KAMELOT will embark on its first North American tour in two years, headlining the Pandemonium Over North America Tour, which kicks off September 8th in support of the band’s upcoming ninth studio album Poetry for the Poisoned. Support on the trek will come from Leaves’ Eyes and Blackguard.
As part of the tour, the New York City date at premiere concert and events venue NOKIA Theatre Times Square had been dubbed as the official release party for the album. To celebrate the release, the band and venue will present fans with special first time previews of the new album, a commemorative Poetry for the Poisoned shot glass, and more special events to mark the occasion of their amazing new album.
KAMELOT North American Fall 2010 Tour:
9/08/2010 House Of Blues – Lake Buena Vista, FL
9/10/2010 Progpower USA Festival – Atlanta, GA
9/11/2010 Jaxx Nightclub – Springfield, VA
9/14/2010 The Trocadero – Philadelphia, PA
9/15/2010 Nokia Theatre – New York, NY – RECORD RELEASE SHOW
9/17/2010 The Palladium – Worcester, MA
9/18/2010 Club Soda – Montreal, QC
9/19/2010 The Opera House – Toronto, ON
9/21/2010 Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH
9/22/2010 The Rave – Milwaukee, WI
9/24/2010 Logan Square Auditorium – Chicago, IL
9/25/2010 First Avenue – Minneapolis, MN
9/27/2010 Bluebird Theatre – Denver, CO
9/29/2010 Slim’s – San Francisco, CA
10/01/2010 House of Blues – West Hollywood, CA
10/02/2010 House of Blues – San Diego, CA
One of metal’s most unique, influential and prestigious current acts, KAMELOT are set to release their most insightful and ambitious project to date, Poetry for the Poisoned on September 14th, 2010. On their ninth studio album, founding guitarist Thomas Youngblood and vocalist Roy Khan are joined by drummer Casey Grillo, keyboardist Oliver Palotai, and new bassist Sean Tibbetts to blend the trademark KAMELOT sound with new elements making it the band’s most diverse release to date.
Chicago, IL- August 28, 2010 – Metal giants Zak Stevens, Jon Olivia and Chris Caffery appear together on a track called “Claws,” off the upcoming “Serenity” CD by Rockstar Superstar Project. “Serenity,” which is the first ever music CD recommended by Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselors, has taken nearly two years to complete and is almost here, just in time to kick off National Recovery Month 2010.
“My brother and I were and still are HUGE Savatage fans and we thought it was a no-brainer to invite them to participate on this project. “Savatage is one of those bands that will live on forever in the hearts of metal fans all over the world and what better of a band to perform the heaviest track on the CD?” says Super Star
“Our goal with the CD is to send a strong message that living a life without drugs and alcohol is the only way to achieve your dreams,” said Rock Star. “Since we know there are kids who would rather listen to music than read a book, we are using music to reach them in the language they understand.”
Joining the fight via guest appearances on the CD are music icons including Cherie Currie (RUNAWAYS), Stevie Rachelle, (TUFF), George Lynch (DOKKEN, LYNCH MOB), Chris Caffery (SAVATAGE, TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA), Carlos Cavazo (QUIET RIOT, RATT), Mark Slaughter (SLAUGHTER), Zak Stevens (SAVATAGE, CIRCLE II CIRCLE), Jon Oliva (SAVATAGE, TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA), Bruce Kulick (KISS, UNION), Howard Leese (HEART), Bob Kulick (MEAT LOAF), Lorraine Lewis (ex-FEMME FATALE, ROKTOPUSS), David Schultz (GOO GOO DOLLS, BERLIN), Veronica Freeman (BENEDICTUM), Ted Poley (DANGER DANGER), Todd La Torre (CRIMSON GLORY),and of course Rock Star aka Marc Kancler (Guitars) and Super Star aka Kris Kancler (Drums) and many more.
The Big Four: Live From Sonisphere 2010 DVD Now Available For Pre-Order
METALLICA have issued the following update:
“You may have heard us say something about a DVD at the end of the satellite broadcast or read it in the internet rumor mill . . . it’s true, there will be a DVD Release of the Big 4 show from Sofia, Bulgaria!! We had such an awesome time hanging with ANTHRAX, MEGADETH and SLAYER and the cameras were already rolling, so why not?
Here’s the scoop: The DVD hits the streets on October 15 in Northern Europe, October 18 in most of the rest of the world, October 19 in North America and the full shows from all four bands will be included in the two disc set along with behind the scenes and interview footage. In addition to the two DVD set and the corresponding Blu-ray, there will be a limited edition ‘super deluxe’ box set including the DVD set, five CD’s with ALL the music, a 24 page booklet, a poster, photos of each band, and a Big 4 guitar pick.
The clever title of the DVD is The Big 4 Live From Sofia, Bulgaria (yes, that’s really it!!) and you if you’re interested in the box set, it is currently available in the Metallica Store for pre-order. It is also available for pre-order for Met Club Members over at metclub.com.
All DVD orders placed at the Metallica Store and at metclub.com, including the pre-order of the deluxe box set, will ALSO receive one limited edition, exclusive RED Big 4 guitar pick with one of four different print colors (white, black, silver or gold). This red guitar pick is not available in stores!
To pre-order the deluxe set, click here. It will start shipping on October 15, 2010. To our friends outside of North America, this special box set will be available at your favorite local stores and online retailers as well, should you choose to avoid international shipping charges.”
According to BraveWords.com sources, the Deluxe edition DVD Box set includes five CDs featuring each band’s entire live set:
ANTHRAX – one disc
SLAYER – one disc
MEGADETH – one disc
Metallica – two discs
The Deluxe Edition also features an event poster, posters from each band (four posters) and guitar pick (subject to change). The Box size: 20.5 x 15 x 4cm (subject to change).
The package documents the landmark event where Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax played together for the first time in their history at the Sonisphere Festival at Bemowo Airport in Warsaw, Poland in front of 100,000 fans this past June 16th. The night also featured the legendary jam cover of the DIAMOND HEAD classic ‘Am I Evil?’ by all bands.
The band’s setlists were as follows:
‘For Whom The Bell Tolls’
‘Harvester Of Sorrow’
‘Fade To Black’
‘That Was Just Your Life’
‘Sad But True’
‘Welcome Home (Sanitarium)’
‘All Nightmare Long’
‘Master Of Puppets’
‘Nothing Else Matters’
‘Am I Evil? (with the Big Four)
‘Hit The Lights’
‘Seek and Destroy
‘Holy Wars… The Punishment Due’
‘Take No Prisoners’
‘Poison Was The Cure’
‘Tornado Of Souls’
‘Rust in Peace… Polaris’
‘Symphony Of Destruction’
‘Caught In A Mosh’
‘Got the Time’
‘Only’ (video below!)
‘I Am The Law’
I.N.C. put out two albums in the late 80s on Giant records and played with metal giants such as Pantera, Megadeth and Testament. They are back after 20 years apart and have a new release, please check it out on their Reverbnation page! If you like it, please become a fan, they can use your support!
Having just returned from a successful tour in Europe with Despised Icon including a devastating set at Germany’s Summer Breeze Festival, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER are ready to hit the road again in the US in support of their fourth crushing opus Deflorate. THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER’s headlining tour begins Tuesday September 28 in Columbus, OH at Skully’s and finishes up on Saturday October 16 in Toledo, OH at the Headliners. Support on THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER’s headlining tour comes from label-mates and New Orleans Louisiana natives GOATWHORE, and Riverside County California’s Arkaik. The upcoming headline run marks the last leg of the Deflorate touring cycle; once the band returns home they will begin writing and recording their next full-length album.
Tickets go on sale this weekend. THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER with Goatwhore and Arkaik
09/28 Columbus, OH Skully’s
09/29 Buffalo, NY Mohawk Place
09/30 Brooklyn, NY Europa
10/01 Hartford, CT Webster Underground
10/02 Bucksport, ME The Kave
10/03 Quebec, QC Imperial de Quebec
10/04 Montreal, QC Petit Café
10/05 Ottawa, ON Ritual
10/06 Toronto, ON The Wreck Room
10/07 Lemoyne, PA Championship
10/08 Richmond, VA Canal Club
10/09 Wilmington, NC The Soapbox Laundrolounge
10/10 Charlotte, NC The Casbah
10/12 East St. Louis, MO Pop’s
10/13 Des Moines, IA The Vaudeville Mews
10/14 DeKalb, IL House Café
10/15 Grand Rapids, MI Mixtape Café
10/16 Toledo, OH Headliners
Deflorate, which came out on September 15th 2009, hit the #43 position in Billboard’s Top 200 chart, #5 on Billboard’s Top Independent Albums chart, #4 on Billboard’s Top Hard Music Albums chart, and #50 on HITS Top 50 Albums chart. The carnage didn’t stop here though as THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER’s Deflorate also landed on Canada’s Billboard Charts coming in at #52 in the Top 200 chart, #3 in the Top Independent Albums chart, and #6 in the Top Hard Music Albums chart.
“If nothing else, this is an essential record of 2009, as far as fans of well-written melodic death metal are concerned.” Terrorizer Magazine
“one of America’s best extreme bands.” Revolver Magazine
“a brilliantly orchestrated onslaught of demonic vocals, maniacal percussive explosions, complex and creative rhythms, and face-melting guitar solos.” 4/4 Fangoria.com
“face-searing melodic death metal capable of inducing involuntary spontaneous human combustion” ABC 12 WJRT
“an album that exceeds the accomplishments of previous albums on virtually every level…With Deflorate, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER proves more convincingly than ever that they are one of the top extreme metal acts in the world.” Blabbermouth.net
“Add the studio adventure DVD extra ‘We’re Going Places,’ and you have one of the most satisfying components of Black Dahlia’s murderous catalog.” The Daily News McKeesport
“For any metal lover, this album is absolutely perfect.” KillerTours.com
YORKSHIRE, UK – 2010 marks the 20th anniversary of the UK doom titan, My Dying Bride. To commemorate two decades of doom and gloom, the band embarked upon a project to re-work familiar melodies and themes from My Dying Bride’s extensive catalogue into long, flowing symphonic compositions, including new vocals and passages from vocalist, Aaron Stainthorpe. These arrangements have been brought to life, in cooperation with keyboard maestro Johnny Maudling (of Bal Sagoth fame), and will be released as Evinta this fall on Peaceville Records.
“Evinta, a project almost 15 years in the making, an idea that has sat smouldering and never really had a reason to burn alive until now,” explains guitarist, Andrew Craighan. “Nine albums worth of darkness recreated anew to mark 20 years of MDB. Music arranged to the soundscapes of sorrows past. Finally the 20th anniversary allows us to release this music in a form it has been desperately, woefully waiting for. Enjoy the darkness.”
Evinta will be available as both a two-disc and special three-disc set, each disc its own sprawling classical work spanning a large period of My Dying Bride’s album material. The three-disc set will also be accompanied by a specially limited 72 page hardback book, featuring rare images and photographs from the band’s personal archive from over the years.
To coincide with this 20 year celebration, My Dying Bride will also re-release a vinyl version of one of the band’s most respected early works, Turn Loose the Swans, which will be limited to 2000 numbered copies, and features the original vinyl cover artwork design and gatefold sleeve.
My Dying Bride has been the leading light of doom metal since their debut album, As the Flower Withers, was released on Peaceville Records back in 1992. Influenced by acts such as Celtic Frost and Candlemass, the band’s heavy atmospherics have carved a huge worldwide following over the years and they remain at the pinnacle of the genre.
One of metal’s most intriguing, ominous and immensely talented figures, the mighty Devin Townsend, has been holed up undergoing intense rehearsals as he prepares to embark on a headlining tour for the first time in his solo career. This will be a special evening exploring a 15 year musical journey with Townsend performing songs spanning his entire vast catalog. This tour kicks off on Oct. 8th and either see below or visit www.myspace.com/devintownsenddtb to view the tour itinerary.
Progressive Metal act TesseracT, who are one of the most talked about bands among musicians and tech-heads, thanks to the quintet’s time signatures and musical complexity, will be supporting Devin on all shows. Periphery will be main support on the Springfield, VA, and West Chester, PA dates.
Devin Townsend states: “So it looks like I’ll be seeing some of you on the East Coast as well and I’m very excited! The year has been very cool in terms of getting back out and touring my stuff. The reception overall has been really warm, and those who ‘enjoy my current direction’ seem to be very into it. This American run is just a sign-off for the year while I continue making these two new records. I have a feeling the future holds a lot of touring, so if I don’t see you on this run, I hope to see you in the future (keep in mind that bands have little influence over the towns they play, so it’s nothing personal if we miss yours).
“We’re touring with a cool band named Tesseract, and my band and I have been working hard to learn songs from as many parts of the solo catalog as we can to make it worth your time. We’re in shape and we sound great, so we appreciate you coming and spending a few bucks to get into the show in times like these. Feel free to check out any music online, I don’t frown on downloading, but it’s great if you come out after hearing something you like.
“I’m doing some VIP appearances as well and I’ve got some cool things planned for that. I am stoked to talk with you and see where you’re at. All in all, I love to play, and I think a ripping time is in the cards for these shows. No politics or religion, lets rock!”
Devin Townsend w/TesseracT
October 08th Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theater
October 09th Seattle, WA – Studio Seven
October 10th Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theater
October 12th San Francisco, CA – Slim’s
October 14th Hollywood, CA – Key Club
October 15th San Diego, CA – Ramona Mainstage
October 16th Las Vegas, NV – Cheyenne Saloon
October 26th Springfield, VA – Jaxx Nightclub
October 27th West Chester, PA – The Note
October 28th New York, NY – Blender Theater at The Gramercy
October 29th Worcester, MA – The Palladium Upstairs
October 30th Oneonta, NY – Oneonta Theatre
October 31st Hartford, CT – Webster Underground
November 2nd Montreal, QUE – Foufounes Electriques
November 3rd Toronto, ONT – The Mod Club
November 4th London, ONT – London Music Hall
November 5th Cleveland, OH – Peabody’s Downunder
November 6th Flint, MI – The Machine Shop
November 7th Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall
(New York, NY) — The unstoppable POWERGLOVE have released the morphing album cover and video teaser surrounding their next record “Saturday Morning Apocalypse” which is due out September 28th, 2010. Combining power metal style with nostalgic theme songs of popular 1980’s cartoon theme songs, the band has tapped into the minds of generation X and Y with their most interesting release to date.
“Saturday Morning Apocalypse came out brighter and darker, faster and slower than our previous releases,” says drummer Bassil Silver. This is the band’s first record with eOne Music and this time they’re taking their songs in a new direction. The band had previously stuck to 8 bit Nintendo game theme songs. However, this new release is their take on Saturday morning cartoons and movies that anyone who’s grown up in the 80’s will immediately recognize. Silver concludes with, “No matter what we write, we know all the comments will be about how bizarre we look, how ridiculous this track list is, and the fact that we somehow got Tony Kakko to sing the Pokemon theme for us. We would tell you how clown-rapingly awesome it is, but you can decide that for yourself when the album comes out in September.”
A full track listing of their power metal renditions of 80’s cartoon themes can be found below.
2. Gotta Catch Em All
3. The Real Adventures of Johnny Quest
4. This Is Halloween
7. Inspector Gadget
8. Heffalumps and Woozles (Winnie The Pooh)
9. The Simpsons (Feat. Tony Kakko)
10. The Flinstones
11. Gotta Catch Em All (Feat. Tony Kakko)
“We are POWERGLOVE and we are here to f*ck with your childhood!” proclaims the band at the beginning of their live shows. After finding success mining the brains of the A.D.D. driven video game generation with songs like “Tetris,” POWERGLOVE have set their sights on the inner child in all of us. To this end, the band has set its blasters from stun to kill; it’s target: the world! The band has recently completed two separate, successful, tours with HAMMERFALL and SONATAARTICA. Watch for them this summer as they continue to add dates for video game festivals and live performances.
POWERGLOVE is composed of four battle-hardened rockers out of Boston, MA: Alex Berkson, Bassil Silver-Hajo, Chris Marchiel, and Nick Avila. This band shreds metal renditions of everything from old school 8- bit video game classics to contemporary blockbusters, all with a heavy metal attitude – and there’s nothing you can do to stop them!
To mark the North American release of their twelfth studio album Blood Of The Nations and in celebration of their first U.S. tour in over 14 years, Germany’s metal legends ACCEPT have scheduled an in-store appearance at Vintage Vinyl in Fords, New Jersey, on Sunday, September 26th from 2 – 4 p.m.
ACCEPT will be co-headlining their upcoming tour with King’s X, kicking-off with an appearance at the eleventh annual ProgPower USA festival in Atlanta, Georgia. Confirmed tour dates are:
09/09/2010 ProgPower USA Kick-Off – Atlanta, GA Center Stage **No King’s X**
09/23/2010 The Chance – Poughkeepsie, NY
09/24/2010 Ram’s Head Live – Baltimore, MD
09/25/2010 The Starland Ballroom – Sayreville, NJ
09/26/2010 ***IN-STORE SIGNING AT VINTAGE VINYL*** – Fords, NJ
09/27/2010 B. B. King’s – New York, NY
09/29/2010 Showcase Live – Foxboro, MA
10/01/2010 The Silo – Reading, PA
10/02/2010 The Emerald Theatre – Mt. Clemens, MI
10/08/2010 The Agora Ballroom – Cleveland, OH
10/09/2010 The Arcada Theatre – St. Charles, IL
10/12/2010 House Of Blues – Dallas, TX
10/13/2010 House Of Blues – Houston TX
Additional dates for October & November will be announced soon.
Blood Of The Nations was recorded at Backstage Studio in England with famed producer Andy Sneap (Megadeth, Exodus, Opeth, Arch Enemy) and will be released in North America on September 14th. Exclusive pre-sale bundles can be purchased at the Nuclear Blast Web Store.
ACCEPT’s 2010 line-up includes Wolf Hoffmann on guitar, Peter Baltes on bass, Stefan Schwarzmann on drums, Herman Frank on guitar and Mark Tornillo on vocals.
View footage of Wolf Hoffman & Mark Tornillo on VH1’s “That Metal Show”here. View the video for “Teutonic Terror” – directed and produced by Dave Blass for Grid 41 – here. View the 2-minute behind-the-scenes video here.
International music critics and rock gourmets agree: King’s X is among the most unusual acts in the history of rock music. Their technical skills are above reproach, and their creativity has impressed fans and media alike. Next to Rush, there is currently no other rock trio capable of producing such a dense and at the same time transparent sound. The much anticipated double CD/DVD set, Live Love in London, showcases prime examples of King’s X’s incredible live show of classic groove rock featuring great melodies with vocal harmonies, driving rhythms and tough guitars. The album is set for an Oct. 26th release through InsideOut Music and will be available as a deluxe DVD+2CD edition in a special embossed package, as well as a 2CD set. A standard DVD-only version will also be available exclusively through CMDistro.com.
Live Love in Londonis the first official DVD release by a band renowned for just such a transcendent rock show! The King’s X trio of Ty Tabor (guitars, vocals), Dug Pinnick (bass, vocals) and Jerry Gaskill (drums, vocals) have spanned continents and decades together, honing their craft, welcoming their fans in to experience inspired performances that come from their hearts.
Live Love in London was shot in January of 2009 at the Electric Ballroom in London, UK, because, as Tabor states, “London was the first place that accepted King’s X. It has always been my favorite place to play.” Pinnick recalls, “We were touring the US, playing for very small crowds, then we went to London; it was the Marquee and it was sold out!” Gaskill agrees, “London was the first place to make me feel like we might actually be a valid band.”
The band are also extremely excited to embark on a co-headlining run with metal legends Accept, which kicks off on Sept. 23rd. Either see below or head over now to http://www.kingsxrocks.com/ or http://www.myspace.com/kingsx to view their touring itinerary. Stay tuned in the coming weeks for samples of new music from Live Love in Londonand pre-order package info.
King’s X w/ Accept 9/23 The Chance, Poughkeepsie, NY
9/24 Ram’s Head Live , Baltimore, MD
9/25 The Starland Ballroom , Sayreville, NJ
9/27 B B King’s, New York, NY
9/29 Showcase Live, Foxboro, MA
10/1 The Silo, Reading, PA 10/2 The Emerald Theatre, Mount Clemens, MI
10/6 Scatz, Middleton, WI
10/8 The Agora, Cleveland, OH
10/9 The Arcada , Saint Charles, IL
10/12 House of Blues, Dallas, TX
10/13 House of Blues, Houston, TX
MetalSucks premieres “A Treatise On Control,” the fourth track from black metallers WOE‘s upcoming Quietly, Undramatically full-length. Set for a North American release on October 12, Quietly, Undramatically was recorded at Gradwell House in Haddon Heights, New Jersey with additional tracking completed at frontman Chris Grigg’s BS1 in Philadelphia. The album is the first to feature a full band ensemble comprised of members from Absu, Woods Of Ypres, The Green Evening Requiem, Infernal Stronghold and Rumpelstiltskin Grinder.
To check out“A Treatise On Control,” visit: http://www.metalsucks.net/2010/08/26/exclusive-premiere-woe-a-treatise-on-control/
WOE will celebrate the release with a free performance, along with labelmates KRIEG, at Philadelphia’s Kung Fu Necktie (1248 North Front Street) on October 28. For additional live performances visit the band’s recently redesigned site at:
Underground legends MANIAC BUTCHER have re-formed after a ten-year hiatus and have recorded a new album, released on August 10th, 2010. The full-length is entitled Masakr and is issued on CD and LP by Negative Existence.
MANIAC BUTCHER are the longest-running true black metal band from the Czech Republic. Since the early ’90s, they have maintained their motto of “No keyboards!! No female vocals!! Only pure black metal storm!!” which forged their straightforward and ruthless sound.
Masakr contains six new tracks of orthodox black metal. Raw and heavy guitars pound out riff after riff of furious evil energized by aggressive drumming and completed with a violent wave of harsh vocals that tell the epic tale of Maniac Butcher. The overall sound on Masakr is monstrous. This album is by far the most professionally produced MANIAC BUTCHER album to date yet still captures the raw and underground feeling of previous albums.
MANIAC BUTCHER recorded their new album between March and May of 2010 at three separate studios. Drums were tracked at Aquarium in March, guitars at Bohemian Hell in April, and vocals at Nhaavah in May. The album was mixed at Bohemian Hell.
2010 sees not only a new MANIAC BUTCHER album but also select live performances at underground black metal festivals across Europe. Original members Barbarud and Blasphemer have recruited Coroner on drums (ex-Solfernus, ex-Despise) for the new album and Infernal on guitar (Zlo) and Lord Obst on bass (Hellocaustor) for live performances.
MANIAC BUTCHER have released six full-length albums, two demos, three splits, three live albums, one DVD, two EPs and two “best of” albums. Their discography follows:
Full-lengths: Epitaph – The Final Onslaught of Maniac Butcher, 2000 Invaze, 1999 Cerna Krev, 1998 Krvestreb, 1997 Lucan-antikrist, 1996 Barbarians, 1995
Demos: The Incapable Carrion, 1994 Immortal Death, 1993
Best of/Compilation: The Beast of / A Tribute to Maniac Butcher, 2002
EP: The Beast / Dva tisice let, 2007
DVD: Dead but Live, 2005
Live albums: Live In Germany, 2003 Live In Open Hell, 1999 Live In Annaberg, 1997
MANIAC BUTCHER / INFERNO / SEZARBIL – Proti vsem, 1999
MANIAC BUTCHER / DARK STORM – Black Horns Of Saaz, 1995
Samples of the band’s previous works can be heard from their webpage http://www.maniacbutcher.com/. Samples of the new album will be uploaded soon.
Canadian heavy metal heroes CAULDRON have entered Rogue Studios in the band’s hometown of Toronto to begin recording their new album.
Titled BURNING FORTUNE, the follow-up to CAULDRON’s critically acclaimed 2009 debut album, CHAINED TO THE NITE, is due to be released on Earache Records in early 2011.
CAULDRON frontman JASON DECAY comments prior to entering the studio:
“We finished up pre-production yesterday at the shit factory and now we’re all packed up and ready to load into the Rogue Studios this morning a few blocks away, where we’ll begin work on ‘Burning Fortune’!
“It’s about time, and the nice thing is that we’re actually rehearsed for this album, so we’re pretty excited to get this thing recorded and out there. We’ll also try to do a studio blog update thing to keep you posted on the album progress.”
A snippet from the band’s first blog posting follows:
“Day 1 of recording: Chris and I rode our chariots over to the stewdio at 11am and waited for Jason to roll up in his car with Chris’ drum set and bud Josh for drum assistance. Jason drove by, but with no drum set. Then he left again and came back 20 minutes later with a drum set. Our album’s being recorded by engineer/producer extraordinaire Jameson Elliot, who you may recognize from recording the first 2 Goat Horn albums.
“Uh anyway, we spent most of the first day getting the drums tuned and miked, plus the guitar and bass sounding good. Took a few breaks to eat shitty food from Tim Hortons and then got back to testing levels. Around this time Steve Demise showed up to check out some tunez. The first song we recorded was ‘All or Nothing’. The whole recording will be live off the floor with doubled guitar/solos/vocals done later. So we did a few takes of ‘All or Nothing’ and then took a break and biked over to shitty Pizza Pizza with Demise to order a couple of the cheap 1 topping large pizzas.”
Pierce County authorities say they’ve busted a three-county marijuana-growing operation they believe was led by a Puyallup man who once played bass in a local heavy metal band.
Investigators recently raided a number of homes, businesses and storage units allegedly tied to the operation, finding guns, homemade explosives, drugs and manufacturing equipment, court records show.
They also confiscated a number of assets owned by Stephen Wesley Ungerbuehler, including a boat, a truck, two cars, a motor home, a Harley-Davidson motorcycle and 20 guitars.
Investigators say Ungerbuehler, 41, led the operation from May 2008 until his arrest Monday and used two businesses in Spanaway and Thurston County to sell marijuana.
Prosecutors charged him Wednesday with leading organized crime, unlawfully manufacturing a controlled substance and money laundering. Pleas of not guilty were entered on his behalf.
He’s being held in Pierce County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bail.
Ungerbuehler was known as Steve Unger when he played bass for Metal Church from 2004 to 2009. The group, which formed in 1980 under the name Shrapnel, disbanded last year.
Ungerbuehler’s attorney, Jay Berneburg, said his client “adamantly denies” the allegations against him. Berneburg said Ungerbuehler is a professional musician who travels and has earned his money legitimately through record sales, concerts and other contracts.
“This is another case of the war on drugs run amok,” Berneburg said.
Prosecutors also have charged three others – Barry Louis Goodwin, Zachary James Saiz and Jason Blaine Christopherson. The men were arraigned Wednesday on charges of unlawfully manufacturing a controlled substance, unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and unlawful possession of a controlled substance.
Court documents provide the following information:
Drug-unit deputies were tipped several months ago that Ungerbuehler was operating or financing several marijuana grow operations in homes in Pierce, Thurston and Lewis counties.
They set up surveillance of the homes, storage units and businesses allegedly tied to the operation, including The Detail Shop in Thurston County and Kamel Toe Bar and Grill in Spanaway. Investigators also used a GPS device to track Ungerbuehler’s activities.
Deputies learned Ungerbuehler operated or set up marijuana grow operations for five people. Two of them later told investigators they had been having money trouble, so they agreed to go into business with Ungerbuehler, court records show.
Goodwin, 41, and Saiz, 25, are corporate officers of The Detail Shop. Investigators allege Ungerbuehler provided them with marijuana to sell at the business.
Investigators recently served a search warrant on Goodwin’s and Saiz’s home in Olympia and found 10 pounds of drying marijuana, scales and packaged marijuana ready to be sold, court records show. Three marijuana plants were in the backyard and a cargo trailer – registered to Ungerbuehler and parked on the property – contained 76 knee-high marijuana plants.
At a Spanaway home, investigators located a gun, a half pound of marijuana and a room set up to grow the drug. A woman who lives at the home told deputies she let Ungerbuehler set up a marijuana grow operation in her house. The woman has not been charged in the case.
“He taught her how to tend it, and then he would harvest it and give her money,” charging documents state. “She felt that he wasn’t giving her enough money, so she had him remove the grow.”
Investigators searched a Lewis County home and found rooms in the basement had been set up for a grow operation. The power had been diverted to the basement, and venting and electrical equipment for a large operation was still in place. They found no marijuana.
The tracking device on Ungerbuehler showed he visited the home on a regular basis, court records show, and detectives determined he had been paying rent on the house for about two years.
Deputies searched a second home in Olympia and found more than 100 recently harvested marijuana plants. Christopherson, 25, lived at the home and told investigators he helped Goodwin and Saiz harvest the plants, according to court records.
Investigators recently served warrants at storage units associated with Ungerbuehler.
At one in Rochester, they found homemade explosives “as dangerous as a half stick of dynamite” and equipment for grow operations. Deputies also confiscated seven handguns, nine rifles and six shotguns, court records show.
Deputies who arrested Ungerbuehler at his Puyallup home allegedly found $1,700 cash on him, a gun under his mattress and a small amount of marijuana.
In addition to a number of vehicles, they seized $4,000 cash and assorted electronics worth $10,000, court documents state.
The Sheriff’s Department checked Ungerbuehler’s income record with the Washington State Employment Security Department. The agency said Ungerbuehler reported no wages from the first quarter of 2006 until the first quarter of 2010. The IRS reported that Ungerbuehler had not filed an income tax statement from his business since 1997, according to charging documents.