DeathRiders, the fast and furious California metallers featuring Neil Turbin, the first powerhouse vocalist of Thrash (Thrash Metal Big 4 – Metallica, Anthrax, Slayer, Megadeth) original voice and lead singer of east coast thrash pioneers Anthrax (from September 1982 to August 1984). Neil was the first permanent vocalist of Anthrax and helped pioneer Thrash Metal on their groundbreaking debut album Fistful of Metal and US Attack Tour ’84 with (NWOBHM band) Raven and Metallica.
Turbin a key songwriter and major contributor wrote all the lyrics and provided the main concepts to such well known metal anthems such as: “Metal Thrashing Mad”, “Armed and Dangerous”, “Deathrider” and “Gung Ho”, which were on Anthrax’s first three releases and many subsequent live and greatest hits albums. Anthrax rose to # 8 on the British charts with the release of Fistful of Metal. Neil Turbin vocals and song “Metal Thrashing Mad” is featured in the “Brutal Legend” soundtrack and multi-platinum “The Big 4” dvd/cd.
DeathRiders line-up consists of:
Neil Turbin – Vocals
Sean Elg – Drums
Arnold Gonzalez – Guitar
Michael Lopez – Bass
Casey Trask – Guitar
DeathRiders will be unleashing their debut album “The Metal Beast” in 2014 timeframe after recording at Swing House Studios with Ari Judah (where Aerosmith did their latest album) and Blue Pacific Studios, mixing and mastering are completed.
The band has toured in Europe, Japan, Mexico and the United States including:
In 2013 DeathRiders hosted/co-headlined with Michael Angelo Batio NAMM Metal Jam with 40 of the top metal musicians from around the world at Whisky a Go-Go. DeathRiders is performing at Rainbow Bar & Grill 41st Anniversary Party and is one of the featured bands. DeathRiders will be performing at Rock Harvest II/Fallen Blue at House of Rock, White Marsh, MD. The Metal Beast Is Back 2012 Tour saw DeathRiders perform at Wihisky a Go-Go, Sam Ash Cerritos, The Mutiny in the Bay Area, Malones Orange County, Brick by Brick, San Diego and Neil T performed at Rock Harvest/Fallen Blue Police Benefit in Baltimore, MD. Stay Screamin’ 2011 European Tour saw DeathRiders return to Europe,Mexico and the US with a vengeance for dates in Neu Wulmstorf, Germany at Metal Bash, Leeuwarden, Netherlands at Highway to Dokkem Open Air at Poppodium Romein and Vienna, Austria, Berlin, Germany, Tijuana, Mexico at Expo Rock Tijuana 2011, House of Blues Sunset Strip. DeathRiders performed 26 shows on DeathRiders California Screamin’ 2010 Tour including 8 shows at theworld famous Whisky a Go-Go. DeathRiders celebrated 25 years of “Fistful Of Metal” on their extremely successful back to back Double Vengeance 2009 European Tour (spring & summer : Rocktower Festival -Headbanger’s Open Air and Nightmare Over St. Pauli Festival), andJapan/Southwest US (including Rocklahoma) in 2008. DEATHRIDERS have played festivals such as Body Art Expo 2009 Pomona Fairplex, Sweden Rock Festival 2006, Monterrey Metal Fest 2005, Thrash Against Cancer 2005, LA Gates Of Metal 2004 and many others.
The band DeathRiders are named after one of Turbin’s songs and were formed in 2001 in support of his solo album “Threatcon Delta”. DeathRiders have been touring in support of their forthcoming debut album “The Metal Beast” which is slated for release in late 2013/early 2014 presently being recorded at Blue Pacific Studios and Swing House
Recording Studios in Los Angeles.
“Thrash is a style of heavy metal music that does stay true to certain fundamentals like guitar chugging and rhythmic percussive double bass drumming. It has also been perceived as an “all out play as fast as you can” style of metal. I believe it is more Thrash to have a singer who can belt it out with the best of them and combine that with driving, intense powerful music. There is no rule that says Thrash vocals have to be one-dimensional. I for one have my own metal thrashing mad style!!!!”