MARCH 19th 2013
BLEED THE FREAKS EXCLUSIVE

AC/DC may have said it best when they coined the phrase “It’s a long way to the top if you want to rock n roll…” No better words can sum up the career of Bleed The Freaks, a five piece hard rock band hailing from Oakland, California, right in the heart of the legendary ‘Bay Area’ music scene. Their sound is aggressive yet commercial. Their friends are some of the biggest rock stars in the business, and their story could be taken right out of the recent Anvil documentary film…

The idea of Bleed The Freaks came into reality when guitarist and founder Mike Roberts crossed paths with vocalist Will Rule in the late 2000’s. Roberts had been a mainstay in the Bay Area heavy metal scene since the genre was invented, playing in bands and chasing after the dream of a major label contract. He watched from the front lines as his childhood friend Cliff Burton went on to become an international icon with Metallica, followed shortly after by local bassist Les Claypool hitting the mainstream with Primus. Mike pushed on and formed the band Misery, only to slug it out in the club circuit without notoriety. He shopped the band to all the labels but they never called back. When the phone finally did ring it was another set of childhood friends calling. Jim Martin and Mike Bordin’s band Faith No More had just exploded and they were calling to celebrate. It was 1989 and metal was huge, but Mike Roberts was on the sidelines. It seemed as if every musician in the bay was breaking big except him. A serious bout with anxiety followed…

For singer Will Rule, the road to heavy metal glory began in the mid 1980’s in the slums of Buffalo, New York. It was there that the young vocalist fronted Tyrant Sin, an extreme metal band that featured future Cannibal Corpse members Paul Mazurkiewicz and Bob Rusay. This project proved to be short lived, as Rule wanted to sing in a more classic metal style while his band mates strived to attain death metal glory. Paul and Bob immediately formed Cannibal Corpse and gained instant acclaim. Feeling left out and fueled by the success of his previous band mates, Rule then relocated to Florida and began working with producer Scott Burns on a project with members of the band Neurotica, but it was short lived. At that point Will relocated again, this time to sunny California, to jam with a new band called War Prayer. Members of Bleed The Freaks heard a War Prayer demo and knew they had found the perfect front man and voice for their own band. They convinced him to join.

The rejuvenated new line-up of Bleed The Freaks – completed by drummer Scotty Sweet, bassist Jamey Knight (also of the band Misery), and guitarist Zak Edwardz – immediately went to work writing and refining their songs until they were flawless and ready to unleash on the world. Renowned producer Juan Urteaga (Testament, Machine Head, Heathen, Vicious Rumors) recognized the band’s potential, and offered to produce their debut record. The result is vocal melodies. Worldwide press and radio people, as well as the industry elite, have been hailing the release. European magazine Battle Helm said Bleed The Freaks can compete “with Testament for the throne as thrash kings to be,” while The Metal Review says “the entire album is great without a weak track to be found.” Playboy Radio on Sirius XM liked the Freaks so much they brought them in the station for an unplugged set and interview broadcast across the world. Major music companies such as ESP Guitars, Blackstar Amps, and Dunlop have jumped on board, and that is just the beginning. The band is currently shopping to labels and playing shows in support of the record. One can only hope that Bleed The Freaks will finally get their shot at the big leagues.