Archive: Headline News
Last night Huntress front woman Jill Janus posted a status update about her frustration with health issues and online trolls, leading several sites to prematurely report that Huntress had broken up. Guitarist Blake Meahl has now issued the following statement clarifying the situation:
"Our vocalist Jill Janus posted an announcement last night that she was having difficulty dealing with devastating health issues. Four months ago she had major surgery to remove cancer from her uterus.
"She needs time to fully recover from her hysterectomy and to continue treatment for her mental health issues. Her bouts with bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and disassociative identity disorder have been particularly difficult lately and are ultimately responsible for her unfounded statement last night.
"We will resume touring in December when Huntress joins Black Label Society 12/26-12/31. Thank you for your kindness and understanding."
Update: while the specifics of the two sides haven't been revealed yet, the band did announce this upcoming album will be performed in full on headlining dates in February and March. Get all the details right here.
It seems like those prognificient dream thespians are up to something, as Dream Theater just sent out an email asking fans to take a side between two options at the band's website: "The Great Northern Empire" and "The Ravenskill Rebel Militia."
Theories abound as to what is going on (the names almost seem like fantasy RPG references), as entering your email address doesn't seem to do anything at this point. The likely option seems to be an impending double album. What do you think is going on?
California outfit Conducting From The Grave will now be putting the band's name to the test, having just issued this announcement about deciding to call it quits:
"Hey we have been putting off announcing this now for a long time, because goodbyes are never easy, but we are no longer an active band. It may not come as a surprise seeing as how we went from playing 200 shows a year 5 years ago to 3-5 shows a year recently. The long story short of it is much the same as most underground metal and hardcore acts - we all grew up before our band was able to achieve any realistic financial stability for 5 people to pay rent and raise families on.
"That being said however, we want to send off with as much of a proper bang as our adult lives will allow. During the month of January 2016 we are open to booking weekend farewell shows in the West Coast region. Promoters can email firstname.lastname@example.org if interested in booking us in their city. More...
In an odd twist of events, Eddie Hermida is now back in All Shall Perish (he left the band back in 2013 to front Suicide Silence) but is apparently also still full-time with Suicide Silence - the very issue that drove the wedge causing him to leave his original band in the first place.
Hopefully it works out this time. It would appear there was also further conflict in the band behind the scenes involving a lawsuit, as All Shall Perish issued this press release:
"How perfect that today is Back to the Future Day! All Shall Perish co-founders Matt Kuykendall, Ben Orum, and Caysen Russo are back together with Hernan 'Eddie' Hermida and Chris Storey. (Start the DeLorean!). The deathcore titans hailed by fellow Bay Area dwellers like Kirk Hammett (Metallica) and Robb Flynn (Machine Head) are making new music.
"Hermida fronted All Shall Perish on all three of their most recent albums: 'The Price of Existence' (2006), 'Awaken the Dreamers' (2008), and 'This is Where it Ends (2011).' Hermida will continue in his role as full-time vocalist for Suicide Silence.
"Orum plays guitar on all four All Shall Perish albums. Kuykendall, who created the name All Shall Perish, drums on all but the most recent. Storey was a fan-favorite guitarist from 2003 to 2009. Hate, Malice, Revenge (2003) era guitarist Russo returns to the fold. Original vocalist Craig Betit also plans to contribute.
"Nearing the conclusion of a legal arbitration over control of the band’s name, unpaid royalties, and other assets, bassist Mike Tiner declined a personal invitation from Kuykendall to rejoin his ex-bandmates. The legal system ultimately ruled in favor of the four out of five original members, their longtime vocalist, and guitarist. Russo will handle bass duties for All Shall Perish. More...
Former Obituary bassist Frank Watkins (also known as Bøddel of Gorgoroth) passed away after a long battle with cancer. He was only 47-years-old.
Watkins joined Obituary in 1989, after the band's debut album "Slowly We Rot", and recorded with them "Cause Of Death" in 1990. Obituary broke up in 1997 and reteamed again in 2003.
Watkins stayed with the group through the recording of 2009's album "Darkest Day". In 2010 Frank Watkins left Obituary on acrimonious terms and was replaced by Terry Butler.
Nunslaughter drummer Jim Konya died on October 7, 2015. He was taken off of life support, which was required after he suffered a stroke. A Facebook memorial page has been created and a GoFundME account has been set up to help Jim's family with medical bills.
Known by his stage name, Jim Sadist, Konya played in the Cleveland-based death metal band for twenty years. Nunslaughter has stated it will be on hold for the rest of the year and will decide in 2016 if it will go on. Also, despite being on hold, the band will release more albums later this year. More...
Well, the question of the mysterious countdown is answered...
For years, fans have been clamoring for an official end to the story of Dethklok, the wildly popular animated heavy metal band at the center of pop culture mainstay and television show Metalocalypse.
Metalocalypse mastermind Brendon Small is championing a campaign to bring fans the official end to Dethklok’s story. Presented by Rocksmith and dubbed Metalocalypse Now, the campaign is designed to combine the efforts of grassroots supporters, the heavy metal community, comedians, record labels, instrument brands and more, proving to Hulu/Adult Swim that there is a massive audience who will watch this ending if they produce it.
The Metalocalypse Now campaign is officially supported by Razer, Metal Blade Records, MetalSucks, and Metal Injection.
Fans deserve to see how the Metalocalypse prophecy ends after nearly 10 years of the story's existence. Using social media, an online petition and more, Metalocalypse Now is the metal world's chance to demand their show's finale. Millions of viewers around the world are waiting patiently for an end to the series, and Metalocalypse Now is working to create the critical mass necessary to publicly prove that Hulu is the perfect home for the series-closer.
Metalocalypse creator Brendon Small states, “Metalocalypse, to this day, has a ridiculously strong viewership. The show has become a part of the metal community and we want to give the fans an opportunity to demand what is rightfully theirs!”
World-famous musicians and heavy metal tastemakers such as Scott Ian, Joe Satriani, Devin Townsend and Brian Posehn have already publicly supported the campaign – and now you can too! To reach critical mass, fans should spread the word all month long by:
- Tweeting at @hulu and @adultswim with #metalocalypsenow
- Signing the petition at this location
- Don’t use social media? Send an envelope with guitar picks and a note enclosed that tells Hulu that if they finish Metalocalypse, you’ll watch it Send to:
ATTN: HEAD OF CONTENT
SANTA MONICA, CA 90404 More...
Satyricon has been working on the follow-up to the band's 2013 self-titled album, but unfortunately a wrench has been thrown in that works as vocalist / guitarist Sigurd "Satyr" Wongraven revealed via his Instagram account that he has a brain tumor. Satyr comments:
"I'm going home. I got extremely sick 8 days ago and was rushed to hospital. Scans have shown that there is a blind passenger in my head. Most likely it is benign. I can live with it as long as it does not grow bigger.
"Removing it is extremely complicated and should only be done if it grows into a size where it is a matter of life and death. We all get our set of cards and this happened to be one of mine. There are so many people who have to deal with much worse things than I do, so I do not feel sorry for myself.
"I have a great family, lots of friends, Satyricon, Wongraven Wines and many people who support my endeavours all over the world. I will spend the next two weeks trying to get my strength back, then try to starting writing on the new Satyricon again and pick up where I left on all my wine projects." More...
Megadeth today premieres the first new track entitled "Fatal Illusion" taken from the band's upcoming album "Dystopia," due out January 16th via Universal Music.
It's the first taste of Megadeth's current lineup featuring Lamb Of God‘s Chris Adler on drums and Kiko Loureiro of Angra on guitar.
Check out "Fatal Illusion" below, while the album's full track listing is available after the jump.
Looks like Phil Anselmo will be providing vocals for a new project called Scour, also including Cattle Decapitation's Derek Engemann, which just setup a Facebook profile here. The band's lineup consists of:
Phillip H. Anselmo - Vocals
Derek Engemann - Guitar
Chase Fraser - Guitar
John Jarvis - Bass
Jesse Schobel - Drums
Following in the wake of Lamb Of God's chart-topping album release last month, heavy metal is dominating the music scene again as Slayer's "Repentless" becomes the #2 selling album in the world according to the United World Chart, Media Traffic's amalgamation of official album sales charts from dozens of principal countries around the world.
The album scored a Top 10 debut in 25 countries, Top 5 in 14 countries, and made career-highest debuts in the United States, the UK, Germany, The Netherlands and New Zealand.
"Repentless," the first music video for the album, has now amassed more views in less than two weeks than any of the band's previous music videos during the same time frame - more than four-million views at social media.
In support of "Repentless," Slayer hits the road next month, and dates are as follows: More...
Zimmers Hole is best known for a crazy theatrical live show full of props, humor and blistering old school metal influence and after six years away from the stage, the band will perform live again for the first time in early 2016.
The group is set to play at the Rickshaw Theatre in Vancouver on January 23, 2016 alongside Dayglo Abortions, Process, Golers, and Aggression. The current Zimmers Hole lineup consists of:
- Chris "The Heathen" Valagao (West of Hell)
- Jed Simon (Strapping Young Lad, Frontline Assmbly, Tenet, Scar the Martyr)
- Gene Hoglan (Testament, Dark Angel, Strapping Young Lad)
- Byron Stroud (Strapping Young Lad, Fear Factory, 3 Inches of Blood, City of Fire)
The Hole will be playing songs from "Bound By Fire," "Legion Of Flames," and "When you were shouting at the Devil, We were in League with Satan." More...
Deadline.com is reporting that Rob Zombie - known for directing films like "The Devil's Rejects" and the two "Halloween" remakes - has teamed up with actress Mila Kunis and her Orchard Farm Productions to create a new horror comedy TV show titled "Trapped."
"Trapped" will see release via Starz, which has been trying to edge in on the likes of HBO and Showtime with programs like "Spartacus" and "Black Sails."
Deadline reported the following info about the impending half hour show:
Created and written by Joey Slamon (Arrested Development), Trapped takes places over a single night in the home of a wealthy family under attack by a murderous cult. Orchard Farm’s Susan Curtis, Cami Curtis and Lisa Sterbakov also executive produce.
“We’re excited to work in partnership with Rob Zombie as well as Mila Kunis and her Orchard Farm Productions associates Susan Curtis, Cami Curtis and Lisa Sterbakov on this horror comedy series,” Starz Managing Director Carmi Zlotnik said.
Stay tuned for further info as casting and release info becomes available. More...
Read the full article at Deadline.com.
Aborted just announced Danny Tunker's departure via the following official statement:
"So sometimes there’s good news and sometimes there’s not so good news. Today is one of the not so good news days. After three amazing years guitarist Danny Tunker decided he needed to step back from the band and pursue a different path in life. Combining a normal life and day job became too stressful to combine with our heavy schedule and even if we are sad to see him go, we completely understand his decision and support him in doing what makes him happy in life.
We had 3 great years with Danny and we all felt like a big family so we ask you all to show respect towards both Danny, his decision and the band, there is no bad blood, there is no need for any drama or gossip, Danny had the following to day:
"After a lot of soul searching for the past few months I’ve decided to part ways with Aborted. It’s been a hell of a ride and I want to thank to guys for all the good, bad and in between times. There’s no bad blood and I wish the band all the best, but I needed a change. I will still play the shows in Cairo and Tel Aviv and then on to different ventures (several of which I’m working on right now). And of course continue/expand my involvement with Alkaloid. So, once again, thanks to the band and everyone who made the past 3+ years completely unforgettable."
Continues Aborted: More...
Bolt Thrower has released the following statement about drummer Martin Kearns unexpectedly passing away earlier this week:
"With the heaviest of hearts, and still numb from shock, we have to share the very sad news that on Monday 14th September Bolt Thrower lost our powerhouse drummer, Martin ‘Kiddie’ Kearns.
"After the first rehearsal for our upcoming tour of Australia, Kiddie suddenly felt unwell which continued throughout the night, and the next day he passed away peacefully in his sleep.
"He was a fantastic dad, husband, son, friend, but to us he was always ‘Kiddie’, the same 17 year old Coventry kid whose drumming style and personality blew us away when he first walked into our rehearsal room 20+ years ago.
"Kiddie enriched our lives, and the Bolt Thrower sound. He leaves a massive hole in the lives of everyone who knew him and will be very sorely missed by many."
Bolt Thrower recently performed a series of Canadian shows (including at the Amnesia Rockfest shown in the footage below) and was scheduled to perform later this month in Australia, with those shows presumably cancelled. More...
Update: The situation has taken a turn for the ugly, with the band members now bickering back and forth on Facebook about whether Cynic is actually broken up or not. The latest in the drama fest is online now over here.
Although the band had tour dates lined up in October to continue supporting the prog rock comeback album "Kindly Bent To Free Us" (reviewed here), Cynic has decided to disband and cancel all upcoming shows. Sean Reinert posted this message online via the group's Facebook page:
"Cynic is no longer an active band. Due to artistic and personal differences, the second chapter in the ‘Book Of Cynic' has come to an end.
"I will say the last shows we played in Japan have left me with a positive charge, even though they were the last live performances with Paul, Sean Malone & I on the same stage. My longstanding creative partnership with Paul, which started when we were very young kids in south Florida, has simply endured so much friction that there is no way, from my perspective, that Cynic can be salvaged, repaired or kept afloat by any means.
"I profusely apologize to the fans who were not only expecting us in China & Taiwan (that was not our fault), but to the fans who were planning to see us in Europe next month. These things happen, unfortunately, to bands. There can be differing levels of conflicts and/or differences in opinions, musical directions, or perspectives. Sometimes these things are insurmountable, and no amount of time or effort can resolve them. This is the case with Cynic.
"I wish all of you love & peace." More...
Sad news for fans of Canadian band Laika: the group is officially calling it quits. If you missed it, be sure to check out the full "Somnia" album at this location. Laika also comments:
"To all our supporters and friends over the years. Today marks the end of Laika for the foreseeable future. This was an incredibly difficult decision to be made but necessary, things became so evident as the months progressed.
"There is no grudges and no hate internally. We at the Laika camp just felt that this needed to happen. We may revisit this band in the future but for now Laika is no more.
"We have had an incredible run and some of the best memories ever in this band. We thank everyone for their tremendous support over the years and most importantly all past Laika members for their contributions to the experiences we shared. I am struggling to find the words to say this so in short. This is the end. Thank you." More...
After regrouping to release the "13" album back in 2013 (reviewed here), Black Sabbath is now claiming its the end of the road for the band following a "final" farewell tour in 2016. Black Sabbath just issued this announcement via Facebook:
"It's the Beginning of THE END. It started nearly five decades ago with a crack of thunder, a distant bell ringing and then that monstrous riff that shook the earth. The heaviest rock sound ever heard.
"In that moment Heavy Metal was born, created by a young band from Birmingham, England barely out of their teens.
"Now it ENDS, the final tour by the greatest Metal Band of all time, Black Sabbath. Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler close the final chapter in the final volume of the incredible Black Sabbath story.
"Black Sabbath's farewell tour, THE END, begins on January 20, 2016 and it promises to surpass all previous tours with their most mesmerizing production ever. When this tour concludes, it will truly be THE END, THE END of one of most legendary bands in Rock ’n Roll history." More...
After releasing the excellent "Sweven" album last year (reviewed here and also streaming below), Sweden's Morbus Chron is unfortunately calling it quits. The band comments:
"To all our friends, fans and supporters over the years. Today marks the end of Morbus Chron. However difficult this decision was to make, the four of us are certain that it is the only right thing to do at this point. There are no hard feelings present at all.
"For every passing day it has become more and more obvious that this band is made up of very different people, with different goals and intentions. We have reached our final crossroad and we simply can't choose the same path anymore.
"We had a fantastic run. The places we have been able to go, both musically and physically, are beyond what we ever hoped for. We are honored to have connected with so many people, and can do nothing but stand in awe when we recall the passion and dedication that you have shown us. These are memories and experiences we will take with us for the rest of our lives.
"Thank you for lending us your ears and sharing this journey with us. Thank you so much." More...
It seems like the era of Motorhead performing live with Lemmy may be coming to an end. There have been numerous tour cancellations over the past year, including a recently nixed Denver date.
During last night's show in Austin, Lemmy cut the set short after playing through three songs and left the stage, unable to complete the night's performance.
Footage from the gig can be seen below (the first clip shows where he ended the set, the previous two are from earlier songs). The band subsequently posted this message on Facebook:
"As you might have heard, Motörhead again had to abbreviate a performance due to Lemmy not feeling well. This is a DIRECT follow-on from the altitude issues in Colorado, and clearly, Lemmy tried to get back at it too quickly. For this reason, Motörhead will not play in San Antonio tonight, but the show will still go on with Saxon headlining. Lemmy will resume duties the moment he is PROPERLY rested and firing on all cylinders again. The legendary Motörheadbanger patience is much appreciated, and the band send their deepest thanks. More details will be released soon."