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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.

Comment former bandmates and family members of Calvert of his passing:

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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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Immolation's European Atonement Tour Soon To Start

Immolation shared the below tour trailer for their upcoming "European Atonement Tour" that starts in less than two weeks. The death metal icons from Yonkers, NYC are looking forward to sharing the stage with their friends Full of Hell, Monument of Misanthropy & Azarath. Omophagia & Stortregn will be also joining the trek as opening acts.

Check out all dates below: More...

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Slayer Share Episode I Of Retrospective Web Series

With Slayer set to call it quits following one final world tour, the group have begun a series of videos looking back on their 37 year career. The first episode in that series focuses on the Slayer's early days and can be streamed below.

Among their final round of touring is this North American tour with Lamb Of God, Anthrax, Behemoth and more: More...

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Actress Accuses Manson Of Sexual Harassment

Marilyn Manson has had a turbulent few months. First starting a feud with Justin Bieber, then announcing Johnny Depp would possibly join his band. Then he had to cancel nine shows on his tour because he injured himself when a prop fell on him. The seemingly infinite series of mishaps continues with the firing of his bassist, Twiggy Ramierez, after sexual assault allegations were made against his bassist. Past week, he had a meltdown on stage and left, just a few songs in.

Now actress/comedienne Charlyne Yi, was responding to news of Marilyn Manson's onstage meltdown, telling past Saturday (Feb. 17) in a since deleted tweet:

"Ugh, don't even get me started on Marilyn Manson. Yes this happened a long time ago -- on the last season of House, he came on set to visit because he was a huge fan of the show and he harassed just about every woman asking us if we were going to scissor, rhino & called me a China man."

Adding:

"I genuinely hope he gets help."

In a follow-up tweet, Charlyne Yi stated: More...

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Judas Priest's Tipton Diagnosed w/ Parkinson's

10 years ago, Judas Priest guitarist Glenn Tipton was diagnosed with the access of the early stages of Parkinson's disease. Nevertheless the 70-year-old heavy metal veteran has lived his life as the great live guitarist he has always been known for.

At present, Tipton is able to perform some of the less challenging Judas Priest tracks, but due to the nature of Parkinson's progression, he wants to let the fans know that he won't be touring with the band for the time being. Glenn Tipton has requested Judas Priest producer and Hell guitarist Andy Sneap to step in for him.

Says Glenn: "I want everyone to know that it's vital that the Judas Priest tour go ahead and that I am not leaving the band - it's simply that my role has changed. I don't rule out the chance to go on stage as and when I feel able to blast out some Priest! So at some point in the not-too-distant future, I'm really looking forward to seeing all of our wonderful metal maniacs once again."

States the band: More...

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Judas Priest Premiere New Song “Firepower”

Judas Priest debut the below stream of the title track to their new album “Firepower“, which is headed for a March 09th release date via Columbia Records.

Check it out below:

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Former Suffocation Guitarist Diagnosed With Cancer

Former Suffocation guitarist Guy Marchais has been diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, a type of cancer in the blood which attacks the immune system in the body and lymph nodes. A fundraiser has been set up for him, on which a statement reads:

"On January 19th, 2018, we found out that Guy Marchais was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Hodgkin’s Lymphoma is a blood cancer effecting the body’s immmune system and lymph nodes. This comes just 80 days after his niece was diagnosed with the same exact thing. Although not genetic, lighting struck twice in our family. I’m calling to everyone to donate what you can. Even with health insurance, bills are piling up in the thousands. There are many more tests to be done before starting his treatment plan on February 5th, which includes chemo and possibly radiation. Our family is struggling and could really use your help."

To donate to this campaign, click here

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Former Judas Priest Drummer Dies Aged 69

As first reported by Spanish newspaper El Progreso, Dave Holland the former drummer of Trapeze and perhaps more notably Judas Priest, has passed away at the age of 69. No cause of death has been confirmed. Holland was a co-founder of the hard rock band Trapeze along with musicians such as Glen Hughes before joining Judas Priest in the summer of 1979, making his recording debut on the classic album, "British Steel" and stuck with the group for ten years before leaving for personal reasons and was replaced by Racer X drummer Scott Travis.

His legacy was marred when in 2004, he was sentenced to eight years in prison for attempted rape and indecent assault against a vulnerable seventeen year old who he had been teaching drums, though he always maintained his innocence. He moved to Spain after his release and died at the Hospital Universitario Lucus Augusti in Lugo, Spain.

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