Original guitarist Doug Piercy rejoins Anvil Chorus!

Thaen Rasmussen Doug PiercyAnvil Chorus guitarist Thaen Rasmussen and bassist/vocalist Aaron Zimpel have rejoined forces with former 80s classic line-up guitarist Doug Piercy (ex-Heathen). The SF bay-area guitar team of Rasmussen and Piercy was one of the greatest under the radar metal duos of the 80s. The first explosive performance of this newly reunited guitar team was back on February 24th when they played with Death Angel at Slims in San Francisco.

The group is currently working on the follow up to 2009’s phenomenal return to action, “The Killing Sun.” While this album featured original tracks written during the band’s 80s heyday, the new album will contain all newly written tracks such as Solar Flux, Blood Memory, Colossus, Moonstroke and more and promises to be another thundering release that solidly establishes the group’s return.

Watch for the long-awaited double vinyl release of “The Killing Sun” coming later in 2012!

Slauter Xstroyes in the studio to record new album for 2012!

Chicago area heavy metal band, Slauter Xstroyes, have begun recording their new album to be released later in 2012. The following footage is from their first visit to Fairview studios where they laid down tracks for two brand new songs. Guitarist Paul Kratky unleashes some massive riffs and searing solo work while vocalist Steve Reimer belts out the lyrics to the brand new track “Psycho Killer.”

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Megalith CD release party set for March 31st

Megalithe CD release Party St. Louis power thrash metal band Megalith, whose debut album, “Risen from the Grave,” is being released by Rockadrome’s Forged in Fire label, is having a CD release show on March 31st at the Charlack Pub in Charlack, MO. The album documents some of the band’s 1986 demo material as well as a live concert recording from the night of lead singer and guitarist Joe Bufalo’s tragic death. Megalith joins Watchtower, Slauter Xstroyes, Militia, Manilla Road, Legend and more on Rockadrome’s Forged in Fire label, which specializes in unearthing and re-releasing 80s heavy metal.

Legend return with 30th Anniversary Concert set for February 25th 2012

Legend NWOBHM 2011The long awaited 30th Anniversary Concert from New Wave of British Heavy Metal group LEGEND will be held at The Drift, Royal Yacht Hotel, St Helier, Jersey, United Kingdom on Saturday 25th February 2012. Doors open at 8pm. Arrive early to avoid disappointment. The gig will be recorded for a potential ‘live’ album and bonus DVD. There’s also a chance that a track or two will be played from the forthcoming album ‘The Dark Place’ which will be released towards the end of 2012.

The Legend – Anthology 2CD is still available on the Forged in Fire/Rockadrome label and contains the groups first and second album plus their EP and unreleased demos. It’s a must-have item for fans of great guitar driven hard and heavy rock and early New Wave of British Heavy Metal sounds.Legend Reunion Concert

 

Manilla Road – Mark of the Beast CD (ROCK027-F-2)

Manilla Road Mark of the BeastManilla Road - Mark of the Beast CDManilla Road – Mark of the Beast CD. Finally, a repressing of the legendary early 80s unreleased 2nd album recordings from the kings of epic heavy metal, Manilla Road. All-time classic early period Manilla Road featuring a sound that’s a crossover of epic 70s hard rock influenced by early Judas Priest and Rush and the 80s epic heavy style they’d later develop and master on albums like Crystal Logic and Open the Gates. Nobody defines epic metal like Manilla Road and songs like Mark of the Beast, Avatar and Triumvirate further prove that Kansas’ best kept secret are, indeed, the masters of the genre. This must-have release contains some of Mark Shelton’s finest guitar and vocal work and clearly bridges the gap between their 70s metal/rock roots and their 80s signature epic metal sound! Featuring stunning artwork by legendary Thin Lizzy artist Jim Fitzpatrick.

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Megalith – Risen from the Grave CD (ROCK034-F-2)

MegalithMegalith - Risen from the Grave CDMegalith – Risen from the Grave CD Reissue of this St. Louis based power thrash metal group’s unique and promising 80s demo plus a live concert recording from the night of lead singer and guitarist Joe Bufalo’s tragic death. Rockadrome have been fans of this group’s demo since our days as King Klassic records when we showed interest, along with other labels, in signing Megalith some 25 years ago! Some dreams never die! The group have recently reformed and are currently playing shows and writing material for a new album.

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