Saturday, January 21, 2017

NEWS: Italian Traditional Heavy Metal newcomers SLEAZER join INFERNÖ Records

OFFICIAL: "Time for us to announce you the second band to join the label this year... This time, this is an all-male band called SLEAZER - coming from Italy !!! Founded in 2011, the band has since worked very hard and now can be considered as one of the most interesting bands to emerge from the undergound scene ! After a first demo, they established them as a serious outsider in the battle of traditional Heavy-Metal defenders together with bands like Enforcer, Skull Fist, Cauldron... One song ("Fall Again") can be listened now, this will give you an idea of how HARD they're gonna rock you once the album "Fall Into Disgrace" will be out !!! Stay tuned !!!
One song of the upcoming album is available for streaming on Souncloud :
> "Fall Again" soundcloud.com/infernorecords666/sleazer-fall-again
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NEWS: North Carolina Doom Trio TEMPTATION'S WINGS to Release Skulthor Ebonblade in March

OFFICIAL: North Carolina Doom Trio TEMPTATION'S WINGS will release concept album Skulthor Ebonblade on March 10. New song "Lair of the Gorgon Queen" is now streaming at this location below.
Following the release of 2012 EP Legends of the Tusk, the new full-length release is the culmination of a decade spent continually improving and refining its Thrashy Doom Metal style. The results speak for themselves, as Skulthor Ebonblade is the complete package: mighty riffs, propulsive rhythms, and emotionally penetrating vocals that hit the Heavy Metal sweet spot and leave the listener with songs that remain etched in the memory for days on end.
Lyrically, the story of the album concerns legendary warrior Skulthor who returns to find his village burning in black flames, and catches a glimpse of a witch as she disappears behind the smoke. He sets off on a quest to obtain a sword of great power, so he can avenge his clan but loses his humanity along the way only to have to rediscover it to ultimately obtain revenge he sought all along.
Skulthor Ebonblade will be released on CD and digital formats. The CD version will include an acoustic bonus track called "Solitude." The album was mixed, mastered, and recorded by Andy Bishop at Giraffe Studios, Hendersonville NC. Artwork By David Paul Seymour.
TEMPTATION'S WINGS BIO: Hailing from the mountains of North Carolina, Temptation's Wings was formed back in 2005. After several lineup changes the core was finally established at the end 2006 and the and has been making music since ever since. The mission statement has always been the same: Write songs they like and pushing the songwriting and technique beyond the previous release . A few albums and EPs have been released over the years, but the band really hit their stride with the 2012 EP Legends of the Tusk. The band played as many shows as they could supporting the EP and relentlessly promoted it. The work paid off when the trio was asked to open for the legendary Iced Earth by a representative of that band in their hometown's biggest venue, The Orange Peel. Now with the impending LP release of Skulthor Ebonblade and addition of new bassist Chad Barnwell, Temptation's Wings is eager to play to more ears than ever!
Temptation's Wings - "Lair of the Gorgon Queen"
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Seattle/Washington concert calendar, updated January 21, 2017

If you have information about shows/updates/cancellations, please get in contact with Metal Bulletin Zine.
January 21 Entombed AD, Full of Hell, Turbid North, Deathraid at Highline, Seattle, WA
January 21 High on Fire at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
January 22 Armed for Apocalypse, Witchburn, Deathbed Confessions, others at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
January 23 Marc Rizzo, Oraculum at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
January 23 Thou Shall Kill, Dilapidation, Pill Brigade at Substation, Seattle, WA
January 23 Vultra at The Pin, Spokane, WA
January 27 Queensryche at Snoqualmie Casino, Snoqualmie, WA
January 27 Drawn and Quartered, Sakrificer, Raptor, Oxygen Destroyer at Highline, Seattle, WA
January 27 Anthrocene, Reevolution, Antitheus, Transcribing the Necronomicon at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
January 28 Bone Sickness, The Noctambulant, Kommand, Voidthrone at Highline, Seattle, WA
January 28 Blue Öyster Cult at Historic Everett Theatre, Everett, WA
January 30 Born without Blood, Odyssian, Monsters among Gods at Substation, Seattle, WA
February 1 Inquisition, Rutah, Serpentspire, Skinwalker at The Pin, Spokane, WA
February 1 Anthropocene, A God or an Other, Spektral Hatchery at Obsidian, Olympia, WA
February 2 Mayhem, Inquisition, Black Anvil at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
February 2 Witch Ripper, Year of the Cobra, Smooth Sailing, Into the Storm at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
February 3 Toecutter, Acid Teeth, Generation Decline, Sticky Situation at Tony V's, Everett, WA
February 3 Siren's Rain, Sin Circus, Fallen Kings at Y Sports Bar, Spanaway, WA
February 4 Lordi at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
February 10 Revenge, Weregoat, Drawn and Quartered, Bloody Master at Highline, Seattle, WA
February 10 Piston Ready, Zero Down, Acid Teeth, The Stuntmen at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
February 12 Flotsam & Jetsam, Vicious Rumors, Hatchet, Antarez at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
February 12 Phrenelith, Necrot, Fetid, Cerebral Rot at Highline, Seattle, WA
February 17 Rhine, Blood and Thunder, Sacrifice to Survive, Odyssian at the Kraken, Seattle, WA
February 19 Alterbeast, Depths of Hatred, Aenimus, Aethere, Aethereus at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
February 20 Marduk, Incantation, Svart Crown, A Flourishing Scourge, Dilapidation at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
February 22 Nile, Overkill, Kill Closet at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
February 23 Ashen Pyre, Isenordal, Serpent's Chalice at Substation, Seattle, WA
February 26 Uli Jon Roth, Zero Down, Children of Seraph at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
March 1 Max and Igor Cavalera "Return to Roots Tour," Immolation, Full of Hell at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
March 5 Devil Driver, Death Angel, The Agonist, Azreal, Ashes of Existence at Studio Seven, WA
March 6 Darkest Hour, Ringworm, Tombs, Rivers of Nihil, Blood and Thunder at Studio Seven, WA
March 9 Substratum, R.I.P., Spell, Witchstone at Highline, Seattle, WA
March 11 Archgoat, Valkyrja, Hellfire, Deathcult, Void Wraith at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
March 11 Tetrachromat, Mercy Brown, Ghostblood at The Shakedown, Bellingham, WA
March 28 Kreator, Obituary, Midnight, Horrendous at Neptune, Seattle, WA
March 29 Nails, Toxic Holocaust, Gatecreeper at Neumos, Seattle, WA
March 30 Despised Icon, Carnifex, Fallujah, Rings of Saturn, Lorna Shore at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
March 31 Oathbreaker, Khemmis, Jaye Jayle, Dust Moth at Highline, Seattle, WA
April 4 Amorphis, Swallow the Sun at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
April 4 Katatonia, Caspian, Uncured at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
April 25 Anthrax, Killswitch Engage at Showbox SoDo, Seattle, WA
April 28 D.R.I. at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
April 29 Asphyx, Extremity at Highline, Seattle, WA
May 4 Iron Kingdom at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
May 6 HammerFall, Delain at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
May 8 Sabaton, Battle Beast, others at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
May 11 Testament, Sepultura, Prong at Showbox Market, Seattle, WA
May 18 Y & T at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
May 20 Evergrey, Seven Kingdoms, Ascendia, Need at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
May 26 Candlemass at Modified Ghost Festival II, Vancover, B.C., Canada
June 12 Morbid Angel, Suffocation, Revocation, Withered at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
June 15,16,17 Northwest Terror Fest at Neumos and Barboza, Seattle, WA
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NEWS: NECROT: Old-School Death Metal Merchants Announce February Tour With Phrenelith; New Record Underway

OFFICIAL: Oakland-based old-school death metal merchants NECROT will return to the road next month on a two-week tour alongside Danish death dealers Phrenelith. The North American West Coast journey will commence on February 3rd in Los Angeles, California and run through February 18th in Oakland, California where they will support Marduk and Incantation, with an included stop at Famine Fest in Portland, Oregon.
NECROT - featuring within its ranks current and former members of Acephalix, Vastum, Saviours, Watch Them Die, and Atrament - will be touring in support of their The Labyrinth full-length released on CD, digitally, and deluxe, foil-stamped LP via Tankcrimes Records, and on cassette via Sentient Ruin Laboratories in the US and Extremely Rotten in Europe last Summer. Spewing forth eight devious tracks amassed from three hard-to-find and long out-of-print demo tapes, The Labyrinth was tracked at Lennon Studios by the late great Jef "Leppard" Davis (Abscess, Acephalix, Vastum) and at Earhammer Studios with Greg Wilkinson (Brainoil, Annihilation Time, Noothgrush), and mastered at Mammoth Sound by Dan Randall (Ghoul, Toxic Holocaust). Fans of the audio bone-crush of bands like Autopsy, Bolt Thrower, Sacrilege, and the like pay heed.
NECROT recently finished tracking their debut again with Greg Wilkinson at Earhammer Studios. The as-yet-untitled full-length is slated for a Summer release via Tankcrimes. Stand by for further details.
NECROT w/ Phrenelith:
2/03/2017 Elis - Oakland
2/04/2017 Lexington - Los Angeles, CA
2/05/2017 Til Two - San Diego, CA
2/06/2017 Redwood - Los Angeles, CA
2/07/2017 Blue Lagoon - Santa Cruz, CA
2/08/2017 The Ritz - San Jose, CA
2/09/2017 Siren Song - Eureka, CA
2/11/2017 Famine Fest - Portland, OR
2/12/2017 Highline - Seattle, WA
2/13/2017 Astoria - Vancouver, BC
2/14/2017 Copper Owl - Victoria, BC
2/15/2017 Cryptatropa - Olympia, WA
2/16/2017 Black Water - Portland, OR
2/17/2017 Starlite- Sacramento, CA
2/18/2017 Metro - Oakland, CA
"...the classic bursting-at-the-seams, crawling-from-the-grave-still-decaying sound meets the ripping, memorable songs to create something that doesn't redefine the genre, but nails that new old-school vibe we all crave." - Decibel
"...a non-stop vicious killing machine that is must have for any death metal fan." - Cvlt Nation
"NECROT are as old-school death metal as old-school death metal gets. Their songs would have been welcome presences on early classics by Master, Bolt Thrower and Autopsy and yet, NECROT has a punk rock soul that refuses to die." - Invisible Oranges
"Death by pitiless decimation is the principle mandate here..." - Last Rites
"This is death metal for those of us who like and can't get enough of Autopsy and Nihilist. If you like your death metal dark and murky with a sound right out of a new and fresh grave then this is the stuff for you." - Battle Helm
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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Seattle/Washington concert calendar, updated January 19, 2017

If you have information about shows/updates/cancellations, please get in contact with Metal Bulletin Zine.
January 20 Striker, Spellcaster, Substratum, Nasty Bits at Highline, Seattle, WA
January 21 Entombed AD, Full of Hell, Turbid North, Deathraid at Highline, Seattle, WA
January 21 High on Fire at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
January 22 Armed for Apocalypse, Witchburn, Deathbed Confessions, others at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
January 23 Marc Rizzo, Oraculum at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
January 23 Thou Shall Kill, Dilapidation, Pill Brigade at Substation, Seattle, WA
January 23 Vultra at The Pin, Spokane, WA
January 27 Queensryche at Snoqualmie Casino, Snoqualmie, WA
January 27 Drawn and Quartered, Sakrificer, Raptor, Oxygen Destroyer at Highline, Seattle, WA
January 27 Anthrocene, Reevolution, Antitheus, Transcribing the Necronomicon at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
January 28 Bone Sickness, The Noctambulant, Kommand, Voidthrone at Highline, Seattle, WA
January 28 Blue Öyster Cult at Historic Everett Theatre, Everett, WA
January 30 Born without Blood, Odyssian, Monsters among Gods at Substation, Seattle, WA
February 1 Inquisition, Rutah, Serpentspire, Skinwalker at The Pin, Spokane, WA
February 1 Anthropocene, A God or an Other, Spektral Hatchery at Obsidian, Olympia, WA
February 2 Mayhem, Inquisition, Black Anvil at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
February 3 Toecutter, Acid Teeth, Generation Decline, Sticky Situation at Tony V's, Everett, WA
February 3 Siren's Rain, Sin Circus, Fallen Kings at Y Sports Bar, Spanaway, WA
February 4 Lordi at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
February 10 Revenge, Weregoat, Drawn and Quartered, Bloody Master at Highline, Seattle, WA
February 10 Zero Down, others at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
February 12 Flotsam & Jetsam, Vicious Rumors, Hatchet, Antarez at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
February 17 Rhine, Blood and Thunder, Sacrifice to Survive, Odyssian at the Kraken, Seattle, WA
February 19 Alterbeast, Depths of Hatred, Aenimus, Aethere, Aethereus at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
February 20 Marduk, Incantation, Svart Crown, A Flourishing Scourge, Dilapidation at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
February 22 Nile, Overkill, Kill Closet at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
February 23 Ashen Pyre, Isenordal, Serpent's Chalice at Substation, Seattle, WA
February 26 Uli Jon Roth, Zero Down, Children of Seraph at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
March 1 Max and Igor Cavalera "Return to Roots Tour," Immolation, Full of Hell at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
March 5 Devil Driver, Death Angel, The Agonist, Azreal, Ashes of Existence at Studio Seven, WA
March 6 Darkest Hour, Ringworm, Tombs, Rivers of Nihil, Blood and Thunder at Studio Seven, WA
March 11 Archgoat, Valkyrja, Hellfire, Deathcult, Void Wraith at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
March 11 Tetrachromat, Mercy Brown, Ghostblood at The Shakedown, Bellingham, WA
March 28 Kreator, Obituary, Midnight, Horrendous at Neptune, Seattle, WA
March 29 Nails, Toxic Holocaust, Gatecreeper at Neumos, Seattle, WA
March 30 Despised Icon, Carnifex, Fallujah, Rings of Saturn, Lorna Shore at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
March 31 Oathbreaker, Khemmis, others at Highline, Seattle, WA
April 4 Amorphis, Swallow the Sun at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
April 25 Anthrax, Killswitch Engage at Showbox SoDo, Seattle, WA
April 28 D.R.I. at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
April 29 Asphyx, Extremity at Highline, Seattle, WA
May 4 Iron Kingdom at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
May 6 HammerFall, Delain at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
May 8 Sabaton, Battle Beast, others at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
May 11 Testament, Sepultura, Prong at Showbox Market, Seattle, WA
May 18 Y & T at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
May 20 Evergrey, Seven Kingdoms, Ascendia, Need at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
May 26 Candlemass at Modified Ghost Festival II, Vancover, B.C., Canada
June 12 Morbid Angel, Suffocation, Revocation, Withered at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
June 15,16,17 Northwest Terror Fest at Neumos and Barboza, Seattle, WA
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NEWS: Killing Addiction

Killing Addiction is traditional death metal for the die-hard followers of the genre. They are not a new band and they are not a retro band paying tribute to the genre. Rather, they are playing the music that motivated the beginning of the band back in 1988 in the state of Florida, U.S. Life has kicked them down, and then life has kicked them in the teeth again, but they are survivors with good death metal and quite a little story, too. To learn more about the band and to listen to the latest recording by the band, see this official information below.
Killing Addiction
Shores of Oblivion
Xtreem Music
Release: 25 November 2016
Florida Death Metal Veterans KILLING ADDICTION have returned with a new four-song EP titled Shores of Oblivion. The EP was recently released on Xtreem Music and exemplifies a style that spans Death Metal (DEATH, POSSESSED, MORBID ANGEL, ATHEIST), Grindcore (NAPALM DEATH, CARCASS), and Thrash (SLAYER, SACRED REICH, KREATOR). Equally heavy is a lyrical approach that deals in themes both political and philosophical.
After its 1989 formation in the thick of the influential Florida Death Metal scene, KILLING ADDICTION released a demo and EP prior to the release of its 1993 full-length debut Omega Factor. After another EP and a split release, the band called it quits in 1998, then reformed in 2006, eventually releasing sophomore full-length Fall of the Archetypes on Xtreem Music in 2010 (also released as a limited-edition, six-song EP). The When Death Becomes an Art 7" EP followed in 2015 (Inverse Dogma Records).
Momentum gained and all cylinders firing, KILLING ADDICTION wasted no time in releasing Shores of Oblivion last fall, but the season was a bittersweet one for the band, as founding member Chad Bailey passed away in September.
Killing Addiction is a death metal band from central Florida with an established name in the old school death metal genre. The band’s first full-length recording, entitled Omega Factor (JL America/Relativity), is considered a minor classic of American death metal, which led to their follow-up recordings Dark Tomorrow (independent) and, most recently, Fall of the Archetypes (Xtreem Music).
The thematic focus of Killing Addiction is politically and philosophically charged, and includes content which questions the legitimacy and abuses of power, the conflicts of human psychology, and the socio-economic struggles of the world. These themes are combined with musical influences that span death metal (Death, Possessed, Morbid Angel, Atheist), grindcore (Napalm Death, Carcass), and thrash (Slayer, Sacred Reich, Kreator), which have been perfected over decades of musicianship. Killing Addiction has performed live with numerous local and national acts, including Obituary, Incantation, and Ebullition.
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Dysylumn

At the link below you can listen to the complete 2016 EP by extreme metal band Dysylumn, from France.
About: Launched during the summer 2010 by Sébastien Besson (ex Antropofago), this project was in the first place a tribute to a loved one who decided to walk on the death path. Dysylumn was born from a single track switching between death, black and progessive. End of 2010, Camille Olivier Faure-Brac aka Oliver Kaah joined the project as the official drummer. Two productions have been launched: A self-titled EP released in 2013, and the album «Conceptarium», published on 1 September 2015.
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Silent Images

At the link below you can see a video from the 2016 album Knightfall by Silent Images, a prog band from Sweden.
About: Silent Images are an Extreme Progressive Metal act that was formed in 2011 in Malmö, southern Sweden, encompassing members from Argentina, Bolivia and Singapore. The members’ distinctively broad experiences in Rock, Metal, Jazz and Latin proved invaluable in adding a unique taste to the band’s sound.
In 2014, Silent Images released their self-titled debut EP, presenting it in several gigs locally and nationally, receiving a great feedback. They have shared stages with PAIN, Marduk, Demonical, Skitarg, Interment, among others. The new album, 'Knightfall' is expected to be released worldwide through Art Gates Records in March 2016.
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HexHorn

At the link below you can listen to the complete recording by extreme metal band HexHorn from Poland. The album is called Waking Death and it is on Via Nocturna Records in 2016.
About:HEXHORN was brought to life in 2014 by Bene and Bila - the guitarist and the singer of Hegeroth respectively.
To be honest, HEXHORN was awaken much earlier than 2014. It was a dream project and a band coming back to the roots of death, thrash and heavy metal sound.
Inasmuch the musical shape had long been mapped out, the line-up had to be put together once again. Bila became the drummer and had to quit singing and along with Bene, the guitar player, they started working on new material. Soon, Resist - the singer previously known from Lavinium - joins the fold. He feels comfortably in near death metal context.
The new line-up records first few songs. The project draws everybody together and a willingness to rehearse in a stable line-up appears. In 2015 the line-up is completed by Fen, Hegeroth bass player, and Maziak, old Polish band Mortifer guitarist.
September 2015 sees the band commencing sessions for what is to become their debut album. Video for "Follow" is being recorded and it comes out in January 2016.
February the month of changes. Resist decided to left the band. Hexhorn decided to prepare brand new lyrics and vocal tracks with new vocalist. Old good friend Edward (Cult Ov Mora, ex-Hegeroth) joins tha band.
In April Edward is writing the lyrics and making arrangements to all of the tracks. April, May 2016 - we are finishing audio works and making video for track Suffering. June 2016 sees the release of the album entitled "Waking of Death"
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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

FREE metal: Thundershield

Thundershield
Thundershield
release date: August 14th, 2016
label: independent
Thundershield is a loud and proud traditional metal band from Georgia, U.S. This recording is free/name-your-price and for your price they want to take you on a magical ride where guitar solos are in abundance and banging your head to heavy metal is the way of life. The power metal crowds should find the songs that they are looking for.
It looks like this is the band's first album. The corporate machinery is not exactly turning the wheels for Thundershield, but that did not stop the band. Traditional-minded individuals are the prime target audience for Thundershield because it is who they are and that's what they are all about.
1.Specter of Light 08:55
2.Red Mountain 05:17
3.Hammerhead 04:34
4.DragonCycles (Dragons on Motorcycles) 05:03
5.Draconia 04:23
6.Crown of Blood 06:06
7.Done Dirty 05:03
8.Selfish Lover 03:43
9.The Doctor Is In 04:24
10.ThunderShield 04:54
total time 52:22
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tonight in Seattle: Dirkschneider

UDO DIRKSCHNEIDER - "FAREWELL TO ACCEPT"
ZERO DOWN, CHILDREN OF SERAPH
Biography: After more than 40 years in the business and with a renowned breakthrough in the early 80’s with ACCEPT behind him, as well as several million records sold worldwide, Udo Dirkschneider is not only one of the biggest rock legends in the business, but he’s also someone who has seen a lot.
The new album “Decadent”, which will be released on January 23rd 2015 (February 3rd in the US) via AFM Records is the 15th U.D.O. studio album and deals mostly with the decadent behaviour of the rich upper classes, with the main theme of the album basically that of social criticism.
During his career Udo has visited virtually all the rock capitals of the world. Long before the fall of the Iron Curtain, he travelled to Russia, played shows at the height of over 4000 meters in South America and at the beginning of 2014, even played in Ukraine, right at the heart of the conflict in Simferopol, then the absolute hot spot of the conflagration.
During this time and all over the world, Udo has experienced and witnessed a lot of things, including the devastating gap between rich and poor and the ruthless behaviour of those in power.
“Decadent behaviour by privileged society exists in the whole world in completely different shades,” says Udo. “Decadence is almost like a universal language. What bothers me the most is the egocentrism that goes along with that. People who have everything seem not to really care about the world around them anymore; it’s like they use their own privileged status as an absolution for that. Also they do not seem to see that there’s a correlation between their own luxury and the poverty of others.”
On this new album “Decadent” Udo points out the (largely bad) habits of our society. This is also the main theme of the very graphic music video for the title track and first single “Decadent” itself, where the divide between rich and poor is visually illustrated in a brutally honest way by adding real film material from the news.
“If all of us would live a little bit more consciously and think about who has to pay the price for our standard of living, we could make the world a better place.”
Udo Dirkschneider and Mattes (Redhead Audio Productions, Wilhelmshaven) produced the album together with Fitty Wienhold – a successful team that also worked on previous album “Steelhammer” – and once again, it’s a winning combination that has taken elements from the whole band, who were involved in the song writing process, and crafted yet another great statement of intent from an artist still at the peak of his powers.
Udo and Fitty recorded the songs at Ibiza’s “Double U Studios” and Mattes then mixed it in Wilhelmshaven. Jacob Hansen (Volbeat) then did the mastering.
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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

FEB 17 Seattle: Rhine, Blood and Thunder, Sacrifice to Survive, Odyssian

FEB 17 Seattle: Rhine, Blood and Thunder, Sacrifice to Survive, Odyssian at the Kraken, Seattle.
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Tony Iommi Empowers the English City of Birmingham with a Song; Says Giving Money Would Be Cliché

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Tony Iommi Empowers the English City of Birmingham with a Song; Says Giving Money Would Be Cliché
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Monday, January 16, 2017

Did you hear it?: Vircolac

Vircolac
The Cursed Travails of the Demeter
Dark Descent Records
Release: 31 October 2016
OFFICIAL: VIRCOLAC came into being in Dublin, Ireland during the dying embers of 2013 with the intention of creating a timeless take on Death Metal replete with actual songs, riffs and atmosphere, removed in its own right from some of the contemporaneous styles within Death Metal that almost sought to unwrite what the essence of a song is.
Steeped firmly in the 80s and subsequent early 90s Death Metal scenes, influences are wide and varied but never used as a barometer for reference but rather as parts of the whole that have obsessed the band's collective minds from a young age and now present in the newest endeavour, The Cursed Travails of the Demeter EP. So, for now, we bid you welcome on board this cursed ship and join our voyage into damnation.
The 26-minute EP is a journey through different horrors adrift the cursed vessel, The Demeter. The ship, for those of you with a literary interest, is that in which Dracula sails from the east to England, whereupon he spreads plague and death. The symbolism and concept is allegorical, as are many of the lyrical concepts throughout the EP. As Bram Stoker and indeed Sheridan le Fanu before him were both from Dublin and whose works are literary masterpieces have both found new life in The Cursed Travails of the Demeter. This has also been the case with the ancient tradition of shamanic ritual and rites that were practiced on the ancient plains of Ireland an represented by the magnificent stone carvings and rock art on display at Loughcrew, Knowth, Dowth and Newgrange. Furthermore, the viciousness of Caesar Caligula’s reign and the allure of the witches beyond the woods all form part of the lyrical emphasis on the EP.
So, for now, we bid you welcome on board this cursed ship and join our voyage into damnation.
The Cursed Travails of the Demeter was released by Dark Descent Records in North America and on Sepulchral Voice in Europe (with LP to follow).
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NH - drums BMC - guitars
K - bass Laoghaire/vocals

Did you hear it?: Omnizide

This album is for those into cult extreme metal. The album came out at the end of 2016, but if it passed you by, read this information. Of course, the below information is not new anymore, but it gives an idea who this band is.--MMB
OFFICIAL:Swedish Black/Death Metal veterans OMNIZIDE will release their sophomore album NekroRegime December 16 on Carnal Records in Europe and Daemon Worship Productions in the U.S. Featuring vocals by Nox (CRAFT) and music written by Anders/AE (AVSKY), NekroRegime consists of nine tracks of pure War! Stream the title track below.
NekroRegime was recorded and mixed by Erik Hagelberg at DeathWomb Studio in the winter of 2015/2016. The album was mastered by Jona Kjellgren at Blacklounge Studio.
Decibel Magazine nailed it in describing OMNIZIDE's sound as "old-school DARKTHRONE, and falls somewhere between the nexus of death metal and physically imposing Swedish black metal, bands such as NAGLFAR and WATAIN." Get the picture? Now prepare for War!
Track Listing:
1. Himmelstrasse (330ft)
2. The Return of the Loving Dead
3. Walls of Flesh
4. Doomsday Revelations
5. Deathwomb
6. NekroRegime
7. Nekromantic
8. Shockwaves
9. Devil in Me
Omnizide - 'NekroRegime" (Carnal Records / Daemon Worship Productios)
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Matt Spall's album number one of the 2016

Matt Spall is a rock and metal music reviewer. Check out more of his work below. --MMB
Here we are. I’ve done it, and I have finished earlier than ever before. I never doubted it, even for a second!
What was also never in doubt was the support that I have received from all of you over the last month or so. The likes, the hits, the comments, the shares…it all comes together to make this whole thing worthwhile and actually a joy to create. The banter, the conversation and the disagreements; they’re all part of life’s rich tapestry.
But best of all is the fact that some of you have discovered a new band or a new album from reading this blog – that’s my main aim and I’m delighted that I have managed to succeed.
As I have said over the past couple of posts, the final three picks caused me no end of trouble. I’m generous with my review scores I will admit but it is rare I give out a perfect 10/10. So the fact that I gave out three during 2016 speaks volumes for the quality of music that was delivered this year.
In reality, the final three albums should be joint winners as they are all so good. However, I wanted to avoid doing this because it might have been a let-down to you all and a bit of a fudge. Instead I have searched deep inside to come up with some kind of order to these excellent releases. In the end, I decided to order them based on the most important factor – how they make me feel. On that basis, I was able to decide on an order that I am content with.
And with that, I can procrastinate no longer; it is time to reveal my album of 2016, the record that has had the biggest and most profound effect on me this year. The winner is…
Number 1
Evergrey
The Storm Within
AFM Records
“The Storm Within’ is the glorious sound that is created when five musicians come together at the very top of their game. Rikard’s keys permeate the entire album with an abundance of sounds and textures, both familiar and new. Tom and Henrik’s guitar playing is out of the top drawer, both in lead and rhythm guises. Johan’s bass is clear within the muscular mix, allowing his understated dexterity and sense of melody to provide an audible pulse to the music. And Jonas’ drumming is the heartbeat, offering a solid foundation that’s also deceptively complex and ambitious, arguably his most accomplished performance to date.
From the first notes of opener ‘Distance’, to the final moments of the closing title track, ‘The Storm Within’ is just about the perfect album for me in the here and now. It is exactly the kind of music that I want to listen to and, more so, that I crave. I have listened to this record more times than I care to admit, probably close to twice a day on average if not more. And the great thing is that it keeps getting better.
For those looking for a carbon copy to any of Evergrey’s previous releases, prepare to be disappointed. ‘The Storm Within’ is the sound of Evergrey 2016 and it is another step in their gradual evolution towards what they personally perceive to be the Holy Grail.
Onto the music itself and deliberate or not, there are more than a few nods to previous releases on this album. Be it a riff that calls to mind ‘Monday Morning Apocalypse’, a string embellishment that conjures up nostalgic memories of ‘Solitude…’ or a keyboard sound that recalls the ‘In Search Of Truth’ era, these little gems do exist and they are truly wonderful.
Give it your full, undivided attention and maybe you too will consider this album to be Evergrey’s finest hour. Will it even replace ‘In Search Of Truth’ as my all-time favourite album? Watch this space. What is certain however is that Evergrey’s majestic blend of heaviness, melody and emotion means that ‘The Storm Within’ is nothing short of a bona fide masterpiece. All hail Evergrey.”
Yes, yes, I accept that this is probably the most obvious choice that I have made in this entire series. Evergrey are my all-time favourite band after all, a group of musicians that I hold dear to my heart. However, I would have been the first to moan if they released a bit of a stinker. I have gone on record to suggest that there are a few albums in their back catalogue that I like less, so whilst I love this band, I’m not blindingly biased. At one stage in the mid-noughties, I was even close to replacing Evergrey as my favourite band.
And then ‘Hymns For The Broken’ came along. With it, came a reunited line-up after years of instability and most importantly, some of the most powerful music the band had ever released. The sense of contentment and excitement within the band was tangible and I felt that Evergrey were once again back to their very best. This also worried me because I wasn’t sure whether the euphoria would be short-lived or extend to future albums.
In the middle of 2016, I had my answer in the form of ‘The Storm Within’. Oh. My. Word. You can read the full review to get the bigger picture, but ‘The Storm Within’ is essentially a continuation of what they did so well with ‘Hymns…’ whilst adding a few different ingredients – the cinematic embellishments for one – and more than a few nods to their early days. It turns out to be the perfect blend of old and new and one of the most vital-sounding albums I have heard in some time.
Strong melodies, powerful riffs, bulldozing rhythms, a pronounced progressive element and dark, emotional atmospheres. That’s the Evergrey recipe and it creates some of the best music I have ever heard. This is exactly how I want my music to sound and Evergrey have delivered yet again.
So, ‘The Storm Within’ is expertly written, immaculately performed and anthemic in the extreme. But what tips this album into the top place however, is what has happened since I wrote the review. The songs just get better and better for a start.
And then Tom Englund, the driving force behind the band and the owner of arguably my favourite set of vocal chords in any genre of music went over to Iceland to film some videos. It was felt that Iceland offered the bleak and rugged visuals to fit with the tone of the record and this couldn’t have been more apt.
Tom Englund and his wife duet on the stunningly beautiful and emotional ‘The Paradox Of The Flame’ at the very spot where I scattered my brother’s ashes near the Gulfoss waterfall. The feelings that this evoked within me when I first saw the video can never be forgotten. Goosebumps upon chills upon more chills and then tears…it was a rollercoaster of emotions and one that repeats itself whenever I am brave enough to watch the video.
It was perfect. My favourite band playing beautiful music at one of my most important places on Earth…it was like it was meant to be. I believe that maybe it was meant to be.
The result is that ‘The Storm Within’ is my album of the year for 2016…and rightly so.
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Seattle & Washington concert calendar, updated January 16, 2017

If you have information about shows/updates/cancellations, please get in contact with Metal Bulletin Zine.
January 18 Udo Dirkschneider "Back To The Roots - Farewell To Accept," Zero Down, Children of Seraph at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
January 18 Ash Borer, others at Obsidian, Olympia, WA
January 19 Ash Borer, Bell Witch, Hissing at Highline, Seattle, WA
January 20 Striker, Spellcaster, Skelator, Demonhammer at Highline, Seattle, WA
January 21 Entombed AD, Full of Hell, Turbid North, Deathraid at Highline, Seattle, WA
January 21 High on Fire at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
January 22 Armed for Apocalypse, Witchburn, Deathbed Confessions, others at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
January 23 Marc Rizzo, Oraculum at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
January 23 Thou Shall Kill, Dilapidation, Pill Brigade at Substation, Seattle, WA
January 23 Vultra at The Pin, Spokane, WA
January 27 Queensryche at Snoqualmie Casino, Snoqualmie, WA
January 27 Drawn and Quartered, Sakrificer, Raptor, Oxygen Destroyer at Highline, Seattle, WA
January 27 Anthrocene, Reevolution, Antitheus, Transcribing the Necronomicon at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
January 28 Bone Sickness, The Noctambulant, Kommand, Voidthrone at Highline, Seattle, WA
January 28 Blue Öyster Cult at Historic Everett Theatre, Everett, WA
January 30 Born without Blood, Odyssian, Monsters among Gods at Substation, Seattle, WA
February 1 Inquisition, Rutah, Serpentspire, Skinwalker at The Pin, Spokane, WA
February 1 Anthropocene, A God or an Other, Spektral Hatchery at Obsidian, Olympia, WA
February 2 Mayhem, Inquisition, Black Anvil at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
February 3 Toecutter, Acid Teeth, Generation Decline, Sticky Situation at Tony V's, Everett, WA
February 4 Lordi at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
February 10 Revenge, Weregoat, Drawn and Quartered, Bloody Master at Highline, Seattle, WA
February 10 Zero Down, others at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
February 12 Flotsam & Jetsam, Vicious Rumors, Hatchet, Antarez at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
February 19 Alterbeast, Depths of Hatred, Aenimus, Aethere, Aethereus at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
February 20 Marduk, Incantation, Svart Crown, A Flourishing Scourge, Dilapidation at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
February 22 Nile, Overkill, Kill Closet at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
February 23 Ashen Pyre, Isenordal, Serpent's Chalice at Substation, Seattle, WA
February 26 Uli Jon Roth, Zero Down, Children of Seraph at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
March 1 Max and Igor Cavalera "Return to Roots Tour," Immolation, Full of Hell at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
March 5 Devil Driver, Death Angel, The Agonist, Azreal, Ashes of Existence at Studio Seven, WA
March 6 Darkest Hour, Ringworm, Tombs, Rivers of Nihil, Blood and Thunder at Studio Seven, WA
March 11 Archgoat, Valkyrja, Hellfire, Deathcult, Void Wraith at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
March 11 Tetrachromat, Mercy Brown, Ghostblood at The Shakedown, Bellingham, WA
March 28 Kreator, Obituary, Midnight, Horrendous at Neptune, Seattle, WA
March 29 Nails, Toxic Holocaust, Gatecreeper at Neumos, Seattle, WA
March 30 Despised Icon, Carnifex, Fallujah, Rings of Saturn, Lorna Shore at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
April 4 Amorphis, Swallow the Sun at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
April 25 Anthrax, Killswitch Engage at Showbox SoDo, Seattle, WA
April 28 D.R.I. at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
April 29 Asphyx, Extremity at Highline, Seattle, WA
May 4 Iron Kingdom at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
May 6 HammerFall, Delain at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
May 8 Sabaton, Battle Beast, others at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
May 11 Testament, Sepultura, Prong at Showbox Market, Seattle, WA
May 18 Y & T at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
May 20 Evergrey, Seven Kingdoms, Ascendia, Need at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
May 26 Candlemass at Modified Ghost Festival II, Vancover, B.C., Canada
June 12 Morbid Angel, Suffocation, Revocation, Withered at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
June 15,16,17 Northwest Terror Fest at Neumos and Barboza, Seattle, WA
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A God or an Other

About: A God or an Other is an experimental black metal band from the Cascadia region of the United States . Drawing from a vast array of influences, we create music that ranges from lush ethereal soundscapes to crushing walls of sound.
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Anthropocene

About: Anthropocene's artistic themes concern nature, climate change, pollution, apocalypse, mass extinction, and tribal warfare. We play a combination of thrash metal, black metal, old-school death metal, and grindcore. We focus on providing an entertaining live performance, combined with powerful, innovative songwriting.
Our songs range in length from six minutes to just over sixty seconds. For us, keeping the crowd engaged is a priority, and so we continuously move with the utmost speed and aggression during performances. To provide a continuous onslaught of raw sound, most of our songs are less than three minutes in length and packed with rapidly changing material that switches fluidly between tempo and genre.
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FEB 1 Anthropocene / A God or an Other / Spektral Hatchery

FEB 1 Anthropocene / A God or an Other / Spektral Hatchery at Obsidian, Olympia, Washington state, U.S.
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Spektral Hatchery

About:Spektral Hatchery is raw black metal from Olympia, WA
Members associated with Twilight Falls, Tryblith, Clan of the Bleeding Eye, Boreal.
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Ghostblood

CLASSIFIED INFORMATION: Gore-splattered ghostly thrash-blackening death-blood music from Seattle! Smash, burn, and eat the dead!
GHOSTBLOOD is a heavy metal power trio. Forged in the fog of Seattle, GHOSTBLOOD consists of three incredibly handsome ravenous mutant ghosts.
John Petrucci being dismembered and flayed alive by a horde of bloody mutant ghosts.
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Tetrachromat

Bio: We are Tetrachromat, a small-town band echoing the cold fervor of the Pacific. We groove hard, and we love reverb. Debut EP "Chrysanthemum" out now.
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Mercy Brown

Bio: Mercy Brown is an American metal band from Spokane, Washington. Complimented by a vast array of influences, Mercy Brown is known for their dynamic musical presence, ranging from blackened death metal, to punk rock, to dark ambience. The diverse nature of their music has allowed them to play shows with Machine Head, 3 Inches of Blood, Hanzel und Gretyl, Mushroomhead, Castle, Lord Dying, and The Atlas Moth, to name a few. They are currently playing shows throughout the Pacific Northwest in support of their self-titled debut album.
Mercy Brown first garnered attention outside of Spokane with the release of their self-titled, three track EP in 2012. The EP was well-received on progressive rock and metal college radio stations throughout the Inland Northwest, prompting the band to begin focusing on recording and producing new material.
On March 17th, 2015, Mercy Brown released their highly anticipated, self-titled debut album. The album was recorded and mixed at guitarist Chris Tanaka Canwell’s Birdhouse Squirrel studio in Spokane, Washington. Highlighted by the singles, ‘Red and Yellow’, ‘In the Dark’, ‘One (The Edge of)’, and ‘News Complaint’, the album has seen positive reviews and was quickly put into radio rotations across North America and Europe.
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March 11 Tetrachromat, Mercy Brown, Ghostblood at The Shakedown, Bellingham, WA

March 11 Tetrachromat, Mercy Brown, Ghostblood at The Shakedown, Bellingham, WA
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Generation Decline

The punk band Generation Decline (Bremerton, WA) will play in Everett, WA on February 3. Listen to the music below.
Biography: We are a politically charged punk/crust group that sing about the injustices that we face as a human race. We hope that our music inspires people to take action in their scene and community.
Influences: Anti-Product, Aus Rotten, Phobia, Contravene, Streetwalker, Behind Enemy Lines, Disrupt, David Koresh Choir, F-Minus, Subhumans, Dystopia, Brother Inferior, Whorehouse of Representatives, Antischism, Damad, Code 13, Mouth Sewn Shut, Tragedy, His Hero Is Gone, Inhaste and many many more
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Sunday, January 15, 2017

POWER THEORY "Brace for Impact" (Official Video)

U.S. heavy metal band Power Theory has a new official video. Check it out below.
POWER THEORY "Brace for Impact" (Official Video)
Biography
BAND HISTORY
2006-2007
Power Theory was founded and formed by Rob Ballinger and childhood friend, Charlie Gallagher.Even though they generated some local buzz, the early line up was short lived because not all members understood the vision of what was to become.
2007-2008
In order to strengthen the vision, Dave Santini joined as vocalist. Rob and Dave formed an instant bond for songwriting and began putting together material for the E.P. "Metal Forever".
2009-2010
The E.P. "Metal Forever" was recorded with Jason Grosse at 1021 Studios in Bristol, PA as an independent release. The band played live extensively and started writing/recording at 1021 Studios for a full-length release. With the material completed by September 2010, they hired the legendary Achim Koehler to master the project and independently released "Out of the Ashes, Into the Fire". In the fall of 2010.
2011
Power Theory signed a 2 year deal with Pure Steel Records Germany in February and "Out of the Ashes, Into the Fire" was repackaged and internationally released on April 29th, 2011 at "Keep it True" Festival in Königshofen, Germany.
Album line-up:
Rob Ballinger - Guitar
Dave Santini - Vocals
Steve Sabo _ Drums
Jason Tete - Bass
2012
The band gained more extensive live exposure, expanding their range to neighboring states and continued recording new material for their sophomore effort "An Axe to Grind" with cover artwork by Eliran Kantor on Pure Steel Records. An invitation to play Warriors of Metal V Open Air in Pataskala, OH on June 29th was accepted. The band and record label mutually agreed to officially release it sophomore effort "An Axe to Grind" on that day. Power Theory played more shows later in the summer with national acts such as White Wizzard, Icarus Witch, October 31, and Anvil Bitch also labelmates Exxplorer, Sleepy Hollow, and Widow. In September Power Theory opened up for German metal icons, ACCEPT and KREATOR in their hometown of Philadelphia, PA to a packed house.
Album Line-up:
Rob Ballinger - Guitar
Dave Santini - Vocals
Lorin Savadove - Drums
Jay Pekala - Bass
2013
Demo recordings for a 3rd full length release began in March and it was clear a powerful transformation was taking place. The band Revamped and was ready to roll again. Power Theory returned to the main stage at Warriors of Metal Open Air VI to play a killer live set with old and new material and was greatly accepted by fans. In October 2013, Power Theory embarked on their first national U.S. tour as main support for SEVEN WITCHES with VICIOUS RUMORS headlining on the second leg of VR's North American "Metal Masters Tour" and returned home to support NWOBHM legends, RAVEN at JB McGinnes in New Castle, DE.
2014
Early highlights have seen the band playing shows with national acts Single Bullet Theory, Byzantine, Arctic Flame and Primeval Realm. Come April, PT played Ragnarökkr Metal Apocalypse/Chicago Metal Fest alongside Picture, Grim Reaper, Riot, and Voltax. The year concluded with an appearance at SAVFEST-USA on October 18 with label-mates, WRETCH and a monster show once again in direct support for RAVEN on November 22 at The Legendary Dobbs on South Street, Philadelphia, PA. New management under SentinelMusic had been in order for the following year.
Line-up:
Rob Ballinger - Guitar
Jeff Rose - Vocals
Alan D'Angelo- Bass
Nygil Hoch - Guitar
Nick Bunczk - Drums
2015
Kicking off in high gear, the band finished the recording process of their 3rd full length album “Driven By Fear” with a new producer, Carlos Alvarez (Dirty Viking Studios) and drums recorded at TTR Studios (Andre Owens). The first shows of 2015 included opening up for DORO on March 3 in Philadelphia, PA and traveling to Pittsburgh, PA and Columbus/Akron, Ohio respectively to headline with label-mates WRETCH/Sunless Sky/Axe Master. May 15, 16 and 17 saw the band headlong shows in Orlando/Melbourne/ and Tampa Florida.
The first scheduled performance outside of the United States took place at Hard Summer Festival in Falkenfels, Germany and Roselare Belgium with FireForce. Love tracks were recorded on the trip.
"Driven By Fear" was released worldwide on October 9th, 2015 with Pure Steel Records and distributed by Soul Food Dist. The band played a killer set the day after the release in Philly for SavFest 3. And the year was wrapped up at HollowFest 2015 in Newark Delaware.
Album Line-up:
Rob Ballinger - Guitar
Jeff Rose - Vocals
Alan D'Angelo- Bass
Nygil Hoch - Guitar
Nick Bunczk - Drums
Márton Veress - Live Drums
2016
January shows in Detroit MI with the Legendary Halloween, March in Phila with Cipher and heading in Queens NYC, May and June charity events in Phila, July with Jag Panzer and October 31 in Brooklyn NY- Akron Ohio with Wretch and Axemaster August in NJ once again with Helstar, and a triumphant return to Europe for a second year saw the band play Rock On Fest in Budapest Hungary and Hard Summer Festival in Falkenfels Germany again. October is busy with shows on Phila for SavFest 4, Delaware for HollowFest 2016, Ohio with Vatican and the year wraps up with Halloween in Detroit MI at the Diesel Concert Club on 10/29/16.
Power Theory immediately begins pre-production for full length album #4 in November that's slated for 12 songs.
An E.P. is currently being produced again by Dirty Viking Audio that includes a new track, 2 re-recorded and 2 live tracks from their performances in Europe in 2015. Release is anticipated for December 2016 or January 2017
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Seattle & Washington concert calendar, updated January 15, 2017

If you have information about shows/updates/cancellations, please get in contact with Metal Bulletin Zine.
January 18 Udo Dirkschneider "Back To The Roots - Farewell To Accept," Zero Down, Children of Seraph at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
January 18 Ash Borer, others at Obsidian, Olympia, WA
January 19 Ash Borer, Bell Witch, Hissing at Highline, Seattle, WA
January 20 Striker, Spellcaster, Skelator, Demonhammer at Highline, Seattle, WA
January 21 Entombed AD, Full of Hell, Turbid North, Deathraid at Highline, Seattle, WA
January 21 High on Fire at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
January 22 Armed for Apocalypse, Witchburn, Deathbed Confessions, others at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
January 23 Marc Rizzo, Oraculum at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
January 23 Thou Shall Kill, Dilapidation, Pill Brigade at Substation, Seattle, WA
January 23 Vultra at The Pin, Spokane, WA
January 27 Queensryche at Snoqualmie Casino, Snoqualmie, WA
January 27 Drawn and Quartered, Sakrificer, Raptor, Oxygen Destroyer at Highline, Seattle, WA
January 27 Anthrocene, Reevolution, Antitheus, Transcribing the Necronomicon at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
January 28 Bone Sickness, The Noctambulant, Kommand, Voidthrone at Highline, Seattle, WA
January 28 Blue Öyster Cult at Historic Everett Theatre, Everett, WA
January 30 Born without Blood, Odyssian, Monsters among Gods at Substation, Seattle, WA
Feb 1 Inquisition, Rutah, Serpentspire, Skinwalker at The Pin, Spokane, WA
February 2 Mayhem, Inquisition, Black Anvil at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
February 4 Lordi at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
February 10 Revenge, Weregoat, Drawn and Quartered, Bloody Master at Highline, Seattle, WA
February 10 Zero Down, others at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
February 12 Flotsam & Jetsam, Vicious Rumors, Hatchet, Antarez at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
February 19 Alterbeast, Depths of Hatred, Aenimus, Aethere, Aethereus at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
February 20 Marduk, Incantation, Svart Crown, A Flourishing Scourge, Dilapidation at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
February 22 Nile, Overkill, Kill Closet at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
February 23 Ashen Pyre, Isenordal, Serpent's Chalice at Substation, Seattle, WA
February 26 Uli Jon Roth, Zero Down, Children of Seraph at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
March 1 Max and Igor Cavalera "Return to Roots Tour," Immolation, Full of Hell at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
March 5 Devil Driver, Death Angel, The Agonist, Azreal, Ashes of Existence at Studio Seven, WA
March 6 Darkest Hour, Ringworm, Tombs, Rivers of Nihil, Blood and Thunder at Studio Seven, WA
March 11 Archgoat, Valkyrja, Hellfire, Deathcult, Void Wraith at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
March 28 Kreator, Obituary, Midnight, Horrendous at Neptune, Seattle, WA
March 29 Nails, Toxic Holocaust, Gatecreeper at Neumos, Seattle, WA
March 30 Despised Icon, Carnifex, Fallujah, Rings of Saturn, Lorna Shore at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
April 4 Amorphis, Swallow the Sun at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
April 25 Anthrax, Killswitch Engage at Showbox SoDo, Seattle, WA
April 28 D.R.I. at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
April 29 Asphyx, Extremity at Highline, Seattle, WA
May 4 Iron Kingdom at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
May 6 HammerFall, Delain at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
May 8 Sabaton, Battle Beast, others at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
May 11 Testament, Sepultura, Prong at Showbox Market, Seattle, WA
May 18 Y & T at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
May 20 Evergrey, Seven Kingdoms, Ascendia, Need at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
May 26 Candlemass at Modified Ghost Festival II, Vancover, B.C., Canada
June 12 Morbid Angel, Suffocation, Revocation, Withered at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
June 15,16,17 Northwest Terror Fest at Neumos and Barboza, Seattle, WA
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February 23: Ashen Pyre with Isenordal & Serpent's Chalice

At Substation in Seattle: Ashen Pyre with Isenordal & Serpent's Chalice
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NEWS: OHIO POWER METAL ACT WRETCH SIGN WITH EXTREME MANAGEMENT GROUP

OFFICIAL: Hailing from north east Ohio, power metal thrash act WRETCH are very pleased to announce that the band have signed a management deal with New York based international management agency EMG (Extreme Management Group)!!
WRETCH will join some of the leaders of the heavy music genre, such as SUFFOCATION, ATHEIST, ORIGIN, CATTLE DECAPITATION and many more on the EMG roster. Commenting on the new partnership, guitarist Nick Giannakos offers "We can't wait to get started with our partnership with EMG! We know they are going to be able to move Wretch forward in every way possible and we are looking to bigger and better things in the future!!"
The band have had a remarkable and long spanning career, and following a long hiatus reformed in 2004 to take the bands power metal excellence to the world stage. Following the release of 'Reborn' (2004) the highly acclaimed album led to WRETCH performing the Headbangers Open Air Festival in Germany in 2007. The band would later return to Europe to perform the Up The Hammers Festival in Greece in 2013 and released the 'Rise To Power' EP to further promote the band in Europe. Following the performance and EP release WRETCH secured an international record deal with German label Pure Steel Records. The band released its second full length 'Warriors' through Pure Steel Records in 2014.
WRETCH have a European tour set for March 2017 alongside Split Heaven and will be releasing the bands new album titled 'The Hunt' in February through Pure Steel Records. Expect big things this coming year from this enduring and shredding power metal five piece now backed by one of the leaders in international metal music management.
Biography: Nothing comes easy in the Rust Belt of Northeast Ohio, but that instills a certain kind of toughness into the people who live there. Most spend half their lives fighting their way out of this industrial wasteland.
This is the story of WRETCH, born out the underground Heavy Metal scene and fighting to rise above the desolation.
Formed in the early 80s, WRETCH rose to become one of Ohio’s most heralded underground metal acts, releasing the classic track “Life” on Auburn Records “Heavy Artillery” compilation album in 1989. However, after the band moved to Los Angeles in 1989 in a failed bid to get signed to a major label, things fell apart, and WRETCH was abandoned.
WRETCH lay dormant for decades until its 2006 reformation, when the band recorded and released their full-length "Reborn" CD. The “Reborn” CD got them international attention and garnered an invitation to play at Germany’s Headbangers Open Air Festival in 2007. WRETCH recorded and released the follow-up CD, “Make this Garden Burn” to coincide with the HOA appearance, and Festival organizers thought so much of the title track, that it has since served as the Headbangers Open Air Festival’s theme song.
In 2013, WRETCH was invited to play Greece’s Up the Hammers Festival, and the band again entered the studio to craft a release to coincide with the festival appearance. The result was 2013’s “Rise to Power” EP. The “Rise to Power” release got the attention of Germany’s Pure Steel Records, signing WRETCH to a 5-year, international recording contract.
WRETCH’s current line-up is Ron Emig on vocals, Nick Giannakos & Michael Stephenson on guitars, Tim Frederick on bass guitar and Evan Gottschalk on drums. WRETCH plans on releasing its first full-length CD with Pure Steel in 2014.
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