Heavy Artillery Records has announced the signing of Portland, Oregon heavy metal maniacs SPELLCASTER. Carrying on the proud legacy of Pacific Northwest heavy metal bands before them such as MALICE, METAL CHURCH and WILD DOGS, SPELLCASTER has arrived to prove that traditional heavy metal is alive and well in the USA.
After the breakup of their previous band during late 2008, guitarist Cory Boyd and drummer Shad Covert set out to start a faster, heavier band with which to fulfill their musical desires. After hearing him sing along to GRIM REAPER tracks on his car stereo, frontman Thomas Adams was immediately recruited on vocals. Following months of practice with various temporary bass players coming and going, the band had put together a set list worth of original material and covers. Ready to hit the stage the band found themselves in need of a bass player for an upcoming show. Gabe Franco of SEVENTH GATE was asked to fill in and after a killer performance, subsequently invited to join the permanent lineup. In need of a second guitarist to complete their dual-guitar attack, Tyler Loney joined SPELLCASTER, filling the last piece of the puzzle and completing the band's lineup.
With a solid lineup, SPELLCASTER hit the studio in late 2009 to record and self-release their debut three song EP entitled "Spells of Speed". Catching the attention of New York genre giants Heavy Artillery Records, the band was offered an opportunity to join the label’s growing roster. Now armed and ready for battle, SPELLCASTER is finalizing the material for its debut album, tentatively scheduled for release in early 2011.
Listen to SPELLCASTER at www.myspace.com/spellcaster123.