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VARIX RELEASE “FEAR OF GOD” VIDEO
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A few months ago we released a demo collection from German progressive thrash act, VARIX. To celebrate the release the band decided to get together and record an unreleased song entitled “Fear Of God.” They have now released a music video for the track. Enjoy!

APOCALYPSE REUNITE FOR THREE SONGS – MORE TO COME?
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APOCALYPSE reunited on January 28th for a birthday celebration and cranked out three songs.  Hopefully this is just the beginning and more shows will be happening very soon!

CHICAGO’S SUSPIRIA JOINS THE BOOTCAMP SERIES WITH “PSYCHOLOGICALLY IMPALED”
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SUSPIRIA promo picSUSPIRIA got its start as a trio by the name of Corporeal Decay in Crystal Lake, IL in January of 1991. Building upon a melting pot of influences centered around ’80s metal, Bay Area and German thrash, and early death metal, within five months the group had released a three-song demo titled Divinely Impaled. Mere months later, the demo was re-released with new artwork, a new logo, and a new band name: SUSPIRIA.

By the end of the following summer in 1992, SUSPIRIA had solidified a five-piece lineup and entered Real to Reel Recording Studio with engineer Bruce Pedersen for their sophomore demo, Psychological Inertia. Eventually released in February of 1993, the extremely professional-looking four-song cassette further improved upon the group’s brutal yet sophisticated take on technical death metal, but a period of relative inactivity saw the band perform its final show that July, eventually fading into obscurity by early-1994.

Like fellow Illinois powerhouse Sindrome before them, SUSPIRIA had made an impact on the local scene with their impressive musicianship, but failed to secure a proper recording contract—leaving many fans and friends to simply ponder what could have been. So now, more than two decades after the fact, Divebomb Records is excited to present Psychologically Impaled: SUSPIRIA’s complete discography, along with seven bonus live tracks! Fully remastered by Jamie King at The Basement Recording, this release provides the material with the attention it has always rightfully deserved—with plenty of lyrics, photographs, and a retrospective band interview conducted by NoEcho.net co-editor Andrew Aversionline. For the fans, by the fans!

Psychologically Impaled is available to order now via our store HERE.

Divebomb Records Bootcamp Series is unearthing lost sessions, unreleased albums and long forgotten demos by unsung heroes of this scene’s past. These are cult bands for cult fans. Are you ready to join the army?

FLORIDA THRASHERS, DEGRADATION, GET DELUXE REISSUE TREATMENT
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DEGRADATION PROMO PICDEGRADATION formed in 1992 amidst the same Florida scene that had spawned such greats as Deicide, Morbid Angel, Obituary, and countless others. That same year, the group laid down a raw, never-released demo with the help of Jon Oliva and Chris Caffery from the legendary Savatage, but it wasn’t until January of 1993 that DEGRADATION would enter Anything Audio in Pinellas Park, FL to record their proper debut demo, Look Into the Sadness (which was re-released later that year with some additional leads from newfound second guitarist Jeremy Baird, a.k.a. Jer Storm).

A marketing machine, the band sold more than 2,500 copies of the demo and scored rave reviews from magazines and fanzines around the globe before entering the world-renowned Morrisound Recording to begin work on the Revelation In Blood with Tom and Jim Morris. Originally released in 1994, Revelation In Blood was packed with technical, death-tinged thrash reminiscent of Sadus meets Forced Entry—self-described by DEGRADATION’s own Dana Walsh as “very dark, very progressive, very technical speed metal with a little more of a groove-based attack to the songwriting.”

Unfortunately, shortly after the EP’s release, DEGRADATION began to fall apart, suffering frequent lineup changes before Walsh—the original founding member—decided to put the group to rest upon receiving an offer to join up with fellow Tampa residents Brutality for their third full-length, In Mourning. But Revelation In Blood remains an incredibly rare unsung classic from Morrisound’s heyday—at times fetching more than $100 on CD—so now, more than 20 years later, Divebomb Records is proud to shed new light on DEGRADATION’s complete discography with this brand new reissue. Fully remastered by Jamie King at The Basement Recording, the packaging includes updated cover art by Steven Cobb, complete lyrics, loads of archival flyers and photos, and a retrospective interview with Dana Walsh conducted by NoEcho.net co-editor Andrew Aversionline. For the fans, by the fans!

The deluxe edition of Revelation In Blood will be in stores on 2/10/2017.  You can order now via our store HERE.

CALIFORNIA’S TERMINUS RETURN WITH “TOMB OF INFAMY”
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TERMINUS promo group photoBorn in Stockton, CA in 1990, TERMINUS spent a few years honing their uniquely dark and dissonant style of death metal before circulating a crude four-song demo, To Release the Unknown, to friends and fans alike in early-1993. The following year, in the autumn of 1994, the group entered Pus Cavern Recording with ex-Brutal Groove (and future Danzig) guitarist Joe Fraulob to track their lone full-length masterpiece, Creations.

Self-financed and eventually released on Stinkfist Records, Creations offered a refreshing blend of aggression and atmosphere through thick, chugging rhythms; unusual, semi-technical dissonance; and unexpected melodic twists—not to mention engaging lyrical themes that combined fact and fiction in an effort to “strike fear in the heart of the listener.” TERMINUS remained active for several years—performing live and promoting the album—before ultimately returning to Pus Cavern in the winter of 1996 to flesh out a follow-up EP. Entitled Tomb of Infamy, said EP was to explore a more complex approach with nuanced undercurrents of dark, industrial influences. Sadly, it would never see the light of day…

20 years later, however, Divebomb Records will finally remedy this injustice with a deluxe edition of the never-before-released Tomb of Infamy EP—freshly mixed by Kenn Nardi from Anacrusis (an old friend and occasional bandmate of TERMINUS bassist Chris Speciale) and including the seven-song Creations full-length as a bonus. Mastered by Jamie King at The Basement Recording, the packaging includes all-new cover art by Steven R. Cobb, complete lyrics, archival photographs, and a retrospective interview covering the history of TERMINUS by NoEcho.net co-editor Andrew Aversionline. For the fans, by the fans!

Tomb Of Infamy (Deluxe Edition) will be available in stores on 2/10/2017.  You can order now via our store HERE.

LOVELL’S BLADE RELEASE “ROLLIN’ ON” MUSIC VIDEO
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Dutch rockers, LOVELL’S BLADE, have released the first video from their upcoming debut album Stone Cold Steel which will be available in stores on February 10th. It is available to pre-order HERE in the Divebomb store.

PORTLAND’S EXCRUCIATOR JOINS DIVEBOMB RECORDS
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Excruciator Promo4Like their Portland brethren, Bewitcher, before them, Divebomb Records is honored to announce the signing of hard-hitting thrashers EXCRUCIATOR for the CD release of their latest and greatest album! Formed in 2008 as a reaction to the weak-minded trends and overdone “-core” music that had been infecting Portland at the time, EXCRUCIATOR’s mission remains to revive the spirit and values of true heavy metal, long-since lost in the Pacific Northwest.

In the years that followed, the group would proceed to unleash a four-song demo, the By The Gates Of Flesh EP, and debut full-length Devouring. Released by Heavy Artillery/Earache Records in 2011, Devouring found EXCRUCIATOR labelmates with other modern day metal saviors such as Spellcaster, Vektor, and Volture, among many others. Furthermore, the band has shared the stage with everyone from thrash legends Exodus and Forbidden, to long-running death metal giants Malevolent Creation, to name but a few.

Lineup changes eventually sidelined EXCRUCIATOR during an extended hiatus, but the quartet regrouped in 2015 for a split EP with Toxic Witch, prior to entering the studio to track their long-awaited sophomore outing. Fighting For Evil was recorded, mixed, and mastered by Toxic Holocaust’s Joel Grind at Falcon Recording Studios in Portland, OR. Featuring vibrantly violent cover artwork compliments of Matt Slime, Fighting For Evil dishes out eight new tracks of snarling, top-shelf thrash that’s loaded with energy and attitude.

Behold… and bow down to the might of the power lords!

Fighting For Evil will be released on 2/10/2017.

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UK’S SYNAPTIK JOIN DIVEBOMB RECORDS
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Synaptik promo photoSince forming in 2012 from the ashes of such bands as Fifth Season, Inner Sanctum, and Twisted Autumn Darkness, the primary concern of Norwich, England’s SYNAPTIK has been musical intensity. Compartmentalizing SYNAPTIK‘s approach is as futile as attempting to cage a wild animal, but―nevertheless―traits of progressive metal seem ubiquitous, and a dark aura tends to cloak the band’s output.

When SYNAPTIK‘s debut, The Mechanisms of Consequence, was released in 2014, the press reacted with bewilderment. Near-perfect reviews became the norm, and one factor that seemed to be particularly appreciated was the group’s knack for fusing technical sophistication with traditional metal sonorities such as blast beats; powerful riffs; and screaming, Priest-styled melodic vocals.

In March of 2016, SYNAPTIK recorded their sophomore album―the epically diverse Justify & Reason―with Meyrick de la Fuente at Floodgate Studios in London. Justify & Reason finds SYNAPTIK placing a greater emphasis on their progressive tendencies, but also contains some of the group’s heaviest material to date. Lyrically, Justify & Reason ventures into the dark, labyrinthine corridors of the human psyche to examine the relationship between inner emotions and society at large―universal themes that transcend cultural and national boundaries. The end result is mandatory listening for fans of QUEENSRŸCHE, NEVERMORE, WATCHTOWER and EVERGREY alike.

Available from Divebomb Records―who released a retrospective discography from Inner Sanctum (a band whose lineup featured SYNAPTIK‘s Kev Jackson and Ian and John Knight) in 2013―the CD version of Justify & Reason will also include a freshly mixed take on the group’s debut album, The Mechanisms of Consequence, as a second disc. Comprised of such cuts as “A Man Dies,” “As I Am, As I Was,” and “Your Cold Dead Trace” (which features a guest appearance from Alan Tecchio of WATCHTOWER/HADES fame), the material now sounds more vibrant than ever before.

With Justify & Reason, SYNAPTIK has raised the bar of progressive metal. Can you handle the intensity?

The special two CD edition will be in stores 3/10/2017.  Pre-ordering begins 2/1/2017.

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.

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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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