Archive: Headline News
UK-based crust legends Discharge played their final Canadian show last night at the Rickshaw Theater in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Singer JJ announced yesterday that both he and lead guitarist Bones had been detained upon entering the country – whereby JJ was advised that he was permanently banned from entering Canada. JJ posted this statement on Facebook last night:
"Well... I’m permanently banned from Canada. Criminal charges from 20 years ago. However they let me in to play the show for a 'low' cost of $200 as long as I leave the country after we play. Bones made it in by the skin of his teeth... Tezz / Rainy not allowed back in the USA. Karl Morris ‘Egghead’ from The Exploited, UK Subs etc. will be filling in on bass for us. Doesn’t look like Discharge will ever be allowed back in Canada... so looks like tonight will be our last Canadian show. All USA shows still on... see ya soon!"
The show in Vancouver was the first date of Discharge’s highly anticipated North American tour – the remaining US dates are going ahead as planned starting in Seattle, Washington State today. Support will be coming from Eyehategod and Toxic Holocaust. More...
Longtime and legendary vocalist Fabio Lione (Angra/Vision Divine) announced his departure from Rhapsody of Fire. Lione joined the band in 1995 just after the "Eternal Glory" demo and before the release of the debut album "Legendary Tales." He leaves behind a legacy of 11 full length studio albums with the band.
In a post on Facebook, Lione stated:
"Dear all, fans, promoters, colleagues. I anticipated this to all band members in the last 3/4 months and now I sadly announce my final decision to part ways with ROF. Ain't no words to describe what this band represents to me, and I'm proud to have been part of such a big chapter of the power metal bible.
"It's time for me to write a new chapter of my life, as a musician and as a man. I wish ROF all the best, may their magic go ahead stronger than ever. Thank you Alex and Holzy, for this 20 years. Thanks You Roberto, for your friendship and Alessandro for your sincere attitude and honesty."
One of those new chapters was recently announced - in the form of Eternal Idol, which releases the debut album "The Unrevealed Secret" on December 2nd via Frontiers Records.
The band posted a letter online about the situation, which can be seen below. More...
Today the Graveyard is being officially entombed. Joakim, Axel, Truls, and Jonatan from the Swedish band (not to be confused with the Spanish group of the same name) issued this statement about calling it quits:
"Dark clouds above the graveyard today. Due to the all so classic reason 'differences within the band' the Graveyard is as of today officially closed. This is the unfortunate final decision we've had to make after going through a period of struggling n juggling with personal issues.
"Things have gone out of hand and now our energy is very low. As a direct result of this we're sorry to say that all scheduled touring is cancelled.
"Graveyard have always been more about the music than the talking and that approach is the way we intend to deal with this situation also. What we can say is that we don't know if and when the Graveyard will re-open and return in full force. Stay tuned, stay awesome & No endless night in sight." More...
Malevolent Creation has reportedly broken up and canceled upcoming North American tour dates with Incantation and Seeker. That tour marked the band's return to the road for the first time in five years, supporting new album "Dead Man's Path."
The tour was scheduled to kick off October 6th in Atlanta, Georgia and run through October 26th. All tickets can be refunded at their point of purchase.
While no official statement has been released from the band, multiple promoters have reported the cancellation of the tour due to the band's breakup. The few events listed on the group's facebook page all read "canceled."
The Florida death metal outfit is also celebrating the 25th anniversary of iconic debut record, "The Ten Commandments" this year.
Malevolent Creation is set to perform a handful of dates in South America, which appear to be on at this point, starting in Lima, Peru on September 21st. More...
Bolt Thrower drummer Martin Kearns passed way in September of last year, and today the band has released a statement about the anniversary of his death, leading some to speculate Bolt Thrower is breaking up. The group comments:
"On behalf of ourselves and Kiddie’s family, we would like to thank everyone for their thoughts and support over the last 12 months. Together with Kiddie’s family we made the conscious decision to keep his unexpected death a private matter, and to take time out to deal with it all.
"When Kiddie joined us back in 1994, although he was only 17, he instantly improved Bolt Thrower as a live band, and no one was more loyal to, and prouder to be in Bolt Thrower than him.
"We spent over 20 years together, touring the world, with 3 different vocalists, but he was so much more than just a drummer to us. So when we carried his coffin to his final resting place, the Bolt Thrower drummer position was buried with him. He was, and will now forever remain THE Bolt Thrower drummer, our Powerhouse and friend Martin 'Kiddie' Kearns. More...
Alestorm is now officially a sad pirate metal band as upcoming Canadian dates are canceled due to the bane of all metal bands: the dreaded visa issues.
If only it had been a killer kraken instead! Alestorm comments:
"Due to unforeseen visa processing delays for multiple entries between the U.S. and Canada, we're very sad to announce that we have been forced to postpone the Canadian shows on our upcoming headlining tour.
"We're currently discussing a suitable time frame to reschedule the Canadian dates as soon as possible, which we will announce shortly. More...
Former Y&T drummer Leonard Haze has passed away at the age of 61 after suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The drummer co-wrote such songs as "Hurricane" and "Black Tiger" and was scheduled to support Y&T at two Californian shows with his band Hazexperience. Y&T vocalist Dave Meniketti broke the news with an online post that read:
"It is with shock and sadness that I type this. Leonard Haze, the legendary drummer, and a guy I spent decades with creating great music together, has passed away at 61.
"This, just a few days after his birthday. I just woke up to this news, as I'm in Germany, and immediately called his wife, Kelly. She confirmed that Leonard had passed away in his sleep sometime between noon and 7.30pm on Sunday, September 11. More...
Technical and progressive death metal unit Abiotic has broken up, with band guitarist John Matos offering:
"To the fans that we’ve been lucky enough to call friends over the years, It is with a heavy heart that I’m reaching out to you today. Less than a month from our debut album 'Symbiosis' 4th anniversary and after much thought and discussion the band has decided to mutually part ways.
"First off, thank you. Thank you person reading this, because you were in some way shape or form, a reason that we all got to do what we love for the last 5 years. Whether playing for 10 people or 1,000, getting the opportunity to meet all of you and play metal for you all has been one of the greatest joys of my life.
"I never thought in a million years that Abiotic would have gotten as far as we did or that our music would reach and impact as many people as it did. That is thanks to all of the amazing people that supported us. More...
Morbid Angel frontman Steve Tucker's Warfather premieres the pre-release full-album stream of the band's new album "The Grey Eminence", which will be out in stores on September 16 via Greyhaze Records. The album was recorded at Erik Rutan's Manna Studios.
Check out now "The Grey Eminence" below.
Swedish heavy metal group Steelwing is planning to disband following a trio of final shows in Spetember / October. The band comments:
"Since the rumors are already out there you should hear it directly from us: after 8 years together in the trenches, the three shows we’re playing in Germany this fall will be the last time we play together as Steelwing.
"With our third and last album we accomplished what we set out to do: we reset, rebooted and redeemed the Steelwing legacy. But we will not allow ourselves to rot with the ghosts of the past; we will continue to move forward and strive to reach our full potential as human beings.
"From this page we will keep you posted on the future enterprises of the five restless souls that have made up the Steelwing outfit over the past years. Make sure to come by and wreak havoc together with us one last time! Marauders, we thank you for your dedicated service!"
30/9 Metal Battle @ Club Schwarzer Adler, Tannheim, DE
1/10 Trveheim Vol. 1 @ Sportzentrum, Otterfing, DE
2/10 Café Central, Weinheim, DE More...
The New Orleans sludge masters from Crowbar have announced their eleventh LP titled "The Serpent Only Lies," due out October 28th, 2016.
"We are so excited about our 11th studio record! 'The Serpent Only Lies' is a powerful follow-up." says frontman and riff lord Kirk Windstein. "Eliran Kantor did a brilliant job with the artwork! Our first release, 'Falling While Rising,' is Crowbar at its finest... HEAVIER THAN EVER!!!"
Windstein further comments: “To me, it’s a fresh-sounding version of old-school Crowbar. I intentionally went back and listened to a lot of old Crowbar stuff, like the self-titled and 'Broken Glass' albums, to get a feel for what my mindset was 20-plus years ago. I also went back and listened to the bands that influenced Crowbar in the beginning, like Trouble, Saint Vitus, Melvins, and the first Type O Negative record. So it was kinda me doing my homework.
“Even lyrically, the approach was a little more old-school,” Windstein offers. “Some of the songs have less lyrics to let the riffs breathe a little more, which I had kind of gotten away from over the years. It was a conscious thing to go back to that.” More...
In Flames is due to follow the "Siren Charms" album with new full-length release "Battles," which will drop on November 11th, 2016.
Today a first full track from "Battles" also comes online. Check out "The End" below and stay tuned for full details on the album and upcoming tour dates to arrive soon.
Prior to the release, In Flames is also set to drop brand live DVD "Sounds From The Heart Of Gothenburg" on September 23rd.
Korn premieres a new song entitled "Insane", the opening track from the upcoming new album "The Serenity Of Suffering," which will be out in stores October 21st via Roadrunner Records.
Korn's 12th studio album, "The Serenity of Suffering," was produced by Nick Raskulinecz (Foo Fighters, Deftones, Mastodon) and features a special guest appearance from Corey Taylor of Slipknot.
Check out "Insane" below.
British metalcore band Architects has announced that, after a three year battle with cancer, guitarist and keyboard player Tom Searle has passed away at the age of 28. His brother Dan, the band's drummer, has posted a message online via the group's Facebook page:
"It is with unbelievable pain and sadness that I have to announce that at around twelve minutes past midnight on August 20th my amazing brother, Tom, passed away after over 3 years living with cancer.
"He was an incredible songwriter and guitarist. He was my closest and oldest friend. He was a funny, intelligent and sweet man and he leaves an enormous void in all of our lives.
"Many of you will be aware that Tom has been absent from various shows over the past 15 months and I can now let you know that this was due to various surgeries that he had to have to treat the cancer. When we left for our European Festival tour on June 2nd Tom was very unwell. He had been advised to stay in hospital to receive care but ultimately there was nothing that they could do for him and he signed himself out of the ward two days before we departed for Germany. Some of you might view this as reckless but this is the way Tom wanted to do things throughout his last year because he never wanted the cancer to get in the way of what he loved. He got on stage and performed his last two shows at Rock Am Ring and Rock Im Park, which took him an incredible amount of strength but those are two shows that we will never forget. More...
Metallica has released a new music video and single for "Hardwired," the title track of the upcoming new album "Hardwired...To Self Destruct." Check out the clip in the player below.
The album is due out November 18, 2016. Pre-orders will begin shipping the week of November 14th. You can pre-order now at this location.
The 2CD album track list is:
2. Atlas, Rise!
3. Now That We’re Dead
4. Moth Into Flame
5. Am I Savage?
6. Halo On Fire
2. Dream No More
4. Here Comes Revenge
5. Murder One
6. Spit Out The Bone More...
U.K. doom outfit The Wounded Kings is due to release fifth full-length album "Visions In Bone" on August 26th via Candlelight / Spinefarm Records.
Sadly, this will be the group's final output. The Wounded Kings just issued this statement online about officially calling it quits:
"By now you will have seen the earlier posts and in response to one comment sorry buddy.... no this is not a publicity stunt!
"12 years is a pretty good innings for a band these days and there has been well documented instances when the journey could well have ended years ago. Sadly that day has finally arrived. We’ve had a wild ride with some truly amazing shows and met many awesome people along the way. Many of you have become great friends. For that we are truly grateful!
"I’m sure many of you are thinking this is all rather sudden but to be honest it’s probably been 6 months in the making. We’ve tried to cling onto the sinking ship for as long as possible...too long if truth be told!. Little did we know that when we recorded ‘Visions in Bone’ a year ago (yes that fuckin’ long!!) it would end up being our Swan Song!
"A massive thank you to everyone who has supported us, came to the shows, bought our merch, shared beers, gave us a place to sleep, made us food, did our posters...the list is endless. Most of all thank you to those who believed in us...without you none of this would ever have been possible." More...
Over 75,000 fans were rocked at the Wacken Open Air music festival in Germany this weekend as the late Ronnie James Dio reunited with his bandmates via hologram.
The surprise performance took place at the end of Dio Disciples' set to close the world's largest annual live heavy metal event. Dio Disciples features members of the Dio band, which last performed with Ronnie in 2008 before he passed away two years later, leaving a void in the rock community.
Eyellusion, a hologram entertainment company focused on the live music market, created the hologram and produced the groundbreaking performance. The Wacken Open Air Festival marked the debut of the Ronnie James Dio hologram, which features the singer's actual live vocals and will be toured globally in 2017, with further details to be announced.
"When I first experienced the full production of Ronnie performing with his band as a hologram, I couldn't believe my eyes and ears," said Wendy Dio. "With Eyellusion, we have been able to get Ronnie back up on stage where he belongs, ensuring that his music and memory live on. I want Ronnie's fans around the world to share this experience."
"We know how much the fans miss Ronnie and the special and unequaled element that he brought to his live performances," said Craig Goldy, lead guitarist for Dio Disciples. "Being able to recreate that same kind of magic for his fans at Wacken was incredible. For so many years Ronnie always invested big in his live shows as his way to give back to the fans, and that is exactly what we aimed to do with this latest performance. We can't wait to bring this experience to even more of his fans and perhaps even a newer generation when we bring this incredible live experience on the road next year." More...
The Dillinger Escape Plan has announced that the band will be going on indefinite hiatus after the release of newest album, "Dissociation." The band's 20 year anniversary tour is confirmed to be its last, after which the band will take a break from touring for the foreseeable future.
According to guitarist Ben Winman in an interview with Vice:
Well, I think in some ways we wanted to pull a Seinfeld and go out while we're still on top, you know what I mean?
The Dillinger Escape Plan will be embarking on an autumn tour of the United States later this year before playing final shows in 2017. Currently announced dates are as follows: More...
Meshuggah has revealed the title and other details of the band's upcoming eighth album, "The Violent Sleep Of Reason."
Inspired by a Goya painting called The Sleep Of Reason Produces Monsters, the album will be released on October 7th, 2016 via Nuclear Blast Records.
The album was produced by the band and was engineered by Tue Madsen of Puk Studios in Kaerby, Denmark. For the cover, the band once again enlisted Keerych Luminokaya, who created the artwork for "Koloss" and "The Ophidian Trek," as well as the new images for each of the 7 albums and 3 EPs featured in the 25 Years of Musical Deviance box set.
The new album's track listing is as follows:
2. Born in Dissonance
4. By the Ton
5. Violent Sleep of Reason
6. Ivory Tower
9. Our Rage Won’t Die
10. Into Decay More...
Legendary Florida death metal act Morbid Angel has signed on with UDR Music for the band's upcoming new release (as of yet untitled), which is set to drop in 2017.
The album is the first since the departure of vocalist/bassist David Vincent and re-joining of Steve Tucker (Warfather) in 2015.
The only confirmed members are Tucker and band leader/guitarist Trey Azagthoth. The album will be the first full length since the polarizing 2011 release "Illud Divinum Insanus" (reviewed here).
As for the direction of the new album, in a 2015 interview with Jet, Steve Tucker expressed his desires: "All I know is I'm back in Morbid Angel to do a death metal album. I mean, I expect the album to be full-on death metal. I mean, I expect there to… Obviously, it's a Morbid Angel album, there'll be twists and turns on the album, there'll be stuff that's different, but I think it being aggressive and it being underground is really what it's gonna be about. I think that Morbid Angel is a death metal band, and that's what this album — this next one — will be."
Stay tuned for more information. More...