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PSYCHOSOMATIC is an American thrash metal band based in Sacramento, CA. Formed in 1988, the current lineup consists of founding member, bassist, and vocalist Jeff Salgado, drummer Toby Swope, and guitarists Daniel Mills and Viktor Hansen. To date, the band has released six studio albums, two EPs, and four music videos. In August 2018, PSYCHOSOMATIC entered the studio to record their seventh full-length effort, The Invisible Prison. The album was produced, engineered, and mixed by David Sanchez (Havok), mastered by Mark Lewis (Chimaira, Trivium, The Black Dahlia Murder) at MRL Studios, and will be released in summer 2020 via Nefarious Industries. 

PSYCHOSOMATIC was born in Salinas, California in the summer of 1988 with bassist Jeff Salgado, drummer Mikkel Andersen, guitarist Jody Morris, and vocalist Mike Smith. Smith left in 1990, leaving Salgado as the primary vocalist with new recruit Justin Reyes on guitar. This lineup released a 5 song demo called …and Now You’ve Had It! and contributed 2 songs on Thrasher Magazine’s Skate Rock Vol. 9 compilation cassette, Pawns Of The Apocalypse, alongside Bad Religion, Integrity, and Sheer Terror. The band played extensively around the San Francisco Bay Area, and throughout Monterey and Santa Cruz counties, performing at skateboard contests and backyard parties as well as venues like The Stone, The Omni, and One Step Beyond, and sharing the stage with The Vandals, BL’AST!, Melvins, Vio-lence, Good Riddance, D.R.I., The Mentors, and many more. 

In 1994 PSYCHOSOMATIC shifted to a power trio with Salgado and Reyes at its core – a 21 year partnership that would see the band through 5 full-length releases, carving out and cementing the crossover thrash sound that would endure throughout their career. Joined by drummer Marc Woodward, the trio released their full-length debut, Drunken Nights of the Round Table (1995), followed by Psychosatanic Drunkaholics (1997) with Todd Worley behind the drumkit. In late 1998 the band decided to move from Salinas to Sacramento, reuniting with drummer Marc Woodward, and immediately began writing and recording their third full-length album. Featuring 15 blistering tracks of speed punk, Tales of the Unbelievably Cheap (1999) was the band’s last self-released record, and also the last to be recorded and mixed at Soundwave Studios, Campbell, CA, by Brett Tyson, who lent his talents to the previous two releases. Woodward’s last recording with PSYCHOSOMATIC would be a cover of “Wrong Side Of The Grave” by legendary Seattle thrash band The Accüsed, appearing as the opening track on the 2002 Mechanized Death: A Tribute To The Accüsed compilation 12”.

Woodward’s vacancy was soon filled by Toby Swope, and the trio began working on their fourth full-length release, The Unquenchable Thirst. The album was recorded and mixed by Joe Johnston at Pus Cavern Studio in Sacramento, CA, and was released in 2006 on Thrashcore Records, quickly becoming a fan favorite and creating real momentum for the band who were now in a brand new city and scene. A video was shot for the song “Buckshot Breakfast” and was submitted to Blank TV’s YouTube channel but was rejected for its graphic imagery and content. PSYCHOSOMATIC toured extensively in support of the record, including a west coast run with Bled, a 2007 outing with Dr. Know, SXSW dates in March 2008, and an appearance at Tidal Wave festival in July 2008 with Exodus, Hirax, Attitude Adjustment, and Havok, among others. The band continued to play as many shows as possible throughout 2009, sharing the stage with such notable acts as Verbal Abuse, Witchaven, Havok, Head on Collision, Toe Tag, The Accüsed, TSOL, Hoods, Call the Paramedics, Anal Cunt, Kill the Client, Bonded by Blood, Merciless Death, Fueled by Fire, Hatchet, Beercan, and many more.

April 2010 saw the release of PSYCHOSOMATIC’s fifth studio album, Another Disease, released via Thrashcore Records, and once again recorded and mixed by Joe Johnston at Pus Cavern Studio in Sacramento. At this point, almost all prior material was produced and written by Jeff Salgado, whereas Toby Swope wrote the majority of the music for this album. During the recording of the record, Jeff asked Toby to record all of the guitar tracks as they were far more technical than ever before. The band lowered its guitar tunings for a heavier sound and recorded 18 songs that clocked in at a total of 45 minutes. Two videos were released for the tracks “Another Disease,” which featured a fake infomercial for the intro, and for “Everybody Hates Me” which featured guest vocalist Nicki Sicki of Verbal Abuse. 

The band toured heavily in support of Another Disease beginning with an 18 date headlining US tour in 2011. With a more demanding tour schedule ahead, 21-year veteran Justin Reyes decided to part ways with the band. The trio played one final show together at Slim’s in San Francisco on July 2, 2011, as direct support for Attitude Adjustment’s album release show in front of a packed house. Guitarists Daniel Mills and Vince Cassinelli were soon brought into the fold, reinventing PSYCHOSOMATIC as a 4 piece thrash metal outfit ready for the rigorous tour schedule to follow in 2012 and 2013, including two headlining US tours, several outings with NJ beer-guzzlers Hammer Fight, and a west coast tour with legendary Australian harcore band Vicious Circle.

The band retreated for a year in 2014 to write and record Clicking Sound of a Hammer Pulled Back to be released via Buriedinhell Records in September of 2015. The album was once more recorded and mixed by Joe Johnston at Pus Cavern Studio in Sacramento, CA. At this time the band consisted of bassist and vocalist Jeff Salgado, drummer Toby Swope, and guitarists Daniel Mills and Joel Barrera. This was a straightforward thrash metal album from front to back, predominantly written by Toby Swope (who once again recorded all the rhythm guitar tracks as well as drums), with the exception of a few songs and lyrics written by Jeff Salgado. The lineup changed directly after the recording of the album, with Toby Swope switching from drums to lead guitar and his younger brother Jared Klein (Rivers of Nihil, Flub) stepping in to handle drumming duties. A video was released for the album’s first single, “Grand Mal Seizure,” which featured Hal Rotter from Plague Widow and was filmed by Jesse Davis. The band toured immediately after it’s release embarking on a 5 week US tour in fall 2015, followed by a 2 week northwest run as direct support for Havok.

PSYCHOSOMATIC went on hiatus for most of 2016 but remained busy with other musical projects. Toby Swope filled in for drums with Revocation on a North American tour during the spring of 2015. Jared Klein returned to his former band Flub and resumed session work for various bands.Later in 2017 Jared joined Rivers of Nihil full time and recorded on 2018’s Where Owls Know My Name, which debuted at #61 on the Billboard 200, selling 2,750 copies in its first week. Jeff Salgado was invited to perform at a benefit show for Vio-Lence singer Sean Killian entitled “Killian on Command” featuring an ensemble cast of Chuck Billy & Eric Petersen from Testament, Steve Souza & Tom Hunting from Exodus, Ted Aguilar and Will Carroll from Death Angel, Matt Harvey from Exhumed, David White from Heathen, Craig Locicero and Matt Camacho from Forbidden among many more. Afterwards Phil Demmel (Vio-lence, Machine Head) invited PSYCHOSOMATIC to open for them at the Oakland Metro after it was already sold out. 

In 2018 PSYCHOSOMATIC recruited Flub guitarist Vikor Hansen, Toby Swope returned to drums, and Havok’s David Sanchez was brought in to produce, record, and mix the group’s strongest effort yet, The Invisible Prison, set to release summer 2020 via Nefarious Industries. The new album features twelve tracks of modern crossover thrash, including a cover of “Serial Killer” by Bay Area thrash legends Vio-lence, and marks the band’s first time working with an actual producer considering Jeff Salgado produced all the band’s prior material. Recording sessions lasted from August to September 2018 and were mixed during winter of 2018. In May 2019 Toby Swope was recruited by Skeletonwitch as their touring drummer and embarked on a 4 week North American tour, during which time producer Mark Lewis (Chimaira, Trivium, DevilDriver, The Black Dahlia Murder) mastered the album at MRL Studios in Sanford, Florida. Three decades in and over a thousand US and Canadian shows under their belt, PSYCHOSOMATIC is as motivated and unstoppable as ever with a new album on the way and more touring on the horizon.

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PSYCHOSOMATIC: Revolver Magazine Premieres “Fortune Dealer” Featuring David Sanchez From Havok; The Invisible Prison LP Nears Release Through Nefarious Industries – Earsplit Compound

PSYCHOSOMATIC photo by Michael Alvarezphoto by Michael Alvarez

As Sacramento, California thrash veterans PSYCHOSOMATIC prepare to release their seventh LP, The Invisible Prison, through Nefarious Industries in late August, a crushing, new single from the record sees its exclusive premiere through Revolver Magazine. The searing track “Fortune Dealer” features guest vocals by David Sanchez of Havok.

PSYCHOSOMATIC’s seventh full-length, The Invisible Prison features twelve tracks of modern thrash metal, crossing over with death metal and punk. The album was produced, engineered, and mixed by David Sanchez (Havok) at Riffs Or Die Recordings, mastered by Mark Lewis (Chimaira, Trivium, The Black Dahlia Murder) at MRL Studios, and completed with art by Jeff Salgado, coloring by Vincent Pizarro, layout by Greg Meisenberg, and photography by Michael Alvarez.

With the premiere of the “Fortune Dealer” single, PSYCHOSOMATIC bassist/vocalist Jeff Salgado offers, “We definitely wanted Dave to do a guest appearance, so ‘Fortune Dealer’ was a good fit. His screams match the witch’s persona in the song lyrics perfectly. We hope to work with Dave again soon.”

David Sanchez proclaims, “I had a blast making The Invisible Prison with the PSYCHOSOMATIC guys. I drove from Colorado to California with a loaded car and we built a makeshift studio in their rehearsal room. In the middle of tracking, they asked me to do vocals on ‘Fortune Dealer’ and I was happy to do ’em. It’s always fun to scream my head off, but especially when it’s with a band I love. This whole record rips and I’m honored to have been a part of it.”

Tune in to Revolver Magazine to unleash PSYCHOSOMATIC’s “Fortune Dealer” RIGHT HERE.

The Invisible Prison will see release via Nefarious Industries on LP, CD, and all digital platforms on August 28th.

Find preorders for all formats including merch bundles at Bandcamp HERE and the label webshop where the “We Don’t Trust You” lyric video by Rage4Order (Ministry, Queensrÿche) is playing HERE.

PSYCHOSOMATIC has released six prior studio albums, two EPs, and much more since their inception in 1988, during the California thrash metal overthrow of the ‘80s. With more than three decades of touring the US and Canada under their belt, the band has played over a thousand shows canvasing the North American tapestry with the likes of Exodus, Vio-Lence, Death Angel, M.O.D., Havok, D.R.I., Fear, Possessed, Arsis, Warbringer, Exmortus, Black Breath, Ghoul, Possessed, Phobia, The Accused, Eat The Turnbuckle, Hammer Fight, Deathwish, Wartorn, Dr. Know, Verbal Abuse, Attitude Adjustment, Hirax, and many more.

Watch for additional audio previews, an official video, and more on PSYCHOSOMATIC’s The Invisible Prison to post in the weeks ahead.

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PSYCHOSOMATIC: Decibel Magazine Premieres “We Don’t Trust You” By California Thrash Veterans; The Invisible Prison LP Confirmed For August Release Via Nefarious Industries – Earsplit Compound

PSYCHOSOMATIC 2019 roof garage web [photo by Michael Alvarez]

photo by Michael Alvarez

Nefarious Industries is preparing to unleash the rabid thrash attack of The Invisible Prison, the ravenous new LP from long-running Sacramento, California thrash metal squad, PSYCHOSOMATIC, completing the album for release in late August. Alongside preorders, cover art, and more, the lead single has been issued, as Decibel Magazine hosts the lyric video premiere of “We Don’t Trust You.”

PSYCHOSOMATIC’s seventh full-length record The Invisible Prison features twelve tracks of modern thrash metal, crossing over with death metal and punk rock. The album was produced, engineered, and mixed by David Sanchez (Havok) at Riffs Or Die Recordings, mastered by Mark Lewis (Chimaira, Trivium, The Black Dahlia Murder) at MRL Studios, and completed with art by Jeff Salgado, coloring by Vincent Pizarro, layout by Greg Meisenberg, and photography by Michael Alvarez.

The Invisible Prison’s lead single, “We Don’t Trust You,” arrives in the form of a lyric video created by Ben Garcia/Rage4Order (Ministry, Queensrÿche). PSYCHOSOMATIC bassist/vocalist Jeff Salgado offers, “We felt this song is a good introduction to the album as well as for thrashers who’ve never heard us. A quick anthem of pure hatred for betrayal.”

Decibel Magazine writes with their premiere of the lyric video for the track, “Unsung California thrash heroes PSYCHOSOMATIC might be an unfamiliar name to those of you who haven’t worn out your 57th-generation dub of No Life Til Leather or memorized all of Paul Baloff’s in-between song banter by heart. But for anyone who lives and dies with west coast thrash, these Sacramento vets fronted by vocalist, bassist and founder Jeff Salgado have been thrashing the fuck out of listeners with more regularity over the past decade.”

See PSYCHOSOMATIC’s “We Don’t Trust You” lyric video at Decibel Magazine RIGHT HERE.

The Invisible Prison will see release via Nefarious Industries on LP, CD, and all digital platforms on August 28th. Preorders for all formats, including merch bundles, are live at the label webshop HERE and Bandcamp HERE.

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The Invisible Prison Track Listing:
1. We Don’t Trust You
2. Riot Squadron
3. Schizophrene
4. Agents Of Surveillance
5. Labyrinth
6. Fortune Dealer
7. Pandora’s Crate
8. Personality Agenda
9. Invisible Prison
10. Serial Killer
11. Highbinder
12. Spiral Orthodox

PSYCHOSOMATIC has released six prior studio albums, two EPs, and much more since their inception in 1988, during the California thrash metal overthrow of the ‘80s. With more than three decades of touring the US and Canada under their belt, the band has played over a thousand shows canvasing the North American tapestry with the likes of Exodus, Vio-Lence, Death Angel, M.O.D., Havok, D.R.I., Fear, Possessed, Arsis, Warbringer, Exmortus, Black Breath, Ghoul, Possessed, Phobia, The Accused, Eat The Turnbuckle, Hammer Fight, Deathwish, Wartorn, Dr. Know, Verbal Abuse, Attitude Adjustment, Hirax, and many more.

Watch for additional audio previews, an official video, and more on PSYCHOSOMATIC’s crushing The Invisible Prison to post in the weeks ahead.

PSYCHOSOMATIC:
Jeff Salgado – bass, lead vocals
Daniel Mills – guitars, vocals
Viktor Hansen – guitars, vocals
Toby Swope – drums

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Track Premiere: PSYCHOSOMATIC “We Don’t Trust You” – Decibel Magazine

“Unsung California thrash heroes PSYCHOSOMATIC might be an unfamiliar name to those of you who haven’t worn out your 57th-generation dub of No Life Til Leather or memorized all of Paul Baloff’s in-between song banter by heart. But for anyone who lives and dies with west coast thrash, these Sacramento vets fronted by vocalist, bassist and founder Jeff Salgado have been thrashing the fuck out of listeners with more regularity over the past decade.” – Decibel Magazine

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PSYCHOSOMATIC: Long-Running California Thrash Act To Release New LP With Nefarious Industries; Teaser Video And Artwork Posted – Earsplit Compound

PSYCHOSOMATIC 2019 bridge web [photo by Michael Alvarez]
[photo by Michael Alvarez]

Nefarious Industries proudly announces the signing of long-running Sacramento, California thrash assassins PSYCHOSOMATIC, and is lining up the band’s rabid new LP, The Invisible Prison, for release this summer. A brief teaser video, the album’s cover art, and more have been issued.

See a brief teaser for PSYCHOSOMATIC’s impending The Invisible Prison RIGHT HERE.

Formed in 1988, PSYCHOSOMATIC has released six studio albums, two EPs, and four music videos. With more than three decades of touring the US and Canada under their belt, the band has played over a thousand shows canvasing the North American tapestry with the likes of Exodus, Vio-Lence, Death Angel, M.O.D., Havok, D.R.I., Fear, Possessed, Arsis, Warbringer, Exmortus, Black Breath, Ghoul, Possessed, Phobia, The Accused, Eat The Turnbuckle, Hammer Fight, Deathwish, Wartorn, Dr. Know, Verbal Abuse, Attitude Adjustment, Hirax, and many more.

PSYCHOSOMATIC’s seventh full-length record The Invisible Prison features twelve tracks of modern thrash metal, crossing over with death metal and punk rock. The album was produced, engineered, and mixed by David Sanchez (Havok) at Riffs or Die Recordings, mastered by Mark Lewis (Chimaira, Trivium, The Black Dahlia Murder) at MRL Studios.

Summer 2020 will see the release of The Invisible Prison on LP, CD, and all digital platforms via Nefarious Industries. Watch for an official street date, audio samples, tour dates, and more to post over the months ahead.

PSYCHOSOMATIC:
Jeff Salgado – bass, lead vocals
Daniel Mills – guitars, vocals
Viktor Hansen – guitars, vocals
Toby Swope – drums

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