Using another name for a slaughterhouse, Abattoir opened up shop in 1983 with Mel Sanchez (bass), Mark Caro (guitar) and Juan Garcia (guitar) and would soon after hire Rawl Preston (vocals) and Danger Wayne (drums). After their debut performance at the Troubadour Theatre they began to record, except without Preston who had been replaced with John Cyriis (ex-Sceptre). Their Screams From The Grave demo track made onto the various compilation Metal Massacre IV. With their Ramones meets Black Sabbath Thrash style they got support slots with W.A.S.P. and Metallica,but without the help of Wayne who was replaced by Danny Amaya. But soon after Cyriis and Garcia took off to form Agent Steel to be replaced with Steve Gaines and Danny Olivera respectively to record their 1985 Combat' debut album Vicious Attack featuring a cover of Motorhead's Ace Of Spades.
Gaines was the next to leave when he joined Bloodlust so Mike Towers took his place on the follow-up album The Only Safe Place. Although less abrasive the album and new membership wasn't enough to hold the act together and Sanchez left to form Evildead so the act split in 1988.
With the line-up of Steve Gaines (ex-Bloodlust; bass/vocals), Mark Caro (guitar), Mel Sanchez (ex-Evildead; guitar) and Kevin McShane (drums) they reformed in 1998 due mostly to a resurgence in popularity with the re-release of their albums by Century Media' and are currently writing their next album under the working title of Evil Incarnate.