Heaven And Hell Records are pleased to announce the addition of Steel City’s premier technical power slashers, Invid, to their ever-growing roster.
Invid’s roots go back to 1989, when Jere Jameson and Chuck Brummond (Werhwolfe, Darkmoon) left Altoona, Pennsylvania after the short-lived thrash metal “supergroup” DeadZone collapsed. However, after moving the band to Pittsburgh, the project began to fall apart, leaving Jamieson and Brummond to start over with all new players. But it didn’t all come from scratch: the duo had in mind the theme, style, look and sound they wanted to do with their new band, and they even had him named Invid. .
Jameson’s friend and former Birds of Prey bandmate Matt Rudge was recruited to fill the second guitarist position for that Twin Guitar Attack. I was working with Myers (Icarus Witch). A search was made for the singer and frontman. It was short because Myers knew a local musician named TJ (Tommy James).
After the line-up was finalized, Invid continued working on new songs. Jameson and Bramond had framed the band’s identity with early demos of songs like “Denial of Mercy,” “New Dark Ages,” and “Universal Fear.”
“We wanted to fuse the aggressiveness of thrash with the technical side of progressive metal, while retaining the straight-up power and hooks of classic metal, all in a dystopian future sci-fi package.” – C. Bramond
With founding member Jameson leaving to join the military and soon Matt Rudge heading off to college, the line-up changed again.
“This one-on-two punch put Invid in a difficult position. It wasn’t entirely clear whether the project could continue, at least without jeopardizing its original vision.” – C. Bramond
Invid has gone too far and has made too much progress to abort the mission to adapt. TJ assumed the second guitar position while still performing lead vocal duties. His friend Shawn Cray joined on drums. This four-piece line-up lasted for about a year before further line-up changes when James and Clay departed and only Bramond and Myers remained.
The two then joined forces with three Pittsburgh-based musicians: vocalist Michael Degrena (Order of Nine), guitarist Michael Cisit (Order of Nine), and drummer Keith Harka. I was. Chisit recently left his metal band to form a more traditional metal band.
It was 1991 and the band wasted little time getting into the recording studio to track three demos. Demos were purchased and mailed to all metal labels, as is customary in the network industry. The band finally fired on all cylinders and gained a reputation in the Pennsylvania club scene, touring with legends like Fates Warning and Vicious Rumors and headlining concerts. Their cassettes and merchandise sold well locally as they received airtime on college radio such as Pitt’s station WPTS, where they were frequent guests. Invid returned to the studio the following year, and he produced two more tracks. Soon after, the five members moved to South Florida and attempted to immerse themselves in the once-thieving metal scene. However, they discover that the once vibrant scene is rapidly darkening.
Invid burst onto the underground scene in the late ’80s, and by the mid-’90s the band broke up and returned to the metal cosmos, never to be heard again (to date).
Scheduled for release in October or November 2022, Heaven And Hell Records will release a limited edition CD containing Invid demos from both 1991 and 1992. All six epic tracks have been remastered by Jamie King Audio. The package includes photographs, lyrics and an extensive band history essay by Chuck Bramond. The artwork for the jacket was created by Steve Cobb, based on the concept and design of Chuck Bramond.
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