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2008 has become an extremely exciting year in the history of Century Media Records, one of the world's most respected independent homes for heavy music, as the label is celebrating its 20th anniversary!
The company's Anniversary year started off with an extremely successful, first-ever yard sale/party at the Century Media office in Dortmund (Germany) in June, where several hundred guests partied out on exclusive live shows by Angel Dust and Turisas. A video with impressions from the event can be seen at this location. A photo gallery for this event can be viewed here.
To further celebrate this anniversary Century Media Records will release the very special 2CD compilation "Covering 20 Years Of Extremes" on September 15th in Europe and on October 14th in North America. The various artists covers-release includes 32 mostly exclusive recordings and will be available in stores for the price of one CD. Sticking to the "keep it in the family" slogan, CM approached their artists about covering songs from other acts within the label's repertoire and the response from the musicians was overwhelming.
Some choices were obvious and homages to the bands that influenced them, others were inspired picks. This combination ended up leading to a heavily entertaining and truly special final result across all sub-genres of heavy music.
Here is the tracklisting: More...
After returning home from Germany's Wacken Open Air festival and touring throughout Europe alongside labelmates Sworn Enemy and All Shall Perish, L.A. thrash warriors WARBRINGER now set their sights back on North America as they prepare to embark on back to back tours. The first trek, which kicked off on Aug. 22nd, sees the group as direct support to the Finnish sensation Finntroll and the second run, which kicks off on Oct. 1st, as direct support to legendary thrash titans Overkill.
John Laux (guitars) states: "Thanks to everyone who saw us on the Metal Hammer stage at Wacken Open Air. There is nothing compared to hearing thousands of thrashers screaming 'Total War' louder than your own stage monitors. We loved the energy and can't wait for the next opportunity to slay the masses. We can't wait to get back on the road throughout North America with Finntroll and then Overkill, which means we are hitting a lot of places so be sure to check out the MySpace page because we are most likely coming your way. Thrash til death."
WARBRINGER just completed a new video for the vicious track, "At The Crack of Doom," with up-and-coming director Joe Hendrick. The clip is a savage, performance based video that unleashes a fury of aggression and all out thrash madness.
Hendrick states: "The aesthetic style and vibe of this video is drastically different from their previous video. We have numerous smooth, wide, crane and dolly shots that show off the location, resembling the look of the metal videos from the 80's."
Laux (guitars) further comments: "A brand new WARBRINGER video should be showing up online sometime in the middle of next month. Originally we wanted to shoot at a castle, but we ended up performing 'At the Crack of Doom' at a very old, evil and torn up building in the Mojave desert. This video is a performance piece like 'Combat Shock,' but we also had extras running around in hooded robes carrying torches as part of a post apocalyptic cult or something. Needless to say, after working on the project we are very excited for its release."
Here are the latest Warbringer tour dates: More...
Warbringer has issued the following update from Wacken Open Air and the start of their European tour with Sworn Enemy:
"Thanks for everyone who saw us on the Metal Hammer stage at WACKEN! There is nothing compared to hearing thousands of thrashers screaming "Total War!" louder than your own stage monitors. We loved the energy and can't wait for the next opportunity to slay the masses.
"The beginning of the Sworn Enemy tour has been quite a pleasure. Last night we opened for AGNOSTIC FRONT and tonight were playing in Frankfurt with MADBALL! Theres nothing better than kicking off a tour by sharing the stage and some drinks with such legendary bands. Thanks for everyone that came out to see us in hamburg, we hope more of you guys will come out and support us along the way!"
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...
The Spring 2008 Century Media digital sampler is now available for DRM-free download here (requires free account/login). Included in the mix are artists such as Warrel Dane (Nevermore), Arch Enemy, Zimmers Hole, Suicide Silence, Terror, Stick To Your Guns, and many more.
Here is the complete tracklisting:
1. Suicide Silence - Green Monster (live from Paris)
2. Into Eternity - Time Immemorial
3. Warrel Dane - Messenger
4. Firewind - Mercenary Man
5. Zimmers Hole - When You Were Shouting At The Devil
6. Terror - Relentless Through and Through
7. Heaven Shall Burn - Endzeit
8. Embrace the End - Denim on Denim Hate Crime
9. Venomous Concept - Water Cooler
10. Despised Icon - A Fractured Hand
11. Stick To Your Guns - We're the Heart from the Heartless
12. Sworn Enemy - A Place Of Solace
13. Turisas - To Holmgard and Beyound
14. Warbringer - Combat Shock
15. In this Moment - Circles
16. Himsa - Unleasch Carnage
17. Arsonists Get All The Girls - Claiming Middle Age A Decade Early
18. Arch Enemy - Revolution Begins
19. Divine Heresy - Bleed The Fifth
20. Winds of Plague - The Impaler
TOXIC HOLOCAUST has posted two new songs taken from their upcoming Relapse debut, "An Overdose Of Death..." These tracks, "Gravelord" and "War Is Hell," can be heard now via the band's MySpace page.
TOXIC HOLOCAUST has also posted additional in-studio footage shot while recording "An Overdose Of Death..." last month in Seattle. The second episode can now be viewed here or below.
TOXIC HOLOCAUST recorded "An Overdose Of Death..." with producer Jack Endino (HIGH ON FIRE, ZEKE, DWARVES) at Soundhouse Recording studios. "An Overdose Of Death..." is set for a September 2nd North American release date, September 8th internationally.
TOXIC HOLOCAUST will begin touring in support of "An Overdose Of Death..." this Summer as they join AT THE GATES on their reunion tour. This tour, which also includes DARKEST HOUR and MUNICIPAL WASTE, will kick-off on July 9th in New York City. TOXIC HOLOCAUST will also be playing a number of headlining shows on their way East to start to the tour. TOXIC HOLOCAUST will follow-up the AT THE GATES tour with an appearance at the Hole In The Sky Festival in Norway and a Fall tour with OVERKILL.
Here are the latest TOXIC HOLOCAUST tour dates: More...
Warbringer has just finished their European tour with Napalm Death and Suffocation and issued the following update:
"Just finished off the Napalm Death/Suffocation European tour a couple days ago. Long story short, it fucking slaughtered. First time for us touring overseas, and our first time touring in a bus. Had a big ol red nightliner bus with bunks and all that, which is way luxurious compared to the van touring we are accustomed to. It fit like 20 people, Napalm, Suffo, us, and crew. Everyone in both bands were awesome fellas, there wasn't really any problems with any anybody on the tour. The European fans and people at the venues were way friendly, and that coupled with the fact that we were traveling the world, going to all these different countries made it one of the coolest things any of us have done, ever. Some highlights of the tour were Frank "the tank" Mullen yelling at people to jump off bridges all day at Rock Hard festival, the brotherhood of spoon tattoos, Ryan's (possibly) fictional tapeworm that made him eat like 20 sandwiches a day, the raging fucking maniacs who went berserk in places like Portugal and Poland, and any day we were in the Netherlands/the few days after with Terrence, Joe, AK, etc. Anyhow, tomorrow we start up a couple more firsts- our first headlining tour and our first shows in the UK, with Gama Bomb supporting. We'll see you all out there, cheers!"
Toxic Holcaust's April 28th show at BB King's in New York City was recorded by the website woozyfly.com and is available to watch on Woozyfly.com. The video is Toxic Holocaust's entire 20 minute set and comes from their most recent U.S. tour with Hate Eternal, Soilent Green, and Skeletonwitch.
Toxic Holocaust are currently recording their Relapse Records debut, "An Overdose Of Death". Daily studio updates are currently available via their MySpace page. "An Overdose Of Death" is expected to see a late Summer release date. More...
Warbringer has posted a short update and video from the show in Portugal:
"Europe tour has been totally killer thus far, thanks to all the ragers who came out. In Italy now, more updates as they come!"
As previously reported, Warbringer will meet up with Gamma Bomb in early June to tour the U.K.
Here's a live video from their show in Portugal: More...
The following press release has been announced:
Brace yourselves thrashers - Ireland's very own GAMA BOMB have embarked on their first ever tour of Europe.
After recently completing a successful UK tour with EXODUS and EVILE, GAMA BOMB have headed out to Europe to further their Thrash assault, before returning to the UK to finish what they started.
Catch GAMA BOMB live near you at the following shows:
* w/ WARBRINGER
May 17 - Zaandam, Netherlands - De Kade
May 18 - Arnhem, Netherlands - Willemeen
May 23 - Marne, Germany - Kino Capitol
May 24 - Rostock, Germany - Interclub
May 25 - Hamburg, Germany - Hafenklang
May 27 - Berlin, Germany - Amnesie
May 28 - Leipzig, Germany - TBC
May 29 - Hengelo, Netherlands - Metropool
May 30 - Ludwigsfelde, Germany - N.V.A. Club
May 31 - Bayreuth, Germany - Rosenau
June 8 - London, UK - Scala (w/ SABBAT)
June 9 - London, UK - Underworld *
June 10 - Glasgow, Scotland - Ivory Blacks *
June 11 - Edinburgh, UK - Studio 24 *
June 12 - Bristol, UK - The Croft *
June 13 - Plymouth, UK - White Rabbit *
June 14 - Milton Keynes, UK - The Pitz *
June 15 - Poole, UK - Mr C's * More...
Irish thrashers GAMA BOMB have posted a tour report regarding their recent UK tour with thrash legends EXODUS and fast-rising UK thrashers EVILE.
This is what GAMA BOMB had to say about playing up and down the UK to riotous reception night after night, with two of the greatest thrash bands around today:
"The G-Bizzers have just returned from our UK tour with Exodus and Evile, and what a week it's been...kicking off in London, we had one of the best receptions we've ever had and were thrilled to play the Underworld, which has always been something of an ambition of ours. Leeds the next night was an even better set, and those who assembled really made us feel welcome, which was cool. Dublin was possibly the most surprising night by a mile: expecting a decent reception and some friendly back-slapping, we were astonished by how well we went down. We managed to sell more tees than we even had in London, which was great. We definitely owe them Dublin thrashers more gigs like that one."
FINNTROLL and WARBRINGER will team up for the following North American tour dates:
August 22 - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
August 23 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Trocadero
August 24 – New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club
August 25 - Cambridge, MA @ Middle East
August 26 - Montreal, QC @ Club Soda
August 27 - Quebec City, QC @ Imperial
August 28 - Toronto, ON @ Opera House
August 29 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s Down Under
August 30 - Mokena, IL @ Pearl Room
August 31 - Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock Social Club
September 1 - Winnipeg, MB @ Garrick Centre
September 2 - Regina, SK @ The Exchange
September 3 - Calgary, AB @ Warehouse
September 4 - Edmonton, AB @ Starlite Room
September 6 - Victoria, BC @ Sugar
September 7 - Vancouver, BC @ Plaza Club
September 8 - Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
September 9 - Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
September 10 – San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s
September 11 - West Hollywood, CA @ House of Blues
September 12 - San Marcos, CA @ Jumping Turtle
Irish thrashers Gama Bomb have unleashed four brand new songs on their MySpace page. The songs come off their upcoming Earache full-length debut, 'Citizen Brain', due out on May 19th worldwide. Recorded at Grindstone Studios with producer Scott Atkins, 'Citizen Brain' features 15 blistering tracks of classic, frantic thrash metal. The album will be available on CD, limited edition CD with bonus DVD, and limited edition vinyl. The four new tracks are: "Zombie Blood Nightmare," "Hammer Slammer," "Evil Voices," and "Final Fight."
The full track listing for "Citizen Brain" is:
01) Zombie Blood Nightmare
02) Evil Voices
03) Final Fight
04) Time Crime
05) Global Warming
07) Hammer Slammer
08) Sentenced to Thrash
09) Zombi Brew
10) Hell Trucker
11) Return of the Technodrome
13) In the Court of General Zod
14) Space Invaders
15) Bullet Belt Catch Gama Bomb More...
Sick of song streams that either don’t work or take minutes to start up? Well, Century Media Records has an early gift for you this holiday season: The label is bringin' it back to the mid-'60s with an online 8-track player that includes downloadable tunes from ARCH ENEMY, SUICIDE SILENCE, HIMSA, DIVINE HERESY, THE AGONY SCENE, IN THIS MOMENT, SWORN ENEMY and L.A. thrashers WARBRINGER. That's right, an eight-song 8-track that spans everything from melodic death metal to old-school thrash, and it's as instant as poppin' that sweet little magnetic tape with the CM logo into the drive. You can even embed the sampler into your MySpace page. Feel free to make mixtapes for friends and family or, more importantly, yourself!
Check it out now at this location.
Finland's BEFORE THE DAWN is the latest act confirmed for next summer's Wacken Open Air Festival, set to take place July 31 - August 2, 2008 in Wacken, Germany.
The Wacken Open Air Festival will be headlined by IRON MAIDEN (on July 31st). The current line-up includes: AT THE GATES, AUTUMN, AVANTASIA, AXXIS, BEFORE THE DAWN, CARCASS, CHILDREN OF BODOM, CORVUS CORAX, CREMATORY, DESTRUCTOR, DREAM OF AN OPIUM EATER, ENEMY OF THE SUN, EXCREMENTORY GRINDFUCKERS, EVOCATION, GIRUGÄMESH, GOREROTTED, GORGOROTH, HATEBREED, IRON MAIDEN, KAMELOT, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, KREATOR, KRYPTERIA, LORD BELIAL, LORDI, NIFELHEIM, NIGHTWISH, OBITUARY, AXEL RUDI PELL, POWERWOLF, PRIMORDIAL, SABATON, SALTATIO MORTIS, SONATA ARCTICA, THE BONES, WARBRINGER.
Los Angeles thrashers WARBRINGER have just revamped their official MySpace page to support the release of their debut offering, War Without End, which is set for a February 5th release through Century Media Records. Head there now to stream the new track, “Dread Command,” and to view the album’s cover art by acclaimed artist Dez Ambrose Root.
ENEMY OF THE SUN, WARBRINGER are the latest acts confirmed for next summer's Wacken Open Air Festival, set to take place July 31 - August 2, 2008 in Wacken, Germany.
The festival will be headlined next year by IRON MAIDEN. The current line-up includes: AT THE GATES, AUTUMN, AVANTASIA, AXXIS, CARCASS, CHILDREN OF BODOM, CREMATORY, DESTRUCTOR, DREAM OF AN OPIUM EATER, ENEMY OF THE SUN, EXCREMENTORY GRINDFUCKERS, GOREROTTED, GORGOROTH, HATEBREED, IRON MAIDEN, KAMELOT, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, KREATOR, KRYPTERIA, LORD BELIAL, NIGHTWISH, OBITUARY, POWERWOLF, PRIMORDIAL, SABATON, SALTATIO MORTIS, SONATA ARCTICA, THE BONES, WARBRINGER.
Los Angeles thrashers WARBRINGER recently stopped by the Century Media offices and filmed a video message. Watch the clip here to see what the band has to say about their biggest influences, recording with the renowned Bill Metoyer (SLAYER, D.R.I. and SACRED REICH) and touring with the legendary EXODUS.
In other news, WARBRINGER shot its first promotional video over the weekend for the track "Combat Shock" with acclaimed director Dan Dobi (CANNIBAL CORPSE). The clip is said to be "a brutally intense performance based clip that perfectly showcases the band's unrelenting live energy." Look for it to make its debut online early next year.
The group’s much-anticipated new effort, "War Without End", is "shaping up to be one of the most vicious debuts to come along in years and is destined to add another glorious chapter to thrash metal’s illustrious history," according to a press release.
WARBRINGER is set to join EXODUS, GOATWHORE and ARSIS on a national tour in January. More...
Los Angeles thrashers WARBRINGER and MetalSucks have joined forces and beginning today fans can download the band's highly acclaimed demo, "One By One The Wicked Fall", for free. Head over to www.metalsucks.net now to get in on this special, limited offer.
WARBRINGER's is debut album, "War Without End", is scheduled for release on February 5 via Century Media Records, The CD was produced by Bill Metoyer (SLAYER, D.R.I. SACRED REICH), is "shaping up to be one of the most vicious debuts to come along in years," according to a press release.
WARBRINGER is set to join EXODUS, ARSIS and GOATWHORE on a national tour in January.
The buzz surrounding LA thrashers Warbringer is simply astounding following a slew of high-profile shows alongside the legendary Exodus and overwhelmingly positive reactions to the group's self-released EP. Upon signing a worldwide deal with Century Media Records, the quintet entered the studio with acclaimed producer Bill Metoyer, who helped shape legendary albums from the likes of Slayer, D.R.I. and Sacred Reich, among a slew of others.
John Kevill (vocals) states: "So far the recording's gone very well. Everything is now tracked, and mixing is currently in full swing. Everyone's pretty happy with how it's shaping up, and we all feel it's a huge step up for us. Working with Bill has been awesome. It's been very laid back, and we've received a lot of good feedback and input from him. Counting bonus material and everything, we did a total of 14 tracks. The cover art is also looking pretty bad-ass. The whole thing will be done in a couple of weeks, and we can't wait to unleash it upon the masses."
While Warbringer has built a rabid local fan base playing with others in the LA thrash revival scene, they're set to join Exodus, Arsis and Goatwhore on a national tour in January. This tour will be preceded by a number of warm-up dates opening for Suffocation/Immolation and Prong throughout the CA area this month. Having already completed a West Coast tour with Daath, in addition to the several shows with Exodus, these young thrash warriors (4 out of the 5 aren't even of legal drinking age) are prepared to bring their definitive brand of violent combat thrash to audiences nationwide.