This powerhouse metal band trio from New Jersey is comprised of lead vocalist/guitarist Mike LaMastro, bassist Eric Mangual and drummer Bob Mangual. They have been friends for over twenty years and have translated their life experiences through their music. Where did the name NUSE come from? Eric said, “We’ve 'hung' around with each other for so long that NOOSE just fit.” Mike added, the naming process took so long (there were 5 members in the band at the time) there was 'No Use' in trying to make everyone agree on the name...hence, Noose officially became NUSE in 1993.
The New Jersey power trio NUSE has been gigging up the east coast Hardcore/Metal scene for the last two plus decades and counting. Their debut album 'Hung Well' was introduced in 2002 and was re-released in June 05' under No Joke Records (L.A., CA). In 2008, NUSE released Forever Starts Today, which included their underground hit Beat To Death (over 13,000 plays worldwide).
In 2012, Nuse has taken their music to a commercial level with the release of All American Beat Down (May, 2012). During production, songs like "Beath & Fluid", "War Face", & "Free Tattoos" gained the attention of multi-platinum engineer Obie O'Brien (Bon Jovi). All American Beat Down was then delivered to Ryan Smith (Beyonce, Bon Jovi, Motley Crue, The Beatles, Lamb of God, Elton John and many more) at Sterling Sound, NYC for mastering.
Upon it's released on May 18th 2012, All American Beat Down has received world-wide recognition through on-line affiliates such as Pandora Radio, iTunes, Amazon.com, CD Baby, Jango Radio, etc.
In summer/fall of 2012, All American Beat Down reached #5 in Kansas City, #8 in New York, #7 in Philadelphia, & #5 in Hawaii Markets.
NUSE has influences which include Metallica, Slayer, Biohazard, Clutch, Black Sabbath, Kiss, Sublime, The Doors, Red Hot Chili Peppers and The Beatles.
Mike LaMastro - Vocals, Lead Guitar
Bob Mangual - Drums
Eric Mangual - Bass
All American Beat Down - Released May 2012
Forever Starts Today - Released 2008
Hungwell (No Joke Records - LA, CA) - 2005
Hungwell - 2002
Music You Can Hang To (EP) - 2000
Hung Over (EP) - 1998
Holy S*** Another Demo (Demo)- 1997
Nuse (Demo) - 1995
Check Yer Neck (Demo) - 1993