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DownSlave

From: Knoxville, TN, United States
Last Known Status: Active

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DownSlave is a thrashy Southern metal band, calling to mind the likes of Crowbar and Pantera at times.

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Nashville-based Intruder Is "Still Psycho"

Working hard in the underground from 1987-1992, Nashville-based old school thrash metal band Intruder was given the cult status of tightest thrash band in that underground. For reasons unknown, they were dropped from Metal Blade records while beginning to enter the charts from the release of their third full-length album, "Psycho Savant," just as everyone was getting a whiff of the '90s. The band ended up breaking up and reforming in 2002 for various festivals, such as the Keep It True and Headbangers Open Air festivals in Germany and the Classic Metal Fest in Ohio.

Fast forward to nine years later, back where they started in Nashville, TN: Saturday, November 12th, 2011. Intruder reunited for the 20th anniversary celebration of "Psycho Savant," with DownSlave as the opening band. Of course I don't remember any of the Intruder early days that I just recounted to you all, because I was only four years old when they had disbanded in 1992, but I did my research on their history before coming to the show and was completely blown away.

In this day and age, with Metallica seemingly lobotomized, leaving Megadeth, Anthrax, and Slayer as just a "Big Three," I think the world needs an old school thrash band to step up and take the fourth set of reigns. As a student of the old school, but not having been there during their major days, I won't claim to know how Intruder was in their "prime." However, I'm more than capable of accurately judging a band by how they sound right in front of me. On this night, I was almost ready to substitute Intruder for Metallica in my "Big Four." More...

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