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American Heritage

American Heritage was an enigmatic band out of Chicago, the sort of slightly dissonant, jarring, art-noise-metal band that often doesn't attract a traditional metal audience even though all the elements are there. The first three albums are entirely instrumental, and on Bipolar (the album reviewed here), the vocals are sparse, distant growls, often seemingly an afterthought and almost never the focal point of the song. Don Caballero is sometimes referenced as a soundalike, which isn't too far off the mark, though American Heritage is arguably more metallic. This is heady and intense stuff, these guys clearly wanting to steer clear of standard song structures and simplistic arrangements. It appears they petered out soon after the release of Prolapse in 2014.

Last Lineup

Adam Norden


Scott Shellhammer

guitars/vocals (ex-Lord Mantis)

Mike Duffy


Former Members/Guests

Andrei Cabanban


Ian Tuggle



Why Everyone Gets Cancer  
1999 Rosewood U.
  • Adam Norden
  • Andrei Cabanban
  • Mike Duffy

We Will Pay You $125 To Observe You Deteriorate  
2000 Class B
  1. The Psychoactive FLow
  2. Atrophy
  3. Public Displays of Misanthropy
  4. The Terminal Current
  5. Calculating the Impact
  6. Blame it on the Queen of England
  • Adam Norden
  • Andrei Cabanban
  • Mike Duffy

Through The Age Of Quarrel And Into The Era ...  
2001 Troubleman
  1. Intro
  2. Blame It On The Queen Of England
  3. The Terminal Current
  4. Atrophy
  5. Public Displays Of Misanthropy
  6. Calculating The Impact Of The Discontent Of Dispossessed Demographics
  7. The Psychoreactive Flow In Cavernous Passages Under The Villas, Manors, Castles, Haciendas And Mansions Of The Superpredator Class Has Poisoned The Potato Crops And Caused Eyes To Blaze With Blind Tuber Rage
  8. Untitled
  • Adam Norden
  • Andrei Cabanban
  • Mike Duffy

2004 Escape Artist
  1. Everyone Knows They Lied To Us
  2. Pole To Hole
  3. Phil Collins
  4. Spina Bifida
  5. Ass To Ass
  6. Forget
  7. Yzzo
  8. Intermission
  9. E
  10. Star Of David
  11. No More
  12. Nine
  13. Trainwreck
  14. Jock Gestapo
  • Adam Norden
  • Scott Shellhammer
  • Andrei Cabanban
  • Mike Duffy

2006 Translation L.
  1. Brootal: Axxes Of Evil
  2. Toilet Paper And Leotards
  3. It's Like Fucking A Napkin Full Of Toenails
  4. Peckerwood
  5. Way To Go Cowboy
  6. Spina Bifida
  7. Piss Engine
  • Adam Norden
  • Scott Shellhammer
  • Ian Tuggle
  • Mike Duffy

2011 Translation L.
  1. City Of God
  2. Sickening Rebellion
  3. Chaotic Obliteration
  4. Kiddie Pool Of Baby Blood
  5. Vessels / Vassals
  6. Fetal Attraction
  7. Tomb Cruise
  8. Slave By Force
  9. Abduction Cruiser
  10. Morbid Angle
  11. WWDHD
  • Adam Norden
  • Scott Shellhammer
  • Mike Duffy

2014 Solar Flare
  1. Eastward Cast the Entrails
  2. Anxious Bedwetter
  3. Obliviocrity
  4. Constant and Consuming Fear of Death and Dying
  5. Mask of Lies
  6. Blackbird
  7. Hürtin' Crüe [Descendents cover]
  8. Thirsty and Miserable [Black Flag cover]
  9. Bulletproof Cupid [Girls Against Boys cover]

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