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Former BADLANDS bassist Greg Chaisson filled in for Ronnie Mancuso at RED DRAGON CARTEL‘s March 4 concert in Tempe, Arizona. Fan-filmed video footage of the performance can be seen below.

Chaisson and RED DRAGON CARTEL leader Jake E. Lee (also formerly of OZZY OSBOURNE) were half of the short-lived BADLANDS, which also featured current KISS drummer Eric Singer and the late singer Ray Gillen (who also had a brief stint in BLACK SABBATH). After the first BADLANDS album, Singer was replaced by Jeff Martin. The group lasted from 1988 to 1993 and released two albums, “Badlands” (1989) and “Voodoo Highway” (1991) before Gillen left and was replaced by John West. Ray‘s death in 1993 effectively ended any hopes of a BADLANDS reunion. The album “Dusk”, consisting of BADLANDS demo recordings from 1992-1993, was released in 1998.

RED DRAGON CARTEL‘s self-titled debut album sold around 5,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 69 on The Billboard 200 chart. Released on January 28 via Frontiers Records, the CD was recorded at Las Vegas’ The Hideout Recording Studio — owned and operated by Kevin Churko (OZZY OSBOURNE, FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, IN THIS MOMENT) — and was produced by R. Bernard Mann (a.k.a. Ronnie Mancuso) and Jake E. Lee, and executive-produced, mixed and mastered by Churko.

RED DRAGON CARTEL, which references the axeman’s Japanese roots, also features Darren James “D.J.” Smith of Canadian metallers WARMACHINE, on vocals, Ronnie Mancuso (BEGGARS & THIEVES) on bass and Jonas Fairley (BLACK BETTY) on drums.

JAKE E. LEE’S RED DRAGON CARTEL‘s setlist includes new material like the singles “Feeder” and “Deceived”, as well as major hits from Jake E. Lee‘s glorious past: “Bark At The Moon”, “The Ultimate Sin” and “Rock ‘N’ Roll Rebel” (all originally recorded by OZZY OSBOURNE), as well as “Shine On” and “High Wire” (BADLANDS).

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Drummer Darren Smith of Canadian metallers WARMACHINE has been named the lead vocalist for JAKE E.

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The new Helcaraxë album, “Red Dragon,” features a guest vocal appearance by Mikael Stanne Of Dark Tranquillity on the track “Skin Changer.” You can check out the song, along with several other tracks off the album, via bandcamp or in the player below.

The “Red Dragon” track listing is as follow:

1. The Thief
2. Circle of Firelight
3. Orcrist
4. A Fortune in Riddles
5. Into the Fire and the Sky
6. Skin Changer
7. The Old Forest Road
8. Dungeons
9. Red Dragon
10. The Arkenstone
11. Oakenshield Lament

Red Dragon by Helcaraxë

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After two years of silence Polish death metal act Hellspawn strikes a ferocious blow with a second album entitled “The Great Red Dragon.” The album premieres on June 6th, 2012 and you can check out the new song “Diabolic” in the player below.

The material was recorded, engineered, mixed, and mastered in Hellspawn Studio by the frontman of the band, Mariusz Konieczny. The band commented:

“In the realm of extreme music there are some who stride towards maximum brutality, and there are some who stride towards technical perfection. There are also some, like Hellspawn, who do not care much about any of the above, and yet create death metal which does not lack anything and still has much more to offer.

“The Great Red Dragon is a perfect example of why there should be no distinction between old and new schools of extreme metal, as it is an uncompromising album which cannot be dismissed under many labels. If you’re a fan of Morbid Angel, Angel Corpse, Diabolic or Hate Eternal, the album is mandatory for you!”

The album’s track listing is as follows:

01. The First Banner in the Fields of Devil
02. Word Becomes Flesh
03. Hellspawn
04. Diabolic
05. The Great Red Dragon
06. Intro to the Revelation
07. Revelation of the Great Red Dragon
08. The Dice Are Cast
09. The Greatest King among Demons
10. An Obelisk of the World

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Thy Darkened Shade is releasing debut album “Eternvs Mos, Nex Ritvs” though W.T.C Productions, and a track from the album titled “The Great Serpent Self” is now available for streaming in the player below.

The album’s track listing is as follows:

1. Deceased Ambience
2. Reconstruction of Soul and Matter
3. The Great Serpent Self
4. To Suffer the Perpetual Curses
5. Narrow Fields of Life
6. For Sinister Might
7. Inferior Deathplan
8. The Clandestine Insight of Immorality

The band sums up the concept of “Eternvs Mos, Nex Ritvs” as follows:

“Thy Darkened Shade’s Eternvs Mos, Nex Ritvs signifies the eternal quest for the freedom of pneuma ((Eternal Will)) and the death of life ((Rites of Death)) along with the end of the limited cosmic re-birth and the final restoration of what once was and what will become. The energies that this ancient grimoire summons therein begin from Gamaliel, after the permission of our Goddess Naamah has been granted, in order to open the gates of the unconscious. It is from Gamaliel that our Spider Goddess grants us the wisdom to manipulate our dreams and the dreams of our opfers by giving back to Her the life-force of the enemies of ageless light.

“Hence, the path starts from the astral plane and with the guidance of Abnukta (Deceased Ambience) our darkest desires begin to unveil themselves. From the Black Moon She weaves her spider web to the other Qliphotic shells, while She endeavors eternal union with Samael by the awakening of the Kundalini force (Tanin’iver) in order to unite the Black with the Red Dragon (Taninsam). They (Samael-Lilith) construct in that way The Great Serpent Self (Qayin) and the 11 headed manifests.

“Moreover, it is through Daath that the personal Wyrd of the magician (Reconstruction of Soul and Matter) uncovers itself and the gate to Sitra Ahra opens (To Suffer the Perpetual Curses). For this is the gate that has been empowered by the curses (Narrow Fields of Life) and the Sinister Might of our evil deeds will eventually summon warfare that will lead the cosmic nothingness (Inferior Deathplan) to the Primordial Waters of Tehom, thus the pleroma arrives and the dreams become soundless again (The Clandestine Insight of Immorality).”

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