Band of The Month

Stench Radio’s June Band Of The Month: The Accused A.D. / Toe Tag


Stig Stench, in 1987, As a young Marine Jarhead stationed in Camp Pendleton CA, was out on the town in Oceanside, stumbled on a independent record store and being both a rabid Hardcore Punk and Zombie Movie Fan was instantly caught by the cover by ”  More Fun Than an Open Casket Funeral (LP, Combat) “, I would with then girlfriend catch the ACCUSED support and decimate the stage on tour COMBATCore Records Label mates UK Legends G.B.H. The seed was plated for the “Stig Stench-Undead-Punk Rock Witchdoctor Personea” by that sound and ambiance of The ACCUSED and thier Lyrical subject matter and the Mascot “Martha Splatterhead.”

With the knife-wielding, toothy-grinned Martha Splatterhead at their side, Seattle’s own THE ACCUSED carved their way into the underground music scene by becoming one of the cornerstones of crossover music that melted faces in the 80s across the globe––A punk/metal fusion that planted its ever-growing seed in modern heavyweights such as MUNICIPAL WASTE, LAMB OF GOD, CANNIBAL CORPSE, the Patton/Lombardo project DEAD CROSS, and many more.
After its demise in the early 2000s, the band was reborn in 2004 as TOE TAG–a grittier, back-to-roots incarnation of the Splatterrock sound comprised of three-fourths THE ACCUSED, featuring Blaine “The Wizard” Cook, Alex “Maggotbrain” Sibbald, and Steve “O’ring Nelson with good friend and musical comrade Steve “The Beast” McVay taking Alex’s 4-string job while the Maggotbrain took over 6-string duties, complete with Wah-Wah shreddage.
Singles were released and compilations were blessed with TOE TAG’s presence, but nothing could wipe clean the splatter that had so stained the early fanbase. So at the behest of the fans, TOE TAG occasionally guised themselves as MARTHA’S REVENGE: The West Coast Premiere ACCUSED Tribute Band, playing a horror-filled mix of TOE TAG originals and resurrecting ACCUSED classics, laying waste to the West Coast and plucking fresh, young fans from their Mama’s arms, introducing them to all that is Splatterrock.
Following in the footsteps of bands like VENOM INC. KNOW, FLAG, and ENTOMBED AD––and after recruitment of POISON IDEA’s drummer, Mickey Widmere––the blender baby known as MARTHA’S REVENGE now proudly sports the moniker THE ACCUSED AD.
The cult of Splatter is alive, and the Kool-Aid is being consumed insatiably so.
They Ain’t Dead yet….
(L-R) Steve The Beast, Rex, Blaine The Wizard, Mickeymmmm (Formerly Of Portland’s Mighty Poison Idea), Alex (Maggot Brain)


June 3rd, 2018

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