Origin: Los Angeles, California, USA  
Genres: Thrash Metal
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Last update/review: March 15, 2011


Detente was a slightly punk-flavored and politically charged thrash band who released one respected album, Recognize No Authority, after a previous appearance on the Metal Massacre VII compilation. But continual personal problems between the various members (often centered around vocalist Dawn Crosby) caused the disbanding of the group soon after the album's release. Eventually the band mutated into Crosby's second group, Fear Of God. Of some note is the fact that guitarist Ross Robinson is the same Ross Robinson who became a well-known producer, having produced such bands as Korn, Sepultura, Fear Factory, Machine Head, and others.

Some twenty years after their breakup, a new version of the band came together, initially featuring Hellion vocalist Ann Boleyn and Fear Of God guitarist Michael Carlino joining original members Dennis Butler, Caleb Quinn, and Steve Hochheiser. Eventually a second album, Decline, was released in 2010, though by that time Boleyn and Carlino were gone. Eventually the band decided to disband again, in December 2010.

Last Lineup

Tiina Teal


Caleb Quinn


Steve Hochheiser


Dennis Butler


Former Members/Guests

Dawn Crosby

vocals (ex-Fear Of God) RIP: December 15, 1996, acute liver failure, age 33

Ross Robinson

lead guitar


Recognize No Authority  
1986 Metal Blade
  1. Losers
  2. Russian Roulette
  3. It's Your Fate
  4. Holy War
  5. Catalepsy
  6. Shattered Illusions
  7. Life Is Pain
  8. Blood I Bleed
  9. Widows Walk
  10. Vultures In The Sky
  • Dawn Crosby
  • Ross Robinson
  • Caleb Quinn
  • Steve Hochheiser
  • Dennis Butler

2008 Cognitive
  1. Holy War
  2. Widow's Walk
  3. Shattered Illusions
  4. Vultures In The Sky
  5. An Offering
  6. Obituary Fear
  7. Evil Within
  8. Under The Influence
  9. Who Can You Trust?
  10. Law And Disorder
combines an early demo with tracks from the post Detente band Catalepsy

2010 Cognitive
  1. In God We Trust
  2. Predator
  3. Kill Rush
  4. Degradation Machine
  5. Decline
  6. Ashes
  7. Genocide
  8. This is Not Freedom
  • Tiina Teal
  • Caleb Quinn
  • Steve Hochheiser
  • Dennis Butler

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