Couteaux: Exclusive Stream of New Song 'Cease Fire'
April 20, 2012
Santa Rosa, CA poppy post-hardcore rockers Couteaux have teamed up with to exclusively debut a new track entitled 'Cease Fire'. The track is taken from their forthcoming EP 'Sail West to Reach the East'. Head on over to to stream the new track now! 'Sail West to Reach the East' was recorded, mixed and mastered at NB Studios with producer Nick Botelho, and is slated for a physical release on June 30th, 2012 with a digital release to follow on July 3rd, 2012.

In related news, The band will be supporting radio rockers Burn Halo on Thursday May 17th at Christy's on the Square in Santa Rosa, CA. You can get event info here.

Couteaux formed the summer of 2011 after the demise of the post-rock group Atheorem, and as a side-project to the bay area metal band Simoom. Vocalist Tino Molinari and drummer Linden Reed have put plenty of time and energy into their music over the last 3 years, and have had plenty of great experiences with their former band, Simoom. They were hand picked (from a list of 20 Bay Area bands) by vocalist Phil Labonte to open for All That Remains and Lacuna Coil at the Grand Ballroom in San Francisco in October of 2009. The band was also the opening act at the San Francisco stop for Cruefest 2, sharing the stage with Motley Crue and Godsmack (among others) and also opened for National acts such as Nonpoint, Cold, Drowning Pool, Rev Theory, Maylene and the Sons of Disaster, Taking Dawn, Kylesa, Will Haven and American Headcharge.

Bringing all of that experience with them to Couteaux, Tino and Linden and have teamed up with Tino's brother Nico(Molinari) and Bassist Zack Sumner to breathe new life into their project and have managed to create some truly infectious music on their forthcoming EP, 'Sail West to Reach the East'. Fans of poppy melodic post hardcore and catchy anthemic choruses will find a new favorite band in Couteaux. As the band themselves put it, "With our influences combined, we can play melodic music with a punch...and also summon captain planet."

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Shaun Lacanne (Putrid Pile) Needs Your Help
February 23, 2012
Direct from the Putrid Pile Facebook Page:

"ATTENTION EVERYONE! Listen everyone who knows me knows 99% of the time i ask for nothing. but this time i really need your help people. My Fiance has just been diagnosed with UTERAL CANCER and has no $ for the medicine she needs to survive this. The state will operate for free but the medicine costs $. If you can donate anything it would be great and you will help to save the life of the woman i love. $10 and about i will send you a "BLOOD FETISH" cd when it comes out in a couple months when u provide your address. Please help us out I really need all of you this time. you can send donations to mine or her paypal at:


Please people help us out. donations $50 and higher will get a cd and DVD. lets pull together metal people and help out this woman who stole my heart. THANK YOU!!"
- Shaun/Putrid Pile

There will also be a benefit show to help raise funds. Details on that can be found here:

And an Indiegogo donation page has also been set up here:
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Dave Brockie AKA Oderus Urungus Comments on Passing of GWAR Guitarist Cory Smoot AKA Flattus Maximus
November 4, 2011

"After a restless night spent hurtling through the desolate Canadian wilderness, I crawled from my bunk on the tour bus to face reality, grudgingly aware that the the dark dream that gripped us would not fade with the day. We have lost a brother, a husband, a son, and one of the most talented musicians that ever slung an ax. Cory Smoot, longtime lead guitar player for the band GWAR, has passed at the age of 34.

"As the singer of GWAR and one of his best friends, I feel it is my duty to try and answer some of the questions that surround his tragic and untimely death. I know the sense of loss and pain is far greater in scope than in the insulated environment of a band on tour, and I will do my best to provide what clarity and comfort I can.

"The most glaring question is how? And unfortunately that is the hardest question to answer. The truth will not be known until the medical officials have finished their work. All I can do is relate what we saw with our own eyes.

"The last time I saw Cory was after our show in Minneapolis on Weds. night. It was a great show at First Avenue in Minneapolis, one of our favorite places to play. Cory was happy. He was excited about the band and especially the new studio he was building in the Slave Pit back in Richmond. He was deeply in love with his wife, Jamie, and was busily planning their family and future in the beautiful home they had. As usual, after some autographs and banter, I was probably the first person in their bunk as we got ready for a big drive into Canada, and Cory and the rest of the guys were not far behind. As I fell into the slumber that only playing GWAR shows can induce, everything seemed right in the world.

"We found Cory the next morning as we collected passports for a border crossing. He was in his bunk, unresponsive, and it quickly was clear that he was dead. It was without a doubt the most horrible moment of my life. That's all I can say about it.

"Within moments everybody was off the bus, standing in a wind-swept parking lot in the middle of nowhere, trying to come to grips with the shock of it. First the ambulance arrived, and then the police, but there was nothing that could be done other than fully investigate the scene and remove Cory with care and respect.

"We are completely devastated and shocked beyond belief. One night we had our friend and colleague, happy and healthy in the middle of our best tour in years- and the next morning, so suddenly, he was gone. Never have I seen starker proof of the fragility of life.

"Cory will be transported home to Richmond over the next few days, and an announcement regarding services will be made soon. We ask everyone to respect the families wish for privacy, and especially to keep his wife, Jamie, in your thoughts and prayers.

"As we work our way through these difficult days the question is -- what will GWAR do? After a lot of consideration, we have decided to carry on with the tour. Although the great temptation would be to return home, curl into a fetal position, and mourn, we can't do that. First off, Cory wouldn't want that. He would want us to go on and would be pissed if we didn't. Plus we know the fans don't want us to quit. They are going to want a chance to come to grips with their loss, and there is no better place to do that than at a GWAR show. Though it's hard to believe, I think we all would feel a lot worse if we stopped. For better or worse we have to see this through.

"That doesn't mean that Cory will make his final journey without us. When the arrangements have been finalized, Cory's best friend and GWAR's music tech Dave "Gibby" Gibson, and myself will return home to attend the services and pay the proper respects to our comrade.

"Out of respect to Cory, we have officially retired the character of Flattus Maximus. Flattus has decided to return to his beloved "Planet Home", and will never return to this mudball planet again. And this is a sadder place for that.

"Just the other day I heard Cory tell a story about how some 20 years ago he was fourteen years old, at his first GWAR show, grabbing at the rubber feet of our then- current Flattus, and how blown away he was at the fact that now HE was the one getting his feet pulled by the same kid that he used to be. Cory was always in awe of the patterns of life and went through it with a wide-eyed amazement that translated through his playing. I've never known anyone who could pick up literally any instrument and rock it the first time he touched it, and more than that make it look easy. Behind that rubber monster outfit, and sometimes even obscured by it, was one of the most talented and beautiful people I have ever known. I know everyone who's life was touched by Cory truly loved him, as do we, his bandmates and brothers.

"There should be some kind of announcement soon regarding services, etc. It would be great to have a memorial show at some point soon, where some of the bands that Cory worked with could come together and show their love for this truly amazing man who left us all too soon and will be sorely missed by many, many people."

Our deepest condolences go out to the Band, Family, Friends and Fans of Cory.

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Mnemic Announce Line Up Changes
October 29, 2011
Mnemic have issued an update announcing line up changes and new members at The band have commenced writing a a new album to be released in 2012 via Nuclear Blast Records.
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RebelPyro Management Brings Ænimus, Journal and Etched In Stone To Supremacy MMA
September 27, 2011
RebelPyro Management has teamed up with the video game development team Kung Fu Factory to completely level the playing field by bringing the unsigned underground to the masses via the recently released arcade stlye mixed martial arts game,'Supremacy MMA' (Kung Fu Factory/505 Games)! Joining some of the biggest names from the Victory and Sumerian Records rosters, RebelPyro bands Ænimus, Etched In Stone and Journal each have the following track featured on the recently released video game:

Ænimus - The Grasp Of Ruin
Etched In Stone - Birth Of Unknown
Journal - Conducting With Passion From The Grave

The bands, who are all currently busy writing and recording new material for upcoming debut and follow up releases, had the following to say about being offered the opportunity to be a part of the brand new 'Supremacy MMA' gaming franchise:

"When the opportunity arose to have one of our tracks featured in not just a video game, but a game as revolutionary as Supremacy MMA, we were ecstatic! We love playing video games and we love MMA, so this was the ultimate win in our book! The added bonus of having a track featured in the game alongside some of the industry's heaviest hitters is enough to make us cream our shorts... twice!" - Brian Lewis, Vocalist - Etched In Stone

"Given the nature of Journal's music, it's only fitting that one of our songs would be featured not just in any video game, but one of the more brutal video games in our recent memory. And to be featured alongside some of the best acts in modern metal is the greatest honor that we've ever achieved in our short history. Long live Kung Fu Factory and Supremacy MMA!" - Justin Tvetan, Drums - Journal

"Being video-game connoisseurs ourselves, you better believe we jumped at the chance to have our music featured in such a powerhouse new franchise as Supremacy MMA. As musicians, we are always looking for the new sound that hits hard, and Supremacy MMA shows that Kung Fu Factory is the kind of company that pushes the envelope in the gaming world. Finally there's a legit game that features genuine, professional fighters with an underground music soundtrack that reflect the immense brutality and ethos of the mixed martial arts scene. Needless to say, we are very proud to be a part of a project alongside the great bands, fighters, and company that makes this game pack a facebreaking punch!" - Matthew Wills, Vocals - Ænimus

Etched In Stone's debut full length, 'Emulate The Defiler', self released in March of 2010, can be streamed in it's entirety and purchased via the band's Official Bandcamp page at

Journal's debut full length, 'Unlorja', self released in June 2010 has select tracks available for streaming and can be purchased in both regular, instrumental and "2D" formats via

And Ænimus' recently released 3 song Demo can currently be streamed and purchased at a 'Pick Your Price' amount (min. $1), via

For more information please visit:

Supremacy MMA is now available for the Microsoft Xbox 360, Sony Playstation 3 and Sony PSP.

For more information on Supremacy MMA, please visit
For more information on Kung Fu Factory, please visit
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