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Master

Formed: 1983
From: Chicago, IL, United States
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Master News

Below is our complete Master 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.

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Master Lining Up 2015 Tour

Chicago, IL death metal band Master has checked in with the following announcement about lining up a U.S. tour for next year:

"Update on the Master U.S. tour 2015 - unfortunately Funebrarum will not be able to do the tour but pleased to announce thrash kings Solstice will be replacing Funebrarum. And we have openers Dismemberment and Hate Storm Annihilation. Going to a amazing tour. We will have dates soon!" More...

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First Bands and Dates Announced For MDF 2015

The first round of band confirmations have been made for Maryland Deathfest 2015. The thirteenth edition of the festival will take place in Baltimore, Maryland from May 21-24, 2015.

The bands confirmed so far are as follows:

Aeternus (Norway) - exclusive US appearance
Arcturus (Norway) - exclusive US appearance
Aura Noir (Norway) - exclusive US appearance
Bulldozer (Italy) - exclusive US appearance
Darkened Nocturn Slaughtercult (Germany)
Demoncy
Dragged into Sunlight (UK)
D.R.I.
Einherjer (Norway) - exclusive US appearance
Funebrarum
Goatsnake
Impetuous Ritual (Australia) - exclusive US appearance
Lock Up - exclusive US appearance
Lycanthropy (Czech Republic)
Master
Melt-Banana (Japan)
Metal Church
Noisear
Neurosis
Portal (Australia) - exclusive US appearance
Serpentine Path
Skepticism (Finland) - exclusive US appearance
Splatterhouse
Suffering Mind (Poland)
Triptykon (Switzerland) - exclusive US appearance
Tsjuder (Norway) - exclusive US appearance
Twilight of the Gods - exclusive US appearance
Ufomammut (Italy)
Vallenfyre (UK) - exclusive US appearance
Vulcano (Brazil) - exclusive US appearance
Winter
Wolfbrigade (Sweden) - exclusive US appearance

Dates that each band performs and running times will not be set until closer to the festival dates.

The organizers are satisfied with the venue situation this year and have decided to use the same set up next year. This means that Maryland Deathfest 2015 will use the Edison Lot (located at 545 N. High St) for the two main stages, Rams Head (located at 20 Market Place) will be used each night and will host death/black metal bands, and Soundstage (located at 124 Market Pl) will be used each day/night for grind/hardcore/punk bands. On Thursday, only Rams Head will be used.

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Master Documentary Makers Lauch Indiegogo Page

Independent filmmaker Will Wulff and metal veteran/journalist Jeff Tandy have launched a crowd-sourcing campaign through IndieGoGo.com to help fund the making and production of "Lone Survivor - Paul Speckmann and the Story of Master," a documentary film about one of death metal's earliest and most influential pioneers.

Perks for contributors include DVD copies of the completed film, inclusion and thanks in the film's credits and an assortment of Master and Death Strike merchandise. To see a video message from Paul Speckmann and to contribute, visit this location.

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Cripple Bastards To Play Obscene Extreme Fest

Italy's Cripple Bastards has been confirmed for the upcoming Obscene Extreme Festival. The following press release was also issued about the appearance:

"You could say this is a 'grindcore hat-trick' as it is the third OEF appearance in 2014 for Italian hate mob Cripple Bastards after headlining the insane Obscene Extreme Asia in Tokyo and Obscene Extreme Australia in Melbourne earlier this year. But if you really want to see the Bastards play at home, then Obscene Extreme Trutnov is the grounds for the final massacre. They have been blasting the shit on stage since the festival's birth back in 1999 and raised the most infernal stage diving pits for countless times through the years that followed.

"26 years after their conception Cripple Bastards still hold the banner high as Italy's most hostile and aggressive grind/hardcore unit around. With one foot firmly in the past and all the vicious savagery of manic fast 80's hardcore extremity, Cripple Bastards are also charging forwards. With bloodshot eyes and a rabid 'get out and bite them' attitude, this band are ready to introduce their brand new 2014 full length 'Nero In Metastasi' on Relapse Records and they will consolidate their ongoing mission of bringing nihilistic, fuck-you-all, grinding hatred to every corner of an underserving mankind. Cripple Bastards will also be introducing for the first time ever on Trutnov's Battlefield their 5 piece line-up with new axeman Wild Vitto on second guitar which will only enhance their wall of hate/grind fury!"

The Obscene Extreme Festival 2014 will take place from July 16th - 20th, 2014, with full details available right here. The confirmed lineup includes the following bands: More...

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Hate Storm Annihilation Joining Master Tour

Hate Storm Annihilation has issued the following announcement about joining Master on tour:

"Ladies and gentlemen, we are Happy/Sad to announce that due to some unfortunate last minute cancellation of one of the bands from the April tour WE are now the new DIRECT SUPORT for the Master North American Witchhunt tour!

"We are also extremely happy to announce that due to this lineup change our friends from Age of Ares will now be the newest addition to this tour lineup!!! VERY EXCITED TO GET ON THE ROAD WITH THESE GUYS! Happy Saturday EVERYONE!"

Age of Ares also comments: "Here it is everybody! We are proud to announce that Age of Ares will be returning from Europe on the 15th and will be flying out to New York on the 18th to join the "North American Witch Hunt Tour!!" We will be opening for the legendary Master! We want to say thank you to all those who have helped us out and given us these opportunities! Big thanks to our friends in Hate Storm Annihilation!! We wouldn't be here without you guys! Can't wait to tour with you guys!!" More...

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Master Posts US Tour Dates

Death metal pioneers Master are set to make their North American return next month for the 2014 North American Witchhunt Tour. Kicking off on April 17th in Philadelphia, Master will spend three weeks demolishing North American stages in support of their newest release, "The Witchhunt."

Joining MASTER's legendary founder/frontman will be guitarists Alex Bouks (Eturnus, ex-Incantation) and VJS (Nightbringer, Incursus), along with drummer Ruston Groose (Surgeon). Album track "The Parable" is now streaming at this location. North American Witchhunt dates are as follows:

4/17 Philadelphia, PA @Millcreek Tavern
4/18 Brooklyn, NY @ St. Vitus
4/19 Wilmington, DE @ Mojo 13
4/20 Buffalo, NY @The Forvm
4/22 Chicago, IL @ Reggie's
4/23 St. Louis, MO @ Fubar
4/24 Milwaukee, WI @ The Metal Grill
4/25 Oklahoma City, OK @ Leon's Metal Lounge
4/26 Denver, CO @ 3 King's Tavern
4/28 Portland, OR @ Slabtown
4/29 Seattle, WA @ 2 Bit Saloon
4/30 Oakland,CA @ The Metro
5/01 Rosemead, CA @ Spike's
5/02 Pomona, CA Characters
5/03 Tempe, AZ @ Red Owl
5/05 San Antonio, TX @ Korova
5/06 New Orleans, LA @ Siberia
5/07 Tampa, FL @ Brass Mug
5/09 Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter


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Brutal Truth To Play Obscene Extreme Fest

The Obscene Extreme festival will be taking place from July 16th - 20th, with ticket information available at this location. Now the festival has announced several new additions to the lineup, including Brutal Truth and Morgoth. The festival organizers comment:

"Few bands represent Obscene Extreme as fully as US grind legends Brutal Truth – they've weathered break-ups and line-up changes, but never once have they halted in their mission to keep pushing the bleeding edge of grindcore.

"Never complacent, each steamroller of Brutal Truth album has furthered their sound and moved the goalposts for the whole damn genre in the process. Now bassist, founding member and extreme metal champion Dan Lilker approaches his 50th birthday, he's stepping back from music and his baby - Brutal Truth - will be no more.

"When the band returned in 2006, it was Obscene Extreme the following year that welcomed them back as very personification of the festival. Now, seven years later we'll bid them farewell with one final performance. Obscene Extreme 2014 – this promises to be unforgettable!!!

"Another band that will be stepping out onto the Obscene Extreme stage this year will be fathers of the German death metal scene, the mighty Morgoth. Originally split in 1998 after only three albums - the coffin-lid hammering of 1991's ‘Cursed,’ 1993's forward-thinking ‘Odium’ and their most divisive albums ever, 1995's post-punk ‘Feel Sorry For The Fanatic.’ More...

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Master Posts New Track

Death metal pioneers Master have chosen "Another Suicide" as the newest streaming single off their latest release "The Witchhunt." Master's landmark 12th album, "The Witchhunt," was released September 27th on German death metal label FDA Rekotz and features 11 brand new tracks of classic and catchy death metal played with the intensity and attitude that Master fans have come to rely upon over the years. To stream "Another Suicide," go to the bottom of the article.

Master just wrapped up a massive European tour that kept the band on the road for nearly a month in support of "The Witchhunt." After a brief period of downtime, the Paul Speckmann-led trio will head back on the road, this time with Belgian deathsquad Dehuman and Hanged as support acts. Footage taken from the Halloween gig at Club New York in Vilnius, Lithuania has been posted here.

MASTER w/ DEHUMAN and HANGED tour dates:

12/06 @ SVJH Ost - Wolfsburg, Ger. w/ Bones, Disemboweled, Bregraven *
12/07 @ K17 - Berlin, Ger. Nocturnus Festival - www.facebook.com/nocturnus.fest *
12/12 @ Havana, Skopje, Mac.
12/14 @ Klub Mini Teatr - Osijek, Cro.
12/15 @Gun Club - Beograd, Ser.
12/16 @8Ball Club - Sofia, Bul.
12/17 @TBA - Sibiu, Rom.
12/18 @TBA - Cluj-Napoca, Rom.
12/19 @Private Hell Club - Bucharest, Rom.
* - No Dehuman & Hanged


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Master Posts Tour Dates

Death metal pioneers Master have released their landmark 12th album, "The Witchhunt," on German death metal label FDA Rekotz. The album features 11 brand new tracks of classic and catchy death metal.

Next week, Master will hit the road with MPire Of Evil and Onslaught as part of the Slaughterfest European Tour. The tour kicks off on October 9th in the UK with Master playing an October 5th one-off gig at Portugal's Mosh Fest. Dates are as follows:

October 5 @ Mosh Fest Side B, Benavente, Portugal
October 9 @ Blyth and Tyne, Northumberland, UK
October 10 @ Institute (The Temple), Birmingham UK
October 11 @ Bierkeller, Bristol, UK
October 12 @ The Garage, London, UK
October 13 @ Ieper, JOC Ieper, Belgium
October 14 @ Hirsch, Nürnberg, Germany
October 15 @ Steinbruchtheater, Darmstadt, Germany
October 16 @ Rockfabrig, Ludwigsburg, Germany
October 17 @ Bastard Club, Osnabrück, Germany
October 18 @ Nova Chmelnice, Prag, Czech Republic
October 19 @ Messehalle, Straubing, Germany
October 20 @ Dynamo, Eindhoven, Holland
October 21 @ Vortex Club, Siegen, Germany
October 22 @ Matrix, Bochum, Germany
October 23 @ Stengade, Copenhagen, Denmark
October 24 @ John Dee, Oslo, Norway
October 25 @ Kick, Kristiansand, Norway
October 26 @ Sandes Kulturhus, Sandes/Stavenger, Norway
October 27 @ TBA
October 28 @ Day Off
October 29 @ Klubbi, Tampere, Finland
October 30 @ Melna Piektdiena, Riga, Latvia
October 31 @ NEW YORK, Vilnius, Lithuania
November 1 @ Day Off
November 2 @ Progresja, Warsaw, Poland
November 3 @ Kwadrat, Cracow, Poland

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Master Streaming Track From "The Witchhunt"

Death metal pioneers Master and German label FDA Rekotz have joined forces for the exclusive world premier of the band's landmark 12th release, "The Witchhunt." The album features 11 brand new tracks of classic death metal and will be available worldwide through FDA Rekotz on September 27th, but you can experience the devastation early with an upload of the track "The Parable" below.

Formats on which the album will be available include digital, CD and white, black or blue vinyl. Several pre-order CD/LP + t-shirt packages are being offered. FDA Rekotz and Master are also offering an 'Ultimate Fan Package' that includes the album on CD and vinyl, a Master t-shirt, patch and sticker and a copy of "Speckmann - Underground Survivor - The Pictoral," a limited edition, 196-page book featuring pictures and stories from MASTER founder and death metal pioneer Paul Speckmann.


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Exumer Drops Off Slaughterfest European Tour

German thrash act Exumer has dropped off the upcoming Slaughterfest Tour in Europe with Onslaught, MPire of Evil and Master, citing logistical reasons as the cause.

The announcement reads:

"The logistical circumstances that preceded this tour made it impossible to commit to the tour, even if it meant giving up our co/ headlining spot on the bill. We are just as disappointed as everyone else who wanted to check out this killer tour package but we had to make a decision and as difficult it was, we opted to pull out of the tour. Anyone who has seen us live in the past knows that we try to play energetic and exciting shows possible. Unfortunately, the logistical problems surrounding the tour would've made it impossible to guarantee the fans a 100% of what we are capable of and to deliver what they expect every night.

"We refuse to shortchange our fans and ultimately tarnish the EXUMER brand just for some profit. Our withdraw[al] from the tour has nothing to do with the rest of the bands on the tour package and we wish them a great run with loads of success, as we have nothing but respect for each of the remaining bands on the bill.

"We will do our best to put together a string of shows in Europe next year to make up for this cancellation and ask for everyone to consider our apologies and hopefully see you at one of the next Exumer shows!!"

The tour will proceed with the remaining acts, beginning on October 9th in the U.K. (see dates here). More...

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Master Reveals Tracklisting And Cover Art

"The Witchhunt," the forthcoming 12th studio album from death metal pioneers Master, is now available for pre-order. Set for a September 27th worldwide release on Germany's FDA Rekotz, "The Witchhunt" will be available on digital, CD and white, black or blue vinyl formats. Several pre-order CD/LP + t-shirt packages are being offered.

FDA Rekotz and Master are also offering an 'Ultimate Fan Package' that includes the album on CD and vinyl, a MASTER t-shirt, patch and sticker and a copy of "Speckmann - Underground Survivor - The Pictoral," a limited edition, 196-page book featuring pictures and stories from Master founder and death metal pioneer Paul Speckmann. Check out the pre-order options at this location.

"The Witchhunt" features 11 brand new tracks of classic and catchy death metal with artwork courtesy of ArtWars Media Design. The tracklisting and cover art is featured below.

The Witchhunt
Plans of Hate
Another Suicide
Waiting to Die
The Parable
God of Thunder
Remove the Clowns
Raise your Sword
Wipe out the Aggressor
Manipulated to Exterminate
The American Dream


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Exumer Announces Tour With Onslaught, Master

American/German thrashers Exumer will return to Europe in the fall to co-headline the Slaughterfest Tour alongside Onslaught. Exumer frontman Mem von Stein comments:

"The Slaughterfest tour will be the most important step for us to re-establish Exumer as a household name and finally promote our last album 'Fire & Damnation' in the correct way, reaching fans Europe wide. We want to give fans the opportunity to check us out in an memorable event that people will talk about for some time to come."

Support will come from M-Pire of Evil and Master. Dates are as follows: More...

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Master Signs With FDA Rekotz

Death metal pioneers Master have inked a deal with German extreme music label FDA Rekotz for the band's landmark 12th full-length album, which is scheduled for a late September release. Master's legendary founder and frontman, Paul Speckmann, commented, "We are proud to be working with Rico and FDA and look forward to a solid future together.Watch for the next masterpiece to be unleashed on September 27th, 2013." FDA Rekotz has posted a video teaser for the upcoming album, which is posted below.

After releasing "The New Elite" last year to widespread critical acclaim, Speckmann and Master waged war on false metal across the world with an ambitious string of dates that saw the band ravage audiences across Europe and North America. As the saying goes, there is no rest for the wicked, and Master is back in action for the True Underground Warriors Tour with Entrapment, bookended by select European festival dates. For a complete list of Master tour dates, visit this site.

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Metalhit Offering Free Compilation

Metalhit.com is now offering a new free "Kult Death" compilation. You can stream the tracks below, or download the songs over at this location. The track listing is:

1. CIANIDE - Terrorstrikes 03:50
2. CRYPTOPSY - Born Headless 04:29
3. DEMIGOD - Slumber of Sullen Eyes 06:00
4. DEMILICH - Two Independent Organisms - On Suppurating Deformity 04:13
5. DEVOURMENT - Devour the Demand 04:24
6. DYING FETUS - We are your Enemy 03:45
7. GOREAPHOBIA - Grave Plagued Planet 04:07
8. HEADROT - I Gulp your Guts 03:18
9. HOODED MENACE - Fulfill the Curse 06:53
10. IMPETIGO - Boneyard 02:35
11. MASTER - Play to Die 03:14
12. MIASMAL - Mists 04:42
13. NECROPHAGIA - Abomination 04:30
14. PURTENANCE - Deep Blue Darkness 03:28
15. ROTTREVORE - Spawn of Ignorance 02 More...

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Master Posts Tour Dates With Sacrificial Slaughter

Old School death metal legends Master have announced a 32 date US trek with California death thrashers Sacrificial Slaughter. The 32 date journey will kick off in Los Angeles as part of the "Age ov the Gods" Metalfest on March 1st and end in Long Beach, CA on April 1st. Support will be provided by Philadelphia's up and coming death metal outfit Fisthammer.

Other notable appearances include Master's return to Chicago March 11th, the "Philthadelphia Infest" w/ Devourment on March 16th, "Masters of Death" festival w/ Incantation March 23rd and the tour's only stop south of the border at "Baja Deathfest VII" in Mexicali.

"NORTH AMERICAN DETONATION TOUR"
MASTER - SACRIFICIAL SLAUGHTER - FISTHAMMER More...

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Raw In Sect To Support Master On Tour

Greek thrash act Raw In Sect will continue to support latest album "Red Flows" by hitting the road with Master and Norwegian act Manifest. Dates for the run can be found in the tour poster below or over at the Master Facebook profile here. More...

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Dehuman Announces New European Shows

Belgian act Dehuman has updated its "Bleeding Europe 2012" tour schedule, which is broken into two legs. The band's upcoming shows are:

PT.1: "The New Elite tour" opening for Master
- Oct. 6th – NL – Steenwijk – De Buze
- Oct. 7th – BE – Oostende – Ohk Oostende
- Oct. 8th – FR – Nantes – Floride
- Oct. 9th – FR – Bordeaux – Heretic (+ AD PATRES!)
- Oct. 10th – IT – Torino – United
- Oct. 11th – IT – Roma – Traffic Live
- Oct. 12th – IT – Prato – Controsenso
- Oct. 13th – AT – Dornbirn – Kulturcafé Schlachthaus
Check the Facebook event page here.

PT.2: "Mincing Authority tour" opening for Agathocles
- Oct. 14th – FR – Luynes – Korigan
- Oct. 15th – IT – Napoli – Sudterranea
- Oct. 16th – IT – Roma – Bencivenga
- Oct. 17th – SI – Ljubljana – Gronka Metelkovam
- Oct. 18th – IT – Milano – Blue Rose Saloon
- Oct. 19th – IT – Venice – Officine Meccaniche
- Oct. 20th – IT – Rimini – Boulevard Club
Check the Facebook event page here.

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Master Posts New Song From Upcoming Album

The ministers of molten metal mayhem at Invisible Oranges are currently hosting the exclusive premiere of “New Reforms,” the eighth track off Master's upcoming "The New Elite" full-length. Set for North American release on August 14th, 2012 through Pulverised Records, the eleventh studio offering from the death metal legends was recorded, mixed, and mastered at Shaark Studios (Root, Fleshless, etc.), with artwork and layout design by German graphic artist Mark Bridgeman.

Comments band mastermind Paul Speckmann of the song: “This is a track about the people that believe everything they're told and have none of their own beliefs!”

Check out the song through Invisible Oranges over at this location.

Master will also embark on a long-term stretch of live assaults throughout Europe and South America through the Fall with a full-fledged North American tour slated for March of 2013. The band will be joined by Sacrificial Slaughter and more. Further details to be announced in the coming weeks. In the meantime, the current tour routing is as follows:

w/ Sacrificial Slaughter + TBA
3/01/2013 Los Angeles, CA
3/02/2013 Sacramento, CA
3/03/2013 Portland, OR
3/04/2013 Seattle, WA
3/05/2013 Boise, ID
3/06/2013 Salt Lake City, UT
3/07/2013 Cheyenne, WY
3/08/2013 Omaha, NE
3/09/2013 St. Paul, MN
3/10/2013 Madison, WI
3/11/2013 Chicago, IL
3/12/2013 Cleveland, OH
3/13/2013 Albany, NY
3/14/2013 Boston, MA
3/15/2013 Poughkeepsie, NY
3/16/2013 Philadelphia, PA
3/17/2013 Baltimore, MD
3/19/2013 Nashville, TN
3/20/2013 New Orleans, LA
3/21/2013 Little Rock, AR
3/22/2013 Oklahoma City, OK
3/23/2013 Ft. Worth, TX
3/24/2013 Austin, TX
3/25/2013 Midland, TX
3/26/2013 El paso, TX
3/27/2013 Tucson, AZ
3/28/2013 Phoenix, AZ
3/29/2013 Mexicali, MX
3/30/2013 Corona, CA
3/31/2013 Las Vegas, NV
4/01/2013 - Fullerton, CA

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Master Announces New Album Release Date

The death metal monarchs in Master are returning with their eleventh full-length, "The New Elite." Led by band mastermind/underground icon Paul Speckmann, who’s been churning out his maniacal odes of sonic sickness for over 30 years, "The New Elite" was recorded, mixed, and mastered at Shaark Studios (Root, Fleshless, etc), with artwork and layout design by German graphic artist Mark Bridgeman.

"The New Elite" is due out on August 14th, 2012 via Pulverised Records, with ordering information available here. The album's track listing is as follows:

1. The New Elite
2. Rise Up And Fight
3. Remove The Knife
4. Smile As You’re Told
5. Redirect The Evil
6. Out Of Control
7. As Two Worlds Collide
8. New Reforms
9. Guide Yourself
10. Souls To Dissuade
11. Twist Of Fate More...

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