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APRIL BRINGS NEW RELEASES FROM SHOTGUN MESSIAH & SLAVE RAIDER
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DIVE077-cover1 Fans of hard rock know the name SHOTGUN MESSIAH well. The Swedish combo delivered two albums of hook-filled sleaze ’n’ roll with 1989’s Shotgun Messiah and 1991’s Second Coming.

DIVE078-cover1 Divebomb Records is proud to present deluxe reissues of both albums. Remastered by Jamie King at The Basement Studios, and featuring expanded liner notes, including essays on SHOTGUN MESSIAH’s journey from Scandinavian rising stars to Sunset Strip heroes. If that weren’t already enough, the reissues also include newly unearthed photos, plus archival features from Kerrang! and Metal Forces magazines.

These reissues mark the first time both Shotgun Messiah and Second Coming have been available at music retailers since the ‘90s. Don’t miss out on the action this time out!

DIVE079-cover Despite being released by a major label in the late ‘80s, original SLAVE RAIDER compact discs have been extremely difficult to come by unless you’ve been willing to pay a hefty sale price. Well, fret no more, because Divebomb Records is bringing the world deluxe reissues of 1986’s Take the World By Storm and 1988’s What Do You Know About Rock ’N Roll?

DIVE080-cover Each disc has been brought back to life via brand new mastering by Jamie King, essays detailing SLAVE RAIDER’s history, original Jive Records artist bios, vintage features from Kerrang! magazine, as well as additional photos and articles from the late ‘80s. It took decades, but the underground metal legends from the Twin Cities are finally getting their due.

All four new releases were originally schedule for release on 4/14/2015, but due to pressing plant delays we have decided to bump release back to 4/28/2015 just to be safe.  We once again have limited edition magnets (100 printed) available for those customers who order directly from our store.

GRINDER’S “DAWN FOR THE LIVING” NOW SHIPPING
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DIVE076-coverDuring the height of the worldwide thrash movement there were several epicenters of activity. While New York and the Bay Area were perhaps the most prominent, Germany’s big three; Sodom, Kreator and Destruction were leading the charge on the European front. However, what some thrash fans may not be aware of is that there was a secondary stratum to that scene which had some phenomenal, albeit lesser known, acts recording some ambitious material. GRINDER were one of those bands who released three albums worth of “in your face” thrash/speed metal during their brief existence. Divebomb Records is excited to present a deluxe edition of their outstanding debut album, Dawn For The Living, which features not only 4 bonus tracks but new essay by Noecho.net’s Carlos Ramirez and archival photos provided by the band members themselves.

Dawn For The Living has been out of print for nearly 20 years and was originally fetching high dollar collector prices online until bootleg copies began to circulate within the European market. Divebomb Records and the members of GRINDER have partnered up, once again, to take on these illegal activities directly by issuing a band approved deluxe edition. We hope that we can take the music back and support the artists that created it rather than support those simply repressing “knock off” copies for a quick buck. As always, we are fans doing this for the fans.

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VAMP’S RICOLF CROSS PASSES AWAY – R.I.P.
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Vamp Ricolf 01 - CopyIt is a sad day here as we were greeted with an email informing us that Ricolf Cross of VAMP had passed away.  He was a amazing person to work with and went above and far beyond for VAMP fans worldwide to put together all the unreleased tracks contained on The Rich Don’t Rock reissue.  We are deeply saddened at this sudden loss to the music community.   We send our condolences to his friends and family in their time of grieving.

Here is the official statement from the band.

Ricolf Cross, founding member and guitarist of Vamp passed away on January 3rd, 2015. This tragic loss is a hard hit for his wife, family, band mates and friends.

Ricolf started his musical career as lead guitarist with German rock band Cross. The band had its first success after relocating to London in the early 80’s, but ultimately disbanded. In 1985 Ricolf started Vamp with fellow musicians Dicki, Tom and Oli. His songwriting and expressive guitar performance was instrumental to land a record deal with American major label Atlantic. Vamp’s debut album “The Rich Don’t Rock” quickly gained international attention and the band toured extensively throughout Europe and the US until the group’s demise in 1991.

After Vamp folded, Ricolf studied sound engineering at the prestigious SAE Institute. Following his graduation Ricolf and his wife Susanne opened the doors to their new Perle am Rhein (Pearl of the river Rhine) studios. Numerous national and international recordings confirmed Ricolf’s standing as a top-notch producer for handmade Rock music.

In 2013 Ricolf supervised the re-issue of Vamp’s debut album. He remastered the original tracks and re-engineered hitherto unpublished recordings of Vamp. At the same time he was the driving force of a re-union of the original line-up. Sadly, this reunion will not materialize.

Ricolf was a wonderful and giving person in private, a berserker on stage and a musician extraordinaire. His guitar work was influenced by Jimi Hendrix and Richie Blackmore, but he remained unique and original. Ricolf’s sound was based on simple ingredients: A Stratocaster plus a cranked up Marshall stack combined with the help of a pint of lager were the ingredients of his massive in-your-face guitar sound.

His love, his friendship, his humor and his sound will be truly missed.

CHASTAIN REISSUES KICK OFF 2015 FOR DIVEBOMB RECORDS – SHIPPING NOW
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David T. Chastain has gained a reputation over the last 25 years as a powerful, progressive guitarist whose music is centered around melodic, technically proficient fret board mastery. In addition to David’s virtuoso style, CHASTAIN’s distinct sound is attributed equally to Leather Leone’s superior vocals and commanding presence.

DIVE075-coverDivebomb Records proudly brings you deluxe reissues of The 7th Of Never and The Voice Of The Cult, further examples that David T. Chastain is not just a great player, but also a talented songwriter and band leader with an exceptional group of collaborators.

These limited edition releases are newly remastered from original album mixes and contain brand new interviews, full lyrics, archival photos and bonus tracks.

We are SHIPPING NOW.  Street date for “brick & mortar” stores and online resellers (Amazon, Best Buy, etc) is February 10th, 2015.

5 NEW BOOTCAMP RELEASES SHIPPING NOW
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We have the fourth wave of our acclaimed BOOTCAMP series shipping now. This new wave includes FIVE (5) new titles by AZRAEL, EROTIKILL, WITCH MEADOW, ENERTIA and NIGHT IN GALES. You can purchase them individually HERE, however we are also offering a package deal that includes all 5 titles and includes FREE WORLDWIDE SHIPPING.  Order package deal HERE.

If you are new to the BOOTCAMP series and want to dive in head first we also have a 20 CD package deal which will ship worldwide for FREE.  Order that deal or past BOOTCAMP waves HERE.

KENN NARDI “DANCING WITH THE PAST” SHIPPING NOW!
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DIVE073We are now shipping copies of KENN NARDI’s new solo album, Dancing With The Past.  If you want to wait for Amazon and other big box retailers street date is January, 13th, 2015.   So be sure to pick up a copy directly from us and you can enjoy it two months early!

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As the guitarist/vocalist/producer and chief writer, arranger and lyricist of Anacrusis from 1986-1993, KENN NARDI’s vision was a lofty one. He wanted to marry elements of classic metal, doom, speed/thrash, and early power metal together to create a unique brand of songwriting. Anacrusis delivered their material via brave and and forward-thinking arrangements while always maintaining a strong sense of melody throughout.

After releasing four albums between 1988 and 1993; the cult-favorite Suffering Hour, the quirky and experimental Reason, and two highly respected prog-metal classics; Manic Impressions and Screams and Whispers, Anacrusis disbanded in late 1993.

After lying dormant for over a decade, KENN NARDI resurfaced in 2006 to write and record a collection of acoustically-driven material under the Cruel April moniker. The project gave the multi-instrumentalist the chance to hone and tighten his lyrical and musical songwriting style without the constraints or expectations of any specific genre.

On his new album, Dancing With The Past, KENN NARDI has brought together all of the signature elements of Anacrusis’ sound…the crushing, low-tuned guitar riffs, prominent bass lines, sing/growl/scream vocals, introspective lyrics, and evocative melodies while adopting the more streamlined songwriting approach of Cruel April. The result is a mammoth collection of 28 brand new recordings filling two compact discs.

Dancing With The Past is comprised of music written as far back as 1994, shortly after the Anacrusis split-up, and post-Cruel April. The collection also features material borne from collaborations with his former Anacrusis band mates during their 2009-2012 reunion run along with a re-recorded Cruel April song in addition to the more recent compositions.

With styles ranging from classic metal, thrash/speed metal, orchestral metal, progressive metal, moody acoustic, goth, alternative, and new wave, Dancing With The Past in truly unlike any heavy metal album before it. Clocking in at over 2 1/2 hours, the double-disc set is sure to offer something for both fans of Anacrusis and of heavy music in general. Over two decades in the making, Dancing With The Past bears the fruit of everything musical that KENN NARDI has done up until now.

Originally envisioned as a new reunion-era Anacrusis release, Dancing With The Past features bassist John Emery on four songs (two co-written), creative contributions, and arrangements from original drummer Mike Owen, one song co-written with fill-in reunion-era guitarist Mike Henricks. With all of the other vocals, guitars, bass, lyrics, drum and orchestral sequencing, production, and mixing on Dancing With The Past done by KENN NARDI himself, it remains a “solo” album in the truest sense of the word.

The recording sessions were all done with one eye on Anacrusis and the other focused on creating something completely different. In other words, Dancing With The Past keeps true to the avant-garde spirit that made KENN NARDI’s former band so thrilling, while pushing the songwriting and compositional boundaries even further. Quite simply, Dancing With The Past promises to be the album Anacrusis fans have been waiting for only full of surprises they never expected.

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DR. LIVING DEAD SIGN TO CENTURY MEDIA RECORDS
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11023_10152884422894656_7775568794549917563_nSweden’s rising force in Hardcore-driven Thrash Metal Dr Living Dead (Official) are now part of the Cenutry Media family!

The band comments on the signing:

“The Doc is beyond honored to sign with Century Media, past and present home to many of our favorite bands. The energy within this partnership is building up to a nuclear meltdown, ready to tear down the walls of reality and break the barriers of room and time…or at least your fucking stereo. Get ready people!!! TEAMxDEADx”

Their third studio album Crush The Sublime Gods is scheduled to be released in early 2015.

ARCANE “WORLDS COLLIDING” SHIPPING NOW!
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ALL PRE-ORDERS HAVE SHIPPED!

We are accepting new orders for ARCANE’s Worlds Colliding: The Anthology now!

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Hailing from the fertile metallic Texas landscape, ARCANE began its quest for glory in 1986, but it wasn’t until 1988 that the group solidified their line-up and recorded their stunning Mirror of Deception demo. As the demo started making the rounds via the international tape trading circuit, the group honed their live chops performing alongside such homegrown outfits as Watchtower, Solitude Aeturnus and Helstar.

ARCANE kept building their “band to watch” status by supporting touring national acts like Fates Warning, Sanctuary, Death Angel, Forbidden, Atrophy, and M.O.D. In 1989, the group recorded a second demo tape that eventually secured them an album deal with the then upstart record label, Wild Rags. 1990 saw the release of Destination Unknown, ARCANE’s forward-thinking debut album.

Despite garnering rave reviews from the heavy metal scribes of the day, and the band beginning to write new material for their follow-up release, the members of ARCANE decided to go their separate ways. One final ARCANE demo was released as the Ambiguity EP in 1994.

Now, 20 years since their last release, Divebomb Records presents Worlds Colliding: The Anthology, a 2-CD set containing all of ARCANE’s studio recordings. An exquisite package, all of the audio has been digitally remastered and both demos have been faithfully remixed by original drummer, Jim King. Being the heavy metal archeologists that we are here at Divebomb Records, we’ve brought in writer Carlos Ramirez of NoEcho.net for a new interview with the band that covers their years together. If that weren’t already enough, the 20-page CD booklet also contains lyrics and archival photos and flyers.

FOR FANS OF:
WATCHTOWER, HEATHEN, REALM, SANCTUARY and HADES

WILD DOGS “REIGN OF TERROR” REISSUED PLANNED FOR 2015
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WD ROT FRONTWe are extremely excited to say that we have talked with Michael Furlong and are now putting together a proper reissue of WILD DOGS’ legendary Reign Of Terror album.  The fans have been screaming for us to reissue this album properly and give it the Divebomb treatment it so deserves and we are now happy to oblige.

The album has been remastered by Jamie King and artwork will be restored and layout built by Adam Peterson.  We promise the best quality we can deliver.  Michael Furlong and Jeff Mark have committed to new interviews to help set the record straight on the writing and recording of this US power metal masterpiece.

Planned release is for March 2015.  We are still gathering materials needed to put this together.  There is video and audio bonus content to sort through.  We will keep you posted.

We have posted a remastered preview audio track online of “Metal Fuel (In Your Blood)”.

REVEREND REISSUES SHIPPING NOW!
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Few bands can survive the departing of a vocalist. This was the crossroads that Heretic found themselves at in 1988. The Los Angeles-based metallers had just had their dynamic front man, Mike Howe, leave the group for greener pastures, becoming the singer for Metal Church. It was an opportunity that no one in Heretic faulted him for jumping on, but it left them with the daunting task of replacing someone so unique. Several auditions were held, but no one seemed fit for the job of replacing Howe. Exhausted and disappointed, Heretic threw in the towel.

Well, kind of.

One of Heretic’s label reps had suggested they give recently ousted Metal Church vocalist, David Wayne, a call.  Though not immediately on their list of replacements for Howe, the band could not ignore the kind of press hype a “singer swap” would bring to the band. A few phone calls later, Wayne auditioned by demoing vocals on the newer, much heavier direction guitarist Brian Korban and bassist Dennis O’Hara had been writing for Heretic. The results were undeniable.

REVEREND was born.

A debut EP surfaced in 1989, but it wasn’t until REVEREND delivered two classic thrash tinged heavy metal albums that people took serious notice. 1990’s World Won’t Miss You and 1991’s Play God brought the group critical acclaim, and helped grow their fan base throughout the globe.

Despite traditional heavy metal falling out of favor in their hometown of Los Angeles, REVEREND never compromised their musical vision to try and fit in like many of their counterparts awkwardly did. Album tracks like “Another Form of Greed” and “Butcher of Baghdad” found REVEREND mining from their classic metal roots and infusing the material with a modern thrash bite. It was a perfect marriage of both the song craft of early ‘80s metal with the muscular guitar tones of the day.

World Won’t Miss You and Play God, both long out of print, are now getting the Deluxe Edition treatment from Divebomb Records. The new discs both include brand new mastering, bonus tracks and new essays culled from a conversation between former REVEREND guitarist Brian Korban and music journalist Carlos Ramirez of noecho.net.

Fire…brimstone…and good old fashioned rock-n-roll…that’s the gospel according to REVEREND!

Both reissues will be in store AUGUST 12th, 2014, but we are SHIPPING NOW via our Estore.  BUY NOW