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Interview with PHIL SANDOVAL [ARMORED SAINT] 09/18/2017

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Interview with PHIL SANDOVAL [ARMORED SAINT] 09/18/2017

Interview with PHIL SANDOVAL [ARMORED SAINT] 09/18/2017  Written by Marc C. Pietrek 2017  *********************************************************************************************************** [DISCLAIMER: I DO NOT OWN, NOR DO I CLAIM TO OWN, ANY OF THE PHOTOGTAPHS AND/OR VIDEOS USED FOR THE PURPOSE OF THIS INTERVIEW/ ARTICLE]  ***********************************************************************************************************[Marc C. Pietrek filed this report for VITRIOL, INC / A DARK UNITED FRONT...

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THE METAL WIRE: SHOW REVIEW***GATECREEPER Live @ CLUB RED, Mesa, Arizona 11/12/2017 (Fan-Shot Video; Soundboard Vantage Point)

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THE METAL WIRE: SHOW REVIEW***GATECREEPER Live @ CLUB RED, Mesa, Arizona 11/12/2017 (Fan-Shot Video; Soundboard Vantage Point)

THE METAL WIRE: SHOW REVIEW***GATECREEPER Live @ CLUB RED, Mesa, Arizona 11/12/2017 (Fan-Shot Video; Soundboard Vantage Point) Written by Marc C. Pietrek 2017 [Marc C. Pietrek filed the following report 11/16/2017 for VITRIOL, INC / A DARK UNITED FRONT (www.vitriolinc.com)] Southern Arizona-based death metal marauders, GATECREEPER [Chase H. Mason – vocals, Eric Wagner – guitar, Nate Garrett – guitar, Sean Mears – bass , Matthew Arrebollo – drums] made their lone appearance in their home state on their recent US tour as openers for...

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BAND FEATURE: DEMONBREED (Germany)

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BAND FEATURE: DEMONBREED (Germany)

BAND FEATURE: DEMONBREED (Germany) Written by Marc C. Pietrek 2017 [Marc C. Pietrek filed the following report for VITRIOLINC, INC / A DARK UNITED FRONT (www.vitriolinc.com) on 10/32/2017] One of the most endearing qualities that myself and many metal fans have embraced over the decades is a band that wears it’s influences on its sleeves. We will not chastise bands for using the same blueprints of those who pioneered the different genres that make metal what it is today. That is the reason why, when you pick up a metal CD or LP (in many...

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BAND FEATURE: DEATHBEARER (Germany)

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BAND FEATURE: DEATHBEARER (Germany)

BAND FEATURE: DEATHBEARER (Germany) Written Marc C. Pietrek 2017 [Marc C. Pietrek filed the following report for VITRIOLINC, INC / A DARK UNITED FRONT (www.vitriolinc.com) on 10/16/2017] The fighter took a long, hard look at his opponent and came to the realization that he had met his match. He had just taken blows that were unexpected 2:00AM dead-sleep wake up calls to his liver and kidneys and ones that had left his brain reverberating like an old school final attendance bell ringing through a corridor of an old, run-down high school. The...

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THE METAL WIRE: Upcoming GATECREEPER 7″ To Be Released

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THE METAL WIRE: Upcoming GATECREEPER 7″ To Be Released

THE METAL WIRE: Upcoming GATECREEPER 7″ To Be Released Written by Marc C. Pietrek 2017 [Marc C. Pietrek with VITRIOL, INC / A DARK UNITED FRONT ( WWW.VITRIOLINC.COM ) filed the following report 09/21/2017]: Tempe/Tucson, Arizona death metal merchants, GATECREEPER (Chase Mason – vocals, Eric Wagner – guitar, Sean Mears – bass, Matthew Arrebollo – drums) have announced the following news via the METALSUCKS.NET Instagram account: “SURPRISE ANNOUNCEMENT! We have a new 7″ coming out very soon. Two new GED...

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Interview With KELLE RHOADS [Older Brother of RANDY RHOADS and Instructor and Operator of the MUSONIA SCHOOL of MUSIC Conservatory] 07/20/2017

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Interview With KELLE RHOADS [Older Brother of RANDY RHOADS and Instructor and Operator of the MUSONIA SCHOOL of MUSIC Conservatory] 07/20/2017

Interview With KELLE RHOADS [Older Brother of RANDY RHOADS and Instructor and Operator of the MUSONIA SCHOOL of MUSIC Conservatory] 07/20/2017 Written by Marc C. Pietrek 2017. Contributed section by Michael Gutierrez 2017 **************************************************************************************************** [DISCLAIMER: I DO NOT OWN, NOR DO I CLAIM TO OWN, ANY OF THE PHOTOGTAPHS AND/OR VIDEOS USED FOR THE PURPOSE OF THIS INTERVIEW/ ARTICLE] ...

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Interview with Metal DJ BILLY BOLDT of ‘THRASH ZONE’ [www.kouvradio.com]

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Interview with Metal DJ BILLY BOLDT of ‘THRASH ZONE’ [www.kouvradio.com]

Interview with Metal DJ BILLY BOLDT of ‘THRASH ZONE’ [www.kouvradio.com] Written by Marc C. Pietrek 2017 [Marc C. Pietrek filed this report for VITRIOL,INC / A DARK UNITED FRONT @ www.vitriolinc.com on 07/26/2017] I was doing research for my first interview that I would be doing for A DARK UNITED FRONT Facebook music fan page back in mid -August of last year. I was granted an interview with vocalist Don Doty [ELIMINATE, ex- DARK ANGEL] and all that I had to go on was that he was the vocalist who abruptly left the band shortly...

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THE METAL WIRE: Sean Killian [VIO-LENCE] Diagnosed With Stage 4 Cirrhosis Of the Liver; What Fans Can Do To Help***UPDATED***

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THE METAL WIRE: Sean Killian [VIO-LENCE] Diagnosed With Stage 4 Cirrhosis Of the Liver; What Fans Can Do To Help***UPDATED***

THE METAL WIRE: Sean Killian [VIO-LENCE] Diagnosed With Stage 4 Cirrhosis Of the Liver; What Fans Can Do To Help Written by Marc C. Pietrek 2017 [Marc C. Pietrek/www.vitriolinc.com] One of the most revered and let’s be honest, feared bands that came out of the incredible Bay Area thrash metal scene of the mid to late 1980s was VIO-LENCE. Their fist two albums, ‘Eternal Nighmare’ (1988 MECHANIC RECORDS) and ‘Oppressing the Masses’ (1990 MEGAFORCE RECORDS) are considered classics by many of the genre’S fans...

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THE METAL WIRE: Campaign For the Opening Of the OFFICIAL RANDY RHOADS MUSEUM and Restoration of the MUSONIA SCHOOL OF MUSIC

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THE METAL WIRE: Campaign For the Opening Of the OFFICIAL RANDY RHOADS MUSEUM and Restoration of the MUSONIA SCHOOL OF MUSIC

THE METAL WIRE: Campaign For the Opening Of the OFFICIAL RANDY RHOADS MUSEUM and Restoration of the MUSONIA SCHOOL OF MUSIC Written by Marc C. Pietrek 2017 [Marc C. Pietrek/www.vitriolinc.com] Per Kickstarter.com (https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/146074537/restore-musonia-and-the-randy-rhoads-museum/description), according to Kelle Rhoads, the younger brother of the late, great iconic Randy Rhoads, the MUSONIA SCHOOL OF MUSIC in North Hollywood, Califonia is slated for being repainted and refinished. At the same time, the second half of...

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THE METAL WIRE: EXODUS Has Songs Written For Upcoming Album

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THE METAL WIRE: EXODUS Has Songs Written For Upcoming Album

THE METAL WIRE: EXODUS Has Songs Written For Upcoming Album Written by Marc C. Pietrek 2017 Great new 411 on San Francisco-based thrash metal gods, EXODUS!! Per (drummer) Tom Hunting on the “MIKE JAMES ROCK SHOW” (link to interview listed below) at this weekends’s DOWNLOAD FESTIVAL, “We’re just structuring songs right now. I think that we’ve probably got five or six maybe, and the makings for the rest of ‘me – bits and pieces here and there”. On the same subject of song-writing, Hunting...

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Interview: Andy Beresky of BLACK PYRAMID [05/07/2017]

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Interview: Andy Beresky of BLACK PYRAMID [05/07/2017]

Interview: Andy Beresky of BLACK PYRAMID [05/07/2017] Written by Marc C. Pietrek 2017 Guitarist/vocalist Andy Beresky of Northampton, Massachusetts-based “psychedelic war metal” trio BLACK PYRAMID telephoned-in on May 07, 2017 to be interviewed by VITRIOL, INC – A DARK UNITED FRONT (www.vitriolinc.com). I learned quickly that this very friendly and engaging musician’s journey into writing some of the most brutal riffs on the planet is an interesting one. Like many taken before his, it is one that has required a life...

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Cultist – Received!

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Cultist – Received!

I just received my Cultist pack, and wow! First of, the package… I got the new Cultist cassette in a cloth bag with the Cultist logo, a cloth patch with the same, a sticker and a very nice black shirt with white logo. And the shirt is REAL nice, not the usual piece of shit garment with crappy image transfer. Nope, this is the real deal. So at this point, I am just stoked on the pack and have not even listened to the tape. Now for the release, “Three Candles”. It is a five song cassette that sucks you in from the first chord....

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THE METAL WIRE: UNCIVIL WAR (In-Studio Update)

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THE METAL WIRE: UNCIVIL WAR (In-Studio Update)

THE METAL WIRE: UNCIVIL WAR (In-Studio Update) Written by Marc C. Pietrek 2017 05/04/2017 VITRIOL, INC – A DARK UNITED FRONT (www.vitriolinc.com) has filed the following report:  Thrash metal die-hards and purists from its golden age who have not yet already done so will want to take notice and pronto!! UNCIVIL WAR (Scott Owen – guitarist/vocals, Joe Cangelosi – drums, Rich Day – bass), the grizzled vets who’s roots trace back to the early 1980s California and New York thrash metal and cross-over scenes, are...

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BAND FEATURE (Including Interview): DUST BOLT

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BAND FEATURE (Including Interview): DUST BOLT

BAND FEATURE (Including Interview): DUST BOLT Written by Marc C. Pietrek 2017 Those of us who were lucky enough to be around during thrash metals’ most fruit baring years are a skeptical bunch. A lot of us will not even go see bands that we grew up with being loyal to because of excuses like, “It’s not the original line-up, dude!”. We do not buy their latest releases with “I don’t know, man. They went all death metal on the last few albums” as being our justification. I have heard them all and used...

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BAND FEATURE: PORTRAIT (Sweden)

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BAND FEATURE: PORTRAIT (Sweden)

BAND FEATURE: PORTRAIT (Sweden) Written by Marc C. Pietrek 2017 Fans of the original MERCYFUL FATE are a particularly stubborn bunch as I am one of them ha ha. To them, the chemistry that yielded those magic results on both ‘Melissa’ and ‘Don’t Break the Oath’ have never been able to be replicated by KING DIAMOND solo or the post-original MERCYFUL FATE incarnations. The classic line-up won legions of fans over worldwide almost instantaneously. To us fans, may whom are still huge fans today, no music put forth...

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Cultist – New stuff and a Bundle of Awesomeness

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Cultist – New stuff and a Bundle of Awesomeness

The bass player from Skeletonwitch and the guitarist from Howl have formed to create a psych-rock group known as Cultist.  Very eager to hear their stuff on the new 5 song ep entitled “Three Candles”.  They are also offering an incredible bundle deal with a Cassette, patch and Tshirt for $20!  Got mine, order yours today! Link: Cultist Bundle   Three Candles EP by...

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THE METAL WIRE: Original BLACK PYRAMID Line-Up Begins Writing Process For New Album

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THE METAL WIRE: Original BLACK PYRAMID Line-Up Begins Writing Process For New Album

THE METAL WIRE: Original BLACK PYRAMID Line-Up Begins Writing Process For New Album Written by Marc C. Pietrek 2017 The original line-up of Massachusetts- based “psychedelic war metal” trio BLACK PYRAMID (guitarist/vocalist Andy Beresky, bassist Eric Beaudry and drummer Clay Neely) have announced via their official Facebook band page (https://www.facebook.com/Black-Pyramid-49292323952/) that they have begun the writing process for an upcoming album that will be their first together since their 2008 self-titled debut. There is no...

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THE METAL WIRE: SLEEP In-Studio Update

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THE METAL WIRE: SLEEP In-Studio Update

THE METAL WIRE: SLEEP In-Studio Update Written by Marc C. Pietrek 2017 Per METAL HAMMER, modern-day stoner metal icons, SLEEP (HIGH ON FIRE guitarist Matt Pike, Om bassist/vocalist Al Cisneros and NEUROSIS drummer Jason Roeder) are nearing completion on their first full-length album since 2003’s ‘Dopesmoker’. The band posted a “secret code” message on their official web-site (http://www.weedian.com/home.html). The translated message reads as follows: “Initialize new transmission 2017. SLEEP nearing...

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BAND FEATURE: MEMORIAM

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BAND FEATURE: MEMORIAM

BAND FEATURE: MEMORIAM   Written By Marc  C. Pietrek 2017 Former BOLT THROWER vocalist, Karl Willetts, admits that the band had already run its creative course at the time their drummer, Martin “Kiddie” Kearns had sadly passed away in September, 2015. Overwhelmed with grief and sorrow over his former band mates death, it actually became the catalyst for him getting some old mates together to assemble a new death metal battalion. The focus would be create new music reminiscent of good ol’ late 80s/early 90s British death...

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THE METAL WIRE: *** SHOW REVIEW *** KREATOR & OBITUARY Live @ CLUB RED, Mesa, Arizona 03/24/2017 (Fan-Shot Video; Soundboard Vantage Point)

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THE METAL WIRE: *** SHOW REVIEW *** KREATOR & OBITUARY Live @ CLUB RED, Mesa, Arizona 03/24/2017 (Fan-Shot Video; Soundboard Vantage Point)

THE METAL WIRE: *** SHOW REVIEW *** KREATOR & OBITUARY Live @ CLUB RED, Mesa, Arizona 03/24/2017 (Fan-Shot Video; Soundboard Vantage Point) Written by Marc C. Pietrek 2017 The DECIBEL MAGAZINE 2017 TOUR slithered its way through the valley of the diamondback rattlers on March 24, 2017. Let there be no mistake: the two headlining acts, KREATOR and OBITUARY,  were the ones leaving the fang marks. Nothing against the support acts (MIDNIGHT and HORRENDOUS), but I was only going to see the headliners plus I needed to tend to a few matters...

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THE METAL WIRE: ***EXCLUSIVE***CARCASS – Live In Mesa, Arizona USA 07/25/2016; Fan-Shot Video [Almost Complete Performance; Soundboard Vantage Point]

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THE METAL WIRE: ***EXCLUSIVE***CARCASS – Live In Mesa, Arizona USA 07/25/2016; Fan-Shot Video [Almost Complete Performance; Soundboard Vantage Point]

THE METAL WIRE: ***EXCLUSIVE***CARCASS – Live In Mesa, Arizona USA 07/25/2016;  Fan-Shot Video [Almost Complete Performance; Soundboard Vantage Point] Written by Marc C. Pietrek 2017 Ok, ya rivet-heads!! We at VITRIOL, INC – A DARK UNITED FRONT (www.vitriolinc.com) have an EXCLUSIVE for all of you old-school death metal fans. On July 25, 2016, I video recorded (almost all of) the performance of death metal legends, CARCASS, at CLUB RED, in Mesa, Arizona USA. This performance was on their ‘ONE FOOT IN THE GRAVE 2016’...

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THE METAL WIRE: TESTAMENT To Tour North America Beginning March, 2017; SEPULTURA and PRONG In Support

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THE METAL WIRE: TESTAMENT To Tour North America Beginning March, 2017; SEPULTURA and PRONG In Support

THE METAL WIRE: TESTAMENT To Tour North America Beginning March, 2017; SEPULTURA and PRONG In Support Written by Marc C. Pietrek 2017 (3/12/2017 9:02AM EST) Gene Hoglan (akaThe Atomic Clock) has announced via his Twitter account (@GeneHoglan) that he and the rest of TESTAMENT will begin a sure to be lethal road warrior jaunt across North America beginning next month. SEPULTURA and PRONG will be the openers on the tour. The thrash metal icon issued the following statement: “Myself and @testment will be heading out on tour in a month in...

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THE METAL WIRE: DEATH ANGEL To Headline Mini-Tour Of UK In August

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THE METAL WIRE: DEATH ANGEL To Headline Mini-Tour Of UK In August

THE METAL WIRE: DEATH ANGEL To Headline Mini-Tour Of UK In August Written by Marc C. Pietrek 2017 Bay Area thrash metal veterans, DEATH ANGEL, will be making the pond jump this August for a four headlining dates trek across the UK in support of their 2016 offering, ‘The Evil Divide’ (NUCLEAR BLAST). In a recent interview with www.puregrainaudio.com, Mark Osegueda made contact with them issued the following Statement (link to original report and the bands NUCLEAR BLAST  artists page are listed below tour dates): “I am...

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THE METAL WIRE: LOCK UP ‘Demonization’ Full-Album Stream Now Available

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THE METAL WIRE: LOCK UP ‘Demonization’ Full-Album Stream Now Available

THE METAL WIRE: LOCK UP ‘Demonization’ Full-Album Stream Now Available Written by Marc C. Pietrek 2017 (03/10/2017 7:27AM EST) 100% Satanic deathgrind unit, LOCK UP (featuring NAPALM DEATH/ex- BRUTAL TRUTH members), have announced by way of their official Twitter Account (@LockUpOfficial) their new album, ‘Demonization’ is available for streaming. The announcement reads as follows: “Full album stream of “Demonization” by Lock Up (official) on Listenable records’s bandcamp page!!...

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THE METAL WIRE: ‘THE OFFICIAL ILLUSTRATED HISTORY’ Hardcover Book In The Works For TESTAMENT

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THE METAL WIRE: ‘THE OFFICIAL ILLUSTRATED HISTORY’ Hardcover Book In The Works For TESTAMENT

THE METAL WIRE: ‘THE OFFICIAL ILLUSTRATED HISTORY’ Hardcover Book In The Works For TESTAMENT Written by Marc C. Pietrek 2017 METALSUCKS.COM has reported that Bay Area thrash metal veterans, TestAmenT, are currently working on a hardcover book that chronicles the bands history. The timeline details the band from their debut album, ‘The Legacy’ (1987) all the way up to the present time and ‘Brotherhood Of the Snake’ (2016). It will only be available through the website, TestamentBook.com. A link to the site...

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