The Accused

Group

Formed: Oak Harbor, Washington, USA

Classic LineupFlyerConsidered by many to be one of the very best crossover acts, The Accüsed actually started out as a standard hardcore band of the sort that wouldn't have been out of place on the New York Thrash compilation. Initially, bassist Chibon 'Chewy' Batterman sang (and can be heard doing so on their early demos), but then John Dahlin took over for their debut album (a split effort with The Rejectors) and they started morphing into a metal/punk outfit. Mark Prindle, that GREAT reviewer, described the band at this point as "one of the worst punk-metal bands in the short history of the universe".

It took the arrival of Blaine Cooke from The Fartz on vocals to get the band into top gear. The self-released Martha Splatterhead 12" EP injected vicious doses of metal into their music and went overboard on the horror movie/splatter aesthetic, with Blaine screaming away in a most disconcerting manner. With Martha as their mascot (much like Iron Maiden's Eddie) they've stuck to the same formula - shrieking vocals, intense riffage, high speed tempos, splatter movie subjects - ever since. They were popular enough to have been the subject of a tribute album, 1990's Mechanized Death CD, on Transparent Records, featuring loads of really obscure bands. The Return Of...Martha Splatterhead is considered something of a classic of its kind.

The group's post 1986 ling-players are: More Fun Than An Open Casket Funeral (1987), Martha Splatterhead's Maddest Stories Ever Told (1988), Hymns For The Deranged (mini-LP, 1990), Grinning Like An Undertaker (1990), Straight Razor (mini-LP, 1991), Splatter Rock (1992), Oh Martha! (2005) and The Curse Of Martha Splatterhead (2009).

They split in the early 90s and returned in 2003, although after the comeback LP Oh Martha! (2005), the entire band deserted Niemeyer, who recruited a heap of new members and soldiered on as the only original member,

As you can guess, I'm not a big fan, what with finding crossover a tad tiresome and often annoying, but they deserve a mention here.

Josh Sinder later played in Tad and currently plays in The Insurgence.

ORIGINAL LINEUP (1981-83):

John Dahlin - vocals
Tom Niemeyer - guitar
Chibon 'Chewy' Batterman - bass, vocals*
Dana Collins - drums
*Chewy actually sang/played bass briefly before John Dahlin joined

CLASSIC LINEUP (1984-1989):

The Accused Lineup 1987

Blaine Cooke - vocals
Tom Niemeyer - guitar
Alex Sibbald (aka Alex Maggot Brain) - bass
Dana Collins - drums

OTHER MEMBERS AT VARIOUS TIMES INCLUDE:

Brad Mowen - vocals
Tom Niemeyer - guitar
Prof. Iman A. Phid - bass
Mike Peterson - drums
Josh Sinder - drums

DISCOGRAPHY

Singles / Albums

Rejectors / The Accüsed - Rejectors/The Accüsed The Accused - Martha Splatterhead EP The Accüsed - The Return Of Martha Splatterhead    
Rejectors/The Accüsed
(LP, split, 1983)
Martha Splatterhead (12", 1985) The Return Of... Martha Splatterhead
(LP, 1986)
   

Extraneous Releases

The Accüsed - The Archive Tapes 1981-1986 Cover      
The Archive Tapes 1981-1986
(LP/CD, 2005)
Baked Tapes: Rare And Previously Unreleased Splatter Rock (LP/CD, 2006)      

Demos

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Braindamage
(Tape, 1981)
Braindamage 2
(Tape, 1982)
     

 

VARIOUS ARTISTS

Brain Of Stone US LP 1984 (BCT): Civil Defense / In a Death Bed / God Drives A Blue And White Car / The Right

Thrasher Skate Rock 3: Wild Riders Of Boards US Tape 1985 (High Speed): Take No Prisoners

What Syndrome? US LP: Reagan's War Puppets / Highway Star

All For One..One For All US CD 1995 (Grand Theft Audio): No Accusations

Louder Than Hell EP US 7"/CDSl 2005 (Six Weeks): Take My Time

Links

SPLATTER ROCK: HOME OF THE ACCÜSED

MySpace page

A slew of great Mark Prindle band reviews

Wikipedia page

 

You can add stuff and make comments/corrections by emailing me at:

jane@punkygibbon.co.uk

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