Intruder (American band)

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Intruder Live In Germany.jpg
Intruder performing live in Germany, 2004.
Background information
Origin Nashville, Tennessee
Genres Thrash metal, speed metal, progressive metal
Years active 1987–1992, 2002–present
Labels Hellion Records, Ironworks, Metal Blade
Associated acts Helstar, Morbid Angel
Members Jimmy Hamilton
Arthur Vinnett
Greg Messick
Todd Nelson
John Pieroni
Past members
  • Garry Todd
  • Chris Veach

"Intruder" is an American thrash metal band from Nashville, Tennessee. Formerly known as "Transgresser", the group began as a four-piece cover band.[1] They saw the addition of rhythm guitarist Greg Messick after signing with Metal Blade.

Intruder released 3 full-length albums and 1 EP from 1987-1991 before finally splitting up in 1992. Since then, the band has reunited several times to play live shows.[2]


The band was originally formed in 1984 under the name "Transgresser". They released demos in 1984 and 1986 (which would later appear on a re-release of their debut album). After going through several name changes they became known as "Intruder". They released their debut album "Live To Die" in 1987 as a four-piece band in the speed metal vein.

The band signed with Metal Blade Records in 1989. The Metal Blade years saw the entry of rhythm guitarist Greg Messick. Intruder released their second album, "A Higher Form Of Killing", in 1989 as a five-piece band. It presented a move away from Speed Metal to the Thrash Metal scene. Intruder released the very rare "Escape From Pain" EP in 1990. Admittedly released as "an excuse to tour", it featured songs recorded on previous releases as well as a cover of "25 or 6 to 4" by Chicago.[3] It featured just one new song, the title track. Escape From Pain was the only one of their Metal Blade releases not to be issued on all three formats of cd, cassette and vinyl.

In 1991 Intruder released their final full-length album, "Psycho Savant". It was their only Metal Blade release to feature all original songs. After 5 years of releases and touring, the group disbanded in 1992. In a 2006 interview, Guitarist Greg Messick claimed that the band tried to stay together after being dropped from Metal Blade, but were ultimately unwilling due to inevitable lineup changes. Vocalist Jimmy Hamilton responded to the question of the band's split up in the same interview:

We got dropped from Metal Blade in the middle of our tour when we just hit the charts. Besides, although we had been together for so long, just like many marriage relationships there was no more 'love' and we said 'this marriage needs to end for a while. We need counseling'.

— Jimmy Hamilton, [4]

Intruder did an impressive amount of touring during their short career. Although very little was done in the way of promotion, Intruder was able to tour for each release in the US, Canada and Mexico and shared stages with the likes of Helstar, Anvil and Morbid Angel. Since 2002, the group has reunited from time to time. They performed at the Classic Metal Fest in Ohio, 2002, and had a headlining spot at the Headbangers Open Air in Germany. They also played the Keep It True festival in Germany in 2007 and a reunion show in their home town of Nashville in November, 2011, in honor of the 20th anniversary of 'Psycho Savant.[5]

In 2004, the band re-released their 1987 debut album "Live To Die" through Hellion Records with six bonus tracks.

They are presently in the studio working on a 'Best Of' CD which will consist of 8 fan-picked tracks from the 2 Metal Blade Records releases, "A Higher Form Of Killing" and "Psycho Savant". It will also contain a brand new track as well. This release sees the return of Todd Nelson on bass. This will be the first time the original Metal Blade lineup will have recorded together since 1991.

2017 is the 30th year anniversary of the band.


Current lineup, 2014
  • Vocals: Jimmy Hamilton
  • Guitars: Arthur Vinett
  • Guitars: Greg Messick
  • Bass: Todd Nelson
  • Drums: John Pieroni
Final lineup, 1992
  • Vocals: Jimmy Hamilton
  • Guitars: Arthur Vinett
  • Guitars: Greg Messick
  • Bass: Todd Nelson
  • Drums: John Pieroni



Studio albums


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