Archive: Headline News
Jan Kuehnemund, founder and lead guitarist for the hard rock group Vixen, passed away on Thursday, October 10, 2013 from cancer. The band posted the following announcement on the official Facebook Page:
"It is with profound sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Vixen founder and lead guitarist, Jan Kuehnemund, who lost a fierce battle with cancer on Thursday, October 10, 2013. Though most well known for her gifted guitar playing and other musical talents, Jan was a rare friend and beautiful in every sense of the word. Humble, thoughtful, loyal and kind, she was the most gracious of women, possessing the quiet strength of a true warrior. She genuinely loved and appreciated her friends and fans more than most could ever know. Those who were most fortunate to have known her and loved her are heartbroken at the loss of Jan, whose spirit will shine through her music eternally."
Vixen's latest album was "Live & Learn" in 2006. The band disbanded and reformed three times, the latest in 2008, resulting in the live release "Live in Sweden" in 2009. Jan Kuehnemund was 51 years old. More...
All Shall Perish has posted the following message online about losing Eddie Hermida as he joins Suicide Silence:
"Earlier today, the official announcement came out that Hernan 'Eddie' Hermida has joined Suicide Silence. Eddie has quit All Shall Perish to Join Suicide Silence full time.
"To all our fans who want to know about the future of ASP, keep this in mind: Mike Tiner has been a major writer in the band and will continue to be. We had big shoes to fill when guys like Chris Storey and original vocalist Craig Betit left All Shall Perish, but we were able to rebound with the addition of massive talents like Adam Pierce, Francesco Artusato and Eddie Hermida.
"Eddie has big shoes to fill himself, stepping in for our fallen brother Mitch Lucker. All Shall Perish has continued before and will continue now. We wish Suicide Silence all the best."
Update: Sylosis has now posted the following brief message online via Facebook: "We are all alive and well! We will keep everyone updated as we go!"
Dez Fafara of DevilDriver has posted on his Twitter account that Sylosis has been involved in a vehicle accident on tour and three people are now in the hospital.
Sylosis has apparently dropped off the rest of the tour, which features DevilDriver and Trivium. Further details will be announced as they are made available directly from the band. Dez's tweets can be viewed below:
British death metal favourites Cancer have announced that they will be reforming their original lineup to perform at a number of festivals, where they will play material from their first three albums, which are all being re-released later this year through Cyclone Empire.
No other details are currently available but more information is expected to be announced soon. A statement from the band reads as follows:
"Through persistent demand from Cancer fans and a process of gang pressing we’re happy to announce a reformation of the classic line-up, John Walker (vocals, guitar), Carl Stokes (drums), Ian Buchanan (bass) and Barry Savage (guitar), to promote our first three albums (1990's 'To the Gory End,' 1991's 'Death Shall Rise,' 1993's 'The Sins of Mankind') which are being re-released by Cyclone Empire records later this year. Check us out when we play the festivals and remember to hold on to your bollocks!"
Ron Kuczuk, guitarist for Connecticut's Bonded Through Hate has reportedly passed away from pancreatic cancer. Kuczuk had been dealing with a staph infection in 2012 which led to the loss of his leg. In the last year, as he fought through those issues, he was admitted to the hospital for stomach pains from fluid buildup and was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
Kuczuk also played on the 1993 Tyrant Tooper demo "Moral Extinction" and full length LP "Insance Sickness," as well as with death metal act Slumlord. Bonded Through Hate released its debut EP "Doomsday: The Rise of Valhalla" last year via Ear One Records.
The band has not yet issued an official statement, however, a post on the fallen guitarist's Facebook wall came from former Tyrant Trooper bandmate Rick Brayall, and reads as follows:
"It is with an extremely heavy heart that I have to inform everyone that my bandmate, my friend, and my brother, Ron Kuczuk, has passed away. I know most of you will find this extremely shocking as did I. As most of you know Ron had been dealing with issues stemming from a staph infection last year which left him with the loss of his leg. Several setbacks had knocked him down in the last year and a half but did not knock him out. He was fighting all of his issues like we would all expect him to, like a Trooper. He was always very private with his issues and never wanted to worry anyone. Recently he was admitted into the hospital with stomach pains and fluid buildup in the belly. After running tests it was discovered that his issues were being caused by pancreatic cancer. He was found to be in advanced stages and the outlook was not very good. He was still willing to fight but unfortunately it already was really too late. Ron passed early this morning peacefully and with no pain. Arrangements are expected to be on Saturday 8/31 in Planstville but I will update everyone when all of the details have been worked out. The family would also welcome everyone to leave kind words, or any stories and memories on his page. More...
Joey Lacaze, the drummer for Eyehategod, Outlaw Order, Ten Suicides, and Italian Cemetery Suicide Accidents, has passed away.
Eyehategod had just returned days ago from a successful month-long tour in Europe. You can visit EyeHateGod's Facebook profile to catch up on any released statements.
EyeHateGod had recently announced three 25th anniversary shows to take place in September and October. As there has been no official statement from the band, it is unclear if these will go on as planned or are more likely going to be cancelled.
Officials listed the cause of death due to respiratory failure; he was afflicted with long-term asthma.
An account is set up for the benefit of his daughter Lilith LaCaze. Checks can be made payable to the Lilith LaCaze or Joseph LaCaze donation fund at any Capital One Bank in any city.
Despotz Records is proud to announce the signing of Swedish progressive/power metal act Tad Morose to the label's eclectic roster. After a 10 year hiatus, Tad Morose will release its seventh album "Revenant" this November.
"Tad Morose is a band that I've followed since my teenage days," said Despotz founder Ömer Akay. "They have their unique sound of melodic power metal and a touch of prog metal. After a decade of silence, it will be an honour to put Tad Morose back on the map again!"
Added guitarist Christer "Krunt" Anderson, "It was through our new management Lena Graaf on GMR Music Group that we came in contact with Despotz Records. They seem to be a hard-working and innovative record label, so to sign with them feels very good. It will be very exciting to work with them and we look forward to the release of our seventh album Revenant in November."
Tad Morose debuted back in 1993 with the album "Leaving The Past Behind," and has since released five albums and toured all around the world.
The band is currently working on its seventh studio album in Claustrophobic Studio in Gävle, Sweden to be internationally released this November.
East Brunswick, New Jersey based metalcore veterans God Forbid have announced that they have decided to disband after seventeen years and six full length albums. The news comes after guitarist Doc Coyle posted a message online three days ago declaring that he had left the band. A statement from guitarist Matt Wicklund reads as follows:
"Hello everyone! As many of you have heard, God Forbid has broken up. It is a sad time for us and also a time of new beginnings. The past 4 years have been an amazing journey for me and I am forever thankful for the experiences I have gained and the the musical family that I was welcomed into. I have grown immensely from all of this as an artist and a person. I am very proud of the album Equilibrium that I got to write and record with the guys and I loved every minute I got to play all of the songs, new and old, on stages around the world for all of the wild and loyal GF fans. Thank you all again for the good times. Cheers to all of you and to my brothers Doc Coyle, John Outcalt, Corey Pierce, and Byron Davis.
"New chapters are unfolding for all of us and I am taking all I've learned forward into a new and exciting musical adventure. Ghost Ship Octavius is now my main musical outlet and I would be honored to see all of you again and share this new journey with you all! Here's to good memories and to amazing things yet to come!!!" More...
Belgian metal act Channel Zero announced that drummer Phil Baheux died today. There was no information as to the cause of death, but it was sudden and unexpected.
The announcement reads: "It is with great sadness that Channel Zero must announce the death of their brother and drummer Phil Baheux. The death of Phil Baheux (age 45) this morning is a terrible shock to the members of the Group and the crew. We ask you to respect the privacy of his family and the group."
Channel Zero's latest offering was the 2011 Roadrunner Records release "Feed 'Em with a Brick." More information will be reported when it becomes available. More...
Update: although no details on the cause of the hospitalization have been revealed yet, the band has announced tonight's (August 9th) show is also cancelled.
August 8th -- At the sold-out show in Nashville, TN on the tour featuring headliners Children of Bodom and Amon Amarth and support acts Huntress and Battlecross, a shocking last-minute revelation came just before the first set via a member of the Bodom crew: Alexi Laiho has been hospitalized, and the band has decided to cancel the set for the evening. No further details were given. MetalUnderground.com correspondent Frank Serafine was on hand at the show to verify the news.
Refunds were offered to attendees that chose to leave after hearing the news, although the promoter announced that the three other bands would still perform and would play extended sets. At this time, the status of the tour is not known. A follow-up statement from the Children of Bodom camp is expected.
The organisers of Germany's largest metal festival, Wacken Open Air, have announced in a recent press conference that Norwegian black metal legends Emperor will be reforming to headline the event next year.
This will mark the twenty fifth anniversary of the festival and be held from July 31st - August 2nd in Wacken, Germany.
Emperor members Ihsahn and Samoth both appeared at the press conference to confirm the reformation and answer questions, during which they stated that the band will be performing a number of shows next year, but gave no indication that they were planning to record a new album, which would be their first since the 2001 output, "Prometheus: The Discipline Of Fire And Demise."
Further information will be reported as soon as it becomes available.
Slipknot and Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor was recently interviewed by Fuse and you can now watch the clip below.
In the video, he discusses the recent theft of equipment, Slipknot's plans to reconvene in 2014, songwriting, and more.
Stone Sour's latest releases, the two-part concept album "House of Gold & Bones," are available everywhere now.
Update: Vikernes has now been released and no charges have been filed.
Euro News (see article at this location) has reported that Burzum's Varg Vikernes has been arrested in France on what authorities have called "suspicion of planning a massacre."
Vikernes' wife had legally purchased four guns, but suspicions had already been raised when the manifesto of Anders Behring Breivik, the man responsible for killing 77 in Oslo two years ago, had reportedly been received by the musician. French authorities searched his home for weapons and explosives and the prosecutor has deemed him "likely to prepare a large-scale act of terrorism.”
Vikernes served 21 years in prison for the murder of Mayhem's Euronymous, as well as receiving convictions for burning four churches. He moved to France with his wife and children following his release in 2009.
Irish post black metal act Altar Of Plagues is to end this year. The band's final release "Teethed Glory and Injury," out now via Profound Lore Records, will be its last. Multi-musician James Kelly (Guitars, Keyboards, Vocals, Drums) made the following announcement about the band's ceasing of activities on Facebook:
"Altar of Plagues will conclude this year.
"I decided before writing 'Teethed Glory and Injury' that it would be our final album. It was executed with this fact in mind. I can state it no more simply than this; it is time to move on.
"We considered whether or not we would say anything at all regarding this. But at the very least, we would like to give people an opportunity to see us perform again should they care to. And so, these upcoming shows will be our final.
"Our very final performance will be on October 19th, at Unsound Festival Poland. As a festival that celebrates the eclectic and the eccentric, I can think of no other place that would be more appropriate for this occasion. It is exactly the type of environment in which I have always aspired to share our work, and it will be a celebratory occasion to conclude at what I believe will be the peak of our existence as a group. More...
Chase Manhattan and Matt Price of Los Angeles-based stoner/doom outfit Behold! The Monolith have issued the following statement on the tragic loss of singer/bassist Kevin McDade:
"We are deeply saddened to report the loss of our band member, friend and brother Kevin McDade in a car accident early Friday evening. Needless to say we are absolutely devastated by this. Our hearts and thoughts go out to his parents, family and girlfriend. Thanks for the time we had and the music we made together. We will, and already do, miss you terribly."
Kevin McDade died as a result of an auto accident on Friday, June 21st. He was 29 years old. More...
Motorhead recently updated the band's official website with this announcement about canceling an upcoming live show:
"We are sorry to report that Motörhead will be forced to cancel the appearance in Milan, Jun 25th. The band regret it very much but will make it up to all the fans as soon as possible."
However, according to the See-Rock Festival Facebook page, this cancellation is due to serious health issues with vocalist Lemmy. The post (translated from Italian) reads as follows:
There are very sorry to announce that the Motörhead have their appearance at the Lake Rock Festival tomorrow Saturday to cancel!
Mastermind Lemmy Kilmister can not perceive his appearance! Due to acute hematoma which cause great pain and therefore him his doctor then fly has granted.More...
Al Jourgensen will release his band Ministry's new studio album, "From Beer To Eternity," on September 6th via 13th Planet Records. This album will follow previous release "Relapse" (reviewed here) and pre-order info will be posted soon on Ministry's Facebook.
As fans of the band know, after last year there wasn't going to be another Ministry album, but as Jourgensen put it recently, "I had no choice."
Sessions for what would become "From Beer to Eternity" began last December at Jourgensen's 13th Planet compound in El Paso, TX with Jourgensen (who produced the album, composed the music and wrote the lyrics for all 11 songs), guitarists Mike Scaccia and Sin Quirin, drummer Aaron Rossi and bassist Tony Campos.
Rough tracks for 18 songs were finished on December 19th, and three days later, the 47-year old Scaccia died from a heart attack he suffered onstage while playing a live show with his band Rigor Mortis in Dallas, TX. Jourgensen, Quirin, Rossi and Campos were absolutely devastated.
"We have never, in the history of Ministry, ever had a tracking session like that before," states Jourgensen, "everything went so smoothly, it was surreal. And Mikey was so on fire and inspired, and really a driving force for this record." After returning from Scaccia's funeral in Dallas, and shouldering the weight of grief as well as the desire to honor his fallen comrade, Jourgensen locked himself in his studio with his engineer and co-producer Sammy D'Ambruoso for three excruciating months. More...
Def Leppard guitarist, Vivian Campbell (who has also previously been a member of Sweet Savage and Dio) has announced through the official Def Leppard website that he is currently two months into chemotherapy treatment, after being diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
Despite the treatment Campbell has promised that he will still be performing with the band this Summer. The post from Campbell reads as follows:
“I feel fortunate that my cancer sent me an alarm call in the form of ‘the cough that wouldn’t quit’. Otherwise, how would I have known? After several months of trying every inhaler known to man, my doctor finally had me X-rayed. A further CAT scan revealed that enlarged lymph nodes were doing wrestling manoeuvres on my windpipe – hence the cough. What was causing the enlarged lymph nodes, however, was yet to be determined, so I underwent a surgical biopsy on March 11th, the first day of Leppard rehearsals for our Viva Las Vegas shows. Obviously, I didn’t make it to rehearsal that day, but it’s okay; I know the songs by now.
"My diagnosis was Hodgkin's Lymphoma and 6 months of chemotherapy is the prescribed treatment. I’m about 2 months in and feeling rather spiffy, all things considered. Hodgkin's has an over 80% cure rate, so by my reckoning, if you’re going to have a cancer, Hodgie’s is the one to have! More...
Altpress.com has reported that Mick Morris, who went by the online named "MickDeth," passed away yesterday, June 2nd. According to the story he passed away due to a heart condition.
Mick Morris was the bassist for Eighteen Visions, and formerly played bass for U.S. act Bleeding Through. At this point no official statement has been released by either band or by Mick's family.
Although his tweet's are protected, anyone who was previously following Mick online can read the final messages before his death at this location. Further details on Mick's death will be updated as they become available. More...
Read the full article at Alternative Press.
British hard rock legends Uriah Heep have announced that bass player, Trevor Bolder, has passed away after a lengthy fight with cancer. He was sixty two years old.
Bolder was previously a member of David Bowie's band, The Spiders From Mars, before joining Uriah Heep in 1976 and remaining with the group until earlier this year when his health forced him to take a break. A message from his bandmates reads as follows:
"It is with great sadness that Uriah Heep announce the passing of our friend the amazing Trevor Bolder, who has passed away after his long fight with cancer. Trevor was an all time great, one of the outstanding musicians of his generation, and one of the finest and most influential bass players that Britain ever produced. More...