Lizzy Borden is a theatrical Los Angeles-based heavy metal band that, like Alice Cooper before them, is named after the band's frontman. Signed to Metal Blade in 1984 and employing a lethal blend of horror stagecraft, blazing riffs, and glam-infused melodic might, the band enjoyed success in the mid- to late '80s with the album's Love You to Pieces (1985), Visual Lies (1987), and Master of Disguise (1989), before succumbing to the shifting musical tastes brought forth by the arrival of grunge and alternative rock in early '90s. They re-formed in 1999, but went on hiatus after the death of guitarist Alex Nelson in 2004. They convened again in 2006, and despite enduring multiple personnel changes continued to perform at clubs and festivals, eventually re-signing with Metal Blade in 2018 and releasing their seventh studio long-player, My Midnight Things.
Gregory (Lizzy Borden) and Joseph (Joey Scott) Harges, the band caught its first big break in 1983 when Metal Blade chose the track "Rod of Iron" to appear on the fourth volume of their popular Metal Massacre compilation series. Lizzy Borden inked a deal with the label shortly thereafter, and released a debut EP Give 'Em the Axe the following year. With a lineup consisting of Borden (vocals), Scott (drums), Gene Allen (guitar), Tony Matuzak (guitar), and Michael Davis (bass), the band released their first full-length outing, Love You to Pieces, in 1985. Alex Nelson replaced Matuzak shortly after the album's release, and made his debut on the 1986 concert LP The Murderess Metal Road Show and sophomore studio effort Menace to Society. The band tapped veteran pop-metal producer Max Norman to helm their third full-length outing, 1987's Visual Lies. The album was the group's most commercially successful outing to date, and included the single "Me Against the World," which appeared on the soundtrack to the 1988 comedy-horror film Black Roses -- that same year saw the band make an appearance in director Penelope Spheeris' legendary L.A. metal documentary The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years. 1989's Master of Disguise went largely under the radar, but has since proven to be a fan favorite, and one of the group's most enduring releases.