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Trustkill Announces 5 New Releases To Kick Off 2009
December 11, 2008
As we wrap up 2008, Trustkill Records shows no sign of slowing down as the label heads into 2009 with the following 5 new releases:

1. Too Pure To Die - 'Confess' - January 13, 2009
'Confess' is a blistering, battering ram of a album from Too Pure To Die, Co-produced by hardcore legends Zeuss (Throwdown, Shadows Fall) and Hatebreed frontman Jamey Jasta.

Thanks to their DIY efforts this band has already created a huge underground buzz and reputation for making real time music that goes the distance, deemed by Alternative Press Magazine as one of the “bands to watch in 2008.”

For more info on Too Pure To Die, visit

2. It Dies Today - 'Lividity' - February 17, 2009
In true DIY spirit, It Dies Today is holed up in their self built home studio in Buffalo recording, self-producing, and mixing their upcoming release for Trustkill Records.

“We've actually built a studio in the house that Mike Hatalak (our guitar player, engineer and main writer) and I live in together. It has given us an amazing dynamic to work with for this record. We have limitless resources as well as a phenomenal amount of freedom. It's one of those things as a musician you grow up always wanting to have available in your living situation. A place to record whenever you have an idea or whenever you feel creatively superb, We've never been in a more comfortable or creative atmosphere in our lives!" Says singer Jason Wood.

Born, bred and proud to be among the Buffalo, NY hardcore scene, It Dies Today formed in 2001. On their formation, most band members were only 16 years old, and although now only in their early 20’s this is a band who has already accomplished more than bands twice their age and they are only getting started.

For more info on It Dies Today, visit

3. Most Precious Blood - 'Do Not Resuscitate' - March 2009
After years of non-stop touring, New York hardcore activists Most Precious Blood have been busy writing and recording their 4th release. The band is now finishing up tracking with Dean Baltulonis at Atomic Recording Company (Sick Of It All, Pain It Black).

Guitarist Justin Brannan said, "The new record is 1 part systems overload, 1 part Tragedy and 1 part funeral for a Mexican bullfighter. We didn't listen to anything recorded after 1995 while recording this thing. We didn't set out to do anything but we wound up writing and recording a record that's a giant fuck you to just about everyone involved in underground music today. We stripped it down, covered it in bleach and set it on fire. We employed a scorched earth policy which involved destroying anything that might be useful to the enemy while advancing through or withdrawing from the area or scene. We may do some shows or tour to promote this record, we may not. We have not broken up, and we never will. We're doing what we want to do completely untethered to anyone or anything or any obligations or allegiance save for the 5 of us and maybe Geoff Silverman. We are unplugging the machine and letting it cool off. Let everyone else run around in circles for a while. We're buying run flats. That said, I think people who've supported us in the past we will enjoy this record. We stripped it all down and just left the engine."

For more info on Most Precious Blood, visit

4. First Blood - 'Silence Is Betrayal' - March 2009
The Bay Area band will hit the studio in January/February of 2008 to record their follow-up album with producer Zach Ohren (All Shall Perish). Expect the crushing hardcore/metal you have come to love from First Blood, with more lyrics that will question everything around you.

Singer Carl Schwartz said, "Thankfully there hasn't been a shortage of stuff in the world to be pissed-off about, so this upcoming album will be nothing short of brutal - and quite possibly the most critical, condemning, and controversial material we will ever release. For fans of First Blood - Yes, this album will be every bit as heavy and crushing as the first, and then some. But the focus of this album resides in the message. There is simply too much going on in the world today to ignore, and if we are going to dedicate our time and lives to writing music and constantly touring the world while getting very little in return, then we might as well make it worth it and MAKE A F***ING STATEMENT. I find this world becoming increasingly hostile while the powers that be continue to undertake massive efforts to induce us all into passivity, conformity, and false sense of comfort. Well, life is not comfortable and it is our turn to stir the pot.

For more info on First Blood, visit

5. Memphis May Fire - 'I Am Your Violin' - April 2009
Already deemed "Band To Watch For 2008" by Rock Sound magazine, these Dallas boys will hit the studio this April to record their debut full length. Behind the board will be producer Casey Bates, responsible for bringing you records from Chiodos, Pierce The Veil, The # 12 Looks Like You, and more.

Singer Chase Ryan checked in from the studio to say, "So far we're having a blast. We're out in the burbs of Seattle hanging out making some sweet ass new songs that we think will kinda catch everyone off guard. They are very reminiscent of the EP but have a new twist that is entirely their own. They arre much more complex and interesting songs, but still have that raw, almost southern sound to them; and in a way are more progressive and heavy. Recording with Casey is awesome. He's super chill and above all, wants us to be happy with the record. We are super excited to get these songs out asap, I'm sure you will dig em'!"

Get ready for Memphis May Fire's debut album in 2009!

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Embrace The End: New Album Details, New Track, Tour Dates
February 29, 2008
Sacramento deathcore unit, Embrace The End, have returned with their sophomore album, 'Ley Lines', which was produced by the acclaimed Zach Ohren (As Blood Runs Black, Arsonists Get All The Girls) with artwork courtesy of Paul Romano (Mastodon, Trivium). 'Ley Lines' is set for an April 15th release and the new track “Denim On Denim Hate Crime” can now be streamed at the band's Official Myspace page. The page now features a new theme reflecting the album’s cover art.

Jesse Alford (vocals) states: “We are absolutely thrilled that this record is coming out on Century Media. The CM family has had out back for a few years now and after working our asses off by making the most boss album imaginable, it feels good. Century Media is a legendary label and we feel privileged to be a part of it. Working with Zach Ohren was the smartest choice we could have made and coupling that with the amazing artwork that Paul Romano created, is a record we can fully stand behind. Expect to see us everywhere in 2008 and we look forward to seeing you all soon.”

Embrace The End will join up with Heaven Shall Burn and The Ghost Inside for a nationwide trek this April, which will lead them immediately into a run with Animosity, First Blood and For The Fallen Dreams. Currently confirmed tour dates are as follows:

Embrace The End w/ Heaven Shall Burn, The Ghost Inside:
04/11 The Boardwalk – Orangevale, CA
04/13 El Corazon – Seattle, WA
04/16 Station 4 – St. Paul, MN
04/17 The Pearl Room – Mokena, IL
04/18 Peabody’s Down Under – Cleveland, OH
04/19 Wreck Room – Toronto, ON
04/20 Magic Stick – Detroit, MI
04/21 Uncle Pleasants – Louisville, KY
04/22 The Muse – Nashville, TN
04/23 The Casbah – Charlotte, NC
04/24 Jaxx – W. Springfield, VA
04/25 Mainstage – Pompton Lakes, NJ
04/26 The Palladium – Worcester, MA

Embrace The End w/ Animosity, First Blood, For The Fallen Dreams:
04/29 Reverb – Toronto, Ontario
04/30 Club Lambi – Montreal, Quebec
05/02 The Ritz – Warren, MI
05/04 Savage Events Center – Elgin, IL
05/06 2 Cents Plain – St. Louis, MO
05/07 The Foundry – Joplin, MO
05/08 Eagles Lodge – Wichita, KS
05/11 The Venue – Boise, ID

More dates TBA
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Born From Pain Vocalist Steps Down
March 18, 2007
Vocalist Che Snelting has left the Dutch metallic hardcore heroes Born From Pain. "After 10 years of dedication, hard work and withstanding the tests of time alongside of us, Che has decided that he needs to move onto different things in life and set other priorities than those that come with playing in a band," the group writes in a statement. "The split is in good friendship and we wish Che all the best with all things to come in his life. Che has emphasized that him leaving should never be a reason for Born From Pain to stop trying to reach the goals the band has set for itself."

Commented Che: "In the summer of '97 I bought a ticket for a rollercoaster ride called Born From Pain, and got more than I bargained for. Ever since the very first beginning I played so many shows, met even more great people and learned a lot about the world, music and especially me as a person. During the last year and a half however, I started struggling with my priorities and found out I wasn't into the band that much anymore as I was in our early career. This resulted in one of the hardest decisions I ever had to make in my life me quitting Born From Pain. I found myself not being able to put energy into the band outside of the live shows, and later it became even harder and harder for me to get into the tour van to go to shows. I felt like I was lightly burnt out by a lot of things and especially Born From Pain. This led to me estranging from the band, to a certain extent, and I started thinking about a life without Born From Pain. The more I thought about it, the more I started to like the idea about having a regular life, a normal career and different hobbies without Born From Pain 'dictating' my life.

"Like I said, I had some great times with this band, but this is as far as I can take it. I have no more energy nor the will to push it any further than I have done up until this point. Me staying in the band would only keep the band behind, and that is not something I wish to happen to Born From Pain. Born From Pain has always been a band that pushed its limits and a band is only as strong as its weakest link. I will still be active in the music scene, but more on the background, like managing and advising bands. I will be playing music as well but that will be on a hobby basis.

"I'm happy the other guys decided to keep the machine rolling and that we're able to split in friendship. I'd like to thank everyone who supported me and Born From Pain throughout the years as well as GSR Music, Metal Blade Records, Hollowman, M.A.D. and their entire staff for believing in this crazy thing that I helped create Last but not least I wish Karl, Rob, Roel and Dom all the luck they deserve with Born From Pain in the future. The war is still on "

According to the band, Born From Pain will NOT be cancelling shows and will have none other than Carl Schwartz from First Blood filling in on the mic. "With Carl we have found someone that has been on the frontline of the scene for many years and is fully in sync with Born From Pain's musical direction as well as our message," the group writes. "Carl will be taking the position on the mic for an undetermined time."

Commented Carl: "I am sad to hear that Che is leaving the band and that his time at the front of one of my favorite European hardcore bands will soon come to an end. His charisma and commanding presence will surely be missed, and his shoes will undoubtedly be hard to fill. However, I am excited for the opportunity to hit the stage and help the band continue doing what they've been doing for all these years. I am looking forward to stepping in, not only because of the band's true sincerity and dedication, but because they are my friends."
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Hatebreed Bassist Forced To Sit Out European Tour
November 15, 2006
First Blood's Carl Schwartz is reportedly filling in for Hatebreed bassist Chris Beattie on Hatebreed's European tour after Beattie injured his right hand Thursday night (Nov. 9), making it impossible for him to take part in the trek.

Hatebreed is continuing to tour in support of its new album, 'Supremacy', which entered the German national album chart at position No. 52. The CD sold around 27,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 31 on The Billboard 200 chart. This number is roughly in line with the first-week tally registered by its predecessor, 'Rise of Brutality', which shifted more than 32,000 copies back in November 2003 to land at No. 30.
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Exodus Guitarist Comments on 'Monsters Of Mayhem' Tour
September 16, 2006
Guitarist Gary Holt of San Francisco Thrash Titans Exodus has posted the following message on the group's official web site:

"Just wanted to give everyone a brief update. The [Monsters of Mayhem] tour has been off the hook amazing! I don't think I've ever had as much fun on a tour in my life. Hatebreed, The Black Dahlia Murder, Napalm Death, First Blood and Despised Icon have been a joy to tour with, and the Hatebreed gang have been way to cool to all of us. Much respect to all of them! Many more shows to go, and I'll try to give everybody updates more often.
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HOME TOWN: San Francisco, CA
Carl (vocals)
Kyle (guitar)
Doug (guitar)
Manuel (bass)
Brandon (drums)

Trustkill Records is proud to announce the addition of First Blood to the Trustkill Records family. While Trustkill plans to unleash the bands furious hardcore with crushing, metallic guitar riffs and blood-curdling vocals to the world, First Blood is not an unknown band by any means. The group features ex-Terror bassist, Carl Schwartz on vocals and current Terror member Doug Weber on guitar. Hailing from the San Francisco Bay Area, First Blood formed in early 2002 from the ashes of Sworn Vengeance, a band in which Carl and Doug were both members. Even without having played many live shows, First Blood has quickly made a strong impact throughout the modern hardcore scene. The group did their first show sharing the stage with legendary members of The Cro-Mags performing as The Age of Quarrel and made a notable appearance at Hellfest 2003. Previously releasing music on Division36 (Bridge 9) Records and Deathwish Inc, First Blood impressed many for their brutal delivery, and in your face lyrics dealing with both social and political subjects. The band is currently writing and preparing to record their debut full-length to be released on Trustkill Records this spring. They will also embark on their first tour in late February with Ignite and Comeback Kid including both North American and Canadian dates. Carl talks about the signing to the label saying, Josh (Grabelle, Trustkill Pres) approached me about releasing something on Trustkill. I was psyched as he did such a great job promoting Terror, but because of my obligations to that band I had to say no. When I recently left Terror, Josh and I continued our discussion and decided to go full speed ahead and make First Blood a full-time endeavor. Carl, a main contributor to First Blood's lyrics and music along-side guitarist Kyle Dixon (Alcatraz, Ex-Embrace The End), elaborates: Most of my lyrics deal with topics important to me; the ups and downs, frustrations and discontent with certain things in this world. Hopefully people can relate to my words and realize that they are not alone, and become inspired and confident enough to stand for what they believe to find a place for themselves in this world. A staunch supporter of veganism, Carl is involved with PETA/PETA2, with an eye-opening video interview appearance on their web site and in promotional DVDs, as well as full page print appearances in Decibel and Revolver Magazine, helping to make kids more aware of the vegan lifestyle. Currently, Carl is developing an international resource for vegans and vegetarians called, which will be an online directory of veg-friendly restauraunts, grocery/health food stores, recipes, products, and more.