Former MANOWAR guitarist David “The Shred Demon” Shankle has joined HOUSE OF HOLLAND, the band led by vocalist Tommy Holland.
Tommy first landed the job as the frontman/lead singer of STEPPENWOLF, early in his early career, following the departure of John Kay. In 1984 in Chicago, after fronting STEPPENWOLF and THE BZZ, in which he played with future W.A.S.P. and L.A. GUNS drummer Steve Riley, Tommy formed the band HOLLAND. HOLLAND spawned the career of internationally acclaimed guitar virtuoso Michal Angelo Batio. In 1985 HOLLAND signed with Atlantic Records and released “Little Monsters” with hits such as “Wake Up The Neighborhood” and “Gotta Run”.
Drummer Bobby Fields grew up playing bass guitar with scattered bands around the Madison, Wisconsin scene. Discouraged by years of various projects that lacked any real chemistry, he took a 10-year “break” from the live music scene. While on hiatus, Bobby grew an affinity for tinkering around on the drums, an interest which soon grew into a passion and desire to get back into live performing. Driven by a new hunger, a new attitude, and a new role, Bobby came to Chicago to play drums with one of Chicago’s most legendary frontmen, Tommy Holland.
You might say bassist Drew Lawrence was born to play music. His father taught at Eastman school of music in New York so he was exposed to it at a very early age. In his own words, “I just thought that’s what you did when you grew up.” The apple didn’t fall far from the tree and by age 11 he was playing and singing his own compositions on the “Easter Seals” telethon and at 18 was playing the Chicago circuit with Joe Rayfield. Over the years he has played and recorded with many outstanding musicians, some of the most notable being Buddy Miles (JIMI HENDRIX EXPERIENCE), Phil Collen (DEF LEPPARD) and Gary Putnam (DREAD ZEPPELIN).
Guitar virtuoso and master instructor Shankle is one of the most respected and talented composer guitarists shredding up the metal scene today. He is well known for playing seven-string over-the-neck scales, arpeggios and string skipping, along with being a master of many other guitar techniques. David was a member of MANOWAR from 1988 to 1994, playing on the epic album “The Triumph Of Steel” and co-writing “Master Of The Wind”, “The Burning”, “Ride the Dragon” and “Demon’s Whip”. David left in 1994, after countless sold-out tours all over the world, and attended Roosevelt Music University in Chicago to improve his jazz and classical guitar skills. David‘s signature over the neck style guitar playing can be seen on many videos, including “Ashes To Ashes” and the 2005 MANOWAR “Earthshaker Fest” DVD. Now having refined and nearly perfected his craft, David brings decades of experience and hard work to the table with HOUSE OF HOLLAND.