Archive: Headline News
Industrial rock band Hell On Earth will feature a "live suicide" at their State Theatre performance in St. Petersburg, FL on Saturday, October 4th. A Euthanasia Society member will carry out the suicide to raise awareness for dying with dignity. The Euthanasia member, who suffers from a terminal illness, is using the event as a platform to help make back-street suicides a thing of the past.
Though his identity is being withheld until the day of the event, he did have this to say, "I thank the lord that Hell On Earth is giving me this opportunity to end my suffering. I just want to say as my last will and testament that this is my god given choice to end my life. I'd prefer to have a physician-assisted suicide but until the laws are changed, those who are in pain like me will either have to continue to suffer or do it themselves."
The event, The Hell On Earth Haunted Tour, is part of a national tour the band is on to support their new album, 'All Things Disturbingly Sassy.'
My gut reaction is that this is so over-the-top that it may not be true, and that it's definitely a publicity stunt (probably for all parties involved). However, I remain skeptical whether it would be allowed to happen anyway, now that the time and location have been so widely publicized.
UPDATE - Bay News 9 weighs in with some updated info about this event:
St. Petersburg City Councilman Bill Foster says he feels pretty confident that the event won't happen at the State Theater on October 4.
"This activity will not be tolerated in the City of St. Petersburg," Foster said.
The councilman, who happens to be an attorney, cites the Florida Statute that makes assisted suicide a second-degree felony.
"If it's a stunt, then they have very right to perform this stunt on stage," Foster added. "If somebody loses their life, they will be prosecuted as conspirators."
Folowing the departure of singer Geert, Shai Hulud will use tour with ex singer Chad Gilbert (currently of New Found Glory) for one last tour before calling it quits as SHAI HULUD. However the band will continue on under a new name with a different singer.
Holland's Hammerheart Records, known for releases by Ancient Rites, Alas, Septic Flesh, Primoridal among others, has shuttered its doors and re-organized as Karmageddon Media.
"After months of thinking, talking, evaluating plans and contracts Hammerheart Records have decided to call it a day," explains owners Peter van Ool and Guido Heijnens. "But we are not simply leaving all this behind, how could we ever? Of course with the same quality and impact as Hammerheart Records used to have. Why? We simply got a bit tired of some of the things happening in the music-industry, especially the attitude of some people was too much for us, we had to change things drastically or stopping was the only option.
"We ran into problems and what I would call "anti-social" behaviour too often and frequently. This new label is done in very close co-operation with Plastic Head Distribution, who will exclusively distribute Karmageddon Media starting October 1st 2003. We feel secure and positive that under the wings of our big independent brothers working at Plastic Head Distribution we get more chances to develop and grow in a steady and reliable way. The artists and the catalogue of Hammerheart Records are transferred to Karmageddon Media and we will soon inform everyone on our release-schedule."
For more information on Hammerheart Records and newly formed Karmageddon Media, please visit: www.hammerheart.com.
Due to pressure from German government ratings groups, Relapse Records German distribution partner SPV has been forced to withdraw Exhumed's new record, Anatomy Is Destiny from distribution on the brink of its release and on the eve of the band's European headlining tour.
Ratings groups deemed the band photos inside Anatomy Is Destiny (‘dead shots' taken by acclaimed photographer Alex Solca) far too realistic and gruesome for mass consumption.
Vocalist/guitarist Matt Harvey comments; "Censorshit...here we go again. Well, censorship is nothing new to Exhumed, especially in Germany. It never fails that someone there is hell-bent on filtering what people can see and hear. Ultimately, despite every effort on the part of both Exhumed and Relapse to release Anatomy Is Destiny the way it was intended to be released, outside pressure from government ratings groups has blocked our record from being distributed in it's current form."
A new version of Anatomy Is Destiny, devoid of band photos and lyrics, will surface in Germany-proper, in early October, but Harvey continues: More...
Terra Firma, the Swedish band headed by Unleashed guitarist "Fast" Freddie Eugene and former St. Vitus/Count Raven vocalist Lord Chritus, have decided to disband, according to Stoner Rock.
Freddie is said to be in the process of launching a new project with Terra Firma drummer Izmo which will reportedly head in a direction similar to TF, only "rougher and better written."
Deathwitch guitarist Slade Doom was recently arrested for undisclosed offenses. He remains incarcerated. More details will be announced soon.
Meanwhile, the band have announced details for their forthcoming new album, Violence Blasphemy Sodomy.
The full tracklisting for the album, due for release in early 2004, is: More...
It is rumored that UNLOCO bassist Victor Escareno has left the band and that the band has now been dropped by Maverick and the band plans to call it quits after their current Texas stint.
At approximately 1:30 am Tuesday morning, the FIVE FOOT THICK rehearsal complex caught fire and burned to the ground. Fortunately no band members were injured, however much of their equipment was unable to be salvaged. Sources say the fire is being called suspicious and an investigation is currently under way by the Spokane Fire and Police departments. A benefit show to help the band get back on their feet has been scheduled for September 27th at Fat Tuesdays in Spokane, WA.
Five Foot Thick's debut national release entitled Blood Puddle will be released by Eclipse Records on November 4th. They have also been tapped as a support act for some of this year's dates on the up-coming Jagermeister Music Tour featuring Slayer and Hatebreed.
View the band's video here
Former BRICK BATH singer Joseph McCaw has issued the following statement explaining his departure from the group last year:
I am writing this letter to clear the air about the exact reason I dropped out of BRICK BATH last year. I know there were press releases stating that it was due to illness, but this was only part of the truth. It is true that I suffer from an intestinal disorder called Crohns disease as well as intense pain from many severe spinal injuries caused by several violent car accidents. Unfortunately, these were all contributing factors that led me into yet another problem - drug addiction.More...
While on their tour with BANE and THE SUICIDE FILE, THE PROMISE's van went up in flames. The band was driving in Arizona when the van suddenly caught fire. Within a few minutes the entire van and its contents were burning, costing the band their equipment, merch, clothes, money, cell phones, laptops and more. Vocalist Anderson Bradshaw was left on the side of the road in boxers without shoes. The band was unhurt in the incident. Like the stand up guys they are, BANE gave the band some money for clothes and rented them a car to finish the tour in. THE PROMISE is currently continuing the tour as best they can. Indecision Records has started a fund to help them out. Anything that can be donated would be appreciated. There's a Paypal account setup at Itow@indecisionrecords.com.
The OZZFEST European tour has been cancelled so OZZY OSBOURNE can undergo foot surgery. The new dates will be announced next week, though the UK dates have been released.
Oct. 26 - Newcastle, UK @ Arena
Oct. 29 - London, UK @ Wembley Arena
Oct. 31 - Birmingham, UK @ NEC
Nov. 01 - Birmingham, UK @ NEC
In other OZZY news, VOIVOD has replaced GODSMACK on the European tour in September. Also on the bill are love metallers H.I.M.
OZZY OSBOURNE has cancelled yet another headlining performance at this years OZZFEST 2003 in New York at the PNC Bank Arts Center.
Rumor has it, pneumonia is ailing the Prince of Darkness, but KoRn has taken over the headlining spot. It is currently unknown how this affects his upcoming shows. (I'm hoping he'll be back for the Bristow show...)
As previously speculated but then publicly denied, Tim "Ripper" Owens has officially been announced as Iced Earth's new vocalist. He did the recording for the new album, but it nothing was official of him joining the band, now it is. Here's an update from Jon Schaffer on the matter, which also includes hint of a world tour come 2004: More...
Sweden’s Nonexist have parted with both vocalist Johan Liiva (formerly with Arch Enemy) and drummer Matte Modin. Both want to concentrate on other activities. However, the band still intend to record their second album very shortly, with a new line-up in place.
DEPSWA are the latest casualty to have tour support yanked from them by their label Geffen, which of course means they cannot continue on this years OZZFEST. They follow GRADE 8 who were recently dumped by Atlantic Records. This means that GRADE 8 and DEPSWA are both dropping off the tour, and this time - it looks as though it will happen...
GRADE 8 were borrowing MOTOGRATER's instruments, and traveling on DEPSWA's bus - obviously now, transport is not available, forcing them to retire. GRADE 8's management along with Atlantic, also stopped working with the band 2 weeks ago, leaving them without any support in that direction.
Reasons for the bands being without a label seems to stem to their obvious lack of ability to sell CD's, both artists have soundscan numbers under 10,000. It's presently unclear as to what path either band will now go.
The classic line-up of Primus has re-formed. This means that, after a four-year absence, Les Claypool (bass/vocals), Tim ‘Herb’ Alexander (guitar) and Larry Lalonde (drums) are back to amaze and confuse. They’ve already recorded five new songs, which will be included on the upcoming retrospective CD ‘Animals Should Try To Act Like People’, due out in October.
Hammerfall member Oscar Dronjak suffered a multiple fracture in his arm in a motorcycle accident, resulting in Hammerfall not being able to perform at the UK's Bloodstock Festival this year. They will be replaced by Edguy. Here's the official announcement from Vince, the Bloodstock coordinator himself:
"It is with regret that for the first time in 3 years we are having to make a change with one of the major acts HAMMERFALL. This is unfortunately beyond our control, as Oscar Dronjak has sustained a multiple fracture in his arm as a result of a motorbike accident 2 days ago. We wish him a speedy recovery, however we will most certainly invite HAMMERFALL back in 2004.
The most worthy replacement will be EDGUY from Germany, who last played the UK on one occasion with Gamma Ray a couple of years ago.
San Diego's Pushed, featuring ex-Slayer drummer Jon Dette, and ex-Testament bassist Greg Christian have broken up. The Jagermeister sponsored band that was touted to land a spot on this Fall's Jagermeister 2003 tour have split due to creative differences. The band was also scheduled to played this year's Dwell in Darkness.
Guitarists, JP and Joe, are forming a new project, and that is something to be sure to look out for, but lead singer Travis Neal is actively looking for a new band to join.
Electric Basement. reports that while Tim "Ripper" Owens has been drafted for vocals on the new Iced Earth album 'The Glorious Burden,' he is NOT a member of the band and the vocal slot will be filled by someone else for touring purposes.
Here's more on it from Jon Schaffer: More...
Grade 8 have now managed to stay onboard for the rest of this years Ozzfest trek, thanks to the help of their sponsor Sobe. The latest statement reads:
"After much talk of having to drop off of Ozzfest, Grade 8 have managed to stay on the tour with the help of Sobe. Raise your glasses during Grade 8's set in Philly!"
The band were originally set to drop off the tour, as a statement was released from the Ozzfest camp reading like this:
"Grade 8 will be dropping off of Ozzfest. The band has had some conflict and they have requested to be let off the remaining shows. Today's show in Scranton will be their last show on the tour. A replacement may be named shortly."