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Vital Remains

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Formed: 1989
From: RI, United States
Last Known Status: Active

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Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Gortal Streaming Vital Remains Cover

Gortal has posted a cover of the Vital Remains track "I Am God," which can be heard below, and the band comments:

"After more than a year off release of 'Deamonolith' Gortal announces the vinyl version of the album. It will be released in 2014 by Pagan Records.

"The album will also contain of a bonus track - the cover of Vital Remains - 'I am God' – listen to it now below! We have played this cover for many years. We recorded this to give honor to Vital Remains

"We remind you 'Deamonolith' was released in December 2012 and has achieved excellent reviews among maniax and the media. At present Gortal is slowly preparing to create a new material for the third CD." More...

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Vader Announces "Back To The Black 2013" Tour

After a 3-year lull since their last trek west, Poland’s extreme metallers Vader are returning to the U.S. to headline the "Back To The Black 2013" tour with Vital Remains, Sacrificial Slaughter, Execration, and Extremely Rotten.

The tour launches on September 6th in Santa Ana, California and boomerangs back to The Whisky in Hollywood, California for the tour-closing show on September 29th.

While Vader' headlining set will definitely include selections from 2011’s "Welcome To The Morbid Reich," frontman/guitarist Peter W. states the band will reach as far back as 1994’s "Sothis" EP to satisfy long-time fans.

09/06/13 Yost Theatre - Santa Ana, CA
09/07/13 Oakland Metro - Oakland, CA
09/08/13 Alhambra Theatre - Portland, OR
09/09/13 El Corazon - Seattle, WA
09/10/13 The Venue – Caldwell, ID
09/12/13 Marquis Theatre – Denver, CO
09/13/13 Aftershock – Kansas City, MO
09/14/13 Fubar – St. Louis, MO
09/15/13 Reggie’s – Chicago, IL
09/16/13 The Detroit Pub – Detroit, MI
09/17/13 The Paper Box – Brooklyn, NY
09/18/13 Mojo 13 – Wilmington, DE
09/19/13 Kings – Raleigh, NC
09/20/13 Oasis – Charleston, SC
09/21/13 The Orpheum – Tampa, FL
09/22/13 The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
09/24/13 Chameleon Room – Oklahoma City, OK
09/25/13 Korova - – San Antonio, TX
09/26/13 The Boiler Room – Dallas, TX
09/27/13 Launchpad - Albuquerque, NM
09/28/13 The Rock – Tucson, AZ
09/29/13 Whisky A Go Go – Hollywood, CA More...

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Vital Remains Announces Canadian Shows

Blacktooth Entertainment and Dungeon Works Productions, along with the Heavy Metal Music Association of Canada (H.M.M.A.C.), present the American death metal band Vital Remains' upcoming Eastern Canadian tour. The following press release was issued about the run:

"With a new release in the works, Vital Remains will return to Canada with 24 years of experience, high-class musicianship, and a dedication towards their musical style that is hardly rivaled today and continuously slams a spiked fist into the face of every trend rearing its ugly head.

"In 2007, the extreme metal titans Vital Remains released 'Icons Of Evil,' a vicious slab of blasphemy that sent fear in the heart of the masses. That much-anticipated album marked the group's second recording with Glen Benton (Deicide) on vocals and was produced in the Florida based Mana Recording Studios by the renowned Erik Rutan (Cannibal Corpse, Hate Eternal, Goatwhore). Once again, that album was completely written by the group’s founder Tony Lazaro (rhythm guitars & bass) with Dave Suzuki handling the lead guitar, drums and backing vocal duties. More...

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Final Bands Announced for Barge To Hell Cruise

The Barge To Hell is just days away from departure and final band announcements are being made. The cruise sets sail Monday, December 3rd, 2012 from Miami, FL to Nassau, Bahamas and returns on Friday, December 7th, 2012.

Just announced are Novembers Doom, Vital Remains, Brujeria and underground acts Abiotic, Zanthropya Ex, and Dark Sermon. The organizers also report that both the German and Canadian incarnations of Necronomicon will be in attendance.

With the announcement comes some bad news that Six Feet Under has had to cancel their appearance due to a scheduling conflict with their studio and needing to have their new album delivered in time.

You can still book a trip on the Barge To Hell.

The lineup is as follows: More...

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Churchburn Posts "Kneel Upon Charred Remnants"

Dave Suzuki, former guitarist for Vital Remains (1997-2009) and Ray McCaffrey (Sin Of Angels/Grief) have resurfaced with a new musical project callefd Churchburn. Dave comments, “Churchburn is very different from Vital Remains. Ray and I wanted to do something slow and heavy...just something pummeling to the listener.”

You can check out a song from the band titled "Kneel Upon Charred Remnants" in the player below. The following press release was also issued:

"Churchburn is the musical collaboration between two of the undergrounds masters of misery Dave Suzuki, best known for his mesmerizing guitar work and brutal drumming in Vital Remains and Ray McCaffrey, who carved out sonic drum patterns for Sin Of Angels and Grief. The two have set out to share with the world their love of the riff, not only the heaviest but also the most haunting. Each song is crafted with the most sinister of intent. Churchburn wants the listener to feel a true sense of dread as the song progresses. This is only the beginning..." More...

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Destruction Adds More 30th Anniversary Shows

Iconic German thrash trio, Destruction, will kick off its North American 30th year anniversary tour this weekend with shared direct support from Vital Remains and Warbringer (who will be alternating each night) plus Pathology. An updated list of all the confirmed shows can be seen below.

Commented Destruction frontman and bassist, Schmier, “A killer package for old-school thrash and death metal freaks! This may be the best set list we’ve ever had – the essence of thrash metal history united with our new anthems. We’ll have more classics than ever in the set, more from the first records for sure.

"Can’t wait to hit the road again!!! Some North American cities have a great audience for this old school sound again, and it wasn’t always like that. The main intention for this second North American tour within a year is that we could not play all markets that we wanted to book last time. Now, we’ll play some new places and return to those cities that gave us a great welcome last year like New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago and Montreal. Warbringer are a perfect match to a Destruction bill. They are one of the best new thrash bands and keep our ‘80s spirit alive. It will be great to have them with us! We’ve played with Vital Remains before; awesome guys and a brutal band. They bring a good variety into the billing. Thrash/death metal is always the best mix, that’s why Pathology complete the show!”

Destruction is touring in support of its 11th studio release, "Day Of Reckoning" (Nuclear Blast) - the first album to feature new drummer, Vaaver (Indukti, ex-Unsun) – which debuted at #54 on the Hard Music Albums chart, #58 on the New Artist/Heatseekers Album chart, and #143 on the Independent Current Albums chart the week following its release in March 2011. The album entered Germany’s Media Control chart at #95. More...

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Warbringer Announces North American Tour

Warbringer has just completed a 7-week North America tour supporting metal titans Iced Earth and Symphony X, but the group is ready to be back on the road again soon. For this next North American tour, the band will join Destruction, Vital Remains, and Pathology from May 8th to June 3rd, and after that, Warbringer will appear at various high-profile Summer festival appearances in Europe. Vocalist John Kevill checked in to comment about these upcoming shows:

"Hey all! Checking in at the end of the ICED EARTH and SYMPHONY X tour. We had a great time with those guys, there was a slew of incredible shows with awesome heavy metal fans in abundance, and a bunch of good times with both of those fine bands! Shame to say goodbye to them, but we're on our way home now to recuperate before beginning out next tour with German thrash metal legends DESTRUCTION, on their 30th anniversary tour! We never rest long, the war rages on! We'll see you guys out on the road again in May, prepare to be annihilated!

"We're also very excited about the way our summer is shaping up. We have about a dozen European festivals confirmed and we look forward to sharing some amazing experiences ravaging the large crowds, big stages and all the fun times to be had with all the other great bands also performing."

The upcoming Warbringer tour dates are as follows: More...

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Pathology Updates Tour Schedule

Earlier this year, San Diego’s brutal death metal/slam outfit Pathology completed a successful 3-week west coast headlining tour that also went down into Mexico for 4 shows.

“Our west coast tour was fun and successful,” states drummer Dave Astor. “We really got to play some smaller markets on the run and I was happy to see some old and new fans come out, especially to some of these more rural areas that we’ve never played. Hopefully we can do this as intensive west coast run once a year.”

Next on the band’s agenda is more touring in support of last fall’s "Awaken to the Suffering" album. Pathology took the initiative of doing headlining shows leading to a request for a slightly different type of tour this April with Rose Funeral and The World We Knew, getting into some alternative venues on the east coast and Midwest.

“I’m excited for this,” continues Dave. “We’ve been proud to tour with some of our influences but we also know our band appeals to a different and younger audience so we’ll be bringing some brutal, slamming death metal to these shows.” More...

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Destruction Announces North American Tour

German thrash icons Destruction announced that it will embark on a North American Tour in celebration of the band's 30th Year Anniversary beginning in May with shared direct support from California thrashers Warbringer and Rhode Island's Vital Remains (who will be alternating each night) plus San Diego death metal band Pathology.

Destruction frontman/bassist Schmier commented on the tour:

A killer package for old-school thrash & death metal freaks! This may be the best set list we’ve ever had – the essence of thrash metal history united with our new anthems. We’ll have more classics than ever in the set, more from the first records for sure. Can’t wait to hit the road again!!! Some North American cities have a great audience for this old school sound again, and it wasn’t always like that. The main intention for this second North American tour within a year is that we could not play all markets that we wanted to book last time. Now, we’ll play some new places and return to those cities that gave us a great welcome last year like New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago and Montreal. Warbringer are a perfect match to a Destruction bill. They are one of the best new thrash bands and keep our ‘80s spirit alive. It will be great to have them with us! We’ve played with Vital Remains before; awesome guys and a brutal band. They bring a good variety into the billing. Thrash/death metal is always the best mix, that’s why Pathology complete the show!

The confirmed dates for Destruction's 30th Year Anniversary Tour are:

05-04-12 Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA
05-08-12 Casselman’s – Denver, CO
05-10-12 Reggie’s – Chicago, IL
05-12-12 Blackened Moon Concert Hall – Lansing, MI
05-16-12 B.B. Kings – New York, NY
05-17-12 The Met – Pawtucket, RI
05-18-12 Maverick’s – Ottawa, ON - CANADA
05-19-12 Rockpile – Toronto, ON – CANADA
05-22-12 Kim’s Pixie Inn – Pueblo, CO
05-24-12 The Coach House – San Juan Capistrano, CA
05-26-12 The Metro – Oakland, CA
05-30-12 Studio Seven – Seattle, WA

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Truth Corroded Announces European Tour

South Australian extreme thrashers Truth Corroded will kick off the New Year with the band's first ever tour of Europe. Truth Corroded will be main support on the "Sounds of Extreme" tour featuring Krisiun (Brazil), Malevolent Creation (U.S.), and Vital Remain (U.S.) touring across Europe and the U.K from January 27th to February 19th. Tour dates are as follows:

27.01.2012 (POL) Bielsko-Biala / Rudeboy
28.01.2012 (SK) Kosice /Collosseum
29.01.2012 (CZ) Uherske Hradiste / Klub Mir
30.01.2012 (GER) Jena / Rosenkeller
03.02.2012 (CH) Le Locle / Scarkrows
04.02.2012 (CH) Dietikon / Sounddock14
05.02.2012 (GER) Trier / Exhaus
07.02.2012 (GER) Munich / Backstage
08.02.2012 (GER) Darmstadt / Steinbrucht Theater
09.02.2012 (HOL) Alkmaar / Victorie
10.02.2012 (HOL) Groningen / Vera
11.02.2012 (HOL) Rotterdam / Baroeg
12.02.2012 (BEL) Vosselaar / Biebob
13.02.2012 (UK) Manchester / Moho
14.02.2012 (IRE) Dublin / The Pint
15.02.2012 (UK) London / Underworld
16.02.2012 (FR) Paris / Glazart
17.02.2012 (GER) Bad Oeynhausen / Druckerei
18.02.2012 (GER) Essen / Turock
19.02.2012 (FR) Limoges / CC John Lennon

Truth Corroded will be promoting the band's latest album "Worship the Bled," which was released through Ultimhate Records in Europe and Japan in September.

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Hell and Heaven Fest Lineup Announced

MEGADETH is confirmed to play the Hell and Heaven Metal Fest in Guadalajara, Mexico on Saturday, November 19, 2011. The Hell And Heaven Metal Fest is currently the only open air metal festival in Mexico. The festival had its first edition in October 2010 with three stages and 40 bands. The festival is dedicated to metal, but tries to balance genres such as heavy, glam, metalcore, thrash, speed, death, black and industrial metal.

This year the promoters expect to have a 20,000 audience and have confirmed 57 bands on four stages. The full line-up for the festival is as follows:

MEGADETH (USA)
OVERKILL (USA)
FEAR FACTORY (USA)
MOONSPELL (PORTUGAL)
KATAKLYSM (CANADA)
DESTRUCTION (ALEMANIA)
MAYAN (HOLANDA)
DARK FUNERAL (SUECIA)
TRISTANIA (NORUEGA)
WEHRMACHT (USA)
WITHIN THE RUINS (USA)
VITAL REMAINS (USA)
LIZZY BORDEN (USA)
PROFECIA (USA)

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Hate Eternal/Origin July 3rd Show Moved

The July 3rd show of the Metalunderground.com sponsored Origin, Hate Eternal, Vital Remains and Abysmal Dawn tour has been moved to The Miramar Theater in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. All tickets for the Madison show will be honored. This is now an ALL AGES show.

Origin is currently on the road supporting their fifth studio album and Nuclear Blast debut, "Entity," which is out now in North America.

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Hate Eternal Remained Solid In Austin

A rush of cool air relieved my over-taxed pores when I entered Jackalopes. I walked past a girl wearing a Danzig shirt posing for a picture on top of a statue of a giant jackrabbit with horns—the fabled Jackalope. I not only sought shelter from the one-hundred-three-degree inferno that blazed outside, it helped me kill time before Emo’s opened its door a hour-and-a-half later.

While devouring one of the juiciest burgers in town, I noticed other metal heads wearing various death metal shirts entering the establishment. Located just a couple of blocks from the venue, the metal-friendly bar and grill catered to those awaiting the coming death metal onslaught.

In route to the bar, I noticed one of the more conspicuous fans on the other side of the street. Wearing corpse paint that may have been patterned from an old Satyricon or Gorgoroth photo, this fan’s black attire seemed in defiance of the sun’s powerful rays. I guess nobody told this guy he was going to a death metal show. Also, the heat surely streaked his makeup, most likely stinging his eyes. What he lacked in brains he made up for in dedication, though (even though this was a death metal show).

Three or four people stood near the touring vans outside the venue when I walked past Emo’s at around 6:30. The line grew to the front of the next venue when I returned at 7:30. Soon, the line grew to the end of the block—a good sign for the five bands due on stage. The venue opened close to its scheduled time of 8 PM. More...

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Hate Eternal Kicking Off North American Tour

Erik Rutan and co. will be joining fellow death metal legends Origin for a North American tour throughout June and July. The tour kicks off today in Austin, TX at Emo's and wraps up on July 14th in Orlando, FL at Firestone Live. This tour will be the first in Hate Eternal's North American campaign in support of the band's latest album, "Phoenix Amongst the Ashes." The tour is being presented by Decibel Magazine and Metal Injection in association with Sick Drummer, Scion, Laboga, and Choosing Death.

Erik Rutan comments, "The response to our new album 'Phoenix Amongst The Ashes' continues to be incredible, and we hope to see all you guys out on this U.S./Canadian tour. The show each night is gonna be awesome! Thanks so much for all your support. It is what keeps us strong!"

The dates are as follows:

Hate Eternal and Origin with Vital Remains & Abysmal Dawn
June 15 Austin, TX @ Emo's
June 16 Amarillo, TX @ Sorority House
June 17 Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater
June 19 Tempe, AZ @ Clubhouse
June 20 Hollywood, CA @ Key Club
June 21 San Francisco, CA @ Slim's
June 22 Sparks, NV @ The Alley
June 24 Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
June 25 Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theater
June 26 Kelowna, BC @ The Sapphire
June 27 Calgary, AB @ The Distillery
June 28 Edmonton, AB @ Pawn Shop
June 30 Regina, SK @ The Exchange
July 1 Winnipeg, MB @ The Royal Albert
July 2 St. Paul, MN @ Station 4
July 3 Madison, WI @ The Annex
July 5 Chicago, IL @ Reggie's Rock Club
July 6 Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's
July 7 Toronto, ON @ Wreck Room
July 8 Montreal, QC @ Les Foufounes Electriques
July 9 Worcester, MA @ Palladium
July 10 New York, NY @ Santo's Party House
July 11 Baltimore, MD @ Otto Bar
July 13 Charleston, SC @ The Oasis
July 14 Orlando, FL @ Firestone Live

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Hate Eternal Announces North American Tour

Death metal act Hate Eternal has revealed the dates for its upcoming headline tour of the United States. Support on the trek will come from Origin, Vital Remains and Abysmal Dawn. You can view the full list of dates, cities and venues below.

06/15 Austin, TX – Emo’s
06/16 Amarillo, TX – Sorority House
06/17 Denver, CO – The Marquis Theatre
06/19 Tempe, AZ – The Clubhouse
06/20 Hollywood, CA – The Key Club
06/21 San Francisco, CA – Slim’s
06/22 Sparks, NV – The Alley
06/24 Seattle, WA – Studio Seven
06/25 Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theater
06/26 Kelowna, BC – Lake City Bowl
06/27 Calgary, AB – The Distillery
06/28 Edmonton, AB – Pawn Shop
06/30 Regina, SK – The Exchange
07/01 Winnipeg, MB – Royal Albert Arms
07/02 St. Paul, MN – Station 4
07/03 Madison, WI – The Annex
07/05 Chicago, IL – Reggie’s Rock Club
07/06 Cleveland, OH – Peabody’s
07/07 Toronto, ON – Wreck Room
07/08 Montreal, QC – Les Foufounes Electriques
07/09 Worcester, MA – The Palladium
07/10 New York, NY – Santo’s Party House
07/13 Charleston, SC – The Oasis
07/14 Orlando, FL – Firestone Live

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Vital Remains Comments On Show Cancellations

American technical death metal act Vital Remains has issued the following update:

"It is with great regret that we have to inform all of our fans and promoters that we will not be able to play the shows that we had scheduled for this weekend and the second week of December due to the unexpected bomb that was dropped on our laps a couple days ago by our hired-gun lead guitarist. He withheld this information from us until the last day on the CANNIBAL CORPSE tour, that he told us at the last minute he had a job opportunity that he had to start soon and he wouldn't be able to do the remaining headlining dates for this weekend and for the second week of December.

"Again, we apologize to our fans and the promoters! We hope to reschedule these dates if possible in the near future.

"On a positivie note! We would like thank everyone in Cannibal Corpse for taking us out, on what was one of the best tours we 've ever done! Thanks to everyone for their support!"

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Cannibal Corpse's Plague Strikes Nashville (video)

It’s not often venues pack the house for a Tuesday evening show. However, it’s not that often that Cannibal Corpse, Dying Fetus, Vital Remains, and Devourment are in the same place at the same time. On November 9th, 2010, Brutal death metal fans came out of the woodworks and packed the Exit/In for this show, with even the venue’s balcony area being filled. Not your everyday sight in the “Bible belt” of America, many fans who were waiting in line on the side of the street sported shirts with some of the most obscene artwork known to metal on them. The doors opened unexpectedly late, with Devourment taking the stage as fans were still pouring in. More...

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Vital Remains Cancels All Mexican Concert Dates

Tony Lazaro, guitarsit and founding member of death metal icons Vital Remains, has released the following statement regarding the band's recent cancellations of thier tour dates in Mexico.

Tony Lazaro commented by saying:
"As the leader of Vital Remains and on behalf of the whole band, it is with deep regret that I hereby inform all of you that as consequence of information broadcasted through several news media here in the United States last week relating to the violence in Mexico and an alert issued by our government warning American citizens against travelling to Mexico. With that said, several members of the band, fearing for their safety, have opted for postponing our visit to México and as consequence of that the band has been forced to cancel the shows booked for the month of September in Mexico. We apologize to all the fans and promoters and regret this decision and hope that in a near future we will to book a new visit to Mexico and make it up to all of you. Thanks for all your understanding and support."

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More Summer Slaughter Shows Announced

This year's edition of the Summer Slaughter tour has added some more dates for this year's version of the event. The tour features many top names from extreme metal including Polish death metal outfit Decapitated, as well as All Shall Perish, The Red Chord, The Faceless, Carnifex, Cephalic Carnage, Veil Of Maya, Decrepit Birth, Vital Remains and Animals As Leaders.

The tour schedule is now as follows: More...

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Pestilence Announces US Tour Dates With Warbringer

PESTILENCE will embark on their first U.S. tour in over 16 years in May/June. The 17-date trek will kick off in Baltimore as part of the Maryland Deathfest on May 30 and will close at the Gramercy Theater in New York City on June 17. Support on the tour will come from WARBRINGER, VITAL REMAINS, ENFOLD DARKNESS and SACRIFICIAL SLAUGHTER.

The tour dates are as follows:

May 30 - Sonar - Baltimore, MD (Maryland Deathfest) *
May 31 - Club Mosaic - Chattanooga, TN **
Jun. 01 - The Bar - New Orleans, LA **
Jun. 02 - Emo's - Austin, TX
Jun. 03 - Ridglea Theater - Ft. Worth, TX
Jun. 04 - Launchpad - Albuquerque, NM
Jun. 05 - Club Red - Tempe, AZ
Jun. 06 - Ramona Mainstage - Ramona, CA
Jun. 07 - Ultra Violet - Los Angeles, CA
Jun. 08 - DNA Lounge - San Francisco, CA
Jun. 09 - Satyricon - Portland, OR
Jun. 10 - Studio Seven - Seattle, WA
Jun. 13 - Station 4 - St Paul, MN
Jun. 14 - Reggie's - Chicago, IL
Jun. 15 - Mod Club Theater - Toronto, ON **
Jun. 16 - Les Foufounes Electriques - Montreal, QC **
Jun. 17 - Gramercy Theater - New York, NY

* PESTILENCE only
** No WARBRINGER

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