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Shotgun Messiah


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First Era, 1985-1991

The band previously went under the name “Kingpin” while they played in Sweden, recording the album “Welcome To Bop City” the line-up featured Zinny J. Zan (vocals), Tim Skold going by “Tim Tim” (bass), Harry Cody (guitar) and Stixx Galore (drums). This would become the original line-up of Shotgun Messiah as the band changed their name and relocated to Los Angeles, California hungry for more success. The album they released under the Kingpin name was re-recorded and released as Shotgun Messiah’s self-titled, debut album. The style of this album was Glam metal typical of early 1980s American bands, in the vein of Mötley Crüe and Ratt.

Second Era, 1991-1993

Soon after this, frontman Zinny J. Zan departed, leaving Tim Skold to take over vocal duties for the band, Shotgun Messiah drafted in American bassist, Bobby Lycan to fill Tim’s former position. This would prove to be the bands most successful era. In 1991, the bands follow up album “Second Coming” was released, spawning their most famous hit “Heartbreak Blvd”. Stylistically, due to Skold’s less conventional singing style, this era saw the band playing Sleaze Glam styled Hard rock, closer to Guns N’ Roses and Faster Pussycat than their previous effort.

A punk rock influence was prevalent during this period. The band released an E.P. “I Want More”, featuring cover versions of songs by the Ramones, the Stooges and the New York Dolls, during this time, they were also known to cover the Sex Pistols live.


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  • ochuel

    I always thought this band rocked even when they weren't the "in thing"! I'm pissed I had all of their albums and lost the 1st one, now it's too expensive or a pain in the ass to get.

    5 Apr 12:14am Reply
  • jackyboiii

    I like how the last three (English) comments all claim different best albums. I suppose that's a sign of a solid band.

    8 Sep 2013 Reply
  • Lord_DeviL_

    .•*¨*•♫♪•<❤>_♪♫ॐ•_•ॐ♫♪+<❤>•♪♫•*¨*•.¸ неплохо

    16 Apr 2013 Reply
  • inLoveWithRock

    Violent New Breed is one of the best industrial/rock albums of all time.

    18 Jan 2013 Reply
  • coa11

    nothing is worth listening except self titled album .. damn it kicks ass .. glam era with Zinny J. Zan is best ..

    3 Nov 2012 Reply
  • Re-Kramer

    Second Coming is probably the best album in Tim Sköld's career.

    13 May 2012 Reply
  • bryce08

    Tim Skold on second coming = perfection

    5 Mar 2012 Reply
  • Slesar-int

    31 Jan 2012 Reply
  • ShowNoMercy9786

    Industrial >>>>>>

    15 Jul 2011 Reply
  • ninjaguyx

    One of my favorite bands from the 80s and early 90s. I finally managed to get copies of their stuff. Haven't had it since it was on cassette. Stoked!! Skold rules.

    13 Jun 2011 Reply
  • leftspinedown


    28 May 2011 Reply
  • Johnny_Stooge

    Great Band!! First album kick your ass, Second smash your face, Third rip your corpse!

    7 May 2011 Reply
  • Neon_Blackie

    Violent New Breed is the killing album!!! [2]

    25 Apr 2011 Reply
  • CRSerrano

    first album sucks in so many ways you'd never think these guys could ever make anything slightly important, but onve they got reed of the vocallist and tim skold started singing everything changed, love second coming and violent new breed is just amazing, way ahead of its time, great band.

    15 Jan 2011 Reply
  • Generati0nWildx

    Shotgun Messiah is awesome. First 2 albums were great! Don't like the industrial 1993 album so much

    9 Jan 2011 Reply
  • DeValanten

    Violent New Breed is the killing album!!!

    3 Jan 2011 Reply
  • LollyBubbleGum

    Violent New Breed sux man. Have you SEEN what Tim Tim looks like now, damn.

    23 May 2010 Reply
  • sarakthx

    These guys are fun.

    13 May 2010 Reply
  • Re-Kramer

    This is so fuckin' awesome band!

    11 Apr 2010 Reply
  • jsisk

    Such an underrated group in the context of what followed in "industrial rock." Sascha and Manson were obviously listening. "Violent New Breed" is tops; here's to a triumphant solo return for T. Skold.

    24 Mar 2010 Reply
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