INSECT WARFARE – World Extermination (Reissue)

Originally released some two years ago on 625 Thrashcore, the band was picking up some speed in the underground before unfortunately throwing in the towel. But thanks to reissue kings Earache Records, World Extermination is back in circulation offering up 20 tracks of fast, explosive grindcore. With subtle and not-so-subtle nods at grind legends NAPALM DEATH, TERRORIZER, PHOBIA, and some EXCRUCIATING TERROR and EXTREME NOISE TERROR thrown in for good measure, the LP is a text book excursion into quality hate-filled grind the way it was meant to be. Everything is quick, relentless, and unapologetic, yet not without significant song structure. There’s enough dirt for the crusties, but enough clarity and efficiency for the metal heads. As far as reissues go, there’s nary a bonus track to be found, so if you were down with INSECT WARFARE prior to 2009, there’s really no reason to pick this up. But for the rest of you snoozing on the job, INSECT WARFARE‘s World Extermination isn’t a recommended purchase, but a mandatory one as it may be a while before a grind release this awesome comes down the pike again. (Earache Records)

AMON AMARTH to Reissue The Avenger as a 2-Disc Set

Following the successful reissue of Once Sent from the Golden Hall, AMON AMARTH will be reissuing The Avenger as a 2-disc, deluxe, digipak set on May 26.  Disc one features the entire The Avenger album, re-mastered, plus the bonus track “Thor Arise.” Disc two features the live recording of the show AMON AMARTH played on December 29, 2008 in Bochum, Germany where they played the album in its entirety. The order of songs is the same as on disc one (excluding “Thor Arise“). This re-issue also features new liner notes by singer Johan Hegg and tons of photos.

The Avenger track listing:

Disc 01
1. “Bleed For Ancient Gods
2. “The Last With Pagan Blood
3. “North Sea Storm
4. “Avenger
5. “God, His Son And Holy Whore
6. “Metalwrath
7. “Legend Of A Banished Man
8. “Thor Arise” (bonus track)

Disc 02 (Live)
1. “Bleed For Ancient Gods
2. “The Last With Pagan Blood
3. “North Sea Storm
4. “Avenger
5. “God, His Son And Holy Whore
6. “Metalwrath
7. “Legend Of A Banished Man

Earache to Reissue GODFLESH’s Songs of Love and Hate and Love and Hate in Dub as One Set

The Earache Records reissuing machine is chugging along as the label are reissuing a pair of GODFLESH releases, Songs of Love and Hate (1996) and it’s accompanying remix album, Love and Hate in Dub (1997).  The two albums will be combined into one set along with an also out-of-print In All Languages DVD, featuring all of the band’s promotional music videos.  The mega CD/DVD set will be sold for the price of one regular CD from the Earache European Webstore: http://www.earacheshop.com/store/godflesh.html

TESTAMENT: Vinyl Reissues of Demonic & The Gathering

Legendary thrashers, TESTAMENT, will be reissuing two albums, Demonic (1997) and The Gathering (1999) on gatefold double vinyl through Prosthetic Records on Februrary 3rd. Each will feature etched artwork on Side D and be limited to 1,000 copies worldwide. Additionally, 100 copies of Demonic will feature red vinyl, while 100 copies of The Gathering will feature gold vinyl.

Pre-orders can be made at http://store.prostheticrecords.com.

TESTAMENT – Demonic (reissue)

It’s hard to believe that TESTAMENT‘s Demonic is over a decade old, but after a short spell of being out of print, the crew at Prosthetic has wisely chosen to keep the album alive and available for the masses. Originally planned as a death metal side project called “DOG FACED GODS” based on a track from the band’s previous album Low, Demonic was nonetheless released under the TESTAMENT name, assembled by mainmen Chuck Billy and Eric Petersen following the departure of much of the band’s lineup from Low. “Demonic Refusal” kicks things off with an atom bomb of heaviness with Chuck‘s deep growling delivery offering a new menace to his vocals. It unleashes a band light years away from the safer, more melodic textures found on The Ritual. After a strong opening, the band keeps the momentum rolling with the driving punch of “The Burning Times” and “Together as One” driven by Eric Petersen‘s extra crunchy riffs complimented nicely by guest drummer Gene Hoglan‘s hammering beats. “John Doe” on the other hand, sees the band shift comfortably in to a half-time shuffle, grooving like no tomorrow while still maintaining its thunderous delivery. This continues throughout the album well in to the final closing track, “Nostrovia.” Overall, Demonic can be seen as somewhat of an oddity in the TESTAMENT catalog, with little of the melody and hooks found on earlier classics such as The New Order and Practice What You Preach. On the other hand, Demonic was TESTAMENT‘s heaviest, bludgeoning record to date, trading off melody for sheer force. It replaced shredding guitar solos with thick, heavy grooves creating a more rhythm based album. Over ten years later, Demonic still remains an audio force and holds up considerably well against most of what today’s metal has to offer. The folks at Prosthetic must have realized this as only the album cover was changed (inexplicably the original with nails driven into the skull is harsher than the new cover), and there are no bonus tracks or enhancements. As such, fans who own the original will have little reason to purchase this reissue, but for those who missed out the first time, now is the time to pick up this must own disc. (Prosthetic Records)

Prosthetic Records to Reissue Two TESTAMENT Albums

Prosthetic Records is proud to announce reissues from Bay Area metal legends, TESTAMENT. Both to feature new liner notes, 1997’s Demonic was remastered and 1999’s The Gathering will include the previously only available in Japan, “Hammer Of The Gods.” Both will see a worldwide release through the label on Jan. 8, 2008. Previously released through Spitfire Records and currently out of print, both records are a welcome addition to the Prosthetic Records catalog.

PITCH SHIFTER Classic Infotainment? to Be Reissued Sept. 24th

The long out-of-print 1996 breakthrough album from UK deviants PITCH SHIFTER, Infotainment?, is to be made available again on September 24 via Earache Records.

Marking the band’s evolution from underground notables to mainstream success, Infotainment? perfected the PITCH SHIFTER sound, merging a caustic industrial backbone with a growing interest with drum ‘n bass and techno influences. Tracks like “Underachiever” and “Virus” connected with rock fans of all persuasions and paved the way for even greater success, as the band went on to record major label records for both Geffen and MCA, with much commercial and critical acclaim.

Infotainment? was produced by Simon Efemey who also worked with UK rock giants PARADISE LOST, THE WILDHEARTS and NAPALM DEATH. Members of the band recently resurfaced with the THIS IS MENACE project featuring a variety of guests including Matt Davies from FUNERAL FOR A FRIEND, Jeff Walker of CARCASS and Casey Chaos of AMEN and SCUM.

PITCH SHIFTER, since known as PITCHSHIFTER (one word), have recently announced some UK headline shows as follows:

October 12 – London Astoria
October 13 – Nottingham Rock City

BOTCH Working on Reissue of American Nervoso

The now defunct BOTCH is currently working on the reissue of their classic, American Nervoso. Here what the band had to say via their myspace page:

BOTCH are currently in the studio remixing American Nervoso. we’re gonna rerelease it with a bunch of extras (demos, extended versions of a couple of songs, the two opening measures of “hives” that accidentaly got clipped off in the original mastering, etc…). it’ll be out early next year.

“oh, and we all thought this was hilarious: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ZiaAKTgNn0