Origin: Denton, TX, USA
Genres: Progressive Metal
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Shaolin Death Squad  

An odd name for an odd band -- the name "Shaolin Death Squad" could mean anything when it comes to a band name, but for some reason quirky, theatrical progressive metal isn't the first thing that comes to mind. Reviewed here is their second release, Intelligent Design (a third album was recently released in early 2010). The band embrace a lot of contemporary prog metal without sounding like cheap Dream Theater knockoffs like a lot of other bands do -- there's a flair for the dramatic, a willingness to stretch boundaries while still keeping everything in control. The vocals are usually clear and melodic, but with harsher growls sprinkled without, and that's how it should be -- too many growls would cheapen the effect, and none would lessen the punch of the songs. This is classy, mature, and adventurous, an easy recommendation for the prog fan.

Current Members

White Swan (Androo O'Hearn)


Red Dragon (David O'Hearn)


Blue Scorpion (Kenny Lovern)


Praying Mantis


Black Ninja (Matt Thompson)

drums (Aghora, King Diamond, ex-Single Bullet Theory, ex-Surgeon)

Former Members/Guests

White Dragon (Gary Thorne)



(EP) Shaolin Death Squad 
2004 self-released
  1. One More Day
  2. Blanket
  3. Good Mourning
  4. Sleepless
  5. Waiting To Disintegrate
  6. Blank Smile

Intelligent Design 
2006 self-released
  1. A Terrible Way To Use A Sword
  2. Catasthropic Obedience
  3. Choreographer Of Fate
  4. Radio Feeler
  5. The Face Insecurity Killed
  6. Escape The Absynthe
  7. Fall, Rise, Laugh, Fall
  8. A Story Lives Forever
  9. The First Half Of Yesterday
  • White Swan
  • Red Dragon
  • Blue Scorpion
  • White Dragon
  • Black Ninja

Five Deadly Venoms 
2010 Do For It
  1. Romanza
  2. Centipede
  3. Snake
  4. Scorpion
  5. Lizard
  6. Toad
  7. Mischief and Epiphany
  8. Let Us Welcome The Actors
  9. Last Stand
  10. Farewell
  11. Peace Be Upon You
  • White Swan
  • Red Dragon
  • Blue Scorpion
  • Praying Mantis
  • Black Ninja

Reviews:   Sea Of Tranquility 


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