1996 – 2003 (7 years)
Segression is a heavy metal band from Wollongong, Australia. Originally known as Eezee and playing sleaze metal, the group decided to change its name after moving into in a thrash direction in mid-1994. As Eezee, the band had recorded an EP in 1993 and the 1995 album Rise From Darkness. The group had also played support shows with Morbid Angel, Machine Head and Deicide. The line-up at this time was Christiaan Rand (bass, vocals), Chris Sellin (guitar), James Broadbent (guitar) and John Buckley (drums). The sleaze version of Eezee had also included Rand and Sellin, along with Lloyd Burton on vocals and Jamie McGarva on drums.
Formed from a conjunction of the words "segregated" and "aggression" (which was later a track on the fourth album), Segression announced its new name on New Year's Day 1996 and played its first show, at the Cambridge Hotel in Newcastle, a few weeks later. By this time, Broadbent had been replaced by Shane Partridge. Some of Broadbent's playing appears on the first album, which was already underway. A show in Sydney with Fear Factory and a rigid touring schedule that took in several centres in regional New South Wales followed. L.I.A., an abbreviation for lesson in aggression, was released in October 1996.
In 1997 Segression continued to tour solidly, featuring on several shows of Mortal Sin's comeback tour at the same time as working on its second album. Fifth of the Fifth took its name from a prediction that the world would end on 5 May 2000 and was released in September. The album consolidated the band's success on the Australian metal scene and also saw the introduction of the nu metal elements into their music.
During 1998 the group played a national support tour with Ozzy Osbourne and late in the year Buckley was asked to leave, opening the door to Red, a very experienced local session drummer. Red's first tour was with Strapping Young Lad which started three days after he officially joined the band. With this new line-up, Segression then headlined one of the 1st annual Australian Metal Festivals Metal For The Brain, then toured nationally with Fear Factory, then toured most of Australia doing their own shows or playing smaller festivals. The later part of 1999 was spent writing and recording a new album and playing live rarely.
The early part of 2000 was spent touring with Soulfly which culminated in Chris being asked to perform the song "Bleed" with Soulfly at the Sydney Big Day Out. The Smile album surfaced in early 2000 during a national tour with Slipknot. The album was released to critical acclaim on Roadrunner Records' Australian development label Dark Carnival. The relationship with Roadrunner soured almost immediately and Segression was forced to do virtually all of the promotion for the album itself but due to the hugely successful tour with Slipknot the Smile album went on to become the most successful of their career, and to this date it is still one of the highest selling metal albums released in Australia. Segression toured extensively behind the "Smile" album and in fact were voted Best live band, Best Drummer, Best Guitarist and Best Vocalist in a public poll held in a high profile music magazine. After being announced as part of that year's Metal for the Brain festival, Segression decided to withdraw from the show, instead announcing a move to the United States after a final near sold-out Australian tour.
Segression moved to Chicago in early 2001 and played some club shows on their own as well as with Hatebreed and Shadows Fall. Although these shows were a success they were mainly there to write and record new material which ended in a week-long recording session at Chicago's Groove Master Studios where Disturbed and Sevendust had recorded albums. They returned to Australia in May to tour nationally with Pantera and Corrosion of Conformity. Red quit the band after this tour and was replaced by Keith Owen.
June 2002 saw the release of the band's fourth album Segression. The album was not particularly successful and after touring for the rest of the year, Segression played a final show in December in Wollongong NSW. After the show the band had gone into the studio to record the follow-up album. This album took a new direction. Scared the Segression fans would not accept it they had released the album under the name Side Effect X. This then put Segression on hold. Many people thought Segression broke up but there was never an official word from the band about a split.
In late 2003, Segression announced that the band was on indefinite hold. With the addition of bass player Michael Caruana, all members of Segression now play in Side Effect X, a melodic heavy rock band. That group has recorded a single, "Turn the Page" and an album called Life. After a small tour and small push by the band for this album, the band finally decided to go their separate ways. Leaving both Side Effect X and Segression up in the air with no plans for either band to tour or play shows again.
In mid 2009 a new Myspace and Facebook page became active, and rumours went around that the band was back together. This was later confirmed with an official Facebook page post stating that Singer/Bass Player Chris Rand, Guitarist Shane Partridge and Drummer Red had in fact reformed the band and in Oct 2009 the band announced on their myspace that they will be playing a return show at Sydneys Gaelic Club. Segressions return show on 30 November 2009 was completely sold out.
After the success of this show the band decided to return full time adding guitarist Michael Katselos(Fozzy) with long term guitarist Chris Sellin opting out of the reformation. They have now completed a brand new album titled " Never Dead" which was produced by Singer/Bass Player, Chris Rand. According to the bands facebook and myspace postings," this album is just us being us completely". The album will be released through Riot/Warner on 22 April 2011 and it will be preceeded by a special iTunes only single, "Hero Anthem" on 18 March 2011. In November 2010 Segression were confirmed as the "Special Guests" on the December 2010 Australian east coast tour by Fozzy which features WWE star Chris Jericho and Stuck Mojo guitarist Rich Ward. The band has stated that they will be touring extensively throughout 2011 in support of the new album.
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