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U.K. folk metal band Northern Oak just issued the following statement online about deciding to call it day:
"Northern Oak has been an incredible experience, having toured across the UK and created music that has gone beyond borders, delighting ears as far as Australia and Japan. None of this could have happened without your help, for which we are eternally grateful.
"2016 will mark the 10 year anniversary of the band, but it is the last 5 years with the current members which have been the defining line up for the band, and we feel that the different musical backgrounds of the current members has been one of our key strengths. Sadly it has come to a stage where not all members are able to continue, and so we have taken the decision to disband in 2016.
"We will be performing a farewell tour across February and March to celebrate what has been a glorious journey and we hope to see friends, old and new, there one last time. Thank you once again for all your support and we hope you enjoy listening to our music for a long time to come."
Friday 26th February - Old Angel, Nottingham W/ Old Corpse Road + Red Rum + Raptorgeist
Saturday 27th February - Black Heart, London W/ Old Corpse Road + Eibon La Furies
Saturday 5th March - Corporation, Sheffield W/ Old Corpse Road + Eibon La Furies More...
Ready to rage all over again about the lack of metal knowledge in the Grammy awards? It's that time of year again...
If you aren't familiar with this amusing setup, there isn't actually a "best metal album" or "best metal song" category.
Instead, the Grammy's feature a token "best metal performance" nomination that typically involves a bunch of mainstream rock bands and one or two metal groups.
This year's nominees surprisingly actually include some metal bands, but of course only those that are most well known. The 2016 Grammy nominees for "Best Metal Performance" are: More...
Update: The members of Stone Temple Pilots have now released a statement regarding Scott's death. Read it over here.
According to TMZ.com, former Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver singer Scott Weiland was found dead on his tour bus in Minnesota.
A source connected to Scott's band The Wildabouts says Weiland was found on the band's tour bus Thursday night around 9 pm, shortly before the The Wildabouts' live set at the Medina Ballroom. He was 48.
Stone Temple Pilots fired Weiland in 2013 after reuniting with him in 2010 for a series of tours and one self-titled album. The band had previously been on hiatus since 2002, primarily due to the singer's struggles with drugs and alcohol. The band then recruited new vocalist Chester Bennington.
Remember when Chthonic started a political party? Turns out something's actually coming of that.
"Using music to change the world" is a slogan that appears often in the history of rock, however, in Taiwan, a man is turning it into reality: Chthonic lead vocalist Freddy Lim is traveling the road of music to parliament. Oon December 26th, a Formosa Defenders outdoor concert will be held in place of a campaign rally.
Formed in 1995, the Taiwanese band Chthonic, now under the Universal Music/Spinefarm Records banner, features a blend of unique oriental melody and heavy metal music. Chthonic has released eight albums recounting stories of struggles against authoritarian repression that have touched fans around the globe. The band's lyrics have historically focused on accounts of the country's inhabitants fighting against repressive regimes in history that textbooks refused to tell in addition to their public displays of support for social movements and human rights activities, including last year's Sunflower Movement and this year's student protests against the Ministry Of Education's adjustments in high school curriculum guidelines.
Beyond Chthonic, Lim also serves as the lead vocalist of a band that he formed with former Megadeth guitarist Marty Friedman, Metal Clone X, which has released two albums in Taiwan and Japan. Lim has also organized two of the most well known music festivals -- the Formoz Festival and Megaport Festival -- with participation from the likes of Muse, Megadeth, and Moby and was behind the Say Yes To Taiwan and With Justice We Cure This Nation concerts that focused on public issues such as transitional justice. More...
Echoing previous black metal schisms like the Gorgoroth disaster, Immortal recently split into two entities, with Abbath going his own way in a self-titled project while Demonaz and Horgh continued on with the Immortal name.
After the Immortal trademark case was closed by Patentstyret (Norway’s Patent Office) in November 2015, Demonaz and Horgh can finally share their side of the story for the first time. They comment:
"The conflict was not about anyone leaving the band as Abbath claimed. It was all about his personal problems. He had cancelled rehearsals and ruined the band’s progress for a very long time. We were forced to confront him about it.
"Abbath recently told Australian website TheMusic.com.au that we wanted things solely on our own timetable and that we claimed he needed rehab.
"The band had to reschedule rehearsals all the time because of him. Even then, he did not show up. He told the band, friends, and family that he needed to go to rehab again. He had got help from a clinic before. We offered to wait for him to recover this time also. Sadly he changed his decision.
"Instead of trying to solve his problems, he went behind our back and secretly applied for a trademark ownership of the bands logo and name. It was hard to believe that his problems had led him to such a point. More...
Currently on the road in Europe (and not cancelling any dates after the recent terrorist attacks in France), Fear Factory has unfortunately had a run of bad luck in Germany. The band had this to say about a bus crash this morning:
"We just left Aschaffenburger Germany heading our way to Munich and we were just involved in a bus crash! Everyone is OK just a little shaken up. It doesn't help when it's 4:30 am and snowing outside!"
It's not clear yet if any dates will be cancelled or postponed at this point, and you can find a list of upcoming European shows right here.
It's almost Black Friday again (which for many stores has essentially just become "Black Month" as the sales start earlier and employees are expected to work all Thanksgiving) and you might not think that matters to metalheads, but many of the labels actually jump on that bandwagon.
Best of all - you don't have to go to a store at four in the morning to get these deals.
The holiday / Thanksgiving / Christmas sales are already ramping up through the various online distros, so if you're looking for new music on a budget, these heavy metal Black Friday deals will help you find new tunes.
This is just the start though, so check back in each day as we add in more deals.
Specifically look for Amazon to launch something big soon, as that online juggernaut usually does $5 albums that rotate out each day. If you know of any metal sales that aren't listed below, be sure to leave a comment and we'll get it added.
And it's here - the Amazon $5 digital album sale arrives! Grab digital copies of music from Megadeth, Rage Against The Machine, Veil of Maya, Slayer, and more in rotating deals on full-length albums.
Most of the stock on the Nuclear Blast America shop - CDs, vinyl, shirts, etc. - are on sale for the "Blackest Friday," up to 45% off.
The Razorback Records webstore is offering 25% off your order if you buy at least $10 worth of music through November 30th.
The Thanksgiving Week Sale is now going at the Facedown Records web store with albums on sale for as little as $1.
Bullet Tooth is offering vinyl bundles on discount, ranging from $15 - $50 and featuring music from Earth Crisis, Memphis May Fire, Ritual, and more.
The Omega Order is offering 25% off a large selection of death metal, gore grind, and grindcore discs this week.
Comatose Music has an ongoing sale where you get a free CD of $10 or less if you buy three CDs totaling $30 - the deal stacks too, so you can get two free CDs at $60 and three free CDs at $90. More...
The Ghost Inside was involved in a serious bus crash yesterday in which 10 people were injured and 2 died. The group checked in today with this update:
"Thanks to everyone who reached out with concern today. The Ghost Inside was involved in a serious bus accident outside El Paso, TX this morning. All 5 band members + all members of the crew are alive and currently being treated for their injuries.
"Please keep them in your thoughts as well as their bus driver and those in the other vehicle who did not make it. Unfortunately, all U.S. shows on the Locals Only Tour are cancelled. Refunds available at point of purchase. We will update you more when we can."
KFoxTV.com also reported on the collision:
“We have accounted for 12 people. Two have been confirmed deceased and 10 are injured,” said State Trooper Moises Vasquez. “Some were transported to local area hospitals in Hudspeth, and others were transported to El Paso."
The driver of the tour bus, Gregory Hoke, 31, of Round Rock, Texas and the driver of the semi, Steven Cunningham, 64, of Las Cruces, were killed, officials said. The Ghost Inside band members, Andrew Tkaczykt, 28, Jonathan Vigil and Zach Johnson, 28, received serious injuries and were transported to University Medical Center via helicopter. They are said to be in critical condition, officials said.
Update: Randy Blythe has now posted a very lengthy statement online explaining the band's reasoning behind dropping off the tour. You can read that article over here.
After the ISIS-led terrorist attacks in Paris last week, Lamb Of God has decided to drop off all remaining European tour dates with Children Of Bodom and Sylosis. The band comments:
"Due to concerns brought to our attention by the venue security team yesterday in Tilburg - and continued general concerns across Europe - we have decided against putting our fans, our crew and ourselves in this position night after night and will be canceling the remainder of our performances in Europe. This is a decision we are making on behalf of the fans, our crew, and our band, as well as the well-being of everyone's family, friends and loved ones at home. Stay safe, and we will see you very soon."
The tour will continue without Lamb Of God, however, with Children Of Bodom commenting: "Lamb of God has chosen to leave the European tour due to security concerns in Europe. Our team has been working very hard to make all of the remaining shows happen. WE WANT TO, AND HAVE DECIDED TO, CONTINUE ON THE ROAD AND PLAY THE REST OF THE TOUR. Sylosis also will be joining us on their scheduled appearances.
"Here is what we know so far. Unfortunately the promoter has decided to move forward and cancel tonight's show in Oberhausen, Germany, and the additional shows in Germany. At this time, the remaining schedule will move forward as this (we ARE looking to add more shows FYI). We WILL keep you updated as we have changes, and we are doing our best to keep you informed as quickly as possible on everything." More...
Anthrax has revealed the cover art of the band's upcoming release, "For All Kings," due out February 26, 2016 via Megaforce. The band's drummer, Charlie Benante, who designed the artwork and worked closely with artist Alex Ross, talks about the concept in a short video below.
Benante promises that the eleven-song "For All Kings" will be "aggressive and super-thrashy." The album was written by Benante, bassist Frank Bello, and rhythm guitarist Scott Ian.
Anthrax is currently on tour with Slayer in Europe and will join up with Lamb of God in the U.S. starting in January. On these dates, fans will be treated to songs from throughout Anthrax's career, including the classics as well as the brand new "Evil Twin," a song that Bello says "is a song that begs to be played live."
1/15 Stage AE, Pittsburgh, PA
1/16 Electric Factory, Philadelphia, PA
1/17 The Fillmore, Silver Spring, MD
1/19 Tabernacle, Atlanta, GA
1/22 Constant Convocation Center, Norfolk, VA
1/23 Hammerstein Ballroom, New York, NY
1/24 Oakdale Theatre, Wallingford, CT
1/28 Royal Oak Music Theatre, Royal Oak, MI
1/29 Egyptian Room at Old National Center, Indianapolis, IN
1/30 Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, IL
1/31 Orbit Room, Grand Rapids, MI
2/2 Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland, Kansas City, MO
2/4 Revention Music Center, Houston, TX
2/5 Bomb Factory, Dallas, TX
2/6 Concrete Street Pavilion, Corpus Christi, TX
2/8 ACL Live at the Moody Theatre, Austin, TX
2/9 Diamond Ballroom, Oklahoma City, OK
2/11 Brooklyn Bowl, Las Vegas, NV
2/12 Hollywood Palladium, Los Angeles, CA More...
Maybe that sporadically hinted but never confirmed Tool album is actually happening?
The band has now revealed via Facebook that Tool is gearing up to hit the road again in early January - perhaps this time supporting new music?
Tickets go on sale on Friday, with full date and venue details available below. The band had also enigmatically posted this message just before revealing the dates:
"SOMETHING WICKED THIS... YOUR WAY COMES! For those of you who only like NEWS about TOOL, here's something that should be of great interest. The impenetrable veil of my dark scrying mirror FINALLY CLEARED today - enough so, in fact - that I could perceive a large heptagram on a complexly lit stage where four performers were dwarfed by dramatic video projections.
"Evidently the sonic and visual extravaganza that I was receiving is a rare glimpse of FUTURE TOOL U.S.A. TOUR DATES in the month of JANUARY, 2016 e.v. However, with some of the images in the depths of the black glass not being clearly distinct... YET, fans will have to keep checking back for an official announcement.
"Regarding an opening band(s), what I was able to discern through the ever-shifting veil will in all likeliness be exciting to many Tool enthusiasts. STAY TUNED, FOLKS... as my trusty SCRYING MIRROR CONTINUES TO CLEAR..."
Saturday, January 9 - San Diego, CA @ Viejas Arena
Wednesday, January 13 - San Antonio, TX @ AT&T Center
Saturday, January 16 - Tulsa, OK @ BOK Center
Sunday, January 17 - Grand Prairie, TX (Dallas) @ Verizon Theatre
Tuesday, January 19 - Southaven, MS (Memphis) @ Landers Center
Saturday, January 23 - Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
Monday, January 25 - Atlanta, GA @ Infinite Energy Center
Tuesday, January 26 - Charlotte, NC @ Bojangles Coliseum
Members of Metallica, Pantera, In Flames, Testament, AC/DC, Kiss, Slipknot, Mötley Crüe, Slash, Warbringer, Aborted, Periphery, Killswitch Engage, August Burns Red, Raising The Veil, Born Of Osiris, All Shall Perish, Carnifex, Textures and Anthrax etc. are among the musicians who have (so far) reacted with shock and pledges of solidarity for France following the killing of scores of people in attacks in Paris on Friday night. Some of their views can be seen below.
Our hearts are with Paris tonight. pic.twitter.com/ZRDD8BmhvM— Robert Trujillo (@RobertTrujillo) November 14, 2015
Maybe Randy Blythe should stop leaving the country, as he's again run afoul of the locals, this time in Ireland. Blythe updated his Instagram account with this post about being attacked in Dublin:
"Sometimes doing what you love comes at a price: here's the Samuel Beckett bridge in Dublin, Ireland. Last night around midnight I walked one block away from my hotel to take some long exposures - right after I shot this very frame, I looked up & saw 5 or 6 teenage dudes (16 to 18 year olds?) in hoodies & track pants spreading out around me. 'Well, crap, I guess it's on' I thought.
"I started stepping quickly into the street away from the little cul-de-sac where I was (it was a bad spot to be trapped), trying to keep my eye on all of them at the same time. One kid drew up to my left getting close & BLAM - someone else hit me in the head from behind with something (I think they had a stick or whatever) - I saw stars for a second, then I heard car horns & a cabbie was driving at these kids & I was standing in the street trying to shake it off, because that little fucker had rang my bell pretty good.
"Like all cowards & weaklings all over the world, they came at me in numbers and struck from behind. I never even had a chance to smash one of the little shits because the cabbie (thank you, whoever you are) scattered them while I was regaining my wits. So now my glasses are gone (but I have contacts), my new Surf City hat w/the Black Flag bars is gone (but I brought another hat), my new e-cig is gone (but I have others), & I have a split open elbow & a bit of a headache (but it could have been much, much worse - I could have caught a knife). More...
Bad Brains guitarist and founding member Gary Miller, better known to fans and many others as Dr. Know, has reportedly been taken to hospital and is now on life support, according to several news outlets. Details about why he has been hospitalized have not yet been revealed but a small update from the band reads as follows:
"The Bad Brains family ask that you please keep Gary (Dr. Know) Miller in your thoughts and prayers The family respectfully ask that their privacy be honored during this time and very much appreciate all the great energy that is being sent their way.
"Positive vibes and PMA!"
More on this will come as soon as the information becomes available.
A night club fire during a metal show in Bucharest, Romania last night has led to an estimated 27 dead and nearly 200 injured. The fire happened at the Colectiv nightclub as Goodbye To Gravity was celebrating the release of new album "Mantras of War."
According to Telegraph.co.uk, the fire broke out due to fireworks or some sort of on-stage pyrotechnics getting out of control, but there has been no official statement from anyone yet as to the exact cause.
Our condolences go out to the families of the deceased and injured, and we'll keep you updated as more information comes in. Were any of our European readers at the show and can you shed any light on what occurred? More...
Last night Huntress front woman Jill Janus posted a status update about her frustration with health issues and online trolls, leading several sites to prematurely report that Huntress had broken up. Guitarist Blake Meahl has now issued the following statement clarifying the situation:
"Our vocalist Jill Janus posted an announcement last night that she was having difficulty dealing with devastating health issues. Four months ago she had major surgery to remove cancer from her uterus.
"She needs time to fully recover from her hysterectomy and to continue treatment for her mental health issues. Her bouts with bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and disassociative identity disorder have been particularly difficult lately and are ultimately responsible for her unfounded statement last night.
"We will resume touring in December when Huntress joins Black Label Society 12/26-12/31. Thank you for your kindness and understanding."
Update: while the specifics of the two sides haven't been revealed yet, the band did announce this upcoming album will be performed in full on headlining dates in February and March. Get all the details right here.
It seems like those prognificient dream thespians are up to something, as Dream Theater just sent out an email asking fans to take a side between two options at the band's website: "The Great Northern Empire" and "The Ravenskill Rebel Militia."
Theories abound as to what is going on (the names almost seem like fantasy RPG references), as entering your email address doesn't seem to do anything at this point. The likely option seems to be an impending double album. What do you think is going on?
California outfit Conducting From The Grave will now be putting the band's name to the test, having just issued this announcement about deciding to call it quits:
"Hey we have been putting off announcing this now for a long time, because goodbyes are never easy, but we are no longer an active band. It may not come as a surprise seeing as how we went from playing 200 shows a year 5 years ago to 3-5 shows a year recently. The long story short of it is much the same as most underground metal and hardcore acts - we all grew up before our band was able to achieve any realistic financial stability for 5 people to pay rent and raise families on.
"That being said however, we want to send off with as much of a proper bang as our adult lives will allow. During the month of January 2016 we are open to booking weekend farewell shows in the West Coast region. Promoters can email email@example.com if interested in booking us in their city. More...
In an odd twist of events, Eddie Hermida is now back in All Shall Perish (he left the band back in 2013 to front Suicide Silence) but is apparently also still full-time with Suicide Silence - the very issue that drove the wedge causing him to leave his original band in the first place.
Hopefully it works out this time. It would appear there was also further conflict in the band behind the scenes involving a lawsuit, as All Shall Perish issued this press release:
"How perfect that today is Back to the Future Day! All Shall Perish co-founders Matt Kuykendall, Ben Orum, and Caysen Russo are back together with Hernan 'Eddie' Hermida and Chris Storey. (Start the DeLorean!). The deathcore titans hailed by fellow Bay Area dwellers like Kirk Hammett (Metallica) and Robb Flynn (Machine Head) are making new music.
"Hermida fronted All Shall Perish on all three of their most recent albums: 'The Price of Existence' (2006), 'Awaken the Dreamers' (2008), and 'This is Where it Ends (2011).' Hermida will continue in his role as full-time vocalist for Suicide Silence.
"Orum plays guitar on all four All Shall Perish albums. Kuykendall, who created the name All Shall Perish, drums on all but the most recent. Storey was a fan-favorite guitarist from 2003 to 2009. Hate, Malice, Revenge (2003) era guitarist Russo returns to the fold. Original vocalist Craig Betit also plans to contribute.
"Nearing the conclusion of a legal arbitration over control of the band’s name, unpaid royalties, and other assets, bassist Mike Tiner declined a personal invitation from Kuykendall to rejoin his ex-bandmates. The legal system ultimately ruled in favor of the four out of five original members, their longtime vocalist, and guitarist. Russo will handle bass duties for All Shall Perish. More...
Former Obituary bassist Frank Watkins (also known as Bøddel of Gorgoroth) passed away after a long battle with cancer. He was only 47-years-old.
Watkins joined Obituary in 1989, after the band's debut album "Slowly We Rot", and recorded with them "Cause Of Death" in 1990. Obituary broke up in 1997 and reteamed again in 2003.
Watkins stayed with the group through the recording of 2009's album "Darkest Day". In 2010 Frank Watkins left Obituary on acrimonious terms and was replaced by Terry Butler.