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HELION PRIME DEBUT IS SHIPPING NOW
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Fast becoming home base for an elite squadron of U.S. heavy metal troops, Divebomb Records is proud to enlist science-centric Sacramento, CA power metallers HELION PRIME to a growing roster that already includes such acts as WÜLFHOOK, ZEPHANIAH, EVERTHRONE, FINAL SIGN and JUDICATOR.  HELION PRIME’s self-titled debut album will see release via Divebomb Records on August 12th, 2016.

First conceived through a common love of heavy metal and science, HELION PRIME was born in 2014 when DIRE PERIL guitarist Jason Ashcraft joined forces with GRAVESHADOW vocalist Heather Michele to forge a new project—between the two, résumés boasted work alongside such greats as Andy LaRocque (King Diamond, Death, etc.), Mark Briody (Jag Panzer), Ralf Scheepers (Primal Fear, Gamma Ray, etc.), Niklas Isfeldt (Dream Evil) and Brittney Slayes (Unleash The Archers). DIVE119-coverThe name HELION PRIME was borrowed from an alien planet featured in the 2004 film The Chronicles of Riddick. The concept? Power metal thematically based on actual scientific theories—with the occasional sci-fi tribute thrown in for good measure.

Their debut EP, The Drake Equation, followed in 2015, and HELION PRIME‘s lineup eventually solidified with the addition of Jeremy Steinhouse on bass and AXIOM’s Justin Herzer behind the kit. Almost precisely one year later, the group returned with a self-titled 10-track full-length: independently released by the band in mid-February of 2016 and already out of print!

Divebomb Records has now stepped in to help HELION PRIME expand upon their growing popularity by granting wider exposure to this epic album, packed with all of the fast-paced, high-energy guitar acrobatics one would expect from a power metal quartet—not to mention Heather’s uniquely soaring vocal harmonies—alongside a bounty of raging riffs that should appeal to fans of melodic Swedish death metal and traditional heavy metal fare alike… plus a few other surprise twists and turns to boot!

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SLAVE RAIDER COMPLETE TRILOGY OF REISSUES
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The year was 1989. Cult-favorite Twin Cities shock metallers SLAVE RAIDER found themselves without a label, having been dropped from the Jive Records roster following the release of their first two albums—Take the World by Storm (1986) and What Do You Know About Rock ‘n Roll? (1988). Despite losing two members in the major label fallout, the group refused to throw in the towel and set to work independently producing what would become their most daring album… one that would be—quite literally—Bigger, Badder & Bolder.

Having previously reissued the first two SLAVE RAIDER classics in 2015, Divebomb Records is excited to complete the trilogy by issuing Bigger, Badder & Bolder on CD for the first time since its extremely limited edition release in 1990! This bigger, badder, and bolder (pun intended) edition has been brought back to life through the all-new mastering of Jamie King at The Basement Recording, two secret bonus tracks, and an essay on the band’s closing chapter by NoEcho.net co-editor Carlos Ramirez—featuring input from SLAVE RAIDER frontman Chainsaw Caine himself.

It may have taken 26 years, but it’s time for these underground heavy metal legends to finally get their due. For the fans, by the fans!

FOR FANS OF:
TWISTED SISTER, KICK AXE, RATT, QUIET RIOT, CINDERELLA

TRACK LIST:
1. Bigger, Badder & Bolder
2. D.O.A.(Dead On Arrival)
3. Bad Boy Boogie
4. Blackout
5. Who Owns America?
6. Fight For What You Believe In
7. I Don’t Need Your Love

+ two secret bonus tracks

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EDEN’S 1985 DEBUT REISSUED IN DELUXE EDITION
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Eden Album B&W promo picEDEN‘s roots date back to one of Orange County, CA’s most popular hard rock acts of the early-’80s: AUGUST REDMOONHowever, despite sold out shows and the success of their groundbreaking 1982 EP, Fools are Never Alone—as well as an appearance on the Metal Massacre IV compilation—AUGUST REDMOON disbanded in 1983.

Following a brief stint as Terracuda, EDEN was born when remaining members Michael Henry (vocals) and David Young (drums) joined forces with Salt Lake City transplant Rick Scott Crocco on guitar; and his former sound tech, Dave Henriod, on bass. The quartet eventually secured a deal with Enigma/Restless and entered Westwind Studios in Thousand Oaks, CA to record a full-length—but not before bringing former AUGUST REDMOON bassist Gary Winslow back into the fold. Packed to the brim with raucous, energetic heavy metal anthems, EDEN‘s long-awaited self-titled debut hit the streets in 1986.

After being released from their contract due to a lack of label support, the group recruited new frontman (and future QUEENSRŸCHE guitarist) Mike Stone and second guitarist Lenny Spickle—recording a new five-song demo in 1987 that displayed a logical progression from the hard-hitting catchiness of the album. This lineup showcased for several major labels, but luck was not on their side, and EDEN folded by the end of 1988. David, Gary, and Lenny, however—alongside an assortment of singers and guitarists—gave EDEN new life in the 2000s, recording a four-song EP in 2010 and making their European live debut at the Headbanger’s Open Air Festival in Hamburg, Germany in 2012.

Originally reissued on CD by European label High Vaultage/Metal for Muthas in 2003, the limited edition 1,000-unit pressing sold out quickly and has remained out of print… until now. Divebomb Records is thrilled to shed new light on these classic recordings for the first time in North America—1986’s 11-song Eden full-length, rare demo cuts from ’85 – ’87, and tracks from the 2000s era Judgement Day EP—fully remastered by Jamie King at The Basement Recording, and including an in-depth EDEN biography penned by former Headbanger fanzine editor and close friend of the band, Bob Nalbandian. For the fans, by the fans!

FOR FANS OF:
WARRIOR, ODIN, MALICE, SAVAGE GRACE, SAVATAGE

TRACK LIST:
1. Pound It Out
2. The Looking Glass
3. Judgement Day
4. Morte/Gone Too Far
5. Victim Of The World
6. Panic In The City
7. The Bigger They Are
8. Sealed With A Kiss
9. Fighting Mad
10. Untraveled Waters
11. She Burns (With Fire)

BONUS TRACKS

Demo – 1987
12. Satisfaction Guaranteed
13. The Real Me
14. White Mice
15. Lost In The Race
16. Rome Burns

Demo – 1985
17. Pound It Out

Judgement Day – 2005/2016
18. Hot Rods To Hell
19. Suicide
20. The Deep

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CRO-MAGS’ CROSSOVER CLASSIC ONCE AGAIN REISSUED ON DIVEBOMB
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CRO_Bandshot_cmykDivebomb Records is currently in the midst of a flourishing partnership with Century Media Records—a relationship that began back in 2010 with our initial reissue of one of the most wrongfully scorned crossover albums of all time: Alpha – Omega, by the CRO-MAGS. Amongst the fastest-selling reissues in the label’s history, that first pressing sold out in just eight months… which brings us to this long overdue expanded repress for 2016!

Since Alpha – Omega‘s debut in 1992, its creative origins have been long-disputed between the band’s members and fans alike, and it’s only in the past five years or so that the album seems to finally be gaining some respect—largely from a younger generation of fans who have come up in a scene that is more receptive to a wide range of influences. We at Divebomb Records remain unconcerned with the drama, as the CRO-MAGS created some of their most outstanding material during this turbulent segment of their timeline. A bold statement ripe for debate, sure, but the bottom line is that Alpha – Omega is—in our opinion—some of the finest crossover metallic hardcore that New York City has ever produced. Period!

We won’t bore you with typical descriptions, because the legacy of the CRO-MAGS speaks for itself. The music is what truly matters, and we’re thrilled to once more bring this much-treasured classic back into the favorable light it has always deserved! This expanded repress of Alpha – Omega features the same crushing audio from 2010 (fully remastered by Jamie King at The Basement Studios) alongside a fully overhauled layout that includes photos, archival press clippings, and an all-new interview with former CRO-MAGS guitarist Gabby Abularach. For the fans, by the fans!

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BEWITCHER JOINS DIVEBOMB RECORDS
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BEWITCHER promo photoRock ‘n’ roll is the devil’s music, and heavy metal its bastard child. In the 1980s, America’s radical fundamentalist Christian right-wing waged a war against this music, bringing its practitioners and its unholy muse to the forefront of the public consciousness.

Over a quarter-century later, the devil’s rock ‘n’ roll is still alive and well, but the war is far from over.

And so it came to pass…

In the 13th year of Satan’s third millennium, a new force arose to defend the ways of old. BEWITCHER is the ancient black flame of magic, mayhem, freedom, and liberation—burning in blatant opposition to the laughable norms of this modern age. Instead, they look to that bygone era, before its pollution by crybaby emo wimps, when heavy metal—in all its glory—truly represented the tenets upon which it was founded.

May your children be corrupted, may your foundations be shaken, may your mundane existences be forever altered, for this spell cannot be broken…

Fall and obey! And beware the curse of the BEWITCHER!

Divebomb Records is thrilled to present the blackened speed metal of BEWITCHER.  Their self-titled debut was produced by Joel Grind (Toxic Holocaust, Lord Dying, Coliseum) and features 9 tracks sure to appeal to fans of Midnight, Venom, Celtic Frost, Toxic Holocaust and Bathory.

TRACK LIST:
1. Bewitcher
2. Speed ‘Til You Bleed
3. Sin Is In Her Blood
4. Wild Blasphemy
5. Midnight Hunters
6. Harlots Of Hell
7. Hot Nights, Red Lights
8. Black Speed Delirium
9. In The Night (The Cult Will Rise)

MESSINA “TERRORTORY” DELUXE EDITION SHIPPING NOW!
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Messina 8 - CopyFormed in Heesch, Netherlands during the autumn of 1983 by five teenagers inspired by bands like Anvil, Raven, Iron Maiden, Saxon and Judas Priest, MESSINA got its start under the name of ASSASSIN. Six months later, the group made its live debut in the spring of 1984 and never looked back, releasing three demos in three consecutive years—Mission Completed (1986), Cease Fire (1987), and Murder in the First Degree (1988).

Due to confusion with the German band of the same name, and just prior to their first official appearance with two tracks on the Metal in Rocks Vol. I compilation in 1988, ASSASSIN settled upon the mysterious new name of MESSINA, after a town on the island of Sicily, Italy. The following year, they issued the Live! demo—showcasing the raw energy of their increasingly thrash-based attack, drawing inspiration from more aggressive acts such as Metallica, Sepultura, and Slayer. DIVE113-cover

Finally, the years of hard work practicing and playing gigs paid off, as MESSINA signed on with Inline Music for the release of their nine-song full-length album, Terrortory (1990). Unfortunately, their luck would soon change, as the label cancelled a German tour, and the band eventually lost its lead vocalist—the remaining members deciding to remain friends but go their separate ways before the end of 1993.

But now, more than 25 years later, the music lives on, as Divebomb Records is proud to announce this deluxe, two-CD set collecting MESSINA‘s entire discography—including all three ASSASSIN demos—fully remastered by Jamie King at The Basement Studios; and including an in-depth, band-penned biography and loads of archival photographs. For the fans, by the fans!

FOR FANS OF:
SACROSANCT, DYOXEN, MANDATOR, GAMMACIDE, APOCALYPSE

TRACK LIST:
DISC 1
1. Messina
2. Attempted Suicide
3. Nothing Will Change
4. Terrortory
5. Who’s For Dinner
6. Drop Dead
7. Deathrow
8. Ritual Killings
9. The Commencement

BONUS TRACKS
10. Murder In The First Degree

Live (Demo – 1989)
11. Die In ‘Nam
12. Murder In The First Degree
13. The Quest
14. Eye Of The Tornado
15. Deathrow
16. Wings Of War

DISC 2
The ASSASSIN Years

Murder In The First Degree (Demo – 1988)
1. Gonna Leave Her
2. Eye Of The Tornado
3. Die In ‘Nam

Cease Fire (Demo – 1987)
4. Utopia
5. Roaming ‘N Roving
6. Shattered Dreams
7. Lay Down
8. T.N.S. (Part 1)

Mission Completed (Demo – 1986)
1. Thoughts Of Vengeance
2. One Night Romance
3. Becapsus
4. Kill (Or Be Killed)

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BANSHEE’S “RACE AGAINST TIME + CRY IN THE NIGHT” SHIPPING NOW!
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banshee_promo_pic2_640x511Rising from the Midwestern hard rock scene of the mid-‘80s, BANSHEE was a band that balanced traditional heavy metal with melodic hard rock with winning results. Featuring former members of such underground Kansas City groups as Granmax and Frodo, BANSHEE was fronted by Tommy Lee Flood, a vocalist that many have compared to Ronnie James Dio in his range and power. A few years after forming, BANSHEE self-released their Cry in the Night EP, selling so many copies independently that both Metal Blade and Atlantic Records courted the young act.

BANSHEE ended up signing on with A&R legend Jason Flom at Atlantic Records, but not before licensing the EP to Metal Blade, in turn bringing international attention to the group. 1989 found the quartet releasing their debut album, Race Against Time, an 11-song collection that focused on their more melodic tendencies. Despite MTV’s Headbangers Ball giving the band’s “Shoot Down The Night” video healthy airplay, behind-the-scenes drama lead to Banshee being dropped by Atlantic Records. The group would break up in 1993 after releasing their Take ‘Em By Storm that year on their own Snowblind label.

Now, over 30 years since BANSHEE formed, Divebomb Records is excited to bring you the Race Against Time + Cry In The Night 2 CD set with each release pressed on its own CD. The remastered collection will feature archival BANSHEE photos from throughout their career as well as reversible covers. In addition, there’s a new interview with guitarist Terry Dunn done by NoEcho.net’s Carlos Ramirez especially for this reissue. With both titles long out of print, this is your chance to own two pieces of melodic hard rock gold all over again.

FOR FANS OF:
LEATHERWOLF, SHOK PARIS, OMEN, LIZZY BORDEN

TRACK LIST:
DISC 1
Race Against Time (1989)
1. Shoot Down The Night
2. All Alone
3. Race Against Time
4. Circular Flight Of The One Winged Sparrow
5. Call Of The Wild
6. Precious Metal
7. Desire
8. Get It On The Run
9. Missing You
10. Drive Like Hell
11. Desert Moon

DISC 2
Cry In The Night (1986)
1. We Want You
2. Back Your Way
3. I Believe
4. The Stranger
5. Cry In The Night

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HARD KNOX’S “PSYCO’S R US” SHIPPING NOW
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HK promoWe are excited to finally announce the reissue of HARD KNOX mega rare Psyco’s R Us album this July.  We started this in 2011 and this time has finally arrived for this once super rare album to be enjoyed by everyone!

Drawing from a wide range of influences that spanned from Led Zeppelin and Bad Company, to early AC/DC and the Scorpions, and even further to Fates Warning and Savatage; Salt Lake City, Utah’s HARD KNOX got its start when vocalist Therron Arrington and guitarist Chris Gigliotti began recording early tracks in—of all places—a closet in Chris’ mother’s house.

The quintet grew to achieve local notoriety—helped along by opening slots for acts like David Lee Roth, Great White, Mr. Big, Slaughter, and even Pantera (among many others)—but after interest from Atlantic Records failed to result in a suitable recording contract, HARD KNOX decided to strike out on their own to self-release a full-length album, Psyco’s R Us, in 1993. DIVE114-cover

The 10-song release carried a sound representative of the changing landscape of hard rock at the time—Skid Row meets Mother Love Bone; or, as the band describes, equal parts Dirty Looks, Kix, and Alice in Chains. HARD KNOX promoted the album by plastering the town with full-size posters to support a continued onslaught of live gigs. However, the hard rockin’, hard partyin’ lifestyle eventually caught up with them, and the band self-destructed before they were able to capitalize on the momentum they had built.

Out of print for decades and now an increasingly rare collector’s item (once cited in VH1’s list of the “100 Rarest Hard Rock CDs”), original copies of the album have sold on eBay for astronomical prices of more than $300. After years of trying, Divebomb Records is now thrilled to finally present this deluxe reissue of Psyco’s R Us—including HARD KNOX’s original four-song demo (one track from which also appeared on KBER 101’s The Best of Rock From the Wasatch Front compilation CD)—fully remastered by Jamie King at The Basement Recording; and including a brand new interview with vocalist, Therron Arrington, alongside archival photographs. For the fans, by the fans!

FOR FANS OF:
DANGEROUS TOYS, SPREAD EAGLE, CATS IN BOOTS, DIRTY LOOKS, KIX

TRACK LIST:
1. Freight Train From Hell
2. R.R. Tracks
3. Feels So Good
4. OGA
5. Psyco’s R Us
6. Not So Bad
7. Hairy Kari
8. You’re A Mess
9. Keepin’ Up
10. Pushin’

BONUS TRACKS
11. Don’t Point Your Finger
12. Pushin’ (Demo)
13. Will We Make It (Demo)
14. She Do It For Money (Demo)

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DEATHROW’S LIFE BEYOND SEES OFFICIAL REISSUE
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Formed in western Germany in 1984 under the name Samhain—and releasing three demos prior to rechristening themselves DEATHROW in 1986 for their debut full-length outing, Riders of Doom (a.k.a. Satan’s Gift)—DEATHROW‘s early years laid a foundation of relentless Teutonic thrash. In 1988, however, guitarist Thomas Priebe was replaced with Uwe Osterlehner, which ushered in a much more technical and dynamic approach for the group’s third album, Deception Ignored.

Four years later, having severed ties with Noise Records, 1992’s Life Beyond became DEATHROW‘s lone outing as a part of the growing roster of West Virginia Records (run by Andy and Sabina Classen from Holy Moses). Having decided that Deception Ignored may have been overly complex in hindsight, the quartet opted to streamline their approach for album number four: injecting Deception Ignored‘s intricacy and melody with a dose of focused, aggressive thrash from their early roots—a fitting end to the “second phase” of DEATHROW‘s career.

Now, nearly 25 years later, Divebomb Records is proud to present this expanded reissue of DEATHROW‘s Life Beyond—fully remastered by Jamie King at The Basement Recording, and including a slew of archival photographs direct from the band plus full lyrics as well as a brand new essay by Andrew Aversionline (of NoEcho.net) with participation from guitarist, Uwe Osterlehner. For the fans, by the fans!

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DEADLY BLESSING TO REISSUE “PSYCHO DRAMA” AND MORE ON DIVEBOMB
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After many years of trying, it is finally official! Tom Umba and Dan Pettolina of DEADLY BLESSING with signed contracts.

We will be reissuing the Psycho Drama demo material (sourced from the original DAT master) as well some unreleased recordings from the Larry Betson fronted era of the group.

We have just begun work on this project and we hope to have it released by the end of 2016.  Steven Cobb recently completed the new cover art and we will be revealing very soon.

Besides the DEADLY BLESSING material the collection will also include the OPTIMUS PRIME demo as well.