ONCE DEAD Inks Deal With Open Grave Records
April 9, 2007, 12 years ago
Formed as a re-incarnation of the notorious thrash metal outfit VENGEANCE RISING, L.A.’s ONCE DEAD boasts a refreshing dose of old school thrash metal, combined with a triple guitar assault and a lineup of seasoned musical veterans. All of the members have impressive musical resumes, with high profile acts under their belts such as DELIVERANCE, FASEDOWN, HIRAX, SIRCLE OF SILENCE, THE BLAMED and THE CRUCIFIED. The band was formed when Vengeance Rising members Larry Farkas and Doug Thieme along with bass player Roger Dale and drummer Glen Mancaruso did a gig at the Summer Madness event in August of 2004 at Chain Reaction in Anaheim, California. Appearing as guest vocalist would be none other than Scott Waters of ULTIMATUM. Under the threat of legal action from the absent Roger Martinez, the band quickly changed their name to Once Dead. A DVD of this show would be recorded, and would have sustained interest, which would lead the band to a spot on the Cornerstone festival in 2005. During this time, various personnel changes were to occur, with ex-Vengeance Rising and Hirax member Glenn Rogers joining the group in January 2006, and Scott Waters leaving the front man position, to be replaced by Devin Shaeffer of Fasedown. The lineup was to be completed by ex Hirax member Angelo Espino, and Jim Chaffin on drums.
Once Dead is currently in the studio putting the finishing touches on their debut album, Visions Of Hell, which is due out the summer of 2007 on Open Grave Records.
In other Once Dead news: Glenn Rogers leaves Hirax to act as full time Once Dead member
Statement from Glenn Rogers: "Today I have to announce that I'm no longer with the band Hirax. I loved my time in the band, and I'm sorry it came to an end. Due to some personal reasons it is no longer possible for the band, and my self to work together. I do wish them luck, and I'll leave it at that. As of now I have committed my time, and energy to the band Once Dead. I have been personal friends with them for many years, and I'm looking forward to finishing the new cd with them. For the fans, and friends of Hirax I want to thank you for all the support over the years. I hope that you will carry that support over to my new band Once Dead, and give us a chance. I look forward to seeing you on the road."