Dyscarnate – With All Their Might

September 1st, 2017
by Peter Atkinson

Reviewed: September 2017
Released: 2017, Unique Leader Records
Rating: 3.5/5
Reviewer: Peter Atkinson

England’s Dyscarnate deliver all the muscle and weight of America’s Whitechapel, but with half as many members. The threesome’s heavy as fuck third album, With All Their Might, more than lives up to its title thanks to its swaggering grooves, brawny riffs and forceful vocals. And while its overall sound – a fusion of modern metal, death metal and deathcore that seems more the work of any army than a trio – doesn’t exactly reinvent any wheels, its crushing power and unwavering vehemence cannot be understated.

Like the dude on the album cover, the band bring the hammer down from the get-go with “Of Mice And Mountains” and really don’t let up. And though they don’t offer much in the way of nuance here – everything sounds really, really pissed off and the emphasis almost always is on bombast over atmosphere, even on the comparatively dramatic “Traitors In The Palace” on the more epic closer “Nothing Seems Right” – Dyscarnate will give you the kind of sonic beatdown you won’t soon forget. These guys don’t make idle threats.

The wall of guitar here is simply massive. Concentrated, deliberate and utterly concussive, the hooks from Tom Whitty just keep on coming – who knows how many guitar tracks there may actually be on any given song, suffice it to say it’s probably a lot, unless Whitty has a second or third set of arms. And when accentuated by a dense, heaving bottom end, things only sound that much more immense, especially when the tempos kick up on “Backbreaker” and “All The Devils Are Here.”

Whitty and bassist Art Llewellyn tag-team the vocals here, and sound like a two-headed attack dog with their burly growls and piercing shrieks delivered with, to borrow the album’s title, “all their might.” But that’s about the only way they could be heard above the din.

For all of its heaviness, though, With All Their Might is rather one dimensional. The tone and delivery varies only by a matter of degrees as the album thunders along. And while Dyscarnate ultimately win the day with sheer brute force, a little more depth and variety could have made things that much mightier.


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Track Listing:
1. Of Mice And Mountains
2. This Is Fire!
3. Iron Strengthens Iron
4. Traitors In The Palace
5. To End All Flesh Before Me
6. Backbreaker
7. All The Devils Are Here
8. Nothing Seems Right

Lineup:
Tom Whitty – guitar, vocals
Al Llewellyn – bass, vocals
Matt Unsworth – drums

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Alestorm – No Grave But The Sea

September 1st, 2017
by J P

Reviewed: September 2017
Released: 2017, Napalm
Rating: 4.0/5
Reviewer: JP

If it is not broken, don’t fix it. The Metal pirates in Alestorm have taken that saying to heart with the creation of studio album number five, NO GRAVE BUT THE SEA. The band is still on Napalm, they have their mascot back on the cover and they still churn out catchy-as-hell drinking songs.

I guess there are a few little changes, a new guitarist in the form of Mate Bodor and for the first time the band has not included a cover tune on the album, but overall, the goodship Alestorm is still sailing on course.
I feel the band had some decent shore leave since the last record three years ago. The songwriting seems a bit catchier, the lyrics are a bit more fun, I mean the band has always been fun but I feel the humour is getting a bit more of the spotlight. Tracks like lead off single ‘Mexico’, ‘Man The Pumps’ and the soon-to-be classic, sing-along shanty, ‘Fucked By An Anchor’ all bring the comedy element way up. Sonically, the band is still loud, proud, bouncy and fun with the usual accoutrement of tin whistles, acoustic sounds, accordions and other piratey-type instruments.

This is a bit of a shorter review, as I’ve already written a couple of lengthy reviews of Alestorm albums for this site. I like NO GRAVE BUT THE SEA better than the last album. This is one of my fun, feel good albums of the summer. Bottoms up!


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Track Listing:
1. No Grave But the Sea
2. Mexico
3. To the End of the World
4. Alestorm
5. Bar ünd Imbiss
6. Fucked with an Anchor
7. Pegleg Potion
8. Man the Pumps
9. Rage of the Pentahook
10. Treasure Island

Lineup:
Christopher Bowes Vocals, keyboards
Gareth Murdock Bass,
Peter Alcorn Drums
Elliot Vernon Keyboards,
Máté Bodor Guitars

Websites:

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Babylon A.D. To Release “Revelation Highway” November 10th And Premiere New Video For “Crash and Burn”

August 30th, 2017
by Celtic Bob

 

Babylon A.D. are proud to be one of the few hard rock bands from the late ’80s/early ’90s that are still operating with all of their original members: Derek Davis, vocalist/songwriter, guitarists and songwriters, John Matthews and Ron Freschi, drummer Jamey Pacheco and bassist Robb Reid. The band formed in 1987 and to celebrate their 30th Anniversary, the band will release their new album, “Revelation Highway” on November 10, 2017.

Today Babylon A.D. presents the first video for the first song from the album “Crash and Burn.” Watch the video HERE.

Order the album here: http://radi.al/BabylonAD or at the links below:

Frontiers: http://www.frontiers.shop (CD & VINYL)
Apple Music: http://radi.al/BabylonADiTunes
Amazon: http://radi.al/BabylonADAmazon
Google Play: http://radi.al/BabylonADGooglePlay

Digital pre-orders come with an instant download of “Crash and Burn.”

Follow the band on Spotify: http://radi.al/BabylonADSpotifyto be alerted when new singles from the album are released and to add “Crash and Burn” to your favorite playlists.

Vocalist, Derek Davis on the new album:

“This record kicks ass, from the opening track ‘Crash and Burn’ to the last track ‘Saturday Night’. The band had a blast making the album and a lot had to do with original founding member lead-guitarist John Matthews rejoining the band. He really lit the fire that got the bands blood pumping to make a new record. For me it was awesome to produce and mix such a cool record. It’s very hard hitting yet melodic, with some great lyrical story telling and great stand out tracks like, ‘One Million Miles’, ‘Tears’, ‘Rags to Riches, and ‘She Likes To Give It’. The songs are so catchy and memorable on the first listen I know our fans are gonna love it! And of course there are some burning guitar leads to keep the metal heads happy. The band is very grateful that Frontiers Music Srl listened to the tracks and felt the same way about them as we do and offered us the opportunity to get this record out. We can’t wait to hit the road and play the material live.”
Featuring 10 tracks of the energetic classic hard rock the band is known for, “Revelation Highway” is sure to please fans of the band’s classic early material. The band will play shows in the UK and Germany this August/September to kick off promotion for the album with more touring planned both in the U.S. and UK/Europe!

* August 28, 2017 – The Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes, UK (w/ Spread Eagle)
* August 30, 2017 – Matrix Bouchum, Bochum, Germany (w/Vain &
Spread Eagle)
* September 1, 2017 – Paunchy-Cats, Lichtenfels, Germany (w/ Spread Eagle)

Formed in 1987, Babylon A.D. hail from San Francisco, CA. In 1988, Babylon A.D. caught the attention of Arista Records President and music industry legend “Clive Davis”, who signed them at a live showcase in Los Angeles. Their self-titled debut was released in fall of 1989 and included their hard rock classics “Bang Go The Bells”, “Hammer Swings Down”, and “The Kid Goes Wild”. The band scored three #1 songs at metal radio and reached gold sales status in the U.S. on their first release, which spent 38 weeks on the Billboard Top 200, peaking at #46. Their sophomore effort, “Nothing Sacred” was released in 1992 and produced two more Top Ten metal songs, “Bad Blood” and “So Savage the Heart”. Constant touring throughout the early 1990s and several MTV videos made them one of hard rock fans’ favorites.

After spending several years on Arista Records the band signed with Apocalypse Records in 1999 and released “Live In Your Face”, a compilation of live tracks recorded at various cities’ throughout the United States and on July 4, 2000, the band released their third studio album, “American Blitzkrieg”. In 2008, the band released “In The Beginning” on Apocalypse/Perris Records, a compilation of songs from the original demo tapes that secured them their recording contract with Arista Records. In 2014, Babylon A.D. returned with a four song E.P., “Lost Sessions/Fresno, CA 93”, a collection of songs that had been found on an old reel tape that had never been released. The band played several dates across the U.S. and also played the “Firefest Rock Festival” in Nottingham, England.

In March 2015, the band released a live record “LIVE@XXV” to celebrate their 25th Anniversary of recording together. That same year, they were invited to play the “Monsters of Rock Cruise” and select dates across the U.S. 2016 saw the band play more rock festivals along with The “Bang Your Head” Festival in Balingen Germany, Chicago’s “Rock’N’Skull” fest and once again the “Monsters of Rock Cruise”.


Track Listing:
1. Crash And Burn
2. Fool On Fire
3. One Million Miles
4. Tears
5. She Likes To Give It
6. Rags To Riches
7. Last Time For Love
8. I’m No Good For You
9. Saturday Night
10. Don’t Tell Me Tonight

Babylon A.D. Lineup
Derek Davis – Lead Vocals, Keyboards, Acoustic Guitar
Ron Freschi – Guitars & Vocals
John Mathews – Guitars & Keyboards
Robb Reid – Bass & Vocals
James Pacheco – Drums & Percussion

For More Info Visit:
* Official Website:http://www.babylonad.com/
* Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Babylonadband/
* Twitter:https://twitter.com/babylonadband

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SAVAGE MASTER Streaming New Song, New Mini Album Out In October

August 30th, 2017
by Celtic Bob

The Kentucky based occult Heavy Metallers SAVAGE MASTER, are without a doubt one of the most hard working bands of the new generation. Their brand new mini LP entitled “Creature Of The Flames”, will hit the streets on Friday 13, October 2017, and will be available as CD (Skol Records), vinyl LP (High Roller Records) and digital download. The effort will include four brand new songs, and a cover version of the NWoBHM classic “Death Or Glory” – originally recorded by HOLOCAUST – all recorded, mixed and mastered the analog way. Cover artwork of “Creature Of The Flames” was painted by Chris Moyen (BEHERIT, BLASPHEMY).

The mini album will be promoted on US TOUR in September and October 2017, and on EUROPEAN TOUR in the Spring of 2018.

SAVAGE MASTER plays pure old school Heavy Metal, which follows the tradition of acts such as CIRITH UNGOL, BITCH, early JUDAS PRIEST and MERCYFUL FATE, while their stage image is a tribute to classic horror movies such as “Black Sunday” (aka “The Mask Of Satan”), and the legendary Hammer Films productions.

Visit the band: www.facebook.com/savagemaster666
More information: www.skolrecords.com

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Custom Sportswear Brand PUCK HCKY Now Offering EXODUS and GRUESOME Hockey Jerseys, Flannels & More

August 30th, 2017
by Celtic Bob

PUCK HCKY (www.puckhcky.com) – the custom hockey apparel brand dominating music merchandise – have recently partnered with an exciting mix of artists, such as Snoop Dogg (who recently sported his PUCK HCKY brand hat on Jimmy Kimmel Live), Testament and Overkill. PUCK HCKY are thrilled to expand further with the joining of thrash legends Exodus and heavy metal newcomers Gruesome. In addition, PUCK HCKY plans to add partnerships with artists such as Meshuggah, Darkest Hour, Toothgrinder, Less Than Jake and others in the coming months, as well as music labels and other brands.

The Exodus “Bonded by Puck” collection is designed around the band’s favorite sports teams. In the hockey world, Exodus loves the Calgary Flames and Philadelphia Flyers. Fittingly, the Bonded By Blood jersey is classic Flames style, and the Fabulous Disaster jerseys (two colorways) have that Philly spirit. Exodus also tasked PUCK HCKY with crossing hockey over with their other favorite sports. The Piranha jersey brings in a little football, as it’s done up in 49ers colors, and The Warrior jersey gives props to reigning champs of the NBA, the Golden State Warriors. Fun fact: The Warrior is also the same jersey worn by the Hanson Brothers in Slapshot! All of the jerseys, as well as the Toxic Waltz flannels in this collection sport a patch based on their legendary song of the same name, if you look closely, you’ll find two players ready to “waltz it up”. Each jersey and select flannels also feature the “Bonded by Puck” patch which commemorates the collaboration and pays tribute to the San Francisco Giants.

The Gruesome “Skate Savage Play Savage” collection celebrates old school Death Metal. The Demonized jersey design harkens back to the 80’s and 90’s Death Metal scene, with a brand new hockey make-over. While the Bronx Bomber jersey pays homage to band favorite, the New York Yankees.

Both lines feature not only hockey jerseys, but also several different colored hoodies and flannels. See below for images of selections from the individual Exodus and Gruesome collections and visit www.puckhcky.com to see every design:

Matt Marini, CEO of PUCK HCKY says: “Well it certainly doesn’t get any more legendary than adding the mighty Exodus to the PUCK HCKY roster! Everyone knows that you can’t have any discussion about Bay Area thrash without starting with Exodus. The guys are very proud of their home and we worked hard to reflect that in the designs. The “Bonded by Puck” collection is here! We are also super-pumped to add a newer, but no less heavy band in Gruesome! We totally dig that Gruesome pays tribute to old-school death metal with their look and sound. The “Skate Savage Play Savage” collection is also here!”

Exodus guitarist Gary Holt adds: “Hella stoked to be collaborating with PUCK HCKY. This is what Paul Baloff is wearing right now while he is beating posers with his hockey stick mic stand in Hell.”

Thrash architects Exodus are celebrating 32 years since the release of their first album, thrash metal’s classic blueprint Bonded By Blood. Keeping with that tradition, Exodus was joined by their original guitarist, Metallica’s Kirk Hammett, on their most recent release Blood In, Blood Out (2014). In its first week, Blood In, Blood Out doubled the first week sales of their most previous full-length release, in addition to securing their highest charting position ever – #38 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart, as well as #2 on the Hard Rock/Metal chart and #6 on the Independent Albums chart. Blood In, Blood Out gained a strong foothold in European countries by topping several first-week international charts, as well as landing at #6 on Canada’s Hard Music chart. The band is currently gearing-up for the Battle of the Bays tour which kicks off September 14 and runs through October 16, as well as writing the follow up to Blood In, Blood Out.

Gruesome’s Matt Harvey adds: “We’re very excited to be working with the fine folks at PUCK HCKY to come up with some truly gruesome jerseys! We collaborated to come up with some killer designs – check ’em out and get some blood on the ice!”

Gruesome originated from guitarist/vocalist Matt Harvey and drummer Gus Rios’ mutual involvement with the DEATH TO ALL tours (Harvey serving as frontman for the original nine-member mini-tour and Rios performing Baptized In Blood and working with DTA drummer Sean Reinert on the following US tour where Exhumed filled in as support on a few dates). The pair stayed in touch and after discussing and discarding the idea of putting together another incarnation of DTA to focus exclusively on the first two albums, Harvey half-jokingly suggested writing their own songs in that vein. It wasn’t long before the idea gained traction, and the “band” had five songs written. With Harvey writing in California, Rios recruited Possessed guitarist Daniel Gonzalez and Derkéta bassist Robin Mazen to record the material in Florida, while Harvey tracked his vocals on the west coast. The result is a truly gruesome slab of late-80s / early 90s “Florida Death Metal” that specifically celebrates the early Death records. Tragically, there will never be any truly new Death material, but Gruesome is humbly determined to keep the band’s classic sound alive as faithfully as possible.

The current PUCK HCKY team roster includes Snoop Dogg, Testament, Overkill, Exodus, Gruesome, Hed PE, David Ellefson of Megadeth, All Hail The Yeti, Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein, Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal, Monster Truck, Ice Guardians movie, 36 Crazyfists, First Jason (Friday the 13th), Tomas Tatar (Detroit Red Wings), Marian Hossa (Chicago Blackhawks), Calvin Pickard (Colorado Avalanche), Eric Comrie (Winnipeg Jets) and Thom Hazaert.

To order these and other PUCK HCKY merchandise designs, please visit www.puckhcky.com. You can also visit PUCK HCKY on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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MADAME MAYHEM ANNOUNCES FALL TOUR DATES IN THE U.S. AND EUROPE/U.K.

August 30th, 2017
by Celtic Bob

Madame Mayhem is a true rocker with an eclectic style in every aspect of life – merging theatricality with hard-hitting, rocking tunes. And coming this fall, fans worldwide will get the opportunity to experience this larger-than-life figure on a concert stage, as Madame Mayhem will be hitting the road with Austin John Winkler (formerly the voice of Hinder) and Smile Empty Soul this fall on the Love Sick Radio Tour (presented by M7 Agency) in the U.S.A., before heading over to Europe and the U.K. for dates with Fozzy and Hardcore Superstar. A trailer for the tour has been posted here: https://goo.gl/iSzYJY

“Excited to be part of this leg of the Love Sick Radio Tour with Austin John Winkler and Smile Empty Soul, presented by M7 Agency,” says Madame Mayhem. “I love Austin’s voice, and grew up listening to Hinder, and am a fan of Smile Empty Soul – ‘Bottom of a Bottle’ was a song that helped me when I was frustrated or upset growing up, and I love that song, so being able to watch them play every night after our set is going to be a blast. I am also super excited we get to perform in some areas we haven’t had the chance to play live for yet. Hope to see new and familiar faces out in the crowd. It’s also great that this run is right before we head over to the UK and Europe with Fozzy and Hardcore Superstar. Our sets will have the new not yet released songs as well as songs out now, so it will be cool to introduce these new songs to the world all jam packed in a couple of months!”

The singer has performed across the United States to packed rooms, including B.B.King Blues Club, The Roxy, The Viper Room, Bowery Ballroom, Knitting Factory, a residency at The Cutting Room, the Bluebird Café during Grammy nomination week, Shiprocked Cruise 2017, Sunfest 2017, Sturgis Buffalo Chip 2017, and has performed on national tours with renowned and respected artists such as Doro and Mushroomhead.

Madame Mayhem has been covered in both fashion and rock music media worldwide, which includes feature coverage in Aquarian Weekly, Brave Words, Fashion Style, Gannett, Guitar World, KNAC, Loudwire (her music videos have been top 10 for multiple weeks), New Noise, Revolver, The Day In Rock, listed in ROCKwell UnScene Magazine’s top 5 Best Female Vocalists of 2016, and more. Additionally, she made most added on the CMJ Loud Radio Charts with over 60 stations nationally in the United States.

And with a new album on the horizon (release date Friday, October 20th, 2017), Madame Mayhem is setting the stage for what promises to be a big 2018 with this string of worldwide tour dates in 2017!

CONFIRMED TOUR DATES:

Sep 22 Front Street Grill Dardanelle, AR
Sep 23 Outland Ballroom Springfield, MO
Sep 24 Shots Rolla, MO
Sep 26 Spillway Bowling Green, KY
Sep 27 Rockhouse Live Memphis, TN
Sep 29 9 Muses Tyler, TX
Sep 30 Hideaway Jackson, MS
Oct 03 Still Bar Gadsden, AL
Oct 05 Captain Hiram’s Sebastian, FL
Oct 06 State Theatre St Petersburg, FL
Oct 07 1904 Music Hall Jacksonville, FL
Oct 08 CLUB LA Destin, FL
Oct 11 Poseidon Rooftop Bar Hilton Head Island, SC
Oct 12 Carolina Nightlight Darlington, SC
Oct 13 Hogtails Pendleton, SC
Oct 14 Johnny and Junes Winston-Salem, NC
Oct 15 Open Chord Knoxville, TN
Oct 27 O2 Academy 2 Birmingham, United Kingdom
Oct 28 Tivoli Dublin, Ireland
Oct 29 Limelight 2 Belfast, United Kingdom
Oct 31 Live Rooms Chester-Le-Street, United Kingdom
Nov 01 Waterfront Manchester, United Kingdom
Nov 02 Islington Academy London, United Kingdom
Nov 03 Corporation Sheffield, United Kingdom
Nov 04 The Garage Glasgow, United Kingdom
Nov 05 Riverside Newcastle, United Kingdom
Nov 07 Q Factory Amsterdam, Netherlands
Nov 08 Colas Saal Aschaffenburg, Germany
Nov 09 Z7 Pratteln, Switzerland
Nov 10 Live Club Trezzo Sull’adda, Italy
Nov 11 New Age Club Roncade, Italy
Nov 12 Kimera Rock Rome, Italy
Nov 14 Flex Wien, Austria
Nov 15 TECHNIKUM Munich, Germany
Nov 16 Turock Essen, Germany
Nov 17 Grunespan Hamburg, Germany
Nov 18 CPG Genk, Belgium

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE VISIT:

www.MadameMayhem.com

www.Facebook.com/MadameMayhem

www.Twitter.com/MayhemOfficial

www.youtube.com/MadameMayhemOfficial

 

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Wildernessking – Interview with Keenan Nathan Oakes

August 30th, 2017
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Wildernessking

Interview with Keenan Nathan Oakes

By Oliver M.

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Obey Your (Re)Master: METALLICA Announce Long Awaited ‘Puppets’ Box

August 30th, 2017
by Celtic Bob

A little over a year ago, we proudly reissued our first two albums remastered for the most advanced sound quality possible along with special deluxe editions including previously unreleased audio and video recordings. We promised to give that love to the entire catalog, and we’re back today with all the details about the release of Master of Puppets, coming to your favorite music retailer and Metallica.com on November 10th.

Available in both physical and digital versions (digital available on November 10th), we’ve got several options for your Metalli-pleasure… CD, vinyl, 3-CD expanded edition and deluxe box set. The 3-CD set includes the remastered album, a disc that is a combination of rough mixes, demos and an interview, and a disc featuring a mix of live songs that are sequenced into a typical set list from the Damage, Inc. tour. The limited edition deluxe box set includes unreleased demos, rough mixes, interviews and live tracks, many of which have never even been available in the collector or bootleg community and were pulled from our personal collections. There’s also a 108-page hardcover book with rare and never before seen photos and essays from those who were there with us for the wild ride. All in all, there are three LPs, ten CDs, a cassette, two DVDs, a lithograph with art by Pushead, a folder with handwritten lyrics, and if that isn’t enough to push you over the edge, we’ve also thrown in a set of six buttons (!).

Pre-order your copy now and we’ll send you a digital remastered version of “Disposable Heroes” while 3-CD and deluxe box pre-orders will also receive a download of “The Thing That Should Not Be” live at the Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, IL recorded on May 25, 1986. Several additional instant grats will be sent to all pre-orders between now and November 10th.

Deluxe box sets are limited edition collectors’ items, so get yours before they are gone! You may pre-order all the configurations at the Met Store now, available at your local record stores around the world on Friday, November 10th.

REMASTERED DELUXE BOX SET

VINYL: MASTER OF PUPPETS (REMASTERED) (180g)
Includes Digital Download (MP3) Card

SIDE ONE

  1. Battery (Remastered) (5:12)
  2. Master of Puppets (Remastered) (8:35)
  3. The Thing That Should Not Be (Remastered) (6:36)
  4. Welcome Home (Sanitarium) (Remastered) (6:27)

SIDE TWO

  1. Disposable Heroes (Remastered) (8:16)
  2. Leper Messiah (Remastered) (5:40)
  3. Orion (Remastered) (8:27)
  4. Damage, Inc. (Remastered) (5:32)

VINYL: LIVE AT THE ARAGON BALLROOM, CHICAGO, IL – MAY 25TH, 1986 (2 LP) (140g)
Includes Digital Download (MP3) Card
Previously Unreleased Soundboard Recording

DISC ONE / SIDE ONE

  1. Battery (Live at the Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, IL – May 25th, 1986) (3:54)
    *Note: Someone didn’t hit record until after we started playing.
  2. Master of Puppets (Live at the Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, IL – May 25th, 1986) (8:18)
  3. For Whom The Bell Tolls (Live at the Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, IL – May 25th, 1986) (4:22)

DISC ONE / SIDE TWO

  1. Welcome Home (Sanitarium) (Live at the Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, IL – May 25th, 1986) (7:12)
  2. The Thing That Should Not Be (Live at the Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, IL – May 25th, 1986) (6:15)
  3. (Anesthesia) – Pulling Teeth (Live at the Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, IL – May 25th, 1986) (2:57)
  4. Damage, Inc. (Live at the Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, IL – May 25th, 1986) (4:14)

DISC TWO / SIDE THREE

  1. Fade to Black (Live at the Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, IL – May 25th, 1986) (7:01)
  2. Seek & Destroy (Live at the Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, IL – May 25th, 1986) (7:22)
  3. Creeping Death (Live at the Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, IL – May 25th, 1986) (6:20)

DISC TWO / SIDE FOUR

  1. The Four Horsemen (Live at the Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, IL – May 25th, 1986) (5:23)
  2. Guitar Solo (Live at the Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, IL – May 25th, 1986) (3:12)
  3. Am I Evil? (Live at the Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, IL – May 25th, 1986) (3:42)
  4. Whiplash (Live at the Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, IL – May 25th, 1986) (4:44)

CD: MASTER OF PUPPETS (REMASTERED)

  1. Battery (Remastered) (5:12)
  2. Master of Puppets (Remastered) (8:35)
  3. The Thing That Should Not Be (Remastered) (6:36)
  4. Welcome Home (Sanitarium) (Remastered) (6:27)
  5. Disposable Heroes (Remastered) (8:16)
  6. Leper Messiah (Remastered) (5:40)
  7. Orion (Remastered) (8:27)
  8. Damage, Inc. (Remastered) (5:32)

CD: METALLICA INTERVIEWS
Previously Unreleased

DISC ONE

  1. Metal Forces Magazine Interview with Lars (40:57)
  2. Interview with Cliff (18:34)
  3. Metal Madness Magazine Interview with Cliff (19:30)

DISC TWO

  1. WYSP Philadelphia “Metal Shop” Radio Interview with Lars & James (14:07)
  2. Sounds Magazine Interview with Kirk, Cliff & Lars (50:41)
  3. Swedish Radio “Rockbox” Interview with Lars (5:53)
  4. Swedish Radio “Rockbox” Interview with Lars & Jason (4:11)

CD: ROUGH MIXES FROM THE VAULT
Previously Unreleased

  1. Battery (October 1985, Work in Progress Rough Mix) (5:11)
  2. Master of Puppets (November 1985, Work in Progress Rough Mix) (8:44)
  3. The Thing That Should Not Be (December 1985, Work in Progress Rough Mix) (6:21)
  4. Welcome Home (Sanitarium) (November 1985, Work in Progress Rough Mix) (6:29)
  5. Disposable Heroes (November 1985, Work in Progress Rough Mix) (8:26)
  6. Leper Messiah (December 1985, Work in Progress Rough Mix) (5:45)
  7. Orion (November 1985, Work in Progress Rough Mix) (8:21)
  8. Damage, Inc. (October 1985, Work in Progress Rough Mix) (4:14)
  9. The Money Will Roll Right In (Work in Progress Rough Mix) (2:57)
  10. The Prince (Work in Progress Rough Mix) (4:46)

CD: RIFFS, DEMOS & OUTTAKES FROM LARS’ & JAMES’ VAULTS
Previously Unreleased

DISC ONE

  1. Battery (1985, from James’ Riff Tapes) (0:16)
  2. Battery (1985, from James’ Riff Tapes II) (1:07)
  3. Master of Puppets (1985, from Kirk’s Riff Tapes) (0:37)
  4. Master of Puppets (1985, from James’ Riff Tapes) (1:40)
  5. Master of Puppets (1985, from James’ Riff Tapes II) (0:29)
  6. The Thing That Should Not Be (1985, from James’ Riff Tapes) (0:35)
  7. Welcome Home (Sanitarium) (1985, from James’ Riff Tapes) (2:07)
  8. Welcome Home (Sanitarium) (1985, from James’ Riff Tapes II) (1:58)
  9. Disposable Heroes (1985, from Kirk’s Riff Tapes) (1:27)
  10. Disposable Heroes (1985, from James’ Riff Tapes) (0:32)
  11. Leper Messiah (1985, from James’ Riff Tapes) (0:53)
  12. Leper Messiah (1985, from James’ Riff Tapes II) (0:54)
  13. Orion (1985, from James’ Riff Tapes) (1:15)
  14. Damage, Inc. (1985, from James’ Riff Tapes) (1:54)
  15. Disposable Heroes (May 1985, Writing in Progress) (4:11)
  16. Battery (May 1985, Writing in Progress) (6:26)
  17. Welcome Home (Sanitarium) (May 1985, Writing in Progress) (6:16)
  18. Disposable Heroes (May 1985, Writing in Progress II) (5:40)
  19. Battery (Early June 1985 Demo) (4:41)
  20. Disposable Heroes (Early June 1985 Demo) (8:38)
  21. Welcome Home (Sanitarium) (Early June 1985 Demo) (5:05)
  22. Master of Puppets (Mid-June 1985, Writing in Progress) (1:31)
  23. Master of Puppets (Mid-June 1985, Writing in Progress II) (12:08)
  24. Master of Puppets (Mid-June 1985 Demo) (8:44)

DISC TWO

  1. Disposable Heroes (Late June 1985 Demo) (8:59)
  2. Battery (Late June 1985 Demo) (4:42)
  3. Welcome Home (Sanitarium) (Late June 1985 Demo) (9:00)
  4. Master of Puppets (Late June 1985 Demo) (8:19)
  5. Damage, Inc. (Late August 1985, Writing in Progress) (2:40)
  6. Leper Messiah (Late August 1985 Demo) (5:34)
  7. Damage, Inc. (Late August 1985 Demo) (4:35)
  8. Leper Messiah (Late August 1985 Demo II) (5:55)
  9. Orion (September 1985 Drum Room Demo) (8:17)
  10. The Thing That Should Not Be (September 1985, Writing in Progress) (4:18)
  11. The Thing That Should Not Be (September 1985 Drum Room Demo) (6:21)
  12. The Money Will Roll Right In (September 1985 Drum Room Jam) (2:50)
  13. The Prince (September 1985 Drum Room Jam) (4:58)
  14. Welcome Home (Sanitarium) (Late 1985 Guitar Solo Outtakes) (1:23)
  15. Orion (Late 1985 Guitar Solo Outtakes) (0:54)
  16. Orion (Late 1985, Kirk & Lars in the Control Room) (1:02)

CD: LIVE AT THE MEADOWLANDS, EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – APRIL 21ST, 1986
Previously Unreleased Soundboard Recording

  1. The Ecstasy of Gold (1:35)
  2. Battery (Live at The Meadowlands, East Rutherford, NJ – April 21st, 1986) (4:40)
  3. Master of Puppets (Live at The Meadowlands, East Rutherford, NJ – April 21st, 1986) (8:42)
  4. For Whom The Bell Tolls (Live at The Meadowlands, East Rutherford, NJ – April 21st, 1986) (4:24)
  5. Ride The Lightning (Live at The Meadowlands, East Rutherford, NJ – April 21st, 1986) (6:33)
  6. Welcome Home (Sanitarium) (Live at The Meadowlands, East Rutherford, NJ – April 21st, 1986 (5:41)
    *Note: The tape ran out before we finished the song.
  7. Seek & Destroy (Live at The Meadowlands, East Rutherford, NJ – April 21st, 1986) (3:50)
    *Note: The recording didn’t begin until we were halfway through the song.
  8. Creeping Death (Live at The Meadowlands, East Rutherford, NJ – April 21st, 1986) (6:47)
  9. Am I Evil? (Live at The Meadowlands, East Rutherford, NJ – April 21st, 1986) (4:13)
  10. Damage, Inc. (Live at The Meadowlands, East Rutherford, NJ – April 21st, 1986) (5:05)

CD: LIVE AT HAMPTON COLISEUM, HAMPTON, VA – AUGUST 3RD, 1986
Previously Unreleased Soundboard Recording

  1. Battery (Live at Hampton Coliseum, Hampton, VA – August 3rd, 1986) (4:26)
  2. Master of Puppets (Live at Hampton Coliseum, Hampton, VA – August 3rd, 1986) (7:59)
  3. For Whom The Bell Tolls (Live at Hampton Coliseum, Hampton, VA – August 3rd, 1986) (5:10)
  4. Bass Solo (Live at Hampton Coliseum, Hampton, VA – August 3rd, 1986) (0:59)
  5. Welcome Home (Sanitarium) (Live at Hampton Coliseum, Hampton, VA – August 3rd, 1986) (9:26)
  6. Seek & Destroy (Live at Hampton Coliseum, Hampton, VA – August 3rd, 1986) (7:50)
  7. Creeping Death (Live at Hampton Coliseum, Hampton, VA – August 3rd, 1986) (8:20)
  8. Am I Evil? (Live at Hampton Coliseum, Hampton, VA – August 3rd, 1986) (3:46)
  9. Damage, Inc. (Live at Hampton Coliseum, Hampton, VA – August 3rd, 1986) (5:56)

CD: JASON’S AUDITION & LIVE AT THE COUNTRY CLUB, RESEDA, CA – NOVEMBER 8TH, 1986
Previously Unreleased Soundboard Recordings

  1. Master of Puppets (Jason’s First Audition) (7:36)
  2. Battery (Jason’s First Audition) (4:13)
  3. Seek & Destroy (Jason’s Second Audition) (6:11)
  4. Creeping Death (Jason’s Second Audition) (5:38)
  5. Fight Fire With Fire (Jason’s Second Audition) (4:03)
  6. Master of Puppets (Live at The Country Club, Reseda, CA – November 8th, 1986) (7:51)
  7. For Whom The Bell Tolls (Live at The Country Club, Reseda, CA – November 8th, 1986) (4:50)
  8. Welcome Home (Sanitarium) (Live at The Country Club, Reseda, CA – November 8th, 1986) (6:04)
  9. Ride The Lightning (Live at The Country Club, Reseda, CA – November 8th, 1986) (6:21)
  10. Guitar Solo (Live at The Country Club, Reseda, CA – November 8th, 1986) (2:30)
  11. Whiplash (Live at The Country Club, Reseda, CA – November 8th, 1986) (4:08)
  12. Seek & Destroy (Live at The Country Club, Reseda, CA – November 8th, 1986) (6:34)
  13. The Four Horsemen (Live at The Country Club, Reseda, CA – November 8th, 1986) (5:03)
  14. Am I Evil? (Live at The Country Club, Reseda, CA – November 8th, 1986) (3:45)
  15. Damage, Inc. (Live at The Country Club, Reseda, CA – November 8th, 1986) (4:39)

CD: LIVE AT GRUGAHALLE, ESSEN, WEST GERMANY – JANUARY 25TH, 1987
Previously Unreleased Soundboard Recording

  1. Master of Puppets (Live at Grugahalle, Essen, West Germany – January 25th, 1987) (4:46)
    *Note: Someone didn’t hit record until we were halfway through the song
  2. For Whom The Bell Tolls (Live at Grugahalle, Essen, West Germany – January 25th, 1987) (4:30)
  3. Welcome Home (Sanitarium) (Live at Grugahalle, Essen, West Germany – January 25th, 1987) (5:49)
  4. Ride The Lightning (Live at Grugahalle, Essen, West Germany – January 25th, 1987) (6:25)
  5. Bass Solo (Live at Grugahalle, Essen, West Germany – January 25th, 1987) (5:06)
  6. Whiplash (Live at Grugahalle, Essen, West Germany – January 25th, 1987) (4:00)
  7. The Thing That Should Not Be (Live at Grugahalle, Essen, West Germany – January 25th, 1987) (5:42)
  8. Creeping Death (Live at Grugahalle, Essen, West Germany – January 25th, 1987) (7:42)
  9. The Four Horsemen (Live at Grugahalle, Essen, West Germany – January 25th, 1987) (4:59)
  10. Guitar Solo (Live at Grugahalle, Essen, West Germany – January 25th, 1987) (2:47)
  11. Am I Evil? (Live at Grugahalle, Essen, West Germany – January 25th, 1987) (3:41)
  12. Damage, Inc. (Live at Grugahalle, Essen, West Germany – January 25th, 1987) (5:10)
  13. Blitzkrieg (Live at Grugahalle, Essen, West Germany – January 25th, 1987) (4:25)

CASSETTE: LIVE AT SOLNAHALLEN, STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN – SEPTEMBER 26TH, 1986
Includes Digital Download (MP3) Card
Fan Recording

SIDE A

  1. The Ecstasy of Gold (1:42)
  2. Battery (Live at Solnahallen, Stockholm, Sweden – September 26th, 1986) (4:27)
  3. Master of Puppets (Live at Solnahallen, Stockholm, Sweden – September 26th, 1986) (7:40)
  4. For Whom The Bell Tolls (Live at Solnahallen, Stockholm, Sweden – September 26th, 1986) (4:20)
  5. Welcome Home (Sanitarium) (Live at Solnahallen, Stockholm, Sweden – September 26th, 1986) (5:52)
  6. Ride The Lightning (Live at Solnahallen, Stockholm, Sweden – September 26th, 1986) (6:12)
  7. (Anesthesia) – Pulling Teeth (Live at Solnahallen, Stockholm, Sweden – September 26th, 1986) (5:11)
  8. Whiplash (Live at Solnahallen, Stockholm, Sweden – September 26th, 1986) (3:45)
  9. The Thing That Should Not Be (Live at Solnahallen, Stockholm, Sweden – September 26th, 1986) (5:58)

SIDE B

  1. Fade To Black (Live at Solnahallen, Stockholm, Sweden – September 26th, 1986) (6:43)
  2. Seek & Destroy (Live at Solnahallen, Stockholm, Sweden – September 26th, 1986) (6:48)
  3. Creeping Death (Live at Solnahallen, Stockholm, Sweden – September 26th, 1986) (7:00)
  4. The Four Horsemen (Live at Solnahallen, Stockholm, Sweden – September 26th, 1986) (4:47)
  5. Guitar Solo (Live at Solnahallen, Stockholm, Sweden – September 26th, 1986) (1:06)
  6. Am I Evil? (Live at Solnahallen, Stockholm, Sweden – September 26th, 1986) (3:35)
  7. Damage, Inc. (Live at Solnahallen, Stockholm, Sweden – September 26th, 1986) (4:36)
  8. Blitzkrieg (Live at Solnahallen, Stockholm, Sweden – September 26th, 1986) (4:05)
  9. Fight Fire With Fire (Live at Solnahallen, Stockholm, Sweden – September 26th, 1986) (4:41)
    *Note: This song was taken from another audience recording of the same gig unearthed in Lars’ vault.

DVD: LIVE & INTERVIEW DVDS

DVD ONE

LIVE AT JOE LOUIS ARENA, DETROIT, MI – APRIL 4TH, 1986
Previously Unreleased except “Creeping Death,” “Am I Evil?” and “Damage, Inc.”

  1. Master of Puppets (Live at Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, MI – April 4th, 1986) (5:57)
    *Note: Filming didn’t begin until after we started playing.
  2. For Whom The Bell Tolls (Live at Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, MI – April 4th, 1986) (4:08)
  3. Ride The Lightning (Live at Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, MI – April 4th, 1986) (7:05)
  4. Welcome Home (Sanitarium) (Live at Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, MI – April 4th, 1986) (10:28)
  5. Seek & Destroy (Live at Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, MI – April 4th, 1986) (6:51)
  6. Creeping Death (Live at Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, MI – April 4th, 1986) (7:59)
  7. Am I Evil? (Live at Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, MI – April 4th, 1986) (3:56)
  8. Damage, Inc. (Live at Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, MI – April 4th, 1986) (5:36)

LIVE AT ROSKILDE FESTIVAL, FESTIVALPLADSEN, ROSKILDE, DENMARK – JULY 6TH, 1986
Previously Unreleased except “(Anesthesia) – Pulling Teeth” & “Welcome Home (Sanitarium)”

  1. The Ecstasy of Gold (Live at Roskilde Festival, Festivalpladsen, Roskilde, Denmark – July 6th, 1986) (1:43)
  2. Battery (Live at Roskilde Festival, Festivalpladsen, Roskilde, Denmark – July 6th, 1986) (4:37)
  3. Master of Puppets (Live at Roskilde Festival, Festivalpladsen, Roskilde, Denmark – July 6th, 1986) (8:24)
  4. For Whom The Bell Tolls (Live at Roskilde Festival, Festivalpladsen, Roskilde, Denmark – July 6th, 1986) (4:12)
  5. Welcome Home (Sanitarium) (Live at Roskilde Festival, Festivalpladsen, Roskilde, Denmark – July 6th, 1986) (6:20)
  6. (Anesthesia) – Pulling Teeth (Live at Roskilde Festival, Festivalpladsen, Roskilde, Denmark – July 6th, 1986) (3:25)
  7. The Four Horsemen (Live at Roskilde Festival, Festivalpladsen, Roskilde, Denmark – July 6th, 1986) (4:59)
  8. Fade To Black (Live at Roskilde Festival, Festivalpladsen, Roskilde, Denmark – July 6th, 1986) (7:25)
  9. Seek & Destroy (Live at Roskilde Festival, Festivalpladsen, Roskilde, Denmark – July 6th, 1986) (3:12)
  10. Creeping Death (Live at Roskilde Festival, Festivalpladsen, Roskilde, Denmark – July 6th, 1986) (6:07)
    *Note: Filming stopped during the encore break.
  11. Am I Evil? (Live at Roskilde Festival, Festivalpladsen, Roskilde, Denmark – July 6th, 1986) (2:09)
    *Note: Filming didn’t begin until after we started playing.
  12. Damage, Inc. (Live at Roskilde Festival, Festivalpladsen, Roskilde, Denmark – July 6th, 1986) (5:26)
  13. Whiplash (Live at Roskilde Festival, Festivalpladsen, Roskilde, Denmark – July 6th, 1986) (4:07)
    *Note: Filming cuts during the guitar solo.

MTV HEAVY METAL MANIA
Excerpts Previously Available on Cliff ‘Em All, All Other Footage Previously Unreleased

  1. Part I (19:03)
  2. Part II (14:16)
  3. Part III (18:16)

DVD TWO

LIVE AT AICHI KINRO KAIKAN, NAGOYA, JAPAN – NOVEMBER 17TH, 1986
Previously Unreleased

  1. Battery (Live at Aichi Kinro Kaikan, Nagoya, Japan – November 17th, 1986) (4:32)
  2. Master of Puppets (Live at Aichi Kinro Kaikan, Nagoya, Japan – November 17th, 1986) (8:10)
  3. For Whom The Bell Tolls (Live at Aichi Kinro Kaikan, Nagoya, Japan – November 17th, 1986) (4:18)
  4. Welcome Home (Sanitarium) (Live at Aichi Kinro Kaikan, Nagoya, Japan – November 17th, 1986) (5:58)
  5. Ride The Lightning (Live at Aichi Kinro Kaikan, Nagoya, Japan – November 17th, 1986) (6:20)
  6. Bass Solo (Live at Aichi Kinro Kaikan, Nagoya, Japan – November 17th, 1986) (3:30)
  7. Whiplash (Live at Aichi Kinro Kaikan, Nagoya, Japan – November 17th, 1986) (3:57)
  8. The Thing That Should Not Be (Live at Aichi Kinro Kaikan, Nagoya, Japan – November 17th, 1986) (6:18)
  9. Fade To Black (Live at Aichi Kinro Kaikan, Nagoya, Japan – November 17th, 1986) (7:17)
  10. Seek & Destroy (Live at Aichi Kinro Kaikan, Nagoya, Japan – November 17th, 1986) (6:02)
  11. Creeping Death (Live at Aichi Kinro Kaikan, Nagoya, Japan – November 17th, 1986) (8:14)
  12. The Four Horsemen (Live at Aichi Kinro Kaikan, Nagoya, Japan – November 17th, 1986) (4:31)
  13. Guitar Solo (Live at Aichi Kinro Kaikan, Nagoya, Japan – November 17th, 1986) (4:09)
  14. Am I Evil? (Live at Aichi Kinro Kaikan, Nagoya, Japan – November 17th, 1986) (3:48)
  15. Damage, Inc. (Live at Aichi Kinro Kaikan, Nagoya, Japan – November 17th, 1986) (5:06)
  16. Fight Fire With Fire (Live at Aichi Kinro Kaikan, Nagoya, Japan – November 17th, 1986) (6:05)

MASA ITO INTERVIEW
Previously Unreleased

  1. Excerpt from “Music Tomato World” (8:13)

MTV NEWS INTERVIEWS
Previously Unreleased

  1. James & Kirk (8:34)
  2. Lars & Jason – Part 1 (17:09)
  3. Lars & Jason – Part 2 (14:15)

REMASTERED 3-CD EXPANDED EDITION

DISC ONE: MASTER OF PUPPETS (REMASTERED)

  1. Battery (Remastered) (5:12)
  2. Master of Puppets (Remastered) (8:35)
  3. The Thing That Should Not Be (Remastered) (6:36)
  4. Welcome Home (Sanitarium) (Remastered) (6:27)
  5. Disposable Heroes (Remastered) (8:16)
  6. Leper Messiah (Remastered) (5:40)
  7. Orion (Remastered) (8:27)
  8. Damage, Inc. (Remastered) (5:32)

DISC TWO: RIFFS, DEMOS, ROUGH MIXES & INTERVIEWS
Previously Unreleased

  1. Battery (Early June 1985 Demo) (4:42)
  2. Master of Puppets (Late June 1985 Demo) (8:21)
  3. The Thing That Should Not Be (September 1985 Drum Room Demo) (6:22)
  4. Welcome Home (Sanitarium) (Late June 1985 Demo) (9:02)
  5. Disposable Heroes (May 1985, Writing in Progress II) (5:42)
  6. Leper Messiah (1985, from James’ Riff Tapes II) (0:56)
  7. Orion (November 1985, Work in Progress Rough Mix) (8:23)
  8. Damage, Inc. (1985, from James’ Riff Tapes) (1:55)
  9. The Money Will Roll Right In (Work in Progress Rough Mix) (2:58)
  10. The Prince (Work in Progress Rough Mix) (4:50)
  11. Metal Madness Magazine Interview with Cliff (19:30)

DISC THREE: LIVE FROM THE DAMAGE, INC. TOUR
Previously Unreleased

  1. Battery (Live at The Meadowlands, East Rutherford, NJ – April 21st, 1986) (4:40)
  2. Master of Puppets (Live at The Meadowlands, East Rutherford, NJ – April 21st, 1986) (8:25)
  3. For Whom The Bell Tolls (Live at Hampton Coliseum, Hampton, VA – August 3rd, 1986) (5:15)
  4. Ride The Lightning (Live at Grugahalle, Essen, West Germany – January 25th, 1987) (6:16)
  5. Welcome Home (Sanitarium) (Live at The Country Club, Reseda, CA – November 8th, 1986) (6:00)
  6. The Thing That Should Not Be (Live at the Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, IL – May 25th, 1986) (6:16)
  7. (Anesthesia) – Pulling Teeth (Live at the Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, IL – May 25th, 1986) (2:58)
  8. Damage, Inc. (Live at the Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, IL – May 25th, 1986) (4:07)
  9. Fade To Black (Fan Recording – Live at Solnahallen, Stockholm, Sweden – September 26th, 1986) (6:33)
  10. Seek & Destroy (Live at The Country Club, Reseda, CA – November 8th, 1986) (6:18)
  11. Creeping Death (Live at the Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, IL – May 25th, 1986) (6:03)
  12. The Four Horsemen (Live at Grugahalle, Essen, West Germany – January 25th, 1987) (5:01)
  13. Am I Evil? (Live at Hampton Coliseum, Hampton, VA – August 3rd, 1986) (3:38)
  14. Whiplash (Live at the Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, IL – May 25th, 1986) (4:44)

REMASTERED VINYL

SIDE ONE

  1. Battery (5:12)
  2. Master of Puppets (8:35)
  3. The Thing That Should Not Be (6:36)
  4. Welcome Home (Sanitarium) (6:27)

SIDE TWO

  1. Disposable Heroes (8:16)
  2. Leper Messiah (5:40)
  3. Orion (8:27)
  4. Damage, Inc. (5:32)

REMASTERED CD

  1. Battery (5:12)
  2. Master of Puppets (8:35)
  3. The Thing That Should Not Be (6:36)
  4. Welcome Home (Sanitarium) (6:27)
  5. Disposable Heroes (8:16)
  6. Leper Messiah (5:40)
  7. Orion (8:27)
  8. Damage, Inc. (5:32)

**Digital Downloads of all editions will be available on release day as well.

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Nino Helfrich To Release ‘Hourglass’ On September 1st

August 28th, 2017
by Celtic Bob

Biography:

Hockey goalies truly are a breed of their own. Being individuals in a team sport, they are often labeled as weird and quirky. A special nature that worked well for Nino Helfrich, not only in sports but also in music. After dropping the hockey stick and picking up the guitar, Helfrich reached a high technical level, thus being completly self-taught.

The release of his debut album “Dead Bodies In Motion” marked the beginning of his solo career in 2016. With his technical yet melodic instrumental music he’s in good company. On the album he collaborated with the US guitar virtuoso Angel Vivaldi, who contributed a guest solo to the song ‘Welcome To the Wasteland’. Following the album, Helfrich played several local instrumental shows and supported the Ukrainian band JINJER in July 2017.

With his second album “Hourglass”, which will be released in September 2017, Helfrich does not only shows his guitar playing, but also introduces vocals to his music for the first time. Therefore, Helfrich collaborated with the well-known guest singers Björn Strid of Soilwork, Chris Clancy of Mutiny Within and Wearing Scars, as well as Christoph Wieczorek of Annisokay.

“Hourglass” Tracklist:

1. Your Own Way (feat. Björn Strid)

2. The End (feat. Chris Clancy)

3. Let Me Sleep (feat. Christoph Wieczorek)

4. Day Of Reckoning (feat. Björn Strid)

5. Hourglass (feat. Chris Clancy)

6. Facing Fear ( feat. Björn Strid)

7. Apocalypse Inside (feat. Chris Clancy)

8. Pull The Trigger (feat. Björn Strid)

Credits:

Produced, written and recorded by Nino Helfrich

Reamping, Mixing, Mastering by Christoph Wieczorek at Sawdust Recordings

Vocals recorded by Björn Strid, Chris Clancy and Christoph Wieczorek

Lyrics written by Jenny Smiles

Website and Social Media Links:

https://www.ninohelfrich.com/home

https://www.facebook.com/NinoHelfrich/

https://www.instagram.com/ninohelfrich/

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WEAPONS OF ANEW To Release “THE COLLISION OF LOVE AND HATE” And Set To Tour America With TESLA

August 28th, 2017
by Celtic Bob

Weapons of Anew, the dynamic new band that features Freddy Ordine, Ray West, Stefan “Reno” Cutrupi, Chris Manfre, and new guitarist Kris Norris will release their debut recording, “The Collision of Love and Hate” on September 15, 2017 on OK Good Records. The quintet will then hit the road with Tesla on September 19, through October 5, 2017.

Weapons of Anew’s debut, “The Collision of Love and Hate” was produced and engineered by James F. Murphy (Havok, Necromancing The Stone, Product of Hate), mixed by Mike Ferretti (Sevendust, Warren Haynes), and mastered by Ted Jensen.

“We are all super excited to have our record coming out and an amazing tour to launch the release,” states an elated Freddy Ordine. “It means the world to us! We have been extremely lucky with touring and getting to open for larger established bands.”

Speaking about the tour, Ray West said,
“I’m very psyched to go out on the Tesla tour. I’ve been a Tesla fan for a long time. I also happen to think Jeff Keith has one of the coolest voices around. For me it’s a real privilege to be playing for their audiences. I have a good feeling we will connect with them. I’m all in, all positive!” Ordine remembered being a kid when Tesla’s “Five Man Acoustic Jam ” came out, “I dug it. So it’s always an honor to be able to tour with an artist I grew up listening to.”

“Playing Rock is a privilege that I don’t take for granted,” says West. “Performing live to an audience is very powerful and humbling at the same time. Fans at our shows can expect the high energy, emotionally charged assault, we have always delivered.” Ordine adds, “A total assault on their senses, full on every night.”

Earlier this year, Weapons of Anew halted their recording sessions to go on tour with Alter Bridge. “When we went out with Alter Bridge, as Weapons of Anew,” states West, “we had never played a live show together before. I think we learned a lot about ourselves as performers and that our music translated well to a live audience.” Ordine states, “We were able to really dial the songs in on the Alter Bridge tour. They are exactly where we wanted them. They are burnt into us all now.” West continues, “Let’s face it, most people don’t go out to see the 1st band on a 3-band bill, so winning people over was our mission. We all worked very hard and as a band we felt it paid off. Audiences were very generous to us, but every fan that talked to us after the shows, asked ‘We really liked you guys, how can I hear more songs? Where can I get the album?’ Now we can say, well it’s right here!”

Weapons of Anew are set to launch their live assault.

Weapons of Anew and Tesla tour dates:

09/19/17 Tue. Santander PAC, Reading, PA
09/20/17 Wed. The Paramount, Huntington, NY
09/22/17 Fri. The National, Richmond, VA
09/23/17 Sat. Eastern Kentucky Expo Center, Pikeville, KY
09/24/17 Sun. Atlanta Symphony Hall, Atlanta, GA
09/27/17 Wed. Parker Playhouse, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
09/29/17 Fri. Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater, FL
09/30/17 Sat. House of Blues, Orlando, FL
10/02/17 Mon. Iron City, Birmingham, AL
10/04/17 Wed. The Criterion, Oklahoma City, OK
10/05/17 Thu. Irving Music Factory, Dallas, TX

Follow Weapons of Anew:

www.weaponsofanew.com
www.facebook.com/Weapons-Of- Anew-446636735528342/
www.twitter.com/Weapons_of_ Anew
www.instagram.com/weapons_of_ anew/
www.youtube.com/channel/ UCbhEMccy7P252i5P27rs_4A

Follow OK!Good Records:
www.okgoodrecords.com
www.facebook.com/okgoodrecords
www.twitter.com/okgoodrecords
www.instagram.com/ okgoodrecords/
www.youtube.com/okgoodtv

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Metal Blade Records – Interview with owner Brian Slagel

August 28th, 2017
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Metal Blade Records has existed since 1982, and without Brian Slagel, the metal scene would be a different one. There was no way to turn down the opportunity to talk to him via Skype, not even being on holidays in the middle of nowhere in France while having a barbecue, this HAD to be done! After a quick unofficial chat about wines, we got the interview started.

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Guitarist Tommy Bolan discusses about Warlock, Triumph and Agony 30’th Anniversary shows and more

August 27th, 2017
by Marko Syrjala

TOMMY BOLAN

Warlock was a German heavy metal band, formed originally in 1982. The band gained popularity and commercial success in Europe in the mid-1980s, due also to the personality and stage presence of female lead vocalist Doro Pesch. Warlock supported on tour successful metal bands, such as Judas Priest and Megadeth and they also performed on some of the biggest metal festivals including Monsters of Rock at Castle Donington in 1986. A couple of months later the band relocated to the US and also went through a few line-up changes. Guitarist Peter Szigeti and bassist Frank Rittel left the band they were replaced by American musicians Tommy Bolan and Tommy Henriksen. The new lineup started working new material with acclaimed producer Joey Balin, and as a result, the band released TRIUMPH AND AGONY (1987) which is still the band’s most successful album to date. Although the album was a big success, there were more changes to come. By the end of the decade, Doro Pesch was the sole original member who remained in the band, and she was forced to change the name to Doro for legal reasons. Doro has continued her successful career as a solo artist, but Warlock has reunited with different lineups for festival appearances and special occasions since 2003, under the name Warlock 1986. In 2017, Doro announced that she’s going to reunite with TRIUMPH AND AGONY era guitarist Tommy Bolan and the band would do a selected shows to celebrate the 30’th Anniversary of the album under the name Doro Pesch’s Warlock. The first show took its place in Swedenrock Festival on June. There I had a pleasure to meet Tommy and discuss all things related to his time with Warlock, reuniting with Doro and his other career steps including working with Richie Ramone. Read on!

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MindMaze – singer Sarah Teets and guitarist Jeff Teets

August 27th, 2017
by Anders Sandvall

Singer Sarah Teets and guitarist Jeff Teets – MindMaze

Interviewed by: Anders Sandvall
Thanks to Emil Westerdahl at Inner Wound Recordings for setting up the interview.
Thanks to Inner Wound Recordings for the promo pictures of the band.
Additional promo pictures taken from the bands website

 

In 2014 MindMaze released their debut album, BACK FROM THE EDGE, and now it’s time for the American to follow up with a brand new concept album, RESOLVE. This interview pretty much continues where the previous one left off. Together with singer Sarah Teets and her brother, guitarist Jeff Teets, we handled the new album, the bands future and everything in between.

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REBEL WIZARD: The Warning Of One Cassette EP From Australian Negative Metal Project Out Now And Streaming Via Prosthetic Records

August 27th, 2017
by EvilG

Stream / Share REBEL WIZARD’s The Warning Of One at THIS LOCATION: https://rebelwizard.bandcamp.com/album/the-warning-of-one

The Warning Of One EP is the latest output from cryptic, negative metal act REBEL WIZARD. Offering up four brand new anti-shamanic anthems The Warning Of One is out now on cassette and digital formats.

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GONE IN APRIL – Featuring Testament/Death Bass Legend Steve Di Giorgio – Releases WW2 Inspired Music Video

August 27th, 2017
by EvilG

GONE IN APRIL, the symphonic melodic death metal ensemble from Canada-USA, releases a WW2 inspired music video for “As Hope Welcomes Death”, filmed and edited by Norwegian artist Thomas Mortveit. The song “As Hope Welcomes Death” is taken from the band’s sophomore album Threads of Existence, recorded at WaveTransform Studio, USA.

The video features the gripping story of a soldier injured at war. At the infirmary, a new battle takes place, where he lies between life and death, both represented by aerial acrobats.

The band features musicians of Testament, Death, Quo Vadis, Märchenbilder and Vivaldi Metal Project and combines elements of symphonic, death, speed and folk metal in a compelling and aggressive blend sure to please a wide audience.

The music video can be watched here:

Threads of Existence can be purchased through the official WaveTransform store at www.wavetransform.com/store-2/ as well as on iTunes.

Tracklist:
1 Dawn of Time
2 The Curtain Will Rise
3 Our Future Line
4 Remember the Days
5 As Hope Welcomes Death
6 Embracing the Light
7 A Million Souls Gather
8 Relentless
9 The Great Contemplation
10 The Will to End a Life

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