Crossover Kings IRON REAGAN Sign to Relapse Records

Relapse Records has announced the signing of Richmond, VA hardcore thrash supergroup, IRON REAGAN. Consisting of current and former members of MUNICIPAL WASTE, CANNABIS CORPSE, DARKEST HOUR, MAMMOTH GRINDER, SUPPRESION and more, IRON REAGAN formed in 2012 and consists of Tony Foresta – vocals, Phil Hall (AKA Landphil) – guitar, Mark Bronzino – guitar, Rob Skotis – bass, and Ryan Parrish – drums.

The group is currently in the midst of recording their highly anticipated sophomore full-length with guitarist Phil Hall at Blaze of Torment Studios in Richmond, VA and will be self-producing the record before sending it off for mixing with CONVERGE’s Kurt Ballou.  A fall release is expected via Relapse Records.  Vocalist Tony Foresta commented on the signing and the new material:

“I’ve always wanted to work with Relapse for years. Their reputaion of releasing so much great underground music speaks for itself. We are all extremely excited about signing with Relapse and putting out this rager of an upcoming record. Having Kurt Ballou on board mixing is just the icing on he cake. We are about 75% done tracking the record here with Phil in Richmond and between this and the rad tours we have coming up its looking to be a very exciting year. I couldnt think of a better label to put this record out on and am really looking forward to a long future with Relapse.”

Additionally, the band is currently on a seven week run that will take them to SXSW and back and includes dates with OCCULTIST and GHOUL.  A complete list of tour dates can be found here.

Metal Meets Cats in New Book

It was inevitable.  The worlds of metal and people who love cats have finally converged in a new book, Metal Cats.  The book features photos of musicians, fans, and promoters of metal with their cats, including members of ISIS, AKIMBO, GHOUL, LUDICRA, EXHUMED, MORBID ANGEL, MUNICIPAL WASTE, NAUSEA, PHOBIA, and NAPALM DEATH.

A portion of the proceeds from this book and a series of benefit shows held along the West Coast will go towards one no-kill shelter in each of the four main cities visited.

Photographer Alexandra Crockett had the idea to give accolades to local musicians and artists in the metal scene, while also bringing to light no-kill shelters and their importance for animal rights.

Pre-order the book at Amazon.com.

Tankcrimes Records Announces Brainsqueeze II in Oakland, California

The maniacs at Oakland’s Tankcrimes Records are pleased to announce details of this year’s Brainsqueeze II Fest. Set to take place April 18th and 19th at the Oakland Metro and April 20th at Eli’s Mile High Club, which will include BBQ and an Andrei Bouzikov art show, the mammoth event features more than a dozen choice bands including MUNICIPAL WASTE, FINAL CONFLICT, and GHOUL as well as  new Tankcrimes releases to be revealed soon.

TankcrimesBrainsqueeze II Fest Lineup:
MUNICIPAL WASTE
FINAL CONFLICT
GHOUL
NEGATIVE APPROACH
FUCKED UP
CANNABIS CORPSE
IMPALED
THE SHRINE
IRON REAGAN
BAT
BRAINOIL
KICKER
CONQUEST FOR DEATH
FUCKTARD
DENY THE CROSS
CONNOISSEUR

A special digital fest-only compilation featuring numbers from the entire lineup will be available via the Tankcrimes Bandcamp Page soon. Ticket info, schedule and further info to be announced shortly.

GHOUL and CANNABIS CORPSE to Release Splatterhash Split Via Tankcrimes

On January 7,2014, the good folks at Tankcrimes will release a GHOUL and CANNABIS CORPSE split fittingly dubbed Splatterhash.

Featuring four tracks of rabid, brutalic insanity, the Splatterhash split will be unleashed via 12″, CD and digital download. For their portion of the split, GHOUL returned to Earhammer Studios in Oakland, California where they recorded both Transmission Zero and SplatterthrashCANNABIS CORPSE recorded at bassist/vocalist Land Phil‘s own Blaze of Torment Studios in Richmond, Virginia. The split was mastered by Dan Randall at Mammoth Sound in Santa Cruz, California and features cover art by Andrei Bouzikov. The release marks the first CANNABIS CORPSE material to feature Land Phil on vocals and Brent Purgason (GWAR) on lead guitar.

Both bands’ entire catalogs can be streamed (and purchased) via the Tankcrimes BandCamp page.

MUNICIPAL WASTE Schedule Los Angeles Eating Contest

In support of their upcoming album The Fatal Feast, crossover kings MUNICIPAL WASTE have teamed up with L.A.’s Grill ‘Em All Truck for an exclusive burger eating contest and autograph session.

Fans are invited to this one-of-a-kind “Meet & Eat” taking place in the Los Angeles area on Friday, February 17th.  For details, view the online flier here.

The Fatal Feast is due out in North America on April 10th.

MUNICIPAL WASTE will be direct support to GWAR on the “Return Of The World Maggot” tour with guests GHOUL and LEGACY OF DISORDER.  Tour dates can be found here.