Archive: Headline News
Nunslaughter drummer Jim Konya died on October 7, 2015. He was taken off of life support, which was required after he suffered a stroke. A Facebook memorial page has been created and a GoFundME account has been set up to help Jim's family with medical bills.
Known by his stage name, Jim Sadist, Konya played in the Cleveland-based death metal band for twenty years. Nunslaughter has stated it will be on hold for the rest of the year and will decide in 2016 if it will go on. Also, despite being on hold, the band will release more albums later this year. More...
Well, the question of the mysterious countdown is answered...
For years, fans have been clamoring for an official end to the story of Dethklok, the wildly popular animated heavy metal band at the center of pop culture mainstay and television show Metalocalypse.
Metalocalypse mastermind Brendon Small is championing a campaign to bring fans the official end to Dethklok’s story. Presented by Rocksmith and dubbed Metalocalypse Now, the campaign is designed to combine the efforts of grassroots supporters, the heavy metal community, comedians, record labels, instrument brands and more, proving to Hulu/Adult Swim that there is a massive audience who will watch this ending if they produce it.
The Metalocalypse Now campaign is officially supported by Razer, Metal Blade Records, MetalSucks, and Metal Injection.
Fans deserve to see how the Metalocalypse prophecy ends after nearly 10 years of the story's existence. Using social media, an online petition and more, Metalocalypse Now is the metal world's chance to demand their show's finale. Millions of viewers around the world are waiting patiently for an end to the series, and Metalocalypse Now is working to create the critical mass necessary to publicly prove that Hulu is the perfect home for the series-closer.
Metalocalypse creator Brendon Small states, “Metalocalypse, to this day, has a ridiculously strong viewership. The show has become a part of the metal community and we want to give the fans an opportunity to demand what is rightfully theirs!”
World-famous musicians and heavy metal tastemakers such as Scott Ian, Joe Satriani, Devin Townsend and Brian Posehn have already publicly supported the campaign – and now you can too! To reach critical mass, fans should spread the word all month long by:
- Tweeting at @hulu and @adultswim with #metalocalypsenow
- Signing the petition at this location
- Don’t use social media? Send an envelope with guitar picks and a note enclosed that tells Hulu that if they finish Metalocalypse, you’ll watch it Send to:
ATTN: HEAD OF CONTENT
SANTA MONICA, CA 90404 More...
Satyricon has been working on the follow-up to the band's 2013 self-titled album, but unfortunately a wrench has been thrown in that works as vocalist / guitarist Sigurd "Satyr" Wongraven revealed via his Instagram account that he has a brain tumor. Satyr comments:
"I'm going home. I got extremely sick 8 days ago and was rushed to hospital. Scans have shown that there is a blind passenger in my head. Most likely it is benign. I can live with it as long as it does not grow bigger.
"Removing it is extremely complicated and should only be done if it grows into a size where it is a matter of life and death. We all get our set of cards and this happened to be one of mine. There are so many people who have to deal with much worse things than I do, so I do not feel sorry for myself.
"I have a great family, lots of friends, Satyricon, Wongraven Wines and many people who support my endeavours all over the world. I will spend the next two weeks trying to get my strength back, then try to starting writing on the new Satyricon again and pick up where I left on all my wine projects." More...
Megadeth today premieres the first new track entitled "Fatal Illusion" taken from the band's upcoming album "Dystopia," due out January 16th via Universal Music.
It's the first taste of Megadeth's current lineup featuring Lamb Of God‘s Chris Adler on drums and Kiko Loureiro of Angra on guitar.
Check out "Fatal Illusion" below, while the album's full track listing is available after the jump.
Looks like Phil Anselmo will be providing vocals for a new project called Scour, also including Cattle Decapitation's Derek Engemann, which just setup a Facebook profile here. The band's lineup consists of:
Phillip H. Anselmo - Vocals
Derek Engemann - Guitar
Chase Fraser - Guitar
John Jarvis - Bass
Jesse Schobel - Drums
Following in the wake of Lamb Of God's chart-topping album release last month, heavy metal is dominating the music scene again as Slayer's "Repentless" becomes the #2 selling album in the world according to the United World Chart, Media Traffic's amalgamation of official album sales charts from dozens of principal countries around the world.
The album scored a Top 10 debut in 25 countries, Top 5 in 14 countries, and made career-highest debuts in the United States, the UK, Germany, The Netherlands and New Zealand.
"Repentless," the first music video for the album, has now amassed more views in less than two weeks than any of the band's previous music videos during the same time frame - more than four-million views at social media.
In support of "Repentless," Slayer hits the road next month, and dates are as follows: More...
Zimmers Hole is best known for a crazy theatrical live show full of props, humor and blistering old school metal influence and after six years away from the stage, the band will perform live again for the first time in early 2016.
The group is set to play at the Rickshaw Theatre in Vancouver on January 23, 2016 alongside Dayglo Abortions, Process, Golers, and Aggression. The current Zimmers Hole lineup consists of:
- Chris "The Heathen" Valagao (West of Hell)
- Jed Simon (Strapping Young Lad, Frontline Assmbly, Tenet, Scar the Martyr)
- Gene Hoglan (Testament, Dark Angel, Strapping Young Lad)
- Byron Stroud (Strapping Young Lad, Fear Factory, 3 Inches of Blood, City of Fire)
The Hole will be playing songs from "Bound By Fire," "Legion Of Flames," and "When you were shouting at the Devil, We were in League with Satan." More...
Deadline.com is reporting that Rob Zombie - known for directing films like "The Devil's Rejects" and the two "Halloween" remakes - has teamed up with actress Mila Kunis and her Orchard Farm Productions to create a new horror comedy TV show titled "Trapped."
"Trapped" will see release via Starz, which has been trying to edge in on the likes of HBO and Showtime with programs like "Spartacus" and "Black Sails."
Deadline reported the following info about the impending half hour show:
Created and written by Joey Slamon (Arrested Development), Trapped takes places over a single night in the home of a wealthy family under attack by a murderous cult. Orchard Farm’s Susan Curtis, Cami Curtis and Lisa Sterbakov also executive produce.
“We’re excited to work in partnership with Rob Zombie as well as Mila Kunis and her Orchard Farm Productions associates Susan Curtis, Cami Curtis and Lisa Sterbakov on this horror comedy series,” Starz Managing Director Carmi Zlotnik said.
Stay tuned for further info as casting and release info becomes available. More...
Read the full article at Deadline.com.
Aborted just announced Danny Tunker's departure via the following official statement:
"So sometimes there’s good news and sometimes there’s not so good news. Today is one of the not so good news days. After three amazing years guitarist Danny Tunker decided he needed to step back from the band and pursue a different path in life. Combining a normal life and day job became too stressful to combine with our heavy schedule and even if we are sad to see him go, we completely understand his decision and support him in doing what makes him happy in life.
We had 3 great years with Danny and we all felt like a big family so we ask you all to show respect towards both Danny, his decision and the band, there is no bad blood, there is no need for any drama or gossip, Danny had the following to day:
"After a lot of soul searching for the past few months I’ve decided to part ways with Aborted. It’s been a hell of a ride and I want to thank to guys for all the good, bad and in between times. There’s no bad blood and I wish the band all the best, but I needed a change. I will still play the shows in Cairo and Tel Aviv and then on to different ventures (several of which I’m working on right now). And of course continue/expand my involvement with Alkaloid. So, once again, thanks to the band and everyone who made the past 3+ years completely unforgettable."
Continues Aborted: More...
Bolt Thrower has released the following statement about drummer Martin Kearns unexpectedly passing away earlier this week:
"With the heaviest of hearts, and still numb from shock, we have to share the very sad news that on Monday 14th September Bolt Thrower lost our powerhouse drummer, Martin ‘Kiddie’ Kearns.
"After the first rehearsal for our upcoming tour of Australia, Kiddie suddenly felt unwell which continued throughout the night, and the next day he passed away peacefully in his sleep.
"He was a fantastic dad, husband, son, friend, but to us he was always ‘Kiddie’, the same 17 year old Coventry kid whose drumming style and personality blew us away when he first walked into our rehearsal room 20+ years ago.
"Kiddie enriched our lives, and the Bolt Thrower sound. He leaves a massive hole in the lives of everyone who knew him and will be very sorely missed by many."
Bolt Thrower recently performed a series of Canadian shows (including at the Amnesia Rockfest shown in the footage below) and was scheduled to perform later this month in Australia, with those shows presumably cancelled. More...
Update: The situation has taken a turn for the ugly, with the band members now bickering back and forth on Facebook about whether Cynic is actually broken up or not. The latest in the drama fest is online now over here.
Although the band had tour dates lined up in October to continue supporting the prog rock comeback album "Kindly Bent To Free Us" (reviewed here), Cynic has decided to disband and cancel all upcoming shows. Sean Reinert posted this message online via the group's Facebook page:
"Cynic is no longer an active band. Due to artistic and personal differences, the second chapter in the ‘Book Of Cynic' has come to an end.
"I will say the last shows we played in Japan have left me with a positive charge, even though they were the last live performances with Paul, Sean Malone & I on the same stage. My longstanding creative partnership with Paul, which started when we were very young kids in south Florida, has simply endured so much friction that there is no way, from my perspective, that Cynic can be salvaged, repaired or kept afloat by any means.
"I profusely apologize to the fans who were not only expecting us in China & Taiwan (that was not our fault), but to the fans who were planning to see us in Europe next month. These things happen, unfortunately, to bands. There can be differing levels of conflicts and/or differences in opinions, musical directions, or perspectives. Sometimes these things are insurmountable, and no amount of time or effort can resolve them. This is the case with Cynic.
"I wish all of you love & peace." More...
Sad news for fans of Canadian band Laika: the group is officially calling it quits. If you missed it, be sure to check out the full "Somnia" album at this location. Laika also comments:
"To all our supporters and friends over the years. Today marks the end of Laika for the foreseeable future. This was an incredibly difficult decision to be made but necessary, things became so evident as the months progressed.
"There is no grudges and no hate internally. We at the Laika camp just felt that this needed to happen. We may revisit this band in the future but for now Laika is no more.
"We have had an incredible run and some of the best memories ever in this band. We thank everyone for their tremendous support over the years and most importantly all past Laika members for their contributions to the experiences we shared. I am struggling to find the words to say this so in short. This is the end. Thank you." More...
After regrouping to release the "13" album back in 2013 (reviewed here), Black Sabbath is now claiming its the end of the road for the band following a "final" farewell tour in 2016. Black Sabbath just issued this announcement via Facebook:
"It's the Beginning of THE END. It started nearly five decades ago with a crack of thunder, a distant bell ringing and then that monstrous riff that shook the earth. The heaviest rock sound ever heard.
"In that moment Heavy Metal was born, created by a young band from Birmingham, England barely out of their teens.
"Now it ENDS, the final tour by the greatest Metal Band of all time, Black Sabbath. Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler close the final chapter in the final volume of the incredible Black Sabbath story.
"Black Sabbath's farewell tour, THE END, begins on January 20, 2016 and it promises to surpass all previous tours with their most mesmerizing production ever. When this tour concludes, it will truly be THE END, THE END of one of most legendary bands in Rock ’n Roll history." More...
After releasing the excellent "Sweven" album last year (reviewed here and also streaming below), Sweden's Morbus Chron is unfortunately calling it quits. The band comments:
"To all our friends, fans and supporters over the years. Today marks the end of Morbus Chron. However difficult this decision was to make, the four of us are certain that it is the only right thing to do at this point. There are no hard feelings present at all.
"For every passing day it has become more and more obvious that this band is made up of very different people, with different goals and intentions. We have reached our final crossroad and we simply can't choose the same path anymore.
"We had a fantastic run. The places we have been able to go, both musically and physically, are beyond what we ever hoped for. We are honored to have connected with so many people, and can do nothing but stand in awe when we recall the passion and dedication that you have shown us. These are memories and experiences we will take with us for the rest of our lives.
"Thank you for lending us your ears and sharing this journey with us. Thank you so much." More...
It seems like the era of Motorhead performing live with Lemmy may be coming to an end. There have been numerous tour cancellations over the past year, including a recently nixed Denver date.
During last night's show in Austin, Lemmy cut the set short after playing through three songs and left the stage, unable to complete the night's performance.
Footage from the gig can be seen below (the first clip shows where he ended the set, the previous two are from earlier songs). The band subsequently posted this message on Facebook:
"As you might have heard, Motörhead again had to abbreviate a performance due to Lemmy not feeling well. This is a DIRECT follow-on from the altitude issues in Colorado, and clearly, Lemmy tried to get back at it too quickly. For this reason, Motörhead will not play in San Antonio tonight, but the show will still go on with Saxon headlining. Lemmy will resume duties the moment he is PROPERLY rested and firing on all cylinders again. The legendary Motörheadbanger patience is much appreciated, and the band send their deepest thanks. More details will be released soon."
Although currently signed to Nuclear Blast, the back catalog from Decapitated is owned by Earache Records, and a legal dispute between the band and label has caused the group's early material to be pulled from online streaming services.
The Polish death metal band comments:
"Decapitated advises that they have resolved to take long-overdue action to redress various legal, copyright and financial disputes with their former label Earache Records.
"In response, Earache has removed from streaming sites the band’s entire catalogue of music released by Earache.
"Although it is not their doing, Decapitated apologises to their fans for any disappointment and inconvenience and hopes that matters can be resolved as soon as possible. We will keep you informed as to developments and thank you sincerely for your continuing loyalty, support and goodwill."
After disbanding and playing a "final farewell" tour in 2013, Underoath is unsurprisingly back together and performing live again.
After recently confirming two reunion shows at the 2016 Self Help Festival and South By So What, the band now announces a full 2016 North American tour. Dubbed the Rebirth Tour, the band will be playing the "They’re Only Chasing Safety" and "Define The Great Line" albums in their entirety.
“I think the thought of Underoath playing again seemed really exciting,” explains Tim McTague of the band’s reunion. “We never thought we’d ever even want to play together again, much less be as excited to do so. It was a really cool feeling, and when discussing what this tour could be, it just felt right to play the two albums that our fans have held dearly for so many years. I think it’s going to be really special.”
“I hated the idea of Underoath being ‘over’ and I’m not sure what we are, but we are all friends again and that’s really the most important thing,” said Spencer Chamberlain. “That being said, we felt like now is a great time to do a tour and celebrate Define The Great Line turning ten.”
After 9 out of 11 bands for the Napalm Festival pulled out of the gig due to offensive comments by the promoter, the fest has now been replaced by a new show in Manchester (full event details here) with all profits going towards the Sophie Lancaster Foundation. Old Corpse Road was the latest band to pull out of the Napalm Fest, with the band commenting:
"We regret to announce, in light of today's events, that we are cancelling our appearance at Napalm Festival on 12th September, for obvious reasons. Whilst we discussed all options for rescuing the gig, and did not take the decision lightly, ultimately playing the gig has become unfeasible. We apologize to all the people who were looking forward to the gig, which was shaping up to be a superb day and we will look to return to Manchester as soon as we can."
The issue in question can be seen in a partial screen capture (the original post has since been taken down), while an apology later issued by Napalm Promotions is available after the jump. More...
Several news outlets are reporting that the home of Gene Simmons was recently searched by a Crimes Against Children police task force, although unlike the recent news of former Subway icon Jared Fogle, it would appear Simmons is not actually the subject of the investigation.
CBSLocal reported the following info:
Authorities say the home of KISS co-founder Gene Simmons was searched Thursday afternoon by police but neither the rock icon nor his family are considered suspects. The Los Angeles Police Department said the Internet Crimes against Children Task Force searched the home and explained that the Simmons family was extremely cooperative.
The story goes on to clarify Simmons' role in the investigation by stating:
Simmons’ representative, however, released a statement that said that police visited the home to discuss a “crime that may have occurred on their property last year while Simmons was away on tour with KISS.”
“Neither Mr. Simmons nor any member of his family is a person of interest in the investigation and they are cooperating fully with the investigation,” his representative said. The statement went on to say that police have requested that Simmons and his family do not discuss the investigation publicly so as to not compromise it.
Gene's wife, Shannon Tweed Simmons, also posted these messages on Twitter about the investigation: More...
Abbath may have departed to form a new self-titled band, but Immortal soldiers on!
Norway’s unstoppable black metal force has been busy working on new material, with members Demonaz and Horgh having gone through legal processes this past year to retain the band's name and logo. Nuclear Blast had this to say:
"In October 2014, ex-Immortal singer/guitarist Abbath (Olve Eikemo) filed an trademark application for registration of the brand Immortal to Patentstyret (Norwegian Industrial Property Office) without informing the other band members. The band's core members Horgh and Demonaz were forced to seek legal help to counter this. The trademark application from Eikemo was not approved and was denied registered on July 21st, 2015. Eikemo has left Immortal to start his new band." More...