Friday, November 30, 2012


British extreme metal record label Earache Records is currently celebrating 25 years of extreme music, and has released a YouTube Playlist featuring some of the label's best new and classic music videos.

The 25th Anniversary Playlist includes thirteen videos from the likes of ENTOMBED, EVILE, MORBID ANGEL, AT THE GATES, CARCASS, MUNICIPAL WASTE, NAPALM DEATH and more.

Watch the Earache 25th Anniversary Playlist now at

Earache is also celebrating its 25th anniversary with a very special "Secret History of Earache" issue of the UK's most extreme music magazine, Terrorizer.

Terrorizer's Secret History of Earache looks back at Earache's illustrious catalogue, examining classic albums from some of the biggest names in metal, revealing hidden gems, and looking ahead to the label's new generation of talent.  Also included are exclusive new interviews with MORBID ANGEL, NAPALM DEATH, AT THE GATES and CATHEDRAL, plus the true story of Earache in the words of its founder, Digby Pearson, along with many photos from deep within the Earache archives.

Each copy of the magazine also includes a free compilation CD featuring rare and unreleased tracks, including a brand new EVILE cover of ENTOMBED's classic track, "Drowned", plus the World's Shortest Album, which clocks in at less than one-and-a-half minutes.

Terrorizer's Secret History of Earache is out now in shops, and is also available from the Terrorizer website at

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Swedish metal sensation CRASHDIET return with their fourth album « The Savage Playground » out in January on Frontiers. The lead single “Cocaine Cowboys” is out 12th of December.

Frontiers Records is excited to announce the release of CRASHDIET’s anticipated new studio album “The Savage Playground” on January 25th in Europe (excl. Scandinavia) and January 22nd in North America.

A leading force in the Swedish "sleaze rock" scene of the 2000s — a revival of the glam metal of the 1980s, but with a more pronounced punk element — CRASHDÏET for the first time manage to release their brand of down and dirty Rock and Roll simultaneously all over the world.

In April of 2010 the band’s third album "Generation Wild" pretty much summed up the extraordinary but yet tragic history of a band, determined to never give up their dream. CRASHDÏET has become known as a band with a huge following of diehard fans, and the massive interest for them never seems to fade.

There has been extensive touring during the course of “Generation Wild” and the absolute highlight saw the band conquer Hollywood and New York City with sold out shows at Whisky A Go Go and Webster Hall. The band also supported their heroes Motley Crue and Ozzy Osbourne. “Supporting Motley Crue in Helsinki and headlining Whisky A Go Go have been the highlights of the Generation Wild tour”, says guitarist Martin Sweet.

With the new studio album “The Savage Playground”, recorded during summer/autumn 2012 in native Sweden, the band has their minds set to break through on a world-wide basis with a tour that will see the band going back to the US as well as going to Japan for the first time. “We will put a lot of effort into the US for our new tour. We will start in Scandinavia in February, Then we head to the US & Canada. Coming back end of April to do UK and then Europe and Japan will follow with Festivals in the summer and then South-America to kick off in the autumn” continues Sweet.

                The new album sees CRASHDÏET going in a heavier and more live direction musicwise. “THE SAVAGE PLAYGROUND is our playground, its the beginning and the end, its the place where we eat and breed”, tells Martin Sweet. “We thought the time was right for us to do a edgier and not so polished sounding album, kinda like what we sound like live. It's more organic and rough sounding. And of course we're always evolving as musicians and like to try new ways of expressing ourselves, and that can most definitely be heard this album”.

Anticipated by the release of the cracking first single “Cocaine Cowboys” on December 12th, “The Savage Playground” will include the following tracks: 
Change The World
Anarchy; California
Lickin’ Dog; Circus
Sin City; Got A Reason
Drinkin’ Without You
Snakes In Paradise
Damaged Kid; Excited
Garden Of Babylon

    Martin Sweet - guitar
    Peter London - bass
    Eric Young - drums
    Simon Cruz – vocals

Thursday, November 29, 2012


Chicago thrashers DIAMOND PLATE have confirmed the addition of MATT ARES to the band as their new vocalist and bassist, following the departure of former frontman JON MACAK.

The band have started working on the follow-up to their 2011 debut album, GENERATION WHY?, with the new album due to be released in 2013.

DIAMOND PLATE have issued the following statement:

"Over the past few months we have been writing and demoing songs for the next album.  During that time, we felt that the chemistry between Jon and the rest of the band wasn't as strong as it needed to be.  We decided to move on, and find someone that shared the same passion to create the music that we've always wanted to make.  We wish Jon all the best, and we want to thank him for being a part of this band.

"We are extremely excited to announce and welcome Matt Ares into the band as vocalist and bassist.  Matt has really been a breath of fresh air for us, and in the first two weeks of jamming with him we were able to create an entirely new batch of songs and finish demoing the second album.  Matt's voice and playing add new dimensions to our sound, and we can't wait for everyone to hear the band now.  Thanks for always supporting, and keep your ears open for a new Diamond Plate record in 2013!"

(Left to right: Konrad Kupiec, Mario Cianci, Matt Ares, Jim Nicademus)

See DIAMOND PLATE live at their final show of the year:

Dec. 29 - Cleveland, OH - House of Blues (w/ CHIMAIRA)

DIAMOND PLATE's debut album, GENERATION WHY?, is out now worldwide.  Get the album in North America at or in Europe at

GENERATION WHY? is also available on iTunes at

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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

AGONY LORDS' A Tomb for the Haunted Out ; Album Streaming On

A Tomb for the Haunted, the long awaited new album from Mexico's legendary AGONY LORDS, is now available on Chaos Records.   

To mark the band's return, is now streaming A Tomb for the Haunted in its entirety. Visit to listen.  

After a decade in the shadows the band returns with their most fully realized effort, one anchored in dark 'n powerful melodies and a mighty melo-death punch that in combination can only be termed Graveyard Occult Metal. A Tomb for the Haunted is a concept album consisting of 10 dark chapters extracted directly from the crypt.  

The album is available as a six-panel digipak with a 24-page booklet that includes artwork, history and lyrics for each track. A special limited edition version (500 copies) will also be available and includes bonus track "The Torture Never Stops" (W.A.S.P cover) and an exclusive bonus DVD with official videos; photo gallery; biography; the making of "The Spirit in the Tower" video; official bootlegs; and Unions recording sessions from 1992!  This is one album you don't want to miss!

Visit to order. 

Watch the official video for "The Spirit in the Tower" at this location

"...this is a good comeback for a band that probably should escape the obscurity they've so far existed in, and if you seek a melodic/death record with a clear difference from the heaps of At the Gates/Dark Tranquillity clones that usually clog this creative drainpipe, you've just found it." - From the Dust Returned 

The band formed in 1989 under the name of Ripping Flesh. Two tapes, a rehearsal demo and the demo tape Parallel Windows were released as well his last legacy under that name a 7 inch vinyl called Mercy on Mexican label Reborn Records, all of which are now collector's items. The last release in particular got great reviews by the underground press.
For the production of their first album the band evolves and changes its name to Agony Lords in 1992, thus creating a more complex and dark form of death metal and releasing three albums.  In 1993 Unions was released by Avanzada Metalica (later reissued by Oz Productions). Four years later the band's best work to date was released: The Sun of the Cursed under Oz Productions once again. Finally in 1999 Agony Lords releases Nihilist Passion on X Rated Records before disbanding.
In 2008 the band returns to the scene with the reissue of The Sun of The Cursed in a remastered version, this time with Mexican label The Art Records. The band plays some shows to support the release and due to the great reception from Agony Lords fans the band decides to record a new release A Tomb for the Haunted, soon to be released by Chaos Records. Graveyard Occult Metal is the only apt definition for a band that possesses this creativity. These lords of agony nowadays sound like the funeral embodiment that invokes the sound of VENOM, KING DIAMOND, SENTENCED and DEATH that one minute is haunting you with a doomed riff and the next grabbing your neck with a fast guitar attack, all wrapped in a feeling of hopelessness.


Acaro Tour With Killswitch Engage Kicks Off This Week, New disc streaming online

Massachusetts metallers Acaro will kick off their tour with Killswitch Engage and Shadows Fall as part of the KsE Tenth Anniversary "Alive or Just Breathing" Tour on Saturday, November 24th at the NOS Event Center.  

Acaro 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 nation. has posted a full album stream of Acaro's debut, The Disease of Fear for fans to check out before witnessing the band's face-melting live performance. Check it out at:

The Disease of Fear was released on October 2nd through Goomba Music. A video for the track "Becoming the Process" has been posted at this location.


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 - Guitar Chris Robinson - Guitars
Kevin Smith - Bass Jason Fitzgerald - Drums

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

FROSTHELM Self-Releases The Northwinds Rend Flesh EP

The Northwinds Rend Flesh EP from Minot, ND's FROSTHELM is a self-released slab of thrash with tinges of black metal mayhem that is brought to you from the middle of fucking nowhere. And it is available for purchase as a digital download now at:

The CD version will be available in the coming weeks. The Northwinds Rend Flesh EP comes highly recommended for fans of Dissection, Goatwhore, Old Metallica (1981-1986), Skeletonwitch, and Amon Amarth.

The Northwinds Rend Flesh
Reaping the Seeds of Corruption
Damage Over Time

Formed in 2009, FROSTHELM released a demo to much acclaim and have been steadily gaining momentum in local metal scenes. An appearance on TERRORIZER MAGAZINE's Fear Candy CD sampler in the September 2012 issue features a song off new EP The Northwinds Rend Flesh. They plan to continue writing a full length record, playing shows, and infecting the masses one by one, until all are under the banner of the almighty FROSTHELM.

Monday, November 26, 2012


The UK's Terrorrizer magazine is honouring British extreme metal record label Earache Records with a very special "Secret History of Earache" issue.

Earache is currently celebrating 25 years of bringing extreme music to the masses, and what better way to round off the year than with a fitting tribute from the UK's most extreme magazine.

Terrorizer's Secret History of Earache looks back at Earache's illustrious catalogue, examining classic albums from some of the biggest names in metal, revealing long-forgotten and hidden gems, and looking ahead to the label's new generation of talent.  Also included in the magazine are exclusive new interviews with MORBID ANGEL, NAPALM DEATH, AT THE GATES and CATHEDRAL, the true story of Earache in the words of its founder, Digby Pearson, and many photos from deep within the Earache archives.

Each copy of the magazine also includes a free compilation CD featuring rare and unreleased tracks, including a brand new EVILE cover of ENTOMBED's classic track "Drowned", plus the World's Shortest Album, which clocks in at less than one-and-a-half minutes.

Earache founder/owner Digby Pearson comments:

"Wow, twenty-five years of extreme metal already?  Not bad for a crazy fad which most pundits - and even some of the musicians involved - gave about twenty-five days, if that.  It really is a quite far-fetched tale of how a couple dozen noise-obsessed teenagers did actually leave a scar on the face of the global music scene.  This special edition of Terrorizer is dedicated to the early fans who made it all happen, and a thank you to the unseen army of Earache staffers who toiled behind the scenes, creating the careers of the pioneering bands in the extreme metal scene.  Stay heavy."

Terrorizer publisher Miranda Yardley comments:

"Terrorizer is proud to be able to have worked with Dig and Dan at Earache to produce the definitive documentary of the history of a great British label that changed the face of extreme music forever."

Terrorizer's Secret History of Earache will be available in shops this Thursday, 29th November, and will also be available from the Terrorizer website at

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Lizzy Borden will be celebrating thirty years of American metal 1983-2013

Lizzy Borden’s 30 years of American metal tour is a brand new show, created from the ground up just for this monumental 30 year anniversary. The new show will encompass songs from each and every Lizzy Borden record to date, including classic songs like "Me against the World", "American Metal", "Master of Disguise" Plus songs the band has never performed live.

The Band: 
Lizzy Borden
Joey Scott
Marten Andersson
Dario Lorina

Be sure to check out the 2012 Promo video

Upcoming tour dates and more information see the official websites:

Friday, November 23, 2012

Rög’s Talkin’ DrumZ Enlist your help to complete music TV Series!!!!

Minneapolis based,  MetalKast music video network announces their exciting new TV series Rög’s Talkin’ DrumZ.  Production for the first season is underway with a few episodes complete.  This new exciting television series aims to attract music fans and dedicated musicians. 

On November 5th 2012, Rög’s Talkin’ DrumZ started a Kickstarter fundraiser campaign to help complete  production for the first season.  The campaign will run through December 6th and offers fans and musicians great packages for your  pledge.  The Kickstarter campaign can be found here
Rög’s Talkin’ DrumZ  is one of MetalKast flagship shows aimed at rediscovering music television. Until recently, before shows like Metal Evolution and That Metal Show, we have had a void in “music video networks”, from music to non-music-related programming.  MetalKast has been testing web distribution for years. With support from record labels, artist promotion companies and the artists themselves, we are filling the void left by others.

In support for this Kickstarter project,  Rög’s Talkin’ DrumZ is making available for the first time it’s promotional DVDs, Blu-Ray, and HD digital formats available as gifts for supporting this project. Additionally offering numerous signed DVDs and drum sticks from these amazing players: Jeremy Spencer (Five Finger Death Punch), Mikkey Dee (Motorhead, King Diamond, Don Dokken), Bill Bruford (King Crimson, Earthworks, UK, Yes), Carl Palmer (Elp, Asia), Larry Paterson (Blaze Bayley, Chokehold), Bobby Rondinelli (Rainbow, Black Sabbath, BOC, The Lizards), Frankie Banali (Quiet Riot, W.A.S.P.), Mark Zonder (Fates Warning, Slavior, Warlord), Vinny Appice (Black Sabbath, DIO, WWIII), and Randy Black (Primal Fear, Bif Naked, Annihilator).
Rög’s Talkin’ DrumZ first full season will include Tobias Ralph (Adrian Belew, Crimson Projekct) and Pat Mastelotto (King Crimson, Stick Men), Bill Bruford (King Crimson, Yes), and Carl Palmer (ELP, Asia).

Filming major events in the drumming world have also included activity at Vic’s Drum Shop (Victor Salazar) with interviews, statements, and clinics from Terry Bozzio (Frank Zappa, UK, Missing Persons), Will Calhoun (Living Colour), Jimmy Chamberlin (The Smashing Pumpkins), Gavin Harrison (Iggy Pop, Ed Poole), Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater, Liquid Tension Experiment, Adrenaline Mob), Todd Sucherman (Stix), Paul Collier (Angel Corpse, Final Revenge), Jason Bittner (Shadows Fall), Derek Roddy (Hate Eternal, Nile), Charlie Benante (Anthrax), Chad Wackerman (Frank Zappa, Alan Holdsworth, Steve Vai), Hanna Ford (Bellevue Suite, Prince), Nathaniel Townsley (Stevie Wonder, Special EFX, Mariah Carey), and many more.
Additionally, RTD filmed interviews with famed photographer/drummer Rob Shanahan (Ringo Starr's Personal Photographer) and John Douglas (Alex Van Halen’s drum tech, custom drum builder, artist and drummer). Upcoming episodes include a feature on Larry Mullen’s tech/U2 crew chief Sam O’Sullivan


Wednesday, November 21, 2012

ANGER AS ART to Release Hubris Inc. on Old School Metal Records February 5th; New Song Streaming

Ironclad Thrash Metallers ANGER AS ART have announced that new album Hubris Inc. will be released on February 5 , 2013 via Old School Metal Records. ANGER OF ART founder and Veteran of the Metal Wars Steve Gaines (Abattoir, Bloodlust, Tactics, Bitch, Dreams of Damnation, Pagan War Machine) states that the band's fourth album, which follows the well-received Disfigure, offers the kind of vicious, memorably penned thrash/speed metal that fans have come to expect without simply retracing the steps taken on previous albums.   
Adding to the album's immense appeal is a range of special guest appearances. "Rage and Retribution" features Betsy Bitch on vocals, Jim Durkin (Dark Angel) on lead guitar and Timothy Gaines (Stryper) on bass. Steve Nelson (Evil Dead) contributes backing vocals on "The Evil You Create." And last but certainly not least, "Speed Kills," which features Mark Caro (Abattoir) on lead guitar, was actually written for Abattoir back in 1984 and is performed by all Abattoir members. It's the last opportunity to ever hear a new Abattoir song!

Hubris Inc. is a 14-song juggernaut of rage, frustration, and devastating Thrash Metal!

ANGER AS ART has just released a promotional video for album cut "Time Devours Life." Check it out at this location

1. Hubris Inc.
2. Time Devours Life
3. Gods of Hate
4. Anger is the Reason
5. Speed Kills
6. This is why I Hate
7. As the Exalted Seethe
8. Pearls Before the Swine
9. Divided We Fall
10. Head of the Snake
11. The Evil you Create
12. Pieces of Red
13. Rage and Retribution
14. Never Forgive Never Forget

Listenable Records To Release STICKY BOYS' This is Rock n' Roll November 26 in North America

Listenable Records have set November 26th as the release date for the debut from Paris-based rockers STICKY BOYS, entitled This is Rock n' Roll.

Album tracks "Bang that Head" and "Girls in the City" are streaming at

This is Rock n' Roll is a no-nonsense, scorching dose of sticky rockin explosiveness! Make no mistake about it; this IS high voltage, ass kickin' rock and roll! The album was recorded with engineer Francis Caste at the Studio Ste Marthe in Paris in the summer of 2011.  

This Is Rock'n'Roll (intro)
Rock'n'Roll Nation
Bang That Head
Great Big Dynamite
Girls In The City
Big Thrill
Miss Saturday Night
The World Don't Go Round
Night Rocker
Fat Boy Charlie
The Way To Rock'n'Roll

Sticky Boys was born in the summer of 2008 when Tom (drums) and Alex (guitar/ vocals) decided to put an end to all their ongoing musical projects basically.  They decided to give France something that has been missing for so long: a genuine and fuckin rock n' roll band! Soon, JB came to join them on bass and the group started their rockin' journey playing in clubs, pubs and even caves. They played everywhere they could in order to draw attention and generate more fans which worked successfully.   

After The Donnas and Nashville Pussy quickly took notice of this new raging and promising opening act, STICKY BOYS were asked to play live in an advert for the French national train company, which drew everyone in the attendance headbanging their heads off!. The ad caused real chaos nationally and increased the band 's ever growing fan base big time!. Many shows followed culminating into a furious appearance at HELLFEST in 2011 where people went berserk rocking out as if their lives depended on it.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

ORDEN OGAN: „To The End“ album enters Germany’s album chart at #41!

German  Melodic Power Metal masters ORDEN OGAN are the band of the hour: their critically acclaimed new album „To The End“ enters Germany’s official album chart at #41!

„Wow, this is awesome! We are overwhelmed by this news. A big “thank you” goes out to all those who supported ORDEN OGAN. We will celebrate now, but then it#s time for our final preparation for our tour with Luca Turilli’s RHAPSODY and Freedom Call, which will kick off these days. We hope to see many of you there”, singer/guitarist Seeb comments.

 For more on the new release check out episode 104 of Focus on Metal which features an interview with Seeb. That episode be found on iTunes,  at, or streamed here.

U.D.O. “Live In Sofia” preview-clip “Heart Of Gold” available!

On November 9th, the new live documents of German’s Metal icon#1, Udo Dirkschneider, and his band will be released. “Live In Sofia” also marks the end of an era somehow, as the stable U.D.O. lineup that performed together for many years will be shown for a last time. As it became public that guitarist Stefan Kaufmann will be no longer available for the band due to health reasons, “Live In Sofia” will be the last U.D.O. DVD with Stefan.

A preview clip for the song „Heart Of Gold“
is available now.

MASTERPLAN announce new vocalist and bassist!

Melodic Metal heroes MASTERPLAN are back with new line-up and big plans!
The new members are well known:

Swedish vocalist Rick Altzi (At Vance, Thunderstone) is the one to replace Jorn Lande. Altzi enjoys a fabulous reputation throught his works with numerous projects and bands.
MASTERPLAN’s new bass player  is another highly regarded musician: Jari Kainulainen (ex-Stratovarius/Evergrey).

„The last years have not been easy for Masterplan“, band leader Roland Grapow comments. “Because of several factors we have been unable to play festivals and tours - even though we had plenty of offers. But this will definitely change now. I’m very happy to welcome Rick and Jari on board now. Beside their undoubted musical qualities they both fit perfectly into our team. We feel a huge motivation to get things going now. 2013 will be see a new Masterplan album, several festivals and a tour! It’s time to return with full force“.

First confirmed MASTERPLAN gigs for 2013:
Wacken Cruise
Rocknacht Tennwilm (Switzerland)
Norfest (Portugal)
Masters Of Rock (Czech Republic)

Thursday, November 15, 2012


Nov. 14, 2012 Los Angeles/ San Francisco based Sledge Leather have begun writing material for their second full-length release, scheduled for 2013.    Leather Leone and Sandy Sledge have already written four new tracks out of the nine new songs scheduled for the “untitled” concept release.       

To expedite releasing new material, Sledge Leather started a Kickstarter fundraiser campaign on November 6th to help complete production for the release.  The campaign will run through December 18th and offers fans an opportunity to purchase some great items.  Some pledges include classic releases long out of print, new material, and Leather’s classic leather jacket dating back to the Rude Girl and her time before Chastain.  The Kickstarter campaign can be found here. 
Sledge Leather was embraced by media and radio contacts everywhere with impressive sales for “Imagine Me Alive” CD and DVD releases.   The Sledge Leather debut engulfs the listener in an onslaught of heavy metal that resurrects a classic HEAVY metal sound with Dio's former band members Scott Warren (keyboards), and Jimmy Bain (bass), who both return for the new release.

Before “Imagine Me Alive” it had been more than two decades since we embraced new material from  Leather Leone (Chastain, Rude Girl, Malibu Barbi) and drummer Sandy Sledge (Rude Girl, Malibu Barbi, Warbride) in their new project Sledge Leather.

Sledge explains “Imagine Me Alive shows the different ways that Leather’s voice can create music.” Leather adds, “This new record will kick that in the a** and take us further.”

Sledge Leather Kickstarter campaign can be found here

For more information, please visit:

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

OVERLORD Record Track For Upcoming METALLICA Tribute

Legendary cult Canadian metallers Overlord will be included in an upcoming Metallica tribute album titled, Puppet Masters - A Millennium Tribute to Metallica - 1983-2013 scheduled to be released on Versailles Records and is slated for later this year.

The selected song, "King Nothing," was recorded at Vyner Road Studio and engineered, mixed and produced by Elliott Sairan who has worked with Rush, Triumph, Jeff Beck, Alice Cooper among others.
Currently Overlord are working on new material and up to see a new release soon to follow up the 2010 release Back into the Dragon's Lair put out by Heaven and Hell Records.

To follow Overlord go to:

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Shadow Kingdom Records Signs CORSAIR

Charlottesville, Virginia-borne progressive rock/metal act CORSAIR has signed with Shadow Kingdom Records. The first order of business will be the release of the band's self-titled, full-length debut on January 21, 2013. 

Originally released by the band in April of this year, Corsair is an innovative and tuneful blend of 70's rock, prog and psychedelia. The album captured the attention of critics from around the world and will soon do the same to fans of heavy rock/metal everywhere. Consider Corsair the first contender for Best of 2013. 

The band is currently streaming material at this location

Visit CORSAIR on Facebook, ReverbNation or at for more. 

"Yep, everything I loved about the debut is still there. That fantastic dual lead harmony guitar work, the raw and roughened production, the faint NWOBHM DIY feeling, all the way down to the self-printed CD cover." - The Ripple Effect

"...for much of 'Corsair', it's the guitars responsible for driving the songs. Just as well, as Corsair has already proven their ability to write intricate and individualized material without losing sight of their technical appeal, and cuts like the classic pop-rocking "Falconer" seem to affirm this same penchant." The Obelisk

Born out of the hot embers of Charlottesville, VA's Black Sabbath annual tribute band, Mass Sabbath, Corsair formed in early 2008 with the purpose of writing progressive rock that would transcend space and time. Having endured the intensive training of of Mass Sabbath and most recently, Spinal Tap, Corsair has emerged with calloused fingers and a united, unbending will to unleash new found guitharmony powers onto the world of rock. Think Thin Lizzy, Iron Maiden and King Crimson.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Shadow Kingdom Records To Release DECEPTOR's Chains of Delusion In January

Shadow Kingdom Records has inked a deal with UK-based speed metal trio DECEPTOR for the release of the band's forthcoming MCD, Chains of Delusion

This six-song slab of progressive and aggressive thrash meets trad metal mastery comes on the heels of the band's 2011 self-released EP, Soothsayer, which Terrorizer called "modern, thrash-tinged metal at its very best."

The band has posted a video for the track Heatseeker at this location. The song is also streaming at

Chains of Delusion will be out on January 21, 2013 through Shadow Kingdom Records.

Label owner Tim McGrogan had this to say about DECEPTOR:

Where on earth are the good quality Thrash Metal bands of today hiding? We can't find them because there literally aren't any bands out there worth mentioning because it has all been done before until we found DECEPTOR! Deceptor resides in the U.K. where Thrash Metal barely existed even back in the heyday of the 1980's. They've been quietly putting some quality Heavy / Thrash metal out themselves and passing them around like it's still the 80's. If they did exist in the 80's they would have been underground legends back then because we simply cannot find bands that can do things the way Deceptor does on so many different levels. This band doesn't even for a second write anything that doesn't have you on the edge of your seat wanting more! That's going to be the biggest complaint about this EP, is that the fans will want more. We're not sure how they were able to put such a highly technical effort together, yet make it flow so effortlessly and catchy. We're scratching our heads over here wondering how in the world they pulled off such intricate, catchy song writing. They've taken the absolute best parts of Speed, Thrash, and Heavy metal from circa '80-'85 and put it all together in their own format. To describe what they sound like would almost be an insult to how good they are, but we can tell you to look at Paul Di'Anno era Maiden, "Rust in Piece" era Megadeth, and "Seven Churches" era Possessed and then try to wrap your head twice around that!

1. Transmission I
2. To Know Infinity
3. Heatseeker
4. Transmission II
5. Sentient Shackles
6. Walking Dust

Paul Fulda - Bass and Vocals
Sam Mackertich - Guitar and Vocals
James Ashbey - Drums

Monday, November 5, 2012

Famed Kreator/Celtic Frost Illustrator to Design New Hirax Album Cover

Philip Lawvere, the artist behind such classic album covers as KREATOR's Pleasure to Kill and CELTIC FROST's Emperor's Return, has come out of retirement and will design the as-yet-untitled new HIRAX album, which is scheduled for a Spring 2013 release. 

Lawvere had done stunning illustrations for numerous albums and is best known for a slew of thrash metal offerings released on Noise Records. HIRAX front man commented: 

"We couldn't be happier to have Philip Lawvere illustrating the cover of our new album; after getting Bill Metoyer to produce it, this is truly the icing on the thrash metal cake!" 

Visit Philip Lawvere's Facebook page to check out his work at

In other news, HIRAX is pleased to announce that new single "La Boca de la Bestia (The Mouth of the Beast)" is now the most downloaded song from the band in its storied history. Visit iTunes to buy it now at:

"La Boca de la Bestia (The Mouth of the Beast)" was recorded, produced and mastered by Bill Metoyer at Skull Seven Productions.

"La Boca de la Bestia" (The Mouth of the Beast)" details:

Part I: The Conquest - Guitar Intro
Part II: Thunder Roar
Part III: La Boca de la Bestia (The Mouth of the Beast)

Early Praise for "La Boca de la Bestia (The Mouth of the Beast)"

"Organic true metal!  Very good guitar work!  It shreds and kills!
- Juan Garcia (Agent Steel, Evildead)

"I can't decide if I like the headbanging part at the intro better or the heads-down, double bass thrash attack that comes afterwards. Great chorus, great guitar solo section! This is a thrash metal classic for sure! A no-remorse killer! I'm still snarling the chorus under my breath!  - Willie A. Gee (Megadeth veteran guitar tech)

HIRAX is: 
Katon W. De Pena (vocals) 
Lance Harrison (lead guitars) 
Steve Harrison (bass guitar) 
Jorge Iacobellis (drums) 
Mike Guerreo (lead guitars) 

Sunday, November 4, 2012

The Horde Announce Their New Drummer

Illinois-based Vikings thrashers THE HORDE has officially added drummer Travis Scudder to their lineup. The 20-year-old skin-basher has stepped in to replace the recently departed James Whitehurst, who left the band for personal reasons. Scudder also plays with Rock Island, Illinois black metal outfit SEPT OF MEMNON.   

THE HORDE are currently working furiously on material for their next epic slab of Viking Thrash to be released in CD and vinyl format in the fall of 2013 by Abyss Records.

Stay tuned to for updates.   

THE HORDE was formed in 2006 and released their debut album From Empire to Ashes via Scenester Credential Records in June of 2008. The band's second album, Thy Blackened Reign,which was released in 2011, was engineered, mixed and mastered by John Hopkins and John Svec at Minstrel Studios in Iowa City, IA using old school technology married with new school production values.

Earlier this year, THE HORDE released a video for the track "Odin's Blood," taken from Thy Blackened Reign. Check it out at this location.

Friday, November 2, 2012


What follows is the statement from Suicide Silence's label Nuclear Blast

2012-11-02 - It is with great sadness and regret this morning that we have to report that Mitch Lucker, vocalist of SUICIDE SILENCE, passed away a few hours ago due to injuries sustained during a motorcycle accident. 

NUCLEAR BLAST would like to offer our condolences to his family, friends, band members and fans worldwide who are affected by this loss. 

He left us doing what he loved to do most. He was 28 years old and will be sorely missed.

The band has made the following statement official via its Facebook page:
“There's no easy way to say this. Mitch passed away earlier this morning from injuries sustained during a motorcycle accident.
This is completely devastating to all of us and we offer our deepest condolences to his family. He will be forever in our hearts. R.I.P. Mitchell Adam Lucker - We Love You Brother“

Fans are encouraged to share their memories, photos of Mitch and condolences on the band’s official Facebook page:

Thursday, November 1, 2012

MAELSTROM's It Was Predestined Out Now on Itchy Metal Entertainment

Originally released to the underground in 2009, MAELSTROM's It Was Predestined is now available in digital format via Los Angeles' Itchy Metal Entertainment (IME). 

Few self-released EPs have been met with the kind of critical acclaim and fan reception as It Was Predestined. Famed music journalist Martin Popoff called the release "A symphony of progressiveness the likes of which has pretty much never been articulated, invented, or heard, before now," and world renowned publications such as Terrorizer, Metal Hammer and all sang MAELSTROM's praises upon the EP's release. 

When MAELSTROM signed with IME earlier this year, it seemed only natural for the EP to be offered once again to metal fans around the world. Visit to order your copy today. 

Check out this video of MAELSTROM guitarist and Julliard guest lecturer Joey Lodes in the studio demoing solos for the EP.  
For more on MAELSTROM, visit

International Critical Praise for It Was Predestined

 Named in the Top two Unsigned Bands Worldwide - Terrorizer   

Demo of the Month, January 2009 - Rock Hard

"Fusing a dizzying array of styles - death, power, thrash and prog-metal - with cinematic elements, jaw-dropping musicality and Gary Vosganian's eccentric, staccato vocals, cult New York band Maelstrom have ended a two-decade hiatus to present something thunderously unique." - Metal Hammer
A symphony of progressiveness the likes of which has pretty much never been articulated, invented, or heard, before now.- Martin Popoff - Editor in Chief BWBK

"This band is on their way to becoming the next big thing." - Metal Asylum
"Pagan/folk/viking/whatever metal has fallen out of favor since it momentarily exploded onto the scene in 2008-2009, but every so often a band in that micro-genre comes along that piques our interest. Long Island crew MaelstroM have some of the trademarks of that genre - vocals that occasionally soar, fantasy-themed artwork, keyboards - but theirs is a brand that's distinctly thrashier and a whole lot less cheesy than most of what we hear. Great guitar work, too." - Metal Sucks

"These tracks will leave you breathless...their power is undeniable" - The Gauntlet

"It Was Predestined is a flattering combination of old school and new school power, and it works surprisingly well." - Metal Review   

"Maelstrom is not your typical power metal act and It Was Predestined is going to strike a nerve with classic fans." - Teeth of the Divine

"MaelstroM are not only back, they're stronger than ever and dedicated to bringing their wildly inventive brand of metal to a new generation of listeners." - Ultimate Guitar

"Maelstrom are a mean and snarly power metal band, and they aren't afraid to keep things raw instead of sparkly." - Unrestrained!

"If you love huge, massively melodic metal with an off the wall touch, 'It Was Predestined' is worth a listen." - Chronicles of Chaos