Chastain

Location: USA Genre: Heavy?Power Metal
Status: Active Current Label: Leviathan Records
Years Active: 1984-?

Chastain is a heavy metal project formed in 1984 by guitarist David T. Chastain and signed by Shrapnel Records.

The band was put together in 1984 by Mike Varney, president of Shrapnel for a David T. Chastain solo album. Varney had noticed the shred guitar ability of Chastain, member of the Cincinnati-based band CJSS and, at the same time, he wanted to create an output for the talent of young singer Leather Leone, formerly with the San Francisco band Rude Girl. The first band line-up included Leone, Chastain, CJSS bassist Mike Skimmerhorn and drummer Fred Coury, who would later play in Cinderella. In 1986, Chastain readily declared that “I could never work with these people on a full-time basis because they live all over the country (…). We just get together once a year, record an album and then go off and do our own things”.In the case of Chastain, he wrote music for CJSS and his solo albums, as well as producing other artists and managing his own record label.

Their debut album Mystery of Illusion was released worldwide in 1985, followed by Ruler of the Wasteland (1986), both through Shrapnel, and The 7th of Never(1987) through David Chastain’s own label Leviathan Records. Drummer Ken Mary (Fifth Angel, TKO) replaced Coury from 1986 to 1988. The fourth album The Voice of the Cult was released in 1988. On 1990s For Those Who Dare, new virtuoso bass player David Harbour replaced Skimmerhorn and drummer John Luke Hebert replaced Mary, who went to play for Alice Cooper. Having put on hiatus CJSS to favour the more commercially successful Chastain, the band became also David T. Chastain main touring occupation, with a succession of world tours until 1991.

After some years of quiescence, when David T. Chastain dedicated his time to other solo projects, in 1995 appeared Sick Society and in 1997 In Dementia, which were recorded with a new cast: Kate French on vocals, Kevin Kekes on bass and former Trouble member Dennis Lesh on drums.

Until the appearance of the 2004 album, In an Outrage the band disappeared again. The line-up for this album, in addition to David Chastain and singer Kate French, saw also her husband, Larry Howe and Dave Starr (both ex-Vicious Rumors) on board.

Members:

  • Leather Leone – vocals (1984-1992, 2013-present)
  • David T. Chastain – guitar (1984-present)
  • Mike Skimmerhorn – bass guitar (1984-1989, 2013-present)
  • Stian Kristoffersen – drums (2013-present)

Discography:

Demo Demo 1984
Mysery of Illusion LP 1985
Recordings ’85 Demo 1985
Ruler of the Wasteland LP 1986
The 7th of Never LP 1987
The Voice of the Cult LP 1988
For Those Who Dare LP 1990
Sick Society LP 1995
In Dementia LP 1997
In an Outrage LP 2004
The Reign of Leather Compilation 2010
Metal In Your Face Compilation 2012
Surrender to No One LP 2013
We Bleed Metal LP 2015

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