In 1984, The band dubbed their style "splatter rock," in homage to their favorite genre of horror films. Their hybrid musical formula was distinguishable by Blaine's unusual choking-sound vocals, Niemeyer's muted, choppy, buzzsaw guitars, dark metallic riffs, and rapid-fire drumming. The band are also responsible for creating the wild, zombie mascot Martha Splatterhead, who's likeness (created by Niemeyer) adorns most of their albums and many of their promotional items. The Accused recorded five albums, three e.p.'s, and over 100 songs between their 1981 inception and 1990s hiatus. The Accused regrouped in 2003, playing live shows in the Seattle area, then releasing the album "Oh, Martha!" on their own CONDAR Records label.
This "comeback record" landed on Revolver magazine's Top Ten albums of the year and "Writer's Lists" from Metal Maniacs magazine. However, that line-up was short-lived. In 2005 3 members formed another band, Toe Tag and left The Accused. Guitarist and founding member, Tom Niemeyer continued on with The Accused recruiting 3 replacement members in the months following the walk-out by Cook, Alex Sibbald and Steve Nelson. The next line-up consisted of Brad Mowen, Pete Hodous, Mike Peterson and Niemeyer.
They perform and recorded as The Accused until 2008. That line-up released two new songs, 'Scotty Came Back' and 'Fuck Sorry', January 26, 2007 via the band's Official website, as free downloadable .MP3 files. In 2009, The Accused released a full album of new materail, "The CURSE of Martha Splatterhead" through Southern Lord Records. That same year, The Accused flew to Birmingham England for an appearance at SUPERSONIC Festival and London England debut gig the next night before flying back to the States to tour the West Coast USA in support of their Southern Lord release. The out-of-print back-catalog of The Accused's albums released between 1985 and 1990 is currently available as re-releases on both Compact Disc and, scheduled for 2014, limited edition vinyl re-pressings of their popular Combat Records releases as well as vinyl offerings from their stint on NASTYMIX Records. The Accused is considered to be an important progenitor of the 'crossover' style that bridged the gap between hardcore punk and thrash metal, which later influenced and inspired dozens of 'grindcore' and some 'crust punk' bands.
The Accused are currently, periodically performing live and are scheduled to release a selection of new materail in 2014. The Accused Are: Guitar: Tommy Niemeyer Drums: Josh SInder Vox: BRAD Mowen Bass: Chris Napalitano Incomplete List of Former-Members: Chibon "Chewy" Batterman - bass Dana Collins - drums Blaine "Fart" Cook - vocals John Dahlin - vocals Mike "Nyge" Peterson Alex "Maggot Brain" Sibbald Steve "O Ring" Nelson 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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