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1. Insanity (U.S.A)

Formed in 1985, Bay Area band Insanity were instrumental in metal’s evolution from thrash to death metal. Drummer Bud Mills was a big reason why, as his so-called “1-1” beat presaged the modern blastbeat. The band’s sound more than lived up to its name. Not only did it crank thrash up to frenzied warp speeds, it also displayed chops well ahead of its time. Insanity were legendary worldwide in the ’80s metal tape trading circuit, with members of Carcass and Napalm Death citing them as an influence. However, the band never achieved proper success due to various misfortunes. Insanity’s inaugural lineup comprised vocalist Joe DeZuniga, guitarist Dave Gorsuch, bassist Keith Ellison, and drummer Bud Mills. Their 1985 rehearsal demo, recorded with a Walkman and a stereo microphone in a garage, gained global renown in the metal underground. Napalm Death later covered “Fire Death Fate” on Leaders Not Followers, Pt. 2, and Snakepit magazine reissued the demo on 7” with its 15th anniversary issue. Insanity made its storied live debut on October 19, 1985, opening for Death in Bay Area metal hotspot Ruthie’s Inn. However, two events derailed the band’s rising career. The first was Mills’ incarceration for ten months; the second was DeZuniga’s death from heart disease on May 16, 1987.


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  • raw_paw

    панк это урод

    25 Mar 9:48pm Reply
  • roundhousekick

    they were really insane

    7 Mar 1:43pm Reply
  • fishbedBLYA

    Хуёвый пример - лучшее оружие!

    19 Feb 6:40pm Reply
  • TrueMithrandir

    early Morbid Angel, Death and Possessed weren't exactly straight death metal either, but who cares? that shit was all a gray area during the 80s anyway, just thrash and enjoy!

    19 Jan 4:53am Reply
  • Ranc58

    Инсанити- только панк!

    18 Jan 1:43pm Reply
  • Nonna_Mordukova

    панк это урод сука!

    7 Dec 2014 Reply
  • WhiteNoiseVoice

    You read about these guys and it's comparisons to Morbid Angel, Death and Possessed. But REALLY they should be compared more to bands like Sadus and Dark Angel. They are pretty much deathy thrash with an emphasis on THRASH. They are NOT straight death metal.

    5 Jun 2014 Reply
  • HammerDod

    Shouldn't have missed on those guys for so long. Death After Death kicks all sort of asses

    7 Dec 2013 Reply
  • unclean-spirit

    Estou aqui pelo Insanity brasileiro!

    1 Oct 2013 Reply
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    14 Aug 2013 Reply
  • UntaRenkO

    One of the best thrash/death metal albums ever made[2]

    2 Jun 2013 Reply
  • UntaRenkO

    death metal with fucking balls.[2]

    29 May 2013 Reply
  • UponDoom

    jesus fucking christ, death after death rips

    15 Mar 2012 Reply
  • Coberholt

    Posession is the best song by the American Insanity, just fucking stellar

    21 Aug 2011 Reply
  • KSava

    Seeing them at Day of Death and then the next day again. Now, that is Insanity!

    20 Jun 2011 Reply
  • BestialWarlust

    Saw them the other night. They live up to their name, their chops are insane. Picked up the '85 demo on vinyl. Band rules so hard.

    15 May 2011 Reply
  • nalo503

    coming back to Portland this summer :)

    5 May 2011 Reply
  • ThrasheDDeatH

    Very tasty. Sounds very Brazilian even though it's not.

    11 Jan 2011 Reply
  • BrownAndMoist

    living proof that this band doesn't get the credit they deserve aside from those who really know and appreciate the history of death metal...

    6 Jul 2010 Reply
  • BrownAndMoist

    "shitty thrash metal in disguise"? really? i take it you don't realize the majority of those songs were written before death metal was even a fully developed genre, and while bands like Death and Master were still playing primitive Venom worship.

    6 Jul 2010 Reply
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