Chicago metal act WRATH has issued the following update:
After 20-plus years of kicking ass on the stage and studio with us, our friend and colleague Mr. Dave Sollman has announced his departure from the band. Dave joined the band shortly before the 'Nothing To Fear' tour in 1988, when he was thrust into the world of WRATH at the tender age of 19! Dave contributed a great deal to the recording of 1990's 'Insane Society', along with countless hours of rehearsing, playing, recording, drinking, and rehearsing some more, and has been the backbone of the band ever since. Although he will not be playing with us anymore, Dave will always be a part of the WRATH family, and he will be missed.
"We have found another kick-ass new drummer in Mr. Patt Maxwell. Patt (formerly of PROXIMITY) has a unique style perfectly suited to help WRATH turn the page onto the next chapter. We jammed with Patt once, and things just fell nicely into place!
"We are grinding out a new WRATH show as we speak, and we promise some nice little surprises!"
WRATH was founded in 1982 by bassist Gary Modica and guitarist Mike Nyrkkanen. Guitarist Scott Nyquist joined in 1984, vocalist Gary Golwitzer and drummer Rick Rios then rounded out the band that would catch the metal world's attention with their six-song demo, "Children of the Wicked".
WRATH signed their first worldwide record deal with King Klassic Records in Waukegan Illinois. "Fit of Anger", the band's first full-length album, was released in 1986. Drummer Rick Rios parted ways with the band in 1987, and drummer Mike Fron (AMULANCE) was brought in as WRATH wrote and recorded their second album, this time for Enigma Records' new Medusa label. Rock guitarist (and legend) Ronnie Montrose was brought in to produce, and "Nothing To Fear" was born. 1989 brought more change as drummer Mike Fron was replaced by skinsman Dave Sollman, followed soon by yet another change, original vocalist Gary Golwitzer was replaced by commanding vocalist Kurt Grayson. Later in 1989, the band wrote and recorded their third album, "Insane Society". Produced by Medusa honcho Ron Goudie, this album marked a return to the classic metal stylings of the band's earlier sound; loud, pounding, heavy as hell metal. In 1991, longtime guitarist Scott Nyquist parted ways with the band, and was replaced for a short time by Chris Nelken (TYRANT'S REIGN), followed by a successful stretch with guitarist/metal producer Chris Djuricic (Studio One). In 1998, the original "Insane Society" lineup reformed for a string of select shows, and due to overwhelming response, the same lineup gathered again in 2002, and in 2004.
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