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lovellsblade2_fotoDutch rockers, LOVELL’S BLADE, formed when several members split from long-running metal band, Picture.  Those members included Pete Lovell (vocals), Mike Ferguson (guitar) and Andre Wullems (guitar), who then teamed up with Patrick Velis (bass) and Noel van Eersel (drums) to form their new act, LOVELL’S BLADE.

Their debut album, Stone Cold Steel, was recorded and mixed by Serge Naberman at the prestigious Claim To Fame Studios and is scheduled to be released via Divebomb Records in North America this winter.  European territory release is still under negotiations at press.

Divebomb Records owner, Matthew Rudzinski, states:

“After having previously worked with Pete Lovell on reissuing his musical endeavors with Picture and Emergency it only made sense that we help to promote this brand new chapter.  We look forward to bringing LOVELL’S BLADE to music fans all over North America this winter.”

The release of Stone Cold Steel will coincide with a new video clip and a number of European dates starting in December.

A South American tour is being planned by Open The Road tour promoters for the second half of 2017.


dive130-coverDivebomb Records is excited to present their brand new Masters Of Metal series, devised as a new twist on that bygone era when top-shelf metal compilations were in high demand—be it Metal Blade’s longstanding Metal Massacre, New Renaissance’s Speed Metal Hell, Roadrunner with Stars on Thrash, or Under One Flag’s Speed Kills—all of which provided a great avenue of exposure for both established and up-and-coming artists alike. Rather than highlighting single tracks, however, Divebomb Records has decided to compile complete demos and/or extended play releases onto these limited CD-only collections.dive131-cover

The first two volumes are due out in November. Masters Of Metal: Volume 1 puts forth CRYPT SERMON’s (Philadelphia, PA) epic doom, the fist-pumping traditional heavy metal of RIOT CITY (Alberta, CAN), HELLRAZOR‘s (Raleigh, NC) hook-laden thrash, and the twin-guitar-centric melodic metal of OLD WOLF (Somerset, KY).

Masters Of Metal: Volume 2 then sheds light on BLAZING RUST‘s (Saint Petersburg, RUS) soaring metal force, the King Diamond-esque approach of CARRIAGE (Portsmouth, VA), OATH OF WOE‘s (Aarhus, DEN) classic take on somber doom metal, and the impressively unique songwriting chops of WARLOK (Springfield, OR).

Each volume’s thick, 16-page, full-color booklet is emblazoned with classic emblem artwork by Steven Cobb; and despite being a compilation series, every band is fully represented within—displaying the original cover art for each release, as well as lyrics, photographs, etc. Masters Of Metal provides yet another means for Divebomb Records to focus their passion for quality in order to champion metal acts that are out there raging today…as always: for the fans, by the fans!

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Martial Law CD
In stores 11/25/2016 | PRE-ORDER NOW

The history of Dutch rockers EMERGENCY dates back to 1985, when Jos Antonissen (bass) and Frans Limonard (guitar) approached Coen Van Hoof (keyboards) about forming a new band. By April of 1986, Emergency was born, and with the help of former PICTURE manager Henk van Antwerpen, landed ex- PICTURE frontman Pete Lovell on vocals. The group firmed up its songwriting and quickly secured a recording contract to begin work on their debut album, Martial Law, with producer Erwin Musper (Zinatra, Def Leppard, etc.) at ML Studio and Wisseloord Studios in 1987.

Upon its release in 1989, Martial Law received press comparisons to acts like Bon Jovi and Europe, but one could even cite similarities to what a band like Survivor was doing around that time: good, solid hard rock with “pop” sensibilities; noticeable influences traced back to the ’70s; an ’80s-centric prominence of keyboards; as well as tinges of heavy metal. But despite its huge potential and some positive attention from Dutch radio, Martial Law‘s two singles failed to make waves, writing for the follow-up stalled, and the members of EMERGENCY went their separate ways…

But now, nearly 30 years after its original street date, Divebomb Records is proud to unearth this overlooked hard rock treasure with a proper CD reissue of Martial Law. Newly remastered by Jamie King at The Basement Recording, the disc will come housed alongside lyrics, archival photographs, and a retrospective interview with EMERGENCY conducted by co-editor Andrew Aversionline. For the fans, by the fans!



Traitor (Deluxe Edition) CD
In stores 11/25/2016 | PRE-ORDER NOW

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 have previously been subject to Divebomb’s two-on-one CD treatment in 2013, and it’s now time to see the group’s fifth opus, Traitor, join the ranks.

Originally issued on LP and cassette in 1985, Traitor was PICTURE’s second—and, at the time, final—album with English frontman Pete Lovell. This period signaled a shift towards a slightly more commercial hard rock direction, under pressure from a record label hoping to mirror the massive success of American acts such as Mötley Crüe. But make no mistake: Traitor‘s nine tracks remain packed with hard-hitting traditional metal riffs and absolutely anthemic choruses—a logical next step on the heels of 1983’s Eternal Dark.

And now, over three decades after the fact, Divebomb Records is ecstatically pleased to announce its official reissue of PICTURE’s Traitor—for the first time ever on CD! Freshly remastered by Jamie King at The Basement Recording, and includes archival photographs as well as a retrospective interview with Pete Lovell conducted by co-editor Andrew Aversionline. For the fans, by the fans!


theefinalchaptre-copy-2THEE FINAL CHAPTRE
It Is Written (Deluxe Edition) CD
In stores 10/14/2016 | BUY NOW

With origins dating back to early- to mid-’80s acts Deus Vult and Divine Right, New Orleans, LA’s THEE FINAL CHAPTRE got its start around 1989, when guitarist Gary Wilson was driven to put together a new, more intense and resolute group of musicians. The band laid its foundation performing a mix of covers and originals around area bars, eventually solidifying its lineup with David Osbourn on drums, Paul Starnes handling bass duties, and frontman Andrew “Tripp” Whittington.

Drawing influences from an assortment of hard rock and metal—UFO, Kiss, Queensryche, Iron Maiden, Metallica, Exodus, etc.—as well as their Christian metal predecessors such as Stryper, Deliverance and Tourniquet; THEE FINAL CHAPTRE forged an explosively diverse sound centered around hard-charging guitar riffs, a locked-in rhythm section, and Whittington’s soaring vocal prowess. This ultimately landed the group a deal with WEI Records for the release of their lone six-song album, It Is Written, in 1991.

However—despite capturing the interest of Polygram subsidiary Jaguar Records—due to limited touring opportunities, managerial mishaps, burgeoning creative differences, and the changing landscape of the metal scene, THEE FINAL CHAPTRE had fallen apart before the end of 1992… thus unable to capitalize on the true potential of their songwriting firepower.

But now, celebrating the 25th anniversary of the original cassette release through WEI, Divebomb Records is proud to announce—for the first time ever on CD—this expanded edition of THEE FINAL CHAPTRE‘s It Is Written. Sourced directly from the DAT master, the album has been digitally remastered alongside nine previously unreleased live bonus tracks; packaged with updated cover art by Steven Cobb, archival photographs straight from the band, and an all-new interview with founder Gary Wilson conducted by Olaf Becker. For the fans, by the fans!


1. Day After Day
2. The Key
3. The Hallowed Hymn
4. Come As You Are
5. All For One
6. Don’t Let It Run You Down (Thunder Trilogy, Part I)

7. Just A Memory (Demo)
8. Blood In The Sand (Live)
9. Insane (Live)
10. Wisdom’s Call (Live)
11. Whisper To Scream (Live)
12. Edge Of Sadness (Live)
13. Just A Memory (Live)
14. Bullet In The Chamber (Live)
15. Armageddon (Live)
16. Black Rain (Live)


Damned and Cursed…To Life On Earth CD
In stores 10/14/2016 | BUY NOW

When your music is described as “more intense than a pitbull on crack,” you know you’re doing something right. Although Green Bay’s legendary ANTAGONIST has not performed in over 20 years, their diabolical, full-throttle assault continues to gain popularity with Heavy Metal fans worldwide. For many years, a single used copy of their much sought-after six track EP has routinely sold for over $100, and in this age of downloading, that’s no small sign of respect or credibility.

Suspiciously little is known about ANTAGONIST. Since their disappearance in the mid-’90s, there have been no signs of life nor any internet presence. It would seem as though ANTAGONIST always knew to leave the world wanting more. Some people claim they still gig on the weekends… in Hell.

ANTAGONIST formed in 1993 as a direct consequence against their weaker, trend-driven surroundings. When the band entered Simple Studio in October 1993 to record their debut (and only) release, no one would have foreseen the impact it would have for years to come. Expertly produced and engineered by the band’s lead architect, Todd Tousey, and digital wizard, Eric James, the material is more relevant to the Metal scene of 2016 than it was upon its release in January 1994. Walking a perfect line between melodic Death Metal and chaotic Thrash, the material infuses hectic speeds with interesting melodies and a tactful sense of musical muscle—dark and aggressive, yet loaded with energy. Combining elements of Traditional Metal with the intensity of Extreme Metal, the band has referred to their music as “Heavy Black Thrash.”

Now, more than two decades later, Divebomb Records is proud to bring new life to ANTAGONIST‘s scorching debut with Damned And Cursed… To Life On Earth; including lyrics, archival photographs, an all-new retrospective band interview, plus a full live set recorded in 1993—all fully remastered by Jamie King at The Basement Studios. Or, to be more accurate, in the words of ANTAGONIST‘s Todd Tousey himself, “This is neither a reissue nor remaster, as it was never mastered the first time. This is the first official release actually; it only took Divebomb Records 22 years to make it happen.” We’re just glad that he hasn’t cut his hair in the meantime!


1. Black Sands Of Time
2. Dead Priest
3. Lies After Death
4. Good Day To Die
5. Live In Fear
6. Cracking Skulls

7. Dead Priest (Live)
8. Mad As Hell (Live)
9. Lies After Death (Live)
10. Good Day To Die (Live)
11. Live In Fear (Live)
12. Hell Awaits (Live)
13. Balls To The Wall (Live)
14. Leather Rebel (Live at Soundcheck)
15. Black Sands Of Time (Demo)
16. Dead Priest (Demo)


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.

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)



Image of SLAVE RAIDER - Bigger, Badder & BolderMINDS EYE
The Awakening
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!

Image of EDEN - Eden (Deluxe Edition)OBLIVION
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!

Image of CRO-MAGS - Alpha OmegaVARIX
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 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!



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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!




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 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!


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