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FATAL OPERA REISSUES COMING IN OCTOBER
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FATAL OPERA 250xAfter parting ways with thrash titans Megadeth in 1987, highly regarded percussion maestro Gar Samuelson began his next chapter. Relocating to Orange City, FL, Gar rented a farm and began converting its barn into a studio with the help of his brother, guitarist Stew Samuelson. Largely influenced by jazz fusion and carrying the primary goal of simply achieving a heavy sound, FATAL OPERA was later solidified in 1990 with bassist Travis Karcher, Dave Inman on vocals, and short-term guitarist Jeff Bloom—who left the band the following year after contributing to a 10-song demo that was not widely circulated.

Over the next two years, the remaining quartet wrote and recorded the group’s 10-song self-titled debut, after which they were joined by another fusion-influenced guitarist in Bill Brehme. Initially self-released on cassette, FATAL OPERA signed with German label Massacre Records in 1994, which finally provided the album with a proper CD release in 1995. Cited by Gar as having been an “outward” effort—lyrically focused on socio-political matters, etc.—Fatal Opera displayed an adventurous and truly incomparable brand of technical thrash metal, peppered with melodic hooks and wild, jazz-inflected soloing.

The band’s sophomore effort, The Eleventh Hour, had started taking shape in 1994 with a 13-song pre-production demo. In 1995, however, vocalist Dave Inman amicably bowed out, resulting in the addition of enthusiastic new frontman Andy Freeman. Writing continued, and the quintet returned to the studio in the spring/early summer of 1996. Upon its release in 1997—once more via Massacre Records—The Eleventh Hour found FATAL OPERA simply bursting with energy—more melodic, more progressive, more of everything: sure to appease fans of other one-of-a-kind acts such as Psychotic Waltz or Damn the Machine.

Now, more than 20 years later, Divebomb Records is excited to reissue both of FATAL OPERA’s highly-respected full-length recordings. The group’s debut outing has been expanded to include two previously unreleased bonus tracks; while The Eleventh Hour adds on a Japanese bonus track as well as an entire bonus disc, freshly remixed by the band. Fully remastered by Jamie King at The Basement Recording, each package will also boast a 20-page booklet including reimagined cover art, photographs, lyrics, and a retrospective interview with the surviving band members. For the fans, by the fans!

In stores October 13th, 2017
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MILLENIUM’S “HOURGLASS: COMPLETE SESSIONS” COMING IN OCTOBER
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MILLENIUM 250xFrom the late-’90s to the mid-2000s, highly respected workhorse guitarist Ralph Santolla (Iced Earth, Deicide, Obituary, etc.) was the driving force behind four tremendous hard rock albums from his own band, MILLENIUM. Originally released in 2000 by Now & Then/Frontiers Records, the group’s third and arguably most ambitious effort—the progressive, metal-tinged, epic rock of Hourglass—was its only to include the wildly impressive talents of Norwegian frontman Jørn Lande (Jorn, Vagabond, Masterplan, etc.); not to mention keyboard contributions from Dag Stokke (TNT, Vagabond, etc.) and the legendary Don Airey (Rainbow, Ozzy Osbourne, Deep Purple, etc.).

Largely due to the spark of musical chemistry between Santolla and Lande—who instantly bonded over a shared love of similar music—Hourglass was the result of more collaborative writing sessions for the group. Recorded over the course of three months at studios as spread out as Manchester, England; Bøverbru, Norway (Studio Studio Nyhagen); Tampa, FL (Morrisound Recording); as well as the band members’ own homes; MILLENIUM additionally laid down several cover tunes by the likes of MSG, Rainbow, Sweet, and Jefferson Starship—only released as Japanese bonus tracks or years later amidst The Best of… and More collection.

Predominantly well-received in Europe and Asia, limited shows supporting the release of Hourglass followed locally in MILLENIUM’s home base of Florida; at the Gods of AOR festival in Wigan, England; and throughout a three-show tour of Spain with Ten and Elyte. At a certain point, however, Jørn—increasingly busy with other projects—amicably parted ways with the group, leading to the eventual return of their former vocalist, Todd Plant, and drawing this portion of the MILLENIUM timeline to a close.

17 years later, Divebomb Records is honored to bring this stunning segment of the MILLENIUM discography back to the fore with Hourglass: The Complete Sessions. This 16-track collection finds the 10-song album and six bonus cuts from the era compiled onto a single 76-minute CD for the first time. All of which is housed alongside an extensive 20+ page booklet featuring updated cover art, photographs, lyrics, and a memory-fueled interview with Ralph Santolla, conducted by Shawn Pelata. For the fans, by the fans!

In stores October 13th, 2017
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BEWITCHER ANNOUNCE “SPEED TIL NORTH AMERICA BLEEDS” TOUR 2017
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BEWITCHER US TOUR ADMAT
Prepare yourselves. We are very proud to announce the ‘Speed Til North America Bleeds’ Tour 2017! This fall, black leather, black magic and white hot steel strike across the continent without mercy. More details to come…

9/29- Olympia, WA @ Obsidian
9/30- Victoria, BC @ Logan’s Pub
10/1- Vancouver, BC @The Astoria
10/2- Seattle, WA @ The Highline
10/3- Portland, OR @ Tonic Lounge
10/4- San Francisco, CA @ El Rio
10/6- Ventura, CA @ FROST & FIRE 3
10/9- Los Angeles, CA @ 5 Star Bar
10/10- Phoenix, AZ @ tba
10/11- El Paso, TX @ Rockhouse
10/12- San Antonio, TX @ Limelight
10/13- Austin, TX @ Lost Well
10/14- Dallas, TX @ tba
10/15- Houston, TX @ Rudyard’s
10/16- New Orleans, LA @ Poor Boys
10/18- Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
10/19- Philadelphia, PA @ Century Bar
10/20- Brooklyn, NY @ Bar Matchless
10/21- Boston, MA @ O’Brien’s
10/22- Portland, ME @ Geno’s
10/23- Montreal, QC @ Pirhana Bar
10/24- Toronto, ON @ tba
10/25- Detroit, MI @ Corktown Pub
10/26- Chicago, IL @ Cobra Lounge
10/27- Minneapolis, MN @ Hexagon
10/28- Fargo, ND @ The Aquarium
10/29- Omaha, NE @ Dr. Jack’s
10/30- Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room
10/31- Colorado Springs, CO @ Triple Nickel
11/1- Salt Lake City UT @ The Beehive
11/2- Boise, ID @ The Shredder

IRONFLAME JOINS DIVEBOMB AND SEES “LIGHTNING STRIKES THE CROWN” RELEASED IN SEPTEMBER
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IRONFLAME is a traditional heavy/power metal entity born of multi-instrumentalist Andrew D’Cagna. Although the music of IRONFLAME finally came to life in late-2016, its growth into fruition had been decades in the making. Andrew grew up in the late-’80s/early-’90s listening to classic metal acts like Iron Maiden, Savatage, Helloween, and Judas Priest. He was also lucky enough to have been blessed with a singing voice that lent itself well to the genre. Despite Andrew’s given ability, however, he rarely used it—instead becoming influenced by more extreme realms of metal and pursuing such musical interests for 15 years, playing various instruments in death and black metal bands.

Andrew was then recruited by renowned guitarist Jim Dofka as vocalist for the band Dofka, where he honed his raw vocal talent and learned how to sing properly through 2010, performing on the Humanity Bleak album. Years later, upon the untimely death of a mutual friend, Dofka reunited for a one-night performance in October of 2016. These events stirred up many old feelings, and Andrew felt it was time to write an album of purely traditional metal.

Thus, IRONFLAME was born.

The end result is Lightning Strikes the Crown: a 40-minute tribute to the glory days of heavy metal. Free of pretension and arrogance, the music of IRONFLAME is catchy, familiar, and hook-laden—just good old fist-banging metal that is as honest as it is memorable. All of the instruments and vocals were performed/recorded by Andrew himself, with the exception of a handful of local guitar buddies recruited for solos—Jim Dofka among them.

Release date: SEPTEMBER 8TH
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GROSS REALITY “ESCAPING GRAVITY” TO BE RELEASED IN AUGUST
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Formed all the way back in 1991, Raleigh, NC melodic thrash outfit GROSS REALITY amassed an impressive live résumé throughout the early-’90s; sharing the stage with legends such as Bolt Thrower, Cannibal Corpse, Confessor, Deicide, Type O Negative, and Unleashed. However, the band had left behind not a single recording at the time of their initial demise in 1996.

Reforming in 2009 at a time when high-level thrash metal was coming back with a vengeance, GROSS REALITY continued to gain exposure on the live front, performing alongside longstanding icons such as Death Angel and (at the time) relative newcomers such as Evile and Bonded by Blood alike. This culminated in 2014, when Divebomb Records finally unleashed the reunited group’s long overdue debut full-length, Overthrow.

Now, three years later, GROSS REALITY’s fine-tuned trio of longtime core members Daniel Powell (bass/vocals), Roland Arthur (guitar), and Jason Wheeler (drums) has prepared their intense sophomore outing, Escaping Gravity. The eight-song effort—once again produced by Jamie King at The Basement Recording—features gorgeous cover art by Par Olofsson and delves into lyrical topics as diverse as perseverance, the effects of war, alien abductions, and much more.

Escaping Gravity‘s individualistic brand of tight, high-energy thrash strikes a constant balance between focused aggression and emphatic melody—at times even dipping its toe into more ambitious and prog-leaning waters, sure to pique the interest of those in search of more technical and complex fare. The end result should appeal to fans of everyone from Testament to Powermad; not to mention a younger generation of listeners more accustomed to the contemporary sounds of acts like Charred Walls of the Damned, Havok, and Gama Bomb.

Release date: AUGUST 11TH
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CLOCKWORK’S “KILL IN TIME” REISSUE COMING IN AUGUST
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Renowned drummer Peter Haas (Mekong Delta, Poltergeist, Calhoun Conquer, etc.) had actually played guitar for six years prior to taking a seat behind the kit, and by the early-’90s had begun composing material for a band of his own. Sharing bills with legendary Swiss thrashers Coroner while on tour with German-American progressive metal group Mekong Delta in late-1993, Peter struck up a friendship with Coroner guitarist Tommy Vetterli and roadie Lui Cubello. Bassist Peter Waelty eventually entered the fold, and CLOCKWORK was born.

Inspired by a range of the era’s diverse metallic sounds—from Suicidal Tendencies and Slayer to Machine Head and Pantera to Prong and the Cro-Mags—CLOCKWORK’s aim, as Haas states, was “to create the heaviest possible sound, but with musical challenges to it—predominantly rhythmic… so that’s why there are quite a few odd meters in there.” Beyond the anger and frustration of their lyrics, the results can be heard amidst the group’s hard-edged grooves—accented by the lightest of industrial flourishes, plus uniquely melodic textures and lead playing.

The band’s only official release—a four-song demo CD—was recorded in 1994 and mixed by Voco Fauxpas (Celtic Frost, Coroner, The Young Gods, etc.); with four more cuts laid down at Vetterli’s own studio the following year—never released until an obscure limited edition double-10″ vinyl pressing in 2013. Touring throughout Switzerland ensued, but scheduling conflicts amongst the group’s busy lineup prevented them from capitalizing on growing interest from fans and labels alike. By the end of 1996, CLOCKWORK’s time was up.

But now, more than 20 years later, Divebomb Records is proud to grant this criminally underrated music the attention it has always deserved through Kill in Time, a comprehensive CLOCKWORK discography—portions appearing for the first time ever on CD. Fully remastered by Jamie King at The Basement Recording, the collection includes a 16-page booklet packed with photos, lyrics, and a retrospective interview with Peter Haas. For the fans, by the fans!

Release date: AUGUST 11TH
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EXCRUCIATOR RELEASE “FIGHTING FOR EVIL” MUSIC VIDEO
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TRIPHAMMER “YEARS IN THE MAKING: 1992-1995” COMING IN JULY
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TRIPHAMMER was formed in Brockton, MA in 1990 by members having served time in Bad Karma, Poseidon, and RumbleStiltskin. The group quickly struck up a close friendship with fellow local metalheads Wargasm, whose guitarist Rich Spillberg helped engineer their debut demo, It’s About Time, in late-1991. Such powerfully epic and catchy yet thrash-rooted songwriting was just as capable of appealing to fans of Queensrÿche as it was to those of Pantera, and subsequently found TRIPHAMMER opening for everyone from Savatage and Overkill to Biohazard and Mucky Pup.

TH-bandA second four-song demo followed in 1994, subtly hinting at influences borrowed from the era’s grunge-tinged sounds of Alice in Chains and Soundgarden, but remaining true to the band’s melodic thrash roots. However, utilizing a new rhythm section that included former Wargasm drummer Barry Spillberg, TRIPHAMMER would reinvent itself in 1995, tracking one final demo centered around shorter, more in your face material designed to incite a response from live audiences.

Somehow, despite a wealth of potential—and interest from Noise Records, among others—TRIPHAMMER failed to secure a recording contract. By 1996, frontman John Falzone was out, guitarist Dan Dykes had taken over the vocals, and the group was soldiering on under a new name: Every Second. TRIPHAMMER would later go on to self-release their first two demos on CD in 2003, performing sporadic reunion shows ever since; but a proper, complete discography never saw the light…

Until now, as more than two decades after the fact, Divebomb Records is proud to present Years in the Making: 1992 – 1995. This definitive 13-song collection includes all three TRIPHAMMER demos, plus a bonus live track recorded during their 2003 reunion. Remastered by Jamie King at The Basement Recording, the disc is housed alongside an extensive 24-page booklet loaded with photos, flyers, press clippings, lyrics, and a retrospective interview with the band. For the fans, by the fans!

Release date: JULY 14TH
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TEMPORARY INSANITY “FINAL WALK” COMPLETE DISCOGRAPHY COMING IN JULY
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TEMPORARY INSANITY formed in Boston, MA during the mid-’80s, initially bashing out cover tunes by such acts as Rush, Iron Maiden, Metallica, and so forth. The band’s core lineup had been established by 1987, as founding members Michael Lucantonio (guitar) and Randy Odierno (drums) were joined by bassist Steve Cloutman and—standing 6′ 9″—towering frontman Glen Rice to begin composing their own original, thrash-leaning material.

This lineup put together a crude four-track demo before landing a spec deal with producer Chris Johnson—a relationship which led to the release of TEMPORARY INSANITY’s only official cassette, the mighty T.I.D.C., in 1989. Boasting such devastatingly mosh-inducing fan favorites as “D.S.H.” and “Arrogant Fuck,” T.I.D.C. perhaps should have catapulted the group toward the eventual success of such legendary thrash anthems as “The Toxic Waltz” or “Hello From the Gutter” with its potent brand of thrash metal that was as violent as it was fun.

TEMPORARY INSANITY 250xWith new second guitarist Jeff Kody in tow, TEMPORARY INSANITY would go on to record a whopping 13 more tracks with Johnson at the helm—from the whirlwind slams of “Toxic Spawn” to the technical fury of later cuts such as “Necrotech.” Having opened for Flotsam and Jetsam, Wargasm, Meliah Rage, White Zombie, and many more, the band caught the attention of Maze Records through the help of their friends in Biohazard. Alas, a proper record deal never came to pass, and another of Boston’s great many high-level metal prospects folded in 1991—the bulk of their recordings unreleased and painfully obscure for decades to come.

So now, more than 25 years later, Divebomb Records is excited to present Final Walk: the long overdue 18-song discography from TEMPORARY INSANITY. Fully remastered by Jamie King at The Basement Recording, Final Walk also includes a massive 24-page booklet packed with lyrics, photos, memorabilia, and a retrospective interview with guitarist Michael Lucantonio—all wrapped up in stunning new artwork by longtime TEMPORARY INSANITY fanatic Brian Vocal Terror (Ladybug Smashers, Watchmaker, Annihilust). For the fans, by the fans!

Release date: JULY 14TH
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ARBITRATER’S “BALANCE OF POWER” & DARKENED REALITY” COMING IN JULY
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During the late-’80s, legendary U.K. punk band The Varukers underwent an unexpected transformation as its ranks gradually split off into two separate metal-oriented acts. One such group—inspired by the excitement and energy of albums such as Metallica’s Kill ‘Em All in contrast to what was perceived as a stale and apathetic punk scene at the time—ARBITRATER, led by Varukers frontman Anthony “Rat” Martin, would proceed to self-release two full-length albums of taught, crunchy, and subtly melodic underground thrash: 1991’s Balance of Power, and 1993’s Darkened Reality.

arbitrateruk_bandDespite the strength of the recordings and performing handfuls of shows alongside fellow U.K. thrash lords Xentrix and Slammer, among others, ARBITRATER ran its course before securing the wider exposure that a proper record label may have offered. As a result, out of print for many years, both albums have become extremely sought-after collectibles—so much so that Rat himself was forced to pay £93 for a single copy of Balance of Power for use as source material for this very collection; and Darkened Reality has been documented to have once sold for over $600!

So now, more than two decades later, Divebomb Records is proud to represent ARBITRATER via this massive double-disc set, featuring both Balance of Power (appearing for the first time ever on CD) and Darkened Reality, as well as The Conquest demo from 1988—all fully remastered and restored by Jamie King at The Basement Recording. In addition, the packaging includes an insightful new interview with ARBITRATER main man Anthony “Rat” Martin, conducted by renowned musician and author Ian Glasper. For the fans, by the fans!

Release date: JULY 14TH
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