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Saint Vitus To Finish Tour Without Front Man

Saint Vitus is currently embarked on a 35th anniversary tour, however it will be going on without front man Scott "Wino" Weinrich:

"Saint Vitus would like to regretfully inform all of our European fans that our lead vocalist Wino was detained by the Norwegian police and immigration officers for possession of illegal substances since Sunday November 9th.

"As of 4 pm yesterday evening (Nov. 11th) we were informed by his Norwegian defense attorney that he would more than likely be released that same day and be able to continue the remaining dates of our European tour. This morning we received notification that Wino was being deported today back to the U.S. with no hope to remain in Scandanavia or anywhere in the EU.

"SAINT VITUS WILL CONTINUE THE REMAINING DATES OF THE TOUR!!! Our sincere apologies to all of our fans, the promoters, booking agents and especially our Norwegian fans and promoter for the cancelled show. We will still deliver the HEAVY sound to all of our friends in Europe and it is our hope that everyone will understand our position to go forward with the remaining dates without Wino. More...

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Black Tusk Bassist Passes Away

Black Tusk's Jonathan Athon was involved in a vehicle accident earlier this weekend, and now the band has issued the following statement about Athon passing away:

"It is with deep regret and saddened hearts that we must tell you that Athon passed away this morning from injuries sustained from his motorcycle accident.

"Doctors told us that he suffered irreparable brain damage shortly after the accident. He has been in a coma and sustained by life support until now. As per his wishes, we removed Athon from his life support systems and his organs will be donated.

"His body will be cremated and a memorial is being planned for family and friends in Savannah. He was 32 years old and will be forever missed. Thank you all for your support during this devastating time for us, it would have made him proud."

Black Tusk had entered the studio back in September with producer Joel Grind to work on the follow-up to 2013's "Tend No Wounds" EP.

Our condolences go out to Athon's family and bandmates. You can leave a message for Black Tusk over at the band's Facebook profile here. More...

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AC/DC Drummer Phil Rudd Faces Charges

Update: while the drug charges and the charge of "threatening to kill" remain, the charge of procuring murder has now been dropped - 24 hours later. Read the full update at this location.

AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd allegedly tried to have two men killed. He appeared in the Tauranga District Court this afternoon, charged with attempting to procure a murder.

According to a report by Stuff.co.nz, the 60-year-old rock drummer’s home in New Zealand was raided Thursday morning (Nov. 6), and he was also charged with possession of meth and cannabis, as well as "threatening to kill."

Rudd appeared in Tauranga District Court in New Zealand on Thursday afternoon and did not enter a plea to the charges.

He allegedly tried to hire a hit man to murder two men. Rudd is currently out on bail and has been ordered to not have any contact with the man he apparently tried to hire to carry out the killings. He faces up to 10 years in prison, and is scheduled for a court hearing on Nov. 27. More...

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SOiL's Ryan McCombs Hospitalised After Stroke

On Monday, November 3rd, Ryan McCombs (40) was hospitalised after waking up having noticed feeling uncomfortable and unable to use his right hand correctly.

His partner, Izzi, took McCombs to hospital and doctors have found him to have had a stroke during his sleep Sunday night.

McCombs has since written on his Facebook fanpage, at around 1:30pm (GMT), that he is recovering well, and that they caught his condition at a time that hasn't done too much damage. McCombs' post reads as follows:

"Yes'em, I have been hospitalized after having a stroke in my sleep Sunday night. Thanks to Izzi making me go to the hospital Monday morning we caught it before my stupid brain made to much of a mess of me.. I'm already doing better but I'm warned it'll be a bit of a road.. The Angry Hobbit is a stubborn prick and I believe sh*t will right itself in no time.. I mean hell, my stupid dumb right hand only made me take 15 minutes to write this...lol seriously. That's whooping the horses booty from just last night.. In great hands here and Izzi is keeping a protective eye.. Please give me time on the messages that have been sent on this. Thanks for the well wishes.. Bright sky's fu*kers.. "

Update 5:13pm GMT: McCombs has just announced that test results have come back stating it is safe for him to eat and drink again.

Here's wishing a speedy recovery for Ryan McCombs, stayed tuned for more.

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Wayne Static Dies

Update: although no cause of death has been released, Wayne Static's publicist has now issued a statement available here stating drugs were not involved.

Sources close to Wayne Richard Wells, a.k.a. Wayne Static, former mastermind of California industrial metal crew Static-X, have confirmed that the guitarist/vocalist has died at the age of 48.

Details are still sketchy, but inside sources indicate the death may have been drug-related. Micah Electric, drummer of Hollywood-based industrial rockers 9Electric, issued the following via social media:

"My friend Wayne Static has passed away.

"So glad to have known him, recorded with him, toured with him, partied with him and had MANY real conversations with him. He was a good soul who chose the wrong path.

"He will be missed."

Static-X released six studio albums through Warner Bros. Records over the ten-year span of 1999-2009. After formally disbanding the group, Static launched a solo career in a similar musical vein and released the debut album "Pighammer" in 2011.

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Tool Working On New Album

While there hasn't been an official announcement from the band at this point, it would appear Tool is well into the process of recording a new album.

Adam Jones posted the photo below of the band together via his Instagram account with the caption "SmokeOnTheHorizon." This will be the band's first release since "10,000 Days" eight years ago.

Back in July, Jones had stated that work on the album was delayed for years due to a lawsuit that wasn't made public knowledge (read the full statement over here).

A brief post on the Tool website back in May also indicated writing for a new album was underway and actual recording was due to begin this year.

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Scary Kids Scaring Kids Vocalist Passes Away

Tyson Stevens - formerly the vocalist of the disbanded group Scary Kids Scaring Kids - has passed away.

After rumors were going around today about Tyson's death, his band Coma Prevail posted the following message online via Facebook:

According to Altpress.com, Stevens died yesterday (October 21st) in Tucson, Arizona and was discovered by his girlfriend. Further info is forthcoming. More...

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Agathodaimon Calls It Quits

Sathonys from long-running German metal outfit Agathodaimon has issued the following announcement about the band deciding to call it quits:

"The important news as such to start with - we'll split the band.

"And it's damn hard to put this into words. Agathodaimon has been my steady companion during the past years, since its foundation in 1995.

"Looking back, many things changed since then, others stayed the same - we always kept our core principles and our band philosophy in focus. And one of its main aspects was to always strive to deliver the best result possible. But this means that dedication and a good amount of time is needed, and that's what I currently can't deliver.

"Having a family (2 kids) meanwhile, I can either choose between them or the music. Or go for a half-hearted compromise.

"This may sound trivial at first, and I did my best to check all available options and possibilities. But in the end it became obvious that I can't continue with the band on a level that it deserves, that can still aim to 'deliver the best result possible.' More...

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Skeletonwitch Vocalist To Miss Upcoming Tour Dates

Skeletonwitch's Chance Garnette will be sitting out the remaining dates on the band's current tour, meaning the group is now performing as an instrumental four piece. Skeletonwitch issued this statement about the situation:

"Lately there have been a lot of rumors, speculation, and assumptions, regarding Skeletonwitch. We want to set the record straight.

"Unfortunately, Chance is unable to finish out the tour as he has some serious personal matters to attend to. We ask you to respect his and our privacy regarding these matters.

"This obviously left us with a very difficult decision to make and we've decided to finish out the tour as a 4-piece.

"We made the assumption that Skeletonwitch fans attending the shows would rather see 4 of us ripping through our songs, than a piece of paper on the door announcing our cancellation. If the first 2 shows were any indication, we assumed correctly.

"You have our sincerest apologies for not being able to bring you the full show, and for canceling the stop in Albany.

"We thank everyone for their understanding and their support now and in the future.

"Please come out to the remaining shows for riffs, beers, and hi-fives with us. At the risk of sounding too sentimental, music is equally important, if not more so, during rough times as well as the good.

"Skeletonwitch is not going anywhere. See you soon." More...

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Structures Going On Indefinite Hiatus

Structures has checked in with the following announcement about lining up a farewell tour in December:

"We are saddened to announce that Structures will be going on an indefinite hiatus come 2015. This is not an easy decision considering how much we have put into this band since it's inception in 2009, however we all feel that a healthy break is necessary for each of us for various personal reasons. We are all on good terms and have made this decision collectively.

"We want to thank all of our fans, new and old, for supporting the music we have made throughout the last few years. You are what allowed us to live out our dreams and for that we are forever grateful. To all of the bands we have toured with and the friendships that have been formed along the way, thank you for the unforgettable times on the road and the great shows that we've shared. Thank you to Sumerian Records for giving us a platform to release our music. Thanks to Outerloop Management, Good Fight, Pantheon, Avocado and The Agency Group for all your help through the years.

"This tour will be a farewell tour of sorts, however, we are not fully closing the idea of picking things back up if and when the time is right. Who knows what tomorrow brings.

"We're also excited to have Nick joining us on these dates. It only makes sense that we finish off how we started. We will be playing songs from our entire catalogue.

"Looking forward to playing some fun shows around home with Obey The Brave, our hometown friends in Exalt and Villains. See you at the dates below and thanks for your support, we love you all."

12/4 St. Catharines @ Detour Music Hall
12/5 London @ London Music Hall
12/6 Toronto @ Tattoo
12/7 Hamilton @ Absinthe
12/9 Montreal @ La Sala Rossa
12/10 Ottawa @ Ritual
12/11 Quebec City @ Le Cercle
12/13 Guelph @ DSTRCT * no OTB More...

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Nightingale Announces New Album

Sweden's Nightingale is back in the spotlight with a long overdue 7th studio album. Entitled "Retribution," the follow-up to 2007's "White Darkness" will be released via the band's new worldwide label InsideOutMusic on January 27th, 2015 in North America.

Nightingale was established by musical multi-talent and producer Dan Swanö (Edge Of Sanity / Witherscape) almost 20 years ago and in the good tradition of the band -- which is completed by Dan's brother Dag Swanö (guitars, keyboards), Erik Oskarsson (bass) and Tom Björn (drums) -- the new album once again showcases a timeless hybrid of different musical styles. From atmospheric metal to catchy AOR and melodic prog, "Retribution" offers an amazingly broad variety of moods and always tuneful songwriting skills.

Dan Swanö, who contributes vocals, guitars and keyboards, commented: "We started putting material together for this album around 2008, but out of all those songs only two made it to the album. I felt that, unless it is the best possible Nightingale album, where every song on the album easily could replace any song from our previous albums, there was no point in making a new album at all.

"During the writing of the Witherscape debut album, I wrote a lot of stuff that would work better on a Nightingale album, and before I knew it, I had the skeleton for a lot of potentially awesome Nightingale songs! It was important that the new material had the vibe of the older albums, yet with a better production and performance.

"I am very confident that all the Nightingale fans will love 'Retribution' since I made sure I felt the same rush inside me when I listened to the tracks that I did upon listening to the finished version of our most famous tracks from the past!"

The track listing is as follows:

1. On Stolen Wings
2. Lucifer's Lament
3. Chasing The Storm Away
4. Warriors Of The Dawn
5. Forevermore
6. Divided I Fall
7. The Voyage Of Endurance
8. 27 (Curse Or Coincidence?)
9. The Maze
10. Echoes Of A Dream More...

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Redemption/Agent Steel's Bernie Versailles In Coma

According to Arizona punk act We Steal Copper, Redemption/Agent Steel guitartist Bernie Versailles has apparently suffered an aneurysm and is current in a coma. As of yet, there has been no official press statement from either the Versailles family or Redemption.

The post on We Steal Copper's Facebook pages as of last night reads: "Please keep our best friend & camera man, Bernie Versailles, in your prayers. He is in a coma right now after suffering an anyerism. Some of you know him from our Beer Pong video shoot. Some of you may know him as the guitarist of Agent Steel. We know & love him like family. Either way he has been with us since the beginning and he and his family need all the positive energy. Thank u guys!"

This morning, the band posted the following statement online from Agent Steel bassist Michael Zaputil:

"Michael here. First off, I want to thank all of you. I want to thank Bernie's and my forever brothers in the Agent Steel family, Juan, Karlos, Rick, and Chuck. I also want to thank our brothers in the thrash community who have expressed their concerns. I love you all more than I could express, it is exactly how we pulled together in the first place and took the world as our own back when it mattered. But I have to get this off my chest. It isn't fair. Bernie and I joined Agent Steel together in late 1985. He was 18, I was 26. Before that as a teenager, he devoted himself to being the best musician possible, but he was also a gifted natural. Clean living. Dedicated. In contrast, I on the other hand from the late '70s through the '80s was Sid Vicious and Kurt Cobain combined. I did enough blow and heroin to keep the Afghan and South American drug cartels in business for years, and trust me, that is no exaggeration. Along with being a heavy drinker and smoker. Still smoking actually. At that time, I considered myself a Christian, talk about a walking contradiction.

"Here is a guy that never abused his physical body though, took his music totally seriously, and then this. Just one of many things nowadays that make no sense to me. I happen to know that there are enough of us sending positive prayer and energy to see him through this. It will happen, I will not accept this otherwise. He and I have been through things together you wouldn't believe. Going on thirty years. Way too much to get stopped in our tracks now, we have much work to do. And I'm sorry I didn't respond to some of you earlier, when I get hit with something like this, I tend to pull away and go into my shell. I'm fucked up that way. But bless you all...." More...

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Politician Apologizes For Falsely Accusing Bands

Agonia Records has issued the following announcement about a German politician apologizing to metal bands after accusing them of extremist political views without bothering to research the groups in question first:

"Political member of the centre-left German party SPD, Ralf Hofmann, has publicly apologized to - amogst other artists - Den Saakaldte, for his false false accusations concerning band's alleged involvement in the so colled 'right-wing scene,' with regards to the band's appearance at the Norwegian Hellcamp in Schweinfurt this October.

"The whole incident was originally and wrongly ignited by Antifa, and brought to the attention of Schweinfurt's local authorities (including Ralf Hofman), in order to ban the Norwegian Hellcamp Festival in October (more in this topic can be read in the German eiditon of Rolling Stone Magazine here).

"Evetually, after consulting credible independent sources, Mr. Hofmann decided to apologize and admit that his suspicions were incorrect and drawn from unreliable authors."

His statement reads as follows (full original German version available at Facebook here):

My call for the ban of the concert at Stadthalle on Octover 4th has caused some outrage in social media. At this point, I have been given access to sources and people who are competent on the subject and the bands, such as the webzine undergrounded.de.

At the core of the matter, it seems to be the case that our original source exaggerated some facts. I have to blame myself for what happened as I disregarded the central tenet of journalism to have at least two independent sources. But I am neither a journalist nor a full time politician, and doing volunteer work only, these things are not always easy.

The bands that will play on October 4th in Schweinfurt have elements of their show that can be considered tasteless / in bad taste. But the extremist background I suspected is apparently not there at all. Thus, I withdraw the call for a ban.

In response, the members of Den Saakaldte commented: "Stop this bullshit! Our members, our lyrics and what we represent as a band has not a single thought even, being mixed with either left - centre - right political ideas....never has -never will!! We give a SHIT for politics and LEAVE US OUT OF THIS GOD DAMN THING!" More...

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Bloodbath Reveals New Vocalist

Swedish supergroup Bloodbath is set to release its fourth album of supreme death metal, "Grand Morbid Funeral," on November 18th through Peaceville Records.

Following the departure of Opeth's Mikael Åkerfeldt and months of speculation and rumor, Metal Hammer U.K. has broken the news that the new vocalist will be Paradise Lost's Nick Holmes.

Blakkheim (guitar) commented, "Little did I expect to be working with the voice behind the death metal classic Lost Paradise, or the genre defining Gothic, and yet here we are decades later fulfilling another death metal dream. With his sinister and ominous vocal delivery, it's an absolute pleasure to make Old Nick the bell-ringer in Bloodbath's Grand Morbid Funeral!"

Jonas Renkse (bass) commented, "Ever since I got into Lost Paradise back in '90, Nick Holmes has been one of my favorite growling vocalists out there. He was always audible and articulate but still deep and definitely morbid. It is a great pleasure to work with him some 25 years later after I was introduced to his thunderous roar!"

"Grand Morbid Funeral" was recorded at Ghost Ward Studios and the City of Glass Studios in Stockholm, and mixed by David Castillo. More...

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Invocation Drummer Passes Away

After previously posting online that drummer Alex Todd-Weller had gone missing, U.K. outfit Invocation has now issued the following update that Alex was found and has passed away:

"To all our friends, family and fans.

"As I'm sure you are all aware now, we lost our brother Alex Todd-Weller. He was 21.

"There don't seem to be any words that can truly describe the loss we and his family have had but all we can say is how thankful we are for the support and love that each and every one of you have shown for us and them.

"Alex was a literal larger than life phenomenon and his talent was awe inspiring. It was an absolute pleasure to share a stage with him over the last 2 1/2 years and his passion and ability shone through in every hit of a drum. We played across the UK and in Europe and the adventures and shenanigans we had will always live through some incredible memories and ridiculous catchphrases.

"His kind, gentle and heart warming nature will be truly missed and he will always be with us and with you all.

"As a band, this isn't the end of Invocation. We will find the strength and passion to play again at some point in the future as it would be what he wanted. We will finish the album titled 'Atlas' in his honour.

"From the bottoms our heart, we thank and love you all.

"Rest in Peace Alex. 21/8/93 - 11/9/14

"Love you brother.

"Duffy, Robin, James and Tom."

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Snot Reuniting For U.S. Tour Dates

Snot has announced the band will be reuniting once again for a full U.S. tour to perform the classic "Get Some" album in it's entirety. He Is Legend, Thira, and Lydia Can't Breathe will offer support.

The tour kicks off on November 28th in Palm Desert, California and wraps up on December 23rd in Pomona, California. More dates will be added soon. Snot guitarist Mikey Doling says of the upcoming tour:

"I want to let you know we are ready to rock out as hard as humanly possible with all you Snot heads around the world on our first world tour. I hope you're ready cause we have a ton of massive energy to bring to you. Snot is something special to us. We will enjoy playing our debut and only record 'Get Some' in it's entirety for you live for all you die hard SNOT HEADS! SAY SOMETHING FOR THE RECORD TELL THE PEOPLE WHAT YOU FEEL!!"

Snot lead singer Tommy Vext adds, "Words cannot describe how excited I am to be getting back in the road with my brothers in Snot. It is a privilege to play with a band that has had an indeterminable influence over countless artists from the bands inception & thereafter. I'm honored to pay tribute Lynn Strait and offer Snot fans on an international level the live experience they may not have yet enjoyed." More...

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Fan Arrested For Posting Exodus Lyrics On Facebook

According to Channel 14 News in Kentucky, a fan in Greenville has been arrested and is currently being jailed for alleged terrorism threats for posting the lyrics to the Exodus song "Class Dismissed," which appeared on the 2010 release "Exhibit B: The Human Condition." The full article on the arrest can be found at this location.

The band's press release reads: "Exodus does not promote or condone terrorists, threats or bullying. That being said, the band is somewhat baffled by the fact that this man being charged for what seems against his first amendment rights of Freedom of Speech."

“The idea that an individual in this great country of ours could be arrested for simply posting lyrics to a song is something I never believed could happen in a free society,” states Exodus guitarist Gary Holt. “James Evans was simply posting lyrics to a band he likes on Facebook, and he was locked up for it. The song ‘Class Dismissed (A Hate Primer)’ was written as a view through the eyes of a madman and in no way endorses that kind of fucked up behavior. It was the Virginia Tech massacre perpetrated by Seung-Hui Cho that was the subject and inspiration to write the song, one in which we put the brakes on playing it live after the Sandy Hook shooting, as we did not want to seem insensitive.”

Gary continues, “As some of us in Exodus are parents, of course these things hit close to home, it's every parent's worst fear. These moments are the stuff of nightmares, and life, as well as music, isn't always pretty. But when we start to overreact to things like lyrics by any band, including Exodus, and start arresting people, we are caving in to paranoia and are well on our way to becoming an Orwellian society.”

Exodus is set to release the new album "Blood In, Blood Out" via Nuclear Blast on October 10th (EU), October 13th (UK) and October 14th (North America). More...

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Chimaira Calls It Quits

Following the departure of guitarist Emil Werstler, and the rest of the band following suit, Mark Hunter has decided to lay Chimaira to rest. Here's the official announcement:

"After fifteen full blown ass ripping years, it is with great honor to announce the end of Chimaira.

"Thanks to everyone that supported the group in any way shape or form. Everyone involved with the band from members to fans put their heart and soul into this project.

"We achieved a lot. We bled a lot. It fucking ruled."

Presumably the band's appearance at 70,000 Tons of Metal and any other activity is cancelled. The band's final album (before the inevitable reunion down the road) was 2013's "Crown Of Phantoms." More...

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Former Deadlock Drummer Dead At 35

Lifeforce Records has issued the following brief statement:

"Today we come to you with very sad news, long time dear friend Tobias Graf and founding member of Deadlock passed away at the age of 35. We can hardly express the sadness in our hearts and we wish his family all possible strength in these dark hours. Farewell Tobi and may you have a safe journey!"

The cause of death was not specified. Graf co-founded German melodic/symphonic death metal group Deadlock in 1997. He left the band in April of this year. Deadlock's multi-disc collection of re-recordings, "The Re-Arrival," was released on August 15th and is available now through Lifeforce.

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Faith No More Recording Album

It's official - after 18 years of waiting, Faith No More will release a new album in 2015! The band revealed the news to Rolling Stone in a new interview, stating the record is due out next April through Reclamation Records.

Remember that new song "Motherfucker" the band played in London earlier this Summer? That will be the lead single off the album, and will be released separately on November 28th.

If you hadn't seen the performance, check out footage below. Further details on the album are forthcoming, and you can read the full interview at Rollingstone.com here. More...

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