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|Origin||Long Island, New York|
|Past members||Glen Cummings
Alan Bazin aka "Al Batross"
Ludichrist is an American band formed in 1984 in Long Island New York. Their musical style broke from traditional New York hardcore roots by adding aspects of rock, heavy metal and jazz, like extended guitar solos and musical interludes. Ludichrist is considered to be one of the crossover movement's bigger bands along with D.R.I.. Drummer Dave Miranda saw his band as crossing into both, punk and metal without firmly belonging into either camp, and claims that the band was influenced by bands around them such as Crumbsuckers and Agnostic Front. The band broke up after their second full-length album, and lead vocalist Tommy Christ and guitarist Glen Cummings went on to form Scatterbrain.
Original guitarist Mark Kanabrocki, who had written most of the first album's songs, left the band before it was recorded and appears only on the record release issued from CBGB called Off the Board.
On their debut album Immaculate Deception, one track featured guest vocalists from fellow New York bands Agnostic Front, Nuclear Assault, The Crumbsuckers and Leeway. The original drummer and founder of Ludichrist (also the guy who named the band), Al Batross, left after the first album Immaculate Deception was recorded. By the time their second album, Powertrip, was released, only two original members, singer Tommy and guitarist Glen, were left. The band became far more metallic in style, while retaining a range of musical influences and being more overtly humorous, they abandoned the early hardcore style and featured musicianship by Paul Neider (guitar) and Dave Miranda (drums) in particular.
Al Batross (real name Al Bazin) formed Big Sniff (with releases on both Mint Tone Records and Do iT! Records in Germany) with future members of The Arsons and Kill Your Idols in the 1990s. He later played with the band MDC (Millions of Dead Cops) from 2001 through 2003. As of 2008[update], Batross continues to live in NYC and has been the sole American member in three all-Japanese bands: The Plungers, The Spunks and Gelatine. Bazin is also a film and video editor.
Original bassist Chuck Valle later joined Murphy's Law, and had become an audio engineer (see Six and Violence), but was stabbed to death in California following an argument with an unknown man.
Guy Brogna joined as bassist for Ludichrist during the Powertrip tour in 1987. He did the second half of the US tour and joined the band in time for their European tour. Guy stuck with the band after the change to Scatterbrain, and now owns a music instrument store on Long Island called All Music Inc.
- Glen Cummings (guitar)
- Tommy Christ (vocals)
- Mark Kanabrocki (guitar)
- Alan Bazin aka "Al Batross" (drums)
- Joe Butcher (guitar)
- Chuck Valle (bass)
- Dave Miranda (drums)
- Tony Scaglione (drums)
- Mike Walter (bass)
- Paul Nieder (guitar)
- Guy Brogna (bass)