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Band of the Week: Iron Reagan

Iron Reagan is a crossover thrash metal band featuring members of Municipal Waste, ANS and Hellbear and there is no way of avoiding their barrage of noise.

With two albums (Worse than Dead, The Tyranny of Will), a demo, an EP (Spoiled Identity), and a split with Exhumed, Iron Reagan is quickly climbing the ranks of the underground metal scene.

The band has an undeniable presence combined with a wild, high-octane live performance that captures the spirit of hardcore beautifully.

2015 looks to be off to a great start as Iron Reagan will be hitting the road again in January on the “Through Space and Grind” tour with Exhumed, Napalm Death, and Voivod with special guests Ringworm, Dayglo Abortions and Phobia playing select dates.

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Band of the Week: Witchaven

At the forefront of the Black Thrash Metal movement is California’s Witchaven.

Formed in 2005 under the name Witching Hour, this band was originally intended to be a Venom tribute band.

Fortunately, they realized their talents and became something more.

From 2006 to 2009, Witchaven built their underground empire – releasing a slew of demos, splits, EP’s and compilations before finally releasing their debut “Terrorstorm” in 2010. They then released the “Sacrificial Burnt Offering” EP in 2012 before releasing their sophomore album “Blood Sacrifice” in 2014.

Witchaven has had a revolving door of lineup changes since their incarnation with Henry Montoya and Lerby Sanchez as the only consistent members.  Through their hard work, dedication and talent they have and will continue to change the landscape of the New Wave of Thrash Metal.

Band of the Week: Lord Mantis

Lord Mantis is a band not for the weak of heart.

The Chicago act contains a unique sound merging doom metal with ambiance and is clearly influenced by horror soundtracks. The lyrical themes are often focusing on the occult.

Call it “terror doom” if you will.

Lord Mantis has three blood curdling albums available for your listening pleasure entitled “Spawning the Nephilim,” “Pervertor,” and their most recent release “Death Mask” which has spawned a video (above) for the song “Possession Prayer.” Each album contains its own chilling artwork.

If there’s anything that can be said it’s safe to say that Lord Mantis’ material is for mature audiences only.

Band of the Week: Exhumed

Exhumed is a death metal band from San Jose, CA that will sonically tear you to shreds.

Boasting a total of six albums, Exhumed is fronted by vocalist/guitarist Matt Harvey, bassist turned guitarist Bud Burke, Mike Hamilton on drums, and rounding out the bass is a guy named Slime who also fronts the Philadelphia death thrashers known as Coffin Dust.

America’s answer to Carcass, Exhumed was started by Harvey in 1990 and signed to Relapse Records in 1998. Their early work consisted of short, technical grindcore that focused on ridiculously gory lyrics. If you need a visual, check out the cover of their first two albums “Gore Metal” and “Slaughtercult”.

Around the release of their third album, “Anatomy is Destiny;” Exhumed began to shift towards longer groove oriented songs, transitioning further into the realm of death metal – not unlike Carcass had done in their own career.

In 2005, Exhumed released a covers album a la Metallica with “Gabage Daze Re-Regurgitated”.

2011 was a turning point in Exhumed as the band had finally begun to gather some mainstream attention with the release of “All Guts, No Glory,” embarking on tours with Napalm Death, Cannibal Corpse and others. Exhumed then released their sixth and most recent album “Necrocracy” in 2013.

2014 has been an interesting year for Exhumed as they have just wrapped up a tour with Carcass and Florida death metal legends Obituary. They are currently playing select dates with Aborted, Origin and Miasmal on the “Hell Over Europe” tour from November 20-December 20.

In February 2015 Exhumed will be going into the void ¬†on the “Through Space and Grind” tour. Iron Reagan, Black Crown Initiate, Napalm Death and Voivod. Dayglo Abortions, Phobia and Ringworm will be joining them on select dates as special guests.