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|Origin||St. Louis, Missouri, USA|
|Years active||1986–1993, 2009–2013|
|Labels||Metal Blade Records, currently no label|
Anacrusis was a progressive/thrash metal band from St. Louis, Missouri, USA. Anacrusis was one of the first bands to attempt to blend thrash and progressive metal. Their albums Manic Impressions and Screams and Whispers are considered as classics of the progressive thrash metal / prog metal genre.
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Anacrusis' first demo, Annihilation Complete was voted Best Demo of 1987 by the readers of Metal Forces magazine and was later included in the publication's Demolition... Scream Your Brains Out! compilation album. This led to a deal with England-based indie Active Records, for whom the group created its first album, Suffering Hour, the following year on a meager $1,200 budget in just under a week. The following Reason album began revealing signs of the band's popular sound. Anacrusis toured in support of the band D.R.I., but without an album released on an American label, the drummer Mike Owen left to join the United States Navy shortly after they returned home. Former Heaven's Flame member Chad Smith took over the drums, while the band was eventually signed to the American label Metal Blade Records.
In 1991, Manic Impressions was their first proper studio recorded album, recorded at Royal Recorders in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. A 38-city U.S. tour supporting Overkill and Galactic Cowboys followed a handful of Midwestern dates opening for Megadeth earlier in the year. After the tour, on returning to St. Louis, they devoted the next few months to writing new material, and after replacing Smith with drummer Paul Miles, work finally began on their 1993 album Screams and Whispers. This was their final album, as the band broke up after its release.
In 2009, the band announced that the original line-up of Kenn Nardi, Kevin Heidbreder, John Emery and Mike Owen would reunite for a performance at the 2010 Keep It True XIII Festival in Germany. Also in 2009, the band released a CD/DVD anthology of early material on Stormspell Records. The package included their 1987 "Annihilation Complete" demo along with other demos, rehearsal recordings and early live footage.
In preparation for their first festival appearance in 17 years, Anacrusis played a reunion gig at T. Billy Buffet's, St. Louis, on April 18, 2010. The show was recorded and filmed for a later release on DVD.
Also in 2010 they released a 2-disc set titled Hindsight: Suffering Hour & Reason Revisited, which contains re-recorded versions of their first two albums.
On April 23, 2010, Anacrusis gave a performance at Germany's Keep It True XIII festival at Tauberfrankenhalle in Lauda-Königshofen. Later that year, the band announced they had decided to play more shows.
During the year 2010 the band worked on some new material, but by now just one new song "This Killer in my House" was released on the "Silver Ag47 - Best of Anacrusis" CD.
On February 26, 2011, the band played a headliner show at the Firebird in St. Louis.
On June 12, 2011, Anacrusis played at "Rock Hard Festival" in Germany. The whole festival was filmed by German TV - WDR Rockpalast -, to be broadcast on German television.
The band last played at Skullfest, St. Louis, on June 24–25, 2011, and Alcatraz festival in Belgium, on August 27, 2011.
- Kenn Nardi - guitars, vocals (1986-1994, 2009-2013)
- Mike Henricks - guitars (2011-2013)
- John Emery - bass (1986-1994, 2009-2013)
- Mike Owen - drums (1986-1990, 2009-2013)
- Chad Smith - drums (1990-1992)
- Paul Miles - drums (1992-1994)
- Kevin Heidbreder - guitars (1986-1994, 2009-2010)
(Note: Chad Smith is not to be confused with the Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer of the same name.)
- Suffering Hour (1988)+
- Reason (1990)+
- Manic Impressions (1991)+
- Screams and Whispers (1993)+
- HINDSIGHT: Suffering Hour & Reason Revisited (2010)
+ = Available for download on band website.
- Annihilation Complete: The Early Years Anthology (2009)
- Hindsight: Suffering Hour & Reason Revisited (2010)
- Silver (2012)
- Excerpts from Reason (1991)