Achieving minor success in the Bay Area and playing almost every thrash show at the Mountain View Theater (with the likes of Slayer, Exodus, Testament, Death Angel, DRI, etc) the band started to branch out further, playing shows at the Stone in San Francisco and the Omni Oakland. In the fall of 1988 the band came to the conclusion that they needed an improvement in the drum area and asked Geoff Bruce to leave the band. They recruited Bobby Cochran longtime friend and former Punisher drummer to take over duties behind the kit. With this line-up Epidemic went into Telluride Studios in Palo Alto to record their now classic demo "Demo '89". The band initially gave out 300 free demos after a Vio-lence show at the Omni and the buzz among the metal heads of the Bay was growing tremendously.
The band sent out the demo to any and all magazines, radio stations, and labels and created a name for themselves globally. The band estimates they sold roughly 5,000-7,000 demos on their own over the course of the next two years. During this time the bands popularity grew and they were able to headline venues on their own. Epidemics first headline show at the Stone was at 90% capacity.
During this time they also reached agreement with Marco Barbieri (current label head of Century Media Records) to become their manager. Also, a deal was reached with Metalcore Records in Europe for the release of "Demo '89" on CD and vinyl. This would be the first official CD released by the band under the title "The Truth of What Will Be...". It was released in Europe only. In January of 1991, the band recorded their "Extremities '91" demo, which lead to their signing a record contract with Metal Blade Records.
The band recorded their debut album at HOS studios in Palo Alto and in the summer of 1992 "Decameron" was released. The band went on a two week East Coast tour with Malevolent Creation and Suffocation in December of 1992 and eight weeks later headed out on a nationwide tour with Cannibal Corpse and Unleashed in early 1993. The band gained a lot exposure as well as experience as this was what they thought was the beginning of their touring years. After coming home from the tours the band focused on writing new material but asked guitarist Higbey to leave the band. This was a difficult decision for the band but they moved forward as a four piece and continued to write and prepare for their next album.
Entering Razor's Edge studios in San Francisco in the fall of 1993 the band recorded what they feel was their best recording in the album "Exit Paradise". Unfortunately the band decided to break up a couple months after the release of this album (October 1994) due to differences in the band and the labels lack of support. ________________ 3) Epidemic is a metal band from Israel formed in 2001, with members Jonathan Segal (guitar), Asaf Averjil (guitar), Wolf Kashirin (bass), and Erez Simon (drums). Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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