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The Accüsed

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Oak Harbor WA, United States (1981 – present)

The Accüsed is a hardcore punk and crossover band from Washington State. Formed in 1981 in Oak Harbor, Washington by bassist Chibon ‘Chewy’ Batterman, Dana Collins and guitarist Tom Niemeyer. John Dahlin was the vocalist from 1983-1984. The addition of Blaine Cook (frontman of Seattle hardcore punk group The Fartz) fit nicely into the group’s migration towards a more heavy metal-based sound. In 1984, The band dubbed their style “splatter rock,” in homage to their favorite genre of horror films. Their hybrid musical formula was distinguishable by Blaine’s unusual choking-sound vocals, Niemeyer’s muted, choppy, buzzsaw guitars, dark metallic riffs, and rapid-fire drumming. The band are also responsible for creating the wild, zombie mascot Martha Splatterhead, who’s likeness (created by Niemeyer) adorns most of their albums and many of their promotional items. The Accused recorded five albums, three e.p.’s, and over 100 songs between their 1981 inception and 1990s hiatus.

The Accused regrouped in 2003, playing live shows in the Seattle area, then releasing the album “Oh, Martha!” on their own CONDAR Records label. This “comeback record” landed on Revolver magazine’s Top Ten albums of the year and “Writer’s Lists” from Metal Maniacs magazine. However, that line-up was short-lived. In 2005 3 members formed another band, Toe Tag and left The Accused. Guitarist and founding member, Tom Niemeyer continued on with The Accused recruiting 3 replacement members in the months following the walk-out by Cook, Alex Sibbald and Steve Nelson.

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