Austrian Death Machine

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Austrian Death Machine
Origin San Diego, California
Genres Crossover thrash, thrash metal
Years active 2008–2014 (on hiatus)
Labels Metal Blade, Artery
Associated acts As I Lay Dying, Destroy the Runner, Count Your Curses, Death by Stereo, Job for a Cowboy
Website austriandeathmachine.com
Members Tim Lambesis
Ahhnold (Chad Ackerman, Josh Robert Thompson)

Austrian Death Machine is an American metal side project from San Diego, California, founded by As I Lay Dying vocalist Tim Lambesis to be a parody of and tribute to Arnold Schwarzenegger's films.

Biography[edit]

Austrian Death Machine released their first album Total Brutal on July 22, 2008. The album was dedicated to Caleb Crain on May 14, 2008 for his birthday that was two months before the scheduled release date. A few months later they released a Christmas themed EP titled A Very Brutal Christmas. After some tour support of Total Brutal, Lambesis went back on tour with As I Lay Dying. While on tour he posted on Austrian Death Machine's MySpace blog that he had ideas to follow up Total Brutal with a double disc effort titled Double Brutal stating that the first disc would be original songs where the second disc would be composed of cover songs.[1] After returning home from tour in early Summer 2009, he went to work on Double Brutal which was released September 29, 2009.

Many in the press[2][3][4][5][6][7] have pointed out that a Schwarzenegger movie-themed band concept was already being pursued by ArnoCorps, having been performing live in California and the UK[8] beginning more than seven years prior[9] to Lambesis' effort. Lambesis writes and records all the music playing guitar, bass, and drums as well as the majority of the vocals, leaving Destroy the Runner vocalist Chad Ackerman (portraying "Ahhhnold") to perform Schwarzenegger-like vocals. The only thing Lambesis or Ackerman do not record are the guitar solos in every song which are performed by various guitarists from other bands. Lambesis stated where As I Lay Dying "is heartfelt and full of passion" Austrian Death Machine on the other hand "is an outlet of pure testosterone and stupidity."[10]

Tim Lambesis is still considering calling Austrian Death Machine's third album Keep It Brutal, but welcomes suggestions. As of December 5, 2012, production on a third album has begun. It was announced on February 19, 2013, that their third studio album would be entitled Triple Brutal.[citation needed]

Despite Lambesis' May 7, 2013 arrest for attempting to hire a hitman to murder his estranged wife,[11] it was announced in 2014, that Triple Brutal would be released on April 1, 2014, on Artery Recordings.[12]

On May 16, 2014, Lambesis was sentenced to six years in prison, with 48 days credit for time served.[13]

Members[edit]

Main
Live lineup
Session guitar soloists

Discography[edit]

Studio Albums
Title Year Label Chart Positions
Top 200 US Heat US Indie US Hard Rock US Rock
Total Brutal 2008 Metal Blade Records 179 7 29
Double Brutal 2009 105 1 15 14 44
Triple Brutal 2014 Artery Recordings 64
Extended Plays

References[edit]

  1. ^ What are you thinking?! - Austrian Death Machine's Myspace Blog
  2. ^ Nick Cracknell (August 11, 2008). "Total Guitar Interview - Interview With Austrian Death Machine's Tim Lambesis!". www.totalguitar.co.uk. Retrieved September 9, 2009. 
  3. ^ JonW (July 29, 2008). "Headbangers Blog - Guest Blog: Ahhnold From Austrian Death Machine". mtv. Retrieved September 9, 2009. 
  4. ^ Stuart (December 4, 2008). "RevelationZ- Austrian Death Machine - Total Brutal". www.revelationz.net. Retrieved September 9, 2009. 
  5. ^ Stehlik, Lucy (January 5, 2009). "Battle of the Teutons- Two bands. One bad idea. Who had it first? And why should we care?". WAR! Magazine. Retrieved September 9, 2009. 
  6. ^ Witt, Jeremy (July 22, 2008). "Album Review- Austrian Death Machine Total Brutal". Metal Review. Retrieved September 9, 2009. 
  7. ^ Doug (July 22, 2008). "The Review Busters- Austrian Death Machine - Total Brutal". reviewbusters.net. Retrieved September 9, 2009. 
  8. ^ Macdonald, Ross (July 12, 2008). "Feelin' the Pump- ARNOCORPS GET BALLSY IN LONDON". keepitfast.com. Retrieved September 9, 2009. 
  9. ^ "Five Years Running". East Bay Express. November 30, 2005. Retrieved September 9, 2009. 
  10. ^ A letter from Tim... - Austrian Death Machine's Myspace Blog
  11. ^ "Metal singer Tim Lambesis arrested over murder plot". BBC News. May 8, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Artery Recordings has teamed up with... - Austrian Death Machine". Facebook. Retrieved February 6, 2014. 
  13. ^ Kory Grow (May 7, 2013). "Tim Lambesis Sentenced to Six Years in Jail for Murder-for-Hire Plot | Music News". Rolling Stone. Retrieved May 17, 2014.