10 Years, from Knoxville, Tennessee, was formed in 2002 around vocalist Jesse Hasek, drummer Brian Vodinh, guitarists Matt Wantland and Tater, and bassist Lewis Cosby. The band released the Killing All That Holds You EP themselves a year later, and started to develop a local following for their Tool- and Deftones-influenced alt-metal.
Killing All That Holds You was eventually expanded with four additional studio tracks and some live acoustic material. 10 Years signed with Republic/Universal, and in August 2005 their major-label debut appeared. Autumn Effect was produced by Josh Abraham (Staind, Static-X), and set up a 10 Years tour with Disturbed that ran through the fall. - Johnny Loftus