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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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DEADLY BLESSING “PSYCHO DRAMA” DELUXE 2 CD SET COMING JUNE 9TH
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In 1989, following the success of their debut album, Ascend From the Cauldron, New Jersey power metallers DEADLY BLESSING made the pivotal decision to part ways with their iconic-yet-polarizing frontman, Norman “Ski” Kiersznowski. In search of a more aggressive singer who could still be melodic, the band approached Larry Betson; whose gruffer, less over-the-top approach provided a perfect fit as the group continued to open for increasingly heavier national acts such as BIOHAZARD, DARK ANGEL, and PANTERA.

db-band-cleanThe following year, influenced by hardcore thrash from the Bay Area to New York, DEADLY BLESSING recorded two hard-hitting demos—the well-received Psycho Drama, and the never officially released Mechanical Solutions—before rechristening themselves OPTIMUS PRIME for one last demo, taking some inspiration from that era’s increasingly ubiquitous “grunge”-leaning sounds. However, as work began on their sophomore full-length, internal uncertainties combined with label and management woes left the group without a proper home, and the lineup eventually unraveled.

So now, more than 25 years later, Divebomb Records is beyond thrilled to finally deliver this deluxe edition of Psycho Drama: a massive two-disc set representing the Larry Betson era of DEADLY BLESSING into OPTIMUS PRIME across 18 studio and 11 live tracks—many appearing here for the first time ever—fully remastered by Jamie King at The Basement Recording. You’ll also find archival photographs, studio memories from Psycho Drama engineer Bob Kimmel, and an all-new retrospective interview with the band. For the fans, by the fans!


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BUGZY’S “PLAN B” COMING JUNE 9TH
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The roots of BUGZY date back to late-1983, when 19-year-old guitarist/vocalist William “Bugsy” Boyer, keyboard player Franki Gorgo, and drummer Bob Kimmel crossed paths as members of a full-time, internationally touring cover band called Pentagon. By 1985, Bob and Franki had struck out to create their own original material in an attempt to sell songs to a major artist or publishing company. Initially still a member of Pentagon, Bugsy would join their sessions whenever his schedule allowed, but by 1988 the three had officially joined forces and fleshed out a lineup to begin performing live—”BUGZY” being the simple result of needing a name for their first gig.

BUGZY 250xWithin a year, a short-lived production deal with producer Tony Bongiovi led the group to record a few tracks in New York City’s historic Power Station studio; and in 1990, a production/management deal with L.A. record producer John Ryan (Santana, etc.) resulted in three years of nonstop work on new material with an assortment of session musicians. Into the mid-’90s, with the help of hit record producer Chris Lord-Alge, BUGZY was courted by no less than three major labels—RCA, Polygram, and EMI—but the trio’s decade of hard work would shockingly fail to yield the release of one single piece of music…

…until now! 20+ years later, Divebomb Records is proud to shed light on BUGZY‘s Plan B: 17 tracks of spectacularly catchy AOR/hard rock culled from the band’s extensive personal archives, and graciously rescued from permanent obscurity. Sure to delight diehard fans of heavy-hitters such as Bad English, Night Ranger, Giant and The Hooters; the collection also boasts an all-new 20 page booklet featuring band interview covering the ins and outs behind this prolific songwriting team. For the fans, by the fans!


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MASTERS OF METAL VOLUME 5 – SHIPPING NOW
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Volume 5 delivers the killer songwriting chops of melodic trad metallers SATAN’S HALLOW (Chicago, IL), from their self-titled 7″ single; ARIETE‘s (Madrid, SPA) enthusiastically energetic, riff-heavy power metal EP, Asedio; relentless, no-nonsense, death-inflected thrash from up-and-comers TERRIFIER (Vancouver, BC)—formerly known as Skull Hammer—and their Metal or Death EP; and TIGER FIGHT‘s (Chicago, IL) NWOBHM-leaning penchant for vocal harmonies and dual-guitar licks via their three-song Tigers Fight at Midnight cassette. Of further note, Chicagoans SATAN’S HALLOW and TIGER FIGHT each share members with Moros Nyx, as well as one another.

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MASTERS OF METAL VOLUME 4 – SHIPPING NOW
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Volume 4 kicks off with SUBSTRATUM‘s (Seattle, WA) impressively catchy and hard-hitting old school metal, including three tracks apiece from the Substratum and Rough Rider demos; an excellently gritty, punk-tinged EP of classic metal from OUTCAST (Melbourne, AUS); five tracks of SAHARA SNOW‘s (Portsmouth, UK) forcefully driving, midpaced, rock-based NWOBHM roots; and the uniquely doomy grooves of nascent studio project VOLCANA‘s two-song EP, A Lion Among Jackals—featuring members of Vindicator, Mountain Kings, Gygax, etc.

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