The Accüsed

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The ACCUSED
Also known asThe ACCUSED™
Origin Oak Harbor, Washington, United States
Genres Crossover thrash, hardcore punk
Years active1981–1992, 2003–present
LabelsCondar, Musical Tragedies, Southern Lord, Nastymix, Earache, Combat, Fatal Erection,
Associated acts Gruntruck, The Fartz, Tad
Websitewww.theaccused2020.com
Members'The ACCUSED
  • Tommy Niemeyer
  • Josh Sinder
  • Chi
  • Borneo Red
  • John Dahlin
Past membersTracy Bohanis
Josh Sinder
Chibon Batterman
Dana Collins
Blaine Cook
John Dahlin
Mike Peterson
Alex Sibbald
Steve Nelson
Dorando Hodous
Brad Mowen
Nick Uttech
Devin Karakash
Tim Stein
Stanley e Dunster

The Accüsed is an American crossover thrash band from Seattle, Washington, founded in 1981. The band was a progenitor of the crossover style that bridged the gap between thrashcore and thrash metal, later influencing grindcore and some crust punk bands; as well as an influential band in the Seattle alternative scene. The band calls their music "splattercore", and their zombie mascot, Martha Splatterhead, appears on most of their albums. Common themes involve social issues and the theme of Martha Splatterhead coming back from the dead to slaughter rapists and child molesters. The Accüsed took an 11-year hiatus in 1992, with members taking time to play in Seattle bands such as the Fartz and Gruntruck. The band re-formed in 2003, and after several line-up changes "...have returned with NEW songs, and releases of older, vintage material--both due out Summer 2019; with select LIVE appearances to follow..." according to band founder and guitarist Tommy Niemeyer. Once again drummer, Josh Sinder, from The ACCUSED "Grinning Like An Undertaker" and "Straight Razor" releases will team up with Niemeyer as the band prepare to move ahead in the years to come. The band name "The ACCUSED" is a United States Registered Trademark (#5674245)

Crossover thrash is a fusion genre of thrash metal and hardcore punk. The genre lies on a continuum between heavy metal and hardcore punk. Other genres on the same continuum, such as metalcore and grindcore, may overlap with crossover thrash.

Seattle City in Washington, United States

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Contents

History

Early years (1981–1992)

The Accüsed was created in 1981 in Oak Harbor, Washington by bassist Chibon 'Chewy' Batterman; drummer Dana Collins; and guitarist Tommy Niemeyer. John Dahlin was the vocalist from 1982 to 1984. The band's first two demo cassettes and their album, Please Pardon Our Noise, It Is the Sound of Freedom, released in 1983 drew heavily from hardcore punk. In 1984 the Fartz vocalist, Blaine Cook, replaced Dahlin.

Oak Harbor, Washington City in Washington, United States

Oak Harbor is a city located on Whidbey Island in Island County, Washington. The population was 22,075 at the 2010 census. Oak Harbor was incorporated on May 14, 1915.

Hardcore punk Subgenre of punk rock

Hardcore punk is a punk rock music genre and subculture that originated in the late 1970s. It is generally faster, harder, and more aggressive than other forms of punk rock. Its roots can be traced to earlier punk scenes in San Francisco and Southern California which arose as a reaction against the still predominant hippie cultural climate of the time. It was also inspired by New York punk rock and early proto-punk. New York punk had a harder-edged sound than its San Francisco counterpart, featuring anti-art expressions of masculine anger, energy, and subversive humor. Hardcore punk generally disavows commercialism, the established music industry and "anything similar to the characteristics of mainstream rock" and often addresses social and political topics with "confrontational, politically-charged lyrics."

The Fartz were originally formed in 1981 and were one of the first well-known hardcore bands from Seattle, Washington. They were signed to Jello Biafra's Alternative Tentacles Record label. They were notable not only for playing incredibly fast and heavy music, but also for their politically and socially conscious song lyrics that criticized government policies, religious hypocrisy, racism, sexism, and poverty. Throughout their musical career they championed a blue collar, working class perspective on life.

In 1984 the band began adopting metal into their sound and dubbed their style "splatter rock", in 'homage' to their favorite genre of horror films. According to a review, "Their hybrid musical formula was distinguishable by Cook's unusual choking-sound vocals, Niemeyer's muted, choppy, buzz-saw guitars, dark metallic riffs, and Dana Collins rapid-fire, double-kick drumming." [1] The band also created the zombie mascot, Martha Splatterhead, whose likeness (created by Niemeyer) adorns most of their albums and many of their promotional items. A recurring theme in the band's lyrics involve Martha Splatterhead coming back from the dead to eviscerate and slaughter rapists and child molesters.

They released their first full EP, Martha Splatterhead, in 1985 on their own Condar label. Their first full-length LP was The Return of Martha Splatterhead, released on Subcore Records, and later re-released on Earache Records (the first mosh album), in 1986.

Moshing style of dance

Moshing or slamdancing is a style of dance in which participants push or slam into each other, typically performed in "aggressive" live music. Moshing usually happens in the center of the crowd, generally closer to the stage, in an area called the "pit". It is intended to be energetic and full of body contact.

According to reviewer Jeb Branin, "I was writing for a zine in Canada called Northern Metal that reviewed the new LP The Return Of Martha Splatterhead giving it a 0.0 rating and absolutely crucifying it in the review. It is the only 0.0 review I remember ever seeing in Northern Metal. They hated it so much I knew I had to buy it. As I suspected, the album was a masterpiece of hardcore hysteria." [2]

The LPs More Fun Than an Open Casket Funeral and Martha Splatterhead's Maddest Stories Ever Told quickly followed, as well a number of other annual releases. Starting with Hymns For the Deranged, the band also began working with Seattle producer Jack Endino, and their next album, Grinning Like An Undertaker, with Josh Sinder now on drums, was released on Nastymix Records followed by the EP "Straight Razor".

Jack Endino American musician

Jack Endino is an American producer and musician based in Seattle, United States. Long associated with Seattle label Sub Pop and the grunge movement, Endino worked on seminal albums from bands such as Mudhoney, Soundgarden, and Nirvana. Endino was also the guitarist for the Seattle band Skin Yard which was active between 1985 and 1992. Endino currently manages a studio in Seattle called Soundhouse Recording.

The band maintained an active touring schedule, and according to a review, "...live, The Accüsed were untouchable ... the whole band was a frenzy of epileptic gyrations, although Blaine's high flying leaps and bouncing off the walls like a deranged gnome were definitely the highlight ... even in today's underground you aren't going to find a more devastating band than The Accüsed." [2]

The Accüsed took an 11-year hiatus in 1992, with members taking time to play in other Seattle bands, such as the Fartz and Gruntruck.

Re-formation (2003–2010 and 2019)

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Back cover photo for "More Fun Than an Open Casket Funeral" CD Photographer: Rusty Hall

The Accüsed re-formed in 2003, playing live shows in the Seattle area, and in 2005 released the album Oh, Martha! on the band's CONDAR label. This "comeback record" landed on Revolver magazine's Top Ten Albums of the Year and writer's lists from Metal Maniacs magazine. Oh, Martha! followed the tradition of many earlier releases by The Accüsed in that it featured a track with a guest lead singer. In this case, guitarist Tommy Niemeyer sang lead vocals on the angry "13 Letters" (though no lead vocal credit was printed on the album). In 2006 a limited-edition, split 7" with Whidbey Island WA's punk icons Potbelly was released. The Accüsed 2003 reunion line-up was short-lived, however, as a newly reformed version of the band surfaced in 2006, and yet another incarnation in Summer 2019.

In a 2009 interview with Rock-A-Rolla , Tom Niemeyer stated that, during one of the band's many line-up changes, Mike Patton (of Mr. Bungle) was approached for the role of vocalist, with Patton ultimately declining Niemeyer's offer due to being "totally booked up". Patton did suggest Brad Mowen (ASVA, Burning Witch, Mommy, Master Musicians of Bukkake, et al.) who joined The Accüsed in 2006. The 'new' line-up released two new songs, via free download, "Scotty Came Back" and "Fuck Sorry", January 26, 2007.

In 2009, the band released their sixth full-length album, The Curse of Martha Splatterhead, [3] via Southern Lord Records. The album's first pressing sold-out quickly and received widespread critical praise, forcing Southern Lord Records into a hasty 2nd-pressing of the CD title only weeks after its release. In 2010, the band was included as a part of the soundtrack for Namco Bandai Games' 2010 remake of Splatterhouse. As of April 28, 2019, the Accüsed are, according to founding member and guitarist, Niemeyer, "...once again ACTIVE; with NEW material slated to be released Summer 2019, as well as a vintage 1983 Live gig from Missoula, MONTANA coming out on P.I.G. Records in 2019..." Niemeyer states The ACCUSED will also be performing LIVE gigs in select markets accompanying both releases Summer 2019.

Impact

Despite being frequently cited as an influence by other punk and metal bands, the Accüsed has largely remained in the underground. According to Sputnik Music , "It's a shame really [that] The Accüsed aren't recognized in the metal music industry as being one of the pioneering members of crossover thrash. These boys deserve more attention than they get." [1]

Timeline

The Accused

Discography

Albums

Singles

Album track listings

Martha Splatterhead(1985)
No.TitleLength
1."Distractions" 
2."Martha Splatterhead" 
3."Slow Death" 
4."Take My Time" 
5."Fuckin' for Bux" 
The Return of Martha Splatterhead(1986)
No.TitleLength
1."Martha Splatterhead"2:16
2."Wrong Side of the Grave"3:05
3."Take My Time"2:04
4."Distractions"2:03
5."Buried Alive"1:24
6."Show No Mercy"2:22
7."Slow Death"2:14
8."Autopsy"3:37
9."She's the Killer"1:52
10."In a Death Bed"1:10
11."Lonely Place"2:23
12."Fuckin' 4 Bucks"1:31
13."Martha's Revenge"4:53
More Fun Than an Open Casket Funeral(1987)
No.TitleLength
1."Halo of Flies" 
2."W.C.A.L.T." 
3."Rape (Not a Love Song)" 
4."Lifeless Zone" 
5."Scotty" 
6."Devil Woman" 
7."Bethany Home" 
8."Mechanized Death" 
9."S.H.C." 
10."Judgment Day" 
11."Take No Prisoners" 
12."Splatter Rock" 
13."Septi-Child" 
14."I'll Be Glad When You're Dead" 
Martha Splatterhead's Maddest Stories Ever Told
  1. "Psychomania"
  2. "Bag Lady Song"
  3. "Inherit the Earth"
  4. "Deception"
  5. "Molly's X-Mas"
  6. "I'd Love to Change the World" (Ten Years After Cover)
  7. "You Only Die Once"
  8. "Sick boy"
  9. "Chicago"
  10. "Starved to Death"
  11. "War=Death"
  12. "Maddest Story Ever Told"
  13. "Intro"
  14. "Scared of the Dark"
  15. "Losing Your Mind"
  16. "Smothered Her Trust"
  17. "Lights Out"
  18. "Hearse"
Hymns for the Deranged(1988)
No.TitleLength
1."Grinning" 
2."Brutality and Corruption" 
3."Tapping the Vein" 
4."Barracuda (Heart Cover)" 
5."Our Way (Live)" 
6."Cold Sweat (Thin Lizzy Cover) (Rehearsal)" 
7."Highway Star (Deep Purple Cover) (Live)" 
8."Symptoms of the Universe (Black Sabbath Cover) (Rehearsal)" 
Grinning Like an Undertaker(1990) – Produced by Jack Endino. [5]
No.TitleLength
1."Pounding Nails (Into the Lid of Your Coffin)"03:07
2."Bullet-Ridden Bodies"02:44
3."The Corpse Walks"03:41
4."Grinning (Like an Undertaker)"01:50
5."Down and Out (Featuring the Mad Poet)"03:45
6."Cut & Dried"01:42
7."Dropping Like Flies"02:34
8."M Is for Martha"02:50
9."Room 144 (Instrumental)"02:59
10."When I Was a Child"02:33
11."The Night"02:29
12."Voices"03:18
13."Boris the Spider (The Who cover)"02:37
14."Tapping the Vein"02:31
Straight Razor(1991) – Produced by Jack Endino. [6]
No.TitleLength
1."No Hope for Relief" 
2."Close Insight" 
3."The Corpse Walks" 
4."Straight Razor" 
5."Down and Out" 
6."Saturday Nite Special" 
7."Blind Hate / Blind Rage" 
8."Voices" 

Catalog

The out-of-print back-catalog of The Accüsed's albums has been sporadically re-issued on various labels over recent years; a move prompted in part by the fact that many collectors of memorabilia by The Accüsed were seeing copies of the rare/out-of-print U.S.-made CDs fetch hundreds of dollars each on popular auction website eBay.

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