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Sanctuary/Nevermore Vocalist Dead At 56

Warrel Dane, the lead singer of Sanctuary and Nevermore, has passed away at the age of only 56 after suffering a heart attack during the night. He was on tour in Brazil, where guitarist told UOL;

"He died in the night. He had a heart attack. He was in the apartment where he stayed during the recording of the album when it happened. I gave him cardiac massage and we called the Mobile Emergency Care Service (SAMU), who came very fast, but when they arrived, he was already dead."

The singer first came to prominence with Sanctuary, with whom he released two studio albums, before forming Nevermore, which achieved considerable commercial success. After Nevermore folded, he revived Sanctuary and the band released a third album, "The Year The Sun Died" in 2014, with a fourth record, "Inception" following only this year. He will be greatly missed.

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Decapitated Released From Jail Awaiting Rape Trial

All four members of Decapitated have been released from prison as they await trial for kidnapping and rape charges. Each band member faces charges of varying degrees for an incident alleged to have occurred on their tour bus back on August 31st, 2017 in Spokane, WA. On that night the band are accused of gang raping a girl on their bus. The group have denied all charges thus far.

The Spokesman-Review account that the band were granted release on their own recognizance this week without having post the $100,000 bond that was previously set. As part of their release, they were ordered to remain in the state of Washington and to turn in their passports. Additionally, Decapitated were ordered to sign waivers of extradition that would allow them to be sent back to Spokane, WA should they attempt to flee home to Poland.

It was also ordered that the four band members are not to have any contact with each other without attorneys present. Interestingly, the band received an endorsement from a member of Poland’s Parliament Dominik Tarczynski, which is said to have helped aid in their release.

The Spokesman-Review report also that Thy Art Is Murder guitarist Andy Marsh has given testimony that he saw the girl who accused the band violently moshing in the mosh pit earlier in that night. He is quoted as saying: More...

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Drummer Sean Reinert Exits Cynic

Cynic haven’t been too active since 2015 when a a dispute emerged between frontman/guitarist Paul Masvidal and drummer Sean Reinert. At the time Reinert parted ways with the band, citing growing tensions and a general unhappiness with what he felt were suboptimal performances from Paul Masvidal.

He also mentioned that in order for Masvidal to legally continue performing under the Cynic name, they would need to come to a signed agreement. Drummer Sean Reinert has now announced that such an agreement has reached and it comes with his official exit. States Reinert via Facebook: More...

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Iced Earth Debut New Video "Black Flag"

Iced Earth premiere their following new music video for the track “Black Flag“. It was directed and produced by iCODE with the song taken from the band’s latest album, “Incorruptible“.

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NervoChaos Guitarist Cherry Passes Away

NervoChaos guitarist Cherry passed away this weekend. As the band explains on Facebook she got recently diagnosed with cancer. RIP Cherry!!!

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Seregon Announces Comeback

After years of sporadic activity, British thrash metal band Seregon, widely regarded in their time as the best British band not to be signed, has announced their return. The band has departed with bass player Lee Rugman and brought back original bassist Ben Allen and will be working on new material for release next year. A statement on their official website reads as follows:

"Firstly, with a heavy heart we bring you the news that bassist Lee Rugman has left the Seregon fold; he hasn't gone far and can be found kicking ass and taking names weekly as part of the AC/DC Tribute Juggernaut that is HELLS BELLS! Lee and Seregon find themselves with 15+ shows in the bank that took them around the UK and into mainland Europe for Festival Appearances also. We would like to take a moment to thank Lee for all he has contributed to the Seregon family on and off the stage, and consider him a friend and all round cool guy.

"So, where do we go now I hear you say? Well, best watch the video below!

"And to celebrate the above news, we have something to give you all. If you go to http://seregonuk.bandcamp.com you can download our ENTIRE back catalogue as well as a brand new, never before released Live EP from our 'A Future Expired' release show back in April 2008! So what are you waiting for? Watch the video and get downloading... NOW!

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Saxon Debut Title Track Of Upcoming New Album

NWBHM legends Saxon will release their new 22nd studio album, "Thunderbolt", on February 2 via Militia Guard (Silver Lining Music). The new outing was once again helmed by producer Andy Sneap, who has previously worked with Judas Priest, Megadeth among others. The album will feature original artwork by longtime Saxon collaborator Paul Raymond Gregory.

An official video for the title track can be seen below:

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Morbid Angel Premiere New Song "For No Master"

Morbid Angel premiere their new track “For No Master” from their upcoming new album, “Kingdoms Disdained“, which comes out this Friday via Silver Linings Music. Check it out now below.

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AC/DC Founder Malcolm Young Has Died Aged 64

Malcolm Young, arguably the backbone of Australian rock legends AC/DC, has sadly passed away at the age of 64, the band has announced. The cause of death is not yet known, but the guitarist had been battling dementia for a while, which caused him to leave the group in 2014. A statement on the AC/DC website reads as follows:

"Today it is with deep heartfelt sadness that AC/DC has to announce the passing of Malcolm Young.

"Malcolm, along with Angus, was the founder and creator of AC/DC. With enormous dedication and commitment he was the driving force behind the band. As a guitarist, songwriter and visionary he was a perfectionist and a unique man. He always stuck to his guns and did and said exactly what he wanted. He took great pride in all that he endeavored. His loyalty to the fans was unsurpassed.

"As his brother it is hard to express in words what he has meant to me during my life, the bond we had was unique and very special. He leaves behind an enormous legacy that will live on forever.

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Iron Maiden Premiere Pre-Release Full-DVD Stream

Iron Maiden premiere the pre-release full-album stream of the band's upcoming new DVD "The Book Of Souls: Live Chapter", which will be out in stores coming Friday, November 17th. The effort features footage shot across their world touring.

Check out now "The Book Of Souls: Live Chapter" in its entirety below.

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American Head Charge Bassist Chad Hanks Dead At 46

American Head Charge bassist Chad Hanks passed away this weekend. Hanks was said to be 46-years-old at the time of his death and friends have indicated his battle was with cancer. Various other social media posts suggest he was suffering from kidney and liver failure. Tributes from friends, family and fans have been pouring in across Facebook in the wake of the sad news. A benefit show/public memorial in his honor has been announced for November 26th at the First Avenue in Minneapolis, MN with proceeds going towards his funeral expenses. Donations for his final expenses are being fielded via chadhanksbenefit@gmail.com and are encouraged to be sent as a friends and family/gift to avoid fees.

Frontman Cameron Heacock shared the following pic of himself with Hanks:

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Former Faith No More Vocalist Passes Away

Former Faith No More singer Chuck Mosley has passed away at the age of fifty seven, a post from his family has confirmed. The vocalist fronted Faith No More prior to them recruiting current singer Mike Patton and could be heard on such staples as "We Care A Lot." He also spent a short time as the frontman of hardcore legends Bad Brains. The message from his family reads thusly:

"After a long period of sobriety, Charles Henry Mosley III lost his life, on November 9th, 2017, due to the disease of addiction. We’re sharing the manner in which he passed, in the hopes that it might serve as a warning or wake up call or beacon to anyone else struggling to fight for sobriety. He is survived by long-term partner Pip Logan, two daughters, Erica and Sophie and his grandson Wolfgang Logan Mosley. The family will be accepting donations for funeral expenses. Details to follow when arranged." More...

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Metal Vocalist First Transgender State Legislator

Democrat Danica Roem earned a seat in Virginia’s House of Delegates. Despite the fact that Roem fronts a metal band (Cab Ride Home) and now sits on a U.S. state’s legislature is notable, Roem is also the first ever openly transgender person elected to such a position in the country.

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Ozzy Osbourne To Embark On "Farewell" Tour

Heavy metal icon Ozzy Osbourne will be headlining festivals across Europe next year in what is, according to the organisers of Graspop Metal Meeting, his "farewell" world tour. Although this is being touted as his final world tour, Osbourne says he may still perform shows "here and there" and it is expected that he will still be releasing another album. An official statement or list of tour dates has yet to be announced by Osbourne's camp, but he has been confirmed to headline the Graspop Metal Meeting festival in Belgium, Denmark's, Copenhell event and both the British and Spanish editions of the Download festival.

Download Festival's promoter, Andy Copping said: "We’re unbelievably excited to have Ozzy as one of the headliners next year. Already hailing from the Midlands, Ozzy Osbourne is no stranger to Download, and after Black Sabbath closed the festival in 2016, how could I not ask The Prince of Darkness to come back all on his own? The Download family are without a shadow of a doubt, in for a treat."

More on this story will be revealed as soon as information becomes available.

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Former Vital Remains Singer Passes Away

Former Vital Remains frontman Scott Wily, who was with the group from 2008 to 2012, has passed away according to his former bandmates. No cause of death has been announced as of yet. A posting on the official Vital Remains Facebook page by guitarist Tony Lazaro reads as follows:

"It is with heavy heart and deep sadness that i say Gator Gaeton Collier and I (Tony ) lost and old friend and singer of Vital Remains Scott Willey. I had just seen him this summer at Summer Slaughter Fest in July. And we had a nice conversation about alot of things. We told some road stories from the past and we had some good laughs. I will always remember the good times my friend.

"Until we me again for that next jam! Rest in Peace Brother ....My Condolences to his Family and friends! \m/" More...

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Autopsy Premieres Title Track Of Upcoming New CD

U.S. death metal pioneers of Autopsy premiere the title track of their upcoming new album "Puncturing The Grotesque", which will be out in stores December 15 via Peaceville on CD, LP and digitally. "Puncturing The Grotesque" was recorded at Earhammer Studios, in Oakland, California with engineering and co-production duties carried out by Greg Wilkinson. The cover artwork comes courtesy of Dennis Dread (Darkthrone, Abscess).

Check out now "Puncturing The Grotesque" below.

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Pentagram Frontman Jailed For 18 Months

Bobby Liebling, frontman and sole constant member of American doom metal pioneers Pentagram, has been sentenced by a court in Maryland to spend eighteen months in prison for abuse and neglect of a vulnerable adult, upon completion of which, he will be placed on supervised probation for three years. He was arrested in May for his actions and also charged with first degree assault, to which he pleaded not guilty, though he plead guilty to the charge of abuse/neglect of a vulnerable adult, which is believed to be his 87 year old mother. A statement from Pentagram bassist Greg Turley reads as follows:

"2015/2016 were the busiest years ever for Pentagram. New album and a full tour cycle kept us busier than ever and taking us to places we’ve never been and playing bigger shows than I ever imagined. November 2016, Gothenburg, Sweden I knew something was ending, I just didn't know what.... Dealing with Bobby and his reoccurring demons was bringing us all down. Same story from the past, I know. Honestly, I thought Bobby would end up dying before we played another show. Turns out, he didn’t die, just went off the rails and ended up assaulting his mom. Pretty much the worse thing someone could do in my opinion. He assaults the one and only person that has always taken up for him? Wow! Just horrible.

"He’s now serving time in prison. Looks like he’ll be there for the next 18 months. That’s a lot of time to reflect on bad decisions and bad habits.

"The last six months have been quite a ride, continuing on without Bobby was an easy decision. Fans, investments and commitments all needed to be satisfied so we marched on. The positive support we received, especially from those who have attended the live shows has been truly amazing. Sucks to be put in this situation but we've made the best of it and exceeded even our own expectations.

"Don't know exactly what the future holds BUT the music of Pentagram is much larger than the individuals. Just look at the list of people that have been involved!!! Not only have I had the opportunity to be a part, I’m also one of the biggest fans. I mean, I truly never get burned out on these songs, from Forever My Queen to The Ghoul to City Romance to the last note on Curious Volume. I love them all…

"The "Bobby IS Pentagram" argument baffles me. There is and has always been a great team behind him pushing forward. Sorry to disappoint everyone who thinks Bobby steers the ship... I've been fortunate to be the constant for the last 8 years and involved since 1993. There still is an inner drive to move forward and bring the music to whoever will listen. I would love to have Bobby at the front of the stage more than you know, but by his own actions/mistakes, he's removed himself. I've been to see him and keep in regular contact with him and he seems to understand that he "messed up". Now, he's got some time to work out his demons and try to make things right.

"What’s next for us? I look to keep moving forward…Thanks for reading and THANKS for your support.

"Greg Turley Peter Campbell"

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Marilyn Manson Fires Bassist Twiggy Ramirez

After twenty five years together, Marilyn Manson has fired his bass player Twiggy Ramirez (real name: Jeordie White,) following a statement from Jack Off Jill singer Jessicka Addams that while dating the musician, she was subjected to rape, domestic abuse and other distressing and traumatising situations. Manson initially posted a short statement which read:

"I have decided to part ways with Jeordie White as a member of Marilyn Manson. He will be replaced on the upcoming tour. I wish him well." After Addams made her allegations however, Manson added on Instagram: "This is a sad day. I knew Jessicka and Jeordie had a romantic relationship many years ago and I considered and still consider Jessicka to be a friend. I knew nothing about these allegations until very recently and am saddened by Jessicka's obvious distress."

Addams revealed the upsetting accusations on her Facebook page, a sample of which reads as follows: More...

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Former Marilyn Manson Guitarist Passes Away

Scott Mitchell Putesky, more famously known as Daisy Berkowitz, the co-founding guitarist of the Marilyn Manson (originally Marilyn Manson and the Spooky Kids,) and later of Jack Off Jill, has passed away according to a number of his friends and bandmates. A posting on the Jack Off Jill Facebook page stated; "Saying good bye to Scott, friend, band mate, artist , hero.. RIP Scott - "always touched by your presence dear." Daisy Berkowitz." An official cause of death has yet to be revealed but in 2013, Putesky was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer.

Putesky formed Marilyn Manson and the Spooky Kids in 1989 with the eponymous singer (AKA Brian Warner,) after meeting at an after party at the Reunion Room in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He remained with the group recording the album, "Portrait of an American Family" and the EP "Smells Like Children," before leaving halfway through the recording of "Antichrist Superstar" due to creative differences, though he does appear on the record. He would then join Jack Off Jill in 1998 and went on to record the album, "Covetous Creature" with the group and made a guest appearance with Godhead, before recording some albums with Three Ton Gate. More...

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Celtic Frost Bassist Martin Ain Passes Away

Reports are beginning to surface that Martin Stricker, better known as Martin Eric Ain, the bassist and co-founder of Celtic Frost, has passed away at the age of 50 due to a heart attack. We will have more updates on this soon, as many of the sites reporting it are in German.

Ain began his long and successful, if times turbulent working relationship with Thomas Gabriel Fischer (AKA Tom Warrior) when he joined Hellhammer in the early 80s, before the two formed Celtic Frost. He performed on a number of seminal albums including, "Morbid Tales," "Into the Pandemonium" and the superb comeback album, "Monotheist," on which he handled lead vocals for the single, "A Dying God Coming Into Human Flesh." Celtic Frost disbanded in 2008 for the second time and Ain focused on other endeavours including running a DVD store and a bar. More...

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