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Amen

Formed: 1994
From: Los Angeles, CA, United States
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Amen News

Below is our complete Amen news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Members of Snot, Nothingface & Prong Form New Band

NOISE WITHIN is the name of the new Los Angeles-based project featuring singer Boris Bouma (EPIDEMIC), bass player John "Tumor" Fahnestock (SNOT, AMEN, LO-PRO), guitarist Aaron Slipp (PRONG) and drummer Tommy Sickles (NOTHINGFACE). Four of the band's tracks — "Opportunity", "Privilege", "In the Room" and "829" — are currently available for streaming on the NOISE WITHIN MySpace page.

Bouma had just entered Billboard at 34 and was touring with his band EPIDEMIC. Fahnestock had toured the world as a founding member of SNOT and later AMEN, and was now doing the same with LO-PRO. However, when a widespread panic hit the recording industry, Elektra and Geffen Records left both their bands homeless.

Having lived through the death of Lynn Strait, singer from SNOT, and the loss of two recording contracts, John took a break from music and started a T-shirt business, 313 Merch.

Boris, having moved to Hollywood from his native Holland across the Atlantic to chase his dreams, devoted himself to drugs.

Forming any type of band wasn't on the agenda, until the universe placed the two backstage at a NINE INCH NAILS show, where they both worked as roadies to finance their new careers. Not only had the paths that lead them there been similar, they shared a taste for music, "King for a Day, Fool for a Lifetime" by FAITH NO MORE being one of their favorites.

Boris had been piling up material, and with the help of Aaron Slipp, who after being PRONG's touring guitarist now was a free agent, the first NOISE WITHIN demo's were made with a drum computer.

After a long search, a drummer was found in Tommy Sickles.

"We are doing this for our pleasure, at our convenience", the one-year sober Boris says. "In my previous bands music became a job, and the studio may as well have been a cubicle. NOISE WITHIN didn't meet through the classifieds or management, we're friends. Van-proof. I really long to smell these guys asses and feet."

About the dying industry, he raves. "I think it's awesome. Kids have been ripped off for years, and stealing music is a natural result. Everything changes, and labels that resist that will go under. In the end, music will survive. There will always be music."

"The last label I was on gave us half a million in advance — ridiculous. We ended up sculpting our music to the taste of marketing guys. NOISE WITHIN recorded a demo in six hours, for one-hundred and fifty bucks — old school."

If schedules allow it, NOISE WITHIN will play its first shows in 2008.

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Amen Cancel Remainder Of European Tour

California's AMEN has issued the following statement:

"It is with regret that we must announce the passing of AMEN bassist John 'Tumor' Fahnestock's grandmother. As a result, John has flown home today to fulfill his funeral obligation and carry his grandmother's casket in the ceremony. The funeral is to be held in his homestate of Pennsylvania."

"AMEN has overcome many obstacles to arrive in the UK for this tour. Most of those have been, unfortunately, deaths. In addition to Tumor's grandmother, Casey's father passed during this tour as well as one of his best friends, Paul Raven. Casey was unable to attend either funeral." More...

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Seregon To Support Amen In Bristol

British up and coming thrashers Seregon have been confirmed as support act for Amen in Bristol this sunday. Other support acts include 7 Crowns, The Inbreds and Speedranch. The doors open at 7;30pm and cost £10 in advance.

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Amen Dedicates UK Tour To Paul Raven

AMEN frontman Casey Chaos has issued the following statement:

"Paul Raven [legendary bassist for such bands as MINISTRY, PRONG, SOCIETY 1, KILLING JOKE, GODFLESH and MOB RESEARCH] was someone I looked up to as a child, for his music, his unique style, inspiration, and I was fortunate enough to call him one of my best friends over the last 10 years. If not for Paul Raven, AMEN would probably not even exist. Paul was the first person to put his money where is mouth was and produce the first AMEN album, and even take AMEN out on tour to open for KILLING JOKE in America in 2004.

"To commemorate Paul's life, AMEN will be dedicating our Halloween appearance at London's Underworld [tomorrow night] (Wednesday, October 31) and the remaining dates of our impromptu UK tour to him, in celebration of a punk legend. More...

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Former Amen Drummer to Tour With Wednesday 13

Wednesday 13 (ex-MURDERDOLLS)'s management has issued the following update:

"Due to a death in the family, Racci Shay [drums] will not be joining Wednesday 13 on the upcoming Fan Bang - Fan Appreciation tour. Racci will be leaving the tour after the show in San Antonio to spend time with his family. The last two dates of the U.S. tour have been canceled. Joe Letz (former AMEN and current COMBICHRIST drummer) will fill in overseas."

As previously reported, Horror High, LLC has set a February 5, 2008 U.S. release date for Wednesday 13's video project "Weirdo-A-Go-Go". This will be Horror High, LLC's first release to be distributed by Caroline/EMI. More...

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Amen Post U.K. Tour Update

California-based band AMEN has issued the following statement regarding their previously announced UK tour:

"After all the supposed past booked tours and theoretical disasters, AMEN's black cloud has pronounced yet another setback. As the band were ready to leave for the airport today they were informed that their work visas had not yet been cleared, thus making the unannounced show on [October] 18th in Dartford IMPOSSIBLE and ILLEGAL for them to do.

"With that being said, the band is rescheduling that date for sometime next week, making the first gig the Damnation Festival in Leeds on October 20th. AMEN will be co-headlining one of the two stages with KREATOR, and while they remain unsigned they have a new album ready for release in early 2008. See today's only living mentalist DJ $PEEDRANCH along with the INBREDS on all of AMEN's tour dates.

"There will be no barricades, no bourgeoisie pose, just 100% pure gutter punk noise... AMEN is there for your abusement. More dates to be announced once they land in the UK."

AMEN's last collection of new studio recordings, "Death Before Musick", was released in 2004 through EatUrMusic — a Columbia Records imprint owned by SYSTEM OF A DOWN guitarist Daron Malakian.

Malakian — who makes a cameo appearance in AMEN's "California's Bleeding" video — met AMEN singer Casey Chaos when both bands played at Australia's Big Day Out festival in 2002 and the guitarist made AMEN his first signing.

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Amen's U.K. Tour In Danger

AMEN's previously announced UK tour (taking place October 18 - November 22) is in danger of falling through over financial issues, according to the group's booking agent Dean. He says, "the problem we have is that to make this tour happen, each promoter on the tour has to pay 50% of the bands fee UPFRONT, something which is standard for every single touring band. Along with this damn postal strike in the UK, and some promoters leaving things to the last minute, not all of these advances have been paid. We need this money to pay the bills and get this tour on the road. As of today, AMEN are ready to come, but without these advances, it simply isn't possible to make this tour happen. So before any rumours fly around about AMEN cancelling this tour or any other, these are the facts. If the promoters do their bit, AMEN will do theirs and get on the plane to the UK. Because of previous mishaps regarding AMEN's highly anticipated return to the UK, there has been a lot of unnecessary mistrust built on both sides, but we want everyone to know we are doing everything humanly possible to bring AMEN back to the UK."

AMEN's last collection of new studio recordings, "Death Before Musick", was released in 2004 through EatUrMusic — a Columbia Records imprint owned by SYSTEM OF A DOWN guitarist Daron Malakian.

Malakian — who makes a cameo appearance in AMEN's "California's Bleeding" video — met AMEN singer Casey Chaos when both bands played at Australia's Big Day Out festival in 2002 and the guitarist made AMEN his first signing.

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Amen's Self Titled LP To Be Re-Released

Metal Mind Productions will re-release AMEN's self-titled LP (1999) in a new digipack edition on golden disc, digitally remastered using 24-bit technology and limited to a hand-numbered 2,000 copies. The new edition of the album includes four bonus tracks taken from the "Coma America" single and is schedule for release on August 6 in Europe and September 3 in the U.S. (via MVD).

"Amen" bonus tracks:

01. Whores of Hollywood
02. Lovers are Killers
03. Life Crime
04. Black God

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Snot To Reform Under The Name Invitro

Three out of five members of the legendary Santa Barbara metal/punk rock hybrid SNOT — guitarists Mikey Doling (ex-SOULFLY), Sonny Mayo (SEVENDUST) and bassist John Fahnestock (KCUF, AMEN) — reunited for the first time since the passing of SNOT frontman Lynn Strait. Mayo and Fahnestock joined Doling and his new band INVITRO for a cover of SNOT's "Stoopid" during their November 1, 2006 performance at Whisky A Go Go in Hollywood, California.

SNOT frontman Lynn Strait died in a car accident in 1998, putting an end to a career that generated considerable promise but only one studio album, the 1997 Geffen Records release "Get Some". Also killed was the band's mascot Dobbs, Strait's dog who adorned the cover of SNOT's debut album. The band had been recording their sophomore album and had completed 10 songs at the time of Strait's tragic passing.

INVITRO recently finished recording its debut album, which will be released in early 2007 through GridIron Records, a new label founded by Doling, Kyle Turley (offensive tackle for Kansas City Chiefs), Max Harris and former SNOT manager Nic Adler. Audio clips of the band's debut album can be heard at their MySpace page.

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Rob Zombie Performs w/ New Bassist On "Letterman"

A video clip of ROB ZOMBIE's live performance of the track "American Witch" on CBS' "Late Night Show with David Letterman" — which was taped Wednesday afternoon (May 24) for broadcast later that night — has been posted online at YouTube.com. The appearance marked ZOMBIE's live debut with new bassist Matt Montgomery (a.k.a. Piggy D.; ex-AMEN/WEDNESDAY 13), who joined the group as the replacement for the recently departed Rob "Blasko" Nicholson (also ex-CRYPTIC SLAUGHTER). Rob Nicholson left Zombie earlier in the month in order to join OZZY OSBOURNE's recording/touring band.

Zombie will be teaming up with ANTHRAX for the "American Witch Across America" tour beginning on June 30 in El Paso, Texas. Rob is also expected to be joining GODSMACK on tour as a co-headliner this fall.

"Educated Horses", Zombie's third solo album, has sold 270,000 copies in the U.S. since being released on March 28.

"The Haunted World of Superbeasto", an animated film based on Zombie's El Superbeasto comic book character, will be out later this year. The rocker-turned-filmmaker is also working on the script for his third live-action feature.

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Brides of Destruction's 'White Trash' Video Online

BRIDES OF DESTRUCTION's video for the track "White Trash" has been posted online at Yahoo! Music. The clip was shot on August 20 at the Lake Castaic mobile home storage facility.

"White Trash" comes off the band's sophomore album, "Runaway Brides", available now on Shrapnel Records.

The follow-up to last year's "Here Come the Brides", "Runaway Brides" was recorded in part at a studio in Malibu, California with producer Andy Johns, who has previously worked with guitarist Tracii Guns on the L.A. GUNS' "Waking the Dead" album (which Guns has referred to as "my favorite L.A. GUNS record."). Johns was reportedly involved with the album during its early recording stages but ended up leaving the project due to unspecified differences with Guns and the rest of the band.

BRIDES OF DESTRUCTION's current lineup includes former AMEN bassist Scott Sorry (replacing MÖTLEY CRÜE's Nikki Sixx).

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Brides of Destruction Rescheduling Euro Tour

BRIDES OF DESTRUCTION are in the process of rescheduling their European tour in support of their sophomore album, "Runaway Brides". According to the band's official web site, the following dates are currently confirmed:

Dec. 16 - Rastignano (Bologna), ITA @ Star City
Dec. 17 - Milano, ITA @ Transilvania Live
Dec. 18 - Roma, ITA @ Zoo Bar

The follow-up to last year's "Here Come the Brides", "Runaway Brides" was recorded in part at a studio in Malibu, California with producer Andy Johns, who has previously worked with guitarist Tracii Guns on the L.A. GUNS' "Waking the Dead" album (which Guns has referred to as "my favorite L.A. GUNS record."). Johns was reportedly involved with the album during its early recording stages but ended up leaving the project due to unspecified differences with Guns and the rest of the band.

BRIDES OF DESTRUCTION's current lineup includes former AMEN bassist Scott Sorry (replacing MÖTLEY CRÜE's Nikki Sixx).

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Amen Postpone UK Tour

AMEN have been forced to postpone their previously announced U.K. tour due to "an old stage injury that has gone untreated for some time" which "has ruptured and caused Casey [Chaos, vocals] to almost lose his life," according to a post on the band's official web site.

"We are all very shaken up right now," the rest of the band write on their web site. "This could very well have happened two weeks from now during a show on the tour, and due to the intensity of AMEN's live shows, it would have most likely resulted in the death of Casey Chaos. We are grateful that it happened at a time when we could address the matter immediately, and feel good to know that Casey is on the road to a quick recovery.

"This happened as a result of our rigorous rehearsal schedule, and in a strange way, is our wake up call of how hard we have been working to really resurrect and represent what AMEN is about to each one of us. Casey, in fact, wanted to go ahead with the tour against doctor's orders, but the rest of the band and I decided that we would not let him go on without a full recovery under his belt. Doctors expect the recovery period to be about eight weeks, which will leave us to begin our European tour (to be announced in a few days) as scheduled. We plan on returning to the U.K. following this tour, to make up the shows that are being postponed due to Casey's illness. We hope to figure out and announce the make up dates within a couple of weeks, and expect all tickets already purchased to be honored.

"Thank you for your continued support."

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Mendeed To Support Amen On UK Tour Dates

Young British metal crew Mendeed are to support Amen at the following shows:

May 7 - Tunbridge Wells Forum
May 8 - Braintree Venue
May 9 - Exeter Cavern
May 10 - Bristol Bierkeller
May 12 - Merthyr Tydfil RMS Rock Club
May 13 - Rugeley Rose
May 14 - Northampton Roadmenders
May 15 - Wolverhampton Varsity
May 18 - Manchester Academy
May 19 - Sheffield Corporation
May 20 - Newcastle Legends
May 22 - Dundee Reading Rooms
May 23 - Glasgow Ivory Blacks
May 24 - Aberdeen Kef
May 25 - Edinburgh Liquid Rooms
May 27 - Carlisle Brickyard
May 29 - Hull University
May 30 - Leeds Cockpit
June 1 - Liverpool Academy
June 2 - Wrexham Central Station
June 4 - Leicester Charlotte
June 5 - Mansfield Mill
June 6 - Southampton Nexus
June 7 - London Highbury Garage
June 8 - Milton Keynes Pitz

Mendeed release new single 'Act Of Sorrow' through Rising Records on May 2.

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Scum Sign Record Deal With Tabu Recordings

Scum, the black metal band featuring Amen's Casey Chaos, plus Samoth and Faust (ex-Emperor), have signed a deal with Tabu. Their debut album, 'Gospels For The Sick', is released later this year.

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ex-Snot, Amen Guitarist Joins Sevendust

Former Snot/Amen guitarist Sonny Mayo has joined Sevendust. He replaces Clint Lowery, who left at the end of the year to start his own band, Dark New Day.

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Scum To Release "Gospels For The Sick" In 2005

Scum, the black metal band featuring Amen's Casey Chaos and former Emperor duo Samoth and Faust, are to release their debut album early in 2005. Expect it to be called 'Gospels For The Sick'.

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Former Emperor Members Form New Band

Two years ago, a group of people convened to discuss the possibility of making an album that would impact the world music scene like never before. Some rehearsals took place in 2002 and ideas and plans were thrown back and forth. However, due to prior commitments and time conflicts, the line up was forced to change. But the core of the group maintained the idea and finally, in the fall 2004, the decision was made to make it happen. Scum was spawned.

Now you have the eccentric punk rocker Casey Chaos, you have Samoth and Faust from Emperor appearing together on an album for the first time in over 10 years, you have the denim stud rocker Happy Tom from Turbonegro and you have the fresh blood of Cosmocrator from Extreme Metal band MindGrinder.

The blueprint of this album was simple. Having some of the most respected pioneers of True Norwegian Black Metal, that genre was used for the basis, and blended that with a punk rock attitude, as well as various aggressive hooks.

This is an album of action and freedom. A unique alliance to address the state of affairs in music, and bring life to a dead and politically correct society.

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Amen Frontman To Auction Memorabilia

Amen frontman Casey Chaos will be cleaning out his garage this weekend, and will soon be putting one-of-a-kind Amen memorabilia on eBay. This will include different-mix CDs from all three album sessions of individual songs. During the recording of an album, the band is given different mixes of each song to listen to and critique, and Casey has kept all of them from all three albums. What this means, is that each one will be unique, and no one will have anything like it. Also, Casey will include a random autographed photo. This could be anything from a photo of Casey at the age of three, to a photo of Casey onstage at reading. These will also be one of a kind. Also in the sale will be posters and other random Amen memorabilia. More information is available at this location.

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Bassist Scott Sorry Quits Amen

Bassist Scott Sorry is the latest Amen member to announce his departure from the group. Sorry's official statement on the matter is as follows:

"O.K. bitches here is the deal. I have decided to leave Amen.

"The first person I met when I joined AMEN was Matty [former Amen guitarist Matt Montgomery]. He, [former Amen guitarist] Rich [Jones], [ex-Amen drummer] Luke [Johnson], and even Poochy, became my family. I love them all dearly and we spent a lot of time in the trenches together. They are my best friends and the only family I knew for two years.

"Staying in Amen would be like staying in a band only for the money without them. They are my brothers and I don't give a fuck about money.

"I, for the most part, had a great time in Amen. I will not lie about that. But life has taken me in a direction in which I cannot afford to play in Amen anymore. I have to be responsible for more than myself now. Yes, Scott Sorry is even trying to be sober now!

"Anyway, those of you that I have got to know over the last two years know that I cherish your friendship and hope you will not judge me illy for my decision. For those of you that I don't know, I am sure that the new line-up is a swell bunch of lads and you will get along fine with them. My time is done, however. And I am the coolest, so it is your own fault for waiting so long to give a fuck!

"Anyway, as the sun sets slowly in the west I bid you a fond farewell. . Scott Sorry is dead, motherfuckers, but this is not the last time you will hear from me! I am now Scott Smoker and fuck y'all that want a piece..."

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