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On July 24th, Lamb Of God released long-awaited seventh full length album "VII: Sturm Und Drang" via Nuclear Blast Entertainment.
The numbers are in, and the proof that metal is truly alive and well lies within the album’s incredible #2 first week debut on the U.S. Top Current Albums chart, #3 on the Top 200, and #1 on both the Rock Album and Hard Rock Album charts.
Additionally, the album has charted extremely well internationally, surpassing the chart numbers for the band’s last album in every territory:
Canada - #1 debut
Australia - #2
Switzerland - #5
UK - #7, #1 Indie, #1 Rock
Austria Top 75 - #12
Japan - #13
Netherlands - #13
Finland - #3
New Zealand - #11
Sweden - #19
Denmark - #21
Belgium - #23
Ireland - #25, #1 Indie
France - #40
Italy - #84
Norway - #84
Update: Slipknot has now issued a statement about the situation and stated Venturella will be rejoining the band tomorrow. Read it over here.
Slipknot had to perform as an eight-piece last night after bassist Alessandro Venturella was rushed to hospital six songs into the set. A short clip of frontman Corey Taylor addressing the fans can be seen below:
"I’m gonna let you know what’s going on right now. I’m sorry to say that our bass player, Alex, had… something happened. I’m not sure what happened. He’s been put into an ambulance and he’s going to the hospital right now as we speak. But I want you all to make fucking noise for him, send him some fucking love. Now, we had a choice to come back out here. We’ve had to modify some shit, but we’re gonna keep on playing for you. It’s what we want, it’s what Alex would fucking want."
Knoxville, TN's A Body Divided has issued the following announcement online about calling it quits and lining up a farewell show:
"Its with great remorse that I type this, but A Body Divided will no longer be a active band as of this moment. We will be playing the Whitechapel show and will be booking a final show in the near future.
"It's been a great four years. So many fond memories, friends, and times we have had. I don't think any of us would have changed it for the world. Unfortunately the time has come for new chapters in all our lives.
"It's been a fun ride guys two records, a single, and so many great shows you have always made us feel like our music mattered thank you for your support we love all of you.
"Come out and see us with the awesome Whitechapel, more info on our final show will be up soon. Thank you again." More...
Late last month After The Burial parted ways with guitarist Justin Lowe after he posted a rambling paranoid rant about the other band members, prompting a statement about Lowe suffering from mental health issues.
After going missing earlier this week, we are saddened to announce that Lowe has passed away and apparently died in a fall. RiverTowns.net reports:
St. Croix County authorities on Wednesday released the identity of the man whose body was found near the St. Croix River. The deceased man was identified as 32-year-old Justin A. Lowe of Vadnais Heights, Minn., according to St. Croix County Chief Deputy Scott Knudson.
Lowe's body was discovered by a hiker early Tuesday beneath the Arcola High Bridge connecting Minnesota and the town of Somerset. Knudson said Lowe had been reported missing July 18 in Washington County, Minn. Foul play was not suspected, Knudson said, adding that the cause of death was consistent with a fall.
Our condolences to the band members and family of Lowe, and if you'd like to leave a message to the band you can do so at Facebook here.
Read the full article at RiverTowns.net.
Rivaling CROMCarl's record for April Fool's gags coming true, it turns out The Safety Fire's post back on April 1st about breaking up wasn't as much of a joke as the band let on. The Safety Fire just issued this announcement via Facebook:
"We had you guys going for a while there, ey? You truly were all April Fools... However, the harsh reality is, we have actually broken up.
"Maybe we will do a farewell show sometime. If you want to grab some merch to show people you were once cool, or are now cool and know some defunct band that no one has heard of in a few months time, then click here. When they're gone, they're gone for good.
"Thanks for all the support over the years - from Cruisin' to Smüth Beats, we had a real swell time. Thanks to everyone who bought a shirt, came to a show, let us sleep on their floors, fed us... but most of all, thank you to those who ever said, shouted, screamed, mumbled or merely whispered.... Fuck The Safety Fire." More...
In what will no doubt be a huge PR boost for previously totally unknown band Hexxus, member Kevin Young was arrested after causing a panic on a public bus while wearing a bullet belt. BPDNews.com reports:
At about 4:20 PM on Friday July 10, 2015, officers assigned to District D-14 (Brighton) responded to a call for a person with a gun on an MBTA bus in the area of Cambridge and Harvard Streets.
Officers learned that the driver had pulled the bus over as passengers began calling 911 when a male suspect boarded the bus with what appeared to be military grade ammunition strapped around his waist. The driver stated that the passengers were in a panic, fearing that the suspect was about to pull out a weapon. The suspect, later identified as Kevin Young, 26, of Watertown, exited the bus and was stopped by police on Penniman Road at which time it was discovered that the ammunition was fake. Officers recovered 69 replica bullets in all. The suspect was wearing what was described as spiked fighting gloves and spiked leather bracelets.
The suspect was placed in custody and will appear in Brighton District Court on charges of Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Unlawfully Carried Dangerous Weapon and Disorderly Conduct.
Those charges have since been dropped when Young made his court appearance, however. MyFoxBoston.com reported this update yesterday:
“Based on the totality of circumstances, however, including confirmation that the cartridges on said belt could not and weren't intended to be fired, prosecutors dismissed the charges at arraignment in Brighton Municipal Court,” the Suffolk County District Attorney said.
So what do you think metal heads? On the one hand, walking onto a public bus looking like you are about to shoot up the place is a pretty damn bad idea (and it's a good thing there wasn't some trigger happy asshole with a concealed weapon on board), but on the other, he didn't actually commit any crime and arresting him for having fake bullets seems way overboard. More...
The New Zealand Herald is reporting that former AC/DC member Phil Rudd has been sentenced to eight months of home detention for charges of threatening to kill and possession of meth. His lawyer has launched an appeal, but for now Rudd remains homebound. Excerpts from the repot follow:
In Tauranga District Court today, Rudd received the sentence having already admitted to charges of threatening to kill an employee, and for methamphetamine and cannabis found in his home during a police raid last year. The 61-year-old appeared tired and expressionless as he stood in the dock while Judge Ingram delivered the sentence, after refusing an application for a discharge without conviction.
In ordering Rudd stay confined to his Harbour Drive, Tauranga, home, Judge Ingram also banned him from taking any drugs not prescribed to him. The drummer angrily refused to comment as he left the court, smoking a cigarette and telling one member of the press "to get a fucking job pal, get a real job."
Rudd, who has claimed his old band mates from AC/DC has shut him out since he was arrested last year, had earlier pleaded guilty to the charges in April. This came after police dropped charges of attempting to procure a murder, which caused an international media storm that his lawyer Craig Tuck, said generated more publicity around the band than the death of its former lead singer Bon Scott.
Video from after the sentencing can be seen below - pay particular attention for the hilarious "You don't seem to have learned much?" that could have come straight out of Flight Of The Conchords. More...
Read the full article at NZHeraland.
Following the release of fourth album "Architect of Hope," it seems there's no hope to be had for any upcoming Empires of Eden material. Stu Marshall comments on laying the band to rest:
"I am announcing here that I will not be making anymore Empires of Eden albums. The decision comes for many reasons, one most importantly that I think the series has run its course and, unless an artist has something new to say, they best leave their prior works do the talking.
"To say I am grateful for your support is an understatement. The amazing people and opportunities this (EOE) thing spawned for me is incredible. Without EOE, Death dealer and my new band Blasted to static would never have been born.
"So first, thank you for following. The 4 albums will remain a set for me. Very special in many ways. Each album contains pure performances from some incredible talent. The good news is the music output from me is increasing... two bands both with global touring plans and releases. Death Dealer releases our second album this year with European touring staring next week and, Blasted to Static’s debut will be completed soon with early 2016 touring planned. More...
Belgium's high-energy metal outfit Prematory has decided to put all that energy to rest, issuing the following statement about calling it quits:
"We have an announcement to make that some of you might not have expected: due to several reasons, we have decided that now is the time for the Prematory journey to end. After more than 150 shows and seven years of hard work, we've hit a hurdle that we can't overcome as a united force.
"The honest truth and reason behind our decision is that it became clear to us that we simply don't have the drive anymore to keep on going. All of the members are embarking on different journeys into the future and this has lead our collective to stray from the path.
"We know that many of you were still hoping to see us live. Sadly, all current shows have been cancelled due to scheduling issues and there are no plans to do a final performance at this moment in time.
"Prematory has been a big part of our lives, we've committed thousands of hours to this band and we have nothing but love for what we have managed to accomplish. We've had an amazing time and we would like to thank all of you for this. There are no hard feelings between all the current members, the decision to end was made in mutual agreement and we wish each other good luck in all future endeavors."
It would appear the new album the band mentioned working on back in February has been scrapped. For now, enjoy going "Down The Drain" with Prematory below. More...
In a time of endless sub-genre classifications, Act Of Defiance's debut offering simply delivers 100% in-your-face, uncompromising heavy metal. The scathing debut, "Birth and The Burial," is set for an August 21st release via Metal Blade Records and pre-order bundle packages are now available at this location.
The group's first official introduction to the masses is via the album's ripping lead-off track "Throwback," which is a face-melting all out thrash assault. Check it out below.
With a hefty resumé that chronicles time spent riffing and shredding in Jag Panzer, Nevermore, and a seven-year stint in Megadeth, Chris Broderick’s pedigree speaks for itself. Furthermore, joined by powerhouse drummer - and fellow Megadeth alumnus and former Eidolon drummer - Shawn Drover, bassist Matt Bachand (Shadows Fall) and vocalist Henry Derek (ex-Scar The Martyr), the band is a truly formidable metallic behemoth. "Birth And The Burial" is ten tracks of armor-plated, state of the art heaviness.
Drover states: "'Throwback' is not your average speed/thrash metal tune. The song is also pretty progressive at times with a lot of stopping and starting going into the bridge and they are all at different times, so we really had to memorize the count. I was really impressed with the way Chris wanted to write a little bit out of the box, shall we say.
"Chris also wrote all of the lyrics for the song, which were also impressive to me. They are certainly dark in the subject matter, as they should be to fit the aggressiveness of the song. Quite a nice fit if you ask me." More...
After releasing a teaser clip indicating the band was back from the dead (having broken up in 2011), Disturbed has now issued the following statement about releasing a new album:
"Disturbed ones - The hiatus is over. Over the past year, we’ve been secretly writing and recording a brand new album. Today, we are excited to share a new song called 'The Vengeful One' along with a new music video. It’s off our upcoming album called 'Immortalized,' which will be released on August 21, and is available for pre-order today.
"This album had the arduous task of, in some way, justifying the hiatus; giving the fans something that made it worth our time away from one another. We hope that it succeeds in that task. Thank you for staying with us over the years. Pre-order our new album 'Immortalized' now at this location." More...
Slayer released a new "visualizer video" for the title track of the highly anticipated new album "Repentless." The album will drop on September 11th via Nuclear Blast Records.
"Repentless" is Slayer's first new studio album since 2009's critically-acclaimed, Grammy-nominated "World Painted Blood." The twelve songs were produced by Terry Date and recorded between August 2014 and mid-January 2015 at Henson Recording Studios in Los Angeles.
Slayer will tour extensively to support the release of the album, and will headline this summer's Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival that kicks off July 26 in San Diego, CA.
The album will be available in a wide array of formats, as detailed below:
* Limited CD + Blu-ray digipak (includes Blu-ray of "Slayer Live at Wacken 2014" and the "Making of Repentless" documentary)
* Limited CD + DVD digipak (includes DVD of "Slayer Live at Wacken 2014" and the "Making of Repentless" documentary)
* Strictly limited 12-inch sized Box (includes CD + Blu-ray digipak, DVD, exclusive Repentless 12-inch picture vinyl, "Slayer Live at Wacken 2014" CD, 12-inch photo card, 12-inch fold-out poster)
* CD jewel case
* Vinyl in gatefold (audio mastered for vinyl)
* Digital (all digital platforms)
* Limited edition "Metal Eagle Edition" More...
Long running Florida metal band Kult Ov Azazel has been put down - may it rest in chaos! The band issued this statement:
"On June 10th a decision was made to disband Kult ov Azazel. This was a hard decision to make and still is bitter pill to swallow. After having to cancel all dates for the Archons ov Darkness tour it’s become apparent that over the past couple of years the band has ended up with employees rather than mates. This was a big factor in the decision to end the band.
"It’s become a financial burden to continue under the current circumstances. When camaraderie comes with a price attached it’s also a sign to the end. This was not the way Kult ov Azazel was intended to be. The band begun with two guys with a shared vision which in turn sought out other like minded individuals to create music with. It was not about money. It was not about fame. It was to write music that spoke directly to us. It was our conduit and was something we were passionate about.
"Some where down the line this ended. Passions changed with certain members, members came and went and what was left was one person trying to hold it all together, trying to keep things moving forward. That has increasingly become harder over the years. A band requires all members to have that drive otherwise stagnation begins to set in. And what is a band if only a few have that driving passion? It becomes an obstacle. That’s where the cards have fallen here.
"It’s unfortunate but at some point one has to stop dreaming and look at the cold hard reality of things. After facing reality it was evident that this decision had to be made. Thanks to all the members in current form and past that have marched within the ranks over the past seventeen years. Some of those bonds made will hold forever. With all that said, just remember that with death comes birth…" More...
According to reports from U.K. publications The Guardian and The Telegraph, famed actor, singer and heavy metal star Christopher Lee has died at the age of 93 after being hospitalized for respiratory problems and heart failure. Apparently, Lee's death occurred days ago, but his wife wished to inform family and close friends before public disclosure.
Lee, best known for roles as Dracula and Saruman in Lord of the Rings, also broke into the world of heavy metal with his solo album (future releases under the Charlemagne moniker) "Sings Devils, Rogues & Other Villains (From Broadway to Bayreuth and Beyond)" in 1998, and followed up with three more full length albums, culminating with the EP "Metal Knight" and the Christmas single "Darkest Carols, Faithful Sing" in 2014. Lee also appeared as narrator and vocalist over the course of 7 years with Rhapsody of Fire, beginning with the 2004 EP "The Dark Secret," and most famously his appearance on the track "The Magic of the Wizard's Dream" from the full length album "Symphony of Enchanted Lands II - The Dark Secret." Lee also narrated the 2010 version of Manowar's "Dark Avenger" (originally narrated by the late Orson Wells). More...
After announcing a hiatus back in August of last year, Shadows Fall is already back, having announced a new show this summer. The band comments:
"We are back!!!!! Saturday, August 22 Shadows Fall will be headlining The Big Kahuna festival at Fete music hall in Providence, RI.
"Also appearing will be End Time Illusion, Anaria, Carnivora, Oath, and many others on 3 stages. We may add a few more shows around this date and these could possibly, be the only Shadows Fall dates of the year.
"If you are a promoter and are interested in booking Shadows Fall in this timeframe, contact: email@example.com." More...
Canada-based metallers 3 Inches Of Blood decided to part ways. The band's final show is planned to take place on November 7th at the Commodore Ballroom in their hometown, Vancouver, BC.
States 3 Inches Of Blood about its plans to disband:
"Unfortunately, this is not the sort of news you were wanting to hear, but here goes: It is now that we come to announce that 3 Inches Of Blood has decided to part ways. Naturally, people will have questions as to why we have collectively made this decision.
"While our reasons are personal, just know we are all still good friends, but it is just time to move on. All of us will continue to pursue musical projects, so refer to our social media pages to keep up with that. We are eternally thankful to our fans, friends and family that have stuck by us through thick and thin and always believed in us. You are the reason this band got anywhere and kept us going. We'd also like to thank our musical peers and former 3 Inches Of Blood members for all your love and support over the years. More...
Lifeforms has checked in with the following announcement about officially calling it quits and forming a different band:
"We would like to clarify our position with regards to Lifeforms and Ghost/Aeon. Lifeforms is officially defunct and no longer operating as a band since the subsequent departures of Arik Okray and Trevor Richardson on April 21st 2015.
"This page is therefore being converted into the official facebook page of Ghost/Aeon. Ghost/Aeon is a project that was formed over 2 years ago and includes Howie Favichia amongst its members.
"We have been in pre production for over a year on our new album ‘Metanoia’. It is true that Ghost/Aeon has former Lifeforms members amongst its ranks however we want to make it clear beyond all possible recognition that Ghost/Aeon is a completely separate entity to Lifeforms.
"We apologize for any misleading information we have conveyed previously on Facebook with regard to our status. We hope you like the direction we are taking with Ghost/Aeon and we are extremely excited about the future of this band." More...
The reigning kings of technical, historically-themed brutality from Nile are currently in the studio wrapping up the mix of their upcoming album "What Should Not Be Unearthed."
Produced by Nike and mixed by Neil Kernon, the album will be released August 28th, 2015 via Nuclear Blast Records. The artwork (available below) was handled this time by Michal 'Xaay' Loranc. Mastermind Karl Sanders states:
“All of us in Nile are happy to announce our upcoming newest album 'What Should Not Be Unearthed.' It’s our 8th official album, and this time we believe we have a truly crushing disc to bring to metal fans. The focus this time around is on brutally heavy metal riffing and songwriting; kind of like of an 'Annihilation Of The Wicked' approach but very streamlined to achieve maximum destructive impact. Our last record, 'At The Gates Of Sethu,' was super surgically clean and very musicianship oriented whereas the new disc is a polar opposite; 'Unearthed' is aimed straight at utter metal heaviness and memorable songwriting.
"Although 'Unearthed' is still full of the kind of undeniable musicianship people have come to expect from Nile over the years, it’s the songs themselves that will hit listeners over the head this time around. These songs will be a blast to play live, and we are stoked at the opportunity to bring these songs to metal fans everywhere. See you on tour!” More...
Arch Enemy will return to North America this July/August to headline the 2015 installment of the Summer Slaughter tour.
Featuring Born of Osiris, Veil of Maya, The Acacia Strain, Obscura, After the Burial, Cattle Decapitation and Beyond Creation as support, this tour will mark the band's second North American run on this album cycle - but the first stateside trek to feature new guitarist Jeff Loomis.
Arch Enemy founder and guitarist Michael Amott comments: "Very pleased to be returning to North America on our current 'War Eternal' campaign...It's an absolute honor to headline the 2015 edition of the legendary Summer Slaughter tour! See you all very soon!"
Dates are as follows (more to be added in the coming weeks): More...
It's official, after months of teasers, the godfathers of thrash are ready to officially unveil new album details.
The brand new, eleventh Slayer studio album, now announced to be titled "Repentless," is due out Tuesday, September 11th, 2015 (worldwide) via Nuclear Blast Records.
A brief teaser trailer is available below. Stay tuned for more info to come your way shortly. In the mean time let us know - how do you think this one will stack up, and will it be worth the wait or live up to older material with all the lineup changes?