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Shane Embury Brings Back Blood From The Soul

Napalm Death bassist Shane Embury, also of Brujeria, Lock Up, Venomous Concept and Absolute Power to name but a few, has confirmed that he has reactivated Blood From The Soul, the industrial hardcore project he formed with Sick Of It All frontman Lou Koller twenty seven years ago. A new album, "DSM-5," is set to be released on November 13th.

Unfortunately, Lou Koller will not be involved this time around, his place being taken by Converge vocalist Jacob Bannon. The project will also feature a full lineup, instead of a drum machine, with Megadeth drummer Dirk Verbeuren (who himself has been as of late with such projects as Brave The Cold, Bent Sea and Scarve) with Nasum bassist Jesper Liveröd completing the ranks.

The band has also released a new song, "Debris Of Dreams," which can be heard below. More...

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AC/DC Premiere New Single "Shot In The Dark"

AC/DC just premiered their first new single "Shot In The Dark", taken from the group's long-awaited comeback album, "Power Up", which will be released on November 13.

The follow-up outing to 2014's "Rock Or Bust" was recorded in August and September 2018 at Warehouse Studios in Vancouver with producer Brendan O'Brien and features AC/DC's 2020 lineup of Brian Johnson (vocals), Phil Rudd (drums), Cliff Williams (bass), Angus Young (guitar) and Stevie Young (guitar).

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Eddie Van Halen Has Died At The Age Of 65

Heavy metal/rock guitar icon Eddie Van Halen has died after a lengthy battle with throat cancer, his family has confirmed. He was sixty five years old. He passed away at St. John's hospital in Santa Monica, California, where he was accompanied by his wife Janie, his brother Alex and his son Wolfgang, the latter two also being his band mates.

The musician had a history of health issues and in 2019, it was revealed that he had been diagnosed with the disease five years prior. According to TMZ, the cancer had spread from his throat into his brain and the illness saw his health deteriorate over the past three days.

Eddie Van Halen was born in Amsterdam in 1955, with his family moving to Nijmegen before relocating to the United States when he was seven years old. Despite how the future would play out, it was actually Eddie who started playing drums and Alex who played guitar initially, before the younger brother decided to pick up the guitar. Following several short lived bands, Eddie and Alex formed the eponymous Van Halen in 1972 and went on to sell over 80 million albums worldwide, including 56 million in the United States.

His health began to become an issue in the nineties, when he was diagnosed with avascular necrosis, leading to hip replacement surgery in 1999. He underwent surgery for tongue cancer the next year, which resulted in a third of his tongue being removed and he was declared cancer free in 2002. More...

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Trauma Vocalist Passes Away

San Francisco metal veterans Trauma has announced that the band's vocalist, Donny Hillier, has passed away after fighting a short illness. A statement from the band reads as follows:

"It is with immeasurable sadness that Trauma shares the news that our brother Donny Hillier passed away yesterday September 28, 2020 from a short illness. We are all grief stricken and send our deepest condolences to Donny's family and will respect their wishes for privacy at this time. Donny was the voice of Trauma since the beginning in 1981 and will be a hard act to follow."

Trauma's most recent album, "As The World Dies," was released in 2018 to strong reviews and marked their third album in their near forty year history. More...

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Burton C. Bell Leaves Fear Factory

Burton C. Bell has officially announced his departure from Fear Factory, explaining that he "cannot align" himself with someone whom he does not trust or respect.

Earlier today, Bell posted the following statement to his official web site:

"IN MY OWN WORDS

"I consider myself a private person, preferring to keep my personal business to myself and trusted loved ones. I make my public statements with thoughtful intent, never deviating from the truth, in spite of the consistent series of dishonest representations and unfounded accusations from past and present band members; a toxic drama I choose to not be part of.

"The past several years have been profoundly agonizing, with these members bleeding my passion with depraved deceit. As a direct consequence of their greed, these three have dragged me through the unjust, judicial system, resulting in the legal attrition that has financially crippled me. In the end, these three members have taken possession of my principal livelihood. However, they will never take my 30-year legacy as the beating heart of the machine. A legacy that no other member, past or present, can ever claim.

"So, it is after considerable, contemplative soul searching that I have come to the realization that I cannot align myself with someone whom I do not trust, nor respect. Therefore, I am announcing to my fans my departure from FEAR FACTORY, to focus all my energy and attention toward the continuing success for ASCENSION OF THE WATCHERS, and all my future endeavors.

"I am very proud of the ASCENSION OF THE WATCHERS' latest album, 'Apocrypha'. The writing and recording process for 'Apocrypha' has been a truly cathartic and artistic journey of exploration and growth for me. Reigniting my passions for my writing, allowing my music to flourish, enabling my soul to soar, saving me from the real hell that engulfed a significant part of my daily life. Collaborating with talented, kindred spirits has truly created an inspirational environment of support and mutual respect, a spirit I have missed for a very long time.

"I would like to thank all of my fans for their continued support throughout my career. I am very proud of my achievements, but it is time for me to move forward. Now I look to the future with open eyes, open mind and open heart, as my artistic path strives for even greater success in music, writing and my art. It's true, 'the end is always the beginning'. The soul is free from the machine." More...

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Early Trivium Bassist Brent Young Has Died

Former Trivium bassist/guitarist/backing vocalist Brent Young has passed away. Young appeared on the Trivium’s 2003 debut “Ember To Inferno“, taking on the bass duties on nearly every song. Young's cause of death was not reported.

Comments the group’s frontman/guitarist Matt Heafy of his passing: More...

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Anathema Announces "Indefinite Hiatus"

British death doom turned progressive metal favourites Anathema has announced that the band will be going on an "indefinite hiatus" as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the desire to pursue other projects. A statement from the band reads as follows:

"Dear Anathema family,

"This year is one like no others.

"We've all - everyone of you included - faced unpredictable challenges, which impacted both our professional and personal situations. In this hardest of times, events over this year have left us with no option but to go on an idefinite hiatus. As inidividuals, it is now time to pursue other paths in life.

"We are beyond grateful for everyone's support over the years. There is no end for the love and respect we have for our fans for giving us the best years of our lives. The generosity you all showed following the unexpected cancellation of our tour will always stay with us. We could never have anticipated how this year would turn out.

"Many, many thanks. Anathema."

Anathema were formed in the city of Liverpool in 1990 and released eleven studio albums, the latest being 2017's, "The Optimist."

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Former Uriah Heep Drummer Lee Kerslake Passes Away

Legendary drummer Lee Kerslake, best known for his time with Uriah Heep and Ozzy Osbourne, has passed away at the age of 73 after a battle with prostate cancer.

Former The God's and Uriah Heep keyboardist Ken Hensley broke the news, stating: "It's with the heaviest of hearts that I share with you that Lee Kerslake, my friend of 55 years and the best drummer I ever played with, lost his battle with cancer at 03:30 this morning. He died peacefully, praise The Lord, but he will be terribly missed. I know many of you were praying for him not to suffer and I thank you for that and, now that Lee is at peace, our thoughts and prayers should turn to his wife Sue who will need all the support she can get at this time."

Kerslake began his career playing with The Gods, releasing three albums with the group before joining the iconic hard rock/heavy metal group Uriah Heep, making his recording debut with the band on the "Demons And Wizards" album. He stuck with the band until 1979, leaving after a dispute and shortly afterwards, met former Black Sabbath singer Ozzy Osbourne by chance in an elavator. The two would form the band Blizzard Of Ozz along with bassist Bob Daisley and guitarist Randy Rhoads, though the band would named an Ozzy Osbourne solo project by management.

The drummer returned to Uriah Heep in 1982, bringing Daisley with him and stayed with the British titans until 2007, with his last album appearance being 2005's, "Between Two Worlds." Kerslake was also involved in a number of projects, including the Berggren Kerslake Band and Living Loud, as well as a retrospective documentary, "Lee Kerslake: Not On The Heep," which has yet to be completed. More...

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Original Bad Brains Vocalist Sid McCray Dies

Sid McCray, the original vocalist of hardcore legends Bad Brains, has passed away. No cause of death has been confirmed as of yet. He joined the band in its initial incarnation when they were known as Mind Power and has been credited with being the man to introduce the other members to punk rock and heavy metal, changing their sound from their original jazz fusion style. During his time with the band, frontman H.R. performed as a guitarist, before taking over vocal duties following McCray's departure in 1978.

Our deepest condolences go out to the family of Sid McCray. More...

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Iron Age Guitarist Passes Away

Wade Allison, guitarist of Austin, Texas hardcore/metal band Iron Age, has passed away. As first reported by Brooklyn Vegan, the musician, who was also a member of such bands as Graven Rite, Eternal Champion and Mammoth Grinder, was often cited as a huge influence on fellow Texans, Power Trip, who themselves lost their frontman Riley Gale last month.

Power Trip posted the following tribute:

"Rest In Peace to our brother Wade Allison, of Iron Age. Thank you for your friendship, brilliant music, and endless inspiration. If anyone is unfamiliar with Wade and Iron Age, please dig into their discography."

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Read the full article at Brooklyn Vegan.

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Evildead Announces First New Album In 29 Years

Following their reformation in 2016, thrash metal veterans Evildead has announced that they will be releasing a brand new album titled, "United States Of Anarchy" on October 30th. It will feature nine studio tracks plus a metalized cover version of the B-52’s "Planet Claire" as a bonus track all produced by Bill Metoyer. Seminal artist Edward J. Repka has once again illustrated the cover of the new album. With United States Of Anarchy, EvilDead has returned more powerful than ever and awakened again to annihilate the masses.

"United States Of Anarchy" will be released as a CD DigiPak version, LP version, download and stream.

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Power Trip Vocalist Riley Gale Has Passed Away

Power Trip issued a statement revealing that their frontman Riley Gale has died past Monday, August 24th at the age of 35. A cause of death has not been revealed so far.

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Quiet Riot's Frankie Banali Dies Aged 68

Frankie Banali, best known as the drummer for American heavy metal legends Quiet Riot, has died at the age of 68 following a recent stroke. Banali was diagnosed with stage four pancreatic cancer last year and went through no less than twenty rounds of chemotherapy prior to his passing. The news of his death was broken by metal DJ Eddie Trunk, who stated:

"It’s with great sadness that I announce the passing of Frankie Banali. As many know, Frankie had been battling cancer and passed away last night. He was a great person, friend & musician. Join me now on #TrunkNation @siriusxmvolume 106 as we remember him."

Banali first recorded with Quiet Riot on the classic "Metal Health" record, the first heavy metal album to top the charts in the United States and also had stints with W.A.S.P., Billy Idol and Steppenwolf. More...

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UFO Founder Pete Way Passes Away

Iconic bass player Pete Way founder of UFO, Waysted and, latterly, The Pete Way Band has died.

He sustained life threatening injuries in an accident two months ago but fought hard until finally succumbing to those injuries at 11.35am BST today. His wife, Jenny, was at his side.

Pete Way was a much loved and highly regarded figure among rock fans, critics and fellow musicians alike. Best known for his work with UFO, Pete’s energetic live performances were at the heart of the band’s countless world tours. His melodic bass lines underpinned the catalogue of enduring rock classics upon which UFO’s reputation and legacy were founded. Pete’s post UFO work included collaborating with “Fast” Eddie Clarke from Motörhead - the two putting together Fastway with Humble Pie drummer Jerry Shirley and bassist for his long time friend, Ozzy Osbourne. He then put together his own band Waysted. Pete’s keen ear for song arrangements have also seen him serve as producer for popular hard rock acts such as Twisted Sister and the Cockney Rejects. Pete had recently finished a solo album, “Walking On The Edge” with producer Mike Clink (Guns n Roses “Appetite For Destruction” amongst many more.) He had a biography published “A Fast Ride Out Of Here” in 2017 and an album “Amphetamine” which is currently out on Cargo Records.

Pete is survived by two daughters, Zowie and Charlotte and his younger brother, Neill. More...

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Genghis Tron Announces Return From Hiatus

Genre-bending innovators, Genghis Tron, have announced their return. The band has begun recording their third full-length with producer Kurt Ballou at GodCity Studio in Salem, Massachusetts.

The new album is a follow-up to the release of Board Up The House (2008). Following the amicable departure of former vocalist Mookie Singerman, founding members Hamilton Jordan and Michael Sochynsky will be joined by two new collaborators: vocalist Tony Wolski and Sumac/Baptists drummer Nick Yacyshyn.

“We said it was just a hiatus and we meant it! It’s been incredible writing music again and hearing everything come together in the studio,” says Sochynsky. “This is the album we’ve always wanted to write. We can’t wait to share what we’ve been working on.”

Genghis Tron recently reissued their two full-length albums Board Up The House & Dead Mountain Mouth on vinyl for the first time in over 10 years. Orders are available here.

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Entombed A.D. Vocalist Diagnosed With Cancer

L.G. Petrov, vocalist of Entombed A.D. and formerly Entombed, has revealed that he has been diagnosed with "uncurable" cancer. In a short message on his fundraising page, the forty eight year old vocalist informed fans that he had been battling the illness for some time:

"I’ve been hit with uncureable cancer (gallvägscancer in Swedish), and have been battling it for some time now. It can’t be removed but the doctors are trying to control it with chemo therapy. Life takes its weird turns... "

Petrov made his name as the vocalist of Entombed, one of Sweden's most revered death metal bands, appearing on all studio albums except for the sophomore full length, "Clandestine." In 2013, Petrov and other members of Entombed continued as Entombed A.D., who have to date released three albums. He is also known for his work with Firespawn, Comecon, Morbid and Nihilist.

To donate to Petrov, you can visit his fundraiser here More...

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Former Agnostic Front Bassist Dead

Agnostic Front announce the passing of their ex-bassist Alan Peters, who performed with the group for several years in the late 1980s. Say the band in a post on their Facebook site:

“Today was a very sad day. We lost a solid a brother, a good friend, and a past bandmate who was part of the magic and making of our Liberty And Justice For… LP. Alan Peters is no longer with us. We would often see each other here and there mostly in Dallas. Last time he didn’t make the show and we figured we’d catch him a few months later. Sadly that never happened. Our deepest condolences for the Peters family. Alan had deep roots in the Pitsburgh scene and NYHC scene. Rest In Peace my brother, you will not be forgotten…” More...

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Former Machine Head/Crowbar Drummer Passes Away

Tony Costanza, the drummer known for his time with Machine Head, Crowbar and Crisis, has sadly passed away at the age of fifty two. The news was broken by his former Crisis and Debris Inc. bandmate Afzaal Nasiruddeen, who posted the following statement on Facebook:

"It is with a heavy heart that I have to accept and inform everyone concerned that I lost my brother, bandmate, homeboy and family today.

"Tony Costanza was one of a kind. A man with a huge heart, love and loyalty for the ones close to him. I cannot relate to the reality of loss yet. I know he had a lot of admirers and I was one of the biggest. He would have literally taken a bullet for me. That's the kind of gangster brother he was.

"Tony died in his sleep this morning so I am sure he was at peace and in no pain. I wish his mother all the strength she can muster as she will need every ounce of it. I will be starting a GoFundMe page for her and Tony's funeral expenses. Please help if you knew him and care.

"Please hold your loved ones close as the sense of loss is insurmountable sometimes.

"Tony my friend. I will love you and cherish our memories together, forever. Hope you are in a better place now. Rest in peace."

Machine Head frontman Robb Flynn also paid tribute to the drummer: "Just got the news that our original drummer for Machine Head Tony Costanza passed away. Very sad to hear. Tony was involved in about half of the song on burn my eyes in someway or another, and we maintained our friendship throughout all these years. If anybody has any more information, please DM me" More...

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Former Picture Singer Passes Away

Sammy Shmoulik Avigal, the former vocalist of Dutch heavy metal favourites Picture, as well as a former vocalist for The Rods and Guardians Of The Flame, has sadly died at the age of sixty five after a battle with cancer. A statement from his wife reads as follows:

"I wanted to let you all know that at 4:58 he lost his battle and passed away. Please celebrate the man, the legend. Goodbye my love — we all love you."

Picture has issued the following statement:

"Needless to say we are heartbroken by this terrible news. Sammy was a great friend, a great performer and vocalist. We are very proud that he was the singer in our band in 1982 with whom we recorded one of the best Dutch metal albums ever: Diamond Dreamer. We will miss you and would have really wanted to do some tours with you to celebrate this album but it wasn’t to be. Our thoughts and prayers go to your wife and next of kin. Godspeed Sammy Shmoulik Avigal!"

The Rods drummer Carl Canedy added:

"Sad news today about losing our friend and former bandmate Shmoulik Avigal. David Rock Feinstein and I met Shmoulik when Jack Starr brought him to my house in Cortland. Smoulik and I proceeded to start working with Craig Gruber, Andrew Duck Mac Donald and Tom Inamorato.?? David loved Shmouliks voice as much as I did so we decided that he would be the lead singer for The Rods on the Heavier Than Thou album. He was an amazing talent and brilliant man who will be missed by those of us who knew him. The link below is for a song I wrote, that he really loved, called ‘Heat of the Night’. He did the song with another band he was in called Harpo, with John Hahn. ???I saw them live and they played this song. It was a huge honor to hear him sing one of my songs live. RIP Shmoulik! Condolences to his family." More...

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Endast Returns After Five Years

Montreal’s Endast have been silent since 2015 after calling it quits and ending their decade long career. However, one of the silver linings of the global pandemic was the core members of the band reuniting organically and committing to release a new single. As vocalist James Arsenian puts it:

"My brother Chris presented me and the other boys in the band with the idea of writing a new Endast tune. We haven't written music together in years, so we were all pretty stoked to put this together, even if we had to do it remotely and apart from each other. The result is a familiar sound with a newfound level of aggression. This is just the start."

The single "Standby To Get Some" is fresh, yet familiar; a track long time fans of the band will appreciate and one that will garner them new fans hanging out in every corner of the world. Starting with a somber melodic intro that breaks into classic Endast breakdowns, and gritty, aggressive vocals, Endast proves they can still bring it.

As one of Canada’s most prolific metalcore acts, Endast has toured the country extensively and recorded four full-length albums. Now they have returned with plans to release more singles and they are currently working on a music video for the single which will be released in the future. More...

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