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The U.S. power metal veterans from New Jersey, Attacker, have come back with their 6th full-length album and follow-up to "Giants of Canaan." Attacker's "Sins of the World" dropped November 18th and is a blistering slice of old school American metal, just a bit more aggressive this time around.
This is the last recording featuring guitarist Pat Marinelli, who co-founded the band with drummer Michael Sabatini and has now decided to step down after contributing a few final solos. There has been a change on the bass player position (Brian Smith replaced Jon Hanemann), while the main songwriter of "Giants...", guitarist Mike Benetatos, now becomes the sole songwriter. Meanwhile, Bobby "Leather Lungs" Lucas wrote the lyrics and showed his impressive vocal skills once again.
The album cover artwork was painted by Jowita Kaminska-Peruzzi (Exodus, Manilla Road, Attacker, Witchburner, Forsaken, Deceased, Meliah Rage, Arkham Witch, Metal Law and previous Attacker covers).
In 2017 the band will come back to Europe to play a few festival dates, including Pounding Metal fest in Madrid, Up the Hammers in Athens in May, and Headbangers Open Air in the north of Germany in July. More...
U.S. outfit Attacker is gearing up to release a new album to follow 2013's "Giants of Canaan." You can check out recording footage and photos at Facebook here. Stay tuned for full info coming soon!
Legendary U.S. metal act Attacker, featuring Overlorde/Morbid Sin vocalist Bobby "Leather Lungs" Lucas, have signed on with Metal On Metal Records. The band will issue its fifth LP "Giants of Canaan" on February 2, 2013.
The announcement reads as follows:
"Metal on Metal Records announced the signing of the US power/heavy metal veterans ATTACKER and the release of their new album 'Giants of Canaan.'
"Mike Sabatini, the band's drummer and founder, commented: 'I just wanted to say on behalf of the band and myself, that we are thrilled to be working with Metal On Metal Records! Jowita and Simone do a fantastic first class job with their releases (no cheap packaging!) and are truly passionate about what they do. That in itself is very important to us, we didn't want to just sign with anyone. We have had a great working relationship with Jowita for several years now with her doing the cover art for our last 2 releases, 'The Unknown' and 'Standing the Test of Time', both awesome artworks. We look forward to nothing but great things to come with our new partners... See you on the road!!!' More...
New Jersey's Attacker is working on forthcoming album "Giants of Canaan," which will feature artwork created by Jowita Kaminska. Jowita comments on the release:
"The Lords of Thunder are back after a short hiatus! New Jersey based legendary power/traditional heavy metal act Attacker strikes with their 5th (and 3rd after the reunion) album, taking no prisoners. All vital ingredients for a classic metal album are on board here: very classic guitar work with genuine mid-'80s feel, mighty galloping riffs, precise, powerhouse drumming supported by thunderous bass.
"And last but definitely not least: the bloody impressive vocal performance courtesy of the new singer, Bobby 'Leather Lungs' Lucas, known from the first two Seven Witches and Overlorde albums. His emotion-filled voice displays a great range, from soothing or chilling calmer singing to aggressive and powerful air-raid siren wails and screams, straight from the school of Dickinson and Rivera.
"Just try NOT to raise your fist or sing along to those songs... if you manage this, you are probably hearing-impaired! All this goodness is rounded up with a perfect recording, well-balanced mix and warm production that steers away from the awful modern digital sound plaguing even some traditional metal albums nowadays. More...
New Jersey's Attacker has checked in with the following brief announcement about gearing up to record a new album next month:
"Drum tracking for the new Attacker album is scheduled to take place on Saturday September 8th & Sunday September 9th. Finally time to get the ball rolling. We can't wait to get this stuff out to you guys!!!!"
Further details on the upcoming Attacker album will be announced as they are made available. In the mean time, check out more info on the band and listen to songs available for streaming via Facebook. You can also listen to the previously posted "Steel Vengeance" track at this location.
New Jersey's Attacker has posted the new song "Steel Vengeance" online, which is available for streaming in the player below. The track also features new vocalist Bobby "Leatherlungs" Lucas and will be included in the band's upcoming album.
New Jersey power metal band Attacker has posted their new single, "Condemned," as a free download at this location. Attack recently began pre-production on December 6th for their upcoming 5th full length album. the band is also seeking a new vocalist.
The band comments on the requirements they are looking for, "ATTACKER is searching for a classic metal vocalist with multi-octave range, stage presence and experience. We are currently working on material for our next album which is scheduled for recording in late February/March 2010. Any interested parties can contact us at - email@example.com. Send vocal samples and photos to the above address for consideration or point us to your website or myspace."
Upstate New York's TMT festival has been temporarily postponed. The organizors have issued the following update:
"Due to an unagreeable situation that has arisen with the venue, we are forced to postpone - TEMPORARILY this event. We are currently spending every waking moment searching for a replacement venue that will satisfy both our needs and please all of the bands and fans. The lack of basic cooperation on the part of the venue is what has prompted this decision. We tried in vain to make every effort necessary, but in the end - they failed us."
"There will be two lineup changes - Forbidden had a problem between management and booking, they decided to play another gig that weekend. Metal Mike contacted us when Sebastian Bach decided to go on tour, this tour conflicted with the concert date. We wish both bands good luck in their endeavors."
New Jersey metallers ATTACKER have announced the addition of Walter Figueroa to the group's ranks. Figueroa is the former lead singer of SEVERED HAND (a band that features Sebastian Bach's son on drums) and he recently did a stint as vocalist for 1980s metal cover band SMELL THE GLOVE (which features SEVEN WITCHES and current JOEY BELLADONNA guitarist Jack Frost). Walter Figueroa has also been involved with hard rock band IMPRECARI and progressive rock/metal band PARADOX (New Jersey).
Walter Figueroa's influences include Geoff Tate, Rob Halford, Bruce Dickinson, and Tony Harnell. These influences can clearly be heard in Figueroa's soaring, powerful voice.
ATTACKER states: "Walter came down and did a fantastic job on the material, so we knew we had to look no further. We had several people recommend Walter to us and they were right on the money. We are all looking forward to working on our new album and hitting the stage as soon as possible."
MERCILESS DEATH annihilated the unsuspecting masses in early 2007 with their scorching debut "Evil in the Night". Eager to keep fans banging their heads, thrash metal purveyors MERCILESS DEATH have set a release date for their highly anticipated sophomore effort entitled "Realm of Terror", which will be unleashed on May 20. Gracing the cover of "Realm of Terror" will be artwork be legendary metal artist Andreas Marschall, whose talents have been displayed on classic albums by such bands as SODOM, KING DIAMOND, DESTRUCTION and OBITUARY. And once again Heavy Artillery Records will be pulling out all the stops with limited edition vinyl featuring a full color gatefold jacket, inner sleeve, deluxe 24” x 24” poster and limited colored vinyl.
MERCILESS DEATH will land on European soil for the first time with an exclusive appearance at the upcoming Keep It True X festival on April 4. This historic event marks the tenth installment of the legendary festival and is celebrated with exclusive early material sets by JAG PANZER, MANILLA ROAD, HELSTAR, OMEN, TITAN FORCE, and ATTACKER, amongst others.
For more information, visit their MySpace page.
Reunited San Francisco Bay Area metallers FORBIDDEN have been added to the TMT Metal Festival, set to take place July 18-20 at the Skyview Drag Strip in Tioga Center, upstate New York. The festival billing is shaping up as follows:
FLOTSAM and JETSAM
DEATHRIDERS (feat. Neil Turbin)
"METAL" MIKE CHLASCIAK
FORBIDDEN has already announced several West Coast dates and European festival appearances. Russ Anderson (vocals), Craig Locicero (guitar), Matt Camacho (bass) and Glen Alvelais (guitar), along with special guest drummer Gene Hoglan (STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, TESTAMENT, DEATH, DARK ANGEL) will bring something that so many of their peers, old-school fans and especially the younger generation of fans that never got to see FORBIDDEN live have been asking for: a FORBIDDEN reunion!
New Jersey metallers ATTACKER are recording a brand new song, "Condemned", that will be featured in a free CD to be published by Poland's Hard Rocker magazine. The track will later be released by the band as a commemorative CD single for fans attending the Keep It True X festival. Only 100 copies will be made available and each copy will be autographed by the members of ATTACKER.
Commented ATTACKER vocalist Bob Mitchell: "Bart Gabriel [from Hard Rocker magazine] and I share a long term friendship and when he asked us to contribute a song for the magazine's free CD, we counter-offered a brand new song to him and for our fans throughout Europe. I will also confirm that we will later release this new song as a CD single. 'Condemned' will give fans an opportunity to check out what's yet to come from us. It's also our way of giving back and saying thanks to those that have remained loyal and supported us." More...
Chavis Records has issued an E-Card for Standing The Test Of Time, the upcoming release from New Jersey metallers ATTACKER. Check it out at this location.
The album will be available on November 27th.
Standing The Test Of Time will be distributed nationwide and internationally by the BCD Music Group. Look for Standing The Test Of Time on the shelves just in time for Christmas.
The CD will contain 16 tracks, including four tracks from each of the band's releases. Tracklisting: '(Call On) The Attacker', 'Slayer's Blade', 'Disciple', 'The Hermit', 'Zero Hour', 'Captives Of Babylon', 'Desecration', 'Revelations Of Evil', 'Soul Taker', 'Jack', 'Sleepy Hollow', 'The End', 'The Unknown', 'Nail It Down', 'I Am Sinn', 'This Is Power'.
Chavis Records has set a November 27 reelase date for "Standing the Test of Time", the "best-of" release from New Jersey metallers ATTACKER. The CD's exquisite cover art was hand painted by artist Jowita Kaminska. "The cover is symbolic and the meaning is definitive, it tells our story," explains vocalist Bob Mitchell.
The CD will contain 16 tracks, including four tracks from each release. The track listing is as follows:
01. (Call On) The Attacker
02. Slayer's Blade
04. The Hermit
05. Zero Hour
06. Captives Of Babylon
08. Revelations Of Evil
09. Soul Taker
11. Sleepy Hollow
12. The End
13. The Unknown
14. Nail It Down
15. I Am Sinn
16. This Is Power
As a bonus, and in addition to the limited CD packaging, fully enhanced packaging content will be available for free digital download online when the CD is purchased. The enhanced digital packaging will contain lyrics, photos, icons, wallpapers and much more for fans to download.
For more information, visit www.chavisrecords.net.
Heavy metal artist ATTACKER announce a new definitive BEST OF collection titled 'STANDING THE TEST OF TIME' to be released later this fall. 'STANDING THE TEST OF TIME' will contain 16 neck snapping metal tracks from the band's lengthy music career. 'STANDING THE TEST OF TIME' will be release through CHAVIS RECORDS and distributed worldwide by the BCD Music Group.
The legendary heavy metal band ATTACKER has signed with CHAVIS RECORDS for the worldwide digital distribution of their complete catalog including the critically acclaimed 'Battle At Helms Deep', plus 'The Second Coming', 'Soul Taker' and 'The Unknown'. The band's physical CD releases of their entire ctalog are available through Sentinel Steel Records.
ATTACKER will be performing at THE MONSTERS BALL, presented by the True Metal America Concert Series on October 12th and 13th along with Raven, Hallows Eve, Overdrive, and Seventh Calling. The band will also be supporting the new release with 2007/2008 dates to be announced in the U.S, Europe and Puerto Rico.
Details on the release date, track listing, artwork and tour dates will be forthcoming.
Legendary heavy metal band ATTACKER has signed a deal with Chavis Records for the worldwide digital distribution of their complete catalog, including the critically acclaimed "Battle at Helms Deep", "The Second Coming", "Soul Taker" and "The Unknown".
Formed in 1983 as one of the first heavy metal bands to use J.R.R. Tolkien's books as a source of inspiration, ATTACKER released "Battle at Helms Deep" and quickly amassed a legion of metal followers making the LP an underground classic. ATTACKER released "The Second Coming" in 1988 and then went on a hiatus.
2004 saw ATTACKER make a solid comeback with the release of "Soul Taker". Live appearances at the Keep It True festival in April 2004 in Lauda-Königshofen, Germany and the Heavy Metal Maniacs Festival in October 2004 at Manifesto Hall in Hoorn, Holland followed. The band then went on to record its newest effort, "The Unknown", which came out in 2006. More...
Reunited New Jersey metallers ATTACKER have announced more tour dates in support of their new album, The Unknown:
9 at Rock Bottom Club in Thessoloniki, Greece
10 at Underworld Club in Athens, Greece
12 at tba in Milan, Italy
15 at tba in Groningen, Holland
16 at Swordbrothers Festival in Andernach, Germany
27 at The Hook in Brooklyn, NY
28 at Pirates Den in Glouster City, NJ
29 at Maxwell's in Hoboken, NJ
11 - Festival De Metal Nacional in Cayey, Puerto Rico
Reunited New Jersey metallers ATTACKER have announced the following dates in support of their new album, "The Unknown".
Jul. 21 - Dingbatz - Clifton, NJ
Jul. 22 - The Hook - Brooklyn, NY
Aug. 19 - RPM'S Rock Club - Bridgeville, PA
Lords Of Thunder European Tour 2006:
Sep. 09 - Rock Bottom Club - Thessoloniki, GRE
Sep. 10 - Underworld Club - Athens, GRE
Sep. 12 - ITA
Sep. 14 - NETH
Sep. 15 - BEL
Sep. 16 - Andernach, GER (Swordbrothers Festival)
Oct. 27 - The Hook - Brooklyn, NY
Oct. 28 - Pirates Den - Glouster City, NJ
Oct. 29 - Maxwell's - Hoboken, NJ
After much deliberation, reunited New Jersey metallers ATTACKER have re-signed with Sentinel Steel Records. The band's new album "The Unknown" will see its official worldwide release on Tuesday, April 11 on CD and classic vinyl.
ATTACKER and Sentinel Steel have announced that copies of their newest album will be on sale at the very site where the band solidified their comeback, at the Keep It True Festival in Germany on Saturday, April 8 - three days before the album's worldwide release on April 11.
ATTACKER will be on tour in Europe starting on Saturday September 16 with a headlining appearance at the Swordbrothers Festival in Andernach, Germany. Stops will also include Italy, Greece and Belgium. The European trek will be sponsored by Eat Metal Records.
On October 17th, the band will be entering the recording studio to begin work on their next album, tentatively titled, "The Unknown." The album will contain Eight new tracks. The project will eminate from world reknowned Trax East Recording Studios in New Jersey. Artwork for the new Attacker album will be illustrated by Jowita Kaminska (Deceased, Exodus). No release date has been set as of this writing.
Also on the horizon is the much anticipated upcoming DVD titled "Death By Decibles"! Footage has been shot for this home video starting from their now historic return performance in Hoboken's Maxwell's right on through Keep It True, Classic Metal Fest, and Milwaukee Metal Fest. Also, behind the scenes footage including the making of the "Soul Taker" album. The band have come across some live footage of the late John Leone (Second Coming vocalist) that will be included! As a point of interest, Attacker will be headlining the Fifth Annual Heavy Metal Maniacs Fest in Hoorn, Holland on Saturday October 30th 2004. This live performance will also be shot for their upcoming DVD home video. This will be a must have for Attacker fans and Metal fans by and large. A release date will soon be announced.
Finally, Attacker have been confirmed for both Classic Metal Fest 5 on May 13th and 14th 2005 in Chicago, IL USA and Headbanger's Open Air on July 8th and 9th 2005 in Botanik, Germany showtimes and confirmed dates will be announced soon.