Jul 082017

Retroactive Records has announced the release of ‘Minier’ – “Minier” Expanded + Demo. Limited Edition of just 500 CDs. The CD will be released on August 15.

Minier is the solo project of The Crucified Guitarist, Greg Minier.

Originally released on the legendary R.E.X. Records in 1990, this 7 song EP of crunchy Bay Area Thrash was of special interest because Minier was none other than Greg Minier of the already legendary punk/thrash/metal crossover legends, The Crucified! He recorded the album at Casbah Studios with a budget of $400. When R.E.X. heard it, they fell in love with it and released it exactly as Greg had delivered it to them. Of special note, Greg was highly influenced by Metallica’s (at the time) newly released, “And Justice For All” album…..and when he ran out of money recording his album, he figured if Metallica could release their album without bass, then so could he! So this classic Minier CD followed in the footsteps of “And Justice For All”….featuring whiplash guitars, dense drums, Hetfield styled vocals, but no bass! The 2017 Retroactive Records remastered reissue also features various demos recorded in Greg’s bedroom. Continue reading »

May 182017

Retroactive Records have announced the release of Haven – “III” remastered and enhanced original artwork (below) – The album will be released on June 13th. all Pre-orders come with a free Haven sticker of the album cover (4.75 x 4.75)! Pre-order your copy of “III” now.

Originally released by the band independently in 1995, four years after the sophomore release, “Age of Darkness.” The album was pieced together by golden throat vocalist, Kevin Ayers as various members of the band were available over the four year period. Also, gone are the million dollar studios and producers that recorded the first two Haven classics. Haven “III” was recorded on Kevin’s home recording studio in his garage in the 90’s!

With 8 of the 13 tracks tracking in at 6-7 minutes, you know you are in for a tremendous melodic, progressive power metal adventure! This Retroactive Records reissue has been carefully remastered by veteran, Rob Colwell (Bombworks Sound), along with a 4 panel insert and jewel case release with superbly enhanced original artwork. In fact, we love you so much, we included an unreleased bonus track left off the original release because it has more of an industrial metal vibe to it, called, ‘From Everlasting’. Haven’s third masterpiece has never sounded, or looked better! For fans of Sacred Warrior, Iron Maiden, Recon, Queensryche! Continue reading »

The World Will Burn – “Ruination”

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Apr 232017

Well just when I thought Dale Thompson hung up his gloves for good after Bride, he surprised me with the release of “Severity” with a new project called The World Will Burn. Partnered up with Alan Zaring, The World Will Burn, saw “Severity” became a surprise hit for 2016.  It managed to rip its way up the top of the Amazon Hot New Alternative metal download chart, and if that was not enough it was able to maintain and stay near the top for months.  It showed that the road of creating music for Dale and Alan is not over. As many of us by now know Dale Thompson is a name that is very synonymous when talking Christian metal. In fact I say if you don’t have a Bride album in your metal collection, it’s the poorer for it. Okay we going off course a bit here, “Severity” was a surprise hit for 2016, and with that keeping to formula “Ruination” is released unto the world following up on the back of the success of “Severity”.

Now you need to know one thing I have always liked about Dale Thompson and Bride is that there is an experimental edge to him and the band, and that has been transposed onto The World Will Burn, and what a perfect combination Alan and Dale make in achieving a sound that is somewhat a little different to the usual broth of metal bands out there. Right off the bat there is a sense of growth and depth with “Ruination” over “Severity”, and that is usually a good thing, especially considering the success of “Severity”. It’s that experimental edge and flavour brought together through the combined talent of Dale and Alan that make “Ruination”, with Tim Bushong who engineered and mastered RuiNation playing the guitar solos and adding bits here and there that assist in making this a unique and ground breaking release which shows one that you never too old to rock out, and make great music if you are, The World Will Burn. To put it simply, The World Will Burn are a unique alternative metal band that though staying true to the roots of the individuals in the band draw some modern influence creating a sound that is somewhat different to the norm. It’s that formula that made, “Severity” a success, and hopefully building on that, “Ruination” will follow the same trend. Continue reading »

Bride – “Incorruptible”

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Dec 072013

Bride - Incorruptible There is currently a resurgence of the eighties Christian metal bands, with Stryper and Bloodgood leading the way. Also back are Dale and Troy Thompson with Bride. This was a band that was always taking a new musical direction. They are known for heavy metal, ‘Live To Die’ (1988), hard rock ‘Snakes In The Playground’ (1992) & ‘ScareCrow Messiah (1994), grunge-tinged ‘The Jesus Experience’ (1997) and rapcore ‘Fist Full Of Bees’ (2001).

For many fans, the rapcore was a step too far and their popularity faded. However, they were to return to form with the metallic ‘Skin For Skin’ (2006). This was going to be their final album. Yet they came back with a second final album in ‘Tsar Bomba’ (2009), which marked the return of Steve Osbourne on guitar. So here we are again with their third final album in ‘Incorruptible’ (2013). But then, Bride was always playing by a different set of rules.

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Sep 282013

Bride_studioBride will release its new album “Incorruptible” October 29th via Retroactive Records. “Incorruptible.” is the follow up to “Tsar Bomba” which was released in 2009. Artwork & tracklist can be viewed below, you can also stream a new song ’Melting’.

Earlier this month mainman Dale Thompson commented: “The response and comments are so supportive and favorable for the first two singles we have shared and I thank you guys for commenting and loving this new work. We poured our heart and soul into this and our reward is that you are blessed by our labor of love. Be sure to preorder at www.bridepub.com to reserve your autographed copy.” Continue reading »