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Loincloth Announces Final Album

Virginia/North Carolina-based cult Loincloth has issued a trailer for the recently completed "Psalm Of The Morbid Whore" LP. This marks the group's second and final full-length release, again via Southern Lord Recordings.

Packing nine new passages into a half-hour assault on "Psalm Of The Morbid Whore," Loincloth returned to Pershing Hill Sound in Raleigh, North Carolina to record with Greg Elkins, while mastering was helmed by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege.

Issues the group: "Loincloth is no longer a live band, so this record is our final offering not only to the great horned one below, but to the committed ladies and gentlemen of the Cloth."

"Psalm Of The Morbid Whore" will see digital and vinyl release through Southern Lord on September 29th. The full track listing is as follows:

1. Necro Fucking Satanae
2. Poroths
3. Clausa Vulgate
4. Morbid Whore
5. Pentacost Dissident
6. Bestial Infernal
7. Sigil Ov Five Horns
8. Let the Snakes Decide
9. Ibex (To Burn in Hell Is To Refine) More...

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Spawn Of Possession Breaks Up

Swedish death metal group Spawn Of Possession has officially called it quits, issuing this brief message to fans:

"Last week we decided to put SoP to rest due to several problems, mostly because we now realize we don't have the time to either finish a beast like a new album properly or do anything else with SoP for a long time.

"So the band has pretty much just faded away at this point. Anyway! We are very thankful for all the support we had through the years! Cheers!"

The group's last major release was the "Incurso" full-length album via Relapse Records back in 2012. More...

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Internal Bleeding Announces New Drummer

On April 20th, Internal Bleeding drummer and veteran FDNY firefighter Bill Tolley passed away after falling five stories from a rooftop while battling a two-alarm apartment fire in Queens, New York.

The tragedy touched family, friends, his band mates, the city of New York, and the worldwide metal community. Many fans expressed concerns as to whether Internal Bleeding would continue. The band utilized the drum services of basher Kyle Eddy for "The Strike Of The Empire" U.S. tour with Vader and is now pleased to welcome Eddy as a permanent member.

Issues the band in a collective statement, "Losing a beloved friend and band mate has been a traumatic event for us, and needless to say, the past few months have been a roller coaster of conflicting emotions. But, through it all, there was never a thought given to packing this band up and calling it quits. There was no doubt in our mind that Bill would want the band to continue. As a matter of fact, he spoke about it numerous times with us. In short, he always said, 'the band needs to go on.'

"We're not quite sure how we managed, but we pulled off a full U.S. tour with a fill-in drummer who only had a few weeks to practice and get the set down. That drummer was upstate New York native, and death metal veteran Kyle Eddy. He did an amazing job learning the music, getting the set down, and fit in perfectly with our personalities. We had a great time with him on tour, and it felt like he'd been in the band for years - that's how comfortable we were with him.

"Kyle is a true professional in every sense of the word. He is deeply dedicated to his craft and brings unrelenting enthusiasm and energy to the band. For those reasons -- and many others -- we have chosen him to become the new drummer for Internal Bleeding. More...

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Ex-Dream Theater & GNR Members Form New Supergroup

Sons Of Apollo - a new supergroup featuring singer Jeff Scott Soto (ex-Journey, etc.), guitarist Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal (Art Of Anarchy, ex-Guns N’ Roses), Billy Sheehan (Mr. Big, The Winery Dogs) on bass, Derek Sherinian (ex-Dream Theater) on keyboards and drummer Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater/Avenged Sevenfold) - today shares a clip for upcoming debut album "Psychotic Symphony."

InsideOut Music will release the album on October 20th, 2017. Check out now the new teaser below. Explains Portnoy:

"This is a real band. This is going to pick up for me and Billy where The Winery Dogs left off, in terms of this being the next logical full-time thing for us. I’m not saying The Winery Dogs have broken up, because we haven’t, we’re just on a break. Sons Of Apollo is absolutely going to be a full-time band and we plan on touring all over the world all throughout 2018 and, honestly, it is the priority for all five of us."

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Linkin Park Front Man Reportedly Commits Suicide

Update: the singer's death has now been confirmed with the L.A. County coroner by AP News.

TMZ is reporting that Chester Bennington of Linkin Park has passed away from an apparent suicide at the age of 41.

The celebrity gossip site issued this update:

"Law enforcement sources tell us the singer hanged himself at a private residence in Palos Verdes Estates in L.A. County. His body was discovered Thursday just before 9 AM.

"Chester was married with 6 children from 2 wives. The singer struggled with drugs and alcohol for years. He had said in the past he had considered committing suicide because he had been abused as a child by an older male."

This news follows in the wake of Chris Cornell from Soundgarden's suicide back in May, who was a close friend of Bennington.

Linkin Park's latest album "One More Light," which took a major turn away from the group's nu-metal beginnings, was released earlier this year and the band was scheduled to kick off a tour at the end of the month. More...

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Steve Grimmet Returns To The Stage

Following an unexpected leg amputation early this year to prevent the spread of a deadly infection, Steve Grimmet began to learn to walk again after being fitted with a metal prosthetic several months later.

Now Steve has returned to the stage for his first live music appearance following those devastating medical events. Grimmett took the stage on July 14th in Balingen, Germany, at the Bang Your Head Festival. Check out footage of the event below with Steve belting out Grim Reaper's "Fear No Evil."

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Fallujah Parts Ways With Vocalist

Progressive death metal masters Fallujah released the following statement: "It is with a heavy heart that we announce the departure of our vocalist and friend, Alex Hofmann. A decade-long journey has just ended for one of our founding members, and now he begins a new path separate from our own. His dedication and creativity have been a vital part of Fallujah for the last ten years, but we respect his decision and support him wholeheartedly.

"'The Dreamless' touring cycle has been our longest and most challenging yet; taking us across the planet with bands we respect and admire while moulding this band into a brotherhood. These experiences have brought us together and proven that this is what we are meant for. Alex’s departure will bring a new period of growth and we intend to come out of it with something ground-breaking for our fans.

"We will have a special guest taking over vocals for our festival run in Europe as well as our North American tour with Decapitated and Thy Art Is Murder. When we return to California, we will continue writing our new album and begin our search for a new vocalist. We invite all of our local friends and fans to join us in sending Alex off at Bay Area Death Fest; his last show, but a new beginning for us in Fallujah."

Hofmann added: "The reasons for my departure are both complicated and difficult to summarise; but one thing I know now is that in order to begin a new chapter in life, you must inevitably close the previous one. More...

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Adrenaline Mob Accident: Bassist Confirmed Dead

Adrenaline Mob was involved in a fatal traffic accident while headed to a show in St. Petersburg, FL, as we reported earlier yesterday.

Now sad news has surfaced as it has been revealed that Adrenaline Mob's bassist David Zablidowsky perished in the crash. The band's former bassist John Moyer (Disturbed) confirmed the news, sharing the following post on Facebook:

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Adrenaline Mob Tour Bus Struck By Tractor Trailer

Adrenaline Mob - the band featuring Symphony X/T.S.O. frontman Russell Allen - was involved in a fatal accident on I-75 in Gainsville, FL. The band's RV was pulled over the side of the highway for a flat tire during the band's route to the gig in St. Petersburg, when it was struck by a tractor trailer. The truck driver, for unknown reasons, veered off I-75 and struck the RV, which caught fire.

According to an article in The Gainsville Sun, Police reported that "[a] total of nine people were in the vehicles. One died, six were taken to area hospitals, and the other two declined medical treatment. Of the six injured, three were listed in critical condition and the other three in stable condition as of Friday evening." Since no names have been disclosed, it is still not clear as to whether any members of the band were injured.

The band was currently on tour in the U.S. in support of the latest album "We the People." More...

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Nachtmystium Returns To The Stage, Offers Refunds

Its been a long, winding path for Nachtmystium from "Reign of the Malicious" back in '02 to the hey day of the "Black Meddle" albums around 2010, and onto a very public fall from grace due to addiction and fleecing fans out of cash that resulted in Century Media booting the band.

It looks like the group is finally ready to return to the scene, and efforts are in place to make amends for those who got screwed over on ordering merch and albums that never showed up.

After several years of being on hiatus, Nachtmystium returned to the stage in L.A. on July 7th, where the band offered refunds to anyone who was previously ripped off. Footage from the show can be seen below, and the group also posted on Facebook:

"Its happening....now. Nachtmystium's first show in nearly five years. The band goes on at midnight. Nice big crowd here....we are thrilled to be back and to see all of you that are here tonight. Merchandise is available AND we are issuing cash refunds / merchandise for anyone whom may have ordered between 2012 - 2014 and didn't receive an order. Just come see us at the merch table, we will get you sorted out and also refund you for the fee you were charged at the door...the show tonight is on us of you were victimized in the past." More...

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Behemoth Drummer Inferno Sitting Out Summer Tour

Drummer Inferno will be sitting out Behemoth's upcoming summer tour with Slayer and Lamb Of God. Ex-Job For A Cowboy drummer Jon Rice will be taking over drum duties in his place. Explains the band:

"Behemoth Legions! We must announce that our drummer, Inferno will not be taking part in the upcoming Slayer tour with Lamb of God.

"As much of a disappointment it is not to have our brother with us, we completely support Inferno in this amazing chapter of his life. Rest assured, we’re still bringing one HELL of a show with us and look forward to seeing our North American, Legions in full force!" More...

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Pro-Pain Vocalist Assaulted In Brussels

Pro-Pain has officially cancelled upcoming tour dates after vocalist / bassist Gary Meskil was violently assaulted and robbed in Brussels earlier this week. The band issued this update via Facebook:

"This past Monday night, Gary was the victim of a robbery and attempted murder in Brussels. He was pick-pocketed of cash, credit card, and passport, struck on the head with an ice pick and then subsequently attacked by a gang of individuals.

"The police have confiscated more than one weapon and they have established the identities of some of the suspects. Gary was quickly admitted to ICU after suffering head trauma (including several fractures to his face and jaw) and massive blood loss.

"Since then he has stabilized and is trying his best to recover, but future surgery may be necessary. We regret to inform the fans that the shows scheduled for Roeselare (July 7th) and Osnabruck (July 8th) are now officially cancelled.

"We will make sure to keep you all informed of any other cancellations and on Gary's progress. Thanks for your support at this difficult time." More...

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Former Warbringer Drummer Has Died

Former Warbringer drummer Nic Ritter has died. Shares the band's vocalist John Kevill:

"A couple days ago we got some tragic news. Our former drummer, Nic Ritter, is dead. He passed either Wednesday or Thursday and I got the word Thursday night. I know few details of how he died. I had not seen Nic in many years, though I had spoken to him a few times fairly recently. I always will to regret that I never saw him again, and we never really caught up on all our old times traveling the world.

'Nic played approximately 400-450 shows with Warbringer between June 2008 through January 2011, the period where we were never off the road. His drum performance on "Waking into Nightmares" pushed the standard of technicality and musicianship in Warbringer to a new level and helped to shape the identity of the band to what it is today. He was an absolutely stellar player who in my opinion is a true innovator in thrash metal drumming.

"Sadly, 'Waking into Nightmares' is, to the best of my knowledge, his sole recorded musical legacy. Shame that he never played on another record, at least I know he was very proud of our work on that one. Rest easy, old buddy." More...

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MetalDays Tolmin Festival Reveals Running Order

The running order for MetalDays’ 2017 edition has been published today on the festival’s official website. Do you want to know when your favorite bands will be playing there and how to prepare yourself best for the party season?

Well, you can now check it out on the day-by-day line-up page of the website. Please note that this running order is preliminary and may be subject to changes in the near future.

The new map of the festival’s location has also been made available to the public. You can take note of all the changes and details by clicking here. Let us remind you that a third stage called “New Forces Stage” will make its appearance for the first time in 2017! Besides, the festival team decided to renew the project of installing a camp reserved for the single girls attending the event, among other things.

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Chimaira To Reunite This December

Chimaira is due to reunite this December following a three-year hiatus. The band uploaded a single image to Mark Hunter's Facebook confirming that the classic lineup from "The Impossibility of Reason" and "Resurrection" will be reuniting later this year.

This revelation comes only three months after news hit that drummer Andols Herrick was hospitalized for a severe illness.

The band is scheduled to play a first reunion show at the Agora Theater on December 30th in Cleveland, Ohio an no further shows have been confirmed.

Andols Herrick is slated to take part in the reunion. This marks the first reunion of the classic lineup since 2010. Additional information will be covered as more information becomes available. More...

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The Convalescence Kicked Off Otep Tour

Yet another band has run afoul of performing live with Otep on the road.

After that ugliness during the "Civil Unrest" tour a few years back and a handful of instances in the interim, The Convalescence has now been kicked off the "Resistance" tour by Otep.

The Convalescence issued this statement about the situation:

"We will no longer be a part of the remaining dates of 'The Resistance Tour' with Otep. After years spent on the road touring worldwide and never having a problem, this is a first. Otep kicked us off the tour after already loading in for tonight’s event in Pittsburgh. This stemming from an alleged incident that occurred in Michigan two nights previously where claims were made that we sold merchandise during the intro of their set.

"This was not the first time being threatened to remove us from the tour. First happening in Jacksonville, FL after their driver accused us of buying weed from venue staff the night before and went as far as to say we forced a venue runner to drive with him and a kid in the car to pick it up. This was in an attempt to take the heat off the driver himself because he called the police on the band's guitarist after an argument between them that morning.

"In both instances, we were unable to explain or make any attempt to approach the situation since even after 50+ dates as direct support - unless she felt the need to threaten to kick us off the tour and belittle us, we weren’t even allowed in the same room.

"After being told we were not needed on the tour, that we were not helping the attendance, we were simply a time filler and countless other negative comments about us being part of this tour we came to a mutual decision that we could no longer share a stage together.

"We are all about being team players on the road. After going out of our way with things like covering her merch table every night during their set, helping the band with security at understaffed venues, and helping her band and crew load in and out daily. We were met with only disrespect from Otep herself.

"We have no hard feelings towards her hired band and crew but Otep is an absolute nightmare to work with. Again, we apologize to any of our fans that had planned to see us on this tour. Thanks for your continued support and we’ll see you on the road this Fall!" More...

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Dead Cross Premieres New Song "Seizure And Desist"

Dead Cross - featuring Dave Lombardo (ex-Slayer, Suicidal Tendencies, Misfits), Mike Patton (Faith No More, Tomahawk), Justin Pearson (The Locust, Retox) and Michael Crain (Retox, Festival of Dead Deer) - premieres a new song entitled "Seizure And Desist", taken from the band's forthcoming self-titled debut album, which will arrive in stores on August 04th via Ipecac Recordings.

Check out now "Seizure And Desist" below.

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Carach Angren Debuts New Music Video

Carach Angren debuts a new music video for "Charles Francis Coghlan", taken from the band’s brand new album "Dance And Laugh Amongst The Rotten", which arrived in stores yesterday June 16th through Season of Mist.

Check out now "Charles Francis Coghlan" below.

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Akercocke Debuts New Song "Disappear"

British death metal outfit Akercocke debuts a new song entitled "Disappear", taken from the upcoming new album "Renaissance in Extremis", which will be released through Peaceville Records on August 25th.

Check out now "Disappear" below.

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Has Singer Ivan Moody Now Officially Quit FFDP?

Update: a full statement has now come online from the band regarding the situation and who will be filling in for Ivan going forward that can be read over here.

Five Finger Death Punch apparently performed its final show with vocalist Ivan Moody last night, Monday, June 12, in Tilburg, Netherlands. According to those in the audience, the band was a mess, frequently disappearing from stage to argue and more.

Attendees report singer Ivan Moody took to the stage late with Tommy Vext (Bad Wolves, ex-Diving Heresy) filling in on the first few songs. They also mention that Moody later stated that the show would be his last with the band during the set. Footage of that can be found below:

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