Banshee: Cry In The Night-80’s-1986.

Banshee is a metal band that was formed in 1986 in the American Midwest. Although they shared the image and sound with the glam/metal scene of the 80s, their music fully shares the elements of melodic power metal: catchy guitar riffs, eclectic drums and bass, powerful guitar solos, and intense vocals.

Banshee, a melodic power metal band from the Midwest, was formed in the spring of 1986. Made up of members from the popular Mid-West touring act Lick (Tommy Lee and Chuck Hopkins); Terry Dunn of Kansas City-based Frodo,Granmax, and Kent Burnham from Kansas City-based Crypt Keeper.[1] By late 1986, they released their first EP entitled Cry in the Night.[1] Hopkins left shortly thereafter to pursue other projects in Los Angeles and was replaced by local Kansas City bassist Bill Westfall.[1]

In 1988, Metal Blade Records re-released Cry In The Night and included the song “We Want You” on a compilation record, Metal Massacre No. 9.

In 1989, the band began recording at Record Plant Studios and on September 15, 1989, released their first album, Race Against Time, on Atlantic Records Titanium label.[1] The album was released on vinyl, compact disk, and cassette tape. Shortly thereafter, Banshee parted ways with Atlantic Records.

In 1993, the band self-released their second album, Take ‘Em By Storm, with the outfit disbanding shortly after the initial release.

Reunion shows were played in 1999, 2000, and 2008. After numerous hiatus’ throughout the 90s and most of the 2000s, Banshee reunited in 2008 to perform at Rocklahoma which was ultimately an ill-fated performance for the band. It was after this that founder and guitarist Terry Dunn realized the band needed drastic changes if the band was to continue. .

On June 21, 2012, the band released their fourth studio album entitled Mindslave on Snowblind Records. The album featured vocalist George Call (ASKAViolent StormOmenCloven Hoof), original bassist Chuck Hopkins, and drummer Marty Schiermann. After the initial release and in preparation for the Mindslave tour, Hopkins and Schiermann were both unable to tour with the band and Mika Horiuchi (ex-Falling In Reverse and ex-Celador) from Los Angeles, California stepped up on bass, while Vinnie E. Parma (Edenlust, Holly West, Silver Loves Mercury, MYSTERY) from Dallas, Texas took the role of drums.

In May 2017, Banshee signed to Visionary Noise Records. After several setbacks, on July 9, 2019, Banshee’s fifth studio album entitled “The Madness” was released. Additionally, Visionary Noise Records re-released Mindslave on a limited pressing double-sided picture disk vinyl.


Cry in the NightEP1986
Precious MetalSingle1989 
Race Against TimeFull-length1989
Demo ’91Demo1991 
The SlamDemo1991 
Take ‘Em by StormFull-length1993
The MadnessFull-length2019 
Terry Dunn
Guitars (1985-1993, 1999-2000, 2008-present)
See also: ex-Frodo
George Call
Vocals (2011-present)
See also: AskaCloven HoofViolent Storm, ex-Warrion, ex-Emerald, ex-Omen, ex-Leejon, ex-Virgin, ex-Warlock
Vinnie E. Parma
Drums (2012-present)
See also: Mystery (live), ex-Edenlust, ex-Revengeance, ex-Honey, ex-Ausleben (live), ex-Dead Memories (live), ex-John Curtis Band (live), ex-Ryant Chenault Band (live), ex-Sanateria (live)
Blu Davis
Bass (2019-present)

Past Members:

Chuck HopkinsBass (1985-1986, 2008-2014, 2015-?)
See also: ex-Lick
Kent BurnhamDrums (1985-1993, 1999-2000, 2008)
See also: ex-Crypt Keeper, ex-Primal Order
Tommy Lee FloodVocals (1985-1993, 1999-2000, 2008-2009)
See also: ex-Lick, ex-Primal Order
Bill WestfallBass (1986-1993, 1999-2000, 2014-2015), Keyboards (1989)
(R.I.P. 2020) See also: ex-Ocean, ex-Primal Order
Tyson LeslieBass (1990-1991, 2008)
See also: ex-Wyred, Vixen
Marty SchiermannDrums (2011-2012)
See also: ex-Looker
Side A
1.We Want You03:06  Show lyrics
2.Back Your Way04:14  Show lyrics
3.I Believe04:37  Show lyrics
Side B
4.The Stranger07:34  Show lyrics
5.Cry in the Night04:46  Show lyrics

One thought on “Banshee: Cry In The Night-80’s-1986.

  1. DeathRiderDoom, May 20th, 2009
    This absolutely phenomenal power metal EP was released in 1986, and instantly secured a top spot in my rotation upon my acquiring it. Excellent, heavy, and raucous right the way through, I was talking about this little gem with every opportunity to every metalhead I came across for months after hearing it. Banshee is yet another awesome USPM band in the vein of Hellion, Jag Panzer and the like. This is their debut release, and the remainder of their catalogue consists of two full-lengths.

    The EP’s opener, the anthemic and thundering ‘We Want You’ a a ravishing anthem showcasing some shouting vocals in the vein of a cleaner Armed Force. Lead vocals are strong, yet this isn’t the strong show you’ll be getting of them that you do in the Iron Maidenish next track, ‘Back Your Way’ another strong one with perhaps an even stronger and rougher chorus vocal. True quality. This one’s packed with screamish guitar solo action, and some strong vocal melody. The first two tracks are strongly ‘metallic’ with a slight departure being made to slower pace in the third. The fourth and fifth are excellent right the way through with ‘everything where it should be’ which pleases me as a genre fan. Banshee executes a distinct flavour of their own in particularly the 2nd and 4th and 5th tracks – definitely not ‘run of the mill’. The title track ‘Cry in the Night’ could be considered the highlight, but with strong material right the way through, it’s a little difficult to make that call.

    Overall a brilliantly strong EP – better than many I’ve heard in the last year, metal and otherwise. Four very strong tracks with a distinct USPM feel that really leaves you wanting more. Production values on this one are decent, with drums and bass mixed well. This band has a great name, and plays an awesome blend of mid 80’s metal. I thoroughly enjoy both the front a rear cover art, with a ‘spray-paint’ front graphic and ‘horror’ text song titles on the rear (Not to mention the awesome title of the EP itself. ‘Cry in the Night’ has everything you want in an 80’s metal title). These really add to the flavour and enjoyment in my books.



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