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With the neo-thrash movement showing no signs of slowing, it becomes very important to separate the wheat from the chaff. Hollywood, California’s Rattlehead are ‘one of the good ones’, as it happens, a young and energetic combo to which the business of thrashing is very, very good indeed, even though the band is currently unsigned.

Started sometime in late 2003, vocalist and guitarist Nick Baranov came together with some local Los Angeles musicians in what was the birth of the first lineup of Rattlehead, recording and self releasing their first LP the following year, entitled Responsible Moshing. …?” Rigorously performing in the local southern California circuit, the band slowly started to build an underground following of thirsty thrashers and speed metal freaks. With time came changes, and none of the other members showed a drive big enough to conquer a worldwide metal scene of such proportions, all through blood sweat and tears.

As time went by, a new lineup was gradually built, featuring Nick Baranov on vocals and guitars, Francis Ausley on lead guitars, Shadow on bass, and AJ Stixx on drums. After performing for some time, the band set forth to the studio for their second effort. Cleverly entitled “Step Inside for the Slaughter” and released in May of 2008, this album received nationwide notice. As preorders poured in, and iTunes featuring the album, Rattlehead did two simultaneous headlining tours in support of the release, a 12 day West Coast tour in the fall of 2008, followed by “Slaughtering the Masses” - a goliath 47 day trek across the entire country in the summer of 2009, playing nearly every single night.

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