KING OF THE KILL, the 1994 album from Canadian melodic thrash metal pioneers ANNIHILATOR, has been reissued and is out now in Europe.
Following the recent release of ANNIHILATOR’s critically acclaimed, self-titled new album, Earache Records is reissuing six albums from the band’s illustrious back-catalogue. KING OF THE KILL is the fourth album in the series to be released, following CARNIVAL DIABLOS, CRITERIA FOR A BLACK WIDOW and WAKING THE FURY.
KING OF THE KILL is available now on CD in a custom slipcase and features two bonus songs and a bonus spoken word track from ANNIHILATOR guitarist and mastermind JEFF WATERS. Also included is a bonus guitar workshop video with JEFF WATERS.
The full KING OF THE KILL track listing is as follows:
01. King Of The Kill
04. Second To None
05. Hell Is A War
08. The Box
09. Bad Child
10. In The Blood
12. Catch The Wind
13. Only Be Lonely *
14. Slates *
15. Words From Jeff Waters *
Symphony X has added April 25 at the Metropolis in Montreal to their growing schedule. Special VIP tickets will be available for Montreal. You gain access 1 hour early to the venue, get a meet/greet with Symphony X and a signed customized poster.
Now officially on sale:
22 NYC Best Buy Theater
25 Montreal Metropolis
10 Los Angeles Wiltern
Poison’s biggest hits and classic concert performances have been gathered for a new 2CD boxed collection to be released November 9 by Capitol/EMI. Nothin’ But A Good Time: The Poison Collection features the band’s most popular hits, including “Every Rose Has Its Thorn,” “Unskinny Bop,” and “Something To Believe In,” as well as roof-raising 1991 concert recordings of “I Want Action,” “Your Mama Don’t Dance,” “Nothin’ But A Good Time,” and many more. The new collection also includes an exclusive, limited edition “Every Rose Has Its Thorn” bandanna and a full-color booklet with band photos.
Since first bursting onto the scene in 1986, Poison has been one of rock’s top acts, with more than 21 million multi-platinum album sales and major sold-out tours. The success of the band’s most recent releases and tours shows that Poison is as potent now, 24 years after the release of their debut album, Look What The Cat Dragged In, as ever.
Poison’s singer Bret Michaels will return to national television this fall with an all-new VH1 series, “Bret Michaels: Life As I Know It,” premiering October 18. The new show follows Bret’s life on the road and also reveals more about his home life than ever before, showing Bret hard at work and play on his sprawling compound where his daughters Raine and Jorja, who affectionately refer to him as “Poppa Rocka,” and their mother, Kristi Gibson, also reside.
The music video from Sweden’s SONIC SYNDICATE for the latest single ‘Turn It Up!’ from the album We Rule the Night has now been leaked onto YouTube and other video resources. Due to the offensive content of the clip it has been taken offline as quickly as it is being uploaded in most places.
After posting the video on their Facebook profile, the social networking group has deleted the band’s account, stating:
Facebook: You posted content that violates Facebook’s Statement of Rights and Responsibilities (this includes any obscene, pornographic, or sexually explicit photos, as well as any photos that depict graphic violence. We also remove content, photo or written, that threatens, intimidates, harasses, or brings unwanted attention or embarrassment to an individual or group of people)
Swedish national newspaper Expressen picked up on the story, posting the following article here.
Frontman Nathan J Boggs comments:
“Our new video entitled ‘Turn It Up’ seems to have been prematurely released all over the world wide web. Within just a few short hours the video spread to a countless number of websites and was banned on 90 % of all websites which include a permanent deletion of our official Facebook page.
When we filmed this video we of course we wanted to make a video that would shock the world and what better way to do it then with sex, drugs, blood and rock and roll!
But, along with the video comes some very strong lyrical content that takes us way deeper then what you’re acutely visualizing in the new video.
We hope that everyone can take one step back and remember that along with a new video comes a new song which indeed has lyrics and meaning,
Sonic Syndicate in no way supports alcohol abuse or drug usage. Turn it Up is no doubt a party song and designed to be the soundtrack to a great night out. However, the lyrics hold a deeper meaning and are based on a true story of a girl who has gone into a downward spiral of addiction and self destruction hurting herself and those around her. We purposely made a video to be entertaining but we also want to highlight these negativities with hopes of making people think before they go to far.”
Kita as a member of LORDI (see below for his unmasked picture)
Finnish heavy metal monsters LORDI have released the following statement:
“It is our unfortunate task to inform that Kita [drums] is no longer a member of LORDI.
“Kita has made a decision to pursue his own career publicly as himself, without his alter ego Kita. This is in direct conflict with one of the cornerstones of LORDI’s image. Therefore it is not possible for him to continue as a member of the band anymore.
“LORDI will continue as always, masked and costumed, consisting of monster personas. Also, the upcoming tour will happen as planned.
“We thank Kita for the years he has been an important part of the band and our successes and wish him all the best in his future.”
STALA & SO. (formerly SO.), the Finnish melodic rock band which features in its ranks Kita (real name: Sampsa Astala) on vocals and ex-LORDI bassist Kalma (real name: Niko Hurme; also known by his current stage name Nick Gore), is competing to represent Finland in the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest. There will be three weekly semifinals in January 2011, each featuring five artists. From every semifinal, three songs will proceed to the final. Finnish broadcasting company YLE will then pick a wild card among those artists who were eliminated in the semifinals to complete the final lineup of ten songs. During the final, three songs will be selected to proceed to the superfinal (to be held on February 12), where the Finnish entry for the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest will be chosen.
Formed in 1997, STALA & SO. consists of the following musicians:
Stala – Vocals
Nick Gore – Bass
Sami J. – Lead Guitar, Backing Vocals
Pate Vaughn – Rhythm Guitar, Backing Vocals
Hank – Drums
STALA & SO.’s new album will see the light of day sometime in early 2011. The CD was created by the power trio of Stala, Sami J. and Nick Gore, with a little help from a few carefully selected “hired guns.”
LORDI won the prestigious 2006 Eurovision Song Contest with the band’s “Hard Rock Hallelujah” anthem. The song swept Eurovision with 292 points, the highest score in the competition’s history.
“Babez For Breakfast”, the fifth studio album from LORDI, sold around 1,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD landed at position No. 43 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.
LORDI’s last album, “Deadache”, opened with 1,700 units back in November 2008 to debut at No. 13 on the Top New Artist Albums chart.
Kita (real name: Sampsa Astala) as the frontman of STALA & SO.
The Master of monster mayhem is back to unleash two new ghoulish delights with the best of Rob Zombie’s psycho-metal music in tow. Rob Zombie – Icon (Geffen/UMe) is a double assault with a 12-track single-CD and 24-track double-CD versions are out in the stores now. Revising as well as updating his previous collections with tracks from his most recent super-smash studio masterpiece album—the Top 10-charting Hellbilly Deluxe 2: Noble Jackals, Penny Dreadfuls And The Systematic Dehumanization Of Cool–the single-CD (exclusive to Walmart) offers an overview of his solo career while the double-CD (exclusive to Best Buy) adds tracks from his seminal days with White Zombie.
Whether it’s the single-CD or double-CD, Rob Zombie – Icon represents the best of rock’s most frightful vision of the dark side. Rob Zombie – Icon is part of the new Icon series of albums from Universal Music Enterprises (UMe) featuring the greatest hits, signature tunes and fan favorites of the most popular artists in music history. With more than 15 million albums sold, 7 Grammy® nominations, the helming of 5 major motion pictures and dozens of music videos under his belt, Rob Zombie is a force to be reckoned with in today’s entertainment landscape. Zombie’s unique meld of horror and hard rock has influenced his sound as a musician and, more recently, his vision as a director and writer.
Showcasing Zombie’s command of the horror movie genre, Zombie’s first film, HOUSE OF 1,000 CORPSES (Lionsgate 2004), became an instant cult classic. In 2005, Zombie assaulted the film world with the critically acclaimed THE DEVIL’S REJECTS (Lionsgate). In 2007, Zombie had a bona fide blockbuster hit with his re-imagining of HALLOWEEN, and his sequel HALLOWEEN 2 (2009) had record-breaking success at the box office as well.
This year, Zombie returns to making music. Zombie enthusiasts can also look forward to the release of the special edition of HELLBILLY DELUXE 2 via new label home Roadrunner/Loud & Proud Records. Set to street on September 28, this deluxe version of HD2 will feature three brand new tracks: “Everything Is Boring,” “Michael” and “Devil’s Hole Girls And The Big Revolution,” as well as a reimagining of “The Man Who Laughs.” In addition, the package will include a brand new video for “Mars Needs Women” (shot during the “Gruesome Twosome” tour with Alice Cooper), a live version of Cooper’s classic “School’s Out” with Cooper on board, and a 30-minute DVD featuring a tour documentary entitled “Transylvanian Transmissions,” along with all-new expanded artwork.
3. Living Dead Girl
4. Feel So Numb
5. Never Gonna Stop (The Red Red Kroovy)
6. Scum Of The Earth
7. House Of 1000 Corpses
8. Foxy Foxy
9. American Witch
10. The Devil’s Rejects
12. Mars Needs Women
1. Thunder Kiss ‘65
2. Black Sunshine
3. Super-Charger Heaven
4. More Human Than Human
5. Feed The Gods
6. The One
7. The Great American Nightmare
10. Living Dead Girl
11. Demonoid Phenomenon
12. Meet The Creeper
1. Feel So Numb
2. Never Gonna Stop (The Red Red Kroovy)
3. Scum Of The Earth
4. House Of 1000 Corpses
5. Foxy Foxy
6. American Witch
7. The Lords Of Salem
8. Let It All Bleed Out
9. The Devil’s Rejects
11. Sick Bubblegum
12. Mars Needs Women
You can call them a longstanding veteran British metal institution, just don’t refer to Tank as NWOBHM. Never resting on their former laurels, the band of Brits have returned, minus one Algy Ward with new album "War Machine" the first new studio record to feature the fantastic pipes of new Tank frontman Doogie White (Rainbow, Yngwie Malmsteen, Praying Mantis). Tank guitarist Cliff Evans recently took the time to chat with Metal-Rules.com and bring us up to speed with the band’s current activities on the frontlines of the heavy metal battlefields.
Guitarist Zakk Wylde has been released from a Nebraska hospital after receiving treatment for a blood clot in his leg.
Thursday night’s (September 30) Black Label Society concert at the Anchor Inn in Omaha, Nebraska and Friday’s show (October 1st) at in Clive, Iowa, have been canceled, but the band plans on finishing the rest of its current “Black Label Berzerkus” tour, according to the group’s publicist.
In a series of messages on his Twitter profile, Wylde wrote about his latest trip to the hospital (edited for clarity), “[I] hung out with the Omaha chapter meet-and-greet [Thursday afternoon] and felt pain in my left thigh. [I] went to [the emergency room] to be on the safe side and [they] told me I had a 12-inch clot from my calf to thigh. That was around 5:00 [p.m.]. [They] did blood work on me and told me my blood was not [in the] therapeutic [range]. Obviously I NEVER CANCEL GIGS so I wanted to do the gig. The doctors said the problem was chances were even higher for the clot going into my lungs/heart/brain and to stay overnight and jack me up with blood thinners and get my blood [up to the] therapeutic [range] like I was previously on the Coumadin. So now it’s two shots a day and Coumadin. Soon the shots will be gone, but [I will have to take] the oral [medications] for the rest of my days. No big deal — just something else to take along with the crack cocaine lite, meth, Viagra, Cialis, steroids, growth hormone, MET-RX, morning-after pill, hair and nail, Joint Fuel, Flintstones chewables [and] Paxil.”
According to the Omaha World-Herald, “Black Label Berzerkus” opening bands Clutch, Chidren Of Bodom and 2 Cents performed their sets at the Anchor Inn, where around 1,500 fans turned up for the show. Those people will be able to attend a rescheduled concert for free. Ticketholders are being asked to hold onto their tickets.
Wylde was first hospitalized with blood clots in August 2009, causing Black Label Society to drop off last year’s “Pedal To The Metal Tour”.
AGOURA HILLS, Calif. – October 1, 2010 – Knoxville, Tennessee’s WHITECHAPEL have just released another track on their MySpace page for fans to stream. The track is Reprogrammed to Hate and features guest vocals by Chino Moreno of the Deftones. Head over to the band’s MySpace page HERE to check out the track now.
Guitarist and founding member Alex Wade comments; “Reprogrammed to Hate is definitely one of my favorite songs on the album. It’s catchy, upbeat, and really heavy. It also features guest vocals from Deftones Vocalist Chino Moreno which really makes the song shine in my opinion.”
WHITECHAPEL hits the road for a headline run starting October 2nd in Ft Lauderdale, FL. Support on the upcoming tour comes from Impending Doom, Miss May I, Oceano, and I Declare War.
WHITECHAPEL Tour w/ Impending Doom, Miss May I, Oceano, I Declare War
10/02 Ft. Lauderdale, FL Culture Room
10/03 St. Petersburg, FL State Theatre
10/04 Jacksonville, FL Rain (Plush Complex)
10/05 Spartanburg, SC Ground Zero
10/06 Charlotte, NC Tremont Music Hall
10/07 Raleigh, NC Volume 11 Tavern
10/08 Norfolk, VA Norva
10/09 Jermyn, PA Eleanor Rigby’s
10/10 Hartford, CT Webster Theater
10/12 Allston, MA Harper’s Ferry
10/13 Poughkeepsie, NY The Loft @ The Chance
10/14 Syracuse, NY Lost Horizon
10/15 Toledo, OH Headliner’s
10/16 Grand Rapids, MI Intersection
10/17 Elgin, IL Mad Maggies
10/19 Milwaukee, WI The Rave
10/20 Sauget, IL Pop’s
10/21 Louisville, KY Headliners Music Hall
10/22 Birmingham, AL Zydeco
10/23 Nashville, TN Rocketown End Tour
10/31 Frisco, TX Dr. Pepper Arena Monster Mosh II Festival
Last but certainly not least, WHITECHAPEL will be filming their second music video for the track Breeding Violence off of A New Era of Corruption, the band’s third full-length release and second for Metal Blade Records.
New York death metal legends, IMMOLATION, offered the following explanation for last nights cancelled performance at the Crazy Donkey in Farmingdale, NY:
“Unfortunately the show at Crazy Donkey had to be cancelled due to the extreme weather expected in Farmingdale. Local authorities advised the club to stay closed as they were expecting extreme weather conditions throughout the night. We were all at the club for about 3 hours waiting to see if the show was going to happen or not. We found out at about 5:30 that it was definitely off.
Ourselves and Vader , as well as the rest of the bands on the tour, were all ready to play and looking forward to the show. We all appreciate the support of the fans and appreciate everyone’s effort to make it out to the club. The cancellation turned out to be so last minute that it was very difficult to get much word out.
Thanks again for all the support and we look forward to playing in our hometown area of NY again very soon!”
IMMOLATION are currently on a North Americanheadlining tour in support of their Nuclear Blast debut, Majesty and Decay.Joining them are Polish death metal tank and label matesVADER, along withABIGAIL WILLIAMS, LECHEROUS NOCTURNE, andPATHOLOGY:
IMMOLATION, VADER, ABIGAIL WILLIAMS, LECHEROUS NOCTURNE, PATHOLOGY
10/1 Providence, RI – Club Hell
10/2 Manchester , NH – Rocko’s
10/3 Montreal, ON – Foufounes Electriques
10/4 Toronto, ON – MOD Club
10/5 Cleveland, OH – Peabody’s
10/6 Detroit, MI – Blondie’s
10/7 Milwaukee, WI – The Rave
10/8 St Paul , MN – Station4
10/10 Seattle, WA – El Corazon
10/11 Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theater
10/12 Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theater
10/13 San Francisco, CA – DNA Lounge
10/14 West Hollywood, CA – The Whiskey
10/15 Santa Ana ,CA – The Galaxy
10/16 Ramona , CA – Ramona Mainstage
10/17 Mesa, AZ – U.B.’s
10/18 Tucson, AZ – The Rock
10/20 Austin, TX – Emo’s
10/21 Houston, TX – The Warsaw
10/22 Tulsa, OK – Marquee
10/23 Louisville, KY – Uncle Pleasants
10/24 Raleigh, NC – Volume 11
10/25 Springfield, VA – Jaxx
10/26 Rochester, NY – Montage Music Hall
10/27 Indianapolis, IN – Emerson Theatre
10/28 Chicago, IL – Reggie’s Rock Club
Reduced service charge tickets will go on sale now through www.Enterthevault.com and at all major ticketing services.
IMMOLATION’s latest release Majesty and Decay was recorded atSound Studios in New York with longtime producer Paul Orofino. Mixing duties were handled this time by Zack Ohren (DECREPIT BIRTH, SUFFOCATION, ALL SHALL PERISH). Cover art was created by Pär Olofsson (THE FACELESS, IMMORTAL, ABYSMAL DAWN). IMMOLATION recently wrapped the “Those Whom The Gods Detest Tour” as direct support to NILE.
Greek metal Gods have announced a one-off London appearance at The Relentless Garage, set for January 7th 2011!
There will be just 20 VIP packages available for this show. Priced at just £45, this will include a ticket for the show, a Firewind t-shirt and a chance to meet and have photos taken with Firewind!
There are also two exclusive Firewind/Gus G giveaways in conjunction with Metal Hammer.
The Oct issue will be offering one lucky fan a chance to win a Blackstar HT5s mini-stack!
The December issue will be giving away an ESP Gus 200 guitar, signed by Gus G!
I’d be grateful if you could add the attached info to your news pages. There are two news items:
YOUR CHANCE TO MEET FIREWIND
GREEK METAL GODS FIREWIND RETURN TO THE UK FOR AN EXCLUSIVE ONE-OFF APPEARANCE AT THE RELENTLESS GARAGE IN LONDON ON JANUARY 7TH 2010!
THIS IS YOUR CHANCE TO PICK UP ONE OF ONLY TWENTY VIP TICKETS FOR THIS VERY SPECIAL SHOW!
THE VIP TICKETS COST JUST £45, WHICH WILL ENTITLE THE LUCKY TICKET HOLDER ENTRANCE TO THE GIG, A ‘FIREWIND’ T-SHIRT AND A CHANCE TO MEET AND HAVE THEIR PHOTO TAKEN WITH THE BAND PRIOR TO THE SHOW!
THERE ARE ONLY TWENTY VIP TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR THIS SHOW, SO GRAB YOUR CHANCE NOW TO BE ONE OF THE LUCKY HANDFULL THAT GET TO MEET GUS G AND THE GUYS IN LONDON!
FOR YOUR CHANCE TO MEET THE BAND & GRAB THIS EXTREMELY LIMITED VIP PACKAGE
‘DAYS OF DEFIANCE’
in LONDON JANUARY 7TH 2011
Following hot on the heels of the release of their acclaimed new album, ‘Days Of Defiance’, Greek metal Gods Firewind head back to the UK for a one-off, exclusive London show at The Relentless Garage!
Firewind, featuring the explosive talents of world renowned guitarist Gus G, return to the UK stage for the first time in more than two years in support of their latest release ‘Days Of Defiance’, a record the critics are calling ‘the album of their career’!
To celebrate the return of the band, Metal Hammer will be running two exclusive Firewind competitions.
In conjunction with Blackstar Amps and Gus G, and to coincide with the launch of the album, Metal Hammer will be giving away a Blackstar HT5s mini stack.
The December issue will feature a chance to win an ESP LTD200 Gus G signature model guitar, signed by Gus G! And if that wasn’t enough the lucky winner will receive their prize from Gus G in person prior to Firewind’s London appearance!
Not only that but there will an extremely limited amount of VIP tickets available which will give the lucky fans a chance to meet the band and receive an exclusive Firewind goodie bag!
NOLA metallers DOWN are set to premiere a brand new track this weekend off of their upcoming October 5th release, the 3 disc (2 CD/1 DVD) set, Diary of a Mad Band. The new live track, ‘Temptation’s Wings’, will debut on the Full Metal Jackie syndicated radio show this weekend. The stations carrying the Full Metal Jackie radio show vary (as do the air times), so please visit this site to find out when ‘Temptation’s Wings’ will debut near you: www.fullmetaljackieradio.com.
DOWN has three Diary of a Mad Band pre-order bundles available for purchase now! All pre-orders include an instant MP3 download of ‘Stone the Crow’ live in Dublin! These packages are a must have for every DOWN fan! Click the links below to be directed to the webstore to purchase your bundle!
Pre-Order Bundle #1 – Diary of a Mad Band 3 disc (2 CD/1 DVD) set – $18
Pre-Order Bundle #2 – Diary of a Mad Band 3 disc (2 CD/1 DVD) set with limited edition pre-order only T-SHIRT – $30
Pre-Order Bundle #3 – Diary of a Mad Band 3 disc (2 CD/1 DVD), limited edition DOWN 3’x 5’ FLAG, limited edition pre-order only T-SHIRT – $45
Diary of a Mad Band features a 17 track, 2 CD full concert, live in London during DOWN’s very first European tour in 2006! The DVD highlights DOWN in the practice room, as well as six blistering weeks of the same European tour, promoted completely by word of mouth. No label, no publicity, just the band jetting off on a plane and setting across the continent. This is the first time DOWN performed on the road in four years, and marked the practical rebirth of NOLA metal. Raw, unseen and uncut, the DVD also features a bonus behind-the-scenes featurette entitled ‘Tyrades and Shananigans’. Plus, witness some of metal’s greatest icons (including Cronos of Venom, Fenriz of Darkthrone, Witchcraft, Alice in Chains, and Satyr and Frost of Satyricon) come out of the underground and pay homage to DOWN. All in all, the DVD includes a staggering 130 minutes of unreleased footage!
DVD: Diary of a Mad Band
w/ BONUS DVD FEATURETTE ‘Tyrades and Shananigans’
1. Lysergic Funeral Procession
3. Losing All
5. New Orleans Is A Dying Whore
6. Ghosts Along The Mississippi
7. Learn From This Mistake
8. Underneath Everything
9. Temptation’s Wings
10. There’s Something On My Side
11. Hail The Leaf
13. The Seed
14. Eyes Of The South
16. Stone The Crows
17. Bury Me In Smoke
2 CD: LIVE IN EUROPE
1. Losing All
3. Lysergic Funeral Procession
5. Temptations Wings
6. Ghosts Along The Mississippi
7. Learn From This Mistake
8. Hail The Leaf
9. New Orleans Is A Dying Whore
10. Lies, I Don’t Know What They Say But…
11. Underneath Everything
12. The Seed
13. Eyes Of The South
15. Stone The Crows
16. Bury Me In Smoke
If that isn’t enough for a rabid fan, a 180 Gram triple vinyl version with a bonus DVD will be available on October 26th! DOWN features the all-star line-up of vocalist Philip Anselmo (Pantera, Arson Anthem), guitarist Pepper Keenan (Corrosion of Conformity), guitarist Kirk Windstein (Crowbar, Kingdom of Sorrow), bassist Rex Brown (Pantera), and drummer Jimmy Bower (Eyehategod, Crowbar). Based in New Orleans, LA, DOWN boasts an intense domestic and international fan base. Their last album, III: Over and Under has scanned over 113,000 copies, and internationally, DOWN has seen staggering sales of over 1 million. Regarded as one of the most explosive live acts of our generation, DOWN is constantly touring the globe. Stay tuned for tour dates in the future!
For more information about DOWN and Diary of a Mad Band, please visit these sites:
The wait is finally over! Starting today, MYSPACE Germany presents the clip to the Monster Magnet smash-hit “Gods and Punks”! It is a visually impressive short-movie that sets a new course far beyond the conventional performance clips. The exclusive premiere will be remain online until Sunday. “Mastermind” will hit the streets at the end of October and after the release, the band will embark on an extensive tour through Europe. All dates are available HERE!
Serving as primer for their forthcoming full length album tentatively scheduled for spring 2011, extreme thrash purveyors EXCRUCIATOR are pleased to announce that their 5 song demo, entitled By the Gates of Flesh will bethe second installment in the HEAVY ARTILLERY WAX MANIAX DEMO SERIES. Strictly limited to 200 hand numbered mini lps and 500 cds, By the Gates of Flesh will be unleashed for pre-sale on Friday October 9th exclusively through the HEAVY ARTILLERY online store at http://store.heavyartillery.us By the Gates of Flesh can be streamed in its entirety at:
Unsatisfied with current trends and the overdone “core” music that was being heard throughout Portland, EXCRUCIATOR was formed to help revive the spirit and values of true heavy metal, thought long-since lost in the Pacific Northwest. Initially starting as a side project, the concept was hatched when guitarist/vocalist Chris Birkle proposed the idea of starting a faster, heavier, traditional metal band to long-time friend and fellow guitarist Josh Kay. The two agreed and during the winter of 2008 convinced the destroyer of strings, Craig Bridenbeck, to join on bass. Not content to sit idle while searching for a drummer, the trio began writing original material and recorded a rough one song demo using a drum machine. The demo reached the ears of drummer Marcus Hartford who quickly convinced the band with his thunderous beats that he was the right man for the job. The four found instantaneous cohesion and continued writing new material while rehearsing frequently.
Within a few months EXCRUCIATOR had built a solid repertoire of original songs and by the summer of 2009 the band entered the studio to record their first proper demo. The eight-track demo quickly gained favor amongst the Portland metal crowd and this growing notoriety allowed the four to acquire gigs with national acts such acts as Forbidden, Cauldron, Enforcer, and Witchaven amongst others. Eventually, the band’s hard work and networking allowed for them to be heard and ultimately signed by New York-based HEAVY ARTILLERY RECORDS, who upon hearing the band, were immediately convinced that what EXCRUCIATOR had to offer was a cut above the throng of young traditional metal acts surfacing in recent times. Eager to prove their mettle to the masses, EXCRUCIATOR is currently writing all new material for their full-length debut album, tentatively scheduled for release during spring 2011.