Archive: Headline News
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...
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...
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...
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."
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
AC/DC has been forced to reschedule the 10 upcoming dates on the U.S. leg of the “Rock or Bust” world tour. AC/DC’s lead singer, Brian Johnson, has been advised by doctors to stop touring immediately or risk total hearing loss.
Tomorrow's show in Atlanta through Madison Square Garden in New York, NY in early April will be made up later in the year, likely with a guest vocalist. More information regarding these rescheduled shows is set to come.
Current ticket holders can hold on to their tickets for the rescheduled dates or receive a refund at point of purchase. These dates are to be rescheduled:
March 8 Atlanta, GA Philips Arena
March 11 Ft. Lauderdale, FL BB&T Center
March 14 Greensboro, NC Greensboro Coliseum
March 17 Washington, DC Verizon Center
March 20 Detroit, MI The Palace
March 23 Columbus, OH Nationwide Arena
March 26 Cleveland, OH Quicken Loans Arena
March 29 Buffalo, NY First Niagara Center
April 1 Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center
April 4 New York, NY Madison Square Garden More...
Former Budgie guitarist John Thomas has passed away at the age of sixty three according to his ex bandmate, Steve Williams. No cause of death has been revealed as of yet except that he died last night. Steve Williams paid tribute to the fallen guitarist by stating:
"My friend and fellow Budgie band member John Thomas sadly passed away last night. My thoughts are with the loved ones he left behind."
Thomas had suffered from health issues in the past, including a stroke which led to him leaving Budgie, whom he first joined in 1979. He recorded three albums with the group, "Power Supply," "Nightflight" and "Deliver Us From Evil," and stayed with the band until they broke up in 1998, as well as taking part in reunions in 1995 - 1996 and then again from 1999 - 2002. More...
Second Update: The Faceless has now issued a statement about the cancellation, available below, and followed by the original article.
The Faceless released this announcement via Facebook: "The Faceless has encountered a very unfortunate situation. We have decided to be 100% honest about what has happened. It would be easy for us to come up with a false excuse to cover up the truth, which is something that people have unfortunately become accustomed to when a band cancels a tour. However, we feel like we owe it to our fans to be honest.
"Two days ago, we were supposed to leave for our tour with August Burns Red and Between The Buried And Me. The day before we were supposed to leave, our fill in vocalist backed out, and told us that he would not be performing with The Faceless on this tour. His other, full time band did not feel comfortable with him touring in another group, and he wanted to respect their wishes.
"With this happening on such extremely short notice, it has left us with our hands tied. We have absolutely no choice but to regretfully drop off of our tour with August Burns Red, Between The Buried And Me, and Good Tiger, as well as our headlining tour with Scale The Summit, Rivers of Nihil, and Native Construct. This is a huge disappointment to us, as we were eagerly looking forward to touring with all of these amazing bands. We ask anyone that was planning on attending the BTBAM/ABR tour to still attend. More...
Slipknot just announced full details of a massive summer headline tour with Marilyn Manson and Of Mice & Men.
The North American trek will see the Grammy Award-winning group bringing an explosive live show across North America, kicking off June 9th at Salt Lake City, Utah’s USANA Amphitheatre (see tour itinerary below).
Slipknot Fan Club ticket presales will begin March 1st at 12:00 PM local time at this location, followed by Citibank presales on March 2nd, local Live Nation and radio presales on March 3rd and general onsale March 4th at 10:00 AM local time.
Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor will be launching a new radio show on Apple Music’s Beats 1. Titled "A Series of Bleeps with Corey Taylor," the first installment is set to air to air Wednesday March 2nd at 7:00 PM PT on Beats 1, with an encore Thursday the 3rd at 9:00 AM PT.
".5: The Gray Chapter," Slipknot’s fifth studio album for Roadrunner Records and first since 2008’s "All Hope Is Gone" made a stunning chart debut upon its arrival in October of 2014. See the band live with Marilyn Manson and Of Mice And Men on these dates: More...
Former Nightwish vocalist Anette Olzon was allegedly assaulted today, posting this message online via Instagram:
"Today changed rapidly from a good day into a horrible day when I got beaten down and robbed by a junkie on my way home from my car.
"In the hospital now cause she hit me hard and I fell backwards in the stony street with my back head and I am quite shaken and bruised and the worst thing of it all was that there were two adult men standing one feet away watching me get beaten doing f-ckin nothing! Cowards!!
"Thank god a girl ran after and then finally two REAL men took the junkie down and she is now with the police! Drugs people are making people really dangerous!! I'll write more after the dr but please be careful out there!"
Following her time with Nightwish from '07 - '12, Olzon released her "Shine" solo album back in 2014. More...
Progressive rock act Riverside announced that guitarist Piotr Grudzinski passed away this morning. No specifics on the death were released, but Grudzinski was just 40 years old. Riverside just released the latest album "Love, Fear and the Time Machine" back in September 2015, having played ProgPower USA in the same month that year followed by a U.S. tour.
In a statement on the band's Facebook page, the band commented: "In our deepest pain and disbelief we would like to inform you that our dearest friend and brother Piotr Grudzinski has passed away this morning. We kindly ask you to respect the privacy of his family and friends."
More information is expected soon. More...
While on tour with Exmortus and Warbringer, Cauldron has been involved in a serious vehicle accident in the U.S. that saw Ian Chains being hospitalized. The band comments:
"Sorry to report the unfortunate news of our accident (not at fault btw) on the highway in Texas last night and that we will have to pull out of the remaining 8 tour dates. Ian is recovering in hospital and is expected to make a full recovery, otherwise everyone is going to be OK. We are just happy to be alive at this point. Thanks for your support and to our tour mates Enforcer, Warbringer & Exmortus; we had fun and wish you all the best. Hope to see you all again soon."
Exmortus also posted this message online: "Our comrades and brothers in arms, Cauldron, have experienced a horrible accident after our show in Dallas last night. We're glad that they're alive. Only shred maniac, Ian, suffered a few fractures in his back and neck, so send all your positive vibes for a speedy recovery! It's unfortunate that they cannot carry on the rest of the tour but again, we're grateful that they're alive. It's a shame we say our goodbyes this way but we wish them all the best! We've had such a great time touring together and we will miss you, dearly! Goodbye brothers! We wish you the best! May our paths cross again!" More...
Looks like I called it: Ghost has taken home the Grammy award for this year's "best metal performance" category.
It's clear by the video below that the band was very out of place, with a perplexed crowd and an odd lack of applause, but that's probably to be expected considering the venue and how little emphasis gets placed on metal at this overblown awards show.
It's nice to see music of this variety breaking into the mainstream consciousness, although of course its odd that a band that's so tenuously connected to metal actually won the award.
Ghost's performance of "Cirice" from the "Meliora" album beat out the other nominees August Burns Red, Lamb Of God, Sevendust, and Slipknot.
We've been posting news on an Iranian outfit titled Confess for a few years, and it appears the band has now gotten into hot water with the authorities. MetalNationRadio.ca posted this message online about the situation:
"Metal Community… On behalf of the band Confess (Iran), I am making this post public in the hope that it will go viral. I have spoken many times and in depth regarding the dangers of being a metal musician from the middle east. I would often use Confess as an example when describing the perils one would face by playing music.
"They are a talented thrash band that risked it all to pursue their hopes and dreams of one day being able to leave their land and share their music/stories with the world. Because of their heavy-handed religious rule, many countries in the Middle East view rock and metal as the devil’s music. In many cases the musicians or those who just listen to the music risk being jailed and in some cases executed for it. I have always feared that one day one of the bands I promote from there would end up in such a position.
"Well… that time arrived for Nikan Siyanor Khosravi and Khosravi Arash Chemical Ilkhani of Confess. This evening I received a message from a friend of the band (who will remain unnamed to protect their identity) that I found to be alarming. According to the message, they have been jailed in their country for playing heavy metal, owning an independent record label and for communicating with foreign radio stations. More...
Read the full article at MetalNationRadio.
Raleigh, NC group Valleys has been gearing up to release debut full-length concept album "Experiment One: Asylum" on February 12th.
Unfortunately on February 5th, just a week prior to the scheduled release, the band received a phone call from the local fire department that a vehicle matching the description of 23-year-old vocalist Mikey Clement had been found wrecked.
It wasn't long after that they received the news that Mikey had passed away from injuries sustained in the accident. An article about the accident from local media can also be read here.
As a group, Valleys made the decision that while they could put a halt on the entire album release, that is not what Mikey would have wanted them to do. He would have wanted the show to go on and for them to release the music that he and the band worked so hard on.
A launch of the track "Choices" takes place today, dedicated to the memory of Mikey Clement. The track was one of Mikey's favorite songs on the album - resonating, soaring and heartfelt - a perfect tribute. More...
The Bilocate and Swallow The Sun show in Dubai has been cancelled, with Bilocate issuing this statement:
"Regretfully, we announce that our show with Swallow the Sun and Aramaic got canceled, due to a complaint issued, falsely claiming the show would include practices unacceptable by the hosting community from a cultural perspective (as per the organizing team).
"We know it's such a disappointment, for us as well, but we'll do our best to make it happen next time. Don't forget to join us all this Friday at The Music Room with the other bands. Please refer to the official organizer page for details."
Swallow The Sun adds: "Today we got some very very sad news. Sadly we can't perform our music to you guys. But some of us are still coming to Dubai to meet you. I guess it's better than nothing? We are so sorry."
Metal East Records also commented: "What we know so far that a competitor has actually filed this complaint mentioning the show was promoting devil-worshiping (which we all know is not the case). The show will continue and since none of the original line up can’t perform, let's fill the bill up with some local talents and celebrate never giving up on the music we love. " More...