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PICTURE LEGACY CONTINUES ON DIVEBOMB
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Widely recognized as one of (if not the) first Dutch heavy metal bands, PICTURE’s storied career dates all the way back to 1979. Their classic first four albums were previously subject to Divebomb’s two-on-one CD treatment in 2013, with fifth opus Traitor joining the ranks in 2016 for the first time ever on disc. But the picture—pun intended—remains incomplete…

If Traitor had signaled PICTURE’s shift toward a slightly more commercial hard rock direction in 1985, the transformation was complete with Every Story Needs Another Picture (1986) and Marathon (1987). The previous lineup having crumbled under record label pressures and musical differences, rhythm section Rinus Vreugdenhill (bass) and Jacques van Oevelen (drums, R.I.P.) soldiered on with new members Rob van Enkhuizen (guitar) and former VANDENBERG vocalist Bert Heerink—adding keyboardist Ronald de Grauw for Marathon. This mainstream-leaning and increasingly keyboard-centric sound may have alienated some fans, but the group’s knack for hook-laden songwriting and memorable choruses certainly took center stage.

Now, 30 years later, Divebomb Records is proud to present yet another two-on-one CD reissue including both Every Story Needs Another Picture and Marathon—newly remastered by Jamie King at The Basement Recording, and bolstered by band-supplied archival materials. This finally completes the label’s monumental undertaking to re-release all seven of PICTURE’s pre-reunion albums over the course of the past four years. For the fans, by the fans!

In stores November 10th, 2017
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VISITÖR OFFICIAL REISSUE AVAILABLE NOW
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VISITÖR
formed in the Orange County area of California in 1989 and honed their chops for several years before recording two three-song demos in 1992 and 1993. With the lineup of Kurt Schultz (vocals), Joey Brown and Rob Skyler (guitars), E.K. Wright (bass), and Tony Stanley (drums), the group then entered For the Record recording studio in Orange, CA to track their 10-song debut album with engineer Eric Garten (Mind Over Four, Armed Forces, etc.).

Self-released on CD in 1993, Visitör put forth a high-quality form of the meaty yet melodic thrash that had been gaining momentum at that time, with a vocal range that allowed the material to branch out toward a more adventurous range of diversity that should appeal to fans of bands such as Heathen, Sanctuary, or Realm. Promoting the release, VISITÖR shared the stage with Testament, Savatage, Lizzy Borden, and others; and two of the album’s tracks appeared on a compilation of Orange County-based hardcore and metal bands called Orange Crunch, released by Lethal Records.

Long out-of-print, original copies of the album have sold for $200 or more, and VISITÖR released a one-time repress of the disc in 2010 to combat its rampant bootlegging. So now, nearly 25 years later, Divebomb Records is proud to present Visitör in its ultimate form—including an unreleased bonus track from 2010 called “Masters of Nations.” Fully remastered by Jamie King at The Basement Recording, the booklet will include original cover art, archival photographs, and complete lyrics. For the fans, by the fans!

In stores November 10th, 2017
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LUNAR’S “THEOGONY” TO BE RELEASED NOVEMBER 10TH
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Based out of Sacramento, CA, LUNAR is a progressive rock/metal band formed in 2013 when longtime friends Alex Bosson (drums/percussion) and Ryan Erwin (guitar/vocals) decided to get together and write the style of music that was always in their hearts: genre-defiant and free of restrictive influence. After securing Danny Stevenson on keyboards, the search continued for a full lineup… but to no avail. Rather than delay their progress, the trio decided to record and release their debut EP, Provenance, during the winter of 2014.

Shortly after the release of Provenance, Danny parted ways with the group, while Bosson and Erwin began work on LUNAR’s debut full-length, Theogony—a concept album based on The Nine Muses of Greek mythology. While reading about Melpomene, the Greek Muse of tragedy, Alex realized that the concepts that these Nine Muses represent—subjects such as history, tragedy, music, love, etc.—are the backbone for most creative output in this world. In keeping with the progressive element of the band, he had the idea to spread the musical and lyrical diversity of these themes across an entire album: each of the nine tracks named after one of the Muses, the music and lyrics based around the theme that each specific Muse represents.

Once more unable to flesh out a suitably complete lineup as writing progressed, Alex and Ryan decided to enlist contributions from other professional musicians around the world—initially a handful of guests laying down additional guitar solos. With the eventual additions of Ryan Price on bass and Chandler Mogel on vocals, a proper lineup for Theogony was set; and by the end of the recording process 17 different musicians had participated—including members of Hatriot, Angel Vivaldi, Helion Prime, Berried Alive, and many more.

In the summer of 2017, LUNAR signed on with Divebomb Records and are slated to release Theogony on CD later this year. A logical step forward from Provenance, the dynamically atmospheric hour-long journey of Theogony is sure to please fans of Porcupine Tree, Opeth, and Tool—to name but a few—with its lushly textured contrasts of beauty and aggression.

In stores November 10th, 2017
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FATAL OPERA REISSUES COMING IN OCTOBER
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FATAL OPERA 250xAfter parting ways with thrash titans Megadeth in 1987, highly regarded percussion maestro Gar Samuelson began his next chapter. Relocating to Orange City, FL, Gar rented a farm and began converting its barn into a studio with the help of his brother, guitarist Stew Samuelson. Largely influenced by jazz fusion and carrying the primary goal of simply achieving a heavy sound, FATAL OPERA was later solidified in 1990 with bassist Travis Karcher, Dave Inman on vocals, and short-term guitarist Jeff Bloom—who left the band the following year after contributing to a 10-song demo that was not widely circulated.

Over the next two years, the remaining quartet wrote and recorded the group’s 10-song self-titled debut, after which they were joined by another fusion-influenced guitarist in Bill Brehme. Initially self-released on cassette, FATAL OPERA signed with German label Massacre Records in 1994, which finally provided the album with a proper CD release in 1995. Cited by Gar as having been an “outward” effort—lyrically focused on socio-political matters, etc.—Fatal Opera displayed an adventurous and truly incomparable brand of technical thrash metal, peppered with melodic hooks and wild, jazz-inflected soloing.

The band’s sophomore effort, The Eleventh Hour, had started taking shape in 1994 with a 13-song pre-production demo. In 1995, however, vocalist Dave Inman amicably bowed out, resulting in the addition of enthusiastic new frontman Andy Freeman. Writing continued, and the quintet returned to the studio in the spring/early summer of 1996. Upon its release in 1997—once more via Massacre Records—The Eleventh Hour found FATAL OPERA simply bursting with energy—more melodic, more progressive, more of everything: sure to appease fans of other one-of-a-kind acts such as Psychotic Waltz or Damn the Machine.

Now, more than 20 years later, Divebomb Records is excited to reissue both of FATAL OPERA’s highly-respected full-length recordings. The group’s debut outing has been expanded to include two previously unreleased bonus tracks; while The Eleventh Hour adds on a Japanese bonus track as well as an entire bonus disc, freshly remixed by the band. Fully remastered by Jamie King at The Basement Recording, each package will also boast a 20-page booklet including reimagined cover art, photographs, lyrics, and a retrospective interview with the surviving band members. For the fans, by the fans!

In stores October 13th, 2017
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MILLENIUM’S “HOURGLASS: COMPLETE SESSIONS” COMING IN OCTOBER
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MILLENIUM 250xFrom the late-’90s to the mid-2000s, highly respected workhorse guitarist Ralph Santolla (Iced Earth, Deicide, Obituary, etc.) was the driving force behind four tremendous hard rock albums from his own band, MILLENIUM. Originally released in 2000 by Now & Then/Frontiers Records, the group’s third and arguably most ambitious effort—the progressive, metal-tinged, epic rock of Hourglass—was its only to include the wildly impressive talents of Norwegian frontman Jørn Lande (Jorn, Vagabond, Masterplan, etc.); not to mention keyboard contributions from Dag Stokke (TNT, Vagabond, etc.) and the legendary Don Airey (Rainbow, Ozzy Osbourne, Deep Purple, etc.).

Largely due to the spark of musical chemistry between Santolla and Lande—who instantly bonded over a shared love of similar music—Hourglass was the result of more collaborative writing sessions for the group. Recorded over the course of three months at studios as spread out as Manchester, England; Bøverbru, Norway (Studio Studio Nyhagen); Tampa, FL (Morrisound Recording); as well as the band members’ own homes; MILLENIUM additionally laid down several cover tunes by the likes of MSG, Rainbow, Sweet, and Jefferson Starship—only released as Japanese bonus tracks or years later amidst The Best of… and More collection.

Predominantly well-received in Europe and Asia, limited shows supporting the release of Hourglass followed locally in MILLENIUM’s home base of Florida; at the Gods of AOR festival in Wigan, England; and throughout a three-show tour of Spain with Ten and Elyte. At a certain point, however, Jørn—increasingly busy with other projects—amicably parted ways with the group, leading to the eventual return of their former vocalist, Todd Plant, and drawing this portion of the MILLENIUM timeline to a close.

17 years later, Divebomb Records is honored to bring this stunning segment of the MILLENIUM discography back to the fore with Hourglass: The Complete Sessions. This 16-track collection finds the 10-song album and six bonus cuts from the era compiled onto a single 76-minute CD for the first time. All of which is housed alongside an extensive 20+ page booklet featuring updated cover art, photographs, lyrics, and a memory-fueled interview with Ralph Santolla, conducted by Shawn Pelata. For the fans, by the fans!

In stores October 13th, 2017
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BEWITCHER ANNOUNCE “SPEED TIL NORTH AMERICA BLEEDS” TOUR 2017
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BEWITCHER US TOUR ADMAT
Prepare yourselves. We are very proud to announce the ‘Speed Til North America Bleeds’ Tour 2017! This fall, black leather, black magic and white hot steel strike across the continent without mercy. More details to come…

9/29- Olympia, WA @ Obsidian
9/30- Victoria, BC @ Logan’s Pub
10/1- Vancouver, BC @The Astoria
10/2- Seattle, WA @ The Highline
10/3- Portland, OR @ Tonic Lounge
10/4- San Francisco, CA @ El Rio
10/6- Ventura, CA @ FROST & FIRE 3
10/9- Los Angeles, CA @ 5 Star Bar
10/10- Phoenix, AZ @ tba
10/11- El Paso, TX @ Rockhouse
10/12- San Antonio, TX @ Limelight
10/13- Austin, TX @ Lost Well
10/14- Dallas, TX @ tba
10/15- Houston, TX @ Rudyard’s
10/16- New Orleans, LA @ Poor Boys
10/18- Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
10/19- Philadelphia, PA @ Century Bar
10/20- Brooklyn, NY @ Bar Matchless
10/21- Boston, MA @ O’Brien’s
10/22- Portland, ME @ Geno’s
10/23- Montreal, QC @ Pirhana Bar
10/24- Toronto, ON @ tba
10/25- Detroit, MI @ Corktown Pub
10/26- Chicago, IL @ Cobra Lounge
10/27- Minneapolis, MN @ Hexagon
10/28- Fargo, ND @ The Aquarium
10/29- Omaha, NE @ Dr. Jack’s
10/30- Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room
10/31- Colorado Springs, CO @ Triple Nickel
11/1- Salt Lake City UT @ The Beehive
11/2- Boise, ID @ The Shredder

IRONFLAME JOINS DIVEBOMB AND SEES “LIGHTNING STRIKES THE CROWN” RELEASED IN SEPTEMBER
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IRONFLAME is a traditional heavy/power metal entity born of multi-instrumentalist Andrew D’Cagna. Although the music of IRONFLAME finally came to life in late-2016, its growth into fruition had been decades in the making. Andrew grew up in the late-’80s/early-’90s listening to classic metal acts like Iron Maiden, Savatage, Helloween, and Judas Priest. He was also lucky enough to have been blessed with a singing voice that lent itself well to the genre. Despite Andrew’s given ability, however, he rarely used it—instead becoming influenced by more extreme realms of metal and pursuing such musical interests for 15 years, playing various instruments in death and black metal bands.

Andrew was then recruited by renowned guitarist Jim Dofka as vocalist for the band Dofka, where he honed his raw vocal talent and learned how to sing properly through 2010, performing on the Humanity Bleak album. Years later, upon the untimely death of a mutual friend, Dofka reunited for a one-night performance in October of 2016. These events stirred up many old feelings, and Andrew felt it was time to write an album of purely traditional metal.

Thus, IRONFLAME was born.

The end result is Lightning Strikes the Crown: a 40-minute tribute to the glory days of heavy metal. Free of pretension and arrogance, the music of IRONFLAME is catchy, familiar, and hook-laden—just good old fist-banging metal that is as honest as it is memorable. All of the instruments and vocals were performed/recorded by Andrew himself, with the exception of a handful of local guitar buddies recruited for solos—Jim Dofka among them.

Release date: SEPTEMBER 8TH
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GROSS REALITY “ESCAPING GRAVITY” TO BE RELEASED IN AUGUST
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Formed all the way back in 1991, Raleigh, NC melodic thrash outfit GROSS REALITY amassed an impressive live résumé throughout the early-’90s; sharing the stage with legends such as Bolt Thrower, Cannibal Corpse, Confessor, Deicide, Type O Negative, and Unleashed. However, the band had left behind not a single recording at the time of their initial demise in 1996.

Reforming in 2009 at a time when high-level thrash metal was coming back with a vengeance, GROSS REALITY continued to gain exposure on the live front, performing alongside longstanding icons such as Death Angel and (at the time) relative newcomers such as Evile and Bonded by Blood alike. This culminated in 2014, when Divebomb Records finally unleashed the reunited group’s long overdue debut full-length, Overthrow.

Now, three years later, GROSS REALITY’s fine-tuned trio of longtime core members Daniel Powell (bass/vocals), Roland Arthur (guitar), and Jason Wheeler (drums) has prepared their intense sophomore outing, Escaping Gravity. The eight-song effort—once again produced by Jamie King at The Basement Recording—features gorgeous cover art by Par Olofsson and delves into lyrical topics as diverse as perseverance, the effects of war, alien abductions, and much more.

Escaping Gravity‘s individualistic brand of tight, high-energy thrash strikes a constant balance between focused aggression and emphatic melody—at times even dipping its toe into more ambitious and prog-leaning waters, sure to pique the interest of those in search of more technical and complex fare. The end result should appeal to fans of everyone from Testament to Powermad; not to mention a younger generation of listeners more accustomed to the contemporary sounds of acts like Charred Walls of the Damned, Havok, and Gama Bomb.

Release date: AUGUST 11TH
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CLOCKWORK’S “KILL IN TIME” REISSUE COMING IN AUGUST
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Renowned drummer Peter Haas (Mekong Delta, Poltergeist, Calhoun Conquer, etc.) had actually played guitar for six years prior to taking a seat behind the kit, and by the early-’90s had begun composing material for a band of his own. Sharing bills with legendary Swiss thrashers Coroner while on tour with German-American progressive metal group Mekong Delta in late-1993, Peter struck up a friendship with Coroner guitarist Tommy Vetterli and roadie Lui Cubello. Bassist Peter Waelty eventually entered the fold, and CLOCKWORK was born.

Inspired by a range of the era’s diverse metallic sounds—from Suicidal Tendencies and Slayer to Machine Head and Pantera to Prong and the Cro-Mags—CLOCKWORK’s aim, as Haas states, was “to create the heaviest possible sound, but with musical challenges to it—predominantly rhythmic… so that’s why there are quite a few odd meters in there.” Beyond the anger and frustration of their lyrics, the results can be heard amidst the group’s hard-edged grooves—accented by the lightest of industrial flourishes, plus uniquely melodic textures and lead playing.

The band’s only official release—a four-song demo CD—was recorded in 1994 and mixed by Voco Fauxpas (Celtic Frost, Coroner, The Young Gods, etc.); with four more cuts laid down at Vetterli’s own studio the following year—never released until an obscure limited edition double-10″ vinyl pressing in 2013. Touring throughout Switzerland ensued, but scheduling conflicts amongst the group’s busy lineup prevented them from capitalizing on growing interest from fans and labels alike. By the end of 1996, CLOCKWORK’s time was up.

But now, more than 20 years later, Divebomb Records is proud to grant this criminally underrated music the attention it has always deserved through Kill in Time, a comprehensive CLOCKWORK discography—portions appearing for the first time ever on CD. Fully remastered by Jamie King at The Basement Recording, the collection includes a 16-page booklet packed with photos, lyrics, and a retrospective interview with Peter Haas. For the fans, by the fans!

Release date: AUGUST 11TH
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