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Long Branch Records Signs A Pale Horse Named Death

We’ve recently learned about some doings in the camp of Brooklyn’s own A Pale Horse Named Death so if you are a fan of their sonic output, please read on down below.

The Press Release:
We are pleased to announce that A Pale Horse Named Death re-signed an international deal with SPV. New music is expected to be released in Fall 2018 via the record companies Long Branch Records imprint.

The band led by founding Type O Negative and Life of Agony member Sal Abruscato released their debut “And Hell Will Follow Me” in 2011 and firmly implanted their roots in the metal scene with the sophomore album “Lay My Soul to Waste” in 2013. Both albums have been selected as part of the Revolver Magazine Top 20 Albums of the Year list in the year of its release.

A Pale Horse Named Death by Sandi Murphy

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EMP Label Group Signs The Killer Dwarfs

The other day the folks over at EMP Label Group unveiled their plans about an “Outlaw Country” imprint and this followed the news about the long hoped for return of “Combat Records”; Clearly they are aiming to keep the Metal hungers fed as this news about the signing of the Killer Dwarfs outlines. Check it out.

The Press Release:
Canadian Metal favorites KiLLeR DWaRfS have signed to EMP LABEL GROUP, who are set to release the band’s long awaited live set LIVE, NO GUFF in stores April 13th. 2018 will also see EMP reissues of the band’s recent catalog, including the independently released START@ONE, the band’s previously unreleased studio album from 1993, and WIRELESS, the solo acoustic release from vocalist RUSS DWARF. EMP will also release a 2019 new studio album from Killer Dwarfs, and a new studio album from RUSS DWARF.

Recorded live in November 2016 in various exotic Northern locales including Ottawa, Vancouver, Toronto, and Whitehorse Yukon, Canada, LIVE, NO GUFF is a collection of the Dwarfs at their vertically challenged finest, powering through blistering performances of 3 decades of classic tracks including “Stand Tall”, “Keep The Spirit Alive”, “Dirty Weapons”, “Heavy Mental Breakdown”, and more.


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Label News: Tengger Cavalry Signs With Napalm Records!

Hey fiends, let’s get back to the Metal Music Reporting for a moment if we may LOL. Of course, you know we are still doing that but with the recent NY Comic Con and all the themed television shows premiering it was starting to feel like we had veered off course by some people. With that said, we recently got the news about one of our city’s bands Tengger Cavalry signing a deal with Napalm Records. Let’s take a look at the press release below. I’ll return at the close.

The Press Release:
Hailing from New York city, with their exotic mix of throat singing, the Mongolian fiddle and Central Asian instruments, TENGGER CAVALRY have signed a worldwide deal with Napalm Records!

Says the band about their recent signing with Napalm Records:
“We have always been huge fans of Napalm Records. Growing up listening to lots of the bands that signing to the label, we are just so inspired by the musical ideas of the label of how progressive and heavy the sound it presents. And now we are honored to be part of the Napalm Records family and can’t wait to share our nomadic folk sound to the new community!”

Set for an album release in early 2018 but to shorten your wait, TENGGER CAVALRY have now released a first lyric video to the single ‘Ritual And Redemption’, taken from the band’s upcoming album on Napalm Records! Dive into the nomadic folks sounds of TENGGER CAVALRY here: https://youtu.be/3YIqmWf1dRI


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This Just In: Nuclear Blast Records Signs Riot V

Fans of the band Riot will be chomping at the bit at the news of their inclusion onto the awesome roster of Nuclear Blast Records artists. Check out the press release below. I’ll add some closing editorial at the end.

The Press Release:
NUCLEAR BLAST are proud to announce the signing of cult New York Heavy Metal band RIOT V, who will be inducted into the prestigious Heavy Metal History Hall of Fame 2018! Hardly any other metal act has such a long, absorbing history behind it. Since the quintet formed in 1975 they have been hit by several severe strokes of fate during their long career. With Rhett Forester (R.I.P. 1994), Guy Speranza (R.I.P. 2003) and Mark Reale (R.I.P. 2012) – three deceased members have left their mark on the four decades of RIOT’s band history.

Since their legendary debut album “Rock City” (1977), RIOT has released numerous heavy metal classics, including “Fire Down Under” (with classics like “Swords And Tequila”), their masterpiece “Thundersteel” (1988), and the unforgotten “The Privilege Of Power”(1990).

After the death of Mark Reale and the departure of Tony Moore, Todd Michael Hall (from Michigan, USA), completed the line-up of the band, which in the meantime performed under the name of RIOT V under the auspices of the two long term members and main songwriters Donnie van Stavern (bass) and Mike Flyntz (guitar). With the critically acclaimed “Unleash The Fire” (2014), a pure power metal jewel once again underlined the musical importance and influence of the quintet.

Many artists name-check RIOT as an important influence of their musical career and have paid tribute to the power metal godfathers on multiple occasions. The list is long and includes several well-known acts such as HAMMERFALL (‘Flight Of The Warrior’), Luca Turilli’s RHAPSODY (‘Thundersteel’), AXEL RUDI PELL (‘Warrior’) and newcomers such as NIGHT DEMON (‘Road Racin’), ALPHA TIGER (‘Flight Of The Warrior’), SAVAGE MASTER (‘Swords And Tequila’) and STALLION (‘Rock City’).

“RIOT V is proud to announce our union with the mighty Nuclear Blast label! Two true metal visionaries meet to unleash an assault on all you metal warriors of the world! Its really awesome to be on “THE” metal label and have so much respect and excitement between us. We are in great hands and it’s always nice to have a mutual vision of what this band needs to be thrust back onto the metal battlefield and with our thousands of metal soldiers supporting and fighting with us. This will be the start of a great relationship – and it doesn’t hurt that some of the Nuclear Blast staff are long-time fans! Now let’s start a riot! Shine On!”, commented Don van Stavern.

RIOT V are busy recording the follow up to the highly acclaimed come back record “Unleash The Fire”, which entered the Hard Rock 100 Billboard charts at #75 and Rolling Stone Magazine gives it a 4/5 rating, while most media including Burrn!, Rock Hard and Aardshock dubbed it album of the year! The new disc will be released in spring 2018 and production duties will be handled by producer whiz Chris “The Wizard” Collier (METAL CHURCH, FLOTSAM & JETSAM, SLIPKNOT, KORN a.o.).

The new songs promises to please fans of the “Thundersteel”-era of RIOT, as main song writer and long time Mark Reale music collaborator Don Van Stavern undertakes a lot of the writing as he did on “Thundersteel”, “The Privilege of Power” and the latest offering “Unleash The Fire”. Don van Stavern adds: “This next offering will please long time fans and create new ones, as the material is fresh and Power Metal at it’s finest.”

RIOT V truly are metal soldiers and will keep marching and fighting the good fight to bring you the music you’ve come to know, love and expect from RIOT V. In addition, RIOT V will return to Europe for some live shows in December.

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PiercingMetal Thoughts: Truth be told I wasn’t really following Riot back in the day as a regular study but liked what I would hear when I heard it. Too many albums had gone by me to find me sinking the time backward but like I said, I did always enjoy what I knew. I caught the band during a NYC visit a few years ago around the time that founder Reale was at death’s door and while the band kicked serious ass it was a room filled with a very solemn vibe. Mark left us that same week and I was glad that the band decided to maintain course and keep the music reaching more and more fans. I might have been late to the party but I am sure interested in what their soon to be revealed songs are like. What do you readers think about this new signing by Nuclear Blast Records? Are you excited at all? Let me know down in the comments section below.

Official Website: http://www.areyoureadytoriot.com/

Label News: Season Of Mist Records Signs Abysmal Dawn

I’m taking a breather from all of the concert tour and television postings since there have been so many of them lately to share the latest news from the American Death Metal band known as Abysmal Dawn who are moving on from Relapse Records and starting a new relationship with Season Of Mist Records. The full press release is below for you to peruse and then I will close up with some thoughts. Sink your teeth into this one.

The Press Release:
ABYSMAL DAWN have signed a multi-album deal with France-based Season of Mist Records.

“We’re very happy to be signed to such an awesome and respected label like Season of Mist,” says ABYSMAL DAWN. “The people there are all die-hard metalheads and we’re glad to be a part of such an enthusiastic and strong team. We also have a long-standing friendship with U.S. label manager Gordon Conrad, who originally signed us. Working with Gordon, Michael, and the other amazing people at the label was just a no-brainer. We’re very excited about the future of ABYSMAL DAWN these days, and judging by the new material that we’ve been working on, great things are to come.”

The members of ABYSMAL DAWN are currently ensconced at an undisclosed Los Angeles location, where they’re invoking the elder gods to power new material for their as-yet-untitled fifth full-length and follow-up to 2014’s ‘Obsolescence’. The Village Voice called Obsolescence “tirelessly inventive”, eventually crowning ABYSMAL DAWN the #1 spot on their 10 Best Metal Albums year-end list. Early samples of ABYSMAL DAWN’s Season of Mist debut demonstrate the trio’s newfound power, ingenuity, and songcraft. Certainly, ABYSMAL DAWN’s new opus picks up where ‘Obsolescence’ left off, but it promises so much more.

Formed in 2004, ABYSMAL DAWN quickly impressed on fan and band alike. The group’s three-song demo landed ABYSMAL DAWN a contract with Arizona-based Crash Music. Within a year, the group were holed up with engineer John Haddad (INTRONAUT, HIRAX) at Shiva Industries recording their debut, ‘From Ashes’. Released in 2006, ‘From Ashes’ was praised for its tactful balance of brutality, melody, and atmosphere, earning heavy praise from media outlets. Blabbermouth gushed, calling it, “irreproachably constructed.” Follow-up album, ‘Programmed to Consume’, again engineered by Haddad, was released in 2008 following a higher profile deal with Relapse Records. Immediately, the press heralded ‘Programmed to Consume’—“thinking man’s metal” said AllMusic.
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