Chastain (band)


Chastain is an American heavy metal project, formed in 1984 by guitarist David T. Chastain and signed by Shrapnel Records.[1]

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Background information
OriginCincinnati, Ohio, United States
GenresHeavy metal, power metal
Years active1984–present
LabelsShrapnel Records, Leviathan Records
MembersLeather Leone
David T. Chastain
Stian Kristoffersen
Mike Skimmerhorn
Past membersKate French
David Harbour
Kevin Kekes
Fred Coury
Ken Mary
John Luke Hebert
Dennis Lesh
Pat O'Brien
Dave Starr
Larry Howe


The band was put together in 1984 by Mike Varney, president of Shrapnel for a David T. Chastain solo album. Varney had noticed the shred guitar ability of Chastain, member of the Cincinnati-based band CJSS and, at the same time, he wanted to create an output for the talent of young singer Leather Leone, formerly with the San Francisco band Rude Girl.[2] The first band line-up included Leone, Chastain, CJSS bassist Mike Skimmerhorn and drummer Fred Coury, who later played in Cinderella. In 1986, Chastain readily declared that "I could never work with these people on a full-time basis because they live all over the country (...). We just get together once a year, record an album and then go off and do our own things".[2] In the case of Chastain, he wrote music for CJSS and his solo albums, as well as producing other artists and managing his own record label.[3]

Their debut album Mystery of Illusion was released worldwide in 1985, followed by Ruler of the Wasteland (1986), both through Shrapnel, and The 7th of Never (1987) through David Chastain's own label Leviathan Records.[3] Drummer Ken Mary (Fifth Angel, TKO) replaced Coury from 1986 to 1988. The fourth album The Voice of the Cult was released in 1988. On 1990s For Those Who Dare, new virtuoso bass player David Harbour replaced Skimmerhorn and drummer John Luke Hebert replaced Mary, who went to play for Alice Cooper. Having put on hiatus CJSS to favour the more commercially successful Chastain, the band became also David T. Chastain main touring occupation, with a succession of world tours until 1991.[3]

After some years of quiescence, when David T. Chastain dedicated his time to other solo projects, in 1995 appeared Sick Society and in 1997 In Dementia, which were recorded with a new cast: Kate French on vocals, Kevin Kekes on bass and former Trouble member Dennis Lesh on drums.

Until the appearance of the 2004 album, In an Outrage the band disappeared again. The line-up for this album, in addition to David Chastain and singer Kate French, saw also her husband, Larry Howe and Dave Starr (both ex-Vicious Rumors) on board.

Chastain reformed with original vocalist Leather Leone, Mike Skimmerhorn and drummer Stian Kristoffersen (Pagan's Mind) to release "Surrender To No One" in 2013 and "We Bleed Metal" in 2015. Leather continues to tour under her own name performing classic and new Chastain tracks.


Current membersEdit

Past membersEdit

  • Kate French – vocals (1995–2005), bass (1995–1997)
  • David Harbour – bass (1989–1992)
  • Kevin Kekes – bass (1997–1998)
  • Dave Starr – bass (2001–2005)
  • Fred Coury – drums (1984–1986)
  • Ken Mary – drums (1986–1990)
  • John Luke Hebert – drums (1990–1992)
  • Dennis Lesh – drums (1995–1998)
  • Larry Howe – drums (2001–2005)


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Chastain". Encyclopaedia Metallum. Retrieved 2011-05-02.
  2. ^ a b Putterford, Mark (30 October 1986). "David T. Chastain". Kerrang!. Vol. 132. London, UK: United Magazines ltd. pp. 40–41.
  3. ^ a b c Colin Larkin, ed. (1995). The Guinness Who's Who of Heavy Metal (Second ed.). Guinness Publishing. pp. 77/8. ISBN 0-85112-656-1.
  4. ^ "CHASTAIN: New Album Title, Track Listing Revealed". September 4, 2013. Retrieved November 13, 2019.
  5. ^ Willschick, Aaron. "1980s Metal Band CHASTAIN Releases New Album 'Chastainium'". Retrieved November 13, 2019.

External linksEdit

  • David T. Chastain Official site
  • Leviathan Records Official site
  • Shrapnel Records Official site