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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.
Death should be credited with creating death metal, at least the old school style we recognize now, as they birthed the infamous Tampa, Florida sound. Bands such as Autopsy and Obituary—two of the forerunners—would not exist without Death. Death is not the true father of death metal, though. That distinction goes to Possessed. The California Bay Area group not only played a style of brutal, vicious metal, with loads of Satanic imagery, they also coined the term “death metal” on the “Seven Churches” album.
Around 1985, albums similar to “Slowly We Rot” (Obituary) and “Mental Funeral” (Autopsy) simply did not exist. Thrash was the fasted, craziest music around. Of course Possessed has already been mentioned, but the influence of Slayer, who obviously influenced Possessed, can not be under recognized. Where Possessed was different was they used a rougher production. Dark Angel, whose drummer, Gene Hoglan, would go on to be one of the most heralded drummers in the metal biz, certainly showed a good dose of Slayer in their sound. In the beginning, Slayer was nothing more than a faster, nefarious, more solo-oriented Venom protégé. More...
Bolt Thrower has released the following statement about drummer Martin Kearns unexpectedly passing away earlier this week:
"With the heaviest of hearts, and still numb from shock, we have to share the very sad news that on Monday 14th September Bolt Thrower lost our powerhouse drummer, Martin ‘Kiddie’ Kearns.
"After the first rehearsal for our upcoming tour of Australia, Kiddie suddenly felt unwell which continued throughout the night, and the next day he passed away peacefully in his sleep.
"He was a fantastic dad, husband, son, friend, but to us he was always ‘Kiddie’, the same 17 year old Coventry kid whose drumming style and personality blew us away when he first walked into our rehearsal room 20+ years ago.
"Kiddie enriched our lives, and the Bolt Thrower sound. He leaves a massive hole in the lives of everyone who knew him and will be very sorely missed by many."
Bolt Thrower recently performed a series of Canadian shows (including at the Amnesia Rockfest shown in the footage below) and was scheduled to perform later this month in Australia, with those shows presumably cancelled. More...
Bone Gnawer, the death metal outfit led by Kam Lee (ex-Massacre, ex-Mantas) premieres another new track titled "Horrors In The House Of Human Remains" taken from the upcoming album "Cannibal Crematorium" which showcases numerous special guests like Dave Ingram (ex-Benediction, ex-Bolt Thrower), Mark Riddick (Fetid Zombie), Vincent Crowley (Acheron), and Noel Kemper (Gruesome Stuff Relish).
Check out now "Horrors In The House Of Human Remains" featuring Matt Witchclan of Deadman's Blood.
Bolt Thrower is returning to Canada this summer for a handful of live shows. The band has posted the following update:
"Continuing down the path of revisiting places we haven't been to for a very long time, we're happy to announce that the next country on our list is Canada! We'll be playing three shows. Support bands for the two club shows will be announced soon. Check the venue websites for information regarding tickets."
June 19th - Amnesia Rockfest, Montebello, QC
June 20th - London Music Hall, London, ON
June 21st - Rickshaw Theatre, Vancouver, BC More...
English stoner rock band Orange Goblin is the latest name to be added to the 10th anniversary Damnation Festival bill.
Orange Gobline will be joined by black metal quartet Winterfylleth and post-punk outfit October File, with both bands airing material from new albums at Leeds University Union on Saturday, November 1st.
The trio of new additions bolster an impressively eclectic line-up which already boasts Bolt Thrower's only U.K. appearance, a Cannibal Corpse headline set and St. Vitus performing "Born Too Late" in full.
Orange Goblin said: "Over the last few years, Damnation has cemented itself into one of the UK's leading metal festivals, so it is a great honour to be asked back to play for a second time.
"It is already a great line up of bands, and we can't wait to be part of it."
Winterfylleth added: "We are proud to announce we will be playing Damnation Festival once again in 2014. The response we had in 2012 was mind blowing and we hope to see you all there once again. Damnation is a festival we always attend as fans regardless of playing and a must for all serious metal fans. We have a new album out a few weeks before the festival, so will be playing some exclusive new material for the first time on the day.”
October File also comments: "We are over the moon to be playing what is becoming one of the most important and special events in the UK. Damnation has worked hard to forge a name that is a must for fans and underground talent."
The line-up for Damnation Festival so far includes: Bolt Thrower, Cannibal Corpse, Saint Vitus, Raging Speedhorn, Orange Goblin, Anaal Nathrakh, Ahab, Revocation, Solstafir, Winterfylleth, H A R K, October File, Bast, Atlantis and Corrupt Moral Altar, with many more bands to be announced across four stages. More...
The organizers of the Damnation Festival have checked in with the following announcement about Ahab performing at this year's edition:
"German doom titans, Ahab, and Icelandic progressive metal outfit, Solstafir are the latest names to be added to the tenth edition of Damnation Festival. The headline set will be an exclusive UK performance by Ahab and the first the band have played outside London."
Ahab adds: "We’re delighted to celebrate our 10-year anniversary with the only Ahab UK Show 2014 at Damnation Festival. Headlining the doom stage is an honour and a great birthday present for us!"
This fall in Europe Bolt Thrower will be touring with support from Morgoth, while select shows will also feature Soulburn, Incantation, and Vallenfyre. Bolt Thrower comments:
"We've completed the line-up for the tour and we've got some killer bands joining us. We already have Morgoth on board, and now we can also announce Soulburn, Incantation and Vallenfyre will be joining us for selected shows! Looking forward to hanging out with old friends again and meeting new ones."
Bolt Thrower / Morgoth / Soulburn:
21.09: Germany, Bremen – Schlachthof
22.09: Germany, Essen – Weststadthalle (moved from the Turock!)
23.09: Germany, Berlin – SO36
Bolt Thrower / Morgoth / Incantation:
24.09: Czech Rep, Prague – Roxy
25.09: Austria, Vienna – Arena
26.09: Germany, Munich – Backstage
2709: Switzerland, Lyss - Carnage Feast
28.09: Germany, Aschaffenburg – Colos-Saal More...
Morgoth has checked in with the following announcement about recording a new album and gearing up for tour dates:
"We are happy to announce that we will be touring Europe with the mighty Bolt Thrower in September / October. This marks the first proper tour for Morgoth since 1997 and will be a killer package for all of you Death Metal maniacs!
"And yes, the rumours are true….Morgoth is currently in the studio working on new material. We decided to team up with Jörn Michutta at Sound Division Tonstudio in Sundern, Germany for these sessions and the results are sounding seriously heavy.
"The atmosphere and the creativity within the band have been inspiringly good in these past reunion years since 2011, so naturally new ideas started to come up. As consequence, we decided to take some months off from playing shows and properly focus on songwriting.
"We expect to already have a brand-new single out before the tour, so stay tuned for more news and details soon…and see you on tour!" More...
Legendary U.K. death metal act Bolt Thrower announced a European tour for this fall, dubbed the "Overtures of War." Tickets will go on sale soon, check the venues for more info. The band is still working on support acts, so expect more details to follow.
The band commented on the tour: "As previously stated by the band: "We're chuffed to announce we'll be returning to some of our favourite European venues in the Autumn. We're especially looking forward to playing some German club shows again, something we haven't done for 8 years now..."
Confirmed dates are as follows:
18/09/14 SE – Stockholm – Close Up Båten
20/09/14 NL – Rotterdam – Baroeg Open Air
21/09/14 DE – Bremen – Schlachthof
22/09/14 DE – Essen – Turock
23/09/14 DE – Berlin – SO36
24/09/14 CZ – Prague – Roxy
25/09/14 AT – Wien – Arena
26/09/14 DE – München – Backstage
27/09/14 CH – Lyss – Carnage Fest
28/09/14 DE – Aschaffenburg – Colos-Saal
30/09/14 FR – Paris – Divan du Monde
01/10/14 DE – Saarbrücken – Garage
02/10/14 DE – Leipzig – Hellraiser
03/10/14 DE – Stuttgart – LKA Longhorn
04/10/14 DE – Andernach – JUZ
05/10/14 BE – Hasselt - Muziekodroom More...
New Lacerated Enemy Records outfit Konkeror has unleashed a cover of Bolt Thrower's "Cenotaph." Check it out in the YouTube clip below.
The death metal band's "The Abysmal Horizons" album is due for a re-release this coming May 15th, 2014. The "Cenotaph" cover will be included as a bonus song, and the full track listing is as follows:
4. Beyond The Abysmal Horizons
5. Creator - Destroyer
6. Usurpers Of The Primal Womb
7. The Pillars Of Creation
8. ...And The Cosms Flow Eternal
9. Cenotaph (Bonus Track) More...
Tuska Open Air Metal Festival promised to be an event to remember this year, with huge acts such as King Diamond, Wintersun and Nightwish taking command of the main stage! With finally perfect summer weather and a lineup that challenged many other summer festivals, Friday came with much awaited anticipation!
Many of the bands this year were scheduled at the same time, perhaps the cause of this was that in the past there have always been four stages, but this year there were only three. Only two of these stages allowed media to shoot footage and photos, which led to a massive and unfortunate stress factor to an otherwise phenomenal festival experience. In addition, overcrowded photo pits with unqualified photographers led to an unfortunate decline in coverage from other medias this year. Die hard Tuska fans and Medias still showed up in hordes, and showed why Tuska is still the metal festival to be at in Helsinki! More...
Death metal was one of the hot topics at this year’s Chaos in Tejas festival in Austin, Texas. Although punk rock permeates throughout the festival (The Damned headlined a show on the prior night), the ninth installment promised rare performances from two pioneering acts from England, Benediction and Bolt Thrower. Both bands are touring the States together. Unlike their gigs with Autopsy in California, Benediction and Bolt Thrower played on separate days.
I recall buying a computer desk from the sheet-metal warehouse that the promoters dubbed “E 11 5” and turned into a venue (at least for the festival). Even though the venue was not as cramped at Benediction’s show at Red 7, the sold out crowd’s body heat raised the temp to uncomfortable levels. When the temperature became unbearable, an outdoor vendor area on the grass presented a cool retreat. This area was a good place to talk to the fans including a group from Sweden and an ex-Z Rock disc jockey who informed us one of the members of Dokken was in attendance. More...
Capital Chaos TV has posted footage online of Bolt Thrower performing "The Killchain" and "Powderburns" at Oakland Metro in Oakland, California. Check out the clip below. You can also catch the band live:
May 28 - Portland, OR - Star Theater
May 29 - Seattle, WA - Neumos
May 31 - Austin, TX - Chaos In Tejas
June 1 - Chicago, IL - Reggie's
British extreme metal veterans Bolt Thrower have announced they will be performing a string of shows in the United States this year, in addition to their appearance at the Maryland DeathFest, on what is being dubbed the, "Return to chaos" tour. They will be joined on the trek by fellow British death metal stalwarts, Benediction.
The tour schedule is as follows:
May 23 - Baltimore, MD - Maryland Deathfest
May 25 - Pomona, CA - The Glass House (with Autopsy)
May 26 - Oakland, SF - Metro Opera House (with Autopsy, Noothgrush)
May 28 - Portland, OR - Star Theater
May 29 - Seattle, WA - Neumos
May 31 - Austin, TX - Chaos In Tejas
June 1 - Chicago, IL - Reggie's
Earache Records has issued the following announcement about repressing a newly remastered version of "Realm of Chaos" by Bolt Thrower:
"Due to the extremely high demand, we are repressing the vinyl of the classic Bolt Thrower album, 'Realm Of Chaos.' This release has been remastered in Full Dynamic Range from the original master tapes, ensuring the highest quality sound that the album has ever had!
The organisers of the Maryland Deathfest have announced that, due to a surprisingly strong demand for Thursday tickets, many of which were sold to people specifically citing the British band, Bolt Thrower as the main reason, they are attempting to book a second slot for the band over the weekend. A message from the organizers reads as follows:
"Due to the overwhelming demand for Thursday tickets, specifically to see Bolt Thrower, we have contacted the band who are now looking into the possibility of playing a second set at MDF between Friday-Sunday. If a second set happens, we'll let you know very soon, but do keep in mind that it would also be an inside show. The band prefers to play inside, which is why we scheduled them to headline Thursday to begin with. Nobody, including ourselves or Bolt Thrower, expected tickets for Thursday to sell out (in only three days), so we are doing what we can for those of you who missed out on a ticket, and those that have four-day passes will have an opportunity to see them twice."
The festival will take place from May 23rd to 26th in Baltimore, Maryland and will feature the following lineup: More...
The final batch of bands for 2013's edition of the Maryland Deathfest XI has been confirmed, with the exception of one more band that expected for the Soundstage lineup in the next week or so. Here are the latest bands confirmed:
ASCENSION (Germany) - Exclusive US appearance!
DEIPHAGO (Philippines/Costa Rica)
The full lineup for Maryland Deathfest XI, which takes place May 23-26, 2013 is as follows: More...
With Sonar closing, the location of 2013's Maryland DeathFest XI was up in the air. The organizers have finally announced that the fest will be held in the same location as last year, and will be expanded. Maryland DeathFest XI will take place in Baltimore, Maryland on Memorial Day weekend, May 23-26, 2013. Tickets go on sale on October 15th at 12 pm (EST). You can read the entire update below:
We're a day early with this announcement, but we can finally let you know where MDF XI will be taking place.
In a nutshell, we will be returning to the property formerly known as Sonar, and will be at least doubling the amount of outside space that we've been used to utilizing. We realize that it's a bit of a mind fuck to wait around for a few months just to hear that the fest is returning to the same place, but truth be told, the other places we looked at were either not able to give us a definite answer anytime soon, and/or had too many inconveniences that we did not want to put the fans through. During the venue search, it was brought to our attention that the new owners of the property were willing to collaborate with us, so we decided to go through with returning to a familiar place that is close to the hotels and conveniences of downtown Baltimore.
The additional space outside will allow us to comfortably accommodate the crowd, and will allow more room for the MDF vendor village, food vendors/food trucks, places to sit, and other new additions like misting tents to escape the possibility of it being hotter than it should be that weekend. There will be two outside stages plus the stage inside. Due to the new configuration outside, the placement of the outside stages will likely be different.
As for the building itself, there are some renovations currently taking place, but the rooms will be used exactly how they have been in the past, and it will be air conditioned throughout.
We would also like to announce the addition of a second inside stage at Baltimore Soundstage, which is a 1/2 mile walk away from the former Sonar (at 124 Market Place), and will be used from Friday-Sunday. This will be a smaller show without a barricade that will feature mostly hardcore and punk bands, and it will be scheduled in a way that should not conflict with anything going on at the former Sonar compound. All of the bands for this stage will be included in next week's announcement on October 9th.
The latest list of bands playing at this time is as follows: More...
Chaos in Tejas Festival, Austin, Texas' annual gathering of extreme bands, announced on its Facebook page the initial lineup for the 2013 installment. British death metal legends Bolt Thrower, reunited hardcore act Integrity, Japanese black thrashers Abigail, epic metallers Manilla Road and several other grind, punk and power violence bands are schedulded to play the festival on May 30-June 2, 2013. More...
Bolt Thrower's birthday bash, Boltfest, has succeeded in raising a considerable sum for Teenage Cancer Trust. The show, held at the HMV Forum in London on April 7th, included a line-up handpicked by Bolt Thrower: Autopsy, Discharge, Benediction, and Vallenfyre - all who, according to the band, helped contribute to great memories throughout Bolt Thrower's 26 year career. All 2050 tickets sold out in just over 2 weeks, with the band hoping to achieve the target of £10,000 for TCT.
The band announced today: "The next piece of news, and the one which we're most proud of, is to let you all know the amount we've raised for Teenage Cancer Trust: £12,411.80 (approx 15,000 Euros / $20,000)! The money has already been handed over to TCT, so on behalf of them we'd like to thank everyone who donated by participating in Boltfest."
Bolt Thrower previously commented about the decision to stage Boltfest: "Anniversaries are kind of easy to achieve. For a band, just don't split up and you'll reach one, whether it's 10, 20 or 35 years. And this year we've reached '25 years of not splitting up!' We managed to stop others from making a big fuss about it, and didn't give in to the numerous offers and suggestions on how we should cash in on it! But it has made us appreciate the opportunities we've been given since 1986, and that we've been able to do everything we wanted to do without compromising in any way.
"Obviously you can't charge people to come to your own birthday party, so as soon as we came up with the idea for Boltfest, we decided we should pay all the costs for the event ourselves. We also wanted to use Boltfest as an opportunity to do some good, and turn it into something more than just another show.
"So we've decided to ask everyone to donate £5.99 to charity if they want to come to the party. This way, with your help, we hope Boltfest will raise £10,000 for a good cause!"