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Death should be credited with creating death metal, at least the old school style we recognize now, as they birthed the infamous Tampa, Florida sound. Bands such as Autopsy and Obituary—two of the forerunners—would not exist without Death. Death is not the true father of death metal, though. That distinction goes to Possessed. The California Bay Area group not only played a style of brutal, vicious metal, with loads of Satanic imagery, they also coined the term “death metal” on the “Seven Churches” album.
Around 1985, albums similar to “Slowly We Rot” (Obituary) and “Mental Funeral” (Autopsy) simply did not exist. Thrash was the fasted, craziest music around. Of course Possessed has already been mentioned, but the influence of Slayer, who obviously influenced Possessed, can not be under recognized. Where Possessed was different was they used a rougher production. Dark Angel, whose drummer, Gene Hoglan, would go on to be one of the most heralded drummers in the metal biz, certainly showed a good dose of Slayer in their sound. In the beginning, Slayer was nothing more than a faster, nefarious, more solo-oriented Venom protégé. More...
When it comes to naming some of music’s best bassists, who is it you think of? Bootsy Collins of Parliament-Funkadelic? Norman Watt-Roy of The Blockheads? The unsung legends such as James Jamerson? Personally, at least when it comes to metal, I believe it’s very hard to find a better bass player than Steve DiGiorgio, who first made his name with the thrash metal outfit Sadus.
Sadus was formed in Antioch, California in 1984 by DiGiorgio, vocalist Darren Travis, drummer Jon Allen and guitarist, Rob Moore, but was unable to record a demo tape until 1986, which came in the form of “D.T.P. (Death to Posers.)” Two tracks from the demo made their way to the Raging Death compilation album and with popularity steadily increasing, the group decided to self-finance a full length album, “Illusions,” with Metal Church guitarist John Marshall handling production duties.
The album found enough success underground to catch the attention of several record labels, with Roadrunner eventually being the company that snapped Sadus up. By 1990, the band had released second full length record, “Swallowed in Black,” which was able to break into the top fifty in Poland. Sadus expanded its profile further still by teaming up with Brazilian thrashers Sepultura and American death metal act Obituary for a tour of North America. The band followed this with the release of a third album, “A Vision of Misery,” in 1992. More...
Thrashers MEMORAIN, whose current line-up of the band includes main-man Ilias Papadakis, Gene Hoglan (Fear Factory, ex-Dark Angel, ex-Strapping Young Lad, etc), Steve Digiorgio (Sadus, ex-Death, ex-Testament, etc), Ralph Santolla (Obituary, ex-Deicide, ex-Iced Earth, etc) and Chris Valagao (Zimmers Hole, Mechanism, etc), has revealed the artwork and tracklisting for their upcoming full-length album, "Evolution," scheduled for a 2011 release, which is as follows:
01. Nations On Fire
02 Where Hate Lies
03. The Break
04. Rules Of Engagement
05. Destiny Found
06. A New Era
07. Methods Of The Past
08. Death Shop
10. Power Out
11. Scratching The Surface
Also to be featured on MEMORAIN's latest album are a few more star-studded guest musicians such as David Ellefson, Tim "Ripper" Owens, Jeff Waters, Christian Wentz, Marc Pattison, Laura Christine and Carlos E. Perez.
David Ellefson recorded 2 songs "A New Era" and "Rules Of Engagement", as well as co-wrote "Rules Of Engagement" with MEMORAIN guitar-player Ilias Papadakis and Tim "Ripper" Owens. On top of that, Tim "Ripper" Owens recorded vocals on "Rules Of Engagement" and Laura Christine also contributed a solo on the song "Destiny Found". More...
Steve DiGiorgio (Sadus, ex-Death/ex-Testament) will join German progressive death metal act Obscura on their upcoming Japanese tour alongside Nile and Triptykon. Vocalist Steffen Kummerer commented on the tour situation:
"During scheduling conflicts with Pestilence, Jeroen Paul Thesseling is not able to join us on the trip through the land of the rising sun. Fortunately our friend Steve DiGiorgio will help us out and plays these special shows with Obscura. With that said, I will clear that Jeroen is not leaving our band nor is a session player. We will record the third album with the same lineup as with Cosmogenesis in 2008 and start a huge world wide touring schedule with Jeroen on our side on all shows when the yet untitled third album will be released."
John Tardy, the lead vocalist of legendary American death metal group Obituary has checked in with a road report from Europe. It reads as follows:
"That was a busy few days there to finish this run out! Not much sleep happening, a lot of travel, but some really good shows. Thanks to all of you that came out to see us! We finished out in Spain at a great festival in Lorca. It was a good show and great to see our good friends in SEPULTURA. It had been a while since we saw them and they want us to put the S.O.S. Tour back together. Sepultura, Obituary, SADUS...that sounds fun to me. We will see what happens.
"Next up for us, we will be headed to Portugal for a festival and our first trip there! After that we start our US tour and we are looking forward to that!
"I will go through all my photos and get them up here in the next day or two as soon as I get my self together and try to get caught up with all the fan email. I did not have internet for the last few days so I am falling behind, but I will get to them as soon as I can!"
Sadus has announced the following string of upcoming tour dates:
7/31 Oakland Metro, 630 3rd St. Oakland, CA
8/1 Modesto Virtual, 947 10th St. Modesto, CA
8/6 Brutal Assault Fest, Josefov, Czech Republic
8/8 Party San Metal Open Air, Bad Berka, Germany
On Saturday August 1st, the Thrashocalypse festival will be held in Modesto, California. Thrash fans will be in for a treat as the event will be co-headlined by Sadus and Orange County based vetarans Hirax. There will also be games, pizza and an all ages soda bar for under-age patrons. The show costs $15 with doors opening at five in the evening.
SADUS will play on this year's German Party San Open Air. It's a special show, because SADUS will mainly play songs from their first three records; "Illusions," "Swallowed in Black" and "Vision of Misery."
DRAGONLORD, the San Francisco-based black metal band featuring Eric Peterson (guitar, vocals; TESTAMENT), Gian Pyres (guitar; ex-CRADLE OF FILTH), Derrick Ramirez (bass), Lyle Livingston (keys) and Jon Allen (drums; SADUS, ex-TESTAMENT), has scheduled the following dates:
April 17 - Walnut Creek, CA - Betty's Rock Bar
April 18 - Corona, CA - Angels Sports Bar
April 19 - Apple Valley, CA - Angels Roadhouse
April 20 - Bakersfield, CA - The Dome
DRAGONLORD's sophomore album, "Black Wings of Destiny", was released in the U.S. in October 2005 via Escapi Music. The follow-up to 2001's "Rapture" (Spitfire Records) was recorded and mixed by Fredrik Nordström (HAMMERFALL, DIMMU BORGIR, ARCH ENEMY) at Studio Fredman in Gothenburg, Sweden.
HATRED, the band featuring Tim Clayborne (PAINMUSEUM) and Joe Joblonski (INHUMAN VOID), will shoot a live video on February 29 at Jaxx in West Springfield, Virginia. The footage will be used in the special features section of the band's new album, "Burning Paradise", due on May 29. The follow-up to 2000's "The Offering" (Demolition Records; Hell House Entertainment/I.V. Productions) is being recorded with Ron Vento at Night Sky Studios in Waldorf, Maryland. Dave Lozano, formerly of the Texas thrash band DEVASTATION, was behind the kit for some of the material and James Dell of Rochester, New York will take care of the drum duties for some of the other songs that are yet to be tracked. Songtitles set to appear on the CD include "Hear Them Scratching," "Evil" and "Weak and Wounded."
PAINMUSEUM — which features in its ranks Clayborne alongside "Metal" Mike Chlasciak (HALFORD, SEBASTIAN BACH, TESTAMENT), Bobby Jarzombek (HALFORD, SEBASTIAN BACH) and Steve Digiorgio (SADUS, TESTAMENT) — has released two CDs this far — "Metal for Life" (2004) and "The Right to Remain Violent" (2006). Jablonski also released an album with BLACKMASS, "Conquering Legions of Astaroth," in 2005 via Grim Nocturnal Records.
For more information on HATRED, visit the band's MySpace page.
TESTAMENT have announced the following upcoming U.S. tour dates:
March 30 - San Francisco, CA @ The Independent w/ Laaz Rockit, Sadus
April 5 - Sayerville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
April 6 - New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club
April 10 - Santa Ana, CA @ The Coach House w/ Death Angel, Laaz Rockit
April 11 - Las Vegas, NV @ The Canyon Club w/ Death Angel, Laaz Rockit
April 12 - Hollywood, CA @ The Key Club w/ Death Angel, Laaz Rockit
May 3 - Mokena, IL @ The Pearl Room (Chicago Powerfest)
San Francisco Bay Area metal veterans SADUS have replaced DUBLIN DEATH PATROL (DDP) as the headlining band for the January 26 concert at Hard Rock Live in Mexico City.
"Rock Thursdays apologize that DDP could not perform at the gig scheduled for January 26 since almost 15 days before the gig 80% of the tickets were already sold," a statement from the concert organizers reads. "But for all the metalheads in our country, we are able put on the same day and the same venue a great band of the thrash scene, SADUS, with the legend Steve DiGiorgio. The local act VOLTAX will still play the gig."
The End Records released SADUS' latest album, entitled "Out for Blood", North America in May 2006. The CD was released in Europe in February 2006 via Holland's Mascot Records.
The follow-up to 1997's "Elements of Anger", "Out for Blood" was recorded at Trident Studios in California with producer Børge Finstad (MAYHEM, BORKNAGAR, VINTERSORG, EXTOL), engineer Juan Urteaga and manager Rob Lewis. The album features a guest appearance on one track by TESTAMENT frontman Chuck Billy.
Bass legend Steve DiGiorgio (SADUS, DEATH, TESTAMENT) has updated his site with the following message:
"San Juan, Puerto Rico.
In the continuing quest to visit all of Latin America, the chance to play the US occupied island in the Caribbean came up. And just like all our Southern neighbors, we felt welcome and long overdue to bring the "Sadus Attack".
The rain was randomly pounding and the beers were just as watery... but during the brutal sets of the two support bands the fans filled in and prepared to witness the old-school set compiled by these aging Sadudes.
The enthusiasm was at a high level the whole show even though the bass amp died half-way through, but Señor Luis on the sound board saved the mix with the DI.
It was a crazy time meeting all the fans after the show and going around to the death metal sidewalk concert at 3 AM.
I want to thank Alberto, Carlos and Ray for helping us the entire time... herbal thanks go to the multi-talented Hendrix... y sobre todo gracias a todos nuestros nuevos amigos y amigas de Puerto Rico para un tiempo bueno... and you can trust, we will back!"
JAAH Productions presents Metal Legends Festival, scheduled for May 4th in Torreón, Coahuila, México.
Acts confirmed to play the festival currently include: OBITUARY, SADUS, HIRAX, ARMORED, HACAVITZ, CANSERBERIA, PACAL, INHERTED, SOLITUDE, EVIL ENCOURAGE.
More acts to be confirmed. Stay tuned for updates.
Candlelight Records USA has posted DESTRUCTION's remake of their classic ‘Mad Butcher’ to the label's official MySpace site. Bring your browser to http://www.myspace.com/candlelightrecordsusa for a listen.
‘Mad Butcher’ comes from the band's forthcoming “Thrash Anthems” album, set to hit US stores on January 23. Alongside 12 other remakes, “Thrash Anthems” contains two brand new songs, ‘Deposition/Your Heads Will Roll’ and ‘Profanity’.
Landphil, bassist of Virginian thrashers Municipal Waste has claimed in this week's Kerrang magazine that he recorded his bass lines from inside a coffin (view a scan of the article).
You can catch Municipal Waste on tour in the USA on the following dates:
11/3 Ogden Theater Denver, CO
11/4 Avalon Theater Salt Lake City, UT
11/5 Big Easy Concert House Boise, ID
11/7 Big Easy Spokane, WA
11/8 The Fenix (formerly the Premier) Seattle, WA
11/9 Commodore Ballroom Vancouver
11/10 Rseland Theater Portland, OR
11/11 Midtown Bend, OR
11/12 Senator Theater Chico, CA
11/13 New Oasis Sparks, NV
11/14 The Warfield San Francisco, CA
11/15 House of Blues San Diego, CA
11/18 Glasshouse Pomona, CA
11/19 Ventura Theatre Ventura, CA
11/20 House of Blues West Hollywood, CA
11/21 Key Club@ Morongo Cabazon, CA
11/22 Marquee Theater Tempe, AZ
11/24 White Rabbit San Antonio, TX
11/25 Gypsy Tea Room Dallas, TX
11/26 Meridian Houston, TX
11/27 House of Blues New Orleans, LA
11/28 Floyd's Music Store Tallahassee, FL
11/29 Culture Room Ft. Lauderdale, FL
11/30 Jannus Landing St. Petersburg, FL
12/1 House of Blues Buena Vista, FL
12/2 Tremont Music Hall Charlotte, NC
12/4 Exit/In Nashville, TN
12/5 Blue Cats Knoxville, TN
12/6 The Masquerade Atlanta, GA
12/8 House of Blues N. Myrtle Beach
12/9 The Canal Club Richmond, VA
12/10 9:30 Club Washington D.C., DC
12/11 The Chance Poughkeepsie, NY
12/12 The Buffalo Icon Buffalo, NY
Then they will be touring on the "Thrash Till Death" tour with Destruction, and Sadus: More...
Destruction have announced tour date for their upcoming headlining tour that will feature Sadus and Municipal Waste as supporting bands. The tour dates are as follows:
January 20 - Seattle, WA @ Showbox
January 21 - Santa Ana, CA @ Galaxy Theater
January 23 - San Francisco, CA @ Slim's
January 25 - Salt Lake City, UT @ TBA
January 26 - Denver, CO @ Hubba's House of Rock
January 27 - Omaha, NE @ Sokol Auditorium
January 28 - Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
January 29 - Chicago, IL @ TBA
January 30 - Sauget, IL @ Pop's
January 31 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's
February 1 - Toronto, ONT @ The Opera House
February 2 - Quebec City, QUE @ L' Imperial
February 3 - Montreal, QUE @ Foufounes Electriques
February 4 - Boston, MA @ Middle East
February 5 - New York, NY @ Rebel
February 6 - Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church
February 7 - Baltimore, MD @ Sonar
February 9 - Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
February 10 - Ft Lauderdale, FL @ TBA
February 11 - Orlando, FL @ Back Booth
February 13 - San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit
February 14 - Houston, TX @ Meridian
February 15 - El Paso, TX @ Chic's
February 16 - Phoenix, AZ @ Clubhouse
February 17 - Hollywood, CA @ Key Club
More tour dates to be announced.
SCARIOT, the Norwegian metal band led by Død (a.k.a. Daniel Olaisen; BLOOD RED THRONE), had changed the projected title of its recently completed new album to "Momentum Shift" from the previously announced "The Grand Design". In addition, the group has announced that it has inked a deal with FaceFront Records to release the CD sometime in the fall.
"Momentum Shift" was mixed at Top Room studios in Norway. Drumming duties on the album were handled by Asgeir Mickelson (SPIRAL ARCHITECT, BORKNAGAR) while the bass tracks were laid down by Steve DiGiorgio (TESTAMENT, SADUS, DEATH).
SCARIOT's last studio album, "Strange to Numbers", was released in 2003.
Ron Veltkamp of Displeased Records has issued the following statement regarding the label's plans to reissue some of SADUS' early classics — "Illusions/Chemical Exposure" (1988), "Swallowed in Black" (1990) and "A Vision of Misery" (1992) — in a remastered form, featuring bonus material, lyrics and biography:
"Just like to set the record straight. The reason for reissuing the first three SADUS albums was not to rip off the band. We like the band and find that their albums deserve to be available and not only for $ 30-50 on eBay. We licensed them officially from Roadrunner and we pay them of course. What their duty is to do with that money is not up to us. The contract RR has with SADUS is the obligation RR has. Since we're not aware of the contents of the contract (only RR and SADUS do) we cannot predict what part will end up with the band. According to Steve's [DiGiorgio, SADUS bassist] comment, we assume it's not much, if anything. No, we don't like that either. When we deal directly with a band, we always pay the band their royalties, but with a license deal, we're not the ones that deal with the band. So don't blame us.
"We would like to make these three albums the final versions, ones that the band, the fans and us are proud of. If you decide not to buy these albums because the band might not get paid for it, we understand the reason, but doubt it will have any positive effect on anyone."
SADUS bassist Steve DiGiorgio has commented on the recent announcement by Displeased Records that they will be reissuing some of the band's early classics — "Illusions/Chemical Exposure" (1988), "Swallowed in Black" (1990) and "A Vision of Misery" (1992) — in a remastered form, featuring bonus material, lyrics and biography.
Said DiGiorgio: "As far as the reissues [are concerned], there is absolutely nothing we can do about it. But I'm not so guarded about it. The situation is that Roadrunner Records owns the rights to those three albums for 20 years after the deal starts for each album, so 2010, 2011, and 2012 respectively. Displeased Records paid whatever they were required, and will continue to pay out to Roadrunner in order to re-release all three. By Roadrunner owning the rights still, they are not doing anything outside of the contract we signed with them to do something like this. Displeased Records will make money off of the sales, sure. But they are obligated to pay Roadrunner a royalty rate, and after production costs, I don't think it's enough to agonize over.
"The way I see it, is that our music is getting more readily available to the old fucks and new young fucks that have been scanning, and overpaying on eBay to get it. All of this wouldn't be happening if we didn't stoke the embers and revitalize ourselves. The reissue demo CD, the Santiago DVD, the new album, the shows, the upcoming DVD, and now the reissued Roadrunner albums...all in the last two or three years. In the big picture, it's all brought SADUS back to life and got people talking about us again, wanting to book us more, and listening to our music again...maybe more than ever.
"Displeased is willing to take a risk of cost to sales on our modest trilogy of thrash albums that never made such a huge splash in the sea of metal. I view it as a compliment to our staying power that they would even pay attention to us. If they were only money-hungry, trust me, they would go after a band that would pose a better possiblilty to generate a substantial profit. Their intentions are good, and no blame should be put on them for our shitty deal that we signed with Roadrunner — or less modestly — the deal that Roadrunner knowingly tricked us and many bands into. In fact, props should be garnered to them for beating out our current employer, Mascot, for the rights and opportunity to re-release to what some call 'cult albums.' Be careful not to confuse ethusiasm with greed.
"If I haven't persuaded you yet, then I guess you can start some kind of Displeased boycott on some website or something. But legally, nothing is being waged against us. Money people potentially make off of us vs. fans that breathe life into our mostly stagnant band is a fair trade-off, in my mind."