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Metal Vocalist First Transgender State Legislator

Democrat Danica Roem earned a seat in Virginia’s House of Delegates. Despite the fact that Roem fronts a metal band (Cab Ride Home) and now sits on a U.S. state’s legislature is notable, Roem is also the first ever openly transgender person elected to such a position in the country.

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Ozzy Osbourne To Embark On "Farewell" Tour

Heavy metal icon Ozzy Osbourne will be headlining festivals across Europe next year in what is, according to the organisers of Graspop Metal Meeting, his "farewell" world tour. Although this is being touted as his final world tour, Osbourne says he may still perform shows "here and there" and it is expected that he will still be releasing another album. An official statement or list of tour dates has yet to be announced by Osbourne's camp, but he has been confirmed to headline the Graspop Metal Meeting festival in Belgium, Denmark's, Copenhell event and both the British and Spanish editions of the Download festival.

Download Festival's promoter, Andy Copping said: "We’re unbelievably excited to have Ozzy as one of the headliners next year. Already hailing from the Midlands, Ozzy Osbourne is no stranger to Download, and after Black Sabbath closed the festival in 2016, how could I not ask The Prince of Darkness to come back all on his own? The Download family are without a shadow of a doubt, in for a treat."

More on this story will be revealed as soon as information becomes available.

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Former Vital Remains Singer Passes Away

Former Vital Remains frontman Scott Wily, who was with the group from 2008 to 2012, has passed away according to his former bandmates. No cause of death has been announced as of yet. A posting on the official Vital Remains Facebook page by guitarist Tony Lazaro reads as follows:

"It is with heavy heart and deep sadness that i say Gator Gaeton Collier and I (Tony ) lost and old friend and singer of Vital Remains Scott Willey. I had just seen him this summer at Summer Slaughter Fest in July. And we had a nice conversation about alot of things. We told some road stories from the past and we had some good laughs. I will always remember the good times my friend.

"Until we me again for that next jam! Rest in Peace Brother ....My Condolences to his Family and friends! \m/" More...

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Autopsy Premieres Title Track Of Upcoming New CD

U.S. death metal pioneers of Autopsy premiere the title track of their upcoming new album "Puncturing The Grotesque", which will be out in stores December 15 via Peaceville on CD, LP and digitally. "Puncturing The Grotesque" was recorded at Earhammer Studios, in Oakland, California with engineering and co-production duties carried out by Greg Wilkinson. The cover artwork comes courtesy of Dennis Dread (Darkthrone, Abscess).

Check out now "Puncturing The Grotesque" below.

Comments Chris Reifert of the thirtieth anniversary of Autopsy: More...

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Pentagram Frontman Jailed For 18 Months

Bobby Liebling, frontman and sole constant member of American doom metal pioneers Pentagram, has been sentenced by a court in Maryland to spend eighteen months in prison for abuse and neglect of a vulnerable adult, upon completion of which, he will be placed on supervised probation for three years. He was arrested in May for his actions and also charged with first degree assault, to which he pleaded not guilty, though he plead guilty to the charge of abuse/neglect of a vulnerable adult, which is believed to be his 87 year old mother. A statement from Pentagram bassist Greg Turley reads as follows:

"2015/2016 were the busiest years ever for Pentagram. New album and a full tour cycle kept us busier than ever and taking us to places we’ve never been and playing bigger shows than I ever imagined. November 2016, Gothenburg, Sweden I knew something was ending, I just didn't know what.... Dealing with Bobby and his reoccurring demons was bringing us all down. Same story from the past, I know. Honestly, I thought Bobby would end up dying before we played another show. Turns out, he didn’t die, just went off the rails and ended up assaulting his mom. Pretty much the worse thing someone could do in my opinion. He assaults the one and only person that has always taken up for him? Wow! Just horrible.

"He’s now serving time in prison. Looks like he’ll be there for the next 18 months. That’s a lot of time to reflect on bad decisions and bad habits.

"The last six months have been quite a ride, continuing on without Bobby was an easy decision. Fans, investments and commitments all needed to be satisfied so we marched on. The positive support we received, especially from those who have attended the live shows has been truly amazing. Sucks to be put in this situation but we've made the best of it and exceeded even our own expectations.

"Don't know exactly what the future holds BUT the music of Pentagram is much larger than the individuals. Just look at the list of people that have been involved!!! Not only have I had the opportunity to be a part, I’m also one of the biggest fans. I mean, I truly never get burned out on these songs, from Forever My Queen to The Ghoul to City Romance to the last note on Curious Volume. I love them all…

"The "Bobby IS Pentagram" argument baffles me. There is and has always been a great team behind him pushing forward. Sorry to disappoint everyone who thinks Bobby steers the ship... I've been fortunate to be the constant for the last 8 years and involved since 1993. There still is an inner drive to move forward and bring the music to whoever will listen. I would love to have Bobby at the front of the stage more than you know, but by his own actions/mistakes, he's removed himself. I've been to see him and keep in regular contact with him and he seems to understand that he "messed up". Now, he's got some time to work out his demons and try to make things right.

"What’s next for us? I look to keep moving forward…Thanks for reading and THANKS for your support.

"Greg Turley Peter Campbell"

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Marilyn Manson Fires Bassist Twiggy Ramirez

After twenty five years together, Marilyn Manson has fired his bass player Twiggy Ramirez (real name: Jeordie White,) following a statement from Jack Off Jill singer Jessicka Addams that while dating the musician, she was subjected to rape, domestic abuse and other distressing and traumatising situations. Manson initially posted a short statement which read:

"I have decided to part ways with Jeordie White as a member of Marilyn Manson. He will be replaced on the upcoming tour. I wish him well." After Addams made her allegations however, Manson added on Instagram: "This is a sad day. I knew Jessicka and Jeordie had a romantic relationship many years ago and I considered and still consider Jessicka to be a friend. I knew nothing about these allegations until very recently and am saddened by Jessicka's obvious distress."

Addams revealed the upsetting accusations on her Facebook page, a sample of which reads as follows: More...

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Former Marilyn Manson Guitarist Passes Away

Scott Mitchell Putesky, more famously known as Daisy Berkowitz, the co-founding guitarist of the Marilyn Manson (originally Marilyn Manson and the Spooky Kids,) and later of Jack Off Jill, has passed away according to a number of his friends and bandmates. A posting on the Jack Off Jill Facebook page stated; "Saying good bye to Scott, friend, band mate, artist , hero.. RIP Scott - "always touched by your presence dear." Daisy Berkowitz." An official cause of death has yet to be revealed but in 2013, Putesky was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer.

Putesky formed Marilyn Manson and the Spooky Kids in 1989 with the eponymous singer (AKA Brian Warner,) after meeting at an after party at the Reunion Room in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He remained with the group recording the album, "Portrait of an American Family" and the EP "Smells Like Children," before leaving halfway through the recording of "Antichrist Superstar" due to creative differences, though he does appear on the record. He would then join Jack Off Jill in 1998 and went on to record the album, "Covetous Creature" with the group and made a guest appearance with Godhead, before recording some albums with Three Ton Gate. More...

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Celtic Frost Bassist Martin Ain Passes Away

Reports are beginning to surface that Martin Stricker, better known as Martin Eric Ain, the bassist and co-founder of Celtic Frost, has passed away at the age of 50 due to a heart attack. We will have more updates on this soon, as many of the sites reporting it are in German.

Ain began his long and successful, if times turbulent working relationship with Thomas Gabriel Fischer (AKA Tom Warrior) when he joined Hellhammer in the early 80s, before the two formed Celtic Frost. He performed on a number of seminal albums including, "Morbid Tales," "Into the Pandemonium" and the superb comeback album, "Monotheist," on which he handled lead vocals for the single, "A Dying God Coming Into Human Flesh." Celtic Frost disbanded in 2008 for the second time and Ain focused on other endeavours including running a DVD store and a bar. More...

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Megadeth's Mustaine Reveals He Has Lyme Disease

Megadeth mainman Dave Mustaine has revealed that he has been suffering from Lyme disease in recent months, having contracted it from a tick bite. Depending on the severity of the infection, the infectious disease can have life lasting effects.

A few days ago, Dave Mustaine tweeted the following messages:


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Decapitated Vocalist & Bassist Charged With Rape

Decapitated singer Rafal Piotrowski and bassist Hubert Wiecek had their first court appearance in Spokane County on Friday for allegedly participating in a gang rape of a woman on their tour bus in Spokane on Aug. 31. With the aid of a Polish translator, Judge John Cooney communicated the charges of first-degree kidnapping and second-degree rape to Piotrowski and first-degree kidnapping and third-degree rape to Wiecek.

Waclaw Kieltyka and Michal Lysejko, the band’s bassist and drummer, had their first court appearance in Spokane on Oct. 13. Kieltyka was charged with first-degree kidnapping and second-degree rape and Lysejko was charged with first-degree kidnapping and third-degree rape.

All four band members had their bonds set at $100,000. They also aren’t allowed to talk to each other while incarcerated and were forced to surrender their passports to their attorneys. More...

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Cannibal Corpse Premieres "Red Before Black"

Death metal veterans of Cannibal Corpse premiere the title track of their upcoming new album "Red Before Black", which will be out in stores November 03 via Metal Blade Records.

Check out now "Red Before Black" below.



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Decapitated: Bail Set for Guitarist and Drummer

Decapitated‘s Waclaw Kieltyka (guitars) and Michal Lysejko (drums) appeared in a Spokane, Washington court past Friday, to be formally charged with rape and kidnapping charges. Kieltyka was charged with first-degree kidnapping and second-degree rape. Lysejko was charged with first-degree kidnapping and third-degree rape. More...

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Fleshgod Apocalypse Singer Quits Band

Fleshgod Apocalypse announces the departure of vocalist/guitarist Tommaso Riccardi from its ranks. The group issues the below statement on the matter:

"Hello friends,

there’s no easy way to say this, so we’ll go straight to the point:

about a couple of months ago, our singer Tommaso left the band for personal reasons. Our separation wasn’t painless, but everybody thought this was the best solution.

Therefore we sat down and tried to figure out all possible scenarios for a band that suddenly loses its frontman. The will to go on and continue this journey was stronger than everything else.

Since the message of Fleshgod Apocalypse goes beyond music itself, we couldn’t let someone who wasn’t there since the beginning be its spokesman. More...

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Marilyn Manson Crushed By Stage Prop In NYC

Multiple sources are reporting that Marilyn Manson was injured at his gig in New York City tonight (Sept. 30) at the Hammerstein Ballroom. The show was stopped after a stage prop of two giant guns fell on top of Manson while he was performing the Eurythmics cover of "Sweet Dreams." Check out a clip of the accident below.

There’s currently no word on if Manson has been seriously injured, though he was taken off the stage on a stretcher and has reportedly been taken to the hospital. As more information on Manson's condition comes out, we will report on it.

Marilyn Manson will release the new album "Heaven Upside Down" on October 6th.

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Decapitated Case: Attorney Shares Legal Insight

Though he’s not connected with the Decapitated case, MetalSucks recently interviewed NYC criminal defense lawyer Jeffrey Lichtman to get a better understanding of the ongoing legal situation. According to the latest reports, the band remains held in an LA county jail awaiting extradition to Spokane, WA, where it is facing a charge of first degree kidnapping. That charge stems from allegedly holding two female fans on the band's tour bus against their will back on August 30th. The band members have also since been accused of gang raping one of the women.

Criminal defense lawyer Jeffrey Lichtman does provide an overview of what the band members are potentially facing, which could be over a lifetime prison sentence if they are convicted. The maximum sentence for the kidnapping charge is 20 years to life and with a potential rape charge included, those numbers could quickly rise. However, it is noted that if convicted the average sentencing guidelines would have then facing under 8 years in prison.

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Monument Of Misanthropy Premieres EP-Trailer

Austrian/French brutal death metal maniacs of Monument Of Misanthropy are set to release their upcoming new EP titled "Capital Punisher" this October. Like on the band's critically acclaimed pre-decessor and full-length debut "Anger Mismanagement", French drum-wizard Romain Goulon (Necrophagist, ex-Benighted) is providing studio-drums. The album's cover artwork was created by Remy Cuveillier of Headsplit Design, Paris, France.

Today Monument Of Misanthropy has dropped a trailer with exactly 666 seconds of brand new tunes of the band's forthcoming EP, which can be streamed via YouTube below.

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Dodecahedron Parts With Vocalist

Dodecahedron today announces the immediate amicable parting of ways with vocalist M. Eikenaar, who is being replaced by GGU:LL frontman W. Van Der Voort.

The black metal group comments: "Sometimes a situation compels one to advance to new horizons; change is inevitable. We are bound to announce the departure of our lead vocalist M. Eikenaar, which means that we are introducing a new interpreter of our black arts, a lead vocalist that will carry out our message with newborn fury: W. Van Der Voort, best known for his work as frontman of doom sludge band GGU:LL.

"He is excited to deliver the spark that ignites the new flame in the twelve-sided empire. M. Eikenaar will continue his work as lyricist and artwork developer for Dodecahedron; his images and words have become a quintessential part of the bands' expression and will remain in place."

Fans can also catch these rare upcoming Dodecahedron live appearances in Europe:

07 Oct 17 Nijmegen (NL) Doornroosje (Soulcrusher II Fest)
30 Mar 18 Oslo (NO) Inferno Metal Festival (exact date tbc) More...

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At The Gates Announces New Guitarist, Album

Swedish melodic death metal group At The Gates is now in the final stages of preparation for an upcoming new album, following 2014’s comeback release, “At War With Reality” (reviewed here).

After the departure of founding guitarist Anders Björler in March, the group is not only ready to give a comprehensive update on the new album’s status, but can also now announce the newest addition to the At The Gates line-up. The Swedes comment:

“We have finally decided on a new guitar player, and we are ready to rip again! Actually he was our first choice, and we are happy to have him on board. Jonas Stålhammar has been a friend since the late eighties (Tomas used to tape trade with him back then!), and our paths have crossed many times during our careers.

"We were looking for someone who had the same reference points as we do, someone from the same path, so to say, who understand the greatness of both Autopsy and King Crimson. Of course it was essential that our new member could fill the shoes of Anders' performance-wise as well, but that was never an issue with Jonas. We were looking for someone with a deep understanding of what At The Gates are about, someone who could contribute creatively to the band.

"Jonas Stålhammar will be a full member from day one, and will play on the upcoming full length album, scheduled for recording in November 2017 – January 2018. We currently have 11 songs ready for said album, and are more inspired than perhaps ever before. You can expect a full-on At The Gates record with all the classic elements of the band. It is by far the most comprehensive album of the band to date, and will span all the way across the different elements of the band's sound. We are super-excited for 2018. It will be a good year for At The Gates, and our fans, for sure.”

Adrian Erlandsson – Drums
Jonas Björler – Bass
Tomas Lindberg – Vocals
Jonas Stålhammar – Guitar
Martin Larsson – Guitar More...

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Decapitated Arrested In California

Update: the band has now issued a statement, which can be read here.

After releasing the "Anticult" album via Nuclear Blast Records, Polish metal band Decapitated recently hit the road in the U.S. to support the release alongside Thy Art Is Murder.

While the tour is ongoing, Decapitated won't be appearing on any further dates of the trek, with all four members of the band arrested in California this morning.

The Spokesman Review reported the following:

All four members of the Polish death metal band Decapitated were arrested in Santa Ana, California, early Saturday on suspicion of kidnapping a woman after their concert in Spokane on Aug. 31.

A woman reported to police just before 2 a.m. on Sept. 1 the alleged kidnapping by the band members, said Spokane Police Department spokeswoman Cpl. Teresa Fuller. The band had performed with Thy Art is Murder at The Pin concert venue downtown as part of their “Double Homicide” tour. Fuller said she believes the woman attended the heavy metal concert.

The band members were arrested by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office after their Friday night concert in Santa Ana. They have been identified as 27-year-old Michael M. Lysejko, 35-year-old Waclaw J. Kieltyka, 31-year-old Rafal T. Piotrowski and 30-year-old Hubert E. Wiecek. All are Polish nationals.

The four are in the Los Angeles County Jail awaiting extradition to Spokane. Fuller said additional charges are possible. The case is still under investigation by the department’s Special Victims Unit.

Defense attorney Steve Graham of Spokane said he was hired by the band on Thursday after they became aware of the investigation.

“There is another side to this,” he said. “We have witnesses that can testify to the fact that the accuser came to visit band of her own free will and left on good terms.”

He said he told police that the band members had offered to surrender but never heard anything back. “I made it clear that I could get the guys up here ASAP and they would cooperate,” he said.

Graham said he’s concerned that they will “languish” in the Los Angeles County Jail for weeks before being returned to Spokane, but said the four will not fight extradition and will return to Spokane willingly.

Live footage from the band's Santa Ana show can be seen below. At this point no statement has arrived from the band or label, but it seems a good bet there won't be any further U.S. appearances on the remaining dates. The band was also scheduled to tour Europe alongside King Parrot in October and November. More...

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Cannibal Corpse: New Album Out November 03, 2017

Cannibal Corpse's forthcoming new album "Red Before Black" is scheduled for a November 3rd release date via Metal Blade Records.

An official announcement for the album is expected shortly with the following track listing confirmed for the release: More...

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