San Francisco Bay Area Thrashers Death Angel are pleased to announce their first full US tour since their initial split 18 years ago! The band will embark on a co-headlining tour this May/June with God Forbid that will include Soilent Green and Light This City. Dubbed the "In Thrash We Trust" tour, this will mark the bands first tour in support of their critically acclaimed "Killing Season" record.
A visibly excited founding guitarist, Rob Cavestany, eagerly offered a few words about the event: "Death Angel is teaming up with God Forbid to hit the road and we couldn't be more stoked! "In Thrash We Trust" will be the first full blown tour of the states that Death Angel has done since the 'ACT III tour' in 1990 and we are gonna bring it! Also on the bill are Soilent Green and Light This City so you better prepare to get thrashed all night long! Can't wait to see you all very soon! "Killing Season" has begun!!!"
Reunited US Thrashers have posted the following message on their MySpace:
"Deathrash will be posting the song "Unfinished Business" this Friday 3/07/08!!! This is the first new Deathrash song in 20 years and the first track from our upcoming CD "Thrash Beyond Death". We have also posted the artwork for the CD cover by artist Rich Rethorn Link]. You can check out more of his art at http://www.myspace.com/richrethorn. "Thrash Beyond Death" will be out summer of 2008.
ONCE MORE INTO THE PITS CAUSE WE HAVE UNFINISHED BUSINESS!!!"
The band is having a twenty year reunion and they will be releasing a CD that will include the '86 demo and a collection of never released live material from '86-'87
Death Angel's new album, entitled "Killing Season", can now be streamed in its entirety at the group's MySpace page (here). The stream will last until February 22.
Due on February 26, 2008 via Nuclear Blast Records, "Killing Season" was recorded at Studio 606 in Northridge, California with producer Nick Raskulinecz, who has previously worked with Foo Fighters, Rush, Velvet Revolver, Shadows Fall and Stone Sour, among other acts.
Deathchain has posted the following updates on their website:
"We have decided to announce this due to all questions regarding this issue: Our long-time guitar player Bobby Undertaker has decided to step off from this roaring machinery. It did not come as a complete surprise but somehow it was inevitable, as one will find out when reading the Undertakers last obituary. It is with full understanding we part our ways with long-time friend and brother, so cheers to you and may Cthulhu guard your steps!"
Bobby Undertaker has also posted his statement on the website:
"Deathchain has come to a point where in order to grow bigger and more known as a band, more and more tours outside Finland must be done. It seems that Deathchain is going to be pretty busy on that matter. That means months away from Finland and for me, also months away from my day job. In my current situation in life, that job is something I just can't afford to lose. Especially when doing tours as a support, usually there's no income of any kind and for me that situation is financially impossible. It's not fair that the whole band would be held back just because of me. Furthermore, I totally agree with the rest of the band that using someone to replace me on tours is totally lame and just plain stupid. Either you're in, or you're out and I'm sad to announce that under these circumstances, I am out of Deathchain.
Napalm Death and Suffocation will team up for a European co-headlining tour in May/June 2008. Also appearing on the bill will be Warbringer, a thrash metal band from the Bay Area.
The dates are as follows:
May 08 - Dordrecht, Holland @ Bibelot
May 09 - Zaandam, Holland @ De Kade
May 10 - Berlin, Germany @ SO36
May 11 - Gelsenkirchen, Germany @ Gelsenkirchen Amphitheatre (Rock Hard Festival)
May 12 - Hasselt, Belgium @ Muziek-O-Droom
May 13 - Paris, France @ La Locomotive
May 14 - Rennes, France @ Antipode
May 15 - Biarritz, France @ Atabel
May 16 - Durango, Spain @ Plateruena
May 17 - Corroios, Spain @ Cine Teatro de Corroios
May 18 - Madrid, Spain @ Caracol
May 19 - Barcelona, Spain @ Mephisto
MetalKult.com has just posted six MP3 audio files from a 1988 Death rehearsal.
In January 1988, the members of Death convened in Orlando, Florida, to rehearse six of the songs that would eventually wind up on the band's second and highly influential album, "Leprosy".
The tracks captured during that rehearsal are as follows:
01. Left To Die
02. Open Casket
03. Pull The Plug
04. Choke On It
05. Born Dead
06. Forgotten Past
The Death lineup at the time included guitarist/vocalist Chuck Schuldiner, guitarist Rick Rozz, bassist Terry Butler and drummer Bill Andrews.
Go to MetalKult.com to download these mp3s.
In other news, according to Blabbermouth.net, Death's classic 1995 album "Symbolic" will be reissued in March 2008 via Roadrunner Records. The remastered LP will include the original album tracks plus several previously unreleased, ultra-rare, mostly instrumental demo recordings that were completed in early 1994 with the lineup of Chuck Schuldiner (guitar), Gene Hoglan (drums) and Steve DiGiorgio (bass). The package will also come with brand new liner notes written by longtime metal journalist Don Kaye.
On Monday 29th of October Deathstars entered Metrosonic Recording Studios in NYC to begin the recording of their new album to be released in spring 2008. This album will start another chapter in their history of vanity, darkness, blood and sleaze. The recording sessions will continue throughout November and December and the mix is set for January so get prepared for a 2008 filled with exploding Deathglam! Watch some clips from their studio sessions here.
In other news, the bands drummer Bone W Machine made the following announcement concerning the band's European support tour for Korn: "I am sad to announce that I will not partake in the upcoming European tour with Korn. Personal reasons are the main issue in this case and this is more important to me right now then a tour. I hope you all understand this and dont throw a EMO fit. The drums will not suffer though since the extremly competent Snowy Shaw will be whipping skins and breaking sticks in my abcense. And no, I am not leaving the band."
Canadian band Symbolic - "the ultimate Death tribute" - have updated their MySpace page to stream tracks recorded on December 12th at Quebec City's Theatre Imperial during the benefit gig in honor of fallen metal hero Chuck Schuldiner (Death, Control Denied). Check out the recordings at this location.
For the above mentioned "tribute show", Symbolic shared the stage with Bobby Koelble (Symbolic album), Shannon Hamm, Scott Clendenin (The Sound Of Perseverance album), Daniel Mongrain (Martyr), Marc-André Gingras (Quo Vadis), Jonathan Lee (The Autumn Offering, ex-Acheron), and Nick Barker (ex-Dimmu Borgir/Cradle Of Filth drummer).
All the profits from the show, which was recorded for an upcoming DVD release, will be divided between Schuldiner's foundation for cancer research and a local foundation.
Legendary Bay Area Thrashers Death Angel have reported that " new recording is done! "Killing Season" was mixed at Studio 606 by Nick Raskulinecz and mastered at Bernie Grundman Mastering by none other than Brian "Big Bass" Gardner. It is slated for release on February 26 in the US and February 29 in the rest of the world. Leap year 2008!"
Here is the tracklisting:
01. Lord Of Hate
02. Sonic Beatdown
04. Carnival Justice
05. Buried Alive
07. The Noose
08. When Worlds Collide
09. God Vs. God
10. Steal The Crown
11. Resurrection Machine
To read more about the album, go to this location.
The Canadian Death tribute band Symbolic will play a tribute show for Death founder Chuck Schuldiner on December 12th at the Theatre Imperial in Quebec City, QC. Symbolic share the stage with Bobby Koelble (Symbolic album), Shannon Hamm, Scott Clendenin (The Sound Of Perseverance album) and Daniel Mongrain (Martyr).
All the profits will be divided between Schuldiner's foundation for cancer research and a local foundation.
Below the list of performing musicians:
1- Nicholas Barker (ex-Dimmu, ex-Cradle, etc)
2- Jonathan Lee (The Autumn Offering, ex-Acheron)
3- Antoine Baril (Symbolic)
1- Scott Clendenin (Death 1996-1999)
2- Alexis Robitaille (Symbolic)
3- Daniel Perron (ex-Symbolic)
Rob Cavestany, guitarist and vocalist of Bay Area Thrashers Death Angel has announced the following statement:
"Greetings Fellow Earthlings!
I am thrilled to announce that Death Angel will enter the studio to begin tracking our new album on September 16 with producer Nick Raskulinecz (Foo Fighters, Rush, Velvet Revolver, Shadows Fall, Stone Sour) in Los Angeles.
Nick came up and did pre-production with us at our studio in Oakland and we had a BLAST. The vibe is certainly ON and we are beyond excited to start tracking with him! Recording should be complete by the end of October and mixed by November. This will undoubtedly be our best sounding record ever!
This album is gonna be insane. The songs are so fuckin heavy and wicked! Musically brutal. Brutally musical. This shit will wake you up!
MetalKult.com has posted rare live videos from a 1988 performance by Death. The videos were shot on October 23, 1988, at the Trocadero Theatre in Philadelphia, during a show with Raven, Dark Angel, Faith Or Fear and Forbidden (which was recorded/filmed and later released as part of the "Ultimate Revenge II" video on the Combat label).
Led by the late Chuck Schuldiner on vocals and lead guitar, Death were the third band on the Ultimate Revenge 2 bill that evening, and burned through three cuts from their 1988 album, Leprosy—"Left to Die," "Pull the Plug" and "Forgotten Past"—as well as "Denial of Life," from their 1987 debut, Scream Bloody Gore.