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Latest Battlemaster News

Below is our complete Battlemaster 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.

Locusta Announces U.S. Shows

Ohio's Locusta will kick off the band's first tour of 2011 this Sunday in Richmond, Virginia with Battlemaster and War Graves. The short but ravenous trek will massacre eight more cities before winding down in Columbus, Ohio at the Carabar.

Commented guitarist Dru Silver: “After a year of absence from touring, we’re happy to announce that this coming week we will be kicking off our first tour of 2011 on the East Coast of the United States. Speaking of said absence, our drummer just became the proud father of a newborn daughter — congrats Simon! — and will be unable to join us. However this has granted us the opportunity for a very special lineup that you will only get a chance to see, as Alex Tomlin from Battlemaster will be stepping in to offer his services of tearing up the skins for us. Don’t miss it!”

Dates are as follows:

7/31/2011 The Triple – Richmond, VA w/ Battlemaster, War Graves
8/02/2011 The Corpse Fortress – Silver Springs, MD w/ Ramming Speed, Barn Burner
8/03/2011 Cloud City – Philadelphia, PA w/ Nothing Is Over, Casket, Fungus
8/04/2011 Acheron – Brooklyn, NY w/ Headsnatcher, The Year Is One, So Hideous, My Love…
8/05/2011 Castlevania – Providence, RI w/ Ramming Speed, Nightbitch, David Carradine D/C/
8/06/2011 Starlab Fest – Boston, MA w/ Ramming Speed
8/07/2011 TBA – Portland, ME
8/09/2011 The White Rabbit – Rochester, NY w/ Warblade, Malformed, Ebony Sorrow
8/10/2011 TBA – Pittsburgh, PA
8/12/2011 The Carabar – Columbus, OH

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Weedeater Announces US Tour Dates

North Carolina sludge metal band WEEDEATER has announced a string of Midwestern and Southeastern US tour dates for late January into early February. Two of the dates will feature the band's stripped-down, acoustic, two-piece bass and banjo persona, known as BARSTUL, supporting Nick Oliveri (Queens of the Stone Age). The confirmed dates are listed below, and as always with this band, more dates are to be announced shortly.

WEEDEATER will enter Steve Albini's Electric Audio studio in Chicago this month to being tracking their next full-length record for Southern Lord Records, due out later this year. More...

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Battlemaster Announces New Guitarist

Virginia metal band Battlemaster welcomes Brady Cole (Dragonship, The Sky) as their new guitar player. The band is currently in the process of planning tour dates and possible local/regional shows in December.

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Unreleased Material From Cannibis Corpse Online

Robotic Empire's audio archiving project "Robotic Obscurities" has seen a new posting, including newly unearthed and previously unreleased material from several Richmond, Virginia metal bands.

Approved and sanctioned by all the bands, demo and/or rare material from CANNABIS CORPSE, BATTLEMASTER, INTER ARMA, BASTARD SAPLING and NECKBRACE has all been posted for free download, and previously unavailable online elsewhere.

Demo CD releases from INTER ARMA, BASTARD SAPLING and NECKBRACE are joined by previously unreleased tracks from CANNABIS CORPSE and BATTLEMASTER. This highlights a few of the high-caliber metal bands playing in Richmond, Virginia at the time and is a solid documentation of the current Richmond metal scene.

This completely free audio and much more can be found at the Robotic Obscurities blog.

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Ramming Speed Parts with Bassist, Plans Split CDs

Canadian thrashers Ramming Speed have parted with their bassist and are seeking a permanent replacement. Here's the complete update from the band:

"Hails, followers of the Speed! There are some new things on the horizon for the band so I felt like an update was in order.

"First, and most importantly, Ramming Speed are currently dealing with our first line up change. Derek “The Bass Player” Cloonan has always been like a brother to us. We’ve fought the good fight together for the last 3 years, risking life and limb traversing the US as a solidified unit of rock. In any case, Derek recently cut his hair. He said something like “I don’t wanna to make a big deal out of it”. Alas, it is a big deal, so we kicked him out of the band. Phil “Phil in” Harwood (Bones Brigade, Coctopus) will once again be bringing his shit-stache, Rickenbacker, and smoke machine with us on the road taking Derek’s place on our upcoming winter mini-tour. Anyone interested in the permanent position must have long hair and be able to play the set set after drinking 6 or 7 beers.

"Moving on, we will be playing a few shows or so on our way back from THIS IS FOR YOU FEST this coming week. Here's the schedule for that:" More...

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Virginia's Heart Of Winter Fest Lineup Finalized

Richmond, Virginia's first Heart of Winter Fest now has a finalized line-up, primarily consisting of black metal, doom, heavy metal and grind bands. The three-day event will run from December 18th - 20th, with the schedule as follows:

Thursday, December 18th @ Nara Japan (1309 W. Main St.) - 9pm - $6
Human Smoke
The Return (Bathory cover band)
+ heavy metal karaoke

Friday, December 19th @ Alley Katz (10 Walnut Alley) - 7pm - $10
Bastard Sapling
Infernal Stronghold

Saturday, December 20th @ Rocks (1814 E. Main St.) - 5:30pm - $12
Inter Arma
Black Anvil

Fest organizers comment: "This fest is going to be a hell of a time (with) a slew of badass Richmond bands and sick as hell out of town bands! This is the first time a fest like this has happened in RVA to my knowledge. One of our biggest goals with this beast of a fest is to keep it DIY. We want to do it yearly and I'm hoping you can all help it grow. If you come and show your support for your friends, the music, the bands, winter, whatever... I'm considering everyone involved in the first year to be the OG's of the fest!"

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Tombs To Play Heart Of Winter Fest

TOMBS will be heading down to Richmond, Virginia to play the Heart of Winter Fest, a DIY Doom/Black metal fest arranged by Elway from Bastard Sapling/Celebrity Murders. The festival takes place from December 18th through December 20th, 2008. You can get more information about the festival here.

The lineup so far is as follows: More...

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2008 Battlespeed Tour Announced

The 2008 Battlespeed tour has been announced, featuring Boston, MA thrash grinders Ramming Speed and Richmond, VA fantasy death/black metallers Battlemaster.

Also worth noting, Ramming Speed have copies of their brand new release, "Brainwreck" (on TDB Records) which won't officially be released until early August.

Here are the 2008 Battlespeed tour dates, featuring Ramming Speed and Battlemaster (* are Ramming Speed only): More...

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