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Former Dark Tranquillity Guitarist Passes Away

Fredrik Johansson, former guitarist of Dark Tranquillity, has passed away at the age of 48 after battling cancer. A post from Dark Tranquillity vocalist Michael Stanne reads as follows:
"One of us is gone.

"Fredrik Johansson passed away on January 25th after a three-year long battle with cancer.
He joined Dark Tranquillity in ’93, right after the recording of our first album “Skydancer”. He replaced me as guitarist so that I could focus on singing, and with that he raised the bar and set the course for what we could do and wanted to be. His influence and passion had an absolutely massive impact. The first song that we wrote together was something we ended up calling “Punish my Heaven”, and with that we knew that we were on a path that we up until then had only dreamed of.
Fredrik was mercilessly funny, sharp and highly intelligent, and would light up a conversation with his amazingly positive and quick witted commentary. But also, as easily, he would tear an uninformed argument or opinion apart with well articulated and thoroughly researched logic. His sense of humor and adventure would more often than not lead to epic excursions in stupidity and madness that I will forever miss.

"Fredrik left the band in ’99 to focus on his family, yet he remained our biggest fan and our fiercest critic. His insights into the direction of our music was invaluable and knowing that he always listened and cared about what he had been part of creating meant the world to us.

"A recent story, that speaks volumes about his personality, is when we launched the album “Moment” with a streamed concert in 2020. For weeks ahead of the release, Fredrik was on our Facebook page making sure that those who did not have access to a credit card or simply could not afford it would be able to see the show as well. By personally paying a ticket for those who weren’t able to, Fredrik made sure that no-one was left without. That’s who he was.

"Having known about his cancer battle for almost three years and having dealt with the fact that this day would eventually come doesn’t make it any less real. We all still feel it. And we always will.
Living without you in this world will be radically different and not even close to as interesting and curiously fun as it has been with you in it. On behalf of the entire Dark Tranquillity family, we love you Fredrik and we will miss you forever.

"We start our US tour today and by playing the songs that Fredrik wrote and helped create we aim to keep his name and musical legacy alive. He was one of us and we love him.

”It is what it is, and what will be will be” as Fredrik used to say might serve as a reminder that our time here is nothing but temporary and we should make the most of the beautiful personal connections we have and treasure the people that we have surrounded us with. Tons of love from all of us to Fredrik's wife and three daughters.

"Mikael Stanne and all of Dark Tranquillity"

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Meshuggah Premiere New Single “The Abysmal Eye”

Six years after the band’s last album, “The Violent Sleep Of Reason“, Meshuggah premiere their first new single “The Abysmal Eye”. The track is off their highly anticipated ninth studio full-length “Immutable“. That 13-track album will be out on April 01st via the band’s new label home of Atomic Fire Records.

Recording sessions for it took place at Sweetspot Studios in Sweden with lead guitarist Fredrik Thordendal making his full-time return to the group’s roster for the album.

“Immutable” track listi: More...

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Testament Part Ways With Drummer Gene Hoglan

Bay-Area thrash metal veterans Testament announce the departure of their drummer Gene Hoglan.

The band posted the below announcement regarding that lineup change: More...

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Every Time I Die Announces Breakup

Four of the five members of metalcore veterans Every Time I Die has announced that the band is no more, following a breakdown in communications and relationship with vocalist Keith Buckley. The band had said a month ago that they were working on resolving issues with Buckley but it now appears that they were unable to resolve them. A statement from the band reads as follows:

"While we hoped to come to an agreed upon legal statement that outlined the truth, we were informed today of something planned to be released not mutually agreed upon that consists of inaccuracies and controls a narrative to benefit one.

"There has been no direct communication with Keith, because it's either impossible for direct communication with him solely or we've been cut off to any and all communication by him himself.

"Every Time I Die was these 5 members, and we were never budging or accepting any changes. Simply, there is zero truth about the band continuing on with a new singer. Lastly, we wouldn't be where we are today without every single person that's backed the band in any & all ways. While we're extremely disappointed in how this was played out online in front of you, your support and the memories we have because of you all will always be cherished."

Keith Buckley has since alleged that the band were trying to remove him by uploading a legal document to his Instagram sent by Savur Law PC, a law firm which specialises in music, which asked him or his legal representative to contact the firm and discuss his seperation from the group. In the letter, he was also asked not to disparage the band or its members and not to use the band's name, logo or other intellectual property.

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Budgie Frontman Burke Shelley Passes Away

Burke Shelley, the vocalist and bass player of Welsh heavy metal pioneers Budgie, has died in his sleep in Heath hospital in Cardiff. He was seventy one years old. In recent years, Shelley had been battling health issues such as Stickler syndrome, a rare genetic disorder which affects connective tissue, as well as suffering from two aortic aneurysms.

Budgie were one of the most influential bands at the beginning of the heavy metal scene, releasing such classic albums as "Never Turn Your Back On A Friend," (which included the iconic "Breadfan,") "In For The Kill," "Bandolier" and their self-titled debut. Though they never achieved the commercial success of some of their peers, they were often cited as an influence by many major artists and had their songs covered by the likes of Iron Maiden, Soundgarden and most notably, Metallica. Their early eighties revival led to them performing at the famous Reading festival in 1980 and then headlining the show two years later, as well as becoming the first metal band to perform behind the Iron Curtain, when they played in Poland, leading to a large Polish fan base.

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Vio-lence Premiere First New Material in 29 Years

Vio-lence‘s comeback EP “Let The World Burn” has officially been scheduled for a March 04th release date by Metal Blade. The single and lyric video titled “Flesh From Bone” has recently premiered from it and marks the trash metal veterans' first new music in 29 years.

Explains guitarist Phil Demmel (ex-Machine Head): More...

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Exodus Drummer Opens Up About Battle w/ Cancer

Exodus drummer Tom Hunting (56) openes up about his recent battle with stomach cancer, in the below episode of "Put Up Your Dukes", the new podcast hosted by former Exodus frotnman Rob Dukes.

Hunting underwent a successful total gastrectomy past summer.

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Drowningman Premiere First New Music In 16 Years

Drowningman are kicking off the new year with the premiere of their first new music in 16 years. That single is named “Navigating Grief And Loss In A Pre-Apocalyptic Landscape” and you can stream it via YouTube now below.

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Hear: Ex-Trouble Vocalist's Posthumous Solo Single

Former Trouble frontman Eric Wagner's debut and sadly final solo studio full-length "In The Lonely Light Of Mourning" will be out in stores on March 18th, 2022 via Cruz Del Sur Music. The record was originally scheduled for a November 2021 release, but was pushed back after Wagner's death this past August due to COVID-19. You can now check out the advance track "Maybe Tomorrow" streaming via YouTube for you below.

The album was assembled with ex-Trouble drummer David Snyder, and features guest appearances from current and former members of Trouble, The Skull, Pentagram, and more.

Comments Cruz Del Sur Music owner Enrico Leccese: More...

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Tool Drummer Arrested For Assault

According to TMZ, Tool drummer Danny Carey was arrested at an airport in Kansas City, following an incident inside the terminal.

Says TMZ: "Law enforcement sources tell TMZ... airport police responded Sunday night to a report of a disturbance between 2 men and when they got to the scene they arrested DC and transported him to a nearby police station for booking. We're told Danny was booked for misdemeanor assault... and as you can see, he certainly didn't look happy in his mug shot. He's no longer in custody after being released on bond. Cops tell us the police report is being forwarded to prosecutors for review, and potential charges will follow."

More details will be available soon.

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Belphegor Premiere New NSFW Music Video

Belphegor premiere a recently recorded medley of two songs from their 1997 record “Blutsabbath”. That track has been named “Blackest Sabbath 1997” and arrives complete with a music video for it, ahead of the January 14th re-releases of “Blutsabbath” and its predecessor “The Last Supper“ (1995).

Tells vocalist/guitarist Helmuth Lehner: More...

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Korn Premiere New Single & Music Video

Korn premiere their brand new single and Tim Saccenti-directed music video “Start The Healing” streaming via YouTube for you below. It’s the first advance track from the group’s fourteenth studio full-length “Requiem“, which will drop on February 04th via Loma Vista Recordings.

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Slipknot Premiere New Single "The Chapeltown Rag"

Slipknot premiere a first single from their upcoming new seventh studio full-length. The band recorded the album with producer Joe Barresi (Tool, Queens Of The Stone Age). The single is named “The Chapeltown Rag” and can be streamed via YouTube and Spotify below.

Tells the band’s frontman Corey Taylor of the song: More...

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Stillbirth Bassist Dominik König Commits Suicide

Stillbirth bassist Dominik König has sadly passed away at the age of thirty six. His bandmates have confirmed that the musician committed suicide. A statement from the band reads as follows:

"Today, unfortunately, we have very sad news to announce.

"Our longtime band member and friend Dominik "Pumpa" König has unfortunately passed away. We are all deeply saddened that he lost the fight against his inner demons. We are so sorry and we can't imagine what kind of hell he really went through. Our deepest condolences go out to his parents, family and his girlfriend Katrin. We are here for you and we will support you with all our strength.

"At Stillbirth we are not only musicians who meet for the music, but we are one big family who shares the problems and successes with each other. We have supported Pumpa in his struggle for a long time and have helped him whenever possible. But maybe that was just not enough.
Pumpa joined the band in 2005 and since then has been a solid link in Stillbirth alongside Lukas. He helped us with all our sound concerns and technical problems, recorded and edited our music brilliantly, and was also a beast on stage on his bass. We can't describe how hard this loss hits us. Not only as a band member, but also as a human being.

"Send your love to Pumpa and the relatives and please take care of your friends and acquaintances. Sometimes it helps if you are not alone."

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Legendary Metal Writer Malcolm Dome Passes Away

British writer and journalist Malcolm Dome, who some credit with coining the term thrash metal, has passed away at the age of sixty six. The news was broken by his colleagues at TotalRock.

Dome wrote numerous books, including biographies of Metallica, Motley Crue, AC/DC and Van Halen and had previously written for such publications as Kerrang! (where his review of Anthrax's "Fistful Of Metal" used the term "thrash metal" for what is believed to be the first time,) Classic Rock, Metal Hammer and Record Mirror. He also co-founded TotalRock, Britain's first rock radio station, along with other British rock and metal legend Tommy Vance. Dome also appeared in numerous documentaries and programmes, documenting albums from everyone from Queen to Napalm Death, as well as genre documentaries and shows.

His work and his passion will be sorely missed by all familiar with him.

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Superjoint Are Calling It Quits

Superjoint - originally known as Superjoint Ritual and led by Ex-Pantera frontman Philip Anselmo - are calling it quits. The group’s guitarist Jimmy Bower confirmed the news to Rock Talks that the outfit are “done.” Superjoint originally split up in 2004, and reunited again in 2014.

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Ex-COF And Satryicon Singer Killed By Terrorist

Andrea Meyer, the vocalist who appeared on the debut Cradle Of Filth album, "The Principle Of Evil Made Flesh," as well as the Satyricon album, "Nemesis Divina," has died at the hands of terrorist Espen Andersen Bråthen during his recent terror attack in Kongsberg, Norway. The 52 year old German singer was one of five people who tragically lost their lives after Bråthen attacked eight people with a bow and arrow on October 13th, before being arrested later that day.

Cradle Of Filth frontman Dani Filth was of many who paid tribute to the vocalist, stating:

"R.I.P. Andrea Meyer.

"Andrea guested on our debut album, The Principle Of Evil Made Flesh, and also modelled and danced for us on stage as well as presiding over ritual back in our formative years. ⁣

"She will be sadly missed and our deep felt love and sympathies go out to her kith and kin."

Aside from her guest work, Meyer released music under the name Andrea Nebel, as well as Nebelhexë and Hagalaz' Runedance. She was also an accomplished writer, penning film scripts as well as social commentary pieces, poetry and spiritual history. She is survived by her daughter Alva.

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David Lee Roth Announces His Retirement

Former Van Halen vocalist David Lee Roth has announced that his upcoming performances at the House Of Blues in Las Vegas, Nevada, will be his final performances. Speaking with the Las Vegas Review Journal, the singer said:

"I'm retiring. This is the first, and only, official announcement. You've got the news. Share it with the world. "I'm not going to explain the statement. The explanation is in a safe. These are my last five shows.

"I am encouraged and compelled to really come to grips with how short time is, and my time is probably even shorter. I know that when I am in the audience, whether you come out with a ukelele or a marching band, all I ask is you give me everything you've got to give. That's what I did for the last 50 years. I'll give you all I've got to give. It's been an amazing, great run; no regrets, nothing to say about anybody.

"I'll miss y'all. Stay frosty."

You can hear his statement via the Van Halen News Desk here.

His final show dates are as follows:

December 31 - House Of Blues
January 1 - House Of Blues
January 5 - House Of Blues
January 7 - House Of Blues
January 8 - House Of Blues

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Lawnmower Deth To Release First Album In 29 Years

Lawnmower Deth, the British comedy thrash metal legends from Nottingham, has announced that they will be releasing a brand new album named "Blunt Cutters" on January 28th. This will be their first full length album since 1993's, "Billy" and features eighteen new songs produced by Chris Clancy (Massive Wagons, Those Damn Crows.) The band has also stated that there will be more live shows to come in the new year.


1. Into The Pit
2. I Don’t Want To
3. Botheration
4. Swarfega
5. Bastard Squad
6. Now He’s A Priest
7. Good Morning, Phil
8. Bobblehead
9. Raise Your Snails
10. Deth! Maim! Kill!
11. Christ Options
12. Hell’s Teeth
13. Blunt Cutters
14. Space Herpes
15. Nothing But Noise
16. Goodnight, Bob
17. Power Bagging
18. Agency Of COB More...

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Deeds Of Flesh Classic Lineup Reunites

Technical death metal pioneers Deeds Of Flesh unveil a classic line-up, with the return of long-time drummer Mike Hamilton. Mike's drumming style has been a huge staple in shaping the band's sound and laying the blueprint for the future of technical death metal.

The band comment: "We want to thank Darren Cesca for all of his hard work on our most recent release, Nucleus. That album would not sound the way it does without his stamp on it. Darren is one of the most professional and skilled death metal drummers out there today and we guarantee you'll be seeing him continue to push the envelope for the genre and drumming as a whole. We're very proud to have Darren as a part of the Deeds legacy and wish him all the best and a future of success!"

This news follows the recent announcement that Deeds Of Flesh will return to the stage at next year's HellFest Open Air in Clisson, France.

The band continue: "Although we wish we could be hitting the stage with our brother Erik Lindmark, we feel going forward it would be best to retain the classic Deeds line-up as much as possible."

Jacoby Kingston will return to bass and vocal duties as he has done during his entire tenure with Deeds. Ivan Munguia will make the move from bass over to 2nd guitar, an easy transition given his recent guitar work live and in the studio with Continuum.

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