Raggadeath

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Raggadeath
Origin Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Genres reggae rock, rap metal
Years active 1995–1997
Labels Virgin/EMI
Attic/MCA Records
Associated acts Monster Voodoo Machine, Michie Mee
Past members Walter Sobczak
Stephen Kendall
Steve Major
Darren Quinn

Raggadeath was a Canadian rap metal band that enjoyed moderate success in the mid-1990s.[1] The band fused heavy metal with dancehall reggae-style rhythms and vocals. Working out of Toronto, the band was influenced by many styles, including reggae, perhaps because of Toronto's large Jamaican population.[2]

The band's core members were producer Walter Sobczak, drummer Stephen Kendall and guitarists Steve Major and Darren Quinn of Monster Voodoo Machine.[1] The band utilized a variety of vocalists, most notably rapper Michie Mee.[1]

The band's biggest Canadian hit was "One Life" in 1995, although it also achieved moderate international success with its self-titled 1997 album featuring "Dance with the Devil" and a cover of Eddy Grant's "Electric Avenue."[3] None of the band’s work was released in the USA.

With their popularity faltering due to popular culture's shift from alternative rock toward electronica in the late 1990s, the band broke up following the 1997 album.[1] Sobczak and Major returned to studio work with Toronto's Wellesley Sound studio and Kendall returned to his career as a DJ, while Quinn and Mee have continued to collaborate under the band name the Day After.[1]

Discography[edit]

  • The Family Worship EP (Virgin/EMI Records) (1995)
  • Why Ask Why (Virgin/EMI Records) (1995)
  • Raggadeath (Attic/MCA Records) (1997)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Wha’ Happen?: Raggadeath". The Grid, March 11, 2013.
  2. ^ "UWO Gazette - Friday, October 24, 1997". uwo.ca. 24 Oct 1997. Retrieved 2008-12-09. 
  3. ^ "04/25/1997 - general - Top 50 CHARTattack". chartattack.com. 25 Apr 1997. Retrieved 2008-12-09. [dead link]

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