Saturday, October 27, 2012

Massachusett's Own Acaro Added To Killswtich Engage Tour

Massachusetts face-melters ACARO have been added to the Killswitch Engage
Tenth Anniversary "Alive or Just Breathing" Tour with Shadows Fall. 

The band will fill the opening slot for one of 2012's most anticipated tours 
that will see a Jesse Leach-fronted Killswitch Engage performing their classic
Alive or Just Breathing in its entirety. Few bands have what it takes to rise to 
such an occasion, but Acaro's aggressive brand of melodic and modern thrash 
will undoubtedly fire up audiences as the band bulldozes a path across the 

ACARO is touring in support of their debut, The Disease of Fear, which was 
released on October 2nd through Goomba Music. A video for the track 
"Becoming the Process" has been posted at this location. 

The tour kicks off on November 24 at the California Metal Fest 6 and wraps 
on December 29 in Clifton Park, NJ. See below for all of the tour dates:

11/24 San Bernardino, CA - NOS Event Center (California Metalfest VI) 
11/25 San Francisco, CA - Slims 
11/27 Seattle, WA - Studio Seven 
11/28 Portland, OR - Hawthorne 
11/30 Boulder, CO - Fox Theater 
12/01 Kansas City, KS - Beaumont Club 
12/02 Dallas, TX - Trees 
12/04 Tampa, FL - State Theater 
12/05 Pensacola, FL - Vinyl Music Hall 
12/07 Asheville, NC - Orange Peel 
12/08 Atlanta, GA - Masquerade 
12/10 Chicago, IL - Bottom Lounge 
12/11 Columbus, OH - Alrosa Villa 
12/12 Toronto, ON - Opera House 
12/14 Buffalo, NY - Town Ballroom 
12/16 Lancaster, PA - Chameleon Club 
12/17 Brooklyn, NY - Willamsburg Music Hall 
12/18 Burlington, VT - Higher Ground 
12/19 Northampton, MA - Pearl Street 
12/20 Portland, ME - State Theater
12/27 Baltimore, MD - Rams Head Live
12/28 Sayreville, NJ - Starland Ballroom
12/29 - Clifton Park, NY - Upstate Concert Hall

They are ACARO and they are metal. They are 5 hard working 
individuals, who bring 5 different backgrounds to create 1 unique 
musical experience. They always give their audience more than they 
expect, and they will never be satisfied with their abilities.

ACARO's first show was in October 2008 at Ralph's Diner in 
Worcester, MA. They have been honored to play the New England 
Metal and Hardcore Fest in 2009 and 2010, the NEMHCF's SXSW 
stage in 2010, and have shared the stage with Unearth, In Flames, 
Gojira, As I Lay Dying, Lamb of God, Amon Amarth, Cannibal 
Corpse, Behemoth, Winds of Plague, Suffocation, Acacia Strain, 
and many other national and regional touring bands.

Their goals are simple, to continue writing, recording, and performing 
at the highest level of their abilities, in as many places around the 
world as possible. The release of their first album The Disease of Fear
and the completion of the video for, "Becoming the Process", will 
help to achieve those goals.

By bringing the old into the 21st Century, and keeping the new 
grounded to its roots, ACARO achieves the Brutal/Melodic blend 
that can stir emotions and hit you over the head with a sledge-hammer 
at the same time. These individuals are brought together by the love 
of Metal, the drive to create, the desire to succeed, and the need to 
bring ACARO's music and energy to as many people, in as many 
places as possible.

Nothing comes without hard work and no one will work harder. 
ACARO is not just a band, it is a way of life for all involved and 
all it touches. They are ACARO and they believe. Soon, so will you.

                                           Chris Harrell - Vocals
                                       Felipe Roa - Guitars
                                     Chris Robinson - Guitars
                                  Kevin Smith - Bass
                                   Jason Fitzgerald - Drums



Goomba Music / Turkey Vulture Records to Release Beyond Threshold's Who We Are on October 30th

Goomba Music, home to heavy-hitters like Brand New Sin and Pro-Pain, has teamed with Turkey Vulture Records for the release of Who We Are, the sophomore effort from Rockford, Illinois' Beyond Threshold.  

With the release of their 2010 debut, Revolution, Beyond Threshold established themselves as one of the fastest rising and most impressive new acts in the active rock/metal scene. Over the past two years, the band has shared stages with some of the biggest names in metal and gained a reputation as road-worthy workhorses. With Who We Are, Beyond Threshold takes their uncompromising blend of modern thrash, heavy rock and hardcore to the next level. Heads will bang, faces will melt and Beyond Threshold will emerge as the future of heavy music.

Selections from the album have been posted at this location.  


10/26 - Bloomington, IL
11/17 - St. Louis, MO
11/23 - Urbana, IL w/ VENTANA
11/29 - Janesville, WI w/ DOPE  
11/30 - Battle Creek, MI w/ NONPOINT
12/16 - Rockford, IL w/ FLAW 

                                          1. Never Again
                                          2. Justify The Means
                                          3. First Blood
                                          4. Downside
                                          5. Everchanging
                                          6. The Fall Of All Opponents
                                          7. Who We Are
                                          8. Stuck Inside
                                          9. Blood Thirst
                                         10. The Struggle
                                         11. Overthrown 

Beyond Threshold is a heavy rock band that has dominated the greater Midwest. Coming from different influences and genres has allowed them to develop into a truly unique, professional, and powerful heavy rock act. Conceived in 2006, this talented young band comprises of former members of several Rockford metal outfits, and together are rapidly becoming one of the standouts of the Midwest music scene.

Veteran performers from many groups have come together to ignite an inferno constructed to consume. New school antics with old school roots give the band an unexampled edge in today's music market.

Since the release of their debut album "Revolution" in 2010, Beyond Threshold has been touring the Midwest supporting acts, such as; Five Finger Death Punch, Hatebreed, Sevendust, Drowning Pool, Chevelle, All That Remains, Powerman 5000, Pop Evil, Filter, Nonpoint, Flava Flav, Hed P.E, Fear Factory, Godforbid, Mushroomhead, Sid Wilson of Slipknot, Skindred, Soil, Primer 55, Taproot, Smile Empty Soul, Flaw, Everclear, Art of Dying, Filter, Walls of Jericho, Fuel, Saliva, Adema, 36 Crazy Fists, Dope, Ankla, Kittie, It Dies Today, Burn Halo, Motograter, The Autumn Offering, Mephis May Fire, Bobaflex, Los Lonely Boys, The Last Vegas, Oblige, Anew Revolution, Tonic, and many more.

The band's hard work has come to fruition as they are currently in production for their sophomore release `Who We Are` with Goomba Music/Turkey Vulture Records set for October 30, 2012.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Shadow Kingdom Records Reissues PAGAN ALTAR's Judgement of the Dead

Shadow Kingdom Records is now offering the newly reissued Judgement of the Dead from cult N.W.O.B.H.M doom band PAGAN ALTAR. Originally released in 1982, Shadow Kingdom Records will stock North American shelves with this classic on January 8, 2013. Until then, fans can order the release exclusively through Shadow Kingdom Records. 

For a digital copy and free stream of the album, visit the label's bandcamp page. Physical copies are available at the Shadow Kingdom Records Webstore

Shadow Kingdom's Tim McGrogan had this to say about the album: 

"Back in 1982 PAGAN ALTAR released this N.W.O.B.H.M. masterpiece and almost immediately this album went into obscurity. They have been by far the most over looked band in the history of heavy metal music. It's amazing that they've finally pulled it all together for being virtually non-existent for nearly 15 years. They deserve all of the success and recognition they're getting today and much, much more! In the late 90's they came out of the woodwork and put this out on their own label and it was mistakenly called "Volume 1". The extra track was an acoustic track which was just called "Acoustics" at the time. This is the first time this album will be released in all its glory. The correct title "Judgement of the Dead" and updated acoustic song title as well. Also, this is the original artwork that was released back in 1982 which has never been seen before until now! We've re-mastered the CD to sonically preserve its antique feel. It comes with a very nice booklet that includes a story and old band photos. If there ever was such a thing as a perfect album, this would be it! There is nothing more satisfying than the sound of this record. If you've never heard of this band or album, think of Black Sabbath and Jethro Tull and you're almost there. They take music to a whole new level."

1. Pagan Altar 
2. In The Wake Of Armadeus 
3. Judgement Of The Dead 
4. The Black Mass 
5. Night Rider 
6. The Dance Of The Banshee 
7. Reincarnation

In other news, PAGAN LORD has recently been confirmed for Maryland Death Fest XI, which will take place May 23rd - 26th, 2013 in Baltimore, MD. For for information and updates visit 

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Wednesday, October 17, 2012 Streaming Trillion Red's Metaphere In Full

Dark Progressive Avant-Garde metal entity Trillion Red has teamed with to offer a full album stream of the band's forthcoming release Metaphere. The album becomes available on October 23rd via badGod Music, but can be heard in it's entirety at this location.

Taking his cerebral brand of auditory darkness to a new level, Trillion Red mastermind Patrick Brown is one of metal's few musicians who can legitimately claim to have discovered new musical territory with his newest creation.    

Metaphere is available for pre-order at and  

"I would call the album the deconstruction and recreation of modern extreme music. Patrick of Trillion Red will be remembered as an innovator years after they are gone sadly to say. This maybe album of the year right now for me..." - Absolute Zero
 "I would give you 'Trillions' of reasons to hear this magnificent work."
- Heavy Hard Metalmania

If it is singularity, the tried, and tested, or just bizarre that you want,
don't bother looking any further. However, if you yearn for 'new' 
and 'engaging', something that antagonizes and simultaneously 
calms the soul-this LP is for you.

Metaphere is Trillion Red's debut full-length after last year's 
Two Tongues EP. This LP mightily sheds 'the disconnects' of 
Two Tongues, and unleashes a united and firm mark onto the 
Dark Progressive Avant-Garde Metal sound. It showcases the
enormous leap Patrick has taken in creating soundscapes 
that alternate between heavy and hammering structures, to 
ambient interludes that all come together to create a twisted 
musical abstract.

Trillion Red is firmly rooted both thematically and musically 
in the radical emotions of the human experience. Despite the 
existential and intangible subject matter, the struggle between 
darkness and light is the core concept throughout Metaphere
something which everyone can relate and derive inspiration.

This to be enjoyed and savored as a boundless experience that 
flows seamlessly from beginning to end. Take further passes, 
and time after time, your ears will gain further insight to what 
is being said. With a passion to create a new and inspirational 
musical experience, Trillion Red exceeds expectations with 
the release of Metaphere.

Close your eyes and let your ears tell the story.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

INCANTATION Reveal Artwork and Track Listing for Vanquish in Vengeance

US death metal pioneers INCANTATION have revealed the cover art and track listing for their anticipated new album, Vanquish in Vengeance.  
The long-awaited followup to 2006's Primordial Domination, Vanquish in Vengeance carries a recurring lyrical theme that addresses the countless acts of genocide in the name of religion throughout our history. Guitarist/vocalist John McEntee comments: 
"The title track is about the massacre of Saxons in the town of Verdun in 782, called on by order of King Charlemagne. As an album title it has a different meaning to me. Vanquish in Vengeance symbolizes the long history of the band. We have fought many battles over the years to keep things going. We have always stayed true to our original vision and have never caved into trends. After a long wait between albums we are back with a vengeance with some of our darkest and heaviest material to date."  

Vanquish in Vengeance was recorded at Mars Studio with Bill Korecky and mixed by Dan Swano at Unisound Studios.

Cover art comes courtesy of Worthless [].
Invoked Infinity
Ascend into the Eternal
Progeny of Tyranny
Transcend into Absolute Dissolution
Vanquish in Vengeance
Profound Loathing
The Hellions Genesis
From Hallow Sands
Legion of Dis
Chuck Sherwood - Bass
Alex Bouks - Guitar
Kyle Severn - Drums
John McEntee - Guitar, Vocals

MonsterWorks To Release Man::Intrinsic on 10/30

London-based progressive thrashtasmic entity MONSTERWORKS will release their second three-song DR (digital release), Man :: Intrinsic, on October 30th through Mortal Music. 

The second in a three part series of digital releases that collectively make up Album of Man, Man :: Intrinsic conceptually picks up where its predecessor, Man :: Instincts, left off. Where the first release was an exploration of what it means to be human, Man :: Intrinsic looks at the inherent nature of mankind.  

Just prior to the release of Man :: Intrinsic, MONSTERWORKS will perform live for the first time since March of this year when they play at The Unicorn in London on October 13th. Sweden's Panic Area and Doomsayer will be playing as well. For details visit

Man :: Instincts is still available for download at

Unconditional Lie 
Taste of Doom 

"Man: Instincts is at times bizarre, at times incomprehensible, and at all times utterly interesting. The experience gives you so much in such a short amount of time that it's absolutely worth the ride, even if you only manage to take in half of everything available."

"Monsterworks have no boundaries and flip the bird at the rule book." [8/10]

"With powerful lyrics that doubt one's belief, the band's music is far more than harmony and technique, for it might make a person think and confront himself with things he may consider undoubtedly true." -Metal Shock Finland

In the course of its existence MONSTERWORKS has been responsible for albums as farfetched as a metal space adventure concept album in two parts (Spacial Operations - 2007 and Singularity - 2009), but more recently has explored philosophical territory (The God Album - 2011) and an approach to recording that mostly relies on "old-school" technology, i.e. 24 track, 2-inch tape, like the classic albums the band grew up with.  It was time to take a step back and rediscover the grit that made metal great, rather than the over-polished mechanical production that is often evident in modern releases.

Stylistically the band has always been difficult to pin down, at one moment death metal, in another stoner rock, then back to thrash; but the challenge to the listener is intentional and somehow in the end it works (in the context of heavy metal, which is the only essential influence).  What is important is that the music does not switch between styles for the sake of it, nor to show off; it is just what feels right in the moment.

MONSTERWORKS has, possibly to its own detriment, never followed trends or towed the line; preferring to forge its own path in the continually evolving world of heavy metal.  In this respect it has always stayed true to its mission statement: 


Hugo - Bass
James - Drums
Jon - Guitar / Vocals
Marcus - Lead Guitar  

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

STONECREEP album and tour info released.

Portland's STONECREEP have released a promo video for a demo recording 
of their newest track "Night and the Formless Beyond." 

The track is part of batch of new material the band is writing for the follow-
up to The Deathcrush Marches On..., which was originally released by the 
band and then re-issued last year by Old School Metal Records. 

The band had this to say about the song, "We started pre-production on 
the new album last winter/spring, and these demos were the result.  
'Night and the Formless Beyond', along with the other songs will usher 
in a new era for STONECREEP.  The new songs are cold, bleak, and 
classic-sounding. You can hear elements of the band that have always been 
there, but we've now moved into something very different, very special." 
On October 24th, STONECREEP will head out on the 
Infernal Autumn West Coast Tour 2012 with TOXIC ZOMBIE.
Dates are as follows: 


October 24- Anaheim, CA @ The Doll Hut 
October 25- San Jose, CA @ Johnny V's 
October 26- Eugene, OR @ Black Forest 
October 27- Redmond, OR @ Big T's 
October 29- Everett, WA @ Hayley's 
October 30- Seattle, WA @ 2-Bit Saloon 
October 31- Longview, WA - The Regent Lounge*

*Updated tour date  

For more info and updates visit 

The Deathmarch Crushes On

...the album title says it all. Stonecreep is a band that has seen many ups 
and downs. Despite the trials and tribulations, however, the band has 
defiantly continued to soldier forward. Stonecreep's story begins in the
city of Fargo, North Dakota with four musicians whose prime goal was 
to make metal the way it was intended: raw, uncompromising, and 
above all bombastic and ideal the band carries with them today. 
One by one the members of the group migrated to Portland, Oregon
and Stonecreep was born. 

The band quickly won over audiences with their super high-energy stage 
shows and a unique style that combined elements of classic heavy metal, 
thrash, death,and straight-ahead rock n' roll. They recorded and released 
three independent albums. Each recording displayed a sophistication and 
musical progression over the one that preceded it. They also took on a
relentless touring schedule, playing hundreds of shows literally anywhere 
and everywhere that they could make their presence known. 

In 2009 Stonecreep entered the studio to record 
The Deathmarch Crushes On
The album is without a doubt the band's finest work to date, combining 
elements of both old and new to take their sound to a new level. Using 
all of the musical tools at their disposal, The Deathmarch... is a lethal 
cocktail of crunching guitars, thunderous drums and bass, soaring leads 
and a passionate, multi-faceted vocal approach. The band consider this to 
be their true debut, after years of self-released efforts. Metal Maniacs 
magazine may have said it best when they described the band 
as having "as much Metallica and Accept persuasion at play as there is 
Black Label Society and Motorhead, if collected and melted down into 
a single metal silver bullet", and as "cock-rockin' banger fuel that's perfect 
for the bar, car or air guitar anytime."  

In 2010 the band retreated underground, playing only a handful of shows
and regrouping only to emerge as a stronger, more devastating machine.
2011 saw the re-release of The Deathmarch Crushes On... 
via California-based Old School Metal Records as well as more touring
and writing for what will no doubt be a highly anticipated follow-up album.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

EUGENIC DEATH Streaming New Album

EUGENIC DEATH Releases Crimes Against Humanity On Heaven and Hell Records

Crimes Against Humanity, the debut full-length from North Carolina thrashers EUGENIC DEATH is out now on Heaven and Hell Records. The album, which features a guest appearance from ICED EARTH guitarist Troy Seele on the track "Epitaph," delivers a blistering and intense brand of Bay Area-flavored thrash. Orders can be placed at this location.  
To let the world know just how ferociously bad ass Crimes Against Humanity is, is streaming the album in its entirety. Go HERE to listen.

With a sound akin to ONSLAUGHT, DEMOLITION HAMMER, and the Bay Area scene, EUGENIC DEATH stay true to their roots with determination to make it faster and more aggressive.  The goal of this band is to attack your senses with unrelenting force.

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Rehearsal Footage of Jason McMaster With WITCHES MARK Now Online

Witches Mark have uploaded rehearsal footage of the band performing "Swarm" with Texas metal legend and South Texas Walk of Fame alumni Jason McMaster (Dangerous Toys, Broken Teeth, Watchtower, Ignitor) who also guests on the studio version of "Swarm" as featured on the band's upcoming Witching Metal Ritual full length.

The footage has been posted at this location

This footage comes hot on the heels of the recently released "Bringers Of Heavy Metal Death" the first studio track uploaded from the soon to be released Witching Metal Ritual, due out this Fall/Winter through Heaven and Hell Records. Go HERE to check it out.

Witching Metal Ritual incorporates a "heavier, darker, more sinister musical direction" while retaining the ghastly melodies the band is known for. Following up the band's 2009 EP A Grim Apparition the upcoming album features guest appearances by a "who's who" of traditional heavy metal including Ross "The Boss" Friedman (Manowar, The Dictators) Jack Starr (Virgin Steele, Burning Starr) Jason McMaster (Dangerous Toys, Broken Teeth, Watchtower, Ignitor) and Martin Debourge (Damien Thorne, Head Transfer Process).

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

HAMMER FIGHT announce OktoberWrecked Tour 2012

New Jersey thrash n' rollers HAMMER FIGHT are gearing up for this month's OktoberWrecked Tour. This nine date trek will see the band empty kegs and incite barroom brawls in parts of the Midwest and on the East Coast. 

HAMMER FIGHT's newest tune, "A Corpse is a Corpse (of Course, of Course)," which the band recorded in January of this year for the film "The Amazing Adventures of the Living Corpse," is now streaming exclusively at

OktoberWrecked Tour 2012 dates:

10/19 - Lansing, MI - Blackened Moon Concert Hall
10/20 - Crestwood, IL - Badabrew
10/21 - TBA
10/22 - Albany, NY - Bogie's
10/23 - Lowell, MA - The Worthen House
10/24 - Trenton, NJ - Championship Bar
10/25 - New York, NY - Lit Lounge
10/26 - Philadelphia, PA - JR's Bar
10/27 - Frederick, MD - Lallo's

For tour updates, visit

Later this fall, HAMMER FIGHT will enter The Machine Shop studios in Weehawken, NJ to record the full-length follow up to their self-titled EP, which is available at More details on the album to come. 

 "Chances are, they'll steal your drink and fuck your girl..."  -

"This four piece of tattooed Jersey shore hooligans play a real aggro punk metal influenced highly by MOTORHEAD." [4/5] Scumfeast Metal 666

Spawned from a New Jersey scene saturated with death metal and hardcore, HAMMER FIGHT brings a sound that many kids these days may have missed; Hard Rockin' Metal. Versatile enough to share the stage with the most extreme death metal acts to classic hard rock bands and everything in between. HAMMER FIGHT is here to kick some ass! 
Keep your eyes and ears open, they'll be in your town soon.

Monday, October 1, 2012

DOGBANE record cover of Charisma for KISS tribute

In the wake of the passing of Dogbane guitarist David Ellenburg the remaining band are hard at work to carry on as their fallen brother would have wanted. 

Currently Dogbane is in the studio recording a cover of 'Charisma' for an upcoming KISS tribute released through Versailles Records titled Rock & Roll All Nite: A Tribute to Kiss: 1974 - 2013, to be released later this year/ early 2013. And even though the track selected by the band is from the Dynasty album don't expect disco, be assured Dogbane will put their spin on the tune and make it their own.
"When I was in the third grade the "Book Fair" came to my school. I went without lunch for two days so I could save enough money to buy a paperback book called "Rock Stars" because it featured KISS. Additionally, KISS "Dynasty" was the first record I ever owned. They (KISS) were superheroes to me, collectively they were mightier than Godzilla, Ultra Man, Super Friends, and the Legion of Doom. It just doesn't get much cooler than that..." - Mitch Allred/Guitarist
"The year was 1977. I had a science teacher named Mr. Warner. He informed us on the first day of school that he was a born again Christian, and the wearing of KISS regalia in his classroom would not be tolerated. Mr. Warner stated "from this day forward anyone caught doing so would be subject to a whipping" because this would be seen as being defiant. I wore my KISS jacket the very next day. I took that "whipping" like a champ... " - Jerry Cloer/Drummer
"I began listening to KISS when I was 7 in 1974. My best friends' older brother loved them, and I remember him being my introduction to Sabbath, Cooper, Priest, etc. My parents wouldn't let me buy any of their albums. So, I would sneak the family tape recorder with me when I would spend the night with my friend and hold the microphone in front of the speaker to record the records. Worked okay for me, and hence some of the first pirated material in the making. So, there you go..." - Kevin Davis/Bass Guitar
"No other band has had more of an impact on my life than KISS. As a kid I remember listening to the KISS "Alive" album with my head between the speakers imagining myself being there at that show. Later as a teenager I got to see them live, and as an adult I had the privilege of meeting my childhood heroes in person. Both of these events made me feel like that kid with my head between the speakers. Any KISS fan will tell you KISS is more than a band it is a lifestyle." - Jeff Neal/Vocalist
In addition; Steelwolf guitarist Warren Deatherage will be included in the recording as well as possible guest vocalist Jeremy Golden (Heaven and Hell Records owner) and Scott Board (NoLoveLost / Dimage /Cerebus)

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