THE STORY OF UNSCARRED
Born in Opelousas, Louisiana in 1989, Unscarred originally began as a group of local musicians who wanted to play the songs of their metal heroes - Anthrax, Slayer, Crumbsuckers, Death Angel, and the like. By 1992, the band's lineup had solidified with Vinnie Bullara, Mike Deranger, Duncan McBride, and Jeremy Peck, and their local fan base had grown exponentially. Not satisfied with being just a cover band, Unscarred began trying their hand at songwriting. Fans showed their approval by anxiously awaiting new Unscarred originals to be revealed at each gig, and the new songs opened up new opportunities for Unscarred to play larger venues to potential new fans.
In 1994 Unscarred's talents caught the attention of a small, local record company which approached the band with an offer. The offer was accepted, and the band recorded and released their debut album, Brutality Thru Heaviness the same year. The release of the album was met with initial excitement from their local fan base, but the poor production quality of the album left fans - and the band - disappointed.
In 1995 the band changed its name to Atomic God, and experienced its first lineup change in 3 years when Blake "Poochie" Plonsky replaced Jeremy Peck. In response to the sudden popularity of the so-called "grunge movement", the band's musical approach took on a heavier, more aggressive direction to distinguish itself as a true metal band in the age of "grunge". However, as metal went more and more underground, shows became more difficult for the band to book. Unscarred played its last live show in December of 1995 and went on what seemed to be a permanent hiatus.
Fast forward 10 years to 2005 - founding members Vinnie Bullara and Mike Deranger begin kicking around the idea of re-recording their debut album to have their songs produced in a way that captured the true sound of Unscarred. As work on the project began, the creative juices began to flow once more and they decided to re-form the band and re-work the old songs. It began as a very slow process, but the old songs were eventually freshened up with new titles, new lyrics, and new musical twists. By 2011 two new members of the band - Shadow Dugas and Brian Snelling - were welcomed in.
In 2014 the re-recording of Brutality Thru Heaviness was completed - retitled Brutality 14 - and was released in April of that year.
In late 2018, UNSCARRED went back into the studio - this time with drummer "Taskmaster", to begin working on the first NEW Unscarred material in over 20 years. The new album, "BRUTALITY REBORN", will be released in August 2019!