Oppressor

Profile:
Technical Death Metal band from Chicago, Illinois, United States.
Formed in 1991 by bassist/vocalist Tim King and guitarist Adam Zadel, who went on to add guitarist Jim Stopper and drummer Tom Schofield.
They quickly recorded a demo tape, World Abomination, but it was their second, As Blood Flows, that got them signed to Red Light Records in 1993.

Oppressor's official debut album, Solstice of Oppression, was released the following year, and the band embarked on a heavy touring schedule in support.
Unfortunately, Red Light went bankrupt and Oppressor compiled European Oppression Live + As Blood Flows from their concert tapes (and early demo), which was put out by Megalithic and kept their name in the public eye.

Eventually, they caught on with Olympic, which released their second studio album Agony in 1996.
Featuring more structured compositions and improved production, it became the group's breakthrough, expanding their audience and netting the opening slot on Cannibal Corpse's American tour.

Follow-up, Elements of Corrosion, appeared in 1998, by which time Zadel, King, and Schofield were performing in an alternative metal side project called Soil with vocalist Ryan McCombs and guitarist Shaun Glass (of fellow Chicago death metal band Broken Hope).

By 1999, Soil had become a successful full-time venture, spelling the end of Oppressor.

Last known line-up
Tim King - Vocals, Bass, Keyboards
Tom Schofield - Drums
Jim Stopper - Guitar
Adam Zadel - Lead Guitar
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Albums

OPR 600 Oppressor - As Blood Flows album art Oppressor As Blood Flows(Cass) Oppressed Records (2) OPR 600 US 1993 Sell This Version
Oppressor - Solstice Of Oppression album art Oppressor Solstice Of Oppression (Album) Red Light Records (2) US 1994 Sell This Version
Oppressor - Agony album art Oppressor Agony (Album) Diehard Music Worldwide US 1996 Sell This Version
Oppressor - Elements Of Corrosion album art Oppressor Elements Of Corrosion (Album) Olympic Recordings (2) US 1998 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

MASK01 Oppressor - Oppressor album art Oppressor Oppressor(7", Num) Funeral Mask Records MASK01 US 1996 Sell This Version

Compilations

CIR 1012-2 Oppressor - European Oppression Live + As Blood Flows album art Oppressor European Oppression Live + As Blood Flows(CD, Comp) Megalithic Records, Circumstantial CIR 1012-2 US 1995 Sell This Version
MVDA4907 Oppressor - The Solstice Of Agony And Corrosion album art Oppressor The Solstice Of Agony And Corrosion(CD, Comp, RM + DVD-V, NTSC) MVD Audio MVDA4907 US 2009 Sell This Version