Monday, January 16, 2017

Did you hear it?: Vircolac

Vircolac
The Cursed Travails of the Demeter
Dark Descent Records
Release: 31 October 2016
OFFICIAL: VIRCOLAC came into being in Dublin, Ireland during the dying embers of 2013 with the intention of creating a timeless take on Death Metal replete with actual songs, riffs and atmosphere, removed in its own right from some of the contemporaneous styles within Death Metal that almost sought to unwrite what the essence of a song is.
Steeped firmly in the 80s and subsequent early 90s Death Metal scenes, influences are wide and varied but never used as a barometer for reference but rather as parts of the whole that have obsessed the band's collective minds from a young age and now present in the newest endeavour, The Cursed Travails of the Demeter EP. So, for now, we bid you welcome on board this cursed ship and join our voyage into damnation.
The 26-minute EP is a journey through different horrors adrift the cursed vessel, The Demeter. The ship, for those of you with a literary interest, is that in which Dracula sails from the east to England, whereupon he spreads plague and death. The symbolism and concept is allegorical, as are many of the lyrical concepts throughout the EP. As Bram Stoker and indeed Sheridan le Fanu before him were both from Dublin and whose works are literary masterpieces have both found new life in The Cursed Travails of the Demeter. This has also been the case with the ancient tradition of shamanic ritual and rites that were practiced on the ancient plains of Ireland an represented by the magnificent stone carvings and rock art on display at Loughcrew, Knowth, Dowth and Newgrange. Furthermore, the viciousness of Caesar Caligula’s reign and the allure of the witches beyond the woods all form part of the lyrical emphasis on the EP.
So, for now, we bid you welcome on board this cursed ship and join our voyage into damnation.
The Cursed Travails of the Demeter was released by Dark Descent Records in North America and on Sepulchral Voice in Europe (with LP to follow).
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NH - drums BMC - guitars
K - bass Laoghaire/vocals

Did you hear it?: Omnizide

This album is for those into cult extreme metal. The album came out at the end of 2016, but if it passed you by, read this information. Of course, the below information is not new anymore, but it gives an idea who this band is.--MMB
OFFICIAL:Swedish Black/Death Metal veterans OMNIZIDE will release their sophomore album NekroRegime December 16 on Carnal Records in Europe and Daemon Worship Productions in the U.S. Featuring vocals by Nox (CRAFT) and music written by Anders/AE (AVSKY), NekroRegime consists of nine tracks of pure War! Stream the title track below.
NekroRegime was recorded and mixed by Erik Hagelberg at DeathWomb Studio in the winter of 2015/2016. The album was mastered by Jona Kjellgren at Blacklounge Studio.
Decibel Magazine nailed it in describing OMNIZIDE's sound as "old-school DARKTHRONE, and falls somewhere between the nexus of death metal and physically imposing Swedish black metal, bands such as NAGLFAR and WATAIN." Get the picture? Now prepare for War!
Track Listing:
1. Himmelstrasse (330ft)
2. The Return of the Loving Dead
3. Walls of Flesh
4. Doomsday Revelations
5. Deathwomb
6. NekroRegime
7. Nekromantic
8. Shockwaves
9. Devil in Me
Omnizide - 'NekroRegime" (Carnal Records / Daemon Worship Productios)
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Matt Spall's album number one of the 2016

Matt Spall is a rock and metal music reviewer. Check out more of his work below. --MMB
Here we are. I’ve done it, and I have finished earlier than ever before. I never doubted it, even for a second!
What was also never in doubt was the support that I have received from all of you over the last month or so. The likes, the hits, the comments, the shares…it all comes together to make this whole thing worthwhile and actually a joy to create. The banter, the conversation and the disagreements; they’re all part of life’s rich tapestry.
But best of all is the fact that some of you have discovered a new band or a new album from reading this blog – that’s my main aim and I’m delighted that I have managed to succeed.
As I have said over the past couple of posts, the final three picks caused me no end of trouble. I’m generous with my review scores I will admit but it is rare I give out a perfect 10/10. So the fact that I gave out three during 2016 speaks volumes for the quality of music that was delivered this year.
In reality, the final three albums should be joint winners as they are all so good. However, I wanted to avoid doing this because it might have been a let-down to you all and a bit of a fudge. Instead I have searched deep inside to come up with some kind of order to these excellent releases. In the end, I decided to order them based on the most important factor – how they make me feel. On that basis, I was able to decide on an order that I am content with.
And with that, I can procrastinate no longer; it is time to reveal my album of 2016, the record that has had the biggest and most profound effect on me this year. The winner is…
Number 1
Evergrey
The Storm Within
AFM Records
“The Storm Within’ is the glorious sound that is created when five musicians come together at the very top of their game. Rikard’s keys permeate the entire album with an abundance of sounds and textures, both familiar and new. Tom and Henrik’s guitar playing is out of the top drawer, both in lead and rhythm guises. Johan’s bass is clear within the muscular mix, allowing his understated dexterity and sense of melody to provide an audible pulse to the music. And Jonas’ drumming is the heartbeat, offering a solid foundation that’s also deceptively complex and ambitious, arguably his most accomplished performance to date.
From the first notes of opener ‘Distance’, to the final moments of the closing title track, ‘The Storm Within’ is just about the perfect album for me in the here and now. It is exactly the kind of music that I want to listen to and, more so, that I crave. I have listened to this record more times than I care to admit, probably close to twice a day on average if not more. And the great thing is that it keeps getting better.
For those looking for a carbon copy to any of Evergrey’s previous releases, prepare to be disappointed. ‘The Storm Within’ is the sound of Evergrey 2016 and it is another step in their gradual evolution towards what they personally perceive to be the Holy Grail.
Onto the music itself and deliberate or not, there are more than a few nods to previous releases on this album. Be it a riff that calls to mind ‘Monday Morning Apocalypse’, a string embellishment that conjures up nostalgic memories of ‘Solitude…’ or a keyboard sound that recalls the ‘In Search Of Truth’ era, these little gems do exist and they are truly wonderful.
Give it your full, undivided attention and maybe you too will consider this album to be Evergrey’s finest hour. Will it even replace ‘In Search Of Truth’ as my all-time favourite album? Watch this space. What is certain however is that Evergrey’s majestic blend of heaviness, melody and emotion means that ‘The Storm Within’ is nothing short of a bona fide masterpiece. All hail Evergrey.”
Yes, yes, I accept that this is probably the most obvious choice that I have made in this entire series. Evergrey are my all-time favourite band after all, a group of musicians that I hold dear to my heart. However, I would have been the first to moan if they released a bit of a stinker. I have gone on record to suggest that there are a few albums in their back catalogue that I like less, so whilst I love this band, I’m not blindingly biased. At one stage in the mid-noughties, I was even close to replacing Evergrey as my favourite band.
And then ‘Hymns For The Broken’ came along. With it, came a reunited line-up after years of instability and most importantly, some of the most powerful music the band had ever released. The sense of contentment and excitement within the band was tangible and I felt that Evergrey were once again back to their very best. This also worried me because I wasn’t sure whether the euphoria would be short-lived or extend to future albums.
In the middle of 2016, I had my answer in the form of ‘The Storm Within’. Oh. My. Word. You can read the full review to get the bigger picture, but ‘The Storm Within’ is essentially a continuation of what they did so well with ‘Hymns…’ whilst adding a few different ingredients – the cinematic embellishments for one – and more than a few nods to their early days. It turns out to be the perfect blend of old and new and one of the most vital-sounding albums I have heard in some time.
Strong melodies, powerful riffs, bulldozing rhythms, a pronounced progressive element and dark, emotional atmospheres. That’s the Evergrey recipe and it creates some of the best music I have ever heard. This is exactly how I want my music to sound and Evergrey have delivered yet again.
So, ‘The Storm Within’ is expertly written, immaculately performed and anthemic in the extreme. But what tips this album into the top place however, is what has happened since I wrote the review. The songs just get better and better for a start.
And then Tom Englund, the driving force behind the band and the owner of arguably my favourite set of vocal chords in any genre of music went over to Iceland to film some videos. It was felt that Iceland offered the bleak and rugged visuals to fit with the tone of the record and this couldn’t have been more apt.
Tom Englund and his wife duet on the stunningly beautiful and emotional ‘The Paradox Of The Flame’ at the very spot where I scattered my brother’s ashes near the Gulfoss waterfall. The feelings that this evoked within me when I first saw the video can never be forgotten. Goosebumps upon chills upon more chills and then tears…it was a rollercoaster of emotions and one that repeats itself whenever I am brave enough to watch the video.
It was perfect. My favourite band playing beautiful music at one of my most important places on Earth…it was like it was meant to be. I believe that maybe it was meant to be.
The result is that ‘The Storm Within’ is my album of the year for 2016…and rightly so.
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Seattle & Washington concert calendar, updated January 16, 2017

If you have information about shows/updates/cancellations, please get in contact with Metal Bulletin Zine.
January 18 Udo Dirkschneider "Back To The Roots - Farewell To Accept," Zero Down, Children of Seraph at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
January 18 Ash Borer, others at Obsidian, Olympia, WA
January 19 Ash Borer, Bell Witch, Hissing at Highline, Seattle, WA
January 20 Striker, Spellcaster, Skelator, Demonhammer at Highline, Seattle, WA
January 21 Entombed AD, Full of Hell, Turbid North, Deathraid at Highline, Seattle, WA
January 21 High on Fire at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
January 22 Armed for Apocalypse, Witchburn, Deathbed Confessions, others at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
January 23 Marc Rizzo, Oraculum at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
January 23 Thou Shall Kill, Dilapidation, Pill Brigade at Substation, Seattle, WA
January 23 Vultra at The Pin, Spokane, WA
January 27 Queensryche at Snoqualmie Casino, Snoqualmie, WA
January 27 Drawn and Quartered, Sakrificer, Raptor, Oxygen Destroyer at Highline, Seattle, WA
January 27 Anthrocene, Reevolution, Antitheus, Transcribing the Necronomicon at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
January 28 Bone Sickness, The Noctambulant, Kommand, Voidthrone at Highline, Seattle, WA
January 28 Blue Öyster Cult at Historic Everett Theatre, Everett, WA
January 30 Born without Blood, Odyssian, Monsters among Gods at Substation, Seattle, WA
February 1 Inquisition, Rutah, Serpentspire, Skinwalker at The Pin, Spokane, WA
February 1 Anthropocene, A God or an Other, Spektral Hatchery at Obsidian, Olympia, WA
February 2 Mayhem, Inquisition, Black Anvil at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
February 3 Toecutter, Acid Teeth, Generation Decline, Sticky Situation at Tony V's, Everett, WA
February 4 Lordi at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
February 10 Revenge, Weregoat, Drawn and Quartered, Bloody Master at Highline, Seattle, WA
February 10 Zero Down, others at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
February 12 Flotsam & Jetsam, Vicious Rumors, Hatchet, Antarez at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
February 19 Alterbeast, Depths of Hatred, Aenimus, Aethere, Aethereus at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
February 20 Marduk, Incantation, Svart Crown, A Flourishing Scourge, Dilapidation at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
February 22 Nile, Overkill, Kill Closet at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
February 23 Ashen Pyre, Isenordal, Serpent's Chalice at Substation, Seattle, WA
February 26 Uli Jon Roth, Zero Down, Children of Seraph at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
March 1 Max and Igor Cavalera "Return to Roots Tour," Immolation, Full of Hell at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
March 5 Devil Driver, Death Angel, The Agonist, Azreal, Ashes of Existence at Studio Seven, WA
March 6 Darkest Hour, Ringworm, Tombs, Rivers of Nihil, Blood and Thunder at Studio Seven, WA
March 11 Archgoat, Valkyrja, Hellfire, Deathcult, Void Wraith at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
March 11 Tetrachromat, Mercy Brown, Ghostblood at The Shakedown, Bellingham, WA
March 28 Kreator, Obituary, Midnight, Horrendous at Neptune, Seattle, WA
March 29 Nails, Toxic Holocaust, Gatecreeper at Neumos, Seattle, WA
March 30 Despised Icon, Carnifex, Fallujah, Rings of Saturn, Lorna Shore at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
April 4 Amorphis, Swallow the Sun at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
April 25 Anthrax, Killswitch Engage at Showbox SoDo, Seattle, WA
April 28 D.R.I. at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
April 29 Asphyx, Extremity at Highline, Seattle, WA
May 4 Iron Kingdom at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
May 6 HammerFall, Delain at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
May 8 Sabaton, Battle Beast, others at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
May 11 Testament, Sepultura, Prong at Showbox Market, Seattle, WA
May 18 Y & T at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
May 20 Evergrey, Seven Kingdoms, Ascendia, Need at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
May 26 Candlemass at Modified Ghost Festival II, Vancover, B.C., Canada
June 12 Morbid Angel, Suffocation, Revocation, Withered at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
June 15,16,17 Northwest Terror Fest at Neumos and Barboza, Seattle, WA
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A God or an Other

About: A God or an Other is an experimental black metal band from the Cascadia region of the United States . Drawing from a vast array of influences, we create music that ranges from lush ethereal soundscapes to crushing walls of sound.
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Anthropocene

About: Anthropocene's artistic themes concern nature, climate change, pollution, apocalypse, mass extinction, and tribal warfare. We play a combination of thrash metal, black metal, old-school death metal, and grindcore. We focus on providing an entertaining live performance, combined with powerful, innovative songwriting.
Our songs range in length from six minutes to just over sixty seconds. For us, keeping the crowd engaged is a priority, and so we continuously move with the utmost speed and aggression during performances. To provide a continuous onslaught of raw sound, most of our songs are less than three minutes in length and packed with rapidly changing material that switches fluidly between tempo and genre.
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FEB 1 Anthropocene / A God or an Other / Spektral Hatchery

FEB 1 Anthropocene / A God or an Other / Spektral Hatchery at Obsidian, Olympia, Washington state, U.S.
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Anthropocene
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A God or an Other
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Spektral Hatchery
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Spektral Hatchery

About:Spektral Hatchery is raw black metal from Olympia, WA
Members associated with Twilight Falls, Tryblith, Clan of the Bleeding Eye, Boreal.
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Ghostblood

CLASSIFIED INFORMATION: Gore-splattered ghostly thrash-blackening death-blood music from Seattle! Smash, burn, and eat the dead!
GHOSTBLOOD is a heavy metal power trio. Forged in the fog of Seattle, GHOSTBLOOD consists of three incredibly handsome ravenous mutant ghosts.
John Petrucci being dismembered and flayed alive by a horde of bloody mutant ghosts.
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Tetrachromat

Bio: We are Tetrachromat, a small-town band echoing the cold fervor of the Pacific. We groove hard, and we love reverb. Debut EP "Chrysanthemum" out now.
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Mercy Brown

Bio: Mercy Brown is an American metal band from Spokane, Washington. Complimented by a vast array of influences, Mercy Brown is known for their dynamic musical presence, ranging from blackened death metal, to punk rock, to dark ambience. The diverse nature of their music has allowed them to play shows with Machine Head, 3 Inches of Blood, Hanzel und Gretyl, Mushroomhead, Castle, Lord Dying, and The Atlas Moth, to name a few. They are currently playing shows throughout the Pacific Northwest in support of their self-titled debut album.
Mercy Brown first garnered attention outside of Spokane with the release of their self-titled, three track EP in 2012. The EP was well-received on progressive rock and metal college radio stations throughout the Inland Northwest, prompting the band to begin focusing on recording and producing new material.
On March 17th, 2015, Mercy Brown released their highly anticipated, self-titled debut album. The album was recorded and mixed at guitarist Chris Tanaka Canwell’s Birdhouse Squirrel studio in Spokane, Washington. Highlighted by the singles, ‘Red and Yellow’, ‘In the Dark’, ‘One (The Edge of)’, and ‘News Complaint’, the album has seen positive reviews and was quickly put into radio rotations across North America and Europe.
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March 11 Tetrachromat, Mercy Brown, Ghostblood at The Shakedown, Bellingham, WA

March 11 Tetrachromat, Mercy Brown, Ghostblood at The Shakedown, Bellingham, WA
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Generation Decline

The punk band Generation Decline (Bremerton, WA) will play in Everett, WA on February 3. Listen to the music below.
Biography: We are a politically charged punk/crust group that sing about the injustices that we face as a human race. We hope that our music inspires people to take action in their scene and community.
Influences: Anti-Product, Aus Rotten, Phobia, Contravene, Streetwalker, Behind Enemy Lines, Disrupt, David Koresh Choir, F-Minus, Subhumans, Dystopia, Brother Inferior, Whorehouse of Representatives, Antischism, Damad, Code 13, Mouth Sewn Shut, Tragedy, His Hero Is Gone, Inhaste and many many more
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Sunday, January 15, 2017

POWER THEORY "Brace for Impact" (Official Video)

U.S. heavy metal band Power Theory has a new official video. Check it out below.
POWER THEORY "Brace for Impact" (Official Video)
Biography
BAND HISTORY
2006-2007
Power Theory was founded and formed by Rob Ballinger and childhood friend, Charlie Gallagher.Even though they generated some local buzz, the early line up was short lived because not all members understood the vision of what was to become.
2007-2008
In order to strengthen the vision, Dave Santini joined as vocalist. Rob and Dave formed an instant bond for songwriting and began putting together material for the E.P. "Metal Forever".
2009-2010
The E.P. "Metal Forever" was recorded with Jason Grosse at 1021 Studios in Bristol, PA as an independent release. The band played live extensively and started writing/recording at 1021 Studios for a full-length release. With the material completed by September 2010, they hired the legendary Achim Koehler to master the project and independently released "Out of the Ashes, Into the Fire". In the fall of 2010.
2011
Power Theory signed a 2 year deal with Pure Steel Records Germany in February and "Out of the Ashes, Into the Fire" was repackaged and internationally released on April 29th, 2011 at "Keep it True" Festival in Königshofen, Germany.
Album line-up:
Rob Ballinger - Guitar
Dave Santini - Vocals
Steve Sabo _ Drums
Jason Tete - Bass
2012
The band gained more extensive live exposure, expanding their range to neighboring states and continued recording new material for their sophomore effort "An Axe to Grind" with cover artwork by Eliran Kantor on Pure Steel Records. An invitation to play Warriors of Metal V Open Air in Pataskala, OH on June 29th was accepted. The band and record label mutually agreed to officially release it sophomore effort "An Axe to Grind" on that day. Power Theory played more shows later in the summer with national acts such as White Wizzard, Icarus Witch, October 31, and Anvil Bitch also labelmates Exxplorer, Sleepy Hollow, and Widow. In September Power Theory opened up for German metal icons, ACCEPT and KREATOR in their hometown of Philadelphia, PA to a packed house.
Album Line-up:
Rob Ballinger - Guitar
Dave Santini - Vocals
Lorin Savadove - Drums
Jay Pekala - Bass
2013
Demo recordings for a 3rd full length release began in March and it was clear a powerful transformation was taking place. The band Revamped and was ready to roll again. Power Theory returned to the main stage at Warriors of Metal Open Air VI to play a killer live set with old and new material and was greatly accepted by fans. In October 2013, Power Theory embarked on their first national U.S. tour as main support for SEVEN WITCHES with VICIOUS RUMORS headlining on the second leg of VR's North American "Metal Masters Tour" and returned home to support NWOBHM legends, RAVEN at JB McGinnes in New Castle, DE.
2014
Early highlights have seen the band playing shows with national acts Single Bullet Theory, Byzantine, Arctic Flame and Primeval Realm. Come April, PT played Ragnarökkr Metal Apocalypse/Chicago Metal Fest alongside Picture, Grim Reaper, Riot, and Voltax. The year concluded with an appearance at SAVFEST-USA on October 18 with label-mates, WRETCH and a monster show once again in direct support for RAVEN on November 22 at The Legendary Dobbs on South Street, Philadelphia, PA. New management under SentinelMusic had been in order for the following year.
Line-up:
Rob Ballinger - Guitar
Jeff Rose - Vocals
Alan D'Angelo- Bass
Nygil Hoch - Guitar
Nick Bunczk - Drums
2015
Kicking off in high gear, the band finished the recording process of their 3rd full length album “Driven By Fear” with a new producer, Carlos Alvarez (Dirty Viking Studios) and drums recorded at TTR Studios (Andre Owens). The first shows of 2015 included opening up for DORO on March 3 in Philadelphia, PA and traveling to Pittsburgh, PA and Columbus/Akron, Ohio respectively to headline with label-mates WRETCH/Sunless Sky/Axe Master. May 15, 16 and 17 saw the band headlong shows in Orlando/Melbourne/ and Tampa Florida.
The first scheduled performance outside of the United States took place at Hard Summer Festival in Falkenfels, Germany and Roselare Belgium with FireForce. Love tracks were recorded on the trip.
"Driven By Fear" was released worldwide on October 9th, 2015 with Pure Steel Records and distributed by Soul Food Dist. The band played a killer set the day after the release in Philly for SavFest 3. And the year was wrapped up at HollowFest 2015 in Newark Delaware.
Album Line-up:
Rob Ballinger - Guitar
Jeff Rose - Vocals
Alan D'Angelo- Bass
Nygil Hoch - Guitar
Nick Bunczk - Drums
Márton Veress - Live Drums
2016
January shows in Detroit MI with the Legendary Halloween, March in Phila with Cipher and heading in Queens NYC, May and June charity events in Phila, July with Jag Panzer and October 31 in Brooklyn NY- Akron Ohio with Wretch and Axemaster August in NJ once again with Helstar, and a triumphant return to Europe for a second year saw the band play Rock On Fest in Budapest Hungary and Hard Summer Festival in Falkenfels Germany again. October is busy with shows on Phila for SavFest 4, Delaware for HollowFest 2016, Ohio with Vatican and the year wraps up with Halloween in Detroit MI at the Diesel Concert Club on 10/29/16.
Power Theory immediately begins pre-production for full length album #4 in November that's slated for 12 songs.
An E.P. is currently being produced again by Dirty Viking Audio that includes a new track, 2 re-recorded and 2 live tracks from their performances in Europe in 2015. Release is anticipated for December 2016 or January 2017
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Seattle & Washington concert calendar, updated January 15, 2017

If you have information about shows/updates/cancellations, please get in contact with Metal Bulletin Zine.
January 18 Udo Dirkschneider "Back To The Roots - Farewell To Accept," Zero Down, Children of Seraph at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
January 18 Ash Borer, others at Obsidian, Olympia, WA
January 19 Ash Borer, Bell Witch, Hissing at Highline, Seattle, WA
January 20 Striker, Spellcaster, Skelator, Demonhammer at Highline, Seattle, WA
January 21 Entombed AD, Full of Hell, Turbid North, Deathraid at Highline, Seattle, WA
January 21 High on Fire at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
January 22 Armed for Apocalypse, Witchburn, Deathbed Confessions, others at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
January 23 Marc Rizzo, Oraculum at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
January 23 Thou Shall Kill, Dilapidation, Pill Brigade at Substation, Seattle, WA
January 23 Vultra at The Pin, Spokane, WA
January 27 Queensryche at Snoqualmie Casino, Snoqualmie, WA
January 27 Drawn and Quartered, Sakrificer, Raptor, Oxygen Destroyer at Highline, Seattle, WA
January 27 Anthrocene, Reevolution, Antitheus, Transcribing the Necronomicon at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
January 28 Bone Sickness, The Noctambulant, Kommand, Voidthrone at Highline, Seattle, WA
January 28 Blue Öyster Cult at Historic Everett Theatre, Everett, WA
January 30 Born without Blood, Odyssian, Monsters among Gods at Substation, Seattle, WA
Feb 1 Inquisition, Rutah, Serpentspire, Skinwalker at The Pin, Spokane, WA
February 2 Mayhem, Inquisition, Black Anvil at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
February 4 Lordi at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
February 10 Revenge, Weregoat, Drawn and Quartered, Bloody Master at Highline, Seattle, WA
February 10 Zero Down, others at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
February 12 Flotsam & Jetsam, Vicious Rumors, Hatchet, Antarez at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
February 19 Alterbeast, Depths of Hatred, Aenimus, Aethere, Aethereus at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
February 20 Marduk, Incantation, Svart Crown, A Flourishing Scourge, Dilapidation at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
February 22 Nile, Overkill, Kill Closet at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
February 23 Ashen Pyre, Isenordal, Serpent's Chalice at Substation, Seattle, WA
February 26 Uli Jon Roth, Zero Down, Children of Seraph at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
March 1 Max and Igor Cavalera "Return to Roots Tour," Immolation, Full of Hell at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
March 5 Devil Driver, Death Angel, The Agonist, Azreal, Ashes of Existence at Studio Seven, WA
March 6 Darkest Hour, Ringworm, Tombs, Rivers of Nihil, Blood and Thunder at Studio Seven, WA
March 11 Archgoat, Valkyrja, Hellfire, Deathcult, Void Wraith at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
March 28 Kreator, Obituary, Midnight, Horrendous at Neptune, Seattle, WA
March 29 Nails, Toxic Holocaust, Gatecreeper at Neumos, Seattle, WA
March 30 Despised Icon, Carnifex, Fallujah, Rings of Saturn, Lorna Shore at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
April 4 Amorphis, Swallow the Sun at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
April 25 Anthrax, Killswitch Engage at Showbox SoDo, Seattle, WA
April 28 D.R.I. at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
April 29 Asphyx, Extremity at Highline, Seattle, WA
May 4 Iron Kingdom at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
May 6 HammerFall, Delain at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
May 8 Sabaton, Battle Beast, others at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
May 11 Testament, Sepultura, Prong at Showbox Market, Seattle, WA
May 18 Y & T at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
May 20 Evergrey, Seven Kingdoms, Ascendia, Need at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
May 26 Candlemass at Modified Ghost Festival II, Vancover, B.C., Canada
June 12 Morbid Angel, Suffocation, Revocation, Withered at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
June 15,16,17 Northwest Terror Fest at Neumos and Barboza, Seattle, WA
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February 23: Ashen Pyre with Isenordal & Serpent's Chalice

At Substation in Seattle: Ashen Pyre with Isenordal & Serpent's Chalice
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NEWS: OHIO POWER METAL ACT WRETCH SIGN WITH EXTREME MANAGEMENT GROUP

OFFICIAL: Hailing from north east Ohio, power metal thrash act WRETCH are very pleased to announce that the band have signed a management deal with New York based international management agency EMG (Extreme Management Group)!!
WRETCH will join some of the leaders of the heavy music genre, such as SUFFOCATION, ATHEIST, ORIGIN, CATTLE DECAPITATION and many more on the EMG roster. Commenting on the new partnership, guitarist Nick Giannakos offers "We can't wait to get started with our partnership with EMG! We know they are going to be able to move Wretch forward in every way possible and we are looking to bigger and better things in the future!!"
The band have had a remarkable and long spanning career, and following a long hiatus reformed in 2004 to take the bands power metal excellence to the world stage. Following the release of 'Reborn' (2004) the highly acclaimed album led to WRETCH performing the Headbangers Open Air Festival in Germany in 2007. The band would later return to Europe to perform the Up The Hammers Festival in Greece in 2013 and released the 'Rise To Power' EP to further promote the band in Europe. Following the performance and EP release WRETCH secured an international record deal with German label Pure Steel Records. The band released its second full length 'Warriors' through Pure Steel Records in 2014.
WRETCH have a European tour set for March 2017 alongside Split Heaven and will be releasing the bands new album titled 'The Hunt' in February through Pure Steel Records. Expect big things this coming year from this enduring and shredding power metal five piece now backed by one of the leaders in international metal music management.
Biography: Nothing comes easy in the Rust Belt of Northeast Ohio, but that instills a certain kind of toughness into the people who live there. Most spend half their lives fighting their way out of this industrial wasteland.
This is the story of WRETCH, born out the underground Heavy Metal scene and fighting to rise above the desolation.
Formed in the early 80s, WRETCH rose to become one of Ohio’s most heralded underground metal acts, releasing the classic track “Life” on Auburn Records “Heavy Artillery” compilation album in 1989. However, after the band moved to Los Angeles in 1989 in a failed bid to get signed to a major label, things fell apart, and WRETCH was abandoned.
WRETCH lay dormant for decades until its 2006 reformation, when the band recorded and released their full-length "Reborn" CD. The “Reborn” CD got them international attention and garnered an invitation to play at Germany’s Headbangers Open Air Festival in 2007. WRETCH recorded and released the follow-up CD, “Make this Garden Burn” to coincide with the HOA appearance, and Festival organizers thought so much of the title track, that it has since served as the Headbangers Open Air Festival’s theme song.
In 2013, WRETCH was invited to play Greece’s Up the Hammers Festival, and the band again entered the studio to craft a release to coincide with the festival appearance. The result was 2013’s “Rise to Power” EP. The “Rise to Power” release got the attention of Germany’s Pure Steel Records, signing WRETCH to a 5-year, international recording contract.
WRETCH’s current line-up is Ron Emig on vocals, Nick Giannakos & Michael Stephenson on guitars, Tim Frederick on bass guitar and Evan Gottschalk on drums. WRETCH plans on releasing its first full-length CD with Pure Steel in 2014.
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NEWS: Undrask reveal new video

OFFICIAL: Up and coming melodic death metal band UNDRASK have premiered their video for the track "Longhammer". The epic video contains everything required for a death metal video including Vikings, epic battles and of course, beer! The track is taken from the band's upcoming album Battle Through Time which will be released on January 27th 2017
The band commented "One day after practice, we were sitting around drinking some Redhook Long Hammer IPA. It occurred to us that we should write a song about a warrior dude destroying things with a hammer that was actually a giant metaphor for drinking. We did that. Then we thought we'd drop the metaphors and make a video where our warrior dude crashes a party and does some drinking of his own. The result is the Longhammer music video. We hope you enjoy watching it as much as we enjoyed creating it!"
Undrask formed in August 2013 with the goal of creating equal parts tasty and heavy melodic death metal. Inspired by metal of all flavors, our debut EP offers a sample of our special brew - a dash of brutal, a heap of melody, a bit of groove, and a whole lot of metal.
Undrask - Longhammer (OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO)
Undrask is:
Erik Collier - Lead Guitar
Darryl DeWitt - Rhythm Guitar
Daniel McCoy - Bass Guitar
Aaron Schimmel - Drums
Steve Wynn - Vocals
Tracklisting:
1.No Graves for the Dead
2. Conscripted
3.Champion of the Dawn
4.Black Ocean
5.Embers and Omens
6. Longhammer
7.Primal Revelation
8. Faceless Eyes
9. Final Right
10. Battle Through Time
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NEWS: MAYHEM: Norwegian Black Metal Icons To Kick Off North American Tour; De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas Alive Out Now And Streaming

Below is the information about the upcoming tour. At the first two links below you will find the complete live recording.
OFFICIAL: Norwegian black metal icons MAYHEM are commemorating the release of their 1994 landmark De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas full-length with a full North American takeover. Set to commence on January 20th in Montreal, Quebec, the headlining tour will pillage its way through two-dozen cities, the trek coming to a close on February 19th in New York, New York. Support will be provided by Black Anvil and Inquisition. On this special journey, MAYHEM will be performing De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas in its monumental entirety. See all confirmed dates below.
In conjunction with the tour, the band recently self-released De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas Alive. Captured live in Norrköping, Sweden last year during the band's headlining set at the Black Christmass Festival, the show marked MAYHEM's first time ever playing De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas in full. De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas Alive was recorded, mixed, and mastered by Tore Stjerna and NBS Audio and produced by vocalist Attila Csihar and guitarist Teloch with light production by Anne Weckstrom, stage design and production by Jonas Svensson, video recording by Thornfields Production, and video editing by Tamàs Tarczi. The offering is available now on CD, LP, and DVD (the first 1000 copies are numbered) as well as digitally.
"This furious live document of the band's first ever front-to-end performance of it... is clearly not meant to usurp the source material, but it does hammer home exactly how powerful, disturbing, and otherworldly songs such as 'Freezing Moon' and 'Life Eternal' really are," wrote The Guardian of the offering, "More a diehard-friendly reaffirmation of potency than a plea for renewed recognition, this is convincing evidence that the grim magic of the mid-'90s has faded not one corpse-painted jot." In a 4.5/5 score, Sea Of Tranquility gushes, "Hellhammer's insane blast beats are ever present, and Attila's unique vocal style is ghastly as always. 'Cursed In Eternity' just pummels from start to finish, as does the brutal 'From The Dark Past,' while the more atmospheric numbers 'Funeral Fog' and 'Freezing Moon' ooze eeriness in true black metal fashion. As live albums go, this one is top of the line, De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas Alive just misses making the cut on my Best Of 2016 list because, well, it just came out too late. Black metal fans rejoice!"
Elsewhere the sentiment echoes. Antichrist Magazine lauds, "The sounds is pristine, very similar to the sound of the 1994 release but far more polished yet still retaining its dark, gritty vibe. The performance is tight as hell and professional, especially the drums thanks to the two-legged powerhouse named Hellhammer... Yet the best and most awesome thing on the album are the vocals. Attila has definitely gathered his second wind on this rejuvenated performance by hitting all the notes a hundred times better than on the album..." Two Guys Metal Reviews calls the record, "a powerful and exciting statement, an album that revisits a piece of art that defined a genre and which reminds us time and time again that black metal ist krieg." The Metal Forge notes, "As many fans approach middle age, have children, and work in jobs/ have careers that are little more than a means to pay the rent or mortgage, the manner in which their hard earned is spent comes under increasing scrutiny. What I can say for certain is that on the strength of ...Alive, a night spent at a venue watching MAHYEM blitz the stage is a sound investment. The fact that they have such a profound release and the catalogue to back it up is a bonus." While Glacially Musical adds, "De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas Alivere introduces the world to the founding days of black metal, and serves notice the ancient masters are still here to deliver its dark majesty."
MAYHEM w/ Black Anvil, Inquisition:
1/20/2017 Club Solda - Montreal, QC
1/21/2017 Phoenix Theater - Toronto, ON
1/22/2017 Agora Ballroom - Cleveland, OH
1/23/2017 Metro - Chicago, IL
1/24/2017 Turner Hall Ballroom - Milwaukee, WI
1/25/2017 Mill City Nights - Minneapolis, MN
1/27/2017 Gothic Theater - Denver, CO
1/28/2017 The Complex - Salt Lake City, UT
1/30/2017 Marquee - Calgary, AB
1/31/2017 Starlite Room - Edmonton, AB
2/02/2017 El Corazon - Seattle, WA
2/03/2017 Rickshaw Theatre - Vancouver, BC
2/04/2017 Hawthorne Theater - Portland, OR
2/06/2017 Social Hall SF - San Francisco, CA
2/07/2017 The Observatory - Santa Ana, CA
2/08/2017 Club Red - Phoenix, AZ
2/10/2017 Alamo Music Hall - San Antonio, TX
2/11/2017 Trees - Dallas, TX
2/13/2017 Masquerade - Atlanta, GA
2/14/2017 Throne Theater - Wilmington, NC
2/15/2017 The Howard Theater - Washington, DC
2/16/2017 Theatre Of The Living Arts - Philadelphia, PA
2/17/2017 The Chance - Poughkeepsie, NY
2/18/2017 Royale - Boston, MA
2/19/2017 Gramercy Theatre - New York, NY
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number 113 of Metal Bulletin Zine

Drawn and Quartered (Washingon state, U.S.)
Burning Witches (Switzerland)
Vike Tare (Germany)
interview with Oxygen Destroyer (Washington state)
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Saturday, January 14, 2017

Seattle & Washington concert calendar, updated January 14, 2017

If you have information about shows/updates/cancellations, please get in contact with Metal Bulletin Zine.
January 18 Udo Dirkschneider "Back To The Roots - Farewell To Accept," Zero Down, Children of Seraph at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
January 18 Ash Borer, others at Obsidian, Olympia, WA
January 19 Ash Borer, Bell Witch, Hissing at Highline, Seattle, WA
January 20 Striker, Spellcaster, Skelator, Demonhammer at Highline, Seattle, WA
January 21 Entombed AD, Full of Hell, Turbid North, Deathraid at Highline, Seattle, WA
January 21 High on Fire at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
January 22 Armed for Apocalypse, Witchburn, Deathbed Confessions, others at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
January 23 Marc Rizzo, Oraculum at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
January 23 Thou Shall Kill, Dilapidation, Pill Brigade at Substation, Seattle, WA
January 23 Vultra at The Pin, Spokane, WA
January 27 Queensryche at Snoqualmie Casino, Snoqualmie, WA
January 27 Drawn and Quartered, Sakrificer, Raptor, Oxygen Destroyer at Highline, Seattle, WA
January 27 Anthrocene, Reevolution, Antitheus, Transcribing the Necronomicon at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
January 28 Bone Sickness, The Noctambulant, Kommand, Voidthrone at Highline, Seattle, WA
January 28 Blue Öyster Cult at Historic Everett Theatre, Everett, WA
January 30 Born without Blood, Odyssian, Monsters among Gods at Substation, Seattle, WA
Feb 1 Inquisition, Rutah, Serpentspire, Skinwalker at The Pin, Spokane, WA
February 2 Mayhem, Inquisition, Black Anvil at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
February 4 Lordi at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
February 10 Revenge, Weregoat, Drawn and Quartered, Bloody Master at Highline, Seattle, WA
February 10 Zero Down, others at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
February 12 Flotsam & Jetsam, Vicious Rumors, Hatchet, Antarez at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
February 19 Alterbeast, Depths of Hatred, Aenimus, Aethere, Aethereus at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
February 20 Marduk, Incantation, Svart Crown, A Flourishing Scourge, Dilapidation at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
February 22 Nile, Overkill, Kill Closet at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
February 26 Uli Jon Roth, Zero Down, Children of Seraph at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
March 1 Max and Igor Cavalera "Return to Roots Tour," Immolation, Full of Hell at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
March 5 Devil Driver, Death Angel, The Agonist, Azreal, Ashes of Existence at Studio Seven, WA
March 6 Darkest Hour, Ringworm, Tombs, Rivers of Nihil, Blood and Thunder at Studio Seven, WA
March 11 Archgoat, Valkyrja, Hellfire, Deathcult, Void Wraith at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
March 28 Kreator, Obituary, Midnight, Horrendous at Neptune, Seattle, WA
March 29 Nails, Toxic Holocaust, Gatecreeper at Neumos, Seattle, WA
March 30 Despised Icon, Carnifex, Fallujah, Rings of Saturn, Lorna Shore at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
April 4 Amorphis, Swallow the Sun at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
April 25 Anthrax, Killswitch Engage at Showbox SoDo, Seattle, WA
April 28 D.R.I. at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
April 29 Asphyx, Extremity at Highline, Seattle, WA
May 4 Iron Kingdom at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
May 6 HammerFall, Delain at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
May 8 Sabaton, Battle Beast, others at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
May 11 Testament, Sepultura, Prong at Showbox Market, Seattle, WA
May 18 Y & T at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
May 20 Evergrey, Seven Kingdoms, Ascendia, Need at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
May 26 Candlemass at Modified Ghost Festival II, Vancover, B.C., Canada
June 12 Morbid Angel, Suffocation, Revocation, Withered at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
June 15,16,17 Northwest Terror Fest at Neumos and Barboza, Seattle, WA
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Satanic Lust

No doubt inspired by their great pioneering compatriots Sarcófago (to the extent that they adopted the title of opening song from the 1987 album INRI), Satanic Lust is black metal to the bone. The band does not have much information on their Facebook page, but it is never too late to join them in the quest to conquer souls for the glory of their arts. Look no further for evidence than this live video that captures the fundamentals of the bands sounds: necro vocals and raw musicianship dedicated to spirit of black metal.
Satanic Lust - Evisceration Metal Festival 3 - 13/12/2014
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remembering: Zoetrope

At the first link below, and also at the second link below, you will find the complete 1985 album Amnesty by thrashers Zoetrope, from the city of Chicago, U.S.
The band has been disbanded for years and years, but the music can only die if people forget it.
Wikipedia: Zoetrope was an American heavy metal band from Chicago, Illinois. Although their sound was akin to thrash metal, the group described themselves as "Street Metal". The group was formed in 1976 by teenage friends Barry Stern (drums/vocals), Kevin Michael Rasofsky, aka Kevin Michael, (guitar), and Calvin "Willis" Humphrey (bass), soon to be joined by second guitarist Ken Black. Initially playing covers, the band soon ventured into writing their own material and released a single in 1980. Although undeniably a metal band, Zoetrope was also active in Chicago's hardcore punk scene, sharing bills with locals hardcore bands and hanging out at O'Banions, a Chicago punk bar (Ken Black and Barry Stern also produced the self-titled LP by Chicago-based hardcore band Life Sentence in 1986). Following the release of a couple of demo tapes, the group was signed to Combat Records and issued their first LP, Amnesty, in 1985. In 1987, the band traveled to Los Angeles to record their follow up, A Life of Crime, with producer Randy Burns (Megadeth, Nuclear Assault). During the recording sessions, Ken Black left the band and returned to Chicago to sort out substance abuse issues. He was replaced by Louis Svitek. Although Svitek appears on the album's cover, Kevin Michael later confirmed that Ken Black had finished his guitar parts before leaving Los Angeles. During the tour supporting A Life of Crime, Svitek was recruited for M.O.D. by Billy Milano. After the tour, Barry Stern jumped ship to fellow Chicagoans Trouble. Kevin Michael eventually returned with a new line up for 1993's Mind Over Splatter but the band folded for good soon after.
Louis Svitek later played with the Chicago punk band Lost Cause, Ministry, Mind Funk, Pigface, The Hollow steps (also featured Ken Black on a few cuts) and Project 44. He currently runs Wu Li Records, a hip-hop label based in Chicago. Original member Barry Stern filled in on drums for a tour with Cathedral and made a guest appearance on the self-titled debut by Debris Inc., which featured former members of Saint Vitus and Trouble. Barry died on April 1, 2005, from complications after hip-replacement surgery. He was singing for the local band D-Connect at the time of his passing. Trouble dedicated their 2007 album Simple Mind Condition to his memory.
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Zoetrope - Amnesty (Full Album - Vinyl Rip)

Friday, January 13, 2017

NEWS: CELLADOR SIGNS TO SCARLET RECORDS, TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM 'OFF THE GRID' IN MARCH 2017

CELLADOR
Off The Grid
Scarlet Records
Release: 10 March 2017
OFFICIAL: Rip out the cables, tear out the cords, destroy your laptops, and smash your smartphones. Cellador returns with a vengeance, exploding onto the world circuits with its massively anticipated album ‘Off The Grid!’
Meticulously crafted at the helm of founding member, songwriter, and producer Chris Petersen, the long awaited follow up to the critically acclaimed ‘Enter Deception’ is finally here, setting the bar even higher and faster on its trademark brand of steroid injected, high intensity power metal music. An allegory to the band’s free spirited nature, ‘Off The Grid’ musically conceptualizes a self-empowered approach to living, including tearing yourself free from the hive-mindedness of an increasingly collective thinking technological society, and paying tribute to the often neglected original personality and identity we retain within ourselves.
Spiked with a unique ferocity and infectious melody, this is an album not for the faint hearted. Within its audible depths the band continues the high energy power and speed metal of its previous album, while adding more clarity, more focused vision, and a cohesiveness never before achieved in its songwriting until now.
Tracing its roots back to the early 2000’s, Cellador has continuously persisted as a near antithesis to the ever fickle American metal scene. With their brand of high speed power metal, soaring vocals, catchy songwriting and intense live show, the band continues to buckle the changing trends and stick out like a sore thumb. Upon the release of its critically acclaimed debut album ‘Enter Deception’, critics quickly hailed the band as the new “Kings of American Power Metal” with universally positive reviews across hundreds of news outlets, and seeing the band tour all over North America and Japan. Quickly the band transcended beyond normal barriers of the power metal genre and enjoys a near cult-like status to this day. The band’s unique ability to draw fans of all types far has led to many touring opportunities, including sharing the stage with the likes of Trivium, Helloween, Sonata Arctica, Queensryche, Gamma Ray, Bullet For My Valentine, Behemoth, Hatchet, Havok, Vale of Pnath, Protest The Hero, Moonspell, Amaranthe, and many others.
Return to present day where after several years of hype and enthusiasm, the next opus is ready to be unleashed worldwide. Signing with Scarlet Records in 2016, Cellador again takes the metal spotlight with its latest release.
Buckle up and hold tight, this bullet train of an album has no brakes! ‘Off The Grid’ was mixed and mastered by Peter Rutcho at Damage Studios (Havok, Revocation, Vomitron, Armory) in Southbridge, MA with artwork created by Colin Marks at Rain Song Design. The album will see the light of the day on March 10, 2017.
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NEWS: The Mist

The Mist
Phantasmagoria
Greyhaze Records
Release: 3 February 2017
OFFICIAL: Greyhaze Records is proud to announce the forthcoming worldwide reissue of THE MIST's Phantasmagoria on February 3, 2017. The Brazilian Thrashers originally released this amazing album in 1989. Featuring the influential vocals of Vladmir Korg (original singer of CHAKAL) and the pure thrash fury for which Brazil is known, Phantasmagoria will now get a proper worldwide release on CD, vinyl LP, and cassette formats, a long-awaited offering to all true fans of the genre!
Upon its 1989 release Phantasmagoria was a departure from what was being done by bands from the City of Belo Horizonte up to that point. The album showed a Thrash attack that was as vicious as it was precise. Drummer Cristiano Salles' relentless thrash beat coupled with Korg's unmistakable higher-pitched guttural vocals set the tone of an album that had everything to become a big album. Sadly, it was not to achieve the recognition that it deserved. Over the years it circulated through the Metal world as somewhat of an obscure collector's item. Now with this Greyhaze reissue, Phantasmagoria gets its overdue North American and European official release!
track listing:
1. Flying Saucers in the Sky
2. Smiles, Tears and Chaos
3. A Step into the Dark
4. The Enemy
5. Hate
6. Barbed Wire Land (At War)
7. Phantasmagoria
8. Lightning in the Dark
9. Like a Bad Song
10. Faces of Glass
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Thursday, January 12, 2017

Retaliação Infernal

Go to the first link below so that you can jump into the vortex of blasting sonic brutality of the undead. Retaliação Infernal (Brazil) will not take it easy on your ears at all, it will be all mayhem all the way. The only thing that will save you is that they have posted only two recordings, and each recording has two songs. Short and chaotic, then it’s done. Surely they have more material coming down the line, right? We hope so! Let this be the beginning of a horrible friendship between you and Retaliação Infernal, a band whose Portuguese-language name means, “We came, we saw, we grind, and then we grind again.”
OFFICIAL: Deathgrind band from Curitiba Paraná formed in September of 2011, by Thiago Castro in the vocal, Anderson Felis on guitar, Weder Serpa on drums and Cristiano Deathreisen on bass, with the proposal to make a brutal sound with lyrics in Portuguese, Horror, Terror, Occult and gore, in 2012 the band began to perform shows, playing in Curitiba, Rio de Janeiro and other cities and in July 2012 entered the studio to record the first self-titled EP, containing two tracks "Ritual do Sacrifício" and " Orgia Negra, "an album recorded and produced by Maiko Thomé at the Avant Garde studio in early 2013. Thiago decides to leave the band for personal reasons and in his post enters Larissa Pires and is also called to make the second Liandrus Infernus guitar, Presentation with the new lineup Liandrus leaves the band and returns to being a quartet, during 2013 and 2014 the band performs several shows through Paraná and other states of Brazil, having the opportunity to open shows for international bands like "Batakazzo" (Chile) And "Prostitute Disfigurement" (Holland) in 2015, the recordings of the first full album (Brutal Decomposition) will begin in 2015, with 12 tracks, including 10 unreleased tracks and 2 re-recordings of the 2012 EP, produced and recorded again by Maiko Thomé at Avant studio Garde, scheduled to release for the second half of 2016, the band pauses during the recording period and in the return to the concerts Weder decides to leave, Leonardo Freitas is summoned to take the drumsticks and keep the band alive and strong in the Curitibana scene Of Extreme Metal.
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Sacrament ov Impurity

Unapologetic black metallers Sacrament ov Impurity, from the city of Mount Vernon in the state of Washington, U.S., have announced a new album called The Purest of Sins for 2017. Here is an update on what’s been happening. Be sure to listen to a preview of the new work at the link below.
What things need to be worked out before the album is ready for the public? Where did you record it?
The new album, The Purest of Sins is all but complete. Artwork is done and the album is fully mixed and mastered. We are just waiting to have the money to put it onto CD and cassette. We recorded it with my longtime friend Brian F. at his home studio, F. Studios.
What are your goals for 2017?
Starting 2017 right, we are recording a new song on Friday the 13th of January for a compilation put out by Extreme Metal Against Antifa. We will hopefully be restocking our merch as we are totally out of shirts and want to do some new designs as well. Playing shows is always a priority and hopefully a small tour. Being that everything we do is DIY and we have no support from any outside entities such as labels, everything we do is funded by the two of us. Unfortunately, that can cause delays in new albums and makes touring hard sometimes, but we still make it happen. We also hope to start recording another album this year.
In 2016 you played quite a few shows in the region. There are some people who have accused the band of the typical things that left-wing liberals/politically-correct people throw at those who disagree with them. Have they tried to shut down your shows? What have your learned in terms of finding ways to do your shows in the face of this?
So far nobody has tried to shut down one of our shows. They have tried to shutdown other shows I have booked, such as the Hellgoat tour but so far we haven't had a problem. (That might change after our appearance on the anti antifa compilation comes out, however). We as a band have made the decision to not support any venues that either A: are directly affiliated with antifa, B: hold benifit shows for antifa or C: give in to threats made by these various left wing censorship groups by cancelling shows they deem "offensive".
Does the censorship embolden your band to keep going? The liberal, politically-correct people would love nothing more than see Sacrament ov Impurity fold up and quit, right?
I know so many musicians who continue to actively support these venues because they either don't want to miss seeing a show, or I guess wanting to play a show so badly they agree to play these venues that really, don't give a fuck about the art and would cancel your show at the slightest thought you might be unsavory characters.
I ask myself, now why, as a black metal musician, would you ever want to play a show at a venue that doesn't truly support the art of black metal? Why would you be so desperate for a show that you would play at a venue that proclaims itself a "safe space"? Isn't this supposed to be dark and dangerous? Or are we all just pretending? Donning our corpse paint for the hour we're on stage, preaching darkness and hate, only to wash it off afterwards to go have a beer at the vegan safe space bar? F*** that. I prefer to keep my integrity.
Thanks for the questions and the continued support!
Cheers
Sacrament Ov Impurity
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NEWS: Armored Saint launches "March of the Saint (live)" video online; announces Ireland, UK and USA tour dates

OFFICIAL: On February 24th, Armored Saint is releasing their new live album, Carpe Noctum. Having toured with Metallica, Whitesnake, Alice Cooper, The Scorpions, and many other artists since their inception in the early 80s, Armored Saint has always been a highly regarded live act - not only in their hometown of Los Angeles, but also around the world. The only official release to capture this, however, is 1989's live album, Saints Will Conquer - until now, with Carpe Noctum, which was recorded at the band's 2015 Wacken festival set, as well as their headlining show in Aschaffenburg, Germany.
For a preview of Carpe Noctum, a live video of "March of the Saint" from the Aschaffenburg show, filmed by Oliver "Bomber" Barth, can be viewed below, where Carpe Noctum can also be pre-ordered in various formats. Purchase your exclusive shirt, vinyl, and more now!
See below to view Armored Saint's PledgeMusic campaign - where every "pledge"/purchase receives a digital download of Carpe Noctum, plus behind-the-scenes content (including footage from Wacken 2015, plus 2016's Ozzfest and Queensryche appearances, and more!)
In regards to the PledgeMusic campaign, Armored Saint comments: "Why PledgeMusic? Our fans have been extremely supportive over the years. We want to share the process of realizing this project with you by giving you the chance to be a part of it, from start to finish. How does it work? You place your orders here and when the album is released, you will get your items in the mail. But throughout the process, you will have access to the regular updates that we will post on this page."
Carpe Noctum track-listing
1. Win Hands Down (Live)
2. March of the Saint (Live)
3. Stricken by Fate (Live)
4. Last Train Home (Live)
5. Mess (Live)
6. Aftermath (Live)
7. Left Hook from Right Field (Live)
8. Reign of Fire (Live)
Armored Saint will return to Ireland and the UK this March (appearing in some cities for the first time!), before playing select USA dates in May. Joey Vera (bass) comments: "We're really looking forward to playing these select UK shows in March. We've never played in Dublin, Manchester, Birmingham or Wales, so we're super excited to play in these places - as well as in Belfast, which we'd played only once before. We get a lot of requests from our UK fan base and since we were offered the headline spot at Hammerfest, we decided to hit some of these other UK cities. So, here we go!"
Armored Saint tour dates
Mar. 20 - Voodoo - Dublin, Ireland
Mar. 21 - The Limelight - Belfast, Ireland
Mar. 23 - HammerFest - Gwynedd, N. Wales, UK
Mar. 24 - The Rebellion - Manchester, UK
Mar. 25 - O2 Academy 3 - Birmingham, UK
May 18 - Route 20 Outhouse - Sturtevent, WI
May 19 - Q and Z Expo Center - Ringle, WI
May 20 - Reggie's Rock Club - Chicago, IL
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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

NEWS: The Ritual Aura

The Ritual Aura is a modern metal band in the form of melodic tech/prog. They have virtuoso parts, they do the extreme metal parts, some melodic elements, extreme and melodic vocals, all within the context of prog. The band would be of interest for those extreme metal supporters looking for something different from the usual nonstop blasting sounds of brutality. This band is a bit exploratory, but they have a sense of melody, too. Listen to the music at first link below.
OFFICIAL: THE RITUAL AURA have gone from strength to strength and after putting out a couple of titillating songs under the guise of an EP earlier in the year, they have finally unleashed a magnificent and ambitious beast of an album. Unlike most other albums of this ilk, this one covers a lot more ground and yet remains very well balanced and conceptually delves into ancient Japanese folk horror. The are numerous songs but the album doesn't lose momentum and in fact exudes a wonderful mystical vibe and makes the affair more intriguing than it normally is. Tæther is a brilliant album and I daresay one of the best of its kind to be released in recent times.
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NEWS: George Tsalikis

George Tsalikis (U.S.) is a traditional heavy metal singer known for his work with the band Zandelle. George has done a solo album for a little bit of a different take on heavy metal. The album is called The Sacrifice and it's a concept album filled his high vocals and stories of vampires.
OFFICIAL: A world of blood and love is a kind of a concept album from George Tsalikis, main songwriter from ZANDELLE. So proudly he presents his first solo project. Bloodsucking monsters in your head will occur by listening to the fat sound of this massive rocking piece of Heavy Metal. The storyline of course is keeping all songs lyrically together, but the musical variability stands for its one! So the everlasting fight between good and evil has so many different elements like the musical ability of George Tsalikis. The great guest musicians Richie Blackwood and Mike Paradine support the whole conceptual firework of epic fantasy in the best way!
George Tsalikis began his journey into the world of Heavy Metal music in the late 80's / early 90's when he joined what would later become The Gothic Knights. After his departure from them, he formed a new band: Zandelle, which released two independant albums, the self-titled EP in 1996 followed by the 1998 full-length album titled "Shadows of Reality". After many live performances both locally and in various Metal festivals throughout the U.S., George landed his first ever record deal with Zandelle. The band went on to release "Twilight on Humanity" and "Vengeance Rising". They then signed a new record deal with Pure Steel Records where they released "Flames of Rage", "Shadows of the Past" and most recently, "Perseverance".
George has had the privilage of performing in numerous venues throughout the U.S. and Europe, including NY's famous Carnegie Hall.
During his many years in the music industry George learned a lot, not only about music but also about audio engineering, video production and acting. He played a number of lead roles earning him much recognition in the local theater community.
Finally, it was time to take all that he learned and apply it to something he had wanted to do for quite some time... his first ever solo album. But he didn't want this to be just any solo album. He wanted to do something unique. His first thought was to make a concept album, but even that was not enough... after all many artists have released concept albums. But not many artists have released videos for each and every song on a concept album. This was it! This is what would make George stand out among the many incredibly talented artists who are out there producing brilliant works. By combining all his talents, from song-writing to film production to acting, directing and fight choreography, George set upon to do something that has never been done before.
George came up with the theme of the album and then began outlining the story. It is one of sacrifice, set in a world where vampires are real. The question the story asks is: "What would you sacrifice for the person you love?" And so the epic tale unfolds in a concept album consisting of 11 songs altogether where one man must sacrifice it all to save the woman he loves.
The album features George Tsalikis as the main character in the story, recording almost all the music except for the drums and lead guitars. He also cast a number of actor/singers to take on the roles of the other characters, making this a cross-over between music video and musical film. It is a story about love and sacrifice in a bloody world where the undead prowl the night and prey on the living.
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