Onslaught are an English thrash metal band from Bristol, England. Active from 1982 to 1991, they reformed in 2005; the band drew influence from second wave hardcore punk bands such as Discharge and The Exploited, adopted a straightforward thrash metal sound. To date, Onslaught have released six studio albums, one compilation, four singles and two live recordings: a live album and a live DVD. Onslaught were formed in 1982 in Bristol, England, by guitarist Nige Rockett and drummer Steve Grice. Vocalist Jase Pope and bassist Paul Hill were asked to join as Rockett was in another band with them called Deranged prior to knowing Grice. A demo was recorded. A track from the demo was released as the band's first song available to the public. Jase Pope and Paul Hill were soon to be replaced by Paul Davis, respectively; the subsequent line-up recorded a demo, What Lies Ahead, in 1983, produced by John Perry of The Only Ones. In 1984, Paul Mahoney and Jase Stallard replaced Paul Davis, respectively; the band started to write more heavy metal–oriented songs than their original punk sound.
This was influenced by the early releases of thrash metal bands, albeit with a darker sound. The band signed to Children of the Revolution Records, released their debut album, Power from Hell, in 1985 as a result; as with other metal bands of the time, the lyrics were Satanic, the now iconic cover showed a demon emerging from a pentagram. In late 1985, Sy Keeler joined the band. Mahoney retained his place in the band, but took over bass duties from Jase Stallard, who in turn assumed the role of rhythm guitarist, giving the band a second guitarist. During the first months of 1986, the new line-up was ready to record their second album, The Force, in a recording studio in London; the album was released in the spring of that year through the label Under One Flag, Onslaught toured for about two-and-a-half years in support of it, playing with bands such as Motörhead, Girlschool, Nuclear Assault, Agent Steel, the Crumbsuckers, Angel Dust, Messiah, Sabbat and a then-still unknown Anthrax. The album was much more successful than Power from Hell, is considered a classic by many critics and fanzines.
Paul Mahoney left the band in 1986 and was replaced by James Hinder. In 1987, Jase Stallard's guitar playing came into question, so the band dismissed him and replaced him with Rob Trotman. Using this line-up, they set out to write material for a third studio album. Having drawn the attention of London Records, the label signed the band. In mid-1988, the band began to start recording their third album, In Search of Sanity. Upon hearing the album, the record label felt that a more versatile vocalist was needed to do the music more justice. Although the band felt that Sy Keeler's vocals on the demo recording had the right sound, the production had a more polished sound – hence the need for a more polished vocalist. Steve Grimmett of NWOBHM act Grim Reaper, was drafted in to replace the departing Sy Keeler. Owing to this development, the release of the album was delayed until the summer of 1989. Following the success of The Force, with an accomplished new singer, there was much pre-release publicity.
In Search of Sanity had a much different sound than previous Onslaught releases, many hardcore thrash metal fans were disappointed, this contributed to the band's demise. Despite the mixed critical reaction, this is Onslaught's only album to enter the UK charts, peaking at #46, while the cover version of AC/DC's "Let There Be Rock" was the band's only single to chart there, reaching at #50. Onslaught toured for over a year in support of In Search of Sanity, playing with the likes of Annihilator, Slammer, the Crumbsuckers, Drunken State and Dead On. In early 1990, Steve Grimmett decided to leave the band due to personal reasons and was replaced by Tony O'Hora; the band set out to write and record a fourth album. London Records decided not to renew their contract with Onslaught, leaving the band without a record deal. Although the band tried to secure a deal, nothing came to light and they decided to disband in early 1991. Tony O'Hora sung for Praying Mantis and is the singer of Sweet today. In 2005, the band was reformed by Steve Grice and was joined by Sy Keeler, Nige Rockett, James Hinder.
They were joined by the Welsh guitarist Alan Jordan. Writing for the band's fourth album, Killing Peace, began in 2005, the album was released in early 2007. Bassist James Hinder left the band in 2006, before the release of Killing Peace, was replaced by Jeff Williams; this line-up recorded a live DVD in Club Stodola, Poland, released in 2007 by Metal Mind Productions under the title Live Polish Assault. In 2008, Jordan was replaced by guitarist Andy Rosser-Davies. In November of that year, the band recorded their live performance at the Damnation Festival in Leeds resulting in a live album, Live Damnation. In June 2010, the band signed to the German metal label AFM Records to record their fifth studio album, Sounds of Violence, released in January 2011. On 25 March 2011, Steve Grice decided to leave the band on the eve of a major European tour. Michael Hourihan replaced him for the tour and on November 2011 became a full member of the band. Onslaught recorded their sixth studio album, VI, from April to May and released it on 20 September 2013.
Former Anthrax singer Neil Turbin
Brütal Legend is an action-adventure video game with real-time strategy game elements created by Double Fine Productions and published by Electronic Arts for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. The game was released during October 2009 in North America and Australia. Though Brütal Legend was to be published by Vivendi Games prior to its merger with Activision, Activision dropped the game from its portfolio after the merger, it was picked up by Electronic Arts, though Activision and Double Fine brought counter-lawsuits against each other over publishing issues. The issues were settled out of court. Double Fine announced a port of the game for Microsoft Windows via Steam, released in February 2013. Mac OS X and Linux versions of the game were made available as part of the Humble Bundle in May 2013. A physical collector's edition for Windows, Mac OS X, Linux was released by IndieBox in October 2014. Tim Schafer, the game's creative director, was inspired to create the game by his own past musical experiences.
The game features the character of Eddie Riggs, voiced by and modeled after Jack Black, a roadie, transported to a fantasy world inspired by the artwork of heavy metal album covers. Eddie becomes the world's savior, leading the down-trodden humans against a range of supernatural overlords using a battle axe, his Flying V guitar that can tap into the magical powers of the world, a customizable hot rod; the game, a hybrid of the action-adventure and real-time strategy genres, includes Stage Battles in both the single-player and multiplayer mode, where the player must command troops to defeat their foes while defending their own stage. In addition to Black, the game features voices of heavy metal musicians including Lemmy Kilmister, Rob Halford, Ozzy Osbourne and Lita Ford and other celebrities such as Tim Curry, as well as more than one hundred metal songs selected by Schafer for inclusion in the game. Brütal Legend was well received by game reviewers, praising Schafer's vision and writing of the heavy metal-inspired world, the performances of the voice cast Black and Osbourne.
Some felt that the hybrid gameplay of action and real-time strategy games did not mix well, blaming console control limitations and missing features found in games of either genre. Brütal Legend is a third person action/adventure game incorporating real time strategy elements; the game uses an open world that Tim Schafer has described as being 40 square miles in area. The player controls the protagonist Eddie Riggs, a roadie who one day finds himself transported into a heavy metal-themed fantasy world. Eddie acquires three tools that are used for combat and transportation: a broad axe called "The Separator", his Flying V guitar "Clementine" from his own world which has the ability to cast magic spells in the heavy metal world, a hot rod that Eddie builds called "The Druid Plow", a.k.a. "The Deuce". Spells, referred to as "Solos", from Clementine are performed by playing a minigame akin to the note-matching aspect of Guitar Hero or Rock Band over a brief guitar riff. Eddie may find more solos hidden throughout the world, ranging from support to offensive spells.
The player can spend in-game currency called "Fire Tributes", earned from completing missions, at the Motor Forge to gain new abilities and upgrades for each tool. These tools can be used in combination with each other to take out Eddie's foes. In a case of a specific boss fight, the player must use the Deuce hot rod to lure the boss to a spiked gate held up by counterweights, play the "Earthshaker" move on Clementine to destroy the weights and sever the creature's head. Within the open world, the player can use a map and the Deuce's turn signals to guide them towards either story-advancing missions or side missions. Side missions include hot-rod races against a demon, defending Eddie's allies from a pending attack, or helping a cannon operator spot his targets. There are about 23 main missions in the story with 30 side missions that the player can optionally take; the player can explore the game's world to find statues bound in leather or chains that can be freed to gain a health boost for Eddie or to reveal part of the game's backstory, can look through special telescopes at vistas or complete certain jumps to earn additional Fire Tributes.
The player can find monuments they can raise that unlock an additional heavy metal song from the game's soundtrack that can be played on the Deuce's radio, "The Mouth of Metal". Several main story missions of the game are Stage Battles based on real time strategy elements; the player, while still in control of Eddie, is required to defend a giant stage where new allies will spawn, holding out until a specific objective is completed. The player creates an army for attacks by building merchandise booths on "fan geysers" through Clementine's magic. Once enough fans are collected, the player can summon different allies, each consuming a specific number of fans, or upgrade their stage to allow them to produce more powerful allies. A character known as Mangus acts as the "sound guy" to help in the construction of these units and stage upgrades, warns the player of enemy attacks. Once the player has gathered their army, they can seek out and attack their opponents. Eddie is able to
Angel Witch (album)
Angel Witch is the first album by British heavy metal band Angel Witch. The album was released in 1980 through Bronze Records, since re-released in four editions over the years; the cover features a painting attributed to John Martin titled The Fallen Angels Entering Pandemonium. The album made Angel Witch one of the key bands in the new wave of British heavy metal movement. Angel Witch received very positive reviews; the only exception was the first review of the album by journalist Paul Suter for the influential British music paper Sounds in 1980. Suter defined the album "appalling" and "weedy", marred by a "destructively dreadful" production and by weak vocals. Another Sound reviewer Malcolm Dome, on the contrary, loved the album for its aggressiveness mixed with melody and declared it the "album of the year" together with Girlschool's Demolition. Canadian reviewer Martin Popoff says that this is "the only Angel Witch album of deep importance", being "the first panoramic black metal statement of the modern era".
Mike Stagno of the Sputnikmusic editorial staff reminds how Angel Witch "is regarded by many as a NWOBHM classic alongside the likes of Iron Maiden, On Through the Night, Wheels of Steel" and, despite some flaws in the general sound, it is "a gem". The Allmusic review underlines this last concept and defines the album a "metal classic". Chad Bowar of About.com recommends the album, which deserve much recognition for being one of the NWOBHM albums responsible for "shaping the rise of thrash metal in the mid'80s" and "a major part of one of the most important eras of metal". The opening track "Angel Witch" was featured in Brütal Legend. All tracks written by Kevin Heybourne. In 1990, the album was contained three bonus tracks; the three tracks were featured on the 1981 EP Loser. In 2000, the album was re-issued by Castle Records and contained six bonus tracks, in addition to the 3 previous bonus tracks, the album included the following three tracks. Tracks 14 and 16 that were B-sides for the Sweet Danger EP.
Track 15 is from the NWOBHM compilation album Metal for Muthas. On 2 August 2005, the album was re-issued by Castle Records again labeled the 25th Anniversary Expanded Edition, with different album cover, it featured a remastered sound and an expanded booklet, as well as more bonus tracks. In addition to the above six bonus tracks, it included the following 4 tracks, recorded for the 14 March 1980 edition of the BBC's Friday Rock Show. In 2010 the album was re-issued by Sanctuary Records in a 2-Disc version, adding demos and other versions of some songs with a total of 30 songs. In 2016, it was reissued with the same track listing as the first release. Band membersKevin Heybourne - guitar, lead vocals Kevin Riddles - bass, backing vocals, keyboards Dave Hogg - drums, percussionProductionMartin Smith - producer Mark Dearnley, Ashley Howe, John Gallen - engineers Jools Cooper, Nick Rogers - assistant engineers
Thomas Gabriel Fischer
Thomas Gabriel Fischer known by his stage names of Tom G. Warrior and Satanic Slaughter, is a Swiss metal musician, he led the groups Hellhammer and Celtic Frost, today is the frontman of the band Triptykon. Together with Bruce Day and Steve Warrior, he formed the seminal metal band Hellhammer in 1982. In late 1983, bassist and songwriter Martin Eric Ain joined Hellhammer and the line-up of Fischer and Day recorded an EP, Apocalyptic Raids, as well as a series of demos for the German label Noise Records before disbanding in May 1984. Fischer and Ain joined forces once again and formed Celtic Frost, an influential avant-garde metal trio, in June 1984. In 1985, Fischer was asked to co-produce and sing on the first demo, titled Death Cult, by fellow Swiss group Coroner. Fischer wrote the lyrics for the recorded songs. Two of the members of Coroner formed part of Celtic Frost's road crew until 1986. In 1987, many conflicts within Celtic Frost led to a dissolution of the band, but several months Tom reformed the band with a new lineup.
The band's 1988 release, Cold Lake, established a drastic change in Celtic Frost's music, but disappointed most fans. Tom has stated many times that he takes the blame for the negative direction of Celtic Frost's music during this period, since he was too distracted with a personal relationship and let the other band members do what they wanted. Celtic Frost disbanded in 1993. A year after Celtic Frost was laid to rest, Fischer formed the EBM/industrial rock project Apollyon Sun. In 2000, Fischer's book Are You Morbid?: Into the Pandemonium of Celtic Frost received many favourable reviews, including this from Record Collector: "Intelligent, questioning, insightful – the cultured side of extreme metal". Sometime in 2001, Fischer and Martin Eric Ain met each other again and began writing music, with the aim of creating a new and heavy Celtic Frost album in the vein of their work on To Mega Therion and Into the Pandemonium; the album, entitled Monotheist was released in 2006. Fischer performed in Probot, Dave Grohl's collaborative project with various metal artists, on the song "Big Sky" in 2003.
In 2005, Tom produced vocal and guitar tracks for a "gothicized" version of Slayer's classic "Black Magic" recorded by Los Angeles-based gothic rock band Hatesex. The track appeared on their debut album entitled "Unwant". Due to the'internal conflict' within Celtic Frost, Tom left the band on 2 April 2008, has launched a new band named Triptykon. In 2008, he played guitars and bass for the cover song "Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun" from the 1349 album Revelations of the Black Flame and co-mixed the album. In 2009 he co-produced their album Demonoir. In 2010, he was awarded in the Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards for Inspiration, he plays an Ibanez H. R. Giger series Iceman guitar, he uses an Ibanez Tube Screamer overdrive pedal. Fischer was ranked No. 32 out of 100 Greatest Heavy Metal Guitarists of All Time by Guitar World. Fischer is a vegetarian, he states that he does not drink, smoke, or take drugs. Fischer was the personal assistant to H. R. Giger from 2007 until Giger's death, he was a close friend of Giger and his wife Carmen, continues to be active for the Giger estate and as the co-director of the Museum HR Giger.
Death Fiend Triumph of Death Satanic Rites Apocalyptic Raids Apocalyptic Raids 1990 A. D. Demon Entrails Blood Insanity Morbid Tales Emperor's Return To Mega Therion Tragic Serenades Into the Pandemonium I Won't Dance Cold Lake Vanity/Nemesis Wine in My Hand Parched With Thirst Am I and Dying Monotheist Death Cult God Leaves Sub Probot Eidolon Revelations of the Black Flame Eparistera Daimones Shatter Breathing Melana Chasmata Official Celtic Frost Website Delineation – Tom Gabriel Fischer’s blog
EMI Group Limited was a British Transnational conglomerate founded in March 1931 in London. At the time of its break-up in 2012, it was the fourth largest business group and record label conglomerate in the music industry, was one of the big four record companies; the company was once a constituent of the FTSE 100 Index, but faced financial troubles and US$4 billion in debt, leading to its acquisition by Citigroup in February 2011. Citigroup's ownership was temporary, as EMI announced in November 2011 that it would sell its music arm to Vivendi's Universal Music Group for $1.9 billion and its publishing business to a Sony/ATV consortium for around $2.2 billion. Other members of the Sony consortium include the Estate of Michael Jackson, The Blackstone Group, the Abu Dhabi–owned Mubadala Development Company. EMI's locations in the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada were all disassembled to repay debt, but the primary head office located outside those countries is still functional, it is owned by Sony/ATV Music Publishing, the music publishing division of Sony Music which bought another 70% stake in EMI Music Publishing.
Electric and Musical Industries Ltd was formed in March 1931 by the merger of the Columbia Graphophone Company and the Gramophone Company, with its "His Master's Voice" record label, firms that have a history extending back to the origins of recorded sound. The new vertically integrated company produced sound recordings as well as recording and playback equipment; the company's gramophone manufacturing led to forty years of success with larger-scale electronics and electrical engineering. In 1934, the company developed the electronic Marconi-EMI system for television broadcasting, which replaced Baird's electro-mechanical system following its introduction in 1936. After the war, the company resumed its involvement in making broadcasting equipment, notably providing the BBC's second television transmitter at Sutton Coldfield, it manufactured broadcast television cameras for British television production companies as well as for the BBC. The commercial television ITV companies used them alongside cameras made by Pye and Marconi.
Their best-remembered piece of broadcast television equipment was the EMI 2001 colour television camera, which became the mainstay of much of the British television industry from the end of the 1960s until the early 1990s. Exports of this piece of equipment were low, EMI left this area of product manufacture. Alan Blumlein, an engineer employed by EMI, conducted a great deal of pioneering research into stereo sound recording many years prior to the practical implementation of the technique in the early 1950s, he was killed in 1942 whilst conducting flight trials on an experimental H2S radar set. During and after World War II, the EMI Laboratories in Hayes, Hillingdon developed radar equipment, microwave devices such as the reflex klystron oscillator, electro-optic devices such as infra-red image converters, guided missiles employing analogue computers; the company was for many years an internationally respected manufacturer of photomultipliers. This part of the business was transferred to Thorn as part of Thorn-EMI later became the independent concern Electron Tubes Ltd.
The EMI Electronic Business Machine, a valve and magnetic drum memory computer, was built in the 1950s to process the British Motor Corporation payroll. In 1958 the EMIDEC 1100, the UK's first commercially available all-transistor computer, was developed at Hayes under the leadership of Godfrey Hounsfield, an electrical engineer at EMI. In the early 1970s, with financial support by the UK Department of Health and Social Security as well as EMI research investment, Hounsfield developed the first CT scanner, a device which revolutionised medical imaging. In 1973 EMI was awarded a prestigious Queen's Award for Technological Innovation for what was called the EMI scanner, in 1979 Hounsfield won the Nobel Prize for his accomplishment. After brief, but brilliant, success in the medical imaging field, EMI's manufacturing activities were sold off to other companies, notably Thorn. Subsequently and manufacturing activities were sold off to other companies and work moved to other towns such as Crawley and Wells.
Emihus Electronics, based in Glenrothes, was owned 51% by Hughes Aircraft, of California, US, 49% by EMI. It manufactured integrated circuits electrolytic capacitors and, for a short period in the mid-1970s, hand-held calculators under the Gemini name. Early in its life, the Gramophone Company established subsidiary operations in a number of other countries in the British Commonwealth, including India and New Zealand. Gramophone's Australian and New Zealand subsidiaries dominated the popular music industries in those countries from the 1920s until the 1960s, when other locally owned labels began to challenge the near monopoly of EMI. Over 150,000 78-rpm recordings from around the world are held in EMI's temperature-controlled archive in Hayes, some of which have been released on CD since 2008 by Honest Jon's Records. In 1931, the year the company was formed, it opened the legendary recording studios at Abbey Road, London. During the 1930s and 1940s, its roster of artists included Arturo
Metallica is an American heavy metal band. The band was formed in 1981 in Los Angeles, California by drummer Lars Ulrich and vocalist/guitarist James Hetfield, has been based in San Francisco, California for most of its career; the group's fast tempos and aggressive musicianship made them one of the founding "big four" bands of thrash metal, alongside Megadeth and Slayer. Metallica's current lineup comprises founding members Hetfield and Ulrich, longtime lead guitarist Kirk Hammett and bassist Robert Trujillo. Guitarist Dave Mustaine and bassists Ron McGovney, Cliff Burton and Jason Newsted are former members of the band. Metallica earned a growing fan base in the underground music community and won critical acclaim with its first five albums; the band's third album, Master of Puppets, was described as one of the heaviest and most influential thrash metal albums. After experimenting with different genres and directions in subsequent releases, the band returned to its thrash metal roots with the release of its ninth album, Death Magnetic, which drew similar praise to that of the band's earlier albums.
In 2000, Metallica led the case against the peer-to-peer file sharing service Napster, in which the band and several other artists filed lawsuits against the service for sharing their copyright-protected material without consent. Metallica was the subject of the acclaimed 2004 documentary film Some Kind of Monster, which documented the troubled production of the band's eighth album, St. Anger, the internal struggles within the band at the time. In 2009, Metallica was inducted into the Roll Hall of Fame; the band wrote the screenplay for and starred in the 2013 IMAX concert film Metallica: Through the Never, in which the band performed live against a fictional thriller storyline. Metallica has released ten studio albums, four live albums, a cover album, five extended plays, 37 singles and 39 music videos; the band has won nine Grammy Awards from 23 nominations, its last six studio albums have consecutively debuted at number one on the Billboard 200. Metallica ranks as one of the most commercially successful bands of all time, having sold over 125 million albums worldwide as of 2018.
Metallica has been listed as one of the greatest artists of all time by magazines such as Rolling Stone, which ranked them at no. 61 on its 100 Greatest Artists of All Time list. As of 2017, Metallica is the third best-selling music artist since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking sales in 1991, selling a total of 58 million albums in the United States. Metallica was formed in Los Angeles, California, in late 1981 when Danish-born drummer Lars Ulrich placed an advertisement in a Los Angeles newspaper, The Recycler, which read, "Drummer looking for other metal musicians to jam with Tygers of Pan Tang, Diamond Head and Iron Maiden." Guitarists James Hetfield and Hugh Tanner of Leather Charm answered the advertisement. Although he had not formed a band, Ulrich asked Metal Blade Records founder Brian Slagel if he could record a song for the label's upcoming compilation album, Metal Massacre. Slagel accepted, Ulrich recruited Hetfield to sing and play rhythm guitar; the band was formed on October 28, 1981, five months after Ulrich and Hetfield first met.
The bandname came from Ulrich's friend Ron Quintana, brainstorming names for a fanzine and was considering MetalMania or Metallica. Dave Mustaine replied to an advert for a lead guitarist. In early 1982, Metallica recorded its first original song, "Hit the Lights", for the Metal Massacre I compilation. Hetfield played bass,rhythm guitar and sang while Lloyd Grant was credited with a guitar solo and Lars Ulrich played drums. Metal Massacre I was released on June 14, 1982; the song generated word of mouth and the band played its first live performance on March 14, 1982, at Radio City in Anaheim, with newly recruited bassist Ron McGovney. Their first live success came early; this was Metallica's second gig. Metallica recorded its first demo, Power Metal, whose name was inspired by Quintana's early business cards in early 1982; the term "thrash metal" was coined in February 1984 by Kerrang! journalist Malcolm Dome in reference to Anthrax's song "Metal Thrashing Mad". Prior to this, Hetfield referred to Metallica's sound as "power metal".
In late 1982, Ulrich and Hetfield attended a show at the West Hollywood nightclub Whisky a Go Go, which featured bassist Cliff Burton in the band Trauma. The two were "asked him to join Metallica. Hetfield and Mustaine wanted McGovney to leave because they thought he "didn't contribute anything, he just followed". Although Burton declined the offer, by the end of the year, he had accepted on the condition the band move to El Cerrito in the San Francisco Bay Area. Metallica's first live performance with Burton was at the nightclub The Stone in March 1983, the first recording to feature Burton was the Megaforce demo. Metallica was ready to record their debut album, but when Metal Blade was unable to cover the cost, they began looking for other options. Concert promoter Johny "Z" Zazula, who had heard the
Skull Fist are a Canadian heavy metal band formed in Toronto, Ontario. Skull Fist was founded in 2006 by guitarist/singer Zach Slaughter in Toronto; the band released a two-song demo in 2006 titled No False Metal which included the tracks "Ride The Beast" and "No False Metal". The band has seen many line-up changes with many different musicians stepping in for a few weeks at a time from 2006 to 2010 leaving Slaughter the sole consistent member and many musicians coming and going on a regular basis. Slaughter released the Heavier than Metal E. P. with "Alison Thunderland" on Drums and "Sir Shred" on 2nd guitar in 2010 to a positive review in the metal community and signed to Noise Art Records shortly after. For the E. P. release, the band completed 2 tours across Canada, the Metal Assault festival in Europe along with a tour in January 2011 through Europe. Afterwards Up the Hammers Festival in Greece and a tour with Bullet and Enforcer in April 2011. Alison and Shred left the band due to personal conflicts.
Casey Slade had joined the band shortly after the E. P. was recorded who had replaced Jonny Nesta, filling in on bass until Slaughter settled on a permanent member. Of course Nesta had now joined Skull Fist on Guitar which saw the release of the first Skull Fist Album Head of the Pack album with Casey Slade and Jonny Nesta, it was the beginning of the band's career in Music. After the release of the album Jake Purchase was added to the band and another Canada tour was done along with the power of metal tour with Sabaton and Grave Digger; the album has received great reviews across the globe which led them to another European tour with Grand Magus, Steel wing and Vanderbuyst. The summer of 2012 saw the band sharing the stage with Megadeth, W. A. S. P. and Uriah Heep for The Rock the Nation touring festival event "Metal Fest 2012.". Jake Purchase was replaced with Chris Steve; this was followed by a tour in Japan with Solitude and featured a gig with legendary black/thrash act Sabbat, Another Canadian tour and a tour through Brazil.
The release of the second album for 2013 was postponed by a lack of funding and postponed yet again after Slaughter broke his neck and other bones in a skateboarding accident. The band's second LP titled Chasing the Dream was released in January 2014. In a 2013 interview front man Jackie Slaughter explained the 3-year gap between the debut and its follow up: "Money doesn't grow on trees apparently. We didn't have enough moula when we planned to record, so we pushed it back 2 months and one month I selfishly decided to break my neck skateboarding which put us out for another 2 months." At the beginning of the 2014 the band stated their European Tour with 30 dates over 14 countries. After the European gigs the band gave 9 concerts in Mexico. Between these dates they appeared at some festivals as well and completed a South American, US, Canadian tour along with the other dates; the album had seen the band's popularity increase. The band's line-up was unstable but since 2011 has featured founder Jackie Slaughter, guitarist Jonny Nesta and bassist Casey Slade.
This line-up has featured on both of the band's studio albums. On 30 June 2015, Zach Slaughter left the band for four months until returning; the band is working on its third album which will be released on October 26, 2018. Skull Fist is featured in the soundtrack of Horror/Comedy New Zealand film, Deathgasm. Skull Fist are considered to be an important part of the New Wave of Traditional Heavy Metal an ongoing movement that in recent years has seen the return of traditional sounding metal bands the name is taken from the new wave of British heavy metal in which the movement identifies with. Other bands considered part of the movement include White Wizzard, Cauldron, Lord Magus, Holy Grail. Zach Slaughter – lead vocals, guitars Casey Slade – bass, backing vocals Jonny Nesta – guitars, backing vocals JJ Tartaglia – drums Sir Shred – guitars Alison Thunderland – drums Chris Steve – drums No False Metal Heavier Than Metal Head of the Pack Chasing The Dream Way of the Road Traditional Metal New Wave Of Traditional Heavy Metal At Heart Of Metal.com