Spineshank is an American nude metal band from Los Angeles, California. The group has four studio albums sold over 540,000 copies.
Spineshank is formed in February 1996 from the remains of a local group called Basic Enigma. It will include singer Jonny Santos, guitarist Mike Sarkisyan and drummer Tom Decker. Bassist Robert Garcia will then be recruited.
The band then teamed up with Fear Factory band guitarist Dino Cazares, and after hearing their demo, he invited them to open for Fear Factory in a concert at the Whiskey A-Go-Go at Los Angeles. Subsequently, the group plays for Coal Chamber, Snot, Soulfly, Sepultura and Danzig. Therefore, Spineshank attracts the interest of a good number of labels. Finally, the band signs with the label Roadrunner Records, and publishes its first album, Strictly Diesel, on September 22nd, 1998. The album reaches the 19> place of the top 25 of the metal albums established by the magazine CMJ New Music Report>. Fear Factory singer Burton C. Bell will be singing on the song Stain. Spineshank joins Fear Factory and Kilgore on a European tour that same year.
Spineshank's second album, The Height of Callousness, is released October 10, 2000. Unlike the first album, The Height of Callousness sounds particularly industrial metal. The group participates in Ozzfest 2001, and touring with bands like Disturbed, Hed PE, Orgy and Mudvayne in support of the album. The songs Synthetic and New Disease are published as singles. The band's third album, Self-Destructive Pattern, is released on September 9, 2003. The single at the top of the list, Smothered, is nominated for a Grammy in the category of "best metal performance" < / span> in 2004. Soon after the release of the album, the group embarks on a European tour with Ill Nino and Chimaira. A concert, December 6 of the same year, is shot in the Netherlands and is planned as a DVD under the title of Roadrage, but never published.
In January 2004, Santos is announced outside Spineshank. Drummer Tommy Decker explains that they broke up on good terms and mainly because of musical differences. A day later, Decker announces he wants to continue the group, and explains that the separation was made because the rest of the band was playing more aggressive music than Santos>