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Statement On Future Of Immortal Issued By Abbath

In an exclusive statement to Metal Hammer at this location, Immortal founder Abbath issued a statement about the future of the band, a new album with a different lineup under the moniker "Abbath" and an impending tour.

The statement reads: "Immortal’s frontman and founding member has been writing and rehearsing fervently, with a deluge of new material ready to be recorded; unable to come to an agreement in order move forward with the other members of the band, he has formed a new line up. Whilst grateful and respectful for the contributions of Demonaz, Horgh and Apollyon, the time is now right for Abbath to present his art to the world and continue to evolve the legacy.

"The next two years will see the release of a new album alongside select live performances – the first of these to be announced is The Forum in London on Friday 18th September. This will be Abbath’s first time back on stage in the UK since triumphantly headlining Bloodstock Festival in 2011 alongside W.A.S.P and Motörhead. Following this, February 2016 will see a return to playing on home soil as the headliner for the prestigious Blastfest in Bergen – on top of a 100% Norwegian line up.

"Abbath is a continued weaving of this artist’s creative thread: new songs have been honed, ready to sit alongside classic Immortal material and rarely – if ever – played gems that will be unearthed from an epic catalogue spanning over two decades.

"Using his own name is a natural step for Abbath, having become iconic and synonymous with the band that he co-founded in 1990. That’s 25 years of powering face first into the northern wind; a milestone for any band, and rather than exploit it by dragging Immortal’s name through the mud, Abbath will instead carry his own on his back.

"The name of Immortal, for the time being, will rest; the essence, the power, the music – and Abbath – will not."

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Former Death Bassist Passes Away

Former Death and Death To All bassist (see also live clip below) Scott Clendenin has passed away at the age of 47. Says former manager of Death Eric Greif on the band's official Facebook page:

"With a sense of shock, I'm letting all of you know of the passing today of former Death bassist Scott Clendenin. Scott had some health challenges in the last few years but was optimistic about his prospects.

"Of course he was the skilled player on 'The Sound Of Perseverance' Death album, and recently participated in two DTA (Death To All) live runs, in 2012 and 2013, including the highlight of his acoustic guitar in a poignant rendition of 'Voice Of The Soul.' Our thoughts go out to Scott's family at this difficult time."

Scott Clendenin stated in an interview 2011 about the experience of playing with Death and Control Denied: "It was a great honor to have played with someone so revered as Chuck (Schuldiner). I can say it made me a better player and person to be involved in these bands." More...

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Otep Drops Off Tour, Alleges Sexual Assault

Otep has dropped off The Civil Unrest Tour due to issues with another band slated to be on the bill, with front woman Otep Shamaya alleging sexual assault on the part of that group's front man. The Otep Facebook page released this message to fans:

"Before the rumor mill begins: We dropped off the Civil Unrest tour because Terror Universal's molester singer violently grabbed my crotch on our last tour. He’s a drunken joke and a fucking scumbag. He’s lucky security handled it before I or my band could.

"We gave them a shot to play in front of our fans and we were repaid by this drunken jackass violating me during the meet and greet in front of our fans.

"We made it very clear that we will never play any show that has Terror Universal on it. We don’t tolerate any kind of passive sexual violence. We owe that to our fans and I never want to experience anything like that again especially from an opening act we were trying to help by giving them exposure to our TRIBE.

"We will be headlining in May-June and give the TRIBE a proper RIOT without any pants rapists on the bill. Onwards & upwards."

However it appears not everyone agrees with Otep's recounting of events, as The Civil Unrest Tour's Facebook page was just updated with this message in response: More...

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Twisted Sister Drummer A.J. Pero, Dead At Age 55

Twisted Sister guitarist Jay Jay French has reported that drummer A.J. Pero passed away. The cause of death is not yet known.

On his Facebook Page, French reported: "The members of Twisted Sister are profoundly saddened to announce the untimely passing of our brother, A.J. Pero.

"The band, crew and most importantly the family of A.J. Pero thank you for your thoughts and prayers at this time."

Pero played with Twisted Sister from 1982-1986, 1997-1998 and 2003-present, having appeared on all but one release ("Love Is For Suckers," 1987). He also appeared on the classic Cities album from 1986 - "Annihilation Absolute." In addition, Pero has performed on the latest two Adrenaline Mob releases: "Men of Honor" (2014) and this year's EP "Dearly Departed."

More information on his untimely death is expected soon. More...

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Mick Thomson Stabbed In Altercation

Update: Corey Taylor has now issued this brief statement via Twitter: "Mick Update - from what I've heard he's okay. We're sending him all your thoughts. Thank you for that."

KCCI.com is reporting that Mick Thomson of Slipknot was stabbed in the head during an altercation with his brother. The report reads:

Police said two brothers were injured early Wednesday morning in a knife fight in a Clive front yard.

Clive police said police were dispatched to 1905 NW 129th Street, where a caller said two brothers were fighting in the front yard with knives.

Police said Mickeal Gordon Thomson, 41, who lives at the home, and Andrew Thomson, of Des Moines, were involved in some sort of altercation inside the home.

According to police, the altercation spilled into the front yard, where the incident became physical.

Officers said both men appeared to be intoxicated and had serious injuries consistent with a fight. Police said Mickael Thomson sustained a stab wound to the back of his head. None of the injuries were life-threatening.

We'll keep you updated on the situation as more information becomes available. Slipknot is currently scheduled to start touring with Hatebreed next month in support of comeback album ".5: The Gray Chapter."

Read the full article at KCCI.

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Original Broken Hope Drummer Dies At 42

Broken Hope's co-founding drummer Ryan Stanek has passed away at the age of 42 on March 1st. States Broken Hope guitarist Jeremy Wagner about Stanek's unexpected death:

"I was stunned to hear of Ryan's passing and I'm still not believing it. Though Ryan and I didn't talk that often since he split from Broken Hope many years ago, we did correspond once in awhile, and we always wished each other well in whatever endeavors we were pursuing. Ryan was always an extremely talented man.

"When we first met, he was the best metal drummer within a 100-mile radius, and Joe Ptacek and I were fortunate to have this amazing drum-kid in our own backyard! Ryan co-founded Broken Hope with Joe and me. We were the core… just the 3 of us, in the beginning, all in high school. Ryan also designed the very first Broken Hope logo, which was a 'circular logo' we used on our first flyers and backdrop.

"With all that, Ryan's artistic talents went beyond drums and drawing, he also played acoustic guitar incredibly well, wrote some of the segues on the earlier Broken Hope albums, contributed his own lyrical-parts on the 'Swamped In Gore' album and also, Ryan became a singer-songwriter post Broken Hope, in other bands he formed where he expressed his art his own way, and very well done. Ryan set the bar for death metal drumming when we recorded 'Loathing.' Specifically, the track 'Siamese Screams' is a song that measures any drummer's worth if he or she can play it to Ryan's original level.

"If there's a heaven, I wish you travel well, Ryan… and I imagine you and Joe [Ptacek] have met up and are having a blast." More...

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Hellsaw Calling It Quits

The Austrian black metallers from Hellsaw have announced they will be disbanding after their last live performance at the "Black N Thrash Inferno" in Germany on March 27th. Explains vocalist Aries:

"Dear friends and fans!

"We have to inform you that the Black’n Trash Inferno will be our last concert. Our previously confirmed two Concert’s at the Dark Easter Metal Meeting and the Kaltenbach Open Air are canceled.

"There are many reasons for this decision. The main reason is that will not make fools of ourselves because black metal is this style music you have to live. There happened a lot of different stuff in our lives. Positive as well as negative things.

"We always have represented our attitudes and action to 100%. But there are moments in life where you have to make decisions. And our desicion now is that we say with dignity THANK YOU for 13 wonderful years and we can put it now finally to an end. We are thanking all our loyal fans for staying behind us all this years.

"You can still listen and enjoy our musical works. That is the beauty in music, it stays forever. Be you and stay loyal, Aries, Hellsaw." More...

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Shawn Drover Announces New Band Act Of Defiance

Upon exiting the ranks of Megadeth, the metal world eagerly awaited news as to what was next for Chris Broderick (guitars) and Shawn Drover (drums).

The duo is now excited to announce a worldwide signing to Metal Blade Records for new group Act Of Defiance, which is rounded out by Henry Derek (ex-Scar The Martyr) on vocals and Matt Bachand (Shadows Fall) on bass.

Act Of Defiance is recording a debut offering with world renowned producer Zeuss (Rob Zombie, Hatebreed, Shadows Fall). Look for this album to be released sometime this Summer.

Broderick states: "I am so excited to finally be able to announce Act Of Defiance to the world. Shawn just finished tracking drums the first week of February and his performance and tones are simply incredible. I have started tracking rhythms and leads, as well as working with Henry to get final vocal takes while Matt will record bass at his studio. The final mix and mastering will also be handled by Zeuss.

"I am also very honored to announce that we have signed with Metal Blade Records. There is not a better label to be on than one where the employees (and owner) still understand and listen to METAL! They have shown a loyalty, backing and drive for their artists that few other labels have. As for our music, I am really enjoying the ability to create what is a killer mix of thrash and modern metal. It has a unique combination ranging from thrash to classical influences. I am very proud of what we have written and hope that you all dig it.” More...

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The Era Of Endast Is Ending

All great things must come to an end, as Montreal's iconic DIY metal band Endast has called it quits.

Since being birthed in 2004, the band's career has spawned The Promise” EP (2005), “Odds Against Tomorrow” (2006), “Black Cloud” (2011), “Thrive” (2014), a DVD release "Where I Belong” (2012), 600,000 kms for over 1,300 gigs, countless tours across Canada and the USA that included festival appearances at Heavy MTL & TO, and more. Before the end, Endast will be performing final shows in the following cities:

April 17 - Montreal, QC - Foufounes Electriques
April 24 - Ajax, ON - Rotilicious
April 25 - Hamilton, ON - Absinthe

Vocalist Big James comments: “Well, as these things so often go, the band was on shaky ground after the recent departure of our guitar player Pepe. His departure sparked a lot reflection and discussion on behalf of the remaining members in the band about where we are in our lives. Some of us have other goals outside of the band we'd like to accomplish. The amount of touring we do makes it prohibitive for some of us to accomplish those other goals and so a decision was made to close this chapter in our lives. We all care for each other a great deal and there are no hard feelings between any of us. Some of us will continue to make music together. All of us will continue to make music on some level or another. More...

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Former Yngwie Malmsteen Keyboardist Found Dead

According to the Chaingrai Times, former Yngwie Malmsteen keyboardist Mats Olausson, best known for his work on albums such as "Eclipse," "Seventh Sign" and "Magnum Opus" was found dead in Thailand in a hotel room in downtown Rayong yesterday.

The report from the Chaingrai Times website reads in part: "Pol Maj Gen Chumphon Chanthachamrassil has reported that 54-year-old Swedish Musician Mats Johan Olausson, has been found dead inside a hotel room in downtown Rayong on Thursday afternoon."

It goes on to describe how Olausson was found: "'The body of Mr. Olausson was found on the floor at his Rayong hotel in tambon Tha Pradu,' Pol Maj Gen Chumphon Chanthachamrassil, Chief of Rayong Police, told the Bangkok Post.

"Mats Olausson, wore only shorts and there were seven empty bottles of whisky and empty cans of beer in the room.

"Pol Maj Gen Chumphon Chanthachamrassil said police found no traces of a struggle, and according to a Rayong Hospital Physician his death occurred within 24 hours of his body being found."

Hotel employee Withoon Boonprasert knocked on Olausson's door after he was in the room for several days and never noticed him coming out for meals and never paid for the room. Investigators initially believe that alcohol consumption might be a possible cause of his death, but his body was sent out for a post mortem to determine the actual cause.

Olausson also worked with bands such as Ark, Iron Mask, Lion's Share, Kamelot, Evil Masquerade and more. More...

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Bruce Dickinson Undergoes Cancer Treatment

Iron Maiden vocalist Bruce Dickinson is currently undergoing cancer treatment for a small cancerous growth at the back of his tongue. Due to the early detection, doctors have listed his prognosis as "very good," and the band will have further updates in May.

The band's announcement reads: "Just before Christmas, Maiden vocalist Bruce Dickinson visited his doctor for a routine check-up. This led to tests and biopsies which revealed a small cancerous tumour at the back of his tongue. A seven week course of chemotherapy and radiology treatment was completed yesterday. As the tumour was caught in the early stages, the prognosis thankfully is extremely good. Bruce’s medical team fully expect him to make a complete recovery with the all clear envisaged by late May. It will then take a further few months for Bruce to get back to full fitness. In the meantime we would ask for your patience, understanding and respect for Bruce and his family’s privacy until we update everyone by the end of May. Bruce is doing very well considering the circumstances and the whole team are very positive." More...

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Lay Down Rotten Laid To Rot

Bad news for Lay Down Rotten fans - the band is officially calling it a day, with Apostasy Records issuing the following statement:

"For nearly 16 years now, Lay Down Rotten has stood tall for energetic top-notch death metal. Their haunting live-shows at festivals like With Full Force, Rock Harz, Extremefest, Death Feast or Summer Breeze and their concerts alongside Cannibal Corpse, Bolt Thrower, Aborted a.o. always grabbed the audience by the balls."

Lay Down Rotten also had this to say: “After a very honest discussion, we all realized that the individual future plans from all band members differ too much from each other. Due to this, it doesn’t make sense to continue with the band. With a heavy heart, we decided to close the chapter LDR after nearly 16 years to move on to address ourselves to our new tasks. Needless to say, we will all stay active musicians and you’ll definitely hear from one or another again.

"We want to thank each and every one who backed us on our long road in the past. First and foremost we thank all the fans that pushed us to the maximum during our almost countless concerts.

"We are going to play all the shows that are already confirmed up until June to celebrate with you for the last time!! Thanks for your support! Lay Down Rotten laid to rot!!"

20.02. - Marburg – Knubbel, Germany
21.02. - Osnabrück - Bastard Club, Germany
06.03. - Frankfurt am Main - Frankfurt Deathfest, Germany
05.04. - Siegen – Vortex, Germany
23.05. - Landau - Südpfalz Metalfest, Germany
06.06. - Bangalore Open Air, India” More...

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Tenacious D Wins "Metal" Grammy

Surprise, surprise, the Grammy Awards continue to have no clue about metal (remember when Halestorm somehow won a metal Grammy?) with pathetic nominations that ignore 99% of the quality material out there from dozens of stellar labels and independent bands.

The Grammys don't actually have a category just for heavy metal albums or songs, but instead include a token "metal performance" category. Nominees in the "best metal performance" category included:

"Neon Knights" by Anthrax (Ronnie James Dio cover)
"High Road" by Mastodon
"Heartbreaker" by Motörhead
"The Negative One" by Slipknot
"The Last In Line" by Tenacious D (Ronnie James Dio Cover)

...and somehow Tenacious D won a metal award by covering Dio. Yeah, wrap your head around that.

If you hate music and want to join the circle jerk of uninspiring musicians with too much fame and money, feel free to find the full list of winners at this location.

For the run down on the real best metal performances (and albums, DVDs, and newcomers), check out our year-end awards over here. More...

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Faith No More Reveals New Album

It's finally happening - after nearly two decades, Faith No More will release new full-length album "Sol Invictus" on May 19th, 2015.

This new album was tied with Slayer for "most anticipated of 2015" in our annual year-end awards. "Sol Invictus" was produced by Gould and recorded in the band’s Oakland, Calif. studio.

"What I can say is that I think through our experience as musicians over the years, I think what we're doing reflects where we've gone since we made our last record as Faith No More. I think this kicks things up a notch,” explained Bill Gould in a recent Rolling Stone interview. “And I think there's parts that are very powerful and there's parts that have a lot of "space." Everything we do, with our chemistry, the way we play; it's always going to sound like us. It's just what we do, that makes us feel good. “

Faith No More will also kick off a round of touring starting with Japan and Australia in February and then kicking off in North America in April (full dates available below).

Preceding the North American tour will be the release of a second single from the forthcoming album, titled “Superhero,” which will be available as a limited edition 7-inch single on March 17th followed by a digital release on March 31st. More...

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Waking The Cadaver Calls It Quits

New Jersey slam outfit Waking The Cadaver has checked in with the following announcement about deciding to call it quits:

"It is with sad news that WTC will have to announce that we are no longer a band. Truth be told, we haven't been a band since our last show we played in Seattle October 2013 on the Dying Fetus/Exhumed tour.

"We were never sure what the status of the band was going to be all this time, that's why there hasn't been an announcement, but some of you have figured it out and it's only right to let everyone know the truth.

"There's no bad blood with members or anything, we are all just living busy lives and are unable to commit to the demands of being in this band. Who knows, maybe in a couple years we'll jam again.

"We want to thanks all our fans world wide...it's so amazing how you people have made this band able to do things other slam bands would dream of doing. We sincerely love you all from the bottom of our cold dead hearts!!! Stay brutal."

The band also comments on other projects from its members: "Mike Mayo is currently jamming in the grindcore outfit Ground and John Hartman is continuing his legacy in the legendary Mortal Decay. Support these awesome bands."

Waking The Cadaver released three full-length albums in its lifetime, capping with 2013's "Real-Life Death." More...

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Rage Announces Split

Legendary German power thrash act Rage just announced the end of the current era of the band. After 15 years, the age of founding member Peavy Wagner and guitar/composer virtuoso Victor Smolski - which began with "Welcome of the Other Side" in 2001 - has come to an end.

A statement on the band's Facebook page reads: "Hi Rageheads, After thinking it over carefully, Peavy and Victor decided to stop working together in the future. This is due to musical and personal changes. We have developed in different directions in the last years that much, that we cannot identify with the current band situation anymore. In this situation we will also part from drummer André Hilgers.

"The last 15 years were blessed with many Highlights and great releases but this era is over now. Every extension would be untrue to ourselves and to our fans.

"We wish each other all the best! Thanx to all the fans for your trust and support!

'Peavy & Victor, Feb 2015"

Recently, Wagner joined forces with old bandmates guitarist Manni Schmidt and drummer Chris Efthimiadis to form Refuge - a tribute to the classic era of Rage when albums like "Perfect Man," "Trapped" and "The Missing Link" were released.

The band played its first official performance on board 70,000 Tons of Metal last week. There is no indication as to whether the current lineup of Refuge will assume as Rage, as that project is still considered to be a fun side project of friends playing classic Rage material in a live setting.

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Geezer Butler Involved In Bar Fight

Update: Geezer has now issued a brief thank you message to fans for their support after this altercation, which can be found over here.

According to a press release from the Inyo County sheriff's department, Black Sabbath's 65 year old bassist and song writer Geezer (Terence Michael) Butler was arrested after being involved in a bar room brawl.

The sheriff department's press release reads:

Shortly after midnight on January 27th Sheriff’s Dispatch received a call regarding a verbal and physical altercation that took place at the Corkscrew Saloon located at the Furnace Creek Ranch property in Death Valley National Park.

After the Inyo County Sheriff’s Deputy arrived on scene and interviewed witnesses it was determined that there had been an argument that escalated into a physical confrontation - resulting in an individual being struck, and a broken window.

Terence Michael Butler a 65-year old man from Beverly Hills, CA was arrested for misdemeanor assault, public intoxication and vandalism. Butler was booked into the Inyo County Jail and released after detox and citation.

At this point there has been no statement from either the Black Sabbath camp or Geezer Butler about the incident. So come on Metalunderground readers, let's get on with the Black Sabbath lyric puns in the comments...

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Dragonsfire Vocalist/Bassist Herbert Passes Away

Pure Steel Records and Dragonsfire announced that vocalist/bassist Torsten Thassilo Herbert has passed away on January 8th at the age of 24. The cause of death has not been disclosed.

Herbert was a founding member of the band, having played and sang on the band's demo, two full length and two EP releases, the last of which "Metal X" was independently released on December 27th. He previously was in the German melodic metal act Dark Fortress, who broke up in 2004 having released one album "Light & Darkness" in 2000.

Pure Steel Records commented: "With consternation we found out that the vocalist and bassist from the band Dragonsfire died at the 08.01.2015. We want to express our condolences to his family and the band members. A friend in Heavy Metal went away. Pure Steel Records says thank you for all! We will miss you!"

The band posted the following on its Facebook page (translated via Facebook): "Dear friends, dear fans, we are in deep mourning. Our friend, singer and bassist Torsten Thassilo Herbert died on the 08.01.2015. We can't believe it myself, but it is the sad truth. Our sympathy is first and foremost the family. The funeral will take place on Wednesday, the 14.01.2015 at 11:00 at the cemetery in Stockstadt am Rhein. THASSILO-WE MISS YOU!" More...

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Knife Fight Breaks Out At Cattle Decapitation Show

The pit apparently got out of control last night during a Cattle Decapitation show at 13th Frame in La Habra, CA.

According to various online sources, someone in the pit stabbed another show-goer, who was subsequently subdued by other metal heads. Cattle Decapitation fan Jesse Goytia, who was at the show, posted this message online via Facebook:

Suicide Silence's Alex Lopez was also apparently in attendance and had this to say: More...

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As They Burn Calling It Quits

French outfit As They Burn has issued the following announcement about deciding to call it a day:

"We are deeply moved to announce the end of the band. As They Burn was an amazing way to let our artistic energy flow for a fabulous seven years. We lived and grew up in rhythm with what is for us much more than a musical adventure – a real humane endeavour which embraced a lot of people.

"It is because we honour and respect you guys that we have taken this difficult decision. Up until now, we have provided you with ourselves in the best possible way and we never want to put that aside. As we are now, we are incapable of providing you with the As They Burn you expect us to be. And it is impossible for us, musically and artistically to be less than what we expect and aspire to be, and we will NEVER accept to be half of ourselves.

"By taking this decision we value honesty above become a band that we would never want to be. It is time for us to follow our own independent paths, each cradled by the memories of the past years and the brotherly love that unites all six of us. And it is the same desire of honesty and same willpower that we have decided to part ways with you guys on stage and not by a simple press release!

"We will be playing several farewell shows in 2015 so we can meet one last time on stage (Booking contact: Milton@onlytalentproductions.com).

"From the bottom of our hearts, thank you! Thank you. Thank you. Thank you! Through this message we would also like to thank: our mothers, fathers, brothers and sisters - our families for allowing us to go after and live a dream. We would also like to thank Bastien Jacquesson, our sound engineer and ally on stage, who brought us peace of mind and confidence. A devoted man we have always been able to count on, a real pillar. You are the 6th member of the band but you are also above all our brother, our big brother. More...

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