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Boston metal band Ravage has issued the following update regarding the departure of the band's drummer:
"Some news from the Ravage camp.... Dan 'The' Hammer has decided to dedicate his focus on his other projects and has parted ways with Ravage. No bad feelings... except for never learning King Forgotten.
"So of course that means we're looking for a drummer. Send us a message if you or anyone you know is interested!"
The Warriors of Metal Fest V Open Air, which will take place on Friday June 29th and Saturday June 30th at the Frontier Ranch in Pataskala, OH (located about 20 minutes east of Columbus), has officially announced the band order and set times for this weekend's event. Additionally, there will be a pre-fest showcase on Thursday the 28th The Shrunken Head Rock Club at 251 West 5th Avenue in Columbus, Ohio. Doors for the showcase are at 7:00 and the first band takes the stage at 8:00. The lineup for the pre-fest showcase is as follows, with a promo streaming below:
Thursday, June 28th
08:00 - 08:35 - METEORFALL
08:50 - 09:25 - KLNZR
09:40 - 10:15 - A.O.D.
10:30 - 11:10 - SKULL HAMMER
11:25 - 12:20 - RAVAGE
12:35 - 01:15 - ZUUL
01:30 - 02:10 - SEAX
Band order and set times for the Warriors of Metal Fest V Open Air:
Friday, June 29, 2012
12:00 pm - 12:40 pm - BORROWED TIME
12:55 pm - 01:35 pm - FIERCE ATMOSPHERES
01:50 pm - 02:30 pm - THORHAMMER
02:45 pm - 03:25 pm - POSSESSOR
03:40 pm -04:20 pm - DEGRADATION
04:35 pm -05:15 pm - MACHINAGE
05:30 pm - 06:20 pm - POWER THEORY (CD Release Performance)
06:35 pm -07:35 pm - TWISTED TOWER DIRE
07:50 pm -08:50 pm - EXXPLORER
09:05 pm -10:05 pm - MYSTIC-FORCE
10:20 pm - Midnight - MANILLA ROAD More...
Amelia, OH. June 6th, 2012. The Warriors of Metal, Inc. is thrilled to announce that Manilla Road's Mark "The Shark" Shelton will be making an appearance at the Pre-Fest Showcase of the Warriors Of Metal Fest V Open Air. The Pre-Fest Metal party will be held at The Shrunken Head Rock Club at 251 West 5th Avenue in Columbus, OH on the evening of June 28th. Doors open at 7:00 pm and music starts at 8:00 pm and will continue till closing time. The cover charge is $10 at the door and all attendees will receive a raffle ticket for a prize drawing at the conclusion of the show. More...
Warriors of Metal, Inc. has announced the lineup and location of the Warriors Of Metal Fest V Open Air's Pre-Fest Showcase taking place on Thursday, June 28th at The Shrunken Head Rock Club at 251 West 5th Avenue in Columbus, OH. In order of appearance, the participating bands are as follows: Youngstown, OH power thrash metal band MeteorFall will kickstart the show, followed by Marietta, Ohio's KLNZR.
Chillicothe, OH veterans of WOM Fest I, II & IV, Age Of Distrust (AOD) will keep the audience warm for the "Massachusetts Metal Invasion of Ohio" which will be initiated by Worcester, MA's Skull Hammer playing direct support to the former Metal Blade recording artists and headliner of the night, Ravage. Carbondale, Illinois' ZüüL will keep the energy high and last but not least, Framingham, Massachusetts' speed metallers of Seax will bring the night to a high octane conclusion.
All attendees shall receive a raffle ticket at the door for a drawing of a "Bag'O'Metal" prize at the end of the show. For more information, head over to the Warriors Of Metal website.
Boston metal veterans Ravage have revealed that it has recorded its recent performance at Ralph's Diner in Worcester, Massachusetts for a future live release. The band commented on the forthcoming "15 Years Underground" release by saying;
"We' like to thank the fantastic crowd and everyone from the Society For World Wide Ravage who ventured out to support us and to support the great five-year tradition of Metal Thursdays shows at Ralph's Diner — the longest-running and best live underground metal series of shows in the country, and probably the world.
"Not everything went on without hitches and glitches — it was a typically mad and crazy Ravage show, but we made it through, and despite one unfortunate incident during which a friend of ours almost had his face ripped off in the mosh pit, everyone emerged OK and unscathed for the most part, and had a great time.
"We look forward to sharing some songs from this night of metal madness with all of you in the near future."
Boston based metal outfit, Ravage has posted their new music video online for the song, "Grapes Of Wrath." You can check it out below. Regarding the video, singer Al Ravage commented,
"I'm proud of what we were able to put together with this video despite a non-existent budget. I think we were able to get our message across in a very entertaining way. The song itself speaks to the personal struggles of the people of our generation as we try to wade through the turbulent waters of this rough economic and social climate. Everyone our age knows someone who has lost his or her job, been burdened by ever increasing credit card or student loan debt and dually had to deal with the fallout of two on-going foreign wars. The song basically is a wake-up call to the brain-dead media personalities and political figures who sit idly by as the world tears itself appart and try to blame music or art for the problems of today's youth. As for the video, as usual, we threw quite a bit in the blender for you all to keep it interesting - including some comedy, some gore, some parody, and a not-so subtle homage to one of our favorite Judas Priest videos. Working with Egan from Lawson: White Heat was a blast 'in particular' and I'm sure all members of the Society For World Wide Ravage will get a kick out of this video." More...
"Grapes Of Wrath" the new music video from Boston MA area traditional heavy metal/thrashers Ravage will premiere on the video game blog D-Pad D-bags this Monday November 8th at 3:00 p.m. EST. The clip was filmed back in the summer of 2009, but had to be sent back for a number of re-edits due to some controversial parodic subject matter, violent content and special effects issues.
Ravage singer Al Ravage commented, "I'm proud of what we were able to put together with this video despite a non-existent budget. I think we were able to get our message across in a very entertaining way. The song itself speaks to the personal struggles of the people of our generation as we try to wade through the turbulent waters of this rough economic and social climate. Everyone our age knows someone who has lost his or her job, been burdened by ever increasing credit card or student loan debt and dually had to deal with the fallout of two on-going foreign wars. The song basically is a wake-up call to the brain-dead media personalities and political figures who sit idly by as the world tears itself appart and try to blame music or art for the problems of today's youth. As for the video, as usual, we threw quite a bit in the blender for you all to keep it interesting - including some comedy, some gore, some parody, and a not-so subtle homage to one of our favorite Judas Priest videos. Working with Egan from LAWSON: WHITE HEAT was a blast 'in particular' and I'm sure all members of the Society For World Wide Ravage will get a kick out of this video."
The video was directed by John Koziol who last worked on the feature-length action comedy film LAWSON: WHITE HEAT and has previously worked on video projects for such diverse artists as AGNOSTIC FRONT and THE WU-TANG CLAN.
Boston thrash metal band Ravage has issued the following update:
"Things have been kind of quiet for Ravage lately. We had to cancel our hometown gig due to unforeseen circumstances but things are slowly coming together again as we prepare to go out to New Mexico for Thrashmageddon 2 on May 1st in Albuquerque and we have begun putting together the material for the next album."
"Tomorrow (Thursday April 1st) we have a special "April Fools" gig at Ralph's Diner in Worcester MA. It is a Metal Thursdays show and the weather will finally be decent, so we hope to see you all there."
"We will also be finishing up the unreleased video for 'Grapes Of Wrath' which has sat on the shelf for a while now, and we hope to release that some time soon."
"We have a couple of copies left of the Running Wild Tribute album and 'The End Of Tomorrow' album as well as the 'Spectral Rider' and 'Freedom Fighter' releases. If anyone needs a CD or a T-shirt, email us at email@example.com"
Steel Maid, which features members of Ravage, Ritual Steel, and Ivory Tower, has recently signed to German label Karthago Records. Their new self-titled album will be released as CD and Vinyl on March 24th.
The tracklisting for the album is as follows:
3. Metal War
4. Hellwings Of Fire
5. Die Fast
8. The Falling Angel
Listen to album samples at the soundcheck section of the band's website.
Boston thrash metal band Ravage has issued the following update:
"As for us, we will be playing a couple of more local shows including a hometown show to benefit the homeless at My Honey Fitz in Malden MA on March 20th. It will be the first time we have played inside the actual Malden city limits in many years. I think it will be our first Malden show since the infamous shows at TJ's Roadhouse back in 2000. We are also playing special April Fools Metal Thursdays show at Ralph's Diner in Worcester MA on April 1st."
"We also hope to make up some of the southwest shows we missed during last fall's US tour. We'll be appearing at Thrashmagedon 2 in Albuquerue NM on May 1st and details on any other shows will be announced soon."
"We are working on new material and hope to begin recording some time in the summer."
"In other news..."
"Check out the forthcoming album from STEEL MAID - featuring members of RAVAGE, RITUAL STEEL, and IVORY TOWER. It was recorded over the last 2 years and will finally be released on CD and Vinyl by Karthago Records in April. You can now hear clips from all the tracks at www.steel-maid.de in the soundcheck section."
"Ravage bassist Rich Berte is recording a demo with his thrash band Rich Berte's LETHAL DESIGN - which should be available soon."
"Former Ravage bassist Mike Gignac's band RIPFENCE recently finished recording and should have an album coming out soon."
"Ravage drummer Pete Webber has joined Colorado thrashers HAVOK and will be playing on tour with them this spring. We wish him the best of luck as he heads out on an extensive stint opening for Primal Fear and Hammerfall."
"Drummer Dan Kowal (of Rich Berte's LETHAL DESIGN) has been named as a fill-in at the drum position. Check out his other band SKULLHAMMER who also have an album coming soon."
Boston thrash metal band Ravage has issued the following update:
"It's been a while, so first I'd like to say thanks to everyone who came out to see Ravage live last year on our first full US tour - it ended disastrously, but it was good to meet many new friends and fans out there along the way and we appreciate everyone's support and we hope to get to all the places we've missed as soon as possible. We are hopefully returning to the Southwest in May and we hope to make up the Las Vegas show and get to Arizona again as well as playing New Mexico for the first time. We also hope we can get into Canada some time this year. Additional thanks to everyone who picked up our Metal Blade Records debut CD 'The End Of Tomorrow.' The album was the culmination of a lot of hard work and headaches and it was nice to finally get it out there. Finally, thanks to everyone who put the record on their top albums lists for 2010, that was very cool of you. Now on to the current and future happenings..." More...
"LAWSON: WHITE HEAT" feature-length action comedy adventure featuring members of RAVAGE now available online for FREE at this location.
"LAWSON: WHITE HEAT" is a feature-length action comedy adventure featuring cameos by Metal Blade Records Recording artists RAVAGE and produced by former Ravage members John 'The Ogre' Koziol, Barry Delahanty, and Tommy Grimaldi. The film made it's theatrical debut at a sold-out midnight screening at The Kendall Theater in Cambridge, MA on May 2nd.
A short documentary on the making-of can be seen here. The star of the film, Mike Egan, will also appear in the forthcoming video for Ravage's song "Grapes Of Wrath," which is currently in post-production. The film's producers are currently at work on a cartoon series which will feature characters from the film. More...
Boston thrash metal band Ravage has issued the following year end update:
"Last night Ravage played our last live show of the year. It's been a good year for us, we signed with Metal Blade Records, finally released our album 'The End Of Tomorrow,' appeared on two tribute albums - a tribute to Warlock and also a tribute to Running Wild, and we completed our first full US tour which. Although the tour was logistically difficult, financially taxing and wrought with countless problems, it ended up being a good learning experience that ultimately allowed us to play shows and meet new friends and fans in 17 different states across the USA."
"We already have some shows planned for next year as we will be appearing at the Meliah Rage reunion show in February and we have already begun to plan a return to the southwest USA to make up some of the shows we missed and get to some areas we haven't been to before. We have been invited to play at THRASHMAGEDDON 2 FESTIVAL in Albuquerque NM in may and we hope to add some more southwest appearances as well." More...
After cancelling several dates on their recent U.S. tour, Ravage has confirmed new live dates including a special home town appearance at Rob Jack's Pub in Everett, MA on December 2nd and an appearance at THRASHMAGEDDON 2 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The later gig will be the band's first return to the Southwest since the band's US tour in the summer of 2009.
In other Ravage news, the band announced that they have been completing work on a video for the song "Grapes Of Wrath," which will feature Mike Egan from the feature-length independent action comedy "LAWSON: WHITE HEAT." A release date for the video has not yet been announced.
Here are the RAVAGE appearances:
12/02/09 Rob Jack's Pub Everett, MA
05/01/10 The Compound Albuquerque, NM
Ravage, the heavy metal band from Boston, MA who released their Metal Blade Records debut "The End Of Tomorrow" in August have been forced to cancel the 5 remaining dates of the band's US tour.
Singer Al Ravage offered this explanation, "I don't know if you've been following the travails and tribulations of our tour on our myspace blog, but for those of you who haven't - I'll give the 'short, short' version (if you are a fan of the film 'Spaceballs,' you'll get that allusion). We planned a self-financed, self-planned, 3-month full USA tour a few months ago that we knew would be extremely difficult, and possibly suicidal, but we wanted to do all we could to try to garner some attention for our new album, for traditional heavy metal in general and to finally get a chance to play to all those people across the USA who have asked to see us over the years. In some respects, the tour was a success - we got to meet many cool new people - people who had picked up the album and had heard of us before - we got to visit some cool new places, and we got to meet some cool bands and experience life on the road for the better part of 3 months. In many respects however, the tour was a major failure. We dealt with poorly promoted events, many unsupportive local acts (acts that even didn't stay to see us play or dropped off the bill entirely with little notice), poor fan turnouts, shows canceled by the club at the last minute, and the worst part - numerous van breakdowns and incompetent repair jobs - which forced us to cancel far too many shows." More...
Boston metal band Ravage has issued the following road report regarding their troubles on their current US tour:
"If you've been following my previous blogs, you know we've been stuck here in beautiful but boring Eugene Oregon since last Sunday, so I'll recap what has happened for all of you over the last week - because it has been awful and we can only apologize to those promoters who wished to help us out with shows and those fans who were waiting to see us."
"Last Saturday night, after our Sacramento CA show was canceled by the venue (because they lose their license), we decided to head north to Seattle. We broke down on I5 heading toward Seattle for the show in which we were supposed to open for Stratovarius on Sunday. We were in Grant's Pass Oregon and quickly had our battery and altenator replaced so we could continue on." More...
Boston thrash metal band Ravage has issued the following tour update regarding their recent cancellations:
"We'd like to apologize now to our friends in Idaho as we have been forced to cancel both Idaho shows. We are still stuck in Eugene OR. If you can believe it - we couldn't - the repair shop told us that the part was LOST...LOST! In the mail by the company shipping it! This is unreal... we have been forced to stay here until Thursday - when hopefully we will have things fixed and be back on the road in time to make it to our Vegas show. We were really looking forward to thrashing with our friends in Idaho, but it unfortunately will have to wait for a later tour. Hopefully we can make it back next year under better circumstances."
Al, singer of the Boston heavy metal band Ravage, has issued the following tour update:
"Here is an update on how our tour has been going. We've just added a show at Traxx nightclub in NYC on Oct 16th with ROSS THE BOSS formerly of MANOWAR - and we are also playing with him in Vineland NJ on Oct 17th."
"We have a show in Los Angeles on Oct 10th at The Black Castle - check out our page for the latest tour dates..." More...
Singer Al of the Boston thrash metal band Ravage has issued the following update regarding their drummer:
"It is with regret that I must inform you all that George 'GTB' Bellofatto is no longer a member of Ravage. Change has been a constant in this band since we began quite a while back, but I had hoped our most recent line-up would be stable for once - unfortunately, that was not in the cards and once again we have a change in the rhythm section. GTB has left the band to concentrate on his career outside of music and we wish him the best of luck with that and with any future musical projects he may undertake. We were lucky enough to have enlisted the aid of a great young local drummer named Pete Webber and we can now announce that he will be a permanent member of Ravage. Pete has played all of the dates on our current US tour, including our successful CD release party and he brings an abundance of skill and creativity. His performances have already gotten rave reviews from those in attendance and I have no doubt that his playing will add a new element of power, speed, and musical depth to future recordings." More...
Chicago black metallers Withering Soul have issued the following statement about the final track list for the upcoming Running Wild tribute album:
"The final track-listing for 'ReUnation - A Tribute To Running Wild', scheduled to be released in fall 2009 via Remedy Records, is as follows:
01. POWERWOLF - Riding The Storm
02. FATE - Soul Vampires
03. ORDEN OGAN - The Battle Of Waterloo
04. ESENIA - Resurrection
05. 5TH SONIC BRIGADE - Angel Of Mercy
06. SATANOCHIO - Siberian Winter
07. DEADLOCK feat. Jürg Theiler - When Time Runs Out
08. SKILTRON - Ballad Of William Kidd
09. MOTORJESUS - The Rivalry
10. SUIDAKRA feat. Axel Römer & Matthias Zimmer - Marooned
11. THUNDERSTORM feat. Preacher - Welcome To Hell
12. WITHERING SOUL - Firebreather
13. WARHEAD - Faceless
14. WILD KNIGHT - Tsar
01. JOSÉ JUAN GALLEGO - Draw The Line
02. MAGICA - Victory
03. CHINCHILLA - Conquistadores
04. HELLISH WAR - Return Of The Gods
05. OVERTURES - Pirate Song
06. BURNING POINT feat. Majk Moti - Gods Of Iron '09
07. CUSTARD - Under Jolly Roger
08. SEVEN SEAS - Detonator
09. HALOR - Little Big Horn
10. THUNDERBLAST - Timeriders
11. CRYSTAL VIPER - Libertalia
12. EVERTALE - Blazon Stone
13. WINTERS DAWN - Into The Fire
14. HEAVENLY - Masquerade
15. SOLEMNITY - Dr. Horror
16. WITCHTRAP - Victim Of States Power
17. RAVAGE - Fight The Fire Of Hate