The band was formed in the summer of 2010 by lead vocalist Brian O’Connor (Consfearacy, ex-Vicious Rumors), lead guitarist Michael J. Gardner (The Council), lead guitarist Kevin Rohr (Spectre), bassist extraordinaire Steve “Dedbass” Northam and drummer Danny Sablan (HateFX, The Council).
Their intention was to write and produce their own brand of heavy metal, while utilizing their past and present influences as a foundation and inspiration for their musical direction.
DEADLANDS is quickly establishing a large fan base, being nominated for a 2012 Sacramento Area Music Award (SAMMIES), playing live, and sharing the stage with artists such as Exodus, Anvil, Y&T, Great White, Death Angel and more.
DEADLANDS’ debut album features guest solo appearances by legendary heavy metal guitarists: Hank Shermann (Mercyful Fate), Michael Denner (Mercyful Fate/King Diamond), Andy LaRocque (King Diamond), Claudeous Creamer (Dragonlord), Mike Wead (Mercyful Fate/King Diamond), Glen Alvelais (Forbidden/Testament/HateFX) and Steve Smyth (Nevermore/Forbidden).
“Evilution” was mixed and mastered by DEADLANDS and Juan Urteaga (Machine Head, Testament) at Trident Studios.
You can already listen to the song “Pandemic Genocide” off the debut album here: http://youtu.be/UNkQhuWozco
DEADLANDS’ debut album “Evilution” will be released on February 22, 2013 via Massacre Records!
Brian O’Connor – Lead Vocals
Michael J. Gardner – Lead Guitar
Kevin Rohr – Lead Guitar
Steve “Dedbass” Northam – Bass
Dan Sablan – Drums