Garrett Harris 11 a.m., Jan. 17
RIYL: Desire, Syndrome, Skullbusters, Jackal, Sabotage, Suspicion, Assassin, Chalace, Prowler, Snakebyte, Mistreated, Street Leigel, Ragged Lace, Bam Bam, Raven Mad, Bible Black, Psychotic Waltz, White Witch
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Inception: El Cajon, 1983
Influences: Rob Halford, Judas Priest, David Lee Roth, Van Halen, Klaus Meine, the Scorpions, Udo Dirkschneider, Accept, Robin Trower, Ritchie Blackmore, Rainbow, Led Zeppelin, Rush, the Police
Victim was a 1980s heavy metal band founded in Spring 1983 by Brian Thoryk (who played with cover band Desire and a punk group called Skullbusters) and three members of another cover band named Syndrome; Rocky Reiger, Mike Pfahler, and Junior Solis. This lineup remained extant until Autumn 1984.
Their 1984 debut album Power Hungry, was engineered by Mike Harris and recorded in the fall of 1983 at Western Audio Recording Studios. It included a track called "Victim" that also appeared on a KGB Homegrown compilation. A followup album, By the Neck, was recorded in spring 1984 at Western Audio, but the masters were lost during a period of financial difficulty for the band and not recovered (thanks to engineer Mike Harris) until nearly 30 years later.
A later lineup (late 1984 to early 1986) featured Reiger and Thoryk backed by another player from Desire, guitarist Scott Hackwith, along with White Witch drummer Greg Talley. This roster recorded a third album in December 1985 at Golden Track Recording Studios, DMN, aka Dirty Mean & Nasty. After its release, the band split. Mike Pfahler later played with Nemesis.