heavy metal

Suicide Watch Bio

Suicide Watch
Band members
Ian Ade Simon Rid


Some people are born to rock… a few are born to thrash. And SUICIDE WATCH definitely belong to the latter, all members being enthusiastic veterans of the thrash, hardcore and crossover scenes for many years, every fibre of their beings committed to relentless musical mayhem. And as their debut album, GLOBAL WARNING, will testify, they've distilled all their extensive knowledge of the genre into one of the most potent thrashcore releases outside of the Bay Area.

Drummer ADE and bassist IAN were both long-standing members of the popular UK metalcore act, STAMPIN' GROUND, during their creative heyday, playing together on the band's first three albums, including the ground-breaking 'An Expression Of Repressed Violence' and 'Carved From Empty Words', establishing themselves in the process as a formidable rhythm section.

Vocalist RID was actually the original drummer of STAMPIN' GROUND before ADE, but only played on the band's first demo. Before that he proved himself an intense and versatile vocalist in critically acclaimed UKHC bands such as DECADENCE WITHIN and BURNSIDE. Guitarist SIMON completes the band's potentially lethal arsenal, a player of incredible natural ability, with a shredding right hand to match the very best in his field. For the last five years he has played alongside RID in BURNSIDE, and before that with ADE in TALIESIN, as well as forming his own extreme thrash band, the short-lived FAILSAFE, along the way.

The long and short of it is, these four guys know each other's playing styles back to front, and inside out; the chemistry within SUICIDE WATCH is second to none, they genuinely live and breath the music they play. In fact, the thirteen songs on GLOBAL WARNING were written over the course of just twelve rehearsals, and recorded, mixed and mastered (live onto analogue tape with none of the digital trickery so often employed by modern thrash bands) in only four days.

As well as a devastating sonic attack, SUICIDE WATCH pride themselves on positive, sincere lyrics; they are four compassionate, caring individuals that have something of genuine value to impart to the listener. That's why you won't find any songs about Satan and 'bangin' the head that doesn't bang' on GLOBAL WARNING. The world is going to hell at a rate of knots, there's more important issues at stake right now than who is more metal than whom, and consequently the band's lyrical thrust is steeped in the grim reality of modern life.

But whether you buy into the band's politically charged agenda or not, there's no denying that this is a righteous thrash metal album in the vein of such greats as VIO-LENCE, TESTAMENT, KREATOR, DARK ANGEL, EXODUS, SLAYER and ANTHRAX. Even the striking cover art, by the legendary ED REPKA (MEGADETH, EVIL DEAD, NUCLAR ASSAULT, BIOHAZARD…), is reminiscent of that golden age of extreme metal of the mid- to late-Eighties.

So, batten down the hatches and bring the fuggin' mosh, SUICIDE WATCH have issued a GLOBAL WARNING… and it is indeed the soundtrack to the end of the world.

Click here to update bio