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Warped Tour Lineup Reportedly Leaked

This year's Warped Tour is set to take place from mid-June through early August, but until today the lineup was a big question mark.

KillTheMusic.net is reporting that part of the lineup has leaked, and will include GWAR (which makes sense, as the band canceled this year's GWAR-B-Q with the statement that "GWAR is about to take on the craziest year of touring").

It's important to note that the source of the leak was not identified, so this may be pure speculation. KillTheMusic issued this statement:

According to our sources, we learned the following facts about this year’s Warped Tour:

Bad Religion, Lagwagon, CKY, Black Veil Brides, Beartooth, Hatebreed, and GWAR are a few of the many bands playing the year.

5 bands from Fat Wreck Chords and 5 from Epitaph.

25 bands cut from the usual lineup to ensure this year is quality.

Assuming this leak doesn't change any plans, the full lineup is due to be announced on March 22nd, 2017 with the planned tour routing available below. More...

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Kittie's Bass Player Passes Away

Kittie's bass player Trish Doan has passed away at the age of 31. The band issued this brief statement about her death:

"It is with immeasurable sadness that we share news of the passing of our sister and best friend Trish Doan. Finding the right words is tough. She was so bright and vibrant and talented and we loved her and still do. She was so much more than just a musician or member of the band.

"She was our blood, our sister and family. Finding our way without her will be challenging, like a ship without a lighthouse, and we are devastated. We ask that you please respect our privacy and her family's privacy during this difficult time." More...

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Megadeth Wins "Best Metal Performance" Grammy

Megadeth took home the Grammy tonight for the "Best Metal Performance" category at the 59th annual Grammy Awards, held Sunday, February 12 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The nomination marked Megadeth's twelfth over the years. Megadeth was nominated for "Dystopia", the title track for the band's 2016 album.

As Megadeth approached the stage to accept the award, the house band inexplicably played Metallica's classic "Master Of Puppets."

Says mainman Dave Mustaine in his acceptance speech: More...

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Dillinger Escape Plan Involved In Serious Crash

While touring across Europe in support of latest album "Dissociation" (reviewed here), The Dillinger Escape Plan has been involved with a major accident. According to ITV.com the band's vehicle crashed while traveling to Krakow. ITV reported:

Aneta Wlazlowska, a spokeswoman for Radomsko police, said the band members were not seriously hurt but were taken to hospital for further tests. She said the most injured person in the crash was the driver of the lorry that hit the band's tour bus, which was parked partly on the road and hard shoulder. The New Jersey band were due to play in Krakow on Sunday, but the gig has been cancelled.

Following the initial news, Metal Injection issued this statement after speaking with DEP's Ben Weinman:

I spoke with Dillinger Escape Plan guitarist Ben Weinman about the current situation, and he said "Everyone is alive, a few injuries, but it could be much worse." He explained that the bus was hit from the back, with the truck smashing through their gear before continuing to plow into the bus itself. The impact was serious and banged them up pretty good. The whole situation sounds horrific.

Unfortunately, it seems as though the fate of the band's gear was not as lucky as the members, as you can see from the phone photo Ben had sent. Needless to say, the show in Krakow has been canceled. No word yet on what will happen with the rest of the tour. The next scheduled show is this Tuesday in Germany. We're just happy everyone in the band is alive, and wish them a speedy recovery!

We'll update you with more info when a statement is officially released from any of the Dillinger Escape Plan channels. More...

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Tim Lambesis Reportedly Released From Jail

Update: Altpress.com just issued this announcement: "When AP reached out to the California Department Of Corrections And Rehabilitation to find out if Lambesis was still interred in a California prison, a representative confirmed that he was discharged Dec. 17, 2016. He was discharged to the Division of Adult Parole Operations."

Back in 2014, former As I Lay Dying member Tim Lambesis was sentenced to six years in prison for attempting to hire an undercover police officer to kill his wife.

Although it hasn't been confirmed by any official sources at this point, multiple sites are reporting that Lambesis has now been released from prison.

The source for his info comes from George Lynch on Eddie Trunk's Show from the Monsters of Rock Cruise. During the interview, Lynch discussed his religion debates with Tim Lambesis and stated Tim has been released and has a book and record label deal.

You can hear the interview segment below, and a transcript follows:

I had every freaking argument out there, and he just was able to really kind of battle every argument, 'cause he had every counter-argument prepared in his mind; he had studied so hard. And as silly as his argument was, and as much as it didn't really hold water when you thought about it — it was all fallacious arguments — but…

Anyways, he just got out of jail for attempting to kill his wife. Now I'm not saying this as an indictment against anything. All I'm saying is, there is a guy who could argue Christianity beyond anybody I've ever spoken to in my life; I had these very heated debates with this guy… He had a beautiful wife; they had adopted three Cambodian children. And then he discovered cocaine, strippers, heroin and steroids. He went completely off the rails, abandoned his family, his wife threatened to divorce him, he hired an off-duty cop to kill her.

He recently got out of jail. He destroyed his band. They don't have a pot to piss in now; they're all struggling. [They are] a great band. I know them very well because, actually, the guitar player was my daughter's fiancé. And, actually, the drummer [Jordan Mancino] played in another project I had ways back, Souls Of We. So, anyways, he's out, he's got a mega record deal, he's got a book deal, everything's lined up for him. I mean, he's gonna skate through life. Everybody else is suffering. His wife is living in fear, his children are living in fear. His band doesn't have a pot to piss in.

Following the arrest and band implosion, Tim's former bandmates went on to form Wovenwar, and have since released two albums: a self-titled debut and 2016 sophomore output "Honor Is Dead." More...

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Black Sabbath Performs Final Show

It's truly the end of an era: one of the bands that arguably kicked off heavy metal - Black Sabbath - has now come to an end nearly 50 years later.

The reactivated Black Sabbath, sadly minus Bill Ward, performed the last show of "The End" tour in Birmingham.

It was a fitting end, with a sold-out arena filled with an estimated 16,000 fans. Footage of that farewell show recently uploaded to YouTube can be seen below.

Did you catch any of the final Black Sabbath shows? Let us know your favorite Ozzy and Sabbath memories below!

Tony Iommi also issued this message: "Thanks to everyone who came out to our final show of the tour in Birmingham Saturday night. It was such a great time that we will never forget!"

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Mike IX Williams Returning To The Stage

EyeHateGod frontman Mike IX Williams successfully underwent a liver transplant last month and continues a slow road to recovery. The IX Lives IX Lives Benefit, set to commence in Williams' hometown of New Orleans, Louisiana this coming weekend, was organized to help with his mounting medical expenses.

The three-day event will take place at Siberia and Poor Boys venues and includes appearances by Crowbar, Superjoint, Goatwhore, Thou, Classhole, Mountain Of Wizard, and many more acts bound together for the cause.

EyeHateGod will close Saturday night's show with a host of guest singers including Philip H. Anselmo (Superjoint, Down), Ben Falgoust (Goatwhore, Soilent Green), Bruce Lamont (Yakuza, Brain Tentacles, Corrections House), Hollise Murphy (Fat Stupid Ugly People), Shawn Knight (Child Bite), and more. See the day-to-day lineup below.

Though weekend passes are no longer available, the shows are not sold out. Remaining tickets will be available at the door for each show. Orange amplification has donated a Micro Dark amp with O headphones that will be raffled off along with EyeHateGod test presses and other Mike IX memorabilia.

In related news, Williams will make his return to the stage with EyeHateGod for a performance at this year's Berserker IV Music Fest in Pontiac, Michigan. Comments Williams: "These past few years have been somewhat of a rough ride for me health wise, but thanks to my super supportive fans, friends, and family, I am finally on the mend and looking forward to the future." More...

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Bandcamp Donating To ACLU In #NoBanNoWall Protest

Bandcamp - a site that has become the mecca for all things underground metal - is getting involved in protests against the Trump administration's immigration ban and proposed $15 billion border wall.

This coming Friday, Bandcamp is donating 100% of their profits from any song purchased all day long to the ACLU. Bandcamp founder Ethan Diamond posted a list of groups from the affected countries, including Syrian metal band Theoria, at this location. What do you think of this decision and Bandcamp's involvement in the situation?

Diamond also issued this statement:

"Like 98% of U.S. citizens (including the President), I am the descendant of immigrants—my great-grandparents came to America from Russia and Lithuania as teenagers and worked in sweatshops until they were able to afford to bring the rest of their families over. Most everyone you speak to in this country has a similar story to tell, because we are, in fact, a nation of immigrants, bound together by a shared belief in justice, equality, and the freedom to pursue a better life. In this context, last week’s Executive Order barring immigrants and refugees from seven Middle Eastern countries from entering the United States is not simply immoral, it violates the very spirit and foundation of America.

"Contrary to the assertions of the current administration, the order will not make us safer (an opinion shared by the State Department and many members of Congress including prominent Republicans). Christian religious leaders have denounced both the ban, as well as the exception prioritizing Christian immigrants, as inhumane. It is an unequivocal moral wrong, a cynical attempt to sow division among the American people, and is in direct opposition to the principles of a country where the tenet of religious freedom is written directly into the Constitution. This is not who we are, and it is not what we believe in. We at Bandcamp oppose the ban wholeheartedly, and extend our support to those whose lives have been upended. More...

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70K TOM May Be Christofer Johnsson's Final Show

Christofer Johnsson of Therion will be performing at the impending 70K Tons Of Metal cruise, but the musician will then be taking time off performing and recording due to a serious health issue. He comments:

"Possibly my final live performance ever on 70,000 Tons Of Metal. Over 2 weeks ago I started to get HUGE pains in my arm, shoulder and back. It hurt worse if I lay down and got worse by each day. In the end I could not even sleep in bed anymore and had to sit up sleeping in the sofa every night.

"Medicare in Sweden don't work anymore. Equipment is great and the doctors are competent and do their best, but due to the massive population increase, the capacity and medical infrastructure has lacked behind each year and just seem to get worse and worse. After I got in contact with the emergency, it took me eight (8) days before I got to see a physiotherapist and he could not make a proper diagnosis without a MRI scan of the neck. It would have taken up to a month before I would get a MRI done and then it can take another month before I get the results.

"At this point I slept worse and less each night and when I tried to play guitar, I would only play half a song before the pain made me stop + my motorics got so bad that I was even physically unable to play most songs.

"In order to not have to cancel 70.000 Tons of Metal and in order to faster get a diagnosis and get it cured, I (upon recommendation) decided to fly to Moscow and have it done there. They are at the same technical and competence level like in Sweden, but have capacity to treat patients immediately. So I got an appointment straight away, flew there and got a fantastic care with not only MRI, but also got to see a neurologist, physiotherapists and specialists.

"So I got a diagnosis the same day and it seems I have two spinal disc herniations in my neck, one really bad and one small that could get worse. In plain English this means that two of my discs in the neck are worn out (from headbanging and sitting too much in front of computer in the office and the studio) and have cracked so that fluid runs out from it. The fluid put pressure on the nerves in the spinal chord and create pain in shoulder/arm/back and distort mobility in the right arm. More...

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Former Black Sabbath Keyboardist Passes Away

Former Black Sabbath keyboardist Geoff Nicholls has passed away after a battle with lung cancer. He was sixty eight years old. The news was broken by Nicholls' former bandmate Tony Iommi, who had worked with the musician from 1979 to 1996. Iommi posted a message online which reads as follows:

"I'm so saddened to hear of the loss of one of my dearest and closest friends Geoff Nicholls. He's been suffering for a while now with lung cancer.

"Geoff and I have always been very close and he has been a real true friend to me and supported me all the way for nearly 40 years. I will miss him dearly and he will live in my heart until we meet again. Rest in peace my dear friend." More...

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Mastodon Premieres New Song

Mastodon today premieres a new song entitled "Sultan’s Curse", taken from the upcoming new album "Emperor Of Sand", which will be out in stores March 31st.

Check out now "Sultan’s Curse" below. This new album will follow 2014's "Once More Round The Sun" and features the following track listing:

1. Sultan's Curse
2. Show Yourself
3. Precious Stones
4. Steambreather
5. Roots Remain
6. Word to the Wise
7. Ancient Kingdom
8. Clandestiny
9. Andromeda
10. Scorpion Breath
11. Jaguar God More...

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70000 Tons Of Metal: Line Up Complete

In exactly 9 days 3000 metal fans will be on board the 2017 edition of 70000 Tons Of Metal Cruise.

4 Days, 60 Bands, 1 Cruise Ship and only 3000 Tickets – Round 7 of The Original, The World’s Biggest Heavy Metal Cruise will sail February 2-6 from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida to Labadee, Haiti on board the "Independence Of The Seas".

Haven’t booked your ticket yet? Click here to book now! Don’t wait, only a select number of Single Tickets and Private Cabins are left. You don’t want to miss this trip of a lifetime!

Check out the entire 2017 line-up below: More...

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Steve Grimmet Has Leg Amputated

After releasing new album "Walking In The Shadows" back in September of 2016, Steve Grimmet's Grim Reaper has been performing live in support of the release. Those shows came to an end after Steve was rushed to a hospital following Saturday night's performance for an emergency operation to remove an infection from his foot.

According to a post from Steve's wife Millie, that operation was unsuccessful, and Steve has now had part of his leg amputated. She issued this announcement via the band's Facebook profile:

"Unfortunately the operation didn't work and Steve is currently in the operating theatre having limbs removed. We don't know how much of the leg will need to be removed but Steve is very very ill. He has an aggressive infection that spread very quickly over night. I am sorry to say the rest of the tour has been cancelled. I am hoping to fly out myself soon and stay with Steve until he is ready to come home so I may meet some of you then. But don't worry, the voice WILL be back."

A few hours later this message was then posted: "Yesterday Steve had his right leg removed from below the knee. The infection was so aggressive it spread from his toes to his knee over night. I've briefly spoken to him and he sounds in high spirits, laughing and joking. Hopefully he will start his journey home next week." More...

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Has CJ Officially Rejoined Thy Art Is Murder?

Thy Art Is Murder was rejoined onstage by ex-Frontman CJ McMahon during last night's performance at the "UNIFY Festival" in Australia. States former touring vocalist for the band, Lochlan Watt on Instagram: "@cj_brotherwolf is back where he belongs. I am so fucking happy for him and my boys right now. This is truly incredible to witness. Power and then some."

McMahon addressed his return at the show in the below video, describing himself as a "drug addict" when he first left the band and later stating that he is "back to take over the world." More...

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Nergal Launches Dark Blues / Country Project

Me And That Man - a new project from Behemoth's Nergal - will release debut album "Songs Of Love And Death" on March 24th through Cooking Vinyl. The album's lead single "My Church Is Black" launched today via the Lynchian video below.

The duo is fronted by Behemoth founder Nergal, paired by rock musician John Porter, and puts away any pre-conceived ideas about what heavy music should be with the release of this side project. The duo draws heavily on blues, country, and folk to make exceedingly dark music.

"Songs Of Love And Death" is a journey through sun-bleached, dusty plains, soundtracked by low-slung acoustic guitars and steeped in the rawest essence of rock and blues.

"This album is not meant to turn Me and That Man fans into Behemoth fans," Nergal notes. "If one day they follow, OK. Something like 'My Church Is Black' is a strong declaration, a song that naturally invites people from the extreme metal world, and perhaps they'll want to enter this world too. They might even like it. With Me and That Man, I'm telling simple stories in a simple way, not overloaded with metaphors and hidden meanings. It's just got to be as natural, organic and stripped down as it can be." More...

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Six Feet Under Unveils "Torment"

Following "Crypt Of The Devil" from 2015 and last year's "Graveyard Classics IV: The Number of the Priest," Six Feet Under today reveals that new album "Torment" will drop on February 24th, 2017.

Cover artwork and the complete album track listing are available below, while "Torment" pre-orders are online now.

1. Sacrificial Kill
2. Exploratory Homicide
3. The Separation of Flesh from Bone
4. Schizomaniac
5. Skeleton
6. Knife Through the Skull
7. Slaughtered as They Slept
8. In the Process of Decomposing
9. Funeral Mask
10. Obsidian
11. Bloody Underwear
12. Roots of Evil More...

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Wintersun Announces New Album

Maybe Wintersun wasn't trolling as much as we thought, as the band today announces a new album is coming... except it's not "Time II" but rather something completely different. The group issued this message online:

"It's 2017 folks and it's going to be a great year! Time for some big Wintersun news? Yes it is!
When we said that 'IT IS DONE,' we did not mean 'Time II,' but we meant a NEW ALBUM for sure! 'Time II' won´t be the next Wintersun album, because of reasons you already know from past updates and interviews.

"So what is IT? IT is a NEW ALBUM and it is 100% done! And no, that's not the name of the album. This album will be something new and different, but equally great or perhaps even better in some ways. Over 53 minutes of solid Wintersun material (with no intro tracks) and with a killer concept!

"This album will be the 3rd full-length Wintersun album. We will release the name of it soon and other details like track list etc. We're gonna start putting the pieces of the puzzle together for you guys how it's going to be released and what will happen... It will be a whole new experience to enjoy a Wintersun album! It will all make sense to you very soon!

"And this album is not the only thing we've done, not by a long shot! In fact your minds will be blown soon! That is a guarantee. So click the notifications ON in our Wintersun Facebook Page, if you don't want to miss out on the new Wintersun album! (Because of Facebook algorithm reach limit). THANKS GUYS!" More...

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Tomas Lindberg Announces The Lurking Fear

Tomas Lindberg is back to front a new death metal project titled The Lurking Fear (and based on the artwork, likely based on the H.P. Lovecraft story of the same name). He posted this message about the impending release via the At The Gates Facebook page:

"Introducing, The Lurking Fear. Tomas Lindberg - vocals, Jonas Stålhammar - Guitars, Fredrik Wallenberg - Guitars, Andreas Axelson - Bass and Adrian Erlandsson - drums.

"The Lurking Fear is bringing sheer, natural weirdness and horror back to the scene, as we want our death metal ugly, twisted and possessed.

"Riffs should stir up real feelings of repulsion, and disgust deep down in your soul, and vocals should sounds like hounds of hell howling at the moon. Stay tuned! Art by Branca Studios." More...

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Austin Carlile Permanently Exits Of Mice & Men

After having suffered numerous health setbacks brought on by the connective tissue disorder Marfan Syndrome, Of Mice & Men vocalist Austin Carlile has announced his decision to permanently exit the band. The outfit will continue without him. States Carlile:

"I never thought in a million years I would be sitting in Costa Rica writing this. I never thought I would start a successful band. I never thought I’d open for Marilyn Manson and Slipknot for an entire summer. I never thought I would go on a world tour with Linkin Park and sing ‘Faint‘ on stage with them all around the globe, I never thought I‘d become friends with Mike Shinoda and he’d help me write songs for an album of ours that sat at the No. 4 spot on the Billboard top charts.

"I never thought I would befriend bands like Avenged Sevenfold, Metallica, and Korn. I never thought i would sing ‘Ball Tongue‘ on stage with Korn. I never thought my band would play, much less headline Warped Tour, play giant radio festivals all over the world with some of my favorite artists, or tour in Germany, or anywhere in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Brazil, Chile, Canada, the United Kingdom, Scotland, Holland, Norway, or Italy, etc.

"The first time I ever left the States was because of this band that I started in a tiny barred window studio apartment… I never thought people would ask to take selfies with me inside the Roman Collesium, on the Eiffel Tower in Paris, or even the mall I worked at in Ohio where Of Mice & Men was born eight years ago with the help of my friends in Though She Wrote.

"Kameron Bradbury now in Beartooth on guitar, recording our first song together in a local studio for just $50. I never thought putting the song ‘Seven Thousand Miles For What‘ on MySpace would reach over a million plays in a week, and that I’d sign a record contract of my own just days later. I never thought i‘d pack my things up and drive to California for the first time to find permanent band members. I never thought all my wildest dreams and more would eventually come true… More...

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Vektor Splits With All Members

Vektor's David DiSanto has apparently parted ways with all other members of the band: drummer Blake Anderson, guitarist Erik Nelson and bassist Frank Chin.

A post went live on the Vektor Facebook page explaining those three members were departing the group, which was shortly after deleted (but can still be read below). Since then David DiSanto issued this statement:

"I apologize to anyone who was concerned about the post from earlier today. Vektor is not stopping. I started writing Vektor songs in 1999 and I'm still writing Vektor songs. As long as I live, Vektor will not die. I appreciate everything that Blake, Frank, and Erik have done to help this ship take off. I also appreciate all of my band mates before them: Willy, Pablo, Adam, Mike, and Kian. See you on the road!"

The original message (since removed from Vektor's social media) reads as follows: More...

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