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SAVAGE THRUST formed in late 1984 primarily as a cover band, but they never played out, never recorded.
Feb. 1985 the band line-up changed, & they turned to all originals.
SAVAGE THRUST's first gig was june 1985 at October's nightclub (aka Rock Palace/Billy O's)...
SAVAGE THRUST's last gig was summer 1992 amazingly, at the same club!
 

Here's the original Bio from 1986-87 (this was sent out with our demo tapes)


A rude awakening happened back in summer 1985 on Staten Island (NYC's quietest borough) when "Metal the Painful Way" blasted forth for the 1st time from five deranged souls known as SAVAGE THRUST. Capturing the ears & minds of the rapidly growing NY metal scene, "the Thrust" quickly attained status as being amongst the most intense and talented bands to emerge from the east coast thrash metal movement.

Savage Thrust's material proved to be thoughtfully-written, mega-hard doses of merciless heavy metal that manage to retain a special sense of composition, musicianship, and melody. (thanks to Michael Smith's nerve-shattering vocals plus the fret-melting guitar work of Ed Varuolo + Pat Donofrio. Combined with the incredibly solid rhythms provided by Bob Boch and Bassist Jimmy Gellentien, SAVAGE THRUST soon established themselves as a major force that left an indelible impression upon all audiences.

The boys cite their main influences as "everything from sabbath to slayer"...which translates into nothing less than highly original, no-holds-barred riffs coupled with complex, inventive rhythms! Could this be what sets apart ST from other bands in the speed/thrash metal jungle?
Possibly it could be the group's choice of name that best explains this band's uniqueness. Think about it... a "savage thrust" conceivably escalates violence/sexual innuendo to new heights of perversity!

With song titles such as "Eat 'em Raw", and "Speed or Bleed", Savage Thrust casts sublety aside and goes straight for the jugular while leaving nothing to the imagination. As a result of 2 self-produced demos plus an appearance on new Renaissance Records' "Speed Metal Hell II", world-wide critical acclaim from the underground metal press continues to this day. Those reviews helped pave the way for numerous live performances supporting such national acts as: Anthrax, Exodus, Overkill, Manowar, Armored Saint, Nuclear Assault, M.O.D., plus many others.

Now it's time to experience "NY's masters of power & speed" firsthand for yourself. For best results: sit back, pop open a cold one, crank up the volume, and allow SAVAGE THRUST to exterminate your brain cells with extreme prejudice!!!!!


Band Line-Ups:

Savage Thrust Mark I: (1985)
Mike Smith - vocals
Ed Varuolo - guitars
Pat Donofrio - guitars
Kenny Mezzacappa - bass
Bobby Boch - drums
Savage Thrust Mark II: (1985-87)
Mike Smith - vocals
Ed Varuolo - guitars
Pat Donofrio - guitars
Jimmy Gellentien - bass
Bobby Boch - drums

Savage Thrust Mark III: (1987)
Mike Smith - vocals
Ed Varuolo - guitars
Pat Donofrio - guitars
Frank Conti - bass
Bobby Boch - drums
Savage Thrust Mark IV: (1987-89)
Mike Smith - vocals
Ed Varuolo - guitars
Pat Donofrio - guitars
Mike Puch- bass
Bobby Boch - drums

Savage Thrust Mark V: (1990)
Mike Smith - vocals
Edmund Varuolo - guitars
Rob Antila - guitars/vocals
Mike Puch - bass
Bobby Boch - drums
Savage Thrust Mark VI: (1990-92)
Edmund Varuolo - guitars
Rob Antila - guitars/vocals
Mike Puch - bass
Bobby Boch - drums

DISCOGRAPHY:

1985: "Demo of doom" (studio recording)
1. Crown of Thorns
2. Mistress of the Night
3. The Damage is Done
4. Assassin

1986: "Speed Metal Hell II": (compilation album NEW RENAISSANCE)
Savage Thrust-"Crown of Thorns" (from demo of doom)

1987: "Live Pain" (soundboard mix)
1. But Soon Revenge
2. The Vice
3. Virgin Scream
4. Infected
5. Seed of Demon

1987 Single "But Soon Revenge" (Polydisc -7" vinyl edition)
1. But Soon Revenge
2. Agony & Extacy

1990: "Eat 'em Raw" (Avanzada Metalica Records)
1. Acid Bath
2. Speed or Bleed
3. Madman Marz
4. Eat 'em Raw
5. The Vice
6. Infected
7. Seed of Demon

1991: Demo '91 (studio recording-Self Released)
1. Positive I.D.
2. Future Shock
3. Black Sleep

coming in 2008: "In Savage We Thrust" (complete compilation of entire back catalog)

live pain cassette cover


Here's a glimpse of some of the early t-shits we produced and an old pass from Lamour.
Rare pic of the original ST t-shirtone of our passes from lamours

Below are the original pages from the now VERY rare "Thrustazine." They are a perfect example of the kind of intensive "DIY" marketing/promotions we used to do. After appearing in many different fanzines, we decided to create our own, all about us! ...WEE!
Fanzines were, back in the day, the only way underground metal bands/fans communicated! Way before computers, all 20 pages were done totally by hand...
Ah, the magic of actually cutting/pasting/xeroxing!

Of course, not being content with simply seeing our band in dozens of 'zines, we decided to issue our own fanzine, 'THRUSTAZINE' ...20 pages - all about savage thrust! I recall a great many hours spent literally clipping & pasting together this fanzine.
The idea came about when I picked up a copy of a fanzine from FL band nasty savage at rock 'n roll heaven. I said: "hey, we should put one of these out!...I could do this!"
... In reality I possessed zero experience except for a bunch of band flyers I had designed. Also, I had nothing except a pile of other underground metal 'zines as a guide, and a bunch of old horror & adult magazines/newspapers to cannibalize.
(PS-BE SURE TO READ ALL THE SMALL PRINT ON THESE FOR A GOOD CHUCKLE)

See the infamous THRUSTAZINE complete, & for the 1st time - IN COLOR! (WARNING- some semi-explicit content)
THRUSTAZINE cover THRUSTAZINE page1 THRUSTAZINE page2 THRUSTAZINE page3 THRUSTAZINE page4 THRUSTAZINE page5 THRUSTAZINE page6 THRUSTAZINE page7 THRUSTAZINE page8 THRUSTAZINE page9
THRUSTAZINE page10 THRUSTAZINE page11 THRUSTAZINE page12 THRUSTAZINE page13 THRUSTAZINE page14 THRUSTAZINE page15 THRUSTAZINE page16 THRUSTAZINE page17 THRUSTAZINE page18 THRUSTAZINE page19
sample pages below are sorta like what they looked like when printed/distributed...

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