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Artillery Guitarist Passes Away

Danish thrash metal legends Artillery has announced that guitarist Morten Stützer, who began as the band's bass player, has died suddenly at the age of 57. A statement from the band reads as follows:

"Dear loyal friends and fans

"It is with a heavy heart, a great deal of shock and a lot of disbelief that we have inform you that founding member, friend - and brother, Morten Stützer, no longer is with us. He passed away at the way-too-early age of 57 on the evening of October 2nd. He was surrounded by his family.

"We are absolutely devastated. Morten’s contributions to the band has been invaluable. Besides his incredible musicianship, Morten’s knowledge on so many aspects of life as well as his witty way of being will be so sorely missed.
One thing that is not to forgotten however, is the legacy that Morten has left behind in this world.

"Morten’s contributions and work in music has brought so much joy and entertainment to so many people throughout the world - and will continue to do so for generations to come. In this fact, we find a great deal of comfort.
Needless to say, this will NOT be the end of ARTILLERY. In Morten’s spirit, and as an ode to Morten, Artillery will soldier on.

"Morten will be missed, but never forgotten.

"Good bye, Morten."

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Ex-Morbid Angel Guitarist Richard Brunelle Dead

Morbid Angel's ex-guitarist Richard Brunelle has died at the age of 55. His sister-in-law Marilyn revealed that he passed away on Monday, September 23rd. The cause of death has yet to be revealed.

Richard Brunelle appeared on their 1986 "Abominations of Desolation" demo album (released in 1991), as welllas on 1989their debut “Altars Of Madness” and their 1991 sophomore follow-up, “Blessed Are The Sick“. He played with the band for several periods of time over the years, including a run with Morbid Angel that lasted from 1985-1992, followed by returns in 1994 and 1998.

Richard Brunelle battled with a serious drug addiction in the years that followed his exit from the group that led to a number of arrests and time in prison on substance-abuse related charges.

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Metallica Frontman Enters Rehab

Heavy metal legends Metallica has announced that they have been forced to cancel their upcoming shows in Australia and New Zealand, due to frontman James Hetfield checking himself into rehab for an unspecified addiction. A message from the band reads as follows:

"We are truly sorry to inform our fans and friends that we must postpone our upcoming tour of Australia and New Zealand.

"As most of you probably know, our brother James has been struggling with addiction on and off for many years. He has now, unfortunately, had to re-enter a treatment program to work on his recovery again.

"We fully intend to make our way to your part of the world as soon as health and schedule permit. We’ll let you know as soon as we can. Once again, we are devastated that we have inconvenienced so many of you, especially our most loyal fans who travel great distances to experience our shows. We appreciate your understanding and support for James and, as always, thank you for being a part of our Metallica family.

"All tickets purchased to the shows in Australia and New Zealand, including Enhanced Experiences and Black Tickets, will be fully refunded. More details on how to obtain your refund are below." More...

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Former TNT And Shy Vocalist Passes Away

Former Shy and TNT singer Tony Mills has passed away at the age of 57, following a battle with pancreatic cancer. The veteran rocker announced in April of this year that he had been diagnosed with the illness and that he had been told it was terminal. His final release, "Beyond The Law," his sixth solo album was also released this year.

Mills first gained recognition as the frontman for Shy (formerly known as Trojan,) with whom he released four albums before leaving in 1991 to embark on a solo career. Aside from his solo work at this time, he also worked as a session vocalist, including performing with legendary rock band Slade and fronting a Rush tribute band before reuniting with Shy in 2000. He parted company with the band once more in 2006 when he took over the vocalist role in Norwegian heavy metal veterans TNT, following the departure of their longtime vocalist Tony Harnell. He spent seven years with the band, releasing four albums before leaving to return to his solo work.

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Former Clutch Keyboardist Passes Away

Former Clutch keyboardist Mick Schauer has passed away, the band has revealed. While no details of his death have been revealed as of yet, the group paid tribute to their former comrade who was a member of the band from 2005 to 2008. A statement from Clutch reads as follows:

"We are saddened to hear the news of Mick Schauer’s passing. Mick was an incredible talent and he will be missed. His contribution to the albums Robot Hive Exodus and From Beale Street to Oblivion brought a new sound to the band at a time when the band sought to stretch into new territory. Mick helped us to achieve those goals and more. He was also a powerful force at our live shows. His natural ability was unmatched and his love for the music made us all play better. We are grateful for having had the opportunity to make music with you Mick!"

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Tool Premiere Full-Album Stream Of Brand New Album

After 13 years the wait is over and Tool‘s new record “Fear Inoculum” has officially premiered streaming via YouTube in full below. Check it out:

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Lamb of God Parts Ways With Chris Adler

Lamb Of God has parted ways with drummer Chris Adler. Adler has been absent from Lamb Of God's live shows since 2018 due to injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident, and did not have a clear timetable for his return according to frontman Randy Blythe. Adler was set to return for a few tribute supergroup-type shows this winter, though it's entirely unclear what his health status is and how this pertains to Lamb Of God. Now unfortunately the band has parted ways with Adler completely.

Art Cruz was announced as Adler's replacement and has been playing drums with the band on its most recent tour. The band also announced that they will be pre-production on a new album soon. More...

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Immolation & Monument Of Misanthropy Announce Tour

New York death metal veterans Immolation have announced a 2019 European/UK fall headlining run that will see them out with Ragnarok and Monument Of Misanthropy. The dates for that trek include:

07.11. (GER) Munster / Sputnikhalle
08.11. (HOL) Amersfoort / Flour033
09.11. (HOL) Tilburg / de Nieuwe Vorst
10.11. (HOL) Enschede / Metropool
12.11. TBC
13.11. (ITA) Milan / Slaughter Club
14.11. (ITA) Rome / Traffic
15.11. (ITA) San Dova di Piave / Revolver
16.11. (CH) Sion / Le Port Franc
17.11. (GER) Trier / Mergener Hof
18.11. (FR) Niort / Camji
19.11. (FR) Paris / Backstage
21.11. (UK) Manchester / Rebellion
22.11. (UK) London / The Dome
23.11. (HOL) Rotterdam / Baroeg
24.11. TBC
26.11. (GER) Munich / Backstage
27.11. (CZ) Prague / Nova Chmelnice
28.11. (POL) Bielsko BIala / Rudeboy
29.11. (POL) Lódz / Magnetofon
30.11. (GER) Berlin / Lido
01.12. (POL) Poznan / U Bazyla More...

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Tengger Cavalry Frontman Nature Ganganbaigal Dead

Tengger Cavalry frontman Nature Ganganbaigal has passed away with his cause of death not having been publicly revealed thus far. The band’s guitarist Patrick Reilly informed the press that Ganganbaigal had missed a pre-show rehearsal and that authorities informed the group that they found his body on June 13th.

Ganganbaigal's bandmates shared the below statement on the matter: More...

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Dave Mustaine Diagnosed With Cancer

Dave Mustaine of Megadeth made an announcement via the Megadeth Facebook page that he's been diagnosed with throat cancer and is currently receiving treatment.

Below is the statement that was posted to their Facebook page. More...

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Former Angra Vocalist Passes Away

Brazilian power metal veterans Angra has confirmed reports that original vocalist André Matos has passed away at the age of 47. A statement from the band (loosely translated) reads as follows:

"Dear fans and friends: in respect of the passing of the co-founder of angra, Andre Matos, we decided to cancel today's It wouldn't make sense to go on stage to play while we cry for the loss of our journey companion, whom we owe much of our Andre's legacy is confused with angra's, and so we're going to go up to the stage of temple music today, but only to honor him and remember his importance in the history of each of us, who lives the heavy metal Daily. On this day, our instruments are quiet in mourning.

"The show is rescheduled for July 28th, Sunday, in the same place, and those who wish to be there with us tonight can also participate in the show on the new date. Those who prefer to have a refund of their ticket can do it by the means where they acquired the same

"On this sad day, we wish strength to friends, family, band mates and fans of this world metal icon. Carry on, Andre Matos!"

Matos formed Angra in 1991 while attending Santa Marcelina Music College with guitarists Rafael Bittencourt and André Linhares. Two years later, the band released their first album, "Angels Cry" and with Matos on vocals, the band then released "Holy Land" in 1996 and "Fireworks" in 1998, before Matos, along with bassist Luis Mariutti and drummer Ricardo Confessori, left in 2001.

The trio would form the band Shaman, who would change their name to Shaaman due to legal issues after their first album but received commercial success owing to the song, "Fairy Tale" featuring in the soap opera "Beijo do Vampiro" ("Vampire Kiss.") Matos then went on to launch a solo career, which at one time featured future Sepultura drummer Eloy Casagrande and released three studio album, "Time To Be Free" in 2007, "Mentalize" in 2009 and "The Turn Of The Lights" in 2012. More...

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AUSTIN TERROR FEST

Austin Terror Fest returns this weekend with a lineup that provides further proof that it’s one of the most exciting annual underground metal fests in the South. Spanning three days—Friday, June 7, through Sunday, June 9—ATF 2019 will take place at Barracuda and Empire Control Room and Garage, venues nestled within Austin’s Red River Cultural District. A broad array of subgenres are represented on the bill by notable acts including Goatwhore, Church of Misery, Pig Destroyer, Integrity, Full of Hell, Indian, Dalek, Bongzilla, Thou, Black Cobra, Alcest and Dark Castle. The schedule is provided below. More...

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Eden's Curse Announces Breakup

European rockers Eden's Curse has posted a statement online, confirming that they have decided to disband. The message reads as follows:

"It is with heavy heart that we announce that having evaluated our past and future, we have reluctantly mutually decided to bring Eden’s Curse to a natural end.

"As you will hopefully agree, Eden’s Curse have always set the highest standards when it comes to songwriting, album production, artwork, live performances, set design, merchandising, social media presence and interaction with our fans. Those high standards require significant investment of our money, our time, our families time and that of our label AFM Records.

"To justify continuing this investment we must see benefits such as ever increasing:

- album sales
- concert attendances
- merchandise sales
- potential live opportunities
- booking agency & management interest More...

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Slayer Suing Secret Solstice’ Festival Organizers

According to RÚV (the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service) Slayer have filed suit against the - now former - organizers of the annual ‘Secret Solstice Festival‘, Solstice Productions. The group claim they’re owed $134,000 USD for their headlining appearance at the festival in Reykjavik, Iceland in June of 2018.

“Slayer’s lawyer, Jón Gunnar Ásbjörnsson, wrote a letter to the city on the matter, stating, among other things, that in addition to having not paid the aforementioned claim, the representatives of the festival have retained 20 percent of Slayer’s income to pay withholding tax to the tax authorities.”

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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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Slayer & Anthrax Christchurch Show Canceled

Slayer's March 17 show in Christchurch, New Zealand has been called off in the wake of this past Friday's mosque shootings in the city which killed 50 people and left 50 others injured. The show would have taken place just one kilometer away from the mosque.

The decision to cancel the concert at Horncastle Arena was announced by Tim Scandrett, the board chairman of the venue owner VBase in a Facebook post.

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Slipknot Percussionist Files Suit Against The Band

According to The Blast, Slipknot percussionist Chris Fehn has filed a lawsuit against his bandmates over a payment dispute.

Chris Fehn, known for wearing a Pinocchio-style mask, has been performing with Slipknot since 1998 and participated in all the band’s albums. He claims to have always been told that the money from merchandise and touring is funnelled through one sole company that splits profits and pays the members of the band. However, Fehn claims he recently discovered that his bandmates have set up several other Slipknot affiliated business entities in different states that appear to be collecting money from the band.

Fehn says he was unaware of the separate companies, and claims to have never received a dime from them. He’s specifically calling out band leaders Shawn Crahan and Corey Taylor of the shady business dealings. Fehn wants a full forensic accounting done on Slipknot’s companies and assets, and to collect the damages and profits he believes he’s owed.

Meanwhile, Corey Taylor took to Twitter, stating: "You’re gonna read a lot of bullshit today. This is all I’ll say. JUST YOU WAIT TIL THE TRUTH COMES OUT. Long Live The Knot."

Read the full article at The Blast.

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High on Fire Wins Grammy Award

HIGH ON FIRE was honored with a Grammy in the "Best Metal Performance" category in the pre-telecast ceremony at the 61st annual Grammy Awards, which is being held tonight (Sunday, February 10) at Staples Center in Los Angeles. HIGH ON FIRE was nominated for "Electric Messiah", the title track of its 2018 album.

When HIGH ON FIRE was first nominated, guitarist/vocalist Matt Pike said in a statement: "We are so honored to be appreciated by our peers. We love and live our art." Drummer Des Kensel added: "It doesn't matter whether we win or not. It's just an honor to be recognized for our hard work and sacrifice after devoting our whole lives to music." Bassist Jeff Matz concurred, saying: "This is pretty mind-blowing. We're beyond thrilled about the nomination. We all put a lot of sweat and sleepless nights into writing and recording this album. It's amazing that our efforts are being recognized in this way."

The nominees in the "Best Metal Performance" category were as follows:

BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME - "Condemned To The Gallows"
DEAFHEAVEN - "Honeycomb"
HIGH ON FIRE - "Electric Messiah"
TRIVIUM - "Betrayer"
UNDEROATH - "On My Teeth"

The majority of the awards in the 84 Grammy categories spread across 30 fields are being handed out in a non-televised event, the Premiere Ceremony, this afternoon. The televised portion of the Grammys will begin on CBS at 5:00 p.m. PT/8:00 p.m. ET.

Last year, the Recording Academy announced several changes to the awards process, most notably to the "General Field" categories — record of the year, album of the year, song of the year and best new artist — where the number of nominations was increased from five to eight. The Recording Academy also claims to have made greater efforts this year to diversify its voting body, reaching out to women and people of color specifically about becoming new members while requiring longtime members to re-qualify based on recent work.

The Grammys are voted on by approximately 13,000 Recording Academy members, who are comprised of artists, songwriters, producers and engineers. More than 21,000 recordings were submitted for Grammys consideration this year. For 2019 awards, music must have been released between October 1, 2017 and September 30, 2018 in order to be eligible. More...

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Bruce Corbitt (Warbeast/Rigor Mortis) Dead At 56

Rigor Mortis and Warbeast frontman Bruce Corbitt, has passed away on January 25th, at the age of only 56. The singer fought a two year battle against esophageal cancer. Corbitt took to the stage with Warbeast for a live performance in Fort Worth, Texas this past October, despite suffering from the disease and the side effects of the various treatments he underwent for it. Footage of which can be streamed below:

Though this seemed to be a positive development, unfortunately, the cancer got worse and Corbitt was moved to hospice care.

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Agent Steel Announces Reformation

Legendary metal band Agent Steel's new lineup, featuring original frontman John Cyriis, have announced their June 1st appearance at Metalheadz Open Air 2019, in Oberndorf am Lech, Germany.

According to a message posted at the band's Facebook page, John Cyriis, along with the new Agent Steel lineup, "are ready to deliver a speed metal supernova to those who choose to attend this mighty day of metal glory."

The band will deliver songs from the three classic Agent Steel albums, as well as four new songs from their forthcoming new album, "8 Lights Protocol," tentatively scheduled for a September release on a soon to be announced record label.

Stay tuned for further updates.

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