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Why Nuclear Hatred Broke Up

Earlier this week, guitarist Robert Orr and myself decided to disband our crossover/thrash metal band Nuclear Hatred (formerly Zamboni) of seven years.

For six of those seven we were known as Zamboni, a punk/thrash powerhouse that never took itself too seriously. In that time we released a demo, two EP’s, a live album, and our one and only album. Those were good days. Thanks to the good people at the Meatlocker and some other local bands that we consider to be dear friends of ours, we built up a small scene in the New Jersey area, pulling together some great shows such as Midian’s one and only reunion show, a Cancerslug show that is now known as “The Jersey Massacre” on their YouTube page, and our five “Thrash Bash BBQ” events. If we needed help, another band was there to fill in on drums or help set up and promote a show. Everyone was going to everyone’s shows. Everyone was buying everyone’s merch. All the bands were looking out for each other. It was clear: We weren’t just making music, we were cultivating a community.

Fast forward to 2016. A week after we finally released our debut album (which was heavily promoted through Clawhammer PR and even got the attention of Zero Tolerance magazine and a few South American compilations), the suits came calling. The Frank J. Zamboni Corporation sent us a cease and desist letter telling us we couldn’t use the name Zamboni as it was copyright. While that is probably not true as Zamboni is a very common Italian last name (therefore impossible to copyright, and if it just so happened to be MY last name it would have made even less sense), we didn’t have the money to take them to court (In addition, we had copywritten our demo years back and if there actually WAS a copywright under that name, it would have gotten pinged back and we would have known to change the name on the spot). After pleading with law firms to find a loophole without changing our name and killing our long-overdue momentum, it seems that these ridiculous cases are simply done just to waste money and ruin a person financially at the company’s expense. We had no choice but to change the name in haste to Nuclear Hatred- the first song we ever wrote as Zamboni.

While we liked the name for a song and possibly album title, we hated it as a band name. We also hated the fact that we couldn’t really get booked anywhere unless we rented a place and booked the show ourselves (with one exception as a really wonderful human booking shows out of her parent’s Staten Island basement). Everyone was suddenly playing a very generic form of thrash or another genre and getting the booking we felt we deserved as we had accomplished much more than any of them.

And as for our so-called “community?” After all the help, support, and attempts to really create something over the years, not once did they offer us a slot on a show or ask what they could do to help us regain our lost momentum in our time of need. It was clear to us that there was no unity any longer. Everyone was only in it for themselves at this point and we were “just another band/occasional promoter.” The only times we would ever get any booking-related questions would be if we were booking a show and someone asked to be on it. When it came to even going to shows, there was no longer any excitement. You never felt like anyone in the venue cared nor that anyone playing was really going to make it – especially with the horrid shape that the music industry is in. People only showed up to shows for the headliner, and they “couldn’t afford” a local band’s t-shirt but just so happened to have the money for several overpriced drinks. The NY/NJ scene had died and anyone clinging to the idea that there still is one is a complete denier.

When it came to our writing, even the musical styles were changing, straying further away from crossover and thrash metal in our songwriting. The lyrical content for album two was to be much darker and revenge driven against the machine. We were simply too bitter and burnt out to really focus on our craft. Even routine practices were becoming a chore, happening less and less. We had plans to do some splits and EP’s, but they never materialized and we were given the runaround from people involved.

In January, we played our last show, although we didn’t know it yet (it also was the last SI basement show, oddly enough). Throughout the year we couldn’t squeeze out many practices due to scheduling and sometimes just not really having a drive anymore. Plus, we were listening to lots of other genres of metal and music altogether. I started a love affair with doom metal, gangster rap, and psychadelic rock. I also fell head-over-heels for stand-up comedy, voice acting, painting, podcasting, and the occasional game of Magic: The Gathering. Thrash in a dead scene that could care less about what I was doing seemed like a moot point.

After months of this, Orr and I sat down and had a phone call roughly a week ago. After about 30 seconds into the call, we both had the same idea: stop beating the dead horse and bury it. We both didn’t want to be there anymore. The music wasn’t fun, and the scene and our community were gone. Seven years was a good run, and we were too heartbroken over all of our hard work repeatedly being stabbed in the back to allow any of it to continue. Plus our lives were pulling us in different directions.

While we plan on still being musical for the rest of our lives, we’re not sure where the roads will take us. Until then, thank you for being a part of this journey and I hope to see you in the coming years. Hopefully the scene will sort itself out and there will be a community once again, but for now, there is much work to be done.

 

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Bonesaw Podcast – Episode 19: Robert Orr of Zamboni

Joined by his partner in crime Robert Orr, Chris Butera discusses the NWA biopic “Straight Outta Compton,” this year’s installment of their annual “Thrash Bash BBQ” concert, Batman: the Animated Series and more.

Bonesaw Podcast Episode 3: Insinnerator’s Christopher “Atomic Thrasher” Part 2

Our chat with Christopher “Atomic Thrasher” continues on our third installment of the Bonesaw Podcast. We talk about our respective bands Insinnerator and Zamboni, Nintendo’s blockbuster franchise “The Legend of Zelda” and the music industry among other awesome topics.

Check out Insinnerator HERE.

Check out Zamboni HERE.

Listen to our previous podcasts HERE.

Bonesaw/Zamboni Update

Hey Guys,

Long story short, The Bonesaw is going to continue to grow in 2015. I have not posted much in the last week due to Christmas chaos (which I rather enjoyed) and other things going on due to work and personal situations as we all have at some time or another.

Zamboni has been working on our debut album for quite some time now. Rob has been hard at work mixing the album and either him or Roger will be programming the drums for the final two tracks unless we can find some way to get him over to Rob’s to track them.

The plans have been set in motion for the annual Thrash Bash BBQ show which Zamboni hosts every Summer at Rob’s house in Wantage, NJ (If you don’t know about Thrash Bash BBQ, I have inserted a video package of this years event below made by Birdman Dan of the band “RROOAARRGH” who played at our first event). I will post updates to that and the Zamboni album as often as I can, but will of course lay in the shadows until things are solid.

As for The Bonesaw, I’ve been working on a few podcasts that will be featured on the site exclusively. Our guests being featured are currently some underground thrash metal bands but will continue to grow as time goes on. Lots of great stories from a few good friends involved in the music scene that I’m sure you guys will enjoy. Come January we should have some episodes ready to go for your listening pleasure. I’m currently in the midst of securing a podcast domain for an RSS feed so that the podcasts will be available on Itunes. The podcasts will also be backed up on YouTube.

I would like to thank everyone who has checked this out so far and for everyone who will give this “shitty new blog” a try.

Don’t forget the door is always open and if you want to write for us email your pitches to Bonesawzine@gmail.com.

Have a happy and healthy New Year,

Chris Butera