Pulverised Signs Thrash Supergroup MEMORAIN

Pulverised Records is proud to announce the addition of MEMORAIN to their growing roster of brutality. The thrash metal supergroup, founded by guitarist Ilias Papadakis, formed in 1999 and currently features: Gene Hoglan (FEAR FACTORY), Steve Digiorgio (SADUS), Ralph Santolla (OBITUARY) and Chris Valagao (ZIMMERS HOLE). Guest musicians on previous offerings have included Nick Menza (ex-MEGADETH) and James Murphy.

The band recently completed work on the fourth full-length, Evolution. Further details and artwork to be revealed soon.

Commented Papadakis of the signing: “I’m really happy with the way things are going! Pulverised Records is the new home of MEMORAIN and I’m sure that with their experience they will do an amazing job with our new album! On Evolution, we have succeeded to combine oldschool thrash metal, with a modern touch. Fast and aggressive, but at the same time, melodic with powerful. I’m sure that Evolution will satisfy the appetite of the diehard fans of thrash metal! I can’t wait to perform this material live!”

http://www.myspace.com/memorain

SIGH Set Release Date for VENOM Tribute Album; North American Tour

Japan’s SIGH will be releasing their limited edition A Tribute to Venom album (cover art) on September 2nd via The End Records.  Limited to one pressing, the album will released in a special collectible packaging (LP w/ etching + CD).  The six-song tribute to legendary black metal band VENOM will feature the bass work of Dan Lilker (BRUTAL TRUTH, NUCLEAR ASSAULT) and Shane Embury (NAPALM DEATH, VENOMOUS CONCEPT).

A Tribute to Venom track listing:
1. “Black Metal
2. “Schizo
3. “Die Hard
4. “Countess Bathory
5. “Teacher’s Pet
6. “Witching Hour

SIGH will also be embarking on their first-ever extended North American headlining tour this September with ZIMMERS HOLE and UNEXPECT.  Here is a list of tour dates:

09/06/08 Sat @ Jumping Turtle – San Marcos, CA
09/07/08 Sun @ Chain Reaction – Anaheim, CA
09/08/08 Mon @ Knitting Factory – Hollywood, CA
09/09/08 Tue @ The Clubhouse – Tempe, AZ
09/10/08 Wed @ Gators – Farmington, NM
09/11/08 Thu @ Lola’s – Ft Worth, TX
09/12/08 Fri @ White Rabbit – San Antonio, TX
09/13/08 Sat @ Meridian – Houston, TX
09/14/08 Sun @ The Muse – Nashville, TN
09/15/08 Mon @ Jaxx – West Springfield, VA
09/16/08 Tue @ B.B. Kings Blues Club – New York City, NY
09/17/08 wed @ FouFounes – Montreal, ON (UNEXPECT not playing this show)
09/18/08 Thu @ Jubilee Centre – Sudbury, ON
09/19/08 Fri @ Wreck Room Toronto – ON
09/20/08 Sat @ Peabody’s DownUnder – Cleveland, OH
09/21/08 Sun @ The Pearl Room – Mokena, IL
09/22/08 Mon @ 4th St Station – St Paul, MN

SIGH Records VENOM Tribute Album; Working on Eighth Studio Album

Japanese black metal act SIGH have recorded a six-song tribute to legendary black metal band VENOM, titled .

In an update from the band, singer Mirai Kawashima says: “We’ve just completed the recording of six songs for our tribute to VENOM at Earth Studios. There are some guest appearances being planned for the album. We will keep you posted on that.”

This release will be the studio debut for Mikannibal (vocals/sax) with SIGH.

SIGH’s Tribute to VENOM tracklisting:

Black Metal
Schizo
Die Hard
Countess Bathory
Teacher’s Pet
Witching Hour

“Also, we are preparing for our 8th full-length album that will be entitled: “Scenes from Hell / Tempore Belli / Vanitas.” SIGH will work with a real string quartet and some brass players this time. This is going to be a very furious and grandiose album — MIRAI.”

The new album is scheduled for release this fall on The End Records to coincide with SIGH‘s headlining tour of North America with ZIMMERS HOLE and UNEXPECT.

SIGH Announce North American Headlining Tour with ZIMMERS HOLE and UNEXPECT

Groundbreaking Japanese black metal act SIGH will embark on a two and a half week headlining tour North America this fall. Support for the tour will come from Vancouver’s ZIMMERS HOLE and Montreal’s UNEXPECT.

The tour will start on September 6th, 2008 at the Jumping Turtle in San Marcos, CA and cross the United States and into Canada for some shows before ending September 22nd, 2008 at Station 4 in St. Paul, MN. This is the band’s first headlining tour of North America.

Tickets for the tour are onsale now through enterthevault.com exclusively untill March 3rd, 2008
Go here: http://www.enterthevault.com

The band recently reissued 2005’s Gallows Gallery in November 2007 on The End Records, remastered by James Murphy, and featured revamped artwork and several bonus tracks. Their last album Hangman’s Hymn was released last summer to rave reviews.

Tour dates:
09/06/08 Sat @ Jumping Turtle – San Marcos, CA
09/07/08 Sun @ Chain Reaction – Anaheim, CA
09/08/08 Mon @ Knitting Factory – Hollywood, CA
09/09/08 Tue @ The Clubhouse – Tempe, AZ
09/10/08 Wed @ Launch Pad – Alburquerque, NM
09/11/08 Thu @ Ridglea Theater – FT. Worth, TX
09/12/08 Fri @ White Rabbit – San Antonio, TX
09/13/08 Sat @ Meridian – Houston, TX
09/14/08 Sun @ The Muse – Nashville, TN
09/15/08 Mon @ Jaxx – West Springfield, VA
09/16/08 Tue @ B.B. Kings Blues Club – New York City, NY
09/17/08 Wed @ FouFounes – Montreal, QC
09/18/08 Thu @ Jubilee Centre – Sudbury, ON
09/19/08 Fri @ Wreck Room – Toronto, ON
09/20/08 Sat @ Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH
09/21/08 Sun @ The Pearl Room – Mokena, IL
09/22/08 Mon @ Station 4 – St. Paul, MN

ZIMMERS HOLE Sign Worldwide Deal with Century Media Records

Vancouver’s ZIMMERS HOLE have signed a worldwide deal with Century Media Records and will be entering the studio today to begin tracking their third full-length release. This band are no strangers to the underground metal community, as the lineup features Byron Stroud (FEAR FACTORY, SYL) on bass and Jed Simon (TENET, SYL) on guitars, along with Chris “The Heathen” Valagao (vocals) and Steve Wheeler (drums).

Byron and Jed further comment: “Now with ZH signing a fresh, new deal with Century Media, we have decided to give this band our full and undivided attention. No more ‘side-project’ status here; the men of The Hole are fired up like a city on fire and we entered Vancouver’s famed Armoury Studios today to begin tracking the new release.

“We currently have 19 songs on the table for the new album and some tentative song titles include, ‘The Dark Church of Whatever,’ ‘We Rule The Fucking Land,’ ‘Flight Of The Knight Bat‘ and ‘Hair Doesn’t Grow on Steel.’ As you can see, it’s all about having a good time with The Hole. Make no mistake though, we are very serious about our love of metal; it made us who we are, and we wear our influences on our sleeves proudly.

“We are now more focused than ever before and are so excited about the new album. So excited in fact, that the combined length of our erections may just reach out and touch ya!”

Born in 1991, ZIMMERS HOLE (known by many as just “The Hole”) has been Byron and Jed’s significant other band when not busy with STRAPPING YOUNG LAD or FEAR FACTORY. In the beginning, it was always just a way of spending the weekend drinking far too much and writing absurd songs. As time went on, the group “matured” somewhat, although maturity is highly overrated as far as these guys go, but two albums (Bound By Fire and Legion of Flames), a series of successful tours and a string of absolutely unforgettable shows soon followed, putting the mighty ZH on the lips of many.