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Formed by Dakota Malinowski and Branden Johns in 2012, later joined by percussionist, Emmitt Raczkowski and guitarist, Zach Smith in early 2015, Killing Rapunzel is a metal band based in Wausau, Wisconsin.

So far along their timeline, Killing Rapunzel has played many shows across the Midwest, and have had the honor of opening up for national recording artists Smile Empty Soul, Powerman 5000, Texas Hippie Coalition, Trapt, Doll Skin, 3 Pill Morning, ONE (The Only Tribute To Metallica), The Fuck Off And Dies, Warrant, Sebastian Bach, Armored Saint and Dokken. They also have successfully carried out their self-sustained Taking Control Tour 2016 across the Midwest, throwing down in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa and Illinois.

Currently, Killing Rapunzel is a self-governing entity and they record, mix and master their own music. They have recently released their debut album, "Taking Control", which includes the single, S&M.

Together, aiming to tear the roof down in venues all across the world, Killing Rapunzel has their hearts set on showing the world that real rock and metal is long from dead. Killing Rapunzel is currently writing their second studio album, slated for a 2024 release.

Photo by Chris Wurtinger/CW Snaps

Featured Music


Taking Control

Raise The Damned

Live Videos


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