GOD FORBID Reissue Campaign Continues With The Release of ‘Earthsblood’
Limited 2LP Colored Vinyl Out January 26th
We are pleased to announce the fourth reissue collaboration from seminal New Wave of American Heavy Metal group GOD FORBID. January 26, 2024 marks the release of the oft-inquired re-release of ‘Earthsblood,’ the group’s 2009 Century Media record. This marks the first time that ‘Earthsblood’ will be on vinyl and we’re excited to present the album as a 2LP specially colored ‘terrae sanguinem’ edition, limited to only 600 copies. Like the other reissues this one too will include an expanded layout with added photos re-designed by original A+R man and graphic designer Tom Bejgrowicz (Misfits, Beastie Boys, Bad Brains) along with personal liner notes this time from drummer Corey Pierce. In addition, two bonus tracks “Stockholm Syndrome” and “Static Signal” have been added for over 60 minutes of music.
Pre-Orders are available now so check HERE for ordering options, or demand your local retailer bring in a copy to their store.
"I couldn't be more excited to announce the release of God Forbid's last album released on Century Media, ‘Earthsblood.’ This is also the final album featuring the classic lineup with guitarist and backing vocalist, Dallas Coyle, and the first time we worked with the incredibly talented graphic designer, Gustavo Sazes,” states guitarist Doc Coyle. “’Earthsblood’ has never been available on vinyl, so this is a monumental opportunity for fans. I feel like this is GOD FORBID’s most underrated album. It is the most progressive and adventurous album the band ever made, and being able to experience it in this format will give it a new life."
“Earthsblood” was produced by Eric Rachel (Every Time I Die, Black Dahlia Murder, Municipal Waste) and Christian Olde-Wolbers (bassist for Fear Factory, Cypress Hill and Vio-lence), along with a mix by Jens Bogren (At The Gates, Opeth, Amon Amarth). It includes guest appearances from Symphony’X’s guitarist Michael Romeo and keyboardist Michael Pinella. And as Doc pointed out, the album features the artwork of Gustavo Sazes (Arch Enemy, Cynic, Exodus). Check out the video for “War of Attrition” HERE.
God Forbid supported this album touring with Lamb of God across the US and Canada, as well as being part of the Rockstar Mayhem Festival tour with Slayer, Marilyn Manson, Trivium, Bullet For My Valentine, Cannibal Corpse, and All that Remains.
SHADOWS FALL ‘THE WAR WITHIN’ VARIANT VINYL REISSUE OUT JAN. 12th
Pre-Order New Wave of American Heavy Metal pioneers classic album on limited colored vinyl
While we released a limited Record Store Day pressing of SHADOWS FALL’s popular ‘The War Within’ last April, demand continues and many fans were left struggling to find a copy. Next year, January 12th to be exact, we’re pleased to present a 20th Anniversary limited variant vinyl version (this time on red/grey swirl) that will be available to all retailers as well as through Bandcamp and our label site’s webstore where pre-orders are going on now HERE. You won’t want to miss this second opportunity to pick up a copy of the classic and well-regarded album, especially as it’s limited to just 500 copies with no plans for a future represses.
The reissue came out really nice featuring expanded packaging, designed by original A+R guy Tom Bejgrowicz (Misfits, Beastie Boys, Bad Brains), including an 8-page LP sized insert featuring liner notes, extra photos and interviews with every band member.
"Still blows my mind that we are celebrating two decades since the release of ‘The War Within.’ This record changed everything for us as a band and to me was a major step towards creating the music we had always wanted to hear. It showcases everything we do well as a band and balances all of the influences we had at the time,” states singer Brian Fair. “As an obsessive collector of vinyl myself, I am very excited about a new color variant of the vinyl reissue! This will be dropping January 12th, 2024 so pre-order now or plan on grabbing one at your favorite local record store. There is nothing more metal than literally carving the music into the surface of an object with a blade so grab a copy of ‘The War Within’ on vinyl and crank it as metal was meant to be listened to!"
To celebrate the anniversary SHADOWS FALL have a special headliner anniversary March 16th at The Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, NJ. Additionally, the band have already been announced for next year’s Welcome to Rockville festival in Daytona Beach, FL performing May 12th a day which also includes performances by Slipknot, Evanescence, Black Veil Brides, Sum 41, Atreyu, Fear Factory and more.
SHADOWS FALL are the famed originators of the New Wave of American Heavy Metal alongside Lamb of God and Killswitch Engage. Upon its original release ‘The War Within’ entered the Billboard charts at #20 and has sold well over 400,000 units. The band were nominated for a Grammy for Best Metal Performance and featured on Guitar Hero 2. Four music videos were released from the album, including “Enlighted by the Cold,” “What Drives the Weak,” “The Power of I and I,” and “Inspiration on Demand.” Touring for the album included OzzFest, tours with Slipknot and Lamb Of God and headliners with support from DamagePlan, The Haunted, Candiria, All That Remains, and As I Lay Dying.
Praised by Metal Hammer for “mixing metalcore sensibilities with classic metal motifs,” SHADOWS FALL was founded 25 years ago by guitarists Jon Donais (currently the lead guitarist of thrash legends Anthrax) and Matt Bachand (Act of Defiance, Living Wreckage). Soon after the group released their debut album – which featured future All That Remains vocalist Phil Labonte – in 1997, Brian Fair (ex-Overcast) was recruited to be the group's new front man. After a year's worth of live shows together, the band entered Massachusetts' Planet Z Studios with producer Zeuss (Hatebreed, Madball) to record what would become a seminal album in the burgeoning New Wave of American Heavy Metal movement.
Influenced in equal parts by classic Bay Area thrash, Scandinavian melodic death and New England hardcore, ‘Of One Blood’ ushered in a new era for metal that emphasized heaviness, hooks and taut musicianship. AllMusic.com applauded the record for its “unique blend of thrash backbone, progressive metal precision and classic metal influences.” To support the album, the group toured extensively alongside the likes of Hatebreed, In Flames, Converge, Lamb of God and Unearth, in addition to sharing festival stages with Pantera and Slayer.
‘Of One Blood’ set the stage for the band to achieve additional success on their subsequent release, 2002's ‘The Art of Balance,’ which saw the group join Ozzy Osbourne's Ozzfest tour en route to selling more than 250,000 copies. From there, the band cracked the Billboard Top 20 with 2004's ‘The War Within’ – which sold more than 400,000 copies and earned the band its first Grammy nomination – before signing with Atlantic Records for the release of 2007's ‘Threads of Life,’ which saw the band receive a second Grammy nomination. Two more acclaimed albums followed before Donais was invited to join Anthrax in 2013, a move which would eventually cause SHADOWS FALL to go on indefinite hiatus.
Until a 20th Anniversary reissue of ‘Of One Blood’ brought back memories and offers presented themself to the group, who have since held special performances at Furnace Fest, Blue Ridge Rock Festival, New England Metal and Hardcore Festival, Milwaukee Metal Fest, and the inaugural Headbangers Boat cruise.
LOS ANGELES’ ANUBIS SIGN TO M-THEORY AUDIO
First single “Devour” Now Online From Next Year’s Powerful New Album
Los Angeles’ ANUBIS have been building quite a reputation for the past five years. The outfit has been doing it the traditional way by playing shows all over Southern California, self-releasing a consistent handful of EPs & singles and promoting themselves organically not only online but actually getting out there and meeting people. Now armed with a powerful new album ANUBIS have teamed up with M-Theory Audio to take things to the next level.
“M-Theory is not only home to bands that I’ve been listening to and influenced by my entire life like Into Eternity, Hecate Enthroned, etc., but to some of the greatest up-and-coming bands pushing the genre forward, like Silver Talon, Vintersea, Toxic Ruin, Hazzerd, and too many others to name. It’s a total honor to join this roster,” states singer Devin Reiche.
Devin Reiche may be a familiar name to fans of thrash and underground metal as he’s also the bassist in Bay Area thrashers Hatchet, but Devin actually lives in L.A. and power metal has always been his first love and calling. Working diligently Devin has developed his vocal abilities and become quite the commanding frontman.
Joining Devin in ANUBIS are guitarists Eleazar Llerenas (Delusional Fate) and Justin Escamilla (Tower Guard), bassist Will Buckley and drummer Robin Salazar, all musicians who’ve been cutting their teeth in the L.A. music scene. ANUBIS has opened for bands like Raven, Rhapsody of Fire, Warbringer, Heathen, Tim ‘Ripper’ Owens, Allegaeon, Hammerfall, Metal Church, Exmortus, Hatriot, and placing at the Wacken Metal Battle US final.
Today we’re all pleased to present the first single “Devour” alongside a lyric video from Scott Rudd (Hammerfall, Opeth) which enhances the song and can be seen HERE