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Metal Bulletin Zine #80

March 11, 2016 (no.2 in March)

Washington state, U.S.

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Sacrilegium

Holocaustum

Metal Church

A Soul Called Perdition

[In Mute]

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with the third attempt at bat, and did they strike out?!

USA

(2006-2009): Wisconsin #27(2010)--now;

No, it’s a homerun! Third time's the charm. This is more like it! They brought the goods and I’m riding this thing until the wheels come off.

All album reviews, news, updates below are by MMB, unless stated otherwise. **

Sacrilegium Anima Lucifera Pagan Records Release: 18 March 2016 I totally missed the boat on this band. Maybe you have, too? It’s not too late. Sacrilegium is a black metal band from Poland that was active from 1993 to 2000. They say that some 13 years went by until they got started working on new music again. I have heard the 1996 album “Wicher” and it sounds good and everything, but I did not really understand it and I did not get much of an impression from it. Maybe I found it too abstract or perhaps I was not ready for it. Whatever the case may be, I did not like it very much. Strike one. I have heard another recording that was experimental in nature: “Angelus.” I think that I recall some industrial aspects to it. I don’t remember much from it because it was too strange or I was not ready again (I work slowly). Given that the grand total of industrial bands and albums that I have in my collection is a sum total of 0 (big fat zero), my reaction was predictable. Strike two. It's three strikes and you're out. Here we go

This album is traditional black metal and what an album it is! Since they are from Poland, and since many people have stereotypes about extreme metal bands from Poland, I'd like to tell you that Sacrilegium sounds nothing like some Polish bands, such as Vader, Hate and Behemoth. Whereas the famous Polish bands are known for loud, chugging, thick guitar sounds, Sacrilegium is more direct, less disguised: you can hear the guitar work clearly because this band is all about the riffs. Sure, they play fast, and all that, but this band wants you to hear the actual work, and not just the loudness. The black metal guitar tone allows for hearing what's going on. The riffs, the tremolo and the melodies are all there at front and center. That, and the maniacal vocals that twist and turn, rage and scream, and put it together in an album and we have the Sacrilegium album that I was hoping for. Now let me tell you the best part of all: the songs are memorable. It’s black metal, but this is professional, not a demo nor a garage rough work. You can hear the drums. You can hear the melodies. You can hear the tremolo


well, hear well the thrashy riffs, too. The songs have plenty of speed and punching power, but they also have quite a bit of black metal melody. The result is an album that I have heard many times now and it gets better every time. I probably surpassed 10 listens days ago, so I don’t know what number I am on now. I stopped counting. OFFICIAL INFORMATION Sacrilegium was formed in early 1993 and Nantur (vocals) and Suclagus (guitars) have remained the core of the band throughout the years. Sacrilegium’s first demo “Sleeptime” came out in 1994, released by Pagan Records in Poland and Wild Rags Records in the United States. It was followed by full-length album “Wicher” in 1996, again released under the wings of Pagan Records. The same year saw the release of ”Jesienne szepty” – a split with North, released by Black Arts. In 1998 came another demo - ”Recidivus”. The next year Sacrilegium reappeared with a new line up to play several concerts. They recorded a new demo ”Embrace the Darkness”, only to split up in 2000. Thirteen years later the paths of Nantur and Suclagus crossed again, and the band has reemerged with a line up dispersed across Europe. Sacrilegium is currently working on a new material.

making the news rounds lately and they also have been playing some shows in anticipation of the new work which features returning vocalist Mike Howe (1988-1995). The new formation teased the supporters with a new version of an old classic from 1989 called “Badlands 2015.” The song back in the day was a hit for the band and it was also a video that many people saw. Metal Church has a quite a legacy with an enviable discography and long history. As the new album approaches, it’s a good time for the young and the young at heart to find out about this beloved name for metal supporters in the Pacific Northwest and for others around the world. Below you will find an official history of the band for those that don’t know much about the band and you will also find the relevant links to learn about the new album.

www.paganrecords.bandcamp.com/album/ anima-lucifera-2 www.facebook.com/SacrilegiumOfficial **

NEWS: Metal Church XI release date: March 25th, 2016 label: Rat Pak Records The time for the new Metal Church album is quickly approaching. The band has been 3

OFFICIAL BIO: Born out of the West Coast Metal scene of the 80's, Metal Church quickly became one of the standout talents of the genre. After signing a deal with Elektra records, they released two critically acclaimed albums. Their self-titled release "Metal Church" postured the band as one of the pioneers of the thrash/metal


scene. The All Music Guide had this to say about the debut: "The band's incredibly tight musicianship is a highlight all on it's own. This album remains an overlooked classic of straight-ahead American-bred heavy metal." With the heavy metal scene starting to rise in the U.S., Metal Church set out on a very successful tour with label mates Metallica.

Vanderhoof, while Kirk Arrington was playing on various sessions including a recording with Sir Mix-A-Lot. 1999 led to a well-received reunion of the original Metal Church lineup with the release of "Masterpeace". The band went back to their classic sound and played several festivals overseas. 2004 saw them back with a new vocalist, whose style has been described as "Rob Halford meets Dio", as well as Jay Reynolds (Malice) on guitar and Steve Unger on bass. With a new record "The Weight of the World" and some new blood, heavy metal legends Metal Church picked up where their aptly titled last release "Masterpeace" left off.

Next came "The Dark," the fury of its opening track, "Ton of Bricks" was championed as one of the premier metal releases of the 80's. The Dark also led to one of a few lineup changes with the departure of vocalist David Wayne. However, more success was yet to come. With the addition of former Heretic vocalist Mike Howe, and Metallica guitar tech extraordinaire John Marshall, the riffing became heavier and the subject matter deeper. They tackled political and social issues of the day with the releases of "Blessing In Disguise" and "The Human Factor." At a time when heavy metal bands moved from the underground and became part of the hair band/pop fad, Metal Church stayed true to their roots. During the mid 90's, the members of Metal Church headed in their own directions. Kurdt Vanderhoof worked on his namesake project, 4

In 2006, twenty years after their cult album "The Dark", Metal Church presented their brand new release, "A Light In The Dark", forging a creative arch that skillfully links the band's past with the present. Ten new tracks, (plus a new version of the classic "Watch The Children Pray", a tribute to original frontman David Wayne), document the development of a band that, despite all innovation, has never denied it's typical trademarks. That lineup consisted of Kurdt Vanderhoof, Ronny Munroe, Jay Reynolds, Steve Unger and new addition Jeff Plate on drums. "Jeff is an


incredibly dynamic and professional drummer," Vanderhoof points out. "He has propelled us to a musical level that surprised even ourselves." Plate has replaced Kirk Arrington, who left the group for health reasons, and proves a real stroke of luck on "A Light In The Dark".

Mike Howe originally joined Metal Church in the late 80’s and released 3 albums with the band: “The Human Factor”, “Blessing In Disguise” and “Hanging in the Balance”. Mike was also the face of group’s popular music videos “Date With Poverty” and “Badlands” that aired during MTV’s heyday. “Mike’s voice sounds the same as it did 2 decades ago when we were writing “The Human Factor” and the band is about as tight as you can possibly get!” says Kurdt. Recorded in the spring & summer of 2015 at Kurdt’s studio in Aberdeen, Washington, and co-produced by Chris “The Wizard” Collier, Metal Church “XI” not only combines all the same musical elements that made the Mike Howe era albums so great, but also adds in a modern approach to the recording process which takes this offering to the next level!

In 2008, guitarist Jay Reynolds was replaced by Rottweiler guitar player Rick Van Zandt. This Present Wasteland, Metal Church's ninth release, is a return to their roots and contains some of their strongest material to date. In 2013 the band released the highly successful "Generation Nothing” but by 2014 singer Ronny Munroe had left the band to pursue a solo career with his girlfriend. In 2014 founding guitarist Kurdt Vanderhoof convinced Mike to rejoin Metal Church. “Sometimes I still can’t believe it myself, no one would have ever thought Mike would return after his departure almost 2 decades ago” says guitarist and founding member Kurdt Vanderhoof. “At first I struggled with the decision to come back, but after hearing the riffs that Kurdt was writing, I just couldn’t resist, the music called to me and I wanted to be part of it!” says Mike. 5

www.facebook.com/OfficialMetalChurch www.metalchurchofficial.com www.twitter.com/metalchurchis1 **

NEWS: A Soul Called Perdition (Finland) Into the Formless Dawn release: March 11th, 2016 label: independent This is music especially made for the people into "melodic death metal" in the 90s sense. Whether it is Scandinavian or Finnish "melodic death metal" that you have in mind, it doesn't matter, really, it has that old spirit that so many people liked back in the day and still like today. Find out more information below. One Metal has said: "Perhaps the most impressive aspect of this burly slice of frantic musicianship is that the whole thing was played by just one fellow. Seriously,


everything. Not only that, he even did the bloody artwork! Take a bow, Mr Tuomas Kuusinen. It’s refreshing to get a package with such a singular vision; listening to it and knowing that everything was recorded with intent rather than compromise.

Kuusinen recorded Into The Formless Dawn after the demise of his previous outfit, Pain Confessor, which left him sat with a wealth of material and no available vessel. Coupling this with his rage and disappointment in humanity in general as his motivation, Kuusinen might not have made the most polished record of all time; but he’s certainly made one that is focused and absolutely furious. There’s no hint of respite on Into The Formless Dawn; instead, it’s a work that focuses on an intense dichotomy between light-speed riffing and twin guitar harmonising." In an interview with The 20 Question Quiz, A Soul Called Perdition explains the mentality about music: "I honestly have lost touch of current events in music almost completely and have instead reconnected with a lot of the stuff I listened to when I was younger. My absolute favorites still are Sentenced throughout the Jarva-era, GWAR, W.A.S.P., all cheesy 80s fun-loving hard rock and glam metal, early 90s black metal and death 6

metal." BIO: A Soul Called Perdition came to being during 2013-2014 when Finnish melodic death metal band Pain Confessor slowly descended into hibernation, or death. Their guitarist Tuomas had a full length's worth of material almost ready and there was no sign of it ever being utilized so he went on to finish the songs and bring them out as a full length selfreleased album, which materialized as "Into The Formless Dawn". Eight songs about outrage towards all the malicious acts human beings are capable of committing to each other, not turning the other cheek, losing a part of your essence, love that defies even the flames of a pyre. Says the man: "This album is a farewell to my brothers in Pain Confessor, farewell to the band that has held my heart and soul for over a decade. I also see it as a farewell to all the hardship that came with it. Every song is poured full of my disgust of this modern day hell we live in, mostly the people cancerously devouring our own home. It felt great to finally get to let it all out, that pent-up rage. Hope it comes through to the listener and love it or hate it, feel it." www.facebook.com/asoulcalledperdition/?fr ef=nf **

NEWS: [In Mute] [In Mute] is a melodic extreme metal band from Spain. This band is new to this publication, but they actually have been active for years. Below you will find some official information about the band. Even though there seem to be information gaps in the bio below, it’s a good starting point to learn the basics about the band. Most


importantly, you can hear the music at the Bandcamp link below.

[IN MUTE] was born in the middle of 2003 and they bring us their style, closer to the death melodic metal of Scandinavian roots.

NEWS: Holocaustum In the Fields They Bled Release date: May 12th, 2015 Label: Dark Horizon Records They call their music "dark death metal" and after hearing you will see why. The band seeks a death metal that is obscurantist in nature and versatile in skills. Fortunately, you don't have to trust anyone's word about this band because you can hear the complete album at the link below. Here is some official information about this band from Indiana, U.S.

In 2006 they recorded "Aeternum", their first LP. After some changes in the formation, the band became stable with the current formation, initiating the search of their essence that takes shape the five brand new tracks of "One in a Million", produced and recorded by Raúl Abellán (Animal Music Productios), mastered in Finnvox (Finland) by Mika Jussila. The "One in a Million Tour" took them all over the Iberian Peninsula along 2013 and 2014, culminating in the Wacken Metal Battle in Germany, where they reached the first prize of the event against other 29 countries. Composing new material to keep forward, they continue fighting in their live shows to bring new energy to all the possible corners. www.inmute.bandcamp.com/ www.facebook.com/inmuteband www.soundcloud.com/in-mute **

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HOLOCAUSTUM was formed in the winter of 2009 by Vocalist Shawna Silvers, Guitarist John Newton, Bassist Dave Warner and Lead Guitarist Charlie Baughman. HOLOCAUSTUM is an old styled blackened death metal band shining with the influence of many bands from the early 90’s. HOLOCAUSTUM incorporate brutal and sometimes melodic death metal with the ferocity of black metal, creating an atmosphere that is seldom captured in today’s underground “Metal Scene”. Their debut album “Crawling Through The Flames of Damnation” was released by Dark Horizon Records in the fall of 2011 and was received well through out the world. After playing


shows in support of the album the band made a line up change and drummer Jeff Mhaghnuis was replaced for drummer Tomasz Pilasiewicz.. HOLOCAUSTUM are currently working on their second album “In The Fields They Bled” which will be released in May 12th 2015. Holocaustum hold high the banner of old school Death Metal while merging an atmosphere of early 90's Black Metal on the new album "In The Fields They Bled". Unleashing eight ominous tracks of caustic Death Metal, Holocaustum present waves of memorable dark tone, pummeling female vocals, artillery blast drumming and piercing sophisticated guitar solos. This vicious album was mastered by the legendary Dan Swanö (Bloodbath, Edge Of Sanity, Aeon, Hail Of Bullets) at Unisound Studio, and recorded/mixed by John Newton at DHR Studio with drums tracked at SOS Studios in Chicago by AKSMITH. "In The Fields They Bled" is an album that slays and will captivate the the most avid metalhead, leaving them wanting more. For fans of Autopsy, Behemoth, Bolt Thrower, Cannibal Corpse, Dark Funeral, Death, Deicide, Emperor, Goatwhore, God Dethroned, Grave, Immolation, Immortal, Incantation, Marduk, Morbid Angel, Obituary and Sinister... Formed during the winter of 2009, HOLOCAUSTUM create their own style of dark death metal. Musically blurring the lines of numerous metal genres and influenced by the sound of many early 90’s death and black metal bands. HOLOCAUSTUM released their first studio album "Crawling Through The Flames of Damnation" in 2011 on Dark Horizon Records. May 12, 2015 HOLOCAUSTUM offer their second studio album "In The Fields They Bled" on Dark Horizon Records / Horror Pain Gore 8

Death Productions, which showcases a level of maturity in songwriting and production. Other high points are the sophisticated guitar solos of Charlie Baughman, the razor sharp rhythm guitar attack of John "Andy" Newton (Fog, Typhus, Morpheus Descends), the vicious, brutal, rip your soul to pieces vocals of Shawna Silvers, the relentless bass guitar attack of Dave Warner all combined intensely with the machine gun blast drumming of Tomasz Pilasiewicz (Disinter, Gorgasm, Warfather, Corphagy, Incessant Collapse). *Shawna Silvers: Vocals *John Newton: Guitar *Charlie Baughman: Lead Guitar *Dave Warner: Bass Guitar *Tomasz Pilasiewicz: Drummer Discography: CRAWLING THROUGH THE FLAMES OF DAMNATION CD 2011 (Dark Horizon Records) IN THE FIELDS THEY BLED CD 2015 (Horror Pain Gore Death Productions & Dark Horizon Records) www.holocaustum.bandcamp.com/album/in -the-fields-they-bled www.facebook.com/Holocaustum111402152349839/ **


free metal music: Evolved

Evolved is a thrash/death metal band from Italy. They have a free EP from 2016 called "Lost in Madness." The band says: "Finally our first EP has been released! We worked hard to create these songs and we hope you will love them as much as we do! Open your mind and get Lost in Madness! You can download the tracks for FREE. Just click "buy track" and enter 0 when it ask for the price." The EP was released on January 5, 2016 and it's four songs and about 14 minutes long. www.evolved8.bandcamp.com www.facebook.com/Evolved132544356763005/ **

free metal music: Hatewรถlf Hatewรถlf is "d-beat rock and roll" from Mexico. The four-song recording is called "Wasteland Wolves" and it's some 13 minutes of extreme rock and roll, somewhere between Motorhead and latter-day Darkthrone, in that neighborhood of toxic rock and roll that is loud, obnoxious and dirty. 9

www.hatewolf.bandcamp.com/releases www.facebook.com/bastardwolves/ **

concert calendar Seattle region concert calendar by Metal Bulletin Zine (Washington state). If you know of other metal concerts in the area, please get in contact with Metal Bulletin Zine. ** March 18 Geoff Tate at The Neptune Theatre, Seattle, WA March 19 Queensryche at Snoqualmie Casino Showroom - Snoqualmie, WA March 19 Slayer, Testament, Carcass at Paramount Theater - Seattle March 24 Y & T, Zero Down at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA March 25 Lycus, Un, Hissing, Eye of Nix at Highline, Seattle, WA March 26 Auroch, Bell Witch, Serial Hawk, Mitochondrion, Conan at the Highline, Seattle, WA March 27 Lycus at Obsidian - Olympia, WA March 28 Satan, Skelator, Substratum, Gatekeeper, Nox Velum at Highline, Seattle,


WA April 1 Decibel Magazinel Tour ABBATH, High On Fire, Tribulation, Skeletonwitch at El Corazón - Seattle, WA April 7 Hell's Bells at Clearwater Casino, Suquamish, WA April 7 Steve Grimmet's GRIM REAPER, Skelator at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA April 8 Power Trip, Gag, Lower Species at The Highline, Seattle, WA April 8 Dokken at Malibu's, Vancouver, WA April 9 Dokken at Tony V's Garage, Everett, WA April 11 Absu, Witchaven, UADA, Imperial Triumphant at The Highline, Seattle, WA April 11 Iron Maiden at Tacoma Dome April 12 The Desolate, Pile of Priests, Dilapidation, Oxygen Destroyer at The Highline, Seattle, WA April 14 Iron Kingdom, Skelator, Substratum at The Kraken Bar and lounge - Seattle, WA April 18 Malevolent Creation, Pyrexia, Abiotic at Studio Seven - Seattle, WA April 23 D.R.I., Wolpack at El Corazón, Seattle WA April 25 Sarcalogos at Substation, Seattle, WA April 28 Rhine, Deathblow, Xoth, Hexengeist at The Highline - Seattle, WA April 30 Napalm Death, Earth Control, Rot Monger, Narrow Minded, The Drip at Mainstreet Studios, Walla Walla, WA April 30 Holy Grail, DevilDriver, Incite, Hemlock at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA April 30 Fear Factory, Soilwork at El Corazón Seattle, WA May 1 Holy Grail, DevilDriver, Incite, Hemlock at Knitting Factory, Spokane, WA May 1 Napalm Death at The Showbox Seattle, WA May 8 Primal Fear, Luca Turilli's Rhapsody at El Corazón - Seattle, WA May 13 Pallbearer at The Highline, Seattle, WA May 14 Dropdead, Magrudergrind, Yautja, The Drip at The Highline, Seattle, WA May 15 Soulfly, Suffocation, Battlecross, 10

Abnormality at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA May 17 Amon Amarth, Entombed AD, Exmortus at Showbox Market - Seattle, WA May 27 Anvil, Unleash the Archers, Graveshadow at El Corazón, Seattle WA May 31 Corrosion of Conformity, Lamb of God at WAMU Theater, Seattle, WA June 5 Iron Kingdom at Tony V's Garage in Everett, WA June 11 Voivod at El Corazón - Seattle, WA June 14 American Wrecking Company at Studio Seven - Seattle, WA June 17 Perdition Temple, Sempiternal Dusk, Ascended Dead at Highline, Seattle, WA August 12, 13, 14 MIGRATION FESTIVAL at the Capitol Theater in downtown Olympia, WA: AUROCH, THE BODY & KRIEG collaborative performance, CHRISTIAN MISTRESS, DEAD TO A DYING WORLD, FALSE, FÓRN, FULL OF HELL, KHEMMIS, KOWLOON WALLED CITY, KRALLICE, MUTILATION RITES, NIGHTFELL, OBSEQUIAE, PALE CHALICE, THOU, VASTUM, VHOL, and YELLOW EYES. October 1 Def Leppard at Tacoma Dome, Tacoma, Washington November 26 Dark Tranquillity, Swallow the Sun, Enforcer, Star Kill at El Corazón, Seattle, WA — metal programs (these are Pacific Times) Mosh Pit (Madison, WI): Monday night 9:30pm12am WORT 89.9 fm www.wortfm.org Sweet Nightmares (Houston, TX): Thursday night 9pm-12am KPFT 90.1 fm www.kpft.org Excuse All the Blood (Olympia, WA): Friday night 11pm-1am www.kaosradio.org Metal Shop (Seattle, WA): Saturday 11pm3am KISW 99.9fm www.kisw.com — This zine is available at: www.issuu.com/metalbulletinzine


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