Monthly Archives August 2018

Jack The Ripper, Benjamin Franklin And The Hellfire Club

Jack The Ripper, Benjamin Franklin And The Hellfire Club

By Randy “Rocket” Cody

“Jack the Ripper” is the best known pseudonym given to an unidentified serial
killer active in the largely impoverished districts in and around the Whitechapel
district of London in 1888. The name originated in a letter by someone claiming to
be the murderer that was disseminated in the media. The letter is widely considered
to be a hoax, and may have been written by a journalist in a deliberate attempt to
heighten interest in the story. Other pseudonyms used for the killer at the time
were “The Whitechapel Murderer” and “Leather Apron.”

– Paul Ichigo

My independent death investigation for the unsolved killings of 5 women in London carried out by an unknown homicidal maniac in 1888 called the Whitechapel Mu...

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CATTLE DECAPITATION – New Members Announced

San Diego, California death metal/goregrind veterans CATTLE DECAPITATION have announced the addition of both guitarist Belisario Dimuzio (Eukaryst) and bassist Olivier Pinard (Cryptopsy) to their line-up. The pair will appear on the group’s next album.

Cattle Decapitation has issued the following statement on the matter:

“We’re pleased to announce the new lineup that will appear on our next album due out in FALL 2019! Many of you who have come to our shows in the past couple of years have seen that we have had a 2nd guitarist on stage with us for the first time in the band’s existence...

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STEPHEN PEARCY – Streaming New Song

Best known as the original vocalist and founding member of the platinum selling hard rock band RATT, Stephen Pearcy has announced the release of his fifth solo album, View To A Thrill, on November 9th on CD/LP/Digital. Today, a new song from the album has been made available to stream and download. Get your first listen to “I’m A Ratt” below.

View To A Thrill includes 11 superb Ratt ‘n Roll songs written by Stephen Pearcy, together with guitarist Erik Ferentinos, that will surely please fans of his last solo effort Smash as well as fans of his original band. The tracklisting flows perfectly and takes you on an audio journey through blistering rockers mixed with slower, more measured numbers. Like Ratt’s catalog, this is a record that showcases the art of the riff...

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ATRAMENT – Post New Album Trailer

Nihilistic American crust act ATRAMENT, features in its ranks current and former members of Vastum, Necrot, Mortuous, Abstracter, Moral Void, and Black September, are preparing to release their second LP, Scum Sect, on September 28th. The album will be issued through a coalition of underground labels including Sentient Ruin Laboratories, Caligari Records, and Blood Harvest Records, and this week a trailer has been released upon the public streaming HERE.

Here is a Blood Harvest update:

“A quick update to everyone who’s placed any pre-orders or orders in general lately. Posting here as there’s no chance in hell I can manage to respond to everyone individually. We are a bit behind on mail-order activities due to the immense amount of work here...

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AUDIOTOPSY – Tease New Song

AUDIOTOPSY – featuring ex-Skrape vocalist Billy Keeton as well as Mudvayne guitarist Greg Tribbett (ex-HELLYEAH) and drummer Matt McDonough among their ranks – are about to release their sophomore album “The Real Now” on November 02nd via Megaforce. The group produced the sessions for the effort outside of the vocals and mixing, which were done by Dave Fortman (Slipknot, Mudvayne).

A teaser of the first single “What Am I?” can be streamed HERE with an official release planned in early September.

Speaking of the album Tribbett comments:

“This album deals with life – from addiction to depression to death. Life is a journey of unforeseen experiences.”

The album will feature the following tracks:

01 – “War”
02 – “Hologram”
03 – “Panic On The Airwaves”

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REVOCATION – Debut New Song

REVOCATION have unleashed the title track to their new album “The Outer Ones“. You can check it out HERE ahead of the album’s September 28th release via Metal Blade. Next month the band will embark on this North American headlining tour in support of the album with Exhumed, Rivers Of Nihil and Yautja also on the bill.

Formed in 2005, Boston, Massachusetts trio Revocation is comprised of vocalist/guitarist David Davidson, vocalist/bassist Anthony Buda, and drummer Phil Dubois-Coyne — all of whom showcase incredible dexterity at their chosen instruments, even by heavy metal standards...

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KILLSWITCH ENGAGE – U.S. Headliner Dates Announced

KILLSWITCH ENGAGE are booked to headline a brief fall tour with support from Born of Osiris, Crowbar, and Death Ray Vision. Here are the confirmed dates:

11/24 Providence, RI @ The Strand
11/25 Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
11/27 Reading, PA @ Reverb
11/28 Cleveland, OH @ Agora Ballroom
11/30 Louisville, KY @ Mercury Theater
12/1 Chattanooga, TN @ The Signal
12/2 Asheville, NC @ Orange Peel
12/4 Lynchburg, VA @ Phase 2
12/5 Wilmington, DE @ The Queen
12/6 Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom

American metalcore outfit Killswitch Engage were at the fore of the early-2000s metalcore wave, achieving chart success and garnering Grammy nominations while selling millions of records...

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VINNIE PAUL – Update On Official Cause Of Death Ruling

Late PANTERA drummer, Vinnie Paul Abbott, passed away on June 22, 2018, at the age of 54, in Las Vegas, Nevada. He was said to have been found dead in his sleep. Today TMD can reveal that the coroner’s office has issued an update on the status for the official ruling in the musician’s untimely death.

***UPDATE: Vinnie Paul Died Of Natural Causes***

“The Clark County Coroner tells TMZ that Vinnie died of dilated cardiomyopathy — an enlarged heart — as well as severe coronary artery disease — a heart condition. We’re told he died of natural causes.”

Earlier, a spokesman named Dan K. for the medical examiner of Clark County states that an official ruling in the matter is currently still “Pending”. He also said no autopsy report will be made available to the public.

Fans will recall Vide...

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ANTHRAX – “State Of Euphoria” 30th Anniversary Reissue

According to this Amazon listing, ANTHRAX’s 30th anniversary edition of their 1988 album “State Of Euphoria” will be released on October 05th via Island Records. The band’s drummer Charlie Benante oversaw the new mastering job for the release, which will arrive in digital, 2-CD and vinyl formats. A bonus disc featuring the band’s takes on Sex Pistols‘ “Friggin’ In The Riggin’“, Kiss‘ “Parasite” and more, as well as previously unreleased outtakes of some of the album’s tracks will be included. Expect more details soon.

Nearly as much as Metallica or Megadeth, Anthrax were responsible for the emergence of speed and thrash metal...

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D.D. VERNI – Solo Album Details Revealed

In addition to 18 OVERKILL full-length releases, Verni has four releases with his side band The Bronx Casket Co. D.D. Verni continues “So, why do a solo record….well I never really stop writing material, and after some time it starts to pile up and take shape and I wonder what it will be. In the past anything that was not Overkill material I would put aside for my other band The Bronx Casket Co, but when I starting pulling these songs together it was clearly not that, and I thought, OK I guess it’s a solo record. The material was kinda Metal and kinda Rock and kinda Punk, so those really are my basic influences. In Overkill, I take all that background and funnel it into our Thrash sound. But these songs were not Thrash but a combination of the other stuff...

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