Death Metal Underground

Dead Horse releases Loaded Gun EP

by Brett Stevens
July 1, 2014 –

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Following a reunion show last year in which most of the original lineup of Dead Horse took to the stage and the success of the Dead Horse/Dirty Rotten Imbeciles side project Pasadena Napalm Division, the Texas thrash band has released its latest work in an EP entitled Loaded Gun.

Dead Horse made a name for itself in the late 1980s by continuing the DRI/COC/Cryptic Slaughter/Fearless Iranians From Hell tradition of skateboarder punk/metal hybrid music called “thrash” but adding the surly growling vocals of death metal. With their debut album, Horsecore: An Unrelated Story That’s Time Consuming, the band launched itself to fame with short idiosyncratic songs that displayed more internal variation than most thrash of the era.

As the band ventured into the 1990s, it combined thrash with death metal possessing progressive overtones on the 1991 album Peaceful Death and Pretty Flowers, which showed longer songs with bigger themes and more use of harmony. After that, the band released a series of EPs and then fizzled out in the late 1990s after the departure of founding member Mike Haaga.

Those who attended the reunion shows claimed a revitalized Dead Horse took the stage, finally sure of its mission without Haaga and in a new musical world order where the raw extremity of early Dead Horse might get it overlooked, not noticed. We look forward to seeing what this band might render in the future, starting with Loaded Gun.

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3 comments

  • QUIZ THE FAGS

    Let’s see how many fags are in the house.
    Who would ask the following question:
    “why are u calling this band thrash if it’s crossover, not thrash? Thrash is Metallica and Anthrax”…
    >
    >
    a) everyone at metal archives
    b) thrashmetalguide.com & classicthrash.com
    c) deathmetal.org regulars (only they won’t admit it)
    d) i am brutal slayer of christians noble hessian warrior of death and i don’t care ! hurr

    Reply
    1. Brett Stevens Post author

      And the word is in from the judges. Let’s see what their combined assessment is:

      8.5

      I think he got off to a strong start, Jim, and that barrage of cynical options really cinched it but he lost points on the finish. Where’s the sodomy? What about gratuitous Cannibal Corpse, Pantera, Opeth, Cradle of Filth and Meshuggah bashing? It’s going to take an even stronger effort than that to win today here in the Olympic Hessian Stadium.

      Reply

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