Whiplash (band)

Whiplash is an American thrash metal band formed in 1984 in Passaic, New Jersey. The band has been centered around guitarist and vocalist Tony Portaro, who is the only constant member of the lineup. Despite never achieving major success, Whiplash has been recognized as one of the first East Coast thrash metal bands in the 1980s,[1] and they are also notable for featuring drummer Tony Scaglione, who had been in and out of Whiplash since its inception and was a temporary fill-in for Dave Lombardo in Slayer on the latter's Reign in Blood tour.[2]

Whiplash at the Headbangers Open Air 2014
Whiplash at the Headbangers Open Air 2014
Background information
OriginPassaic, New Jersey, U.S.
GenresThrash metal, speed metal
Years active
  • 1984–1990
  • 1995–1999
  • 2007–present
MembersTony Portaro
David DeLong
Ron Lipnicki
Past membersRich Day
Tony Bono
Joe Cangelosi
Pat Burns
Mike Orosz
Glenn Hansen
Rob Gonzo
Rob Harding
James Preziosa
Warren Conditi
Henry Veggian
Dave Jengo
Bob Candella
Dan Foord
Charlie Zeleny
Tony Scaglione
Tom Tierney


The original lineup of Tony Portaro, Tony Scaglione and Tony Bono recorded their debut album Power and Pain for Roadrunner Records in 1986. Joe Cangelosi replaced Tony Scaglione that same year when the latter left for a seven-week tour with Slayer. Joe Cangelosi recorded Ticket to Mayhem in 1987 with the two Tonys. In 1989, Glenn Hansen joined the band as the new singer for the album titled Insult to Injury. The band split up due to business reasons, but reunited in 1995 after Portaro and Scaglione joined forces in a revamped lineup of Billy Milano's M.O.D. for a European tour. Whiplash released two further albums, Cult of One and Sit, Stand, Kneel, Prey before the three Tonys recorded a final album together in 1998, Thrashback.

Bassist Tony Bono died in 2002 after suffering a heart attack, at the age of 38.

In 2009, founding member Tony Portaro and Joe Cangelosi reformed the band, adding bassist Rich Day, and recorded Unborn Again, released in September 2009. Whiplash played many festivals in Europe that year including Wacken Open Air in Germany,[3] Jalometalli festival in Finland and shows in Italy, Norway, Mexico and Colombia.

In 2010, the band took a limited break due to personal legal reasons. In early December 2010, Tony Portaro announced the return of their original drummer, Tony Scaglione, to the band.[4] They recruited New York bassist David DeLong, a Pennsylvania-Dutch native, with music influences from the 1980s New York metal/hardcore/punk scene.[5] However, after two weeks, Tony Scaglione announced personal scheduling issues became his priority. With the help of Ben Ward of Orange Goblin and Nathan Perrier of Alabaster Suns, Labrat and Capricorns, Dan "Loord" Foord (SikTh) entered into the band.[6]

Whiplash launched their Power and Pain 2011 tour with dates in Greece and Italy in April 2011.[7] Following performances at Hellfest (France) and Portaro's hometown of Clifton, New Jersey, Whiplash headlined at the San Francisco festival Slaughter by the Water 2. After returning from California, they began writing new material, and held another New Jersey performance before finishing their tour with three shows in Chile. In January 2012, Whiplash headlined thrash metal shows in Philadelphia and New Jersey before embarking on the heavy metal cruise 70000 Tons of Metal aboard the Royal Caribbean ship Majesty of the Seas. In March and April, Whiplash performed at shows in the Netherlands, and at the Keep It True festival in Germany and the SWR Barroselas Metalfest in Portugal. The band also headlined at the Convivencia Rock festival in Pereira, Colombia in July 2012.[8]

On October 10, 2015, Whiplash announced they were reuniting with original drummer Tony Scaglione.[9] However, this reunion did not last for long, and the band replaced him with Tom Tierney,[10] who was later replaced by former Overkill drummer Ron Lipnicki.[11]

In July 2018, Whiplash signed with Metal Blade Records and is currently working on a new album.[11] The band has also been working on a new EP, titled Old School American Way.[9]

Band membersEdit

Whiplash at the Headbangers Open Air 2014


  • Tony Portaro – lead vocals, guitars (1984–1999, 2007–present)
  • David DeLong – bass, backing vocals (2011–present)
  • Ron Lipnicki – drums (2018–present)




  • Fire Away (1984)
  • Thunderstruk (1984)
  • Looking Death in the Face (1985)
  • Untitled 3-track demo (1985)



  • Old School American Way (TBA)


  1. ^ "The Story of Thrash Metal Part One: The birth of a genre". Loudersound. September 27, 2019. Retrieved August 3, 2020.
  2. ^ "SLAYER: We Do Not Agree With DAVE LOMBARDO's Substance Or Timeline Of Events". Blabbermouth.net. February 21, 2013. Retrieved August 3, 2020.
  3. ^ "Whiplash live at Wacken". Metaltraveller.com. July 31, 2009. Retrieved June 8, 2012.
  4. ^ "WHIPLASH/Bio". Roadrunnerrecords.com. December 2, 2010. Retrieved July 31, 2012.
  5. ^ "WHIPLASH Rejoined By Drummer TONY SCAGLIONE". officialwhiplash.com. July 30, 2012. Retrieved July 31, 2012.
  6. ^ "WHIPLASH Parts Ways With Drummer TONY SCAGLIONE, Recruits SIKTH's DAN FOORD". Roadrunnerrecords.com. January 6, 2011. Retrieved July 31, 2012.
  7. ^ "WHIPLASH BIO". officialwhiplash.com. July 30, 2012. Retrieved July 31, 2012.
  8. ^ "Status". reverbnation.com/whiplashusa. July 26, 2012. Retrieved July 31, 2012.
  9. ^ a b "WHIPLASH Rejoined By Original Drummer TONY SCAGLIONE". Blabbermouth.net. October 10, 2015. Retrieved October 10, 2015.
  10. ^ "Official Whiplash Tony Portaro Bio". whiplashmusic.wixsite.com. Retrieved July 29, 2020.
  11. ^ a b "WHIPLASH Signs With METAL BLADE RECORDS; New Album Due In Early 2019". Blabbermouth.net. July 18, 2018. Retrieved July 18, 2018.

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