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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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Thine Vocalist Passes Away

Alan Gaunt, the lead singer of British progressive metal band Thine, has passed away at the age of 40 after suffering from a heart attack, it has been revealed. Alan also worked as a video editor and producer, collaborating with a number of other bands including My Dying Bride, who posted the following message on their Facebook page:

"In the early hours of Tuesday morning we were informed Alan had passed away suddenly and unexpectedly. Due to personal reasons we were asked not to post any tributes but we can now. Results today rule that this was due to a heart attack. He was 40yrs old. He was a good friend of the band and helped on more than one video project they did. He will be sadly missed.

"Bye for now Alan."

Thine released three albums, beginning with 1998's, "A Town Like This," followed by the 2002 release, "In Therapy" and most recently, 2014's, "The Dead City Blueprint." More...

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Ill Nino Reveals New Lineup

Latin metal legends, Ill Niño, are excited to debut their first song in in nearly five years, "Sangre", and welcome new members - Shattered Sun vocalist Marcos Leal, rhythm guitarist Sal Dominguez, formerly of Upon A Burning Body, and Sons of Texas' Jess Dehoyos on lead guitar.

Ill Niño founder and drummer Dave Chavarri says, "Sometimes being in a band is like being married - sometimes people grow apart and no longer see eye to eye, and a separation becomes inevitable. We wish our former members the best in their musical careers, and are pumped to move forward with our new band members. Not only have we toured with them, but they're very respected, seasoned musicians, and dudes that have always been our 'Familia' since day one."

Marcos Leal says, "Anyone who knows me knows the love I have for this band. I got my start singing Ill Niño covers in my younger years and this band has always held a special place in my heart. When the opportunity arose to front one of my favorite bands of all time, it was something I needed to consider."

Leal will continue to do double-duty as vocalist for both Ill Niño and Shattered Sun. More...

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Vixen Vocalist Leaves The Band

Vixen vocalist Janet Gardner has announced that she has decided to step down from the band, ending her fifth stint with the group. In a post on Facebook, the singer stated:

"After much soul searching and many sleepless nights, I have decided that it's time for me to step aside and let Roxy (Petrucci, drummer) and Share (Ross, bassist) pursue their vision for the future of Vixen. Vixen will always have a very special place in my heart and I am incredibly grateful to have been a part of it. I would like to thank everyone for the amazing support over the years, and as Roxy and Share continue to keep the heart and soul of Vixen alive and well and I continue on my path, your continued support to all would be greatly appreciated. Love, Janet."

Gardner joined Vixen in the eighties and appeared with the band in the movies "Hardbodies" and "The Decline Of Western Civilization II: The Metal Years," as well as releasing three studio albums with the group, as well as the recent live album, "Live Fire" last year.

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Watch: News Report On O'Brien's Court Appearance

As previously reported Cannibal Corpse guitarist Pat O' Brian was arrested in Florida for burglary and aggravated assault. Below you can see a WFLA news report on his bail hearing including footage of the death-metal guitarist appearing in court with his wrists and ankles chained together and wearing an anti-suicide vest.

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Morgoth Guitarist Carsten Otterbach (48) Dead

Morgoth's founding member and guitarist Carsten Otterbach has passed away after a long battle with multiple sclerosis. The 48-year-old played on the band's first two EPs, "Resurrection Absurd" (1989) and "The Eternal Fall" (1990), as well as the first three full-length albums, "Cursed" (1991), "Odium" (1993) and "Feel Sorry For The Fanatic" (1996).

Robert Kampf (Century Media Records co-founder), whose label released all of Morgoth's studio efforts, issued the below statement concerning Carsten Otterbach's death: More...

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Holt Leaves Slayer Tour - Phil Demmel Fills In

Slayer/Exodus guitarist Gary Holt announces that he will be sitting out the remaining 4 dates of Slayer‘s European leg of their current farewell tour to be home with his dying father. Guitarist Phil Demmel (ex-Machine Head) has been tapped to fill-in.

The remaining shows for said leg of dates, which also includes Lamb Of God, Anthrax and Obituary, as supports will run as follows:

12/03 Copenhagen, DEN – Royal Arena
12/05 Stockholm, SWE – Hovet
12/06 Oslo, NOR – Spektrum
12/08 Helsinki, FIN – Helsingin Jäähalli

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The Charm The Fury Announces Split

Dutch metal band The Charm The Fury have announced that the band will cease to exist for the time being.

The band states: “Unfortunately, we have collectively decided that, for the time being, The Charm The Fury has come to an end. Sadly, the band could not be sustained in its current line-up for multiple, complicated reasons. With the departure of our old guitarists Mathijs Parent and Rolf Perdok, many things changed. Also, the financial strain that the band was placing on some of us was becoming too hard to bear. Suffice to say, the current situation could not be maintained and a decision eventually had to be made.”

Over the years the band became well-known in their genre and played on every major festival in 2017, including Download UK, Graspop, Pinkpop and various support slots including Korn, Papa Roach and Marilyn Manson.

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Diablo Blvd Announces Break Up

With four studio albums under their belt, headline tours, support slots for metal giants such as Machine Head, Epica, and Life Of Agony plus several appearances at Europe's biggest festivals: Belgian dark rock outfit Diablo Blvd's career has brought them countless remarkable events and made them travel back and forth across the continent. Sadly, the band has decided to call it quits. They recently issued the following statement:

"To all of you reading this message, we will start by announcing our first headline show ever at the legendary Ancienne Belgique venue on the 10th of December 2018. For some reason we never played the AB before so we're absolutely thrilled to finally head over to one of Belgium's most beautiful venues. No doubt this will be a night to remember especially because it will also be our last show ever. Yes, you're reading this right: the DB is calling it a day. More...

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Manowar Guitarist Child Porn Charges: New Details

Disgusting details concerning the child pornography related charges brought against Manowar guitarist Karl Logan have surfaced. WCCB Charlotte have received the arrest warrants for Logan, which found the musician charged with six counts of third-degree sexual exploitation of a minor.

According to the warrants, Karl Logan was found to be in possession of videos depicting girls between the ages of 4 and 12-years-old in several sexual acts with unidentified men. The warrants also describe signs of physical abuse in the clipsl.

Logan was arrested in Charlotte, NC on August 09th, 2018 is out on a $35,000 bond. Manowar meanwhile issued an official statement last Friday on that matter stating: More...

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Former Danzig Guitarist Passes Away

Todd Youth (born Todd Schofield,) known for his time playing with hardcore bands such as Warzone and Murphy's Law, as well as Danzig, has passed away at the age of 47. The guitarist also spent time with such bands as Agnostic Front, D-Generation and even filled in for Motorhead guitarist Phil Campbell for a short period, before forming a new band named Fireburn with former Bad Brains vocalist Ras Israel Joseph I, who posted the following message on his Facebook account:

"There are no words to express how sad I am at the passing of my brother Todd Youth. The music he made will forever be remembered, and I'm so thankful that I was able to work with him and that we created Fireburn together. Todd and I were living separate lives doing hardcore and reggae music. We met each other in 1992 and then never spoke again until 2017. We created Fireburn within two weeks of knowing each other and finished writing two of my favorite hardcore records that I ever worked on: "Don't stop the youth", and "Shine". Closed casket records signed the band and we were on our way.

"We had great shows and lots of people showed up to them. We toured with GBH from England, hung out with the guys from Negative Approach, and got our blessings about our music and our records from the Bad Brains. I know that Todd is now resting in peace and I know that Krishna has taken his soul to a better place. He was a devout Hari Krishna and a devout human being.

"Todd wherever you are I hope that we will make music again one day. Life is a circle, and I know I'll meet you again in that circle brother. We will meet again. Rest In Peace, Rest In Power, rest my brother. I am saddened that we cannot make music again together in this world, but I am happy that you are finally going home to be with Krishna that Haile Selassie has finally giving you peace and comfort my brother.

"One day, I too will lay down and die. This body that I wear is temporary. I will probably be alone. There'll probably be no one around me. However I know that I will join you and all of our other friends in that good place, and we'll all see each other again. I'm sorry you died Todd. I'm sorry I can't see you again. I'm sorry I wasn't there to help you. You are my friend and my brother and I love you. Rest in peace my brother. May your visit to our Heavenly Home be full of peace, and comfort, and closeness to Krishna. Haribo. Haile Selassie I. FIREBURN." More...

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Manowar Guitarist Arrested Over Child Porn

Karl Logan, the fifty three year old guitar player for heavy metal legends Manowar, has been arrested in Charlotte, North Carolina and charged with six counts of third degree exploitation of a minor. His bail was set at $35,000 and has been posted. Currently, no further information has been revealed, though the arrest record can be seen at the Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office web site by clicking here.

Logan joined Manowar in 1994, replacing David Shankle on guitar and made his recording debut with the band on the "Louder Than Hell" album, which also marked the return of drummer Scott Columbus. In 2016, Manowar announced that they would be retiring after a final world tour dubbed "The Final Battle," which is currently scheduled to continue into next year.

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Laaz Rockit Bassist Passes Away

Longtime Laaz Rockit and Dublin Death Patrol bassist Willy Lange has passed away at the age of 57, his bandmates have confirmed, following a motorcycle accident. The bass player joined Laaz Rockit in 1983 and performed on the albums "City's Gonna Burn," "Stranger To Danger," "Know Your Enemy" and "Annihilation Principle" before the band broke up, but took part in their reunion, performing on their latest album, "Left For Dead," which was released in 2008. Tributes have been pouring in from the metal community including his bandmates and peers.

Lääz Rockit vocalist Michael Coons posted the following via Facebook: "In shock... the important thing is to honor Willy Langenhuizen and his family at this time... I will get back to all of you when I’m able to... too difficult right now to do so, please understand."

Willy's Dublin Death Patrol bandmate, Testament frontman Chuck Billy, wrote: "Today I lost my best friend Willy. You were the person I could always count on and I love you for that, I will never forget the wonderful times we shared, see you on the other side, my friend." More...

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Static X Announces Reformation

Static-X is back! Featuring the band's original lineup introduced on their 1999 platinum-selling debut full-length album, Wisconsin Death Trip, bassist Tony Campos, guitarist Koichi Fukuda and drummer Ken Jay have joined forces once again to release a new album, "Project Regeneration."

The album, set for release in spring 2019, will be released in conjunction with a world tour to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Wisconsin Death Trip. The band plans to perform the majority of their debut album at each show. Headline dates will serve as memorial events to honor late frontman Wayne Static, who passed away on November 1st, 2014. More information on the world tour and other dates will be coming soon. More...

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