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Watchtower is an American progressive metal band based in Austin, Texas, active from 1982 to 1993 . They have reunited occasionally since 1999.] The band has released two studio albums―Energetic Disassembly (1985) and Control and Resistance (1989)―as well as one compilation album- Demonstrations in Chaos (2002) , Four digital singles, one EP -Concepts in Math:Book One-(2016), and three early years demo cassettes. The quartet has also been featured on numerous compilation albums, one being the NOISE International records release of Doomsday New-2 (1989). They are also notable for featuring vocalist Jason McMaster, who left Watchtower after the release of Energetic Disassembly to co-found the rock group, Dangerous Toys, and was replaced for a short time with Mike Soliz (Militia) featured on the compilation Doomsday New-2, then a more permanent replacement in Alan Tecchio ( Hades), who appeared on Control and Resistance and the band’s 2016 EP Concepts of Math: Book One. McMaster reunited with the band in 2000 to play the Bang Your Head Festival in Balingen, Germany, and again in 2004 for the Headway Festival in Amstelveen, Holland. Tecchio joined the group again in 2010, to play Keep it True Festival in Lauda-Konigshofen. McMaster returns to Watchtower for the second time to play festivals in 2023 and 2024 to showcase this reunion at KEEP IT TRUE RISING  in Wurzburg ,Germany, HELLS HEROES in Houston, TX. and LEGIONS OF METAL in Chicago, IL.

Influenced by  progressive rock and then-burgeoning new wave of British heavy metal scenes, Watchtower has been credited (along with Voivod and Coroner) for helping pioneer the subgenre of “technical thrash metal” (also known as “progressive thrash metal”), which mixed elements of progressive music with thrash/speed metal. The band has also been cited as having influenced or inspired many notable progressive or heavy metal acts, including Dream Theater, Athiest, Nasty Savage and Death.

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