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Proving that death metal knows no international boundaries, Psycroptic hail from the remote Australian island state of Tasmania, where brothers Joe (guitar) and David Haley (drums) came together with vocalist Matthew Chalk and bassist Cameron Grant to form the group in 1999. Based in the capital city of Hobart, to be precise, Psycroptic quickly moved from demo stage to issuing their first full-length album, The Isle of Disenchantment, by 2001; then kept busy with local concert dates and select festival engagements through to the release of 2003's Scepter of the Ancients LP, which effectively established the band as international-caliber contenders in the technical death metal arena. 2004 saw Psycroptic opening Australian tours for visiting dignitaries such as Incantation and Deeds of Flesh, before heading off to Europe for a string of dates with Dismember, Anata, and Sanatorium that greatly expanded their fan base, and led to a deal with Neurotic Records. But the first thing Psycroptic did when they returned home to Tasmania was part company with vocalist Chalk, after which they spent the ensuing months breaking in his replacement, Jason Peppiatt (ex-Born Headless, Yorta, and Bolverk), by touring both locally (with Hate Eternal) and in America (with Deeds of Flesh). In due time, the new lineup felt prepared to record their third effort, Symbols of Failure (released in October 2006), and, once again, the album was received with open arms by critics and fans, resulting in ever more high profile touring opportunities, and paving the way to a long-deserved worldwide contract for the group -- this time with heavy metal powerhouse Nuclear Blast. The first product of this new relationship would be Psycroptic's fourth long-player, Ob(Servant), which bulldozed into record stores in the summer of 2008.
Psycroptic are an Australian technical death metal band formed in Hobart in 1999. Mainstay members are Dave Haley on drums, his brother Joe Haley on guitar, and Cameron Grant on bass guitar. Their lead vocalist, Jason Peppiatt, joined in 2004. In 2008 they signed to Nuclear Blast. As of February 2012, the band have released five studio albums. They have undertaken Australian national tours supporting international acts, Incantation, Decapitated, Origin and Misery Index. Psycroptic have also toured Europe with Nile and with Deicide.
Psycroptic were formed in Hobart in early 1999 by brothers Dave (drums) and Joe (guitar) Haley both were members of Disseminate, which had recorded a demo in 1998 before disbanding. The Haleys were joined by Cameron Grant on bass and (ex-Magoria) and Matthew Chalk on vocals (ex-Hemlock), who soon after became a drummer with established local death metal act M.S.I. The band's name, Psycroptic, was randomly devised by Chalk's friend and has no particular meaning. With assistance from the Tasmanian Council of the Arts, the band recorded The Isle of Disenchantment in October 2000, initially as a demo, but they issued it as a studio album. Shortly after it was released in January 2001 the band was invited to play shows in Melbourne. In late 2001 they featured at the annual Metal for the Brain festival in Canberra for the first time, later appearing in 2003 and 2005.
The band recorded its second album The Scepter of the Ancients in 2003 for release through United States label Unique Leader. They played their first full Australian tour in support of American death metal band Incantation. The Haley brothers also joined Sydney-based industrial death metal band The Amenta during this period and recorded the album Ocassus with that group. Dave Haley also recorded an EP called Atom and Time with Ruins, a Hobart black metal band formed by Alex Pope in 2000. He has been a member of this band since; Joe Haley has been the touring guitarist for Ruins since they undertook a national tour with Satyricon in 2006.
2004 was a breakthrough year for the band as they played a second Australian tour, this time with Deeds of Flesh and then headed to Europe for a wide-ranging tour with Swedish bands Dismember and Anata. However, Chalk was reluctant to tour so his friend Jason Peppiatt (ex-Born Headless) was recruited to sing vocals. On returning to Australia, Psycroptic played two legs of the Metal for the Brain in Canberra and Brisbane, and a final show in their hometown of Hobart. Following this, disharmony within the band saw Chalk leave Psycroptic, and Peppiatt replace him permanently. Since his departure from Psycroptic, Chalk has continued to play drums with M.S.I. as well as a doom band called Space Raven and act in the vocal role in a number of other groups that includes Mephistopheles, playing bass in Born Headless and several other projects including the brief vocal position with Swedish band Spawn of Possession in 2009.
Psycroptic undertook a handful of Australian dates with Hate Eternal before working on their third album, Symbols of Failure (January 2006), their first for Neurotic. The release was followed by another European excursion with Nile and another Australian tour, this time with Cannibal Corpse. Work began on the follow-up to Symbols of Failure in early 2007 before some European shows with Deicide. Joe Haley collapsed after one show and suffered a seizure. He later recovered but the last few dates for the tour were cancelled. On 10 June Psycroptic featured at the Come Together Music Festival in Sydney. The Haley brothers seem to have since put their membership with The Amenta aside to concentrate on Psycroptic; however Dave Haley joined Blood Duster in September 2007.
In May 2008 Psycroptic played their first shows in New Zealand alongside Ruins. The following month it was announced that Psycroptic had been signed to Nuclear Blast Records. Shortly after, the band released their fourth studio album, entitled Ob(Servant) in October 2008. The live DVD Initiation was filmed in Melbourne and released in 2010. The band toured Australia with Decapitated, Origin and Misery Index in March 2010. They issued their fifth album, The Inherited Repression in February 2012.
In November 2012, Psycroptic guitarist Joe Haley released a guitar tablature book for the album "The Inherited Repression." Joe followed this up a year later with the release of a guitar tablature book for the album "Ob(Servant)" in October 2013.Wolf, Burt (5 April 2002). "Psycroptic Interview". Treats from the Underground (Beowolf Productions). Retrieved 26 February 2012. "Interview with Dave Haley". Loud! Online (geocities.com). January 2001. Archived from the original on 2008-02-11. Retrieved 26 February 2012. "Ruins on the Australian Metal Guide". Australian Metal Guide. Retrieved 26 February 2012. "Interview with Drummer Dave Haley". www.PyroMusic.net. "May 2008 New Zealand shows". nzmetal.com. "Psycroptic Signs with Nuclear Blast Records". Blabbermouth.net. 20 June 2008. Retrieved 16 February 2012. "Psycroptic to film live DVD in Melbourne, Australia". "Psycroptic - New Album Details". Metal Storm. Retrieved 26 February 2012. http://europeband.eu/psycroptic-the-inherited-repression-tab-book/