This Crossover Thrash band who mixed their Thrash roots with elements of hardcore, hail from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and during their short career released two full length studio albums and one EP between 1988 and 1991. Deadspot’s line up featured Larry Horn on drums, Mike Illes on lead vocals and rhythm guitar, Paul Juestrich on lead guitar and Larry Leifheit on bass. The band quickly became big names in the local scene for their energetic and wild live shows, regularly playing with other respected Philadelphian Punk bands ‘Serial Killers’ and ‘Trained Attack Dogs’. In 1989 the band then signed to Heavy Metal Records who released and licensed their debut album ‘Adios Dude’ in the UK.
Deadspot then released the EP ‘Built In Pain’ in 1989, before they released their second album, also entitled “Built In Pain,” on the Seattle independent ‘C/Z Records’. The band found more success from the release of their second album, with the Philadelphia-based band featuring in many top metal magazines including Raw, Kerrang, Rip and Metal Forces. The album was produced by Jack Endino, who is famous for working with many of the famous ‘SubPop’ bands that exploded in the early 1990’s including ‘Soundgarden’, ‘Mudhoney’, ‘Tad’, ‘Nirvana’ and ‘Screaming Trees’. Sadly however the band split up shortly after the release of their second album. However more recently the band have reformed and still play the odd gig in their local area, with the band playing a reunion show at the North Star Bar in Philadelphia in 2011.