Metal News for November 3, 2013
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In the United States, the main focus on thrash metal seems to be on the states of New York and California, though anyone who knows a bit about the genre will tell you that America produced some excellent thrash from all across the country. Take for example the state of Arizona, which gave birth to an act still going strong today, Flotsam and Jetsam. The seeds of the band were sewn in 1981 in Phoenix, Arizona, where drummer Kelly David-Smith formed the group with guitarists Pete Mello and Dave Goulder under the moniker, Paradox. They were soon joined by bassist and vocalist, Jason Newsted, who was in town with his band Gangster, who broke up in the city on their way to California from Michigan. After a few members came and went, along with the new name, Dredlox, Kelly reached out to an old schoolmate named Eric A. Knutson, who was attending the same summer school class and agreed to audition for the band. The group soon changed their name once more, this time to Dogz, before rechristening themselves yet again under the moniker, Flotsam and Jetsam.
They soon established themselves in the Arizona club scene and would frequently make the trip to California, leading them to support such acts as Megadeth, Mercyful Fate and Armored Saint amongst others. They recorded their first demos in 1985, "Iron Tears" and "Metal Shock," as well as a video for "Hammerhead," which they recorded in guitarist Ed Carlson’s living room. Their efforts impressed several record companies and before long they were signed to Metal Blade Records, who had previously signed Metallica and Slayer. They released their debut album, "Doomsday for the Deceiver" in 1987 to instant critical acclaim, becoming the first album in history to be rated 6/5 in Kerrang! magazine and is still regarded today as one of, if not their strongest work and one of the best debuts in the history of thrash metal. More...
This coming Spring, 2014 Tribunal Records/Divebomb Records will issue the “lost” and never-released Nitro album “Volatile Activity” from 1987. Tribunal Records comments:
"For decades, this complete album quietly waited in the Nitro vaults until receiving a fresh remastering by Tribunal/Divebomb Records. Hear and download the first track 'Take Me Higher' below.
"Volatile Activity will include plenty of exciting extras such as detailed liner notes surrounding the “VA” sessions, never-before-seen Nitro photos from the 80’s, and a new interview with original members Dana Confer, John Hazel, Brad Gensimore, and Tim Wilson." More...
Chilean metal band Aneurisma recently released the "Ciclos" album, and now you can hear songs from the release online.
Check out "Mártir" in the player below, or hear more tracks at the band's YouTube page here. The album's track listing is as follows:
8. Epifanía De Los Andes
9. Entre Lobos Y Serpientes
Avatar will support Avenged Sevenfold and Five Finger Death Punch on an upcoming European tour. The arena trek will hit nineteen cities in thirteen countries with an all ready sold out Wembley Arena.
Avatar is currently working on a new album in Thailand together with producer Tobias Lindell (Europe, Hardcore Superstar), which will follow previous album “Black Waltz." Catch the band live:
6/11 - Hartwall Arena, Helsinki (Finland)
8/11 - Hovet, Stockholm (Sweden)
9/11 - Oslo Spektrum (Norway)
11/11 - Falconer Salen, Frederiksberg (Denmark)
12/11 - Sporthalle, Hamburg (Germany)
14/11 - Zenith, Munich (Germany)
15/11 - Jahrhunderthalle, Frankfurt (Germany)
17/11 - Ruhrkongress, Bochum (Germany)
19/11 - Ziggo Dome, Amsterdam (Netherlands)
20/11 - Zenith, Paris (France)
22/11 - Stadthalle, Vienna (Austria)
23/11 - Forum, Milan (Italy)
25/11 - Pavelo Olimpic, Barcelona (Spain)
26/11 - Palacio Vistalegre, Madrid (Spain)
27/11 - Campo Pequeno, Lisboa (Portugal)
30/11 - Manchester Arena, Manchester (UK)
1/12 - Wembley Arena, London (UK)
3/12 - The O2, Dublin (Ireland)
5/12 - LG Arena, Birmingham (UK) More...
The 2xCD issue of "Noizemongers For Goatserpent" from Enbilulugugal is out now via Crucial Blast. All 79 tracks can be heard in the player below or at Bandcamp here. The following press release was also issued about the set:
"Seventy-nine tracks of mayhem. One of Crucial Blast's favorite releases from the band, a vicious, hideous mass of churning blackened hatred and brain-warping chaos that has now been resurrected as a deluxe double disc set that features more than an hour and a half of bonus filth, all re-mastered for maximum ear-hate by Enemata Productions, and presented in a new digipack design with artwork from acclaimed underground illustrator Jeff Zornow." More...
After releasing a music video for "Say Hello To The Undertaker," Winds of Plague is now also streaming the full new album "Resistance" online.
Czech Republic Symphonic metal band Morthys has released the "Last Breath" single online, which can now be heard in the player below. For more info on Morthys, check out the band's Facebook profile here.