Origin: Maryland, USA  
Last update/review: June 9, 2021

Wrathchild America

This band has gone through a host a names since its inception in 1978, first going by Atlantis, then Tyrant, then finally hitting their stride as Wrathchild, winning a major label contract in 1988. But the British glam band Wrathchild threatened legal action, and so the band debuted in 1989 as Wrathchild America. They played a brand of accessible thrash that, although released on a major label, never really got a lot of attention, as by that time thrash acts that were flooding the scene. After two albums, the band changed name to (or broke up and reformed as) Souls At Zero, and continued for a time in that incarnation before disbanding. Guitarist Jay Abbene was later seen in Crowbar for awhile (but never recorded, and didn't stay long), and drummer Shannon Larkin joined Ugly Kid Joe and later hooked up with Amen.

Last Lineup

Brad Divens

bass/vocals (ex-Souls At Zero)

Jay Abbene

guitars (ex-Souls At Zero)

Terry Carter

guitars/backing vocals (ex-Souls At Zero)

Shannon Larkin

drums/backing vocals (Godsmack, ex-Souls At Zero)


Climbin' The Walls  
1989 Atlantic
  1. Climbin' the walls
  2. Hell's gates
  3. No deposit, no return
  4. Hernia
  5. London after midnight
  6. Candy from a madman
  7. Silent darkness (Smothered life)
  8. Time
  9. Day of the thunder

1991 Atlantic
  1. 3-D man
  2. Spy
  3. Gentleman death
  4. Forever alone
  5. Draintime
  6. Surrounded by idiots
  7. Desert grins
  8. What's your pleasure?
  9. Prego
  10. Another nameless face
  11. I ain't drunk, I'm just drinkin'
1991 Readers' Album #49

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