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Latest October 31 News
Below is our complete October 31 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.
Set for international release on November 25th via Hells Headbangers, "Metal Massacre 31" is a special all-covers album whereby October 31 perform new versions of tracks originally found on the "Metal Massacre" compilations during the 1980s.
The eight volumes of "Metal Massacre" released by Metal Blade Records were massively instrumental in chronicling (and furthering) the burgeoning heavy metal movement, particularly in the United States.
Here, the earliest songs of Slayer and Ratt, for example, stood side by side each other as a declaration of intent: that heavy metal was here, and it was here to stay. Those who grew up in the '80s and heard these compilations have fond memories of them, as each song was almost always exclusive and almost always exciting - a new stone to unturn, a new head to bang.
For the members of October 31, these compilations are so cherished and enduring that they've recorded a covers album comprising songs all exclusively on these comps. The full track listing is as follows:
1. Cross My Way (Death Dealer)
2. Forbidden Evil (War Cry)
3. Torture Me (Omen)
4. The Awakening (Titanic)
5. Dead Of The Night (Demon Flight)
6. Heavy Metal Virgin (Aloha)
7. The Alien (Sacred Blade)
8. Metal Merchants (Hallow's Eve)
9. The Warrior (Final Warning)
10. The Battle Of Armageddon (Tyrant) More...
Hells Headbangers has announced the running order for the label's three-day "Hells Headbash - Part 2" festival, set to take place in Cleveland, Ohio on September 4th - 6th.
After the resounding success of the first "Hells Headbash" last summer, the show was expanded to a three-day event with an even more epic lineup of HHR-affiliated bands.
Set to take place at the world-renowned Agora Theater, "Hells Headbash - Part 2" will feature the first American performances by Finland's Satanic Warmaster and Australia's Destruktor and exclusive performances by underground legends Archgoat and Profanatica, as well as 31 other groups. The lineup is as follows:
FRIDAY, SEPT 4th:
Midnight, Cianide, October 31, High Spirits, Acid Witch, Blood Feast, Bonehunter, Bat, Abysmal Lord, Cemetery Lust, Prosanctus Inferi, The Lurking Corpses.
SATURDAY, SEPT 5th:
Profanatica, Satanic Warmaster, Destruktor, Deiphago, Perdition Temple, Deceased, Sacrocurse, Evil Army, Haunting Presence, Hellvetron, Embalmer
SUNDAY, SEPT 6th:
Archgoat, Black Witchery, Inquisition, Deathhammer, Nyogthaeblisz, Shitfucker, Demonic Christ, Ævangelist, Nocturnal Blood, Nexul, Manticore, Gravewurm
THURSDAY, SEPT 3rd:
A FREE Hells Headbash pre-party for those that purchase a 3-day pass. This gig will feature 6 Shadow Kingdom Records affiliated bands - Coven, Iron Man, Night Magic (a continuation of Hour Of 13), Temple Of Void, Tombstalker, Venomous Maximus More...
Hells Headbangers just announced the final lineup for the label's three-day "Hells Headbash - Part 2" festival, set to take place in Cleveland, Ohio on September 4th - 6th.
After the first "Hells Headbash" last summer - which was held at the label's distribution warehouse, and was filmed for a special DVD release set for later this year - Hells Headbangers expanded the fest to include an additional day and with an even more epic lineup of HHR-affiliated bands.
Set to take place at the Agora Theater, "Hells Headbash - Part 2" will feature the first American performances by Satanic Warmaster and Destruktor and exclusive performances by underground legends Archgoat and Profanatica, as well as 31 other Hells Heabangers-supported bands that span the spectrum of death metal, black metal, thrash, grind, metalpunk, and plenty of filthy points in between. The full list of bands, in alphabetical order, are as follows: More...
The third annual Defenders of the Old Fest, which will be held from March 13-14, 2015 at the Bell House in Brooklyn, has added a third day for Sunday, March 15th featuring Sweden's Nifelheim and Kansas City's Ares Kingdom, plus two more acts to be announced.
The main festival will see headline performances from Riot (n/k/a Riot V) (on Friday, March 13th) and Canadian legends Exciter (back with the original lineup featuring drummer/vocalist Dan Beehler) (on Saturday, March 14th).
The lineups for the now three day festival are as follows:
Friday, March 13th:
Machine of War (Featuring NME's Brian Llapitan to perform "Unholy Death" in its entirety)
Aggression (Canada) (Legendary Speed Metallers from Quebec. First show in the U.S.)
Saturday, March 14th:
Exciter (The First U.S. show with the original Beehler, Johnson, Ricci, line-up in 30 years.They will be performing classics from the first 3 albums)
Brocas Helm (First East Coast show)
So its Halloween yet again….and for some reason it just doesn’t seem as scary and wonderful as it used to be. Maybe its age….maybe it’s the state of the world….perhaps it’s just desensitization or my state of mind. Though its still my favorite time of year, Halloween used to be "special," mainly due to the fact that I bought into this notion that Halloween is the “world holiday of metal.” Not unlike horror films, metal used to have a creep factor in the 80's that seems all too polished and mechanical in 2014. For me, it's the only time when severely under-produced records can have a massive shock value.
On the topic of special Halloween memories over the years, I distinctly remember 1986 – when Slayer had just released what is arguably the greatest thrash metal album of our time just 24 days prior to Halloween. I begged my parents for money to buy it just around a day or two before Halloween…and it literally scared the crap out of me as a 15 year old kid. Every Halloween in that time, back when more people used to celebrate it with open doors, family, friends and I used to walk 5-7 miles – filling multiple pillow cases with candy…only to return home and dump it on the floor before switching costumes to go out for another 2-3 miles before all the lights went out in the neighborhood precisely at 8:30pm. 1986 was particularly memorable because the topic of discussion was “Reign in Blood.” My friends and I gasped in terror conjured by the album mostly because it was so "rebellious" and clashed directly (and indirectly) with our Roman Catholic upbringing. These were days before we reached the age of reason. More...
Virginia's October 31, featuring Deceased's King Fowley, announced the new album "Bury the Hatchet" will be released on October 14th via Hells Headbangers Records. The album marks the first full length studio release in nine years. The long-awaited album sees October 31 returning with a vengeance, firing off one mean, lean headbanger after another.
October 31 ranges the entire repertoire, which goes all the way back to the mid '90s: from "thrashing-like-a-maniac attacks" to "heart-pumping speed metal missiles" and plenty of traditional metal in between. "Bury the Hatchet" promises to be varied, dynamic, and immediately memorable heavy metal to the bloody, glorious end." The band also features ex-Overlord shredder Brian "Hellstorm" Williams and bassist Jim Hunter of While Heaven Wept and Twisted Tower Dire.
A statement from vocalist King Fowley reads: "The new album is finally done, and we are very, very pleased with the results. LOUD FUCKING HEAVY METAL is what the witch's cauldron is a'brewing! So drink up, ye olde metal muthas - DRINK UP!!!"
The track list for "Bury the Hatchet" is:
1. Tear Ya Down
2. Bury the Hatchet
3. Down at Lover's Lane
4. Under My Gun
5. The House Where Evil Dwells
6. Growing Old
7. Gone to the Devil
8. Arsenic on the Rocks
9. Voodoo Island
10. Angel Dusted More...
Hells Headbangers has announced January 21st, 2014 as the international release date of two deluxe reissue CDs from October 31: "The Fire Awaits You" from 1997 and its follow-up, "Meet Thy Maker" from 1999. The re-release track listings can be found below.
"The Fire Awaits You"
1. The Warlock
2. Salem's Curse
3. The Fire Awaits You
4. Prelude / Lost City
5. Voyage To Infinity
6. Day Of The Saxons
8. A Million Goodbyes
9. Voyage To Infinity
10. The Fire Awaits You
11. Child Of The Damned
12. When Darkness Covers The Sun
13. I Don’t Know
14. Public Enema Number One
15 Voyage to Infinity
16. The Fire Awaits You
17. Child of the Damned (Warlord cover)
18. When Darkness Covers the Sun
19. I Don't Know (Ozzy Ozbourne tribute/cover)
20. Public Enema Number One (Iron Maiden tribute/cover)
(Tracks 15-18 from Voyage To Infinity demo 1996) More...
The Ragnarokkr Metal Apocalypse 2013 will take place in Chicago this coming May 3rd and 4th. The full lineup has now been revealed and is available below. The organizers of the festival also commented:
"Ragnarokkr Metal Apocalypse is the premier true metal festival in North America - keeping underground metal alive in the states. They've quickly gained an infamous reputation across the world by featuring many legendary bands all at one event.
"Some Ragnarokkr veterans include the reunion of Brocas Helm, the German power metal masters Wizard for their only USA show, Helstar for the first time in the Midwest in over 2 decades, Voltax for their first USA appearance, Obsession featuring Michael Vescera, and the epic Virgin Steele. 2013 will be the best year yet! For more details, visit this location."
Rock Club Stage
Oz (Sweden, first USA show)
Tyrant’s Reign (back after 7 yrs)
Ashbury (first metal show)
Split Heaven (Mexico, first USA show)
The tenth annual Maryland Deathfest is set to take place in Baltimore, Maryland on May 24-27, 2012. Tickets are still on sale for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with Thursday is sold out.
The final lineup is confirmed and the running order and set times have been announced as follows:
Thursday, May 24th - Entrance opens at 4:00 pm
Extermination Angel - 4:45 - 5:10
Die Pigeon Die - 5:25 - 5:50
Needful Things - 6:05 - 6:40
Rorschach - 6:55 - 7:40
Dying Fetus - 7:55 - 8:40
Absu - 8:55 - 9:40
Eyehategod - 9:55 - 10:45
Agalloch - 11:00 - 12:00
Autopsy - 12:15 - end
Friday, May 25th - Entrance opens at 3:00 pm More...
The tenth annual Maryland Deathfest is set to take place in Baltimore, Maryland on May 24-27, 2012 and the final 12 bands were recently announced. They are:
NEEDFUL THINGS (Czech Republic)
DIE PIGEON DIE (Australia)
Additionally, the organizers have announced the lineup for the first day (Thursday). AUTOPSY will be headlining this day and the rest of the bands playing will be: AGALLOCH, EYEHATEGOD, RORSCHACH, DYING FETUS, DESASTER, NEEDFUL THINGS, DIE PIGEON DIE, and EXTERMINATION ANGEL.
Four-day passes (Thursday-Sunday) and 3-day passes (Friday-Sunday) will go on sale on Monday, September 26th. Single day tickets for Thursday will also go on sale on the 26th. More...
ELECTRIC WIZARD (UK) will be making an exclusive U.S. appearance at Maryland Deathfest X. Also newly confirmed for the festival, slated to take place May 24-27, 2012, are CONFESSOR, HAEMORRHAGE (Spain), and OCTOBER 31. The confirmed bands so far are:
ELECTRIC WIZARD (UK)
CHURCH OF MISERY (Japan)
THE DEVIL'S BLOOD (Netherlands)
NEGURA BUNGET (Romania)
TODAY IS THE DAY
ULCERATE (New Zealand)
THE DAY EVERYTHING BECAME NOTHING (Australia)
DRAGGED INTO SUNLIGHT (UK)
AGENTS OF ABHORRENCE (Australia)