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Metalunderground.com is a proud sponsor of the fifth annual Goregrowler's Ball, a three day metal festival taking place November 18-20, 2011 at the Korova in San Antonio, Texas. Some of the bands featured include Suffocation, Aborted, Hirax, Malignancy, Exhumed, Goatwhore, Internal Bleeding, Lecherous Nocturne, Hellwitch and more.

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The Goregrowler's Ball 5, Day 3

Death is just the beginning, so says the title of Nuclear Blast’s compilation series. In the case of The Goregrowler’s Ball 5, death was just the beginning on Friday. Once Sunday, the third and final day of the fest arrived, many were feeling death was never ending. After three days of having one’s body blasted by the hardest, fastest and loudest music known to man, a headache or two afflicted more than one of the band members and ticket purchasers. Due to little seating, the vendors claimed most of the seating inside, many found a curb or fence to rest their ailing backs and feet.

Those taking in all three days were not about to give in to their fatigue, though. While just about everyone took occasional retreats to the parking lot to recharge at their cars (and party), most third-day attendees hung in to the very end. These metal warriors conjured the strength to bang bodies (even after massive bruising) one more time during Suffocation’s closing set.

Unfortunately, the number of purchases at the door was significantly less than the first two days. Hirax and Brutal Truth made climatic performances. Even before taking in our first act of the day, The Goregrowler’s Ball lone stoner/doom band, Pill Crusher, we felt something was amiss. According to a post on promoter Aaron Mendiola’s Facebook page, Sunday continued the trend of the previous days with a headcount fewer than 100 paying customers. The number of band members, vendors and sponsors gave the false impression of more money being exchanged. Because of the poor turn out, bands weren’t paid, a custom guitar was taken away from its raffle and raffle ticket holders weren’t refunded their money, and bands cancelled. More...

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Interview

Hirax at Most Productive, Stable Point of Career

Even though Hirax came out of the same Los Angeles, and San Francisco Bay Area thrash scene as Slayer, Megadeth and Metallica, the group has always flown well below those thrash Titan’s radar. Hirax is an essential part of thrash history. Brian Slagel saw their worth and released the group’s first two records, “Raging Violence” (1985) and “Hate, Fear and Power” (1986) to his budding Metal Blade label.

Hirax never became a household name like their friends in Metallica and Slayer because, in part, their 1986 release would be their last full-length recording until 2004. The group split in the late ‘80s, during the golden years of thrash, and returned in the late nineties. Since 2005, Hirax welcomed its most stable lineup and has spent those last few years inciting pits around the globe. The group is still pushing its 2009 release “El Rostro de la Muerte,” a speedy, Slayer-esque release, but is pushing forward with an upcoming album and record contract.

Original vocalist, Katon W. de Pena spoke with Metal Underground concerning these new developments. After having just unloaded his suitcase from a tour in Poland, the purveyor of true metal opined on playing the group’s first appearance in Texas at The Goregrowler’s Ball and the group’s recent business developments. He also flashed back to the early days of thrash metal. Hirax is at the top of its game. Read on and see why de Pena believes this is so. More...

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Interview

Exhumed Dissects Latest Cadeveric Offering

Exhumed has left a twenty-plus-year-stinky stain on the extreme metal community. Starting with their 1998 platter of splatter, “Gore Metal,” Exhumed has become one of the more recognized acts on Relapse Records’ roster of atrocities. Recently, the group released the pun-heavy-titled “All Guts No Glory,” its first proper album in eight years. The punk-laden album subsides on a heavy diet of blistering drums, sharp guitars, ghoulish voices and dark humor.

Vocalist, guitarist and partial Exhumed brain child, Matt Harvey spoke to Metal Underground via phone about his “It’s Alive”-shaped baby. In addition to providing details about recording “All Guts No Glory,” Harvey spoke about playing two Metal Underground-sponsored events. The day of the interview he had just started Exhumed North American tour with Goatwhore and Havok, and also commented on the group’s upcoming performance at The Goregrowler’s Ball. More...

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Interview

Aaron Mendiola Discusses The Goregrowler's Ball

Aaron "Goregrowler" Mendiola owns his own concert promotions and booking company, Goregrowler Entertainment. While Mendiola tirelessly works throughout the year to bring San Antonio the best in the metal underground, no event presents as big of a challenge or elicits as much gratification as his Goregrowler’s Ball Festival. After a year of planning and promoting, Mendiola can finally take a deep breath, step back and admire his accomplishment…then, it’s back to work.

As a proud sponsor of this head banging extravaganza, Metal Underground.com has chronicled the festival’s news as it breaks. We have given the scoop on the festival’s headliners and co-headliners—Suffocation, Exhumed and Hirax, as well as announcements of new additions such as Phobia and Brutal Truth. Now, it is time to give the floor to the man, Aaron Mendiola, who makes The Goregrowler’s Ball possible. More...

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Ibex Moon CD Giveaway at Goregrowler's Ball

Ibex Moon records, one of America's premiere outlets for black and death metal, will be giving away CDs to the first 100 gore fiends to enter the Goregrowler Ball's blood-stained premises. This brutal grab bag will be offered on all three days, so make sure to show up early.

The Metal Underground-sponsored event takes place November 18th-20th at the Korova Club in San Antonio, Texas. Make sure to come out and have your eardrums bashed in by such vaunted artists as Suffocation, Exhumed, Solstice, Nokturnel, Havok, Phobia, Brutal Truth and Goatwhore.

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Sargon Recruits Second Guitarist

Guitarist/vocalist Frank Van Kwarte of Sargon has issued the following announcement about recruiting a second guitar player for live shows:

"It's with great pleasure that I announce the addition of Arizona's own Jack Flieger (Singularity) as a touring member who will play the second guitar with us at The Goregrowler's Ball Fest in San, Antonio Texas on November 18th, 2011.

"We are very grateful to Jack for helping us out with this show because it's our intention to reproduce our debut album from start to finish just how it's recorded, and we really do need two guitars to to that!

"After a few rehearsals with him, I can surely say that he'll blow a few minds in Texas."

You can also listen to tracks available for streaming and find more details on Sargon by heading over to the band's Facebook profile.

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Gravehill Comments on Goregrowler's Ball Cancel

Gravehill has issued the following statement regarding the cancellation of their planned performance at this year's Goregrowler's Ball:

"We were saddened and pissed off, to say the least, to hear from Goregrowlers Entertainment about their decision to not bring us out for the Fest in San Antonio on the days of November 18th-20th. It is unfortunate and we just wanted to let all of our friends and fans down there that we had NO control over this situation and are disappointed beyond belief. I will not get into every aspect of what went down and what was said and agreed upon. I also won't sit here and bash anyone at the Goregrowlers camp and get into any of that type of crap. What I will do is be honest and give you a "long story short". Gravehill was one of the first bands asked to be a part of this years fest. I was also instrumental in helping them book a few of the bands that are playing. I know that Gravehill is not fucking Metallica, so we didn't expect some sort of "red carpet treatment". It was obvious that once some of the bigger bands jumped on board and the larger sponsors started getting involved, we felt that we were on the outside looking in. This would have been fine if we had to bring ourselves out and cover all of the costs. We understand how "politics" work in this scene. There are some bands playing now that A LOT of people want to see. But once we were FINALLY notified about us not being a part of the fest, we had already booked the Impiety west coast shows and started getting money together to fund that. Being that we play the music that we do, obviously we aren't made of money. There was just NO WAY that we could grab cheap flights and get sleeping arrangements in a manner that would make sense. The reasons and excuses as to why the promoter decided this, well they have press releases being sent out about a lot of those things. Regardless, this situation SUCKS and we are sorry to the Horde of maniacs down in San Antonio that we can't make it out for this one! We have been some killer friends down there, and we were looking VERY forward to killing and hanging out with all of you once again. We ASSURE you that we will be returning to Texas in 2012. We will keep everyone posted about this as soon as we can start generating interest and get the talks finalized. But as far as the fest goes, I will also not tell anyone "DON'T SUPPORT THAT SHIT!" because I have some killer friends still playing it and our other friends in the area deserve a good weekend of metal madness. Plus this was a business decision that just did not work out in OUR favor. Go support your scene everyone! And have a fucking blast at this Goregrowlers Ball. Hails to you and I hope to see you

soon you crazy Texas motherfuckers!"

In other news, Gravehill are set to kick off a string of dates with Singapore's blackened death/thrash masters Impiety. Due to scheduling conflicts with guitarists Hellfiend and BodyBag, Gravehill has enlisted Henry Montoya & Erik Sneve of Witchhaven to fill the vacant guitar positions.

Gravehill and Impiety Dates are as follows:

Friday - 11.4.11 @ Studio Seven - Seattle, WA
Saturday - 11.5.11 @ Plan 9 - Portland, OR
Sunday - 11.6.11 @ Sub-Mission - San Francisco, CA
Friday - 11.11.11 @ The Black Castle - Los Angeles, CA
Saturday - 11.12.11 @ Metaphor Cafe - Escondido, CA

Hellfiend and BodyBag will reconvene with Gravehill on November 21st in Fullerton, CA.

Monday - 11.21.11 @ The Sidebar Rock N' Roll Cafe - Fullerton, CA w/ EXHUMED (free show)

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Phobia, Birth A.D. Added to Goregrowler's Ball

Goregrowler Entertainment has announced the addition of Phobia, Eternal Decay, Grotesque Formation, Ingurgitate and Birth A.D.

These groups will replace the loss of Lair of the Minotaur, Derketa, Malignancy, Gorematory, The Meatfucks, Gravehill and Face of Ruin.

Festival promoters have stated a new scheduled will post soon.

The 2011 installation of the Goregrowler's Ball takes place on November 18th-20th at the Korova Club in San Antonio, Texas.

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Gravehill Issues Cancellation Statement

California death horde Gravehill has issued the following statement regarding the cancellation of their planned performance at this year's Goregrowler's Ball:

"We were saddened and pissed off, to say the least, to hear from Goregrowler's Entertainment about their decision to not bring us out for the Fest in San Antonio on the days of November 18th-20th. It is unfortunate and we just wanted to let all of our friends and fans down there that we had no control over this situation and are disappointed beyond belief.

"I will not get into every aspect of what went down and what was said and agreed upon. I also won't sit here and bash anyone at the Goregrowlers camp and get into any of that type of crap. What I will do is be honest and give you a 'long story short'. Gravehill was one of the first bands asked to be a part of this years fest. I was also instrumental in helping them book a few of the bands that are playing. More...

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Robb's Metal Works Interviews Goregrowler Ent.

Long running San Antonio cable metal show, Robb's Metal Works conducted a video interview with Aaron Mendiola about his forthcoming Goregrowler's Ball Festival, held in San Antonio, Texas in November. The two discuss how Mendiola put together the lineup, the schedule, ticket details and what he has in store for 2012. Watch the first part of the interview below.

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MAAX Releasing New Album

Muncie, Indiana noise thrashers MAAX are releasing their new album "Unholy Rock & Roll," which will contain eleven tracks. They have officially welcomed a new member, drummer Dave Dalton (Legion, Ratzkrieg, SoSayeth) into the band. MAAX will be performing at the Goregrowler's Ball in San Antonio, TX (to take place Nov. 18-20) along with Internal Bleeding, Hirax and Brutal Truth.

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Hot Graves Added to The Goregrowler's Ball

Florida, d-beat death/thrash artists, Hot Graves have been added to this year's Goregrowler's Ball. The group comes to the lineup as a result of Cephalic Carnage dropping off the ball, as well as their tour with Exhumed/Goatwhore and Havok

Another Florida-based death metal band, Hellwitch will be performing it's 1990 debut album, “Syzygial Miscreancy” in it’s entirety on Friday, November 18th.

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Aborted Drops Off The Goregrowler's Ball 2011

Belgium's ABORTED had to cancel their appearance at Goregrowler's Ball 2011 festival. They opted to take a European tour that travels through the dates of the festival, and could not have performed at the fest as a result. Instead, Aborted will be part of the Decimation of Europe Tour with Decapitated, Decrepit Birth and more.

Aborted released this statement regarding their cancellation of The Goregrowler's Ball appearance:

"We are terribly sorry to have to cancel our appearance to the GGB this year, we were very excited to finally get back to the US since our last US appearance was back in 2008 with Carcass and Suffocation, alas we have been presented a tour offer in europe which we could not turn down. We are really sad to not be playing this festival, but we hope to see all our fans soon! This said I am sure the GGB guys will find a worthy replacement and we promise we will be over there sooner than you think in 2012 in support of our upcoming album GLOBAL FLATLINE! Destroy everything, Kill everyone!"

Replacing Aborted will be Brutal Truth, who will now headline on Saturday, November 19th.

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Interview

Terrance Hobbs Of Suffocation Talks Guitars

Suffocation is a name that certainly needs no introduction. Since the band's debut, 1991 releases “Effigy of the Forgotten” and the “Human Waste” EP, bands all around the globe have aspired to growl as low, beat their drums as fast, and groove as hard as Suffo. If you see a sprawled out, illegible logo on a name befitting brutality, most likely said group has a Suffocation poster in its practice space.

In 1990, Suffocation recruited drummer Mike Smith and guitarists Doug Cerrito and Terrance Hobbs from the disbanded local group, Mortuary. Both Smith and Cerrito later left the group (Smith later returned and is their current drummer), but Hobbs has stayed with the group since their inception. Along with Frank Mullen’s trademark bowel-bursting vocals, Hobbs trademark style has become synonymous with the Suffocation brand. He has the ability to quickly changes gears from slow, slam-stomping rhythms to screaming solos and blurring speed, all the while hooking the listener.

Terrance Hobbs is truly a living legend in the realm of death metal, and the guitar industry is finally recognizing his greatness. Hobbs recently signed an endorsement with B.C. Rich guitars. The guitar-making titan is honoring him with a signature-series, Warlock guitar.

Hobbs spoke with Metalunderground.com via the InterWebs on a number of topics, including his love for guitars and his forthcoming product. More...

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Cephalic Carnage Added to Goregrowler's Ball

Goregrowler Entertainment has announced the addition of tech-death icons Cephalic Carnage to the 5th annual Goregrowler's Ball.

The steadfast Relapse Records artist joins Suffocation, Aborted, Hirax, Exhumed, Internal Bleeding, Goatwhore, Deceased and many other artists. The Goregrowler's Ball 5 takes place at Korova in San Antonio Texas on November 18th - 20th, 2011.

You can find more information on the Goregrowler's Ball by heading over to the Goregrowler Entertainment website at this location.

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Woods of Ypres Drops Off Goregrowler's Ball

Due to contract obligations with their record label, Woods of Ypres is forced to cancel their appearance at this year's Goregrowler's Ball. The band will be writing and recording a new album instead and apologizes to their fans for this cancellation and promised to make it up.

Replacing Woods of Ypres on this Metalunderground.com-sponsored festival will be Dehumanized, who has not played a live show in nearly ten years.

Tickets for the fifth annual Goregrowler's Ball are on sale now. The event is set to take place in San Antonio, Texas on November 18-20, 2011.

The latest bands confirmed are as follows: More...

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Hirax Co-Headlining Goregrowler's Ball 5

Goregrowler Entertainment announced the addition of old school thrashers Hirax to the fifth-annual Goregrowler's Ball on November 19th, 2011 in San Antonio,Texas. Hirax will co-headline the Saturday show with Swedish death metal morticians, Aborted. This appearance marks the band's first visit to San Antonio.

Forming in 1984 among California's emerging thrash scene, Hirax became one of the more respected and steadfast punk-crossover-thrash bands.

Other artists on the three-day bill include Suffocation, Exhumed, Woods of Ypres, Hod, Lair of the Minotaur and Internal Bleeding.

Additional details on the Goregrowler's Ball are available by heading over to the festival's official website at this location.

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