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Emperor Reuniting For "Anthems 2017" Shows

Following the previous 20th anniversary shows for "In The Nightside Eclipse" a few years back, Emperor is again reunited for a slew of dates in remembrance of follow-up album "Anthems To The Welkin At Dusk."

Front man Ihsahn just issued this update:

"Finished a very successful pre-prod with Emperor this week for the upcoming #anthemstothewelkinatdusk2017 shows! Original hand painted backdrop from 1997 in the background to set the mood. Thanks to Konsert-Service as and @tonedeafproductionsdk for making this sound right both on stage and for everyone attending this summer!"

Stay tuned for full details on the dates and venues to be announced shortly.

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The Lurking Fear Issues First Teaser

While Swedish death metal crew The Lurking Fear - featuring Tomas Lindberg on vocals - continues working on a debut album expected to be released in the late summer via Century Media Records, the group is now launching a first video teaser.

Containing advance music samples for an upcoming 7" EP, check out the video teaser below. The band also checked in with the following statement:

"Finally unleashed upon an unsuspecting mankind. The Lurking Fear rears its ugly head. The first three songs of death metal filth are soon to be released on the self-titled EP, out on Moondawn Records. The EP was recorded and mixed at Welfare sounds studios in Gothenburg early 2017, produced by Per Stålberg.

"The EP features the songs 'Tongued In Foul Flames,' 'The Infernal Dread,' and 'Winged Death.' Cover artwork by Branca Studios and special handlettering by Fenriz (Darkthrone). Pre-order starts May 8th here." More...

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Internal Bleeding Drummer Dies From Fall

Internal Bleeding drummer Bill Tolley passed away yesterday from injuries sustained in a fall from a building in Queens, NY while battling a fire with the New York Fire Department.

The 14 year veteran firefighter was taking part in what was deemed a "routine call" to a 2 alarm apartment fire. He died after what the New York Daily news said was "a bizarre five-story plunge while working on the roof."

The band posted the news on its Facebook page, stating: "Our drummer, the heartbeat of the band, William Tolley died today. There are ZERO WORDS to describe the loss. He was a good, decent and honorable man who loved his friends, his family and the people he served. There will never be another like him. There are no words to describe the utter sadness and despair we feel right now. We love you Bill."

Just today, Unique Leader released the band's new single "Final Justice," which was teased earlier in the month. Tolley was 42 and leaves behind his wife and eight year old daughter. More...

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Loudness Reportedly Denied Entry To U.S.

Following Infernal Tenebra, and Wormrot, and a host of SXSW bands, it looks like Loudness is the latest casualty in the music scene to stricter U.S. travel rules.

The band was scheduled to kick off a U.S. trek today. While nothing official has been posted by the band itself, the venue Reggie's Rock Club in Chicago has stated Loudness will not be appearing tonight and issued the following statement:

"Due to the new strict policies the US government has placed on foreigners entering the country, Loudness was denied entry into the United States and sent back home this morning. All shows on the US tour are canceled. Refunds for Wednesday's show will be issued at original point of sale. Local bands Hessler, Pipe and Ironfinger will still play a FREE show Wednesday night, so come out and party!"

The Loudness Facebook profile hasn't been updated at this point and still lists the rest of the U.S. shows, but anyone planning on attending should contact the venues directly as it appears this tour is now off. More...

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1st Annual Metal Maya Destination Fest Announced

ASK4 Entertainment - the creator and producer of ShipRocked - announces the first annual Metal Maya, a 4-day all-inclusive heavy metal destination festival vacation from October 29th - November 2nd at the Now Sapphire Riviera Cancun, just south of Cancun in the paradise of Puerto Morelos on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula.

Metal Maya is the perfect place to celebrate Halloween and Dia de los Muertos (also known as Day Of The Dead and “Hanal Pixán” to the Mayans of Yucatan Peninsula) and will feature performances from a dozen bands in a tropical paradise.

The initial music lineup includes Anthrax, Overkill, Superjoint, heavy metal all-star band Metal Allegiance, Death Angel, Otep, and Tim “Ripper” Owens, with more bands to be announced. The Metal Allegiance band will include Phil Demmel (Machine Head), David Ellefson (Megadeth), Gary Holt (Slayer/Exodus), Mark Menghi, Mark Osegueda (Death Angel), Mike Portnoy (The Winery Dogs, Transatlantic, Flying Colors, The Neal Morse Band), Steve “Zetro” Souza (Exodus), Ryan Waste (Municipal Waste), and more special guests.

Metal Maya will be hosted by SiriusXM’s own Jose Mangin. Packages start at $1399 per person and go on sale Wednesday, April 12 at 1:00 PM ET at this location. More...

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Korn Recruits 12 Year Old Guest Bassist

Joining the ranks of famous musician's kids bands like Next To None, another little tyke is about to take up his father's profession. Korn just issued this announcement about bringing on a 12 year old session bassist for upcoming shows:

"On April 17th, Korn is heading down to South America for a run of dates in Columbia, Brazil, Argentina, Chile and Peru. Due to unforeseen circumstances, Fieldy is unable to make the shows so the band will be joined by a special guest.

"Filling in for bass duties will be Tye Trujillo, the 12-year old son of Metallica’s Robert Trujillo and member of NorCal group The Helmets. We are bummed Fieldy can’t join us on this run but excited to do a few gigs with a young player like Tye. We look forward to welcoming our brother Fieldy back when we return to the States in May. Fieldy will resume Korn’s 2017 tour at Carolina Rebellion on May 6." More...

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Demonical Recruits New Vocalist

Demonical has officially split with the band's vocalist and now brought on a new band member. The group issued this statement about the situation:

"We have parted with vocalist Sverker Widgren due to various time and priority related matters. As there are always two sides to every story and answers might differ depending on who you ask, we prefer to keep the more detailed reasons amongst the ones involved and not publicly go into further explanations. However, in order to avoid any speculations we can inform you that there is no bad blood between any of us, we want to thank Sverker for all the years in the band and we wish him the very best of luck for the future.

"As the band has always operated under the motto 'only the best is good enough,' we are thrilled to announce that one of Sweden’s premium death metal vocalists, Alexander Högbom (known from acts such as October Tide and Centinex) has joined us as our new permanent commander.

"In order to raise the flames even higher, we can hereby also reveal that after more than two years in Demonical on a session basis, guitarist Eki Kumpulainen and drummer Kennet Englund have both become full-time members of the band.

"With this determined and solid line-up we are very much looking forward to the upcoming Finnish shows next week, the summer tour across Eastern Europe during July as well as the album recording in the autumn. More...

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The Exploited Frontman Rushed To Hospital

Scottish punk/crossover thrash legends The Exploited has issued a statement revealing that frontman and founding member Wattie Buchan was rushed to hospital yesterday in Belgium, owing to a serious heart condition. The announcement reads as follows:

"Just to let you guys know that Wattie was taken to hospital yesterday in Belgium. He has a very serious heart condition and almost died. I saw him today and would like to thank the doctors who saved his life. Also he wanted to thank all the fans at last nights show and who turned up to support him and the band. Wattie would like us to continue the tour with out him. We will still be playing our set with guest vocalists from the casualties and others. We want to thank everyone for their support for us and Wattie. I know it means a lot to him.

"We wish him a speedy recovery

"Cheers
"The Exploited."

The Exploited released their first album, "Punk's Not Dead" in 1981 and were a vital band in the early eighties punk and hardcore scene in the United Kingdom along with Discharge and G.B.H. in a movement that was named "UK82" after a song from the Exploited's second album, "Troops Of Tomorrow." They adopted a more metal approach in 1987 with the album, "Death Before Dishonour," a style they have stuck with on all releases since. More...

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Infernal Tenebra Denied Entry To U.S.

Like with Wormrot and several others before, you can add Infernal Tenebra to the growing list of foreign bands unable to enter the U.S. for touring due to tightening travel restrictions. The band just issued this statement about canceling a previously scheduled trek alongside Testament and Sepultura due to kick off today:

"Can't win them all! Unfortunately, we were denied visas and can’t enter USA territory at this moment, so we had to cancel our support tour with Testament.

"This past few months were really a nerve wrecking experience. We tried our best to get the proper documents; lawyers in US were contacted, a shit ton of e-mails sent, we went to the US Embassy twice, but it’s just funny how it wasn’t meant to be this time. And it seems this current situation is not affecting only us.

"To make the long story short, just check a few links and you’ll get the picture:

- Metal Sucks: Trump's Probing Visa Measures Could Cause the U.S. to Lose Foreign Tours
- NPR: Three More SXSW Bands Denied Entry To The U.S.
- Spin: Multiple Bands Denied Entry Into the U.S. While Traveling to Play SXSW
- Vulture: All Of These Musicians Were Denied U.S. Entry to Perform At South By Southwest

"Having said that, we’re working on new material and trying to re-schedule the tour. See you on the road asap and thank you all for the understanding and support!" More...

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T.S.O. Leader Paul O'Neill Passes Away At 61

Paul O'Neill, long time collaborator with Savatage and the man who created Trans-Siberian Orchestra along with Jon Oliva (Jon Oliva's Pain/Savatage), Bob Kinkel, All Pitrelli (Savatage) and famed producer Dave Witman, died late last night from a chronic illness.

More information is expected soon, but the death was announced by Trans-Siberian Orchestra and reads:

"The entire Trans-Siberian Orchestra family, past and present, is heartbroken to share the devastating news that Paul O’Neill has passed away from chronic illness.

"He was our friend and our leader -- a truly creative spirit and an altruistic soul. This is a profound and indescribable loss for us all.

"We ask that you respect Paul’s family’s privacy now. We will make additional announcements shortly."

Many members of T.S.O. shared the post, like guitarist/writer Chris Caffery (Savatage) who simply stated: "Shattered..."

O'Neill's collaboration with Savatage led to some of the most well known conceptual albums like "Gutter Ballet," "Streets: A Rock Opera" and "Dead Winter Dead." More...

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Former Ghouls Suing Papa Emeritus

Update: former guitarist Simon Söderberg has now issued a statement about the reasons behind the lawsuit and which Ghouls are involved.

After winning both U.S. and Swedish Grammy awards, sadly not all is well within the Ghost camp.

According to a story posted on Swedish site Corren.se, several former Nameless Ghouls are now suing Papa Emeritus of Ghost.

An excerpt from the article (translated to English so a bit is lost) reads as follows:

"Leader of the rock band Ghost of Linkoping sued by four of the band members. He is accused of having managed the stores around Ghost completely without insight from someone else in the band. It appears from a lawsuit Linköping District Court.

" Behind the mood is four musicians in the world famous, acclaimed and secret hard rock group Ghost. According to the lawsuit claims the Quartet (the partners) to:

* Court states that partnership exists between the five musicians
* Jointly conducts the music group Ghost
* Partnership agreement prescribes that the band leader to carry out the management of the company's operations.

"The four musicians behind the application also demand that the court should require the bandleader under penalty of SEK 200 000, or the amount that the court considers reasonable, the company reported revenues and expenses for the financial years 2011 to 2016 and that he also recognizes the company's assets at December 31, 2016. The reason for the lawsuit is missing wages and allowances for several years."

According to the full article, relations between the Ghouls and Papa Emeritus soured over the years, with complaints of missing payments and un-signable contracts that put the musicians into untenable positions. It's unclear just which of the Ghouls are involved in the lawsuit and what their real identities are at the moment.

Papa Emeritus has declined to comment on the lawsuit thus far, but a statement is expected to be forthcoming at some point.

Read the full article at Corren.se.

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Every Time I Die Banned From House Of Blues

It's been a long time since a band got booted from the House Of Blues for being "unfit to be associated with Disney" but I guess it's that time of year again!

Following in the hallowed footsteps of Skeletonwitch back in 2013 and Warbringer in 2015, Every Time I Die has been banned from the House Of Blues.

As usual, no reason was given, and it's apparent the band isn't particularly amused by this turn of events, as shown by the string of tweets below to fans wondering why Every Time I Die wasn't on the bill for this particular show.

The show was scheduled for July 20th in Orlando. For a complete list of upcoming Every Time I Die dates not being dicked all up and down by the ever-lovable Disney, head over to this location. More...

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Van's Warped Tour 2017 Lineup Revealed

Looks like that leaked Warped Tour lineup from back in February was totally accurate!

GWAR and CKY will in fact be on this year's edition of the tour, as well as some surprises like Alestorm and Carnifex.

The full list of tour dates, kicking off June 16th and running through August 6th, can be found below. The artist roster will consist of: More...

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EyeHateGod Returning To The Stage

EyeHateGod frontman Mike IX Williams will make his triumphant return to the stage next month following a successful liver transplant this past December.

Williams, who hasn't performed live in a year, will make his stage debut on April 14th at this year's Berserker Fest in Pontiac, Michigan. From there, the band will hit Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Brooklyn, New York with future live encounters to be announced in the months to come.

4/14/2017 Berserker IV @ The Crofoot - Pontiac, MI
4/15/2017 First Unitarian Church - Philadelphia, PA
4/16/2017 Brooklyn Bazarre - Brooklyn, NY

Comments Williams in a recently statement posted to his YouCaring site: "Finally! This an update that's totally loooong overdue, people. I apologize for the tardiness but I just started an entirely new beginning of an existence previously destined to be cut short by the ravages of a hard life lived. More...

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Negru Of Negura Bunget Passes Away

Tibor Kati from Romanian metal band Negura Bunget has issued this announcement about Negru passing away earlier today:

"With great grief in our souls, we inform you that our friend and colleague, Gabriel 'Negru' Mafa, passed today, March 21st 2017, aged 42. We deeply regret the death of the man who founded and maintained Negura Bunget, and who dedicated his life to the sacred side of our culture, bringing it to life through music and transmitting it to various generations from all over the world.

"We hope that his legacy will continue to enchant and console those whom he left behind. With regret and sadness, we offer our condolences to his family and to those who knew and cherished him in this life."

Several bands have since posted to express their condolences, with Northern Plague issuing this statement: "With deep sadness we would like to pass on the information, that our brother, friend and driving force of one of the very few UNIQUE bands in the world - Negura Bunget, Gabriel 'Negru' Mafa has passed away, age 42.

"What's really depressing, we saw each other on your show in Warsaw just a couple of days ago, and nobody would see this coming. Thank you for your music, thank you for the opportunity to travel together and experience your magnificent country, Thank you for the memories. May your soul rest." More...

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Jeff Plate Splits With Metal Church

Jeff Plate, longtime drummer for Metal Church, announced his departure from the band citing time and time management issues. The band announced that it is withdrawing from the AlterBridge/In Flames tour scheduled for this May.

In a post on Facebook, Plate stated: "Hello everyone. It is with a heavy heart that I am announcing my departure from Metal Church. I came to this conclusion 2 weeks ago, and agreed to hold off on the announcement until Metal Church had made some decisions on what they were going to do.

"This is obviously not an easy decision. After many conversations with myself, my wife, my family, my management and Kurdt Vanderoof and Mike Howe, I know I am doing the right thing for my future.

"I know there will be questions and speculation. The bottom line is time, my time, and how best I manage it. I had to come to terms with the fact that time is just blowing by at the speed of light and there is no time for me to second guess or regret anything I'm doing. At this point in my life I need to be in more control of my time and career. I have a number of things I’d like to do and try, and to do these I have to give up something I truly love and am very proud of.

"I cannot thank Kurdt Vanderhoof enough for inviting me into Metal Church. For the past 12 years I have had the honor and privilege of playing some of the best, truly iconic Hard Rock/ Heavy Metal songs ever written. I have recorded 4 records with the band. The latest, 'XI', is not only one of my favorite Metal Church records, but I feel it is the one of the best, if not the best records I have recorded throughout my career.

"Also, I cannot thank the Metal Church fan base enough for the tremendous support. I have met thousands of you over the years and you, fans old and new, are simply the best. You have kept this band alive for the past 33 years, and I am sure there is more great music to come.

"Metal Church is in a good place, and there are a number of shows and good things coming up this year. This decision is made now to not only let me prepare for the year to come, but also to let Metal Church do the same. Kurdt Vanderhoof(g), Mike Howe(v), Steve Unger(b), Rick VanZandt(g), Tim Harding(sound and production), and Joe Obrien(President @ Rat Pak Records) have been a tremendous team, and they are also very good friends of mine. I wish them nothing but the best.

"I hope to see you all again somewhere down the road. I will keep you posted on my activities. Trust me, I will not sit still for very long. Thank you, take care." More...

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Jesper Strömblad Announces New Band

Cyhra, a new project featuring former Amaranthe singer Jake E. and ex-In Flames guitarist Jesper Strömblad, has signed to Spinefarm Records. The band formed a year ago and will enter the studio this spring, with a debut album expected to drop in the fall.

The core members, who cut their teeth in two incredibly influential metal bands, recruited other well-respected musicians to complete the lineup and the rhythm section: drummer Alex Landenburg, known from his work with Rhapsody and Annihilator, as well as bass player Peter Iwers of In Flames and Stoney Mountain. The addition of Landenburg and Iwers helped to fuel the Cyhra songwriting process and to solidify an overall sound.

"The excitement I feel about Cyhra is over the top," Jake E. said. "I have to pinch myself every day to make sure it's not just another dream. I am so proud of the music we have created and I can't wait to show it to the world!"

Strömblad stated, "For the first time for as long as I can remember, I feel I am a part of something special. This band has helped me regain my true passion for music. I can't wait to share this to the world!" More...

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Iced Earth Unveils New Album

Iced Earth just wrapped up the mixing and mastering for a new full-length album, which will be titled "Incorruptible."

Following previous 2014 full-length studio album "Plagues of Babylon," this new release is being slated for a June drop date, with full details to arrive in the coming weeks.

Photos from the studio were posted throughout the recording process, which can be seen at the band's Facebook profile here.

Today, Iced Earth has unveiled the official "Incorruptible" track listing:

1. Great Heathen Army
2. Black Flag
3. Raven Wing
4. The Veil
5. Seven Headed Whore
6. The Relic (Part 1)
7. Ghost Dance (Awaken the Ancestors)
8. Brothers
9. Defiance
10. Clear The Way (December 13th, 1862)

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At The Gates Parts With Anders, Announces Album

Having completed an extremely comprehensive worldwide touring campaign in support of comeback album "At War With Reality" (reviewed here), Swedish melodic death metal pioneers At The Gates now break the silence and check in with this status update:

"So, it is now official that Anders Björler is no longer a part of At The Gates. He will always be part of the At The Gates family, of course, but he will no longer write, record or play with us live. This is something that we, the rest of the band, have felt was on its way for quite some time, as that special spark was no longer with him the last year. We are grateful for all we have experienced together with him, all the records, all the songs, all the gigs, all the laughs and good times.

"The rest of us have in the meantime started the work on the follow up to 'At War With Reality', we already have three songs written, and the direction is set for an intense, hungry follow-up album. Jonas has always written a considerable part of the bands' material and we are fully confident that the new material will live up to the standards set by our previous records. It is ripping. The four of us still have the burning urge to create death metal together, and we love playing live in front of our fans, so we will go on, with an even stronger intent.

"While writing the new record, that we intend to record in the beginning of 2018, we are trying out Anders' replacement. Some auditions are being held as we speak, and we will get back to you with news on the matter as soon as we know more." More...

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Ghost Wins Swedish Grammis Award

After Megadeth took home the Best Metal Performance award at the 2017 U.S. Grammy ceremony, Ghost has won the Best Hard Rock / Metal category at the Swedish Grammis awards held Tuesday night in Stockholm. The nominated bands were as follows:

Amaranthe - "Maximalism"
Cult Of Luna & Julie Christmas - "Mariner"
Dark Tranquillity - "Atoma"
Ghost - "Popestar"
In Flames - "Battles"

In Flames commented via Facebook: "Congrats to Ghost for winning 'Hard Rock/Metal Album of the Year.' Thanks for the nomination and good times, Grammis! #IFBattles17."

Video of Papa Emeritus accepting the award can be seen below. Notably, he is the only member of the band to appear, fueling speculation the nameless ghouls are in for a reboot, either entirely changing out the lineup or perhaps simply changing the costumes and names for the next release.

Last year, Ghost also won the U.S. Grammy for Best Metal Performance. More...

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