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Fronted by the ever charismatic Karyn Crisis, Crisis took the underground metal world by storm with their second release, Deathshead Extermination, an intensely heavy modern semi-thrash album (think early Machine Head, but less thrashy and more diverse). Karyn's vocals are quite unique, as her voice constantly alternates between graceful melodies, assorted squeals, tortured shrieking, and full-on death metal stylings, which might remind one of another excellent frontwoman, Dawn Crosby of Fear Of God. The followup, The Hollowing, proved to be even heavier, though arguably a tad less varied in its approach.

Though they toured frequently, Crisis kept a rather low profile after The Hollowing's release in 1997. In late 2001, they abruptly decided to change name to Skullsick Nation (according to a news source, this was done because they "have become a completely different band"), but then reversed themselves a year later by declaring that the name Crisis was back. Finally, in December 2003 came the news that they had signed with The End Records, and the long-awaited new album, Like Sheep Led To Slaughter was released in May 2004. They later declared themselves on indefinite hiatus, which at this point appears to be a permanent breakup.

Last Lineup

Karyn Crisis

vocals (ex-Ephel Duath, Gospel Of The Witches)

Afzaal Nasiruddeen


Jywanza Hobson


Gia Chuan Wang


Josh Florian


Former Members/Guests

Fred Waring


Tony Costanza

drums (ex-Crowbar) RIP: August 4, 2020, age 52


8 Convulsions  
1994 Too Damn Hype
  1. There Goes My Soul
  2. Sweething
  3. Gemini
  4. More Than Down
  5. Smash To Pieces
  6. Drilling Me
  7. Rotten Anyway
  8. Keep Me From Falling
  • Karyn Crisis
  • Afzaal Nasiruddeen
  • Gia Chuan Wang
  • Fred Waring

Deathshead Extermination  
1996 Metal Blade
  1. Working Out The Graves
  2. Wretched
  3. The Watcher
  4. Deadfall
  5. Methodology
  6. Bloodlines
  7. Nowhere But Lost
  8. Different Ways Of Decay
  9. Prisoner Scavenger
  10. 2 Minutes Hate
  • Karyn Crisis
  • Afzaal Nasiruddeen
  • Gia Chuan Wang
  • Fred Waring
1996 Readers' Album #86

The Hollowing  
1997 Metal Blade
  1. Mechanical Man
  2. In The Shadow Of The Sun
  3. Fires Of Sorrow
  4. Vision And The Verity
  5. Kingdom's End
  6. After The Flood
  7. Sleeping The Wicked
  8. Surviving The Siren
  9. Take The Low Road
  10. Discipline Of Degradation
  11. Come To Light
  • Karyn Crisis
  • Afzaal Nasiruddeen
  • Gia Chuan Wang
  • Fred Waring
1997 Readers' Album #33

Like Sheep Led To Slaughter  
2004 The End
  1. Omen
  2. Waking The Dead
  3. A Graveyard For Bitches
  4. Nomad
  5. Politics Of Domination
  6. Blood Burden
  7. Rats In A Maze
  8. Secrets Of The Prison House
  9. Corpus Apocalypse
  10. Study In Cancer
  11. Exit Catacomb
  12. The Fate
  • Karyn Crisis
  • Afzaal Nasiruddeen
  • Jywanza Hobson
  • Gia Chuan Wang
  • Josh Florian

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