Resurrected 1990s Florida-based death metallers MASSACRE will release a seven-inch single, “Condemned To The Shadows”, in August, in time for the group’s appearance at the Wacken Open Air festival in Germany. The single will contain two brand new songs — “Succumb To Rapture” and “Back From Beyond” — that were recorded in February at CGM Studios in Altamonte Springs, Florida with Tim Vazquez at the helm.
The cover artwork for “Condemned To The Shadows” was created by Richard Schouten and can be seen below (pictured with the artist). According to MASSACRE guitarist Frederick “Rick Rozz” DeLillo, “the art will wrap around from front to back of the seven-inch.”
MASSACRE played “Succumb To Rapture” for the first time during the group’s January 14 headlining concert at The Brass Mug in Tampa, Florida. Video footage of the performance can be seen below (courtesy of Brutal Broadcast).
The Brass Mug show marked the first-ever appearance by MASSACRE‘s new lineup, which consists of bassist Terry Butler and guitarist Frederick “Rick Rozz” DeLillo alongside the band’s latest additions, Mike Mazzonetto (drums; M INC., PAIN PRINCIPLE) and Ed Webb (vocals; DIABOLIC, GENERICHRIST, DESTINED TO RUIN).
MASSACRE‘s current lineup is as follows:
* Mike Mazzonetto (M INC., PAIN PRINCIPLE) – Drums
* Ed Webb (DIABOLIC, GENERICHRIST, DESTINED TO RUIN) – Vocals
* Frederick “Rick Rozz” DeLillo (MANTAS, DEATH) – Guitar
* Terry Butler (OBITUARY, SIX FEET UNDER, DEATH) – Bass
MASSACRE recently inked a worldwide deal with Century Media Records.
Rozz started his career at the age of 16 when he formed MANTAS with Chuck Schuldiner. The band’s “Death By Metal” demo from 1984 was as influential on the early death metal scene as early recordings by POSSESSED (who released their infamous “Death Metal” demo the same year) and HELLHAMMER‘s 1983 demos. MANTAS changed its name to DEATH later in 1984, followed by the creation of MASSACRE, with Butler joining the group a short time later. After recording and touring as members of DEATH, Rozz and Butler released the MASSACRE death metal cult classic “From Beyond” in 1991, influencing generations of extreme metal bands worldwide.
“From Beyond” was reissued as a limited-edition digipak CD via Earache Records.The long-out-of-print album was made available on CD with four bonus EP tracks and comes housed in a digipak with extended artwork and a fold-out poster.
A different version of MASSACRE — consisting of DENIAL FIEND members Sam Williams (guitar), Curt Beeson (drums; NASTY SAVAGE), along with Terry Butler, Steve Swanson (guitar) and Kam Lee (vocals; MASSACRE, DEATH, MANTAS) — completed a European tour in late 2007.
“Succumb To Rapture” performance footage (January 14 at The Brass Mug in Tampa, Florida):
Rehearsal recordings of new MASSACRE lineup: