Vixen Vocalist Janet Gardner Leaves The Band

Vixen vocalist Janet Gardner has announced that she has decided to step down from the band, ending her fifth stint with the group. In a post on Facebook, the singer stated:

“After much soul searching and many sleepless nights, I have decided that it’s time for me to step aside and let Roxy (Petrucci, drummer) and Share (Ross, bassist) pursue their vision for the future of Vixen. Vixen will always have a very special place in my heart and I am incredibly grateful to have been a part of it. I would like to thank everyone for the amazing support over the years, and as Roxy and Share continue to keep the heart and soul of Vixen alive and well and I continue on my path, your continued support to all would be greatly appreciated. Love, Janet.”

Gardner joined Vixen in the eighties and appeared with the band in the movies “Hardbodies” and “The Decline Of Western Civilization II: The Metal Years,” as well as releasing three studio albums with the group, as well as the recent live album, “Live Fire” last year.

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Vomit Angel Announces “Sadomatic Evil” Mini-Album Release

Iron Bonehead Productions has set February 17th, 2017 as the international release date for Vomit Angel’s debut mini-album, “Sadomatic Evil,” coming on 12″ vinyl.

Although “Sadomatic Evil” is the Danish duo’s debut recording, Vomit Angel comprise two founding members of Sadogoat, who preceded the bestial metal resurgence by many years, and who later wielded more influence on the black/death underground as Sadomator, releasing three pivotal LPs on Iron Bonehead that perfected the Blasphemy/Beherit axis to a T.

Now, under the banner of Vomit Angel, Necrodevil and Lord Titan aim for an equally scuzzy attack that’s less categorizably “bestial” on the surface. On that surface, instead, is a pulsing, slimy spew of gangrenous primitivism somewhere between the very earliest death and black metal in the South American tradition. No hope, no fun, no sobriety: this is Vomit Angel’s “Sadomatic Evil!”

1. Sadomator
2. Time Travel
3. Cotard
4. Voices in the Wind
5. Host of Darkness
6. Time of the Moon
7. Blasting Black Goat Attack
8. Female Goat Perversion

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Byzantine to play select USA shows this summer, starting tomorrow

– June 23rd, 2016 –

New video for “Justinian Code” launched via MetalSucks.net

West Virginian groove metal outfit Byzantine will play select USA shows this summer, before the group enters the studio to record their Metal Blade Records debut and follow-up to 2015′s To Release Is to Resolve. The run of performances begins tomorrow (June 24th) in Johnson City, TN; see below for all dates!


Byzantine tour dates
June 24 – Capone’s – Johnson City, TN
July 8 – 5th Quarter Lounge – Indianapolis, IN
July 9 – Rockstar Pro Arena – Dayton, OH
July 22 – Spirit – Pittsburgh, PA
July 23 – The Vclub – Huntington, WV

Byzantine has also launched a new video today for the track “Justinian Code”, taken from 2015′s To Release Is to Resolve. To watch the clip, please visit metalsucks.net.

Byzantine was formed in 2000 by vocalist/guitarist Chris Ojeda and former guitarist Tony Rohrbough. After releasing three albums via Prosthetic Records, touring with Lamb of God, playing the main stage of New England Metal and Hardcore Festival, and receiving much praise from fans and media alike, the band abruptly called it quits in early 2008 – but it wasn’t long before the metal community demanded their return. In 2012, a reinvigorated Byzantine reunited with their seminal line-up, and consequently delivered two highly praised albums, which were crowd-funded through Kickstarter and Pledge Music and self-released. Now, after having been an independent artist since 2013, Ojeda and his crew are back with a new record deal, poised to dominate the scene once again.

Stay tuned for more Byzantine news coming soon!

Byzantine online:
http://www.byzantinemetal.com
http://www.facebook.com/ByzantineWV
http://www.youtube.com/ByzantineTV
http://www.instagram.com/officialbyzantine

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A Hero A Fake Calling It Quits

Eric Morgan of Charlotte-based act A Hero A Fake has checked in with the following announcement about the band deciding to call it quits:

“I’m writing to let you know that after nearly nine years, we are closing the book on A Hero A Fake. It’s a bit surreal actually typing out these words, even though we came to the decision a couple months ago, the finality of it is only now setting in. No fights, babies, or rehab. There are just things we want to do musically that require a new start and a fresh perspective — the results of which will be announced soon.

“The time I’ve spent with this band has been the most amazing, eye-opening, and rewarding experience of my life. When Justin, Patrick, and I started AHAF back in high school we couldn’t of imagined the journey we were embarking on. From simply being in a room together writing music with friends to getting signed, releasing three full-lengths, and touring the country — we’ve accomplished the things that at one time only lived in our daydream heavy minds.

“We’ve been fortunate to have so many great people and musicians have a hand in shaping who we are. Honestly, I couldn’t say enough about how lucky I am to have played music beside every single current and past member of this band.

“Of course our story would be impossible without all our fans, family, and friends who gave us the motivation every day to move forward note by note and mile by never ending mile. Thank you so very much, your support has meant the world to us.”

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Slough Feg Signs With Metal Blade Records

Metal Blade Records is pleased to announce the signing of Slough Feg, who’s style is an eclectic mix of Celtic folk and traditional metal peppered with buckets of energy and lyrical depth.

On February 5th the label will be releasing three of the band’s early releases that, until now, were only available as imports. “Twilight of the Idols” (1999), “Down Among the Deadmen” (2000), and “Traveller” (2003) will be packaged as a 3CD box set will also be made available on their own, digitally, via iTunes, Amazon, or your favorite digital retailer. Check out samples from these albums and preorder your copy right here.

Guitarist/vocalist Mike Scalzi comments: “We are very excited to announce that we have signed a worldwide deal with Metal Blade Records for a new album, which we are beginning to record this month. The new material will be standard Feg-Fare— that is, totally non-standard!! Of course there will be some galloping, rollicking, bouncing buccaneer riffs unearthed from the Voi-Vaudevillian vaults, and a touch of good-‘ol misery and madness (not to mention more peevishly punctuated puns) in the lyrics. But this time there will also be a cavalcade of cacophonous crooning to add to the caterwaul, as well as the lavishly-landscaped luster of some majestic Morricone-esque riffs at which to marvel—perhaps a slight proto-American-West feel. So as usual, you’ll just have to wait to hear it yourself!!!

“We are also equally excited (if not more excited!!) to announce that Metal Blade is re-releasing our second, third and fourth albums in the form of a bad-ass box set!! It’s about time these albums were made available in the USA!!! They’ve always been imports in the past, but now you can get them all at once!!”

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"God Of Death & Disease" Features Early Recordings From Morgion

“God of Death & Disease,” a compilation disc featuring the earliest recordings from death metal legends Morgion, is now available via Dark Descent Records. Before releasing three epic doom/death albums in the mid 90s into the early 2000s, Morgion recorded two demos and an EP. These three recordings represent Morgion’s early pure death metal roots – 1991’s “Rabid Decay” demo, 1992’s “Live Rehearsal” demo and 1993’s “Travesty” EP.

In all, over one hour of some of the darkest and nastiest recordings of the early 90’s death metal scene finally compiled and wrapped in cover art by Mark Riddick and carefully remastered by Ryan Butler of Arcane Digital. In related news, Morgion has been announced for the 2013 installment of Maryland Death Fest. Originally slated to appear at this year’s fest, Morgion was forced to bow out due to circumstances beyond their control.

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"God Of Death & Disease" Features Early Recordings From Morgion

“God of Death & Disease,” a compilation disc featuring the earliest recordings from death metal legends Morgion, is now available via Dark Descent Records. Before releasing three epic doom/death albums in the mid 90s into the early 2000s, Morgion recorded two demos and an EP. These three recordings represent Morgion’s early pure death metal roots – 1991’s “Rabid Decay” demo, 1992’s “Live Rehearsal” demo and 1993’s “Travesty” EP.

In all, over one hour of some of the darkest and nastiest recordings of the early 90’s death metal scene finally compiled and wrapped in cover art by Mark Riddick and carefully remastered by Ryan Butler of Arcane Digital. In related news, Morgion has been announced for the 2013 installment of Maryland Death Fest. Originally slated to appear at this year’s fest, Morgion was forced to bow out due to circumstances beyond their control.

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Pain Confessor Signs Deal With Spinefarm To Release New Album

Spinefarm Records has signed Finnish melodeath crew Pain Confessor. After releasing three albums, Pain Confessor has been working on material for a new album since last year. During the coming summer Pain Cofressor will lock itself into a studio and the fourth, as-yet-untitled, installment of the band’s saga is to be released towards the end of 2012.

Formed back in 2002 Pain Confessor released the debut album ”Turmoil” in 2004. The sophomore ”Fearrage” saw the light of day two years later and the third, ”Purgatory of the Second Sun” in 2007. After a few changes in the lineup since the latest album the band is whole again. Pain Confessor comments on the new album:

“Three down, fourth to go. Finally, someone utters. But what’s the deal with the new full length? We are rowing a truly grim river. The renewed lineup boasts with vigor to go through a stone wall, the material heavy as a murderer’s burden.

“Is it better than Turmoil? No, it is a completely different record and stands on its own upon fresh soil. The crew’s newest inmates bring along a whole new bag of tricks with which to drill deeper into the hidden reaches of human mind with newborn fervor. Spinefarm is the key that unlocks these gargantuan shackles. Unleash the beast!”

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Austin Stoner Metallers The Sword Sign Multi-Album Deal with Razor & Tie

New York, NY) – The Sword has signed a new, multi-album worldwide deal with New York City based label, Razor & Tie. After releasing three critically acclaimed albums on Kemado Records, the Austin TX based quartet featuring guitarist/vocalist J.D. Cronise, guitarist Kyle Shutt, bassist Bryan Richie, and new drummer Santiago “Jimmy” Vela III will commence recording their fourth album in late June with a projected release date of fall 2012.

The new studio album will be supported by extensive global touring that will stretch well into 2013.

As previously announced, The Sword will be appearing at Metallica’s Orion Music and Arts Festival in Atlantic City, NJ on July 23-24, 2012.

John Franck, SVP of Marketing for Razor & Tie comments, “We’re delighted to welcome The Sword to Razor & Tie. They’re a special band and unique signing for us. We’re looking forward to making an incredible record together and continuing to grow the band’s brand on a global level.”

The Sword is the latest addition to independent label Razor & Tie’s expanding roster that includes such artists as All That Remains, For Today, P.O.D., Norma Jean, I Am War, Nonpoint, Saves the Day, Shadows Fall, Chelsea Grin, and more to be announced soon. The New York City-based label is one of the fastest growing independent record companies in the United States, and has garnered both Platinum sales and Grammy awards in its 20-year history.

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