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Skitzo - "Skitzo" (album stream)

Το 1988 σχηματίσθηκαν στο New Jersey οι Skitzo. Συγκρότημα τεχνικού (στο όριο του progressive) power / speed / thrash metal. Τέσσερα χρόνια αργότερα, καθότι η "στρυφνή" και "δύσκολη" μουσική δεν απευθύνεται στο "μέσο αυτί", η μπάντα διαλύθηκε.

Πρόλαβε να κυκλοφορήσει το demo "Progressive Psychosis" (σε κασέτα το 1990) και τον (αυτοχρηματοδοτούμενο) ομώνυμο δίσκο δύο χρόνια αργότερα. Το album περιλάμβανε τα τρία τραγούδια του demo συν οτιδήποτε άλλο είχε ηχογραφήσει (και ολοκληρώσει) το συγκρότημα. 27 χρόνια μετά o δίσκος επανακυκλοφόρησε (χθες) από την Divebomb Records...

Δελτίο τύπου: «New Jersey progressive thrashers SKITZO formed from the ashes of a band called Prophecy in the mid-'80s. The initial lineup-Bill Buchan (guitar), Shaun College (bass), Chris Corley (guitar), and Brendan Farragher (drums)-wrote and rehearsed seven nights a week, constructing a catalog of complex instrumentals while searching for the right vocalist.

That vocalist, George Gabriel, was finally secured in 1988/1989, and SKITZO (NJ) officially set out to craft their own brand of dynamic, technically demanding music influenced by traditional and thrash metal, classical, jazz/fusion, etc.

The group's debut three-song demo, 1990's Progressive Psychosis, was recorded at Kajem Studios (Queensrÿche, Dream Theater, Metal Church, etc.) in Pennsylvania, and quickly achieved college radio support through WSOU and WDHA. Meanwhile, SKITZO (NJ) remained focused on live performances (alongside the likes of Pantera, Type O Negative, Savatage, Brutal Truth, etc.) and nightly rehearsals-at times practicing in complete darkness for the added challenge?

Five more songs were laid down in 1992 at Butterfield's Recording Studios in New Jersey by Steve Evetts (Symphony X, The Dillinger Escape Plan, etc.), applying a crisper and more powerful sound to the band's increasingly elaborate musicianship. Unfortunately, this incredible demo was never released.

Despite having showcased for labels such as Megaforce and Epic, among others, SKITZO (NJ) fell apart before they could pay off the final studio bill. The DATs literally collected dust on a shelf at Trax East Recording Studio for more than two decades...

Until now, as-more than 25 years after the fact-Divebomb Records shines a new light on SKITZO (NJ)'s should-be-legendary discography. Completely remastered by Jamie King at The Basement Recording, the CD comes housed alongside a 20-page booklet jammed with photos, flyers, lyrics and a retrospective interview with the band. For the fans, by the fans!»

Ο ομώνυμος δίσκος των Skitzo
Band: Skitzo
Country of origin: United States
Location: Helmetta, New Jersey
Status: Split-up
Formed in: 1988
Genre: Progressive Power/Speed Metal
Lyrical themes: Dark, Social dilemma
Years active: 1988-1992

Album: "Skitzo"
Type: Full length

Release date: 1992
Label: Independent
Format: CD

Re-release date: February 8th, 2019
Label: Tribunal / Divebomb Records
Format: CD, Digital

Track listing:
1. Staged 05:14
2. Born Again 06:41
3. Mother's Revenge 07:35
4. Symmetrical 04:33
5. In Vain 05:43
6. Progressive Psychosis 05:14
7. Too Late for Repentance 06:34
8. The Killer Instinct 05:54

Tracks 1-5: Steve Evetts Sessions (1992)
Track 6-8: Progressive Psychosis Demo (1990)

Band members:
Shaun College - Bass
Brendan Farragher - Drums
Bill Buchan - Guitars
Chris Corley - Guitars
George Gabriel - Vocals

Miscellaneous staff:
Steve Evetts - Engineering, Producer


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