Wormholedeath To Release New Album From Town Tundra

Russian melodic death metal act Town Tundra has signed a distribution deal with Wormholedeath for the worldwide release of the new album “Misanthropy Never Fails”! The album will be issued on the following schedule:

Digital: October 13th (Wormholedeath/The Orchard)
CD: November 17th 2017 (Aural Music Group)
USA: December 8th (Wormholedeath U.S.A.)
Japan: December 20th (Wormholedeath Japan/Disk Union Music Distribution)

A teaser clip for the album, along with the first single/video clip “Wit From Woe,” can be viewed in the player at the bottom.

The band commented: “‘Misanthropy Never Fails’ is the ode to individualism of the Man, confrontation of unique One-Aloner to hostile invasion of the faceless crowd. This is a Declaration of Sacred Love to Personality expressed in the words of Fierce Hatred and Intolerance to rabid narcissism of human cattle’s inner animal essence that oppresses the finest aspirations of the Soul, desecrates and destroys the environment of any Individuality – its freedom, culture, morality and ethics, historical truth, living nature. Misanthropy is the Aegis for the Person against diseases and disappointments of cruel depressive social being – bestiality, ignorance and disharmony. The Aegis that never lies and fails…The music of Town Tundra was born in severe vastness of Russian Arctic. Sharp rhythms made of the echoes of the nonfreezing sea roaring surf, harsh riffs inspired by blizzard howling amidst endless winter night, fabulous solos reminding ice patterns on frozen window, dreamy melodies striving forward and upward full of hope and true russian yearning – all these are merged by the warmth of northern musicians’ hearts as a message to hardline music lovers all over the world!”

The track listing is:

1. Anti-Psalm .21
2. Senseless and Merciless
3. Wit From Woe
4. Jack Of Spades (Fuck & Chic)
5. Misanthropy Never Fails
6. Ill Itch (Sick Of Revolutions)
7. Wolves Of Shame
8. The Last Rome
9. Hell Bleeds With Oil
10. Humiliating And Insulting

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2018 Lineup Announced By ProgPower USA, Tarja, James Labrie and Angra To Healine; Redemption Reveals Major Lineup Change

With the 2017 edition of ProgPower USA in the books (Metal Underground.com reports/photos forthcoming), promoters Glenn Harveston, Milton Mendonca and Nathan Block announced the Days 1-2 and 3-4 lineup just after Orphaned Land’s performance on Wednesday, September 6th and Myrath’s performance on Friday, September 8th, respectfully.

The event will take place on September 5-8, 2018 at Center Stage in Atlanta, Georgia. Tickets for Days 3-4 will go on sale on October 7th via Ticketmaster. Days 1-2 will go on sale November 11th.

In the roster video for Days 3-4, California progressive metal act Redemption announced that vocalist Ray Alder (Fates Warning) has departed the band and the new vocalist is Evergrey’s Tom Englund. The forthcoming new album also features guitar appearances from Simone Mularoni (DGM) and Chris Poland (ex-Megadeth).

The featured headliners are Voyager (Australia), Angra (Brazil), James Labrie (USA) and Tarja (Finland). The complete lineup is as follows:

Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018 – DAY 1:

Voyager (Australia) (Headliner)
Nocturnal Rites (Sweden)
Gloryhammer (Scotland/UK)
Ross The Boss Band (Special Manowar set) (USA)

Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018 – DAY 2:

Angra – 25th Anniversary “fans pick the set list” Show (Brazil) (Headliner)
Dream Evil (Sweden)
Kingcrow (Italy)
Cellar Darling (Switzerland)

Friday, Sept. 7, 2018 – DAY 3:

James Labrie (Canada) (Headliner)
Redemption (USA) with new vocalist, Tom Englund
Labyrinth (Italy) “Return to Heaven Denied” part I in its entirety
Bloodbound (Sweden)
Persefone (Andorra)
Manimal (Sweden)

Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018 – DAY 4:

Tarja Turunen (Finland) (Headliner)
Alestorm (Scotland/UK)
VUUR (The Netherlands)
Soen (Sweden)
Eclipse (Sweden) *US Exclusive
Triosphere (Norway)

The reveal video for Days 1-2 can be viewed here:

ProgPower USA XIX – Days 1&2 Roster from ProgPower USA on Vimeo.

The reveal video for Days 3-4 can be viewed here:

ProgPower USA XIX Roster Video from ProgPower USA on Vimeo.

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RAM announces new album, ‘Rod’

– September 14th, 2017 –

Releases lyric video for first single, “Gulag”

Swedish heavy metallers RAM will release their striking new album, Rod, on November 3rd via Metal Blade Records! To watch the lyric video for the first single, “Gulag”, please visit: metalblade.com/ram – where the record can be pre-ordered in the following formats:


–Jewelcase CD
–Digipak CD
–180g black vinyl
–orange red vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 500 copies)
–flame splatter vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
–red brown marbled vinyl (ebay-exclusive – limited to 100 copies)
–transparent orange vinyl (USA exclusive – limited to 100 copies)
–box-set (limited to 500 copies) with the album on orange-brown/black-marbled vinyl and digipak CD, plus a flag, a back patch, a photo card (hand signed by all members), and the Monuments Of Masters 7″ featuring covers of Venom (“In League With Satan”) and Exciter (“Beyond The Gates Of Doom”).
* exclusive bundles with a shirt, plus digital options are also available!

RAM comments about Rod: “We are very proud to release our fifth studio album entitled ‘Rod‘. On this album for the first time ever we wrote a conceptual story over 6 songs, something that we always wanted to do but never got right. This album contains probably our most epic moments to date but it is still definitely Heavy Metal Tyranny!”

Regarding the first single, “Gulag”, RAM adds: “‘Gulag’ has a definite old-school European Heavy Metal vibe to it. The song shines a light on the hypocrisy of collectivism, and takes a stand for the one who lives and thinks for one self, not for ideology or dogmas of the masses. As one can see in the lyric video for the song most members of RAM were raised during the golden age of home computers!”

Rod track-listing
1. Declaration of Independence
2. On Wings of No Return
3. Gulag
4. A Throne at Midnight
5. Ramrod the Destroyer, Pt. 1: Anno Infinitus
6. Ramrod the Destroyer, Pt. 2: Ignitor
7. Ramrod the Destroyer, Pt. 3: The Cease to Be
8. Ramrod the Destroyer, Pt. 4: Voices of Death
9. Ramrod the Destroyer, Pt. 5: Incinerating Storms
10. Ramrod the Destroyer, Pt. 6: Ashes

RAM line-up:
Oscar Carlquist: Vocals
Morgan Pettersson: Drums
Harry Granroth: Guitar
Martin Jonsson: Guitar
Tobias Petterson: Bass

RAM online:
http://ram-metal.com
https://www.facebook.com/RAMheavymetal

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Redemption Announces New Vocalist Tom Englund, Teases Album Details

As just announced at ProgPower USA 2017 this past weekend (September 8th), Redemption is confirmed to headline next year’s edition of the festival, with new vocalist Tom Englund (Evergrey).

This new line-up including Englund, Nick van Dyk (guitars and keyboards), Sean Andrews (bass) and Chris Quirarte (drums) has finished recording Redemption’s seventh full-length album, “Long Night’s Journey into Day” – the first to be produced with Jacob Hansen. Guitarists Chris Poland and Simone Mularoni return as guest musicians. Fans can anticipate this upcoming album in early 2018.

“We are delighted to welcome Tom as the voice of Redemption”, said van Dyk. “He has an incredibly powerful, soulful and emotional voice that our music really demands and we are quite confident that people will be blown away by what we have created together.”

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Redemption announces Tom Englund as new vocalist

– September 11th, 2017 –

Confirmed to headline ProgPower USA 2018; new album, ‘Long Night’s Journey into Day’, due out 2018

Photo credit: Stephanie Cabral

As just announced at ProgPower USA 2017 this past weekend (September 8th), Redemption is confirmed to headline next year’s edition of the festival, with new vocalist Tom Englund (Evergrey)! This new line-up including Englund, Nick van Dyk (guitars and keyboards), Sean Andrews (bass) and Chris Quirarte (drums) has finished recording Redemption‘s seventh full-length album, Long Night’s Journey into Day – the first to be produced with Jacob Hansen (Volbeat, Primal Fear, Amaranthe, Doro, etc.). Guitarists Chris Poland (Megadeth, OHM) and Simone Mularoni (DGM) return as guest musicians. Fans can anticipate this upcoming album in early 2018.

“We are delighted to welcome Tom as the voice of Redemption, said van Dyk. “He has an incredibly powerful, soulful and emotional voice that our music really demands and we are quite confident that people will be blown away by what we have created together.”

Stay tuned for more Redemption news coming soon!

Redemption‘s most recent release, The Art of Loss, contains over 70 minutes of the band’s unique blend of passion, melody, aggression and complexity, with an array of songs ranging from hard-hitting melodic metal to the 23-minute epic “At Day’s End”– plus, special guest appearances from Chris Broderick, John Bush, Marty Friedman, Simone Mularoni and Chris Poland. To preview and purchase The Art of Loss, please visit: metalblade.com/redemption

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https://www.facebook.com/RedemptionBand
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Sacred Reich ‘Ignorance – 30th Anniversary’ LP and digipak CD re-issues

– September 8th, 2017 –

Now available via Metal Blade Records – for the first time ever with original artwork!

For the first time ever with the original artwork, Sacred Reich‘s classic Ignorance album is available as a special 30th Anniversary LP and digipak CD re-issue via Metal Blade Records! The digipak CD features bonus tracks; the vinyl has received the “MB Originals” treatment, which means 400g heavy cardboard spine sleeves (inside out print), 60x60cm two-sided artwork posters and 250g inserts. The album has also been remastered by Patrick W. Engel.

See below for an overview of formats; to purchase your copies, please visit: indiemerch.com

Digipak CD track-listing:
1. Death Squad
2. Victim of Demise
3. Layed to Rest
4. Ignorance
5. No Believers
6. Violent Solutions
7. Rest in Peace
8. Sacred Reich
9. Administrative Decisions
10. Ignorance (Metal Massacre V)
11. Draining You of Life (Demo)
12. Rest in Peace (Demo)
13. Sacred Reich (Demo)
14. No Believers (Demo)

Vinyl track-listing (Police Blue Vinyl – USA exclusive, limited to 200 copies!)
SIDE A
1. Death Squad
2. Victim of Demise
3. Layed to Rest
4. Ignorance
5. No Believers
SIDE B
6. Violent Solutions
7. Rest in Peace
8. Sacred Reich
9. Administrative Decisions
10. Ignorance (Metal Massacre V)

To further celebrate this milestone, Sacred Reich is bringing their “30 Years of Ignorance” tour to the USA this month, featuring Byzantine as support. See below for all dates!

Sacred Reich “30 Years of Ignorance” USA tour dates
w/ Byzantine

Sept. 14 – Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory w/ Hirax, Yidhra
Sept. 15 – Los Angeles, CA – The Roxy Theatre w/ Hirax, Yidhra
Sept. 16 – San Francisco, CA – Slim’s w/ Yidhra
Sept. 18 – Denver, CO – Marquis Theater
Sept. 19 – Kansas City, MO – Riot Room
Sept. 20 – Chicago, IL – Reggie’s
Sept. 21 – Toronto, ON – Opera House
Sept. 22 – Montreal, QC – Les Foufounes Electriques
Sept. 23 – Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall
Sept. 24 – New York, NY – Gramercy Theater
Sept. 25 – Philadelphia, PA – Voltage
Sept. 27 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
Sept. 28 – New Orleans, LA – Southport Hall
Sept. 29 – Dallas, TX – Trees
Sept. 30 – Houston, TX – Scout Bar w/ Slim
Oct. 1 – San Antonio, TX – Rock Box
Oct. 2 – El Paso, TX – Tricky Falls *
Oct. 7 – Phoenix, AZ – Club Red *
* = no Byzantine

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https://www.facebook.com/sacredreichofficial

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Sorcerer announces new album, ‘The Crowning of the Fire King’

– September 6th, 2017 –

Releases video for first single, “Sirens”

Swedish epic heavy doom metal warlords Sorcerer will release their new album, The Crowning Of The Fire King, on October 20th via Metal Blade Records! For a preview of The Crowning Of The Fire King, a video for the first single, “Sirens”, can be viewed at: metalblade.com/sorcerer – where the record can be pre-ordered in the following formats:


–Digipak-CD (with bonus tracks)
–180 g black vinyl
–Clear Turquoise Blue Vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 400 copies)
–Golden Sand Marbled Vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 300 copies)
–Cool Grey Orange Marbled Vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
–Dark Sky Blue/Gray Marbled Vinyl (USA exclusive – limited to 300 copies)
–Clear/Black Marbled Vinyl (USA exclusive – limited to 200 copies)

Sorcerer comments: “We have aimed to write an album with diversity and intensity, an album that we want to listen to ourselves. ‘The Crowning Of The Fire King‘ is by far our best recording ever with songs that are strong, powerful and doomy. We have captured what Sorcerer is about and taken the songs to the next level for the band. With the first single, ‘Sirens’, we really want to show everyone that Sorcerer is a force to count on! The video was made by our dear friend Daniel Nyqvist who did the videos for ‘The Dark Tower of the Sorcerer’ and ‘Prayers For a King’. We all feel that he succeeded to capture the essence of Sorcerer with his videos and are proud of what he has done for the band.”

The Crowning Of The Fire King track-listing:
1. Sirens
2. Ship Of Doom
3. Abandoned By The Gods
4. The Devils Incubus
5. Nattvaka
6. Crimson Cross
7. The Crowning Of The Fire King
8. Unbearable Sorrow

Sorcerer line-up:
Anders Engberg – vocals
Kristian Niemann – guitars
Peter Hallgren – guitars
Johnny Hagel – bass
Richard Evensand – drums

Sorcerer online:
https://www.facebook.com/sorcererdoom
http://www.sorcererdoom.com

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Ensiferum launches live acoustic version of “Two of Spades”

– September 5th, 2017 –

On September 15th, Ensiferum will release their seventh full-length, Two Paths, worldwide via Metal Blade Records. Produced by Anssi Kippo, the master was recorded on tape, for a true analog experience. In anticipation of this release, the band has now launched a live acoustic version of “Two of Spades” (from their previous album, One Man Army): youtube.com/watch?v=erpE4VRZaAc

“Two of Spades” live at “On the Rocks” in Helsinki, Finland on October 28, 2016. Watch the entire live show on the DVD that comes with the CD version of “Two Paths.” Directed by Toni Salminen and edited by Vince Edwards. Camera operators: Toni Salminen and Timo Honkanen. Audio recording engineer: Aku Silennoinen. Audio mixed and mastered by A. Kippe at Astia-studio A Lappeenranta, Finland.

To hear the previous singles from Two Paths (“For Those About to Fight for Metal” and “Way of the Warrior”), please visit: http://www.metalblade.com/ensiferum – where the record can be pre-ordered in the following formats:


–Deluxe wooden box (limited to 2500 copies worldwide)
–Limited edition Digibook CD+DVD
–CD
–180g black vinyl
–turquoise blue-green vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 500 copies)
–clear sky blue-marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 300 copies)
–blue/orange/yellow-splatter vinyl (Germany exclusive – limited to 200 copies – distributed by Nuclear Blast)
–golden yellow vinyl (Austria exclusive – limited to 200 copies – distributed by Napalm Records)
–olive green-marbled vinyl (Finland exclusive – limited to 100 copies – distributed by Levykauppa)
–clear frost blue-marbled vinyl (China exclusive – limited to 100 copies – distributed by Yamin Records)
–blue-gray-marbled vinyl (USA exclusive – limited to 250 copies)
–forest green-marbled vinyl (USA exclusive – limited to 250 copies)
–picture disc LP (limited to 500 copies worldwide)
* exclusive bundles with a shirt, plus digital options are also available!

To view the vinyl master tape cutting, fans can watch a video by T. Ruotsalainen and A. Kippo at: youtube.com/watch?v=4KEuGT1Nfd4

You can’t talk about the true greats of folk-inspired melodic death metal without reverent mention of Ensiferum, and with Two Paths they once more affirm their place in the pantheons of the genre. Further building upon the thrilling metallic hybrid honed across six full-lengths, Two Paths is simultaneously the Finnish quintet’s most epic and far-reaching collection and their most organic, which definitely sets it apart from the pack. Additionally, the album literally takes the concept of Two Paths to heart, with two different versions of standout tracks “Don’t You Say” and “God Is Dead”. “Even though Ensiferum has always had clean vocals and choirs, harsh vocals have been the main style, and those songs worked so well with both styles that we decided to include both versions,” explains bassist/vocalist Sami Hinkka. With Mikko P. Mustonen again handling orchestral arrangements and Lassi Logren returning to play nyckelharpa and violin on a few songs, Hinkka is also more than happy that they brought “more bombastic orchestral and down to earth folk aspects” to the record, further fleshing out their vision. This also applies to the contribution of Gyula Havancsak, who provided the artwork for both Two Paths and its predecessor, One Man Army. “It was really nice to work with him again because he always wants to hear our ideas and then he adds his own magic and improvements to them, and the result is always astonishing.”

Two Paths track-listing
1. Ajattomasta Unesta
2. For Those About to Fight for Metal
3. Way of the Warrior
4. Two Paths
5. King of Storms
6. Feast with Valkyries
7. Don’t You Say
8. I Will Never Kneel
9. God Is Dead
10. Hail to the Victor
11. Unettomaan Aikaan
12. God Is Dead (Alternative Version)
13. Don’t You Say (Alternative Version)

From September 27th, 2017 onward, Ensiferum will present Two Paths live on stage, splitting their European tour into two parts. The first part will be in September with six dates in three countries, and then in April 2018 there will be an extended tour through many more European countries. In between that time, Ensiferum will visit all other continents. See below for all confirmed shows, with more to be announced soon!

Ensiferum tour dates:
Sept. 26 – Bochum, Germany – Zeche
Sept. 27 – Langen, Germany – Stadthalle
Sept. 28 – Arnhem, Netherlands – Luxor Live
Sept. 29 – Berlin, Germany – SO36
Sept. 30 – Osnabruck, Germany – Hyde Park
Oct. 1 – Paris, France – La Machine

Ensiferum line-up:
Petri Lindroos – Vocals/Guitar
Markus Toivonen – Guitar/Vocals
Sami Hinkka – Bass/Vocals
Janne Parviainen – Drums
Netta Skog – Digital Accordion/Backing vocals

Ensiferum online:
http://www.facebook.com/Ensiferum
http://www.ensiferum.com
http://www.metalblade.com/ensiferum

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Details Of New Album “Transition State” Posted By Oz

Finnish cult heavy metal band Oz is back! More than five years after the re-start of the career with “Burning Leather,” the band led by founding member and drummer Mark Ruffneck finally delivers the anticipated new studio album (the first with all new songs since 1991!), entitled “Transition State.” The album will be released via AFM Records on October 20th (EU) and October 27th (USA).

Oz doesn’t fail to impress with thirteen cracking and fresh, traditional metal tracks of immensely high quality. Even though Ruffneck is the last remaining member left from the original line-up, Oz are as strong as ever and continue to haunt you with the relentless, uncompromising sound they are known for!

The track listing and artwork can be found here:

1. Bone Crusher
2. Restless
3. Heart Of A Beast
4. Drag You To Hell
5. Whore Of Babylon (Bonus Track)
6. The Witch
7. In A Shadow Of A Shotgun
8. Never Close Your Eyes
9. The Mountain
10. Demonized
11. We’ll Never Die
12. Sister Red (Bonus Track)
13. Midnight Screams (Bonus Track)

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Revocation: ‘Existence Is Futile’ vinyl now available (for the first time ever!) via Metal Blade Records

– August 31st, 2017 –

On October 6th, Metal Blade Records will release Revocation‘s Existence Is Futile for the first time ever on vinyl! This special re-issue will be available in the following versions:
–Amber Marble Vinyl (USA Retail exclusive – limited to 500 copies)
–Pastel Orange Vinyl (USA exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
–Green Vinyl (USA exclusive – limited to 100 copies)
–180g Black Vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 400 copies)
–Pale Golden Yellow Vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
–Clear Orange Vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 100 copies)


Pre-order your copy now in the USA at: indiemerch.com

This October/November, Revocation will embark on a North American tour with Cattle Decapitation, Full Of Hell, and Artificial Brain, in support of their latest album, Great Is Our Sin. Having delivered five killer albums boasting some of the most potent, technical and abrasive metal unleashed over the last decade, it would be easy for Revocation to sit back and rest upon their laurels. However, with their constant drive to push their sound ever forward and refusal to compromise their integrity, this could never be the case – and Great Is Our Sin is their most dynamic, boundary-pushing and weighty release to date. To preview and purchase Great Is Our Sin, please visit: metalblade.com/revocation

See below for all upcoming dates!

Metalsucks & Exclaim! Aggressive Tendencies Presents
“The North American Extinction Tour Part II: Inhuman Beings”
w/ Cattle Decapitation, Revocation, Full Of Hell, Artificial Brain

Oct. 10 – Los Angeles, CA – Regent Theater * ^
Oct. 11 – San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick * ^
Oct. 12 – Flagstaff, AZ – Green Room * ^
Oct. 13 – Albuquerque, NM – Launchpad
Oct. 14 – Denver, CO – Larimer Lounge
Oct. 15 – Jerome, ID – Diamondz Event Center
Oct. 16 – Portland, OR – Bossanova
Oct. 17 – Seattle, WA – Studio Seven
Oct. 18 – Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theatre
Oct. 20 – Edmonton, AB – Starlite
Oct. 21 – Calgary, AB – Dickens
Oct. 22 – Regina, SK – The Exchange
Oct. 23 – Winnipeg, MB – Park Theater
Oct. 24 – Minneapolis, MN – Cabooze
Oct. 26 – Cleveland, OH – Agora Ballroom
Oct. 27 – Chicago, IL – Reggies
Oct. 28 – Covington, KY – Mad Frog
Oct. 29 – Detroit, MI – Token Lounge
Oct. 31 – Toronto, ON – Opera House
Nov. 1 – Montreal, QC – Les Foufounes Electriques
Nov. 2 – Syracuse, NY – Lost Horizon
Nov. 3 – Boston, MA – Once Ballroom
Nov. 4 – Philadelphia, PA – Voltage
Nov. 5 – Baltimore, MD – Soundstage
Nov. 6 – New York, NY – Highline Ballroom
Nov. 8 – Virginia Beach, VA – Shaka’s
Nov. 9 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
Nov. 10 – Orlando, FL – The Haven
Nov. 11 – Tampa, FL – Orpheum
Nov. 13 – New Orleans, LA – Southport Music Hall
Nov. 14 – Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall
Nov. 15 – Austin, TX – Come and Take It Live
Nov. 16 – Oklahoma City, OK – 89th St Collective
Nov. 17 – San Antonio, TX – Korova
Nov. 18 – El Paso, TX – Tricky Falls
Nov. 19 – Phoenix, AZ – Club Red
Nov. 20 – Las Vegas, NV – Beauty Bar
Nov. 21 – San Francisco, CA – DNA Lounge
* = no Full Of Hell
^ = with Thanatology

Revocation line-up:
David Davidson – Guitars / Vocals
Dan Gargiulo – Guitars / Vocals
Brett Bamberger – Bass / Vocals
Ash Pearson – Drums

Revocation online:
http://www.revocationband.com
http://www.facebook.com/revocation
http://www.twitter.com/revocation
http://www.youtube.com/officialrevocation

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