Cleveland, Ohio thrash metal veterans DESTRUCTOR have parted ways with guitarist Pat Rabid and bassist Jamie Boulder. Rabid was a founding member in 1983 and played on the band's classic "Maximum Destruction" debut album, released in 1985 via Auburn Records. Boulder joined in 2002 and appeared on the "Sonic Bullet" (2003), "Forever In Leather" (2007) and "Storm Of Steel" (2007) releases.
Commented DESTRUCTOR vocalist/guitarist Dave Overkill: "Pat Rabid has left the band, citing personal issues, and is unable to keep his position. Jamie Boulder has also decided to leave. Jamie fronts his own metal band, MIDNIGHT, and decided to bow out shortly after Pat's announcement.
"Sometimes change happens but the heart and soul of DESTRUCTOR continues to beat fast and strong. Matt [Flammable, drums] and I wish them both the best and are thankful for their years of service to the band. We will be replacing the bass and guitar positions and are looking forward to being ready to support the new record shortly. Live shows are being tentatively planned, along with select auditions in the weeks to follow. Rest assured, DESTRUCTOR is here to stay and Matt and I are positive and moving forward with conviction. Stay tuned for updates to follow and as always keep the faith!"
DESTRUCTOR is finishing up the recording of its new studio album, "Decibel Casualties", at Supernatural Sound in Kirtland, Ohio. Tomasz Scull, guitarist for the band VENOMIN JAMES and owner of the studio, is engineering.
"We've had some recording delays due to the personnel problems," adds Overkill. "There is just some vocals and a little guitar work to tweak before mixing will begin. I am confident this will be the best DESTRUCTOR release to date. There is so much energy to the songs and the production will be what our fans have come to expect from us."
DESTRUCTOR's most recent lineup (left to right in photo below):
Pat Rabid - Guitar
Jamie Boulder - Bass
Matt Flammable - Drums
Dave Overkill - Guitar, Vocals
Photo credit: Joe Kleon
"Seeking No Peace", the new digital single from Cleveland, Ohio based metallers ETERNAL LEGACY, is being released today via iTunes, Amazon and other major digital retailers. The song is the title track to the band's forthcoming studio album, which is due out this summer via Auburn Records. Single cover art was done by Larry Weber. Layout and design by Claudia von Bihl. The album was recorded, mix and mastered at Mercinary Studios in Cleveland and produced by ETERNAL LEGACY vocalist/guitarist Jason Vanek.
"At last, the new ETERNAL LEGACY album is complete", says Vanek. "Here’s a culmination of all our past efforts and influences. This track speaks for the whole album. We hope our fans enjoy it as much as we do. Cheers!"
The band has toured Germany twice, including appearances at the Wacken Open Air (2010) and Headbangers Open Air (2007) festivals, and released two previous albums on Auburn - "The Coming Of The Tempest" (2007) and "Lifeless Alive" (2009).
ETERNAL LEGACY is (left to right in photo):
Jason Vanek - Vocals/Guitar
Fan-filmed video footage of SHOK PARIS' March 2, 2012 headlining performance at this year's edition of the Up The Hammers VII festival at the An Club in Athens, Greece can be seen below.
This was SHOK PARIS' first-ever live performance in Greece.
"I would like to take the time to thank all of our fans in Greece and those that made the "Up the Hammers" show happen", says SHOK PARIS vocalist Vic Hix. "It was a very special show for us. Over the years we have had contact with many fans from Greece asking us to come to their country to play. We were never sure it would happen but thanks to festival organizer Manolis Karazeris and Bill (Peters) from Auburn it did! We made the most of it because of the response of our fans there and for that SHOK PARIS wants to say THANK YOU! This has been one of the best shows we have ever done in Europe or anywhere else for that matter. The support and response we recieved from our Greek fans cannot be put into words. It may have taken 28 years to come and play Greece, but I assure you, it will not take that long for us to play Greece again. To our fans in Greece, you will always have a special place in the hearts of SHOK PARIS. A hail "Shok Athens" to each and every one of you!"
"Not only was this the first time for SHOK PARIS playing Greece, it was also the very first time one of my Auburn bands played there too", adds Auburn Records president Bill Peters. "This was an unbelievable experience. The Greek metal fans more than lived up to their reputation of being the most passionate and enthusiastic heavy metal fans in the world. They were stage diving, headbanging and singing throughout the band's entire set. SHOK PARIS played four encores, including one song twice by popular demand. The festival organizer Manolis and myself even joined the band onstage to sing the last encore. I was very happy for the band and Manolis, who is a big SHOK PARIS fan going back to his younger years. It was a magical and special moment for all of us. I'd like to thank Manolis, the Greek metal fans for making us feel so welcome and my Team Auburn Greece crew of Dina Rita and Giorgos Karagiannis for all of their behind-the-scenes help in making our first visit to Greece one of my most successful overseas trips ever."
SHOK PARIS Up The Hammers VII festival set list:
01.Marseilles de Sade
18.Go Down Fighting (w/intro)
"Those Eyes", the new digital single from SHOK PARIS, was released on February 24 via iTunes and other major digital retailers. It is the band's first commercially available new music in 23 years. The song will appear on SHOK PARIS' fourth full-length album, "Full Metal Jacket", which is scheduled for release later this year via Auburn Records.
A live version of "Battle Cry", recorded in Cleveland on May 1, 2010 at the Beachland Ballroom during a special performance of the SHOK PARIS' 1984 debut "Go For The Throat" album in its entirety, was released as the digital 'B-side' to "Those Eyes". Tony Alberts from Spectrum Sound recorded and mixed the live track.
Cover art for both singles was designed by Claudia von Bihl.
SHOK PARIS is:
"Those Eyes", the new digital single from SHOK PARIS, is being released today via iTunes and other major digital retailers. It is the band's first commercially available new music in 23 years. The song will appear on SHOK PARIS' fourth full-length album, "Full Metal Jacket", which is scheduled for release later this year via Auburn Records.
"This one's literally hot off the presses", says guitarist and main songwriter Ken Erb. "It's the newest of the new SHOK PARIS songs. Our first commercial release since "Concerte Killers". I am very happy with the way it turned out. Jason (Vanek) did a great job with the recording and mix".
"Those Eyes" was recorded and mixed at Mercinary Studios in Cleveland, Ohio by Jason Vanek (ETERNAL LEGACY). .
"You know everyone has a fear that has stayed with them since they where a young child", adds vocalist Vic Hix about the song's lyrics. "As you grow up you learn to hide these fears but if you search deep down inside you will find that fear never leaves you. It's always there no matter how old you are. It can be many fears, like the fear of the dark, the fear of what's under the bed at night or the fear of sleeping alone. Every child has one.
"My fear has always been of a dark figure lurking in the room with those haunting eyes so "Those Eyes" represents all of my fears and maybe some of yours. I hope these fears doesn't come back to haunt ya'!"
SHOK PARIS will be headlining the first night of the Up The Hammers VII festival, set to take place March 2-3, 2012 in Athens, Greece. This will be the band's first visit to Greece.
"We are releasing this new song as a special thank you to our Greek fans for supporting the band and my label all these years", says Auburn Records president Bill Peters. "The song is dedicated to them. We rushed into the studio to finish it in time. SHOK PARIS will be my first Auburn band to ever perform live in Greece. It's been long overdue. We're very excited about finally having a chance to play live for our Greek fans. Thanks to Up The Hammers festival organizer Manolis Karazeris for making this dream come true!"
A live version of "Battle Cry", recorded in Cleveland on May 1, 2010 at the Beachland Ballroom during a special performance of the band's 1984 debut "Go For The Throat" album in its entirety, was also released as the digital 'B-side' to "Those Eyes". Tony Alberts from Spectrum Sound recorded and mixed the live track.
Cover art for both singles was designed by Claudia von Bihl.
SHOK PARIS is:
Vic Hix - Vocals
The MANIMALS have been confirmed for this year's edition of the sold out Wacken Open Air festival, set to take place August 2-4, 2012 in Wacken, Germany.
"MANIMALS are honored to be able to celebrate our 30th anniversary at the greatest heavy metal festival on the planet - Wacken Open Air!", says vocalist/bassist Larry The Wolf. "Back in the 80's, our very first international fan mail came from Germany, so it's appropriate that our first appearance outside of the U.S. would be at Wacken. We are thrilled to represent Auburn and can't wait to meet our European friends in person."
Adds drummer Dark: "I feel honored and privileged that we've been invited to be a part of the W:O:A festival, THE heavy metal event of the year worldwide for the past 23 years. Whether it becomes a stepping stone to other opportunities or simply the epic final chapter of our twisted tale, I will savor every moment."
A new MANIMALS anthology CD entitled "Studies In Scarlet (1982-2012)" will be released this summer via Auburn Records. The two-disc set will include their "Blood Is The Harvest" (1985) and "Horrorcore" (1999) releases, previously unreleased tracks and three brand new songs.
The festival billing is shaping up as follows:
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