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theefinalchaptre-copy-2THEE FINAL CHAPTRE
It Is Written (Deluxe Edition) CD
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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
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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!



HELION PRIME promo photo - Copy

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



Eden Album B&W promo picEDEN‘s roots date back to one of Orange County, CA’s most popular hard rock acts of the early-’80s: AUGUST REDMOONHowever, despite sold out shows and the success of their groundbreaking 1982 EP, Fools are Never Alone—as well as an appearance on the Metal Massacre IV compilation—AUGUST REDMOON disbanded in 1983.

Following a brief stint as Terracuda, EDEN was born when remaining members Michael Henry (vocals) and David Young (drums) joined forces with Salt Lake City transplant Rick Scott Crocco on guitar; and his former sound tech, Dave Henriod, on bass. The quartet eventually secured a deal with Enigma/Restless and entered Westwind Studios in Thousand Oaks, CA to record a full-length—but not before bringing former AUGUST REDMOON bassist Gary Winslow back into the fold. Packed to the brim with raucous, energetic heavy metal anthems, EDEN‘s long-awaited self-titled debut hit the streets in 1986.

After being released from their contract due to a lack of label support, the group recruited new frontman (and future QUEENSRŸCHE guitarist) Mike Stone and second guitarist Lenny Spickle—recording a new five-song demo in 1987 that displayed a logical progression from the hard-hitting catchiness of the album. This lineup showcased for several major labels, but luck was not on their side, and EDEN folded by the end of 1988. David, Gary, and Lenny, however—alongside an assortment of singers and guitarists—gave EDEN new life in the 2000s, recording a four-song EP in 2010 and making their European live debut at the Headbanger’s Open Air Festival in Hamburg, Germany in 2012.

Originally reissued on CD by European label High Vaultage/Metal for Muthas in 2003, the limited edition 1,000-unit pressing sold out quickly and has remained out of print… until now. Divebomb Records is thrilled to shed new light on these classic recordings for the first time in North America—1986’s 11-song Eden full-length, rare demo cuts from ’85 – ’87, and tracks from the 2000s era Judgement Day EP—fully remastered by Jamie King at The Basement Recording, and including an in-depth EDEN biography penned by former Headbanger fanzine editor and close friend of the band, Bob Nalbandian. For the fans, by the fans!


1. Pound It Out
2. The Looking Glass
3. Judgement Day
4. Morte/Gone Too Far
5. Victim Of The World
6. Panic In The City
7. The Bigger They Are
8. Sealed With A Kiss
9. Fighting Mad
10. Untraveled Waters
11. She Burns (With Fire)


Demo – 1987
12. Satisfaction Guaranteed
13. The Real Me
14. White Mice
15. Lost In The Race
16. Rome Burns

Demo – 1985
17. Pound It Out

Judgement Day – 2005/2016
18. Hot Rods To Hell
19. Suicide
20. The Deep



CRO_Bandshot_cmykDivebomb Records is currently in the midst of a flourishing partnership with Century Media Records—a relationship that began back in 2010 with our initial reissue of one of the most wrongfully scorned crossover albums of all time: Alpha – Omega, by the CRO-MAGS. Amongst the fastest-selling reissues in the label’s history, that first pressing sold out in just eight months… which brings us to this long overdue expanded repress for 2016!

Since Alpha – Omega‘s debut in 1992, its creative origins have been long-disputed between the band’s members and fans alike, and it’s only in the past five years or so that the album seems to finally be gaining some respect—largely from a younger generation of fans who have come up in a scene that is more receptive to a wide range of influences. We at Divebomb Records remain unconcerned with the drama, as the CRO-MAGS created some of their most outstanding material during this turbulent segment of their timeline. A bold statement ripe for debate, sure, but the bottom line is that Alpha – Omega is—in our opinion—some of the finest crossover metallic hardcore that New York City has ever produced. Period!

We won’t bore you with typical descriptions, because the legacy of the CRO-MAGS speaks for itself. The music is what truly matters, and we’re thrilled to once more bring this much-treasured classic back into the favorable light it has always deserved! This expanded repress of Alpha – Omega features the same crushing audio from 2010 (fully remastered by Jamie King at The Basement Studios) alongside a fully overhauled layout that includes photos, archival press clippings, and an all-new interview with former CRO-MAGS guitarist Gabby Abularach. For the fans, by the fans!



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!


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

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


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)



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’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.


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

Cry In The Night (1986)
1. We Want You
2. Back Your Way
3. I Believe
4. The Stranger
5. Cry In The Night