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Vital Remains

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

Latest Vital Remains News

Below is our complete Vital Remains 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.

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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Hate Eternal Adds More Tour Dates

Hate Eternal has announced new North American tour dates as part of the "Infernus" world tour.

The new tour begins on May 6th in San Antonio, and runs through the Eastern U.S. and parts of Canada.

The band will be joined by Vital Remains, Black Fast, and Inanimate Existence, along with local and regional support bands to be announced in the coming weeks.

A full list of confirmed tour dates can be found below.

May 6 San Antonio, TX @ Rock Box
May 7 Houston, TX @ Eastdown Warehouse
May 8 Ft Worth, TX @ Rail Club
May 10 Merriam, KS @ Aftershock
May 11 Milwaukee, WI @ Metal Grill
May 12 Joliet, IL @ Bada Brew
May 13 Detroit, MI @ Harpos
May 14 Hamilton, ON @ The Underground
May 15 Montreal, QC @ Les Foufounes Electriques
May 17 Quebec City, QC @ L'Anti
May 18 Worcester, MA @ Palladium
May 19 Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus
May 20 Philadelphia, PA @ Voltage
May 22 NC @ tba
May 23 Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
May 25 Ft Lauderdale / Miami, FL tba More...

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Belphegor Kicking Off European Tour

Europe's diabolical death metal force, Belphegor, will kick off the U.K. leg of the "Conjuring The Dead Raid" tour next week. The tour is in celebration of current release "Conjuring The Dead" (reviewed here) out now via Nuclear Blast.

The Belphegor horde, led by band founder Helmuth Lehner, will launch this crushing assault on the U.K. alongside U.S. death metallers Vital Remains, Polish death/black metal group Hate as well as Liverpool-based symphonic black metallers Ethereal. The complete run of EU dates includes 17 shows in nine different countries.

Mighty front man Helmuth Lehner had to say: “Hail! It's great to return to the mighty land of NWOBHM. Always a pleasure to glorify brutal Metal with you demons! You better not miss this fucking extraordinary, blasphemous death/black metal package! ENGLAND IS GOING TO HELL WITH US ON 7TH DECEMBER 2015!!”

The U.K. leg of the trek features these dates:

7th December - Sheffield, Corporation
8th December – 1865 Club, Southampton
9th December – Slade Rooms, Wolverhampton
10th December – The Dome, London More...

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Sunday Old School: Vital Remains

Ordinarily, when a news story provides the inspiration to choose which band will be featured in the Sunday Old School column, it's because the group has split, reformed or a member has passed away. However, this week, the choice was made when a police officer in Florida was fired for joining a well known death metal band on stage and singing along to their song, "Let the Killing Begin." The quartet in question hails from Providence, Rhode Island and goes by the name of Vital Remains.

The group was forged in 1988 by guitarist, Paul Flynn, who was soon joined in his endeavour by guitarist Butch Machado, vocalist Mike Flynn, bassist Tom Supkow, and drummer Chris Dupont. Mike Flynn and Butch Machado did not last long however, as Vital Remains decided they needed better musicians and replaced the duo with Jeff Gruslin and Tony Lazaro respectively. Spurred on by the writing partnership of the two guitar players, the group became one of the most popular live acts in their local scene and after recording two demos, "Reduced to Ashes" and "Excruciating Pain," they caught the attention of French label, Thrash Records, who signed them up. More...

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Belphegor Announces Tour With Vital Remains

Austria's mightiest extreme metal export Belphegor is proud to announce that the "Conjuring The Dead Raid" European tour will be visiting U.K. soil in December along with other European territory.

The Belphegor horde, led by band founder Helmuth Lehner, will launch this crushing assault alongside U.S. death metallers Vital Remains, Polish death/black metal group Hate, as well as Liverpool-based symphonic black metallers Ethereal. The run of European dates includes 17 shows in nine different countries.

Helmuth had to say regarding the tour announcement; “Hail! It's great to return to the mighty land of NWOBHM. Always a pleasure to glorify brutal Metal with you demons! You better not miss this fucking extraordinary, blasphemous Death/Black Metal package! ENGLAND IS GOING TO HELL WITH US ON 7TH DECEMBER 2015!!”

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Necronomicon Announces U.S. Tour

Canadian extreme metal horde Necronomicon has announced a forthcoming U.S. tour in support of "Rise Of The Elder Ones" (reviewed here).

The tour begins on October 15 in Brooklyn, NY and will run throughout the month into November, seeing Necronomicon playing alongside Vital Remains, with The Kennedy Veil on select dates.

10/15 Brooklyn, NY @ Nihil Gallery
10/16 Frederick, MD @ Cafe 611
10/17 Fort Wayne, IN @ Skeletunes Lounge
10/18 Danville, IL @ Vintage Villains
10/19 Chicago, IL @ Red Line Tap
10/22 Wichita, KS @ Corky's
**10/23 Denver, CO @ Roxy Theater
**10/24 Salt Lake City, UT @ Metro Bar
**10/26 Spokane, WA @ The Pin
**10/27 Seattle WA @ Studio Seven
**10/29 Petaluma, CA @ Phoenix Theater
**10/30 Reno, NV @ PB & J's
**10/31 Long Beach, CA @ Di Piazza's
**11/2 Mesa, AZ @ Club Red
**11/4 Lubbock, TX @ Depot O Bar
**11/5 Austin, TX @ Dirty Dog
11/6 Ft Worth TX @ Tomcats West

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Texas Independence Fest Day 2: Whitechapel

Deathcore was the chosen style of music for day two of Texas Independence Fest in Austin, Texas. Whitechapel headlined and Oceano and Boris The Blade were two of the bands providing support. All those bands played the main stage, the Garage Stage. Before getting into this this stage, I would like to look at some of the small stage, Control Room Stage. Metalcore seems to be alive and well in Temple, Texas, a town located an hour north of Austin. Insonomist out of Temple played yesterday’s show and In The Trench played today. Vocalist Steven Harding’s refrain was infectious and the band got the small crowd in motion. More...

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Just For Fun

Vital Remains' Frontman Onstage Crucifix Incident

Vital Remains singer Brian Werner disapproved of a (non inverted) crucifix hanging above the stage during the bands set at the Haven Lounge in Orlando, Florida. He proceeded to take it down and lead the crowd in a "Fuck Jesus" chant while the club's owner storms the stage to counteract him.

Check out now the hilarious scene below.

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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

More dates will be announced soon. More...

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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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