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Megaforce Co-Founder Passes Away

Marsha Zazula, the woman who co-founded Megaforce Records with her husband Johnny Zazula, AKA Johnny Z, has sadly passed away the age of sixty eight after a struggle with cancer. Metal Underground sends our heartfelt condolences to Johnny Z and all of Marsha Zazula's family and friends.

The Zazulas co-founded Megaforce in 1983 and released Metallica's debut album, "Kill 'em All" that same year. The couple are also credited with launching the careers of such bands as Anthrax, Overkill and Exciter among several other thrash icons.

Several bands have posted short statements of condolence, such as Metallica, who wrote:

"Rest In Peace, Marsha. Thank you for everything.
Much love to Jonny Z & the Zazula family."

Exodus guitarist Gary Holt: "All of Exodus are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Marsha Zazula, one half of Megaforce records and legends to the entire early trash scene. We’ve known each other since the beginning and our most sincere condolences go out to Jon and the entire Megaforce family."

Overkill: "From the entire Overkill family we are saddened by the loss of Marsha Zazula. Our thoughts and prayers are with Jon and the entire Zazula family. Rest in Peace."

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Iced Earth Frontman Allegedly Stormed U.S. Capitol

It seems that Iced Earth guitarist/vocalist Jon Schaffer was among the Trump supporters who stormed the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, DC on, January 06th. Shaffer allegedly confirmed his attendance at the protests to German news outlet Die Welt.


Another picture shared by CBS News below seems to display him having been among those who breached the Capitol building in Washington, wearing the same outfit in the Die Welt article. More...

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Ex Children Of Bodom Frontman Passes Away

Alexi Laiho, former frontman of Finnish metal band Children Of Bodom, has passed away at the age of 41. A statement from Children Of Bodom reads as follows:

"One of the most renowned guitarists in the world, Alexi Laiho, has passed away. The musician, most notably known as the front man of Children of Bodom, died in his home in Helsinki, Finland, last week. Laiho had suffered from long-term health issues during his last years.

"More than 25 years of friendship. We lost a brother. The world lost a phenomenal song writer and one of the greatest guitarists of all time. Memories and Alexi’s music will live forever.

"Our thoughts are with Alexi’s family during this difficult time.

"-Henkka, Janne and Jaska"

Furthermore, his Bodom After Midnight bandmates have posted the following message:

"It is with heavy hearts and great sadness that we have to announce the passing of Alexi Laiho. We are absolutely devastated and heartbroken for the sudden loss of our dear friend and band member. Our journey together as a band had only just begun so there’s no words to describe the shock and the bottomless grief that all of us feel.

"May your soul rest in peace, you will be eternally missed. We love you brother.

"Our deepest condolences go to his family. No further announcements nor interviews will be given at this time. We kindly ask to respect our need to process and go through this terrible situation in privacy. Thank you for your understanding and support.

"Daniel, Mitja & Waltteri" More...

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Morgoth Officially Calling It Quits

German death metal band Morgoth have officially called it quits.

Tell the group via Facebook: More...

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Cynic Bassist Sean Malone (50) Has Died

Cynic bassist Sean Malone has died at the age of 50. He was a member of Cynic from 2012 up until his passing, the cause of death was not revealed so far.

Sean Malone is the second Cynic member to die this year with the band’s ex-drummer Sean Reinert having passed way this past January. The group’s frontman/guitarist Paul Masvidal posted the sad newsvia his Instagram offering the below tribute: More...

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Former Secrets Singer Aaron Melzer Has Died

Ex-Secrets frontman Aaron Melzer has died. He appeared on the second of group's' three full-length releases, "Fragile Figures" and toured with the southern California post-hardcore band for several years. A cause of death was not disclosed.

Secrets posted the below statement, in regards to his passing: More...

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Abnormality Calling It Quits

Abnormality announce their decision to break up. You can read their full statement regarding that issue below: More...

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System Of A Down Releases Two New Songs

It's been 15 years since System Of A Down released new music. For years, fans and press speculated about this, and of late, the rumour mill has gone into overdrive hypothesizing when the band might return to the studio.

Today, motivated by the recently-erupted conflict between Artsakh and Azerbaijan, the latter aided by Turkey and accountable for the greatest violence the region has endured in 26 years, System Of A Down - Daron Malakian/guitars, vocals, Serj Tankian/vocals, Shavo Odadjian/bass, and John Dolmayan/drums - announces the release of its first new songs in 15 years: "Protect The Land" and "Genocidal Humanoidz."

Produced by Malakian, who also wrote the music and lyrics, both songs are streaming now on all DSPs and are available for purchase on Bandcamp with band royalties earmarked for the Armenia Fund. You can check out the music video for "Protect The Land" below.

So why now? Last month, profoundly affected by the unwarranted surprise attacks and bombings of civilians perpetrated by Azerbaijan and Turkey (Turkey was responsible for the genocide of 1.5 million Armenians in 1915 as well as over 100 years of denial), Dolmayan texted his three bandmates. Said Dolmayan, "I texted, 'no matter how we feel about each other, no matter what issues linger from the past, we need to put them aside because this is bigger than System Of A Down and bigger than all of us... we need to do something to support our people.'"

Joined together on a subsequent conference call, everyone voiced the same concern and the vital importance of helping in some way, the way they knew best - music.

"The aggression and injustice being perpetrated against the Armenian people in Artsakh and Armenia by Azerbaijan and Turkey is a human rights violation and a war crime," said Tankian. "All of us in System realize this is an existential battle for our people, so this is very personal for us. What we need right now is for the world to put politics aside and support Armenia by sanctioning Turkey and Azerbaijan and recognizing Artsakh." More...

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Trail Of Tears Announces Reformation

After several years of inactivity, Norwegian metal band Trail of Tears has chosen the plague-ridden 2020 as the year of its return to the scene.

With a revamped line-up featuring original members Ronny Thorsen (vocals), Runar Hansen (guitars) and Jonathan Alejandro Perez (drums), the band joins forces with long-time member Endre Moe (bass), new guitarist Nicolay “Jørni” Johnsen and acclaimed female singer Ailyn (ex-Sirenia, Her Chariot Awaits).

New music is in the pipeline, and the band is eager to return to the worldwide live circuit in a massive way once the world allows it. Furthermore, there are plans to perform several albums in their entirety, to coincide with their upcoming anniversaries. More information to follow shortly.

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Shane Embury Brings Back Blood From The Soul

Napalm Death bassist Shane Embury, also of Brujeria, Lock Up, Venomous Concept and Absolute Power to name but a few, has confirmed that he has reactivated Blood From The Soul, the industrial hardcore project he formed with Sick Of It All frontman Lou Koller twenty seven years ago. A new album, "DSM-5," is set to be released on November 13th.

Unfortunately, Lou Koller will not be involved this time around, his place being taken by Converge vocalist Jacob Bannon. The project will also feature a full lineup, instead of a drum machine, with Megadeth drummer Dirk Verbeuren (who himself has been as of late with such projects as Brave The Cold, Bent Sea and Scarve) with Nasum bassist Jesper Liveröd completing the ranks.

The band has also released a new song, "Debris Of Dreams," which can be heard below. More...

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AC/DC Premiere New Single "Shot In The Dark"

AC/DC just premiered their first new single "Shot In The Dark", taken from the group's long-awaited comeback album, "Power Up", which will be released on November 13.

The follow-up outing to 2014's "Rock Or Bust" was recorded in August and September 2018 at Warehouse Studios in Vancouver with producer Brendan O'Brien and features AC/DC's 2020 lineup of Brian Johnson (vocals), Phil Rudd (drums), Cliff Williams (bass), Angus Young (guitar) and Stevie Young (guitar).

Says Angus Young about "Shot In The Dark": More...

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Eddie Van Halen Has Died At The Age Of 65

Heavy metal/rock guitar icon Eddie Van Halen has died after a lengthy battle with throat cancer, his family has confirmed. He was sixty five years old. He passed away at St. John's hospital in Santa Monica, California, where he was accompanied by his wife Janie, his brother Alex and his son Wolfgang, the latter two also being his band mates.

The musician had a history of health issues and in 2019, it was revealed that he had been diagnosed with the disease five years prior. According to TMZ, the cancer had spread from his throat into his brain and the illness saw his health deteriorate over the past three days.

Eddie Van Halen was born in Amsterdam in 1955, with his family moving to Nijmegen before relocating to the United States when he was seven years old. Despite how the future would play out, it was actually Eddie who started playing drums and Alex who played guitar initially, before the younger brother decided to pick up the guitar. Following several short lived bands, Eddie and Alex formed the eponymous Van Halen in 1972 and went on to sell over 80 million albums worldwide, including 56 million in the United States.

His health began to become an issue in the nineties, when he was diagnosed with avascular necrosis, leading to hip replacement surgery in 1999. He underwent surgery for tongue cancer the next year, which resulted in a third of his tongue being removed and he was declared cancer free in 2002. More...

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Trauma Vocalist Passes Away

San Francisco metal veterans Trauma has announced that the band's vocalist, Donny Hillier, has passed away after fighting a short illness. A statement from the band reads as follows:

"It is with immeasurable sadness that Trauma shares the news that our brother Donny Hillier passed away yesterday September 28, 2020 from a short illness. We are all grief stricken and send our deepest condolences to Donny's family and will respect their wishes for privacy at this time. Donny was the voice of Trauma since the beginning in 1981 and will be a hard act to follow."

Trauma's most recent album, "As The World Dies," was released in 2018 to strong reviews and marked their third album in their near forty year history. More...

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Burton C. Bell Leaves Fear Factory

Burton C. Bell has officially announced his departure from Fear Factory, explaining that he "cannot align" himself with someone whom he does not trust or respect.

Earlier today, Bell posted the following statement to his official web site:

"IN MY OWN WORDS

"I consider myself a private person, preferring to keep my personal business to myself and trusted loved ones. I make my public statements with thoughtful intent, never deviating from the truth, in spite of the consistent series of dishonest representations and unfounded accusations from past and present band members; a toxic drama I choose to not be part of.

"The past several years have been profoundly agonizing, with these members bleeding my passion with depraved deceit. As a direct consequence of their greed, these three have dragged me through the unjust, judicial system, resulting in the legal attrition that has financially crippled me. In the end, these three members have taken possession of my principal livelihood. However, they will never take my 30-year legacy as the beating heart of the machine. A legacy that no other member, past or present, can ever claim.

"So, it is after considerable, contemplative soul searching that I have come to the realization that I cannot align myself with someone whom I do not trust, nor respect. Therefore, I am announcing to my fans my departure from FEAR FACTORY, to focus all my energy and attention toward the continuing success for ASCENSION OF THE WATCHERS, and all my future endeavors.

"I am very proud of the ASCENSION OF THE WATCHERS' latest album, 'Apocrypha'. The writing and recording process for 'Apocrypha' has been a truly cathartic and artistic journey of exploration and growth for me. Reigniting my passions for my writing, allowing my music to flourish, enabling my soul to soar, saving me from the real hell that engulfed a significant part of my daily life. Collaborating with talented, kindred spirits has truly created an inspirational environment of support and mutual respect, a spirit I have missed for a very long time.

"I would like to thank all of my fans for their continued support throughout my career. I am very proud of my achievements, but it is time for me to move forward. Now I look to the future with open eyes, open mind and open heart, as my artistic path strives for even greater success in music, writing and my art. It's true, 'the end is always the beginning'. The soul is free from the machine." More...

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Early Trivium Bassist Brent Young Has Died

Former Trivium bassist/guitarist/backing vocalist Brent Young has passed away. Young appeared on the Trivium’s 2003 debut “Ember To Inferno“, taking on the bass duties on nearly every song. Young's cause of death was not reported.

Comments the group’s frontman/guitarist Matt Heafy of his passing: More...

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Anathema Announces "Indefinite Hiatus"

British death doom turned progressive metal favourites Anathema has announced that the band will be going on an "indefinite hiatus" as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the desire to pursue other projects. A statement from the band reads as follows:

"Dear Anathema family,

"This year is one like no others.

"We've all - everyone of you included - faced unpredictable challenges, which impacted both our professional and personal situations. In this hardest of times, events over this year have left us with no option but to go on an idefinite hiatus. As inidividuals, it is now time to pursue other paths in life.

"We are beyond grateful for everyone's support over the years. There is no end for the love and respect we have for our fans for giving us the best years of our lives. The generosity you all showed following the unexpected cancellation of our tour will always stay with us. We could never have anticipated how this year would turn out.

"Many, many thanks. Anathema."

Anathema were formed in the city of Liverpool in 1990 and released eleven studio albums, the latest being 2017's, "The Optimist."

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Former Uriah Heep Drummer Lee Kerslake Passes Away

Legendary drummer Lee Kerslake, best known for his time with Uriah Heep and Ozzy Osbourne, has passed away at the age of 73 after a battle with prostate cancer.

Former The God's and Uriah Heep keyboardist Ken Hensley broke the news, stating: "It's with the heaviest of hearts that I share with you that Lee Kerslake, my friend of 55 years and the best drummer I ever played with, lost his battle with cancer at 03:30 this morning. He died peacefully, praise The Lord, but he will be terribly missed. I know many of you were praying for him not to suffer and I thank you for that and, now that Lee is at peace, our thoughts and prayers should turn to his wife Sue who will need all the support she can get at this time."

Kerslake began his career playing with The Gods, releasing three albums with the group before joining the iconic hard rock/heavy metal group Uriah Heep, making his recording debut with the band on the "Demons And Wizards" album. He stuck with the band until 1979, leaving after a dispute and shortly afterwards, met former Black Sabbath singer Ozzy Osbourne by chance in an elavator. The two would form the band Blizzard Of Ozz along with bassist Bob Daisley and guitarist Randy Rhoads, though the band would named an Ozzy Osbourne solo project by management.

The drummer returned to Uriah Heep in 1982, bringing Daisley with him and stayed with the British titans until 2007, with his last album appearance being 2005's, "Between Two Worlds." Kerslake was also involved in a number of projects, including the Berggren Kerslake Band and Living Loud, as well as a retrospective documentary, "Lee Kerslake: Not On The Heep," which has yet to be completed. More...

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Original Bad Brains Vocalist Sid McCray Dies

Sid McCray, the original vocalist of hardcore legends Bad Brains, has passed away. No cause of death has been confirmed as of yet. He joined the band in its initial incarnation when they were known as Mind Power and has been credited with being the man to introduce the other members to punk rock and heavy metal, changing their sound from their original jazz fusion style. During his time with the band, frontman H.R. performed as a guitarist, before taking over vocal duties following McCray's departure in 1978.

Our deepest condolences go out to the family of Sid McCray. More...

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Iron Age Guitarist Passes Away

Wade Allison, guitarist of Austin, Texas hardcore/metal band Iron Age, has passed away. As first reported by Brooklyn Vegan, the musician, who was also a member of such bands as Graven Rite, Eternal Champion and Mammoth Grinder, was often cited as a huge influence on fellow Texans, Power Trip, who themselves lost their frontman Riley Gale last month.

Power Trip posted the following tribute:

"Rest In Peace to our brother Wade Allison, of Iron Age. Thank you for your friendship, brilliant music, and endless inspiration. If anyone is unfamiliar with Wade and Iron Age, please dig into their discography."

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Read the full article at Brooklyn Vegan.

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Evildead Announces First New Album In 29 Years

Following their reformation in 2016, thrash metal veterans Evildead has announced that they will be releasing a brand new album titled, "United States Of Anarchy" on October 30th. It will feature nine studio tracks plus a metalized cover version of the B-52’s "Planet Claire" as a bonus track all produced by Bill Metoyer. Seminal artist Edward J. Repka has once again illustrated the cover of the new album. With United States Of Anarchy, EvilDead has returned more powerful than ever and awakened again to annihilate the masses.

"United States Of Anarchy" will be released as a CD DigiPak version, LP version, download and stream.

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