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Venomin James

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Venomin James Recruits New Vocalist

Cleveland, Ohio doom rockers Venomin James have announced the addition of vocalist Mike Martini (Unified Culture, Mudfoot) and the release of a new single "Sailor’s Grave" through Auburn Records. Martini replaces vocalist Jim Meador.

"‘Sailor’s Grave’ marks the beginning of the second phase of Venomin James," says guitarist and founding member Joe Fortunato. "This is the first time Eric’s (Matthews) drumming has appeared on one of our recordings, and our first collaboration with new vocalist Mike Martini. I think people are going to be pleasantly surprised by the direction we’re going.

"This time around, we’re going to be releasing a few singles instead of waiting to make an album – especially since we’re amped for our fans to check out the new songs. There’s no shortage of crushing riffs being thrown around at rehearsals these days, so expect more tunes very, very soon." More...

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Venomin James Launches Kickstarter Campaign

Venomin James has launched a kickstarter campaign to fund the vinyl pressing of its second and third albums at this site. The band commented about the campaign: "We are Venomin James, a doom metal band from Cleveland, Ohio, and we need your help to bring our vinyl dreams to life! We are nearly finished with the recording of our third album "Unholy Mountain".

This Kickstarter campaign will help us raise enough scratch to press vinyl of "Unholy Mountain" along with our second album, "Crowe Valley Blues". We are a band that truly embraces DIY, but sometimes we need a little help...maybe it's you!" Check out the band's "Left Hand Man" and "Crowe Valley Blues" releases over at Soundcloud or listen to a video upload of "Cosmonaut" from "Crowe Valley Blues" below.

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Onslaught Confirmed For Wacken Open Air

British thrash metal veterans Onslaught have been added to the bill for this year's edition of Germany's famous Wacken Open Air festival. Also newly confirmed is Venomin James. The event will take place in the town of Wacken, Germany from August 4th-6th 2011.

The lineup is now as follows:

As I Lay Dying
Battle Beast
Blaas Of Glory
Blind Guardian
Bulent Ceylan
Children Of Bodom
Cradle Of Filth
Excrementory Grindfuckers
Hail Of Bullets
The Haunted
Hayseed Dixie
Heaven Shall Burn
Iced Earth
In Solitude
Judas Priest
Kreator More...

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Venomin James Drummer Passes Away

Jared Koston, the drummer of heavy metal outfit Venomin James, passed away yesterday at his home in Madison, Ohio after a battle with cancer. He was 40 years old.

"I want to thank everyone that has helped him with this fight," says his wife Michele Koston. "The fight is over and now he does not have to worry about all the pain it has brought him."

Michele is in immediate need of financial support to help pay for the home hospice care and funeral arrangements. The Kostons have 4 children, no health insurance or employment. More...

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Arch Enemy Comments On Venomin James Drummer

Arch Enemy vocalist Angela Gossow has issued the following statement about Venomin James drummer Jared Koston seeking donations for medical expenses:

"Help a dying metal brother and his family in need please! Venomin James drummer Jared Koston, who was diagnosed several months ago with stage IV melanoma cancer and two brain tumors, has returned home to Madison, Ohio from University Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio to be with his family. The doctors have given him only a few days to live.

"His wife Michele Koston is in need of financial support to help pay for the home hospice care and funeral arrangements. The Kostons have four children, no health insurance or employment. If you can spare some money.. do it. So the Kostons can at least bury their husband and father and be able to pay the bills. Yet another horrible showcase of the American way gone wrong. The poor are left to die, their families financially ruined.

"Donations can be made as follows: PayPal donations can be sent to: jaredkoston@rocketmail.com (be sure to mark "personal," then select "gift"). Cash, checks or money orders (payable to Michele Koston) can be sent to: The Koston Family, 3060 Princeton Drive, Madison, Ohio 44057 USA."

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