, Metalcore, and Trance. After a few line up changes, adding Jonathan Rojas, (Lead Guitar/Vox) George Russell, (Drums) & Nick Langlois, (Rhythm Guitar) in 2012, MASTIV played many successful shows including opening for FEAR FACTORY.
Plans were in the works to revive MASTIV with all original members in spring 2015 when sadly, founding member Lance Isbell passed away from a heart attack in July of 2015.
In fall of 2016 Steve Thiriot reached out to founding Members Chris Whitney, and Chris Meyer, to reform MASTIV and honor they're fallen band mate. Both were unable to commit due to other important obligations. Chris and Chris gave Steve they're blessing to continue on.
November 2016 started the rebirth of MASTIV. Steve invited long time friend James Hoover (Drums) to join him on this new chapter of MASTIV adding Nikki Rangel (Bass)
In August of 2019 MASTIV Added Jason Hughes (Lead Guitar) and Melaina Noyes (Rhythm Guitar) that complete's the current line up of MASTIV.
Del Vaught Played Guitar Dec 2016 - June 2017
Madzilla played Lead Guitar July 2017 - Nov 2018
Dane Haws played Rhythm Guitar Sept 2017 - June 2019
STEVE THIRIOT - VOX/KEYS
Steve started his musical pursuits as leader of Las Vegas cult hero's Better Off Dead in 1999. Playing countless shows with highlights that included opening for Mudvayne, Media Lab, and 40 Grit. During this time, Steve met and made friend's with James Hoover, as each others band's played multiple shows together. After Better Off Dead disbanded in 2004, Steve formed the menacing Dead Element (with current Lead Guitarist of Mastiv Jason Hughes) which signed a record deal with indie label Jetspeed Records out of Los Angeles. Following his tenure with Dead Element, Steve attended audio engineering school and built Riot Studios in 2007. He started a short lived recording project called Cynthetic where he met Lance Isbell. Steve formed MASTIV in the spring of 2008.
MELAINA NOYES - Rhythm Guitar
Having started playing piano at the age of 7 and guitar at 16, Melaina is a fresh face to the Las Vegas music scene . Jokingly, The result of many hours of Facebook stalking and failed kidnapping attempts, Melaina brings her love of all things musical including classical influences such as Obituary, Motorhead, The Donnas, Korn, and Rage Against the Machine. This git-fiddler has already joined the writing process for the newly revamped Mastiv line-up which we hope to release upon you all shortly. Melaina brings a very welcomed dynamic to the family with chunky, groovy rhythms and a will to do attitude. Please join us in welcoming Melaina to the Mastiv family.
JASON HUGHES - LEAD GUITAR
Vegas Native and self identified Apache Helicopter, this whacka-doodle comes into the fold bringing influences such as Morbid Angel, Alvin and the Chipmunks, Samael, Grave, Dimmu Borgir, Slayer, The Muppet Show, Dark Funeral, Immortal, The B-52's and many, many more. A long time friend and nuisance to Steve Thiriot, Jason brings his many years of experience in writing / recording and paranoid rants into the Mastiv Family.
NIKKI RANGEL - BASS
Nikki’s music knowledge started at the age of 9, playing the violin for the school orchestra. From there she moved to the piano and taking lessons for about 6 years. Soon after, her love for the alternative rock and grunge music of the 90s made her want to learn the guitar. After a few high school and college guitar classes she continued to occasionally play the guitar and piano recreationally. All the while learning and listening to many genres of music and admiring her favorite bands, National and a Local.Fast forward many years, she received the opportunity to learn the Bass with a local band and possibly become a member. Being it a dream of hers to play with a band, she jumped at the chance. She practiced hard, learned songs and helped write new ones. She became a proud member of an amazing group of people. That band is MASTIV!