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Pagan War Machine

Formed: 2002
From: Los Angeles, CA, United States
Last Known Status: Active

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Anger As Art Begin Recording New Album

ANGER AS ART, the Los Angeles-based thrash metal band featuring Steve Gaines (ABATTOIR, BLOODLUST, PAGAN WAR MACHINE, DREAMS OF DAMNATION), entered CT Audio in L.A. last week to start recording the follow-up to their self-titled album. Entitled "Callous and Furor", the CD is tentatively scheduled for release in August via Old School Metal Records.

Commented Gaines: "The most important part of recording metal is starting with great drumming. It is the foundation on which the house stands. Mars [Castro; DEMOLITION, COFFIN TEXTS] came in and worked his ass off and laid down some of the most monstrous metal tracks ever recorded. Those who have seen him play, or heard his work with COFFIN TEXTS know exactly what to expect. Youll get that, and more. His footwork and explosive snare drum are right on the money. He was so well prepared that we finished drum tracks ahead of schedule, and started working on Javiers bass. He is about half done as well, and his playing and tones are thunderous. The album will consist of 13 songs. If you like thrash, you'll love this."

Upcoming ANGER AS ART shows:

Apr. 01 - Zen Sushi – Silverlake, CA (w/ IMPALER, DEKAPITATOR)
Jun. 17 - The Pound - San Francisco, CA (w/ POTENTIAL THREAT, KAOS)

More dates are being scheduled for early summer.

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Reunited Bloodlust Plan Festival Appearances

BLOODLUST, one of the original California-based speed/classic/power/thrash metal bands, will begin a series of reunion shows throughout the 2005/2006 festival season in the U.S. and Europe. In addition, the band will be remastering and reissuing all of their releases on one CD, with new recordings of old songs and even a couple of surprises thrown in. The re-recorded songs will be "Too Scared To Run" and "Guilty As Sin". Additional material will consist of the album "Guilty As Sin" (Metal Blade), the "Terminal Velocity" EP, and even something from the group's "Anti Life" demo tape. The package will include rare photos, and liner notes from the members, past and present.

BLOODLUST's current lineup is:

Earl Mendenhall - Guitar
Sandy K. - Bass
Mark E Cuestas - Drums
John Lisi - Guitar
Steve Gaines - Vocals

Asked why the band chose to reunite at this time, Gaines (also in ABATTOIR, DREAMS OF DAMNATION, PAGAN WAR MACHINE, ANGER AS ART) cited the fact that fans on tour were asking him to sign their BLOODLUST LPs, t-shirts, and even bootleg CDs (of which there were many).

Commented Steve Gaines, "The seed was firmly planted in Cleveland, Ohio at the BW&BK Six Pack Weekend 2004. Brad Youngblood, the founder and promoter of the Metal Music Foundation and Classic Metal Festival was witnessing this outpouring of love for BLOODLUST, and he took me aside. He said, 'If you can put it back together, I'll have you headline Classic Metal Festival 5 in Chicago.' Upon returning home, I contacted the guys, and we set up a rehearsal to see if we still had it — and it sounded amazing — like we had a week off.

"The cool thing is that there is demand for it — it isn't a bunch of old geezers trying to relive their teens. We have all stayed in contact with each other over the years, and it was very easy to get back together and play. We don't know how long it will last — ideally as long as there is demand. And offers have rolled in through 2006, so… who knows?"

BLOODLUST's appearance at the Classic Metal Festival in Chicago is scheduled for Saturday, May 14. The band are also expected to appear at the 2006 edition of Germany's Headbanger's Open Air festival.

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