Raging Slab

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Raging Slab formed in 1983 when Hooversville native Greg Strzempka and Elyse Steinman, both guitarists, met in New York City.

In 1987 the group recorded their first album, Assmaster, released on the New Jersey based punk label Buy Our Records. The cover art was executed by Marvel Comics artists Pat Redding and Pete Ciccone, and Raging Slab began to tour across the United States. In 1988 Steinman and Strzempka decide to add a third guitarist, Mark Middleton, and the group released their second album, True Death.

By 1989 several major labels were bidding to sign Raging Slab, and ultimately it was RCA Records that attracted the band to sign a multi-record contract. The group recorded their eponymous third album Raging Slab, produced by Daniel Rey (Iggy Pop, The Ramones, Masters of Reality).

The band reentered the studio to record their third RCA record Freeburden with producer Michael Beinhorn (Soundgarden, Ozzy Osbourne, Chili Peppers) and during recording, and the group were utilizing the talents of Chili Pepper and Pearl Jam drummer, Jack Irons.[1] Once again their work is rejected by RCA. Def American impresario Rick Rubin began to make offers to the group to leave RCA and make records for his flourishing label. The group agreed and Rubin bought out the remainder of their contract with RCA.

In 1993 the band released their Def American debut, the magnum opus double album Dynamite Monster Boogie Concert. A video that the group creates to accompany this release featured former child actor Gary Coleman, and the video debuted on MTV's popular Beavis and Butt-Head program, where Beavis is heard to declare, "they're like Skynyrd, but cool…".

The following year the band embarked on a European tour in support of Texas.[1] They also played with Lenny Kravitz and Monster Magnet, but while in England the group's then-drummer Paul Sheehan suffered debilitating knee injuries and the group curtailed its touring schedule.[1] They returned to the U.S. and began recording their second Def American (by now known as American Recordings) album. The group delivered Black Belt in Boogie, but the record is rejected by Rubin,[1] who reportedly tells the group that he "didn't hear any songs" on it, and it is not released. It was during this time that third guitarist Mark Middleton chose to leave the band, citing "personal problems" as the reason for his departure.

The group returned to the studio to record its next album Sing Monkey, Sing!, which was released with very little publicity. American Recordings then severed its relationship with its distributor Warner Bros. Records, but neglected to tell the members of Raging Slab that it had done so, and also overlooked the legalities of releasing the group from its contract. Sing Monkey, Sing! is then sold to the Colombia Record and Tape Club, and the band began legal proceedings against their former label. Deciding that formal proceedings against such a powerful adversary would result only in their own financial ruin, the group decided to wait out the remainder of their contract, which effectively barred them from releasing any new music until the year 2000.

With the passing of the year 2000, the group's contractual restrictions finally fell away and they began to again record and release music, and they appear on compilation albums.

In 2001 the group returned with a renewed vigor and they released The Dealer on NYC based independent label Tee Pee Records, and this was the first album of new and original music released by the band in almost six years. The group toured the U.S. and Canada extensively at this time, and were preparing to embark on a European tour. Scheduled to depart New York City bound for London, England on September 11, 2001, the infamous atrocity that occurred on that date postponed the European leg of their tour until later in 2001. On their return to the US the group once again headed into their studio to begin a new record. This album entitled Pronounced: Eat Shit was released in 2002, also on Tee Pee Records.

After the release and European tour for Pronounced: Eat Shit, the band took a long hiatus, before announcing that longtime bassist Alec Morton was suffering from congestive heart failure. Slab frontman Greg Strzempka joined Swedish southern-metallers Backdraft in 2003, before changing the band name to Odin Grange. But in the year 2004, drummer Niklas Matsson and bassist Mats Rydström joined Raging Slab for a short tour of the US and the recording of a new record, to be announced in 2009.

Current members

* Greg Strzempka – guitar, vocals
* Elyse Steinman – slide guitar, vocals
* Mats Rydström – bass guitar
* Niklas Matsson – drums

Former members

* Kory Clarke – drums
* Tim Finefrock - drums
* Dmitri Brill – guitar
* Alec Morton – bass guitar
* Robert Paules – bass guitar
* Phil Ondich – drums
* Bob Pantella – drums
* Rob Cournoyer – drums
* Mark Middleton – guitar
* Jack Irons – drums
* Paul Sheehan – drums
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Albums

BOR-12-011 Raging Slab - Assmaster album art Raging Slab Assmaster(LP, Album) Buy Our Records BOR-12-011 US 1987 Sell This Version
Raging Slab - Raging Slab album art Raging Slab Raging Slab (Album) RCA US 1989 Sell This Version
Raging Slab - Slabbage / True Death album art Raging Slab Slabbage / True Death (Album, Comp) Restless Records Canada 1991 Sell This Version
Raging Slab - Dynamite Monster Boogie Concert album art Raging Slab Dynamite Monster Boogie Concert (Album) Def American Recordings Canada 1993 Sell This Version
Raging Slab - Sing Monkey Sing album art Raging Slab Sing Monkey Sing (Album) American Recordings US 1996 Sell This Version
Raging Slab - The Dealer album art Raging Slab The Dealer (Album) Tee Pee Records US 2001 Sell This Version
TP-043 CD Raging Slab - Pronounced Eat Shit album art Raging Slab Pronounced Eat Shit(CD, Album) Tee Pee Records TP-043 CD US 2002 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

BOR-7-006 Raging Slab - Trash Princess/Bitch To Kill album art Skulls (2) & Raging Slab Skulls (2) & Raging Slab - Trash Princess/Bitch To Kill(7", Promo) Buy Our Records BOR-7-006 US 1987 Sell This Version
Raging Slab - True Death album art Raging Slab True Death (EP) Buy Our Records US 1988 Sell This Version
9036-2-RDJ Raging Slab - Don't Dog Me album art Raging Slab Don't Dog Me(CD, Single, Promo) RCA 9036-2-RDJ US 1989 Sell This Version
R10D-139 Raging Slab - Don't Dog Me = ドント・ドッグ・ミー album art Raging Slab = レイジング・スラブ* Raging Slab = レイジング・スラブ* - Don't Dog Me = ドント・ドッグ・ミー(CD, Mini, Single, Promo) RCA R10D-139 Japan 1990 Sell This Version
9177--RDJ Raging Slab - Bent For Silver album art Raging Slab Bent For Silver(CD, Maxi, Promo) RCA 9177--RDJ US 1990 Sell This Version
none Raging Slab - A Taste Of Slab: Six Pieces  album art Raging Slab A Taste Of Slab: Six Pieces (CD, EP, Promo, Car) Def American Recordings none US 1993 Sell This Version
PRO-CD-6659 Raging Slab - What Have You Done album art Raging Slab What Have You Done(CD, Single, Promo, Car) Def American Recordings PRO-CD-6659 US 1993 Sell This Version
DEFDJ 26 Raging Slab Take A Hold(12", Promo, Smplr) Def American Recordings DEFDJ 26 UK 1993 Sell This Version
862 761-2 Raging Slab - Pearly album art Raging Slab Pearly(CD, Single) American Recordings 862 761-2 Germany 1993 Sell This Version
PRO-CD-6125 Raging Slab - Anywhere But Here album art Raging Slab Anywhere But Here(CD, Single, Promo) Def American Recordings, Reprise Records PRO-CD-6125 US 1993 Sell This Version
Raging Slab - Take A Hold album art Raging Slab Take A Hold (Single) American Recordings US 1993 Sell This Version

Compilations

SLAB 1 Raging Slab - A Taste O' Slab Four Pieces album art Raging Slab A Taste O' Slab Four Pieces(CD, Comp, Promo) Def American Recordings SLAB 1 UK 1993 Sell This Version
HNECD016D Raging Slab - Assmaster album art Raging Slab Assmaster(2xCD, Album, Comp, Dlx, RE, RM) Hear No Evil Recordings HNECD016D Europe 2013 Sell This Version