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Behemoth’s Nergal Comments On Decapitated Case

Behemoth frontman Adam "Nergal" Darski, no stranger to legal troubles (most famously running afoul of the Supreme Court in his native Poland for his controversial views on Christianity some years back), has spoken out about Decapitated’s arrest for kidnapping and the accusations of gang rape from a Washington woman. He basically tells everyone to just wait for the facts to come out in the case before you start judging.

Speaking on the matter via his Instragram and Facebook account Nergal states:

"Touring life may get crazy every now and then. I was not on the Decapitated bus. I didn’t talk to anyone and I do not know the other people involved. I don’t want to speculate but I have learned in both my personal life and in many years of touring that people are complicated. I personally have never forced anyone to have sex with me and there should be a NO TOLERANCE policy used in such cases, no question.
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At The Gates Announces New Guitarist, Album

Swedish melodic death metal group At The Gates is now in the final stages of preparation for an upcoming new album, following 2014’s comeback release, “At War With Reality” (reviewed here).

After the departure of founding guitarist Anders Björler in March, the group is not only ready to give a comprehensive update on the new album’s status, but can also now announce the newest addition to the At The Gates line-up. The Swedes comment:

“We have finally decided on a new guitar player, and we are ready to rip again! Actually he was our first choice, and we are happy to have him on board. Jonas Stålhammar has been a friend since the late eighties (Tomas used to tape trade with him back then!), and our paths have crossed many times during our careers.

"We were looking for someone who had the same reference points as we do, someone from the same path, so to say, who understand the greatness of both Autopsy and King Crimson. Of course it was essential that our new member could fill the shoes of Anders' performance-wise as well, but that was never an issue with Jonas. We were looking for someone with a deep understanding of what At The Gates are about, someone who could contribute creatively to the band.

"Jonas Stålhammar will be a full member from day one, and will play on the upcoming full length album, scheduled for recording in November 2017 – January 2018. We currently have 11 songs ready for said album, and are more inspired than perhaps ever before. You can expect a full-on At The Gates record with all the classic elements of the band. It is by far the most comprehensive album of the band to date, and will span all the way across the different elements of the band's sound. We are super-excited for 2018. It will be a good year for At The Gates, and our fans, for sure.”

Adrian Erlandsson – Drums
Jonas Björler – Bass
Tomas Lindberg – Vocals
Jonas Stålhammar – Guitar
Martin Larsson – Guitar More...

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Decapitated Arrested In California

Update: the band has now issued a statement, which can be read here.

After releasing the "Anticult" album via Nuclear Blast Records, Polish metal band Decapitated recently hit the road in the U.S. to support the release alongside Thy Art Is Murder.

While the tour is ongoing, Decapitated won't be appearing on any further dates of the trek, with all four members of the band arrested in California this morning.

The Spokesman Review reported the following:

All four members of the Polish death metal band Decapitated were arrested in Santa Ana, California, early Saturday on suspicion of kidnapping a woman after their concert in Spokane on Aug. 31.

A woman reported to police just before 2 a.m. on Sept. 1 the alleged kidnapping by the band members, said Spokane Police Department spokeswoman Cpl. Teresa Fuller. The band had performed with Thy Art is Murder at The Pin concert venue downtown as part of their “Double Homicide” tour. Fuller said she believes the woman attended the heavy metal concert.

The band members were arrested by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office after their Friday night concert in Santa Ana. They have been identified as 27-year-old Michael M. Lysejko, 35-year-old Waclaw J. Kieltyka, 31-year-old Rafal T. Piotrowski and 30-year-old Hubert E. Wiecek. All are Polish nationals.

The four are in the Los Angeles County Jail awaiting extradition to Spokane. Fuller said additional charges are possible. The case is still under investigation by the department’s Special Victims Unit.

Defense attorney Steve Graham of Spokane said he was hired by the band on Thursday after they became aware of the investigation.

“There is another side to this,” he said. “We have witnesses that can testify to the fact that the accuser came to visit band of her own free will and left on good terms.”

He said he told police that the band members had offered to surrender but never heard anything back. “I made it clear that I could get the guys up here ASAP and they would cooperate,” he said.

Graham said he’s concerned that they will “languish” in the Los Angeles County Jail for weeks before being returned to Spokane, but said the four will not fight extradition and will return to Spokane willingly.

Live footage from the band's Santa Ana show can be seen below. At this point no statement has arrived from the band or label, but it seems a good bet there won't be any further U.S. appearances on the remaining dates. The band was also scheduled to tour Europe alongside King Parrot in October and November. More...

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Cannibal Corpse: New Album Out November 03, 2017

Cannibal Corpse's forthcoming new album "Red Before Black" is scheduled for a November 3rd release date via Metal Blade Records.

An official announcement for the album is expected shortly with the following track listing confirmed for the release: More...

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Arch Enemy Premieres New Song "First Day In Hell"

Arch Enemy premieres a new track titled "First Day In Hell", taken from the band's upcoming new album "Will To Power", which will be out in stores tomorrow, Friday, September 08th.

Check out now "First Day In Hell" below.

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Lambesis Working On New As I Lay Dying Album

Two months ago As I Lay Dying frontman Tim Lambesis shared some vague posts via his and As I Lay Dying's social media accounts, simply stating the word "activity". Now Rock Feed, citing a source they say is familiar with the situation, reports that a source with knowledge on the matter has revealed that Lambesis is indeed working on new music and planning to release it under the As I Lay Dying moniker.

Tim Lambesis served only two and a half years on a six-year sentence after he was arrested and convicted of solicitation of murder for attempting to hire an undercover cop posing as a hitman to murder his then wife, Meggan Lambesis.

It’s worth noting that Lambesis has previously stated that As I Lay Dying is "sleeping rather than dead" in a blog entry posted back in 2014. Blabbermouth also noted in a recent report that rumors suggested the band was "working on new material". Representatives for the band did not immediately respond to request for comment.

Various now former members of the band spoke out against Lambesis after his actions, with those ex-members having since largely gone on to now perform as Wovenwar.

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Artery Recordings Sold to Warner Bros. Records

Warner Bros. Records has acquired Artery Recordings. In a statement former president Shan Dan Horan confirms the news, which saw the entire staff of the label let go:

"To address the rumors, yes, Artery has been sold to Warner. I can’t disclose too much about the deal, but building up this company to a million record sales in just five years is a tremendous accomplishment for the fans, our artists and the team. I’m humbled and appreciate each and every band I’ve ever had the honor of developing at Artery Recordings. As we hand over the keys to Warner, I’m not quite sure their plans for the label or catalog, but I hope they keep the legacy alive. With new Slaves and Capture albums on the horizon, I’m sure the fans will be ecstatic."

In the past Artery Recordings' output included releases from Attila, Chelsea Grin, Kublai Khan and various others. Vents guitarist Jacob Harmond of Chelsea Grin, who put out 3 albums through the label, on the matter via Twitter: More...

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Carnivore Reforming As Carnivore A.D.

After an electrifying live performance of Carnivore material at this year's Black N Blue Bowl pre-party, guitarist Marc Carnivore is thrilled to announce that the band will officially re-form as
Carnivore A.D.

Fellow original member Louie Beato and Joe Branciforte (ex-Darkside NYC, ex-Merauder) will sharing drumming duties, while Baron Misuraca (ex-Vasaria) is on bass, lead vocals & blood curdling screams.

Baron's debut will take place at the band's Halloween show, "A Halloween SteeleTacular," at Bowery Electric (327 Bowery) in New York City on Halloween night. Additional monstrous support will be supplied by NJ's Bloodfeast, the Black Sabbath tribute band Sabbra Cadabra, Legendary L'amour DJ Alex Kayne, and other special guests TBA.

The Bowery Electric bash will mark this year's final, official celebration of the 30th anniversary of Peter Steele's thrash-core masterpiece "Retaliation," with provocative tracks "Jesus Hitler" and "Race War" coming to life to join today's headlines, just as fresh and topical as the day they were first released in 1987.

Marc Carnivore states: "Last May, I was very fortunate to perform Carnivore music live again for the very first time in over 20 years. The jubilant and humbling reception I received confirmed to me that Peter Steele is gone, but his epic legacy is not forgotten. So this Halloween the two remaining original members of Carnivore, myself and Louie Beato, will open up the next chapter in the band's ever evolving history. We will introduce the mighty Baron Misuraca, who's stature and beastly growls have already awakened Peter Steele fans across the globe.

"A new official line-up of Carnivore will be introduced: Carnivore A.D., a Carnivore for the 21st century. Everyone is invited to join us in this celebration, and to mark the 30th anniversary of Carnivore's final LP, 'Retaliation.' I am also very pleased to have the honor of presenting this distinguished performance of Peter and Keith's music to their own friends and family members here in the greatest city in the world, at New York's Bowery Electric club. The 'Carnivorous Negative family scene' is finally whole once again, and I can't wait to see what the future brings." More...

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Ancient VVisdom Signs With Argonauta Records

U.S. occult rockers Ancient VVisdom inked a deal with Argonauta Records to release the highly anticipated new album “33.” The album follows the previous paths "A Godlike Inferno" (2011), "Deathlike" (2013) and "Sacrificial" (2014). “33” will be released worldwide on CD via Argonauta on October 13th. Check out the first single "Light of Lucifer" in the player at the bottom.

From the band, Nathan Opposition says: "Forging ahead, I have kept the all seeing eye on the fallen angel to keep my faith in his works. This album is a work made of worship songs to our Lord and Master Satan. The collective efforts of our unholy Trinity Lucifer, Satan and The Devil. In light of darker times, I find it necessary to express myself in a way that teaches on a higher level."

On the record deal: "I’m very excited to release Ancient VVisdom's 4th album “33” with 3 different amazing record labels! Argonauta Records in Italy for CD version, Magic Bullet Records out of Oceanside California doing our digital release, and DHU Records from the Netherlands is going to be doing some sick vinyl colors. It’s a collective. All excellent people, working hard to release underground and independent music. I'm a fan of many different artists and musicians, it's quite rewarding to see everyone in an underground culture take the initiative and make things fucking happen for all of us, as fans of music and for the ones making music as well."

About the new album: "33 is a master number. It is also the age Christ was crucified. 33 is the age of the peak of existence. It is the age I am. 33 is the answer. I've been fortunate enough to do the devils work and continue to spread the message to the masses. This album is very important to us. It has symbolic meaning and melody that serves the words purposefully. My brother Michael and I are grateful and are pleased to give you '33.' This is our favorite offering to date and we hope you all enjoy it." More...

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The Dillinger Escape Plan Announces Final Shows

Back in August of 2016, The Dillinger Escape Plan announced a planned breakup following the release of the "Disassociation" album and a bout of final U.S. touring. Although the band walked back that breakup talk and has been active for the full year since then, this week a trio of NYC shows have been revealed that are billed as Dillinger's final performances.

Originally just one show, two more were added when each subsequent show sold out immediately. It's unclear if any additional appearances will be announced, but it seems like a distinct possibility if this one sells out as well. Details on the remaining DEP shows can be found at the band's Facebook profile here. More...

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Trap Them Announces Final Shows

Trap Them is apparently breaking up, posting several Facebook events listed as "final shows." The band hasn't issues any sort of statement or responded to fan questions yet, leading some to question if its all a gimmick.

Since then, Trap Them released the image below indicating the band is ending in 2017 with three final shows in November:

November 10 NYC @ Saint Vitus
November 11 Montreal @ Turbo Haus
November 12 Boston @ Sonia

Trap Them released the "Crown Feral" album last year, which can be heard in full over at this location.

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Loincloth Announces Final Album

Virginia/North Carolina-based cult Loincloth has issued a trailer for the recently completed "Psalm Of The Morbid Whore" LP. This marks the group's second and final full-length release, again via Southern Lord Recordings.

Packing nine new passages into a half-hour assault on "Psalm Of The Morbid Whore," Loincloth returned to Pershing Hill Sound in Raleigh, North Carolina to record with Greg Elkins, while mastering was helmed by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege.

Issues the group: "Loincloth is no longer a live band, so this record is our final offering not only to the great horned one below, but to the committed ladies and gentlemen of the Cloth."

"Psalm Of The Morbid Whore" will see digital and vinyl release through Southern Lord on September 29th. The full track listing is as follows:

1. Necro Fucking Satanae
2. Poroths
3. Clausa Vulgate
4. Morbid Whore
5. Pentacost Dissident
6. Bestial Infernal
7. Sigil Ov Five Horns
8. Let the Snakes Decide
9. Ibex (To Burn in Hell Is To Refine) More...

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Spawn Of Possession Breaks Up

Swedish death metal group Spawn Of Possession has officially called it quits, issuing this brief message to fans:

"Last week we decided to put SoP to rest due to several problems, mostly because we now realize we don't have the time to either finish a beast like a new album properly or do anything else with SoP for a long time.

"So the band has pretty much just faded away at this point. Anyway! We are very thankful for all the support we had through the years! Cheers!"

The group's last major release was the "Incurso" full-length album via Relapse Records back in 2012. More...

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Internal Bleeding Announces New Drummer

On April 20th, Internal Bleeding drummer and veteran FDNY firefighter Bill Tolley passed away after falling five stories from a rooftop while battling a two-alarm apartment fire in Queens, New York.

The tragedy touched family, friends, his band mates, the city of New York, and the worldwide metal community. Many fans expressed concerns as to whether Internal Bleeding would continue. The band utilized the drum services of basher Kyle Eddy for "The Strike Of The Empire" U.S. tour with Vader and is now pleased to welcome Eddy as a permanent member.

Issues the band in a collective statement, "Losing a beloved friend and band mate has been a traumatic event for us, and needless to say, the past few months have been a roller coaster of conflicting emotions. But, through it all, there was never a thought given to packing this band up and calling it quits. There was no doubt in our mind that Bill would want the band to continue. As a matter of fact, he spoke about it numerous times with us. In short, he always said, 'the band needs to go on.'

"We're not quite sure how we managed, but we pulled off a full U.S. tour with a fill-in drummer who only had a few weeks to practice and get the set down. That drummer was upstate New York native, and death metal veteran Kyle Eddy. He did an amazing job learning the music, getting the set down, and fit in perfectly with our personalities. We had a great time with him on tour, and it felt like he'd been in the band for years - that's how comfortable we were with him.

"Kyle is a true professional in every sense of the word. He is deeply dedicated to his craft and brings unrelenting enthusiasm and energy to the band. For those reasons -- and many others -- we have chosen him to become the new drummer for Internal Bleeding. More...

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Ex-Dream Theater & GNR Members Form New Supergroup

Sons Of Apollo - a new supergroup featuring singer Jeff Scott Soto (ex-Journey, etc.), guitarist Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal (Art Of Anarchy, ex-Guns N’ Roses), Billy Sheehan (Mr. Big, The Winery Dogs) on bass, Derek Sherinian (ex-Dream Theater) on keyboards and drummer Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater/Avenged Sevenfold) - today shares a clip for upcoming debut album "Psychotic Symphony."

InsideOut Music will release the album on October 20th, 2017. Check out now the new teaser below. Explains Portnoy:

"This is a real band. This is going to pick up for me and Billy where The Winery Dogs left off, in terms of this being the next logical full-time thing for us. I’m not saying The Winery Dogs have broken up, because we haven’t, we’re just on a break. Sons Of Apollo is absolutely going to be a full-time band and we plan on touring all over the world all throughout 2018 and, honestly, it is the priority for all five of us."

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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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