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Metal / Bolt Thrower on Artistic Hiatus "Indefinitely"
« on: June 12, 2008, 12:36:55 PM »
We've spent the last year trying to write songs for a new album, planning to go into the studio this summer, unfortunately, after a lot of thought, we have had to make the difficult decision to postpone the recording indefinitely. We know everybody says that their new album is better than their last, but with us we really believed that. From day one we made it clear that we'd stop recording when we felt we'd written the ultimate Bolt Thrower album, we just never knew when that would be, we kind of took for granted that each release would get better and better. But we have realised now that our last release, "Those Once Loyal" turned out to be that album, and basically the new stuff we have written just doesn't match up to it. We have a lot of pride in our back catalogue, and we refuse to turn into one of the many bands (like the ones we grew up listening to) who end up releasing crap, and we're also not prepared to compromise by instead releasing an album of cover versions or a 'best of' album. Sorry to disappoint those of you looking forward to hearing new BT songs, but we always said that we would never release anything we weren't happy with or that, in our view, didn't at least match up to our previous work.

For those of you living in Holland, Germany and Belgium, you will get the chance to see Bolt Thrower live soon, as there are a few select shows lined up. The confirmed shows are:

7th August - Atak, Enschede (NL) - This is our second home, and we've played at Atak on every tour for the last 18 years. Sadly the club will be closing down this month and they will be moving to a new building in the Autumn. So we were chuffed when they contacted us and offered to re-open for one night, so we can say farewell to this cult club and be the last band to ever play there. We decided that the tickets will be free and we will be informing you soon on the line-up and how to get tickets.

8th August - Party.San Festival, Bad Berka (D) - As headliner we will play a longer set than usual, so expect to hear a lot of songs we haven't played for a while. http://www.party-san.de/openair/

9th August - Hof ter Lo, Antwerp (B) - For this show we will be joined by the best and upcoming bands from the Benelux. The confirmed support bands are: God Dethroned, Born from Pain, The Setup and Anaphylactic Shock. Tickets are 11 Euros, and you can find more info here: http://www.heartbreaktunes.com/en/concert_detail.php?id=831

We'll post more info when we have it.

Hope to see you at the gigs.

Bolt Thrower


That's kind of a bummer, but in the end it's the respectable thing to do. They ran out of ideas.  It happens.  I salute them for having the courage to admit it and not take the Deicide/Therion/Entombed/Obituary/Suffocation/Cryptopsy etc... path to mediocrity.
I encourage everyone to listen to Realm of Chaos, the IVth Crusade, and ...For Victory in remembrance and at least appreciate the fact that they had a solid discography througout their career, which is quite a feat for any band in this decaying society. Sure, they weren't the most original and they made three albums too many, but they always made respectable music.

Metal / Pestilence-Malleus Malficarum to be Remastered
« on: May 06, 2008, 07:14:30 PM »
Pestilence is considered one of the most important icons of the technical metal scene. Known for mixing various influences, from thrash to jazz and fusion with classic death metal, the band became a legend a long time before their final split-up in 1993. Now, with the exclusive re-release of Pestilence’s debut album "Malleus Malficarum", metal fans may once again witness the sheer genius of this truly unique formation…

“Malleus Malficarum” is definitely an album worth picking up by any metal enthusiast. It delivers a solid thrash/death metal assault and marks the beginning of Pestilence’s artistic journey through a brutal world of damnation. If you’re a true fan of technical death metal, be sure to include yourself in that voyage!

New digipak edition limited to 2000 copies will be released by Metal Mind Productions on 19th May 2008 in Europe (except for Benelux) and on 8th July 2008 in USA (via MVD). Digitally remastered using 24-Bit process on golden disc.

Metal Mind Website

Wasn't this reissued in the late 90s?  I picked up a copy for about $8 on eBay a few years ago, and it seemed to be in good condition, if not completely new.

Metal / Master to Tour the US
« on: May 06, 2008, 07:05:33 PM »
Oct 17 2008      8:00P  The Sterling                   Allentown, Pennsylvania
Oct 18 2008      8:00P  Rehab                        New York, New York
Oct 19 2008      8:00P  The Church                    Boston, Massachusetts
Oct 23 2008      8:00P  TBA                         San Antonio, Texas
Oct 24 2008      8:00P  The War Legion                       Amarillo, Texas
Oct 26 2008      8:00P  The Knitting Factory           Hollywood, California
Central Illinois Metal MySpace

Son of a bitch.  Looks like I picked to wrong year to graduate from college and leave Boston.  Oh well, I hope the rest of you have fun.  I'm sure this will be awesome, seeing as how Mr. Speckmann seems to still care about the music he's making.

Metal / Monstrosity (and Vital Remains) on Tour
« on: March 22, 2008, 09:37:37 AM »
I just found out about this:

Mar 26 2008      8:00P           The Knitting Factory NY         New York, New York
Mar 27 2008      8:00P           Middle East      Boston, Massachusetts
Mar 28 2008 8:00P           Michalina’s       Buffalo, New York
Mar 29 2008      8:00P          UW Parkside     Kenosha, Wisconsin
Mar 30 2008      8:00P          Tyomies     Superior, Wisconsin
Mar 31 2008      8:00P          Jigsaw      Cleveland, Ohio
Apr 1 2008      8:00P          Howards Club H      Bowling Green, Ohio
Apr 2 2008      8:00P          Macs            Lansing, Michigan
Apr 3 2008      8:00P          Vnuks       Milwaukee
Apr 4 2008      8:00P          Pearl Room      Mokena, Illinois
Apr 5 2008      8:00P          Elvas      South      Bend, Indiana
Apr 6 2008      8:00P          Zanies Too       Indianapolis, Indiana
Apr 7 2008      8:00P          The Muse         Nashville, Tennessee
Apr 8 2008      8:00P          The Picador      Iowa City, Iowa
Apr 9 2008      8:00P          Otherside      Tulsa, Oklahoma
Apr 10 2008      8:00P          The Riot Room          Kansas City, Kansas
Apr 11 2008      8:00P          Marquis Theatre      Denver, Colorado
Apr 12 2008      8:00P          Kamikazes            Ogden, Utah
Apr 13 2008      8:00P          Rock n Roll Pizza     Portland, Oregon
Apr 14 2008      8:00P          Studio Seven      Seattle, Washington
Apr 15 2008      8:00P          Metro Opera House     Oakland, California
Apr 16 2008      8:00P          Island Oasis     Reno, Nevada
Apr 17 2008      8:00P          Fat Cats     Modesto, California
Apr 18 2008      8:00P          The Exit     Fresno, California
Apr 19 2008      8:00P          The Knitting Factory LA     Los Angeles, California
Apr 20 2008      8:00P          Gators      Farmington, New Mexico
Apr 21 2008      8:00P          The Compound     Albuquerque, New Mexico
Apr 22 2008      8:00P          Chics     El Paso, Texas
Apr 23 2008      8:00P          Red 7     Austin, Texas
Apr 24 2008      8:00P          Mugsys     Carbondale, Illinois
Apr 25 2008      8:00P          Montage Music Hall     Rochester, New York
Apr 26 2008      8:00P          The Palladium     Worcester, Massachusetts
Apr 27 2008      8:00P          The Haunt     Yonkers, New York
May 24 2008      8:00P          Sonar     Baltimore, Maryland
Jul 18 2008      8:00P          Canopy Club     Urbana, Illinois

Source:Monstrosity MySpace Page

Metal / Celtic Frost discuss making Morbid Tales
« on: October 03, 2007, 12:58:22 PM »
On May 7, 2007, MetalKult met Celtic Frost guitarist/vocalist Thomas Gabriel Fischer and bassist Martin Eric Ain at their hotel near The Fillmore East at Irving Plaza in NYC. Frost were on the third leg of their international tour behind 2006’s brutal return to form Monotheist, this time in support of headliners Type O Negative.

After arriving at Ain’s room—and enduring a tense moment when we had to rouse the sleeping metal giant from his pre-show slumber—Fischer showed up and the two extreme metal pioneers soon warmed to our cameras and revealed the events that surrounded the creation of arguably one of extreme metal’s most influential records, 1984’s Morbid Tales.

In this four-part, 25 minute interview, Fischer and Ain talk about their formation in the cold-war Eighties, the gear they used to conjure Morbid Tales‘ “inhuman” sounds and how they inadvertently created one of the one of extreme metal’s most influential albums.

It's a pretty interesting interview.  Full of Swiss humor, anecdotes about the metal scene in 1980s Switzerland, and a description of the mindset they had while preparing for and recording the album.  Enjoy:

Metal / Vader Tour In the US: Good News and Bad News
« on: September 24, 2007, 07:44:09 PM »
The Good News: Vader is touring with Malevolent Creation.  

The Bad News: They are being supported by four complete shit bands.  

Now, I'm used to attending concerts where the respectable old men of death metal are forced to drag along Earache's or Metal Blade's or Roadrunner's newest boy band, but really, four?

The dates:

Nov 17 2007      5:00P Pompton Lakes, New Jersey
Nov 19 2007      5:00P      Worcester, Massachusetts
Nov 20 2007      5:00P      Quebec City, Quebec
Nov 21 2007      7:00P      Montreal, Quebec
Nov 22 2007      6:00P      Toronto, Ontario
Nov 23 2007      5:00P      Rochester, New York
Nov 24 2007      3:00P      Detroit, Michigan
Nov 25 2007      5:00P      Chicago, Illinois
Nov 26 2007      4:00P      St. Louis, Missouri
Nov 27 2007      6:00P      Kansas City, Missouri
Nov 28 2007      6:00P      Denver, Colorado
Nov 30 2007      6:00P      Seattle, Washington
Dec 1 2007      5:00P      Portland, Oregon
Dec 2 2007      6:00P      Oakland, California
Dec 3 2007      6:00P      Los Angeles, California
Dec 4 2007      6:00P      San Diego, California
Dec 5 2007      6:00P      Tucson, Arizona
Dec 6 2007      6:00P      Farmington, New Mexico
Dec 7 2007      7:00P      El Paso, Texas
Dec 8 2007      6:00P      San Antonio, Texas
Dec 9 2007      5:00P      Dallas/Ft.Worth, Texas
Dec 10 2007      6:00P      Houston, Texas
Dec 11 2007      6:00P      Mission, Texas
Dec 13 2007      6:00P      New Orleans, Louisiana
Dec 14 2007      5:00P      Atlanta, Georgia
Dec 15 2007      3:00P      Spartanburg, South Carolina
Dec 16 2007      5:00P      Springfield, Virginia
Dec 17 2007      6:00P      Cleveland, Ohio
Dec 18 2007      6:00P      New York, New York

Well, is anyone else thinking about going to the Worcester date?