Dearly Beheaded - Biography


Manchester modern Power Thrash Metallers Dearly Beheaded, featuring former Slammer members guitarist Steve Owens and drummer Rob Ryan plus ex-Epidemic bassist Tim Preston, debuted with the 'We The Unwilling' demo in 1993. Having performed a BBC 'Friday Rock Show' session the group won MTV's best unsigned act contest and signed to major label East West to record debut EP. However, arguments ensued regarding a proposed cover depicting severed heads and the label's insistence that Dearly Beheaded ditch their drummer. The band were subsequently dropped, even though they had recorded for East West, and were picked up by Music For Nations following a British support tour to Extreme Noise Terror in 1995.

The band's first album, 'Temptation', was produced by Colin Richardson and engineered by ex-Sabbat and Godsend guitarist Andy Sneap. For the second effort, 1997's 'Chamber Of One', Dearly Beheaded brought in former Critical Mass guitarist Darren Hough for a departing Phil Stevens. Colin Richardson was chosen once more on the production front as the band launched an uncompromising album that even proudly boasted of the absence of any guitar solos.

Lack of commercial success together with little to no support from the label left the group so frustrated that they separated in 1997.