Bloodstock Announces Final 2017 Band Additions

With three weeks to go til the metal hoards descend on Catton Park for a weekend of heavy merriment, the Bloodstock organizers are pleased to reveal the final bands for this year’s edition, issuing the following statement:

“Joining the Ronnie James Dio main stage on Sunday will be hotly tipped five-piece Venom Prison. The Welsh death metallers romped home with the Best New Band gong at the Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards last month.

“Regrettably, we’ve two switches as Mantar had to withdraw from their slot on the Sophie Lancaster stage on Saturday, but the very capable Red Rum will fill their boots. Hailing from the Saxon county of Notts, don’t miss this folk-metal collection of cut-throat pirates, epic Vikings, and bloodthirsty warriors!

“Also due to circumstances beyond our control, Scarab will no longer be able to appear, so UK thrash heroes Xentrix will make a welcome return debuting their new singer (who they met at Bloodstock last year) and step into their Saturday evening Sophie Stage spot.

“Bloodstock can also now announce the final batch of bands from this year’s Metal 2 The Masses competition. Performing on the Hobgoblin New Blood stage Friday will be Hitchin victors Raze The Void with their brand of prog meets melo-death, Oxford metal champions K-Lacura, and tech riffers Embodiment who won in Bristol. Saturday welcomes Yorkshire metalheads Hoofknuckle, who took first prize in Selby, and Lincs tog dogs Hundred Year Old Man.

“Rounding things out on Sunday are Northants hard rockers Switchblade City, London tech progsters Sentience Birmingham alternative prog victors Netherhall, and electro rockers Seething Akira, who grabbed the top spot in Bournemouth. Also joining the fun on Sunday are Hobgoblin upload winners, Battalions, bringing the sludge and grind from their hometown of Hull.

“Bloodstock has also managed to squeeze one more band on to the Jagermeister stage on Sunday. If you like old school thrash, be sure to head over to catch Kettering headbangers Unitra.”

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‘For the Sake of Heaviness: The History of Metal Blade Records’ now available for pre-order

– July 20th, 2017 –

On August 29th, Metal Blade Records and BMG will release For the Sake of Heaviness: The History of Metal Blade Records – written by label founder and CEO Brian Slagel with Mark Eglinton, and featuring a foreword by Metallica‘s Lars Ulrich. Celebrating the storied label’s 35th anniversary, For the Sake of Heaviness is an inside look at how Slagel built Metal Blade from a one-man operation in his mom’s non-air-conditioned garage to the preeminent international home of heavy music that it is today.

To pre-order For the Sake of Heaviness: The History of Metal Blade Records, please visit: smarturl.it/mbr35th – where an exclusive box-set is available, with the following contents:
For the Sake of Heaviness: The History of Metal Blade Records book
For the Sake of Heaviness cassette
–Metal Blade Records 35th anniversary bookmark
–bookplate autographed by Brian Slagel
* box dimensions: 9.375″ x 6.375″ x 1.25″

See below for the For the Sake of Heaviness cassette track-listing:
SIDE A
1. Fates Warning “Guardian”
2. Lizzy Borden “Lord of the Flies”
3. Omen “Holy Martyr”
4. Cirith Ungol “Black Machine”
5. GWAR “Gor-Gor”
6. Cannibal Corpse “Stripped, Raped, and Strangled”
7. Six Feet Under “War Is Coming”
SIDE B
1. Mercyful Fate “Egypt”
2. King Diamond “Voodoo”
3. The Black Dahlia Murder “Funeral Thirst”
4. Unearth “Black Hearts Now Reign”
5. Amon Amarth “Twilight of the Thunder God”
6. Visigoth “From the Arcane Mists of Prophecy”

For the Sake of Heaviness pulls back the curtain to reveal the definitive look at how Metal Blade began, what they’ve accomplished, and where they’re going. Slagel reveals the early advice he gave that helped guide Motley Crue‘s career; how he helped Metallica replace their bassist – twice; his detailed work on Thin Lizzy and Alice Cooper re-issues; his behind-the-scenes role in the careers of Slayer, GWAR, Mother Love Bone, Alice in Chains, Faith No More, Goo Goo Dolls, and Lamb of God; and his unlikely ventures with kindred metal heads – from hockey star Ken Baumgartner, to celebrity chef Chris Santos, to The Howard Stern Show‘s Richard Christy, to comedians Jim Florentine, Don Jamieson and Jim Breuer.

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Centuries Of Decay Announces Self-Titled Album

We live on the layers of deep time and history, strata of times past; life literally depends on centuries of decay. It’s fitting then that Centuries Of Decay builds on the metal that has come before to create the metal of the future.

The Toronto-based quintet will bring out a debut self-titled album this coming August 4th, 2017. Drummer Derrick Doucette comments:

“We’ve often thought about the fragility of civilization throughout history and the idea of events repeating itself. With that in mind, our concept album tells the story of society being born, corrupt and destroyed in an endless cycle. It can be taken as a literal piece of fiction, or even a social commentary. It also comes from more personal issues such as depression, disillusionment and failure.”

Today the band reveals a first single titled “Rise,” which is a track about pure rebellion and the rise of extreme opposition. It is the band’s most brutal song and is a tribute to the death/black metal that has been an influence in the past.

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CEMR Metal Fest 2018 Open To Band Submissions

CEMR Metal Fest – presented by Canada’s Extreme Metal Radio – is now taking band applications to participate in the 2018 edition being held from May 4th to 6th at The Forge in Edmonton, AB.

For the last two years, CEMR Metal Fest has been hosting and showcasing some of Western Canada’s most talked about underground and independent metal bands such as Planet Eater, Display of Decay, Terrifier, WMD, Train Bugger Monkeys, Anarcheon, Van Halst and Vile Insignia to name a few.

Festival organizer and Canada’s Extreme Metal Radio station owner Chris Coutts comments: “CEMR was developed on the idea of supporting Canadian metal and we have been doing so via our online station, that being said, organizing a fest to showcase bands that should be on people’s radar seem perfectly fitting.”

Bands interested in performing at the 2018 CEMR MetalFest, please visit this location (submissions close on October 7th at 11:59pm MT).

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Venom Prison Releases “Perpetrator Emasculation” Video

Coming off the Metal Hammer/Golden Gods “Best New Band” award, U.K. death metal outfit Venom Prison is now premiering new video “Perpetrator Emasculation.” The track is taken from debut full-length album, Animus, which is out now. The video was shot at a house show by Ashlea Bea Photography in the band’s hometown.

Frontwoman Larissa comments: “Venom Prison grew from a grass roots hardcore scene, and have no intention of forgetting where we have come from. VP recently decided to do a home town show at a secret location and as you can see, it was intense.

“Living in a time where music venues close down or just aren’t affordable for underground promoters and bands, supporting your local scene is very important as it helps expanding musical boundaries and help to evolve the bands involved in it. Hopefully this footage from ‘Perpetrator Emasculation’ spreads word that shows like this are going on all over the world in DIY spaces.

“This year has been relentless for us so far. Venom Prison has had all sorts happening recently including Download Festival and winning Best Newcomer award at the Golden Gods. It reflects everything that goes into making this happen because this band genuinely works continuously.”

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Amon Amarth: ‘Fate of Norns’ and ‘With Oden on Our Side’ LP re-issues now available via Metal Blade Records

– June 29th, 2017 –

Amon Amarth has a long history with Metal Blade Records, that goes back to 1998 when they released their debut album, Once Sent From The Golden Hall. That album, along with 1999′s The Avenger, were the first two Amon Amarth records that received the Metal Blade “Originals”-treatment, followed by The Crusher and Versus The World last month. Now it’s time to give Fate Of Norns and With Oden On Our Side the same treatment!

Both Fate Of Norns and With Oden On Our Side will be released with 400g heavy cardboard spine sleeves (inside out print), 60x60cm two-sided artwork posters and 250g inserts.

See below for an overview of all versions. Pre-order your copies now via Metal Blade Records (USA), EMP (EU) or at our eBay store (EU)!

Fate Of Norns “Originals-Series” LP re-issue
–180g black vinyl
–orange-brown-marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 500 copies)
–silver-grey-marbled vinyl (EMP exclusive – limited to 300 copies)
–flame splatter vinyl (eBay exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
–clear vinyl (USA exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
–orange vinyl (USA exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
–brown-marbled vinyl (USA exclusive – limited to 100 copies)

With Oden On Our Side “Originals-Series” LP re-issue
–180g black vinyl
–golden yellow vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 500 copies)
–silver-grey-marbled vinyl (EMP exclusive – limited to 300 copies)
–flame splatter vinyl (eBay exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
–clear vinyl (USA exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
–yellow vinyl (USA exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
–dahlia orange-marbled vinyl (USA exclusive – limited to 100 copies)

Metal Blade Records will re-issue all Amon Amarth albums chronologically in the near future. For fans planning to collect all of the releases, a limited, specially designed slipcase-box is available (exclusively at EMP) that fits the complete Amon Amarth back catalog! Get it while supplies last.

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http://www.facebook.com/OfficialAmonAmarth
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Metal Allegiance Announces Tribute Shows At Metal Maya

Metal Maya – a heavy metal destination festival vacation from October 29th – November 2nd at the Now Sapphire Riviera Cancun 0 has announced two special tribute sets by heavy metal all star band Metal Allegiance.

Besides Metal Allegiance, the fest features over a dozen bands led by Anthrax, Hatebreed, Overkill, and Superjoint (with Philip Anselmo).

The Metal Allegiance performances will include a pair of tribute sets celebrating two fallen legends: one set will pay homage to the life and story of Lemmy Kilmister of Motörhead, and another will honor the one and only Cliff Burton of Metallica.

Metal Allegiance founder Mark Menghi says, “We couldn’t come to Mexico during Dia de los Muertos and not honor such a sacred event ourselves. Lemmy and Cliff were the first two to come to mind. They were both major influences in not only our lives and careers, but millions of others’ as well. We played our first Metal Allegiance show on Motörhead’s Motörboat, and will be forever grateful to the man. These two were and will forever be legends. Metal Maya is in for some really killer moments!”

Metal Allegiance guest performer Kyle Sanders of Hellyeah adds, “Pretty damn honored and excited about joining my boys in Metal Allegiance down in Mexico for Metal Maya! Couldn’t think of a better place for tacos and metal! Cheers!!”

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“For The Sake Of Heaviness” To Chronicle History Of Metal Blade Records

Metal Blade Records and BMG are proud to announce the upcoming release of “For the Sake of Heaviness: the History of Metal Blade Records” on August 29th. Written by label founder and CEO Brian Slagel with Mark Eglinton, the book features a foreword by Metallica’s Lars Ulrich and celebrates the storied label’s 35th anniversary.

Slagel comments: “I have been asked many times about doing a book about the history of Metal Blade and it just seemed like a cool thing to do to document the 35th anniversary. You never really stop to think about a lot of this stuff, so doing the book is a great way of looking back at how many awesome things have happened to me and Metal Blade.

“We have had a long relationship with BMG and with their new move in book publishing, it all seemed like perfect timing. Being able to work with their team really made the final decision to actually do the book. I am really happy with the way it came out and I hope everyone out there enjoys it as well!”

“For the Sake of Heaviness” is an inside look at how Slagel built Metal Blade from a one-man operation in his mom’s non-air-conditioned garage to the preeminent international home of heavy music that it is today. Stay tuned for more details, and pre-order options, coming soon.

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BMG to publish new book, ‘For the Sake of Heaviness: the History of Metal Blade Records’

– June 26th, 2017 –

Metal Blade Records and BMG are proud to announce the upcoming release of For the Sake of Heaviness: the History of Metal Blade Records on August 29th. Written by label founder and CEO Brian Slagel with Mark Eglinton, the book features a foreword by Metallica‘s Lars Ulrich and celebrates the storied label’s 35th anniversary.

Slagel comments: “I have been asked many times about doing a book about the history of Metal Blade and it just seemed like a cool thing to do to document the 35th anniversary. You never really stop to think about a lot of this stuff, so doing the book is a great way of looking back at how many awesome things have happened to me and Metal Blade. We have had a long relationship with BMG and with their new move in book publishing, it all seemed like perfect timing. Being able to work with their team really made the final decision to actually do the book. I am really happy with the way it came out and I hope everyone out there enjoys it as well!”

For the Sake of Heaviness is an inside look at how Slagel built Metal Blade from a one-man operation in his mom’s non-air-conditioned garage to the preeminent international home of heavy music that it is today. The book recounts the early beginning of a metal-obsessed Southern California kid who launched a fanzine and landed a record store job, before cobbling together what he assumed would be a one-off compilation of fledgling bands from the L.A. scene. Released in 1982, the Metal Massacre LP included the debut recordings of local groups such as Steeler, Malice, Ratt, and Metallica.

For the Sake of Heaviness pulls back the curtain to reveal the definitive look at how Metal Blade began, what they’ve accomplished, and where they’re going. Slagel reveals the early advice he gave that helped guide Motley Crue‘s career; how he helped Metallica replace their bassist – twice; his detailed work on Thin Lizzy and Alice Cooper re-issues; his behind-the-scenes role in the careers of Slayer, GWAR, Mother Love Bone, Alice in Chains, Faith No More, Goo Goo Dolls, and Lamb of God; and his unlikely ventures with kindred metal heads – from hockey star Ken Baumgartner, to celebrity chef Chris Santos, to The Howard Stern Show‘s Richard Christy, to comedians Jim Florentine, Don Jamieson and Jim Breuer.

Stay tuned for more details, and pre-order options, coming soon!

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http://www.metalblade.com
https://www.facebook.com/metalbladerecords
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Tombs Debuts Pre-Release Full-Album Stream Of Upcoming New Album “The Grand Annihilation”

Brooklyn’s Tombs debuts the pre-release full-album stream of the band’s upcoming new album “The Grand Annihilation”, which will be out in stores later today via Metal Blade Records.

Check out now “The Grand Annihilation” in its entirety below.

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