American Head Charge burst onto the national scene in 2001 with their Rick Rubin produced American Recordings debut The War of Art. Aggressive, strange, cathartic, dangerous and, perhaps most importantly, different, they blended the industrial grind of Ministry and Marilyn Manson with the tripped-out melodic experimentation of Faith No More. OZZFEST 2001 and a worldwide tour with Slipknot followed. During that time, The War of Art went on to sell in excess of 250,000 units, and it propelled the band to international acclaim with the singles “All Wrapped Up” and “Just So You Know.”
The follow-up, The Feeding, had its genesis during the limbo in which AHC found themselves after touring intensively behind their debut — two years of prolonged exile from the road and ongoing internal tumult that found several band members in a virtual death match with their personal demons. American Recordings turned a deaf ear to their bold sonic forays, but Greg Fidelman, who’d engineered The War Of Art, embraced the band’s new material. The band requested to leave American Recordings, and signed with Nitrus/DRT. “Rick Rubin was gracious enough to let us leave American Recordings without hassle. It could have been a litigious nightmare,” adds Mr. Hanks.
Having survived severe addictions, countless tours, the major label minefield, and the death of guitarist Bryan Ottoson, they have returned to create new music and decimate crowds across the globe. Following the 2007 deactivation of the band (due to reasons that aren’t terribly interesting), the classic line-up of vocalist Cameron Heacock, bassist Chad Hanks, keyboard player Justin Fowler, drummer Chris Emery and guitarist Karma Cheema is back! To solidify their return, they’ve added guitarist Ted Hallows to round out the lineup.