Also known as Bl'ast!, Blast, Blast!
Members of Bl'ast: Bill Torgerson, Clifford Dinsmore, Dave Cooper (3), Dave Dinsmore, David Wright (14), Joey Castillo, Mike Neider, Nick Oliveri, Ron Isa, Steve Borek, William Duvall
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Discography of Bl'ast:

# Release title Total tracks Type of release is Imprint date Label
1 Take The Manic Ride 12 Audio 1989 SST Records
2 The Power Of Expression 12 Audio 1987-11-04 SST Records
3 School's Out 3 Audio 1987 SST Records
4 It's In My Blood! 10 Audio 1987 SST Records
5 The Power Of Expression 12 Audio 1986
6 Take The Manic Ride 13 Audio 1989 SST Records
7 Blood! 14 Audio 2013-09-03 Southern Lord
8 Blood! 11 Audio 2013-09-03 Southern Lord
9 Blood! 11 Audio 2013-09-03 Southern Lord
10 The Expression Of Power 36 Audio 2014-02-21 Southern Lord
11 The Expression Of Power 33 Audio 2014-02-21 Southern Lord
12 The Expression Of Power 26 Audio 2014-02-21 Southern Lord
13 Blood! 11 Audio 2014-04-11 Southern Lord
14 Blood! 11 Audio 2013 Southern Lord
15 School's Out Promo 4 Audio 2013 Southern Lord

Bl'ast were a hardcore punk band from Santa Cruz, CA, USA who formed in 1982 under the name M.A.D. The band's sound drew heavily from middle-era [a=Black Flag] (to whom they were frequently compared; in his book "Get In The Van" [a=Henry Rollins] stated that every Bl'ast song sounded like "Thirsty And Miserable") and [a=SSD]. The original line-up was Clifford Dinsmore (vocals), Steve Stevenson (guitar), Mike Neider (guitar), Dave Cooper (bass) and Bill Torgerson (drums). In 1986, the band released their first album, "The Power Of Expression" on Wishingwell Records. Unfortunately, Wishingwell's distributor would go out of business shortly after the release and most of the copies of the record ended up in record store cut-out bins. Luckily, though, the band caught the attention of [a=Greg Ginn] and [a=Chuck Dukowski], who would sign them to [l=SST Records]. Stevenson departed after "The Power Of Expression" and was replaced briefly by William "Kip" DuVall of Georgia's [a=Neon Christ]. However, by the time Bl'ast got around to recording their SST debut, 1987's "It's In My Blood", the band was down to a quartet, with Neider handling all the guitar duties. After 1989's "Take That Manic Ride", Dinsmore and Cooper quit the band. Neider took over vocals and the band soldiered on briefly into the '90s, using a few different bassists and recording a couple of demos before retiring the Bl'ast name.

In 2001, the band reunited for some live shows. There was talk of recording new material but those plans were untimately scrapped.

In 2013, Neider and Dinsmore announced a reunion with new members Nick Oliveri and Hoss Wright. Hoss was later replaced by Joey Castillo.

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