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Attitude Adjustment

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San Francisco, United States (1985 – present)

Attitude Adjustment was an old school and band formed in the early 1980s in the Bay Area of San Francisco.

The band was formed by Chris Kontos, Eric Smith and Rick Strahl in early 1985. The line up was expanded by the addition of Kevin Reed on vocals. This lineup played a number of initial shows at Ruthies Inn, the New Method, the Mabuhay Gardens and other Bay Area venues. Several months later due to personal issues, Kevin Reed was replaced by Andy Andersen and Chris Scapparo joined as a second guitarist. They shortly went into the studio to record the Dead Serious Demo in 1985. The demo was recorded at Peter Miller Studios and engineered by Eric Kauschen.

Attitude Adjustment played frequent gigs throughout the Bay Area and California alongside bands like Forbidden (Known as Forbidden Evil at that time), Vio-Lence, Sacrilege, Possessed, Hirax, Death Angel, R.K.L., Dr. Know, Suicidal Tendencies, Corrosion of Conformity, D.R.I., Discharge, UK Subs, Neurosis, The Exploited and Operation Ivy, among others in 1986 and 1987. The band finally released their debut album, American Paranoia released on Pusmort Records. A masterpiece of the North American hardcore, this album was one the pioneers of the “crossover” between hardcore and thrash metal.

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