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Iranian Metal Band Reportedly Jailed

We've been posting news on an Iranian outfit titled Confess for a few years, and it appears the band has now gotten into hot water with the authorities. MetalNationRadio.ca posted this message online about the situation:

"Metal Community… On behalf of the band Confess (Iran), I am making this post public in the hope that it will go viral. I have spoken many times and in depth regarding the dangers of being a metal musician from the middle east. I would often use Confess as an example when describing the perils one would face by playing music.

"They are a talented thrash band that risked it all to pursue their hopes and dreams of one day being able to leave their land and share their music/stories with the world. Because of their heavy-handed religious rule, many countries in the Middle East view rock and metal as the devil’s music. In many cases the musicians or those who just listen to the music risk being jailed and in some cases executed for it. I have always feared that one day one of the bands I promote from there would end up in such a position.

"Well… that time arrived for Nikan Siyanor Khosravi and Khosravi Arash Chemical Ilkhani of Confess. This evening I received a message from a friend of the band (who will remain unnamed to protect their identity) that I found to be alarming. According to the message, they have been jailed in their country for playing heavy metal, owning an independent record label and for communicating with foreign radio stations. More...

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Valleys Vocalist Dies In Car Accident

Raleigh, NC group Valleys has been gearing up to release debut full-length concept album "Experiment One: Asylum" on February 12th.

Unfortunately on February 5th, just a week prior to the scheduled release, the band received a phone call from the local fire department that a vehicle matching the description of 23-year-old vocalist Mikey Clement had been found wrecked.

It wasn't long after that they received the news that Mikey had passed away from injuries sustained in the accident. An article about the accident from local media can also be read here.

As a group, Valleys made the decision that while they could put a halt on the entire album release, that is not what Mikey would have wanted them to do. He would have wanted the show to go on and for them to release the music that he and the band worked so hard on.

A launch of the track "Choices" takes place today, dedicated to the memory of Mikey Clement. The track was one of Mikey's favorite songs on the album - resonating, soaring and heartfelt - a perfect tribute. More...

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Swallow The Sun Show In Dubai Cancelled

The Bilocate and Swallow The Sun show in Dubai has been cancelled, with Bilocate issuing this statement:

"Regretfully, we announce that our show with Swallow the Sun and Aramaic got canceled, due to a complaint issued, falsely claiming the show would include practices unacceptable by the hosting community from a cultural perspective (as per the organizing team).

"We know it's such a disappointment, for us as well, but we'll do our best to make it happen next time. Don't forget to join us all this Friday at The Music Room with the other bands. Please refer to the official organizer page for details."

Swallow The Sun adds: "Today we got some very very sad news. Sadly we can't perform our music to you guys. But some of us are still coming to Dubai to meet you. I guess it's better than nothing? We are so sorry."

Metal East Records also commented: "What we know so far that a competitor has actually filed this complaint mentioning the show was promoting devil-worshiping (which we all know is not the case). The show will continue and since none of the original line up can’t perform, let's fill the bill up with some local talents and celebrate never giving up on the music we love. " More...

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Phil Anselmo Responds To Racism Accusations

Update: Phil Anselmo has now released a video apologizing for what occurred at Dimebash. Watch it here.

The close of the Dimebash event this week was marred by controversy when Phil Anselmo closed out his set by throwing a Nazi salute and screaming "white power!' at the crowd. Anselmo has since responded to video of the incident (available below) by commenting:

"OK folks, I'll own this one, but dammit, I was joking, and the 'inside joke of the night' was because we were drinking fucking white wine, hahaha...

"Of all fucking things. Some of y'all need to thicken up your skin. There's plenty of fuckers to pick on with a more realistic agenda. I fucking love everyone, I fucking loathe everyone, and that's that. No apologies from me. PHA '16."

Not everyone is accepting his statement however, as Machine Head's Robb Flynn has released a video questioning the comment about white wine. Check it out here: More...

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Ne Obliviscaris / Cradle Of Filth Tour Postponed

Update: Ne Obliviscaris has now lined up several headlining shows to replace the cancelled starting dates of the tour. Full info available here.

The impending Ne Obliviscaris / Cradle Of Filth / Butcher Babies tour will be kicking off later than expected due to (what else?) visa issues. Ne Obliviscaris had this to say about the situation:

"Unfortunately we have received news that the first 4 shows of our tour - Philadelphia, Boston, Baltimore and Raleigh - have been cancelled this week due to a delay in Cradle of Filth's U.S. visas.

"We personally have already landed in LA on our way to Philadelphia tonight and are shattered that we can't play to our fans in these cities... From what we understand, it is expected that this situation will be resolved in the next couple of days so that the rest of the tour goes ahead starting in Charlotte on Jan 31.

"We are so sorry to our fans in these cities who I know will be just as disappointed as we are. We are looking into options at present for any shows in the Pennsylvania tri-state and Mid-Atlantic areas in the meantime in case it's possible to get a show happening on such extremely short notice, and will keep you guys updated as soon as there is more news on our end. Either way, we are here in America, with our Visa's in hand, staying positive and ready to play for you all." More...

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Former Dio Bassist Jimmy Bain Passes Away

The veteran rock and metal bass player Jimmy Bain, best known for his work with Dio and Rainbow, as well as Thin Lizzy, has passed away at the age of 68 according to his friends. He was most recently involved in the band, Last In Line, which featured fellow Dio alumni Vivian Campbell and Vinny Appice, who will release their debut album, "Heavy Crown" on February 20th.

Bain was born in Newtonmore, Scotland and made his presence known first with Rainbow, with whom he recorded the album "Rising" and the live releases, "On Stage" and "Live in Germany," before joining Thin Lizzy, performing on the "Black Rose: A Rock Legend" record, as well as contributing significantly to Thin Lizzy mastermind Phil Lynott's solo material. After working with Gary Moore and forming his own band, Wild Horses, he joined forces with former Rainbow vocalist Ronnie James Dio to help form the singer's eponymous band, and remained a member throughout the eighties, rejoining at the beginning of the millenium to record the albums, "Magica" and "Killing the Dragon." More...

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Remembering Jason Bradford - 1987 - 2016

Two days ago, I was sent a message on Facebook by a former member of this website, Kalis Wrath, breaking the news that another of our own, Jason Bradford, perhaps better known to regular visitors of this site as DeathInEye, had passed away the night before at the age of 28, having slipped into a coma a few days prior. As those who knew him will remember, Jason was a both an awesome mind and a spiritual warrior, who excelled as a poet. Every time he'd write poetry, or even discussed it, I felt like I was being educated. Like many other people, poetry was something I would either dismiss outright or shrug off as something anybody could do but I had no idea how much structure and thought went in to the process of crafting poems until Jason talked about them.

There was something else about Jason, something which he dealt with his entire life, which was his struggle against Muscular Dystrophy. This horrible affliction would be too much for most of us to bear, but Jason wasn't like most of us. I rarely knew him to talk about it and when he did, it was either in good humour or just as an aside. I remember what must have been ten years ago now, discussing with him education in Great Britain, because the British education system was better for his needs he said, and true to his word, he did arrive on this little island to study at the University of East Anglia. Another fond memory I have of Jason was a time when people were changing their Facebook pictures to their celebrity lookalikes for one reason or another and Jason, tongue firmly in cheek, said to the effect of, "Well, who else could I pick other than Stephen Hawking?" More...

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That Metal Show Cancelled

Eddie Trunk from That Metal Show has released the following statement about the show being cancelled, but potentially still appearing in the future on a different network:

"A message to the loyal fans of That Metal Show from Eddie, Jim & Don: we are sorry to report that VH1 Classic will not continue to make any new episodes of That Metal Show.

"It has been an incredible run of eight years, roughly 125 episodes and some really cool specials. The global response to TMS has been simply amazing, and we will be eternally grateful for the support from the rock and metal fans that have showed us so much love. We truly would have never made it as long as we did without you!

"A huge thanks also to the great crews we had over the years both in NYC and Los Angeles, to our producer Jeff Baumgardner, and to all the executives at VH1. And finally, thanks to the hundreds of artists that joined us on our set, had fun with us, shared their stories and many, many laughs. From the biggest names in rock history, to the up-and-comers: we thank you all for being a part of it.

"Of course we very much want to keep That Metal Show alive, and with the blessing of VH1 Classic, we’ve got the keys to the show and are currently searching for a new home. We’re not sure where we’ll land, but we hope to be back in our studio and your living rooms as soon as possible. In the meantime, keep an eye out for us on the road and come say, 'Hello.'

"Thank you for watching all these years, and we’ll keep you posted as soon as we have news to share." More...

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Metallica Rescinds Cease And Desist

Last week a Metallica tribute band titled Sandman posted online about receiving a cease and desist letter for using the band's logo during live shows.

The story went viral, with the usual Lars/Napster comments dominating any given story or social media post, but as it turns out, Metallica was unaware of the legal action - and has both rescinded the cease and desist and fired the lawyer responsible!

The band has now checked in with Rollingstone.com to discuss the situation. An excerpt from the story follows.

"We hear that a Canadian Metallica tribute band is a little upset with us and with a little digging, figured out why," the band tells Rolling Stone. "It turns out that a certain letter was delivered to the band Sandman that neither we nor our management were aware of until it surfaced online. Lucky for us, the band was kind enough to post it for us to see, and it turns out that we have a very overzealous attorney who sent this letter without our knowledge."
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Tera Wray Static Passes Away

After Wayne Static of Static-X passed away back in 2014, his widow Tera Wray Static has now followed him. Michael Fattorosi, an adult entertainment attorney, posted this string of messages via Twitter:

"I'm so sad today. My client & friend Tera Wray, former Pornstar and the widow of Wayne Static committed suicide yesterday. Tera is once again with the love of her life, Wayne, & will be forever. May they both find peace together for all of eternity. Godspeed Tera."

The couple met in 2007 and were married the next year, with Tera working in the adult entertainment industry prior from 2006 through 2008. More...

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Sergio Quesada Charged In Khaotika/Wormreich Crash

OnlineAthens.com is reporting that Khaotika's Sergio Jose Quesada has been charged with DUI and three counts of homicide for a deadly crash back in April of last year.

That vehicle crash took the lives of Khaotika drummer Nick Crisostomo (a/k/a Dyret) and Wormreich members Ian A. McKinney (guitarist/keyboardist) and Paul Truesdel (Bass). An excerpt from the article follows:

An Athens man was charged in an April 2015 wreck that killed three members of two rock bands when their 15-passenger van wrecked along Interstate 85. Sergio Jose Quesada, 28, of Nona Drive, Athens, was charged with DUI, failing to maintain a lane and three counts of first degree homicide by vehicle.

Those killed in the April 6 wreck in Jackson County were Nicholas Crisostomo, 25, of Round Hill, Va.; Ian McKinney, 30, of Madison, Tenn.; and Paul J. Truesdell, 29, of Mableton, Ga. Those injured and killed were members of either Khaotika, an Atlanta-based occult metal band, and Wormreich, a Huntsville, Ala., based band described as black metal.

Quesada was booked into the Jackson County Detention Center on Monday and released on a $17,800 bond.

The crash hasn't stopped the music though, as we recently premiered a triumphant return track from Khaotika, which can be heard below, and an update from the band months after the crash can still be read here. More...

Read the full article at OnlineAthens.com.

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Hackneyed Breaking Up

After releasing the "Inhabitants of Carcosa" album last year (streaming in full here), German outfit Hackneyed is officially hanging up its hat. The band comments:

"10 years of Hackneyed, dear fans and supporters! A whole decade! It’s almost 10 years ago since Phil and Tim came up with the idea to start this band. From this moment on, everything was different. We wrote our first tracks, rehearsed them together and played our first live shows. We don’t want to lie, it was a beginning with many ups and downs, but it was all worth it.

"And then in 2008: the big bang! Discovered by Achim Ostertag (thank you so much for everything!), we got our first record deal with gigantic Nuclear Blast, followed by two great albums and uncountable shows all over the world. Two years later, our journey went into different directions and we got the chance to release a third album at Lifeforce Records back in 2011.

"The next great step came in 2015: our very own music label, CoMa Tone Records, and a fourth album that we released ourselves - which makes us extremely proud! Furthermore, we toured all over Europe with idols like Morbid Angel, Kataklysm, Nile or Arch Enemy and played at big festivals like Wacken Open Air, Summer Breeze, With Full Force or Barge To Hell. More...

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Reunited Guns N’ Roses To Play Coachella Festival

Billboard magazine says that "multiple sources" have told them that Guns N' Roses, featuring vocalist Axl Rose and guitarist Slash, will headline next year's edition of the Coachella Festival, set to take place April 15-17 and April 22-24 in Indio, California.

The band is also in talks to play as many as 25 football stadiums in North America in the summer of 2016. In addition, Guns N' Roses will be one of the first acts to play the new Las Vegas Arena opening April 6, 2016. The band is said to be asking up to $3 million per show, with tickets topping out in the $250-$275 range.

The official lineup for Coachella will be announced on January 5, 2016.

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Motorhead Frontman Lemmy Passes Away

Today, heavy metal and rock and roll has lost one of it's greatest icons. Motorhead frontman Ian Fraser Kilmister, better known to the world as Lemmy, has passed away, just days after celebrating his seventieth birthday. A message from the official Motorhead Facebook page reads as follows:

"There is no easy way to say this…our mighty, noble friend Lemmy passed away today after a short battle with an extremely aggressive cancer. He had learnt of the disease on December 26th, and was at home, sitting in front of his favorite video game from The Rainbow which had recently made it’s way down the street, with his family.

"We cannot begin to express our shock and sadness, there aren’t words.

"We will say more in the coming days, but for now, please…play Motörhead loud, play Hawkwind loud, play Lemmy’s music LOUD.Have a drink or few.Share stories.
"Celebrate the LIFE this lovely, wonderful man celebrated so vibrantly himself.

"HE WOULD WANT EXACTLY THAT.

"Ian ‘Lemmy’ Kilmister
1945 -2015
Born to lose, lived to win." More...

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Tourniquet Parts With Vocalist

Tourniquet just issued this announcement online about parting ways with long-time vocalist Luke Easter:

"By mutual and respectful agreement, Luke Easter has stepped down as vocalist of Tourniquet. Luke has been a valuable member of Tourniquet since 1993 and we have shared much music, ministry, and laughter. I will always appreciate his valuable contribution to our music and his representation of the band – and I know many of you will too. We’ve decided that our musical paths are not quite going in the same direction. Luke has been, and is - a great friend. I truly wish the best for him and look forward to seeing whatever his future holds.”

Luke had this to say: "In June, 1993, my life changed. I joined Tourniquet and began a musical journey that has lasted more than two decades. I got the opportunity to see the world; to meet and work with amazing people; to contribute to a body of work that I am proud of; and in the process I was able to share Christ with people all over the world. I am grateful to have been a part of Tourniquet, and to have had the chance to work with someone as talented and prolific as Ted for as long as I have." More...

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The Best And Worst Of Metal In 2015

We've almost got another year in the bag, so it's time to take a look back at all that went down throughout 2015 in the world of heavy metal.

This was an uneven year featuring both highs and lows, and metal didn't escape the drama frequent in other styles of music at all in the last 12 months. Echoing previous schisms in famous black metal bands, Immortal finally took its turn imploding and split into two, and this was probably the worst year in recent memory for U.S. metal tours.

On the flip side of that, a solid number of amazing albums saw release, and metal also catapulted to the top of the charts with some major releases that made people outside the underground take notice.

After two solid years dominated by reunions and reboots, it looks like that craze is finally winding down. This year most notably we saw the return of Faith No More with “Sol Invictus,” but on the more underground end industrial black metal outfit Diabolicum also came back with a first album in 14 years. Although not quite on the same scale of time, Arcturus finally returned with a new full-length after a decade's waiting.

While there are less surprise reunions announced for the coming year, there is one classic outfit hitting the road to take note of, as Black Sabbath's “final” tour - dubbed The End - runs through most of 2016 across the globe. While we wait to see what's in store in the coming year, first we'll look back at everything that went down throughout 2015.

The Good: The Best Of Metal In 2015

Both Slayer and Lamb Of God ended up topping the charts with their latest albums (with Lamb Of God even getting nominated for a Grammy). It's not often a metal album hits #2 in the world, but Slayer managed to do it. While not everyone loved the album, the exposure alone is good for the genre overall.

But how was the more underground metal? Simply put: pretty killer, if you knew were to look. There was a solid mix of great albums from long time bands like Amorphis, Cattle Decapitation, Enslaved, and Soilwork, as well as excellent material from newer and less prolific groups like Alkaloid, Tribulation, and Lychgate.

The tried and true classic outfits from Cradle Of Filth to Iron Maiden to My Dying Bride made appearances, and there were some seriously ambitious undertakings (Swallow The Sun released a TRIPLE album). A handful of bands that were already solid managed to really outdo themselves with stellar material this year though, including Subterannean Masquerade, Code, Shining, and Melechesh. More...

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Emmure Members All Quit Band Except Vocalist

All Emmure members except vocalist Frankie Palmeri have exited the band. Mark Davis (bass), Jesse Ketive (lead guitar), Mike Mulholland (rhythm guitar), and Adam Pierce (drums) all plan to continue on together with a new project next year.

States Mark Davis:

"As some of you may or may not have heard, Jesse, Mikael, Adam, and myself are no longer in Emmure. We have decided collectively to pursue other endeavors. We would like to thank the Emmure fans for all the support and love over the years, and to everyone who has help the band on its way, you are all greatly appreciated. Be on the lookout for a new project from the four of us in 2016."

Continues Davis: More...

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Thy Art Is Murder Parts With Vocalist

Australian outfit Thy Art Is Murder just posted the following message online about parting ways with vocalist CJ McMahon:

"After much conjecture and ambiguity on his behalf, it is with a heavy heart that we must announce today that CJ is no longer a part of Thy Art Is Murder. We have worked so hard from day one to make this band what it is now, and develop the reputation that we have and he had been there with us every step of the way.

"We like to think that even if someone doesn't like our music that they can at least respect our work ethic. This band has taken us to places we never thought we would see and to share stages with many bands we never thought we would get to play with or meet, let alone call friends. It is unfortunate that with our best year to date and our biggest paved out before us that he has decided to leave.

"All this being said, touring as hard as we do does take its toll on you physically, but more importantly mentally and emotionally. We are an underground metal band, and have been so fortunate over the last two years to carve out a small income thanks to so many dedicated and generous fans around the world. For some people, it comes to a turning point in their life where that income is no longer enough for their personal goals, and that point has come for CJ. We would like to wish him all our best as he leaves the band and moves onward to start a family and new life with his loving fiancée.

"The four of us are continuing forward into 2016 for some of the biggest and best tours of our lives. We won't be slowing down or missing any shows. We head back out next month with Parkway Drive and Architects throughout Europe and the UK and will be taking one of our favourite vocalists with us, Nick Arthur from Molotov Solution.

"Thy Art is what we have done with all of our adult lives and we have put absolutely everything we have into the band and the friendship between the four of us. That friendship and drive to create extreme music is what has kept us together through thick and thin. Unfortunately not everyone can share this fire." More...

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Melechesh Frontman Comments On Arrest

Ashmedi, frontman for Sumerian black/thrash pioneers Melechech, has recently been arrested for assault in his hometown of Jerusalem. As rumours have spread over the past two weeks, the band has decided to speak out on the situation. Ashmedi had this to say:

"While on vacation in Jerusalem, I was arrested for beating up somebody in a bar fight. After 3 days in jail and a 3,000 dollar bail plus 18,000 dollar contingent guarantee, I was placed under house arrest for the last 7 weeks and will remain under house arrest until the court sets a date for a trial. Then the judge will decide what will happen next.

"I was having a nice night out at a friend's bar. After several verbal provocations and then verbal death threats to me, I acted in what to me seemed self-defense and finished it. Normally, people know me, I often stop fights and buy people drinks to calm them down - this time shit hit the fan....

"Well, it was a stupid bar fight, which is not my style really, yet things got out of hand and the vacation turned into a nightmare. 3 days jail and now I am still under house arrest for the last 7 weeks until a yet unknown court date, the fortunate news however is that I will be given permission to do the Melechesh concert in Jerusalem, so I can go out for a few hours to rehearse with my guys and the next day naturally perform with Melechesh."

As he mentioned, Ashmedi has been granted permission to rehearse with the rest of the band for tomorrow's concert in Jerusalem, which will mark Melechesh's first show there since the summer of 1998.

Melechesh is currently supporting latest album "Enki" (reviewed here), which was released in early 2015. More...

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Northern Oak Disbanding

U.K. folk metal band Northern Oak just issued the following statement online about deciding to call it day:

"Northern Oak has been an incredible experience, having toured across the UK and created music that has gone beyond borders, delighting ears as far as Australia and Japan. None of this could have happened without your help, for which we are eternally grateful.

"2016 will mark the 10 year anniversary of the band, but it is the last 5 years with the current members which have been the defining line up for the band, and we feel that the different musical backgrounds of the current members has been one of our key strengths. Sadly it has come to a stage where not all members are able to continue, and so we have taken the decision to disband in 2016.

"We will be performing a farewell tour across February and March to celebrate what has been a glorious journey and we hope to see friends, old and new, there one last time. Thank you once again for all your support and we hope you enjoy listening to our music for a long time to come."

Friday 26th February - Old Angel, Nottingham W/ Old Corpse Road + Red Rum + Raptorgeist
Saturday 27th February - Black Heart, London W/ Old Corpse Road + Eibon La Furies
Saturday 5th March - Corporation, Sheffield W/ Old Corpse Road + Eibon La Furies More...

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