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Nick Menza Passes Away

Reports are coming in that former Megadeth member Nick Menza passed away on May 21st during a set with Ohm that took place in California.

Blabbermouth reported this morning: "Nick collapsed during the third song of OHM:'s set. Earliest reports indicate he suffered a massive heart attack and was pronounced dead upon arrival at hospital. No other details are being released at this time."

Since then, Ohm has posted this brief message online via Facebook: "RIP Nick Menza. In the brief time I knew you, it was a pleasure. We will miss you 'Machine.'"

Nick was primarily active with Megadeth during the '89 - '98 era. Ohm also recently posted a video of Nick's drumming, which can be seen below. More...

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Brendon Small Working On Galaktikon Album

While there's no news currently forthcoming on Metalocalypse or Dethklok, Brendon Small has revealed he is working on another solo Galaktikon album.

Small posted the image below via Twitter and Instagram with the brief message "Im very excited to announce that this is currently in production... #galaktikonII."

Stay tuned for more info on the album as it comes available. If you haven't heard the previous album, it's available for streaming in full after the jump. More...

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President Obama Mentions Finnish Metal

At the Nordic Leaders Summit arrival ceremony today in the white house, President Obama spoke about innovation from various countries, including remarks about heavy metal culture in Finland.

You can watch the full ceremony below (the part about metal starts right after the 6:30 mark) and a transcript of the entire speech is available here.

Obama commented: "I do want to point out that Finland has perhaps the most heavy metal bands in the world per capita, and also ranks high on good governance. I don’t know that there’s any correlation there. Thanks to Nordic innovators, we share our music on Spotify, stay in touch by Skype, and millions spend what would otherwise be productive hours on Minecraft, Angry Birds and Candy Crush."

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Agalloch Calls It Quits

All good things must come to an end: Agalloch has officially called it quits. The group posted this message online via Facebook:

"Following 20 years, 5 full length albums, many tours around the world, and numerous other recordings, John Haughm and the rest of the band (Don Anderson, Jason Walton, and Aesop Dekker) have parted ways.

"What the future holds for the separate parties remains undetermined. We collectively thank all of our fans across the world. There are also way too many other people to thank who made this band possible. You know who you are."

During its two-deacde run, Agalloch released five full-length albums and a host of singles, EPs, and compilations. The band's last studio album was "The Serpent and the Sphere" from 2014.

Update: John Haughm has now posted this message online about the split:

"After being inundated by a barrage of responses, I feel that I should clarify some things. I take full responsibility for the decision to part ways with the other guys. It was difficult, well thought-out, and something that had been culminating over the past couple of years. I simply could not continue any further with the band as it was. I had to make a change as my motivation and inspiration had started to completely deteriorate. Whether this is the permanent end of Agalloch altogether or a possible fresh start, I don't know. I probably won't know for awhile. The band has simply been reduced back to its founding, visionary member for the first time in 20 years. Beyond that, the future is unknown." More...

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Ozzy Osbourne Reportedly Missing

2nd Update: Ozzy appeared onstage alongside Sharon in California today (May 12th) to discuss Ozzfest and Knotfest coming together for a new two day event in September. Get full details here.

Update: more photos have now been posted online of Ozzy shot earlier this morning (see below). He's looking haggard, but is apparently fine. There has still been no comment from anyone in the Ozzy camp about the situation.

E! Online reported this weekend that Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne's 33 year marriage has come to an end, with Ozzy apparently vacating the premises.

Several sites are now reporting that Ozzy has gone missing since the split, with members of the family unable to contact the musical icon.

The original source of the story is a less than spectacularly reputable source however, and we are still waiting on confirmation from Osbourne's management or anyone in the family. PageSix.com issued this statement about an unnamed source:

Son Jack, 31, is said to be desperate to speak to rocker Ozzy but cannot find him. Pals said Ozzy’s children tried to contact stylist Michelle Pugh to see if their dad was with her but she did not turn up for work on Saturday.

A source said: “Jack tried to get hold of Ozzy because he thinks he might talk some sense into him. He and his sisters Kelly and Aimee are worried about him and a bit shocked by what has gone on. But Sharon is in an unforgiving mood and does not want him in the house, so it’s a difficult position. Sharon has got a fiery temper, but after a row, they often kiss and make up. It is a bit different this time, though, and she is extremely angry with Ozzy.”

Complicating the situation is that a tweet just went live from Ozzy's official Twitter account (check it out below) not mentioning the situation at all and possibly indicating he's fine. The exact same message with identical wording went live on the Slipknot pages at the same time however, so this may have been a scheduled post that went online automatically.

Celebrity gossip site JustJared.com has also released a photo reportedly shot today (May 9th) of Ozzy carrying a dog down a street in Los Angeles. Stay tuned for more info as it becomes available from an official source. More...

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First Live Footage Of AC/DC With Axl Rose Posted

First live footage of AC/DC performing "Shoot To Thrill" with Guns N’ Roses’ vocalist Axl Rose can be seen below. The clip was shot yesterday May 07th, at Passeio Marítimo de Algés in Oeiras, Portugal. As reported earlier Axl Rose has taken over for the band’s upcoming 2016 live commitments, with Brian Johnson forced to step down or risk permanent hearing loss.

You can now check out the clip below:

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Eluveitie Announces Major Lineup Split

Swiss folk metal act Eluveitie announced the departure of drummer Merlin Sutter, vocalist Anna Murphy and guitarist Ivo Henzi from the band in what is described by Murphy as an "impossible situation."

The band will play out the next few shows with Sutter, Murphy and Henzi and then other performances the band has committed to, incuding Wacken this August, with replacement members before retiring for a while to solidify a new lineup.

The official band statement reads: "With a heavy heart we have to announce that Eluveitie will go through another change soon. We have decided to part ways with our longtime drummer Merlin Sutter. In the consequence of this, Merlin's close personal friends Anna Murphy and Ivo Henzi decided to leave Eluveitie as well.

"We all developed a lot over the last ten years – not only as a band, but also as individuals. And we partly developed in different directions; different goals, wishes and ideas emerged. Over the last years we all had to deal with interpersonal challenges within the band. Instead of pulling together, our days have rather been shaped by wearing friction and constant clash of interests. And thus we felt that we have become something we shouldn't have; that we've diverged from what Eluveitie was always meant to be – a band, a family, a passionate and deep-rooted group of musicians, where heart's blood can flow freely! Eluveitie was always meant to be about 'rock'n'roll,' passion and also about 'carrying the torch' of the Celtic spirit. Yet over the years we have partly diverged from our roots, which is not good.

"Each and every single one of us is definitely a passionate musician! But in this group constellation, we seemed to rather cumber, than to inspire each other. The band has suffered from this for a longer time now.

"So we ended up in this painful situation where the mentioned facts have made it impossible to us to continue like this and we came to the point eventually, where we believe, it's best to go separate ways. More...

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Torche In Serious Van Crash

While out on tour with Kverlertak this weekend, Torche was involved in a serious vehicle accident on the highway. The band posted this message just before a Salt Lake City show:

"Torche was in a crazy accident last night while en route to our hotel in Laramie. Everyone safe, but we hit ice, flipped the trailer, and banged up the back of the van. No sleep till 7am after we dropped the trailer off at a repair shop, via tow truck.

"A brisk four hours of sleep later, we picked up the trailer with a new wheel and have been hauling ass to Salt Lake, while trying to be as safe as possible with the shit weather out here. Zeus willing, we will arrive at or just before 9pm and will still be allowed to play. We will need it!"

The tour however will go on, with Torche scheduled to play Vancouver tonight. More...

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Gojira Reveals "Magma" Details

Roadrunner Records group Gojira has announced details on new LP "Magma," due out June 17th. The follow-up album to 2012’s "L'Enfat Sauvage," this new album is heralded by the single “Stranded,” which is available below and directed by Vincent Caldoni.

Pre-orders for "Magma" are available today at this location with all orders receiving an instant grat download of “Stranded.” Exclusive bundles are also available, which include a limited edition 52 page hardcover book with exclusive photos, sketches and artwork from the creation of "Magma."

Additionally, all bundles also include a DVD and HD digital download of Gojira’s 2015 Rock In Rio performance.

Frontman Joe Duplantier commented: “We are very excited to release our new album MAGMA. We put everything we had into these songs. This album is our flesh and blood.” More...

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Belphegor Accosted By Fanatic At Airport

Update: Belphegor has now issued a statement about both the airport fiasco and experiencing extreme censorship and cancelled shows in Russia on this trek. Read it over here.

Although there has been no official statement from the band at this point, a video is circulating of some sort of fundamentalist (apparently religious, but it's unclear as there are no subtitles) verbally accosting Belphegor at a Russian airport.

At one point the man even spits in a member of Belphegor's face (appears to be front man Helmuth?), and then hilariously doesn't like it when the favor is immediately returned.

Karl Sanders of Nile (out on tour with Belphegor) then steps in to stop the situation from escalating. Any of our Russian speaking readers able to translate this video for us?

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Monuments Drops Off Tour

Monuments has been out on tour (without vocalist Chris Barretto) in North America alongside The Contortionist. Unfortunately Monuments is now dropping off the tour early, with the band commenting:

"Friends, We must regrettably inform you that Baltimore will be the last show for us on tour with The Contortionist, Entheos and sleepmakeswaves. We've tried everything in our power to continue to the end of the tour, but financially, we just can't make it happen.

"A huge apology to those of you who were coming to see us at one of the remaining shows, but PLEASE go along and see the tour, buy some merchandise and support live music.

"Thanks to everyone who checked out the instrumental set on this tour. We had a blast. Maximum love to Contorts, Entheos, sleepmakeswaves and all crew for understanding. Yall rule." More...

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Leaves' Eyes Splits With Liv Kristine

Update: Both sides have now released new statements accusing the other of lying and playing dirty. You can read Liv's here and the rest of the band's at this location.

In a twist that has left many fans reeling, Leaves' Eyes has parted ways with vocalist Liv Kristine. One of our wonderfuly snarky FB fans commented, "since the band was named after her the new band name will be Krull's Eyebrows!" The band issued this statement online about the situation:

"Dear Fans and Friends, with the upcoming shows, tours and releases Leaves' Eyes will introduce their new female singer: Elina Siirala, Finnish vocalist living in London. Leaves’ Eyes and former vocalist Liv Kristine will part ways.

"Liv was the female voice of the band since the beginning in 2003. Together we toured through 50 countries and 5 continents, moreover we recorded 6 studio albums with outstanding singer Liv. We are full of pride in what we have reached together! From the bottom of our hearts we want to thank Liv for amazing 13 years of being our front lady, the work we have done together and all the passion for music that we shared all these years! We wish Liv all the best for the future, her solo career and other projects! Liv will always be an important part of the Leaves’ Eyes history but now we are looking forward to a new chapter and the new musical adventures of Leaves’ Eyes!

"We embrace Elina with open arms and hearts! She is a fantastic singer and performer. Please, welcome the new female voice of Leaves’ Eyes: Sensational Elina Siirala!"

Liv Kristine had this to say: "I am highly proud of having been founding member and front lady of Leaves' Eyes, which has played a vital role in my life since 2003. Good luck guys, thank you for the amazing music, outstanding moments with our worldwide audiences, moreover, the passion we all share. Love, Liv" More...

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Dope Announces Reunion Tour

Dope has announced dates for the "Die Mother Fucker Die" U.S. reunion tour which will feature the classic Dope lineup of Edsel Dope, Acey Slade, Virus, & Racci Shay.

This U.S. leg of the tour was successfully crowdfunded by the pre-order of the band's first ever live album. The ultimate goal of this ongoing campaign is to turn the reunion trek into a worldwide tour. Currently announced dates are as follows:

09/13 - San Francisco, CA @ DNA Lounge
09/14 - Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
09/15 - Vancouver, BC @ The Rickshaw
09/16 - Pasco, WA @ La Tropicana
09/17 - Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
09/18 - Spokane, WA @ The Palomino
09/19 - Idaho Falls, ID @ The Falls Venue
09/20 - Denver, CO @ Herman's Hideaway
09/21 - Colorado Springs, CO @ Sunshine Studios
09/22 - Omaha, NE @ Sokol Underground
09/23 - St Louis, MO @ The Ready Room
09/24 - Minneapolis, MN @ The Cabooze
09/25 - Des Moines, IA @ Val Air Ballroom
09/26 - TBA
09/27 - Waterloo, IA @ The Reverb
09/28 - Stevens Point, WI @ Live On Main
09/29 - Chippewa Falls, WI @ Every Buddy's
09/30 - Battle Creek, MI @ Music Factory More...

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Stream Of Passion Calls It Quits

Dutch symphonic progressive metal act Stream of Passion, the band created by Arjen Anthony Lucassen (Ayreon/The Gentle Storm), has decided to call it quits after 11 years and four full length releases.

The band posted the following up on its Facebook page: "ALL GOOD THINGS COME TO AN END. ear friends and fans, over the past eleven years we've had the time of our lives playing in stages all over the world and sharing moments of joy on stage. But all good things come to an end, and we feel it's time to move on and search for new musical challenges. We're proud of everything we've achieved, with your help, and we want to end the band history on a high note instead of losing focus, interest and drive.

"Before parting ways as a band we will perform a few goodbye shows; we also want to record a DVD to serve as a memento of the good times we've had.

"Once again, we'd like to express our eternal gratitude for the support you've given us all these years. All of us will continue to make music, one way or the other; so we still hope to see you soon on a stage near you.

"Thank you for being part of the wonderful adventure that has been Stream of Passion! Marcela, Johan, Eric, Steve, Jeffrey, Martijn"

The final live performances for the band are as follows:

- Aug 26, 2016: Zebra Festival, Gemert (NL)
- Sep 2, 2016: P60, Amstelveen (NL) (DVD recording)
- Sep 7, 2016: ProgPower USA XVII, Atlanta GA (USA)
- Oct 13, 2016: Underworld, London (UK)
- Oct 14, 2016: Bierkeller, Bristol (UK)
- Oct 15, 2016: Classic Grand, Glasgow (UK)
- Oct 16, 2016: Robin 2, Bilston (UK)

The band is also looking into adding an extra, final show towards the end of the year with more details to expected soon. More...

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Wes Scantlin Abandoned By Band On Stage

Ouch, the sad Puddle Of Mudd saga continues (or maybe now comes to an end finally) as Wes Scantlin's band members abandoned him onstage during a set in Doncaster.

For some reason he decides to stay, sitting there staring at the crowd and occasionally mumbling incoherently. A video of the debacle has come online, courtesy of YouTube user mrmahoosive, which can be seen below.

Somebody in the crowd really wasn't pleased, repeating a constant scream of "Fuck you Wes, fuck off Wes, you're a disgrace!" (because apparently everyone didn't hear him the first seven or twelve times). The video's uploader comments:

"After a drunken start to a half gig in Doncaster, Wes Scantlin announced the band not playing together after he couldn't perform. He also kept waffling on about dan murano(?) stealing his house/money? He sat on stage trying to karaoke with the music after the band couldn't perform the rest of their set."

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Forcentury Calls It Quits

Copenhagen-based metal outfit Forcentury last released the "Revelant" album all the way back in 2012 and has since been fairly inactive, with the group deciding to now officially call it a day. The band issued this statement online:

"FORCENTURY IS NO MORE........ It is with heavy hearts albeit with some relief, that we have now decided to close the book of Forcentury. Lives change, people change, bands change. The last 1½ years have been particularly tough. Losing our lead vocalist put the band in a vulnerable state, from which we tried very hard and long to recover.

"We had a great number of hopefuls audition for us, and while some rose above the rest, the general impression was still, that finding a suitable vocalist is as hard as finding true love. This, along with some rather major changes in our personal lives, has left us with very few options.

"We have discussed and pondered ways to record the next batch of songs, but we always return to the fact, that even if we managed to make an album, we would still have to hire a mercenary vocalist. In the end, we wouldn't have a complete band to bring the music to you, live, which is the main reason we have kept the engines running for 8 years.

"Maybe some day down the line, we will get fortunate enough to be able to record and perform under the Forcentury moniker once again, but for now — it's goodbye. Thank you all so much for your support over the years, and — as always — stay METAL!" More...

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Black Shape Of Nexus To Stream 24 HOUR Song

Germany's Black Shape Of Nexus has created a drone track that runs for 24 HOURS STRAIGHT, which will rumble the airwaves this weekend courtesy of Resonance FM Extra.

Titled "Neg. Black 1d," the track is an algorithmic elongated version of the eponymous song "Negative Black," taken from the band's 2012-released album of the same name.

The 24-hour "Neg. Black 1d" stream kicks off Sunday, March 27th at Noon GMT; tune in to bathe in the ambient, experimental side of Black Shape Of Nexus right here.

"Neg. Black 1d" is presently available for purchase at Black Shape Of Nexus' upcoming shows, the 24-hour track contained on an IDE hard-drive in specially designed packaging. There are plans to present this is another format in the future; more info will be released in the coming weeks. In the mean time, check out the band's previous release "Carrier" below. More...

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Eis Comments On Brussels Bombing

After the Paris terrorist assault at Bataclan that rocked the music world, an attack took place today in Brussels, with ISIS claiming responsibility. According to reports from MSNBC several terrorists opened fire on passengers at a Brussels airport before detonating explosive devices.

Statements of support from various metal bands have been coming in, with some groups more closely affected by the attack than others. Alboîn from black metal outfit Eïs issued this statement via Facebook:

"I'm currently in Brussels staying with my wife. This is a day where black metal means truly nothing. This is Europe staring into the abyss, and what we see is: no music can be as nihilistic as these terroristic pieces of shit. All of my thoughts and strength go out to the victims of these cowardish acts." More...

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Lizzy Borden Signs Solo Deal With Metal Blade

Metal Blade Records just issued this announcement about inking a new record deal with none other than Lizzy Borden:

"Lizzy Borden has spent over three decades creating some of the most theatrical metal in existence, releasing classics such as 'Love You to Pieces' (1985) and 'Master of Disguise' (1989), while obliterating audiences worldwide with a stage show that rivals that of Marilyn Manson and Alice Cooper.

"For his efforts, he has become nothing short of a metal icon. Now, to take the next step in furthering his career, Lizzy Borden has signed a worldwide solo artist deal with Metal Blade Records - the label that helped to launch him to commercial success over 30 years ago. Ready to once again captivate both veteran and adolescent metal fans alike, Lizzy Borden plans to release a new album in 2016 and tour the world in support of it, with a reinvigorated band backing him up.

Lizzy Borden had this to say: "I am extremely happy to re-sign with the same label we started with all those years ago (Metal Blade Records). I'm excited to be working with Brian Slagel and all the Metal Blade family again. It's been my home for all six of our (full-length) studio albums - with the new record being the seventh, and the start of a new series of albums to come. More...

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Wodensthrone Calls It Quits

U.K. pagan black metal band Wodensthrone has unfortunately decided to call it a day, and all upcoming tour activity has been cancelled. The band comments:

"We regret to announce that after ten years of activity, Wodensthrone is no more, following the amicable departure of founding guitarist Wildeþrýð. We simply cannot carry on without such an integral member missing from the lineup.

"We would like to thank all of our supporters, all the bands we have shared the stage with, and all those who have helped make Wodensthrone's existence such an incredible experience during these years; we will take our memories to the grave.

"Wyrd Bið Ful Aræd!"

Wodensthrone last released the "Curse" full-length album in 2012 via Candlelight Records, which can be heard in full below. More...

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