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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 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.


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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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Sacrificial Slaughter Touring With Master

Death thrashers Sacrificial Slaughter are confirmed to join death metal pioneers Master for the "North American Detonation Tour," set to take place in March of 2013. The tour is being put together by Precision Metal Booking. Precision Metal Booking has room for one more support act. Bands interested in being a part of the North American Detonation Tour can contact its site. For more info and updates visit Precision's Facebook page. Confirmed dates and cities are as follows:

Fri. March 1st - Los Angeles, CA
Sat.March 2nd - Sacramento, CA
Sun.March 3rd - Portland, OR
Mon.March 4th - Seattle, WA
Tue. March 5th - Boise, ID
Wed March 6th - Salt Lake City, UT
Thu. March 7th - Cheyenne, WY
Fri. March 8th - Omaha, NE
Sat.March 9th - St. Paul, MN
Sun.March 10th - Madison, WI
Mon.March 11th - Chicago, IL
Tue. March 12th - Cleveland, OH
Wed. March 13th - Albany, NY
Thu. March 14th - Boston, MA
Fri. March 15th - Poughkeepsie, NY
Sat. March 16th - Philadelphia, PA
Sun. March 17th - Baltimore, MD
Mon March 18th - OFF DAY -
Tue. March 19th - Nashville, TN
Wed.March 20th - New Orleans, LA
Thu. March 21st - Little Rock, AR
Fri. March 22nd - Oklahoma City, OK
Sat. March 23rd - Ft. Worth, TX
Sun. March 24th - Austin, TX
Mon. March 25th - Midland, TX
Tue. March 26th - El Paso, TX
Wed.March 27th - Tucson, AZ
Thu. March 28th - Phoenix, AZ
Fri. March 29th - Mexicali, MX
Sat. March 30th - Corona, CA
Sun. March 31st - Las Vegas, NV

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Dehuman Touring With Master

Kaotoxin Records has announced "The New Elite European Tour 2012" with the double bill of Master (U.S./CZ) as headliner, alongside up-and-coming death metal band Dehuman from Belgium. For updates, join the tour's Facebook event page. The tour will start on Oct.6th in Germany and end on Oct. 14th in the Czech Republic. Tour dates are still being confirmed. Dehuman's full-length debut, "Black Throne of All Creation," will be out on May 28th via Kaotoxin Records.


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Master Reveals Details Of New Album

Death metal band Master has revealed that the band's new album will be entitled "The New Elite" and will be released in the latter half of 2012 through Pulverized Records. The album marks the band's eleventh studio album and first since the 2010 release "The Human Machine." The band is also streaming the new song "Smile As You're Told," which can be heard below.

Master mainman Paul Speckmann commented on the new album: "'The New Elite' deals with the problems we face in society at this current time. The rich are getting richer and the poor are starving on the streets all around the world while men battle each other for world dominance! Governments are grabbing the world by the balls and dictating the new rules of the soon-to-be New Elite, while the youth of today just sit down and take it. I really wonder if and when the youth of today will take a stand against these crazy fucked-up ruthless world leaders. The time has come to stand up and be counted!"


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Army Of Darkness Tour Cancelled

Macabre has revealed through it's Facebook page that the Army of Darkness Tour 2012 with Massacre and Master has been cancelled. Band members and legal representatives for the groups have stated that the agent never got back to the bands regarding contracts and deposits, which put all parties at unease. Massacre still hopes to go over to Europe in the summertime to play a few shows that will not conflict with Terry Butler's Obituary schedule. Master issued the following statement on it's Facebook page: "I am sorry to say that the Massacre, Macabre and Master tour is cancelled. A big apology goes out for sure to all the fans and promoters, but unfortunately in today's world of business it is hard to find a reputable booking agent and the days are gone to take such risks with guys like Marcus Schreiber. After 10 days of no answers, contracts or final confirmation of the dates we are forced to cancel the tour." - (Paul Speckmann and Master) Rick Rozz DeLillo (Massacre) had the following succinct thing to say: "We saved ourselves a 100% nightmare, and the year has just begun." More...

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"Army Of Darkness" European Tour Dates Revealed

Macabre has announced the band will be embarking on the European "Army of Darkness" tour this coming January alongside Massacre and Master. The currently announced dates are as follows, with more to be announced down the line:

Thursday, January 26 - MUNICH, GERMANY @ BACKSTAGE
Saturday, January 28 - ZÜRICH, SWITZERLAND @ INDUSTRIE 45
Sunday, January 29 - LYON , FRANCE @ LE KAO
Monday, January 30 - PARIS, FRANCE @ DIVAN DU MONDE
Tuesday, February 7 - MARIBOR, SLOVENIA @ MC PEKARNA
Tuesday, February 14 - BERLIN , GERMANY @ K-17
Wednesday, February 15 - BOCHUM, GERMANY @ MATRIX
Thursday, February 16 - LEER, GERMANY @ ZOLLHAUS
Friday, February 17 - EINDHOVEN , HOLLAND @ DYNAMO
Saturday, February 18 - ROTTERDAM, HOLLAND @ BAROEG
Sunday, February 19 - DRACHTEN, HOLLAND @ IDUNA More...

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Macabre To Tour With Massacre

Macabre will be replacing Grave on the Massacre "Army of Darkness" tour slated for January/February 2012. The Massacre line-up will feature Terry Butler, Mike Mazzonetto, Ed Webb and Rick Rozz DeLillo. Master will continue to be the third band on the tour. The setlist will be as follows:

1) Chamber Of Ages
2) Succubus
3) Defeat Remains
4) From Beyond
5) Cryptic Realms
6) Provoked Accurser
7) Dawn Of Eternity
8) Bio-Hazard
9) Warhead
10) Corpse Grinder

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Lightning Swords Of Death Comments On Tour

Los Angeles black metal collective Lightning Swords of Death, who were slated to kick off a month-long U.S. tour supporting death metal legends Master last week, were forced to head back home when the headliners were prevented from entering the country.

Commented vocalist Autarch of the unfortunate tour cancellation: "Know this: Lightning Swords of Death was thoroughly prepared for this tour only to be thwarted by circumstances beyond our control. I assure you all, we shall return with a vengeance in the near future.

"Already the black teet of kaos have begun to drip strange opportunity upon the ashes of this Master disaster. I shall reveal more details as they materialize."

The band's second album "The Extra Dimensional Wound," was released via Metal Blade Records last year on vinyl in December via Canonical Hours Records and is available as a deluxe gatefold LP featuring two 200-gram discs with a 12-page booklet and expanded artwork in a limited edition of 500 copies.

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Master Cancels U.S. Tour

Death metal act Master, which was scheduled to kick off a U.S. tour this week with support from Lightning Swords of Death and Mobile Deathcamp, was denied entry into the country and forced to return to the Czech Republic.

Master main man Paul Speckmann issued the following statement:

"We arrived Tuesday morning in Holland and after intense questioning we proceeded to the eye and body scan machine. Along with the other passengers, we proceeded to the plane. We arrived in Detroit and went to passport control. I waited for about two hours for any word on the guys. The police came to explain that the visa waiver program didn’t apply to musicians. So they sent me to customs and proceeded to tear apart everything and sent me on my way. I waited for six hours to get on another airplane and return to Europe.

"Thankfully the lady at the Delta checkout counter was very helpful and confirmed that the guys would be on the next plane in the evening and I could return with them. The guys were escorted to the plane by four police officers and returned their passports when we arrived in Amsterdam. Since when are musicians and terrorists in the same category? Again I apologize to all the bands, organizers and fans of course. I guess the CD cover of the Human Machine CD has become a reality!”

Additional information on rescheduled dates and whether the supporting bands will be continuing the tour will be announced as details become available.

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Lightning Swords Of Death Comments On U.S. Tour

As was previously announced, Lighting Swords of Death will be joining Master on an upcoming U.S. tour. The band will join Master's tour on March 4th in Brooklyn, New York and march through 30 cities throughout the country before winding down on April 3rd in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The band will be joined by Ohio thrashers Mobile Deathcamp on select dates.

Commented vocalist Autarch of the journey: "This is a pilgrimage reaching many places in our own country we have yet to poison with our gospel. We shall bring them the great gnosis of kaos, death and ecstasy. We will teach them to strangle the mundane with intestines of the apathetic."

The currently announced dates are as follows:

3/04/2011 Europa - Brooklyn, NY w/ Strong Intention
3/05/2011 Diablo - Buffalo, NY w/ Strong Intention
3/05/2011 Montage Music Hall - Rochester, NY (late show) w/ Strong Intention
3/06/2011 Popeye's - Peekskill, NY w/ Strong Intention
w/ Master, Mobile Deathcamp
3/07/2011 Now That's Class - Cleveland, OH
3/08/2011 The Summit - Columbus, OH
3/09/2011 Macs - Lansing, MI
3/10/2011 Vollrath Tavern - Indianapolis, IN
3/11/2011 Reggie's - Chicago, IL
3/12/2011 Fubar - St Louis, MO
w/ Master
3/13/2011 The Bourbon Theater - Lincoln, NE
3/14/2011 The Marquis - Denver, CO
3/15/2011 Club Vegas - Ogden, UT
3/16/2011 El Corazon - Seattle, WA
3/17/2011 Branx - Portland, OR
3/18/2011 Thee Parkside - San Francisco, CA
3/19/2011 The Metaphor - Escondido, CA
3/20/2011 The Blvd. - Hollywood, CA
3/21/2011 Ub's - Mesa, AZ
3/22/2011 Launchpad - Albuquerque, NM
3/23/2011 Emo's - Austin, TX
w/ Master/ Mobile Deathcamp
3/24/2011 The Rail Club - Ft Worth, TX
3/25/2011 007 Rock Bar - San Antonio, TX
3/26/2011 Walter's - Houston, TX
3/27/2011 Rouge - Fayetteville, AR
3/28/2011 The Muse - Nashville, TN
3/29/2011 Hideaway - Johnson City, TN
3/30/2011 Volume 11 - Raleigh, NC
3/31/2011 Tremont Music - Charlotte, NC
4/01/2011 Club 306 - Roanoke, VA
4/02/2011 Mojo 13 - Wilmington, DE
4/03/2011 31 Street Pub - Pittsburgh, PA

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Master Announces U.S. Headlining Tour

Death metal act Master has announced an upcoming 2011 U.S. headlining tour. Scheduled to take place next month, the debauchery will commence on March 1st in Fredrick, Maryland and run through over a month's worth of dates before coming to a close on April 3rd in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The band will be joined by Los Angeles black metal collective Lightning Swords Of Death and Ohio thrashers Mobile Deathcamp.

Said Master mainman Paul Speckmann of the trek: "Looking forward to bringing Master metal back to the USA and sharing a few new tracks from The Human Machine as well as playing the classics once again for you! Master guitarist Alex Nejezchleba and Peter Bajci from the Czech Republic will be joining me on the American trek. Master your own Destiny."

The upcoming Master dates are as follows:

Master Only
3/1/2011 Krug's - Frederick, MD w/ Strong Intention
3/2/2011 O'Brien's - Boston, MA
3/3/2011 Sonar - Baltimore, MD w/ Strong Intention

3/04/2011 Europa - Brooklyn, NY w/ Strong Intention
3/05/2011 Diablo - Buffalo, NY w/ Strong Intention
3/05/2011 Montage Music Hall - Rochester, NY (late show) w/ Strong Intention
3/06/2011 Popeye's - Peekskill, NY w/ Strong Intention

3/07/2011 Now That's Class - Cleveland, OH
3/08/2011 The Summit - Columbus, OH
3/09/2011 Macs - Lansing, MI
3/10/2011 Vollrath Tavern - Indianapolis, IN
3/11/2011 Reggie's - Chicago, IL
3/12/2011 Fubar - St Louis, MO More...

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Lightning Swords Of Death Announces New Tour

California's Lightning Swords of Death is currently preparing for an upcoming North American tour in support of Czech Republic-by-way-of-Chicago death metal act Master. The trek, which will include Ohio thrashers Mobile Deathcamp, is set to take place this month and run through approximately a month's worth of dates. Stay tuned for further details on specific dates. You can also check out an interview with the band at last year's Scion Rock festival below.

Scion Rock Fest 2010: Lightning Swords of Death Interview from Scion A/V on Vimeo.

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Metalhit.com Releases Free Death Metal Comp

Metalhit.com recently released the second compilation in their download series: a death metal comp. You can download it for free from Amazon.com.

Here is the free compilation's tracklisting:

1. Putridity "Blindfold Surgery Abominable" (2:51)
2. Asphyx "Death, the Brutal Way" (3:52)
3. Avulsed "Nullo (The Pleasure of Self-Mutilation)" (3:43)
4. Demigod "Deadsoul" (3:45)
5. Demilich "Inherited Rowel Levitation (Reduced without any effort)" (3:22)
6. Obscure "Messenger of Chaos, I Infinitum" (5:57)
7. Insult "Slaves of Holy Righteousness" (2:22)
8. Master "Judgment of Will" (2:53)
9. Natron "Roadkill" (3:48)
10. Nominon "Kevorkian Exit" (4:46)
11. Pathology "Defiled Autopsy Remnants" (3:36)
12. Sinister "Spiritual Immolation" (4:03)

Metalhit.com released a free thrash compilation back in September that is still available for download.

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Six Feet Under Announces European Tour Dates

American groove death metal band SIX FEET UNDER has announced the following "Octoberdeath European Tour 2010" tour dates with Master:

22/10/10 – IT – Recanati – Extra Club
23/10/10 – IT – Pinarella Di Cervia – Rock Planet
24/10/10 – IT – Roma – Alpheus
25/10/10 – IT – Goriza – Pieffe Factory
27/10/10 – FR – Lynes/Marseille – Le Korigan
28/10/10 – ES – Barcelona – Razzmatazz 2
29/10/10 – ES – Madrid – Ritmo & Compas
30/10/10 – PT – Corroios/Lisboa – Cine Teatro Corrios
31/10/10 – ES – Bergara – Jam

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