The US epic heavy/speed metal merchants SKELATOR are back with their 2nd official studio album! The first 4 songs are catchy bad-ass metal anthems that will have you singing along and pounding your fist in the air instantly. And then there's something very special for all Michael Moorcock fans: "Elric: The Dragon Prince", a 40 minutes epic in 12 parts, displaying the true versatility of the band's music and sheer talent of the singer, Jason, who shows the different facets of his voice, including his trademark high pitched soaring screams. Fans of SACRED STEEL, DOMINE, HELSTAR, JUDAS PRIEST, IRON MAIDEN, AGENT STEEL and DIO, take heed! These guys have been waving the flag of True Metal high already for 14 years, but they are still wild like kids hungry for Metal!
The idea for SKELATOR was conceived by Jason Conde-Houston (vocals) and Max Parry-McDonnell (guitar) in 1998, in San Diego, California. In 1999 Pat Seick (drums), Robbie Houston (guitar) and Chris Fryer (bass) joined and in 2000 the band recorded "Taste My Demon Seed", their first demo. In the following year a line-up change occurred and the second demo, "Behold..." was recorded by Jason, Robbie, Pat and a new bassist, Ben Thompson. At that time they were more of a raw thrash metal band influenced mainly by SLAYER. This line-up didn't last long either and after going though a few trial musicians, Nick Milic (guitar) and Derek Williams (drums) joined the band and SKELATOR began to play numerous shows around San Diego and Tijuana. Pat came back to record the drums for the full-length demo "Give Me Metal Or Give Me Death". Shortly after it was completed in 2003, Nick and Derek were fired.
Around this time SKELATOR adopted a more old school, epic true metal feel. With their original drummer, a twin axe duo (Robbie and Jesse Jensen) and their new bassist Rah Davis, in 2005 SKELATOR recorded their first EP "Swords", which has received great reviews and has given the band a big boost in the true metal scene. A tour in the west coast of America followed in the summer.
In 2006 SKELATOR released "The Gore of War", a split album with their drinking buddies GUTROT. Shortly before the recording, Robbie, Pat and Jason moved to Seattle, WA, but they kept playing around San Diego. Their last San Diego show was opening up for HELSTAR and AGENT STEEL at the first Burning Star Festival.
In 2007 SKELATOR reformed in Seattle with Samuel Rodger (guitar), Zach Palmer (bass) and Joshua Hannenburg (drums) and started playing shows again, supporting SLOUGH FEG. At the end of the year they ventured out to Germany to play the Swordbrothers Festival VI where they shared the stage with bands such as DOOMSWORD, ZANDELLE, SILVER FIST and they were fans' favourites with their high-energy stage show, catchy songs and vocals that can break glass.
After seeing the band's performance at Swordbrothers festival, Metal On Metal Records approached them with a deal. The original idea was to release "Give Me Metal Or Give Me Death", a 2007 re-recording of their demo with the same name, however in the end the remixed and remastered songs from "Swords" EP and "Gore Of War" split saw the light of day on September 13th 2008 under the title "Time Of The Sword Rulers". The CD came with 2 previously unreleased bonus tracks and was adorned with new artwork and booklet with lyrics.
Soon after, in November 2008, the band made "Give Me Metal Or Give Me Death" recording available for free downloading from their website. This one is for all old-school metal maniacs for whom attitude matters more than production and it leans more towards thrash, as these songs were written in the early '00s.
Meanwhile SKELATOR's line-up changed. Johanson Waymire took over the drummer's position, while Rob "Ice Wizard" Nass replaced Samuel Rodger on guitar, but eventually he was replaced by Rob Steinway (who came from FALLEN ANGELS), and the original drummer, Patrick Seick, came back to bash the skins in the band.
The unsteady line-up didn't influence SKELATOR's live (hyper)activity: they have played countless shows, slaying posers wherever they could. They shared stage with bands like PRIMAL FEAR, SLOUGH FEG, THOR, ROTTING CHRIST, ENFORCER, CAULDRON, SKELETONWITCH, MANTIC RITUAL, HATCHET, their label-mates FALLEN ANGELS and more. In June 2010 they traveled many miles to play at Warriors Of Metal III festival in Ohio, alongside OMEN, CAGE, ASKA, IMAGIKA, JACOB'S DREAM, ICARUS WITCH, TAUNTED, BEYOND FALLEN, DANTESCO and many others. SKELATOR's shows are always packed with pure energy, emanating from the stage and spreading among the fans.
In the meantime they were working on new material for their first regular full-length CD entitled "Death To All Nations". The recording was finished in the spring of 2010 and the album released in July 2010. After 12 years of the band's existence the time has come for their studio debut album. Unlike many other bands, SKELATOR never lost their zealous passion for true metal and they still sound convincingly genuine delivering 8 hymns of over the top epic heavy/speed metal. The production is definitely better than of any of their previous recordings, but the "raw metal" and rebellious attitude of the guys always shows through.
In 2011 and 2012 the band kept on conquering the stages, mostly in the Seattle area, playing with such acts as WITCHHAVEN, EVIL SURVIVES, SPELLCASTER and most notably opening for ACCEPT, SYMPHONY X, SABATON, ANVIL and RHAPSODY OF FIRE.
The work on SKELATOR's following album, "Agents Of Power", continued. The concept for the major part of it, a 40 minute epic titled "Elric: The Dragon Prince", was actually carefully crafted for over a decade, so there are also some new versions of older songs on it, while the first 4 tracks are brand new and are catchy bad-ass metal anthems that will have you singing along instantly. Overall, this is the most epic SKELATOR release to date, displaying big versatility of the band's music. "Agents Of Power" CD was released on April 27th by Metal On Metal Records.
In May 2012 RAW Metal (Metal On Metal Records division) released "Give Me Metal Or Give Me Death" (the 2007 re-recording of SKELATOR's 2003 demo, previously available only for downloading) on pro-tape, limited to 66 copies and including also the very first band's demo, "Taste My Demon Seed" from 2000, as bonus.
In February 2013 SKELATOR came to Europe for the second time, to play at the Metal Assault III festival in Würzburg, alongside their new label-mates ATTACKER, as well as other metal legends such as MANILLA ROAD, RAVEN and BROCAS HELM. Especially for this occasion Metal On Metal Records released "Give Me Metal or Give Me Death" on CD, as limited to 250 copies digipak (the CD version doesn't contain the demo bonus tracks), and "Live Chaos" on cassette (pro-tape, limited to 66 copies), which consists of songs played during 3 shows in 2005, 2008 and 2010.
Epic Heavy/Speed Metal
USA (San Diego, CA / Seattle, WA), 1998
Jason Conde-Houston (vocals)
Robbie Houston (guitars)
Rob Steinway (guitars)
Larry Barnard (bass)
Patrick Seick (drums)
SKELATOR "Live Chaos" is a tape-only release, limited to 66 hand-numbered copies. It consists of a selection of live songs - fragments of the band's 3 shows from 2005, 2008 and 2010 recorded from the soundboard. While these recordings are not perfect (and of course there were no overdubs), they're really enjoyable and show perfectly the raw energy these guys have on stage and the fun that their concerts are. The song titles such as "You Traveled Many Miles (For a Heavy Metal Show)", "Give Me Metal or Give Me Death", "Death to the False" or "Guerreros de Metal" (previously unreleased song sung in Spanish) can give you a pretty clear idea of what to expect. Pure Metal spirit with no compromises!
SKELATOR's "Give Me Metal or Give Me Death" is now released for the first time on CD, as limited to 250 units digipak. It's a 2007 re-recording of SKELATOR's 2003 full-length demo of the same title. Back in 2008, the album had been made available by the band for downloading from their website only, and in 2012 we released it on tape format (limited to 66 copies). It represents the first phase of SKELATOR very well: more wild and raw, more speed and sometimes even thrash metal than in the following years, but still it's a good mix of ’80s metal styles with heavy metal being dominant.
The songs in the player above are divided to "Side A" and "Side B" tracks only, just as they were on the now sold-out tape release. The CD version does not contain the 4 bonus tracks ("Taste My Demon Seed" - the first demo of the band from 2000) that were available on the tape edition. You can also purchase it (the tape version with bonus) as digital download from Bandcamp (with printable insert for a DYI tape!).
May 2012 (tape) / February 2013 (CD)
After 12 years of creating buzz in the underground and countless posers decapitated, SKELATOR unleash their first proper full-length album - with improved production, but still a "Raw Metal" attitude. 8 hymns of steel, bloodshed, death, glory and rock'n'roll; glass-shattering, over the top vocals delivering over the top lyrics in the most convincing manner. Fans of SACRED STEEL, DOMINE, HELSTAR, SKULLVIEW, IRON MAIDEN, AGENT STEEL and MANOWAR need to check them out. Expect no quarter, just epic heavy/speed metal attack with a rebellious spirit and played with zealous passion for true metal, reeking from every word and tune!
Welcome to where true metal reigns supreme!
On this re-release of "Swords" EP with "The Gore Of War"-split and 2 previously unreleased bonus tracks, these poser-killing warriors deliver a raw slab of epic heavy metal influenced by early MANOWAR and MAIDEN, HELSTAR or SACRED STEEL, but they can surprise you more than once with tunes in the vein of SLAYER, OVERKILL or even VENOM! This diverse mix of '80s metal styles works perfectly here and their youthful energy is likely to grab you by the throat!
• "Taste My Demon Seed" (2000)
• "Behold..." (2001)
• "Give Me Metal Or Give Me Death" (2003)
• "Swords" (2005)
• "The Gore Of War" (2006)
EP Split, self-released
• "Time Of The Sword Rulers" (2008)
Full-length, Metal On Metal Records/RAW Metal
• "Death To All Nations" (2010)
Full-length, Metal On Metal Records/RAW Metal
• "Agents Of Power" (2012)
Full-length, Metal On Metal Records/RAW Metal
• "Give Me Metal Or Give Me Death" (2012)
Full-length (cassette), RAW Metal
• "Give Me Metal Or Give Me Death" (2013)
Full-length (digipak), RAW Metal
• "Live Chaos" (2013)
Live (cassette), RAW Metal