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Dragonsfire Vocalist/Bassist Herbert Passes Away

Pure Steel Records and Dragonsfire announced that vocalist/bassist Torsten Thassilo Herbert has passed away on January 8th at the age of 24. The cause of death has not been disclosed.

Herbert was a founding member of the band, having played and sang on the band's demo, two full length and two EP releases, the last of which "Metal X" was independently released on December 27th. He previously was in the German melodic metal act Dark Fortress, who broke up in 2004 having released one album "Light & Darkness" in 2000.

Pure Steel Records commented: "With consternation we found out that the vocalist and bassist from the band Dragonsfire died at the 08.01.2015. We want to express our condolences to his family and the band members. A friend in Heavy Metal went away. Pure Steel Records says thank you for all! We will miss you!"

The band posted the following on its Facebook page (translated via Facebook): "Dear friends, dear fans, we are in deep mourning. Our friend, singer and bassist Torsten Thassilo Herbert died on the 08.01.2015. We can't believe it myself, but it is the sad truth. Our sympathy is first and foremost the family. The funeral will take place on Wednesday, the 14.01.2015 at 11:00 at the cemetery in Stockstadt am Rhein. THASSILO-WE MISS YOU!" More...

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Knife Fight Breaks Out At Cattle Decapitation Show

The pit apparently got out of control last night during a Cattle Decapitation show at 13th Frame in La Habra, CA.

According to various online sources, someone in the pit stabbed another show-goer, who was subsequently subdued by other metal heads. Cattle Decapitation fan Jesse Goytia, who was at the show, posted this message online via Facebook:

Suicide Silence's Alex Lopez was also apparently in attendance and had this to say: More...

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As They Burn Calling It Quits

French outfit As They Burn has issued the following announcement about deciding to call it a day:

"We are deeply moved to announce the end of the band. As They Burn was an amazing way to let our artistic energy flow for a fabulous seven years. We lived and grew up in rhythm with what is for us much more than a musical adventure – a real humane endeavour which embraced a lot of people.

"It is because we honour and respect you guys that we have taken this difficult decision. Up until now, we have provided you with ourselves in the best possible way and we never want to put that aside. As we are now, we are incapable of providing you with the As They Burn you expect us to be. And it is impossible for us, musically and artistically to be less than what we expect and aspire to be, and we will NEVER accept to be half of ourselves.

"By taking this decision we value honesty above become a band that we would never want to be. It is time for us to follow our own independent paths, each cradled by the memories of the past years and the brotherly love that unites all six of us. And it is the same desire of honesty and same willpower that we have decided to part ways with you guys on stage and not by a simple press release!

"We will be playing several farewell shows in 2015 so we can meet one last time on stage (Booking contact: Milton@onlytalentproductions.com).

"From the bottom of our hearts, thank you! Thank you. Thank you. Thank you! Through this message we would also like to thank: our mothers, fathers, brothers and sisters - our families for allowing us to go after and live a dream. We would also like to thank Bastien Jacquesson, our sound engineer and ally on stage, who brought us peace of mind and confidence. A devoted man we have always been able to count on, a real pillar. You are the 6th member of the band but you are also above all our brother, our big brother. More...

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Scorpions Releasing New Album

Celebrating 50 years (!!!) of rocking, a new Scorpions album titled "Return To Forever" is due to drop on February 20th, 2015. The band comments:

"Yeah, baby, 2015 will be our year! We're looking forward to celebrate our 50th Anniversary next year together with all of you! See you on the road & in the cinema!"

An announcement clip can be seen below, while a teaser for "Return To Forever" is available at the band's Facebook profile here.

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Former Amberian Dawn Bassist Passes Away

Finland's Amberian Dawn has released the following statement online about the band's former bass player passing away:

"Some tragic and sad news. Tommi Kuri, our ex-bassist has passed away. This shocking news hit all of us really hard.

"Tommi was a kind man and always tried to help other people too. He was one of the founding members of Amberian Dawn and played on 3 three albums. Tommi was also one of the key characters who helped AD on it's early steps and in the early years he was also kind of managing the band.

"Tommi was always the guy who kept the wheels rolling and took care of the important matters and band members too. Tommi's spirit will live on in all of us who knew him and also in music of all the bands he played with.

"I knew that he had some health issues and that's why he was forced to leave AD back in 2011. He did it with heavy heart. But nobody knew how serious his condition was until now when we got this dramatic news. In fact I saw him only a couple of days ago and he was really acting like he always did: in a funny, joyful and helpful way. More...

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Metalunderground.com's Best Of 2014 Awards

What was old is now new again, as much like with Hollywood returning to Star Wars, Jurassic Park, and Terminator, metal heads had a desire for past and present to collide throughout 2014.

This was another year of major reunions and comebacks with the likes of At The Gates, Slipknot, Sanctuary, and Massacre all returning with new material. The long dead Coal Chamber also came back to life, although we won't see an actual release until next year (with varying opinions on to whether that particular resurrection was wanted or needed).

Besides all the blasts from the past, this was a year marked by spectacles in the metal world – some truly unfortunate and others less so. Heavy metal managed to hit the Facebook trending bar and gain exposure to millions when 92 year old actor Christopher Lee released his Metal Knight EP and Christmas single ”Darkest Carols, Faithful Sing.”

Tim Lambesis of As I Lay Dying was finally sentenced after being arrested back in 2013 for attempting to hire a hitman to kill his ex-wife – an act that lead to the creation of Wovenwar, featuring the remaining members of As I Lay Dying as well as a fellow ex-believer from Oh, Sleeper.

This was also the year that included Roadrunner Records botching the release of the first Opeth single from “Pale Communion” and subsequently breaking the Internet. And who could forget Wintersun's infamous rant (perhaps best summarized as “I can't possibly record an album unless its in my own personal studio that someone else has paid for”), which sent a horde of lemming-like fans to send death threats to the Nuclear Blast Facebook page?

Typical metal shenanigans aside, this was actually a solid year for metal overall even past the major reunions. Now moving into 2015, the big question marks are if that Metallica album actually comes out, when Dimmu Borgir is finally going to get around to leaking some new info, and for those of us who have been impatiently waiting since 2012 – when will God Of Atheists finally drop that debut release that we voted most anticipated two years ago?

Before any of those questions come close to getting answers, let's take a look back at what 2014 had to offer for metal fans... More...

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Immortal's Battle Over Band Name Rights Escalates

Immortal frontman Abbath (Olve Eikemo) claims that he rightfully attempted to secure exclusive rights to the band's name and logo after lyricist/guitarist Demonaz (Harald Nævdal) and drummer Horgh (Reidar Horghagen) effectively quit the legendary Norwegian black metal group this past summer.

According to Dagbladet, Abbath's application to the Norwegian Industrial Property Office has been stopped by a lawyer representing Demonaz and drummer Horgh, who want the Immortal trademark to be shared by all three members.

In his latest letter to the Norwegian Industrial Property Office, Abbath says that he thought Demonaz and Horgh left Immortal earlier this year after they moved out of the band's rehearsal room and stopped paying their share of the rent expenses.

"This summer Abbath received amessage from Demonaz and Horgh indicating that they wanted to take a longer break from Immortal after a conflict occurred between Abbath and the other 2 bandmembers," writes Eikemo in his letter to the Norwegian Industrial Property Office.

"The band rents a rehearsal space where costs were being shared between the 3 bandmembers. Demonaz and Horgh did not want to pay their share of the rent since the band, in their opinion, was not active. Abbath, as Immortal's chief songwriter, was dependent on the rehearsal space and was willing to cover the rental costs himself. The other 2 members then moved out of the premises and stopped paying their share of the rent. Abbath perceived this move as them pulling out of the band."

The letter also argues that Demonaz has not played guitar since he suffered an injury to his arm in 1997, and that Horgh 's role in the band has been limited to playing drums. In addition, Abbath claims that, as Immortal's composer and frontman, he is virtually synonymous with the band and that, as a professional musician, he is dependent on revenue generated by Immortal and therefore cannot simply take a break. More...

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Saxon Drummer Nigel Glockler Rushed To Hospital

British NWOBHM legend Saxon postponed the remaining dates on their UK tour due to drummer Nigel Glockler's health issues. Glockler was rushed to hospital on Monday night. More details will follow as soon as available.

States Saxon frontman Biff Byford in a Facebook post: "Nigel, our friend and brother, is in the hospital in the UK having tests to find a bleed on his brain. He is up and talking but he says he has a ball-crushing headache. I will pass all your messages on to Gina, Nigel's wife, and we all pray that Nige can pull through this! At the moment all shows have been rescheduled to [early] February 2015."

Following shows were rescheduled as follows:

Feb. 03 - Newcastle, UK - Academy
Feb. 04 - Nottingham, UK - Rock City
Feb. 05 - Wolverhampton, UK - Wulfrun Hall
Feb. 06 - Oxford, UK - Academy
Feb. 07 - London, UK - Shepherds Bush Empire

Tickets remain valid for the new dates of course. The band and management would like to apologize to all involved for any inconvenience caused.

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Coal Chamber Announces Reunion Tour, Album

Reactivated California outfit Coal Chamber has announced a North American headline tour for Spring 2015.

The tour is in support of a forthcoming album that will be released on Napalm Records. Support on the tour will come from Filter, Combichrist, and American Head Charge. The trek begins March 6th in Tempe, AZ and runs through April 12th in Dallas, TX.

Coal Chamber is currently in the studio working on the band's first studio album in over 12 years. The band is working with producer Mark Lewis (Whitechapel, DevilDriver, Black Dahlia Murder) on the currently untitled album, which is tentatively slated for a Spring 2015 release.

Call it what you want, "The Return", "The Second Coming of," but no matter what you call it, be prepared for Coal Chamber to rule again, and catch the first official festivities on these dates: More...

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The Faceless Vocalist Geoff Ficco Quits Band

Geoffrey Ficco, vocalist for The Faceless since 2011, quit The Faceless yesterday evening.

States Ficco: "After nearly four years with the band, I have decided to leave The Faceless to pursue new opportunities. Thank you to the fans of the band, as well as the past and present members of The Faceless, for the unforgettable experience. One of the projects I will now have more time to focus on is my black metal band Ys, which just released an album in November. Thanks everybody." More...

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Vintersorg Injured In Accident

Borknagar has been working on a new album, which is now being delayed due to band member Vintersorg (Andreas Hedlund) being injured in an accident. Borknagar comments:

"This have been a rough week. Seven days ago Mr. V was seriously injured in an falling accident. This resulted in multiple fractures to the skull, brain hemorrhage and momentary dysfunctional hearing on one ear. We have intentionally kept this off the radar, till he felt fit enough to update the public himself. So his post on Facebook today should be regarded as an heartwarming and uplifting statement of his recovery.

"We would like to wish our colleague and dear friend all the best, the best possible treatment and a speedy recovery to full health. Also all the best to his closest family, his wife and kids in this difficult situation. In the current situation Mr. V's process of recovery and regaining health is the most important thing.

"The release of our new album might be delayed accordingly, as there is absolutely no option to leave our bro behind or in any way compromise on his recovery." More...

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Confusion About Neil Turbin's Quitting Onslaught

While Onslaught guitarist Nige Rockett claims the band fired singer Neil Turbin (ex Anthrax) 2 days before completion of the North American "Thrash Invasion" tour, Turbin states he left the tour by his own accord after not being paid for the final week of the trek.

You can read the 2 versions and watch a fan-filmed video footage of Onslaught's final performance with Turbin on November 24 in Anaheim, California below.

Version 1: Neil Turbin has posted the following statement on his Facebook page regarding his early departure from the Onslaught tour: More...

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Broderick Follows Drover And Quits Megadeth

While Megadeth was supposedly recording a new album in 2015 to coincide with a tour next year, the four-piece are now a two piece, as guitarist Chris Broderick and drummer Shawn Drover left the band separately just hours apart.

Drover as we reported earlier today, was the first to quit, releasing a statement stating he was pursuing his own music.

"After 10 years, I have decided to quit Megadeth to pursue my own musical interests. I want to thank Dave Mustaine and the entire Megadeth family, as well as thanking all the amazing Megadeth fans around the world!!! I truly appreciate all of you. Stay tuned for info on my next musical journey."

Shortly after, Broderick, announced his exit via a statement on his official blog web site:

"Due to artistic and musical differences, it is with great reluctance that I announce my departure from Megadeth to pursue my own musical direction. I want all of you to know how much I appreciate the amount that you the fans have accepted and respected me as a member of Megadeth for the last seven years, but it is time for me to move on. I wish Dave and everyone in Megadeth all the best. I am working on a few things of my own and hope that when they come out, you will all dig it. Until then,

"Chris. \m/"

Up to now there has been no official statement from Megadeth or Dave Mustaine.

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Saint Vitus To Finish Tour Without Front Man

Saint Vitus is currently embarked on a 35th anniversary tour, however it will be going on without front man Scott "Wino" Weinrich:

"Saint Vitus would like to regretfully inform all of our European fans that our lead vocalist Wino was detained by the Norwegian police and immigration officers for possession of illegal substances since Sunday November 9th.

"As of 4 pm yesterday evening (Nov. 11th) we were informed by his Norwegian defense attorney that he would more than likely be released that same day and be able to continue the remaining dates of our European tour. This morning we received notification that Wino was being deported today back to the U.S. with no hope to remain in Scandanavia or anywhere in the EU.

"SAINT VITUS WILL CONTINUE THE REMAINING DATES OF THE TOUR!!! Our sincere apologies to all of our fans, the promoters, booking agents and especially our Norwegian fans and promoter for the cancelled show. We will still deliver the HEAVY sound to all of our friends in Europe and it is our hope that everyone will understand our position to go forward with the remaining dates without Wino. More...

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Black Tusk Bassist Passes Away

Black Tusk's Jonathan Athon was involved in a vehicle accident earlier this weekend, and now the band has issued the following statement about Athon passing away:

"It is with deep regret and saddened hearts that we must tell you that Athon passed away this morning from injuries sustained from his motorcycle accident.

"Doctors told us that he suffered irreparable brain damage shortly after the accident. He has been in a coma and sustained by life support until now. As per his wishes, we removed Athon from his life support systems and his organs will be donated.

"His body will be cremated and a memorial is being planned for family and friends in Savannah. He was 32 years old and will be forever missed. Thank you all for your support during this devastating time for us, it would have made him proud."

Black Tusk had entered the studio back in September with producer Joel Grind to work on the follow-up to 2013's "Tend No Wounds" EP.

Our condolences go out to Athon's family and bandmates. You can leave a message for Black Tusk over at the band's Facebook profile here. More...

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AC/DC Drummer Phil Rudd Faces Charges

Update: while the drug charges and the charge of "threatening to kill" remain, the charge of procuring murder has now been dropped - 24 hours later. Read the full update at this location.

AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd allegedly tried to have two men killed. He appeared in the Tauranga District Court this afternoon, charged with attempting to procure a murder.

According to a report by Stuff.co.nz, the 60-year-old rock drummer’s home in New Zealand was raided Thursday morning (Nov. 6), and he was also charged with possession of meth and cannabis, as well as "threatening to kill."

Rudd appeared in Tauranga District Court in New Zealand on Thursday afternoon and did not enter a plea to the charges.

He allegedly tried to hire a hit man to murder two men. Rudd is currently out on bail and has been ordered to not have any contact with the man he apparently tried to hire to carry out the killings. He faces up to 10 years in prison, and is scheduled for a court hearing on Nov. 27. More...

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SOiL's Ryan McCombs Hospitalised After Stroke

On Monday, November 3rd, Ryan McCombs (40) was hospitalised after waking up having noticed feeling uncomfortable and unable to use his right hand correctly.

His partner, Izzi, took McCombs to hospital and doctors have found him to have had a stroke during his sleep Sunday night.

McCombs has since written on his Facebook fanpage, at around 1:30pm (GMT), that he is recovering well, and that they caught his condition at a time that hasn't done too much damage. McCombs' post reads as follows:

"Yes'em, I have been hospitalized after having a stroke in my sleep Sunday night. Thanks to Izzi making me go to the hospital Monday morning we caught it before my stupid brain made to much of a mess of me.. I'm already doing better but I'm warned it'll be a bit of a road.. The Angry Hobbit is a stubborn prick and I believe sh*t will right itself in no time.. I mean hell, my stupid dumb right hand only made me take 15 minutes to write this...lol seriously. That's whooping the horses booty from just last night.. In great hands here and Izzi is keeping a protective eye.. Please give me time on the messages that have been sent on this. Thanks for the well wishes.. Bright sky's fu*kers.. "

Update 5:13pm GMT: McCombs has just announced that test results have come back stating it is safe for him to eat and drink again.

Here's wishing a speedy recovery for Ryan McCombs, stayed tuned for more.

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Wayne Static Dies

Update: although no cause of death has been released, Wayne Static's publicist has now issued a statement available here stating drugs were not involved.

Sources close to Wayne Richard Wells, a.k.a. Wayne Static, former mastermind of California industrial metal crew Static-X, have confirmed that the guitarist/vocalist has died at the age of 48.

Details are still sketchy, but inside sources indicate the death may have been drug-related. Micah Electric, drummer of Hollywood-based industrial rockers 9Electric, issued the following via social media:

"My friend Wayne Static has passed away.

"So glad to have known him, recorded with him, toured with him, partied with him and had MANY real conversations with him. He was a good soul who chose the wrong path.

"He will be missed."

Static-X released six studio albums through Warner Bros. Records over the ten-year span of 1999-2009. After formally disbanding the group, Static launched a solo career in a similar musical vein and released the debut album "Pighammer" in 2011.

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Tool Working On New Album

While there hasn't been an official announcement from the band at this point, it would appear Tool is well into the process of recording a new album.

Adam Jones posted the photo below of the band together via his Instagram account with the caption "SmokeOnTheHorizon." This will be the band's first release since "10,000 Days" eight years ago.

Back in July, Jones had stated that work on the album was delayed for years due to a lawsuit that wasn't made public knowledge (read the full statement over here).

A brief post on the Tool website back in May also indicated writing for a new album was underway and actual recording was due to begin this year.

Further details and official announcements are forthcoming, so stay tuned. More...

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Scary Kids Scaring Kids Vocalist Passes Away

Tyson Stevens - formerly the vocalist of the disbanded group Scary Kids Scaring Kids - has passed away.

After rumors were going around today about Tyson's death, his band Coma Prevail posted the following message online via Facebook:

According to Altpress.com, Stevens died yesterday (October 21st) in Tucson, Arizona and was discovered by his girlfriend. Further info is forthcoming. More...

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