Wrath Premieres ‘Draw Blood’ Lyric Video

Veteran thrash outfit Wrath released the lyric video for its latest single this week.

The band premiered the lyric video for ‘Draw Blood‘ Sept. 17 via YouTube.  The song is taken from the band’s forthcoming album Rage, which is currently scheduled to be released Oct. 5 via Combat/EMP Label Group.

Musically speaking, this song will appeal easily to fans of Prong, Slayer and other similar acts.  Lyrically speaking, the song comes across as a certain commentary.  What exactly is the precise target was not discussed in the press release for the video’s release.  But it seems to be addressing certain religious zealot types.  This is inferred as front man Gary Golwitzer says, “Can you see what I see/Brainwashed minds spreading disease/Rise up/Time to stop the hate/All together/We control our fate/As one/We can win this fight/United front darkens the night.”  He goes on to sing in the song’s second verse, “Religious thoughts poison their minds/No escape from their kind/Say nothing/Don’t want to offend/Lie down/The bastards, they will win/Insane from all of their lies/Religious thoughts have poisoned their minds.”

It’s not clear which group the song addresses, but even despite that, such lyrical content, coupled with the song’s driving musical arrangement makes it a powerful entry in the overall picture of Rage.

Rage was produced by Chris Dujuricic, and mixed and mastered by Bill Metoyer (Slayer, Sacred Reich, Sacred Heart).  The album’s cover art was developed by Ipoet Poetra/Five Milligams and Wrath.

Originally crafted as the follow-up to the band’s 1990 album Insane Society, some of its tracks reach back to 1989.  It even features a cover of Motorhead’s hit song ‘Ace of Spades.’  The record’s full track listing is noted below.

Tracklist:
1. CONFLICT
2. WHAT YOU CRAVE
3. DRAW BLOOD
4. TENSION ON HIGH
5. MY RAGE
6. FEEDING THE HOST
7. CLEARING MY SOUL
8. UNHOLY ALLIANCE
9. MOTHER’S HELL
10. ACE OF SPADES (Featuring Jeff Duncan)

The band will perform a trio of live dates next month in support of Rage alongside Combat Records label mates Green Death for EMP Label Group hhead Dave Ellefson’s BASSTORY tour.  The tour launches Oct. 4 in Lombard, IL.  Its current schedule is noted below.

10/4 Lombard, IL – Brauer House (w/ Green Death, WRATH)
10/5 Sturtevant, WI – Route 20 Outhouse(w/ Green Death, WRATH)10/6 Ringle, WI – Q and Z Expo Center (w/ Green Death, WRATH)
10/7 Mankato, MN – What’s Up Lounge (w/ Green Death, WRATH, Kublai Khan)

More information on Wrath’s new lyric video is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news and more at http://www.facebook.com/wrathchicago.  To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it.  Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at https://philspicks.wordpress.com.

 

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Wrath Signs To Combat Records; Announces New Album Release Date, Specs

Combat Records roster has grown again.

The famed hard rock label has added veteran thrash outfit Wrath to its roster.  The band is scheduled to release its new 10-song album Rage — co-produced by Chris Djuricic, and mixed and mastered by Bill Metoyer (Slayer, Sacred Reich, Helstar) — on October 5. 

Pre-orders are open now. The album’s track listing is noted below. Many of the songs included in Rage were originally composed as far back as 1989 and were originally intended as a follow-up to the band’s 1990 album Insane Society. A tribute to Motorhead closes out the album with a cover of the band’s hit song ‘Ace of Spades’ featuring Jeff Duncan (Armored Saint/DC4/Odin) on vocals.

RAGE Tracklist:

1. CONFLICT
2. WHAT YOU CRAVE
3. DRAW BLOOD
4. TENSION ON HIGH
5. MY RAGE
6. FEEDING THE HOST
7. CLEARING MY SOUL
8. UNHOLY ALLIANCE
9. MOTHER’S HELL
10. ACE OF SPADES (Featuring Jeff Duncan)

Wrath first rose to fame in 1985 with its breakout debut Fit of Anger.  That record was followed two years later in 1987 by the cult favorite Nothing To Fear.

The band’s original front man Gary Golwitzer rejoined the band for Rage‘s creation.  He was joined by Gary Modica on bass, Scott Nyquist and Rob Noon on guitar and Jake Fromkin on guitar to round out the group.

Wrath will join Combat Records label mates Green Death on EMP Label Group/Combat Records head and Megadeth bassist Dave Ellefson on his upcoming BASSTORY tour. That schedule is noted below.

David Ellefson BASSTORY, w/ Green Death and WRATH

10/3 Bradley, IL – The Looney Bin
10/4 Lombard, IL – Brauer House
10/5 Sturtevant, WI – Route 20 Outhouse
10/6 Ringle, WI – Q and Z Expo Center
10/7 Mankato, MN – What’s Up Lounge

More information on Wrath’s new album, tour dates, news and more is available online now at http://www.facebook.com/wrathchicago.

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Exmortus Announces “Summer of Steel” Schedule

Courtesy: Prosthetic Records

Exmortus has announced its first batch of live dates in support of its new album.

The band announced on Tuesday that it will launch “The Summer of Steel Tour” June 28 in its home town of San Diego, California.  The nearly month-long tour schedule is currently scheduled to run through July 24 in Oakland, California and includes performances in: Spartanburg, SC; Tulsa, OK; Brooklyn, NY and many other cities.  The current schedule is noted below.

EXMORTUS live:
06/07 – Hollywood, CA @ The Whisky – w/ Kataklysm
EXMORTUS on The Summer of Steel Tour:
06/28 San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick*
06/29 Tucson, AZ – The Rock*
06/30 Albuquerque, NM – Launchpad*
07/01 Tulsa, OK – The Shrine**
07/02 Fort Worth, TX – Rail Club**
07/03 Austin, TX – Come and Take It Live**
07/05 Tampa, FL – Crowbar***
07/07 Spartanburg, SC – Ground Zero***
07/08 Richmond, VA – Canal Club
07/09 Clifton, NJ – Dingbatz***
07/10 Brooklyn, NY – St. Vitus
07/12 Quebec City, QC – Source de le Martinere
07/13 Toronto, ON – Hard Luck Bar
07/15 Joliet, IL – The Forge****
07/17 Kansas City, MO – Riot Room****
07/18 Denver, CO – Roxy Theater
07/19 Salt Lake City, UT – Club X
07/20 Boise, ID – The Shredder
07/22 Seattle, WA – Club SUR
07/23 Portland, OR – Twilight Cafe & Bar
07/24 Oakland, CA – Metro Opera House
* EXMORTUS only
** w/Immortal Guardian
*** w/Black Fast
**** w/Micawber

Front man Jadran “Conan” Gonzalez said in a written statement that the band collectively is looking forward to getting back on the road and releasing its new album in the process.

“We are stoked to unleash The Sound of Steel upon North America this summer!,” Gonzalez said.  “This is our first headlining tour, and we’re excited to have within our ranks: The Absence and Hatchet, as well as special regional guests — Novareign, Immortal Guardian Black Fast and Micawber.  So come and have your minds melted by the new tunes as well as old favorites!  See you soon!”

The Sound of Steel is currently scheduled to be released June 8.  It will be available on CD, digital and limited vinyl pressings.  The vinyl pressings’ information is noted below. Pre-orders are open now.

Initial LP pressings will be limited to 1,000 copies pressed in the following colors:

250 battle axe blood splatter (Prosthetic webshop and sold by the band on tour)
250 blue and black marble (Prosthetic webshop and sold by the band on tour)
400 clear with blue and orange Splatter (available in retail stores worldwide)
100 white vinyl (Cargo Germany only)

The Sound of Steel‘s track listing is noted below.

The Sound of the Steel tracklist 
1. Make Haste
2. Feast of Flesh
3. Into The Maw of Hell
4. To The Ends of the Earth
5. A Minor Instrumental
6. Strength and Honor
7. Turn The Tide
8. Tempest
9. Riders of Doom
10. Victory or Death!

Two singles have been released so far from The Sound of Steel along with their videos.  The videos for ‘Feast of Flesh‘ and ‘Make Haste‘ are streaming online now at Prosthetic Records’ official YouTube channel.

More information on Exmortus’ new tour dates, its latest news, videos and more is available online now along with all of its latest news and more at:

Websitehttp://exmortusmusic.com

Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/exmortusofficial

Twitterhttp://twitter.com/exmortusband

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Marc Rizzo Holding Listening Party To Celebrate ‘Rotation’ Release

Courtesy: Combat Records/EMP Label Group/Amped

Marc Rizzo (Soulfly, Cavalera Conspiracy) will hold a listening party Friday for his new album.

The party, which will be held at Duff’s Brooklyn, comes a week after the album’s release, March 30 via Combat Records.  It is scheduled to start at 10 p.m.  Produced by Chris “ZEUSS” Harris (Hatebreed, Soulfly, Rob Zombie, Chaimaira) with artwork by Melody Myers (Escape The Fate, COmbat Bullets), Rotation is Rizzo’s fourth full-length solo recording.

Rotation is highlighted by tracks such as ‘Spectral Intensities,’ ‘Thrash Boogie,’ and the album’s title track.  An album teaser including a preview of ‘Spectral Intensities’ is streaming online now here.

Marc Rizzo will launch a tour in support of Rotation April 17 in in Louisville, KY.  The roughly five-week-long tour us currently schedule to run through May 24 in Houston, TX with dates also scheduled for Denver, CO; Pittsburgh, PA; Seattle, WA and other cities.  The tour’s current schedule is noted below.

Soulfly (with NILE)

4/17/18 Louisville, KY Diamond Pub Concert Hall
http://enterthevault.com/moreInfo.php?id=8327
4/18/18 Baltimore, MD Rams Head
http://enterthevault.com/moreInfo.php?id=8329
4/19/18 New York, NY Gramercy Theater
http://enterthevault.com/moreInfo.php?id=8331
4/21/18 Poughkeepsie, NY Chance Theatre
http://enterthevault.com/moreInfo.php?id=8333
4/22/18 Philadelphia, PA Underground Arts
http://enterthevault.com/moreInfo.php?id=8335
4/24/18 Greenville, SC The Firmament
http://enterthevault.com/moreInfo.php?id=8337
4/25/18 Tampa , FL Orpheum
http://enterthevault.com/moreInfo.php?id=8339
4/26/18 West Palm Beach, FL Kelsey Theater
http://enterthevault.com/moreInfo.php?id=8341
4/27/18 Atlanta, GA Masquerade
http://enterthevault.com/moreInfo.php?id=8343
4/28/18 Knoxville, TN The Concourse
http://enterthevault.com/moreInfo.php?id=8345
5/1/18 Pitstburgh, PA Diesel
http://enterthevault.com/moreInfo.php?id=8347
5/2/18 Rochester, NY Montage Music Hall
http://enterthevault.com/moreInfo.php?id=8349
5/3/18 Detroit, MI Token Lounge
http://enterthevault.com/moreInfo.php?id=8351
5/4/18 Cleveland, OH Agora Theater
http://enterthevault.com/moreInfo.php?id=8353
5/5/18 Dayton, OH Oddbodys
http://enterthevault.com/moreInfo.php?id=8355
5/6/18 Joliet, IL The Forge
http://enterthevault.com/moreInfo.php?id=8357
5/7/18 Milwaukee, WI Turner Hall
http://enterthevault.com/moreInfo.php?id=8359 
5/8/18 Minneapolis, MN Cabooze
http://enterthevault.com/moreInfo.php?id=8361
5/9/18 Kansas City, MO Riot Room
http://enterthevault.com/moreInfo.php?id=8363
5/10/18 Denver, CO Herman’s Hideaway
http://enterthevault.com/moreInfo.php?id=8365
5/11/18 Salt Lake City, UT Metro Music Hall
http://enterthevault.com/moreInfo.php?id=8367
5/12/18 Jerome, ID Diamondz Event Center
http://enterthevault.com/moreInfo.php?id=8369
5/13/18 Seattle, WA Studio Seven
http://enterthevault.com/moreInfo.php?id=8371
5/14/18 Portland, OR Hawthorne Theater
http://enterthevault.com/moreInfo.php?id=8373
5/16/18 Berkeley, CA The UC Theatre
http://enterthevault.com/moreInfo.php?id=8375
5/17/18 Los Angeles, CA Whisky A Go Go
http://enterthevault.com/moreInfo.php?id=8377
5/18/18 Anaheim, CA The Grove
http://enterthevault.com/moreInfo.php?id=8379
5/19/18 Phoenix, AZ Marquee Theater
http://enterthevault.com/moreInfo.php?id=8381
5/20/18 Albuquerque, NM El Rey Theater
http://enterthevault.com/moreInfo.php?id=8383
5/22/18 Dallas, TX Trees
http://enterthevault.com/moreInfo.php?id=8385
5/23/18 San Antonio, TX The Rock Box
http://enterthevault.com/moreInfo.php?id=8387
5/24/18 Houston, TX White Oak Music Hall
http://enterthevault.com/moreInfo.php?id=8389

More information on Marc Rizzo’s upcoming tour dates, listening party and new album is available online now along with all of his latest news and more at:

 

Website: http://www.marcrizzo.net

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/marcrizzoband

Twitter: http://twitter.com/rizzomarc

 

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Hatchet Premieres ‘Desire For Oppression’ Video

Courtesy: Combat Records

Hatchet is giving audiences their first preview of its new album.

The band on Thursday debuted the video for its new single, ‘Desire For Oppression.’  The song is the first single from the band’s forthcoming album, Dying To Exist, which is currently scheduled to be released June 22 via Combat Records. The video takes audiences into the studio as the band records the song to help illustrate the creative process currently under way on the band’s new album.

Pre-orders are open now for Dying To Exist.  It will be available on CD, vinyl and various bundle packages.

 

Courtesy: Combat Records

‘Desire For Oppression’ is not only the lead single from Hatchet’s new album, but also the opener for Combat Records’ forthcoming compilation 2-disc set, Combat Bullets Vol. 1.0.  The compilation will also include music from Dead By Wednesday, Marc Rizzo (Soulfly), Dead By Wednesday and many others.  Combat Bullets Vol. 1.0 is currently scheduled to be released April 6 via Combat Records.

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Hatchet Signs With Combat Records; Reveals New Album Specs

Courtesy: O’Donnell Media Group

Hatchet officially has a new home and a new album on the way.

The band announced this week that it had signed a new deal with the recently resurrected hard rock label, Combat Records.  With the deal officially signed, the band–Julz Ramos (vocals/guitar), Clayton Cagle (guitar), Devin Reiche (bass) and Ben Smith (drums)–also announced it will release its next album, Dying To Exist, via Combat Records and EMP Label Group June 22, 2018.  The album will be the band’s fourth full-length studio recording.

Ramos said in a recent interview that he was humbled to be the latest addition to Combat Records.

“We couldn’t be happier to have found a home on Combat!,” Ramos said.  “The label is obviously a huge staple in thrash and extreme metal, with some of the most infamous bands in close connection to or directly under Combat at some point.  Its true history and significance is beyond my years and first-hand understanding.  However, from what I do know and have seen, assures me this is a good home for our album!”

In talking about Dying to Exist, Ramos said the album offered plenty for the band’s audiences.

“The album itself is the fastest and most creative material to date, with all four members contributing our writing efforts throughout the record,” Ramos said.  “This is the most we’ve sounded like a band collectively, and it’s definitely for the better!”

Combat/EMP Label Group head Dave Ellefson had positive words for the band while talking about the new signing.

“Hatchet is a great young band who definitely fit the bill for Combat.  Aggressive, modern thrash metal, with an old-school intensity,” Ellefson said.  “I’ve been a fan of these guys for a while now, and we’re extremely proud to add them to the Combat roster.”

More information on Hatchet’s signing and new album is available online now at http://www.facebook.com/hatchetofficial.

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Ellefson Coffee Company Debuting New Lines At Winter NAMM

Courtesy: O’Donnell Media Group/Ellefson Coffee Company

Ellefson Coffee Company is appearing at this year’s annual Winter NAMM.

The company is exhibiting at Anaheim Convention Center in Hall D, Booth 3905.  It will be there along with company head Dave Ellefson’s EMP Label Group and its imprints, EMP Underground, EMP Outlaw, THC Music and the recently re-launched Combat Records.

ECC is debuting new signature coffee lines during its appearance at Winter NAMM including the Skid Row line, “Slave to the Grind,” Autograph’s “Get Off Your Ass” and “Whip’s Pacific Blend” from Michael Wilton (Queensryche, Skid Row).  Ellefson himself will be on hand to help promote the new coffee lines as well the bands on the EMP Label Group family.  Those acts include Doyle, Metal Allegiance, Marc Rizzo (Soulfly, Cavalera Conspiracy) and many others.

EMP Label Group/ECC’s schedule for this year’s conference is noted below.

EMP LABEL GROUP/ELLEFSON COFFEE CO NAMM MEET AND GREET SCHEDULE
HALL D BOOTH 3905

THURSDAY
10 AM – MORNING COFFEE WITH DAVID ELLEFSON
3 PM – SYMBOLIC

FRIDAY
NOON – DOYLE
1 PM – DC4 – SHAWN DUNCAN, JEFF DUNCAN (ARMORED SAINT), ROWAN ROBERTSON (Ex-DIO)
2 PM – CO-OP
2:30 – DIRK VERBEUREN – MEGADETH
3:30 – METAL ALLEGIANCE – DAVID ELLEFSON, MIKE PORTNOY, ALEX SKOLNICK, MARK MENGHI
4:30 – MARC RIZZO – SOULFLY/CAVALERA CONSPIRACY

SATURDAY
10 AM – MORNING COFFEE WITH DAVID ELLEFSON
NOON – DAEG FAERCH
1 PM – METAL SANAZ
2 PM – ODIN – JEFF DUNCAN, SHAWN DUNCAN, AARON SAMSON
3 PM – DAEG FAERCH/CHRONUS
4 PM – METAL SANAZ

SUNDAY
12 PM – DAVID ELLEFSON
1 PM – METAL SANAZ

More information on Ellefson Coffee Company’s appearance at this year’s conference is available online now along with all of the company’s latest news at:

Website: http://ellefsoncoffeeco.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ellefsoncoffeeco

Twitterhttp://twitter.com/ellefsoncoffe

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