Just gonna leave this message from KREATOR here as it certainly speaks for itself:
Unfortunately, due to venue availability, we were unable to reschedule our performance in Oberhausen. However, we are excited to announce our return to Essen for a very special hometown show.
Tickets are on sale now at www.stateofunresttour.com
*Tickets bought prior to the tour reschedule remain valid*Add to My Radar
Well, this was a fun one. There are many blood flinging thrash albums that have kicked our asses here and back again over the years, but which one has the best opening track of all time?
We asked a wide range of scene folks for their opinions. Prong, Exhumed, Psychic Hit, High Command, Titan To Tachyons, Crisis, Walking Bombs, Filth Is Eternal, Bad Wolves, Hororhaus, Stormland, Gridfailure, Luna 13, Extinction A.D., The End A.D. members and alumni plus our pal Drewdas Priest all chime in with thoughts.Add to My Radar
Jeff Becerra, of formative death and thrash metal band Possessed, has walked again thanks to robotic legs for the first time in thirty years since an armed robbery in 1989 left him paralyzed from the chest down. In the decades since, Jeff has performed in a wheelchair and lived life that way.
The Seven Churches, Beyond The Gates and Revelations Of Oblivion main man shared a clip of himself in a medical facility during the personal moment.
Sending horns to Jeff today!Add to My Radar
KRISIUN are one of the most reliable bands in metal and today we are gifted with a new six minute perfect storm of inarguably metal as fuck death thrash full of moment after insane moment. Wickedly relentless drums, red hot mini-solo blasts, snarled death vocals of defiance…it’s all here! Check out “Scourge Of The Enthroned” from this underground veteran band of lifers below. Keeping the Brazilian metal flame proudly burning hot, bright and high!
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We got a new EXODUS tune for you, a ripping nasty bastard of an anthem that arrived a few days ago called “The Beatings Will Continue (Until Morale Improves)”. Zetro sounds positively inhabited by demons on this speed fest and Gary proves again he writes some of the most aggressive riffs in thrash. We have all been rooting for Tom Hunting, so it is nice to hear some explosive new music from the group’s forthcoming Persona Non Grata release to, uh, improve morale.
I can’t believe it has been so fucking long since Blood In, Blood Out already! Seven years?!! The album artwork reminds me of like Signs Of The Swarm and Pathology hung out with Sodom for a weekend of mutilating and mutating, so I guess that can go with some Exodus vibes as they have never had just one look to their records other than you see it and know “this shit is gonna be metal”.
The new album is out November 19th via Nuclear Blast.
Watch the music video for “The Beatings Will Continue (Until Morale Improves)” at https://nblast.de/Exodus-TBWC-YT
Album artwork by Par Olofsson.Add to My Radar
We are very sad to convey that the energetic, funny and incredible Mike Howe of METAL CHURCH has died.
The band posted the following yesterday: “It is with our deepest regrets that we must announce the passing of our brother, our friend and true legend of heavy metal music. Mike Howe passed away this morning at his home in Eureka, California. We are devastated and at a loss for words. Please respect our privacy and the Howe family’s privacy during this most difficult time.”
Mike Howe was Metal Church‘s vocalist between 1988 and 1995, and then again between 2015 and present day.
Our resident biggest Metal Church fanatic Andrew Johann Datoush (‘Drewdas Priest’), who covered the band for us a few times over the last decade, has some touching words about Mike:
I am absolutely devastated right now and I can’t believe that I’m actually having to write this. This sucks so much. The metal world lost a true giant today. An incredible front man with a voice unlike any others. I’ve said it many times over the years that METAL CHURCH was always a top favorite band, even with all their singer changes over the years, I always remained a hardcore fan. The Mike Howe albums were especially instrumental in converting me to the ‘Church’ when I picked up my first album of theirs on a whim at our local FYE Store. That first album for me was Blessing In Disguise , and that opening track “Fake Healer” immediately smacked me in the face and hit like no other band I was listening to at the time ever had before.
I recall getting it shortly after I had entered the 8th grade. I remember that well because it was Mrs. Cooke, my 8th grade science teacher, who started writing me up for listening to music in class rather than listening to her go on about whatever the hell she was talking about. From there, I got every album I could get my hands on, which at the time weren’t very many. A couple with David Wayne singing, but the Mike Howe albums were the ones that really did it for me at the time, and those were sadly limited to only a few albums. (We didn’t start getting METAL CHURCH albums again til the mid 2000s, but nothing involving Mike’s voice again til 2016!).
I was fortunate to meet Mike Howe a few times over the years, and he was always a pleasure to be around. Always willing to stop and shoot the shit with fans, take pictures, and even be accepting of that overgrown starstruck fanboy who went right in for the hug immediately upon meeting him. I had no idea I was even doing it until we were right in the midst of it, and he laughed it off, patted me on the back and joked “so this is how we’re doing this, huh?” Really funny moment for me that made my awkwardness in meeting him ok.
The next time I met him, it was the Nuddy in Poughkeepsie. They were having a pre-show meal. I was finishing up and paying my bill when I saw them, and walked past just saying hello, and when Mike looked up, I jokingly said “I’ll get you on that repeat hug later”, which he laughed at, and he mentioned it to me again later after the show when I went up to get some merch signed. “I guess you’re here for that hug, right?” So, I guess that kinda sums up my personal relationship with Mike. Grow up idolizing his band, eventually see him when he comes back to the scene, make an awkward but hilarious first impression, meet him every time he’s in town since, and have a series of jokes about an awkward hug every time we met since. While I am deeply saddened that the party is over, I’m overly thankful to at least have been accepted into the party at all. Mike Howe was a tremendous talent that leaves behind a hell of a legacy. – AJD 7/26/21
— Todd La Torre (@ToddLaTorre) July 27, 2021
So sorry to hear of the passing of Mike Howe from @metalchurchis1 I can’t say I knew him well, but I did spend a weekend with him and the band in the studio while they were recording his first album with the band (Blessing In Disguise) back in 1988. Gone way too soon #RIPMikeHowe pic.twitter.com/EpzuSR8nFz
— Mike Portnoy 🤘 (@MikePortnoy) July 27, 2021
— Don Jamieson (@realdonjamieson) July 27, 2021
So #sad to hear the #terrible news of the passing of the one and only #MikeHowe of @metalchurchis1. Such a big loss!
What a great guy and fantastic singer! You will be missed sooooo much! We will never forget you!
R.I.P., my #friend!!
Much #love, #Doro pic.twitter.com/POChaiTC5W
— DORO (@DoroOfficial) July 27, 2021
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So sad to hear of the untimely passing of Mike Howe (centered) of @metalchurchis1. I finally met him for the first time this photo was taken in Vegas 04/19. Condolences to his family, friends and fans! pic.twitter.com/C9yIx0iH2J
— Jeff Scott Soto (@jeffscottsoto) July 27, 2021
Reaper Entertainment proudly announces the signing of the German thrash metal legends TANKARD.
In 1982, when four longhaired metal maniacs from Frankfurt am Main, Germany decided to found a band named TANKARD, nobody expected them to still be going almost four decades later. Not to mention being at the top of the German thrash metalscene! But they are still alive and kicking, and throughout these years there’s barely been a blip in their path!
Now, the band signed a world wide record deal with the up-and-coming label REAPER ENTERTAINMENT EUROPE.
The band states:
“We had really great and successful years with Nuclear Blast, not least because of the sensational collaboration with Florian Milz and Andy Siry.
We are all the more happy to continue the success story with Flori on his own label Reaper. We expect from our new label not only full-page advertisements in all relevant daily newspapers, but also at least one placement in the Top 10 of the official German charts with our next album! Otherwise there`s riots……………stay heavy , thirsty and healthy!“
Flori Milz (Managing Director of REAPER ENTERTAINMENT) states:
“My time with Nuclear Blast probably wouldn’t have been so great if we hadn’t signed my favourite Hessians from TANKARD at some point. A great friendship developed between me and the band. I flew along to shows in other countries as tour manager/merchandiser, was dragged to all kinds of stages by Gerre and often got lost in pubs with the guys. When I left Nuclear Blast, I set myself the goal of bringing TANKARD to my own label REAPER – come what may. And I am overjoyed that this has now worked out and that we will continue to write the history of the band together. Welcome to the Reaper-Family – and now, lets get wasted!”
TANKARD are going to enter the studio later this year to record the Soundtrack for the 40th anniversary.
More Info about the new album soon.
Even if a lot has changed over the last three decades, one thing has remained the same: TANKARD are four metal maniacs from Frankfurt – authentic, loud and sometimes drunk. And this will likely stay the same for the next 40 years!
One of the most iconic bands of NWOAHM will reunite for a one off show, fittingly at The Palladium in Worcester, MA. Yes, I am talking about Shadows Fall! It is funny because whenever I go to Worcester I think of how one time on the way to NEMHC Fest I saw Brian at a gas station rest stop on the way there but was too polite to be like ,”You rule, dude!”
Anyway, this bill is a stacked wet-dream of metalcore caloric intake. And no, that is not supposed to imply metalcore jizz pancakes but your life is your own! So cool to see such fitting support bands from Sworn Enemy to Unearth to Darkest fucking Hour with Carnivora as well to represent a younger band!
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— Brian Fair (@brianshadfall) June 22, 2021
MEGADETH have parted ways with their most acclaimed bassist David Ellefson. Obviously there is a lot to unpack here from the moral standpoint of what happened (even if it wasn’t grooming, which depends on whose word you take at face value…edging the age of consent and lying to your wife is fucked up) to other people saying Mustaine is also likely glad to get someone else who he can pay less as well. Any way you slice it amounts to a lousy shit pile of a stain on the legacy of the remaining classic member’s bond. Still, I hope if Ellefson truly does try to aspire to Christian values that David will work towards making amends and focusing on his family.
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— Megadeth (@Megadeth) May 24, 2021
India’s socially aware thrashers AGAINST EVIL have a new lyric video (with band footage as well) for anti propaganda song “End Of The Line”. It is the title track of their pending new album. Billy Sheehan is even on a tune.
Shasank (Rhythm, Lead Guitar) shares more details about the song: “This is the title song and also the heaviest song on the album! It’s about a dystopian future where common people have no rights and are trapped under the control of evil governments and shadow organizations. We also got the idea for the cover artwork after writing this song, where the band also known as The Army of Four are being sentenced to death by the electric chair for rebellion against the evil government. Overall, it’s a very aggressive heavy metal song with a good blend of thrash.”
Seems timely when you think of how authoritarian governments are removing band’s entire digital work from streaming if they disagree.
The album End of the Line will be out May 14th via German/Swiss based record label Doc Gator Records in Europe and independently the rest of the world. The sound of Against Evil is best described as Heavy Metal with Power and Speed Metal influence.
RIYL Overkill, Testament, Annihilator, Acrassicauda, Evile.
Hey there Megadeth and general thrash fanatics! Cool news today. I got to in a small way facilitate an introduction between Robert Bolger (longtime Nick Menza manager) and rocker/web designer Mark Aceves of the band ZED through my friend Lara Noel McGlynn who knew Mark. Long story short, here’s a website with a sneak preview of an upcoming Nick Menza documentary about the late, great thrash icon’s life! Playing even a tiny, inconsequential part in this means a lot to me as Countdown… was very much one of the first records that got me into ‘heavier’ metal.
Screaming Butterfly Entertainment was founded by owner Holly Mollohan, who guides fans through the teaser clip.
Click HERE for more info, a terrific photo gallery, performance videos and to see a documentary teaser trailer \m/.
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The current "it" darlings of tech, ARCHSPIRE return with Bleed The Future! This band has not lost their edge like many others caught in a dragon chase for commercial appeal, instead absolutely destroying it on their latest release. Only Obsolete and Ophidian I even come close recently to pulling off shit this crazy and Archspire's "Drone Corpse Aviator" by far led the pack for the fastest chops freak out of 2021, while still containing some very dynamic calm between the storm, majestic guitar parts as well. I am honestly just thrilled for these dudes that they have pulled off such a bad ass follow-up to the hard to top Relentless Mutation (2017). This moment was worth the wait and the future will take your pound of flesh one way or the other. Get on board and hold fast!