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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 Announces "Masters Of Hate" Tour

Legendary old school death metallers MASTER will embark on a five week South American tour, stretching 15 dates across numerous Brazilian territories. Called the "Masters Of Hate 2010 Tour," the tour will commence on January 14, 2010 with the final destination ending at the Otacílio Rock Festival in Santa Catarina, Brazil on February 21, 2010.

Here are the latest Masters Of Hate Tour Brazil dates:

1.14.10 Sao Paulo/SP
1.15.10 Rio de Janeiro/RJ
1.16.10 Vilha Velha/ES
1.17.10 Salvador/BA
1.22.10 Aracaju/SE
1.23.10 Maceio/AL
1.24.10 Recife/PE
2.07.10 Belem/PA
2.12.10 Palmas/TO
2.13.10 Goiania/GO
2.14.10 Brasilia/DF
2.18.10 Campinas/SP
2.19.10 Santos/SP
2.20.10 Curitiba/PR
2.21.10 Otacílio Rock Festival in Santa Catarina Brazil

Joining MASTER as tour-support throughout will be UK modern-metallers After Death and Brazilian death-metallers Predator.

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Master Reveals New Album Artwork

Death metallers Master have announced their upcoming tenth full-length album as “The Human Machine." The band has also tapped Israeli artist Eliran Kantor (Aghora, To-Mera, GWAR, Sickening Horror, etc) to work on the visual aspects of “The Human Machine." Eliran Kantor was also recently responsible for Testament’s “Formation Of Damnation” album cover. The album artwork for “The Human Machine” can be viewed here.

Master are scheduled to start working on "The Human Machine" after completing a series of upcoming Mexican and South American tours and the band will be expected to enter the studio in December 2009.

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Master Announces Brazilian Tour Dates

Legendary death metal band MASTER recently returned home from the “Slaves To Society US tour.” With support from Ibex Moon recording artists, Dreaming Dead and Goreaphobia, the tour kicked off on July 2nd in New York City and ran through 19 cities before winding down on July 31st at the Central Illinois Metalfest in Urbana, IL. MASTER mainman Paul Speckmann comments on the tour from his home in the Czech Republic, "It was great to experience the American dream one more time. I had a great time once again meeting up with the many people that came to support the tour. It was cool to hook up with the many legends that graced us with their presence on tour including Chris Reifert from Autopsy, Joe Caper from Righteous Pigs, Jim Martinelli from Burnt Offering, Alex Olvera from Funeral Bitch, Sammy Duet and Ben Falgoust from Goatwhore and a of course Mark from Impetigo. These are the legends that keep the underground alive. It was an honor to work alongside Goreaphobia and Dreaming Dead as well. I'd like to thank Matt Bishop for booking the tour and of course the legendary John McEntee and his wife Jill of Ibex Moon Records for the support as always." More...

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Dreaming Dead Drops Off Master Tour

Los Angeles death metal band, Dreaming Dead, has announced that they are dropping off their tour with Master and Goreaphobia. The band issues the following message regarding their early return home:

"Our van broke down on our way to Salt Lake City, Utah. Thus we have decided to turn around and head back home cancelling the remaining dates on the Master/Goreaphobia tour. We're very sorry for those of your looking forward to our performance and hope to see you this coming January-February on tour with Nile/Immolation/Krisiun/Abigail Williams."

"We're currently in the process of piecing together a video tour blog along with a proper recap of this tour and proper announcement of our next one. Please keep in touch and until next time..."

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Spun In Darkness Announces Show Tonight w/Master

Las Vegas based band Spun in Darkness has announced that they will be playing a live show tonight alongside Master, Goreaphobia, A Reason To Whisper, and Dreaming Dead. The details are as follows:

Saturday, July 25, 2009
Cheyenne Saloon
3103 N. Rancho Drive
Las Vegas

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Master To Play Hostile City Death Fest

Death metal icons MASTER will play Philadelphia’s Hostile City Death Fest to be held on July 4-5, 2009 at The Arena. MASTER will perform on July 5, 2009 with the likes of Absu, Total Fucking Destruction, Kult ov Azazel, and Ibex Moon artists GOREAPHOBIA. Ibex Moon label mates DREAMING DEAD will perform on July 4 with, among others, Deicide, Monstrosity, Vital Remains, and Jungle Rot.

Lineups and festival information can be found at myspace.com/hostilecitydeathfest.

MASTER will then embark on the "Slaves to Society" U.S. tour with DREAMING DEAD and GOREAPHOBIA. An updated list of tour dates follows: More...

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Pathology Drops Off Master US Tour

Pathology has issued the following explanation regarding the cancellation of their upcoming US tour with Master:

"We are forced to drop off our upcoming US tour with Master. One of the reasons. We can not afford it. The tour slowly became smaller and smaller, Our guaranty was basically cut in half at the last minute, and we never receiver our contract for the tour that we were promised. I guaranty Master has a contract. Which means if a show is not a success they get paid first before any one else."

"Members of Pathology have toured several times and completely understand that you do not make much money doing this. When you have to spend possibly hundreds, maybe thousands out of your own pocket to come play some show. That still are not completely booked... That's just not worth it." More...

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Dreaming Dead Announces U.S. Tour Dates

California metallers Dreaming Dead have announced the following tour dates alongside Master and Pathology:

5/9 L.A. Murder Fest @ 4:50 - Front Stage! Los Angeles

6/14 Harmony Festival w/ Dead Kennedys, Bad Brains, Cake + TBA! Santa Rosa, California

7/6 Hell’s Kitchen **FREE SHOW** Tacoma, Washington
7/10 Master/Pathology/Dreaming Dead @ The Rock Maplewood, Minnesota
7/11 Master/Pathology/Dreaming Dead @ The Elbo Room Chicago, Illinois
7/12 Master/Pathology/Dreaming Dead @ Mac’s Bar Lansing, Michigan
7/13 Master/Pathology/Dreaming Dead @ The Bulldog Cafe Louisville, Kentucky
7/14 Master/Pathology/Dreaming Dead @ The Muse Nashville, Tennessee
7/15 Master/Pathology/Dreaming Dead @ The Room 710 Austin, Texas
7/16 Master/Pathology/Dreaming Dead @ Schotzi’s College Station, Texas
7/17 Master/Pathology/Dreaming Dead @ Walter’s Houston, Texas
7/18 Master/Pathology/Dreaming Dead @ The Pit Jasobi’s San Antonio, Texas
7/19 Master/Pathology/Dreaming Dead @ Histeria Club Juarez, Chihuahua
7/20 Master/Pathology/Dreaming Dead @ The Compound Albuquerque, New Mexico
7/21 Master/Pathology/Dreaming Dead @ UB’s Bar Mesa, Arizona
7/22 Master/Pathology/Dreaming Dead @ The Jumping Turtle San Marcos, California
7/23 Master/Pathology/Dreaming Dead @ The Knitting Factory Hollywood, California
7/24 Master/Pathology/Dreaming Dead @ Annie’s Social Club San Francisco, California
7/25 Master/Pathology/Dreaming Dead @ The Cheyenne Saloon Las Vegas, Nevada
7/27 Master/Pathology/Dreaming Dead @ Union Station Colorado Springs, Colorado
7/28 Master/Pathology/Dreaming Dead @ Box Awesome Lincoln, Nebraska
7/29 Master/Pathology/Dreaming Dead @ The Riot Room Kansas City, Missouri
7/31 Master/Pathology/Dreaming Dead @ The Canopy Club/CIM Urbana, Illinois

8/1 TBA Amarillo, Texas

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Master Signs to Pulverised Records

Master has signed to Pulverised Records. A&R Manager of Pulverised Records, Calvin, comments on the signing"MASTER was and is still truly an influential band and I would daringly assumed that a lot of the early Extreme Metal bands were somehow influenced by MASTER, but was probably never open and admitted widely. Paul Speckmann was really enthusiatic to join the Pulverised family and furthermore, very easy to work with. There were so many things that we have discussed and were definitely on the same page, so an album deal was struck in no time. We hope that with our support on the upcoming new album, it will be MASTER's most devastating and crushing album yet!" More...

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Bands Confirmed For Central Illinois Metalfest

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:


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Master Announces More Headlining Tour Dates

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...

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Master Planning U.S. Tour In July

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

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Pathology Signs to Comatose Music

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...

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Live Footage of Master's U.S. Tour Posted Online

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...

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Master Issues Tour Update

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...

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New Master MP3, "Slaves to Society," Available

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...

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Master Announces U.S. Tour, Reissue

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.

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Master Planning Return To UK In Early 2009

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 punyhumanpromo@gmail.com.

Master's most recent album, "Slaves to Society," was released in 2007 to rave reactions from both fans and the metal press.

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Master and Estuary Planning U.S. Tour

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.

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Master’s "Slaves to Society" Set For Summer

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.

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