The Merciless Concept, Kalopsia, Plague Dogs, Visceral Disgorge, Dehumanized, MALIGNANCY, Internal Bleeding, Criminal Element, Phobia, Macabre

Plague Dogs

MOTORCHARGED/CRUSTNROLL

MALIGNANCY

Internal Bleeding

The New York-based INTERNAL BLEEDING have been slugging it out in the underground since 1991. One of the pioneers of the New York death metal sound along with Suffocation and Pyrexia, they helped create the standard by which we judge all things heavy. Onward To Mecca, their new album, cements that legacy.

After the breakup of his original band Autumn Reign, guitarist Chris Pervelis went on to found the first INTERNAL BLEEDING lineup in early 1991.Thatwinter, a case of 300 blank tapes were "found" at a local university and provided the inspiration to set up a 4-track recorder and record the One DollarDemo. Shortly after that recording, INTERNAL BLEEDING started playing shows and managed to sell out of all of their tapes. In the winter of 1992, INTERNAL BLEEDING released their now classic Invocation of Evil demo, which went on to sell an impressive 5,000 copies through the now defunct WildRags Records. Soon, pressure started to come from Wild Rags, fans, and the band themselves, and INTERNAL BLEEDING returned to the studio torecord another demo in early 1994. The result of all that pressure was what is considered today to be a masterpiece of underground music: Perpetual Degradation. The band immediately hit the road with a vengeance, promoting themselves and their music shamelessly.

All that self-promotion and tireless dedication was to bear fruit at that year's Milwaukee Metalfest, where the band's captivating performance caught the eyes and ears of Pavement Music. They signed with Pavement and in 1995 released their debut album, Voracious Contempt. INTERNAL BLEEDING hit the road once again, this time around with world-renowned acts Immolation and Six Feet Under. Album sales were impressive, and the group kept busy throughout 1995 and 1996. By the time 1997 rolled around, constant touring and hard work had taken its toll on the band, while financial troubles plagued Pavement Music. It was during this time that the group's second album, The Extinction of Benevolence, was released. No tour followed, and INTERNAL BLEEDING fell into a rut of inactivity. In late 1998, they regrouped, refocused and began writing music that pushed their talents to the limit. Pavement Music picked up their finances, and 1999 saw the band in the studio recording Driven to Conquer with ace producer Brian Griffin.

The band decided to part ways with Pavement Music in 2000 due to lack of support and soon struck a deal with Olympic Recordings. A compilation of their early demos titled Alien Breed soon followed. The disc also included one brand new track that hinted at the future. Now featuring a revamped line-up, the group finally returns with the long-awaited follow-up to Driven To Conquer and expands on their already potent sound. Onward To Mecca sees the band finding even more groove and brutality than showcased on their previous efforts. Indeed, INTERNAL BLEEDING has created an album that is sure to transcend both the death and hardcore genres.

Originally slated for a late fall 2001 release and originally titled Hatefuel, Onward To Mecca was long hindered by contractual red tape. During Century Media's gradual acquisition of Olympic Recordings, the label struggled to release albums in a timely manner. Never content to just sit around and wait, Jerry Lowe (vocals), Frank Buffalino (guitar) and Matt Ferrara (guitar) found the time to form the NY-styled hardcore band PUNCHYOURFACE. It was beginning to be obvious that the next INTERNAL BLEEDING release would see more of a hardcore influence as the band prepared to re-enter the studio. Now, the delay has proven well worth the wait, and it isn't hard to hear why when listening to this album of state-of-the-art New York deathcore.

Armed with nothing more than an abundance of musical talent and a deep commitment to their musical ideals, INTERNAL BLEEDING has survived member changes, lawsuits, letdowns and heartaches. But unlike some of their peers, the band has never called it quits. Although only two original members remain, the band's unique vision of mixing the extremity of death metal with the groove and rhythm found in other forms of music (hardcore, traditional metal, funk, etc.) is still intact. Onward To Mecca--recorded at Full Force Studios (Suffocation, Catastrophic) in the spring of 2004--is sure to please fans of everything from Suffocation and Dying Fetus to newer deathcore bands like Glass Casket and Between The Buried And Me.

Macabre

Who said nothing good ever comes from evil? Certainly not MACABRE.
The Chicago-area trio have been crafting sublime art from the
heinous crimes of serial killers since the mid-1980s.

Macabre blends elements of true crime, math rock, nursery rhymes, punk, thrash, folk melodies, death metal, jazz fusion, black metal and more into an energetic, catchy and unmistakable amalgam. Murder Metal, the title of their latest release, refers to Macabre's signature style. It's a genre of one. The all-too-true tales of man's inhumanity to man are delivered with knife-edge precision, interspersed with Corporate Death's patented
(back when he was a toddler) screech.

Fast and heavy, with a focus on things that make happy shiny people cringe, the original members, Corporate Death (guitar and vocals), Nefarious (bass and vocals) and Dennis the Menace (drums) are still together. Macabre have brought mayhem to the world in the past decade, playing dozens countries over the years. Macabre's rabid fans, including members of bands ranging from Carcass to Slipknot, relish the band's tight and increasingly sophisticated music; they exult in their musical chops as much as in the band's sense of humor,
their killer music, and its deadly subjects.

Murder Metal is produced by grammy award winner Neil Kernon (Judas Priest, Cannibal Corpse, Queensryche). He did a masterful job on Macabre's 2000 magnum opus, Dahmer--a twenty-six song life story murder musical of the man who made Milwaukee infamous. Corporate Death, serial killer scholar and connoisseur, attended the trial, taking extensive notes that became the basis for the concept album.

Like Macabre's beloved 1993 classic Sinister Slaughter (Nuclear Blast), Murder Metal's 13 tracks encompass tales about a lethal assortment of serial killers and mass murderers. It spans the centuries, ranging from a ditty about the 16th century "Werewolf of Bedburg," through "Jack the Ripper" in the 19th century, to a host of more recent murderers like the "The Iceman" and the "Hillside Stranglers". The band revisits Fritz Haarman, the German butcher whose tasty sausages made unsuspecting cannibals of his customers.
The new song is sung in Fritz' native tongue.

Look for the debut release of the Macabre Minstrels (Macabre unplugged) soon,
featuring folk tales and children's songs with an evil twist.

Asked if he could make up any of these fiendish tales, Corporate Death admitted,
"I could, but then it wouldn't be true crime." File Murder Metal under non-fiction.

MACABRE ARE AND ALWAYS HAVE BEEN:
CORPORATE DEATH: LEAD VOCALS & GUITAR
NEFARIOUS: BASS & BACKING VOCALS
DENNIS THE MENACE: DRUMS

DISCOGRAPHY:
1987: Grim Reality LP (Decomposed Records)

1988: Shit List Demo

1989: Gloom LP (Vinyl Solutions)

1990: Shit List Vinyl 7" (Gore Records)

1990: Grim Reality / Gloom split CD re-release (Vinyl Solutions)

1992: Night Stalker 7" (Relapse Records)

1993: Sinister Slaughter LP/CD (Nuclear Blast Records)

1995: Behind the Wall of Sleep--EP (Nuclear Blast Records)

1998: Gloom CD re-mastered and re-packaged (Decomposed Records)

1999: Unabomber CD EP (Decomposed Records)

2000: Dahmer LP / CD (Decomposed Records)

2001: Gloom CD re-issue release with six bonus tracks (Decomposed Records)

2002: Drill Bit Lobotomy Vinyl 7" (Hater Of God Records)

2003: Murder Metal LP / CD (Decomposed Records)

2004: Macabre Minstrels--Morbid Campfire Songs CDEP (Decomposed Records)

Macabre have licensed off a number of their titles from their label Decomposed Records to other partners around the world

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