LOCK UP (CHILE / U.K. / USA)
Originally conceived as a side project for Napalm Death’s Shane Embury (bass) and Jesse Pintado (guitar), Lock Up was essentially conceived as a booze-fueled return to the raw brutality of mid-’80s proto-death metal. Named after a death metal drumming technique in which the arms are stiffened to produce lightning-fast blast beats, Lock Up was initially rounded out by long time friend and Cradle of Filth drummer Nick Barker (later of Dimmu Borgir) and Hypocrisy vocalist/production mastermind Peter Tägtgren.
Lock Up recorded their debut album, “Pleasures Pave Sewers”, which was released it in early 1999. Peter Tägtgren’s place was taken by At the Gates vocalist Tomas Lindberg for the band’s debut UK tour and also the band’s first appearance at the famous Wacken festival.
Lock Up have played very few live shows. In 2009, the band announced that they would play the Damnation Festival that year. The line-up featured Embury, Barker, Lindberg and Reisenegger. It was touted as the band's last ever live show; however, they later booked more shows for 2010 and 2012. During February of that year they scheduled a ten show mini-tour in the United States. It was their first time playing in that country. Shane Embury was unable to make the shows so Danny Lilker from Nuclear Assault filled in on bass for the duration of the trek.
The band's third studio album, Necropolis Transparent, was released in 2011. The fourth album, Demonization, was released in March 2017 through Listenable Records. This time Kevin Sharp (Brutal Truth, Venomous Concept) handled the vocals.