Monthly Archives February 2014

EXCITER – Guitarist Quits Band


EXCITER announces the departure of guitarist John Ricci.

After 30 ass-kicking years in the music business, John has decided to retire, leaving long time members Rik Charron (drums), Clammy (bass), and Kenny Winter (vocals) to carry on the Exciter legacy.

As one of the founding members of the band, John was a driving force behind Exciter’s genre-defining albums including the ground breaking Heavy Metal Maniac (1983), Violence And Force (1984), and Long Live The Loud (1985). As part of the modern era of Exciter, his unique, manic, style propelled Exciter’s come-back album: The Dark Command (1996) along with Blood Of Tyrants (2000), Thrash Speed Burn (2008) and Death Machine (2010).

‘Exciter wishes John the very best in his future endeavors and invites all you metal maniacs to continue...

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LAMB OF GOD – Release “As The Palaces Burn” Film Soundtrack


LAMB OF GOD have released a compilation of their songs featured in their new documentary film, “As The Palaces Burn“. The 13-track companion album is titled Music From The Film “As The Palaces Burn” and features the below track listing:

01 – “Descending”
02 – “Redneck”
03 – “Desolation”
04 – “The Faded Line”
05 – “Purified”
06 – “Laid To Rest”
07 – “The Passing”
07 – “Walk With Me In Hell”
08 – “Ghost Walking”
09 – “Ashes Of The Wake”
10 – “Remorse Is For The Dead”
11 – “Omerta”
12 – “Reclamation”

The effort is currently available through iTunes and more...

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PRONG – New Album Details


PRONG’s new album, “Ruining Lives”, will be released through Steamhammer/SPV in Scandinavia on April 23, in Germany on April 25, in the rest of Europe on April 28 and in the U.S./Canada on May 13. It will be made available as a limited digipak version including one bonus track and poster, as a double gatefold colored vinyl version including one bonus track and the CD in cardboard sleeve, as a standard version and download.

“Ruining Lives” is the follow-up to the acclaimed 2012 release “Carved Into Stone” and continues to show the band on an upward trajectory, proving that despite having a long, illustrious career PRONG can still make records that matter and re-invent themselves without negating their roots.

With Tommy Victor in the producer’s chair and Steve Evetts (HATEBREED, SICK OF ...

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MISERY INDEX – Completes New Album


Grindcore extremists MISERY INDEX have finished recording their forthcoming album The Killing Gods. The band’s fifth full-length was recorded at Visceral Sound Studios with Scott Hull (Pig Destroyer, Brutal Truth) and Right Way recording with long-time engineer Steve Wright (Dying Fetus, The Mars Volta). Misery Index will see the release of The Killing Gods in May 27th in North America (May 23 worldwide).

Regarding the release of the new album, Misery Index frontman Jason Netherton comments “After an extended writing and recording process we have finally completed The Killing Gods. It is the longest, most diverse and most complete album we have ever created, and it represents the blood, sweat and beers of four dudes trying to make the best songs they can...

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DESTRUCTION – Announces North American Tour


Touring to support their 2013 release Spiritual Genocide, German thrash metal institution DESTRUCTION will launch their North American headlining tour on Tuesday, March 18th in Worcester, Massachusetts with direct support from Brazilian death metal kings KRISIUN. Guest openers will be North Carolina metallers WIDOW (March 18th – 24th) and California death thrashers EXMORTUS (March 25th – April 14th).

DESTRUCTION bassist & vocalist Schmier addresses the Western Chapter of The Fraternal Order of Adrenaline:

“A good two years ago, DESTRUCTION had a very tough American tour with tour bus break downs, promoters bailing out, and crew members disappearing...

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CAVALERA CONSPIRACY have completed tracking their new album for Napalm Records and are currently mixing it. Producer John Gray (Soulfly) helmed the outing and said of the sessions:

“This is by far the fastest and heaviest record I have ever had the pleasure of working on with Max Cavalera. Max, Igor and Marc were on the same page musically from the moment they walked in the door, and recording this album was a very smooth process. I had never worked with Igor Cavalera before and I was very impressed with his ability to work out the arrangements with Max and get some extremely complex drum parts done live with hardly any re-takes necessary.
Marc Rizzo, as always, was spot-on and a true guitar virtuoso...

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The bad man of heavy metal returns with a new podcast! This episode Rocket features music by Dimebag Darrell, TEJASMOSIS and THE KING MUST DIE!! Rocket also discusses his latest reviews of the new albums by BEHEMOTH and HATRIOT, PLUS he gives details on the new page ‘KISS Fans Demand The Original Lineup Play Rock Hall of Fame’!!!



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ROCKET REVIEW: HATRIOT – “Dawn Of The New Centurion” (CD)


American thrashers HATRIOT are back in 2014 with their sophomore album, Dawn of the New Centurion, which was released on February 21, 2014 via Massacre Records. The band is once again teamed up with producer Juan Urteaga and Mark DeVito. This is a brutal collection of well crafted head bangers. It easily out performs the first album, Heroes of Origin, in both the intensity department and technical musicianship. It all kicks off with the speeding like a bullet “My Cold Dead Hands”, followed by the gritty power of “Your Worst Enemy” and the pit slamming “The Fear Within”. Let me make it clear that the guitar solos delivered are some of the best I have heard in the past few years...

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DARK ANGEL – Posts Rehearsal Footage


In early February, recently reunited thrash metal pioneers DARK ANGEL rehearsed with the full lineup in southern California. A brief video clip of the rehearsal has now been posted online and can be seen HERE.

During these rehearsals Dark Angel was fortunate enough to connect with photographer Alex Solca for a photo shoot with the current lineup. (Photo by: Alex Solca)

Source: metalunderground

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HELIX – Announces New Guitarist


HELIX checks in with the following update:

John Claus has now left the band to pursue other interests and has been replaced by Cambridge, Ontario native Chris Julke. We wish John all the best and thank him for his time in Helix. Expect new band photos in the next couple of weeks and a bio on Chris. We’ve been so busy with other things over the past couple of weeks we just haven’t gotten time to get around to putting it all together. Chris has been practicing the set with Kaleb and on Monday night we’re all getting together to run through it as a band. Chris is a well seasoned musician and it shouldn’t take much time to get tight. We hope to put together a few dates to solidify it even more before our dates in Spain in May...

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