Genre breaking San Francisco groove/funk thrashers MORDRED release their first new full length album, The Dark Parade, in over 25 years, and it’s every bit as good as expected from this unique band.
Set to be released by M-Theory Audio on July 23rd, the record – which will be offered on CD, digital, cassette, blue vinyl with orange splatter and a limited-edition, mail-order exclusive white vinyl variant – can be pre-ordered now.
Outside of their 2015 single The Baroness, the Volition EP– which is available for purchase – marked the first new MORDRED music since the band’s 2013 reunion. The four songs on that effort saw the group return to the scene with a revitalized energy and successfully recapture their classic sound, which is rooted in thrash metal but veers off the straightforward path for more adventurous musical explorations by utilizing funk-infused musicianship and hip-hop influences. The Dark Parade is the continuation of the aural momentum that MORDRED regained on Volition and showcases a band that sounds as fresh now as they did during their initial decade of existence.
MORDRED was formed in 1984 as the burgeoning Bay Area thrash scene was beginning its rise to global prominence. While mosh-inducing thrash formed the basic blueprint of their sound, MORDRED stood out as a unique presence thanks to their integration of alternative and hip-hop influences. The group was one of the first Bay Area bands to explore those diversities in extremes, but as the dexterous bass performance of Art Liboon and innovative turntable work from band collaborator Aaron “DJ Pause” Vaughn provided a new spin on the thrash metal genre, MORDRED retained their metallic bark thanks to groove-laden shred from guitarists Danny White and James Sanguinetti and energetic shout-along choruses spearheaded by vocalist Scott Holderby. That combination of thrash metal and exploratory funk powered three full-lengths and an EP on Noise Records between 1989 and 1994: their revered debut Fool’s Game; their eclectic sophomore follow-up In This Life; the Vision EP and their final – until now – record, The Next Room.
In addition to spending their 2020 releasing Volition and putting the finishing touches on The Dark Parade, MORDRED also entertained audiences throughout the year with their streaming variety show and concert series, MORDRED: Acting The Fool! Episodes from the series, which includes live performances by the band, guest appearances, burlesque performances, along with a healthy dose of sketch comedy and short films, can be viewed below.
Also check out the new video for the song Malignancy below.
Scott Holderby – vocals
Art Liboon – bass
James Sanguinetti – guitar
Danny White – guitar
Aaron “DJ Pause” Vaughn – turntables/keyboards
Jeff Gomes – drum