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Update: Vikernes has now been released and no charges have been filed.
Euro News (see article at this location) has reported that Burzum's Varg Vikernes has been arrested in France on what authorities have called "suspicion of planning a massacre."
Vikernes' wife had legally purchased four guns, but suspicions had already been raised when the manifesto of Anders Behring Breivik, the man responsible for killing 77 in Oslo two years ago, had reportedly been received by the musician. French authorities searched his home for weapons and explosives and the prosecutor has deemed him "likely to prepare a large-scale act of terrorism.”
Vikernes served 21 years in prison for the murder of Mayhem's Euronymous, as well as receiving convictions for burning four churches. He moved to France with his wife and children following his release in 2009.
Irish post black metal act Altar Of Plagues is to end this year. The band's final release "Teethed Glory and Injury," out now via Profound Lore Records, will be its last. Multi-musician James Kelly (Guitars, Keyboards, Vocals, Drums) made the following announcement about the band's ceasing of activities on Facebook:
"Altar of Plagues will conclude this year.
"I decided before writing 'Teethed Glory and Injury' that it would be our final album. It was executed with this fact in mind. I can state it no more simply than this; it is time to move on.
"We considered whether or not we would say anything at all regarding this. But at the very least, we would like to give people an opportunity to see us perform again should they care to. And so, these upcoming shows will be our final.
"Our very final performance will be on October 19th, at Unsound Festival Poland. As a festival that celebrates the eclectic and the eccentric, I can think of no other place that would be more appropriate for this occasion. It is exactly the type of environment in which I have always aspired to share our work, and it will be a celebratory occasion to conclude at what I believe will be the peak of our existence as a group. More...
Chase Manhattan and Matt Price of Los Angeles-based stoner/doom outfit Behold! The Monolith have issued the following statement on the tragic loss of singer/bassist Kevin McDade:
"We are deeply saddened to report the loss of our band member, friend and brother Kevin McDade in a car accident early Friday evening. Needless to say we are absolutely devastated by this. Our hearts and thoughts go out to his parents, family and girlfriend. Thanks for the time we had and the music we made together. We will, and already do, miss you terribly."
Kevin McDade died as a result of an auto accident on Friday, June 21st. He was 29 years old. More...
Motorhead recently updated the band's official website with this announcement about canceling an upcoming live show:
"We are sorry to report that Motörhead will be forced to cancel the appearance in Milan, Jun 25th. The band regret it very much but will make it up to all the fans as soon as possible."
However, according to the See-Rock Festival Facebook page, this cancellation is due to serious health issues with vocalist Lemmy. The post (translated from Italian) reads as follows:
There are very sorry to announce that the Motörhead have their appearance at the Lake Rock Festival tomorrow Saturday to cancel!
Mastermind Lemmy Kilmister can not perceive his appearance! Due to acute hematoma which cause great pain and therefore him his doctor then fly has granted.More...
Al Jourgensen will release his band Ministry's new studio album, "From Beer To Eternity," on September 6th via 13th Planet Records. This album will follow previous release "Relapse" (reviewed here) and pre-order info will be posted soon on Ministry's Facebook.
As fans of the band know, after last year there wasn't going to be another Ministry album, but as Jourgensen put it recently, "I had no choice."
Sessions for what would become "From Beer to Eternity" began last December at Jourgensen's 13th Planet compound in El Paso, TX with Jourgensen (who produced the album, composed the music and wrote the lyrics for all 11 songs), guitarists Mike Scaccia and Sin Quirin, drummer Aaron Rossi and bassist Tony Campos.
Rough tracks for 18 songs were finished on December 19th, and three days later, the 47-year old Scaccia died from a heart attack he suffered onstage while playing a live show with his band Rigor Mortis in Dallas, TX. Jourgensen, Quirin, Rossi and Campos were absolutely devastated.
"We have never, in the history of Ministry, ever had a tracking session like that before," states Jourgensen, "everything went so smoothly, it was surreal. And Mikey was so on fire and inspired, and really a driving force for this record." After returning from Scaccia's funeral in Dallas, and shouldering the weight of grief as well as the desire to honor his fallen comrade, Jourgensen locked himself in his studio with his engineer and co-producer Sammy D'Ambruoso for three excruciating months. More...
Def Leppard guitarist, Vivian Campbell (who has also previously been a member of Sweet Savage and Dio) has announced through the official Def Leppard website that he is currently two months into chemotherapy treatment, after being diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
Despite the treatment Campbell has promised that he will still be performing with the band this Summer. The post from Campbell reads as follows:
“I feel fortunate that my cancer sent me an alarm call in the form of ‘the cough that wouldn’t quit’. Otherwise, how would I have known? After several months of trying every inhaler known to man, my doctor finally had me X-rayed. A further CAT scan revealed that enlarged lymph nodes were doing wrestling manoeuvres on my windpipe – hence the cough. What was causing the enlarged lymph nodes, however, was yet to be determined, so I underwent a surgical biopsy on March 11th, the first day of Leppard rehearsals for our Viva Las Vegas shows. Obviously, I didn’t make it to rehearsal that day, but it’s okay; I know the songs by now.
"My diagnosis was Hodgkin's Lymphoma and 6 months of chemotherapy is the prescribed treatment. I’m about 2 months in and feeling rather spiffy, all things considered. Hodgkin's has an over 80% cure rate, so by my reckoning, if you’re going to have a cancer, Hodgie’s is the one to have! More...
Altpress.com has reported that Mick Morris, who went by the online named "MickDeth," passed away yesterday, June 2nd. According to the story he passed away due to a heart condition.
Mick Morris was the bassist for Eighteen Visions, and formerly played bass for U.S. act Bleeding Through. At this point no official statement has been released by either band or by Mick's family.
Although his tweet's are protected, anyone who was previously following Mick online can read the final messages before his death at this location. Further details on Mick's death will be updated as they become available. More...
Read the full article at Alternative Press.
British hard rock legends Uriah Heep have announced that bass player, Trevor Bolder, has passed away after a lengthy fight with cancer. He was sixty two years old.
Bolder was previously a member of David Bowie's band, The Spiders From Mars, before joining Uriah Heep in 1976 and remaining with the group until earlier this year when his health forced him to take a break. A message from his bandmates reads as follows:
"It is with great sadness that Uriah Heep announce the passing of our friend the amazing Trevor Bolder, who has passed away after his long fight with cancer. Trevor was an all time great, one of the outstanding musicians of his generation, and one of the finest and most influential bass players that Britain ever produced. More...
Rob Zombie's website has been updated with the following statement about the death of former White Zombie/Last Crack member Phil Buerstatte:
"It has been reported that White Zombie drummer Phil Buerstatte was found dead in Madison, Wisconsin this past weekend.
"Phil was drummer for White Zombie from 1992 to 1994. He played on the La Sexorcisto tour, as well as playing on tracks 'Feed The Gods' on The Airheads Soundtrack, 'Children of the Grave' and
I AM HELL' from the Beavis and Butthead soundtrack.
The cause of death has not yet been announced. You can check out the "Feed the Gods" song featuring Phil in the player below. More...
Update: the band has now issued a statement about Tim's arrest, which can be read here.
Reuters reports that Tim Lambesis, frontman for As I Lay Dying and multi-instrumentalist for Austrian Death Machine, has been arrested for seeking the help of an undercover detective to have his estranged wife killed.
According to a statement from the San Diego County Sheriff's Department, Lambesis was taken into custody on Tuesday in Oceanside, California, after soliciting help from the detective. Police had previously learned Lambesis was seeking someone who could commit the crime, the department said.
A representative for the As I Lay Dying's record label could not immediately be reached for comment, and it was unclear if Lambesis had an attorney.
Slayer has posted the following message online via Facebook about guitarist Jeff Hanneman dying earlier today:
"Slayer is devastated to inform that their bandmate and brother, Jeff Hanneman, passed away at about 11AM this morning near his Southern California home.
"Hanneman was in an area hospital when he suffered liver failure. He is survived by his wife Kathy, his sister Kathy and his brothers Michael and Larry, and will be sorely missed.
"Our Brother Jeff Hanneman, May He Rest In Peace (1964 - 2013)."
Hanneman had also been hospitalized back in 2011 when he contracted necrotizing fasciitis, likely caused by a spider bite, and underwent surgeries, skin grafts, and intense rehab.
Hanneman was replaced on Slayer's subsequent live shows by Gary Holt of Exodus and Pat O'Brien from Cannibal Corpse. More...
Carnal Forge has checked in with the following announcement about returning from hiatus:
"Carnal Forge back in biz! Some of the names may have changed, but CF is back in full force to reclaim their position as one of the heaviest most hard hitting bands ever... and don't call it a comeback, these guys just took a pause... to gather their strength and focus on what's important.
"Back in the game is original founder Jari Kuusisto on rythm guitar and vocalist Jens C. Mortensen that sang on the latest highly acclaimed full length album Testify For My Victims. Long time strugglers Lars Lindén (bass) and Petri Kuusisto (lead guitar) are very happy with this line up and it is completed with Lawrence Dinamarca on drums (Loch Vostok, Bleeding Utopia). More...
The comatose bassist Chi Cheng of Deftones left our world at 3:00 AM last night due to a heart attack. He is survived by his mother, sister, son and widow.
Cheng showed progress in emerging from his coma last year after an experimental treatment failed to wake him and shortly afterwards was diagnosed with pneumonia. Cheng was seriously injured in a car accident in November of 2008. After several long years, Cheng sadly did not manage to emerge from his coma.
The website OneLoveForChi.com issued the following statement:
"Our dearest Family,
"This is the hardest thing to write to you. Your love and heart and devotion to Chi was unconditional and amazing. I know that you will always remember him as a giant of a man on stage with a heart for every one of you. He was taken to the emergency [sic] room and at 3 AM today his heart just suddenly stopped. He left this world with me singing songs he liked in his ear.
"He fought the good fight.You stood by him sending love daily. He knew that he was very loved and never alone. I will write more later. I will be going through the oneloveforchi (website) and any other information may not be reliable. If you have any stories or messages to share please send them to the onelove site. Please hold Mae and Ming and the siblings and especially Chi’s son, Gabriel in your prayers. It is so hard to let go.
"With great love and Much Respect!"
Polish death metal act Hate kicked off a European tour at the end of March, and the band has now posted the following statement online about bassist Slawek "Mortifer" Archangielskij passing away during the trek:
"At night 5th/6th April near a German town of Munchberg, our friend, best comrade and longtime bass player unexpectedly passed away. After the show in Stuttgart last night he went to sleep and never woke up. We found him lifeless early in the morning and immediately called an ambulance. He was reanimated, but to no avail. Results of Slawek’s autopsy should be known soon.
"In this situation, we decided to cancel the remaining shows and return home. We gave detailed testimonies to the German police. We are shocked and shattered by his sudden, unexpected death. We mourn together with Slawek’s family and friends."
Hate was touring in support of latest album "Solarflesh" (reviewed here), and we also conducted an interview with the band's guitarist just before the tour, which can be read at this location. More...
Iron Maiden reported that former drummer, the legendary Clive Burr, has lost his battle with Multiple Sclerosis. In a post on the band's Facebook Page, it was announced:
"We are deeply saddened to report that Clive Burr passed away last night. He had suffered poor health for many years after being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis and died peacefully in his sleep at home.
"Steve Harris said 'This is terribly sad news. Clive was a very old friend of all of us. He was a wonderful person and an amazing drummer who made a valuable contribution to Maiden in the early days when we were starting out. This is a sad day for everyone in the band and those around him and our thoughts and condolences are with his partner Mimi and family at this time.'
"Bruce Dickinson adds 'I first met Clive when he was leaving Samson and joining Iron Maiden. He was a great guy and a man who really lived his life to the full. Even during the darkest days of his M.S., Clive never lost his sense of humour or irreverence. This is a terribly sad day and all our thoughts are with Mimi and the family' More...
According to the website novinky.cz, Lamb of God frontman Randy Blythe was acquitted by the Prague Municipal Court for charges of manslaughter stemming from incident of May 24, 2010, which led to a death of a fan. Blythe faced up to ten years in prison for the incident where he allegedly threw a fan from the stage, though video footage showed that he was clearly innocent and the Court agreed.
According to the article, the Court ruled that Blythe did not commit an act of crime. In the final argument before the decision, Blythe told the Court: "I would like to thank the family of Daniel Nosek for not attacking me in the press and for their kind words to me in this court. I am very sorry for their loss. Daniel was a fan of my band. I had no wish to harm him. He was just a boy and I wish he was still here. If, ultimately the Czech legal system sentences me to prison, I will do my sentence like a man. If I am to remain free, I will do my best to insure that conditions at this concert will not occur again with my band and other bands so that the fans will remain safe. I have searched for an answer to this situation. The only one I can find is that it was a tragic, horrible accident."
At one stage of the proceedings, prosecutors asked for a five year prison sentence. The family of the victim was seeking 10 million Czech Koruna in damages.
New Jersey power/progressive band Symphony X just announced that drummer Jason Rullo was admitted to the hospital for heart failure. He was released has underwent a rehab program that will see him out of action for 3-6 months.
The official announcement reads: "World Management and Symphony X must unfortunately announce that last week, Jason Rullo was admitted to the hospital for heart failure. Jason spent a week in the hospital, and was released last week; he has started a rehab program, and has been told that his recovery will take a minimum of 3-6 months under doctors’ care. We are all hopeful that J will be back soon!"
Rullo commented “I would just like to say that I am happy to be home with my family after what was quite a week. We had a few scary days in there but I made it through what was hopefully the worst of it.
"Doctors say I have a very good chance for a full recovery so I plan to be back at 100% even if it takes awhile. I will go through cardiac rehab so I can be monitored while returning to form, so that I’ll know when it’s safe for me to return to drumming the way I always have, if not better.
Thanks to my friends and family for the support, and to the fans, I love you all! - JR"
Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails has released a statement via Pitchfork.com about the band regrouping to tour during 2013.
You can read the full article right here. The official statement from Trent Reznor reads as follows:
Nine Inch Nails are touring this year. I was working with Adrian Belew on some musical ideas, which led to some discussion on performing, which led to some beard-scratching, which (many steps later) led to the decision to re-think the idea of what Nine Inch Nails could be, and the idea of playing a show. Calls were made to some friends, lots of new ideas were discussed, and a show was booked - which led to another, which somehow led to a lot of shows.
The band is reinventing itself from scratch and will be comprised of Eric Avery, Adrian Belew, Alessandro Cortini, Josh Eustis, Ilan Rubin, and me. The first shows will begin this summer, followed by a full-on arena tour of the US this fall, and lots of other dates worldwide to follow through 2014. Lots of details and dates to come. See you soon.
Details on the dates will be announced as they become available. In related news, Trent Reznor also recently took home two Grammy wins for his soundtrack to the movie "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo."
Read the full article at Pitchfork.com.
It probably shouldn't come as much of a surprise that metal isn't well represented in the annual Grammy awards, with possibly our most noticeable wins coming from Slayer in 2007 and 2008.
This year wasn't an exception, and unfortunately there isn't much wiggle room for actual metal acts to win when hard rock and heavy metal are lumped into a single category.
None of our "Best of 2012" winners here at Metalunderground.com made the nominations, and fully heavy bands only managed to get into the "Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance" category at the Grammy's this year. The nominees were:
"Love Bites (So Do I)" – Halestorm
"I'm Alive" – Anthrax
"Blood Brothers" (live) – Iron Maiden
"Ghost Walking" – Lamb of God
"No Reflection" – Marilyn Manson
"Whose Life (Is It Anyways?)" – Megadeth
In a move that will likely leave metal fans scratching their heads, but will please fans of the mainstream, Halestorm took home the win for "Love Bites (So Do I)." Footage of the event and Halestorm's acceptance of the Grammy can be viewed below, courtesy of Artisan News Service.
In other news of interest to hard rock and metal lovers, Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails snagged a Grammy win for "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" soundtrack in the category of "Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media," along with a related win for "Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package" for the same soundtrack. More...
The charges stem from a 2010 incident when a 19 year old fan was allegedly pushed off the stage and subsequently died several weeks later. Blythe was previously held in a Czech jail for over a month before being released on bail. He also commented today via Instagram:
"And so it begins. I am calm & prepared. Everyone, thanks for your good thoughts and prayers. Have a nice day, y'all!" More...