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MESSINA “TERRORTORY” DELUXE EDITION AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER
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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 TO REISSUE “RACE AGAINST TIME + CRY IN THE NIGHT” IN JULY
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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 REISSUE COMING IN JULY
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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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HELION PRIME JOIN DIVEBOMB RECORDS
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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!

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.

SILENT SCREAM REISSUE COMING IN JUNE
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35763_130582956978905_6676066_nFormed in a Long Beach, CA garage in 1985 when the average age of the band’s members was just 15 years old, SILENT SCREAM’s brief run into the early-’90s still managed to leave a mark on the California thrash scene. Soldiering on through a revolving door of guitar players across three demos, the group solidified its core lineup of Mario Atencio (bass/vocals), Cris McCarthy and Tom Perry (guitars), and Patrick Short (drums) leading up to their sole full-length offering, From The Darkest Depths Of The Imagination.

Originally released in 1992 by Tombstone Records, From The Darkest Depths Of The Imagination‘s eight tracks put forth a meaty, midpaced style of thrash—reminiscent of other high-level early-’90s gems such as DEVASTATION’s Idolatry and DARK ANGEL’s Time Does Not Heal. This is perhaps no coincidence, as the sessions were produced by none other than the legendary Gene Hoglan of Dark Angel—who also contributed lyrics and a guitar solo to two of the album’s choice cuts.

Divebomb Records is now excited to present From The Darkest Depths Of The Imagination in a deluxe edition format: newly remastered by Jamie King and featuring their first demo,Thanatopsis; as well as updated cover art by Steven Cobb, a retrospective interview, plus unseen photos from the band’s archives. For the fans, by the fans.

In stores 6/10/2016

FOR FANS OF:
DARK ANGEL, DEVASTATION, SOLSTICE, MORBID SAINT, DEMOLITION HAMMER

TRACK LIST:
1. Self Abuse
2. From The Darkest Depths Of The Imagination
3. Open Season
4. Theatre Of The Depraved
5. Matrix Of Madness
6. Distraction Of Thought
7. Rise And Fall
8. Prey Upon The Weak

BONUS TRACKS
The Last Rites (1989)
9. Thanatopsis
10. Inch Of Life
11. Deafen To Beauty

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DESPAIR’S “BEYOND ALL REASON” TO BE REISSUED IN JUNE
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despair-bandDivebomb Records is excited to continue its ongoing partnership with Century Media Records to bring about the worldwide reissue of DESPAIR‘s third and final album, Beyond All Reason. It will be available 6/10/2016.  Pre-ordering has begun and orders can be placed.

Formed in Germany in 1986, DESPAIR dealt out thrash of the highest order over the course of their next six years together. Originally lead by vocalist Robert Kampf, DESPAIR issued their debut album, History of Hate, in 1988, but he exited the band before their next full-length so he could concentrate his energy on Century Media, the future label powerhouse he founded that year. The group then hired former APOSTASY vocalist Andreas Henschel as Kampf’s replacement and released their critically acclaimed sophomore full-length, 1990’s Decay of Humanity.

By the time the band went into Tonstudio Mohrmann in Bochum, Germany to record their next album, guitarist Waldemar Sorychta emerged as a force to reckon with, in front and behind the scenes. The guitarist seized the producer reigns on 1991’s Beyond All Reason, a well-rounded onslaught of thrash and more traditionally minded heavy metal that is the finest moment in their discography. As fierce as Beyond All Reason proved to be, it was sadly their swan song.

Divebomb Records is excited, at long last, to reissue DESPAIR’s third and final album, Beyond All Reason. This reissue features all new digital mastering with expanded layout featuring lyrics and brand new essay by Carlos Ramirez (of NoEcho.net). For the fans, by the fans…

FOR FANS OF:
INTRUDER, POLTERGEIST, CORONER, PROTECTOR

TRACK LIST:
1. Beyond Comprehension
2. Deaf & Blind
3. Imported Love
4. The Day Of Desperation
5. In The Deep
6. Rage In The Eyes
7. Burnt Out Souls
8. Son Of The Wild
9. Crossed In Sorrow

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BRAZILIAN DOOMSTERS, WITCHING ALTAR, JOIN DIVEBOMB RECORDS
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3a - CopyDivebomb Records is excited to welcome its first doom act, WITCHING ALTAR, to the label.  Their debut album, Ride With The Devil, will be available 6/10/2016.

WITCHING ALTAR came into being in the year 2011 with but a single desire; to fulfill their oath of reverence to the traditional doom metal cult. T. Witchlover and Peter Vitus bow in supplication to forefathers Black Sabbath, Pentagram and Saint Vitus, and stand alongside newer priests of doom like Reverend Bizarre, Lord Vicar and Electric Wizard.

Divebomb Records is pleased to bring you the North American release of WITCHING ALTAR‘s new album Ride With The Devil, and join the band on its crusade of despair. Deep, heavy guitars, dirty, punishing bass and hefty, bludgeoning drums bring forth tales of witchcraft, left hand path, narcotic indulgence and human debauchery.

FOR FANS OF:
REVEREND BIZARRE, CHURCH OF MISERY, ELECTRIC WIZARD, BLACK SABBATH

TRACK LIST:
1. Tower Of The Black Wizard
2. The Price We Pay
3. Son Of The Devil
4. Her Embrace
5. Unbreakable Witchcraft
6. Everything Dies
7. Dopesmoke

BONUS TRACKS
8. Cromwell (Reverend Bizarre Cover)
9. Living Backwards (Saint Vitus Cover)
10. Relentless (Pentagram Cover)

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INFESTDEAD DISCOGRAPHY RELEASE ON DIVEBOMB RECORDS
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Divebomb Records is excited to continue it’s partnership with Century Media Records and announce the North American release of INFESTDEAD‘s Satanic Serenades 2 CD discography set on 6/10/16.
Legendary Swedish vocalist/multi-instrumentalist/producer Dan Swanö is perhaps best known for his work with EDGE OF SANITY, NIGHTINGALE, BLOODBATH, and recently WITHERSCAPE.

Active since the early ’90s, his career runs much deeper than this revered quartet, having produced seemingly countless bands from across the metal spectrum (OPETH, DISSECTION, KATATONIA, ASPHYX to name just a few) as well as launching or taking part in side projects including MOONTOWER, ODYSSEY, PAN.THY.MONIUM or INFESTDEAD.

The latter formed in 1993 and released two albums – Hellf**k (1997) and JesuSatan (1999) – plus EP/split releases. From the debut EP Killing Christ, vocalist Dread (TORMENTED, ex-MARDUK) and Dan had only one goal in mind: to create classic US inspired death metal like DEICIDE and MORBID ANGEL. The result was astonishing and in its remastered fashion sounds even more convincing and is blessed by Swanö’s incredible songwriting talent. Even if it’s just plain and violent death metal, Mr Swanö turns everything he touches into amazing music, be it prog or unholy extreme metal!

Dan Swanö comments: “It’s awesome to finally be able to present the evilution (sic) of Infestdead with the sound and imagery I always hoped for!” – See more at: http://www.centurymedia.com/newsdetailed.aspx?IdNews=16919&IdCompany=3#sthash.ErUMk8uj.dpuf
Dan Swanö comments: “It’s awesome to finally be able to present the evilution (sic) of Infestdead with the sound and imagery I always hoped for!” – See more at: http://www.centurymedia.com/newsdetailed.aspx?IdNews=16919&IdCompany=3#sthash.ErUMk8uj.dpuf
Dan Swanö comments: “It’s awesome to finally be able to present the evilution (sic) of Infestdead with the sound and imagery I always hoped for!” – See more at: http://www.centurymedia.com/newsdetailed.aspx?IdNews=16919&IdCompany=3#sthash.ErUMk8uj.dpuf

Dan Swanö comments: “It’s awesome to finally be able to present the evilution (sic) of Infestdead with the sound and imagery I always hoped for!”

Satanic Serenades is an official 40+ track anthology release of the entire INFESTDEAD catalog that now shall haunt the holy again!

Remastered by Dan Swanö and featuring liner notes, all lyrics and updated artwork by Hjules (DESTRUCTION, ANNIHILATOR)

In stores 6/10/16
*North America Only / Century Media Rest Of World*

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