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Metal News for March 18, 2019

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8 news articles posted on this day.

Slipknot Fires Percussionist

Slipknot has announced on their official website that, following a lawsuit launched against other members by percussionist Chris Fehn over a payment dispute, he has been fired from the band. The message reads as follows:

"Slipknot’s focus is on making album #6 and our upcoming shows around the world, our best ever. Chris knows why he is no longer a part of Slipknot. We are disappointed that he chose to point fingers and manufacture claims, rather than doing what was necessary to continue to be a part of Slipknot. We would have preferred he not take the path that he has, but evolution in all things is a necessary part of this life.

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New Zealand Promoters Cancel Phil Anselmo Shows

Promoters in Auckland and Christchurch, New Zealand have announced that they have decided to cancel the scheduled concerts of former Pantera frontman Phil Anselmo and his project, Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals, accusing the singer of racism. Anselmo and his band are scheduled to to travel to Australia this week, which would include a headlining slot at Slayfest in Perth, but the neighbouring country of New Zealand, which was shaken by a horrific terrorist attack on two mosques in Christchurch, which claimed the lives of fifty people, has seemingly closed it's doors to the band.

The cancellation is partly a reaction to these attacks, where a white supremacist Australian man, who has continued to make racist gestures during his court hearing, was responsible for the killings. Anselmo himself has been the subject of racist accusations, most recently in 2016 where he shouted "White power!" in front of a crowd in Hollywood, California, an action he has since apologised for. Club Tavern, the venue in Christchurch which was supposed to hold the Illegals concert, stated:

The Philip Anselmo gig has been cancel (sic)," a Facebook post said. "We do not and will not support white supremacy or racism!"

The venue declined to comment further.

Auckland venue Galatos also posted on Facebook, informing people of their decision to pull the pin on the gig. A spokeswoman for the venue also declined to comment further.

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Nervosa Posts New Live Video Online

Rising Brazilian thrash metal starlets Nervosa has posted a new live video online for the song, "Raise Your Fist." You can check it out below. The song comes from the band's third album, "Downfall Of Mankind," which was released last year through Napalm Records. Speaking about the video the band said:

"We have just released our newest music video, this time for the song 'Raise Your Fist' from our latest album 'Downfall of Mankind'.

"In addition to live scenes, the video features images of our fans and musicians from other bands (such as Sepultura, Destruction, Flotsam & Jetsam, Ratos de Porão, etc) raising their fists.

"This is a protest song that talks about resistance and fighting, so we thought it would be interesting to give our fans from around the world the opportunity to express themselves through our video, raising their fists to support a cause, showing unity and solidarity! " comments Fernanda Lira on the idea of the band of creating a contest on the internet for fans to send pics of them to compose the clip.

"Recorded and edited by the Brazilian company Cobra Media Craft, the videoclip is now available on the official Youtube channel of Napalm Records and also through the link below!" More...

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Danko Jones Posts New Lyric Video Online

With just six weeks left until the release of their new album, "A Rock Supreme," Canadian hard rock trio Danko Jones has unveiled a lyric video for the album's infectious opening track, "I'm In A Band." Check it out below.

In addition to setting the tone perfectly for the 11-track, all-killer/no-filler A Rock Supreme, "I'm In A Band" is an autobiographical mission statement that aptly captures front man Danko Jones' limitless passion for all things rock from its opening words: "I'm in a band, and I love it / All I want to do is play my guitar and rock and roll." The song can now be streamed below, or on Spotify, Apple Music and other digital platforms.

"A Rock Supreme," which was produced by GGGarth Richardson (Rage Against The Machine, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rise Against, Biffy Clyro), is due out April 26 via M-Theory Audio (U.S.), Rise Above (UK), Indica (Canada, AU, NZ) and AFM (rest of the world). More...

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Former Gillan Guitarist Bernie Torme Passes Away

Bernie Torme, best known for his tenure with Gillan, has passed away one day before his 67th birthday after a bout with virulent double pneumonia. The Dublin born guitarist also had stints with Ozzy Osbourne and Atomic Rooster, as well as leading his own band and collaborating with Twisted Sister singer Dee Snider in Desperado. His family has released the following statement:

"Bernie Tormé passed away peacefully on the 17th March 2019, one day short of his 67th birthday, surrounded by his family. He had been on life support for the past four weeks at a London hospital following post-flu complications.

"Bernie will be remembered for dedicating his life to his music for five decades. He will be sorely missed."

Bernie's bandmate Mik Gaffney added, "On a personal note, I can only say how much I will miss him. I've known him since the late 80's. It's been a privilege to be his drummer for the past couple of years and his friend for much longer. It's a struggle to convey the emotion into words."

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Mist Of Misery Premiere New Song "Unalterable"

Swedish symphonic black metal group Mist Of Misery premiere title track from their upcoming new album "Unalterable", which will be out as a double CD on April 12th 2019 via Black Lion Records.

Check out now "Unalterable" below.

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Ordem Satânica & Niteris Premiere Two New Songs

Ordem Satânica and Niteris premiere two new songs from their upcoming new split release "Sepulchral Silence of Satan", which will be out in stores some time later this year.

Check out now "Trijumf Volje" and "Morte Glaciar" below.

Ordem Satânica - "Morte Glaciar": More...

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Vielikan Premiere New Song "Ethereal Travel"

Tunisia-based Vielikan premiere a new song and lyric video titled "Ethereal Travel", taken from their upcoming new album "Back to the Black Marsh", which is projected for release on March 22nd.

Check out now "Ethereal Travel" below.


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