Origin: Chicago, Illinois, USA  
Genres: Hard Rock
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Last update/review: May 26, 2015

Wet Animal

Wet Animal is one of several bands that emerged in one form or another following Trouble's long hiatus in the mid-nineties. The roots of this project date as far back as 1995, a collaboration featuring Trouble men Rick Wartell and Ron Holzner along with singer/guitarist Shane Pasqualla. For various personal reasons the project was shelved around 1997, and remained dormant until Pasqualla and Wartell decided to give it another go in 2003, eventually leading to the band's self-titled album in 2005. Wartell's guitar tone is unmistakeable, but this is no Trouble clone, and aside from the cover of the Pentagram classic "Relentless", there are scant traces of Wartell's past. Wet Animal is very much a hard rock album, soulful and bluesy, with Guns'n'Roses and Alice In Chains frequently coming to mind when listening to the tunes, due in no small part to Pasqualla's classic hard rock voice. This is probably a lower-priority project at this point, not sure if there are any future band activities planned.

Last Lineup

Shane Pasqualla

vocals/guitars (ex-Trouble)

Rick Wartell

drums (Trouble)

Richard Lee Gardner


Mark Lira

drums (ex-Trouble)

Former Members/Guests

Michael Diprima


Jeff Olson

drums (ex-The Skull, ex-Supershine, ex-Trouble)


Wet Animal  
2005 Escapi
  1. Soul Alone
  2. Lost in My Head
  3. Outside a Hole
  4. Left Behind
  5. Land Mines
  6. Don't Put Me Down
  7. Fade Away
  8. Nomads Land
  9. Wreathe of the Roses
  10. Relentless
  • Shane Pasqualla
  • Rick Wartell
  • Michael Diprima
  • Jeff Olson

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