Mitch Harris

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Mitch Harris
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Harris in 2009
Background information
Birth nameMitch Harris
Born (1970-10-31) October 31, 1970 (age 49)
Queens, New York, New York, United States
Genres Death metal
doom metal
black metal
crust punk
grindcore
deathgrind
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter
InstrumentsGuitar, bass, vocals, drums
Years active1987—present
Associated acts Napalm Death
Righteous Pigs
GoatLord
Meathook Seed
Little Giant Drug
Defecation
Soulfly
Menace

Mitch Harris (born October 31, 1970) is an American guitarist, born in Queens, New York, then moved to Las Vegas, Nevada. He started his career in the grindcore band Righteous Pigs. He did a side project with Mick Harris – then the drummer of grindcore band Napalm Death, called Defecation. Shortly thereafter, he left Righteous Pigs and joined Napalm Death permanently in 1989, firstly appearing on the Harmony Corruption album. He is still with them, playing guitar and back-up vocals. [1] He also participated in the projects Meathook Seed, Little Giant Drug, and Goatlord. In 2013, a featured song called "K.C.S." was included on the album Savages by the band Soulfly that was released on October 4, 2013, and was written by Harris and Max Cavalera. [2]

His latest band project is called Menace, who released their debut album, Impact Velocity, on March 14, and March 18, 2014 in the US, on the label Season of Mist. [3]

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References

  1. "Mitch Harris - Metal Storm". Metalstorm.ee. Retrieved March 5, 2014.
  2. James Christopher Monger (September 30, 2013). "Savages - Soulfly | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved March 5, 2014.
  3. "Latest News: Thu, Sep 18 2014, MENACE". Season of Mist. Retrieved October 15, 2014.