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Anthrax Drummer Charlie Benante Introduces "Benante's Blend" Coffee Line
Monday, 20 April 2015 18:13

It's been a long time coming, but unabashed coffee connoisseur, Anthrax's Charlie Benante, has entered the world of entrepreneurship, announcing "Benante's Blend." The coffee will come in two different varieties: the 'Be All End All' blend which is a dark roast with a real kick, and the 'Forever Metal' blend, a milder coffee. "Benante's Blend" will be available beginning today through Benante's website, http://www.charliebenante.com/Store/

"I grew up in a large Italian family and coffee was a daily staple in our home," said Benante. "As a kid, I loved coffee so much, my mother said that at one point, she put some coffee in my bottle. For me, the taste of coffee is one of the greatest tastes that there is on earth, so I decided to create what was for me, the perfect cup of coffee."

This is actually Benante's second foray into the world of coffee. Years ago, he joined up with Dave Mustaine for a line of coffee and coffee products. "I've learned so much since then," said Benante, "especially about selecting and blending the right beans, and how important roasting is."

Benante hooked up with a company that specializes in coffee roasting. "I was pretty specific about the tastes I was looking for," Benante explained. "I told them the type of coffee I wanted, what some of my favorite coffees were, and we built it from there. We combined beans from different regions, Brazil, Costa Rica, Mexico, Sumatra and Africa, and tweaked the amount of time the beans were roasted to get just the right taste. It was a process, I tested a lot of different blends, but it was a lot of fun.

"I love coffee so much," Benante added, "if I could make it a cologne, I would wear it."

In between coffee tastings, Benate has been recording the next Anthrax album due out later this year. The band kicks off leg one of its 2015-2016 global tour on April 24. Dates are below.

April:

24 1stBank Center, Denver, CO*
25 Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, Rapid City, SD*
27 Spokane Arena, Spokane, WA*
28 Adams Center, Missoula, MT*
29 WaMu Theatre, Seattle, WA*

May:

1 Revolution Place, Grande Prairie, AB*
2 Rexall Place, Edmonton, AB*
3 Calgary Stampede Corral, Calgary, AB*
4 SaskTel Centre, Saskatoon, SK*
6 Brandt Centre, Regina, SK*
7 Ralph Englestad Arena, Grand Forks, ND*
9 Northern Invasion Festival, Somerset Amphitheatre, Somerset, WI
10 WJJO MayDay MayLay, Alliant Energy Ctr. Memorial, Madison, WI
12 General Motors Centre, Oshawa, ON*
13 TD Place, Ottawa, ON*
14 Quebec Colisee Pepsi, Quebec City, QC*
15 CEPSUM Montreal, Montreal, QC*
17 Rock on the Range - Mapfre Stadium, Columbus, OH
18 Dow Events Center, Saginaw, MI*
19 Ford Center, Evansville, IN*
20 Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, IL*
22 Tyson IBF Events Center, Sioux City, IA*
23 Rocklahoma/Prior Creek Music, Pryor, OK
24 Rockfest, AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX
25 Baloonfest, Wet & Wild Water World, El Paso
27 Verizon Grand Prairie, Dallas, TX*
28 Bayou Music Center, Houston, TX*
30 Rockfest, Liberty Me. Park, Kansas City, MO
31 Outdoors at Pop's, St. Louis, MO*

June:

2 Hammerstein Ballroom, New York, NY*

* Volbeat dates


 
Skinless Release 'Serpenticide' From Upcoming Full-Length "Only The Ruthless Remain" + Studio Footage
Tuesday, 14 April 2015 18:57

Only The Ruthless Remain is the imminent new full-length from recently reactivated New York death metal kings, Skinless. Boasting their classic late '90s lineup of founding guitarist Noah Carpenter, vocalist Sherwood Webber, bassist Joe Keyser and drummer Bob Beaulac, with the recent addition of second guitar gun, Dave Matthews, Only The Ruthless Remain is an unrelenting, seven-track symphony of sonic sickness as only Skinless could compose.

Captured by Tom Case at Edie Road Studio and Doomsday Bunker Studio, both in upstate New York, with vocals tracked by Dave Otero (Cephalic Carnage, Primitive Man etc.) at Flatline Audio in Denver, Colorado, and the entire monster mastered by Brad Boatright (Obituary, Nails, Integrity etc.) at Audiosiege in Portland, Oregon, Skinless returns, triumphant and thirsty. Brandishing their signature fusion of punishing, war-waging grooves and, blast-laden mayhem delivered with surgical precision, Only The Ruthless Remain is cruel, sadistic, andpoised to stand among the most addictive death metal offerings of the year.

Today, Skinless is pleased to officially unleash the gut-wrenching sounds of opening psalm, "Serpenticide" for public inebriation. Relays Webber, "[Illustrator] Ken Sarafin summed it up best when he said that upon listening to the new Skinless, his balls exploded and bigger ones grew in their place. That's how we felt when making it! 'Serpenticide' was the song that got us into the flow of creating this album. This track has the grind, dirge, and vengeful bludgeoning that makes it a slicing cross cut of Only The Ruthless Remain. You've heard the live version; here is the final in all its ruthlessness. The countdown is on. Much more to come. As the old saying goes, it's time to stop the teasin' and start the pleasin', ha!"



Skinless will wage their audio war upon Baltimore this May as part of this year's Maryland Deathfest as well as Hellfest in France this June with further live conquests to be announced in the coming weeks. Stand by for future hearing loss opportunities.

Skinless Show Dates:

5/21/2015 Maryland Deathfest @ Soundstage - Baltimore, MD
6/20/2015 Hellfest Open Air - Clisson, FR

Forged in 1992 by guitarist Noah Carpenter with the sole purpose of being the heaviest band ever, Skinless established a solid, dedicated lineup from 1997-2001 in the form of Carpenter, vocalist Sherwood Webber, bassist Joe Keyser and drummer Bob Beaulac. This version of the band would later become known as the "classic" lineup. By 1998, the band released their now-iconic Progression Towards Evil debut. Showcasing the visceral onstage energy the band had become notorious for, the independently-released offering reaped the adoration of fans and critics globally and remains a cornerstone release in the annals of death metal. A union with Relapse Records ensued and from 2001-2006 three more bludgeoning platters were served with Foreshadowing Our Demise, From Sacrifice To Survival, and Trample The Weak, Hurdle The Dead. Despite various lineup shifts, the band remained as brutal and busy as ever, touring the globe with the likes of Slayer, Pantera, Slipknot, Exodus, Morbid Angel, Dying Fetus, Suffocation, Immolation, Misery Index, Deicide, Cannibal Corpse, Entombed and so many others consequently spawning an ever expanding horde of devout metal enthusiasts.

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http://www.twitter.com/skinlessband
http://www.skinless.bandcamp.com
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Battlecross And Crowbar On Summer of Doom Tour - Announce Alex Bent As Permanent Drummer
Sunday, 12 April 2015 16:52

Motor City thrashers Battlecross have announced that they will join Crowbar and Lord Dying on The Summer of Doom Tour, with the devastation beginning May 28th and ending July 3rd in Crowbar's home state of Louisiana.

"I am beyond excited to tour with one of my favorite bands, Crowbar. Ever since I heard Odd Fellows Rest, I've been a fan. Kirk Windstein is such a monster guitar player. His riffs are inspiring. It's an honor to be able to hit the road with these guys and I'm thankful and excited for the opportunity. We're excited to get back out there, especially Western Canada (it's been too long!) See you all soon!" says Battlecross Guitarist, Hiran Deraniyagala.

The Summer of Doom is the first tour for Battlecross since finishing the production of their third Metal Blade release, produced by Mark Lewis and engineered by Jason Suecof at Audiohammer Studios. The tour also puts an end to the band's search for a permanent drummer, announcing that the bay area's Alex Bent will sit behind the kit. After performing with the band on two 2014 headliners and in South America, Alex joined the band in the studio for the next album. He can be seen below performing 'Ghost Alive' last winter on the Winter Warriors Tour.

 

Battlecross also appears at the 2015 Heavy MTL in Montreal on August 8th. Summer of Doom Tickets went on sale April 3rd, 2015.

Upcoming Tour Dates:

5/23/2015 - Bogota, Colombia - 4 Extranos Fest*
5/28/2015 - Shreveport, LA - Riverside Warehouse
5/29/2015 - Dallas, TX - Gas Monkey
5/30/2015 - Austin, TX - Dirty Dog
5/31/2015 - Houston, TX - Scout Bar
6/2/2015 - Albuquerque, NM - Launchpad
6/3/2015 - Tempe, AZ - Club Red
6/4/2015 - San Diego, CA - Til Two
6/5/2015 - Long Beach, CA - DiPiazzas
6/6/2015 - Los Angeles, CA - Whisky A Go Go
6/7/2015 - Oakland, CA - Oakland Metro
6/8/2015 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theater
6/9/2015 - Seattle, WA - El Corazon
6/10/2015 - Vancouver, BC - Rickshaw Theater
6/12/2015 Calgary, AB - Republik
6/13/2015 - Edmonton, AB - Pawn Shop
6/14/2015 - Saskatoon, SK - Obrians
6/16/2015 - Winnipeg, MB - The Zoo
6/17/2015 - Minneapolis, MN - Amsterdam
6/18/2015 - Cudahy, WI - The Metal Grill
6/19/2015 - Detroit, MI - Shelter
6/20/2015 - Chicago, IL - Reggie's
6/21/2015 - Columbus, OH - Alrosa Villa
6/22/2015 - Cleveland, OH - Agora Ballroom
6/23/2015 - Toronto, ON - Mod Club
6/24/2015 - Ottawa, ON - Mavericks
6/25/2015 - Montreal, QC - La Sala Rossa
6/26/2015 - Worcester, MA - Palladium
6/27/2015 - Albany, NY - Trickshot Billiards
6/28/2015 - Philadelphia, PA - Voltage
6/29/2015 - Brooklyn, NY - Saint Vitus
6/30/2015 - Frederick, MD - Cafe 611
7/1/2015 - Columbia, SC - New Brookland Tavern
7/2/2015 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade
7/3/2015 - Baton Rouge, LA - Varsity Theater

8/8/2015 - Montreal, QC - Heavy MTL*


 
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