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SEXCREMENT Release Free Digital EP; Release Video “Salt Peter”

Boston death groove perverts Sexcrement have a bad habit of delivering a devastating blend of sleaze and brutality. They have spared no expense with their latest platter of perversion XXX Bargain Bin Vol 2, available for free download on Bandcamp.

XXX Bargain Bin Vol 2contains originals and covers with some surprises to boot: a searing version of Alice In Chains' "We Die Young" with guest shred from Revocation's Dave Davidson, and an epically heavy take on the Pat Benatar classic "Heartbreaker" done duet style with Mallika Sundaramurthy (Abnormality/Parasitic Extirpation) to help round things out. The band is offering the collection of new recordings as a palette cleanser for their third full length of debutant sonic fury to be released at the end of 2015.

In commemoration of the EP's release, the band in cahoots with underground filmmaker Victor Bonacore has unveiled a video for the first single "Salt Peter".

In just shy of 10 minutes you are taken to a world of depravity, filth, camp, scandal and heaviness that will scramble your brain for the next week. The video (their second with Bonacore) even has some well disguised cameos from members of Job For A Cowboy and Revocation to keep it interesting - see if you can spot them. It serves as a great initiation into the wild world of Sexcrement, and anyone who is familiar with their brand of hijinks will feel right at home as well.

XXX Bargain Bin Vol 2 tracklisting:

Salt Peter
We Die Young (Alice In Chains cover)
Streetwalker
Heartbreaker (Pat Benetar cover)
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OPHIDIAN I Release Single “Whence They Came”

Icelandic tech-death metallers Ophidian I have released a brand new single entitled “Whence They Came” via an animated video created by Andres Montero.

 
Recorded by Stephen Lockhart and Ophidian I, mixed and mastered by Zack Ohren (Suffocation, All Shall Perish, Cattle Decapitation, Decrepit Birth), this new track is the first sample to emerge from the current pre-production sessions for the band’s sophomore album.
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DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT Performs "Z²" And "March Of The Poozers" Live For The First Time; Fan-Filmed Video Online

The Devin Townsend Project kicked off their co-headlining North American tour with Animals As Leaders on November 17th at Studio Seven in Seattle, WA. Fan-filmed video of the band performing the new Z² title track and "March Of The Poozers" live for the first time ever can be viewed below.

Previously released footage of "Midnight Sun" and "Rejoice" is also available.

The DTP tour schedule is now as follows:

November
25 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
26 - Chicago, IL - Metro *
28 - Detroit, MI - St. Andrews Hall *
29 - Cleveland, OH - House Of Blues
30 - Toronto, ON - Phoenix Concert Theatre *

December
1 - Montreal, QC - Club Soda
3 - Baltimore, MD - Rams Head Live *
4 - Philadelphia, PA - Trocadero
5 - Worcester, MA - The Palladium *
6 - New York, NY - Webster Hall
8 - Atlanta, GA - Center Stage *
10 - San Antonio, TX - Backstage Live
11 - Dallas, TX - Gas Monkey Bar N Grill *
13 - Englewood, CO - Gothic Theatre
14 - Albuquerque, NM - Sunshine Theater *
15 - Mesa, AZ - The Nile Theatre
16 - Los Angeles, CA - The Mayan *
17 - San Francisco, CA - The Regency Ballroom

* = DTP closes show

Townsend recently checked in with the following update: "In case you missed it, here's a video of the Wacken Open Air performance (shot August 2nd) that was streamed earlier, featuring the most epic group-hug of all time!"
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Former MEGADETH Members New Supergroup To Premiere Audio Samples December 9th

The as-yet-unnamed new mega supergroup featuring former Megadeth members Chris Poland (guitar), Nick Menza (drums) and James LoMenzo (bass) are scheduled to make their first ever, live guest appearances as a musical group on Tuesday, December 9th for the sixth episode of the brand new TV / Radio program Inside Metal Hosted by Bob Nalbandian.

Tune In from 3pm - 4pm (PST) and listen to the premiere audio samples from the group and upcoming full-length debut release. For more info visit this location.

According to Menza, "Poland already has six heavy original songs in the can that they already started working on."

The trio (Including James LoMenzo on bass) held its first rehearsal (November 1st), at Menza's, Disintegrator Studios in Studio City, California with plans to release a full-length album in early 2015.

Menza and Lomenzo's first jam session took place on June 25th at Menza's Disintegrator Studios in Studio City, California where they cracked through some of the old Megadeth catalog along with some of their favorite Metallica and Led Zeppelin songs.

A cover version from the session of the Metallica classic "Motorbreath", with a guest appearance by guitarist/vocalist Davor Garasic from the Croatian thrash metal band Sufosia, can be streamed below:


Poland: "When I first jammed with Nick and James I was blown away." Nick is like freight train heavy with endless tracks, he can take a song anywhere. Nick's all about the music. I could hear it right away. This band is going to turn heads. I haven't felt like this about music in a long time. We have met at a perfect time."

Menza: "Working with Chris and James is great; Chris is a guitar scientist that can play anything. We have so many ideas and its pretty overwhelming. We are going to produce some really high energy super heavy, in your face music. So get ready people it starts now. We're making major progress and exploring some unknown territories to create some next level, undeniable material.. I'm sure it will obliterate all that hear it, Stay tuned earthlings."

LoMenzo: I've known Chris for years and have always hoped for the opportunity to play with him and with Nick. With Menza, Chris and myself, this is a very strong band. I'm excited about playing with these guys and the music ahead of us. I think it will blow people's minds."

Chris Poland is best known for his work with Megadeth from 1984 - 1987 - 1990 - 2004 appearing four of the bands highly acclaimed studio albums. 1985's Killing Is My Business... and Business Is Good!, 1986's Peace Sells... But Who's Buying?, 1990's Rust in Peace Demos and 2004's The System Has Failed which showcased Poland's dynamic style of playing.

Menza joined Megadeth for the 1990 recording Rust In Peace and for the next ten years became associated with the band's "classic" and most profitable era.

Following the reissue of the entire Megadeth catalog, Menza was invited to reunite with the band in 2004. Days after a reunion was announced, Menza was fired and replaced with Shawn Drover. Megadeth mainman Dave Mustaine said that this was because Nick "just wasn't prepared."

LoMenzo joined Megadeth in 2006 and appeared on two of the group's studio albums, 2007's United Abominations and 2009's Endgame. He was replaced with returning original Megadeth bassist David Ellefson.

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|||| 26 2014

ABSOLVA - Chris Appleton Offers Free Download

Absolva frontman Chris Appleton will release a solo acoustic album titled Restless on February 2nd, 2015 and one of the tracks, "No Tomorrow", is available now as a free mp3 download at this location; it can also be streamed below.

Chris, normally known as lead vocalist and lead guitarist in British metal outfit Absolva, and as lead guitarist in the band of former Iron Maiden frontman Blaze Bayley, shows his versatility with an acoustic album filled with diverse songs from the folk-influenced sounds of opening track "Seafarer" to the virtuosity in the Satriani/Vai hints of the instrumental title track.
 
The album also includes its' fair share of balladry with "How Will I Feel When You're Gone" written by Chris' brother and Iced Earth bassist Luke Appleton, a version of Absolva's "Only When It's Over" and the haunting minimalism of "Wonders Of The World" featuring the stark yet beautiful orchestration written again by Luke Appleton and a departure from the acoustic guitar sound that runs through most of "Restless". The tracklisting is completed by the quirky, bluesy "Crazyhead", a version of the Fury UK song "I See Red" and an acoustic yet faithful cover of Ozzy Osbourne's "Mama I'm Coming Home".
 
Also featuring prominently as a guest on the album is Chris' close friend and vocalist Wizz Wizzard from Belgium, who has his own classic metal band Wizz Wizzard and solo acoustic project Wizz Acoustic. Wizz shares vocal duties on "Restless" and the contrast in the two singers' styles is as rewarding as it is impressive.
 
The album was recorded in Lotenhulle, Belgium. Engineered by Bart Wyns. Mixed and mastered by Bart Wyns, Wizz Wizzard and Chris Appleton. Produced by Chris Appleton.
 
Chris has this to say about this project.. "People are asking me... why another album? Why another project? And it's in the title... Restless. Whenever I come back from a  tour I'm always waiting for the next one. Whenever I record an album, I can't wait to record the next. I really would spend all my time on tour if I could. So, I'm trying to make that happen. I've had a great time recording this album in Belgium, on days off during the latest Absolva tour. The result is great. It's excellent to have Wizz Wizzard singing on it and even my brother Luke played some guitar and wrote a couple of the songs. Something different and I think you'll like it!"

 

 
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VISION OF DISORDER To Release Original Still Recordings On 12” Limited Edition Vinyl

In 1995, Long Island, NY hardcore legends Vision Of Disorder (VOD) – who are credited by many as spurring the creation of the post-hardcore and original metalcore genres – released their groundbreaking record Still as a four-track 7” EP on Striving For Togetherness Records (SFT Records). Still was part of a new generation of the New York Hardcore revival set in motion by bands such as Madball, 25 Ta Life, Crown Of Thornz, No Redeeming Social Value, H2O, District 9, Shutdown, Indecision and the continued efforts of legendary bands like Sick Of It All, Murphy's Law, and more.

At the dawn of the 20th anniversary of the record, Dignified Bastard, Inc. (founded by Kevin Gill of SFT Records), presents the epic Still recordings on limited edition 12" vinyl records, shrinkwrapped, with download cards included. Six stunning color variations are available. The original packaging, thank you list, etc. have been kept as they originally appeared in 1995.

Pre-order the 12” reissue of Still here. Buy digitally at iTunes, Amazon and Google Music.

The original 7" record sold through numerous pressings before going out of print in around the year 2000, leaving this gem commercially unavailable for nearly 15 years... until now. You are invited to take a step back in time to 1995 - let disorder reign!

Three additional tracks have been added to the original four, to bring it up to a total of seven fiercely aggressive and hauntingly dark songs. The reissue of Still is produced by Tim Gilles and VOD, executive produced by Kevin Gill, and digitally remastered by Michael Rosen (Grammy-Award winning recording engineer/producers with credits including Testament, Metallica, Vicious Rumors, Death Angel and countless others.)

 

 

Still tracklisting:

"Through My Eyes" (Still Sessions)
"Choke" (Still Sessions)
"Beneath The Green" (Still Sessions)
"Watch Out" (Still Sessions)
"D.T.O." (Still Sessions)
"No Regret" (Still Sessions)
"Formula For Failure" (Still Sessions)

It’s hard to believe that it's been 20 years since a group of friends from Long Island met up with a record label dude in Queens to release this record. One of the most innovative and widely admired bands to emerge from the never-ending collision between hardcore and metal, VOD exploded from the streets of Long Island, New York with Still in 1995 and then to the world on their self-titled full length album in 1996. Rapidly established as one of the hottest heavy bands on the planet, they were merely reaping the rewards of several years of hard work as they mastered their daring crossover sound prior to signing with Roadrunner Records’ Supersoul imprint.

What made VOD unique was, at a time where metallic overtones were starting to make their way back into the NY hardcore sound (i.e. Madball’s “Set It Off”), these Long Island kids took it to a whole new plateau. Their unique vocal style of demonic screaming and Jim Morrison-like crooning played an incredible, influential role on many bands that followed them.

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|||| 26 2014

Drummer KELLY SMITH Quits FLOTSAM AND JETSAM To Focus On His Family

Drummer Kelly Smith has left veteran Arizona metallers FLOTSAM AND JETSAM to focus on caring for his family.

Kelly was instrumental in bringing FLOTSAM back to its current form with a touring and festival schedule that, since 2013, saw the band perform live in 15 countries and across the U.S. for more than 80 shows.

Kelly has issued the following personal message to the FLOTSAM fans: "As of August, my family has suffered the loss of two family members and a third is now in critical condition. With all that has taken place, it has taken me away from the focus of my duties in FLOTSAM for the foreseeable future.

"In 1982 FLOTSAM (first as DREDLOX, then as DOGZ) was born in Scottsdale, Arizona on my parents back patio. Despite all the progress we have made, I am regretfully unable to continue on this journey, as always I only want the best should my comrades continue the good fight. Flotz til Death." As Kelly departs, FLOTSAM continues work on a new album that is still scheduled for a spring 2015 release, to coincide with the band's upcoming European tour and festival dates.

Details on the upcoming album and new drummer will be released soon.

FLOTSAM AND JETSAM recently parted ways with guitarist Edward Carlson and bassist Jason Ward and replaced them with Steve Conley and Michael Spencer, respectively.

FLOTSAM AND JETSAM released "No Place For Disgrace - 2014", a re-recording of the band's second album, "No Place For Disgrace", on February 14 in Europe and digitally on February 18 in North America via Metal Blade Records. The physical CD was made available in North America on March 4.

FLOTSAM AND JETSAM returned to Metal Blade Records for the release of the group's 2012 album, "Ugly Noise".
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BUSH Plays Acoustic Set At WAAF Studios (Video)

Gavin Rossdale and Chris Traynor of BUSH visited the Worcester/Boston, Massachusetts radio station WAAF yesterday (Monday, November 24) to play a few songs and talk about their new album, "Man On The Run", the 20th anniversary of "Sixteen Stone" and Gavin's "side job" as an actor. All of this while packed into a sweaty studio full of enthusiastic WAAF listeners and mega-BUSH fans. Check out video footage below.

"Man On The Run" was released on October 21. It follows up BUSH's 2011 comeback effort, "The Sea Of Memories", which was the first all-new BUSH album in a decade.

BUSH recorded "Man On The Run" at Studio 606, the private studio owned by FOO FIGHTERS frontman Dave Grohl.

BUSH reissued four of its previous albums on October 14 in remastered editions, including 1994's "Sixteen Stone", 1996's "Razorblade Suitcase", 1999's "The Science of Things" and the 1997 remix LP, "Deconstructed".
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GABBIE RAE Performs DIO Cover And Debut Single "Scream" At Y&T Support Show; Fan-Filmed Video Online

Sixteen year-old rock newcomer Gabbie Rae supported rock legends Y&T on November 21st in Petaluma, CA at the Mystic Theatre. Fan-filmed video of her performing an acoustic cover of Dio's "Rainbow In The Dark" and her debut single "Scream" can be viewed below:

Gabbie Rae recently spoke with BraveWords scribe Carl Begai about her rise to fame within the rock and metal community. An excerpt from the story is available below:

Gabbie Rae: "I met (Stryper frontman) Michael Sweet when I was 10 years old. Stryper played the House Of Blues in Myrtle Beach and I was at the show with my parents. I was holding up this huge Stryper sign and he saw it, and after the show security came over and said Michael Sweet had invited us backstage. We met and I told him I was a singer, and I ended up singing a song for the guys backstage. That was the first time I met him; it was like a movie (laughs). I kept seeing him over the years and we became friends. About a year-and-a-half ago he invited me to sing ‘Always There For You’ with him and Oz Fox at an acoustic show at the Whisky (in Los Angeles), so of course I said yes. I did the song and there was an industry person in the audience that was connecetd to Michael and is now connected to me. If it hadn’t been for that night I doubt I’d be where I am right now. I wouldn’t have been on the cruise, I wouldn’t have gotten to know Todd La Torre, I wouldn’t be doing what I’m doing. I give so much credit to Michael Sweet for this.”

Go to this location for the complete story.

Gabbie Rae recently released a new single entitled "Scream". The official video for the track is now available and can be viewed below:

For information and updates on Gabbie Rae go to her official website here.

 

 
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BLIND IDIOT GOT Set To Release New Album Before Ever After

Indivisible Music has announced a new Blind Idiot God (BIG) studio album co-produced by Bill Laswell. "Andy Hawkins is a nut, a perfectionist for his amplification and the guitar, and we recorded it right," Laswell explains about the new record. "Every detail is there. It's probably the best thing they¹ve done." The 74-minute opus titled, Before Ever After, is slated for an early 2015 street date. The gatefold 2LP artwork was created by noted artist Seldon Hunt (Neurosis, Earth, Melvins, Sunn). Formats will include vinyl, CD and digital. The release will be celebrated with live performances in and around New York and will be co-promoted by MerchTable, local vinyl retailers and others TBA.
 
Blind Idiot God is Andy Hawkins on guitar and Tim Wyskida (Khanate) on drums. Gabe Katz, the band's original bass player is featured on the album but moving forward Will Dahl is the band's new bass player live and in the studio. Touring in support of the new album is planned for 2015. "Moving from the studio to the stage is always great," Hawkins explains, "the music opens up dynamically, both performance wise and sonically. The human ear has a much greater dynamic range than any recorded medium and we excel at taking full advantage of that fact."

Before Ever After tracklisting:

“Twenty Four Hour Dawn”
“Night Driver”
“Antiquity”
“Earthmover”
“FUB”
“Barrage”
“High And Mighty”
“Voice Of The Structure”
“Under The Weight”
“Ramshackle”
“Wheels Of Progress”
“Strung”
“Shutdown”
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HIDEOUS DIVINITY Release Bass Play-Through Video Of “Sinister And Demented”

Cobre Verde is the latest long player from Italian death metal draftsmen, Hideous Divinity. Released late last month via Unique Leader Records, Cobre Verde is a concept record based around Werner Herzog's 1987 film of the same name.

Tracked at 16th Cellar Studios (Hour Of Penance, Fleshgod Apocalypse, Vomit The Soul), Cobra Verde thrusts forth nine smoldering tracks of discontent, revulsion and unrelenting audio deviance and includes a guest vocal appearances by Nile's Dallas Toler-Wade on "The Alonest Of The Alone" as well as a ravenous rendition of Ripping Corpse's "The Last And Only Son".

In celebration of its release, a Hideous Divinity bass play-through video of “Sinister And Demented” is streaming below:
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Video: GEOFF TATE Performs 'Jet City Woman' With MEGADETH, ANGRA, Ex-BLACK SABBATH Members

Fan-filmed video footage of former QUEENSRŸCHE singer Geoff Tate performing the band's song "Jet City Woman" with a backing group consisting of David Ellefson (MEGADETH), Ross The Boss (MANOWAR), Vinny Appice (BLACK SABBATH, DIO, HEAVEN & HELL) and Kiko Loureiro (ANGRA) during the November 22 "Metal All Stars" concert at Espaço das Américas in São Paulo, Brazil can be seen below.

Geoff, who will continue with a new band called OPERATION: MINDCRIME while his former bandmates carry on recording and touring as QUEENSRŸCHE, is working on a trilogy project, which he hopes to record and release in three separate installments over the course of three years.

Named after QUEENSRŸCHE's epic concept album from 1988, "Operation: Mindcrime", Tate's new band includes Rudy Sarzo (OZZY OSBOURNE, WHITESNAKE), Simon Wright (AC/DC, DIO), Randy Gane (MYTH), Kelly Gray (QUEENSRYCHE 1998 - 2001, 2012 - 2014) and Robert Sarzo (QUEENSRYCHE 2012 - 2014).

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SALVATION Featuring Members Of PRO-PAIN, STRUGGLE And BURN THE KINGDOM Release Debut Album

Salvation is a new hardcore band out of Florida featuring members known from Pro-Pain Struggle and Burn The Kingdom.

Rising from the ashes of Florida hardcore torchbearers Struggle and Burn The Kingdom, Salvation are determined to unleash their own brand of sonic fury and intensity onto the unsuspecting metal and hardcore masses.

Formed in 2013, Salvation have already established themselves as a force to be reckoned with via their intense live gigs and noteworthy personnel. Frontman / lead vocalist Kimbo Reichard states: 

"We began as a four piece band as a result of some old friends meeting up at a First Blood / Sleeping Giant gig in St. Pete, but our lineup wasn't fully realized until the addition of bassist Gary Meskil (Pro-Pain, Crumbsuckers) several months into the game." 

The current lineup is capped off with lead guitarist / pro-surfer Steve Boomhower, scene veteran rhythm guitarist Mike King, and hard hitting Orlando drummer Kyle Fowler.

Their debut album Resurrect The Tradition features 11 pummeling tracks which are sure to satisfy even the most discriminating of extreme musical tastes. With a firm understanding as to the ingredients of classic hardcore records, Salvation meticulously balance their musical onslaught with a healthy dose of lyrical substance. Staying true to the fundamentals of hardcore is omnipresent on Resurrect The Tradition, yet Salvation manages to bring a new kind of energy to the table.

"Our music is what keeps us in check. It's a lifestyle, not a trend. In a sense, hardcore is our salvation." – Kimbo Reichard 

The tracklist for Resurrect The Tradition is as follows:

"Punishment"
"See Thru The Lies"
"Death Sentence"
"You're Already Dead"
"By Any Means"
"No Lookin' Back"
"Become The Victim"
"Keep It Real"
"Resurrect The Tradition"
"Path Of Brutality"
"This Strength Remains"

Go to this location for more information and updates.
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ATTILA Premiere Video “Proving Grounds”

Attila has premiered its brand new video for “Proving Grounds”, the first official video from Guilty Pleasure.

The band also released Guilty Pleasure yesterday, November 24th, just in time for the holidays and all the chaos of Black Friday shopping.
 

 
Guilty Pleasure tracklisting:
                  
"Pizza, Sex And Trolls"
"Hate Me"
"Rebel"
"Guilty Pleasure"
"I've Got Your Back"
"Proving Grounds"
"I Am Satan"
"Break My Addiction"
"Horsepig"
"Dirty Dirty"
"Fake Friends"
"Don't Be Basic"
"The Cure"

Attila remain on the road, headlining the Monster Energy Outbreak Tour, packing houses, slaying stages, thrilling fans and converting haters one venue at a time.
 
The band's December 13th show at Irving Plaza in NYC has sold out, so a matinee show has been added on that same day to meet fan demand for more Attila.

 

 

Tour dates:

November
25 - Albuquerque, NM - Sunshine Theatre
26 - Mesa, AZ - Nile Theatre
28 - Sacramento, CA - Ace of Spades
29 - San Diego, CA - Soma
30 - West Hollywood, CA - House of Blues *

December
2 - Salt Lake City, UT - In The Venue
3 - Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre
4 - Lawrence, KS - Granada Theater
5 - St. Louis, MO - Ready Room
6 - Detroit, MI - The Fillmore *
7 - Cincinnati, OH - Bogarts *
8 - Chicago, IL - House of Blues *
10 - Cleveland, OH - House of Blues *
11 - Baltimore, MD - Sound Stage *
12 - Philadelphia, PA - TLA *
13 - New York, NY - Irving Plaza (Early Show) *
13 - New York, NY - Irving Plaza (Late Show) *
14 - Boston, MA - House of Blues *

* designates Live Nation event

 
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Video: Reunited Original Lineup Of EXCITER Performs In Porto Alegre

Video footage of the reunited original lineup of Canadian thrash metal pioneers EXCITER guitarist John Ricci, drummer/vocalist Dan Beehler and bassist Allan Johnson performing on October 5 in Porto Alegre, Brazil can be seen below.

The first rehearsal photo of the reunited original lineup of Canadian thrash metal pioneers EXCITER guitarist John Ricci, drummer/vocalist Dan Beehler and bassist Allan Johnson can be seen on this page (courtesy of Allan Johnson).

On episode 475 of the "Talking Metal" podcast, Mark Strigl conducted an interview with Ricci. A couple of excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET).

On whether he had anything to do with the announcement that was made in February 2014 that he was "retiring" from the music business:

Ricci: "No, never, I never did. The former members [drummer Rik Charron, bassist Rob 'Clammy' Cohen and vocalist Kenny Winter] just decided they were gonna word it that way. When I had a falling out with the other members, I was so stressed out I don't wanna get into the details about the whole thing I did say to them, 'I need a break from music.' But, to me, that's not saying I'm retiring. So they interpreted that as, 'Oh, John doesn't wanna play music anymore.' So I never even hinted at that. They were just covering up what the real story behind the whole uprising was, in my opinion. So when they made that announcement, I got flooded with more e-mails from all over the world, saying, 'John, we don't believe this. We know you'll never retire. You are the band. What's the real story?' So that's one issue I had to deal with."

On how the other members of the last EXCITER lineup could think that they could continue as EXCITER without any of the group's original members:

Ricci: "It's a very complicated story. I've been doing this for many, many, many years. But I can't tolerate stress. Some situations I can't handle because I'm just gonna lose it, and I'm trying to be sane in this business. So, technically, I removed myself from the band, because I was so fed up with their behavior, and I just couldn't take it. So they thought, 'OK, if John's removed himself from EXCITER, we can continue as EXCITER.' Now, it's a very complicated story. I don't wanna It would get into legal stuff, and I just don't wanna get into it right now. So, skipping all the details, yes, they were gonna try to continue as EXCITER without me. [But] how could you get bookings calling yourself EXCITER without at least one original guy in the band. So, what happened was the three of them ended up, as far as I hear through the grapevine I mean, I don't know; I haven't really spoken to any of them since all of this has happened they had a falling out among each other, so now there's no band. And the name was surrendered back to me, which I am the lawful owner of the name. I'm skipping a lot of details here; there's probably a lot of blank things that [I have not talked about] The three of them kind of had disagreements among each other, and I wasn't involved in any of it. And they basically dissolved We could have fixed what was happening at the time. But as far as I'm concerned it's just my personal opinion what was happening, we could have fixed it and continued, after I made the changes in the band. But it didn't happen that way. So any kind of apology, and they're making apologies on the Internet for the whole world to see, well, it doesn't matter anymore, 'cause the damage is done. I mean, they've toured with me, they've toured with the world, people want their autograph, people want their picture taken with them, you'd think I'm not criticizing those guys they played a great role in the band's music and everything you'd think they'd sort of see clear my position in the band. I'm the guy who started the band in the '70s, I continued the band, I did most of the songwriting. In the recent version of EXCITER, I did all the lyrics, I did the melodies. You'd think if you're playing with someone like that, you'd have a little more devotion. Things could have turned out better for everybody, but it didn't happen that way. And they can make all the apologies they want, it doesn't matter anymore. The damage is done."

On how he mended fences with the other original members of EXCITER, drummer/vocalist Dan Beehler and bassist Allan Johnson:

Ricci: "Well, we haven't even spoken about [the issues that caused to have a falling out back in the day]. [laughs] We've had two meetings. We're only gonna start rehearsing this coming week. And when we had our meetings, those topics never even came up. We basically said, 'What happened in the past happened. It's water under the bridge.' But back then when I did that last interview with you, I very rarely spoke to Allan. I mean, we had no reason to speak to each other for anything, really. But things happened through word of mouth and the media, and 'He said this' and 'He said that.' You don't know what to believe. I mean, are they actually saying things, or is it just fabricated? So at the time, that's the way I felt. I had no idea in 2014 we'd get back together. I'm completely surprised myself. But I think Dan and Allan and I can't speak for them they might have a certain level of frustration as well that they really wanted to get back with me and continue the music that we made. 'Cause the three of us have incredible chemistry when we play our instruments. A lot of great bands I'm not saying we're a great, fantastic band but a lot of classic rock and metal bands, they have incredible chemistry when you put certain individuals together. So I think Dan and Allan, over the years, realized that, and they probably thought, 'Let's get back together with John and just keep going, having fun and playing our music.'"

On whether there is still a friendship between the original members of EXCITER or if they are working together purely as business partners:

Ricci: "Our first meeting, when we sat down, we did not discuss business, we just reminisced and talked about the old days and all the fun times that we had. 'Cause, I mean, we toured quite a bit. In 1985, we did a MOTÖRHEAD tour across the U.S., coast to coast, we also did a MEGADETH tour, coast to coast, we played shows with MERCYFUL FATE, we did a couple of shows in upstate New York with ANTHRAX when we were signed with Megaforce. We had a really good time and everything. So our first meeting was just four hours of You know, we were sitting at a bar, just drinking beer and talking about the old times. So yeah, we're still friends. Our level of dedication to EXCITER, no one has ever questioned it. Yes, we have a difference of opinion on certain business issues, but when it comes to music, we're exactly on the same wavelength like, our headspace is exactly the same, musically speaking. And it makes it so much easier when you're writing songs, that everyone recognizes everyone else's vision; you don't have to shove down their throat. But, I mean, on the other hand, for the past 20 years I've been continuing EXCITER, in most cases I handle all the band's business dealings. So the same thing will stay I will be handling a lot of the business stuff. But because we're the original three guys, everyone's opinion counts when it's time to make decisions; I'm not just gonna be railroading those decisions I'll ask Dan and I'll ask Al their opinion and we'll move forward with whatever opinion we take."

The original EXCITER lineup recorded three classic albums in the 1980s "Heavy Metal Maniac" (1983), "Violence & Force" (1984) and "Long Live the Loud" (1985) before Ricci left he group and was replaced by Brian McPhee.

EXCITER's latest album, "Death Machine", which featured Ricci as the sole remaining original member, was released on October 29, 2010 via Massacre Records.
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RAVEN: Audio Samples Of SWEET, SLADE And DEEP PURPLE Covers

NWOBHM thrash godfathers RAVEN have launched a Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign to finance the recording of their next studio album, "ExtermiNation". The band has recorded a full-length covers CD titled "Party Killers" that is being offered as an exclusive Kickstarter reward for backers. The group is also offering exclusive t-shirts, patches, and a seven-inch vinyl single via the campaign, which runs through November 28.

"Party Killers", which is is available on CD and 12-inch vinyl, includes the following tracks:

* "Too Bad Too Sad" (NAZARETH)* "Bad Reputation" (THIN LIZZY)* "Cockroach" (SWEET)* "Fireball" (DEEP PURPLE)* "Hang On To Yourself" (DAVID BOWIE)* "He's A Whore" (CHEAP TRICK)* "In For The Kill" (BUDGIE)* "Is There A Better Way" (STATUS QUO)* "Ogre Battle" (QUEEN)* "Queen Of My Dreams" (EDGAR WINTER)* "Tak Me Bak 'Ome" (SLADE)

Snippets of RAVEN's versions of "Cockroach" (SWEET), "Tak Me Bak 'Ome" (SLADE) and "Fireball" (DEEP PURPLE) can be streamed using the SoundCloud widget below. Comments RAVEN vocalist and bassist John Gallagher: "We were writing for the new album at a cool studio in Richmond, Virginia, and in the middle of jamming asked the engineer there if we could record a few cover tunes just for the hell of it. The sounds were so good, we decided to do something we'd been threatening for many years: 'Party Killers' — a collection of cover tunes guaranteed to deafen yer neighbors!! It's basically a peek into the little red 45rpm singles box we used to have at home... songs and bands that were very influential to us as kids, but given the RAVEN overhaul! I think it gives a nice insight to our roots and will be an excellent companion to the new album." RAVEN released the "Rock Until You Drop - A Long Days Journey" two-disc DVD as a digipak in North America on July 2, 2013 via SPV/Steamhammer. The effort contains four hours and 30 minutes of concert footage from around the world, in the studio, backstage, interviews with the band, the fans, musicians and producer. It tells the story of over three decades of trailblaizing metal mayhem!

RAVEN's latest album, "Walk Through Fire", was released in the U.S. on March 30, 2010 (one day earlier in Europe through SPV/Steamhammer) via Metal Blade Records. The CD was recorded at Assembly Line Studios with engineer/mixer Kevin 131 (PROJECT: FAILING FLESH, DECEASED, DYSRYTHMIA, GARDEN OF SHADOWS).
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AGNOSTIC FRONT To Begin Recording 'The American Dream Died' Album In December

New York hardcore veterans AGNOSTIC FRONT will enter Buzzbomb Sound Labs on December 5 to begin recording their 11th studio album. Paul Miner (TERROR, H2O, ATREYU, DEATH BY STEREO) will engineer, mix and master the CD for an early 2015 release via Nuclear Blast. Artwork and layout will be handled by artist Todd Huber, who works with vocalist Roger Miret's clothing line American Made Kustom. "We are excited to be working with Paul Miner at Buzzbomb Sound Labs on our new record which we are calling 'The American Dream Died'," comments Miret.

"This recording promises to be mean, fast and furious; with elements of our classic styles, adding chaotic blasts of real old-school hardcore!"

AGNOSTIC FRONT's latest album, "My Life My Way", was released in March 2011 via Nuclear Blast. The CD was recorded at Mana Recording Studios in St. Petersburg, Florida and featured 13 anthemic songs laid down by Erik Rutan (MADBALL, GOATWHORE, CANNIBAL CORPSE, etc.) under the watchful guide of producer Freddy Cricien of MADBALL. The record was mastered by Alan Douches at West West Side Music (SEPULTURA, SUFFOCATION, UNEARTH) in New Windsor, New York.
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Finland's OCEANWAKE Signs Worldwide Record Deal

Finnish doom/post-metal act Oceanwake has signed a world wide record deal with Swedish label ViciSolum Productions.

Oceanwake's forthcoming album, Sunless, will be released March 13th. Its four lengthy and dynamic compositions are performed in an inspired and versatile manner; engineered and produced by Korpiklaani mainman Jonne Järvelä.

To celebrate this new record deal, an album sessions outtake “Nadir” has been released as a digital single, which can be heard below. Not seen by the band as an integral part of the album, with its slightly heavier sound and a straightforward arrangement, “Nadir” is indeed quite different from the other material. Nevertheless, it stands out as a great example of the musical diversity and dynamics of Oceanwake.

Nadir by Oceanwake

 
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LORD DYING Premiere New Song “A Wound Outside Of Time”

Portland, Oregon's Lord Dying will release their new album entitled Poisoned Altars, January 27th, 2015 (1/26 for UK/World and 1/24 for Germany/Benelux/Finland) via Relapse Records. Poisoned Altars is available in CD/LP/Digital and a Special Silver Colored LP for Relapse Records 25th Anniversary. Preorders are being taken at Relapse.com.

The album was recorded with Toxic Holocaust's Joel Grind (Black Tusk) at Audiosiege Studios in Portland, OR. Poisoned Altars is direct result of the relentless work the band put in the past 18 months grinding it out on the road touring non-stop with the likes of Red Fang, Black Tusk, Corrosion of Conformity, Valient Thorr and more.

The first song from the album "A Wound Outside Time" has been made available to the public and is streaming below:

"We are excited to premier 'A Wound Outside of Time', a song about confronting your demons and addictions and not being afraid to head into the darkness regardless of the outcome. Hopefully we all persevere. Enjoy!"

During the recording process of their new album, Poisoned Altars, Lord Dying filmed a series of videos documenting the process. The first in the series focuses on the guitar tracking and recording. Check it out below:

Frontman Erik Olson commented on the new album: "We are excited to unleash Poisoned Altars upon the world. We couldn't be happier with the way the production came out. Joel really out did himself! This is our meanest and most focused record to date. See you on the road!"

 

 

Poisoned Altars tracklisting:

"Poisoned Altars"
"The Clearing At The End Of The Path"
"A Wound Outside Of Time"
"An Open Sore"
"Offering Pain (And An Open Minded Center)"
"Suckling At The Teat Of A Shebeast"
"(All Hopes Of A New Day)...Extinguished"
"Darkness Remains"

Trailer:
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Drummer SHAWN DROVER Quits MEGADETH

MEGADETH drummer Shawn Drover has released the following statement:

"After 10 years, I have decided to quit MEGADETH to pursue my own musical interests.

"I want to thank Dave Mustaine and the entire MEGADETH family, as well as thanking all the amazing MEGADETH fans around the world!!! I truly appreciate all of you.

"Stay tuned for info on my next musical journey."

During a January 2012 interview with Legendary Rock Interviews, Drover was asked to recount the very unusual story of how he joined MEGADETH. "It was 2004 and my brother Glen was in the band as their guitar player," Shawn said. "They were in rehearsals for their tour and I was in contact with him every day and checking on him and stuff and seeing how things were going.

"The situation just came up where they didn't want Nick [Menza, former drummer] in the band anymore, so I came home and my brother got hold of me and said, You better sit down.' And I was like, 'Why? What's going on?' And Glen was like, 'Well, they want you on the next plane to come out here.' [laughs] This was six days before the first day of the tour, so to be honest with you, that was quite a shock, you know, and I was just like, 'Jesus, man,' because I was well aware of when the tour was starting. So I called my wife and filled her in real quick and I was on a plane bound for Arizona a few hours later to rehearse with the band. We rehearsed for four days, travelled the fifth day, and the sixth day was the first show of the tour.

"It was quite a daunting task, but looking back now, I probably wouldn't want to do it any other way. It was pretty cool and I really didn't have time to freak out or be nervous or anything like that. I was so focused on learning the songs that I didn't know yet, they had just put out 'The System Has Failed' and I hadn't heard a note of it at all because it was just released. I tried to learn and cram as much material as I could in those four days of rehearsal.

"The first show was in front of thousands of kids and was off the hook; it was a great show. It's funny, because for some reason, the barricades weren't up at that venue and the kids were jumping all over the stage and going crazy. I guess nobody remembered to, or whatever, so it turned into an old-school MEGADETH thrash show with kids stagediving and the whole bit, so I thought that was how it was going to be all the time, which was fine by me, you know, because I am definitely from that era. [laughs] Come to find out someone messed up and everyone was like, 'What happened to the barricade?' and I was like, 'Oh, OK.' [laughs] It was pretty funny and I have a lot of fond memories of that time. It was nerve-wracking, of course, but it was so exciting and I was just so focused on learning that it kind of all worked out."

MEGADETH's latest album, 2013's "Super Collider", arrived in stores via mainman Dave Mustaine's new label, Tradecraft, distributed by Universal Music Enterprises (UMe).

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SOUNDGARDEN: 'Storm' Video Released

On November 24, SOUNDGARDEN released the long-awaited 3-CD rarities collection "Echo Of Miles: Scattered Tracks Across The Path". Among the set's seven unreleased tracks is a brand-new recording, "Storm", recorded in May this year with producer Jack Endino in Seattle. You can now see the video for the track below.

Taking in everything from original B-sides to unreleased tracks, instrumentals, covers and demos, the collection was curated and hand-selected by guitarist Kim Thayil, who says: "As album sets go, this one has been fun to collect and compile over the decades. I personally may have referenced this project a number of times over the years, going back almost twenty of them to the mid-Nineties!"

For the first time, "Echo Of Miles" collects and curates all these "scattered tracks across the path," offering a different slant on the 26-year history and evolution of one of alternative rock's finest bands.

The package has once again been beautifully designed by Josh Graham. The set features three separate thematic discs in a clear plastic slipcase with three separate mini-jackets, each sporting its own unique art, a booklet and inserts, allowing you to mix and match your own album graphic layout.

Disc 1, dubbed "Originals", is filled with SOUNDGARDEN-written songs, mainly B-sides, in addition to two unreleased songs, "Kristi" and "Storm".

Disc 2, "Covers", offers a stellar showcase of songs written by bands that SOUNDGARDEN love and admire, from THE BEATLES, THE ROLLING STONES, THE DOORS to THE STOOGES, the RAMONES and DEVO.

Disc 3, "Oddities", offers instrumentals, remixes and demos, including Steve Fisk's unreleased "The Telephantasm (Resurrection Remix)", "Twin Tower", penned by Matt Cameron, which was originally recorded at Seattle's London Bridge studio in December 1988 during the sessions for "Louder Than Love", and "Night Surf", an instrumental performed by bassist Ben Shepherd.

"Echo Of Miles: Scattered Tracks Across The Path" track listing:

CD 1 - Originals

01. Sub Pop Rock City02. Toy Box03. Heretic04. Fresh Deadly Roses05. HIV Baby06. Cold Bitch07. Show Me08. She's A Politician09. Birth Ritual10. She Likes Surprises11. Kyle Petty, Son of Richard12. Exit Stonehenge13. Blind Dogs14. Bleed Together15. Black Rain16. Live To Rise17. Kristi*18. Storm*

CD 2 - Covers

01. Swallow My Pride02. Smokestack Lightnin'03. Everybody's Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey (John Peel BBC Sessions)*04. Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin) (John Peel BBC Sessions)*05. Come Together06. Stray Cat Blues07. Into The Void (Sealth)08. Girl U Want09. Touch Me10. Can You See Me? (Friday Rock Show BBC Sessions)11. Homicidal Suicidal (Friday Rock Show BBC Sessions)12. I Can't Give You Anything (Friday Rock Show BBC Sessions)13. I Don't Care About You (Friday Rock Show BBC Sessions)14. Waiting For The Sun (Live)15. Search And Destroy (Live)16. Big Bottom (Live)17. Earache My Eye (Live)

CD 3 - Oddities

01. Twin Tower*02. Jerry Garcia's Finger03. Ghostmotorfinger04. Night Surf*05. A Splice Of Space Jam06. The Telephantasm07. Black Days III08. Karaoke09. Fopp (Fucked Up Heavy Dub Mix)10. Big Dumb Sex (Dub Version)11. Spoonman (Steve Fisk Remix)12. Rhinosaur (The Straw That Broke The Rhino's Back Remix)13. Dusty (Moby Remix)14. The Telephantasm (Steve Fisk 2014 Remix)*15. One Minute Of Silence

* Previously Unreleased
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Video: MICHAEL SCHENKER'S TEMPLE OF ROCK Performs New Song 'Vigilante Man' In Bordeaux

Fan-filmed video footage of MICHAEL SCHENKER'S TEMPLE OF ROCK, the band led by legendary German guitarist Michael Schenker (SCORPIONS, UFO), performing a brand new song, "Vigilante Man", on November 20 in Bordeaux, France can be seen below. The track will appear on MICHAEL SCHENKER'S TEMPLE OF ROCK's next studio album, titled "Spirit On A Mission", which is tentatively due in early 2015.

MICHAEL SCHENKER'S TEMPLE OF ROCK features Schenker alongside vocalist Doogie White, guitarist/keyboardist Wayne Findlay, bassist Francis Buchholz and drummer Herman Rarebell.

MICHAEL SCHENKER'S TEMPLE OF ROCK's last CD, "Bridge The Gap", marked the first time Schenker and fellow ex-SCORPIONS members Buchholz and Rarebell appeared on the same album since the classic 1979 SCORPIONS LP "Lovedrive".

Asked if he is more comfortable as a solo artist or playing in an established group, Schenker told Guitar World magazine: "Definitely as a solo artist.

"It was very important for me to create MSG, which I did for creative freedom. It let me express myself in so many ways and not be held down by any one particular type of monster machine.

"I hate being a box, and I'm glad I didn't get stuck in one for my entire career.

"I love the fact that I don't know what's going to happen next for me. And that's the difference between me and my brother [SCORPIONS guitarist Rudolf Schenker]: he looks at the big picture, I look at the details. We're opposites, even though we have the same genes and share a lot of the same emotions when it comes to music."

Regarding how he came to join the SCORPIONS, Michael said: "My brother always got me my gigs in the early days. I had been in bands since I was 11, and one day my brother told me that he wanted me to hook up with this great singer he knew, and that was Klaus Meine. Rudolf introduced us, and we started a band together called THE COPERNICUS. Our rehearsal space was right next to the SCORPIONS, and one day we were rehearsing and they were listening to us their singer was late for rehearsal and they approached Klaus and me about joining the band, and we did."
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PACT Change Name To PACT INFERNAL; Preparing Third Album

Moribund Records artists Pact - who've released albums through the label, 2012's The Dragon Lineage Of Satan and this year's The Infernal Hierarchies, Penetrating The Threshold Of Night - have announced a name-change to Pact Infernal.

A statement from the band reads: "Pact will now be going by the name Pact Infernal to help usher in a new era of darkness and death. Antithesis will be handling the vocal duties, and session/live guitarist Dirge has joined Wretch and T as a full member of the band. Over the next several months, Pact Infernal will be taking a break from live appearances to put all their energies into writing and recording their third album, which is now deep in the works to be released on Moribund Records. The band also promises this to be their most hate-fueled and aggressive album to date. There will be hell to pay!"

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LAUGH AT THE FAKES Post Lyric Video “Death Awaits”

Laugh At The Fakes has posted a new lyric video for their track Death Awaits from their new album Dethrone The Crown released earlier this month on November 14th.

Laugh At The Fakes is a band that challenges the trends of today's rock and metal scene. Since the bands inception in 2010, LATF has combined elements of metal, hard rock, and prog to create an unmistakable sound. Debuting their six song EP One Night Only in 2011, they return in 2014 with their latest offering Dethrone The Crown their first full length produced by Greg Dawson and mastered by Andy Van Dette (Rush, Dream Theatre, Kid Rock, Deep Purple, Bruce Dickenson, Bif Naked).





Dethrone The Crown tracklisting:

Not Like Me
Death Awaits
Cut To The Chase
Killing Time
Fighting Dirty
Got No Regrets
Harmonica Playing Man
And I
Dethrone The Crown

Killing Time lyric video:

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CRAWLING CHAOS Release Video “Plate XII”

“Plate XII”, the new video clip from death metal act Crawling Chaos has been released. The video was produced by Matteo Ermeti.

 

The band describes the video: “Based on Lovecraft's The Picture In The House, this is the story of a genealogist getting lost in the forests of New England who finds shelter inside an old wooden house. His host is a strange old man who is obsessed by an ancient book written by an Italian explorer, the Regnum Congo. He seems to be particularly attracted to a picture (the ‘Plate XII’) depicting the butcher's shop of an African cannibal tribe called Anziques. Horror elements aren’t explicit: the dramatic tension builds up unseen around the reader-listener until the disquieting ending. Enjoy!”

The song is included on the 2013 album, Repellent Gastronomy, available for streaming on Spotify.
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TREPALIUM Announce EP Voodoo Moonshine; Streaming Video “Moonshine Limbo”

French boogie death metal/swing metallers Trepalium have announced their new EP Voodoo Moonshine, scheduled for UK release on February 9th.

A tantalizingly unique cocktail of death metal attitude and 1930s-esque New Orleans jazz swing and bounce and booze, Voodoo Moonshine is Trepalium's fifth studio release. A short but sweet collection combining voodoo mysticism and prohibition speakeasy culture, Trepalium serve up an enticingly potent form of foot-tapping groove metal. Keep an ear out for the band's accompanying jazz woodwind/brass group, as well as the appearance of Gojiras Joseph Duplantier on track two, Damballas Voodoo Ball.

An active band for 13 years, Trepalium are well-known in their native France. Having already sold thousands of albums and undertaken two tours with Gojira, as well as playing Hellfest four times, Trepalium are sure to draw many more listeners under their voodoo hoodoo.

Moonshine Voodoo tracklisting:

Moonshine Limbo
Damballas Voodoo Ball
Possessed By The Nightlife
Guede Juice
Fire On Skin
Blowjob On The Rocks

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LEVIAETHAN's Disturbed Mind Album Reissued In Europe; Includes ANTHRAX, MOTÖRHEAD Covers

British label Secret Service Records has just reissued in Europe the second album from Brazilian band Leviaethan, entitiled Disturbed Mind. The work, originally released in 1992, is considered a classic of the Brazilian thrash metal scene.

The CD is available on limited edition digipack CD, and includes five exclusive bonus tracks including two covers (Anthrax and Motörhead).





Tracklisting:

"Seeds Of Violence"
"Facing Reality"
"Drinkin Death"
"In Search Of Life"
"My Cat"
"Visions Of A Distorted Path"
"The Evil Within"
"Philip VII"
"Time For Lies"
"Disturbed Mind"

Bonus tracks:
"Endless Lie"
"The Last Supper"
"Pimponetta"
"One World" (Anthrax cover)
"Stay Clean" (Motörhead cover)

"Drinkin' Death" video:
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LEGION OF ANDROMEDA To Release Debut Album In February; Recorded With STEVE ALBINI

At War With False Noise and Unholy Anarchy announce February 20th as the international release date for Legion Of Andromeda's debut album, Iron Scorn. Conceived, constructed, and assembled in 2012 by the demented minds of -M- (axe/machinery: Japanese) and -R- (vokills: Italian) and lurking within the inhuman megalopolis of Tokyo, Legion Of Andromeda is blessed by the will of total war.

Sculpted in reiteration, repetition, and cyclical rotation, Legion of Andromedas impenetrable cacophony outbursts the breath of cosmic frost: raw, minimal, brutal; primitive, obtuse, barbaric. Albeit genuinely inspired by such diverse acts as Big Black, Suicide, Godflesh, Ildjarn, Swans, Khanate, VON, and Pan Sonic, among others, the band have crafted a totally original and unique sound.

The duos first offering, released in November 2013 and quickly sold out within a few months, was a four-track/32-minute self-titled demo comprising total aural disintegration, and was recorded, mixed, and mastered in August 2013 by Shigenori Kobayashi (Coffins, Sete Star Sept) at Noise Room Studio in Tokyo for maximum audial displeasure. The demo was distributed by Obliteration Records in Japan, At War With False Noise in the EU, and Aquarius Records in the US.





In July 2014, Legion Of Andromeda recorded their first proper full-length with the legendary Steve Albini (Neurosis, High On Fire, Nirvana) at his own Electrical Audio in Chicago. Titled Iron Scorn, the album is colossal, punishing, and devastating in terms of production, dynamics, and sound. Albinis extraordinary engineering skills and unique genius brought to life a real monster, a huge sonic crusher of devastating proportions. The record, mastered by John Golden (Melvins, Om, Sleep), will be released on February 20th on vinyl format only by At War With False Noise in the EU and Unholy Anarchy in North America.

On the artwork side, the insanely talented Tony Roberts (Conan, Electric Wizard, Unearthly Trance) provided visual aggression to the album.




Iron Scorn tracklisting:



"Transuranic Ejaculation"
"Cosmo Hammer"
"Overlord Of Thunder"
"Scourge Of Pestilence"
"Sociopathic Infestation"
"Aim At The Starless Sky"
"Fist Of Hammurabi"

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SKY VALLEY MISTRESS To Release 3-Track EP In December; "Smoke Fairy" Video Streaming

After a hugely successful year of touring, including an appearance at last years Download Festival and release of their debut EP, the best thing youve never heard, Sky Valley Mistress are now releasing their new EP, Rivals, Hounds & Rebel Sisters.





Rivals, Hounds & Rebel Sisters is a short but direct 3-track EP that is filled with riffs, hooks and more riffs. Combined with vocals that ooze sultry sophistication and a thunderous rhythm section, this is a record from a band that has found their sound and is ready for the world to hear it. Set for release on December 15th, the record comes both as a digital download and 6-panel digipak CD that can be pre ordered from their Bandcamp page, here.

With clear influences from legendary rock and roll bands such as Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath, the band have applied this classic, mature craftsmanship to their songs with a powerful and assertive edge, giving them a refreshingly familiar sound.

Along with the release of their EP, the band have also released a music video for the lead single, "Smoke Fairy", featuring a masked teenage gang of rebels taking their new member on a journey of initiation, on the back of their pickup truck. Watch the video below:

Sky Valley Mistress are:

Kayley Hell Kitten Davies - Vocals
Squire - Guitar
Maxwell Harvey William Newsome III - Drums
Russell Russell Russell - Bass

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