Fanthrash

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Fanthrash
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Fanthrash in 2010, from left to right: Radd, Pilate, Greg, Mary and Less
Background information
Origin Lublin, Poland
Genres Thrash metal, Progressive metal
Years active 1986−1992, 2007−present
Labels Rising Records
Associated acts Convent, White Crow, SpectAmentiA
Website www.fanthrash.com
Members Less – vocal
Grzegorz "Greg" Obroślak – rhythm guitar
Wojciech “Pilate” Piłat – lead guitar
Mariusz "Mary" Ostęp – bass guitar
Radosław “Radd” Grygiel – drums
Past members Wojciech Sekuła
Jacek Wróblewski
Andrzej Teter
Mariusz Killian

Fanthrash is a Polish thrash metal band from Lublin, Poland, formed in 1986. As for 2011 the band consists of main composer, lyricist and rhythm guitarist Greg, bassist Mary, vocalist Less, lead guitarist Pilate and drummer Radd.

Fanthrash's first full-length LP entitled "Duality of Things" was released worldwide on July 25, 2011 by Rising Records.[1]

History[edit]

Early years (1986–1992)[edit]

Fanthrash in 1992. From left to right: Mary, Siwy (upper row), Seki, Greg (lower row).

The band, initially named Fantom, was formed in March 1986 by then 18-year-old Grzegorz “Greg” Obroślak, Mariusz “Mary” Ostęp i Wojtek “Seki” Sekuła in Lublin, Poland. Soon after learning that there were many other bands already named “Fantom”, the band members decided to change the band’s moniker to Fanthrash, a name of an instrumental composition of the band. The band’s line-up crystallized in September 1986, when the trio was joined by drummer Jacek “Siwy” Wróblewski and vocalist Less.[2]

Quite soon the band managed to gain a solid reputation as one of the very first thrash metal bands in the communist era-Poland and was well known in eastern Poland for their highly energetic live shows. Many of these were archived on photographs available on band’s official website.

In spite of members’ young age the band was close to play on main stage of a legendary Polish Jarocin Festival in 1991.

In the autumn of 1987 Less left and Greg took over his duties as the band’s vocalist. Later in 1990 the band recorded a three-song demo in a local studio.[3] According to Greg, there were four more or less official demos and live recordings from that era which were in an intense circulation among the metal fans in eastern Poland.[4]

Unfortunately, around 1992 the everyday life commitments brought the band members down and they called for an indefinite hiatus.[5]

Reactivation (2007 – present)[edit]

Radd during a soundcheck in 2011.

Although neither was involved in music directly, Greg and Mary stayed in touch all the time and thoughts about restarting the band again were emerging regularly at least from 2000.[6] Finally in 2007 they were joined by drummer Mariusz Killian, of the renowned Polish death metal band Convent and lead guitarist Wojciech “Pilate” Piłat of progressive metal act White Crow. After Less joined again in 2008, the reactivation was a fact, although in 2008 Mariusz Killian left the band and was replaced by Radosław “Radd” Grygiel.

Since 2007 the band was back with regular rehearsals. Laborious, yet creative and invigorating work on new compositions, lyrics and arrangements started. The spring of 2010 was the time when a new three-song EP Trauma Despotic was produced and released by the band themselves. The musical contents of this release received a very warm welcome from the fans as well as of the media.[7][8][9] Ultimately the EP led to signing a record deal with the UK’s Rising Records in December 2010, in order to release their first LP entitled “Duality of Things". The album was released on July 25, 2011.[10]

The LP is again produced by the band and Jocke Skog of Fear and Loathing Studios in Spånga, Sweden, is responsible for mixing and mastering the album.[11]

Along with the recording of the new album, in February 2011 Fanthrash has played its first live show in twenty years. Since that, the band has done numerous shows, sharing stages with Voivod, Incantation, Kat, Turbo and Christ Agony, among others.

The band is also planning to prepare and release a collectioner's item CD and vinyl LP, which will contain all survived recordings along with an archive of photos and press releases about the band from 1986 - 1992 era.[12]

Musical style and critical reception[edit]

Pilate during a show in 2011.

From the very beginning the band was heavily influenced by 80’s thrash acts like Metallica, Destruction, Slayer and Kreator with fast and intense riffing and double-bass drum work.

After 2007 the band incorporated more modern arrangements in the style reminiscent of Machine Head or Gojira and some progressive influences like Meshuggah and Atheist, all topped with Less’ powerful death metal growling, which led to the music being sometimes labeled as “progressive thrash”.

Another distinct feature are complex and technical guitar solos, courtesy of Pilate, which are reminiscent more of progressive metal than thrash or death.[13]

Members[edit]

Discography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rising Records' Official Website". www.risingrecords.org. Retrieved 2011-07-08. 
  2. ^ "Fanthrash Official Website Bio". fanthrash.com. Retrieved 2011-07-08. 
  3. ^ "Fanthrash Official Website Bio". fanthrash.com. Retrieved 2011-07-08. 
  4. ^ "Interview with Greg in PsychoZine". www.psychozine.eu. Retrieved 2011-07-08. 
  5. ^ "Fanthrash Official Website Bio". fanthrash.com. Retrieved 2011-07-08. 
  6. ^ "Interview with Greg in PsychoZine". www.psychozine.eu. Retrieved 2011-07-08. 
  7. ^ "Interview with Greg in Metal Centre". www.metalcentre.pl. Retrieved 2011-07-08. 
  8. ^ "Trauma Despotic świetnie przyjęta. Wywiad z Lessem". kultura.police.max.pl. Retrieved 2011-07-08. 
  9. ^ "Trauma Despotic review". www.metalteamuk.net. Retrieved 2011-07-08. 
  10. ^ "Rising Records' Official Website". www.risingrecords.org. Retrieved 2011-07-08. 
  11. ^ "Interview with Greg in PsychoZine". www.psychozine.eu. Retrieved 2011-07-08. 
  12. ^ "Interview with Greg in PsychoZine". www.psychozine.eu. Retrieved 2011-07-08. 
  13. ^ "Trauma Despotic review". www.metalteamuk.net. Retrieved 2011-07-08. 

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