OLD NEWS ARCHIVE: 2004-2008
Just got done with a 10
day Battletorn get together in NYC- we played three shows up there
which were a blast and we also got to practice and work on some
new material! A couple new records are in the works, will probably
record later in the year and have them out early next year- details
Oh man, it's crazy how
time flies! I guess there was no entry made on here after the
Japan trip, which is probably because our minds were TOTALLY blown
by the whole experience! We can't even begin to thank everyone
who helped out with that tour enough... Tatsuzo from MGT, we could
NOT have done it without you! And Reo from MARUBULLMEN, Kenji
from MGT, all of MGT and MARUBULLMEN bands were just such great
helps and amazing people- we had a LOT of fun on that trip! I
posted some photos of the tour on our myphotoalbum.com pages,
check them out via the links over on the left somewhere!
And please be sure to check
out both these bands, and ALL the bands we played with - google
any of those names you see on the flyers from Japan and check
out some sick new tunes! We had the pleasure of playing with some
greats- thanks to ALL the following bands: MGT, MARUBULLMEN, ABIGAIL,
FASTKILL, MAD MANIAX, SHOOTMASTER,
BACKSTAB, SLIGHT SLAPPERS, NO VALUE, VIVISICK, LIFE, SK8NIKS,
COMPLETED EXPOSITION, TONE DEAF, CRUCIAL SECTION, AGGRESSION,
GODFREE HO, HERNIA 15, PYRAMID STATE.
And also thanks to all
the people who came out to those shows in Japan and that we met
along the way! That's part of the most fun for us is meeting new
people, seeing your beautiful country, having some GREAT food
over there. We are very grateful- so thank you again.
Tonight when I got off
work William and I had a quick conference call to talk about what
was next on the horizon.... and there are some plans cooking for
now to get together in August to write/record some new material.
A couple labels have offered and may do singles for us, and we
are kind of gung ho on the idea of releasing a 12" EP too-
gotta follow in the footsteps of our forefathers SSD and do a
12" at some point! "Get it Away" is one of the
best 12"s ever, so we could never match it, but we can be
inspired by it! Haha....
Anyways, we're not done,
just takes a little while longer to get things together with that
1,000 mile divide between members now. However, since there seems
to be a Chinatown bus that runs from NYC to Nashville non-stop
(15 hours/$70 roundtrip), we're hoping to get this thing on track
to pump out some new thrash tunes in the very near future.
Stay tuned, and have a
cool summer if you can. It's hotter than hell here down south!
The countdown has begun!
We are gearing up for the trip, and can't wait to go see our friends
in Japan! Wanted to post links to the two bands we'll be playing
with there, the bands who helped set up this whole thing! MGT
has two sites, first check out their MGT
myspace page- it has MP3's, and they have another official
page too: MGT
official page. And here is the link to the MARUBULLMENT site,
they set up a bunch of the shows too and they totally kill so
check it out MARUBULLMEN
offical page !
In other news, the first
pressing of 500 copies of the "Terminal Dawn" CD is
totally gone! Well, I shouldn't say 'sold out' yet, but sold out
from us at least! The copies that went to distributors will go
out into stores at the end of the month, so you can find them
there, and we sent a bunch to Japan, but they're all 'out there'!
So that was great! And all the copies of the tour split and the
few extra Japan tour shirts we'd saved for our US friends are
gone too, so if you snoozed, sorry!
Lastly, there is a 'Japan
Tour Edition' of the "Terminal Dawn" LP I have put together-
it comes with a hand made OBI strip and a large 18"x24"
poster- there are 30 of them and all are going to Japan! Here's
a picture of how that came out, and that was basically the last
of those LPs- I think I have like 10 left after that!
And here is a flyer that
Reo from MARUBULLMEN did for tour that lists all the venues, and
final lineup information about the shows:
Lastly- we are going to
do a Japan tour warm up gig on March 11th at our usual haunt the
ROCK STAR BAR in Brooklyn before we fly out! Don't know what other
bands will play but we'll keep you posted on that!
See you soon!
Happy New Years to everyone!
We got in the CD version of "Terminal Dawn" last week,
so that is available for ordering now! It is limited to 500 copies-
and features the six songs from the "Burn Fast" EP as
a bonus on here! Those six songs were remixed/remastered with
Colin Marston last summer before I moved out of NYC, so they sound
even more raging than the first time! The CD is $8 (plus $2 postage
in the US) so $10 ppd., and it will be a little more for international
orders. Go to the ordering page link to see info on how to order
from us directly. Also has some new packaging which differs slightly
from the LP, you can see some of it below!
Also, we have the Japan
tour 45s in, but it's going to be a couple weeks before those
are ready to go out! That release all has to be hand assembled,
so it's going to be a bit more time before all that can happen.
But those should be ready soon, and they will be $5 each, limited
to 200 copies and most are going to Japan with us, so anyone else
who wants one let us know if you haven't already.
And here is the latest
update on the Japan tour information! We're playing with some
great bands, we're very excited about this tour!!!
MGT, & MARUBULLMEN
"No Mercy Attack!" Japan Tour 2008
3/15 (Sat) Sendai @ Birdland
w/ MARUBULLMEN, MAD MANIAX,
3/16 (Sun) Tokyo @ Wall w/ MGT, VIVISICK, SLIGHT SLAPPERS, NO
LIFE, THE REDNECKS
3/20 (Thurs, holiday) Osaka @ Pipe 69 w/ MGT, SK8NIKS, COMPLETED
TONE DEAF, TECHNOCRACY
3/21(Fri) Kochi @ Chaotic Noise w/ MARUBULLMEN, AGGRESSION,
GODFREE HO, HERNIA 15, PYRAMID STATE
3/22 (Sat) Nagoya @ Imaike Huck Finn w/ MARUBULLMEN, ADA MAX,
NK6, NO MARIS, ANALIZER, NxExK3
3/23 (Sun) Tokyo @ Nakano Moon Step w/ MARUBULLMEN, CRUCIAL SECTION,
ABIGAIL, FASTKILL, MAD MANIAX
So here's the latest update
on our shows in Japan, and the split 45 with MGT is in motion!
Both bands have recorded, and we hope to have it mastered and
sent to press very soon! Also, we're getting together in Brooklyn
to make the tour shirts in January- so we're doing another show
while we have the chance- it will be January 18th at Glasslands
MGT, & MARUBULLMEN
"No Mercy Attack!" Japan Tour 2008
3/15 (Sat) Sendai @ Birdland
3/16 (Sun) Tokyo @ Wall w/MGT, SLIGHT SLAPPERS, NO VALUE, VIVISICK,
3/20 (Thurs, holiday) Osaka @ Pipe 69 w/MGT, SK8NIKS, COMPLETED
EXPOSITION, & TONE DEAF
3/21(Fri) Kochi @ Chaotic Noise w/MARUBULLMEN
3/22 (Sat) Nagoya @ Imaike Huck Finn w/MARUBULLMEN, ADA MAX,NK6,NO
3/23 (Sun) Tokyo @ Nakano Moon Step w/MARUBULLMEN, CRUCIAL SECTION,
ABIGAIL, FASTKILL, MAD MANIAX
Been about 4 months since
the last update.... figured we'd save it for something BIG today
on Halloween!!! After years of talking about how it was one of
our main goals as a band to do this, we have some very exciting
news: BATTLETORN will be going over to do a 6 date tour of Japan
in March of 2008! Thanks to Tatsuzo of MGT (a great thrash punk
band from Tokyo), and Reo of MARUBULLMEN (another amazing thrash
band from Tokyo) the dates are being booked and this is going
to happen! The tentative schedule is below:
BATTLETORN, MGT, &
"No Mercy Attack!"
Japan Tour 2008
3/15(sat) @ Sendai w/MARUBULLMEN
3/16(sun) @ Tokyo wall w/MGT, SLIGHT SLAPPERS, NO VALUE, VIVISICK,
& ABRAHAM CROSS
3/20(thu,holiday) @ Osaka pipe69 w/MGT
3/21(fri) @ Kochi w/MARUBULLMEN
3/22(sat) @ Nagoya w/MARUBULLMEN
3/23(sun) @ Tokyo moon step? w/MARUBULLMEN & MGT
To commemorate this tour,
we are doing a split 45 with MGT! Both bands are recording new
exclusive tracks in November, and this tour 45 will be released
in an edition of 200- most of which will be taken over to Japan
and sold on the tour given to distros/stores, whatever. But we
will keep some copies for mailorder, so if you want one drop us
a line soon!
While I (Omid) am back
up in NYC in November, we decided to set up a show to keep up
the chops- so here's the info on that. It will be with our best
metal friends VILLAINS, who we are very excited to be playing
with again! Also on the bill are TOMBS, who we've never gotten
to play with, William's other band HOCHSTEDDER, and also Staten
Island death metalers ENTHRALLED! It will be at our usual haunt
the ROCK STAR BAR in Brooklyn and starts at 9 PM sharp!
Played the farewell to
NYC show last night at Rock Star Bar- with some of our best friends
in the NYC 'music world'. Jesse (from HWLTW) did his one man band
VISHANTI, then ROXY PAIN jammed out which was awesome to see Kayrock,
Wolfy, OJ and Mike rock on this eve, next was William's other
band HOCKSTEDDER with Dave (ex-HWLTW) and John (ex-GFM)- that
was killer too!
The highlight was a reunited
(for this show only) PROWLER- who destroyed! We love these guys
(and gal)- Orin, Rob, Zach, Tom, and Courtney totally killled
And then it was time for
BATTLETORN to play. We hit the 'stage' and did 7 songs as a two
piece, and then Beverly came up and we did 5 songs from the first
LP which ruled. It was great to play with her again and felt like
it brought things back to complete the path. There was total mayhem
in the crowd- some people in strange lingere dancing... it was
everything we could have wanted for a farewell to NYC show!
Thanks to DJ TEETH for
spinning the tunes, everyone who came and hung out, and thanks
the herds of random and very fashionable ladies who seemed to
swarm the place last night for reasons unbeknownst to us!
BATTLETORN isn't over,
we'll just be separated by 1000 miles and shows will be less frequent.
If a cool tour offer or show offer comes in we'll do it, otherwise
we'll meet up when we can to play random dive bars wherever and
whenever we can, because after all that's what we do best!
And also, the "Terminal
Dawn" LP is over 3/4 sold out, we only did 500 numbered copies
and are down to less than 100- so if you want one grab it from
us or a mailorder/store near you!
Until next time......
Soooo.... we survived the
"Terminal Tour"! Two dudes in a Ford Taurus for almost
a month driving close to 10,000 miles- it was epic! We got to
see/play with a lot of great bands (and play with our bros MIDNIGHT
for 9 shows!), we met a lot of great people, and over all it turned
out great! Response to the LP has been amazing, good feedback
from those who have gotten their evil hands on it, and even favorable
reviews in the 'press' too!
The latest BATTLETORN news
is that we are playing our farewell to NYC show on June 16th w/
the only band in Brooklyn who we would want to play this show
with because they are some of the best friends we have in this
so called town: ROXY PAIN. And our brutha PAT D aka DJ TEETH will
be spinning some tunes, the show will be FREE. It's at the ROCK
STAR BAR on the corner of South 5th/Kent. Basically it goes like
this, at the end of June, 1/2 of BATTLETORN (me, Omid) will be
moving down South, while the other half ( that would be William)
will be staying in NYC. We aren't calling it quits, but will just
get together to do what we can when we can and take tour/show
offers as they come. But there will be no more playing three or
four shows a month in Brooklyn, those days are done. It's been
a fun 3 1/2 year run, two LPs, 3 singles, and a lot of damage...
we appreciate the support!
And lastly, for those who
care to read, we are in the new issue of METAL MANIACS this month-
a nice 3 page spread courtesy of Nathan Birk! It came out pretty
coo. So if you find your self in a Barnes & Noble looking
at mags check it out- it's the August 2007 issue with NEUROSIS
on the cover.
"Termnial Dawn" LP is here and ready for ordering, it
came out GREAT-done in a limited edition of 500 numbered copies
in a gatefold sleeve PLUS the first 100 copies come with a big
18"x24" poster too!
It's $12 ppd in the USA
and overseas write for quote, it's a bit more since postage will
And here is the final info
on the tour- all dates are confirmed and listed below as of today,
but if you want please check our myspace page for up to date information
from the road if anything changes! See you out there!
TERMINAL TOUR - 2007
4/26/07 Richmond, VA -
The Bonezone w/ MIDNIGHT, BATTLEMASTER, FRED GABLE - CONFIRMED
4/27/07 Wilmington, NC - Soapbox Laundro Lounge w/ MIDNIGHT, GOLLUM
4/28/07 Atlanta, GA - Drunken Unicorn w/ MIDNIGHT, BRASS CASTLE,
CELEPHAIS - CONFIRMED
4/29/07 Tampa, FL - Transitions *early show- starts at 3 PM* w/
MIDNIGHT, MEHKAGO N.T., FLYING SNAKES, CAEDO ERUS, AGHORI- CONFIRMED
4/30/07 New Orleans, LA - Green Space w/ MIDNIGHT, LET ME CRAZY
5/1/07 Houston, TX - White Swan w/ MIDNIGHT, PLF, DEATH OF A TYRANT
5/2/07 San Antonio, TX - Midtown's Pizza w/ MIDNIGHT, TERROR THREAT,
VEGETABLE STATE - CONFIRMED
5/3/07 Dallas, TX - Red Blood Club w/ MIDNIGHT & UNIT 21-
5/4/07 Austin, TX - Room 710 w/ MIDNIGHT, THE MAELSTROM, MUERTA
VILLA, THE ROLLER - CONFIRMED
5/5/07 - Drive day, hang out somewhere in west TX on Cinco de
5/5/07 - Saugus, CA -
at private birthday party/jam for Robby from BITCH - w/ BITCH
and other CA metal legends!
5/7/07 Los Angeles, CA - The Scene w/ ALL HALLOWS GRAVE, NEVER
DEAD, EAT THE LIVING - CONFIRMED
5/8/07 San Francisco, CA - Hemlock Tavern w/ POPULATION REDUCTION
+ TBA - CONFIRMED
5/9/07 Oakland, CA - Uptown w/ WALKEN, CALIFORNIA LOVE - CONFIRMED
5/10/07 - Drive day up the CA coast, maybe hit a beach or stop
by Humbolt County or somethin.....
5/11/07 Portland, OR - Satyricon w/ THRONES, TREES + DJ Wroid
Wrage - CONFIRMED
5/12/07 Seattle, WA Comet Tavern w/ WORMWOOD + more TBA - CONFIRMED
5/13/07 Drive day through MO.
5/14/07 Minneapolis, MN - Memory Lanes 'Punk Bowl' night- we play
on the lanes while people bowl! w/ AMERICAN CHEESEBURGER - CONFIRMED
5/15/07 Minneapolis, MN - Alamo House w/ AMERICAN CHEESEBURGER,
OFF WITH THEIR HEADS, FAGGOT - CONFIRMED
5/16/07 Iowa City, IA - The Picador w/ CAPTAIN YONDER- CONFIRMED
5/17/07 Chicago, IL - The Note w/ TBA - CONFIRMED
5/18/07 Detroit, MI - Trumbull Theatre @ 4208 Trumbull St. (on
the corner of Willis) w/ REAPER + more TBA - CONFIRMED
5/19/07 Cleveland, OH - Now That's Class! w/ NO PEACE + YEARS
OF STEEL (featuring Sandy from SACRED FEW and Gillz from BOULDER!)-
Made some updates to the
site today- added a bunch of pictures of misc stuff to the discography
section for those who are interested in that sort of thing! The
tour is shaping up, we now have confirmed dates ALL over the country
though there are still some gaps to fill in! Watch for updates
on final schedule very soon!
So everything is on track-
the "Terminal Dawn" LP is at the pressing plant, the
test pressings sound great- we're really happy with how it came
out! We're planning a US tour right now, filling in a few more
dates- but the first week is with the mighty MIDNIGHT from Cleveland,
and then we go out west on our own and come back through the middle!
Hope to see you all soon!
Happy new years to all!
"Terminal Dawn" was recorded at beginning of December,
and was sent off this week to be cut for a vinyl release on MAD
AT THE WORLD in late March or April! We're planning a US tour
with MIDNIGHT if all goes as planned it will be in late April
or early May! What else is there to say? We will be playing a
slew of local gigs to get our set down tight for the tour, so
come out and hang out if you want! Later!
Man, it's been a while-
time flies! We've been taking a break from playing live and have
been practicing/writing every week for the new LP, "Terminal
Dawn"! We had a sit down with MAD AT THE WORLD this week
to iron out plans, and all is set for it's release on the label
next spring- so that rules! We've been really happy with things
with the MATW guys, and look forward to doing this with them.
Also, this magazine called MASS MOVEMENT in the UK did an interview
with us, click
on here to check it out, and look at the rest of their site
if you get a chance, they have some great stuff on there!
Oct 21st (Sat) Rock Star
Bar...We haven't played NYC in almost 4 months to the day, it's
the longest break we've ever taken from playing live! Our 100th
BATTLETORN show was supposed to happen last month, but it was
cancelled- so this will be the 100th show! Here's the numbers:
100 shows x 10 minutes = a celebration of 1,000 minutes of thrash!
And what better way to do it than with two of our BRO bands- the
local spacedrone kings GROWING & and up to do a one off show
in Brooklyn- the GA heavies HARVEY MILK! Basically 'the rest'
of the MEGABLADE roster (with the exception of EARTH) will be
playing this night! We're gonna clean out the BATTLETORN vault
for this one, so come one come all and we'll give anyone who wants
one a free LP/CD or poster or whatever we have- and we're hoping
to make some cool shirts for the gig too!
Well, the "Burnin'
Down South" tour with TRIAC was killer! Lots of fun shows,
great to play with a band that we loved to hear every night, those
guys TOTALLY rip! Played some crazy places, like a hot shed out
back of a cool punk house in Tallahassee, the Richmond sauna show
was fun, the Tampa Skatepark ruled, and the clubs were cool too-
Lenny's with CELEPHAIS on the 4th, and the show with DOUBLE NEGATIVE
in Raleigh was ruling! So now we're gonna settle in for some actual
'practicing' (did I just say that!?!?) and write some new songs
for the next release! See you soon!
Oh man, been a while since
this site was updated! I got a new computer and haven't had a
chance to put the website and program on it, so I had to set up
the old one to post this update! Well, it's a pretty important
update- we're leaving Friday for a tour through the south with
TRIAC, which we're totally pumped for!! Been a lot of planning,
but these are the final dates listed below:
BATTLETORN & TRIAC
BURNIN' DOWN SOUTH TOUR 2006
July 1st (Sat) Jerkstore,
Baltimore, MD. w/ TRIAC, FIGHT AMPUTATATION, DEEP SLEEP
July 2nd (Sun) House show-
231 S Laurel St., Richmond, VA w/ TRIAC, SKARP, AGNOSIS, ARGENTO
July 4th (Tues) Lenny's,
Atlanta, GA w/ TRIAC, CELEPHAIS
July 5th (Wed) House show-
Tallahassee, FL w/ TRIAC, two local bands TBA
July 6st (Thur) Transitions
Art Gallery, Tampa, FL w/ TRIAC, BY THE END OF TONIGHT, BUXTON
July 7th (Fri) The Spot,
Charlotte, NC. w/ GOD'S TEMPLE OF FAMILY, CRUCIBLE OF THE DAMNED
July 8th (Sat) Raleigh,
NC. w/ DOUBLE NEGATIVE
Please come out and check
out the gigs if you live in any of these towns, we're real excited
to be coming down south! And after the tour, we're gonna spend
the fall writing a new record... tentatively titled: "Terminal
We're back from the UK,
it was a blast!! KAMIKAZEE are amazing, it was cool to play with
them every night! And we met and saw a lot of other great bands/people,
so all in all it was a total success! I hope to have the tour
pix and a little write up about it to post on here soon! In the
meantime, the "Burn Fast" 45 hit the streets on April
14th, so check it out if you want! We're gonna be playing a few
more local shows this summer, and are seeing about our Southern
tour- but want to give ourselves some time to hang and write a
few new jams too! Alright!
Hello hello! Well, in the
last month in a half- all the plans discussed below have come
to fruition!! We are leaving for the UK next week for the tour
which we're totally pumped about!! This is gonna be a sick 8 days
of thrashin' in the UK, and we are looking forward to playing
and hanging with some folks from the land of some of the finest
fast music ever!!!
Next, the "Burn Fast"
single on Mad
At The World Records is out, though the official 'street date'
isn't until April 14th. Click on the link above to check out their
site and order it! We're really excited about working with this
label- I mean, we're in the company of GREATNESS as far as the
roster goes. Some of the classic shit they've reissued is insane,
and they have some great current bands too- check out DERIDE from
Japan sometime! Thanks to Dan & Asim from MATW for making
this single happen, and especially that it got done in time for
There are new UK tour shirts
that we'll have at the shows, a tour CD we made up with all the
new tracks we recorded, and get this.... KAMIKAZEE & BATTLETORN
split cassettes!!! Yes, it's true! These guys actually had tapes
made, which seals the deal on teh fact that they are the most
rulingest band in the world right now! Check out the label that
released it here, it's called Feast
of Tentacles. They also put out the KAMIKAZEE/ARMY OF ROBOTS
split, which is another band we're playing with over there.
Happy new years to everyone!
We have a bunch of new songs written, and we're getting them down
tight to go in and record with Colin at Paincave Studios in Brooklyn
in early February. Six of these songs are going to released on
a single/ep called "Burn Fast" on MAD AT THE WORLD RECORDS
based out of NYC. This is a great label that has put out some
killer stuff like OUT COLD and reissued some classic NYHC bands
like NIHILISTICS, MAJOR CONFLICT, and UBRAN WASTE. We're real
excited to be doing a record with them! Juan is working on the
newest drawing of Korgull down in VA, and we're hoping to have
this single out by the time we go over to the UK.
There are a couple local
live shows coming up, and we're going down to DC/Baltimore with
DRUGS OF FAITH and PROWLER, which should be a fun trip! Then,
in April is the trip to the UK to tour with KAMIKAZEE! We booked
this tour with these guys, well, they really took care of biz
from over there to be honest (Shaun rules!), but anyways, we'd
never even heard them since they'd not yet recorded anything.
But last week their first recording session was finished, and
it's SICK! They have songs up on their myspace web page, check
them out if you can! See ya later!
So there's been some news
and changes here.... first off- as of the end of November, Battletorn
is no longer a three piece. There were some good times, headbanging,
73 shows, 2 singles, an LP/CD, and lots of amazing memories, but
it has come to an end. We wish Beverly all the best. The Battletorn
'thrash duo' (William and Omid) is busy writing a slew of new
material and preparing for the next wave.
There will be no live shows until next year, the first will probably
be in Feb sometime. Then, in April of 2006, we are planning the
KAMIKAZEE vs. BATTLETORN: UK Thrash War Tour! The specific cities/venues
will come soon, but it looks like we'll be there for a week from
April 7-14th. And the tour of the southern US will be postponed
until early next summer.
Happy holidays to all from
Battletorn! Thanks to everyone for their thrashin' support, and
we'll see ya soon!
Wow... it's been a couple
months since the last update, time flies!! Anyways, here's the
latest, we are still here, alive and well in NYC! We're playing
around town a lot, and are in the process of booking our "Southern
Chains" tour of the beautiful southern US in Spring 2006.
We have some of it tentatively booked, but could use help in some
Most of these dates are
not set in stone, so we are still flexible with dates/towns. This
was just a perliminary gameplan! If you book shows, have a band
and live in the south and/or want to set up a show to play together-
please see below for our tentative dates and see if you can help
on any of these! If you can, please email us at this email address
we set up for the tour email@example.com
So yeah.... and after this,
we are planning to go to the UK for the "Thrash War 2006
Tour: Battletorn vs. Kamikazee"!!! These great guys in Kamikazee
are helping us get over the pond, so that is being sorted out
for probably April/May 2006! We'll let you know as it develops!
So our album is out now!
The release party was fun, thanks to those who came out to thrash
with us! I have put up a TON of photos from our tour that Walter
(GunsFireMayhem) gave us, you can check them out via this link:
TOUR PHOTOS! .
Two days until the LP/CD
is on the streets!
We're having our record
release party on Thursday, September 15th at The BEAST, the weekly
metal party held at Subtonic (in the basement of Tonic, 107 Norfolk
St in Manhattan)- it's free and it's gonna be fun!
On Tuesday, September 13,
EVIL CHAINS will bind!!!!!
Our debut LP on MEGABLADE
records will hit the streets on the LP & CD formats! Stay
tuned for details on what will happen next!
We made it home from our
US tour, it was a blast! Thanks to GUNSFIREMAYHEM for the tour,
Anna for everything, the venues, houses, and all who came out
and thrashed with us, we had fun and it was great to meet ya'll!
We have some merchandise left that we hope to have for sale through
here very soon.
Here are the final tour
Come out and rage with
us if you live in any of these towns!
Fire Mayhem: Summer 2005
June 16th (Thur)–
NYC @ Cake Shop (Federation X, Shellshag, Battletorn, GFM)
June 18th (Sat)– Philadelphia, PA (Mike from GFM has the
info, it keeps getting changed around!)
June 19th (Sun)– Akron, OH @ 267 South Portage Path house,
in Akron, OH
Other bands: Dirty Lords and Goodbye Ohio. Show up by 8
pm; veggie food will be served. Show starts at 9 pm.
$3/door, all ages. Call 330-252-1920 for info, ask for Nathan
or anyone else in the house
June 20th(Mon)- Cleveland, OH @ Grogg Shop (w/ Midnight, Battletorn,
GFM, Tussle, and Dr. Bitch) 2785 Euclid Heights Blvd., Cleveland
Heights, OH. Show up: Jamie will let you know. Doors at 9 pm,
June 21st (Tues)- Columbus, OH @ The High Five (www.highfivebar.com,
1227 N. High Street, corner of Fifth & High). Check
their web site for more info.
June 22nd (Weds)- Grand Rapids, MI @ the DAAC (www.thedaac.org.
115 S. Division, Grand Rapids. Arrive at venue at 7 pm.
$5/cover. Also on the lineup: Thejewfux (offensive female-fronted
thrash), The Offbeats (local punk/ska) and Hell or Highwater
June 24th (Fri)- Chicago, IL @ Needle House (3259 S. Union,
Chicago, IL. Starts at 7 pm. . W/ Raise the Red Lantern,
Wolf and Cub.
June 25th (Sat)- Milwaukee, WI @ Riverwest Commons (www.locust-street.com/thecommons,
815 E. Locust. 414-372-9656). (another Mike GFM show,
no info yet, guess we'll know when we get there!)
June 28th (Tues) - Minneapolis, MN @ The Alamo House (1101 26th
Avenue SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414. Showtime @ 7 pm W/ Sound
June 29th (Weds)– Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews (www.vaudevillemews.com,
212 4th Street, Des Moines, IA). Doors open at 6:30pm, $5,
all ages. Line up: Battletorn, GFM, Creepy Kids (local punk
rock), Total Outright Dissent (local crust punk).
June 30th (Thur)– The AMP @ Minot, ND. W/Crawling Inward
and one other touring band. www.ampminot.com. Address: in the
old Mr. Wish Building on 106 South Main Street. Contact: Billy
Luetzen, 701-838-0485. Show starts at 7 pm, $3/door, all ages
July 1-3rd : campground
and parking lot shows in undisclosed locations.
July 4 (Mon)- Seattle, WA @ The Firebreathing Kangaroo (6272 Ellis
Avenue South. Show starts at 6 pm. Other bands on
the lineup: The Black Box and Gods Among Men)
July 5 or July 6th - hopefully a last minute show at a rest
area or something!
July 7 (Thur)- Portland,
OR @ Food Hole (20 NW 3rd Avenue. Show starts at 10ish.
Door: $5. Opening band: Rabbits)
Friday July 8th – travel day
July 9 (Sat)– Los Angeles, CA @ The Cocaine (www.thecocaine.com.
366 E. 2nd Street, in Little Tokyo in Los Angeles. All ages,
July 10th (Sun)– San Francisco, CA @ Studio Z W/ Shield
Your Eyes. www.studioz.tv. 314 11th Street (basically 11th and
Folsom), next door to Paradise Lounge and across the street from
Slim’s, in San Francisco, CA. 8 pm, $4, 21+ show
July 11th (Mon)– SF lurking day!
July 12th (Tues)– San Francisco, CA @ Hemlock Tavern (www.hemlocktavern.com.
1131 Polk Street, in between Post & Sutter, one block east
of Van Ness Ave., about 2 blocks north of the Great American Music
Hall. $7/cover, 21+. w. Kreamy Lectric Santa.)
July 13th (Wed) – Los Angeles, CA @ Anarchy Library
(www.theanarchylibrary.com, 21+ only, 13250 Woodruff Avenue, Downey
(LA), 562-803-9134. Lineup: Brothers From Another 11.15,
Battletorn 10:30, Sugarpuss 9:45, GunsFireMayhem 9 pm, TBA band
8:15). Door price TBA.
July 14th (Thurs)– hanging out in California!
July 15 (Fri)- Berkeley, CA @ 924 Gilman (www.924gilman.org, with
P.D.A. opening. 9:30 show. $6/door)
July 16 – drive fast to Denver!
July 17 (Sun) - Denver, CO (Thrash Maniacs Festival- 15th Street
July 18th- head home!
Alright, here's the latest.
We've got the album mastered, we're working on getting packaging
done, and in to Megablade for release!
We leave for tour in 2
weeks! Can't wait to get out there, we'll see you soon! Alright,
that's all for now!
So this weekend was busy
to say the least! The BATTLETORN debut full length which will
be titled "Evil Chains" was recorded at In The Junkyard
studios in Brooklyn, to analog tape! The mixes are being passed
to all involved to check out, and hopefully it will be mastered
and rolling out soon! And we also had that crazy show Saturday
with Midnight that ruled!
Brace yourself, this one
is gonna be ugly.
So the US tour dates for
the first leg of the summer thrash attack are in! Some gigs are
still being worked out, but many are confirmed! Should be fun-
see the shows page for details! We will add lists of what bands
we're playing with etc. as we get the info!
Also, the show on Monday
at Piano's got cancelled, if you were planning on coming! We got
the artwork for the upcoming LP from Juan this weekend, it is
INCREDIBLE! We have finished writing for the LP, it's going to
be 17 or 18 songs. It will be recorded on June 4-5th. We are excited
about it all, and to get out there and see everyone around the
Tonight we ride again at
Sin-e again, it's Joanne's birthday party! Spent time this week
trying to book the studio to record in and make sure we can get
King up here to produce! Also, added another couple shows, including
one with MIDNIGHT! Also, we may be opening for EYEHATEGOD which
would rule! These will probably be the last shows we book before
tour- Beverly and I are both graduating from school shortly and
there's a lot to do before we split! In the meantime, just listening
to Agnostic Front all the time!!
Last night at Local was
one of the best shows we've gotten to play, two awesome bands
from Ohio (Teeth of the Hydra & Dead Sea) and us, it was a
blast! There's some pictures from it here right here! Mike Troubleman came out for a bit
and plans for record the LP are being ironed out!
The tour dates for the
June/July run are almost finalized and will probably get posted
next week! Plus, we got a couple more local shows, so the way
it looks we will have hit our goal of playing in NYC at least
40 times before leaving to play anywhere else! We got this thing
fine tuned, now we're ready to take it to the streets nationwide!
Wow, we had our first band
practice in a LONG time tonight at Funkadelic, and it KILLED!!!
We have 4 new songs ready to play this weekend at our show which
is Saturday night (NOT on Sunday as I had posted and been thinking
for the last month!). So if ya come out you're going to hear something
NEW!!!!! haha... until then, just listen to KREATOR all the time
and go see them if they play in your town!!!!!!
What's the word? Well,
we're playing tonight at Piano's which should be fun- I'm looking
forward to the burger! Dan the man finally gave us the pix from
CMJ last year- including the classic of Beverly with the bloody
axe: click here for those. I put them on some free photo
site I found which seems pretty handy, you can look at picture
in different sizes, have slideshows, all kinds of stuff!
And we added a few more
shows in NYC to play before we leave for the summer tours! Anna
is ruling and setting up the first one right now, it looks like
it's gonna be great! Mostly playing in smaller (better!) cities
across the nation- with a few exceptions, which is gonna be great!
We want to get out there and play for and meet people who are
still hungry and passionate about music! The big city burnout
is far too common at many shows we see and play, people with arms
crossed and feet firmly planted, it isn't as much fun! Let loose,
have a good time- you only live once!!!!
Good news! We managed to
get back into a rehearsal room this weekend, and William (who
is sporting a GREAT new moustache!) & I wrote a couple new
rippers, finetuned a few works in progress, and we have close
to enough material to get ready to record the album!!! As soon
as Beverly is back from her trip to the homeland, we shall get
Also, I'd been meaning
to do this for a while, but there's the stories behind the releases
posted on here now. If you go to the "releases" section
and click on the record covers- there's detailed info about recordings/art/all
that stuff for the releases for those who are interested. Lastly,
I just made a simple list of the different photo gallery pages
that have been put up for us, since the links had kind of been
scattered all around before.
We have a page up on myspace
now too, with MP3's and such, so you can listen to some songs
online if you want!!
We got added on this AMAZING
show last minute, come out if you can! It's gonna destroy! RIISTETYT
has never toured the US, and this killer 80's crusty punk band
from Finland will probably not be back any time soon, so come
03/18/2005 08:00 PM - Knitting
Factory - Old Office
74 Leonard St, NYC, NY 10013, -
To What End?
Raise the Red Lantern
w/ Superstar DJ Sean Ragon
So yeah.... some news to
report! We hope to be back in the swing of practicing/writing
the rest of our LP by next week, and recording is being scheduled
for May. The plan is to get King 'of metal' Fowley (from DECEASED
and OCTOBER 31) to record us down in Virginia! This will be released
on Mega Blade hopefully in time for us to hit the road with it
Not one, but two summer
tours are in the works- so we are going to be getting out there
to see ya'll across the nation! The first will be with GUNSFIREMAYHEM
starting in mid-June for a month or so, and then in August we
hope to be going out with COP ON FIRE and the FATAL FLYING GUILLOTINES!!
In other news, MOTLEY CRUE
kicked ass at the Garden last week!! I think when Tommy was workin'
the "fan cam" looking for chicks to flash their gear
in the audience he may have passed by me in my BATTLETORN shirt
and projected it on the big screen! No shit! What a break right!?!?
Also, Beverly and I are gonna wreck our necks at MOTORHEAD this
Saturday when we see them in Times Square! We live it... we love
Wow... that was a FUN last
minute release party! Considering the idea was born on Sunday,
we only promoted for 3 days, AND there was a blizzard of oz going
on... last night was totally killer! Thanks to all who came out,
all our friends and bands (VILLAINS, THE SHIT, TEAM ROBSPIERRE,
CRIMSON SWEET), all the people who have helped out along the way,
Pedro, Steve, Mike Troubleman, Dennis Megablade, and YOU- who
braved the cold and snow to thrash with us... it meant a lot!
A fist in the air to those who let loose and had fun, broke bottles
and /or tables, smashed our brand new records in a fit of fury...
rage on! We took NO pictures because we were busy partying, but
if you did, send us one!!
We ran out of the ELECTRIC
BIBLE RECORDS acetate single in about 10 minutes last night, but
the label has a few left so email him fast if you want one of
those, there was only 60 of them and it's not gonna be repressed!
We got a bunch of the MEGA BLADE singles out there, so hope ya'll
In the meantime, some friends
have actually come through and sent us some pix, some of these
are OLD ones from when we played Don Hill's in like October that
the 'world famous' SOHO fashion photographer Sioux Nesi took!
She's shooting us soon for Vogue. Just kiddin! Beverly looks so
fucking Crue in those with the tiger print shirt! And Battlebuddy
gave us some killer "dirty" lookin pix from Pianos/ABC...and
there's the one of William eating his Piano's meal... that shit
was SOOOO good...anyways click here to check 'em out!
BATTLETORN DOUBLE RECORD
To celebrate the release of our first 2 singles, we are having
a party with THE BEAST! Come out and hang with us, we'll have
records available, plus we're going to be the first band to play
live at this party at midnight!
DJ's will include: Pedro & Steve (whose party it is!), Omid
& Beverly (Battletorn-ers), and Mike Troubleman (label kingpin!)
IT'S FREE, plus OPEN BAR with FREE beer and vodka from 10-12,
what else can we offer!?! Doors at 10 PM. come out!
Thursday, Feb 24th
at MANNAHATTA bar
2 Bleeker Street - basement (across from CBGB)
So tonight is our one year
anniversary gig, we're playing this party with COP ON FIRE and
another band in Brooklyn. Should be fun as shit, it's our first
basement show! Thanks so much to everyone for the support and
great times/shows we've had over the past year, it's been a blast
and hopefully there's much more to come!
Also, the MEGABLADE singles
came in, I picked them up yesterday, and they look/sound awesome!
I am sitting here listening to the first Carnivore record and
gluing sleeves together for the ELECTRIC BIBLE singles too, so
now we have TWO records that came out in a week! You can mailorder
them from us or the labels, and also buy them from us at shows.
Totally ripping show last
night with ARE Weapons, those guys are great! They have a real
'band' lineup now and are just very cool people, so we had a LOT
of fun with them! It's going to be a cool BATTLETORN week, we
have those 2 shows on Friday/Saturday too, so come out! Plus the
"Peace Of The Grave" record covers are almost done and
those 45s will be available shortly!
Here's some photos that
Emily 'the cheerleader' snapped at ABC No Rio on Saturday, the
first new pictures we've had in like 6 months or more... click here to check 'em out! Also, Beverly said that there
may be a couple more bands added to the Valentines Day Massacre
show, Cop On Fire and Cheeseburger may play!
Yeah, we got the tests
for the MEGABLADE single in this week! sound and look great, so
that was good news! We're playing on Valentine's Day with A.R.E.
Weapons at a free show at Pianos! We're excited to play with them,
it's been a LONG time coming! Plus it's our 30th show in NYC,
so fucking come out and make love with your sweetie while we play
the soundtrack to the war that will follow!!! !!! What else...
well, things are good, so that's about IT!!!!!!!!!!
Also, don't know if this
is a little late to be posting, but they put a little write up
and picture of that Vice/Downtown for Democracy show we did on
SPIN magazine's site, click here to check that out!
While lounging in a motel
room in Vancouver the title for the first EP that is coming out
on Electric Bible was decided... it shall be known as the "Peace
Of The Grave" EP. Matt from Electric Bible Records got in
the actates, so they will definitely be available soon! Here's
a mock of what the cover will look like-
In other news, we got a
show with A.R.E. Weapons, which is great- we've wanted to play
with them for a while! It's also a FREE show, so that should make
every one happy! It's on Monday, Feb 15th at Piano's. We still
need a practice space, and we are trying to figure out if/how/when
a tour with THOR can be arranged for the summer!! Ride hard, live
free. Until then....
What's the latest... well,
we have a few more shows lined up which is cool. All of them are
in Feb- and one is with the mighty DISASSOCIATE!!! We hope to
have the ELECTRIC BIBLE acetate 45 release he's doing for us in
time for these shows, it should be on the streets by the one year
anniversary of BATTLETORN at the show on Feb 18th! Street date
for the MEGA BLADE release is set for March 8th!!
Besides all that, Beverly
and I are going to Vancouver tomorrow to meet up with the mighty
THOR!!! We're going to start working on the THOR book she's going
to write for Outlaw Publications! FTW, this is gonna destroy everything!
We need some new freakin'
pictures for the web site, can somebody please submit something?
I don't even know if we have one picture since I cut my quaff
off in October! I know people are always taking them, but somehow
very few end up back with us.. and until we can afford our own
professional photographer, it would be cool if ya'll could send
some in! We'll give you credit!! Promise!!
See ya soon!!!!!!!!
We managed to get through
the show last night, but due to the fact 2/3 of us are sick, we're
not doing show this Sunday. No other shows until end of month.
See you then, thanks!
We're playing our first
show of the year at Lit on Thursday night at Stephan & Pete's
birthday party. Come on out!!!
Yeah, so what's happened...
well- we finally finished doing the artwork and submitting ALL
the components for the 45 coming out on Megablade, so that's cool.
Evidently according to the Troubleman site it will be out in March
and he's making 300 of them. Here's a JPG of the cover art...
Besides that, we played
one show last weekend, I guess it was December 17th at that Autonomous
Space again, which was fun. And we're supposed to be playing on
New Years Eve with BAD WIZARD, EARLY MAN, and THE WITNESSES at
Delancey Bar. I don't think we're "listed" to play or
anything, but I think we're gonna rip one final set to close out
Well, we lost our practice
space! These gaywads we were renting from decided we were messy
or some shit, I think it was all crap and they just wanted us
out for some other reason! Whatever, we'll find a new joint! And
also, the show with Early Man & Aqui we got booted off the
bill, because the club said they could only have 2 bands. Why
or when that would ever stop BATTLETORN from squeezing in our
8 minutes of love when nobody's looking is beyond me, but it wasn't
my call so it ain't happening!
In the meantime, while I was in CA, I finally got the stuff
set up with the Matt 'The Malibu Maniac' Holland for the acetate
45 release that we're doing on his label Electric Bible Records.
This will contain the first sessions we recorded at Yohei's studios,
along with our cover of HOLOCAUST's "Heavy Metal Mania"
(edit) on the b-side! It will probably be released in an edition
of 60, so yeah, it'll be kinda rare one day.
We got the acetate for
the single, sounds great so we're moving forward with that! In
the meantime, we don't have any shows booked, but may do a couple
in December, we'll see. We're working on writing for the LP, which
we have 16 or 17 songs for so far!
well, been a fun couple
night, tonight's the last show (at Don Hill's) in our three shows
in three days mini NYC tour! It's been a blast! Wednesday night
at TRASH was great, and when I thought it couldn't get any more
fun, last night at LIT totally ruled too! Thanks to Rich (the
Shit) for setting up Wednesday, and to Pete (aka unprofessional)
and Stefan ( aka lockdown) for the show last night!
It seems as if now we ARE on a show for Halloween night, the details
are sketchy, but it appears as if we're playing with EARLY MAN,
which will be a LOT of fun! Haven't gotten to do a real show with
them yet, we played at the VICE democracy thing together but that
wasn't a full set for them. It's at some place near Rothco or
some shit, a haunted house in a theatre? Look at the message board,
I'm going to post something on there.
In other hilarious news, I got handed a flyer last night at our
show for a show that we are playing that I didn't know about!
AND, it's next Saturday, which is the day we play with DRUGS OF
FAITH at the Knitting Factory. But, we are going to do both, the
new show is a late gig, a benefit, so yeah- we're doing our first
Lino and I went to the mastering place and he did the etching
for the b-side of our 45 yesterday, looks killer!
We're not doing a couple
of the shows we'd planned on, so if anyone reads this and cares,
take note! No Halloween show, and no November 2nd it seems! But
last night with BAD WIZARD was fun!
So we have another two
shows added it looks like, plus we're doing a sneak attack gypsy
show this Saturday at an undisclosed location... so in the next
2 weeks we are playing 7 shows in NYC. Fuckin' nuts. But we love
to play, so bring it on!
Dropped off the master
for our MEGA BLADE 45 to the mastering place, so that's underway.
And we're recording the HOLOCAUST cover of "Heavy Metal Mania"
on Monday. It keeps on rollin...
So there's been an interesting
development on the shows front, we're playing 4 nights in a row
at different clubs in NYC between October 27-30! Almost like we're
on tour in the city we live in! haha.. Come out to one or all
and see us, hang out, talk shit, whatever!
Also, looks like we're
going to do a 12" full length with MegaBlade next year too!
First the single has to get finished and come out, and then we're
going to write a few more and record for the 12"! Who knows
how long that's going to end up being, but it will be a large
piece of vinyl with probably 18-20 songs on it, so yeah!
wow... don't know where
the months go! It's been a month since I posted any news, and
um...what is there to report? well, we are still trying to get
the material for our Mega-Blade single mastered so we can get
that out. Last night at practice we also learned this cover by
this killer NWOBHM band HOLOCAUST which we are recording for a
NWOBHM tribute compilation coming out on Sleazey Records in Portugal.
Actually, we didn't learn the whole song, just a 'section', because,
well the whole song is like 4 minutes long, so we had to shorten
Also, we got a show on
October 30th at Delancy bar which is cool, and we played this
weekend again at the Knitting Factory. I think we're playing there
in November again with Rich from Enemy Soil's new band DRUGS OF
FAITH, which should rip!
as Napalm Death would say...
The world keeps turning!!
So we sent the mix of our
recording for the Mega-Blade single over to Troubleman Unlimited,
and they dig it so this thing should come together very soon!
We ended up doing it all ourselves, it's a 4 track recording William
did with his mobile studio known as Thrash Sick. No other new
shows or anything to report, so I guess it's over and out for
Wow... been a few weeks
since this was updated! So yeah... what has happened... well,
we recorded the two songs for the Troubleman/Megablade single,
we're working on getting those mixed. We got a few more shows,
check out the shows page for that info. And last- but not least,
I got us a message board, so everyone can post their ramblings
about Battletorn related stuff on here! Click on the link on the
left over there if you're so inclined!
Also, don't know if this
is a little late to be posting, but they put a little write up
and picture of that Vice/Downtown for Democracy show we did on
SPIN magazine's site, click here to check that out!
Lastly, Pat D. put up this
page with pictures he took of us at Knitting Factory & Trash!
Thanks Pat! click here for those. If anyone
else out there ever took/has pictures of us from shows or whatever
that you want to submit, please email me! We'd love to have contributors!
Yeah, so the show last
night at the Knitting Factory was killer, Zad rules for hooking
us up on that bill! It was fun playing with all those bands, and
I think we're going to be playing there again with The Hidden
Hand sometime soon.
But the next gig is next
Friday - August 27th, at Tommy's Tavern in Greenpoint! Check out
the show schedules for full details!
Some cool news to report!
First, we got a killer show with a band that I don't know too
well but Beverly loves- KYLESA. We're playing with them next week
at the Knitting Factory, and also on the bill is a band ( I think
they're from Sweden) called VICTIMS. It's been nearly a month
since we played, and we're pumped! So please come check this one
out, should be fun! As King Fowley would say "Support the
Also, last night we booked
some recording time with Jay from Unearthly Trance to go and record
our single for MEGA BLADE. This is a side label for Troubleman
Unlimited, and will be run by one of my stunt doubles- Dennis!
He's a ruler. So hopefully that will happen next week and we can
get this 45 out in the near future!
Besides that, all is well.
We are practicing, writing more songs, and always hanging out
- ready to play anywhere, anytime. We almost got a gypsy style
show last night at the Villains first gig, which was great! The
first band didn't show up so we were gonna jump on with 10 minutes
notice! But alas, it didn't work out. next time!
And lastly, I just have
to say this- don't forget about DOKKEN! They are still out there
on the road, and touring 25+ years later, and still KILLING it!
I saw them on Long Island a few weeks back, and they were amazing!
If they come to your town you owe it to yourself to see them!
Support the old metal bands, they deserve it! And in the meantime,
listen to their '86 classic "Under Lock And Key". I
guarantee that the tune "The Hunter" will make you dance
and play air guitar against your will!
Very interesting week....first
off our show on Tuesday night at BB King's got cancelled because
PRINCE decided he wanted to have a private party there that night!
So we were told our show would be postponed!
Next we had a show Friday
for the Downtown For Democracy which was fun, at a huge place
in Greenpoint called Volume. MORTIS was there, and the MC for
the show- so he introduced us, ears, nose and all! At this show
we talked to Mike and Dennis from Troubleman Unlimited, who are
doing another label that Dennis will head called MEGA BLADE. They
offered us a contract to do a single with them, which is killer!
These are great guys who do good work, so this will be a real
honor to work with them!
The details of the contract
are being worked out right now. They are giving us a bit of beef
about wanting to record in Hawaii, and about coming up with the
advance drug money we requested. Fuckin' ridiculous really. I
mean all we asked was for $8,000 to get enough coke to get to
the airport, and they start balking! So if this can be worked
out we will do it, if not, we're walking! Get a band with smaller,
less severe habits why don't you! haha...wink!
Also, we finally met up
with EARLY MAN, really good guys! They played last night and though
they were a little tipsy from their Ozzfest activities earlier,
they were banging for metal! We are probably going to play a show
together in August I believe.
We had recorded back in
March I think it was, which is some material that we also wanted
to do something with. Right now Matt from Electric Bible Records
out in CA. is working on fixing that up, and we may do a limited
acetate single run of that too! I hope it happens, it's a good
recording (though Beverly thinks it's too clean!), and would be
fun to see it surface!
We got a show tonight,
kinda last minute that it got finalized I guess... but it's at
this place Laila in Williamsburg with Ty's band, whose name escapes
me. I guess I'll know it in a few hours after I see them!
Also, Pat D. gave me a
link to some new photos, taken at TRASH on June 7th I think it
was... so click here to see those pix!