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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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The Faceless Cancels European Tour

After the gigantic clusterfuck earlier this very month when The Faceless cancelled an Australian tour last minute, the band has now reportedly cancelled a European tour without (as of this writing) issuing a statement to the fans.

News of the cancellation came via the U.K. Tech Metal Festival when that fest's organizers issued this announcement via Facebook:

"We regret to inform you that The Faceless cancelled all EU dates this year, we are awaiting an official statement from the band. Apologies to anyone who was hoping to see them, we have done everything within our power to make this dream a reality!

"We would like to thank Artery Global and their agent Liam John Byrne for their professionalism in handling the matter and their support for Tech-Fest, they too have done all they can to make this happen. Chins up, we will reveal the final secret headliner shortly! Thank you all for your continued support, not long until July 6th now."

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Brendon Small Returns With "Galaktikon II"

Brendon Small - the mastermind behind massive metal band Dethklok and the Metalocalypse show - has been teasing a new chapter of his popular Galaktikon saga for months. After spending the past two years writing and recording new material and dropping random hints throughout the media and at appearances, the wait is over.

This year, marking the 10 year anniversary of his breakout Dethklok release, "The Dethalbum," Brendon Small will reveal his upcoming high-stakes intergalactic extreme rock/metal album, "Galaktikon II: Become The Storm."

The album will be released via physical and digital retailers on August 25th, 2017 (Megaforce Records/MRI), with digital pre-orders set to become available next Friday, June 2nd.

Take a 360° hyperspeed trip through the galaxy and hear a clip of brand new music via the YouTube player below. More...

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EyeHateGod Kicking Off Spring Tour

New Orleans' favorite amplification dealers from EyeHateGod will return to the stage next week on a near-two week run of live dates.

Slated to commence on May 25th in Hattiesburg, Mississippi and crumble eleven cities through June 4th, the band's latest trek serves as fron tman Mike IX Williams' first official tour since his liver transplant this past December. The band will be performing as a four piece for this run with guitarist Brian Patton sitting these dates out in preparation for the birth of his second child.

Comments Williams: "The realities of life, society, and inhumanity rear their ugly heads once again as do New Orleans' own EyeHateGod. True underground outcast preachers of the End Time message and dealers of back alley filth and feedback, EyeHateGod returns to the road to dig a proverbial grave for the power-hungry enemies of the people." More...

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Bruce Corbitt Admitted To Hospital

After undergoing heart surgery back in 2015, there have been more health issues lately for Bruce Corbitt (Warbeast / Rigor Mortis).

Bruce has been posting a series of updates from the emergency room via Facebook since late last night, and has now issued the following update about the apparent cause of his bleeding issue:

"Worst news possible. I have an esophageal tumor. In most cases, esophageal cancer is a treatable disease, but it is rarely curable.

"The overall 5-year survival rate in patients amenable to definitive treatment ranges from 5% to 30%. The occasional patient with very early disease has a better chance of survival.

"They're about to test if already cancerous. I'm going to be here for a long time. Devastated! I'm doomed and my time is short. Love y'all!" More...

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Chris Cornell Passes Away Aged 52

Update: the cause of death has now been reported as a suicide.

Chris Cornell, the singer for such successful bands as Soundgarden, Audioslave and Temple of the Dog, has passed away at the age of 52. The cause of death is unknown at this time and a medical examination will be performed in due course, but his death occured shortly after Soundgarden performed a concert in Detroit last night (May 17th.) More information about the singer's death will be revealed as soon as it becomes available.

Cornell made his name with Soundgarden, one of the biggest and most influential grunge bands who helped define the "Seattle sound," releasing five albums before their split up, after which he joined three of the four members of Rage Against the Machine to form Audioslave, a highly successful group who released three albums before parting company in 2007.

He was also known for his solo career, releasing five albums beginning with "Euphoria Morning" in 1999 and scoring a hit with, "You Know My Name," the theme song to the James Bond film, "Casino Royale." He reunited with Soundgarden in 2010 and the band released another album, "King Animal" in 2012. Soundgarden were writing new material at the time of his passing. More...

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Textures Announces Break Up And Farewell Dates

Another sad day in the history of heavy music: Dutch polyrhythmic metallers Textures has called it quits. The band's full statement reads:

"Ladies and gentlemen, there is no easy way to say this, so here it is: Textures comes to an end.

"Personal motives have led to this decision and it has not been made in haste. These personal reasons made it harder to be the productive band Textures always has been in the past and which this band needs to be. Without this dedication Textures would merely be a shell of what it used to be.

"Break-ups are never easy and always bring difficulties. Unfortunately we have to announce that our anticipated 6th album ‘Genotype’ will not be released and so there will be no double album. At least not for the coming years...

"The breakup of Textures doesn't mean that there is any hardship within the band. We still have a strong connection with current and former members and this decision won't lead to any tensions whatsoever. Furthermore the individual band members will continue to make music and pursue new musical endeavours. Keep your eyes and ears open...

"Thanks to all the friends, fellow musicians and other colleagues we have had the pleasure to meet along the way. And of course special thanks to all the fans who have supported us throughout the years. It is your dedication, appreciation and continued presence at our shows all over the world that made this journey one to remember for a lifetime.

"We hope to see you all very soon on our farewell tour.

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Shining’s Portland Show Cancelled

The Tonic Lounge (Portland, Oregon) has cancelled today’s (May 17th) Shining show, due to vocalist Niklas Kvarforth's alleged behavior at a bar and show a few nights prior.

States the Tonic Lounge:

"Tonic Lounge has decided to cancel the Shining show that was scheduled for this Wednesday, May 17th. All tickets will be refunded.

"We regret having not researched this band more before approving their show. After booking them, it was brought to our attention that Shining’s singer has done and said many things that could be considered offensive, dangerous, or destructive. While we were learning about and considering these issues, the list continued to grow, including a recent report that the he may have been involved in the drugging of someone’s drink.

"This morning we received a call from a trusted friend in Boise Idaho, detailing the events that took place while Shining were there on Sunday. We were told that the singer of Shining went to the local punk bar Mulligans before their concert, and was groping women and threatening to stab employees, and had to be removed. More...

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The Faceless Drops Off Tour, Duels With Promoter

After dropping off a major tour without warning last year, The Faceless has once again cancelled a live trek at the 11th hour, this time dropping off an Australian / New Zealand bill with The Black Dahlia Murder.

The promoter of the tour - Soundworks Touring - clearly wasn't happy with the situation, issuing this statement via Facebook:

"Due to complete incompetency by the band and their management, and with a total lack of respect for Soundworks Touring, and more importantly their fans, The Faceless have this morning officially cancelled their entire Australian and New Zealand tour. Over the past week we have been continuously lied to, misled and left in the dark as to the whereabouts of the band since their first scheduled appearance on May 9th.

"We at Soundworks Touring have done everything in our power to bring the band here for these shows, but The Faceless have been completely unprofessional in their behaviour and this cancellation is 100% solely their doing.

"To any disgruntled fans who wish to voice their opinion on this matter, we at Soundworks Touring are more than willing to put you in direct contact with the band and their management so they can address your questions. In the meantime feel free to express yourself on the bands official facebook page.

"We apologize to fans for the cancellation and wholeheartedly share your disappointment, but as mentioned previously, this has been 100% out of our control. The rest of the tour package will continue as is and we hope you still enjoy the amazing show The Black Dahlia Murder, Putrid Pile, Whoretopsy, and Unravel are displaying."

Needless to say, The Faceless doesn't agree with the above statement, and has since issued a rebuttal (which the fans don't seem to be buying - see a screencap from Facebook below). Michael Keene of The Faceless posted this message: More...

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Bobby Liebling Reportedly Arrested

Pentagram has issued a statement about heading out on tour without Bobby Liebling, which can be read below.

Although it wasn't mentioned in the statement, it appears Liebling was arrested last month for assault and "physical abuse of a vulnerable adult" according to court records.

The records site is currently crashing due to high traffic, but a screenshot can be seen below. Pentagram posted this message online about the situation:

"As was the case for the recently completed US shows, vocalist Bobby Liebling will not appear with Pentagram for previously booked European dates this summer.

"To elaborate, Bobby called on April 17 saying he had been admitted to the hospital. He called again on April 19, this time after being transferred to a Maryland detention facility. He's now awaiting a preliminary hearing at which time it will be determined if a follow-up on any alleged charges are necessary. An update will be published when information is available. The band will be fulfilling all currently booked appearances with 36-year mainstay guitarist Victor Griffin performing all vocals.

"A personal note from the band: the outpouring of support on our recent US dates was outstanding! Your energy was matched ten-fold and encouraged us to carry on and deliver what many have called, even by skeptics, some of the best Pentagram performances they've seen. Thank you!

"We have the best fans in the world and if not for you, the legacy of this band would have died long ago. We won't let you down now. The music lives on and as we move forward, we reiterate the lyrics of Curious Volume: 'In this venture death waits in the shadows, but in survival the volume won't die!'

"Sincerely, Victor, Greg, & Pete." More...

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Krisiun And NervoChaos Arrested In Bangladesh

Krisiun and NervoChaos' show together in Dhaka, Bangladesh on May 9th, had to be cancelled as both bands were detained upon arriving in the country and held for several hours, forcing them to miss the gig.

The groups "satanic views" are what allegedly got them into trouble. Krisiun And NervoChaos are since said to have been released and have issued their own statements.

Krisiun's statement: "We are hereby to manifest our big appreciation and respect for the Metalheads in Bangladesh, We know it’s not their fault the show got cancelled here today. More...

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Evil Invaders Arrested, Deported From U.S.

The list of musicians denied entry to the U.S. or booted out after arriving continues to grow... Following Loudness, and Infernal Tenebra, and Wormrot, and a host of SXSW bands, now Evil Invaders has run afoul of U.S. customs.

This time around, half the band made it through customs and was on the way to a festival, while the other half was arrested. Eventually the whole band got to spend a day in jail before being sent back to Europe. Evil Invaders comments:

As some of you might know we were scheduled for our very first USA festival ever in Milwaukee on April 22nd. The deal was simple: the festival purchases our flights and covers all our costs to make the show happen, but no money for our own pockets. We were definitely up for that and we were stoked to head for the US of A to tear down the house for our 1st ever US live performance. Did we manage to enter the country? Yes, Sir! Did we kick ass and leave the country to ashes after our devastating show? Well, not exactly… Here’s how it goes :)

On April 20th we took our flight from Brussels to Chicago. The flight was OK as we already flew multiple times to Japan or South America. We were all good! When we arrived at Chicago airport everything went smooth and we were ready to kick ass. We took our bags, stood in line at customs and went out of the airport as always. Standard procedure, no big deal. Except for… Joeri and Max.
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Dark Sermon Calls It Quits

Johnny Crowder from Dark Sermon just issued the following statement about the band deciding to call it quits:

"Hey all, J here. My eyes are flooding as I type this, but you deserve to hear it. Dark Sermon has been my life’s work for nearly a decade – an unforgettable whirlwind of sweat, flat tires, and insane tours. In my head, DS would live on forever, but life rarely follows the imaginary paths we paint for it.

"At this point, we have fulfilled our contracts with eOne and Nuclear Blast. This, coupled with a rather unforgiving season of rotten luck, led several members to retire from touring altogether. While I was stubbornly determined to press on, the remaining members decided that now would be a good time to let DS rest.

"Initially, I couldn’t accept it, but now I understand. Since high school, we’ve barely had a moment to tend to anything outside of the band. Looking back, I see how undying dedication to one solitary thing can lead to imbalance.

"Is Dark Sermon done? Unfortunately, that is not up to me. However, I can’t just stop writing music and sharing it with the world. This is why I created my new band, Prison. You can watch our new music video or pre-order our new record if you’d like to support us. More...

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Internal Bleeding To Continue On With Tour

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 bandmates, the city of New York, and the worldwide metal community.

Many fans expressed concerns as to whether Internal Bleeding would continue and more specifically, whether the band would still take part in the upcoming "Strike Of The Empire" U.S. tour with Vader.

"Bill was having trouble getting all the vacation time needed to complete the tour, so we had a backup drummer in place and ready to go. He will be filling in," wrote the band via Facebook late last week.

"Bill would want it no other way. When we were discussing the problems with his vacation, he told Chris [Pervelis] something along the lines of, 'You've gotta do it, bro. Fuck it, no matter what happens, Internal Bleeding needs to go on. You gotta do it, asshole.' So we think it's only appropriate that we do this tour, continue with the band, and continue to release music in Bill's memory, and in the memory for all those metalhead men and women who have fallen. There is no other way. Metal is our life. Our love. Our passion. And to our fans, you are family: we don't leave family hanging. We got your back, because you always had ours. Our backup drummer will be announced soon. Out of respect to Bill, please don't ask. Love and metal always: Chris, Shaun, Chris, and Joe." More...

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Vanna Calling It Quits

The last chapter on Vanna is now being unveiled, with a final farewell tour lined up for this summer. The group comments:

"Our band has always strived to take the negative in our lives and use it to fuel positive change. To foster good in a world that can be so bad. That and to cause the biggest ruckus with our fans while doing so. The relationship we share with you all and with our music has brought us to places we never dreamed of going; countries we never thought we'd step foot on, stages we only dreamed of playing. But the biggest impression left is the overwhelming sense of family that this scene has given us and let us be a part of. It's helped us become the men we are today and, in a way, is partly responsible for different parts of our lives blossoming.

"After touring for over 10 years, living our lives on the road and on the stage, it's time for us to go chase those other dreams that may have waited on a shelf. We've started families, careers, and new lives, all the while spending our nights sweating in a club or a Warped Tour parking lot with you and those sides of us and our lives need attention as much as Vanna did.

"Words can't begin to express what you have all done for us. In keeping with always sharing ourselves with you, we now turn to you to share one last time with us. Let's make this tour a celebration of every moment and memory as well as make a bunch of new ones with some amazing friends and bands.

"Come sing your hearts out and inevitably cry your eyes out with us as we leave a little piece of Vanna on every stage. This isn't goodbye forever — it's just a 'We'll see you around.' Our music will be here whenever you need it; we truly love you and we will miss you all. But remember, all good things must come to an end, but all good things can begin again — Viva Vanna." More...

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Emperor Reuniting For "Anthems 2017" Shows

Following the previous 20th anniversary shows for "In The Nightside Eclipse" a few years back, Emperor is again reunited for a slew of dates in remembrance of follow-up album "Anthems To The Welkin At Dusk."

Front man Ihsahn just issued this update:

"Finished a very successful pre-prod with Emperor this week for the upcoming #anthemstothewelkinatdusk2017 shows! Original hand painted backdrop from 1997 in the background to set the mood. Thanks to Konsert-Service as and @tonedeafproductionsdk for making this sound right both on stage and for everyone attending this summer!"

Stay tuned for full details on the dates and venues to be announced shortly.

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The Lurking Fear Issues First Teaser

While Swedish death metal crew The Lurking Fear - featuring Tomas Lindberg on vocals - continues working on a debut album expected to be released in the late summer via Century Media Records, the group is now launching a first video teaser.

Containing advance music samples for an upcoming 7" EP, check out the video teaser below. The band also checked in with the following statement:

"Finally unleashed upon an unsuspecting mankind. The Lurking Fear rears its ugly head. The first three songs of death metal filth are soon to be released on the self-titled EP, out on Moondawn Records. The EP was recorded and mixed at Welfare sounds studios in Gothenburg early 2017, produced by Per Stålberg.

"The EP features the songs 'Tongued In Foul Flames,' 'The Infernal Dread,' and 'Winged Death.' Cover artwork by Branca Studios and special handlettering by Fenriz (Darkthrone). Pre-order starts May 8th here." More...

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Internal Bleeding Drummer Dies From Fall

Internal Bleeding drummer Bill Tolley passed away yesterday from injuries sustained in a fall from a building in Queens, NY while battling a fire with the New York Fire Department.

The 14 year veteran firefighter was taking part in what was deemed a "routine call" to a 2 alarm apartment fire. He died after what the New York Daily news said was "a bizarre five-story plunge while working on the roof."

The band posted the news on its Facebook page, stating: "Our drummer, the heartbeat of the band, William Tolley died today. There are ZERO WORDS to describe the loss. He was a good, decent and honorable man who loved his friends, his family and the people he served. There will never be another like him. There are no words to describe the utter sadness and despair we feel right now. We love you Bill."

Just today, Unique Leader released the band's new single "Final Justice," which was teased earlier in the month. Tolley was 42 and leaves behind his wife and eight year old daughter. More...

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Loudness Reportedly Denied Entry To U.S.

Following Infernal Tenebra, and Wormrot, and a host of SXSW bands, it looks like Loudness is the latest casualty in the music scene to stricter U.S. travel rules.

The band was scheduled to kick off a U.S. trek today. While nothing official has been posted by the band itself, the venue Reggie's Rock Club in Chicago has stated Loudness will not be appearing tonight and issued the following statement:

"Due to the new strict policies the US government has placed on foreigners entering the country, Loudness was denied entry into the United States and sent back home this morning. All shows on the US tour are canceled. Refunds for Wednesday's show will be issued at original point of sale. Local bands Hessler, Pipe and Ironfinger will still play a FREE show Wednesday night, so come out and party!"

The Loudness Facebook profile hasn't been updated at this point and still lists the rest of the U.S. shows, but anyone planning on attending should contact the venues directly as it appears this tour is now off. More...

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1st Annual Metal Maya Destination Fest Announced

ASK4 Entertainment - the creator and producer of ShipRocked - announces the first annual Metal Maya, a 4-day all-inclusive heavy metal destination festival vacation from October 29th - November 2nd at the Now Sapphire Riviera Cancun, just south of Cancun in the paradise of Puerto Morelos on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula.

Metal Maya is the perfect place to celebrate Halloween and Dia de los Muertos (also known as Day Of The Dead and “Hanal Pixán” to the Mayans of Yucatan Peninsula) and will feature performances from a dozen bands in a tropical paradise.

The initial music lineup includes Anthrax, Overkill, Superjoint, heavy metal all-star band Metal Allegiance, Death Angel, Otep, and Tim “Ripper” Owens, with more bands to be announced. The Metal Allegiance band will include Phil Demmel (Machine Head), David Ellefson (Megadeth), Gary Holt (Slayer/Exodus), Mark Menghi, Mark Osegueda (Death Angel), Mike Portnoy (The Winery Dogs, Transatlantic, Flying Colors, The Neal Morse Band), Steve “Zetro” Souza (Exodus), Ryan Waste (Municipal Waste), and more special guests.

Metal Maya will be hosted by SiriusXM’s own Jose Mangin. Packages start at $1399 per person and go on sale Wednesday, April 12 at 1:00 PM ET at this location. More...

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