Drifting along melodies securely surpassed by unmerciful charges of guitar power and relentless bass rhythms, Element of Surprise ends up combining inspiring tunes of pop/rock with the most hostile scopes of the metal style. Originating out of the reunion of several Bay Area bandmembers not satisfied with their previous outfits, Element of Surprise assembled in San Francisco in the year 2000. Jean Baudin (bass) and Steve Sigaty (drums), both former members of Nuclear Rabbit, were the founding duo of Surprise, with vocalist Andy Slipka and guitarist Raye Medeiros finishing the team's lineup. Sharing considerable stage experience mostly due to the work with their earlier bands, the team slowly started retaining their own ground in San Francisco's music scene. In 2001, the band made their first live appearances before entering the studio to ...
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