Rooted in the Speed/Thrash Metal wave of the mid '80's, visionaries Phil and Tony Sardo set out to create a new and blistering form of metal which would combine the power elements of Thrash, the fury of Speed, and an uncompromising dedication to technicality in musicianship. With those principles in place, SCEPTRE was created. Phil and Tony soon met up with guitarist John Camps, (Cyriis), and vocalist Butch Say and recorded a three song demo which included: "Sceptre", "144,000 Gone", and "Taken by Force." Capturing the interest of Metal Blade Records founder, Brian Slagel, they landed a featured spot on "Metal Massacre 4" with "Taken by Force" and received tremendous, critical acclaim throughout the Metal world. The now, infamous "Three Song Demo" has gone down in Metal history as being one of the best Metal demos ever made and also, as being a major contributing factor to "The Roots of Speed."
The next formation of this new and blistering form of Metal came through the inception of SARDO, which was a continuation of the original SCEPTRE but which had seen co-founder Phil Sardo, as drummer, move to being guitarist. In Phil's own words, "it was a better way to express myself as a songwriter", and express himself, he did well, by penning the next wave of speed, brutality, and technicality with songs like "Steel Heat", "The Omen" and "Nausea", to name a few. With an appearance on "The Rock with Daryl Fields Show", (an L.A. based music commentary), and the reputation as being the loudest Metal band to ever play the Hollywood club circuit, SCEPTRE/SARDO were well on their way in playing a leading role in the creation of a newer, more brutal sounding form of Metal.
It was not too long after this time, though, that internal strife was beginning to infect the current line up of SARDO and it was soon realized that in order to proceed with the same principles that the original SCEPTRE/SARDO were created by, it was necessary for founders Phil and Tony Sardo to take an extended break from performing and collaborating with other musicians. They, soon thereafter, decided to record, mix and produce an album relying only on them, so as to capture the true essence of what SCEPTRE and SARDO actually were. Rehearsing began, and as new connections were made in Chicago, Phil and Tony created THRUSTOR, explaining that it is a very strong definition of what SCEPTRE and SARDO were all about; quoting Tony: "full force, brutal power."
Currently, THRUSTOR has opened a new chapter in the Technical Speed/Thrash Metal genre. THRUSTOR's new album, entitled: "Night of Fire" has been re-mixed by legendary producer Neil Kernon, (Nile, Cannibal Corpse, Nevermore)… and is on its way to becoming, yet another relentless piece of pure, intense Metal. Phil and Tony Sardo have also been interviewed by "Snake-Pit Magazine" in an effort to outline, in detail, the story behind SCEPTRE/SARDO and THRUSTOR. To sum it up as Tony has stated: "We will never let up on writing music as heavy as possible and keeping it technical", and with "Night of Fire" as evidence of that, THRUSTOR will, once again, blast onto the scene as being a contributing factor in technically advanced Metal music.