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Linkin Park Front Man Reportedly Commits Suicide

Update: the singer's death has now been confirmed with the L.A. County coroner by AP News.

TMZ is reporting that Chester Bennington of Linkin Park has passed away from an apparent suicide at the age of 41.

The celebrity gossip site issued this update:

"Law enforcement sources tell us the singer hanged himself at a private residence in Palos Verdes Estates in L.A. County. His body was discovered Thursday just before 9 AM.

"Chester was married with 6 children from 2 wives. The singer struggled with drugs and alcohol for years. He had said in the past he had considered committing suicide because he had been abused as a child by an older male."

This news follows in the wake of Chris Cornell from Soundgarden's suicide back in May, who was a close friend of Bennington.

Linkin Park's latest album "One More Light," which took a major turn away from the group's nu-metal beginnings, was released earlier this year and the band was scheduled to kick off a tour at the end of the month. More...

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Steve Grimmet Returns To The Stage

Following an unexpected leg amputation early this year to prevent the spread of a deadly infection, Steve Grimmet began to learn to walk again after being fitted with a metal prosthetic several months later.

Now Steve has returned to the stage for his first live music appearance following those devastating medical events. Grimmett took the stage on July 14th in Balingen, Germany, at the Bang Your Head Festival. Check out footage of the event below with Steve belting out Grim Reaper's "Fear No Evil."

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Fallujah Parts Ways With Vocalist

Progressive death metal masters Fallujah released the following statement: "It is with a heavy heart that we announce the departure of our vocalist and friend, Alex Hofmann. A decade-long journey has just ended for one of our founding members, and now he begins a new path separate from our own. His dedication and creativity have been a vital part of Fallujah for the last ten years, but we respect his decision and support him wholeheartedly.

"'The Dreamless' touring cycle has been our longest and most challenging yet; taking us across the planet with bands we respect and admire while moulding this band into a brotherhood. These experiences have brought us together and proven that this is what we are meant for. Alex’s departure will bring a new period of growth and we intend to come out of it with something ground-breaking for our fans.

"We will have a special guest taking over vocals for our festival run in Europe as well as our North American tour with Decapitated and Thy Art Is Murder. When we return to California, we will continue writing our new album and begin our search for a new vocalist. We invite all of our local friends and fans to join us in sending Alex off at Bay Area Death Fest; his last show, but a new beginning for us in Fallujah."

Hofmann added: "The reasons for my departure are both complicated and difficult to summarise; but one thing I know now is that in order to begin a new chapter in life, you must inevitably close the previous one. More...

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Adrenaline Mob Accident: Bassist Confirmed Dead

Adrenaline Mob was involved in a fatal traffic accident while headed to a show in St. Petersburg, FL, as we reported earlier yesterday.

Now sad news has surfaced as it has been revealed that Adrenaline Mob's bassist David Zablidowsky perished in the crash. The band's former bassist John Moyer (Disturbed) confirmed the news, sharing the following post on Facebook:

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Adrenaline Mob Tour Bus Struck By Tractor Trailer

Adrenaline Mob - the band featuring Symphony X/T.S.O. frontman Russell Allen - was involved in a fatal accident on I-75 in Gainsville, FL. The band's RV was pulled over the side of the highway for a flat tire during the band's route to the gig in St. Petersburg, when it was struck by a tractor trailer. The truck driver, for unknown reasons, veered off I-75 and struck the RV, which caught fire.

According to an article in The Gainsville Sun, Police reported that "[a] total of nine people were in the vehicles. One died, six were taken to area hospitals, and the other two declined medical treatment. Of the six injured, three were listed in critical condition and the other three in stable condition as of Friday evening." Since no names have been disclosed, it is still not clear as to whether any members of the band were injured.

The band was currently on tour in the U.S. in support of the latest album "We the People." More...

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Nachtmystium Returns To The Stage, Offers Refunds

Its been a long, winding path for Nachtmystium from "Reign of the Malicious" back in '02 to the hey day of the "Black Meddle" albums around 2010, and onto a very public fall from grace due to addiction and fleecing fans out of cash that resulted in Century Media booting the band.

It looks like the group is finally ready to return to the scene, and efforts are in place to make amends for those who got screwed over on ordering merch and albums that never showed up.

After several years of being on hiatus, Nachtmystium returned to the stage in L.A. on July 7th, where the band offered refunds to anyone who was previously ripped off. Footage from the show can be seen below, and the group also posted on Facebook:

"Its happening....now. Nachtmystium's first show in nearly five years. The band goes on at midnight. Nice big crowd here....we are thrilled to be back and to see all of you that are here tonight. Merchandise is available AND we are issuing cash refunds / merchandise for anyone whom may have ordered between 2012 - 2014 and didn't receive an order. Just come see us at the merch table, we will get you sorted out and also refund you for the fee you were charged at the door...the show tonight is on us of you were victimized in the past." More...

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Behemoth Drummer Inferno Sitting Out Summer Tour

Drummer Inferno will be sitting out Behemoth's upcoming summer tour with Slayer and Lamb Of God. Ex-Job For A Cowboy drummer Jon Rice will be taking over drum duties in his place. Explains the band:

"Behemoth Legions! We must announce that our drummer, Inferno will not be taking part in the upcoming Slayer tour with Lamb of God.

"As much of a disappointment it is not to have our brother with us, we completely support Inferno in this amazing chapter of his life. Rest assured, we’re still bringing one HELL of a show with us and look forward to seeing our North American, Legions in full force!" More...

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Pro-Pain Vocalist Assaulted In Brussels

Pro-Pain has officially cancelled upcoming tour dates after vocalist / bassist Gary Meskil was violently assaulted and robbed in Brussels earlier this week. The band issued this update via Facebook:

"This past Monday night, Gary was the victim of a robbery and attempted murder in Brussels. He was pick-pocketed of cash, credit card, and passport, struck on the head with an ice pick and then subsequently attacked by a gang of individuals.

"The police have confiscated more than one weapon and they have established the identities of some of the suspects. Gary was quickly admitted to ICU after suffering head trauma (including several fractures to his face and jaw) and massive blood loss.

"Since then he has stabilized and is trying his best to recover, but future surgery may be necessary. We regret to inform the fans that the shows scheduled for Roeselare (July 7th) and Osnabruck (July 8th) are now officially cancelled.

"We will make sure to keep you all informed of any other cancellations and on Gary's progress. Thanks for your support at this difficult time." More...

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Former Warbringer Drummer Has Died

Former Warbringer drummer Nic Ritter has died. Shares the band's vocalist John Kevill:

"A couple days ago we got some tragic news. Our former drummer, Nic Ritter, is dead. He passed either Wednesday or Thursday and I got the word Thursday night. I know few details of how he died. I had not seen Nic in many years, though I had spoken to him a few times fairly recently. I always will to regret that I never saw him again, and we never really caught up on all our old times traveling the world.

'Nic played approximately 400-450 shows with Warbringer between June 2008 through January 2011, the period where we were never off the road. His drum performance on "Waking into Nightmares" pushed the standard of technicality and musicianship in Warbringer to a new level and helped to shape the identity of the band to what it is today. He was an absolutely stellar player who in my opinion is a true innovator in thrash metal drumming.

"Sadly, 'Waking into Nightmares' is, to the best of my knowledge, his sole recorded musical legacy. Shame that he never played on another record, at least I know he was very proud of our work on that one. Rest easy, old buddy." More...

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MetalDays Tolmin Festival Reveals Running Order

The running order for MetalDays’ 2017 edition has been published today on the festival’s official website. Do you want to know when your favorite bands will be playing there and how to prepare yourself best for the party season?

Well, you can now check it out on the day-by-day line-up page of the website. Please note that this running order is preliminary and may be subject to changes in the near future.

The new map of the festival’s location has also been made available to the public. You can take note of all the changes and details by clicking here. Let us remind you that a third stage called “New Forces Stage” will make its appearance for the first time in 2017! Besides, the festival team decided to renew the project of installing a camp reserved for the single girls attending the event, among other things.

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Chimaira To Reunite This December

Chimaira is due to reunite this December following a three-year hiatus. The band uploaded a single image to Mark Hunter's Facebook confirming that the classic lineup from "The Impossibility of Reason" and "Resurrection" will be reuniting later this year.

This revelation comes only three months after news hit that drummer Andols Herrick was hospitalized for a severe illness.

The band is scheduled to play a first reunion show at the Agora Theater on December 30th in Cleveland, Ohio an no further shows have been confirmed.

Andols Herrick is slated to take part in the reunion. This marks the first reunion of the classic lineup since 2010. Additional information will be covered as more information becomes available. More...

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The Convalescence Kicked Off Otep Tour

Yet another band has run afoul of performing live with Otep on the road.

After that ugliness during the "Civil Unrest" tour a few years back and a handful of instances in the interim, The Convalescence has now been kicked off the "Resistance" tour by Otep.

The Convalescence issued this statement about the situation:

"We will no longer be a part of the remaining dates of 'The Resistance Tour' with Otep. After years spent on the road touring worldwide and never having a problem, this is a first. Otep kicked us off the tour after already loading in for tonight’s event in Pittsburgh. This stemming from an alleged incident that occurred in Michigan two nights previously where claims were made that we sold merchandise during the intro of their set.

"This was not the first time being threatened to remove us from the tour. First happening in Jacksonville, FL after their driver accused us of buying weed from venue staff the night before and went as far as to say we forced a venue runner to drive with him and a kid in the car to pick it up. This was in an attempt to take the heat off the driver himself because he called the police on the band's guitarist after an argument between them that morning.

"In both instances, we were unable to explain or make any attempt to approach the situation since even after 50+ dates as direct support - unless she felt the need to threaten to kick us off the tour and belittle us, we weren’t even allowed in the same room.

"After being told we were not needed on the tour, that we were not helping the attendance, we were simply a time filler and countless other negative comments about us being part of this tour we came to a mutual decision that we could no longer share a stage together.

"We are all about being team players on the road. After going out of our way with things like covering her merch table every night during their set, helping the band with security at understaffed venues, and helping her band and crew load in and out daily. We were met with only disrespect from Otep herself.

"We have no hard feelings towards her hired band and crew but Otep is an absolute nightmare to work with. Again, we apologize to any of our fans that had planned to see us on this tour. Thanks for your continued support and we’ll see you on the road this Fall!" More...

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Dead Cross Premieres New Song "Seizure And Desist"

Dead Cross - featuring Dave Lombardo (ex-Slayer, Suicidal Tendencies, Misfits), Mike Patton (Faith No More, Tomahawk), Justin Pearson (The Locust, Retox) and Michael Crain (Retox, Festival of Dead Deer) - premieres a new song entitled "Seizure And Desist", taken from the band's forthcoming self-titled debut album, which will arrive in stores on August 04th via Ipecac Recordings.

Check out now "Seizure And Desist" below.

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Carach Angren Debuts New Music Video

Carach Angren debuts a new music video for "Charles Francis Coghlan", taken from the band’s brand new album "Dance And Laugh Amongst The Rotten", which arrived in stores yesterday June 16th through Season of Mist.

Check out now "Charles Francis Coghlan" below.

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Akercocke Debuts New Song "Disappear"

British death metal outfit Akercocke debuts a new song entitled "Disappear", taken from the upcoming new album "Renaissance in Extremis", which will be released through Peaceville Records on August 25th.

Check out now "Disappear" below.

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Has Singer Ivan Moody Now Officially Quit FFDP?

Update: a full statement has now come online from the band regarding the situation and who will be filling in for Ivan going forward that can be read over here.

Five Finger Death Punch apparently performed its final show with vocalist Ivan Moody last night, Monday, June 12, in Tilburg, Netherlands. According to those in the audience, the band was a mess, frequently disappearing from stage to argue and more.

Attendees report singer Ivan Moody took to the stage late with Tommy Vext (Bad Wolves, ex-Diving Heresy) filling in on the first few songs. They also mention that Moody later stated that the show would be his last with the band during the set. Footage of that can be found below:

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Black Dahlia Murder Co-Headlining Summer Slaughter

Currently finishing work on an upcoming eighth full-length album, The Black Dahlia Murder will head back out on the road this summer as co-headliner of The Summer Slaughter Tour with Dying Fetus.

The U.S. trek -- which runs from July 27th through August 26th -- will also see The Black Dahlia Murder perform "Nocturnal" in its entirety in honor of the album's ten-year anniversary. Support will be provided by Oceano, Origin, Slaughter To Prevail, Rings Of Saturn, Betraying The Martyrs, and Lorna Shore. See below for all dates.

The Summer Slaughter Tour w/ Fetus, Oceano, Origin, Slaughter To Prevail, Rings Of Saturn, Betraying The Martyrs, Lorna Shore:

7/27/2017 Reverb - Reading, PA
7/28/2017 Starland Ballroom - Sayreville, NJ
7/29/2017 The Palladium - Worcester, MA
7/30/2017 Webster Hall - New York, NY
8/02/2017 The International - Knoxville, TN
8/03/2017 The Masquerade (Heaven) - Atlanta, GA
8/05/2017 Come And Take It Live - Austin, TX
8/06/2017 Gas Monkey Live! - Dallas, TX
8/07/2017 House of Blues - Houston, TX
8/09/2017 Sunshine Theater - Albuquerque, NM
8/10/2017 The Marquee - Tempe, AZ
8/11/2017 City National Grove of Anaheim- Anaheim, CA
8/12/2017 The Novo - Los Angeles, CA
8/13/2017 House Of Blues - San Diego, CA
8/15/2017 The UC Theatre Taube Family Music Hall - Berkeley, CA
8/17/2017 Studio Seven - Seattle, WA
8/19/2017 The Summit Music Hall - Denver, CO
8/21/2017 The Cabooze - Minneapolis, MN
8/22/2017 Concord Music Hall - Chicago, IL
8/23/2017 Bogart's - Cincinnati, OH
8/25/2017 The Majestic - Detroit, MI
8/26/2017 Agora Theatre And Ballroom - Cleveland, OH More...

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The Faceless Premieres New Song "Black Star"

The Faceless premieres a new song entitled "Black Star". A new release from the band is thought to have now been completed with more details to come soon.
Check out now "Black Star" below.

Catch The Faceless on The Summer Slaughter Tour 2017 along with The Black Dahlia Murder, Dying Fetus, Oceano, Slaughter To Prevail, Origin, Rings of Saturn, Betraying The Martyrs, Lorna Shore + more. More...

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Baroness Parts With Pete Adams

Baroness’ longtime guitar player, Pete Adams, has amicably left the band, electing to spend less time on the road and focus on a burgeoning non-music business and his home life.

“I would like to say thanks to all of the Baroness fans far and wide and all of the support through the ups and downs along the way,” says Pete. “I feel beyond fortunate to have had the chance to travel great distances with Baroness and to meet so many of you. I honestly never thought I would be able to do what I have done with Baroness. Playing alongside my oldest friends, playing music that isn’t simply readily accepted by the masses, and sharing the stage with some of the best musicians and bands from around the globe. That said, it’s time for me to focus my energy closer to home and not on the road. However, this isn’t the end of my musical career by any means as I plan to continue working with Valkyrie. Again, thank you to all along the way, and most importantly thank you greatly to the current, past and future members of Baroness.”

Band founder John Baizley commented on Pete’s departure: “I need to take a moment, on behalf of myself and Baroness, to recognize and sincerely thank one of my oldest friends and bandmates, Pete Adams, as he moves on from Baroness to pursue a new phase in his life. I feel fortunate beyond words to have shared the stage with you for nearly 25 years, since we were barely teenagers. It would be impossible to articulate the value and impact of the personal history, friendship and musical bond we have enjoyed throughout our lives and within this band. Through Baroness, we’ve seen that friendship grow further and often in unexpected ways; we’ve taken part in so many adventures together that it’s difficult to keep track of them all." More...

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Carpathian Forest Returning With New Album

After a lengthy hiatus, Carpathian Forest is back and working on a new album tentatively slated for release next year. The band comments:

"The fucking return.... Carpathian Forest recorded a rehearsal/video of the defunct U.S. cult garage band Dead Moon's 'A Fix On You.' The band has also been taping demos, rehearsing for a few live-shows and will start recording the next full-length, 'Likskue' this summer/autumn for a 2018 release."

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