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Often considered the ultimate progressive/technical thrash band, Watchtower ushered in a new era of extreme metal with their 1985 debut album, Energetic Disassembly, hailed as "Rush meets Metallica at 200 mph" by one publication. Featuring an array of chaotic time changes, aggressive vocals, and possibly one of the most accomplished rhythm sections in metal, this was one of the highlights of metal in the '80s. By 1989 Watchtower's line-up had changed when they released their sophomore effort, Control And Resistance. The album's quality did not diminish, although the overall atmosphere was a bit more reined in compared with the wildness of their debut. While Watchtower never attained mainstream success, they are considered the godfathers of the progressive/technical metal movement and have been cited as influences on popular progressive bands such as Dream Theater.
After the release of 'Control And Resistance' the band went on indefinite hiatus, with Doug Keyser and Rick Colaluca jumping to Retarted Elf and Ron Jarzombek launching Spastic Ink after recovering from hand surgeries. Keyser, Colaluca, and Jarzombek reunited with original vocalist Jason McMaster in 1999 to record a track for an Accept tribute album and appeared at Germany's Bang Your Head!!! in 2000 and Holland's Headway Festival in 2004.
Since reuniting Watchtower have re-commenced and then aborted work on the long-dormant third album, 'Mathematics', several times but as of 2009 the album is at long last back on the burner with a tentatively release set for early 2010. The band have also been confirmed as co-headliners of Germany's Keep It True festival in April of 2010.
Jason McMaster - vocals
Ron Jarzombek - guitars
Doug Keyser - bass
Rick Colaluca - drums
Alan Tecchio - vocals
Billy White - guitars
Mike Soliz - vocals
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