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A young heavy metal band named Twisted State Of Mind, from Witney in Oxfordshire, England (who featured in an Unearthing The Metal Underground column in January), has been the subject of some controversy this week, when the band members found out that a contest they entered, in which the prize was an opportunity to perform at the Houses Of Parliament, had already had it's winner chosen by British Prime Minister David Cameron five weeks before the closing date.
After taking their problem to the BBC, who contacted the Prime Ministers office, they were told that the Prime Minister would make an exception and allow two bands from Witney to be nominated, leaving them with another chance to showcase their music in Westminster. You can check out a BBC South report on the incident below.
Pantera has announced via its official Facebook page that the band plans to release a new music video for the unreleased track "Piss," off the "Vulgar Display Of Power" recording sessions.
The band will premiere the song at the Revolver Golden Gods award show in celebration of the 20th anniversary of "Vulgar Display of Power." The music video will be the first from the band in twelve years.
Pantera drummer Vinnie Paul commented, "'Piss' is the only unheard complete Pantera track in existence. It was recorded at the same time as Vulgar Display of Power and it’s 100 percent Pantera with attitude and our signature groove! After mixing it, I can’t believe it didn’t make the record! So it’s 2012 and 20 years later and new Pantera music has been delivered. Cheers!"
Jerry Gaskill, drummer and vocalist for Houston progressive hard rock band King's X, had a heart attack Saturday night, according to a Facebook post by his bandmate Doug Pinnick:
The Houston Press reports that King's X drummer Jerry Gaskill suffered a heart attack last night and underwent emergency surgery. Gaskill is in stable condition at the hospital. Vocalist/bassist dUg Pinnick reported the event on twitter with the following message:
Jerry had a heart attack last night. He was operated on and is in stable condition at the hospital. Were all waiting for more info. I will keep you posted.
The band is celebrating the 20th anniversary of its first self-titled release this year and the "First Church of Rock and Roll" North American Tour was scheduled to start in March.
More information is expected shortly. To read the entire article, head over to this location.
Lichtensteinian gothic metal band Elis has decided to call it quits with the recent departure of Simone Christinat (Legenda Aurea) due to "too much stress." The band has seen its share of bad luck with the death of Sabine Dünser in 2006 due to a cerebral haemorrhage on July 8, 2006. After the death the band vowed to carry on and hired Ex-Eyes of Eden original vocalist Sandra Schleret, who joined the band in 2006 and stayed until 2011, having only recorded one album, "Catharsis" in 2009. The band decided to make one last attempt and hired Simone Christinat in 2011. Less than a year later Christinat has departed and the band has called it a day.
The following statement was issued on the band's official website:
We have to inform you that ELIS has passed into history.Simone told us a couple of days ago, that she will leave ELIS immediately due to too much stress.We have decided now to quit the band. Too much things happened during all these years to continue once again.
But on the other side, there were a lot of good and lucky moments in this almost ten years of ELIS. Therefore we want to say thank you for your support, your dedication and your friendship through all these years!
But this will not be the end of our musical careers, some projects are already in the pipeline.
You will find more information about these things very soon on this location.
Cheers and take care!
Max, Tom, Pete, Chris
Finnish heavy metal outfit Lordi has announced that drummer Tonmi Lillman, also known as "Otus," has passed away at the age of 38. The cause of death is presently unknown. A message from the band reads as follows:
"Our dear friend and band mate, "Otus" Tonmi Lillman, has sadly passed away. He will be greatly missed and we send our condolences to his family and friends.
"Otus: we thank You from the bottom of our hearts for the short time we got to know you and spend with you together.
"Rest in peace, friend."
Lillman joined the group in late 2010, replacing long time drummer Sampsa Astala, AKA, "Kita." He joined after the release of the band's latest studio album, "Babez For Breakfast" and as such, had not recorded an album with Lordi. He had also spent time with such bands as Ajattara, To/Die/For, Sinergy and Vanguard.
After over three years in a coma, Chi Cheng is now beginning to emerge from an unconscious to partially conscious state. Cheng is now able to move his leg when commanded but is still otherwise unable to move or speak aside from being able to make grunting noises since October. Those looking to see Cheng's Progress can check out the official website for his recovery fund.
Cheng was injured in a car accident in late 2008 which left him comatose and requiring surgery to remove part of his brain. Seven months after the accident, he was no longer on life support. Two years later, Cheng Began to briefly emerge from his coma in short intervals. More than a year later, Cheng is able to respond to commands more often and now has the use of his legs.
Even after a benefit concert and single, Cheng's family is running out of money. The family only has $17,495 our of the $250,000 that they need to hopefully give Chi Cheng a full recovery.
Cheng recently underwent surgery earlier this month, after which he showed signs of improvement. His recovery has been incredibly slow but he has shown steady improvement over the course of the past two years.
Riot guitarist and founding member Mark Reale passed away yesterday (January 25th) due to complications from Crohn's disease. He was fifty seven years old. He had been in a coma since January 11th as a result of a subarachnoid hemorrhage. He had battled the disease for most of his life, and was bravely attempting to practice to perform with the band at their scheduled shows, before his condition worsened. His band mates have issued the following statement:
"To friends and fans of Mark Reale and Riot, we are deeply saddened to confirm that Mark has lost his battle with a lifelong illness. Your thoughts and prayers are appreciated by Mark's family, friends, and bandmates at this difficult time."
Metal Blade founder and CEO Brian Slagel commented:
"I was a huge fan of Riot's Fire Down Under album and got to interview them for my fanzine. Great guys and I was lucky enough to finally re-issue Fire Down Under and the other early Riot albums on Metal Blade. We signed the band for their second run, so to speak, and put out some records in the '90s that did well, especially in Europe and Japan. It was a pleasure working with them and Mark was always a kind soul — an amazing player who really has a big time place in the history of metal. One of the really nice guys who put out some incredible stuff."
Metal legend King Diamond will return to playing concerts. The official King Diamond/Mercyful Fate Website, Coven Worldwide, issued a statement regarding new booking agents. King Diamond will use Nick Storch at ICM for booking concerts in North and South America, and Paul Ryan of the Agency Group to book Europe and the Rest of the World.
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Although no details have been revealed as of yet, a post from the official Diamond Head Facebook page has announced that the band's former drummer Robbie France, passed away on Saturday the 14th of January. France was the drummer in the legendary New Wave Of British Heavy Metal group from 1983 to 1985, joining the band shortly after the release of the "Canterbury" album and staying with them until their first break up two years later. France also spent time with British hard rock legends UFO and Wishbone Ash, as well as alternative rock outfit, Skunk Anansie. More details will be revealed as they become available.
Riot founder/guitarist Mark Reale has been admitted to the hospital due to complications of Crohn's disease. Crohn's disease is a form of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). It usually affects the intestines.
The band posted the following on its official website: "Riot founder and guitarist Mark Reale has been admitted to a San Antonio hospital in critical condition due to complications of Crohn's disease. Subsequently, there is a possibility that he may not appear in the band's upcoming performances in the Northeast and aboard the 70,000 Tons of Metal Cruise to Grand Cayman.
"Mark has been battling Crohn's for most of his life, working and performing while enduring almost constant pain and the side effects of treatment for his illness. He was in Texas bravely attempting to practice for the shows, but was felled by a severe onset of Crohn's symptoms leaving him in the Intensive Care Unit at an undisclosed facility.
"The band has agreed that the performances will take place as scheduled with the possibility that Mark may not be well enough in time to appear. Riot would also like to acknowledge that Mark has been struggling with these symptoms throughout the production of their new album, Immortal Soul, and that guitarist Mike Flyntz recorded a major portion of the guitars on the album with Mark's creative direction while he was unable to perform.
"For this reason, fans can be assured that the show will be as exciting as anything Riot has ever staged, even if Mike needs to hold down double guitar duty. Mark will be sorely missed in this event, but the shows will go on.
"We ask fans and friends of the band to pray for Mark's speedy recovery, and to support the band in our efforts to bring you the Riot reunion shows that have been so long in the making. While Mark's family insists on privacy during this difficult time, your prayers and good wishes will make it to his bedside until he is able to return to the stage.
"Many thanks and Shine On!
Mike, Tony, Bobby and Don" More...
Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi was diagnosed with lymphoma, a cancer of the blood that develops in the lymphatic system. Black Sabbath made the following post on its official Facebook Page:
"With the news that Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi has been diagnosed with the early stages of lymphoma, his bandmates would like everyone to send positive vibes to the guitarist at this time. Iommi is currently working with his doctors to establish the best treatment plan--the “IRON MAN” of Rock & Roll remains upbeat and determined to make a full and successful recovery.
"This comes as Black Sabbath--Ozzy Osbourne (vocals), Tony Iommi (guitar), Geezer Butler (bass) and Bill Ward (drums)--are writing and recording their first album in 33 years in Los Angeles (still set for release this fall) with producer Rick Rubin. They will now go to the UK to continue to work with Tony. Further information will be released as it becomes available."
More news on Iommi's condition is expected shortly.
Former Incantation bassist Joey "Fingers" Lombard died on January 3, 2012. He was 42 years old. Lombard played with Incantation from 2001-2005 and played on the following releases: "Blasphemy" (2002), "Decimate Christendom" (2004) and "Primordial Domination" (2006).
Former live Incantation bassist Roberto Lizárraga, who immediately stepped in when Lombard departed in 2005, posted the following statement, which the band re-posted on its Facebook Page:
"In 2003, while INCANTATION toured for the "Blasphemy" album, they played in San Diego and in Tijuana. INFINITUM OBSCURE played in the Tijuana gig. In this tour, I met this genuinely GREAT guy by the name of Joey Lombard, who was Incan's bassist at the time (2001-2006).
"In 2005 I was asked to step into INCANTATION as live session bassist, since Joey would not be able to commit for all the touring for the "Decimate Christendom" album, then "Primordial Domination".
"We also toured together in January 2005, I played bass for THE CHASM and he was still in INCANTATION. We shared a tour together. More...
Nicole Bogner, former Visions of Atlantis singer from 2000-2005, has passed away at 27 years old after fighting a "severe disease over a long period of time." Bogner sang on the band's first two releases "Eternal Endless Infinity" (2002) and "Cast Away" (2004).
The following is the statement posted on the band's Facebook page:
"In deep mourning and with highest respect we have to notify all Visions of Atlantis fans that our former female Singer Nicole Bogner has passed away at the age of 27 after fighting a severe disease over a long period of time. The band is shocked about the loss of an old VoA-family member but wants to express sincere gratitude to Nicole not only for 5 years of sharing a musical Vision but also for more than a decade of friendship inside and outside of Visions of Atlantis. Without Nicole Visions Of Atlantis would have never been born and her unique voice and personality were a big part of VoA. With Nicole a great part of Visions Of Atlantis died as well. We will always treasure your warm hearted soul, you will never be forgotten Nici...
"All fans and followers are invited to join the In Memoriam Nicole Bogner-Page here on Facebook to express their grief and respect to this great artist and person! Rest in Peace NICOLE and thank you! The VoA-family "
Earache Records has reported that David Gold, frontman of Canadian doom metal band WOODS OF YPRES, was killed in a car accident last night. He was 31 years old.
Woods of Ypres was formed in 2002 by David Gold, Aaron Palmer and Brian McManus. The band signed a deal with Earache records in 2010 and their forthcoming new album, "Woods 5: Grey Skies & Electric Light," which was recorded with producer Siegfried Meier at Beach Road Studios in Ontario, Canada, and was mixed by U.K. producer John Fryer (NINE INCH NAILS, PARADISE LOST), is due out on February 13th, 2012. The band has been previewing new material from this album.
Metalunderground.com last spoke with David in October 2010. You can read that interview here.
Great White vocalist Jack Russell, who has been absent from the band since last year for numerous reasons including substance abuse and a perforated bowel, recently announced that he will be forming his own version of the band, which will include past Great White members. A statement from Russell reads:
"Just wanted to announce that I will be coming back with my band Great White and a brand new lineup. My new bandmates are some of the most incredible musicians I have ever had the privilege to play with: Matthew Johnson - former guitarist for Great White, Derrick Pontier - former drummer for Great White, Dario Seixas - former bassist for Firehouse and the Stephen Pearcy band, and Robby Lochner - former guitarist for Rob Halford's band and Cherie Currie."
His former bandmates in Great White have since responded to the statement by claiming that they were unaware the singer had such plans and found out via Facebook like everybody else. Their message reads as follows: More...
Guns N Roses has been announced as part of the 2012 class of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees. The complete list of inductees is as follows:
Guns N’ Roses
Red Hot Chili Peppers
The Small Faces/The Faces
Ahmet Ertegun (non performer) Award:
The Award for Musical Excellence:
The 2012 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony returns to Cleveland April 14, 2012.
Swedish thrash/melodic death metal veterans Carnal Forge have announced that they have decided to place themselves on an indefinite hiatus as a result of members focusing on other projects. A message from bass player Lars Lindén reads as follows:
"Since all the members have chosen to drop off Carnal Forge due to different reasons to work on new projects, CF will take a pause and the band will be put on ice for an unspecified time.
"I don't know if there will ever be another CF album or if we'll play live again. I sure do hope so and will work for it, but only the future will tell.
"Thanks for all of the support through good times and bad times since 1997. See you out there some day somewhere somehow or see you all in hell!
"All the best from all of us!!! Peace!"
Norwegian black metal act Koldbrann has issued the following statement about the recent death of former guitarist Jonas R. Christiansen (Slavia):
"In memory of a fallen comrade:
"In the aftermath of Jonas R. Christiansen's death, we want to extend our deepest sympathy and condolences to his family and those who stood him near. Jonas was diagnosed with cancer just 3 months earlier, but sadly lost the fight on 17th November 2011.
"Jonas was a member of our band at an early stage, and participated on the first concerts and the debut album. He is missed, but his memory will persist, and his music shall live on.
"Styrke og Visjon!"
In a recent press conference, British heavy metal fathers Black Sabbath confirmed that they have reunited and that they will be releasing a new studio album, which will be produced by Rick Rubin. This will be their first album with the original four members in thirty three years.
In addition to this, the group confirmed that they will be headining next years edition of the Download Festival at Donington Park in their native England. After the headlining set, they will embark on a worldwide tour. You can view a video which confirmed thsse details below.
More details will be revealed as they become available.
Danzig played a short set at Fun Fun Fest on November 4th, 2011. The ex-Samhain/Misfits crooner scheduled an hour-and-a-half set of Danzig, Misfits and Samhain material, but only played two Misfits songs. On Fun Fun Fun Fest's Facebook page, Graham Williams, the festival booker, comments on what may be the concert fiasco of the year
"Hi. I book the fest. Those that are hating could NOT be more wrong. Yes, someone has your money and ripped you off. His name is Glenn. Stop by his house in LA with some kitty litter in trade for your refund, but we still had to pay him and he didn’t deserve it after what he pulled. Here is how it went down…check the timeline:
-Glenn flies in this morning and says he has a cold and doesn't feel like playing the show. he demands french onion soup and vitamins brought to his hotel suite. He wants soup now and wants it hot. We get it.
-Glenn says it's freezing in Austin and he can't go on. He says it's going to be 28 degrees tonight and he won't perform (keep in mind, it's currently 71 and sunny with a night forecast of maybe 50+). He says we have to move the show/festival inside if we want him to play (obviously, that's not possible).
-We rent stage heaters (no other bands--Public Enemy, MCD, Passion Pit, etc need or want heaters on stage...it's warm up there and not cold out) for Glenn per demand, as well as bring in an onsite doctor to make him happy and be there if his cold doesn't go away.
-Agents and managers assure us he's going to play now.
-Glenn's band/crew arrive before him in the afternoon and load gear. They said it all works, they get up the Danzig banner, check lights and are happy.
-Glenn arrives at 7:45 (half hour before showtime, they go on at 8:15 exactly and have a 90 min. set...park curfew by the city/police is 10 PM sharp)...when he arrives, he says he's not going to play. (He) Says he doesn't like how the banners are hung on stage and doesn't like the lighting or stage size (all this was advanced in email and phone well in advance and the band/crew loaded in mid day and were happy with it and said it would work...stage wasn't small at all). He wouldn't leave his trailer to go look at the stage, though, so the lighting company drew up specs for him to look at of the stage lighting 50 feet from his trailer and brought it to him to look over and prove him wrong. More...