Infused with the bluesy swagger and the semi-mystic, thunderous kick-drum assault of iconic bands like Led Zeppelin, Uriah Heep, Rainbow, and Black Sabbath, hard-hitting Austin, Texas-based quintet Scorpion Child offer up a heady mix of classic rock, old-school heavy metal, and Southwest-kissed psych-rock. Formed in 2010 around the talents of guitarists Chris Cowart and Tom "The Mole" Frank, bassist Shaun Avants, drummer Shawn Alvear, and frontman Aryn Jonathan Black, the band eventually inked a deal with Nuclear Blast, which issued their eponymous full-length debut in 2013. The following year saw the departures of Frank and Alvear, with ex-Job for A Cowboy drummer Jon "The Charn" Rice joining the ranks. In 2015, the band added organist AJ Vincent to the lineup and began recording their sophomore studio long-player, Acid Roulette, which dropped in June 2016. ~ James Christopher Monger
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