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

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

Tune in this Wednesday 8pm GMT – 12pm PST via Totalrock.com or Tunein

Nervosa join this week’s show

Listen hereFrom a self produced video to being signed to Napalm records. The short life of Nervosa has been somewhat of a rollercoaster ride. Conceived whilst in previous bands, the members gave up everything to form Nervosa. nervosab2Born on the South American road, Nervosa were soon picked up by Destruction frontman Schmier who took the band under his wing and showcased their music video via social media. Within a short time the video had gathered tens of thousands of views on youtube, earning them a great deal of noise throughout the world.

Their blinding debut album release “Victim of Yourself” sent shockwaves throughout the metal industry gaining the Brazilian trio the credibility they so richly deserve. Nervosa are now back with a second album “Agony“.

 

What the label says:

Brazil`s meanest power trio has returned: Nervosa indulge in relentlessly raw all-female thrash metal on their second studio album Agony that almost effortlessly merges the energy of the glorious 80s with the refined aggression of this millennium. Played even more on point and precise than debut Victim of yourself (2014), it definitely enriches the Nervosa sound having transferred the production to the USA: the South American riff tornado is in flawless shape! Nods to Kreator, Slayer etc really are just the tip of the iceberg here, and the Brazilian squad continues to drag its fans down into a malicious maelstrom full of old school darkness…

 

Currently on tour in Europe I catch up with Bassist/ vocalist Fernanda Lira via telephone to chat about her musical journey and life in Nervosa and what’s next for the thrasher trio.

Live on Totalrock.com, July 6th, 8pm GMT~ 12pm PST ~ 9pm CET

Repeats: Friday 9am GMT ~ 1am PST ~ 10am CET

Podcast

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Agony

01    Arrogance
02    Theory Of Conspiracy
03    Deception
04    Intolerance Means War
05    Guerra Santa
06    Failed System
07    Hostages
08    Surrounded By Serpents
09    CyberWar
10    Hypocrisy
11    Devastation
12    Wayfarer (Bonus Track)

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Destruction on this week’s BBB Show

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This week’s guest on the show is the infamous frontman Schmier of German thrash band Destruction.

Way back when thrash metal first began to surface around the globe, the Bay area, the East Coast and Brazil were producing some of the finest thrash in the world. However, in the black heart of Europe stood the Big Teutonic Four: Kreator, Tankard, Sodom and this week’s guests Destruction.destruction1

Starting out at the very genesis of thrash and a huge influence to many bands to follow them, Destruction has been religiously churning out what they do best recording after recording.

After taking some time out from the band the guys reformed back in 1999 and have since gone from strength to strength. Destruction have always remained earnest, hard-working and dedicated, regularly playing the festival and touring circuits whilst continuing to release albums.

The good old saying “If it ain’t broke, then don’t try to fix it” stands true with Destruction’s latest release “Under Attack”. The guys hit the studio with the intention to keep the sound as raw, live and analog as they possibly could. So much so that it has seen the guys change their writing and recording patterns and create a potent album that is already set to be their most success release to date.

Tune in this week as Schmier and I chat about the upcoming release, his musical influences and upcoming tour dates.

What the label say:

Iconic thrash metal band DESTRUCTION started the recording sessions for »Under Attack« after the summer festivals last year and have been recording segments in various studios between September 2015 and January 2016. So far they have completed the drum recordings with Martin Buchwalter at Gernhart Studios in Germany, as well as completing some basic recordings, mixing and mastering with VO Pulver at Little Creek Studios in Switzerland.

Mastermind Schmier states:
“We keep on doing our thing. The track ‘Under Attack’ stands for classic DESTRUCTION trademarks and the video will sure provoke the outdated & the backseat drivers. But global unity can not be reached with conservative & naive religious beliefs of any kind! Dear cosmopolitans, please keep your urge for freedom alive – otherwise soon there will be NO more rock ‘n’ roll !”

 

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Under Attack

Tracklist:

1 Under Attack
2 Generation Nevermore
3 Dethroned
4 Getting Used to the Evil
5 Pathogenic
6 Elegant Pigs
7 Second to None
8 Stand Up for What You Deliver
9 Conductor of the Void

Label: Nuclear Blast Records

Genre: Thrash Metal

Criminal drop in on this week’s Barnett’s Brutal Brunch show

This week I am joined by Chile’s finest thrash export Criminal. Tune in as the driving force and original member Anton Reisenegger chats about the history and the future plans of the band. Live On Air 8pm GMT Wednesday 9th March 2016 Totalrock.com

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From the get go, Criminal have been a force unto themselves. With heavy political unrest in Chile the band forged a name for themselves during the rebirth of their country in the early nineties. Quickly selling a thousand copies of their promo EP in a matter of days, the band were noticed by the big chiefs at Sony Music. Featuring on MTV’s Headbanger’s Ball South America and supporting a series of well known thrash bands, Criminal would soon see themselves supporting Megadeth, opening for Metallica and even the mighty KISS.

With a strong body of work the guys are about to release their eighth album on Metal Blade records. Titled ‘Fear Itself‘ it sees Criminal return to their roots and produce some killer classic metal anthems. With ‘Down Driven’ being the first single followed by ‘Animals to Gods’ it isn’t hard to fall in love with this band all over again.

 

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Tracklist – Fear itself

  • 1.Intro
  • 2.Down Driven
  • 3.False Flag Attack
  • 4.Shock Doctrine
  • 5.The Needle And The Knife
  • 6.Scream Of Consciousness
  • 7.Summoning The Apocalypse
  • 8.The One Who Speaks At Night
  • 9.Animals To Gods
  • 10.Deep In The Rot
  • 11.Wasted Youth
  • 12.Carne Molida

TOUR DATES