Rusty Eye

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Rusty Eye
Rusty Eye performing live at the Sunset Strip Music Festival on 18th August 2011.jpg
Rusty Eye performing live at the Sunset Strip Music Festival on 18th August 2011
Background information
OriginMexico City, Mexico
GenresHeavy metal, progressive metal, punk metal, speed metal, thrash metal, rock en español
Years active1995 - present
LabelsEpoché Records, Calaca
Associated actsSergio Arau, Los Heavy Mex

Rusty Eye is an American heavy metal trio, originally formed in Mexico City in 1995. In 2004 Rusty Eye relocated to Los Angeles, California. Rusty Eye has also been the backing band for the rock en español solo musician Sergio Arau since 2015.


Rusty Eye was formed in 1995 in Mexico City, Mexico. The band's original lineup consisted of Mr. Rust (born Pablo Armando Salido Casanova) on bass and vocals, 'Dr. Eye' on guitars and vocals, Daniel Acosta on drums, and Ken Harrington on lead vocals. The quartet previously went by the name of 'Scarecrow' in 1993 and 'Poltergeist' in 1994. The name 'Rusty Eye' relates to the "corrosion of perception".[1]

After cutting several independent DIY demos they had previously done, the band recorded their first LP titled 'Rust N’ Roll' in 2000. This album was released in Mexico in 2001 and in the United States in 2003, through the band's own indie label, 'Epoche Records'. Miss Randall (born Julieta Randall) joined in 2003, replacing Haze on drums.

The band relocated to Hollywood, California in 2004. The band's second production 'Cryogenic' began in 2005 with guitarist Jonny Dee. In 2006, Dee was replaced with the guitarist Baron Murtland. Rusty Eye was awarded the 'Best Metal Single of the Year' award for the single "Mr. Cannibal" by the L.A. Music Awards in 2006 [2] and were listed in the Trade Magazine 'Music Connection' Top 100 Unsigned Artists of 2006.[3]

In December 2006, Murtland took a hiatus from Rusty Eye and was replaced with several live session guitar players, the most notable being Jehu (a.k.a. Jay) from the Metalcore band 'Tomorrow Comes Today'. Jehu appeared as the guitarist and played "The Chef" in the "Mr. Cannibal" music video.[4] In September 2008 Murtland returned to Rusty Eye. On June 6, 2009, the band released the Possessor album, which blended different metal styles and sounds, and had a horror film influence.

On December 12, 2010, Rusty Eye celebrated the 15th Anniversary of the band with the release of a live CD titled 'Live at The Rainbow MMX'. The live performance was recorded in April 2010 and Rusty Eye became the first band to record a live album at the Rainbow Bar and Grill in West Hollywood, CA. The album was produced by Miss Randall and was recorded with the band's mobile studio with the help of engineer Yuri Anysonian.[5]

On February 28, 2014, Rusty Eye released 'Saca el Cobre', an LP in Spanish, for the first time in their career. It included cover songs from Mexican rock en español artists from 1988 to 1992. It also includes two re-recorded versions of Rusty Eye's 'Mr. Cannibal': one an English-language remake, the second a Spanish run-through renamed 'Sr. Canibal'. The announcement of Miss Randall's departure from the band coincided with the release of the album.

On February 10, 2015, Rusty Eye announced a collaboration with solo Rock en Español artist Sergio Arau, along with the return of Miss Randall. They re-recorded a song from Arau’s first solo album named 'No me late la tira (Ni me latirá!)', which was digitally released as a single through Arau’s own label 'Calaca'.[6]

Band members[edit]

Current members
  • Mr. Rust (Pablo Salido) – Bass & Vocals (1995–present)
  • Baron Murtland (Tony Murtland) – Guitars (2006, 2008–present)
  • Miss Randall – Drums & Vocals (2003–2014, 2015-present)
Former members
  • Jehu – Guitar [from "Tomorrow Comes Today"] (2007)
  • J Dee – Guitar (2005)
  • Dr. Eye (Rodrigo Xavier Gonzalez) – Guitar & Vocals (1995–1996, 1999–2003)
  • Rodrigo Tarrats – Guitar (1997–1998, 2001–2002)
  • Sgt. Stoner (Rodrigo Pacheco) – Drums (2001–2002)
  • Octane Insane (Octavio Buzo) – Guitar (2001–2002)
  • Leo Haze (Leonardo Jaso) – Drums & Keyboards (1999–2000)
  • Gian Cross (Giancarlo Cruz) – Guitar (1999)
  • Daniel Acosta – Drums (1995–1998)
  • El Perro (Vidal Perez) – Guitar (1996)
  • Kenneth Harrington – Vocals (1995–1996)


US Releases[edit]

  • Mr. Cannibal (Remake) Single (2014. Epoché)
  • Saca el Cobre (2014. Epoché)
  • Live at The Rainbow MMX (2010. Epoché)
  • Possessor (2009. Epoché)
  • Stendhal Syndrome (2007. Epoché)
  • Live at The Joint MMVII (2006. Epoché)
  • Cryogenic Ep 3" Mini CD (2005. Epoché)
  • Rust n' Roll (2001. Epoché)

As Sergio Arau's band[edit]

  • ¡No Me Late La Tira! Ni Me Latirá! Single (2015. Calaca)


Demo Releases[edit]

  • Malpractice (1995. Epoche) Out Of Print
  • Self-Determination (1995. Epoche) Out Of Print
  • Aphotical Virtues (1996. Epoche) Out Of Print
  • !ffOkcuF (1997. Epoche) Out Of Print
  • Suffer The Neighbors [live] (1997. Epoche) Out Of Print
  • Blasted (1998. Epoche) Out Of Print
  • Wasted (1998. Epoche) Out Of Print
  • St. Jerome's Acoustic Serenade (1999. Epoche) Out Of Print
  • Menage a Trois [live] (1999. Epoche) Out Of Print
  • Speaks of The Devil (2001. Epoche) re-released as "Rust n' Roll" Out Of Print
  • Luvsong [Single] (2001. Epoche) Out Of Print
  • Live at Rockotitlan [live](2003. Epoche) Out Of Print

Music videos[edit]

  • Mr. Cannibal (2007)


  1. ^ Charlie Steffens (April 2008). "From Mexico with Metal". Metal Edge Vol. 54 No. 4.
  2. ^ L.A. Music Awards 2006
  3. ^ Music Connection Top 100 Unsigned Artists of 2006
  4. ^ Rusty Eye: Interview Animation "Setting the Record Straight"
  5. ^ BW&BK News
  6. ^ Uber Rock UK