Video footage of reactivated Southern California metallers RUTHLESS performing at this year's Keep It True XII festival, which was held April 24-25, 2009 at the Tauberfrankenhalle in Lauda-Königshofen, Germany, can be viewed below.
RUTHLESS recently signed a deal with Italy's My Graveyard Productions for the re-release of its 1984 "Metal Without Mercy" five-song EP.
RUTHLESS's current lineup includes former DARK ANGEL guitarist Jim Durkin, who joined the band last fall. Durkin said, "Sammy D. [RUTHLESS vocalist] is an ol' buddy of mine for over 20 years! We have a lot of laughs together...and more than a few beers! They were one of the heavier bands around back in the day. DARK ANGEL and RUTHLESS played a lot of the same clubs in the '80s. So it seems like a nice fit. Their schedule is in line with mine so that I can work with them."
RUTHLESS was formed in 1982 by lead guitarist Kenny McGee and lead vocalist Sami D. The band released a Bill Metoyer-produced five-song EP, "Metal Without Mercy", on Iron Works Records in America, Banzai/Polygram in Canada and Axe Killer in France. A full-length album entitled "Discipline of Steel" followed in 1985.
RUTHLESS disbanded in 1990 but reformed last year.
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