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Manowar Guitarist Child Porn Charges: New Details

Disgusting details concerning the child pornography related charges brought against Manowar guitarist Karl Logan have surfaced. WCCB Charlotte have received the arrest warrants for Logan, which found the musician charged with six counts of third-degree sexual exploitation of a minor.

According to the warrants, Karl Logan was found to be in possession of videos depicting girls between the ages of 4 and 12-years-old in several sexual acts with unidentified men. The warrants also describe signs of physical abuse in the clipsl.

Logan was arrested in Charlotte, NC on August 09th, 2018 is out on a $35,000 bond. Manowar meanwhile issued an official statement last Friday on that matter stating: More...

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Former Danzig Guitarist Passes Away

Todd Youth (born Todd Schofield,) known for his time playing with hardcore bands such as Warzone and Murphy's Law, as well as Danzig, has passed away at the age of 47. The guitarist also spent time with such bands as Agnostic Front, D-Generation and even filled in for Motorhead guitarist Phil Campbell for a short period, before forming a new band named Fireburn with former Bad Brains vocalist Ras Israel Joseph I, who posted the following message on his Facebook account:

"There are no words to express how sad I am at the passing of my brother Todd Youth. The music he made will forever be remembered, and I'm so thankful that I was able to work with him and that we created Fireburn together. Todd and I were living separate lives doing hardcore and reggae music. We met each other in 1992 and then never spoke again until 2017. We created Fireburn within two weeks of knowing each other and finished writing two of my favorite hardcore records that I ever worked on: "Don't stop the youth", and "Shine". Closed casket records signed the band and we were on our way.

"We had great shows and lots of people showed up to them. We toured with GBH from England, hung out with the guys from Negative Approach, and got our blessings about our music and our records from the Bad Brains. I know that Todd is now resting in peace and I know that Krishna has taken his soul to a better place. He was a devout Hari Krishna and a devout human being.

"Todd wherever you are I hope that we will make music again one day. Life is a circle, and I know I'll meet you again in that circle brother. We will meet again. Rest In Peace, Rest In Power, rest my brother. I am saddened that we cannot make music again together in this world, but I am happy that you are finally going home to be with Krishna that Haile Selassie has finally giving you peace and comfort my brother.

"One day, I too will lay down and die. This body that I wear is temporary. I will probably be alone. There'll probably be no one around me. However I know that I will join you and all of our other friends in that good place, and we'll all see each other again. I'm sorry you died Todd. I'm sorry I can't see you again. I'm sorry I wasn't there to help you. You are my friend and my brother and I love you. Rest in peace my brother. May your visit to our Heavenly Home be full of peace, and comfort, and closeness to Krishna. Haribo. Haile Selassie I. FIREBURN." More...

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Manowar Guitarist Arrested Over Child Porn

Karl Logan, the fifty three year old guitar player for heavy metal legends Manowar, has been arrested in Charlotte, North Carolina and charged with six counts of third degree exploitation of a minor. His bail was set at $35,000 and has been posted. Currently, no further information has been revealed, though the arrest record can be seen at the Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office web site by clicking here.

Logan joined Manowar in 1994, replacing David Shankle on guitar and made his recording debut with the band on the "Louder Than Hell" album, which also marked the return of drummer Scott Columbus. In 2016, Manowar announced that they would be retiring after a final world tour dubbed "The Final Battle," which is currently scheduled to continue into next year.

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Laaz Rockit Bassist Passes Away

Longtime Laaz Rockit and Dublin Death Patrol bassist Willy Lange has passed away at the age of 57, his bandmates have confirmed, following a motorcycle accident. The bass player joined Laaz Rockit in 1983 and performed on the albums "City's Gonna Burn," "Stranger To Danger," "Know Your Enemy" and "Annihilation Principle" before the band broke up, but took part in their reunion, performing on their latest album, "Left For Dead," which was released in 2008. Tributes have been pouring in from the metal community including his bandmates and peers.

Lääz Rockit vocalist Michael Coons posted the following via Facebook: "In shock... the important thing is to honor Willy Langenhuizen and his family at this time... I will get back to all of you when I’m able to... too difficult right now to do so, please understand."

Willy's Dublin Death Patrol bandmate, Testament frontman Chuck Billy, wrote: "Today I lost my best friend Willy. You were the person I could always count on and I love you for that, I will never forget the wonderful times we shared, see you on the other side, my friend." More...

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Static X Announces Reformation

Static-X is back! Featuring the band's original lineup introduced on their 1999 platinum-selling debut full-length album, Wisconsin Death Trip, bassist Tony Campos, guitarist Koichi Fukuda and drummer Ken Jay have joined forces once again to release a new album, "Project Regeneration."

The album, set for release in spring 2019, will be released in conjunction with a world tour to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Wisconsin Death Trip. The band plans to perform the majority of their debut album at each show. Headline dates will serve as memorial events to honor late frontman Wayne Static, who passed away on November 1st, 2014. More information on the world tour and other dates will be coming soon. More...

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All That Remains Guitarist Passes Away

Springfield, Massachusetts based metal outfit All That Remains has posted a statement online, announcing that their guitarist and founding member Oli Herbert, has died suddenly. He was 44 years old. A message from the band reads as follows:

"We were devastated to learn that Oli Herbert, our friend, guitar player, and founding member of All That Remains, has passed away.

"Oli was an incredibly talented guitarist and song writer who defined Rock and Metal from the Northeast. His impact on the genres and our lives will continue indefinitely.

"No further details are available at this time. The band and family request that you please respect their privacy and remember Oli by celebrating the great music he made."

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Machine Head To Split Up

In a ten minute long video posted on Facebook, Machine Head frontman Robb Flynn has announced that the band will split up following a farewell tour. In the video, Flynn stated:

"I'll get right to it. On Monday night, Phil Demmel quit Machine Head and yesterday afternoon, Dave McClain quit Machine Head and Jared kinda quit but didn't know if he was quitting for sure. The tour is still going to go on. We have all agreed to make this a celebration of our music and this era of the band.

"We have grown apart as people. Musically we've grown apart. I have held on too tight to the reigns of this band and I have suffocated those guys. I have some rough edges, which have given us success as a band but they've also hurt the people around me. I have a lot of drive but I have a lot of anger and rage, which has alienated folks in the band. More...

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Public Sales Date For 70000TONS OF METAL Announced

70000TONS OF METAL™, The Original, The World’s Biggest Heavy Metal Cruise, has announced the Public Sales date and the first 28 of 60 bands for their ninth voyage, sailing January 31 - February 4, 2019, from Miami / Fort Lauderdale to beautiful Labadee and back.

Public Sales will begin on Wednesday, October 3, 2018, at 12:00 PM EDT.

Only 3,000 tickets will be sold. Prices start at USD 766.00 plus Taxes and Fees per person and includes on board accommodation, access to all performances, meals, and numerous special events including meet and greets with all bands on board.

Sales for 70000TONS OF METAL Survivors (festival goers who have attended the event before) began on September 5, 2018, so limited tickets remain. Visit 70000tons.com/booking to book your cabin before they are gone.

The first 28 of 60 bands that have been announced are: ACCEPT, ARKONA, CORONER, DARK FUNERAL, DELAIN, ELUVEITIE, ENSIFERUM, GLORYHAMMER, GOD DETHRONED, GRIM REAPER, HEIDEVOLK, IN VAIN, KALMAH, NE OBLIVISCARIS, NILE, OBITUARY, ONSLAUGHT, PERSEFONE, PESTILENCE, SOULFLY / MAX AND IGGOR CAVALERA RETURN TO ROOTS, SUBWAY TO SALLY, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, TIAMAT (WILDHONEY SHOW), TWILIGHT FORCE, UNLEASH THE ARCHERS, VISIONS OF ATLANTIS, VOMITORY, and WARBRINGER

As is customary for 70000TONS OF METAL, some of the bands will have very special performances on board: More...

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Motley Crue To Reunite For New Material

Glam metal legends Motley Crue, who bid farewell to their fans on December 31st 2015, will be getting back together soon to record four new songs, according to a Tweet sent by lead singer Vince Neil today. In the post, Neil stated:

"Exciting news! I’ll be going back in recording studio in a few weeks with the boys to record 4 brand new Mötley Crüe tracks! Rock On!!"

While no confirmation has been given by guitarist Mick Mars, drummer Tommy Lee or bass player Nikki Sixx, the latter two have recently been working with producer Bob Rock on material, which is rumoured to be for their biopic, "The Dirt," based on the book of the same name.

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Krokus Announces Farewell Tour

Swiss heavy metal legends Krokus has announced that they will be embarking on a headlining world tour, dubbed "Adios Amigos." The band has stressed that they will not be reuniting once the tour is done and have posted the following statement:

"Since 1975, Krokus stands for honest, handmade, quality power rock. No other Swiss Rock Band sells their albums and their back catalogue worldwide like Krokus. More than 15 million records sold, worldwide tours, gold and platinum in the US and Canada. Our Rock milestones can still be found today all across the globe from Australia to the USA, Mexico, Russia, even Japan and China. Krokus video clips are viewed millions of times on YouTube.

"In 1980, the triumphal march began throughout America, Canada and England. The band cemented their reputation and name as a strong, no-frills live band. Unforgettable headlining tours and on the same bills with great bands like AC / DC, Van Halen, Rush, Ted Nugent, Judas Priest, Motörhead, just to name a few. Wild times, big adventures, which brought the band, among other things, the honorary citizenship of Memphis Tennessee. Krokus were also the first Swiss band to sell-out the Hallenstadion, Zurich in 1982. More...

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Nasty Savage Bassist Passes Away

Florida thrash metal veterans Nasty Savage has announced that their bassist, Richard Bateman, suffered a heart attack and passed away on Wednesday, September 5th.

A message from the band states: "It is with deep sadness to announce Richard Bateman has passed away today. We are all devastated. God Bless his family, God Bless Richard Bateman. RIP Brother."

Guitarist David Austin issued the following statement: "My longtime friend Richard Bateman has passed away from a heart attack, absolutely devastated, extraordinary bass playing that he did with Nasty Savage especially Penetration Point, I can't even put it into words, absolutely devastated. I hope the metal community will surround his family with open arms and give them the comfort that they need at this moment and time, I'm completely shocked. Love you Richard may he rest in peace, genuine loving person and extraordinary bass player to say the least."

Bateman had four stints with the band, beginning in 1988 until the band's initial dissolution two years later. He returned in 1998, then again from 2002 until 2012, then finally returned in 2016.

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Behemoth Premiere New Song & Music Video

Behemoth premiere a new song and music video "Wolves Ov Siberia", taken from their upcoming new album "I Loved You At Your Darkest", which will be out in stores October 5 via Metal Blade Records.

Check out now "Wolves Ov Siberia" below.

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Former Skinlab Guitarist Glen Telford Dead

Skinlab reveal that their ex-guitarist Glen Telford passed away late past month. His cause of death was not disclosed, but the group posted the below statement on the matter via Facebook:

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Vinnie Paul’s Official Cause Of Death Determined

The Clark County Coroner has determined the official cause of death for late Pantera, HELLYEAH etc. drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott. The coroner has declared that Paul died in his sleep as the result of dilated cardiomyopathy, while severe coronary artery disease also played a part in his death as well.

Comments a representative of the family:

“Vincent Paul Abbott died from natural causes, specifically, dilated cardiomyopathy. Severe coronary artery disease was identified as a significant condition to the cause of death according to the official report submitted by the Clark County Coroner’s office. We ask that you please continue to respect the privacy of the family and friends of Vinnie Paul. No further statement will be issued.”

Vinnie Paul Abbott passed away on June 22nd, 2018 at the age of 54 in his Las Vegas home. He was laid to rest alongside his brother, late Pantera/Damageplan guitarist ‘Dimebag’ Darrell Abbott and his mother Carolyn at the Moore Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Arlington, Texas.

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We Came As Romans Singer Kyle Pavone Dead

Another sad news arrive from the We Came As Romans camp: The band announce that their vocalist Kyle Pavone has died at the age of 28. We Came As Romans took to Instagram to announce his passing, posting the below statement:

“Today music lost another great with the passing of Kyle Pavone of We Came as Romans. Kyle’s tragic loss came too early in his life and those of his bandmates. All are devastated by his passing. We will miss his smiles, his sincerity, his concern for others, and his impressive musical talent.

In lieu of flowers, we will be providing information regarding charity donations this coming week. The family and the band wish to thank their fans and the music community for all of their love and support as they navigate their grief. “’Will I Be Remembered or Will I Be Lost in Loving Eyes?'”

A cause of death has not been revealed yet. The below quote shared in We Came as Romans’ statement is a lyric taken from their song “Promise Me” and was also one of Pavone‘s final posts on his Twitter: More...

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Weedeater Drummer Carlos Denogean Dead

Weedeater announce the sad news that their touring drummer in recent years, Carlos Denogean, passed away yesterday, August 24th. No cause of death has been revealed so far. The band released the below statement:

“Hi everyone,

There is no easy way to say this. Our dear friend and bandmate Carlos Denogean passed away yesterday. It is with a heavy heart and intense sadness that we bring you this unfortunate news. He left this world far too soon and will be missed immensely by all of us.

Anyone that knew Carlos was enamored by his kindness and his warm personality. He was an incredibly talented musician and a real joy to be around. He brought something truly special to the band and we all loved working with him.

We simply cannot express how devastated we are by this loss. We don’t know any details at this time and we ask that you please leave us to grieve now along with Carlos‘ family. Thank you for all of your kind wishes. Cherish what you have while you have it.

– Weedeater“

Carlos Denogean's significant other, Puppie Buffé, comments: More...

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Public Celebration To Be Held For Jill Janus

A public celebration of life will be held at the Rainbow Bar & Grill this Friday, August 24th for late Huntress singer Jill Janus this week in West Hollywood, CA. Comments Huntress‘ Black Meahl, who was also romantically linked with Janus:

“Since Jill‘s departure, the amount of outreach and support from friends, fans and family has been absolutely incredible. It has been beyond heavy to see so many reminders of how she could be so talented and loved yet could feel so much pain and loneliness.

Let’s get together and celebrate her life and the importance that we still have each other. Expect a lot of whiskey and grown men crying.

Thank you Rafael & Roberto Mattey for the amazing artwork.”

Janus sadly took her own life at the age of 43 past Tuesday, August 14th.

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Huntress Frontwoman Jill Janus Dead

Huntress have shared the below official statement confirming that their singer Jill Janus took her own life this past Tuesday, August 14th. Says the band of her passing:

“It is with crushed hearts that we announce that Jill Janus—frontwoman for the California heavy metal band Huntress—passed away on Tuesday, August 14. A long-time sufferer of mental illness, she took her own life outside of Portland, Oregon. Janus spoke publicly about these challenges in hopes of guiding others to address and overcome their mental illness.

Janus was a truly special creative involved with numerous musical projects including her role as vocalist for female metal/hard rock cover bands TheStarbreakers and Chelsea Girls. In addition, Janus was co-composer and creator of an upcoming rock opera with Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s Angus Clark and had a decade-long career as NYC DJ Penelope Tuesdae. Her musical career began in childhood.

Beyond her accomplishments in the music world and her advocacy for mental health issues, she was a beautiful person passionate about her family, animal rescue and the world of natural medicine. She will be missed more than she could have ever known.

If you or someone you know might be at risk of suicide, Call 1-800-273-8255 to reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. It provides free and confidential support 24 hours a day, seven days a week for people in suicidal crisis or distress.”

Huntress guitarist Blake Meahl, has issued the below post regarding Jill Janus' death: More...

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Former Annihilator Frontman Passes Away

Randy Rampage, the founding vocalist of Canadian punk band D. O. A. and twice singer for heavy metal legends Annihilator, has passed away at the age of 58. No cause of death has been revealed as of yet. The news was broken by the page of the documentary film, Bloodied But Unbowed, which focused on a number of punk figures including Rampage, who posted the following message:

“Tonight sometime after 7 PM Randy Rampage left us to reign in the heavens. A punk legend has moved on. And because he shared himself with you, please share a moment and think of Randy Desmond Archibald aka Rampage. We love you Randy.”

Rampage featured on two Annihilator albums, including the classic 1989 release, "Alice In Hell" before leaving the band on the promotional tour, returning nine years later and recording the album, "Criteria For A Black Widow," before leaving once more to reunite with D. O. A.

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Suffocation Announces Last Tour With Frank Mullen

New York death metal pioneers Suffocation have announced dates for their final North American tour with original vocalist Frank Mullen. This historic trek will take place this upcoming October / November and see the band joined by misanthropic gore grinders Cattle Decapitation, Brazilian death metal legends Krisiun, and Swedish tech-death sensations Soreption.

Mullen went on to issue the following statement:
"Hello my friends - so this is it, after 30 years of being a part of this amazing band, which I have had the opportunity to tour the world and bring our music to the sickest fans on the planet, it has come to this time - I bid you a farewell.

"I would like to thank first and foremost, all of my brothers in Suffocation who I have shared the stage with over the years. We have had the sickest of times on the road, and recorded some of the sickest fucking music the planet has ever heard. Secondly I want to thank ALL OUR FANS AND FRIENDS WORLDWIDE, who have helped make this journey possible by supporting us unconditionally. None of this would have been possible without you. So in closing, I will miss you all. This has been the craziest ride of my life and I would not change a thing! Until we meet up again take care, stay brutal and I look forward to the next chapter.

"But before I take my final step off the stage, to give back to all of you who have supported, me and the boys are going to head out on the DEATH CHOPPING NORTH AMERICA tour. Along with some insane support acts including Cattle Decapitation, Krisiun, and Soreption! I hope to see you all for one last ride across North America. Stay brutal."

Tickets go on sale Friday, August 10th at www.suffocationofficial.com.

Confirmed dates are as follows: More...

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