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Avenger of Blood

Formed: 2001
From: Las Vegas, NV, United States
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Avenger of Blood News

Below is our complete Avenger of Blood 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.

Seventh Calling Signs with Salem Rose

Salem Rose Music Publishing has announced its publishing cooperation with SEVENTH CALLING.

"We are very excited to have the chance to work with Marco Barbieri. He is a person of great experience in the industry,” notes Steve Handel (lead singer/guitarist). “It is our pleasure to begin our partnership at this time, and we hope that together, we can achieve and accomplish the many goals that are set before us."

Originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota, the band built a name for themselves through Midwest tour dates and their 2007 album "Monuments" on Melissa Records. Last year the core of the band, Steve Handel and guitarist Alex Ritchey relocated to Las Vegas, Nevada to team up with Avenger of Blood drummer Shannon Frye to complete the "Prelude to Madness" EP, issued late 2009 by Heaven and Hell Records. With the addition of Marc Flores, also of Avenger of Blood, on bass, Salem Rose Music Publishing worked out a deal with the very promising band.

Shannon Frye had this to add, “With Avenger of Blood on hold for the time being, Marc and I joined Seventh Calling, which is some killer metal that's fun and challenging. Avenger of Blood will return in the future, but for now Seventh Calling is our priority and working on this again with Marco is awesome.”

Seventh Calling is playing shows in Vegas and readying themselves to enter the studio next month to record their new full-length, "Epidemic," which will be followed by tour dates around the country.

Salem Rose Music began in 2007 as a management company handling the affairs of WARBRINGER, as well as establishing a Music Publishing division handling the administration of works for emerging artists including AVENGER OF BLOOD, HEXEN, DEVASTATOR and REVENANCE. Since the company, a creative venture from industry vet Marco Barbieri to assist young bands in their ambitions, has begun managing additional artists, including ABIGAIL WILLIAMS and DECREPIT BIRTH, as well as entertaining new avenues like promoting local shows, consulting and producing.

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Warbringer Announces New Drummer

Upon returning home from their first European tour earlier this summer, in support of Napalm Death and Suffocation, WARBRINGER found itself one member short. While the group had just made touring bassist Ben Bennett official after six months of live shows together (since original bass player, Andy Laux, was still in high school), they were now faced with replacing drummer Ryan Bates after he informed them he wished to leave the band.

Fortunately, after putting a number of potential candidates through the wringer, the very talented Nic Ritter won the band over with his diverse and technical style. Ritter, 27, had been playing with progressive thrash act Prototype, a band whose song "The Way It Ends" was a bonus cut on Guitar Hero III, since relocating to LA from San Diego. He has also been keeping busy with his death/grind side-project, Bodybag Johnny.

WARBRINGER's recent show in Mesa, Arizona last weekend was his first with the band and from all reports the group didn't miss a beat. You can catch a glimpse of his capabilities via video on his MySpace page.

Ritter had the following to say about his induction into the band: "I have been working at getting in a legit, professional band for a while now, and I feel this band is a great fit for me. I can't wait to get on the road and play with the new and improved WARBRINGER lineup. We are already throwing around ideas for the next album and I can't wait to write and record it with the rest of the band. It's going to be brutal!"

Also speaking to the potential of the new album, Bennett added: "I gladly look forward to contributing with riffs and songs for the new album. Oh and by the way, expect some fat bass in the future of WARBRINGER."

Under an arduous life of non-stop touring, the band has certainly approached its developing career much like the title of its debut full-length, "War Without End." However, as young as some of these guys might be, they understand that along the road to reward there will be a few unexpected bumps, and with a new drummer and a permanent bass player they're ready to show Wacken their best lineup yet on August 2nd.

Soon after their return from Europe, where they'll tour with Sworn Enemy and All Shall Perish, WARBRINGER will embark on a North American tour beginning Aug. 22 with label mates and blackened folk metallers Finntroll. This will be the band's third tour of the States after sharing stages with the likes of Exodus, Goatwhore, Nile, Suicide Silence and others. The latest Warbringer tour dates follow: More...

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Stream Avenger of Blood's New Album Online

MP3.com are currently streaming the new AVENGER OF BLOOD album, Death Brigade, at this location.

Due for release through Heavy Artillery Records on December 23, Death Brigade (artwork pictured) features the following tracklisting: 'Vicious Onslaught', 'Death Brigade', 'When Will You Die', 'Mortaly Wounded', 'Bloodseeker', 'Poserslaughter', 'Terminate', 'Sadistic Inquisitor', 'Beneath the Curse', 'Assassins'.

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Avenger of Blood Post Release Date For New Album

Heavy Artillery Records has set a December 25, 2007 release date for the new AVENGER OF BLOOD album, entitled "Death Brigade". Gracing the front cover will be the magnificent artistry of Joe Petagno.

The Las Vegas-based band has been busy making its mark on the metal underground since 2003 with relentless local and regional gigging as well as multiple appearances at Minneapolis Mayhem festival, Northwest Deathfest and a full U.S. tour with GODLESS RISING (featuring former members of VITAL REMAINS). While their scathing brand of thrash metal is often compared to such legendary bands as KREATOR, SODOM, and DESTRUCTION at their finest, AVENGER OF BLOOD brings a sound that is unmistakably its own.

Earlier this year AVENGER OF BLOOD was showcased on the Heavy Artillery compilation "Speed Kills…Again!"

For more information, visit their Myspace page.

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Avenger Of Blood Signs To Heavy Artillery

Heavy Artillery are proud to announce the signing of Las Vegas metal merchants Avenger of Blood. Avenger of Blood have been busy making their mark on the metal underground since 2003 with relentless local and regional gigging as well as multiple appearances at Minneapolis Mayhem festival, Northwest Deathfest and a full U.S. tour with Godless Rising (ex-Vital Remains). While their scathing brand of thrash metal is often compared to such legendary bands as Kreator, Sodom, and Destruction at their finest; Avenger of Blood bring a sound that is unmistakably their own. Look for the release of Avenger of Blood’s Heavy Artillery debut album “The Death Brigade,” scheduled for release in September 2007 and featuring cover artwork by Joe “Motorhead” Petagno.

Avenger of Blood will also be showcased with three exclusive tracks on the much anticipated Speed Kills…Again! compilation from Heavy Artillery, scheduled for release on July 3rd. Eager to take their violent aural assault to the masses, Avenger of Blood will be supporting label mates Merciless Death during much of their “Evil Curse 2007” U.S. tour during August and September. Dates forthcoming.

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First Set Confirmed for Minneapolis Mayhem 3

Mayhem productions presents Minneapolis Mayhem 3. Minneapolis Mayhem's first set will take place on August 25th and 26th at the Star Central in Minneapolis, confirmed bands are as follows:

Jag Panzer
Steel Attack
Rumpelstiltskin Grinder
Usurper
Avenger of Blood

More bands to be confirmed.

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"Monsters of Metal" Show Details Revealed

The first annual "Monsters of Metal" show hits Salt Lake City, Utah. The show is scheduled for Saturday, December 10th at "Club Vegas" in Salt Lake City for this one time appearance by Helstar, Agent Steel, Katagory V and Avenger of Blood. Ronny Munroe, lead singer of Metal Church, will be making a special appearance as the emcee and will be hosting this special metal show. "Salt Lake City has a big following of Metal music and is a perfect place to put this show and that's why we are bringing this here," states Jeff Baker of Loud Production Co. of Las Vegas, Nevada who is putting this show on along with Salt Lake City promoters Mr. Toast/Triamid Productions. Legendary frontman James Rivera of Houston, Texas band Helstar is excited by this show because Salt Lake City has always treated him well and has a loyal following of fans there. We are also hoping to get people from all over to come to this event. You can view the poster/flyer at metalchurch.com.

Tickets are $18 in advance and are available at 24tix.com, SmithsTIX.com, The Heavy Metal Shop, Tease and Keys and at Club Vegas. Visit www.Utahmetal.com and www.clubvegas.org for more information and soon to be launched loudproductionco.net. For traveling information and hotel accommodations visit, visitsaltlake.com.

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Sodom Cancel Appearance At Minneapolis Mayhem 2

German thrashers SODOM have officially cancelled their previously announced appearance at this weekend's Minneapolis Mayhem 2 festival. According to the event's organizers, "SODOM canceled the show due to the fact that they did not get their paper work from the delivery service to get their work visas. A new headliner will be announced shortly."

Minneapolis Mayhem 2, set to take place May 6-7 at Star Central in Columbia Heights, Minnesota, will include appearances by DEW-SCENTED, USURPER, NOVEMBERS DOOM, SADUS and AVENGER OF BLOOD, among others.

For more information, visit minneapolismayhem.com.

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More Bands Confirmed For Minneapolis Mayhem 2

WINTERTHRALL, EPICUREAN and ESTUARY are the latest confirmations for this year's Minneapolis Mayhem 2 Metalfest which will take place over two days - Friday, May 6th and Saturday, May 7th at Star Central in Columbia Heights, MN.

Acts scheduled to appear now include: More...

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Dew Scented On Minneapolis Mayhem 2 Metalfest

Minneapolis Mayhem 2 Metalfest will take place over two days - Friday, May 6th and Saturday, May 7th at Star Central in Columbia Heights, MN. The latest act confirmed for the festival is DEW SCENTED.

Acts scheduled to appear now include: DEW SCENTED, THROCULT, THE CHASM, SUMMON, SODOM, SADUS and AVENGER OF BLOOD. More acts will be announced soon.

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Sodom Confirmed For Minneapolis Mayhem 2 Metalfest

Legendary German Thrashers Sodom has been confirmed to perform at next years Minneapolis Mayhem 2 Metalfest May 7, 2005. This will be their only North American performance. Also, will appear is Las Vegas, NV thrashers Avenger Of Blood. More details about the show and more bands to be confirmed will follow shortly.

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Extreme Metal Blooms In The Underground

An article on underground death metal bands from Las Vegas has been posted on Las Vegas City Life:

Drainage X. Guttural Secrete. Sutured Esophagus. Soiled Carnage. Angryhead. From the Grave. Avenger of Blood. Draconium. Hemlock. The Weirding Way.

These are the names of the most recent crop of Las Vegas death-metal bands itching to carve their own desolate paths to glory across the international underground. And when I say "death metal," I'm not talking about the hyper-emotional bloodletting that passes for aggressive music these days, particularly in the form of nü-metal acts like Godsmack, or emotional hardcore like the Used, or even the artier metal-flavored punk doled out by more sensitive acts like Vegas' own Curl Up and Die. I'm talkin' 'bout death metal, which is all about killing your mother and raping your father ... before getting into some really sick and twisted shit.

Vegas' community of deranged metalheads seems poised to join the ranks of cities like New York, L.A. and San Francisco. Why? Because our underground is starting to enjoy "success." In addition to the House of Blues bringing extreme-metal shows to the Strip, a new venue has sprouted up on Boulder Highway, the Roadhouse Casino, which booked shows every weekend throughout the fall and plans to offer even more sonic carnage in the spring. Add to that the increased exposure of a local metal radio show/Website MetalReigns.com and the recent indie-label signings of European-style thrash-metal quartet Avenger of Blood and gore-grind duo Guttural Secrete, and suddenly you've got the momentum necessary for the creation of a "scene."

Read the full article at Las Vegas City Life.

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