Tired of Tour Managing some of the biggest names in Underground Metal, singer Superstar Joey Severance decided in 2010 to put together his own band and got together with guitarist, Michiel "Big Maaaan" Rutten and together the two of them started composing
songs in his bedroom. The duo, with the help if former Born From Pain drummer, Roel Klomb travelled to Belgium at Brujeria guitarist AK's studio to record their first demo. The "band" never made the demo available to the public nor did they send it to any record labels as they knew that they had better material waiting in the wings
After a few months, the trio got together again to record another demo with AK, which was sent out to labels and they eventually signed to France's Listenable Records. Still with no band, Superstar Joey Severance contacted some friends from the Finnish band Amoral and together with guitarist Daddy B, bassist Johnny Wow and drummer Starvin' Marvin the guy's travelled to Parlby, Sweden to Abyss Studio with producer extraordinaire Peter Tagtgren to record their debut album “Amsterdamn, Hellsinki”
The album received great reviews in the press and among thrash maniacs but the band felt that the label wasn’t doing enough to push them and asked for a release from their contract to which the label obliged. Big Maaaaan decided that he was going to move to Israel to live with his girlfriend and with no ties to The Netherlands, Superstar Joey Severance packed up and made the move to Finland to find the right guy’s not only musically, but also visually.
Within two months of Arriving in Finland, SJS placed an ad on a local Finnish site explaining exactly what he was looking for and the first person to reply was guitarist Tommy Shred. Soon after bassist Henry Steel and drummer Jani Niemela also answered the ad and the guys were ready to Rock n Roll. After some time with not able to find another guitarist, Tommy Shred recommended his friend Tim Damion and the lineup was complete
The band played some local shows supporting Lazy Bonez as well as several supporting Korpiklaani (which Superstar Joey Severance sang lead vocals on their album Manala) and then put the finishing touches on the songs which would make up their next album “Black President”. Tornado entered Studio 33 in Kuopio, Finland this time under the guidance of producer Kimmo Hamalainen to record 10 tracks of their trademark Sleazy Thrash. After the completion of the new album, drummer Jani Niemela announced his departure due to continuing problems in his wrist and was replaced by Niko McNasty. After several months of looking for a new record deal, Tornado signed with Italy’s Worm Hole Death.
This is not your father’s Thrash ;)
Who We Are
Superstar Joey Severance – Vocals
Tommy Shred – Lead Guitar
Tim Damion – Lead Guitar
Henry Steel – Bass
Niko McNasty - Drums