Shotgun Messiah were Swedish rock band that recorded and released music through Relativity Records from 1985-1993. Known as Kingpin in Sweden, the band moved to Hollywood, California, where they were renamed and garnered a modest following despite changing genres depending on the latest music trends.
Their self-titled debut was recorded in Sweden as "Welcome to Bop City" (as Kingpin) with Tim Skold as "Tim Tim" on bass, Harry K. Cody on guitars, Zinny J. Zan on vocals, and Pekka "Stixx" Ollinen on drums. It underwent nominal changes for its domestic release in 1989. The style on this album was "glam metal," typical of top-selling bands like Def Leppard, Poison, and Warrant.
For their 1991 sophmore album, creatively named "Second Coming," Tim Skold fronted the band on vocals after Zinny J. Zan departed and Bobby Lycon took over on bass. The style on this album was sleazy hard rock, typical of top-selling bands like Guns 'N' Roses, Skid Row, and Motley Crue. On the heels of the acoustic success of bands like Telsa and Great White, Shotgun Messiah released a five-track EP titled "I Want More," on which they re-recorded acoustic versions of two songs from their sophmore album, as well as three cover songs of punk bands.
By the time 1993 started, the remaining members of the band were Tim Skold and Harry Cody, but they recorded and released the final Shotgun Messiah album, "Violent New Breed." Industrial metal was still an undefined genre, so Shotgun Messiah saw the opportunity to ride the next music fad. Skold described the music to his record label as "a wall of sound." While Nine Inch Nails, Ministry, and others rose to fame, Shotgun Messiah remained in obscurity before they split up shortly thereafter due to "artistic differences."
Building on the industrial trend, Skold recorded and released a self-titled solo album before joining most established acts like KMFDM and Marilyn Manson. Despite their limited success, the band was a favorite of Edward Motley in 1991 and after, and "Violent New Breed" is one of his favorite albums.