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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.

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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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Slayer Announces Final World Tour

American thrash metal legends Slayer have posted a video online announcing that they will be embarking on a final world tour. No written statement has been released, nor have any tour dates been confirmed as of yet, though the video promises that North American shows will be announced soon. One thing that has been confirmed however, is the previously rumoured lineup that will see Slayer bring Lamb Of God, Anthrax, Testament and Behemoth on the road with them. More information on this story will be revealed as soon as it becomes available. More...

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Ex-Motörhead Guitarist “Fast” Eddie Clarke Dead

Former Motörhead guitarist "Fast" Eddie Clarke has died at the age of 67, it has been confirmed via Motörhead's Facebook page:

"We are devastated to pass on the news we only just heard ourselves earlier tonight – Edward Allan Clarke, or as we all know and love him Fast Eddie Clarke – passed away peacefully yesterday.

“Ted Carroll, who formed Chiswick Records, made the sad announcement via his Facebook page, having heard from Doug Smith that Fast Eddie passed peacefully in hospital where he was being treated for pneumonia.

“Fast Eddie... keep roaring, rockin’ and rollin' up there as goddamit man, your Motörfamily would expect nothing less!

“RIP Fast Eddie Clarke – 5th October 1950 - 10th January 2018.”

Clarke was introduced to Lemmy by drummer Phil “Philthy Animal” Taylor in the mid-70s and he joined Motörhead soon afterwards in 1976. He played on Motörhead’s self-titled 1977 debut album and also on 1979’s Overkill and Bomber, 1980’s Ace Of Spades and 1982’s Iron Fist.

Clarke left Motörhead while on tour in the US with the group following the release of Iron Fist. The guitarist reportedly was unhappy with how that effort turned out, and went on to form Fastway with ex-UFO bassist Pete Way.

Fastway released their self-titled debut album in 1983, and went on to release a further six studio releases - including the 2011 comeback album Dog Eat Dog.

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Ex-Sworn Enemy Drummer Paul Antignani Passes Away

Ex-Sworn Enemy drummer Paul Antignani has passed away. The cause of death does not appear to have been publicly revealed. Paul Antignani performed with Sworn Enemy from 2002 till 2008. Shadows Fall frontman Brian Fair shared the below tribute via his Instagram:


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Babymetal Guitarist Passes Away Aged 36

Controversial Japanese kawaii metal outfit Babymetal has announced via Twitter that Mikio Fujioka, also known as Little God and Ko-Gami, has died at only 36 years of age. Babymetal's message reads as follows:

"We hope that he is now with his GUITAR MASTER A.Holdsworth and enjoying an epic guitar session with him.

"We are the one, Together, We’re the only one, You are the one, Forever, #RIP #THEONE."

Although unconfirmed as of yet, he reportedly fell from an observation deck on December 30th and passed away on January 5th as a result of his injuries. He was an accomplished musician, having graduated from the Musician's Institute in Osaka and released several albums, as well as performing with the likes of MMM and Trick Box.

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Chris Tsangarides Passes Away

Producer Chris Tsangarides, known for his work with such metal veterans as Judas Priest, Anvil, Thin Lizzy and Helloween, has sadly passed away at the age of 61. He died yesterday (January 6th) after a bout with pneumonia, which led to heart failure.

Tsangarides worked with some of rock and metal's biggest names, producing Judas Priest's classic album, "Painkiller," as well as Anvil's, "Metal On Metal" and "Forged In Fire," with whom he would work with again for their "This Is Thirteen" album, resulting in him being featured in the award winning documentary, "Anvil! The Story of Anvil" and also did work for Black Sabbath ("The Eternal Idol,") Bruce Dickinson ("Tattooed Millionaire,") Thin Lizzy ("Renegade" and "Thunder & Lightning") and Tygers Of Pan Tang ("Wild Cat," "Spellbound" and "Ambush.") He also worked with a number of non metal groups such as Depeche Mode, Tom Jones, Concrete Blonde and The Sisters Of Mercy.

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All Charges Against Decapitated Dropped

Polish death metal band Decapitated, who had been held in the United States on charges of rape and kidnapping, have had all charges dropped, it has emerged today. New evidence has come to light that helped prove the band's innocence. The group were arrested on September 8 in Santa Ana, California last year. More details will be posted as soon as they become available.

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Mumakil Calls It Quits

After a long stint of inactivity, Swiss grindcore band Mumakil has started off the new year by announcing their disbandment:

Hello there. Wish we could start the year with better news but unfortunately it is time to announce that the beast is no more. MUMAKIL IS DEAD. Let's just say that the momentum is long gone. We have all moved on to new horizons. Thank you for showing up over all those years, thank you for the support, the headbangs and of course the hangovers! You are family. Grind on.

While promising new music in 2016, the band's last release was "Flies Will Starve," issued by Relapse Records back in 2013.

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Immolation Announce 2018 European Tour

Initial dates have been revealed for Immolation's European tour supporting their latest album, “Atonement“. Monument Of Misanthropy and Full of Hell will be joining them as special guests, with more supports yet to be announced.

Here’s what’s been confirmed thus far: More...

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Sanctuary/Nevermore Vocalist Dead At 56

Warrel Dane, the lead singer of Sanctuary and Nevermore, has passed away at the age of only 56 after suffering a heart attack during the night. He was on tour in Brazil, where guitarist told UOL;

"He died in the night. He had a heart attack. He was in the apartment where he stayed during the recording of the album when it happened. I gave him cardiac massage and we called the Mobile Emergency Care Service (SAMU), who came very fast, but when they arrived, he was already dead."

The singer first came to prominence with Sanctuary, with whom he released two studio albums, before forming Nevermore, which achieved considerable commercial success. After Nevermore folded, he revived Sanctuary and the band released a third album, "The Year The Sun Died" in 2014, with a fourth record, "Inception" following only this year. He will be greatly missed.

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Decapitated Released From Jail Awaiting Rape Trial

All four members of Decapitated have been released from prison as they await trial for kidnapping and rape charges. Each band member faces charges of varying degrees for an incident alleged to have occurred on their tour bus back on August 31st, 2017 in Spokane, WA. On that night the band are accused of gang raping a girl on their bus. The group have denied all charges thus far.

The Spokesman-Review account that the band were granted release on their own recognizance this week without having post the $100,000 bond that was previously set. As part of their release, they were ordered to remain in the state of Washington and to turn in their passports. Additionally, Decapitated were ordered to sign waivers of extradition that would allow them to be sent back to Spokane, WA should they attempt to flee home to Poland.

It was also ordered that the four band members are not to have any contact with each other without attorneys present. Interestingly, the band received an endorsement from a member of Poland’s Parliament Dominik Tarczynski, which is said to have helped aid in their release.

The Spokesman-Review report also that Thy Art Is Murder guitarist Andy Marsh has given testimony that he saw the girl who accused the band violently moshing in the mosh pit earlier in that night. He is quoted as saying: More...

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Drummer Sean Reinert Exits Cynic

Cynic haven’t been too active since 2015 when a a dispute emerged between frontman/guitarist Paul Masvidal and drummer Sean Reinert. At the time Reinert parted ways with the band, citing growing tensions and a general unhappiness with what he felt were suboptimal performances from Paul Masvidal.

He also mentioned that in order for Masvidal to legally continue performing under the Cynic name, they would need to come to a signed agreement. Drummer Sean Reinert has now announced that such an agreement has reached and it comes with his official exit. States Reinert via Facebook: More...

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Iced Earth Debut New Video "Black Flag"

Iced Earth premiere their following new music video for the track “Black Flag“. It was directed and produced by iCODE with the song taken from the band’s latest album, “Incorruptible“.

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NervoChaos Guitarist Cherry Passes Away

NervoChaos guitarist Cherry passed away this weekend. As the band explains on Facebook she got recently diagnosed with cancer. RIP Cherry!!!

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Seregon Announces Comeback

After years of sporadic activity, British thrash metal band Seregon, widely regarded in their time as the best British band not to be signed, has announced their return. The band has departed with bass player Lee Rugman and brought back original bassist Ben Allen and will be working on new material for release next year. A statement on their official website reads as follows:

"Firstly, with a heavy heart we bring you the news that bassist Lee Rugman has left the Seregon fold; he hasn't gone far and can be found kicking ass and taking names weekly as part of the AC/DC Tribute Juggernaut that is HELLS BELLS! Lee and Seregon find themselves with 15+ shows in the bank that took them around the UK and into mainland Europe for Festival Appearances also. We would like to take a moment to thank Lee for all he has contributed to the Seregon family on and off the stage, and consider him a friend and all round cool guy.

"So, where do we go now I hear you say? Well, best watch the video below!

"And to celebrate the above news, we have something to give you all. If you go to http://seregonuk.bandcamp.com you can download our ENTIRE back catalogue as well as a brand new, never before released Live EP from our 'A Future Expired' release show back in April 2008! So what are you waiting for? Watch the video and get downloading... NOW!

"Much love, Seregon" More...

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Saxon Debut Title Track Of Upcoming New Album

NWBHM legends Saxon will release their new 22nd studio album, "Thunderbolt", on February 2 via Militia Guard (Silver Lining Music). The new outing was once again helmed by producer Andy Sneap, who has previously worked with Judas Priest, Megadeth among others. The album will feature original artwork by longtime Saxon collaborator Paul Raymond Gregory.

An official video for the title track can be seen below:

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Morbid Angel Premiere New Song "For No Master"

Morbid Angel premiere their new track “For No Master” from their upcoming new album, “Kingdoms Disdained“, which comes out this Friday via Silver Linings Music. Check it out now below.

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AC/DC Founder Malcolm Young Has Died Aged 64

Malcolm Young, arguably the backbone of Australian rock legends AC/DC, has sadly passed away at the age of 64, the band has announced. The cause of death is not yet known, but the guitarist had been battling dementia for a while, which caused him to leave the group in 2014. A statement on the AC/DC website reads as follows:

"Today it is with deep heartfelt sadness that AC/DC has to announce the passing of Malcolm Young.

"Malcolm, along with Angus, was the founder and creator of AC/DC. With enormous dedication and commitment he was the driving force behind the band. As a guitarist, songwriter and visionary he was a perfectionist and a unique man. He always stuck to his guns and did and said exactly what he wanted. He took great pride in all that he endeavored. His loyalty to the fans was unsurpassed.

"As his brother it is hard to express in words what he has meant to me during my life, the bond we had was unique and very special. He leaves behind an enormous legacy that will live on forever.

"Malcolm, job well done." More...

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