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Formed: 2002
From: United States
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Painmuseum News

Below is our complete Painmuseum 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.

Halford Guitarist Talks About Releasing New Album

Halford/PainMuseum guitarist "Metal" Mike Chlasciak recently did an interview with Live-Metal.net during which he discussed a variety of topics including whether or not fans can expect a new album from Halford. Some excerpts from the interview are available to read below.

Live-Metal.Net: Any idea on when we might some activity on a new release from Halford?
Chlasciak: "Rob's band, the musicians are quite prolific, and probably some of the most professional guys that I have ever been on stage with. There is so much material that has been accumulated over the past few years. It is just a matter of wrapping it all up and cutting out the songs that are not as good as the others, mixing it and then releasing it."

Live-Metal.Net: Well it sounds like we definitely have something to look forward to at least!
Chlasciak: "Yes, certainly. As you can imagine, we have to be very respectful to Rob's commitment to Judas Priest because we all know what that band means to him. We would all like to have one more stab at going out and playing some new music. We all feel, and this is including Rob, that the Halford band was a little more than just a solo artist hiring a bunch of dudes to play cover songs. We really have something to say as a band. It was just a little unfortunate, in my eyes, to release an album like Crucible and not have a fair shot at promoting it. That's all right and it's all cool and we have all been busy but when the day comes that we all get together and play as a unit, it is going to be really fun! Not only for us, but hopefully for the fans as well! It seems like there are a lot of them out there."

Read the full article at Live-Metal.com.

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Hatred To Film Live Video Next Week

HATRED, the band featuring Tim Clayborne (PAINMUSEUM) and Joe Joblonski (INHUMAN VOID), will shoot a live video on February 29 at Jaxx in West Springfield, Virginia. The footage will be used in the special features section of the band's new album, "Burning Paradise", due on May 29. The follow-up to 2000's "The Offering" (Demolition Records; Hell House Entertainment/I.V. Productions) is being recorded with Ron Vento at Night Sky Studios in Waldorf, Maryland. Dave Lozano, formerly of the Texas thrash band DEVASTATION, was behind the kit for some of the material and James Dell of Rochester, New York will take care of the drum duties for some of the other songs that are yet to be tracked. Songtitles set to appear on the CD include "Hear Them Scratching," "Evil" and "Weak and Wounded."

PAINMUSEUM — which features in its ranks Clayborne alongside "Metal" Mike Chlasciak (HALFORD, SEBASTIAN BACH, TESTAMENT), Bobby Jarzombek (HALFORD, SEBASTIAN BACH) and Steve Digiorgio (SADUS, TESTAMENT) — has released two CDs this far — "Metal for Life" (2004) and "The Right to Remain Violent" (2006). Jablonski also released an album with BLACKMASS, "Conquering Legions of Astaroth," in 2005 via Grim Nocturnal Records.

For more information on HATRED, visit the band's MySpace page.

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Metal Mike To Accompany Sebastian Bach At Signing

Guitarist "Metal" Mike Chlasciak (SEBASTIAN BACH, HALFORD, PAINMUSEUM) will accompany Sebastian Bach to his Vintage Vinyl record store signing, which is scheduled to take place tomorrow night (Tuesday, November 20) at 8:00 p.m. Sebastian and Metal Mike will be on hand to sign copies of the new Bach release "Angel Down".

The details are as follows:

Tuesday, November 20 - 8PM
Vintage Vinyl
51 Lafayette Rod
Fords, NJ 08863
(732) 225-7717

"Angel Down" was produced by Roy Z (BRUCE DICKINSON, HALFORD, JUDAS PRIEST), and recorded at Sound City Studios and Under City Studios in Los Angeles, CA. Joining Bach in the studio were guitarists "Metal" Mike Chlasciak and Johnny Chromatic, Bobby Jarzombek on drums, and Steve DiGiorgio on bass. GUNS N' ROSES' Axl Rose makes a special guest appearance contributing vocals on three of the album's songs — "(Love is a) Bitchslap", a cover of AEROSMITH's "Back In the Saddle" and "Stuck Inside".

"Angel Down" track listing:

01. Angel Down
02. You Don't Understand
03. Back In The Saddle (feat. Axl Rose)
04. (Love Is) A Bitchslap (feat. Axl Rose)
05. Stuck Inside (feat. Axl Rose)
06. American Metalhead
07. Negative Light
08. Live & Die
09. By Your Side
10. Our Love Is A Lie
11. Take You Down With Me
12. Stabbin' Daggers
13. You Bring Me Down
14. Falling Into You

Sebastian got the cover of his new CD, "Angel Down", tattooed on his arm by tattoo artist extraordinaire Kat Von D on the October 23 episode of "LA Ink".

The cover art for "Angel Down" is an original painting by Bach's late father, the celebrated Canadian artist David Bierk who died in 2002. The painting, entitled "David Watching", was painted in 1990, so an emotional choice for Bach. Bierk also created the cover artwork for SKID ROW's 1991 album "Slave To The Grind", which Rolling Stone voted one of the top 5 album covers of the year. His paintings have been exhibited in art galleries all over North America.

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Painmuseum To Play Free Show In New Jersey

PAINMUSEUM, the new band featuring the HALFORD/SEBASTIAN BACH duo of "Metal" Mike Chlasciak (guitar) and Bobby Jarzombek (drums), has announced a free show to kick off the band's East Coast Violence Tour 2006. The concert wil ltake place on Thursday, June 8 at The Fireside Club in Denville, New Jersey.

Commented Mike: "Free show, metal DJs spinning all night, drink specials and the evening will be topped of with PAINMUSEUM. Come out and bang heads with us."

In related news, Metal Mike will make a June 3 guest appearance on the nationally syndicated metal radio show "The Tour Bus".

PAINMUSEUM East Coast Violence 2006 Tour dates:

Jun. 08 - The Fireside Club - Denville, NJ
Jun. 11 - Big Bop Concert Hall/ Reverb Room - Toronto, Canada
Jun. 10 - Steel Music Hall Shredfest - Rochester, NY (w/ BRAND NEW SIN)
Jun. 09 - Dingbatz Club - Clifton, NJ
Jun. 08 - The Fireside Club - Denville, NJ

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Teos to Support Seven Witches in Philly

TEOS has been confirmed as direct support for SEVEN WITCHES at the Trocadero Theater on Sunday May 7 for an all ages show on the main stage. Also on the bill are Galvanized, Bound By Blood, Scars Of Hatred and Conspiracy To Kill.

SEVEN WITCHES, featuring Jack Frost (SAVATAGE, BRONX CASKET CO.), Alan Tecchio (HADES, WATCHTOWER, NON-FICTION) and Kevin Bolembach (NON-FICTION) is back from their European tour and will wrap up their current touring schedule with this Philly show.

In related news, TEOS bassist Clint Arent will be handling bass duties for PAINMUSEUM on their upcoming East Coast Violence tour. PAINMUSEUM is the new metal band featuring HALFORD duo of "Metal" Mike Chlasciak (guitar) and Bobby Jarzombek (drums).

PAINMUSEUM tour dates:

Jun. 11 - Big Bop Concert Hall/Reverb Room - Toronto, Canada
Jun. 10 - Steel Music Hall - Rochester, NY (Academy Of Shred Festival)
Jun. 09 - Dingbatz Club - Clifton, NJ
Jun. 08 - Fireside Club - Denville, NJ

PAINMUSEUM touring lineup:

Tim Clayborne (HATRED) – Vocals
"Metal" Mike Chlasciak (HALFORD, TESTAMENT, SEBASTIAN BACH) – Guitars
Clint Arent (TEOS) – Bass

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Testament Confirmed For MetalMania 2006 Festival

Veteran San Francisco Bay Area metallers TESTAMENT are the latest confirmed band for the MetalMania 2006 festival, set to take place March 4, 2006 at Spodek in Katowice, Poland. The festival billing is shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order):


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Jag Panzer, Painmuseum Confirmed For Louder Harder

JAG PANZER and PAINMUSEUM have been confirmed for the Louder Harder Faster festival, set to take place June 3-5 at the Crocodile Rock Cafe in Allentown, PA. This will be a unique event for PAINMUSEUM: When drummer Bobby Jarzombek (ICED EARTH, HALFORD) was unable to cancel prior engagements for this particular performance, Paul Bostaph (TESTAMENT, ex-SLAYER, SYSTEMATIC, FORBIDDEN) was called upon to fill in for this one night only. Also performing with PAINMUSEUM will be Mike LePond (SYMPHONY X).

The highlight of the festival will be an extremely rare performance by the classic TESTAMENT lineup of Chuck Billy (vocals), Eric Peterson (guitar), Alex Skolnick (guitar), Greg Christian (bass) and Louie Clemente (drums). The weekend of metal mayhem will also include performances by the full original lineup of New York thrash titans NUCLEAR ASSAULT and SPEED\KILL/HATE, featuring members of OVERKILL.

The festival billing is shaping up as follows: More...

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Testament/Painmuseum Guitarist On Clinic Tour

Former Halford and current Testament/Painmuseum guitarist "Metal" Mike Chlasciak will embark on the next leg of the "Flurry Of The Black Notes Guitar Clinic Tour 2004" later this month. Hear the latest metal gear products and get your answers straight from Metal Mike. Attendance at the clinics is free, but get there early for best seating. A live performance by Metal Mike focused on the gear used will take place at each clinic, and there will also be question-and-answer segments as well as a meet-and-greet. The details are as follows:

November 16, 2004 (7PM)
SAM ASH - Edison
1831 Route 27
Edison, NJ 08817
(732) 572-5595

November 17 (7PM)
SAM ASH - New York City
155 48th Street
New York, NY 10036
(212) 719-2625

November 18 (7PM)
SAM ASH - Springfield
155 Route 22
Springfield, NJ 07081
(973) 376-5161

November 24 (7PM)
762 Route 17 North
Paramus, NJ 07652
(201) 444-9800

November 27 (7PM)
490 Lincoln Hwy
Fairless Hills, PA, 19030
(215) 736-8055 (Includes a Master Class with Metal Mike. Call store for details and availability)

November 29 (7PM)
GUITAR CENTER - Atlantic City
560 Hamledon Commons
May's Landing, NJ 08330
(609) 383-6979

A Painmuseum record-release party will take place on Saturday, November 20 in Linden, NJ: A night full of metal and drinking devastation. Meet and bang heads with Metal Mike (Testament, Halford), Bobby Jarzombek (Iced Earth, Halford, Riot) and Painmuseum. Metal cover band all night upstairs, Metal DJ downstairs, drink specials, giveaways, brief performance by PAINMUSEUM. Two floors of metal headbanging mayhem. Sponsored by WDHA 105.5 FM "Metal Mania", The Aquarian Weekly, Thatssometal.com, Metalforever.com. Hosted by Matt Murray from WDHA 105.5 FM.

Saturday, November 20, 2004
THE CUP COMPLEX - 10 PM/ Door $5
1140 E. Elizabeth Avenue
Linden, NJ 07036
(908) 486-8925

The band will also visit WDHA 105.5 FM "Metal Mania" with Matt Murray on November 19, 2004. Listen 11-12AM for album tracks and party ticket giveaways.

Commented Mike: "Here we go again. The clinic tour is back, stronger then ever hitting mostly national chains and the Painmuseum party will surely take place in history books. That I can guarantee. We got a killer label now. CD reviews have been very strong. After the hard work on the debut album, it's good to go out and spread the news about [the Painmuseum debut CD] 'Metal For Life' and, as always have some fun with our friends again. See you there mutherf**ckers."

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Painmuseum Ready Album For December

Painmuseum, the band featuring the former Halford duo of guitarist 'Metal' Mike Chlasciak and drummer Bobby Jarzombek, plus veteran bassist Steve DiGiiorgio and vocalist Tim Clayborne, will release their debut album through Demolition Records in early December. It's to be called 'Metal For Life' and was produced by Roy Z.

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Painmuseum Confirm US Release Date

November 16, 2004 has been confirmed as the official U.S. release date for the long-awaited "Metal For Life" album from guitarist "Metal" Mike Chlasciak's (Testament, ex-Halford) Painmuseum. "Metal For Life" features Chlasciak, Bobby Jarzombek (Iced Earth, ex-Halford, Riot) on drums, Steve DiGiorgio (Testament, Sadus, Death, Vintersorg) on bass and newcomer Tim Clayborne (Hatred) on vocals. The album was mixed by Roy Z. (Judas Priest, Bruce Dickenson, Halford, Helloween) and mastered by James Murphy (Testament, Death, Disincarnate). Additional guest vocals were provided by Joe Comeau (Overkill, Annihilator).

This will be the first U.S. release under Metal Mike's own label imprint C.M.M. Entertainment, LLC. C.M.M.'s exclusive retail chain agreement with Transworld Entertainment Group places this and future C.M.M. releases in major U.S. retail chain locations, namely FYE, Coconuts, Wherehouse, Strawberries, The Wall, Camelot and more. Metal Music World Marketing, LLC will provide marketing, sales and promotion. "Metal For Life" will also be available through several Internet providers including CDBaby.com, GuitarMusic9.com, Metal Mike Armory Store at www.painmuseum.com, CenturyMedia.com, TowerRecords.com, and metal speciality store locations.

The Metal God himself, Rob Halford, also gave "Metal For Life" thumbs up and invited the release to be placed for sale at RobHalford.com.

Distribution to metal speciality retail in the U.S., Central and South America will be handled by Century Media/CM Distro direct sales. Album downloads will be found at iTunes, SonyConnect, Napster, Rhapsody, AOL's MusicNet, and more.

Territories outside of the U.S./Central and South America are already spoken for and full label details will be disclosed soon. It has also been confirmed that Metal Mike Chlasciak has signed a worldwide publishing deal with Warner/Chappell Music.

"'Metal For Life' is an album that I feel is one of the best I have ever been a part of," stated Mike in a press release. "It is 100% of what it should and what this band wanted it to be, and proudly 0% of what the martini drinking bullshit talkers wanted it to be. This CD is about what the words heavy metal mean to us, the band. The creative and recording process was closed to the business world, and only opened to the individuals that made this album. To us metal is a sign of freedom and individuality. The music speaks the truth."

You can preview album cover and tracks "I Am Your Keeper", "Speak The Name", "Hosanna Hosanna", "Words Kill Everything", "American Metalhead", "Dogs In A Cage" and "Live And Die" at this location.

For more information, visit www.painmuseum.com.

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