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War Master

From: Houston, TX, United States
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Below is our complete War 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.

War Master Headed Off On European Tour

Like a sniper bullet head shot, War Master has been out of sight for the past two years, but now returns with deadly force.

The Houston death machine will roll into Europe to conquer the ears of German, Dutch and Czech Republic fans including a stop at Obscene Extreme Festival. Japanese grinders Palm will support the band.

New recruits Dobber Beverly (drums) and Anthony Contreras (guitars), both known from Demoniacal Genuflection and Oceans of Slumber, will join War Master mainstays Neal Dossey (guitar) and R.G. War Minister (vocals) on the road. Mat Aleman rounds out the group on bass.

When the band hits Obscene Extreme festival, two members - Dobber Beverly and Rahi "R.G. Warminister" Geramifar - will also be playing with reunited grinders Insect Warfare. The group plays on Friday July 15th, while War Master plays the next day and the After Party show. More...

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War Master Premieres “Penetrating The Unknown”

Houston death metal troupe War Master returns today with a new track titled “Penetrating The Unknown," which we are proud to be exclusively premiering below.

"Penetrating The Unknown" is taken from the “MMXVI” demo, recorded by Craig Douglas at Origin Sound Studios, while guitars were tracked at the home studio of War Master guitarist, Neal Dossey.

The track is a churning, mid-paced number reminiscent early Death and Obituary. Neal Dossey comments on the group's new material:

“We chose this song because I think it’s more of what people are used to. A lot of the new material is pretty different from what people are used to hearing from us. It’s with a different lineup and We haven’t put anything out in a while. 'Penetrating The Unknown' is more of that mid-paced sound that the older material sounds like. Dobber brings drums to a whole new level.

"We've picked up pace to some pretty intense speeds at times as well as slowing down to very sludge heavy grooves. Overall, the album is a lot more dynamic. Anthony is a brilliant guitar player. He really had some cool ideas for some atmospheric stuff with his leads and everything he did with his guitar. It’s definitely new and different.”

This past spring, War Master released the track “All Light Devoured" featured on the “MMXVI Japan Tour” CD and also set to appear on forthcoming LP “To Live Suffices To Conquer.”

Upcoming album “To Live Suffices To Conquer” shows the band bring in new members as Neal Dossey (guitar) and R.G. War Minister (vocals) return to the fold. Anthony Contreras (guitars) and Dobber Beverly (drums) are part of the new lineup, known from their bands Demonical Genuflection and Oceans of Slumber. Mat Aleman will play bass on an upcoming European tour. More...

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War Master Announces Lineup Change

Houston death machine War Master is once again rolling. Bassist Trans Am has returned from an extensive tour with Goatwhore and the band has enlisted Dobber Beverly as its new drummer to fill in the void left by Jon West.

Beverly's entrance into the band marks a reunion with ex-Insect Warfare members Rahi Germifar and Neal Dossey. He also has played in numerous underground Texas bands including Demoniacal Genuflection, Oceans of Slumber, Viral Load, Images of Violence and Sect of Execration. Beverly comments on joining the group:

"I ran into Rahi at a show and he asked me if I was interested in jamming some old school death metal, and at the time I didn't have any space in my schedule for it. Fast forward a few months and they were still without a drummer. Neal and Rahi then talked to me about helping them write new material, I'm a guitarist too, and I said 'hell yeah.'"

The band is hard at work on two new songs for the tentatively titled "Primitive Evil" demo cassette, with the first rehearsal on the first day of the winter solstice, the darkest day of the year. The new material is expected to show the group at its fastest.

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Housecore Horror Film Fest Announces Day Schedule

Heavy metal legend Philip Anselmo and best-selling true crime author Corey Mitchell’s groundbreaking horror-meets-metal extravaganza, the Housecore™ Horror Film Festival, has just released individual day tickets! On a tight schedule? Dying to see that one special band? Mean old boss won't let you have the whole weekend off? Never fear, HHFF is here for you! It’s all going down at Emo’s in Austin, TX, right before Halloween, between the unhallowed dates of October 23-26, 2014; tickets for each show are now available, as well as the Combo and Music badges. More...

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Housecore Horror Announces Special TCM Luncheon

Ever wonder what it would be like to be held hostage in the original Texas Chain Saw Massacre house and break bread with the craziest family in horror history? Have you always dreamed of eating in the same room as Leatherface?! Well, the fiendish ghouls from the Housecore™ Horror Film Festival would love to offer you a once-in-a-lifetime invitation to make your nightmare a reality!

On Saturday, October 25th, for the first time in 40 years, the entire cast of TXCM will return to the Grand Central Café in Kingsland, Texas, 90 minutes outside of Austin,to spend an afternoon at the actual Texas Chain Saw Massacre house. In addition, they will be joined by the cast of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 2,as well as HHFF co-founders heavy metal legend Philip H. Anselmo and best-selling true crime author, Corey Mitchell. More...

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Satyricon Drops Off Housecore Horror Film Festival

We regret to inform everyone that Norwegian black metal legends Satryicon will no longer be able to perform at this year's Housecore™ Horror Film Festival. The band explained via its official Facebook page:

"Dear U.S fans. We regret to inform that Satyricon will not perform at Knotfest in San Bernardino, CA and Horror Fest in Austin, TX in October 2014. The reasons for not being able to perform at these two festivals are both pragmatic ones and entirely different from each other.

"Satyricon will now shift its attention towards the writing of a new album, re-editing the footage from the 'Live at the Opera' live album/DVD and another project that will be announced at a later stage. It is important for the band that the U.S fans understand that you are far from forgotten and that the band look forward to come over for a full scale U.S tour as soon as it is possible. You deserve it." More...

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Superjoint Ritual Added To Housecore Horror Fest

Heavy metal legend Philip Anselmo and best-selling true crime author Corey Mitchell’s horror-meets-metal extravaganza, the Housecore Horror Film Festival, has already released several huge jaw-dropping bands and film events for this year’s lineup.

The event features the Official 40th Anniversary Reunion of the surviving cast members of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, including “Leatherface” himself, Gunnar Hansen; a TXCM 2 reunion with the cast including Bill “Chop-Top” Moseley; and a U.S. exclusive combined headline performance by the legendary Glenn Danzig of immortal classics from both Danzig and Samhain.

Now, they’ve returned for their biggest announcement yet, the return of Philip Anselmo’s legendary band, Superjoint. More...

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Pentagram On The 4th of July in Austin, Texas

Held at the Mohawk on the historic Red River Street in Austin, Texas, American Icon Records (AIR) produced two stages featuring some of the best hard rock and heavy metal bands not only in Austin, but in the state of Texas. Both nights (I only attended day one) included a headliner that played on the open-air stage. Seminal doom faction, Pentagram headed up Independence Day, while The Sword--a local act with a international following--played day two. More...

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War Master Gearing Up For Tour

Still smoldering from the Blood Dawn 3 tour, War Master has oiled the death machine and set its course for the American West.

Starting on Independence Day, the band plays Austin at the Mohawk Club as part of American Icon Records' expo featuring Pentagram. From there the war machine rolls throughout the West with four of the nine dates spent in California.

On the 13th of July, War Master joins Terrorizer, Nausea, Phobia, Wehrmacht and several more bands as part of Los Angeles Grindcore Fest. Check below for a complete list of tour dates. War Master's split with Unholy Grave will also exclusively be available for sale on this tour.

The idea for the split dates back to pre-War Master days, when Insect Warfare toured with the Japanese grinders. War Master met Travis Bonner at a Morbid Angel show in Austin during in December 2013. Bonner recorded the two tracks "Mass Cremation" and "Sadistic Force" during one of the coldest days in the early winter of 2014. Both tracks relate a rawer production than previous recordings and emphasize the jolting riffs found on the first couple of Entombed and Grave albums. The Unholy Grave side includes five tracks of coarse-toned grindcore. Each track relates raw-boned riffs, hemorrhaging voices and shuddering blast beats.

7/4 - Austin, TX-The Mohawk
7/5 - San Antonio, TX-Korova
7/6 - Laredo, TX-Cold Brew
7/7 - El Paso, TX-Horizon Bar
7/9 - Tempe, AZ-51 West
7/10 - Los Angeles, CA-Redwood Bar
7/11 - Richmond, CA-Burnt Ramen
7/12 - Oakland, CA-Road House
7/13 - Los Angeles, CA-Grindcore 2014 Fest More...

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War Master Announces New Summer Shows

Houston death metal act War Master has announced new dates for an upcoming West Coast tour. Details are as follows:

Fri July 4th - Austin, TX - at Mohawk - with Pentagram
Sat July 5th - San Antonio, TX - Korova Basement
Sun July 6th - Laredo, TX - Cold Brew Rock Bar
Mon July 7th - El Paso, TX
Tues July 8th - Phoenix, AZ
Wed July 9th - Los Angeles, CA
Thu July 10th - Bay Area
Fri July 11th - Oakland, Ca - at Road House - with Pillager, Cannibal, Druid, Archea
Sat July 12th - Los Angeles - Grindcore 2014 Festival - with Terrorizer, Wehrmacht, Nausea
Sun July 13th - Albuquerque, NM

On May 24th, War Master joined Asphyx, Pungent Stench, Hooded Menace and others on the Rams Head Live stage at Maryland Death Fest. Beats were blasted. Photographers harassed. A sword was unsheathed in the name of head banging and "YEAH FUCK YEAHs" were hurled at the crowd like thunder bolts from the mighty Zeus. Watch the entire spectacle unfold in the fan-shot video below. More...

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War Master Posts Tour Promo

The Houston death metal assassins in War Master have shot a brief video to promote their "Blood Dawn 3" tour, which can be seen below.

The band recently scorched Texas before blazing a path through the Midwest. After a successful run with Whitehorse, War Master it set to perform a string of dates in the Northeast with Japanese friends Unholy Grave.

On Saturday, they take aim at the Maryland Death Fest where they will share the stage with legendary groups Pungent Stench, Asphyx and Hooded Menace. View the remaining dates below:

5/22/2014 Saint Vitus-Brooklyn, New York (w/Unholy Grave, Excruciating Terror, Birdflesh)
5/23/2014 Philadelphia, PA Beaumont Warehouse (w/ Unholy Grave, Total Fucking Destruction)
5/24/2014 Maryland Death Fest (Rams Head Live Stage w/ Asphyx, Pungent Stench)
5/26/2014 Richmond, VA Strange Matter w/Extinction of Mankind
5/27/2014 Raleigh, NC The Maywood w/Necrocosm, Agony Divine, Lesser Life
5/28/2014 Atlanta, GA Mammal Gallery w/Disfigurement, Mangled, Paradox
5/29/2014 Birmingham, AL The Forge w/ Ectovoid
5/30/2014 Memphis, TN Hi Tone Cafe w/ Ritual Decay, Vore
5/31/2014 New Orleans, LA Siberia w/ Mule Skinner More...

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War Master Announces "Blood Dawn III" Tour

War Master has announced the "Blood Dawn III" U.S. tour dates, set to demolish the eastern half of the country - including the Maryland Death Fest - along with a brief run with Japanese grinders Unholy Grave. Dates are as follows:

5/09/2014 Houston, TX Fitzgerald's
5/10/2014 San Antonio, TX Korova w/ Disma and Blaspherion
5/11/2014 Austin, TX TBA
5/12/2014 Dallas, TX Lola's
5/13/2014 Oklahoma, OK TBA
5/14/2014 Kansas City, MO Davey's Uptown
5/15/2014 Minneapolis, MN Triple Rock Social Club
5/16/2014 Milwaukee, WI Frank's Power Plant
5/17/2014 Chicago, IL Cobra Lounge
5/18/2014 Cleveland, OH Now That's Class
5/19/2014 TBA
5/20/2014 Binghamton, NY Fitzie's Irish Pub
5/21/2014 Washington D.C., Union Arts DC (W/ Unholy Grave, Excruciating Terror, Stapled Shut)
5/22/2014 Saint Vitus-Brooklyn, New York (w/Unholy Grave, Excruciating Terror, Birdflesh)
5/24/2014 Maryland Death Fest (Rams Head Live Stage w/ Asphyx, Pungent Stench)
5/26/2014 Richmond, VA Strange Matter
5/27/2014 Raleigh, NC The Maywood
5/28/2014 Atlanta, GA Atlanta Death Fest
5/29/2014 Birmingham, AL TBA
5/30/2014 Memphis, TN Hi Tone Cafe
5/31/2014 New Orleans, LA Siberia

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SXSW 2014 Beerfest Starts At Beerland

(March 11, 2013) Beerland seemed the perfect venue for the suds fest that marked this year's South By Southwest festival--at least the music portion. Alcohol-induced projections, from top to bottom, were a common, public spectacle this year. One had to be aware of stepping into a puddle of piss or slipping on chucks of regurgitated BBQ on the sidewalk. Some venues, including parties held outside of the downtown area, even offered free drinks. The following night at Dirty Dog Bar, Christian Mistress singer, Christine Davis, called SXSW a "beerfest" during a brief break between songs. More...

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War Master Unveils Split Cover

The Houston purveyors of old school death metal madness in War Master have revealed the cover art for their forthcoming split 7" record with Coruña grinders Nashgul.

Recorded last May, War Master contributes the track "Sacrificial Death." Keeping with the tradition of the band's barbaric themes, former War Master vocalist Daniel Shaw drew this black-and-white illustration available below. The shadowy art depicts Death looming behind the throne of a dead and eviscerated king surrounded by skulls. Doomentia Records will release the recording, with an official date forthcoming.

War Master joins friends Blood Royale, Widower, Whore of Bethlehem and others for an unofficial SXSW show on March 11th:

American Icon presents Case Of The Black Witch
711 1/2 Red River, Austin, Texas 78701
Doors @ 6:30 More...

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War Master Announces New Live Shows

Houston's War Master (not to be confused with Dutch outfit Warmaster) is re-loading its death metal munitions in preparation for several live performances in the coming months.

First, the band must conquer the 2nd Bad Ass Weekend this Saturday. Held at Walters Downtown in the band's hometown, Houston, Texas, the 2-day festival promises to be the most brutal happening in Texas this weekend. War Master joins a cast of abrasive artists including Phobia, Power Trip, and the fathers of goregrind, Repulsion.

2nd Bad Ass Weekend
Walters Downtown
1120 Naylor St.
Houston, TX 77002
$25 All Ages

In addition to this weekend's festival appearance, War Master is scheduled to demolish stages in and outside of Texas. Texas performances include sharing stages with Absu, Windhand and Primitive Man. In May, War Master adjusts its scope to the East Coast. The weekend of May 22nd marks total war for the group, taking to Saint Vitus in New York City with Excruciating Terror and Birdflesh. Then, the group plays the mother of all death metal festivals, Maryland Death Fest. Full tour dates are available below.

2/23/2014-Metropolis, McAllen, Texas (A Day in The Valley of Death III)
3/01/2014-Fitzgerald's-Downtown, Houston, Texas (w/ Absu, The Black Moriah, Oath of Cruelty)
3/11/2014-Beerland, Austin, Texas (w/Windhand, Primitive Man, Black Tusk, Widower)
5/22/2014-Maryland Death Fest, Baltimore, Maryland (w/ At The Gates, Candlemass)
5/22/2014-Saint Vitus, Brooklyn, New York (w/ Excruciating Terror, Birdflesh, Mesrine)

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