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Sentinel Beast

From: United States
Last Known Status: Unknown

Latest Sentinel Beast News

Below is our complete Sentinel Beast news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Sentinel Beast To Re-Explore The "Depths Of Death"

Originally released in 1986 via Metal Blade in USA and in The Netherlands via Roadrunner Records, Sentinel Beast's classic debut "Depths of Death" will emerge from the crypts of old school thrash.

On March 2nd, 2015 Irish label Marquee Records will unleash this thunderous beast of an album. The label also comments:

"Although they have been largely overlooked by most mainstream-leaning heavy metal historians, the cultists who truly live and breathe the old-school stuff wave the flag of Sentinel Beast.

"Led by female vocalist Debbie Gunn, Sentinel Beast formed in Sacramento, California, in 1984 with bassist Michael Spencer, drummer Scott Awes, and guitarists Greg Williams and Jerry Frazier fleshing out the lineup. The group wedded the melodic yet aggressive flair of NWOBHM bands such as Angel Witch and Cloven Hoof with the propulsive rhythmic attack favoured by the early thrash movement.

"After recording three demos in their first couple of years together, Sentinel Beast started gaining a buzz within the underground metal community, with Slayer’s Kerry King and Omen’s Kenny Powell becoming two of the group’s loudest cheerleaders. But Sentinel Beast’s biggest champion was Brian Slagel, the founder and CEO of Metal Blade Records, the Southern California-based label that helped launch the careers of heavy metal icons like Metallica, Voivod, Cannibal Corpse, and the aforementioned Slayer. More...

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Sentinel Beast Streaming New Music Online

San Francisco thrash band Sentinel Beast has posted two new rough mixes of the songs "The Phoenix" and "Forbidden Territories" on their MySpace page. The tracks are from the upcoming album "Risen."

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Sentinel Beast Replaces Bassist

San Francisco thrashers Sentinel Beast have issued the following announcement about replacing their bassist:

"We would like to announce the departure of bassist, Nic Atomica X. Nic decided to leave the band to pursue his career as a Recording Engineer. We all wish him well. Our new bassist is Steve Oliver, also from the Bay Area. We're all very excited to be working with him and we welcome him aboard. Feel free to drop him a line on MySpace."

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Initial Bands Announced For Thrash Assault 4 Fest

The initial bands have been announced for the Thrash Assault 4 Festival, which is to take place on November 14, 2009 in Würzburg, Germany at Posthalle (www.posthalle.de).

The bands announced so far are:


Three more bands are expected to be announced still, including one "cult band" as the third co-headliner.

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Sentinel Beast Recording New Album

Reunited '80s Sacramento, California thrash band SENTINEL BEAST has issued the following update:

"SENTINEL BEAST is currently in the studio recording our second album. We hope to have this album finished by April, showcasing our European tour that month."

SENTINEL BEAST was formed in Sacramento in 1984 by Debbie Gunn, Mike Spencer (bass), and Scott Awes (drums). During this time, the axes were played by Greg Williams and Jerry Fraiser, later to be replaced by Barry Fischel and Mark Koyasako. Discovered by Kerry King of SLAYER, the band recorded and released the influential "Depths of Death" album, on Metal Blade Records, in 1986 and the band later went on to open shows for the likes of SLAYER, EXODUS, MEGADETH, MERCYFUL FATE, KING DIAMOND, and others. The band broke up when Mike Spencer joined FLOTSAM AND JETSAM as the replacement for Jason Newsted when the latter left for METALLICA. Debbie Gunn departed for Chicago shortly after to front ZNOWHITE, then relocated to Europe to join the all-female thrash pioneers, ICE AGE.

SENTINEL BEAST has returned with the belting vocals of Debbie Gunn, Kenny Eckhart and Dana Lindstrom on guitars, Nic Atomica X on bass, and the fresh drum attacks of Scott Fuller.

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