Thursday, December 4, 2008

Before There Was Testing For Steroids in Metal...


...there was this glorious trio of well-oiled, meaty manhood. Look, I'm not implying that these guys were on the juice, but compare them to your average metal musician, who generally never lifted anything heavier than an amplifier, and they just seem to be a little "pumped up."

How all these muscles on muscles might have affected their playing ability is up for debate. I had a demo, but my recollection of it is not good. I was, however, sufficiently amused by the promo photos they sent to hold onto them, and they still make me chuckle (I have another I've posted below).

My guess is that they ended up in the WWF or porno or something, as the opportunities available for a trio of mediocre, He-Man-looking metalheads are pretty minimal in the music biz (with apologies to Kane Roberts).

Update: Less than 24 hours later, Keir has correctly identified this beefy trio as Mesomorph, from NY. As you may have surmised, two of the dudes were brothers, and one of them (vocalist/bassist Steve Steele) actually went on to join Kane Roberts' band (where else could he go after Mesomorph?). The band issued a couple of demos in the mid '80s and contributed to the Iron Tyrants compilation (see below), but I'm pretty sure that was it.



Update 1/6/09: As promised, here's another Mesomorph photo, just for giggles.



10 comments:

Helm said...

My first thought was Killen, but they were a four-piece. No idea who the beefcakes are.

Keir said...

Wow what is going on with that guy in the middle? It's like Manowar meets Michael Jackson or something. Actually, I recognize the man on the right from the cover of the Iron Tyrants comp so this must be Mesomorph.

AT said...

Correct, Keir! It's Mesomorph. I thought this would be kind of easy, but I didn't remember that they were on the Iron Tyrants comp.

roxymuzak said...

Seriously, these guys were called Mesomorph? Is it April Fools Day?!

Ian Christe said...

It's worth mentioning that these guys were from Syracuse, about 30 minutes away from Auburn, NY, from where Manowar hails.

What's the big deal with so many Tyrants in metal? Tyrants aren't fun.

Helm said...

They're not fun, but they're certainly metal.

Cato said...

Mesomorph. What would you like to know? NONE of the members were using steroids. At the time, the Steele brothers, Eddie and Steve, were obsessive compulsive about nutrition and fitness. They wanted to be "unique" to the world of Rock and Roll by being the "healthy" metal band. Gator was a decent guitarist, but wasn't necessarily on board for the fitness requirement of this group. Steve went on to join Alice Cooper on the Raise Your Fist...tour, which is where he met Kane Roberts. Steve was with Kane when Kane had the top 100 hit, "Does Anybody Really Fall In Love Anymore". (I believe it was written by Desmond Child and also recorded by Cher). Steve and Eddie also worked for Corey Everson, writing the original score for her ESPN show, "Gotta Sweat". With IQ's that would challenge any Mensa member, the brothers had many more interests than music. They both are working in completely different fields these days.

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