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Wargasm

Formed: 1985
From: Stoughton, MA, United States
Last Known Status: Disbanded

Latest Wargasm News

Below is our complete Wargasm news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

Wargasm Releases Demo Collection

Legendary Boston metal band Wargasm is commemorating the 25th anniversary of debut album "Why Play Around?" by releasing an album comprised of mid-'80s demos.

The 11 tracks on “Satan Stole My Lunch Money (Deluxe Expanded Edition)” were taken directly from the original cassettes, and the album includes every track from the band's four demos: "Satan Stole My Lunch Money," "Your Dog's Teeth," "Gasm It," and "Spirit In Decay."

"Whoever owns the rights to 'Why Play Around?' will probably never re-release it," says Wargasm bassist/vocalist Bob Mayo. "In fact, all 3 of our albums are currently unavailable. But almost half the songs on 'Why Play Around?' are on this demos album, so it's a pretty cool way to celebrate its 25th anniversary."

"Why Play Around?" has been out of print for two decades, though original LP, cassette and CD versions of the album sell for hefty prices in the aftermarket.

Mayo continues: "We were amazed that the cassettes still sounded so good. But when you’re dealing with cassettes, remixing them is out of the question. And when the cassettes are 20-25 years old, you’re really limited in what you can do with them sonically. We did what we could, and I think they sound pretty killer."

"Working on this record definitely brought me back to those days," says Mayo. "Thrash was just evolving and the tape-trading underground was a really powerful way to get your band heard all over the world. There is no underground anymore, there’s no more zines; everything’s on the internet for anyone to experience instantly. It was hard work to make an impression back then. Those times were really special to us and so are these tapes. They're part of the metal underground's history and we're psyched to be able to release them all together this way."

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New Metal Songs Available On The Rock Band Network

Xbox 360 metal fans are receiving several new metal tracks for the coming weekend on the Rock Band Network. This week's roundup includes music from Bonded By Blood, Chaotrope, Veil of Maya, and Wargasm. PS3 users will also get new tracks from Amberian Dawn, Lazarus A.D., Nightrage, and NightShade starting on the 28th.

The complete list of newly added Xbox 360 songs, including all the non-metal tracks, is as follows:

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Bonded By Blood - "Prototype Death Machine" (160 MSP)
Chaotrope - "Diachylon" (80 MSP)
Destruction of a Rose - "Rise and Shine" (160 MSP)
Destruction of a Rose - "Rise and Shine (2x Bass Pedal)" (160 MSP)
Veil of Maya - "Namaste" (160 MSP)
Wargasm - "Underground (2x Bass Pedal)" (160 MSP) More...

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New Metal Songs Land On The Rock Band Network

As the Playstation Network continues to experience outages, only the Xbox 360 edition of the Rock Band Network is receiving new music this week.

For rock and metal fans, this week's lineup includes tracks from Amberian Dawn, Asking Alexandria, Andromeda, and Wargasm. The complete list of newly added Xbox 360 tracks is as follows:

"Passing Bells" - Amberian Dawn
"Willow of Tears" - Amberian Dawn
"My Star" - Andromeda
"The Final Episode (Let's Change The Channel) (RB3 version)" - Asking Alexandria
"Hey I" - Blackberry Wednesday
"Hangman" - Drugstore Fanatics
"Seestrasse" - Killbody Tuning
"Katsushika" - Rishloo
"Stay Alive" - Rivethead
"Curse of the Werewolf" - Timeless Miracle
"Queen Bee" - Tina Guo
"Underground" - Wargasm

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New Metal Songs Available On Rock Band This Week

The weekend is fast approaching, and the Rock Band Network is going to make sure you've got enough music to rock on until Monday morning. The most notable metal additions this week on the Xbox 360 include Aittala, Norma Jean, and Wargasm. Coming soon to the PS3 are tracks from Winds of Plague and Clutch. The complete list of 360 tracks added this week, including the non-metal tracks, is as follows:

Aittala - Filthy Dog
Assembly of Dust - Pedal Down
deBaser - Happy Little Tune
HourCast - Attraction
Mason Douglas feat. Blue Morning - Right Now Romeo
Norma Jean - Leaderless and Self Enlisted
Norma Jean - Deathbed Atheist
Widespread Panic - Ain't Life Grand (Live)
Asking Alexandria - The Final Episode (Let's Change the Channel)
C.J. Ramone - Do It To Me
Free Spirit - Until the Night
No Justice - Love Song
Rose of Jericho - Take Me Away
Kramus - Embrace Your Rage
Wargasm - Jigsaw Man
XTT - Come Along
Sullivan DeMott - Here and Gone More...

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New Metal Tracks Available On Rock Band This Week

It's almost the weekend again, and that means new additions to the Rock Band Network to get your head banging before that terrible Monday rolls around. The most notable metal additions to this week's lineup are Meshuggah, Demon Hunter, and Wargasm. The complete list of new songs, including the non-metal tracks, is as follows:

The Apples in Stereo - "Dream About the Future"
Zoo Seven - "Painted"
Meshuggah - "Bleed"
Steel Train - "Turnpike Ghost"
XTT - "Cookie Monster"
Kiev - "Crooked Strings"
Rebelution - "Bright Side of Life"
Demon Hunter - "The World is a Thorn"
Made Avail - "Bury You Slowly"
The New Pornographers - "Crash Years"
Todd Thibaud - "Three Words"
RX Bandits - "Bled To Be Free (The Operation)"
The Raspberry Ants - "Janie"
Free Electric State - "Six Is One"
Jonathan Coulton - "Mandelbrot Set"
SexTon - "A Better Forever"
SOil - "The Lesser Man"
Wargasm - "Engine"
Spiral Trance - "The Me You See"
Charmaine - "Run" More...

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Meliah Rage Still Seeking New Vocalist

Boston power metallers MELIAH RAGE are currently hard at work in the studio on their next release, tentatively due to hit stores this summer on Screaming Ferret Wreckords. The band are holed up at Red Devil Recording in Stoughton, MA with Rich Spillberg (former WARGASM guitarist) handling the production duties alongside Meliah Rage mainman Anthony Nichols.

"As some of you might know we recently parted ways with vocalist Paul Souza," says Nichols, "The only reason for the split is that Paul's schedule makes it difficult for him to tour. We are presently working on a new record and have plans for some summer 2008 touring. Anyone interesed in the position can contact us thru our MySpace page or via our website. If you have already sent an email feel free to try again as we might have missed a few in the shuffle." More...

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Wargasm Post DVD Teaser Online

A 40-second "teaser" video for WARGASM's upcoming DVD has been posted online at this location. The disc is expected to contain footage recorded at Boston's thrash pioneers' special reunion show on Sept. 18, 2004 at the Middle East Club in Cambridge, MA. Due later in the year, the DVD will also feature a documentary about the band, complete with vintage live material and other candid footage of the group.

WARGASM split up in 1995 after issuing their third full-length album, "Suicide Notes", through the Transmission label.

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Wargasm DVD Is "Coming Along Slowly But Surely"

WARGASM guitarist Rich Spillberg has issued the following update via the band's official web site:

"The DVD has been coming along slowly but surely. I actually got myself involved in producing another album, and that has been taking my time away from the 'GASM DVD, but I have recently started back into it. The band that I'm producing is STEEL ASSASSIN. If you don't know of them, they were around in the early Eighties. They had a PRIEST/MAIDEN/SAXON early metal sound. I used to roadie for them long before 'GASM was doing it. They broke up in around '86 and recently the original members (except for the singer) all reformed to write and record an album. They asked me to do it. They have some interest from some labels here and in Europe, so we are trying to sort that all out right now.

"Yeah, taking these things on is great, but it does interfere with the 'GASM stuff. The way I look at it is the 'GASM package will come out and it is going to be amazing!!"

"As some of you may or may not know I created a myspace account for WARGASM back in February of 2005. The page URL is www.myspace.com/wargasm this is now where you will find MP3s for download and a message board dedicated to WARGASM!"

WARGASM's upcoming DVD will contain footage recorded at the band's special reunion show on Sept. 18, 2004 at the Middle East Club in Cambridge, MA. The DVD will also feature a documentary about the band, complete with vintage live material and other candid footage of the band.

WARGASM split up in 1995 after issuing their third full-length album, "Suicide Notes", through the Transmission label.

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Meliah Rage To Release New Album

Boston’s reformed metal heroes Meliah Rage is primed to make 2004 truly a landmark year for the band. Recently having their music featured on an episode of FOX TV’s hit series "The Shield," Meliah Rage is following the success with a brand new studio album, their first in over a decade. The nine-track sledgehammer of sonic vengeance "Barely Human" is slated for release on Screaming Ferret Wreckords in coordination with Escapi Music and Navarre Distribution on August 24th. A major North American tour will soon follow.

Guitarist Anthony Nichols, guitarist Jim Koury and bass guitarist Jesse Johnson, all original members, are joined by new vocalist Paul Souza and drummer Barry Spillberg (formerly of Wargasm) on "Barely Human." Original vocalist Mike Munro decided not to take part in the Meliah Rage reunion in order to focus on family. The tracklisting for this monumental release includes: Hate, Machine, Rigid, Invincible, Bloodbath, Barely Human, Hell Song, Ungodly, Motor Psycho, Wrong Place Right Time.

"Barely Human" was produced by Joe Moody and Nichols. Moody also recorded and mixed the album at Danger Multitrack in Providence, RI. All songs were written by Nichols and Souza except "The Wrong Place," which was written by Nichols, Souza and Clark Lush, and "Ungodly," which was written by Nichols, Souza and Spillberg. Nichols completed all musical arrangements and Souza wrote all lyrics for the album. Bob Mayo, formerly of Wargasm and a one-time Meliah Rage member, contributes special bass tracks on "Invincible."

A single for the title track “Barely Human,” was recently filmed as a video on the set of the upcoming horror film "God Of Vampires," and is currently available for download on the Screaming Ferret Wreckords website here. An MP3 of the track “Hate Machine” is available at this location.

As an added bonus, the initial pressing of "Barely Human" will include a bonus disc, the previously unreleased album "Unfinished Business," which features performances by Godsmack's Sully Erna on drums. Originally recorded in 1992, the tracks on "Unfinished Business" were intended as demos in order to secure a new record deal, upon the band’s departure from Epic Records. More...

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Wargasm To Play Reuinion Show

Classic early-Nineties thrash band WARGASM are reportedly planning a reunion show on September 18, 2004 as part of a benefit concert at the Middle East club in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Also set to appear is the local thrash band TRIPHAMMER. No further information is currently available.

WARGASM split up in 1995 after issuing their third full-length album, "Suicide Notes", through the Transmission label.

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