Indianapolis' Crusty Crossover Thrashers of the Extreme Radiation Sickness released their first studio album in 20 years on Abyss Records on Friday, June 22nd as part of the label's Summer of Sickness Campaign 2012. Entitled Reflections of a Psychotic Past, the new album from Radiation Sickness features seven brand new tracks and will also include a re-mastered copy of the 1990 release The Other Me, A Journey into Insanity.
The band will be performing at this year's Central Illinois Metalfest, which runs July 13th & 14th at the Canopy Club in Urbana, IL. Radiation Sickness plays on the 14th. Abyss Records will be a featured vendor at the fest.
The band was formed in Indianapolis, IN in 1987 by Doug Palmer and Ryan Rollins. The band was formed mainly on addiction, depression and the love for extreme underground music. While many people seem to not even give Indiana a glance when it to came to extreme grind metal RS started making noise in the underground. The band's first guitar player soon left and Rick Callaway joined in. Soon after Mike Herold was added on drums due to his blast beat abilities and double kick skills. The band recorded their legendary Elvis Ain't Dead demo.This demo used influences from many groups such as Napalm Death, Chaos UK, Discharge, Slayer, Cryptic Slaughter and The Accused. Radiation Sickness spent every minute playing every show they could. Tragedy struck the band in 1989 when founding member Ryan Rollins gave into his depression and committed suicide. The band pressed on adding Byron Holton on Bass. Spending every weekend on the road playing with the likes of Repulsion, Impetigo, Skeletal Earth, Immolation, Macabre, Dead Horse and so on supporting their EP The Bounds of Reality. They went into the studio in 1990 to record a classic underground LP entitled The Other Me, A Journey into Insanity.
This record received great reviews, sparked more countless touring and even landed Radiation Sickness on the legendary A Day of Death Festival, the first of its kind in Buffalo, New York with Cannibal Corpse, Autopsy, Suffocation and many others. Radiation Sickness started working on material for their third LP but before completion the band split up in 1992.
In October 2010 the band performed a one-time reunion show with all original Sickness members, except for Rick on guitar. Long time friend of the band Tom Ball joined in on guitar and brought more talent and brutal rifts to the band. RS said 'what the fuck that was a blast!' and played a couple more shows. They now have recorded and are ready to release their first studio record in twenty plus years. It will be released on Abyss Records and is entitled Reflections of a Journey Into Insanity. Radiation Sickness plans to bring their madness on the road in 2012 playing several large metal fests and small tours. Look for their release soon on Abyss Records.
Doug Palmer - Vocals
Tom Ball - Guitar
Byron Holton - Bass
Mike Herold - Drums