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COVID-19: Destruction Performs An Actual Live Show

Destruction performed their first live show since the COVID-19 pandemic past weekend at Z7 in Pratteln, Swizterland. The audience was limited to 300 fans out of the 1.600 cap venue. Footage from that event can be streamed via YouTube and Facebook below:

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Guitarist Bob Kulick Passes Away

Bob Kulick, the veteran guitarist who made his name performing with the likes of Kiss, W.A.S.P., Meat Loaf, Doro and others, has sadly passed away at the age of 70. No cause of death has been revealed as of yet. The news was broken by his brother Bruce, who himself performed with Kiss, who took to Twitter with the following message:

"I am heartbroken to have to share the news of the passing of my brother Bob Kulick. His love of music, and his talent as a musician and producer should always be celebrated. Please respect the Kulick Family’s privacy during this sad time."

Bob Kulick auditioned for Kiss when the band was forming, but Ace Frehley was chosen over him. Despite this, he would make uncredited appearances on four albums, including "Alive II," "Unmasked," "Killers" and "Creatures Of The Night," as well as working with frontman Paul Stanley on his debut solo album. Before this, he recorded with rock icon Lou Reed on the classic, "Coney Island Baby" album and would later join W.A.S.P. for two studio albums, "The Crimson Idol" and "Still Not Black Enough," before working with metal queen Doro Pesch on her 2000 release, "Calling The Wild," where he played with the singer and Motorhead frontman Lemmy on the ballad, "Love Me Forever."

His work stretched beyond hard rock and heavy metal, as he would also work with Meat Loaf, Diana Ross and Michael Bolton, as well composing music for beloved cartoon Spongebob Squarepants and the World Wrestling Federation, performing with Motorhead on the theme for wrestler Triple H entitled, "The Game," widely regarded by wrestling fans as one of the best entrance themes ever. He would eventually release a solo album in 2017 entitled, "Skeletons In The Closet." More...

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Obscura Welcome Drummer David Diepold

Obscura officially welcome Austrian drummer David Diepold (Monument Of Misanthropy, Cognizance, etc.) as the latest addition to their lineup. He joins the group after a recent mass exodus that saw singer/guitarist Steffen Kummerer remain the only member.

Kummerer has also recently been rejoined by bassist Jeroen Paul Thesseling, with a new full-length being in the works. You can watch David Diepold do a playthrough of Obscura‘s “Vortex Omnivium” below:

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Brutal Assault Open Air Postponed Until 2021

Brutal Assault's 25th anniversary will have to wait until 2021. It should come as no surprise that the festival's organizers were forced to postpone the festival due to ongoing pandemic concerns. The anniversary edition will now take place August 10 - 14, 2021. Festival organizers posted on their Facebook page that they have "already confirmed most of the major bands from the current bill." More...

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Psycho Las Vegas Postponed Until 2021

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s Psycho Las Vegas has been postponed. The event has officially been rescheduled to August 19-22, 2021. The event organizers released this statement in regards to the announcement.

“Attention current and future ticket holders:

Gambling is in our blood but we can’t roll the dice on this one–Psycho Swim and Psycho Las Vegas have been rescheduled to August 19-22, 2021. Nearly all bands have signed on for the new dates but we are awaiting confirmation from one final artist before presenting our updated lineup. We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your patience.

Once our updated lineup is announced, refunds will be available for anyone who can’t join us in 2021, and hotel rooms purchased through the Fan Block will be automatically refunded. For more information, please visit our Festival FAQ.” More...

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Falling In Reverse Guitarist Has Died At Age 35

Falling In Reverse guitarist/vocalist Derek Jones has died at the age of 35. Comments Falling In Reverse frontman Ronnie Radke via Twitter:

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Wacken Postponed Until 2021

The German government decided that due to the Coronavirus pandemic, no mass gatherings will be allowed until August, 31st 2020. Thus, there will be no Wacken Open Air this year. Wacken organizers stated that it will be moved to 2021 but new dates have not been announced yet. No information was immediately available for those that had already purchased tickets for 2020's festival.

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No Live Concerts Until Fall 2021?

The impact that the lockdown initiated to fight the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has had on the music industry - and on live music industry in particular - in just a few weeks has already been ruinous. And it would seem the touring business may remain on hold for much longer than expected.

While some bands have been rescheduling for mid or late summer, some other major festivals and events have been postponed to fall or 2021. Metal booking agent Daniel DeFonce of Continental Touring expressed his fears that touring won’t likely be happening again until 2021.

Now, in a recently published feature at The New York Times about restarting the American economy, it seems that even that assessment could be too short-sighted:

Bioethicist Zeke Emanuel - vice provost for global initiatives and director of the Healthcare Transformation Institute at the University of Pennsylvania; host of a new podcast about coronavirus, ‘Making the Call‘; and author of the upcoming book ‘Which Country Has the World’s Best Health Care?‘ - thinks: More...

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Hellfest XV Rescheduled For 2021

Hellfest is the latest summer music festival to reschedule its 2020 edition due to the ongoing pandemic. The festival is rescheduled for June 18-20, 2021. More...

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Former Riot Guitarist Passes Away

Lou A. Kouvaris, the original guitarist for American heavy metal legends Riot, has passed away at the age of sixty six after contracting the Corona virus, also known as COVID-19. Kouvaris was with the band from 1976 to 1978 and performed on the band's first album, "Rock City," while also contributing writing to the sophomore effort, "Narita." He was most recently involved with the project Riot Act, who are planning on re-recording the first three Riot albums. They recently released a music video for their rendition of "Swords And Tequila," which can be seen below. More...

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Rammstein Singer Reportedly In Critical Condition

According to German newspaper Bild and Russia Today, Rammstein frontman Till Linemann is in critical condition in a Berlin hospital, after complaining of a fever after a solo concert in the Russian capital. The vocalist was tested for the COVID-19 virus as well as pneumonia and is now being kept in quarantine. It is said that at one stage he was in life threatening condition, but is now beginning to show signs of recovery.

The vocalist had been performing shows in Moscow to reduced crowds, owing to the Russian government's ban on gathering of over 5000 people. The fifty seven year old German's representatives have yet to issue a statement. More information will be revealed as soon as it becomes available. More...

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Death Angel Drummer In Intensive Care Unit

Will Carroll, the drummer for thrash metal legends Death Angel, is currently in intensive care after friends and bandmates stated he was "very ill." Exodus guitarist Gary Holt, who himself is in self quarantine exhibiting the symptoms of the illness, made the news public recently while giving his own update. His Instagram post reads as follows:

"I remained quiet on this earlier, not wanting to say anything until I was certain it had become public knowledge, but Will Carroll, is in need of some massive positive vibes. Me, I appreciate all the warm wishes I’ve gotten, but I’m sick, nothing more, Will is in the ICU. WAY worse that anything I’m dealing with, by a long shot. Not even close. He is very ill. There are several of us that have symptoms and are waiting for test results. Will needs some healing vibes from everyone. Get well Will."

When asked if the drummer was suffering from COVID-19, the Holt stated that "tests results being done but that's probably what it is."

Elsewhere, Testament frontman Chuck Billy, who recently toured with Exodus and Death Angel with his band, has tested positive for the virus, as has his wife.

More information will be revealed as soon it becomes available.

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Sacred Reich Founder Jason Rainey Passes Away

Jason Rainey, the founding guitarist of American thrash metal veterans Sacred Reich, has passed away at the age of fifty three following a heart attack, his former bandmates have confirmed. A message from the band reads as follows:

"It is with deep sadness and broken hearts that we must announce that our friend, guitarist and founding member of Sacred Reich, Jason Rainey has passed away.

"Jason started the band after only playing guitar for six months. With sheer determination and will, he lead us through the early years of the band. He worked tirelessly. Sacred Reich was his life.

"In recent years he faced some serious medical issues. He ultimately succembed to a heart attack on Monday, March 16. He was 53 years old.

"Jason, we wish you peace and love.

"Jason Wesley Rainey
February 14, 1967 - March 16, 2020"

Rainey founded the band in the 1985 and performed with them up to last year, when he was replaced by Joey Radziwell, making last year's "comeback" album, "Awakening," the only full length Sacred Reich album that Rainey was not part of. More...

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Inferno Metal Festival Cancelled For 2020

Following in the footsteps of other music festivals and events around the globe, Inferno Metal Festival Norway is postponing its 2020 edition until 2021. The announcement states that those that had purchased tickets for this year's festival will not get a refund, however, those tickets will be valid in 2021.

Also, Decibel Magazine's Metal and Beer Fest - Philly 2020 has also postponed it's April edition and will announce rescheduled dates in the future. More...

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Slipknot Cancel Tour Over Coronavirus Concerns

Slipknot cancel their imminent Asian touring plans as well as their own two-day ‘Knotfest Japan‘ festival due to the ongoing concerns with the novel coronavirus, Covid-19.

Slipknot posted the below statement:

“In light of global health concerns, Slipknot have decided to postpone their upcoming Asian tour, including Knotfest Japan. While decisions like this are not easy, the safety and well-being of the band’s fans always comes first. Furthermore in this case, the bands and artists, crew and local employees are also equally effected, and as such, this was the only responsible decision that could be made. Slipknot and Knotfest will both return to Asia very soon, and at such time that everyone can be ensured of the best possible experience possible.”

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Josh Pappe (D.R.I., Gang Green) Has Died Age 53

Crossover thrash bassist Josh Pappe, who played on two crucial albums for D.R.I., has passed away at the age of 53. As of press time, no cause of death has been revealed. Pappe who was in D.R.I. from 1983 -1984, and 1985 -1998 played on both legendary albums for the genre "Crossover" and "4 of A Kind" as well as Gang Green's " Can't Live Without It". We send our condolences out to Josh Pappe’s family and friends.


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Absu Announces Break Up

American black metal veterans Absu has announced that they are no more. A post on social media from drummer and vocalist Proscriptor McGovern reads as follows:

"After meager deliberation and zero remorse, I have decided to dissolve ABSU after three decades of existence. Collectively and universally speaking, this decision is finite due to insoluble circumstances, which has led to this ultimate result. No amount of time, exertion, formula or fashion can alter my verdict.

"Refusing to further comment on the subject, I leave thee with the following enchantment:

"{Vii} For there are bitter waters of Chaos held immobile under (the) ground – And the Sovereigns, who personify them, reign over Opacities and Beyond.

"[II] Beseech these All-Begetters in darkness, outside the circles of time. In Chaos’ sleight of hand, the Deep will respond.”

"{Vi} Never Blow Out The Eastern Candle – Proscriptor McGovern (Russ R. Givens)"

Absu formed in 1989 in Plano, Texas and released their debut full length, "Barathrum: V.I.T.R.I.O.L." in 1993. After their acclaimed 2001 album, "Tara," the band went on hiatus for five years before returning, eventually releasing an eponymous album in 2009.

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Corrosion Of Conformity Drummer Passes Away

Corrosion Of Conformity has announced that drummer Reed Mullin has died at the age of 53. No cause of death has been confirmed as of yet. A post on the band's official website featured a photo of the music with the simple caption, "You are loved Reed," while a longer post on Twitter reads:

"It’s with heavy hearts that we say goodbye to a friend, a brother and pioneer. Reed you are loved and always will be. Lets all take a moment..."

Mullin was a founding member of the band, staying behind the kit until 2001 when he left after a back injury. In 2010, Mullin took part in the "Animosity" lineup reunion and recorded a further three albums with the band; an eponymous full length in 2012, "IX" in 2014 and most recently, "No Cross No Crown" in 2018. More...

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Former Cynic And Death Drummer Found Dead

As first reported by Blabbermouth, Sean Reinert, one of metal's most acclaimed drummers, known for his time with Cynic and Death, has been found dead at his home in California. He was 48 years old. Reinert worked with guitarist/vocalist Paul Masvidal in both Cynic and Death, recording the latter's legendary album, "Human" before the duo returned to Cynic and recorded one of the most essential albums in progressive metal and technical death metal, "Focus."

After the debut, the band was put to rest and the two worked on other projects including Æon Spoke, before reforming Cynic in 2006, releasing their sophomore album, "Traced In Air" in 2008. A new EP, "Carbon Based Anatomy" followed in 2011 before their third and to date latest album, "Kindly Bent To Free Us" was released in 2014. After a dispute as to whether or not the band was still active, it was announced that Reinert had left the band, with his place being taken by Matt Lynch.

Sean Reinert, along with Paul Masvidal, also made headlines in 2014 when they revealed that they were both gay, a move which is widely accepted and supported, with Reinert humourously stating in an article with the L.A. Times, "I see all those old dudes out there just banging their heads to our records and I have to think — ‘That stuff you’re banging your head to? That is some gay, gay metal, man.'" More...

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Former Nile Bassist Joseph Payne Passes Away

Former Nile and Divine Heresy bassist Joseph Payne has passed away at the age of 35. His former Divine Heresy bandmate Dino Cazares confirmed the reports in a post on social media yesterday. A statement from Cazares reads as follows:

"Our metal brother Joseph Payne has passed away. Another one gone way to young. I wasn't going to say anything until I got confirmation from his family, which I now did. At this time no cause of death has been revealed.

"Joe was a great friend, a great band member and an incredible musician. Although he played bass in ?Divine Heresy?, he was an incredible guitarist. I first saw him playing bass in Nile and right then and there, I said, 'I want that guy in my band.' After having that first conversation that night, I realized he was a great dude and from there on, we've shared some amazing moments in life and on tour,from Australia to South America to Canada to Mexico to Europe, etc.

"Joe was a very outgoing funny guy with a very friendly personality. He was loved by many and he loved all his fans and road friends. He never complained when times got tough on the road. He always helped everyone and worked his ass off when he was in DH and I admired him for being that way.

"We love you and we will miss you. Rest In Peace, my friend." More...

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