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.
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.
Tankcrimes‘ Brainsqueeze 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 BandcampPage soon. Ticket info, schedule and further info to be announced shortly.
Tankcrimes Records is pleased to welcome BAT to their roster of audio decadence. An unholy union of MUNICIPAL WASTE guitarist Ryan Waste on bass/vocals, former DRI drummer Felix Griffin and VOLTURE guitarist Nick Poulos, the Virginia/Texas punk metal marauders invoke the spirits of VENOM, HELLHAMMER, MOTORHEAD, and DISCHARGE with their Primitive Age demo EP.
BAT was forged in fire when Ryan Waste met Griffin in Austin at a MUNICIPAL WASTE gig in 2007. Sharing the same musical tastes and metal/punk backgrounds, the two immediately hit it off. Griffin hadn’t performed with DRI since the late eighties and itched to play again. “We eventually spoke of doing a project together,” relays Ryan. “Originally I was going to play all the guitars, bass and vocals and it would be a studio thing. We sat on this idea for years and humored it every time I’d pass through Texas. It seemed too exciting to not make this a real live band so I asked Nick from our current heavy metal band VOLTURE if he wanted on board as a permanent guitarist and it was a done deal. I would have my hands full singing and playing bass as it was.” BAT, which was the original working title before VOLTURE, seemed to suite the style they were going for so it stuck. “Nick and I cooked up a few raw demo songs, I laid down some basic garage band drums and we sent the tracks to Felix. With Felix living in Austin and Nick and I in Richmond, Virginia, it had to be arranged like that to start. Over this last summer Felix flew in town for a week and we banged out those songs with live drums and wrote a couple more on the fly. With only a few practices under our belts we recorded all the music in one day on reel-to-reel analog tape. It was a challenge to not over analyze and nail down all live takes. It was indeed primitive. We wanted a raw sound to begin with and this turned out to be the ultimate way to achieve it.”
The Primitive Age EP is available as a “Pay-What-You-Want-Including-Free” download at the official BAT BandCamp page here. Tankcrimes is also offering a “Primitive Pack” preorder bundle which includes a double sided T-shirt, embroidered patch, die-cut sticker and cassette tape all for a thrifty $20 plus shipping. Nab your bundle today at this location.
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 Zeroand Splatterthrash. CANNABIS 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.
Tankcrimes is very pleased to announce the release of a split 12″ between the Bay Area’s favorite gore-sworn death metal deviants EXHUMED and Virginia hardcore thrashbangers, IRON REAGAN, who feature within their crossover ranks Tony Foresta (MUNICIPAL WASTE) and LandPhil Hall (MUNICIPAL WASTE/CANNABIS CORPSE).
The split will offer up a total of eight tracks, two of which find EXHUMED delivering soul-smearing covers of MINOR THREAT‘s “Seeing Red” and NEGATIVE APPROACH‘s “Ready To Fight.”
The EXHUMED/IRON REAGAN split 12″ will be unleashed January 7, 2014. Further info, including preorders and track teasers, to follow.
EXHUMED/IRON REAGAN Split 12″ track listing:
Side A – EXHUMED
2. “Dead to the World”
3. “Seeing Red”
4. “Ready to Fight”
Side B – IRON REAGAN
5. “Life Beater”
6. “Gave Up on Giving a Fuck”
7. “Mini Lights”
8. “Holy Water Makes Me Wet“
Crossover beasts, IRON REAGAN, have just posted their new music video for “Cycle of Violence.” The song comes off their debut full-length, Worse Than Dead,on A389 and Magic Bullet Records released earlier this year.
The band has also announced a massive fall tour with GWAR, WHITECHAPEL and BAND OF ORCS that starts October 2nd and sees them playing throughout North America until November 17th. Dates can be found here. Not a band to stay quiet, IRON REAGAN will hit the road again in December for a week of tour dates with POWER TRIP and MAMMOTH GRINDER.
Richmond, VA’s hardcore/thrash hybrid IRON REAGAN have announced a slew of new tour dates starting June 27th on both the East and West Coast. Tourmates include DROP DEAD, WHIPLASH, WITCHHAVEN, GWAR, HATEBREED and MEAN JEANS among others.
Their debut full-length Worse Than Dead was released earlier this year on A389 and Magic Bullet Records. Check out our review of one of the best albums of the year.
IRON REAGAN is also debuting a brand-new line-up for this tour with original members Tony Foresta and Phil “Landphil” Hall of MUNICIPAL WASTE and drummer Ryan Parrish (ex-DARKEST HOUR) joined by Mark Bronzino (ANS, BIG EYES, KICKING SPIT) on second guitar and Rob Skotis (HELLBEAR) on bass.
6/27 – Richmond, VA @ Punk Hause
6/28 – Brooklyn, NY @ The Acheron
6/29 – Philadelphia, PA @ Blow the Scene! Fest
7/02 – Tempe, AZ @ Cantina
7/03 – Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory
7/04 – San Diego, CA @ The Yard
7/05 – Los Angeles, CA @ Whiskey A Go Go
7/06 – Oakland, CA @ Oakland Metro
7/07 – Oakland, CA @ Eli’s Mile HIgh Club
9/11 – Lexington, KY @ Busters
9/12 – Indianapolis, IN @ The Vogue
9/13 – Baltimore, MD
9/14 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Smalls
9/15 – Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
Crossover bands have always been in short supply so we are all blessed to have IRON REAGAN‘s debut full-length, Worse Than Dead. Composed of one half MUNICIPAL WASTE and one half ex-DARKEST HOUR members, the band tear through 19 raging tracks.
You may ask, “Well, isn’t MUNICIPAL WASTE a cross over band? What’s the difference? Why should we care?” Yes, you have THE WASTE‘s Tony Foresta on vocals and LandPhil Hall on bass. However, IRON REAGAN do not incorporate melodies, overt SLAYER influences, or party themes. Additionally, the sound, lyrics, band name, and artwork are focused more on early 80′s prototypical hardcore themes and style. And no, this isn’t some heartless, fake attempt at being retro.
Worse Than Dead includes two tracks from the band’s four-song demo alongside 17 new tracks. The bottom line is that every song rules. Tons of energy, hooks, beefy riffs, and perfect production. Don’t be a fool and gloss over IRON REAGAN as being a “mere side project.” This is the real shit. (Magic Bullet Records/A389 Records)
MUNICIPAL WASTE have a brand new video for “Repossession” in which the band take on the role of repo men. The song comes off the band’s latest record, The Fatal Feast. Check out our review if you haven’t already.
What can I say? THE WASTE have done it again with The Fatal Feast – Waste in Space and then some. Now five full length releases into their career and it’s safe to say that the band continue to hone their talents. Picking up where their the aptly titled Massive Aggressive left off, The Fatal Feast is ferocious and crunchy exercise in crossover mastery.
As with any MUNICIPAL WASTE release, the songs shift in varying degrees between different influences within the crossover spectrum such as brutal thrash, chugging hardcore, and melodic punk. However, one major note is how THE WASTE have upped the ante in the prime riffing department as these riffs are just so damn satisfying and rank up there with the band’s best. The other major characterstic that stands out is how the band’s has continued to improve in the songwriting department. Of course the aggression, speed, and heaviness are there but the subtle nuances in the song structures to mix things up and add flavor and charisma are the real keys.
While every member of THE WASTE lays downs excellent performances, unheralded drumgod Dave Witte‘s performance is the star. Where other drummers would simply stick the standard beats and fills, Dave adds his style and spice that helps the band surpass the majority. His hyper fast fills and cymbal work are to be appreciated.
And despite the fact the band are often associated with the retro-thrash trend, there is nothing rehashed, dishonest, or tired sounding about The Fatal Feast. This is the sound of a band enjoying the prime of their creativity. (Nuclear Blast Records)