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Cryptopsy Crowd Funds New EP - The Book of Suffering Tome 1
Friday, 08 May 2015 17:31

Three years after their self-titled album, Cryptopsy will be releasing a series of EPs entitled The Book of Suffering. This approach will allow the band to put out new music more often while remaining true to their standards of quality.

After being on a record label for their entire career, Cryptopsy decided to go independent in 2012. Supported by their fans, Cryptopsy distributed and sold thousands of albums across the globe and had the opportunity to tour Japan, Western and Eastern Europe, the UK, South America, Scandinavia and Canada.  They are now embarking on a crowd funding campaign that will allow them to give their fans more in terms of videos and enhanced live show production.  

As of today, May 8th 2015, Cryptopsy’s crowd funding campaign is open with exclusive t-shirts, girly tank tops, hoodies, cds and vinyls. In addition to the more traditional merchandise, they are offering signed Flo Mounier cymbals, online lessons with each band member, guest performances and a song mix by their guitarist and sound engineer Chris Donaldson. For those who are interested in memorabilia, they are offering stage banners that have been used since

Cryptopsy’s $20 000 goal will fund the recording, mixing and mastering of The Book of Suffering Tome 1, as well as produce artwork, a music video and stage banners. Additional rewards such as a play-through video, a tour documentary and more music will be unlocked for all backers if they surpass their goal.  

Cryptopsy have stated: “We hope that every extreme metal fan will be exposed to The Book of Suffering Tome 1.  We are extremely proud of the material; it is some of the most brutal, technical and fresh music we have ever created.”

Cryptopsy will premier a song from The Book of Suffering Tome 1 on the “Back to the US 2015” tour with Disgorge, Erimha, Soreption and The Convalescence from May 14th till June 1st 2015.

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TRX Cymbals Introduce New DRK Series - Feel The Power Of The Dark Side
Friday, 24 April 2015 16:38

In keeping with its mission to create a range of cymbals that meet the needs of modern drummers, the TRX Cymbal Co. is proud to introduce its “New” DRK Series. The new cymbals are a redesign of one of the company’s original and most popular lines and have been developed for players who desire warmer, darker, classic cymbal sounds without sacrificing the power and projection required by contemporary styles and situations.

“Dark sounding cymbals have always been the ‘holy grail’ for drummers but they haven’t always been the right choice for their music,” explains TRX President, Dave Levine. “Our ‘New’ DRK cymbals have a wonderfully warm, vintage sound along with a bit more brightness and clarity than other traditional-style cymbals. This makes them extremely relevant, and appropriate, for the music today’s drummers are playing no matter their age or genre.”

The “New” TRX DRK Series, which will be introduced at the Chicago Vintage & Custom Drum Show in mid-May, is ultra-thin and features a natural finish with deep lathing and heavy hammering. New DRK Crash-Rides and Chinas also come standard with a series of 9 pre-drilled holes that accommodate TRX’s removable rivets (sold separately). Priced the same as current TRX series, models and sizes, the New DRK Series is available in:

  • 18, 19, 20, 21, 22˝ Crash-Rides
  • 13, 14, 15˝ Hi-Hats
  • 18, 20, 22˝ Chinas
  • 16, 18, 20˝ Thunder (vented) Crashes

For more information, phone 818-751-3257 or visit

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,

"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.


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*


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*


2 Hammerstein Ballroom, New York, NY*

* Volbeat dates


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