Warbringer frontman on this week’s show

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Currently sweeping the US nation supporting German thrash legends Destruction I catch up with founding member and frontman John Kevill of Warbringer.

Just back from Europe extensively touring their latest release ‘Woe to the Vanquished’, I find out more about the latest release and news on new additions to the band.

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I first came across the band last year when out on the road with Enforcer, they were trying out a new line-up consisting of guitar player Conan from Exmortus and bassist Jessie Sanchez. Following on from that tour, Warbringer hit the studio to record what would be the band’s 5th studio album entitled ‘Woe to the Vanquished’ (released March 31st via Napalm Records). The album shows a stronger side to the band and also highlights the talents of new members guitarist Chase Becker and Sanchez.

What the label say;

Warbringer has continued to evolve throughout its 4 albums into the most lethal band in thrash, and delivers a monumental  5th record in Woe to the Vanquished. Taking the more progressive and ambitious leanings of Empires Collapse and tempering them with pure, unrelenting violence. The result is a unique hybrid strain of thrash and extreme metal that ranges from all-out speed assaults such as “Woe to the Vanquished” and “Shellfire” to the biggest song the band has ever done, the 11-minute “When the Guns Fell Silent.” Warbringer makes a triumphant step forward on this record, it’s an absolute must for anyone into metal today.

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Woe to the Vanquished track listing;

1 Silhouettes

2 Woe to the Vanquished

3 Remain Violent

4 Shellfire

5 Descending Blade

6 Spectral Asylum

7 Divinity of Flesh

8 When the Guns Fell Silent

Warbringer Tour Dates 2017

Date Venue Location
May 30 Mod Club Toronto, Canada Tickets & More
May 31 L’Astral Montreal, Canada Tickets & More
Jun 01 Gramercy Theatre New York, NY Tickets & More
Jun 02 Montage Music Hall Rochester, NY Tickets & More
Jun 03 Emerson Theater Indianapolis, IN Tickets & More
Jun 04 The Masquerade Atlanta, GA Tickets & More
Jun 05 Haven Lounge Orlando, FL Tickets & More
Jun 07 Grizzly Hall Austin, TX Tickets & More
Jun 08 Gas Monkey Bar & Grill Dallas, TX Tickets & More
Jun 09 Launchpad Albuquerque, NM Tickets & More
Jun 10 Joe’s Grotto Phoenix, AZ Tickets & More
Jun 11 Regent Theater Los Angeles, CA Tickets & More
Jul 07 Resurrection Fest Viveiro, Spain Tickets & More
Jul 09 Kulturzentrum K19 Cassel, Germany Tickets & More
Jul 10 Kulturfabrik Esch Sur Alzette,Luxembourg Tickets & More
Jul 11 LA Cafe Cham, Germany Tickets & More
Jul 12 Das Bach Wien, Austria Tickets & More
Jul 15 Devilstone Festival Vilnius, Lithuania Tickets & More
Jul 16 Live & Loud Sofia, Bulgaria Tickets & More
Jul 18 Live Palma Tuzla, Bosnia And Herzegovina Tickets & More
Jul 19 Flying Circus Cluj Napoca, Romania Tickets & More
Jul 22 PMK Innsbruck, Austria Tickets & More
Jul 23 Club 007 Prague, Czech Republic Tickets & More
Jul 26 Metaldays Festival Tolmin, Slovenia Tickets & More
Jul 29 Vaudeville Lindau, Germany Tickets & More
Aug 01 Hirsch Nuremberg, Germany Tickets & More
Aug 04 Little Devil Tilburg, Netherlands Tickets & More
Aug 06 Baroeg Rotterdam, Netherlands Tickets & More
Aug 08 Slade Room Bilston, United Kingdom Tickets & More
Aug 09 Audio Glasgow, United Kingdom Tickets & More
Aug 10 Hobo’s Bridgend, United Kingdom Tickets & More
Aug 11 The Underworld Camden London, United Kingdom Tickets & More
Sep 06 O’Malleys Margate, FL Tickets & More
Sep 07 The Haven Winter Park, FL Tickets & More
Sep 08 Orpheum Tampa, FL Tickets & More
Sep 09 1904 Music Hall Jacksonville, FL Tickets & More
Sep 10 The Underground Charlotte, NC Tickets & More
Sep 11 Motorco Durham, NC Tickets & More
Sep 12 The Masquerade Atlanta, GA Tickets & More
Sep 13 Fish Head Cantina Halethorpe, MD Tickets & More
Sep 14 The Chance Poughkeepsie, NY Tickets & More
Sep 15 The Gramercy Theatre New York, NY Tickets & More
Sep 16 The Palladium Worcester, MA Tickets & More
Sep 17 Foufounes Electriques Montreal, Canada Tickets & More
Sep 18 Mod Club Toronto, Canada Tickets & More
Sep 19 Token Lounge Westland, MI Tickets & More
Sep 20 The Forge Joliet, IL Tickets & More
Sep 21 Icon Lounge Sioux Falls, SD Tickets & More
Sep 22 The Cabooze Minneapolis, MN Tickets & More
Sep 23 Park Theatre Winnipeg, Canada Tickets & More
Sep 24 Exchange Regina, Canada Tickets & More
Sep 25 Dickens Calgary, Canada Tickets & More
Sep 26 The Starlite Room Edmonton, Canada Tickets & More
Sep 28 Rickshaw Theater Vancouver, Canada Tickets & More
Sep 29 El Corazon Seattle, WA Tickets & More
Sep 30 Hawthorne Theatre Portland, OR Tickets & More
Oct 01 Slim’s San Francisco, CA Tickets & More
Oct 02 Whiskey A Go Go West Hollywood, CA Tickets & More
Oct 03 Brick By Brick San Diego, CA Tickets & More
Oct 04 Club Red Mesa, AZ Tickets & More
Oct 05 Tricky Falls El Paso, TX Tickets & More
Oct 06 Fitzgerald’s San Antonio, TX Tickets & More
Oct 07 Trees Dallas, TX Tickets & More
Oct 08 Southport Hall Jefferson, LA Tickets & More
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Matt Harvey of Exhumed / Gruesome & Pounder on this week’s show!

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Joining me on this week’s show is none other than Death metal virtuoso: Matt Harvey of Exhumed, Gruesome and his latest band Pounder.

It’s been two years since I caught up with Matt napalmdeathvovivodtour2015new_638for an interview. Last time he was out on the road with Voivod, Napalm death and Iron Reagan on the ‘Through Space and Grind’ Decibel magazine tour, promoting the Exhumed album Gore Metal Redux: A Necrospective. Since then so much has happened musically for Matt that I can barely keep up with the pace.
Back in 2015 I asked Matt about Gruesome which at that point was little more than a plan and a few demos. With the release of Closed Casket and then Hideous the noise around the band quickly blew up. Encapsulating the sound of the Florida Death metal band Death. Gruesome wanted to be tribute to Death using inspiration from each album to create their own albums.

With the debut release of Savage Land in April 21, 2015, no one knew how well the band would go on to do. With a second pressing being made by relapse it was safe to say that the band was going to be producing even more music.
Last year the EP “Dimensions of Horror” gave us yet another slice of what they can do as a band but also it would see the band inspired by the album “Scream Bloody Gore”.
A third EP “Fragments of Psyche” is set to be released on March 31st via relapse records. The EP sees the band take on a different form of Death, considering the album Human but also the appearance of Sean Reinert former Death drummer. Details of a new album have also been announced. Tune in for more…..

The Pounder chapter….

With news on the underground erupting up to the masses about Matt’s new band and the announcement that they are set to 16487573_1261022280633678_4204256853494803421_odebut their first live show at this year’s annual “Frost and Fire” festival in California. I was curious to know more
from Matt about his latest musical creation…Pounder! With a more traditional heavy metal sound/ NWOBHM the band are formulated out of Matt’s love for the genre.
Pulling together long-time friend Alejandro and ex-Angel Witch/ ex- Crowning Glory guitarist Tom Draper the lineup was complete. A brand new track was released 7th March 2017 listen to it below.

The Exhumed chapter

Now as far as Exhumed are concerned, their last release was in 2014 and there is news on a new album and also a headlining tour. Again tune in to find out more.

Podcast now available below.

Links:

Gruesome;
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gruesomedeat…
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gruesome_de…
Bandcamp: https://gruesomedeathmetal.bandcamp.com

Pounder;
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pounderheavymetal
BandCamp: https://pounderheavymetal.bandcamp.com/

Exhumed;
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ExhumedOfficial
Bandcamp: http://exhumed.bandcamp.com/

Beastmaker join this week’s B.B.B. show

This week I catch up with Beastmaker frontman Trevor William Church out on the road haunting the Californian coast with Brant Bjork. Tune in as we chat about their signing to Rise above records, their current release and the writing process for Beastmaker’s upcoming new album. Plus I grab a chance to chat about their recent epic tour with Monolord and Sweat Lodge.

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The Lusus Naturae album was laid upon the slab earlier this year and will clearly be the strong foundation for a virile career for Beastmaker. The fresno threesome are adding all the right ingredients to tap into the ever growing and cult-like doom circuit. From occult themes to classic hammer horror throw backs, these guys have it all. The mastermind behind the whole operation is none other than front man Trevor, his vision back in 2006 would take the guys in many a musical direction before reaching today’s outlet. But those 10 years were well spent perfecting their craft and realising what they wanted to achieve as a band. It’s safe to say that this isn’t just your average doom band.. although their lyrical content may come from the deepest depths of hell, the riffs are forged from the 70’s NWOBHM style that have been cited in influencing megastars Metallica, Megadeth and developed the sound that we all know today as Thrash metal. The band takes the best of diverse influences from Angel Witch, Danzig, Pentagram, Witchfinder General and alike, paving the way for the Beastmaker sound.

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Side A
1. Clouds in the Sky 04:21
2. Eyes Are Watching 03:00
3. Arachne 03:08
4. Skin Crawler 03:33
5. Find the Stranger 04:32
6. You Must Sin 05:02
Side B
7. Burnt Offering 02:55
8. Mask of Satan 03:26
9. It 05:06
10. Astral Corpse 03:14
11. Lusus Naturae 03:30
12. The Strain 03:50
Release date: March 25, 2016
Label: Rise Above Limited

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Gygax frontman drops in on this week’s show

This week’s band Gygax was formulated out of more than just a passion for music but science-fiction, fantasy and more specifically the works and the designs of their namesake Gary Gygax a co-creator of Dungeons and Dragons in 1974. Gygax-D&D.jpg

Ventura, California based bassist and frontman of Gygax Eric Harris is no stranger to the music industry. With time spent in bands Skeletonwitch, Holy Grail and most recently Gypsyhawk. In the seven year existence of Gypsyhawk they produced two albums Patience and Perseverance (2010) and Revelry & Resilience (2012) released through Metal Blade records. However relationships within the band began to fray and the group split in 2014.

Regrouping with Bryant Throckmorton former guitarist for Gypsyhawk the guys started working on what was to be Gygax’s debut album “Critical Hits”. The thirty minute masterpiece was released in January 2016 through Creator-Destructor Records. This absolutely killer album has once again proven the musical talents of Eric Harris and co.. The songs combine myth and magic with a side helping of Thin lizzy guitars and UFO riffs.

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Currently shredding up the highways of North America with Huntress on their two month tour with Sabaton and Trivium ,  I catch up with Mr. Harris over the phone to chat about life on the road, what’s next for his latest creation Gygax and news on possible tour dates and their upcoming second album.

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Critical Hits

1. Lesser Magick -04:24
2. Worldbreaker -03:42
3. Draw Breath -04:16
4. The Rope of Shadow -03:23
5. Dirge for a Deposed Duke -01:07 instrumental
6. Chain Lightning -02:44
7. Demons -04:06
8. Liliana -04:16
9. The Hunter’s Heart -03:34
Album length -31:32

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Metal Church Mike Howe joins this week’s Barnett’s Brutal Brunch show 

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Originally rising from the infamous shores of the Bay Area of thrash, Metal Church would find their feet in Aberdeen, Washington. The swift move across North America gave the band the stable foundations to help create some of the most notorious thrash hits to come out of the era. With their eponymous debut album release in 1984, it wasn’t until singer Mike Howe came into the fold in 1988 that the most successful period for Metal Church was sparked.

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The band went on to release the classic albums Blessing in Disguise (1989), The Human Factor (1991) and Hanging in the Balance (1993). By 1994, Mike Howe decided to walk away from the music business altogether to focus more attention on his family.

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Over twenty years since his departure from the band, Metal Church have gone on to produce countless albums without him.  However, 2016 sees them not only release their eleventh studio album XI, but also welcome back Mike Howe on vocals once again.

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Track listing for XI:

01. Reset
02. Killing Your Time
03. No Tomorrow
04. Signal Path
05. Sky Falls In
06. Needle & Suture
07. Shadow
08. Blow Your Mind
09. Soul Eating Machine
10. It Waits
11. Suffer Fools
12. Fan The Fire (Exclusive Bonus Track)

 

Tune in this week as I catch up with Mike to chat about the making of new album XI, and the upcoming European tour.

Be sure to check out Metal Church on their upcoming tour:

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