Dead Horse (band)
Dead Horse is a thrash metal band from Houston, Texas, which was active in the 1980s and 1990s. Over seven years of touring and recording, Dead Horse developed a style influenced by thrash and death metal. Dead Horse also incorporated elements of country music and Texas culture, on songs such as "Hank" from Horsecore and "Chiggers" from Feed Me.
Their first releases, including their debut album, Horsecore: An Unrelated Story That's Time Consuming, were released independently, while they had one nationally distributed LP, Peaceful Death and Pretty Flowers, released through the independent record label Big Chief, distributed by Metal Blade, and manufactured and distributed by Warner Bros. Records. They released the self-financed EP Feed Me in 1994, which was intended as a demo for Interscope Records. The EP failed to garner a major label deal, and primary songwriter Michael Haaga left the group. Dead Horse released the EP BOIL (ing) on Beermoment Music in 1996 after Haaga left, and Scott Sevall from Force Fed took over Haaga's position.
Haaga went on to form The Demonseeds with drummer Joseph Fazzio and bassist Craig Cazaubon and managed one album entitled Knee Deep in Hell's Grasp released in 1999. Haaga is also credited on the first release from Superjoint Ritual as bassist and backing vocalist but his credit is buried 14 lines down below the listed band members, just below the disc's "Photography" credit.
Michael Haaga also released a solo LP with the backing of a large number of Houston and Austin based musicians entitled "The Plus and Minus Show". The self titled CD was released in late 2004 and Haaga managed to garner five Houston Press Music Awards in 2005 for this release including Album of the Year, Songwriter of the Year, Song of the Year, Local Artist of the Year and (+/-)guitarist Kelly Doyle won for Best Guitarist. The band broke up shortly thereafter with little to no fanfare at all and has since drifted off into Pop Music obscurity.
Since that band's demise Michael Haaga has drifted in and out of the Houston limelight contributing artistically to various local arts projects and a handful of dead horse-like live performances by singing dead horse material with other local musicians other than the remaining members of dead horse. Local rumor has it that Haaga's relationship with the remaining members of dead horse are permanently strained, at best, and they will never perform together as a band ever again.
Ronnie Guyote also played drums in Houston based metal band nOthing which began towards the end of his tenure with dead horse but ended abruptly towards the end of 2005 when their vocalist/guitar player's drug addiction began to compromise the band's professionalism and integrity. It was about this time that Ronnie and nOthing bassist Mike Lucas joined up with Mike BBQ to reform Houston Industrial band Death Kultur BBQ but have only played a couple of shows since 2005.
In 1999, Relapse Records re-released Horsecore and Peaceful Death and Pretty Flowers; all of the tracks from Death Rides a Dead Horse were bonus tracks for Horsecore while Peaceful Death and Pretty Flowers was accompanied with a track from Feed Me and tracks from their 1990 demo. Additionally, there were hidden tracks on both of the reissued CD's. On Horsecore, the hidden track was the slowed down version of French Fry immediately followed by the real-time version of French Fry. French Fry appeared on the original CD issue as track eight while apparently not on the original vinyl. On Peaceful Death and Pretty Flowers, the unnamed bonus hidden track was a collection of slowed down, spoken voices.
Greg, Scott, and Ronny have since gone on to form the band Pasadena Napalm Division with bassist Bubba Dennis and D.R.I. vocalist Kurt Brecht. They released one E.P. in 2011 and are now poised to finally to release a full-length album in 2013.
In 2011, Dead Horse reunited with a re-release of their last album BOIL(ing), this time with Argo on vocals. The band has played reunion shows in Houston at Warehouse Live, Austin at FunFunFunFest, and also in Fort Worth at The Rail Club on December 2 and 3, 2011. In December 2012, Dead Horse released Making a Dead Horse LIVE DVD, which contains live footage of the new line-up, and played coincidding DVD release shows in Austin, San Antonio, and Houston.
- Greg Martin – (guitar, vocals)
- Allen Price – (bass guitar, background vocals)
- Ronnie Guyote – (drums, background vocals)
- Scott Sevall – (guitar, vocals)
- Argo – (vocals)
- Michael Haaga – (guitar, vocals; 1987 – 1994)
- Death Rides a Dead Horse (demo, 1988)
- Horsecore: An Unrelated Story That's Time Consuming (recorded in 1989, self-financed). Compact Disc: (c)(p)1992 Dead Horse DIDX 015987 (Reissue, 1999 Relapse)
- Peaceful Death and Pretty Flowers (1991, Big Chief/Metal Blade/Warner Bros.) (Reissue, 1999 Relapse)
- Feed Me EP (1994, Horsecore Publishing, DHO-3, self-financed)
- BOIL (ing) (1996, Beermoment Music, DH-4)