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Savatage Reunion Show Set For Wacken 2015

Promoters for the Wacken Open Air Festival announced that Trans-Siberian Orchestra will be performing live on stage at Wacken 2015, followed immediately by a Savatage reunion gig that will mark the band's first live performance in over a decade. Furthermore, these appearances are the only live appearances for both bands in Europe during 2015.

Guitarist Chris Caffery proudly proclaimed in his Facebook post: "I am extremely happy to make this post! Today our friends at the Wacken festival announced that Savatage will be finally playing again! Wacken 2015! Both Savatage and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra will make an appearance! Savatage will close the festival that night following #TSO's first ever European festival appearance! I have been waiting for then to announce this for a a few weeks! It was hard to keep it a secret! Yes Legion...our patience has finally paid off...Savatage will play again next summer!"

In addition, Running Wild will return to the stage after playing the farewell performance in 2009 before recently returning with two studio releases ("Shadowmaker" and "Resilent").

Other band named in the first wave of acts are: In Flames, In Extremo, U.D.O. (Special Orchestra show), Sabaton, Amorphis (Special "Tales from the Thousand Lakes" show), Death Angel, Powerwolf, Ensiferum, Kataklysm, Cannibal Corpse, Sepultura and Thyrfing.

The pre-sale starts in the night from Sunday, August 3rd to Monday, August 4th at Midnight (German time) (6:00pm EST) – exclusively at Metaltix.com. As always, the first offer is the 10,000 limited X-Mas Tickets. The X-Mas tickets will be available for 150€ + 10€ pre-sale fee and will be delivered together with one of the limited W:O:A X-Mas T-Shirts! Every customer can order up to 2 X-Mas tickets. More...

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Wintersun Frontman Explains New Album Delay

After the long wait for "Time I" (reviewed here) to finally be released, fans have been left hanging again waiting for the follow-up "Time II." Now Wintersun's Jari Mäenpää has issued the following statement online about the reasons behind the delay:

"Reality update about crowd funding, TIME II and future albums. I´m very happy to see that we have so much dedicated fans that would be willing to pledge and be a part of funding a studio for Wintersun, so I could make the next Wintersun album without it taking another 10 years again.

"I´ve been thinking about this Kickstarter/Pledge crowd funding thing for a while and I´m very confident now that there is enough of you guys that would help us raise the money for the Wintersun studio! This would give me the freedom to make music efficiently and nonstop. It would eliminate lot of the problems I´ve struggled with all my life and still continue to struggle everyday. For example right now I need a studio to reamp guitars for TIME II. And not just any studio, my own studio where I can craft my sounds exactly like I want them. 3rd party studios have never worked for me and I´ve never gotten satisfactory results for the insane prices they charge.

"I live in a small shitty apartment building and I have neighbors. It is very very hard to work like this. I can´t record vocals, I can´t practice my singing, I can´t record guitars, I can´t record guitars even with modelling amps, because the electricity is so bad in this shitty building so I get lots of interference, I even play and practice the electric guitar acoustically without an amp 99% of the time in my home, I can´t record drums or basically any acoustic instruments, I don´t have the room or cool space for a big computer farm which is a must for the orchestrations for the next album (the place is too small and hot even for the one computer I have), I can´t mix properly, ´cause the room is so bad and there´s always ambient noise in and outside the building. That´s why I usually turn my sleeping rhythm around and mix at nights, but that causes problems in my everyday life. I can´t do pretty much anything properly in this situation. Building a professional studio for Wintersun would erase all this and give us the freedom to make music nonstop. It would upgrade our album sound significantly and most importantly speed up the album making process significantly. This would even raise our live game. With proper preproduction, able to tweak our live sounds and setup properly we would sound pretty incredible live. We would also be able to rehearse more and that would allow us to be able to play live more often and come to places where we normally have not been able to come. The studio would allow us to have more time for everything. More...

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God Dethroned Reunites For 70,000 Tons Of Metal

Three years after the farewell performance on board 70,000 Tons of Metal in January 2012, UMC, promoters of the World's Largest Metal Cruise, announced that the newly reformed God Dethroned will be on board the Liberty of the Seas in 2015.

Frontman Henri Sattler commented: "In early 2011, I was facing two options: one was to announce a break, and the other option was to quit the band. I definitely needed time away from it all, and having a break wasn’t reassuring enough to know if I would be able to recharge the batteries for another go.

"Oddly enough it was at the funeral of the man who discovered us in the first place that I came to realize the story wasn’t finished yet. So here we go again. Don’t think you will be able to see us playing every club for weekends on end. We will only play a small selection of shows and this won’t happen before 2015. Besides that, the core of the band will consist of only Michiel and myself. We’ll have some cool guest musicians lined up, though, to make sure we’ll give you the best performance possible.

"Last but not least, our first shows will be where we played our last ones three years ago. Our rebirth will happen on board 70000TONS OF METAL 2015. See you on board!”

The world's largest metal cruise casts off on Thursday, January 22, 2015 from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida with a stop at Ocho Rios, Jamaica, returning on Tuesday, January 26, 2015 aboard a new ship, Liberty of the Seas (via Royal Caribbean), which will accommodate four stages. The All-Star Jam band will be back this coming January, which features members from the various acts aboard performing cover tunes live. There will also be two hot tubs on the pool deck stage.

The Jeff Waters run "All-Star Jam," which was absent from the 2014 edition, will return in 2015 as "Jamming With Waters in International Waters." This is how it will go down: Waters will assemble the line-up and compile a list of songs. Then the fans will vote later this year for which of these songs will be played!

All the information on the festival, along with booking information can be found at 70000tons.com.

God Dethroned joins previously announced bands below, with 33 bands still to be announced:

Alestorm
Annihilator
Apocalyptica
Arch Enemy
Behemoth
Blind Guardian
Cannibal Corpse
Chimaira
D.A.D.
Ensiferum
Equilibrium
Grave Digger
Heathen
In Extremo
Kataklysm
Korpiklaani
Lake of Tears
Michael Schenker's Temple of Rock
Napalm Death
Origin
Primal Fear
Tank
Therion
Threshold
Triosphere
Xentrix More...

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Marduk Will Not Be Joining Deicide On Tour

Yesterday it was announced that Marduk would be joining Deicide on tour with Carach Angren and Septicflesh, and a tour poster (available below) was released showing Marduk's name.

However Marduk has now stated the band was never confirmed for the tour and will not be appearing. The group's Facebook page was updated with this announcement:

"It has come to our attention that a tour with Deicide and Marduk has been announced. This was unfortunately an error, seeing as we already declined this offer. As to why this was broadcast in the first place we can but speculate, but most likely it’s a case of miscommunication." More...

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Brutal Fest 2014 Cancelled

It appears the Brutal Fest has been cancelled, with several bands posting messages online stating the event is cancelled and they weren't ever paid. A sampling of posts can be seen below.

Dawn of Demise: "Brutal Fest has been cancelled. The promoter is a lying bastard cuntfuck idiot loser who has stolen peoples money and so on. Aborted and Aeon have also cancelled, and if you look at their updates you can see that they also are pretty pissed..."

Aborted: "Due to the unprofessional and fraudulent acts of the promoter of brutal fest. Aborted officially cancel our appearance at this event. We hope the promoter gets what he deserves and everyone who bought tickets get their money back. See you all in Aarschot with Exhumed and Origin this November instead!"

Aeon: "Due to an unprofessional and fraudulent act of the promotor AeoN is canceling the show at Brutal Fest in Hasselt. We really hope that everyone who has bought a ticket will get the money back. See you all on the Cannibal Corpse tour."

The festival's official Facebook profile was recently updated with the following message:

"Dear [eople, as you have heard recently Brutal Fest 2014 will be cancelled.

"I can't continue any longer with this event due medical reasons and that's probably the main reason for the cancellation.

"There are a lot of speculations / gossip / lies said the last days in the social media but also in the newspapers. It doesn't mean that something is written in a newspaper that it is automatically true.

"Tickets: We received some messages about tickets that where never arrived. People who bought a ticket normally received a mail with more information about a cash back.

"We (I am) (are) sincerely sorry for the mistakes that were made. People with questions can send a mail to:brutalfestzonhoven@hotmail.be." More...

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Pestilence Calling It Quits

Dutch death metal outfit Pestilence broke up in 1994 and reunited back in 2008 to release a succession of three full-length albums: "Resurrection Macabre," "Doctrine," and "Obsideo."

After that three album run, band leader Patrick Mameli has now announced Pestilence is once again disbanding. He comments:

"As of now, Pestilence is no longer active in recording new material. As a matter of fact, it's on a permanent hold, as I want to concentrate fully on my new project Necromorph.

"The style will be more brutal, more crazy, more tech, more futuristic and more death. I'm pretty sure all my fans will dig this! Please don't be sad about Pestilence. We've been holding the Pest flag strong for 25 years and we feel it's now done. I thank all my fans for being there and supporting us all the way.

"If there is any interest in Pestilence doing old school shows in the future, me and Patrick Uterwijk, will surely think about the options. I thanks all the Pestilence members since '86 for their musical talent and input.

"HAILZ TO THE FANS, we all love you. Now, let's give birth to NECROMORPH!" More...

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Varg Vikernes Sentenced For Inciting Racial Hatred

After escaping charges last year for allegedly attempting to incite a massacre, Varg Vikernes has now been sentenced for inciting racial hatred in France.

TheLocal.no reports Vikernes has been fined the equivalent of ten thousand dollars and given a suspended prison sentence. Excerpts from the article are available below.

Video from outside the courtroom at the start of the trial several days ago can also be seen after the jump, courtesy of Ruptly TV.

A French court Tuesday slapped a six-month suspended sentence and an €8,000 ($10,000) fine on a Norwegian heavy metal musician accused of inciting racial hatred in his blogs. Kristian Vikernes, 41, was not present in court and neither was his lawyer as the verdict was delivered. He has denied posting racist blogs and said they were written by someone else.

Vikernes was arrested in July last year in France's central Correze region on suspicion of plotting terrorist attacks but was released after 48 hours due to lack of evidence. He was however charged with inciting racial hatred and defending war crimes on his blog. Police allegedly found racist and anti-Semitic material on his computer as well.

Vikernes had told the court he was not the author of the blogs and said a possible misunderstanding could have arisen because he communicated through a Danish interpreter when he was briefly held in custody last year. Ten excerpts from the blogs written between March and June 2013 that attack Muslims and Jews were presented as evidence in court.

Burzum's latest album "The Days of Yore" was released last month, which follows the 2013 album "Sôl austan, Mâni vestan" and 2012 release "Umskiptar" (reviewed here). More...

Read the full article at The Local.

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Acaro Calling It Quits

Massachusetts metal outfit Acaro has issued the following announcement about deciding to call it quits:

"It is with a heavy heart that we announce the end of Acaro as an active band. Life has taken us to different paths making it impossible to keep writing music together and tour.

"We are a family and we fully support each other’s decisions. There is absolutely nothing but love and friendship between us. We will be booking one last show for the foreseeable future and it will be announced shortly.

"It’s impossible to put our feelings into words… all we can say is THANK YOU all for being part of our family and rocking out, headbanging, dancing and hanging out with us at our shows.

"We will carry those memories with us forever. We love you and our gratitude toward you is endless." More...

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Faith No More Performs New Tracks Live

At the British Summer Time Festival in London's Hyde Park, Faith No More performed two new tracks live, apparently titled "Motherfucker" and "Leader of Men."

Footage of the show, including the set-ending song "We Care A Lot," has been posted online and can be seen below, courtesy of YouTube user Joe Page. Give the new tracks a listen and let us know: do they stand up to classic Faith No More tracks off "Album of the Year" and "Angel Dust?"

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Knotfest 2014 Lineup Announced

Slipknot - which is currently wrapping up work on a new album - is set to return to the U.S. with the Knotfest, a three-day metal and heavy music destination festival to be held October 24th - 26th at San Manuel Amphitheater & Campgrounds in San Bernardino, CA.

The Knotfest 2014, powered by Rockstar Energy Drink, will feature a Slipknot-curated lineup of over 60 bands performing on five stages on Saturday and Sunday, as well as a Friday night VIP pre-party bash, band performances, and other activities for those that purchase VIP or camping packages.

The weekend will feature performances from Slipknot, Danzig, Five Finger Death Punch, Volbeat, Anthrax, Killswitch Engage, Tech N9ne, Of Mice & Men, Black Label Society, Testament, Hatebreed, Atreyu, In This Moment, Carcass and many more. A list of artists performing each day is available now at this location.

Slipknot will close the Main Stage both Saturday and Sunday, with unique sets each night, featuring brand new music and an entirely new stage set and experience. In addition, all ticket purchasers will receive a digital copy of Slipknot’s forthcoming album, to be delivered on its release date.

“Knotfest is a chance for Slipknot to bring the sensory-overload of a wild European festival--and now we're coming for you, California,” says Slipknot’s M. Shawn Crahan (Clown). "Playing two different sets over two nights at one location is a new experience in the history of this band. This year’s Knotfests in the U.S. and Japan are going to be on another level." More...

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Visceral Disgorge Guitarist Passes Away

Baltimore death metal outfit Visceral Disgorge issued the following announcement about band member Steve Rosenzweig passing away:

"It is with the deepest regret that I have to inform everyone in this manner - Visceral Disgorge guitarist/key composer/original member Steve Rosenzweig was found dead this morning.

"We are not at liberty to discuss any details regarding his untimely death. I will try to post information on his viewing/funeral for those of you that knew Steve.

"This news came to a shock to all of us in the band and to his friends in the Baltimore death metal community.

"The remaining members are getting together tonight to mourn his passing and to discuss if we should carry on as a band. You will be missed greatly brother." More...

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Exodus Reunites With Steve "Zetro" Souza

The American thrash metal legends in Exodus announced they have parted company with vocalist Rob Dukes, who recorded three albums with the veterans since joining in 2005, following the band's bitter second split with Souza. A statement from Exodus guitarist Gary Holt reads as follows:

"As a band, we all had to make a very difficult choice to part ways with Rob Dukes. We have nothing but love and admiration for him and the deepest gratitude for the hard work he has put in and the great work on some killer records. But at this time, Tom, Lee, Jack and myself thought a change was necessary and the unanimous choice going forward was to welcome back Steve Souza to the fold!"

Souza added: "I spent a great part of my life with Exodus, that blood flows through me, even not being in the band for the past 10 years, you can’t erase that chemistry. I’m very excited!"

Since leaving Exodus in 2005, Steve Souza has kept busy with such projects as Dublin Death Patrol and Hatriot. Exodus are currently working on their eleventh studio album, which will be the sixth to feature the returning vocalist.

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Randy Coven Passes Away At 54

Bassist Randy Coven, who has worked with Steve Vai, Yngwie Malmsteen, Ark, Holy Mother and Vitalij Kuprij, passed away on Tuesday, May 20th. A statement released by the Coven family reads:

"It is with deepest and great sorrow, We must inform you our beloved Randy passed away on Tuesday. Services will be held at Mt Ararat cemetery on Thursday at 1.15pm."

Coven grew up in Long Island, New York around the same period as Vai and Joe Satriani. He later roomed with Vai at Berklee College of Music, before forming the band Morning Thunder. In addition to his work on albums such as Ark's "Burn the Sun" (2001), MCM's "Ritual Factory" (2004), Vitalij Kuprij's "Revenge" (2005) and "Glacial Inferno" (2007) and appearing on Yngwie Malmsteen's "Live in Korea" in 2009, Coven released three solo albums, the latest of which was "Witch Way" in 2002.

Jorn Lande (ex-MasterPlan), who worked with Coven in Ark, posted the following about Coven on his official Facebook page: "My old friend Randy Coven passed away on 20th of May. He was only 54! Unfortunately, I didn't get to hook up with Randy after we worked together some years ago, we were both keeping busy and time just flew by. I'm proud to have known and worked with Randy. He was such a funny and talented man, and his great sense of humor gave us many good laughs. His efforts on the Ark album "Burn the sun" speaks for itself. John, Mats, Tore, Randy and myself really created some magic together. My thoughts go to his family and friends. RIP"

The cause of death has not been revealed. More...

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Behemoth Detained In Russia

Second Update: the band has now reportedly been released and returned to Poland. Get the details over here.

Update: the band's Facebook page has now posted this message (translated from Polish): "Looks like it's going to be a normal arrest. They'll take our phones soon. At 9am we'll have a court case, then a judgement and maybe a deportation."

A post on the Behemoth Facebook page from Nergal has stated the band is being detained in Russia due to some sort of visa problem. A translation of his statement reads:

"We've been stopped by the immigration services for 'wrong visas'. When I said that we will not move an inch from the club without someone from the polish embassy, they threatened to force us out. They took us in a bus, accompanied by 10 officers, to the building of Federal Migration Service.

"We tried to reach polish embassy in Jekaterinburg but no one is answering the phone. If possible - please copy this message and pass it everywhere you can. We may expect a multihour hearing. The concert is off for sure. The only thing we want is to get back to the hotel safely and then - to Poland. No matter how hard we try - we cannot pass it all. Regards."

This is just the latest in a string of misfortunes for the band, whose front man Noergal was previously put on trial for tearing up a Bible on stage during a concert. Nergal also recently beat leukemia and recovered to full health.

Behemoth's latest album "The Satanist" (reviewed here) was one of our most anticipated releases of the year and is out now.

And for those of you who are native Polish speakers, here's the original untranslated text:

"zostalismy zatrzymani przez sluzby imigracyjne pod pretekstem zlych wiz. Kiedy powiedzialem, ze nie ruszymy sie z klubu bez obecnosci kogos z polskiej ambasady zagrozili ze wywioza nas sila. Zabrali nas busem w towarzystwie ok 10 funkcjonariuszy do gmachu FMS (federal migration service). Próbowalismy sie dodzwonic do polskiej ambasady w ekaterinburgu ale nikt nie odbiera. Jesli mozna prosze skopiowac ta wiadomosc i podzielic sie nia wszedzie gdzie sie da. Teraz czeka nas pewnie wielogodzinne przesluchanie. Koncert sie na pewno nie odbedzie. Teraz juz tylko chcemy spokojnie wrócic do hotelu i w dalszej kolejnosci do Polski... Glowa tego muru nie rozbijemy. Pozdr."

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Tim Lambesis Reportedly Sentenced To Six Years

Radio.com is reporting that Tim Lambesis has been given a six year sentence after attempting to hire an undercover law enforcement officer to murder his wife. The site reports:

Tim Lambesis, singer for San Diego metal band As I Lay Dying, was sentenced today (May 16) to six years in prison in a San Diego Superior Courtroom for attempting to hire a hit man to kill his wife. Judge Carlos Armour handed down the sentencing.

Last February, Lambesis threw himself on the mercy of the court by pleading guilty to the felony charge of soliciting the murder of his wife of eight years, Meggan Lambesis.

The verdict was handed down as the singer’s ex-bandmates Nick Hipa, Phil Sgrosso and Josh Gilbert looked on. Spilling into the section typically reserved for the defense, many of Meggan’s more than three dozen supporters adorned small yellow felt hearts pinned to their shirts to make their sentiments known.

In other news, the remaining members of the band have teamed up with a member of Oh, Sleeper to form new project Wovenwar. Check out the first single at this location.

Read the full article at Radio.com.

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Alien Creator H.R. Giger Passes Away

Multiple worldwide news outlets are reporting that Swiss artist H.R. Giger, who designed the creature in Ridley Scott's sci-fi horror classic "Alien," and best known in the metal circles as the man who created such iconic artwork that adorned the covers of such classic albums as Celtic Frost's "To Mega Therion" and most recently Triptykon's "Melana Chasmata," has died at age 74 from injuries suffered in a fall on Monday, his museum reported Tuesday.

Giger's works often showed macabre scenes of humans and machines fused into hellish hybrids, and the style influenced a generation of movie directors and inspired an enduring fashion for "biomechanical" tattoos.

Giger worked as a set designer for Hollywood, contributing to such hit movies as "Species," 'Poltergeist II," 'Dune," and most famously "Alien," the design of which won the 1979 Academy Award for special effects. More...

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Opeth Single Release Pushed Back

Update: Roadrunner and Opeth have now released a statement about the delay and announced the album is being pushed back to August. Check it out right here.

In a press release sent out last month by Roadrunner Records, it was announced that "Cusp of Eternity" - the first single off Opeth's new album "Pale Communion" - would be released along with album pre-order info on May 6th, 2014.

Obviously that date has come and passed without the single coming online, and fans are not happy about it. Every post on the Roadrunner Records Facebook page is filled with dozens of not-so-nice comments from Opethians (and I'd say it's a good bet none of them are buying that Black Stone Cherry album RR keeps posting about....) that range from "I always did dislike your company. I'm sure this type of crap dosen't happen with Nickelback" to threats to pirate the album when it is released, on to amusing Opeth lyric references like "I don't know how or why, and I'll never know WHEN..."

There's been no official statement yet from either Roadrunner or Opeth, but rumors are circling that the original June 17th release date for "Pale Communion" is being pushed back to the end of the Summer. Stay tuned for further details when an official announcement is made available.

Are you looking forward to the new album, and what you think of the lead single being pushed back without an explanation? More...

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Summer Slaughter 2014 Lineup Announced

The 8th annual Summer Slaughter Tour, presented by IndieMerchStore.com, runs from July 17th through August 10th.

This year's edition features Morbid Angel, Dying Fetus, The Faceless, Thy Art Is Murder, Goatwhore, Origin, Decrepit Birth, Within The Ruins, and Fallujah.

The tour will stop at The House of Blues in Los Angeles on July 19th and Irving Plaza in New York on August 8th with VIP ticketing currently available now for both shows. Look for the complete list of tourdates to be announced in the coming weeks.

David Vincent (vocals/bass) of Morbid Angel states: "Summer Slaughter will be the ultimate, extreme music festival this year and we look forward to headlining this special touring event. It will be great to see our long-time fans and also to expose a new generation to Morbid Angel."

Ash Avildsen (founder of the Summer Slaughter tour) adds: "Eight years strong. Extreme metal lives! Thank you for keeping the tour alive. See you this Summer." More...

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AC/DC Splits With Malcolm Young, Band To Continue

During the last few days rumors have been swirling the web that AC/DC would finally be hanging up its hat and calling it quits. Now the band has issued the following brief announcement about parting ways with Malcolm Young and continuing on with new music:

"After forty years of life dedicated to AC/DC, guitarist and founding member Malcolm Young is taking a break from the band due to ill health. Malcolm would like to thank the group’s diehard legions of fans worldwide for their never-ending love and support.

"In light of this news, AC/DC asks that Malcolm and his family’s privacy be respected during this time. The band will continue to make music."

Stay turned for further statements from the band. AC/DC was also previously covered in the "Monsters of Rock" edition of our Sunday Old School column here.

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Former Korn Guitarist Passes Away

Shane Gibson - who left his touring position with Korn in 2010 to pursue his solo project stOrk - has passed away. The stOrk Facebook page was updated with this message:

"It is with deepest sadness and regret that we must confirm that stOrk founding member and lead guitarist Shane Paul Gibson passed away at 5:45 AM on April 15th, 2014 in the UAB Hospital in Birmingham, Alabama as a result of complications from a blood clotting disorder.

"He was 35 years old. He was one of the best guitar players the world has ever known and his virtuosity was matched only by his wit and generosity of spirit. He will be missed beyond measure.

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and all those who loved him as much as we did." More...

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