Exodus (American band)
Exodus is an American thrash metal band formed in 1979 in Richmond, California. They have gone through numerous lineup changes, two extended hiatuses, the deaths of two former band members, their current lineup consists of guitarists Gary Holt and Lee Altus, bassist Jack Gibson, drummer Tom Hunting, lead vocalist Steve "Zetro" Souza. Hunting is one of the original members, departed from Exodus twice, in 1989 and 2004, but rejoined in 2007. Holt joined the band about two years after its formation, is the only member of Exodus to appear on all their releases. Since its formation, Exodus has released ten studio albums, two live albums, one compilation album, a re-recording of their first album. Along with Metallica, Testament, Death Angel, Vio-Lence, Forbidden and Lȧȧz Rockit, they are credited as pioneers of the Bay Area thrash metal scene, have sold over five million albums worldwide. Exodus had particular success in the mid-to-late 1980s with their first three studio albums: Bonded by Blood, Pleasures of the Flesh and Fabulous Disaster.
The critical praise given to Fabulous Disaster garnered attention from major labels, including Capitol Records, with whom Exodus signed in 1989. The band released two more studio albums before disbanding in 1994. After temporarily reuniting in 1997–1998, Exodus reformed once again in 2001, since they have released five more studio albums, the most recent being Blood In, Blood Out; the band is writing a follow-up album, tentatively due for release in late 2019 or early 2020. The initial lineup of Exodus was formed in the late 1970s by guitarists Kirk Hammett and Tim Agnello, drummer/vocalist Tom Hunting, vocalist Keith Stewart, while they attended high school together; the band added bass guitarist Carlton Melson in 1980, the quintet began making a name for themselves playing backyard parties and various school functions. They played cover songs in the vein of 1970s hard rock and New wave of British heavy metal acts but developed some of their own original songs. Stewart soon left Hunting became the band's sole vocalist for some time.
Carlton Melson was replaced in 1981 by bass guitarist Geoff Andrews. Tim Agnello would leave the group, moving to New York City and staying involved in the music industry as a guitar player and writer; this left Exodus to perform as a power trio until a replacement was found in Hammett's friend and Exodus roadie Gary Holt. In 1981, Hammett met El Cerrito resident Paul Baloff at a North Berkeley house party, a friendship, started – according to Hammett – by their shared admiration for punk rock and 1970s heavy metal music. Baloff became the band's lead vocalist and the quintet recorded a 3-track demo tape in 1982 consisting of the songs "Whipping Queen", "Death and Domination" and "Warlord", a release which would be Hammett's only recording with Exodus; the band's music began to incorporate elements of hardcore punk into their NWOBHM roots, Exodus were considered the pioneers of the Bay Area thrash metal scene. In November 1982, Exodus opened a show at San Francisco's Old Waldorf venue for Metallica, a then-relatively unknown band from Los Angeles.
As the band began playing more shows in Bay Area clubs, they gained a large, fervent fan base known for their violent concert behavior. In early 1983, Hammett left Exodus to join Metallica on the recommendation of manager / producer Mark Whitaker, leaving Gary Holt to take creative control of the band. Hammett was replaced short term by Mike Maung, followed by Evan McCaskey, before the band found a permanent replacement in guitarist Rick Hunolt. Geoff Andrews left to start an early incarnation of pioneering death metal band Possessed, was replaced by bass guitarist Rob McKillop. In the spring of 1984, Exodus entered Turk Street Studios with producer Doug Piercy to record demos of songs that would appear on their debut album; the band was signed to New York-based Torrid Records and Exodus prepared to enter Prairie Sun Recording Studios that summer. The band recorded their first album, Bonded by Blood, in the summer of 1984 with the band's manager Mark Whitaker producing. 1984 concert photos from Exodus shows at Aquatic Park's Eastern Front Metal Festival and Ruthie's Inn were included on the album sleeve inserts.
Titled A Lesson in Violence, the album was not released until April 1985 amidst creative and business setbacks. Whilst Bonded By Blood is considered a influential thrash metal album today, critics have regarded the delay in its release as having hindered the impact the album could have had; as Allmusic reviewer Eduardo Rivadavia would write in his review for the album: "Had it been released after it was recorded in 1984, Exodus' Bonded by Blood might be regarded today alongside Metallica's Kill'Em All as one of the landmark albums responsible for launching the thrash metal wave." Exodus promoted the album by going on tour with Slayer. Four songs from their performance of April 5, 1985 at Studio 54 in New York City were filmed and released on home video as Combat Tour Live: The Ultimate Revenge; the band subsequently toured or played selected shows with bands like Exciter, Anthrax, King Diamond, Possessed, D. R. I. Nuclear Assault and Hirax. Shortly after touring for Bonded by Blood was complete, Paul Baloff was fired from the band due to his behavior related to alcohol and substance abuse, was replaced by Steve "Zetro" Souza, the lead vocalist for Legacy, an early incarnation of
Nuclear Blast is an independent record label and mail order record distributor with subsidiaries in Germany, the United States and Brazil. The record label was founded in 1987 by Markus Staiger in Germany. Releasing hardcore punk records, the label moved on to releasing albums by melodic death metal, industrial metal, power metal and black metal bands, as well as tribute albums, it distributes and promotes two post-hardcore/metalcore labels, SharpTone Records, focused on American scene, Arising Empire, focused more on European bands such as Novelists, Cold Snap and While She Sleeps. In October 2018, French independent label Believe Digital acquired a majority stake in Nuclear Blast. More recent signings include names such as Epica, The Adicts, Wednesday 13, Helloween, Decapitated, Cradle of Filth, Nightwish, Symphony X, Machine Head, Fear Factory, Fit for an Autopsy, Rob Zombie, Comeback Kid and The Damned Things. Nuclear Blast was formed in 1987 after founder Markus Staiger traveled throughout the United States for four weeks and saw a gig of his favorite band BL'AST!.
The label's first release was a vinyl compilation called Senseless Death featuring US hardcore bands like Attitude, Sacred Denial, Impulse Manslaughter and others. Swedish band Meshuggah became the first band in the history of Nuclear Blast Records to crack the Billboard 200, landing at number 165 with their 2002 album, Nothing. Meshuggah became the first Nuclear Blast band to be reviewed in Rolling Stone magazine. In 2004, Finnish symphonic metal band Nightwish released Once on Nuclear Blast, which rocketed to the top of the charts in multiple countries, including Finland, Norway, Sweden and more, it became the first release in the company's history to reach number 1 on the German charts. Slayer released the album Repentless in 2015 which went to number 4 on the Billboard 200 making it the highest charting Nuclear Blast release in the United States; the exclusive distribution in Greece is being carried out by Infinity Entertainment IKE. List of record labels List of Nuclear Blast artists Nuclear Blast Europe
Cryptopsy is a Canadian death metal band from Montreal, formed in 1988. The band has sold over 300,000 records. Necrosis was formed in April 1988 by drummer Mike Atkin, guitarist Steve Thibault and vocalist Dan Greening under the name Obsessive Compulsive Disorder; the band changed their name to Necrosis, opting for a "more metal" name. John Todds joined on bass; the band released several demos, including Mastication and Heterodontism, Realms Of Pathogenia and Necrosis. The band made their first live appearance With Flo on Drums in 1992 and changed their name to "Cryptopsy" the same year. Atkin left the band in 1992 to continue in more into the Speed/Thrash direction and was replaced by Flo Mounier, introduced to the band by Todds. Todds left Necrosis shortly thereafter, retiring from music to focus on his family. Guitarist Dave Galea joined the band. Cryptopsy recruited Kevin Weagle to play bass, in 1993 released their debut demo, Ungentle Exhumation; this demo caught the attention of local label Gore Records.
Gore Records would proceed to re-release the demo and would, for a brief period, manage the band as well. Cryptopsy's first demo release earned them some attention in the Canadian death metal underground, as well as from the German label Invasion Records. By 1994, bassist Kevin Weagle had been replaced by Martin Fergusson, Dave Galea left and was replaced by lead guitarist Jon Levasseur; this line-up recorded their debut album, Blasphemy Made Flesh, which at first was independently released in 1994 and licensed to Invasion Records. The album gained them a wide following in the Canadian underground. Despite recent recognition, difficulties ensued with their label Invasion Records. Invasion was collapsing because of financial problems and as a result Cryptopsy was now without a label to support their tour and album activities. Despite setback, the album would come in the possession of Dutch label Displeased Records. After successful touring in support of Blasphemy Made Flesh, guitarist Steve Thibault left the band but remained manager for a few months.
Bassist Martin Fergusson was replaced by Eric Langlois. The addition of Langlois incorporated funk-style bass slaps into the Cryptopsy sound. In 1996, the line-up of Lord Worm, Flo Mounier, Jon Levasseur, Eric Langlois released the album None So Vile on the Swedish label Wrong Again Records; this album took the extreme and technical elements further and is now considered a benchmark of brutal death metal. By this time, Levasseur was a prominent songwriter in the band, his guitar leads consisted of fast yet complex shreds, which were played in short bursts. Although Levasseur handled all the guitar parts on the album, the band would add Miguel Roy as a second touring guitarist. After the tour in support of None So Vile, Lord Worm departed the band, focusing his career as an English teacher; the band had reached some musical differences, as the rest of the band wanted to evolve and expand more, Lord Worm expressed a dislike for the experimental path that Cryptopsy's music was taking. In early 1997, the band hired the Boston-native Mike DiSalvo, of a death metal band named Infestation, with the personal approval by Lord Worm to be the new vocalist.
In July 1997, Cryptopsy's appearance at the Milwaukee Metalfest XI gained the attention of many American metalheads as well as the label Century Media. Cryptopsy's next album, Whisper Supremacy, was released on Century Media in 1998, featured Miguel Roy on second guitar, it took Cryptopsy's style further, incorporating some fusion elements. Some fans criticised Mike DiSalvo's vocal style, citing that it was too similar to that of hardcore vocalists and preferred the more extreme death metal style of Lord Worm, whereas others welcomed the more intelligible lyrics and vocal presence of DiSalvo; the tour in support of Whisper Supremacy took the band on their first tour through the United States, increasing their fan-base significantly. Cryptopsy released their fourth studio effort, …And Then You'll Beg, in 2001; the album featured Alex Auburn, who replaced Miguel Roy. And Then You'll Beg; the album incorporated more progressive elements and was still considered to be technical and experimental. After the first portion of the supporting tour, Mike DiSalvo departed from the band to pursue a family life with his girlfriend in Montreal and with a daughter on the way.
In 2001, Montreal–area Cryptopsy fan Martin LaCroix took over the position as Cryptopsy's singer for the Europe and Japan tours. His style was viewed by many fans as being in between the styles of Lord Worm and Mike DiSalvo, making him a convenient choice to front the band. In June 2001, Cryptopsy played their first concert in their hometown of Montreal in four years and attracted an audience of more than 2,000; the concert was recorded and released as a live album, None So Live, in May 2003. This release was LaCroix's only contribution to Cryptopsy's discography; the band soon realised that the French-speaking LaCroix was not fluent enough in English, which prevented him from writing lyrics on par with his predecessors. In 2003, it was announced that Lord Worm, Cryptopsy's original vocalist, had rejoined the band. Throughout summer 2004, Cryptopsy played shows in the Montreal area, continued a full Canada tour in September, with former guitarist Miguel Roy filling in for the unavailable Jon Levasseur.
Beginning on October 9, Martyr and former Gorguts guitarist Dan Mongrain took over second guitar duties for the live dates. The setlist for this tour began the entire None So Vile album played straight through, followed by songs from Blasphemy Made Flesh and Whisper Supremacy. T
Galy Records is a Canadian independent record label based in Verdun, founded by Eric Galy in 2002. The label includes albums released for bands such as Dead Brain Cells, Despised Icon, Unexpect, Infernäl Mäjesty, Beneath the Massacre, Ion Dissonance, Anonymus, Fuck the Facts and Infected Malignity. General Specific Galy Records official website
Suffocation is an American death metal band formed in 1988 in Centereach, New York. The band consists of lead guitarist Terrance Hobbs, bassist Derek Boyer, rhythm guitarist Charlie Errigo, drummer Eric Morotti. Suffocation rose to prominence of death metal and created a blueprint for the genre for the 1990s with their 1991 debut album Effigy of the Forgotten, have released eight studio albums since formation; the band's raw death metal style uses growled vocals with a downtuned guitar sound and complex guitar riffs and drumming, open chord notes, a sophisticated sense of songwriting. Suffocation was formed in 1988 on Long Island, New York, by vocalist Frank Mullen, guitarists Todd German and Guy Marchais, bassist Josh Barohn, an unknown drummer. By 1990, the band had hired guitarists Terrance Hobbs and Doug Cerrito along with drummer Mike Smith, members of the local band Mortuary which had disbanded; the quintet was influenced by fellow American death metal bands as well as the British band Napalm Death and Brazilian Sepultura.
Smith commented on meeting Hobbs for the first time: "That's where I first noticed,'Wow, theres another black guy playing this kind of stuff'". The band's first EP, Human Waste, was released through Relapse Records in 1991; the full-length debut album, Effigy of the Forgotten, recorded by producer Scott Burns at Tampa's Morrisound Studios and released by Roadrunner Records the same year. In July 1991, Barohn was replaced by Chris Richards, as the album became influential in extreme metal music. After the following album, Breeding the Spawn, was released in 1993, Smith left the band and was replaced by Doug Bohn; the 1995 release Pierced from Within, which received better production than the previous release, was followed by extensive tours in Europe, Canada and the United States. In 1998, Suffocation disbanded soon after; the EP was re-released in 2000 and 2002 by Relapse Records. Mullen and Hobbs reformed in 2003 with Smith and Barohn. After which, they hired Californian Derek Boyer of the bands Deeds of Flesh and Decrepit Birth to replace Barohn.
In April 2004, Relapse Records released Souls to Deny. After the band played more than 400 shows in the United States and Europe including the Wacken Festival in Germany, playing to over 33,000 fans, Suffocation released their self-titled album, Suffocation, in 2006. In 2007, the band was featured in The History Channel's promotional video for The Dark Ages documentary, playing the song "Bind, Kill". In 2008, the band signed to the German Nuclear Blast Records and released their album Blood Oath in 2009; the album charted on the US Billboard 200 at number 135. In 2009, Relapse released the live album entitled Close of a Chapter—Live in Québec City, self-released by the band in 2005; the release of a documentary film Legacy of Violence has since been delayed. In May 2010, Suffocation toured with Napalm Death in South Mexico. In February, 2012, Smith left the band again. In 2012, the band was inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame and released Pinnacle of Bedlam in February 2013. Since after the release of Pinnacle of Bedlam in 2013, vocalist Frank Mullen announced that he will retire from full-time touring with the band due to his new job.
He has since been replaced by various live vocal stand ins, including Bill Robinson, John Gallagher, Kevin Muller, Ricky Myers. In January 2015, Suffocation began making posts revealing that they were in the process of recording demos for a new album with a potential release date of late 2015. In April 2016, the ensemble toured with Soulfly, Abnormality and Lody Kong; the new album's name was revealed as "... Of the Dark Light" and was released on June 9, 2017. In 2017, Kevin Muller, a touring member, joined the band full time alongside longtime vocalist Frank Mullen leading the two to share vocal duties on the last album, he subsequently stepped down at the end of the year and was replaced by a returning Myers in 2018. On March 12, 2018, it was announced that Frank Mullen would do one more tour with Suffocation before retiring from the band. On January 15, 2019 it was announced that Mullen would return in June 2019 for a final tour of Japan. Suffocation's death metal style is influenced by grindcore.
The band uses "outrageously guttural vocals with a bottom-heavy guitar foundation, blistering speed, unparalleled brutality and sophisticated sense of songwriting, complex time changes and lead and rhythm guitar acrobatics" and frequent breakdowns. With their debut album, Effigy of the Forgotten, Suffocation rose to prominence of death metal and created a blueprint for the genre for the 1990s, retaining their style after the reunion in 2003. Decibel Magazine stated: "Effigy of the Forgotten was a benchmark for extreme music, as it sacrificed neither virtuosity or brutality, becoming a signpost for thousands who were still contemplating how to incorporate scalar runs, rapid-fire palm-muting and hummingbird-wing-quick picking into riffs, while opening up rhythmic dimensions and the scope of the blast beat."Blabbermouth.net described Suffocation as "American death metal's most consistent and punishing standard-bearers" and their style as "brutal death metal". According to AllMusic, Mullen is one of the best vocalists in death metal.
Decibel Magazine stated: "One of Suffocation’s trademarks, has spawned an entire metal subgenre: deathcore." Suffocation is one of the pioneers of technical death metal. A.^ Since the release of Pinnacle of Bedlam in 2013 until his retirement from the band in 2018, Frank Mullen announced that he would be retiring from full-time touring w
Consumed by Your Poison
Consumed by Your Poison is the debut studio album by the Canadian deathcore band Despised Icon. It was released on October 2, 2002 through Galy Records and re-released on April 4, 2006, it is the band's only album with vocalist Marie-Hélène Landry and the only album on which Alex Erian plays drums, as he switched to vocals after the departure of Landry. Consumed by Your Poison received positive reviews, Greg Pratt of Exclaim! magazine wrote praising the vocals work, stating that both Marie-Hélène Landry and Steve Marois "provide a multitude of sounds not heard in the realm of oppressive cookie monster vocals." Overall, Pratt exalt the band's musicianship, saying: "brutal, well played and technically adept, this sounds great, looks great." Consumed by Your Poison was re-released on April 4, 2006 through Century Media Records. It has been remixed by the band's former guitarist Yannick St-Amand—vocalist Alex Erian commented about, saying that "the result sounds way heavier than the original version".
"Poissannariat" – 3:29 "Compelled to Copulate" – 3:08 Marie-Hélène Landry – vocals Steve Marois – vocals Eric Jarrin – guitar Yannick St-Amand – guitar Sebastien Piché – bass Alex Erian – drums
Whitechapel is an American deathcore band from Knoxville, Tennessee. The band is named after the Whitechapel district in East London, referencing the series of murders committed by Jack the Ripper; the group comprises vocalist Phil Bozeman, guitarists Ben Savage, Alex Wade, Zach Householder, bassist Gabe Crisp. Founded in 2006 by Bozeman and Savage, the band has released seven studio albums, fourteen music videos and are signed to Metal Blade Records. Whitechapel's 2010 album A New Era of Corruption, sold around 10,600 copies in the United States in its first week of release and debuted at position No. 43 on the Billboard 200 chart. The band's self-titled fourth album was released on June 19, 2012 and debuted at No. 47 on the Billboard 200, selling 9,200 copies in its first week. In 2014 the band released their fifth full-length album, Our Endless War to positive reviews; the album sold 16,000 copies in its first week and debuted at no. 10 on the Billboard 200. They released their sixth full-length album Mark of the Blade in 2016 to greater critical acclaim, selling 8,000 copies in the first week of its release, in 2019, they released their seventh album, The Valley.
Whitechapel was founded in February 2006 by Knoxville residents Phil Bozeman, Brandon Cagle, Ben Savage. They were soon joined by Alex Wade as a guitarist, along with bassist, Gabe Crisp, drummer, Derek Martin; the group recorded their first demos in March of that year. They named themselves after the Whitechapel district of London, where Jack the Ripper committed his murders. In 2007, the band signed to Siege of Amida Records in the United Kingdom, Candlelight Records in North America, acquired new drummer Kevin Lane and released their debut full-length album The Somatic Defilement in June of that year. In October 2007, the group signed to Metal Blade Records, in 2008 released their second album entitled This Is Exile; the album reached No. 118 in the Billboard Top 200. In May 2008, the band toured on The Summer Slaughter Tour, in August 2008, they began their first headlining tour with Impending Doom, A Different Breed of Killer, Through the Eyes of the Dead. In 2008, they were starting to tour with more popular bands such as Parkway Drive and Unearth on the Never Say Die! tour.
They have produced a video for the song "Possession", along with one for "This Is Exile". Whitechapel has toured on the Rockstar Mayhem Festival on the Hot Topic Stage along with the bands Job for a Cowboy, Cannibal Corpse and The Black Dahlia Murder, alongside bands of the main stage such as Slayer and Marilyn Manson, who headlined the tour. Whitechapel toured with Darkest Hour and Trivium on Trivium's 2009 and 2010 "Into the Mouth of Hell We March Tour". Whitechapel recorded their follow-up album to This Is Exile from December 27 to March 31 with Jason Suecof as the chosen producer; the band early-on announced a summer 2010 release date for the record. The name of the album was confirmed to be A New Era of Corruption. A song from A New Era of Corruption entitled, "The Darkest Day of Man" was performed live before the album's release. Months it was released as streaming media online. A New Era of Corruption was released on June 8, 2010, sold around 10,600 copies in the United States in its first week of release and debuted at position No. 43 on the Billboard 200 chart.
Whitechapel's focus on mass exposure over their small, dedicated following has provided them with featured spots in both California Metal Fest IV and 2010's Warped Tour. They have been announced to play Download festival in 2010, will be a part of the second stage showcased. A headlining US tour with Impending Doom, Oceano, I Declare War and Miss May I was held before the end of November. During December 2010, Kevin Lane willingly left the group to return to college and due to his ankle not being on par and would hinder the band. A live music video for the song "Breeding Violence" was released February 7, 2011. Whitechapel did a US headlining tour titled "The Welcome To Hell Tour" with The Acacia Strain, Veil of Maya, Chelsea Grin and I Declare War throughout February and March 2011; this tour was followed by another headlining tour of the same name in Europe with The Acacia Strain as direct support and Impending Doom opening the show. Whitechapel co-headlined the 2011 Summer Slaughter Tour, alongside The Black Dahlia Murder.
In the fall and winter of 2011, Whitechapel embarked on a US tour with The Devil Wears Prada, For Today and Enter Shikari. In September 28, Whitechapel released a new song titled "Section 8" and confirmed a limited edition EP titled Recorrupted. Whitechapel undertook a US headlining tour titled "The Recorruptour" with Miss May I, After the Burial, Within the Ruins, The Plot in You and Structures throughout March and May 2012. Whitechapel played the entire Mayhem Festival tour of 2012; the band recorded their self-titled fourth album at Audio Hammer Studios with producer Mark Lewis, released June 19 via Metal Blade Records, debuted at No. 47 on the Billboard 200, selling 9,200 copies in its first week. The first single, entitled "Hate Creation", was released on April 30 via the Metal Blade Records YouTube channel. Whitechapel had to cancel the European tour with August Burns Red and The Devil Wears Prada due to an illness in the family, they co-headlined the Brothers of Brutality tour in January and February with The Plot in You, Obey the Brave and Emmure as well as co-headlining the "Don't Pray for Us" tour with Asking Alexandria, Motionless in White, I Killed the Prom Queen.
On April 16, 2013, a re