Mendeed

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Mendeed
Origin Dumbarton, Scotland, UK
Genres Metalcore, melodic death metal, power metal
Years active2000–2007
Labels Rising Records
Nuclear Blast Records
Associated acts Anterior
Madman Is Absolute Digital Flood
Website
MembersDave Proctor(Now With Digital Flood)
Chris Lavery
Steven Nixon
Steph Gildea
Kevin Matthews

Mendeed was a Scottish metalcore band formed in Dumbarton, Scotland in 2000 and disbanded in 2007.

Metalcore is a fusion genre combining elements of extreme metal and hardcore punk. The word is a portmanteau of the two genres. Among other styles blending metal and hardcore, such as crust punk and grindcore, metalcore is noted for its use of breakdowns, which are slow, intense passages conducive to moshing. Pioneering metalcore bands—such as Integrity, Earth Crisis, Converge and All Out War —are described as leaning more toward hardcore, with their style sometimes being called metallic hardcore, whereas later bands—such as Killswitch Engage, All That Remains, Trivium, As I Lay Dying, Bullet for My Valentine, and Parkway Drive—are described as leaning more towards metal. Pantera and Sepultura have been particularly influential to the development of metalcore in the 2000s, which saw many bands in the genre achieve commercial success.

Dumbarton town and burgh in Scotland

Dumbarton is a town in West Dunbartonshire, Scotland, on the north bank of the River Clyde where the River Leven flows into the Clyde estuary. In 2006, it had an estimated population of 19,990.

Scotland Country in Europe, part of the United Kingdom

Scotland is a country that is part of the United Kingdom. Sharing a border with England to the southeast, Scotland is otherwise surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean to the north and west, the North Sea to the northeast, the Irish Sea to the south, and the North Channel to the southwest. In addition to the mainland, situated on the northern third of the island of Great Britain, Scotland has over 790 islands, including the Northern Isles and the Hebrides.

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History

The band's members met at school in Dumbarton. In 2002 they self-released their first EP Killing Something Beautiful . In 2003 the band released their second EP As We Rise .

In December 2003 Mendeed signed a recording contract with UK Label Rising Records. The band's first release on that label was an EP From Shadows Came Darkness in September 2004. It was produced by Mark Daghorn. Mendeed's music was played on rock radio stations. The band toured, supporting DragonForce twice.

<i>From Shadows Came Darkness</i> album by Mendeed

From Shadows Came Darkness is metal band Mendeed's third EP release.

DragonForce British metal band

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In December 2004 the video Ignite the Flames was added to the playlists of MTV2 shows Headbangers Ball and 120 Minutes, and the catalogue of Scuzz TV.

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MTV2 American cable and satellite television channel spun off of MTV

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<i>Headbangers Ball</i> music television program

Headbangers Ball was a music television program consisting of heavy metal music videos airing on MTV, MTV2, MTV Australia, MTV Rocks, MTV Adria, MTV Brand New, MTV Portugal, MTV Finland, MTV Arabia, MTV Norway, MTV Sweden, MTV Denmark, MTV Greece, MTV Türkiye, MTV Israel, MTV Hungary and MTV Japan. The show began on MTV on April 18, 1987, playing heavy metal and hard rock music videos late at night, from both well-known and more obscure artists. The show offered a stark contrast to Top 40 music videos shown during the day.

Mendeed released their first album This War Will Last Forever in 2005 on Rising Records. In 2006 the album was released again by Nuclear Blast, at which point Mendeed were nominated for "Best Newcomer" at both the Kerrang and Metal Hammer Awards. The band also contributed to Kerrang's Remastered: Master of Puppets Revisited album, covering Metallica's song "The Thing That Should Not Be". This earned them a Gold Disc at the Kerrang Awards in 2006.

<i>This War Will Last Forever</i> 2005 studio album by Mendeed

This War Will Last Forever is the debut album by Scottish metalcore band Mendeed.

Nuclear Blast German record label

Nuclear Blast is an independent record label and mail order record distributor with subsidiaries in Germany, the United States and Brazil. The record label was founded in 1987 by Markus Staiger in Germany. Originally releasing hardcore punk records, the label moved on to releasing albums by melodic death metal, grindcore, industrial metal, power metal and black metal bands, as well as tribute albums. It also distributes and promotes two post-hardcore/metalcore labels, SharpTone Records, focused on American scene, and Arising Empire, focused more on European bands such as Novelists, Imminence, Cold Snap and While She Sleeps.

<i>Metal Hammer</i> periodical literature

Metal Hammer is a monthly heavy metal and rock music magazine, published in the United Kingdom by Future and in several other countries by different publishers. Metal Hammer articles feature both mainstream bands and more unusual acts from the whole spectrum of heavy metal music.

Mendeed toured with such names as Anthrax, Cradle of Filth, Napalm Death, Fear Factory and played dates with Avenged Sevenfold, Slipknot, Skindred, Bleeding Through and Trivium. They also headlined their own tour in between dates supporting other bands, and performed on the Gibson/MySpace Stage at Download in 2006.

Anthrax (American band) American Thrash Metal Band

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Cradle of Filth English metal band

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Napalm Death British grindcore band

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Download festival

Their second album The Dead Live By Love was released in February 2007 debuting at no.4 in the British Rock charts. The band split up in 2007. After the split, lead guitarist Steve Nixon joined unknown Welsh metal band Anterior.

Band members

Final lineup

Discography

Albums

YearTitleLabel
2005 This War Will Last Forever Rising / Nuclear Blast
2007 The Dead Live By Love Rising / Nuclear Blast
2008 Shadows, War, Love: The Best of MendeedRising / Nuclear Blast

EPs

YearTitleLabel
2002 MeNdEeDSelf-Released
2002 Killing Something BeautifulSelf-Released
2003 As We RiseSelf-Released
2004 From Shadows Came Darkness Rising
2006 Positive Metal AttitudeRising

Singles

YearTitleLabel
2004 Ignite the FlamesRising
2005 Act of Sorrow Rising
2005 Beneath a Burning Sky Rising

Other

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Metallica's Master of Puppets album in August 2006, Kerrang magazine selected Mendeed to contribute to a tribute album. They opted to record "The Thing That Should Not Be". The CD, titled Remastered: Master of Puppets Revisited, was given away free with the magazine. Other artists selected to cover songs on the album were Machine Head, Trivium, Bullet For My Valentine, Chimaira, Fightstar, Mastodon and Funeral for a Friend.

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