Bootcamp Series #26
MINDS EYE formed in Baltimore, MD in 1991, drawing inspiration from hard rock and metal legends old and new—Led Zeppelin and Rush, Judas Priest and Iron Maiden, Metallica and Pantera, etc. The early- to mid-’90s may have been a time of upheaval for some facets of the metal scene, but MINDS EYE stayed the course, utilizing their diverse range of influences to develop a truly unique sound that brings to mind everyone from Mercyful Fate to Wrathchild America—with a tactful dash of the vaguely grunge-tinged aesthetic that would make such an impact just a few years later.
The group self-released its 10-song debut full-length in 1992, and spent the next eight years heavily promoting MINDS EYE on stage and through the underground press—achieving some notoriety throughout Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia by way of opening slots for such eclectic acts as Savatage, Nuclear Assault, and Humble Pie.
Compilation appearances on collections such as Diamonds in the Rough and Seattle Sucks would follow, but an appealing recording contract never crossed the band’s path, leaving their second and final album, Minds Eye 2000, unreleased… until now!
Divebomb Records is delighted to announce The Awakening: the complete 18-track discography of MINDS EYE to date. Compiling both the Minds Eye and the previously unreleased Minds Eye 2000 albums—fully remastered by Jamie King at The Basement Recording—alongside archival photographs and an all-new retrospective interview with the band. For the fans, by the fans!
Cyclogenesis: Songs For Armageddon
Bootcamp Series #27
OBLIVION formed in 1984 in Toms River, NJ when the band’s core members were still in high school. Heavily influenced by the savage thrash of Slayer, etc., within a year the talented young group had issued a high-quality demo and quickly began to capture the interest of legendary labels such as Combat, Metal Blade, and Roadrunner.
Over the course of the near-decade that followed, OBLIVION would weather a number of lineup changes and go on to release an impressive seven demos between 1985 and 1990. With time, the band logically injected their initial take on raw, ferocious thrash with more technical and melodic influences, as well as an occasionally streamlined hardcore/punk attack—no surprise given OBLIVION’s lineup ties to other cult New Jersey crossover/hardcore acts such as Lethal Aggression and Social Decay.
However, like so many promising metal bands of the time period, their wealth of output; support from zines, tape traders, and radio; and interest from a slew of record companies—among them major label MCA—were simply not enough. OBLIVION failed to secure a proper recording contract and came to an end in the early-’90s, as their once-ceaseless dedication finally wore out…
But now, decades later, Divebomb Records is delighted to announce Cyclogenesis: Songs for Armageddon. This massive double-CD collection includes all seven OBLIVION demos—Oblivion (1985), Intention to Kill (1985), Back to Maim (1987), Intoxicated With Agony!! (1988), War Gives Me Peace of Mind? (1988), Why Did Johnny Kill (1989), and Contents Under Pressure (1990)—for a total of 35 tracks, fully remastered by Jamie King at The Basement Recording. In addition, the 24-page booklet is packed with photos, flyers, artwork, memorabilia, and an extensive new interview (complete lyrics will be available for download through the Divebomb website). For the fans, by the fans!
Morbid Tribute To Distortion
Bootcamp Series #28
Friends and musical kinsmen of recent Divebomb Records recruits Skeptic Sense, VARIX was first born in southwestern Germany in 1988 under the all-too-popular name of Suffocation. Eventually settling upon the less common moniker of VARIX in 1991, the group would gradually bolster its lineup with former members of fellow little-known Germans Annoy, Excruciator, and Toxic Refuse over the course of three demos (and a compilation appearance on Rave Music’s Peace-Eater Vol. IV) between 1991 and 1995.
VARIX concocted a uniquely quirky brand of complex yet melodic thrash metal built upon an eclectic blend of influences that included rock, metal, hardcore/punk, alternative, and even blues. This breadth of musical interests was also represented in a range of lyrical topics that stretched from horror and psychological struggles to societal concerns and anti-war pleas for peace.
Beginning with Morbus Cron (1991) and Tribute to Fate (1993), the band’s efforts culminated with 1995’s Harmonic Distortion—focusing their energy into a heavier, darker, and more mature direction. Unfortunately, subtle disagreements over the technicality of the material—coupled with continual lineup instability—brought VARIX’s days to an end by early-1995.
Now, more than two decades later, Divebomb Records is thrilled to present the complete 10-song discography from these sorely overlooked German thrashers in the form of Morbid Tribute To Distortion. Fully remastered by Jamie King at The Basement Recording, the package also includes lyrics, archival photos, and a retrospective band interview conducted by NoEcho.net co-editor Andrew Aversionline. For the fans, by the fans!
Bootcamp Series #29
In 1990, FAITH COLLAPSING formed in Wilmington, NC out of a love for aggressive, challenging music that maintained musical integrity while possessing a thematic message. The early-’90s were a time of much disparity in the rock world, with Mötley Crüe, Poison, and Cinderella dominating MTV’s daytime slots; but it was the success of Headbangers Ball playing videos by Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, and Anthrax that caught FAITH COLLAPSING’s attention.
Building upon those influences—as well as similarities to acts such as Forbidden or fellow North Carolina natives Confessor—FAITH COLLAPSING spent the next several years honing their sound through diligent rehearsals and a relentless live schedule (including opening slots for Crowbar, Savatage, Nile, White Zombie, and more) that often saw the band performing as many as three sets per night!
Demos were recorded in 1991 and 1993, before FAITH COLLAPSING set to work on their full-length debut in 1995 with Dick Hodgin―whom the band had admired for his work on Corrosion of Conformity’s Technocracy and some of Confessor’s early demos. The result was Lost: an impassioned 10-song journey that has withstood trends for two decades―continuing to capture a new, global audience of power/thrash metal fans.
Divebomb Records is thrilled to unleash this expanded reissue of Lost—complete with 1993’s The Whisper demo, as well as a previously unreleased pre-production track called “Prodigal Son”—fully remastered by Jamie King at The Basement Recording. The 20 page booklet also includes lyrics; archival photographs; and an in-depth, band-penned FAITH COLLAPSING biography. As an added bonus, the Divebomb website will host 4 bonus live tracks recorded at the legendary Mad Monk in Wilmington, NC. For the fans, by the fans!