8 FOOT SATIVA - NEW ZEALAND

Hate Made Me - 2002 - Intergalactic
Season For Assault - 2003 - Intergalactic
Breed The Pain - 2005 - Intergalactic


  
 
Members

S= Justin Niessen - MATT SHEPPARD
G= GARY SMITH
B= BRENT FOX
D= Speed - Sinate, O.C.D>>SAM SHEPPARD



History

The Auckland-based 8 Foot Sativa was formed in 1998 as a cover band and comprised of singer vocalist Justin Niessen, guitarist Gary Smith, bassist Brent Fox and Sam Sheppard. The band quickly gained popularity in its native country and played shows with the likes of Pantera. The band issued a debut album through the local label Intergalactic and soon lost drummer Speed. The band even managed shows in Canada and Europe.
Album number two, Season For Assault, allowed the band to play at the Big Day Out festival. The album, like its follow-up, would be licensed by Sweden's Black Mark. Justin Niessen left the band and was replacement by Matt Sheppard, brother of drummer Sam. Matt joined the band before they left for Sweden to work on album number three at Studio Underground. In the meanwhile, Hate Made me achieved gold status in New Zealand implying sales of 7,500 units.

Reviews

8 FOOT SATIVA - BREED THE PAIN - INTERGALACTIC/BLACK MARK
8 Foot Sativa (what!?) is one of the biggest metal bands out of New Zealand and through Breed The Pain proves the country has bands which are good enough to compete with their peers worldwide. Featuring a new singer, the band's third album sounds like the American bands which are influenced by the Gothenburg death metal sounds. There are not many standout parts on the album, but the brutal vocal stylings, fast and heavy deathrash music and respectable production courtesy of Sweden's Studio Underground make these 8 footers a serious proposition. Especial kudos goes to the bassist and his noteworthy sound. On the other hand, the band's choice of a cover art is both cliched and unintelligent. - Anna Tergel




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