KILLING MACHINE – the US metal band featuring ex members of Slayer, Testament ,Startovarius and Temple Of Brutality, recently relocated to Europe and have issued an update on preparations for their upcoming European debut. The band are confirmed to play several high profile shows throughout the summer and launches with two shows in France later this month as support to AC / DC.
Having had a few days to settle in to their new European surroundings, guitarist Peter Scheithauer found time to talk about the move saying “We got to our base in France about a week ago and headed straight in to rehearsals. We had a few small problems at first but it’s going really well now and we can’t wait to get out there and play some shows. Since we made the decision to fully concentrate on Killing Machine, we started getting a lot of interest from around Europe. So it made sense to set up base over here rather than going backwards and forwards across the Atlantic. We’ve got some busy times ahead and we’re really looking forward to spreading our metal around Europe.”
On the subject of their upcoming European debut Scheithauer said: “Well it’s taken two albums but we finally get the chance to show our European fans what we are all about. We’ve had many requests to come over in the past but never got round to it. But we’re finally here and what away to kick it all off – supporting AC/DC!!! We’re all hyped up and looking forward to hanging out with the European metalheads.”
KILLING MACHINE, recently confirmed former Evergrey / Stratovarius bass guitarist Jari Kainulainen as a permanent member of the band, are stirring up a lot of interest in Europe having lined up a number of high profile show and festival appearances. More shows are expected to be confirmed imminently.
The bands’ schedule is shaping up as follows:
15 June – Parc Des Sports Charles Ehrmann, Nice, FRANCE www.gdp.fr (supporting AC/DC)
18 June – Stade De France, Paris, FRANCE www.gdp.fr (supporting AC/DC)
26 June – Graspop Metal Meeting, Dessel, BELGIUM www.graspop.be
29 July – Headbangers Open Air, Brande-Hörnerkirchen, near Elmshorn, GERMANY www.headbangers-open-air.de
6 August – Rock Nights Festival, Zarasai, LITHUANIA www.rocknights.lt
7 August – Wacken Open Air, Wacken, GERMANY www.wacken.com
13 August – Bulldog Bash, Long Marston, UK www.bulldogbash.eu
15 August – Bloodstock Open Air, Catton Hall, Derbyshire, UK www.bloodstock.uk.com
KILLING MACHINE current line up is Csaba Zvekan (Sardonyx) – Vocals, Peter Scheithauer (Temple of Brutality / Belladonna) – Guitar, Jari Kainulainen (Evergrey / Stratovarius) – Bass Guitar and Jon Dette (Slayer / Testament) – Drums.
KILLING MACHINE have released two albums, the self titled ‘Killing Machine’ in 2000 via Candlelight Records and the critically acclaimed ‘Metalmorphis’ in 2006 via Mausoleum Records which has been hailed by many as one of the all time classic metal albums. The two albums featured a multitude of musicians including James Rivera (HELSTAR, VICIOUS RUMOURS), Jimmy DeGrasso (Y&T), Juan Garcia (AGENT STEEL), Dave Ellefson (MEGADETH), Stet Howland (WASP), Mike Duda (WASP), Mike Vescara (OBSESSION, LOUDNESS)
KILLING MACHINE: www.killing-machine.com – www.myspace.com/killingmachineusa