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Sunday Old School: Nasty Savage

Professional wrestling and heavy metal music has plenty in common, perhaps more than one might initially think. Both fan bases are mocked by many people who don't share their enthusiasm for the colourful world they adore, both are perceived as appealing mostly to white males, though of course there are many overlooked female fans and both vary from the no nonsense to the ludicrous. So what happens when a professional wrestler has a penchant for metal music and brings his antics from the ring to the stage? Why, you get Nasty Savage of course!

Nasty Savage was formed in 1983 by lead singer "Nasty" Ronnie Galetti, along with drummer Curtis Beeson, bassist Fred Degischan and guitar players Ben Meyer and David Austin, in Brandon, Florida. The band recorded two demos, "Raw Mayhem" and "Wage of Mayhem" in 1984 and built up a solid following in their home state, thanks in part to Ronnie Galetti's outrageous stage persona, which would include smashing television sets over his own head. Their notoriety and popularity spread enough to earn the band a deal with Metal Blade Records, with whom they released their self-titled debut in 1985.

The album was very well received by metal fans and a number of critics, who were all impressed with the variation of the record, which ranged from the straight up speed of "Metal Knights" to the epic, "The Morgue." The plaudits the group received for their debut and the underground success spurred them on to return to the studio and record their sophomore album, "Indulgence" in Progressive Music studios in Tampa. Once more, praise was heaped upon the band for their ferocious sound and devoted heavy metal style and it even produced something of a hit single in the form of, "XXX."

As time went on, members came and went throughout their ranks, but the most tragic of these came in 1988, after the band had recorded a new EP entitled, "Abstract Reality," which featured new bassist Chris Moorhouse. It was to be his only recording with Nasty Savage, as later that year, he was sadly killed in a car accident. In his place came Richard Bateman, formerly of Nocturnus and the quintet forged another solid slab of metal, "Penetration Point," which once again, was met very well by most fans. Despite the good reception their albums had received, Nasty Savage decided to call it a day in 1990.

Like many bands from the heyday of thrash metal however, a reunion was inevitable and in 2002, Nasty Savage finally returned. They quickly reminded fans of their past glory with the release of the live album, "Cleveland '87," before showing everyone what the reactivated lineup could do with their first album of new material in fifteen years, "Psycho Psycho," which was released in 2004. From then on, the band soldiered on with live performances, though no new music was produced, something fans feared would never happen after they once again disbanded in 2012.

This time however, Nasty Savage wouldn't stay dormant for long, as in the past twelve months, the group reconvened with plans to write, record and release a new studio album this year. However it will be received and when it will hit the shelves remains to be seen, but Nasty Savage's legacy of balls out heavy metal and live theatrics has made them one of the most beloved underground bands in the history of metal and one that young headbangers would be wise to study.

Nasty Savage - "The Way of the Warlock"

Nasty Savage - "Gladiator"

Nasty Savage - "Metal Knights"

Nasty Savage - "Indulgence"

Nasty Savage - "XXX"

Nasty Savage - "You Snooze, You Lose"

Nasty Savage - "Horizertical"

Nasty Savage - "Human Factor"

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Ollie Hynes has been a writer for Metal Underground.com for four years and has been a metal fan for ten years, going so far as to travel abroad for metal shows.

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This classic overlooked band rocks!

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