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CYCLONE TEMPLE DELUXE REISSUE TO KICK OFF 2017
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cyclone-temple-250It is no secret that CYCLONE TEMPLE are one of our favorite classic thrash acts here at Divebomb Records.  We are excited to present a deluxe edition of their debut album, I Hate Therefore I Am, which features a companion CD of unreleased demos/live tracks entitled Land Of The Greed, Home Of The Depraved.  The set is limited to 500 units worldwide.

We will not be doing a pre-order cycle for this release due to where it falls in the calendar year.  Ordering begins on 1/2/2017 via our store and CDBaby.com.

To tell the story of CYCLONE TEMPLE, one must begin with Znöwhite. Formed in 1982 by siblings Greg Fulton (guitar) and Tony Heath (drums) along with their cousin, Curtis Fulton (bass), Znöwhite eventually welcomed singer Nicole Lee and became one of the more promising speed metal acts in the U.S. Throughout the mid-’80s, the Chicago-based outfit issued two EPs and a live album before signing with Roadracer Records for the release of their critically acclaimed album, Act of God, in 1988.

Following lineup changes that found Fulton surrounded by an all-new cast consisting of Scott Schafer (bass), John Slattery (drums), and powerhouse ex-Hammeron vocalist Brian Troch, a name change was imminent. Rechristened as CYCLONE TEMPLE, the group signed on with Combat Records and entered Normandy Sound in Warren, RI to track their debut album, I Hate Therefore I Am, with engineer Tom Soares.

A soulful masterpiece of thrash, I Hate Therefore I Am arrived in stores in 1991, and CYCLONE TEMPLE toured with a variety of acts before being unceremoniously dismissed from their label during a Sony takeover. As such, the groundbreaking creativity, intelligence, emotion, and power of I Hate Therefore I Am unjustly failed to make its mark. A frustrated Troch walked away, and CYCLONE TEMPLE soldiered on to release an EP (Building Errors in the Machine, 1993) with singer Marco Salinas, and follow-up album My Friend Lonely—with yet another vocalist, Sonny DeLuca—before throwing in the towel in 1994.

But, it’s never too late to have one’s mind completely blown to bits by a criminally underrated thrash classic such as I Hate Therefore I Am, so now, over 25 years later—and for the first time since 1999—Divebomb Records is proud to make I Hate Therefore I Am once again available on CD. Remastered by Jamie King at The Basement Recording, the disc will be packaged with a retrospective essay featuring brand new commentary from ALL FOUR members; plus nearly 20 reverential quotes contributed by members of Aftermath, Broken Hope, and Sindrome (among others), as well as authors from Decibel, Rock Hard, MetalSucks.net, and many more. You’ll also find a reprinted interview feature from Detonator fanzine #2, conducted by Starkweather vocalist Rennie Resmini in 1991. For the fans, by the fans!

With Brian Troch on vocals in 1989, and still operating as Znöwhite—the old name remained until the group signed their deal with Combat Records—an eight-song outing was recorded on a four-track in the band’s practice spot at the Space Place in Chicago. The sessions were in preparation for what was to become Znöwhite’s Land of the Greed, Home of the Depraved full-length—songs that would largely see the light of day two years later on CYCLONE TEMPLE‘s debut album, I Hate Therefore I Am, in 1991.

Also in 1991—and still with Troch—CYCLONE TEMPLE entered Medical Records with Brian Mitchell to lay down rough demos for the Building Errors in the Machine EP. These recordings finally lend insight into the “what ifs” long-pondered by fans yearning to have heard Brian’s soulful rasp on CYCLONE TEMPLE‘s later efforts. Of note is his handling of the harmonies during the chorus of “Down the Drain,” or the arrangements in “Me, Myself & I”—one of the catchiest tunes from the group’s post-Troch discography.

Few outside of the band themselves have ever heard these rare recordings, so 25-plus years later, it’s incredibly exciting—and hard to believe—that Divebomb Records has been able to excavate these lost treasures from the personal collection of bassist Scott Schafer himself!

LOVELL’S BLADE COMMERCIAL RELEASED
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FAITH COLLAPSING REUNION SHOW ANNOUNCED
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14910308_10154753399804074_2548718421429818953_nFAITH COLLAPSING have announced their first show in 22 years with the original Lost-era line-up.  March 25th will see the group take the stage at Cuzfest 2017 at the Rusty Nail in their hometown.

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!

LOVELL’S BLADE ALBUM COMING THIS WINTER
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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.

INTRODUCING “MASTERS OF METAL” COMPILATION SERIES
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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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EMERGENCY’S “MARTIAL LAW” REISSUE COMING IN NOVEMBER
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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 NoEcho.net co-editor Andrew Aversionline. For the fans, by the fans!

PICTURE’S “TRAITOR” ARRIVES ON CD FOR FIRST TIME EVER
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PICTURE
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 NoEcho.net co-editor Andrew Aversionline. For the fans, by the fans!

THEE FINAL CHAPTRE 25TH ANNIVERSARY REISSUE COMING IN OCTOBER
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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!

FOR FANS OF:
CRIMSON GLORY, QUEENSRYCHE, HEIR APPARENT, LETHAL, HITTMAN, STRYPER

TRACK LIST:
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)

BONUS TRACKS
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)

ANTAGONIST TO RELEASE “DAMNED AND CURSED…TO LIFE ON EARTH” IN OCTOBER
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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!

FOR FANS OF:
KREATOR, SLAYER, DESTRUCTION, ENFORCER, MERCYFUL FATE

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

BONUS TRACKS
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’S DEBUT IS AVAILABLE NOW!
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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)

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