A special note from The Shocker:
I’m back, motherfuckers! So yeah, I couldn’t stay away from this shit, so here’s some bits of news from some bands for you to check out and get your face melted. If you’re pissed that you weren’t featured in The Shred Report, don’t bitch to me. It’s because you are lazy bastards that didn’t send us your shit. Don’t make us hunt for news, send the info, motherfuckers! >;)
In this report: (Click on a picture to go straight to news about that band)
Thrashin' pirates Swashbuckle are now working on their third album, which will be titled Crime Always Pays - certainly fitting. Also, the band has heel hauled drummer Captain Crashride and enlisted Bootsman Collins (formerly of We All Have Day Jobs) to take his place on their crew. In honor of the upcoming release (slated for this summer), the banging buccaneers have perhaps taken the title a bit too far by releasing footage of themselves robbing a local liquor store with typically amusing results.
Expect many more hijinks to follow, as the band will hit the road in May for a series of dates with Hypocrisy, Scar Symmetry, Hate, and Blackguard. Says Admiral Nobeard, "It'll be a killer time. Stay Classy, and eat a bowl of fuck .”
Former bassist of Behemoth and Vader has decided to venture back into the underground to do what HE wants. Road’s End is the name of the new project involving Marcin “Novy” Nowak with Kevan Roy and Chris Cannella. They are currently writing material and seeking a 2nd lead guitarist to round out the lineup. Interested parties should contact DesertCore Management & Consulting LLC at email@example.com or call 520-313-6659 for further details. So if you have the balls to jam with someone who has toured the world with a couple of the biggest bands in extreme metal, prove it!
Edges Of Seven, who hail from the frozen ponds up in Canada (eh?), have been on hiatus since November. Wanting to branch out and play a show in Los Angeles, they ran into problems at the border, band members got sick, etc., so Murphy’s Law hit them hard and burned ‘em out. However, sometimes a vacation is all you really need to get the motivation back and it sounds like that has happened here. Reports are in that they are in the process of regrouping.
Slayer will make their triumphant return to the stage following vocalist/bassist Tom Araya's back surgery on May 20th at... Jimmy Kimmel Live. Probably not the most metal or significant place to make said return, but at least it will give American fans (and likely everyone else via the glorious world wide web) a chance to see the band before they head out for six weeks of dates in Europe. Those dates will be followed by six weeks of Canadian Carnage and American Carnage dates with Megadeth and Testament.
Riotgod out of New Jersey (Go Devils!), featuring the rhythm section of Monster Magnet have inked a deal with Metalville Records for release in Europe and the USA. Their music is described as “an explosive mixture of Kyuss, Led Zeppelin meets Deep Purple.” I checked this shit out and I’m diggin’ it, so you should do the same. Save your pennies because their self-titled album comes out this summer.
Legendary Bay Area thrashers Forbidden, newly signed to Nuclear Blast Records, has been hard at work on their first album in over a decade. The band has been giving fans an insight into the sessions with a series of studio blogs and updates documenting the process. This is a current trend that I don't necessarily understand. I'm old school. I like to know when a band starts, when they finish, and when the release is, but I don't need to know the intimate details of the process. I'll admit though it can be interesting to read about how the material came to be and what it's going to sound like. It certainly helps build anticipation. Some excerpts:
Guitarist Craig Locicero on getting started:
|"I can't tell you exactly what we used, but I will give you a short list of the possibilities we had to work with… 2 different Mesa Boogie Dual Rectifiers, Randall Ultra Module, Line6/Bogner 100wt HD, '94 Peavy 5150, '10 EVH 5150 and my original '94 prototype Langner pre-amp! As far as cabs go we had Marshall’s and Randall's stacked out the door. This place has never had that much shit inside of it. Like I said, I won't tell you exactly what I used, but used a combination of 3 amps and 4 cabs and it sounds awesome! Very distinct, clear and crunchy mids. I've never been more stoked about my tones."|
Locicero on new track "Behind the Mask":
|"It is the first collaboration of riffs that [guitarist Steve] Smyth and I put together. It was a dark horse going into the record, but I think it's a really good song. At times it reminds me at times of 'Step By Step' and Russ [Anderson, vocalist] wrote a great melody for it and it has an amazing clean/flamenco section in the middle section after a Steve [Smyth] solo that really shines, very melodic."|
Smyth on nailing a vibe:
|"There is a middle section in this song where the feeling I was after was that of a ship on an ocean, being thrown violently back-and-forth on the sea during a storm. I think we got this sound in the end, so I hope you all will enjoy it. Take some Dramamine before you do! Ha ha!"|
You can read the full blogs for yourself at http://www.myspace.com/forbiddenofficial
Sounds like the guys from The Insurgence, out of Seattle, have been drinking a lot of Starbucks, because they’ve been hard at work, ready to release a new album. They have a new label, Digital Warfare and will release a 14-song enhanced Digipack CD, as well as available for digital download on iTunes, Amazon, yadda yadda. You know the drill.
Hemoptysis, straight out of the PHX (that’s Phoenix, AZ if you didn’t know) has a bit of exciting news. Their video for “Shadow of Death” can be viewed on Fuse OnDemand beginning May 1st. Also, the band’s front man Masaki Murashita has landed the band an endorsement deal from EMG pickups, whose fellow users are Zakk Fucking Wylde, Kerry “Solos? Mehhh” King, and Kirk “OK, who hid my wah pedal” Hammett. And if that wasn’t enough, they will be hitting the studio in June with Grammy Award-winning producer Ryan Greene (Megadeth, NOFX) twisting knobs and pushing faders… well, these days it’s more like clicking a mouse, but I digress. I also noticed they have a show scheduled May 12th with motherfuckin’ Hypocrisy. So head over to their myspace page for details: http://www.myspace.com/hemoptysismetal
As bands from the past continue to reform, regroup, or just keep on going, you had a feeling it was only a matter of time before Accept decided to step back into the arena. Following an absence of over a decade, they have been working hard on a new album, signed a worldwide deal with Nuclear Blast Records and booked a series of dates in the Eastern hemisphere. However, it is all without original vocalist Udo Dirkschneider, who declined to rejoin his former band mates. Stepping into the diminutive front man’s big shoes is former TT Quick vocalist Mark Tornillo. The core songwriting team is still in place, though as their material has historically been written by bassist Peter Baltes and guitarist Wolf Hoffmann along with lyricist Deaffy (a.k.a. Gaby Hoffman, band manager and Wolf's wife.) The new album, Blood of Nations, was recorded with Andy Sneap at the helm, so all the tools seem to be in place for a triumphant return. The big question is whether or not their longtime fans will (ahem) accept the new vocalist.
Hmmm, what‘s that stench, you ask? It’s a Zombie Death Stench coming from Modesto, CA is what that is (insert central valley jokes here). The Stench has recently released their second album on REDRUM Records, entitled The ReDeadening and can be purchased directly from them on their site as well as some new merch coming soon. They have been playing a ton of shows and have been getting airplay on internet stations across the world, including our very own Autopsy Report on RPM-Radio.com.
Denver, CO's Clinging to the Trees of a Forest Fire announced Songs of Ill Hope and Desperation the title of their second album and Prosthetic Records debut, due on June 8th. I don't know about you, but there's a band I'm willing to check out based on their name alone. Their self-described "funeral grind" (too slow for grindcore, too fast for doom) should carry enough weight to grab the attention of many. However, promising their "most dynamic, bleakest, and dirtiest material to date" probably won't mean much to the world at large who likely has never heard them before anyway. The release will be followed by a summer tour with Burials.
OK, so Divinity Destroyed, hailing from Tom’s River (wherever the fuck that is) has disbanded. Well, I’m not quite sure when that happened, because originally their “Last Show” was scheduled for last December, but for reasons beyond their control, had to be postponed. So I guess it took a few months for the “LAST” Last Show to be rescheduled, and it’s coming up May 22nd. However, due to the confusing nature of various reports, I have a feeling that the band is “disbanding” as a publicity stunt, kind of like a furniture store that is “going out of business” only to resurface 2 weeks later under a different name. Will we see the guys from DD… ahhh, double D’s… *looks off into the distance… wait, what was I saying? Oh yeah, will this band resurface with a different name? Or are the rumors true that if you got a Divinity Destroyed tattoo that you are truly fucked? Film at 11!
Tech-death metal outfit Brain Drill are set to release their second full-length Quantum Catastrophe on May 11th. The album marks the recording debut of new members Ivan Munguia (bass) and Ron Casey (drums). The concept behind the album is simple: "universal decimation, pandemic disease, and zombie re-awakenings." Considering that, along with the long-running connection between extreme metal and horror movies, it's absolutely fitting that the band would choose to premier their video for "Beyond Bludgeoned" at horror site Bloody Disgusting. This should prepare you - at least partially - for the mind-melting experience that Quantum Catastrophe promises to be.Buy me a shot! [CLICK HERE]