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Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.
The first round of bands has been confirmed for the 2009 Central Illinois Metalfest, which will take place on July 31st and August 1st in Urbana. The following bands have been announced:
PUTRID PILE (WI)
FUCK THE FACTS (CANADA)
SECRET OF THE SEVEN THUNDERS (IL)
NECROTIC DISGORGEMENT (OH)
RUMPLESTILTSKIN GRINDER (PA)
DREAMING DEAD (CA)
HUMAN FILLETED (IN)
Death metal band Master have announced the following headlining tour dates, including a headlining spot on the Tunes Of Death Chapter II festival on Saturday, January 31 at Marmaja Live Club in Milan, Italy. Here are the tour dates:
01/23 - Salut, Halberstadt, DE
01/24 - Kitzmantelhalle, Vorchdorf, DE
01/25 - Viper Room, Vienna, AT
01/26 - Orto club, Ljubljana, SI
01/29 - Duel:Beat, Naples, IT
01/30 - For Sale, Piacenza, IT
01/31 - Marmaja Live Club, Cusano Milanino, IT - w/ Horrid, Pariah, Deaf Noise, Vermin, M-16
02/01 - Molodoi, Strasbourg, FR
02/02 - Rock City, Uster, CH
02/04 - Masters of Rock cafe, Zlin, CZ
02/05 - Zluty, Pez, CZ
02/06 - MS, Stubnitz, CZ
02/08 - Baroeg, Rotterdam, NL
02/10 - Music Box, Manchester, GB
02/11 - Tunnels, Aberdeen, GB
02/14 - Rios, Leeds, GB
02/15 - Cave, Amsterdam, NL
02/16 - Rots, Antwerpen, BE
02/17 - Hafenklang, Hamburg, DE
02/20 - Kolpingsaal, Bayreuth, DE
02/21 - Heavy Metal nix im Scheddel, Leipzig, DE
02/22 - Rambler, Eindhoven, NL
02/24 - Kulturbastion, Torgau, DE
02/25 - Gladhouse, Cottbus, DE
02/26 - Rudeboy, Bilsko Biala, PL
02/27 - Decompresja club, Lods, PL
02/28 - Vieradenmuhle, Gorlitz, DE
03/01 - K17, Berlin, DE
06/06 - Hardstage festival, Belgern bei Torgau, DE
06/13 - Boiler Room, Regensburg, DE More...
Death metal band Master has announced that they will be headlining a U.S. tour in July of 2009 alongside Pathology and Dreaming Dead. Vocalist Paul Speckman issued the following statement about the tour:
"After the overwhelming success of the last triumphant return to the USA, as well as the astonishing record sales once again in America, Master has decided to tour in this region a second time. The tour will begin in July 2009. I certainly look forward to seeing the fans once again, and, of course, we look forward to playing many of the states that we missed due to lack of time or no interest."
The initial dates are currently listed as :
July 14 - The Muse @ Nashville, Tennessee
July 17 - [to be announced] @ Houston, Texas
July 18 - [to be announced] @ San Antonio Or San Marcos, Texas
July 19 - [to be announced] @ Juarez, Mexico
July 24 - Annie's @ San Fransico, California
July 27 - Union Station @ Colorado Springs, Colorado
Jul7 29 - The Riot Room @ Kansas City, Missouri
San Diego death metallers, PATHOLOGY, have signed to Comatose Music. The band issues the following comment on the signing:
"We are very pleased to have now signed with US label Comatose Music. The new CD will be out in May of 2009. We are hard at work finishing the music & lyrics. We will have the new album title and more info in the next few weeks."
The band currently features vocalist Matti Way (ex-Disgorge & Cinerary), Tim Tiszczenko on Guitar, and Drummer Dave Astor. More...
Veteran death metal band MASTER, who began their first tour of the United States in a decade this week, have posted live footage online.
The current tour coincides with the recent release of their new album, "Slaves to Society" (on Ibex Moon). You can see live footage of the band performing the title track at the start of the tour on October 16th, 2008 at the Smiling Moose in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania below.
A cool MASTER tour page with music, tour dates, photos and bio has been created for the tour here.
The rest of Master's tour dates are as follows, with support by labelmates Estuary: More...
Veteran death metal band MASTER, currently on tour across the United States in support of their new album Slaves to Society (on Ibex Moon), have posted an tour update online.
A statement from bassist/singer Paul Speckmann reads:
"The tour began after I arrived in Philadelphia. As always there were problems from the get go. After arriving in the USA, the airlines sent my guitar to Chicago and my bag elsewhere. I had to visit the airport twice the following morning to find the stuff. With all the governmental control here, you have to wonder how this could happen. Anyways, the practicing began with Alex Bouks and Rustin Grosse the following morning. We rehearsed three days and began in Pittsburgh. It was a cool turnout for the rehearsal show, and the energy from the crowd reminded me what I missed about America. At all the shows over the last week, the old school diehards have been showing up. People are supporting Master, buying the merch etc. It's a bit different to say the least driving around in a van, but that's the American underground. If I could say anything bad or negative, it's only that many times food is an issue and/or how often we are waiting in front of the club for the local promoters. Of course this is nothing new because this was the same back in 1996 when I toured here last. I have to thank Ibex Moon and Matt Bishop for their efforts and support in this endeavor. Too bad our driver Mike quit after his old lady called him home. I suppose touring is not for everyone. See you out on the road." More...
The title track from MASTER's upcoming album, "Slaves to Society" (out September 16th, 2008 on Ibex Moon) has been posted for download on the official Ibex Moon Records MySpace page.
The album, released last year on Twilight Records in Europe, is being reissued through Ibex Moon Records with bonus tracks.
In other news, the veteran death metal band led by frontman/bassist Paul Speckmann will tour the United States for the first time in a decade to coincide with the release of their new album. The tour dates for the upcoming tour are: More...
Veteran death metallers MASTER will tour the United States for the first time in a decade. The latest tour dates (spanning the US tour and more) from the band's MySpace page are as follows:
Sep 6 2008 8:00P - Wolfsrock Festival, Festhalle St. Michael; Austria. Festhalle St. Michael Austria
Oct 3 2008 8:00P - Skullcrusher Dresden-Germany Dresden, Germany
Oct 4 2008 8:00P - RC Ponorka Pardubice-Czech Republic Pardubice, Czech Rep
Oct 16 2008 8:00P - Smiling Moose Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Oct 17 2008 8:00P - The Sterling Allentown, Pennsylvania
Oct 18 2008 8:00P - Rehab Ny, New York
Oct 19 2008 8:00P - The Church Boston, Massachusetts
Oct 21 2008 8:00P - Elbo Room Chicago, Illinois
Oct 22 2008 8:00P - FBI Rocks 2 Houston, Texas
Oct 23 2008 8:00P - The White Rabbit San Antonio, Texas
Oct 24 2008 8:00P - The War Legion Amarillo, Texas
Oct 26 2008 8:00P - The Knitting Factory-Gathering Of Bestial Legions Fest Hollywood California
Oct 27 2008 8:00P - Elbo Room SAN, Fran, CA
Oct 29 2008 8:00P - The Riot Room Kansas City, Missouri
Oct 30 2008 8:00P - The Canopy Club Urbana, Illinois
Oct 31 2008 8:00P - Uncle Pleasent’s Louisville, Kentucky
Feb 6 2009 8:00P - MS Stubnitz Rostock, Germany
Feb 7 2009 8:00P - Kleks Greifswald, Germany
Feb 10 2009 8:00P - The Music Box, Manchester UK Manchester, UK
Feb 11 2009 8:00P - The Tunnels, Aberdeen Scotland Aberdeen UK
Feb 21 2009 8:00P - Leipzig Germany – Heavy Metal nix im Scheddel Leipzig (Ger)
Feb 28 2009 8:00P - Live Factory (Deathomania – Festival) Adelsheim,Germany
Mar 1 2009 8:00P - Berlin Germany K-17 Berlin, Germany
In other band news, spring 2009 will see the remastered reissue of Master's third album, "Collection of souls," with added bonus tracks consisting of the "Final word" demo and the tracks from the split 7"EP with Excision. The album cover will be slightly updated.
Death metal band MASTER is currently booking dates for a UK tour in early 2009. UK booking agent Owen Duffy of PHP Events says they can't wait to return to the country.
"Due to time constraints, MASTER were only able to play two shows on their last visit to the UK," says Owen.
"Despite the fact that they faced a travel nightmare, with the airline designating their equipment as a terrorist threat and leaving their instruments in mainland Europe, MASTER really enjoyed their time here, especially the reaction they received from the British fans. The band are eager to get back over here for a full tour with a kickass support package, national advertising, press and promotional support. These are going to be some unforgettable shows featuring a truly legendary death metal band."
Support on the tour will be provided by CASTROFATE (USA), FERAL (SWE) and NIGHTMARE VISIONS (UK) providing a mix of death, thrash and black metal.
Local promoters and venue managers interested in booking a show should contact Owen Duffy at email@example.com.
Master's most recent album, "Slaves to Society," was released in 2007 to rave reactions from both fans and the metal press.
MASTER and ESTUARY will hit the road together in October. The first dates to be released are as follows:
October 19 - Boston, MA @ The Church w/ Sexcrement
October 26 - Hollywood, CA @ Knitting Factory
You can find more information on the tour online here.
Master’s "Slaves to Society" CD with bonus tracks will be released on Ibex Moon Records this Summer
MASTER, originally from Chicago, IL now resides in the Czech Republic featuring members Paul Speckmann bass and vocals (Abomination, Death Strike, Speckmann Project, ex-Krabathor, Martyr (Cze), ex-War Cry, Funeral Bitch (US), Solutions, Walpurgisnacht (US)) Alex Nejezchleba lead and rythem guitars , (Shaark, Mamut (Cze)), Zdenek Pradlovsky Drums (Shaark, Kreyson). MASTER was formed in late 1983 and released nine full-length albums on Nuclear Blast, Twilight Vertrieb, Displeased, System Shock and Pavement. Paul Speckmann and Master have had an important impact on the development of extreme metal, including being a major influence on bands like Napalm Death, Death, Benediction, Terrorizer, Nausea, Carcass, Pestilence, and many more, not to mention pretty much the entire early 90’s Swedish death metal scene.
John McEntee, owner of Ibex Moon Records comments:
"In the 80’s when I started really getting into the metal underground I would have never thought one day I would be releasing a recording by one of my favorite bands and biggest influences MASTER. For me and most other die hard underground metallers in the 80’s and early 90’s understand the massive impact MASTER has had on the world of extreme metal. Most of the extreme bands that have gone on to massive success in the early 90’s wave of death metal would be lying if they said they weren’t affected one way or another by the powerful aggressive songs of MASTER. 'Slaves to Society' is quite possibly MASTER’S most aggressive album released to date and I’m honored to be working with them."
Paul Speckmann states, "This is an album that deals with the situation happening in the world today. We are all Slaves of the greater machine, just Slaves To Society."
Ibex Moon Records will be releasing MASTER’s "Slaves to Society" in early Summer 2008. The exact release date will be announced soon.
Death metal veterans MASTER have announced more European tour dates. The band will play 35 gigs from May 11 to June 24. Support bands for select shows on the trek include SNIPER, THE MONOLITH DEATHCULT, INACTIVE MESSIAH, WHISPER X, BESTIAR, and EVILE.
For the complete listing of upcoming MASTER tour dates, click here.
Displeased Records recently announced that it will reissue the first two MASTER albums this fall. The group's full-length debut, "Master", will be released "the way it was meant to be," with the original untriggered drum recordings and including all guitar solos (some were missing on the Nuclear Blast version). "On the 7th day God Created Master" will include "some nice extras" as well. Both albums will be remastered for optimal experience. More...
Displeased Records will reissue the first two MASTER albums this fall. The debut full-length "Master" will finally be released the way it was meant to be, with the original untriggered drum recordings and including all done guitar solos (some were missing on the Nuclear Blast version). "On The 7th Day God Created Master" will receive some nice extras as well. Both albums will be remastered.
The new cd from MASTER called "Slaves to Society" will be released on April 13th 2007 on Twilight Vertrieb Germany.
Gorefest has posted the following message on their official website:
"Due to severe problems at the side of german agency Bruchstein Records, we have been forced to cancel our entire European tour. We are extremely disappointed with the way things have been dealt with, and as such have lost all faith in the whole operation. Rest assured we're working very hard to try and salvage as much from this wreckage as possible, and hope to do most of these shows properly at a later time. Our sincere apologies to everyone who has been waiting for so long to see us, and now have to wait even longer. We'd also like to apologize to Master, Lunafield, Ressurecturis, and Kragens. Just like you guys, we were all geared up and ready to go. Decisions like these are not easily made but as much as we wanted to do this, things have been turning rapidly into a farce. As we refuse to be toyed with, there really was no other choice.
"We hope we can rely on everyone's patience, so we can lay out some frightfully heavy Metal for ya as soon as we get things back on track!"
Dutch death metal veterans Gorefest have added several tour dates to their Glorious Dead: European Exorcism Tour 2006 with Master, Lunafield and Resurrecturis. Confirmed shows are as follows:
Feb. 16 Eindhoven, NL - Effenaar
Feb. 17 Osnabrück, DE - Eventcenter B 51
Feb. 25 Helsinki, FI - Nosturi
Feb. 26 Tallinn, EE - Nõmme Cult
Feb. 27 Riga, LV - Salamandra
Feb. 28 Vilnius, LT - Mulen Ruzhas
Mar. 02 Praha, CZ - Black Pes Club
Mar. 03 Althofen, AT - Kulturhaus
Mar. 04 Wien, AT - Planet Music
Mar. 05 Innsbruck, AT - INNSBRUCK - Hafen
Mar. 09 Istres, FR - l'Usin
Mar. 12 Irun, ES - Tunk
Mar. 13 Paris, FR - La Loco Club
Mar. 14 Pratteln, CH - Z7
Mar. 17 München, DE - Backstage
Mar. 18 Lisberg, DE - Sportlerheim
Mar. 22 Essen, DE - Turock
Mar. 23 Halle, DE - Rockstation
Mar. 24 Glauchau, DE - Alte Spinnerei
Mar. 25 Berlin, DE - K 17
Mar. 26 Groningen, NL - Oosterpoort
The Swedish death metal band Visceral Bleeding, along with Master, will be teaming up with death metal legends Obituary on their reunion tour accross Europe. The tour will kick off early October. Confirmed dates so far are as follows:
Oct. 08 - Eindhoven, NETH @ Effenaar
Oct. 09 - Sint-Lievens-Houtem, BEL @ De Fabriek
Oct. 10 - Dublin, IRE @ The Village
Oct. 11 - Paris, FRA @ La Locomotive
Oct. 15 - Reggio Emilia, ITA @ Transilvania Live
Oct. 19 - Bradford, UK @ Bradford - Rio
Oct. 20 - London, UK @ The Electric Ballroom
Oct. 21 - Osnabrück, GER @ Düttehalle
Oct. 22 - Berlin, GER @ K 17
Oct. 23 - Thessaloniki, GRE @ Hydrogios
Oct. 24 - Athens, GRE @ Rodon Club
More dates TBA.