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Former Malevolent Creation Singer Passes Away

Former Malevolent Creation frontman Bret Hoffman has passed away at the age of 51, following a bout with colon cancer, a message from his wife has confirmed. Her post on Facebook reads:

"Today is the saddest day of my life I just lost my soul mate the love of my my best friend has passed away I will always love u Bret Malev Hoffmann RIP my love."

Hoffman performed in the first three Malevolent Creation albums and was also known for his work with Fire For Effect and Down The Drain.

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Immolation Premiere New Official Music Video

Immolation premiere a new official music video for their song “When The Jackals Come“ streaming below. The group’s own guitarist Robert Vigna directed the video.

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Anselmo Offering Tribute To Vinnie Paul Via Video

The public celebration of life for late ex-Pantera/Damageplan, HELLYEAH drummer Vinnie Paul that was held yesterday, July 01st, at The Bomb Factory in Dallas, Texas can be streamed below. Among those offering tribute via a video presentation was Vinnie‘s ex-Pantera bandmate, Phil Anselmo, who had an estranged relationship with him stemming from the demise of Pantera back in 2003.

Phil Anselmo appeared via a previously recorded brief video message at the celebration offering:

“Vince, always have love in my heart for you, man. Rest in peace.”

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Former Vital Remains Vocalist Jake Raymond Dead

Ex-Vital Remains live vocalist Jake Raymond has died. As also mentioned by the group’s guitarist Tony Lazaro below, both former vocalists Scott Wily and Chris Ross both passed last year:

“I found out late yesterday some very sad news that a old friend and Vital Remains singer passed away. His name was Jake Raymond, and he was a good friend! Some of you might remember Jake was VR’s vocalist back in 2001 before we recorded Dechristianize album. He really loved the band and always held us in high regard.

Even though i hadn’t spoken or seen Jake in a few years i always hope things were going good for him. I remember the last time i saw him he came out to one of our local shows in Providence and we had fun catching up and talking about the good old days! We laughed alot that night and i remember he started helping me sell merch and asked if i needed any help?

You were always trying to help bro and i wish i could have helped you bro. Thank you for that and everything else you did for me!! I will always remember the good times we had brother! This is really so sad. I’m sick of losing so many friends this year. This makes three Vital Remains singers that passed in the last year.

Three brothers i will not forget! Thank you Jake for your friendship and all your help when i needed it! Thank you for all your work with the band!! I wish i could have been there for you more brother,but we kind of took different paths. I hope you are at peace now. Rest easy brother and until we meet again. My Deepest condolences to his family and friends. RIP Jake“

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Report: Vinnie Paul Died From Major Heart Attack

The Las Vegas Review-Journal are reporting that drummer Vinnie Paul‘s (HELLYEAH, ex-Pantera, etc.) passing this past Friday, June 22nd, according to those who knew him was the result of a ‘major heart attack’. An exact cause of death has not been officially confirmed/determined yet.

Last night Paul‘s ex-Pantera bandmate Phil Anselmo shared the below photo of a lit candle. Anselmo and Vinnie had a bitterly estranged relationship for well over a decade.

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Metal World Pays Tribute To Vinnie Paul

The family of Vinnie Paul have confirmed that he passed away in his sleep at his home in Las Vegas, NV. A medical examiner will set out to determine his cause of death after which, his body will be transferred back to Texas to be buried alongside his mother and his brother, the late Pantera guitarist “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott.

Members of Metallica, Slipknot, Lamb of God, Avenged Sevenfold etc. pay tribute to Late Pantera and HELLYEAH Drummer Vinnie Paul. Below's what they have to say:


Very sad news this evening. This man always treated me & the guys in my band like family, from the very first time we ever met him with his brother at a Damageplan gig in Texas– whether backstage at a show, on his crazy tour bus, at his club, at his house, he was always a gracious host to us. He just wanted people around him to be happy. I didn’t see Vinnie much the last time we played a gig together because I heard he was in a very foul mood– this was highly unusual for him. Why was he in a foul mood? Because we were playing a big festival in Chicago, he had bought a TON OF FOOD to grill in the parking lot for everyone (as usual), & the fire marshall came and shut him down before he could start the bar-b-que. That’s the type of dude he was– he just wanted to make sure people were having a good time, & he took steps to make that happen. He also did me a very solid favor when I was in some very serious legal trouble a while back by writing a detailed letter to a judge explaining what had happened to his brother & the need for good stage security– that wasn’t an easy thing for him to do, but he did it anyway because he was a true friend and knew I needed some help– I’ll never forget that, & I made sure he knew I appreciated it. He also never minded when I got in his face with my camera– I took this photo with a 50mm fixed lens at a festival we were playing with Hellyeah in Iowa in 2016– that means I was basically inside his drum kit. When he saw me poking my head in there, he just turned, flashed me this grin, & kept on rocking. I love this photo– Big Vin smiling and doing what he did best. Rest In Peace, Vinnie Paul. You’ll be missed. BIG LOVE.

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Vinnie Paul (Pantera, HELLYEAH, Etc.) Dead At 54

It has been announced that drummer Vincent "Vinnie Paul" Abbott of Pantera, HELLYEAH and Damageplan fame has passed away at the age of 54. As of yet no cause of death has been revealed. His representatives have confirmed his passing to Billboard.com. A post on Pantera‘s Facebook reads:

“Vincent Paul Abbott aka Vinnie Paul has passed away.
Paul is best known for his work as the drummer in the bands
Pantera and Hellyeah.

No further details are available at this time.
The family requests you please respect their privacy during this time.”

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As I Lay Dying Premiere New Music Video & Song

As I Lay Dying premiere a music video for their new track “My Own Grave“, which you can stream below. The clip finds the group reunited with their "classic" lineup, comprised of Nick Hipa, Josh Gilbert, Jordan Mancino and Phil Sgrosso, as well as Tim Lambesis. Lambesis went to prison for attempting to hire a hitman to murder his wife at the time. This marks the band’s first music in six years.

In other news As I Lay Dying also have announced a June 16th show at the SOMA Sidestage in San Diego, CA.

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Ralph Santolla To Be Taken Off Life Support Today

As reported earlier this week guitarist Ralph Santolla (ex-Deicide and Obituary) fell into a coma after suffering a heart attack. After his mother Sue revealed things were not looking good during this week, his son, Dorian Angelo Santolla, broke the sad news that his father is going to be taken off life support today June 6th, 2018:

“We are going to take my father off of assisted living on Wednesday. If any of his friends would like to say goodbye, the family will welcome you at St. Joseph’s tomorrow (Tuesday). He would appreciate the love. Thank you ?”

Ralph's mother also revealed that Ralph has some unreleased trackings with his last band, Devil’s Highway, which should be released soon:

“Ralph Santolla is an organ donor so he will live on. Those recipients don’t know what they are getting until they suddenly become sarcastic, funny, get tattoos, start playing guitar. One other thing, Devil’s Highway was getting close to completion. It will be done and that is a Ralph’s legacy. “

Ralph Santolla is only 48 years old. Our sincerest and deepest condolences to his family. More...

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Ralph Santolla (Ex-Deicide, Obituary) In A Coma

Guitarist Ralph Santolla (Devil’s Highway, ex-Deicide/Obituary/Death, etc.) is currently in coma after suffering a heart attack on Tuesday (May 29th). His mother posted the below statement on his condition via Facebook:

“Friend and family..it is out there now so let me tell you what I know. Ralph thought he had a spider bite on Saturday. Went to the hospital. It was not a spider bite, it was a blood clot. Tuesday nite he fell and he had a heart attack. John Rocha gave him CPR until EMT arrive. His heart had stopped but they got him back. His visuals are staple but he is in a coma.

He is on a ventilator but he is breathing around it he could breathe on his own but they do not want to had additional strain to his body. He is in a coma. That is the main concern at this moment. They can fix everything else. We are having as many of his friends as he can come and talk to him and play music. There has been a minimal movement but some.

It is ICU but he is in a private room and they are letting anyone in and they can stay as long as they want. So please pray as he has people all over the world praying and if you can come and spend time with him. Please..he needs to get back from the place that he is in. I love you all…let’s just work on getting him out of the coma if we can. I will keep everyone update the best I can” More...

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Former Anal Cunt Guitarist Josh Martin Passes Away

As first reported by Vanyaland, former Anal Cunt guitarist Josh Martin has died at the age of 46 following an escalator fall. He joined the band in 1996 before leaving in 2001, then returning in 2006, where he stayed until the group's demise in 2011, following the death of vocalist Seth Putnam. He was also a member of such bands as Adolf Satan and Impaled Northern Moonforest.

“According to Providence Police, the man fell off an escalator from the upper level to the food court area around 10:45 p.m., sustaining severe head trauma,” reports WPRI. “He later died from his injuries. Officials say the incident appears to be completely accidental and there is no indication that the victim intentionally jumped or was pushed.”

WPRI did not cite Martin in its report, but Vanyaland has confirmed with the musician’s friends that it was him who took the fatal fall.

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Venom Inc. Guitarist Suffers Heart Attack

Venom founder and current guitarist of Venom Inc. Jeff "Mantas" Dunn has posted a message online in which he revealed that while in Portugal last month, he suffered a near fatal heart attack. His message reads as follows :
Jeff Dunn - Mantas

"April 30th 2018

" A day like any other, sun is shining and myself and Anita leave the house to drive to our next village.
Anita needs a new inhaler so we call into the pharmacy to collect one . . that is when everything changes.

"I start to experience what I can only describe as indigestion, but then the pain gets worse.
I decide to go back to the car and wait but by this time the pain is unbearable. The staff of the pharmacy help me out of the car and take me back inside. An ambulance is called. On its arrival I am taken into the ambulance to be monitored and assessed. The pain is not subsiding in any way and so the the paramedics call for a doctor.
When the doctor arrives with a nurse I am immediately hooked up to an ECG and given the news that it appears that 2 valves in my heart are blocked.

"What happened next ranks easily as the most terrifying experience of my life.
I can remember calling Anita's name and then hearing my own voice saying 'fucking fight!' . . 'dont you dare give up!' . . 'FIGHT IT!' . . . and then, nothing. More...

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UFO Vocalist To Retire

Phil Mogg has confirmed that next year’s 50th anniversary tour with UFO will be his last as the frontman of the long-running hard rock band. Consequently, it seems almost certain that at that point they will cease to exist. UFO were formed in London in 1969 and Mogg is their only ever-present member, performing on all of the group’s 22 studio albums.

“This decision has been a long time coming, I’ve considered stepping down at the end of UFO’s previous two tours,” Mogg explains. “I don’t want to call this a farewell tour as I hate that word, but next year’s gigs will represent my final tap-dancing appearances with the band.

“2019 marks UFO’s 50th anniversary, so the timing feels right,” he continues. “There will be a final tour of the UK and we will also play some shows in selected other cities that the band has a strong connection with. But outside of the UK this won’t be a long tour. Being out on the road isn’t always tremendously luxurious and although the playing is as great as it ever was, the stuff that surrounds it becomes very tiresome. I always told myself that when I reached that stage I would step down, and that’s what I’m going to do. This is the right time for me to quit.” More...

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Rings Of Saturn Guitarist & Drummer Exit The Band

Rings Of Saturn officially parted ways with two members this weekend with the departures of guitarist, Miles Dimitri Baker and drummer Aaron Stechauner having been officially announced past weekend.

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Former Murderdolls Drummer Passes Away

Pretty Boy Floyd, has passed away at the age of 46 following a year long struggle with cancer. His fiancée Lydia has posted the following message online.

"This is incredibly hard for me to write this, but I know it is necessary because Ben has so many friends and fans. Most of you don't know that Ben has been battling cancer for the last 11 months. It was his decision to keep his health very quiet.

"Ben passed away today, May 9th 2018, from complications due to his cancer. His diagnosis was grim, but he fought a long and hard battle to try and beat it and overcome the odds. Some battles can't be won no matter how hard you try. More...

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Former Forbidden/Nevermore Guitarist Calvert Dead

Former Forbidden/Nevermore guitarist Tim Calvert has died after a long battle with ALS. He was only 52-years-old at the time of his death. Calvert was with Forbidden for ~ eight years and later joined Nevermore from 1997 to 2000.

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Rotting Christ Arrested On Terrorism Charges

Rotting Christ have been arrested in the Eastern European state of Georgia on spurious grounds involving charges of terrorism allegedly based on the band's name.

Frontman Sakis Tolis relates the events in his own words: "We arrived in Georgia's capital Tbilisi very early in the morning of Thursday, 12th of April. After the regular document check at the border, my brother and I were stopped by the police on our way out from the airport. After some minutes, we were ordered to follow police to another area of the airport under the pretence of further questioning before entering the country. Instead, we had our passports and mobile phones taken away and were lead into a prison cell. When we were demanding to be told the reason for this arrest, we were simply told this information would be 'confidential'. Our lawyers informed us later that we are on a list of unwanted persons of national security that branded us as Satanists and therefore suspects of terrorism.

"Without previous warning and no official reason, we found ourselves in jail, locked into a small and rather dirty cell and without being permitted any contact to the outside world or legal representation or our embassy for 12 hours. Conditions were bad and no further information provided during this time.

"Luckily, only the names 'Tolis' were on the list and the other two band members started to work with the local promoter to extract us from prison and commence legal procedures. It took strong efforts and a complicated procedure to find a solution. Due to the hard work of the local promoter, who involved legal experts, journalists, and activists in Georgia, we were finally released. We are extremely grateful to everybody involved in this process. In the end, we were even able to perform our show and it turned out to be a fantastic night. We would also like to thank all our Georgian metal brothers for their overwhelming support!"

Rotting Christ were allowed to leave the country towards Armenia without any further complications.

ROTTING CHRIST live
21 Apr 18 Burgas (BG) Youth Cultural Center
4 May 18 Velenje (SI) Metal Days Warm Up show
5 May 18 Izegem (BE) Headbangers Ball Festival
11 May 18 Kopervik (NO) Karmøygeddon Festival 2018
13 May 18 London (UK) Incineration Festival
27 May 18 Langres (FR) Outch! Festival
2 Jun 18 Duisburg (DE) Rage Against Racism
7 Jun 18 Sölvesborg (SE) Sweden Rock
16 Jun 18 ?ervený Kostelec (CZ) Metal Gate festival
14 Jul 18 Anyksciai (LT) Devil Stone Festival
17 Aug 18 Borre (NO) Midgardsblot Festival (exact date tbc)
18 Nov 18 Bucharest (RO) Metal Gates

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Thunderstick Announces First Shows In Thirty Years

On the back of the phenomenally positive reaction to last year’s album the eponymously named Thunderstick hit the stage in July for the first Thunderstick gig in over 30 years. Taking the stage at Gravesend’s infamous rock venue, itself celebrating 40 years of live music, Leo’s Red Lion will host a unique Thunderstick “showcase” gig a week before their performance at A New Day festival, after which the band will do select gigs through until the Autumn culminating at the Hard Rock Hell festival in November. The Gravesend gig will see Thunderstick performing their full festival set coupled with a post-gig Q&A session with Thunderstick creator Barry Graham Purkis and his band-mates.

Thunderstick aka Barry Graham Purkis comments:

“Energy, power, theatrics and outrage have always been present in the Thunderstick shows of old. We will ramp up those components considerably for the forthcoming New-NWOBHM 2018 stage shows. For those who were there first time round in the ‘80s welcome back we have missed you so much. For those about to experience us for the first time prepare yourselves for a journey. Viixen, Lee, Rex, Baz, and Thunderstick will steal your ‘rock 'n' roll heart’...” More...

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Inquisition Dropped By Record Label

Black metal duo Inquisition has been dropped by French record company Season Of Mist, it was announced earlier today. No explanation has been given and the message on the Season Of Mist page simply read:

"Season of Mist are no longer working with Inquisition. There will be no further statement."

Naturally, rumours are circulating as to why the company has dropped the band, originally from Colombia but now based in the United States of America, though Inquisition are no strangers to controversy, having had several concerts cancelled recently over allegations of Nazism, among other serious accusations. More information will be brought to you as soon as it become available.

UPDATE: As first reported by MetalSucks, the issue seems to stem from child pornography charges brought against frontman Jason "Dagon" Weirbach in 2008. Dagon has refuted these claims and insists that the original charges were dropped. A statement from the musician sent to MetalSucks reads as follows:

“Feel free to publish my side of the story.

“I never plead guilty to the initial charges, had I done that the trial would have immediately come to a closing. The title in your article is incorrect.

“Jason

“To all fans, supporters and close ones, I would like to clarify some horrific misinformation generated by the webzine MetalSucks of a personal matter of mine in 2007: First you must take into account, everything MetalSucks published is taken from court documents that state charges and accusations rather than what was proven or admitted in 2007. Second, I never plead guilty to the charges and the original charges were dropped after the courts examined all evidence. I am not a sex offender, and I was absolutely innocent of all charges. The plea bargain was something the prosecutor insisted on and for the defense was the best option to end a lengthy legal process. Also, the background check webpage circulating is not entirely correct, it is definitely not showing what the Police background check would show you.

“With my fullest respect to you, please read my statement MetalSucks had told me they would publish:

“I made a very unwise choice of actions in 2007 which got me into some legal problems. After the investigation was conducted, a year and a half later after the initial charges, the original charges brought against me were dropped and a plea deal was presented to me. The investigation determined I did not have anything that fell under the original charge.

“The police report suggested I had deleted and obstructed evidence which I deny to have done, however the obstruction charge was still part of the plea deal as was the other charge mentioned in this article. That second charge is related to viewing pornography in a public area, and again was taken as part of the plea deal. To be clear, I have no sex crimes, this did not involve any other person other than myself and I have moved forward since 2009 while having complied with all aspects of the law.

“I wish to remain focused on my music and my absolute dedication to the art of Black Metal. Despite any personal views and judgements the followers and supporters of our music may have, I am a somewhat private person and have never cared for destructive sensationalism and keeping what I feel is private, private.

“I hope my level of transparency is understood and I thank you, as always for having been so supportive of Inquisition.

“Dagon”

Read the full article at Metal Sucks.

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Slayer Announce 2nd North American Tour Leg

Literally by popular demand - with more than half the tour dates already either completely sold out or a sell-out imminent - today Slayer announces Leg Two, North America, of its final world tour, set to kick off on Thursday, July 26 at the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion in Gilford, NH.

The tour will travel to 20 cities over about five weeks, culminating at San Jose's SAP Center on August 26. Lamb of God, Anthrax, Testament and Napalm Death will accompany the band on all dates. The general ticket onsale for most dates begins this Friday, March 9 at 10AM (local). Very limited Slayer onstage + Meet & Greet + exclusive merchandise packages will be available. Log on to www.slayer.net for all ticket and package purchasing information.

A second North American leg for this tour had been considered to take place at some point down the line, but within 48-hours of the initial January 26 ticket on sale date, that all changed.

"We were blown away by the speed of sales for the final run," said Rick Franks, President of Touring for Live Nation, one of the tour's promoters. "Thirty-six years later and Slayer is bigger than ever before."

On January 22, 2018, Slayer announced that it would do one last concert tour around the globe to thank their fans for all of their support over the years, for making the last three-and-a-half decades so packed with good times and unforgettable experiences, and then move on.

New and previously announced dates for Slayer's final world tour, North America Legs One and Two, are as follows: More...

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