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YEAR FORMED: 1995
HOME TOWN: Mexico City, Mexico
Mr. Rust - Bass/Vocals
Miss Randall - Drums/Vocals
Baron Murtland - Guitar
Rusty Eye is one of those bands characterized with the ability to persevere through time, and their aim from the outset was to summon a cohesive and original style of Heavy Metal; their most recent album ‘Possessor’ being a remarkable testament to this vow. The trio from Hollywood, CA is comprised by bassist vocalist (founding member) Mr. Rust, singing drummer Miss Randall, and guitarist Baron Murtland; their story goes back as far as 1995, amid the vast cultural melting-pot that is Mexico City.
Even in the early days, Rusty Eye always triggered a “You have to see this!” reaction; their DIY-assembled tapes being traded via word-of-mouth. Five years later they unleashed their debut ‘Rust and Roll’ and hammered the Mexican Metal scene in the album’s support. Once again things would shift in 2003 as drummer ‘Miss Randall’ joined as a permanent creative force, bringing with her considerable vocal and recording skills (worth-mentioning is that 4 years after picking up the sticks, she would be World’s Fastest Drummer finalist, feet scoring 728 hits in 60 seconds). This personnel change ushered the band’s decision of relocating to Hollywood, CA by the end of 2004.
Now in Hollywood, a period of creative output took place having three independent releases via their own DIY Epoché Records: ‘Cryogenic' (2005), ‘Live at the Joint MMVI’ and ‘Stendhal Syndrome’ (both in 2006, having Baron Murtland as guitarist). The latter spawned their first serious dip into the market of big-budget video production in 2007 as its single ‘Mr. Cannibal’ – ‘Best Metal Single’ LA Music Awards – grabbed the attention of horror director Alejandro Ordóñez during an electrifying live performance at the Whisky a Go Go. He later directed/sponsored the music video which depicts the morbidly captivating journey into the realms of Grindhouse 16 mm. moviedom.
After years of bombarding Los Angeles live, Rusty Eye opted to retreat from the public to produce a new offering with the benefit this time of a higher independent budget. The ever-present horror influence was made more evident in ‘Possessor’ remarkably engineered by Jeremy Blair (Guns N’ Roses/Fear Factory) at Temple Studios in Chatsworth, CA and produced/co-engineered by Miss Randall. The album also features renowned guests: Italian film composer “Claudio Simonetti” (Goblin), guitarist and producer “Waldemar Sorychta” (Grip Inc.), vocalist “Alex Mitchell” (Circus of Power), and the cover artwork of Joe Petagno (Motörhead).
An accomplishment in its own is their state-of-the-art website designed by Mr. Rust which reinforces ‘Possessor’ as its viewers can follow a slew of multi-camera live performances to each song.
The initial responses to the album have been astounding and it’s clear that the band’s unique ability to bridge several genres is creating significant interest Worldwide.