Painmuseum and Halford guitar demon Metal Mike Chlasciak is most commonly known as the guitarist who helped Judas Priest vocalist Rob Halford reclaim and hold his status as the true Metal God. Metal Mike is the guitarist for Rob Halford's endeavor Halford. Metal Mike has written and appeared on all Halford recordings "Resurrection", "Live Insurrection", "Crucible" and "Fourging The Furnace". Well past a million sales mark, all albums are available on the Metal-is/ Sanctuary Records label.
Metal Mike toured the world several times over with Halford along other luminaries such as Iron Maiden, Queensryche and others. Most exciting stops include a sold out date at Madison Square Garden in 2000 and Brasil's Rock In Rio festival with over 350,000 people in attendance. He appears in MTV/ VH-1 videos "Made In Hell", "Cyberworld", "Betrayal", "In The Morning" and "Speak The Name".
Metal Mike leads his own endeavor Painmuseum whose debut album "Metal For Life" has found an immediate embrace by the fans and strong critical acclaim from the Metal community. "Metal For Life" has seen a worldwide release through C.M.M./ Demolition Records via Universal Distribution. "Metal For Life" is mixed by Roy Z. (Judas Priest, Halford, Bruce Dickinson) and the musician line-up features Metal Mike's Halford stage mate Bobby Jarzombek (Halford, Iced Earth, Riot), Steve DiGiorgio (Testament, Death, Sadus) and vocal power demon Tim Clayborne.
In addition to co-headlining select US festivals in 2004/ 2005, Metal Mike's Painmuseum has toured North America sharing stages with Halford, Testament and Immortal among others. Equal parts Bludgeon, Thrash, and straight up Heavy Metal, Metal Mike's Painmuseum has been described by Germany's prominent Heavy Magazine as the band that finally delivered us an album "in the tradition of 'Burn My Eyes' (Machine Head) and 'Vulgar Display Of Power' (Pantera)."
A scholarship graduate of Berklee College of Music, Metal Mike has released 3 solo instrumental albums "Grind Textural Abstraction", "Territory: Guitar Kill!!" and "The Spilling". He has also penned two popular guitar instruction books "Ridiculous Riffs For The Terrifying Guitarist" and "Monster Coordination".
Upon Rob Halford's return to Judas Priest, Mike has joined Bay Area Thrash legends Testament for a 2004 tour where the band hit major festivals all over Europe and Scandinavia, sharing bills with Alice Cooper, Scorpions, Motorhead, and Judas Priest. Mike concluded then an already stellar line-up of Chuck Billy, Eric Peterson, Steve DiGiorgio and Paul Bostaph (Slayer, Exodus).
In 2005 Metal Mike has signed onto an European/ South American tour with Sebastian Bach, the voice of multi-platinum Skid Row. After a successful touring season sharing bills with Motley Crue, Dio and Accept, Metal Mike reunited once again with the Metal God for a new HALFORD studio album and world tour.
Metal Mike's Painmuseum will additionally release a 2006 follow up to "Metal For Life" with support via world wide touring.