Obituary are a death metal band from Tampa, Florida. Formed in 1985 as Executioner, then changed spelling to Xecutioner, the band changed their name shortly before the release of their first album Slowly We Rot in 1989. The band are regarded as influential proponents of the Floridian death metal sound that emerged in the late 1980s and officially they are one of the best-selling death metal bands of all time.

Following the release of their fifth album - 1997's Back From The Dead - Obituary disbanded, although a live album Dead surfaced a year later.

In 2005 the band reformed, recording the reunion album Frozen In Time, since then, the band has continued to tour and release new material.

Pallbearer’s third album, Heartless, is an inspired collection of monumental rock music. The band offers a complex sonic architecture that weaves together the spacious exploratory elements of classic prog, the raw anthemics of 90’s alt-rock, and stretches of black-lit proto-metal. Lyrics about mortality, life, and love are set to sharp melodies and pristine three-part harmonies. Vocalist and guitarist Brett Campbell has always been a strong, assured singer, and on Heartless, his work’s especially stunning. This may in part be due to the immediacy of the lyrics. Written by Campbell and bassist/secondary vocalist Joseph D Rowland, the words have moved from the metaphysical to something more grounded. As the group explains: “Instead of staring into to the void—both above and within—Heartless concentrates its power on a grim reality. Our lives, our homes and our world are all plumbing the depths of utter darkness, as we seek to find any shred of hope we can."

Pallbearer emerged from Little Rock, Arkansas in 2012 with a stunning debut full-length, Sorrow and Extinction. The record, which played like a seamless 49-minute doom movement, melded pitch-perfect vintage sounds with a triumphant modern sensibility that made songs about death and loss feel joyfully ecstatic. Pallbearer possessed what many other newer metal groups didn't: perfect guitar tone, classic hooks, and a singer who could actually sing.

For their 2014 followup, Foundations of Burden, the band worked with legendary Bay Area producer Billy Anderson (Sleep, Swans, Neurosis) for an expansive album that was musically tighter and especially adventurous. Armed with a more technical drummer, Mark Lierly, Foundations feels like it was built for larger shared spaces—you could imagine these songs ringing off the walls of a stadium. It was a hint of things to come. While the debut earned the band a Best New Music nod from Pitchfork and rightly landed the band on year-end lists at places like SPIN and NPR, along with the usual metal publications, Foundations of Burden charted on the Billboard Top 100 and earned the band album of the year from Decibel and spots on year-end lists for NPR and Rolling Stone.

Returning to where it all began, the quartet recorded their third full-length, Heartless on their own in Arkansas, and it’s grander in scope, showcasing a natural progression that melds higher technicality and more ambitious structures with their most immediate hooks to date. The collection, which follows the 3-song Fear & Fury EP from earlier this year, was captured entirely on analog tape at Fellowship Hall Sound in Little Rock this past summer and then mixed by Joe Barresi (Queens of the Stone Age, Tool, Melvins, Soundgarden).

From the gloriously complex, sky-lit opener “I Saw the End” to the earth-shaking (and heartbreaking) 13-minute closer “A Plea for Understanding,” the entire group puts forth the full realization of their vision: More than a doom band, Pallbearer is a rock group with a singular songwriting talent and emotional capacity. Heartless finds the group putting forth their strongest individual efforts to date: Campbell and Rowland, along with guitarist/vocalist Devin Holt and drummer Mark Lierly, turn in peak marathon performances. Both Campbell and Rowland also handle synthesizers alongside their normal duties, and there are plenty of gently strummed acoustic guitars amid the crunchy electric ones, adding a moody, ethereal spareness to the towering metal. The almost 12-minute “Dancing in Madness” opens with dark post-rock ambience and moves toward emotional blues before exploding into a sludgy psychedelic anthem. A number of the seven songs feature a humid rock swagger.

By fusing their widest musical palette to date, Pallbearer make the kind of heavy rock (the heavy moments are *heavy*) that will appeal to diehards, but could also find the group crossing over into newer territories and fanbases. After having helped revitalize doom metal, it almost feels like they’ve gone and set their sights on rock and roll itself. Which doesn’t seem at all impossible on the back of a record like Heartless.

Thrash metal from Athens, Ohio.

Formed in Bavarian small town Landsberg the four young musicians (age in average 23) are already nearly ten years active as a band, as they started playing together as teenagers and quickly gained people´s attention. Through the steps every real band has to go and through hundreds of dumps and dirty venues, these four kids early made their name known in local scenes. In 2010 the first Demo Tape
„Chaos Possession“ was released single-handedly. That was the first time the name DUST BOLT graced a metal band´s CD. Metal Hammer Germany described the Band as Top Newcomer Act in Metal music and „Chaos Possession“ was titled as „Demotape of the month.“ right afterwards. As the number of live shows increased immediately and the band soon became a national known act,
DUST BOLT was able to play their first European Tour together with Six feet under when several members weren´t even eigtheen years old. Right after coming home from tour the band was able to win WACKEN METAL BATTLE Germany which finally made them playing at Wacken:Open:Air 2011. Followed up to that, the band decided to record their first Longplayer „Violent Demolition“, which emerged in signing a worldwide record deal with Napalm Records from Austria.

Their debut gained major success and was sold over 5000 times so far worldwide. The band reached the status as one of the top newcomer acts in Thrash Metal in Germany and all over the world, also resulting from their extraordinary and high intense live performances. A tour through Germany with Death Metal legends
OBITUARY and a long European Tour with Bay Area band HEATHEN
follow. After being nominated for „best album 2012“ and „best newcomer“ at Metal Hammer Awards 2013, another tour with Crossover band Dr.LIVING DEAD increased their European fanbase. Lenny Bruce, Flo Dehn, Ben Münzel und Nico Rayman went into the studio again, to record the second album „AWAKE THE RIOT“, which got to be released worldwide in June 2014. The second album finally enabled the band to tour as a headlining act and play Clubshows and Festivals all over Europe. The band also joined on a European Tour with Death Metal Legends OBITUARY, invited by drummer Donald Tardy personally. Supported by international media, who
calls the band as one of the top Newcomer Acts in Thrash Metal worldwide now, the band continued touring and playing major festivals.

Bringing all these experiences together, the band decided to record their awaited 3rd album in 2016 entitled „Mass Confusion“. DUST BOLT would no longer be a mayfly or just another young surprise. With the third album the band reaches for a statement in Thrash Metal music in the twentyfirst century and combines their typical style with way more melody, playing abilities and stronger song structures. The release of „Mass Confusion“ in July 2016 allows the band to play a busy festival summer, including major festivals such as Hellfest Open Air in France or Rockavaria.With an unique
stage performance, differing setlists and jamming on stage these four horsemen are bringing their interpretation of Thrash Metal to a new level by making every show an especial experience. The band will go out and tour as headlining act through Europe from September on to December 2016, while the rest of the world is waiting for their dose of Mass Confusion to arrive in their town..

DUST BOLT
are
Lenny Bruce – Guitars, Vocals
Florian Dehn – Guitars
Ben Münzel – Bass
Nico Rayman – Drums

Diskography:

2010: Chaos Possession (Demo)
2012: Violent Demolition (LP, Napalm Records)
2013: Jump in the Fire auf A Tribute to Kill ’Em All (Track for Metal Hammer Kill em All Special, February 2013)
2014: Awake the Riot (LP, Napalm Records)
2016: Mass Confusion (LP, Napalm Records)

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