BL'AST! is a California hardcore punk and rock band from Santa Cruz. They hold a heavy presence that transcends being branded and prevales as one of the heaviest bands that came from the 80`s. Timeless Music.
BL'AST! began in 1982-83 and released its first album, The Power of Expression, in 1985. They recorded the album three times before releasing it. They first were picked up by GreenWorld Records,that also carried bands such as King Diamond and D.I.. Blast! toured this record in the U.S. and played many west coast shows. BL'AST! wrote its in my blood and the group then caught the attention of SST Records, who signed them up for their next release, It's In My Blood in 1987. That same year, a 7-inch was released, including a cover of Alice Cooper's "School's Out". They began playing many West Coast shows and touring the U.S.. Blast! shared the stage with many of the late 70`s early 80`s bands from The Exploited to Slayer etc…. They also were releasing new music on Santa Cruz Skateboard videos. SST Records and Santa Cruz Skateboards began shared videos and merch bridged by Blast! as Neider had worked for the skateboard company for many years. The band's third release for SST was Take The Manic Ride, which was released in 1989. Was recorded by Dave Rat. Blast! reaching new musical boundaries that got heavier and manic as it became an influence for many bands to come.
Cliff Dinsmore was not in the group sometime in 1990 and co-founded the band Spaceboy. The rest continued on without him, with Neider taking over vocal duties. BL'AST! officially ceased to exist in December 1990 and changed their name to Blackout (releasing one 7-inch under that name) and then again to LAB (who also put out a 7-inch EP, as well as a hard-to-find four-song CD you could only get along with a Santa Cruz Skateboards order), continuing into the late 90s playing many shows with Fu Manchu. Former Kyuss and Fu Manchu drummer Brant Bjork moved to Santa Cruz to briefly join LAB before joining up with Fu Manchu.
BL'AST! briefly reunited in 2001, playing a handful of shows on the West Coast.
BL'AST! continues to slay as the future unfolds.
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