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Spellcaster

From: Portland, OR, United States
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Latest Spellcaster News

Below is our complete Spellcaster 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.

Spellcaster Recruits New Drummer

Spellcaster will be embarking on a run of tour dates today starting with a show in Portland, OR (full dates available below). The band has also issued the following announcement about recruiting a new drummer:

"Shad is no longer in Spellcaster due to personal reasons we would rather not discuss on here. We do however, have a new drummer. Everyone say hi to Scott DeRosia, he will be blasting holes in your ear drums from this point forward."

Oct 17th - Portland, OR - Plan B
Oct 18th - Eugene, OR - Tiny's Tavern
Oct 19th - San Francisco, CA - TBA
Oct 20th - Fullerton, CA - Riff Haus
Oct 21st - Los Angeles, CA - Pyrate Punx Pad
Oct 22nd - Las Vegas, NV - Yayo Taco More...

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SXSW 2012 Thrash Show Reverts to Garage Rock

On March 16th, 2012, Motorbreath Entertainment intended to create one of the best lineups featuring bands from the “New Wave of Thrash Metal.” Exmortus, Bonded By Blood, Havok, Speedwolf and Witchaven were on the bill to play Betsy’s Bar at Austin’s annual South By Southwest (SXSW) Festival. Oregon’s Spellcaster offered a style more in line with the New Wave of Classic Metal scene that has, in a sense, run parallel with the new thrash movement.

Besides Corrosion of Conformity who came to town with their crossover thrash, “Animosity” lineup, thrash metal is an endangered species in Austin during this time of the year. When I saw Motorbreath had organized a lineup of such great, young thrash bands, I had to help with promotion. Unfortunately, a number of mishaps led to Betsy’s Bar canceling the show. However, thanks to Alex Campos of local metal marauders, Beyond The Blood, the show went on! More...

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Spellcaster To Miss Tonight's Seattle Show

Spellcaster has checked in with the following update about canceling tonight's Seattle tour date due to van problems:

"Thank you so much to everyone who donated to help us get out of this situation, we can not thank you enough.

"We are extremely bummed to deliver more bad news, but unfortunately there is no way we will make it to Seattle tonight. We are 13 hours away, and the mechanic hasn't even looked at our van yet.

"We promise we will come back to Seattle ASAP and try to do the same show w/ Skelator and Blood of Kings to make it up to all you Seattle headbangers!"

The band had also previously issued this statement seeking fan donations to help with costs of the van repairs: More...

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Betsy's Bar Comments on SXSW Cancellation

Metal Underground previously reported the cancellation of Motorbreath's SXSW show featuring artists such as Havok, Bonded By Blood and Spellcaster. We contacted Motorbreath owner and show booker, Tristan Spears to get his side of the story. Now, in all fairness, we bring our readers the other side of the story told by a representative of Betsy's Bar. More...

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Motorbreath SXSW Showcase Canceled

Motorbreath Entertainment's SXSW Showcase contained a tremendous bill of new school thrash and heavy metal artists such as Bonded By Blood, Havok, Speedwolf, Exmortus, Witchaven and Spellcaster. The stellar lineup was the only old school-metal oriented event at SXSW, which was cause for Metal Underground to sponsor the event. Unfortunately, the March 16th show at Betsy's came to a abrupt and disappointing end. After the first three bands performed, Motorbreath founder, Tristan Spears announced that if more people didn't drink more alcohol, the show would be canceled. After much deliberation, the show was indeed canceled.

Spears provided Metal Underground with the following statement: More...

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Spellcaster Announces U.S. Tour Dates

Portland, Oregon's Spellcaster has just announced the band will be hitting the road this March on a 15 date U.S. tour. The band's debut album "Under the Spell" was released last July on Heavy Artillery records and received rave reviews, including an 8/10 in Decibel Magazine. The tour will include shows with bands such as Bonded by Blood, Witchaven, Havok, Exmortus, and Speedwolf, as well as a stop at SXSW Festival in Austin, Texas.

Listen To "Under the Spell" at the Spellcaster Bandcamp page here or catch the band live on the following dates:

MARCH
7 - Portland, OR - Ash Street Saloon
8 - Medford, OR - Johnny B's
9 - Oakland, CA - Zombieland House
10 - Fullerton, CA - Riff Haus - w/ Witchaven, Bonded by Blood, Exmortus
11 - Las Vegas, NV - East Side Joe's
16 - Austin, TX - SXSW Festival - w/ Havok, Witchaven, Bonded by Blood, Exmortus, Speedwolf
17 - San Antonio, TX - The Ten Eleven - w/ Witchaven, Bonded by Blood, Exmortus, Speedwolf
18 - Houston, TX - The White Swan
19 - Oklahoma City, OK - Horde House
20 - Chicago, IL - The Orphanage
21 - St. Louis, MO - Bonerville
22 - Kansas City, MO - Aftershock Bar and Grill
23 - Denver, CO - Mouth House
24 - Salt Lake City, UT - South Shore Bar and Grill
26 - Seattle, WA - 2 Bit Saloon

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Spellcaster Splits With Drummer

Portland, Oregon act Spellcaster has checked in with the following announcement about splitting with the band's drummer:

"Got some bad news. Yesterday, our drummer Shad decided to quit the band for personal reasons. We have a tour coming up in just under 3 weeks and we DO NOT want to cancel so we need to find a drummer to fill in on the tour.

"All we ask is that you have your own gear, can learn our songs, live in or near the Portland Metropolitan area, and can tour the U.S. for two and a half weeks.

"If everyone could please share/repost this and help us spread the word, we would greatly appreciate it. Thank You!"

You can check out Spellcaster's music by navigating to the band's Facebook profile.

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Motorbreath Entertainment SXSW 2012 Showcase

Metalunderground.com is proud to sponsor the Motorbreath Entertainment SXSW 2012 Showcase, featuring Havok, Spellcaster, Exmortus, Witchaven, Speedwolf and many more. The event takes place on Friday, March 16, 2012 at 3:00 PM (CT) at Betsy's Bar in Austin, Texas. Doors open at 3:00 pm CT. You can purchase tickets here.

Here's the complete line-up:

Havok (CO)
Exmortus (CA)
Bonded By Blood (CA)
Spellcaster (OR)
Witchaven (CA)
Confused
Speedwolf (CO)
Owl Witch
Last word (CO)
Legion
Beyond the Blood
Aggravator
Imminent Descent
Numbskull

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Spellcaster Announces West Coast Tour

Portland, Oregon's Spellcaster has announced a string of upcoming west coast tour dates starting on November 11th, 2011. Full details on the run are available in the tour poster below, or you can find more info on Spellcaster via the band's Facebook profile.

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Spellcaster Offering EP As Free Download

Spellcaster is currenlty offering the band's debut EP, entitled "Spells of Speed," as a free download via the Heavy Artillery Records Bandcamp profile. Download the EP at this location. You can also catch Spellcaster live on the following dates:

10/6 Seattle, WA @ Funhouse
10/7 Portland, OR @ Plan B
10/8 Berkeley, CA @ 924 Gilman Street
10/9 San Francisco, CA @ Hemlock Tavern
10/10 Escondido, CA @ Metaphor Café
10/11 TBA
10/13 Phoenix, AZ @ TBA
10/14 Tucson, AZ @ The Rock
10/15 Albuquerque, NM @ Andre’s Underground
10/16 Lubbock, TX @ Whiskey Dix Bar
10/17 San Antonio, TX @ The Korova
10/18 Austin, TX @ Emo’s
10/19 Oklahoma City, OK @ The Conservatory
10/20 Kansas City, MO @ TBA
10/21 St Louis, MO @ Fubar
10/22 Chicago, IL @ Nite Cap
10/23 Milwaukee, WI @ Monkey Bar
10/24 Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock

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Evil Survives Announces "Speedkiller" Tour

U.K thrash act Evil Survives have announced the dates for thier upcoming "Speedkiller" tour with label mates Spellcaster. The tour name is derived from the upcoming releases from each band, hitting store shelves on September 14th and October 12th respectively; the debut EP from Spellcaster entitled "Spells of Speed" followed by "Powerkiller", the second album by Evil Survives.

"Speedkiller" tour dates:
October 6 Seattle, WA - Funhouse
October 7 Portland, OR - Plan B
October 8 Berkeley, CA - 924 Gilman Street
October 9 San Francisco, CA - Hemlock Tavern
October 10 Escondido, CA - Metaphor Café
October 11 TBA
October 13 Phoenix, AZ - TBA
October 14 Tucson, AZ - The Rock
October 15 Albuquerque, NM - Andre’s Underground
October 16 Lubbock, TX - Whiskey Dix Bar
October 17 San Antonio, TX - The Korova
October 18 Austin, TX - Emo’s
October 19 Oklahoma City, OK - The Conservatory
October 20 Kansas City, MO - TBA
October 21 St Louis, MO - Fubar
October 22 Chicago, IL - Nite Cap
October 23 Milwaukee, WI - Monkey Bar
October 24 Minneapolis, MN - Triple Rock

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Spellcaster Signs To Heavy Artillery Records

Heavy Artillery Records has issued the following announcement about inking a deal with Portland's Spellcaster:

"Heavy Artillery Records is pleased to announce the signing of Portland, OR heavy metal maniacs Spellcaster. Carrying on the proud legacy of Pacific Northwest heavy metal bands before them such as Malice, Metal Church, and Wild Dogs, Spellcaster have arrived to prove that traditional heavy metal is alive and well in the USA.

"After the breakup of their previous band during late 2008 guitarist Cory Boyd and drummer Shad Covert set out to start a faster, heavier band with which to fulfill their musical desires. After hearing him sing along to Grim Reaper tracks on his car stereo, frontman Thomas Adams was immediately recruited on vocals. Following months of practice with various temporary bass players coming and going, the band had put together a set list worth of original material and covers. Ready to hit the stage the band found themselves in need of a bass player for an upcoming show. Gabe Franco of Seventh Gate was asked to fill in and after a killer performance, subsequently invited to join the permanent line-up. In need of a second guitarist to complete their dual-guitar attack, Tyler Loney joined Spellcaster, filling the last piece of the puzzle and completing the band’s line-up. More...

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