Midnight have inked a new worldwide deal with Metal Blade . A 7”/digital single for the title track to their impending new record “Rebirth By Blasphemy” has recently been released. The full-length will drop early next year. Continue reading
Currently on the road with Cattle Decapitation, Carnifex, The Faceless, and more for Summer Slaughter Tour 2019, Rivers of Nihil will head back out on tour in the USA this fall, this time joining Fit For An Autopsy, Lorna Shore and Dyscarnate! See below for all upcoming dates. Continue reading
Metal Blade Records is proud to announce the signing of long-time running NWOBHM legends Satan to its roster.
The heavy metal quintet has signed a multiple album deal with Metal Blade and has just finished recordings for their tentative new album to be released during the second half of 2018!
Comments Satan: “Metal Blade is part of Satan‘s past and we are super excited for it to be part of our future. It seems so fitting, it’s hard to imagine another label that could give us a better platform for our music today.”
While standard bearers of the NWOBHM movement and responsible for ’83’s seminal Court In the Act and ’87’s Suspended Sentence, with their tentative new album Satan make it abundantly clear that in 2018 they are not interested in simply capitalizing on past glories. Comprised of 10 tracks of searing metal, it is blatantly and profoundly the work of the Newcastle upon Tyne natives at their very best, infusing their signature sound with a more raw, wild and spontaneous vibe than they showcased on 2015’s mighty Atom By Atom, in the process displaying more passion and energy than slews of bands half their age.
Having reunited in 2012 and returned to touring duty, Satan – comprised of six-stringers Russ Tippins and Steve Ramsey, bassist Graeme English, drummer Sean Taylor and vocalist Brian Ross – once more proved their collective mettle with 2013’s Life Sentence and follow-up Atom By Atom, both records critically acclaimed and maintaining the high standards of their earlier releases. With such a powerful collection in their hands the band were unsurprisingly eager to take it on the road, and they once again had successful tours and festival runs in Europe, North America and South America, culminating with a slot opening for Pentagram in Helsinki, which Tippins counts as a true honor.
Satan will unleash their latest batch of classical Heavy Metal songs in the second half of 2018. Be prepared for one of the best Metal albums of the year and stay tuned for more information about it!
Brian Ross – Vocals
Russ Tippins – Guitars
Steve Ramsey – Guitars
Graeme English – Bass
Sean Taylor – Drums
Accuser is a German thrash metal band that has been criminally underrated. Accuser deserves to be right up their with their fellow German thrash metal counterparts, Kreator and Destruction. Why this band isn’t as well known as those is a fucking crime! Don’t believe me? Well, go check out their other ELEVEN albums and you’ll understand. As much of their early sound is rooted in the speed/crossover/ thrash sound, this album ditches the first two and focuses completely on thrash.
The album’s first single “Mission Missile” sets the table for the thrash feast you’re about to consume. Neck whipping riffs and gruff vocals which fit the music beautifully. Crisp, clean, face punching production, whether it be the chugging of the song “Solace in Sorrow” or the pit starter “Into the Black”, you get everything and more. The albums closer, fittingly titled the name of the album, “The Mastery” is fitting here because they do let you know that they have mastered pure thrash metal!
Kudos goes to Metal Blade Records for putting out their last two albums! If you like Bay Area thrash mixed together with classic German thrash (I mean who wouldn’t!), do yourself a favor and check out Accuser’s new album “The Mastery”! You absolutely not be disappointed!
Author: John Adams
France’s Igorrr have confirmed that they will embark on a brief tour of North America in early 2018 in support of their latest album and Metal Blade Records debut, Savage Sinusoid. The shows include stops in Montreal, New York, Mexico City, and more. The complete listing of dates can be found below.
Igorrr spent their summer on tour with performances in Israel and Turkey, as well as shows all over Europe in clubs and at notable fests: Dour Festival, Hellfest, UK Tech Fest, Brutal Assault, and more. For a preview of the group’s unique brand of sonic maelstrom, check out their Dour Festival performance in its entirety below.
Igorrr‘s Gautier Serre comments on the upcoming tour: “This will be our first time in America and we have no idea how people will react to our music, this is very exciting, we cannot wait to blast some harpsichord and accordion in the American continent!”
Due to high demand, more vinyl has been pressed and made available for Savage Sinusoid. European imported pale blue marbled vinyl is available in limited quantities at Indiemerch here:indiemerch.com
Igorrr tour dates
Jan. 31 – Montreal, QC – Petit Campus
Feb. 1 – Toronto, ON – Mod Club
Feb. 2 – Philadelphia, PA – Voltage Lounge
Feb. 3 – Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall
Feb. 4 – New York, NY – Highline Ballroom
Feb. 6 – Chicago, IL – Reggies
Feb. 9 – Mexico City, MX – Circo Volador*
Feb. 10 – Guadalajara, MX – C3 Stage*
Feb. 12 – Los Angeles, CA – Echoplex*
Death metal is alive and well in 2017 and if you don’t believe me, then just listen to the new Cannibal Corpse album, Red Before Black. Even being the 14th studio album the death metal legends have put out, it still sounds as fresh and brutal as ever. The first few seconds of the albums intro, “Only One Will Die”, will let you know exactly what you are about to experience. Whether you’ve been a fan from day one, or are just discovering the band, there’s something for everyone on this record. The plodding slow grind of the albums first single, “Code Of The Slasher”, is like taking a belt sander to the face of the undead.
While songs like “Firestorm Vengeance” and “Corpus Delicti” have thrashy guitars that really wouldn’t be out of place on a record like Slayer’s classic “Reign in Blood”. George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher lays down great vocal patterns, while the guitar duo of death metal veterans Pat O’Brien and Rob Barrett just crush this album with riff after riff. The drumming is nothing great nor terrible. It drives the songs without being overly fancy, like any good death metal drummer should. Paul Mazurkiewicz has set the bar for how a death metal drummer should play. Alex Webster is an ageless wonder, he plays bass like few death metal bassists do, and this is a good thing. Another one of the good things about this record is the song lengths.
With the longest song, Code Of The Slashers at 4:46, this album doesn’t have much time for filler. Straight to the point, get in, kill everything, and leave. The way good death metal should be. So do yourself a favor, new and old fans alike. Buy this album, play it loud and bang your head! – John Adams
Be sure to catch Cannibal Corpse on their upcoming tour with Gatecreeper & Power Trip
11/03/2017 Mavericks – Jacksonville, FL
11/04/2017 Vinyl Music Hall – Pensacola, FL
11/05/2017 Saturn – Birmingham, AL
11/06/2017 New Daisy Theater – Memphis, TN
11/08/2017 Trees – Dallas, TX
11/09/2017 White Oak – Houston, TX
11/10/2017 Mohawk – Austin, TX
11/12/2017 Club Red – Phoenix, AZ
11/13/2017 The Observatory – Santa Ana, CA
11/14/2017 Slim’s – San Francisco, CA
11/15/2017 Slim’s – San Francisco, CA
11/17/2017 Neumos – Seattle, WA
11/18/2017 Hawthorne Theater – Portland, OR
11/19/2017 Knitting Factory – Boise, ID
11/20/2017 The Complex – Salt Lake City, UT
11/22/2017 Summit – Denver, CO
11/24/2017 Thalia Hall – Chicago, IL
11/25/2017 St. Andrews Hall – Detroit, MI
11/26/2017 Agora Ballroom – Cleveland, OH
11/28/2017 Royale – Boston, MA
11/29/2017 Stage 48 – New York, NY
11/30/2017 TLA – Philadelphia, PA
12/01/2017 Broadberry – Richmond, VA
12/02/2017 The Tarheel – Jacksonville, NC
12/03/2017 Pete’s – Greensboro, NC
12/05/2017 Mercury Ballroom – Louisville, KY
12/06/2017 Exit/In – Nashville, TN
12/07/2017 Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
12/08/2017 The Orpheum – Tampa, FL
Ravage formed back in 1996 on a mission to bring traditional, rockin’, kick-ass heavy metal and thrash excitement back to the masses. Though the band has endured endless line-up changes throughout it’s storied history, the core group of singer
Al Ravage, his brother lead guitarist Eli Firicano, and second lead guitarist Nick Izzo has been together since the year 2000. The current line-up is rounded out by bassist Tommy Grimaldi and drummer Derek Jay (SEAX, Motorhead Tribute band BOMBER).
2016 finds Ravage hard at work in the studio and on the live circuit playing local shows in the New England area and writing and recording songs for their follow-up to the band’s “The End Of Tomorrow” album which was released on Metal Blade Records in late 2009.
Ravage’s latest offering “Return Of The Spectral Rider” is a complete re-recording of the band’s limited 2005 release “Spectral Rider” and is now available worldwide on CD, Vinyl and digital download formats independently on the band’s own label – Society For World Wide Ravage Recordings. The record features 12 tracks of original blazing metal as well as all new art by Tim Jacobus (famous for his work on the GOOSEBUMPS novels).
How did you first get in to music? Who turned you onto rock/metal?
My parents always played music in the house when I was growing up and sent me and my brothers to music lessons at an early age. hey mostly listened to classical music so I didn’t get to hear a lot of rock music until I discovered MTV in the late 80’s.My brothers and I would record videos from Skid Row, Alice Cooper, Tom Petty etc from the TV onto cassettes using our little Fisher Price tape recorder. The first albums I remember getting were the California Raisins soundtrack and the Labamba sountrack when I was about five years old. That was the beginning of getting into guitar-oriented music. I remember wanting to learn the guitar so I could be as cool as Alice Cooper, so I asked my parents to get me one and they got me a low-level starter electric guitar, but that never panned out. I never made it past the first few Mel Bay guitar chords and the thing just collected dust. Later on when I was eleven or twelve, I traded the guitar to my older brother when he was trying to join a punk band and in exchange he gave me a copy of Metallica’s self-titled album which we used to listen to while playing Dungeons and Dragons..Real nerd stuff! From that point on the metal album collecting began to snowball and I got into more bands.
How did you become a vocalist? Are you proficient in any other instruments?
After giving up the guitar, I always wanted to be the drummer of a metal band and be cool like Nicko McBrain of Iron Maiden (who Nick our guitarist occaisionally refers to as Neeko McBrian. I think his brain must find it hard to believe that McBRAIN is an actual name, and come to think of it, I find it kind of weird myself. Anyway, we could never find a competent singer who was into singing melodies but also liked metal, and so I sort of fell into the singing part of it. I really wasn’t a great drummer either and I wasn’t very good at singing and playing drums, but I had to do that for a long time because we had a terrible time finding a drummer too. That held back the band’s development for a long time.
What was the local scene in Massachusetts like in the beginning, was there a particular band you aspired to be like, favorite local bands back then, favorite local bands now?
Well Extreme, the funk metal hair band is from Malden our home town. They are the biggest hard rock act to come from the area, but they never really inspired us. We liked that one song they had “Come Out and Play” but it was way before our time. When we were starting out, there not only was no local metal scene, there was no national scene. Metal was not played on the radio or MTV. It was the mid 90’s and metal was looked down upon by the mainstream. Only a few midnight radio shows were still playing metal and more extreme metal was dominating the underground so almost no one was playing traditional or power metal in the USA, just Twisted Tower Dire and a handful of other bands and they weren’t anywhere close to us. So we played with Ska bands, Punk bands…Alternative bands…whoever we could, wherever we could… house parties, backyards, schools and eventually clubs. In the early to mid 2000’s we got to play some shows with local metal legends Meliah Rage and Steel Assassin, but they didn’t play all that regularly and if they did, they left on tours, so there still wasn’t much of a scene until local promoters started putting things together like the ones who run the Metal Thursdays series at Ralph’s Diner in Worcester MA – the longest running all metal show series in the country. Things have changed a lot since then. There are a lot more trad metal bands and thrash bands out there and even some that are touring regularly.
Has there been times when drugs and alcohol were beneficial to the band?
We’ve never been much of a drug band. We’ve had a lot of band members come through, and a few that were into some chemicals of the more mind-expanding variety, but never anything too hardcore thankfully. I do believe in the decriminalization of all drugs because I don’t think imprisoning people for using drugs makes any sense, but I don’t think hardcore drugs like heroin or crack are good for anyone either. I’ve known a few people whose lives have been destroyed by drugs and alcohol and heroin in particular is becoming a big problem in our country. As far as alcohol goes, a couple of the guys in the band are into home brewing and we have some good times with it but it’s important not to let things get out of hand.
How would you best describe your sound?
We try to stay within the bounds of traditional heavy metal but we have influences from a lot of the sub-genres within it. We have influences from thrash, speed metal, NWOBHM, power metal, doom metal, and even some death and black metal influence. I would say the closest thing we sound to musically is a mixture of Metal Church, Iron Maiden and early Metallica. Vocally I sing more in a mid-range with some occassional high parts, low parts and power screams. We really just try to make things “not-boring” that’s the goal musically – to have different levels of meaning, layers and nuances in the music so you can get something new out of the music with repeated listens.
Do you think having to do ticket pre-sales is the same thing as pay to play?
If the promoter forces you to buy tickets in order to play the show then you are, in essence, “paying to play”. If the promoter asks you to sell advance tickets and lets you play the show, you should try to sell the tickets as a courtesy to the promoter. The band does have some responsibility to help promote and get people to the show.
What was the first music you bought and what have you bought more than once?
The first album I ever actually paid for myself with money was Iron Maiden’s “The Number of The Beast”. That was on cassette. I probably bought the CD of that twice and then downloaded it off itunes because I was too lazy to find the cd to make a rip of it or I lent it to someone or scratched it up irreparably… There are plenty of albums that I have purchased remasters of, or the vinyl version or cassette etc. Too many to name.
DIY forever or signing with a label at first opportunity?
Both have their advantages and disadvantages. A label is just someone with money who is willing to help you in exchange for being paid back a percentage…how much can they help? How much money/influence do they have, and how much do they want in exchange for their help?
Whats the biggest show you have played so far and do you still get nervous before a gig?
I’ve never gotten nervous before shows – not in the sense of having a fear of making mistakes etc. I know things will go wrong…some things will go right. None of it matters as long as the audience is having a good time. I just get very excited before shows and try to focus on what I have to do to put on an entertaining show for people. When you hit the stage it is a trance-like experience, a kind of demonic possession. You’re possessed by the spirit of metal and it’s all a good time from there. The “biggest” show we’ve played was The Swordbrother’s Festival in Germany. It was a small festival – a few hundred people, but all true metalheads and a great time. We also played the small stage at The Magic Circle Festival in Germany, but I think we probably played to less people at that.
Is commercial rock radio dead?
I hope so. I don’t really care. Most of the mainstream rock music they have played on the radio…going back to the early 90’s when I got into metal has been uninspired crap. So who cares if they stop playing it.
Favorite songs on the new album and why?
My favorite songs to listen to are “Turn The Screw”, “Wake The Dead” and “Bring Down The Hellhammer”… I just like the tunes and the guitar solos are awesome. My favorite songs to play live are “The Wicked Way” and “The King Forgotten” because they have low vocals and a lot of instrumental passages so they are a break for me ha ha.
Out of all your songs which one touches you the most when you perform it?
“The Wicked Way” gets me going because it not only has very rockin’ exciting music, but it has some quieter parts, some sort of mood changes, and the lyrics are a warning about the evils of the world.
Are there any political or social issues hidden in Ravage songs ?
Ya, there are a lot of them. Almost every lyric – even the more fantasy based one is dealing with some kind of inequity in the real world, some sort of evil or injustice and hopefully a way or rectifying that.
What was the process of putting the songs in order?
Hmmm, well “this sounds good next to that… fade out ending should be followed by something that jumps out at you… faster song follows a slower song…best songs early and late…” it’s not an exact science, but there is some formula to it.
What endorsements do you have and what endorsements do you still want?
We have never had an official endorsement. There are products and instruments we’ve always liked and used but they’ve never reached out to us and we’ve never reached out to them. So it’s nice not to be beholden to anyone and have to play some particular instrument. It would be nice if some company paid us a million bucks to use their stuff, but I don’t see it happening. I’d like a Sam Adams beer endorsement maybe… we’ve given them enough money over the years.
Bands you would love to tour with and musician or artist you would like to meet and interrogate?
It would have been nice to meet Ronnie James Dio before he died. I’m sure he had a lot of cool stories having been in rock since… basically the beginning of rock. Obviously opening for Iron Maiden or Metallica would be the ultimate tour, but we’d take a tour with anyone really. As long as there are people to play to, we’ll play. We’ve played plenty of empty gigs over the years – especially in the earliest days, so I feel privileged whenever we have an audience to play to.
Song to be played at your funeral and 3 albums to take to your grave?
Life’s for the living and deaths for the dead, so they can play whatever the crowd wants to hear at my funeral, I won’t be able to hear it so who cares? I’m more concerned with the music I can listen to while I’m still above ground. In the case that there are some musically inclined gravediggers though, I’ll take Judas Priest’s “Painkiller”, Iron Maiden’s “Fear of The Dark” and Running Wild’s “Rogues En Vogue”… that list changes hour to hour though.
Final thoughts, shout outs, dirty jokes?
Check out our new release “Return Of The Spectral Rider” on CD, vinyl and digital wherever music is sold these days. Come out to our shows if you are in the New England area or in Germany next year we are playing at the Headbangers Open Air fest, and stay tuned at our website www.RavageTheEarth.com we are working on a new double album.
Thanks for the interview.
Hexx, the legendary Bay Area Power/Thrash Metal act, will release its comeback album entitled “Wrath Of The Reaper” on September 15, 2017, on High Roller Records. Cover artwork of the album was painted by Roberto Toderico, Italian artist known from cooperation with bands such as SINISTER, ASPHYX and TYGERS OF PAN TANG. The album has been produced by Bart Gabriel (CRYSTAL VIPER, BURNING STARR), recorded and mixed by Tim Narducci (FORBIDDEN, MILITIA), and mastered by Patrick W. Engel (DESTRUCTION, AGENT STEEL). “Wrath Of The Reaper” will be available as CD, vinyl LP and digital download. Continue reading