Evildead

Evildead

Evildead was an American thrash metal band based in Los Angeles, born from the ashes of two bands, Agent Steel and Abbatoir.

History

Evildead was formed in 1987, after guitarist Juan Garcia and bassist Mel Sanchez left Agent Steel, with the intention to do music more in a thrash metal vein than their old band, which had a speed metal sound. Evildead followed a Vio-lence/Sacred Reich style, with lyrics exploring political and social themes mixed with horror/nuclear war themes. They took their name from the Sam Raimi horror film The Evil Dead.

In 1988, the band got a deal with the European metal label Steamhammer Records and released and EP titled RiseAbove (a 3-track EP; the title track is a cover of Black Flag) in the same year. They followed it up with their debut full-length album Annihilation of Civilization in 1989. A promotional videoclip was launched for the title track, and it received some airplay on MTV's Headbangers Ball.

After touring to support the album, the band returned to the studio to record their second and last studio album, The Underworld, which was released in 1991. They released a live album taken from the tour, Live...From The Depths Of The Underworld, in 1992, but was their last release due to the grunge movement that was emerging at that time, which was displacing many forms of 1980s heavy metal and hard rock. Two years later, Evildead disbanded.

After the band split up officially, Carlos Medina and Juan Garcia reformed Agent Steel, but still play together with Evildead members in a band called Terror, which has one full-lentgh album and an EP, with all songs in Spanish language.

Evildead reunited in 2008. The line up is Chris Malaki, the new singer, Rob Alaniz (original drummer),Mike Caro(Original guitarist), Mel Sanchez(Bass), and Juan Garcia(Guitarist) According to Rob Alaniz the band plans to record a 3 track promo in the near future.

Discography

Studio albums

Live albums

EPs

Band members

Current members

Chris Malaki - Vocals

Juan García - Guitars

Mark Caro - Guitars (1987, 2008-)

Mel Sánchez - Bass (1987-1990, 2008-)

Rob Alaniz - Drums (1987-1991, 2008-)

Former members

Doug Clawson - Drums (1991)

Jon Dette - Drums

Dan Flores - Guitars (1992-1996)

Phil Flores - Vocals

Albert González - Guitars (1989)

Karlos Medina - Bass

Joe Montelongo - Drums

Dan Roe - Guitars (1989)

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