|Genres||Thrash metal, death metal|
|Associated acts||Strapping Young Lad, The Devin Townsend Band, Zimmers Hole, Exodus, Dublin Death Patrol, Forbidden, Fear Factory|
TENET originally started out in the summer of 1996 for Jed Simon, founder of the band. Together with Steve Wheeler (Zimmers Hole's drummer at the time), they started getting Simon's ideas down to demo-tape form, but while both continued along with ZH and SYL, nothing much happened for TENET apart from some casual jam-sessions, which among others also included players like Stu Carruthers (Grip Inc.). Simon then initially met guitar-partner Glen Alvelais (ex-Forbidden) way back in 1997 when SYL was touring with Testament, for who Alvelais was playing guitar at the time. After quickly becoming friends, Simon eventually asked Alvelais if he would be interested in playing together in TENET and long years later when they re-connected, Alvelais’ first question was “Whatever happened to that album we were gonna record?” They laughed and Simon asked “Soon, are you still into it?” Alvelais' response was “FUCK YEAH!”
After signing a deal with Century Media Records, Simon started out working on Sovereign with bassist Byron Stroud (Fear Factory, Strapping Young Lad, Zimmers Hole) as well as drummer Adrian Erlandsson (At The Gates, The Haunted, Cradle of Filth, Paradise Lost, Brujeria). But after reviewing the fact that not enough attention could be given to the project by Erlandsson, due to the immense geographical distance and other pending commitments, Simon turned back to his long-time partner, Gene Hoglan (Death, Dark Angel, Strapping Young Lad, Testament), to take care of the final drum duties. TENET was still looking for a vocalist though and after a few auditions were done, Steve "Zetro" Souza (Legacy/Exodus) was selected for the album, as he instantly gave the band that 'classic metal' feel that Simon was looking for. Simon quickly flew to the Bay Area twice to first oversee a very smooth vocal recording with Souza and then later on to mix the album with Vincent Wojno (Machine Head, Kreator, Trouble, etc.). Finally, Andy Sneap (Megadeth, Opeth, Arch Enemy, etc.) was recommended for the mastering of Sovereign and the album’s artwork comes courtesy of Travis Smith (Opeth, Death, Nevermore, etc.).
After many years of delays and setbacks, Tenet finally released their debut album Sovereign on the 20th of July in Europe (11 August 2009 in the United States).
- Sovereign (2009)
- Jed Simon - guitars
- Glen Alvelais - guitars
- Byron Stroud - bass
- Gene Hoglan - drums
- Steve Souza - vocals
- Garry Sharpe Young New Wave of American Heavy Metal 2005 Page 304 "304 TENET Be', would be promoted by an exhaustive live campaign commencing with a month-long run of major US dates ... A split 7” single shared with DISTRUST through Off The Disk Records followed a year later and the album 'Taste Of fear' surfaced in 1994 on Lost & Found Records. ... Fronting up the whole affair for a DEVIN TOWNSEND produced 2003 debut 'Sovereign' would be the esteemed ..."