This US metal outfit started out as a hardcore crossover band. Originally known as No Labels, the band was formed in Raleigh, North Carolina, USA, in 1982 by Reed Mullin (drums), Woody Weatherman (Woodroe Weatherman, 1965, Raleigh, North Carolina, USA; guitar) and Mike Dean (b. Thomas Michael Dean, 24 August 1963, USA; bass/vocals), and rose to become one of the biggest draws on the US underground scene with their stunning live shows. Their 1983 debut Eye For An Eye, with vocals supplied by Eric Eycke, separated them from the pack by mixing hardcore speed with Black Sabbath and Deep Purple -influenced power riffing. The departure of Eycke saw Dean taking over vocal duties, although his contributions were not released until 1989 on the Six Songs With Mike Singing mini-album. A more metallic crossover style became evident with 1986s Animosity, although the band had lost neither their aggression nor their hardcore ideals.
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