Before Anthrax collaborated with Public Enemy and before Limp Bizkit shredded Woodstock, there was a band called Mordred from the Bay Area of San Francisco, California that started it all – rap metal, that is…
Mordred, a band always ahead of its time, was formed back in 1984 in the San Francisco Bay Area during the era that gave us the big four: Metallica, Slayer, Anthrax and Megadeth. One of the first bands in the crossover thrash metal genre, blending funk, metal and DJ Pause on the decks, they released their debut album Fools Game back in 1989. The album gave birth to the hit single Everyday’s A Holiday, a huge crowd pleaser at the live shows. Everyday’s A Holiday also yielded a video which played in heavy rotation on MTV & other music stations internationally, in addition to helping secure successful American/European tour supports to big metal bands.
In 1991, their second album In This Life garnered five star reviews in Kerrang! and other magazines, gaining the band huge critical acclaim and cementing their place in the list of the Bay Area’s famous musical names.
This album spawned two hit singles, Falling Away and Esse Quam Videri, both videos enjoying heavy rotation on MTV and worldwide. Touring for support of In This Life produced a live home video, In This LIVE, from one of their amazing headlining shows at the Marquee club in London, which sold out both nights. 1992 arrived and Mordred release the six track EP that was Vision, the EP included a wide variety of the crossover thrash sound and again enjoyed lots of radio exposure.
In 2013, Mordred came back to life with a passion, the line up including five of the original In This Life members minus drummer Gannon Hall who was replaced by Jeff Gomes of Fungo Mungo. Their reunion tours of 2014 and 2015 saw a new and previous generation of fans and a show at Bloodstock 2015 lit a fire with the band and fans and proved they were back and meant business.
The band are pleased to announce that the current line is also the line-up that brought you In This Life & Vision, comprising of:
Scott Holderby – vocals
James Sanguinetti – guitars
Danny White – guitars
Art Liboon – bass
Aaron (Pause) Vaughn – keyboards, vocals, turntables
Fast forward to 2019 and after six years of writing back and forth between various band members, recording, living and travelling back and forth from New York City to California, Danny finally moved back to the Bay Area and within a year they had enough tracks recorded to fill out an EP and an LP. The band are currently gearing up to release these in the (Northern) Summer and Autumn of 2020.