Early-Nineties Seattle thrashers BITTER END will reunite for a one-off hometown concert on July 14 at The Funhouse. Tickets can be purchased at this location.
In February of 1990, under the guidance of producer Randy Burns (MEGADETH, KREATOR), BITTER END recorded “Harsh Realities” at Dodge City Recording in Studio City, California. The album was released in June of 1990, receiving an 83 from Metal Forces magazine, and three out of five stars from Kerrang! In Europe, the album was issued on the Music for Nations imprint, and was produced in both CD and vinyl formats. The band went on the road in support of D.R.I., touring the Western United States, Canada, and Mexico in the heat of the summer, and played with other up-and-coming thrash bands such as EXCEL. In late fall 1990, the band again took to the road, this time in support of SACRED REICH for another tour of the West, accompanied by ATROPHY. And in 1991, with financing from Metal Blade and working with videographer Tom Ensign, the band produced a black-and-white video for “Harsh Realities” that received airplay on MTV‘s “Headbangers Ball”.
In early 1991, disagreement over next steps led the band to request a release from their recording contract, and they amicably parted ways with Metal Blade. The rest of the year was spent gigging, incorporating the more thrash-friendly rhythms contributed by Russ Stefanovich, composing new songs, and preparing to go back on the market. During this time, they played local and regional gigs with THE ACCUSED and SOUNDGARDEN, as well as touring acts such as ANVIL, HEATHEN and SCATTERBRAIN. The band tracked a number of songs at Robert Lang studios in Seattle that were mixed by Jack Endino, and prepared to start shopping for a deal. But metal’s stock within the larger music industry was falling, and by the time NIRVANA released “Nevermind” late that year, it was clear that heavier forms of music were headed back underground. No label deal was imminent, and the members of the band felt the pull of other musical possibilities and life paths. After seven years of effort, one commercial label release, touring the Western part of North America, and a great ride, BITTER END played its final gig in August of 1992.
BITTER END‘s current lineup:
Matt Fox (vocals and guitars)
Russ Stefanovich (guitars)
Chris Fox (bass)
Harry Dearinger (drums)