Ouch…I get totally bummed out if a bar I am playing in isn’t packed out or if people aren’t interested. I couldn’t imagine being on top of the hill back in the 80′s and now playing for 40 people in an empty arena. The original article says “Karma Continues” but I won’t go there. I think its more of the sad State America is in with live bands. They just don’t care anymore. Metal still rules overseas. Maybe we should all just move over there?
Todd Owens chats with with Master bassist and vocalist Paul Speckmann
Master is a death metal band formed in Chicago, USA in 1983 as the band Warcry fell apart. However, the band was put on hold due to internal problems shortly after its inception. Paul Speckmann then formed the band Death Strike, which in 1985 he renamed to Master.
In 1985 Master obtained a record deal with Combat Records and recorded an album, which was not released until 2003 by Displeased Records as Unreleased 1985 album. In 1990 the band was signed by the German label Nuclear Blast Records, who also had contracted Speckmann’s other band Abomination.
The actual debut album of Master, titled simply Master, was recorded twice; first with Mittelbrun on guitars and Schmidt on drums. This recording was not accepted by the record company Nuclear Blast. Hence it was re-recorded with Nickeas (drums) and Martinelli (guitar), which was eventually released as the Speckmann Project in 1991. The first recording was released under the name Master in 1990.
In 1991, the second album was released: On the Seventh Day God Created … Master, featuring Paul Masvidal on lead guitar, followed by the Collection of Souls in 1993 both on Nuclear Blast. Thereafter their record deal ended and Master went on hiatus to find a new record label. Five years layer, Faith Is in Season was released on Pavement Music. Speckmann then focused on several other projects, including the resurrected Abomination and eventually joined the Czech band Krabathor, for which Speckmann relocated to the Czech Republic. In 2002 the next album was released, titled Let’s Start a War on System Shock, which also contracted Krabathor. In 2004 Spirit of the West followed. Master then switched labels again, to the German label Twilight Vertrieb and released Four More Years of Terror in 2005. The album Slaves to Society was released in May 2007. The band embarked on a European tour in May and June 2007, followed by yet another tour with Chicago legend Lividity beginning on September 8, 2007 until September 30, 2007. Slaves to Society has been re-released on Ibex Moon Records in Pennsylvania in September 2008. The spring of 2009 found the band touring successfully for 38 days playing 30 shows across the European continent. The US version of Master toured in July 2009 for 21 shows in Americ
Rob Zombie–who recently won the Best Live Band award at the 2014 Revolver Golden Gods–covered Metallica’s classic “Enter Sandman” during his band’s concert at the Myrtle Beach House of Blues on April 29th
Sacramento, CA modern death metal juggernaut, THE KENNEDY VEIL, have released a new video clip of guitarist Kc Childers performing a play through of “In the Ashes of Humanity.” The track is taken from their crushing debut album, Trinity of Falsehood, which saw a release on Jan 21, 2014 via Unique Leader Records.
Produced by Nick Botelho at NB Recording in Santa Rosa, California and featuring the debut of vocalist, Taylor Wientjes, Trinity Of Falsehood is the band’s most technically precise, conceptually captivating and indisputably brutal material to date. Trinity of Falsehood can now be streamed in it’s entirety at this location.
Upcoming Live Dates for THE KENNEDY VEIL:
06/06 – The Red House – Walnut Creek, CA (w/ Aegaeon, The Zenith Passage)
“THE KENNEDY VEIL has thrown down the death metal gauntlet for years to come. Trinity Of Falsehood is a scorcher…” – Dead Rhetoric
“The high speed and furious intensity that the band provides on Trinity of Falsehood easily reminds one of band’s such as Hour of Penance, Psycroptic and Origin, and this especially so with the ease of fusion of technicality, brutality and melody…,” – Heavy Metal Tribune
“The thing that… separates THE KENNEDY VEIL from the pack is the fact that there are definite hooks among the relentless displays of technical prowess…” – Knac.com
“Combining an undercurrent of evil with the new-school ideal for technicality, THE KENNEDY VEIL really exemplifies what modern death metal is/should be moving towards… This is the type of death metal you happily put on repeat.” — Decoy Music
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Now that the metal world has calmed down a bit following Angela Gossow’s departure from Arch Enemy, we can take the time to settle in with new vocalist Alissa White-Gluz. When the band premiered its first song/video with White-Gluz, Gossow’s departure was still very recent news. But its been over a month now, so we can listen to the band’s newest track from War Eternal knowing that White-Gluz has got this. Capital Chaos TV has premiered “As The Pages Burn” and it’s another solid track from upcoming album, due out June 10 on Century Media.
Organizer of the Denver Black Sky have announced the second installation of the festival, appropriately dubbed Denver Black Sky II. This year’s event will take place August 2nd and 3rd at the Gothic Theatre and Moe’s BBQ and feature the following lineup
Day 1 – August 2nd, 2014
In The Company Of Serpents
Vale of Pnath
Ghosts of Glaciers
The Xiphoid Process
Day 2 – August 3rd, 2014
Zombie Hate Brigade
Admission is $50 for two-day passes. More information can be found here.