Reactivated New Jersey metallers WHIPLASH are in the final stages of recording their long-awaited new CD, "Pitbulls In The Playground", due in early 2009 followed by a summer tour. Guitarist/vocalist Tony Portaro reunites with drummer Joe Cangelosi once again after 19 years for their latest studio effort, which is being produced by founding member Tony Portaro who recently completed his studies with Rick VanBenschoten and Susan Nuziata at NYU.
Portaro remained the pillar of the band while the lineup went through many changes over the course of their six full-length CDs, including "Cult Of One" in 1996 and "Sit Stand Kneel Prey" in 1997. During that time, Cangelosi supplied the drumming on "Cause For Conflict" for Germany's premier thrash band KREATOR, which was released in 1995. Portaro handled the guitar work for Billy Milano's M.O.D. on a European tour in early 1998 with drummer Tony Scaglione, inviting the return of the original WHIPLASH lineup for a reunion CD entitled "Thrashback".
Portaro comments: "We owe this long-awaited breath of fresh new material to our fans. WHIPLASH stays true to their roots with the power-thrash riffs and double bass that broke us into the industry."
WHIPLASH is a three-piece power trio hailing from New Jersey. The band was assembled back in 1984 when Tony Portaro and Tony Scaglione joined forces, recruited Tony Bono on bass and released their first CD, "Power and Pain", in 1985 on Roadrunner Records. The debut CD was followed up by their first live performance at Ruthie's in Berkley, California with POSSESSED and DEATH ANGEL.
WHIPLASH's current lineup:
Tony Portaro - Guitar/Vocals
Joe Cangelosi (ex-KREATOR) - Drums
Rich Day Bass (ex-PRIMAL SCREAM) - Bass
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WHIPLASH performing live in 1986: