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Sheer Terror

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Sheer Terror was an influential and long-lasting American band from New York City. The band was one of the first to mix shades of with a base, pioneering a heavier style of hardcore that would become popular in the following decades. Formed in late 1984, the band, for the most part, stayed together until 1998, surviving numerous lineup changes and shifts in musical style. In October of 2004, the band reunited and gave two final farewell shows at New York’s legendary CBGB Club.

The band first came into existence in December 1984 when former Fathead Suburbia vocalist Paul Bearer answered an ad in the Village Voice for a hardcore punk singer. Filling out the original lineup was guitarist Alan Blake, bassist Baron “Barry” Misuraca, and drummer Sam “Reid” Lohman. The band was featured on the 1985 “One Big Crowd” compilation, and released two cassette demos, “No Grounds For Pity” and “Fall From Grace”. Soon after the band broke up due to personality conflicts. Afterwards, Bearer would spend some time in southern California before returning to New York, where he reformed Sheer Terror with Blake, adding Mark Neuman on bass and Jason Martin on drums.

The band soon after began a longtime association with Blackout Records, who released some of their songs on the label’s compilation “Where the Wild Things Are”, in 1989, along with a 7 inch Live At CBGB release. The following year, the band recorded their debut full length “Just Can’t Hate Enough”. The record was engineered by Tommy Victor of Prong.

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