Archive: Headline News
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."
Although currently signed to Nuclear Blast, the back catalog from Decapitated is owned by Earache Records, and a legal dispute between the band and label has caused the group's early material to be pulled from online streaming services.
The Polish death metal band comments:
"Decapitated advises that they have resolved to take long-overdue action to redress various legal, copyright and financial disputes with their former label Earache Records.
"In response, Earache has removed from streaming sites the band’s entire catalogue of music released by Earache.
"Although it is not their doing, Decapitated apologises to their fans for any disappointment and inconvenience and hopes that matters can be resolved as soon as possible. We will keep you informed as to developments and thank you sincerely for your continuing loyalty, support and goodwill."
After disbanding and playing a "final farewell" tour in 2013, Underoath is unsurprisingly back together and performing live again.
After recently confirming two reunion shows at the 2016 Self Help Festival and South By So What, the band now announces a full 2016 North American tour. Dubbed the Rebirth Tour, the band will be playing the "They’re Only Chasing Safety" and "Define The Great Line" albums in their entirety.
“I think the thought of Underoath playing again seemed really exciting,” explains Tim McTague of the band’s reunion. “We never thought we’d ever even want to play together again, much less be as excited to do so. It was a really cool feeling, and when discussing what this tour could be, it just felt right to play the two albums that our fans have held dearly for so many years. I think it’s going to be really special.”
“I hated the idea of Underoath being ‘over’ and I’m not sure what we are, but we are all friends again and that’s really the most important thing,” said Spencer Chamberlain. “That being said, we felt like now is a great time to do a tour and celebrate Define The Great Line turning ten.”
After 9 out of 11 bands for the Napalm Festival pulled out of the gig due to offensive comments by the promoter, the fest has now been replaced by a new show in Manchester (full event details here) with all profits going towards the Sophie Lancaster Foundation. Old Corpse Road was the latest band to pull out of the Napalm Fest, with the band commenting:
"We regret to announce, in light of today's events, that we are cancelling our appearance at Napalm Festival on 12th September, for obvious reasons. Whilst we discussed all options for rescuing the gig, and did not take the decision lightly, ultimately playing the gig has become unfeasible. We apologize to all the people who were looking forward to the gig, which was shaping up to be a superb day and we will look to return to Manchester as soon as we can."
The issue in question can be seen in a partial screen capture (the original post has since been taken down), while an apology later issued by Napalm Promotions is available after the jump. More...
Several news outlets are reporting that the home of Gene Simmons was recently searched by a Crimes Against Children police task force, although unlike the recent news of former Subway icon Jared Fogle, it would appear Simmons is not actually the subject of the investigation.
CBSLocal reported the following info:
Authorities say the home of KISS co-founder Gene Simmons was searched Thursday afternoon by police but neither the rock icon nor his family are considered suspects. The Los Angeles Police Department said the Internet Crimes against Children Task Force searched the home and explained that the Simmons family was extremely cooperative.
The story goes on to clarify Simmons' role in the investigation by stating:
Simmons’ representative, however, released a statement that said that police visited the home to discuss a “crime that may have occurred on their property last year while Simmons was away on tour with KISS.”
“Neither Mr. Simmons nor any member of his family is a person of interest in the investigation and they are cooperating fully with the investigation,” his representative said. The statement went on to say that police have requested that Simmons and his family do not discuss the investigation publicly so as to not compromise it.
Gene's wife, Shannon Tweed Simmons, also posted these messages on Twitter about the investigation: More...
Abbath may have departed to form a new self-titled band, but Immortal soldiers on!
Norway’s unstoppable black metal force has been busy working on new material, with members Demonaz and Horgh having gone through legal processes this past year to retain the band's name and logo. Nuclear Blast had this to say:
"In October 2014, ex-Immortal singer/guitarist Abbath (Olve Eikemo) filed an trademark application for registration of the brand Immortal to Patentstyret (Norwegian Industrial Property Office) without informing the other band members. The band's core members Horgh and Demonaz were forced to seek legal help to counter this. The trademark application from Eikemo was not approved and was denied registered on July 21st, 2015. Eikemo has left Immortal to start his new band." More...
Warbeast / ex-Rigor Mortis member Bruce Corbitt successfully underwent heart surgery yesterday, and a benefit show is now being planned for October to help cover the costs of ongoing medical treatment.
Full details on the Fort Worth, Texas show can be found here, with the organizers commenting:
"We are going to help Bruce & Jeanna Corbitt with the expenses of this nightmare they've been going thru. Bruce has been there to help so many of us and as a proud man, he will not ask for help for himself. SO let's all support him and show up!! Thrash'n Alan Tuggle will be hosting the event and there will be performances by:
7:00 - 7:30 - Rabid Flesh Eaters
7:50 - 8:20 - Chemicaust
8:40 - 9:10 - CreeperTexasMetal
9:30 - 10:10 - Protest
10:30 - 11:10 - Horror Cult
11:30 - 12:30 - Wizards of Gore aka Rigor Mortis
12:50 - 1:30 - Dead Rising
"Of course there will be raffle and auction items coming from all over the country so get ready for a killa time \m/" More...
Frankfurt-based thrash outfit Tankard unfortunately has to announce that drummer Olaf Zissel was taken to hospital due to a suspected stroke.
According to a statement from Nuclear Blast, Olaf is doing well under the circumstances at the moment. He will undergo examination by a team of doctors during the next few days, so he won’t be able to play the shows at Summer Breeze Festival, Germany and Motocultor Fest, France.
Gerd Lücking (Holy Moses), who would be on the road as a soundtech for Tankard, consented jump in as stand-in for Olaf and to play the two upcoming gigs. Tankard comments:
"We’re shocked and keep our fingers crossed for Olaf, that the suspicion doesn’t confirm and that he will be released from the hospital soon. We wish, that he will get well soon and fast. And we want to thank Gerd, who consented short dated to play these both shows with us." More...
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...