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What was old is now new again, as much like with Hollywood returning to Star Wars, Jurassic Park, and Terminator, metal heads had a desire for past and present to collide throughout 2014.
This was another year of major reunions and comebacks with the likes of At The Gates, Slipknot, Sanctuary, and Massacre all returning with new material. The long dead Coal Chamber also came back to life, although we won't see an actual release until next year (with varying opinions on to whether that particular resurrection was wanted or needed).
Besides all the blasts from the past, this was a year marked by spectacles in the metal world – some truly unfortunate and others less so. Heavy metal managed to hit the Facebook trending bar and gain exposure to millions when 92 year old actor Christopher Lee released his Metal Knight EP and Christmas single ”Darkest Carols, Faithful Sing.”
Tim Lambesis of As I Lay Dying was finally sentenced after being arrested back in 2013 for attempting to hire a hitman to kill his ex-wife – an act that lead to the creation of Wovenwar, featuring the remaining members of As I Lay Dying as well as a fellow ex-believer from Oh, Sleeper.
This was also the year that included Roadrunner Records botching the release of the first Opeth single from “Pale Communion” and subsequently breaking the Internet. And who could forget Wintersun's infamous rant (perhaps best summarized as “I can't possibly record an album unless its in my own personal studio that someone else has paid for”), which sent a horde of lemming-like fans to send death threats to the Nuclear Blast Facebook page?
Typical metal shenanigans aside, this was actually a solid year for metal overall even past the major reunions. Now moving into 2015, the big question marks are if that Metallica album actually comes out, when Dimmu Borgir is finally going to get around to leaking some new info, and for those of us who have been impatiently waiting since 2012 – when will God Of Atheists finally drop that debut release that we voted most anticipated two years ago?
Before any of those questions come close to getting answers, let's take a look back at what 2014 had to offer for metal fans... More...
Immortal frontman Abbath (Olve Eikemo) claims that he rightfully attempted to secure exclusive rights to the band's name and logo after lyricist/guitarist Demonaz (Harald Nævdal) and drummer Horgh (Reidar Horghagen) effectively quit the legendary Norwegian black metal group this past summer.
According to Dagbladet, Abbath's application to the Norwegian Industrial Property Office has been stopped by a lawyer representing Demonaz and drummer Horgh, who want the Immortal trademark to be shared by all three members.
In his latest letter to the Norwegian Industrial Property Office, Abbath says that he thought Demonaz and Horgh left Immortal earlier this year after they moved out of the band's rehearsal room and stopped paying their share of the rent expenses.
"This summer Abbath received amessage from Demonaz and Horgh indicating that they wanted to take a longer break from Immortal after a conflict occurred between Abbath and the other 2 bandmembers," writes Eikemo in his letter to the Norwegian Industrial Property Office.
"The band rents a rehearsal space where costs were being shared between the 3 bandmembers. Demonaz and Horgh did not want to pay their share of the rent since the band, in their opinion, was not active. Abbath, as Immortal's chief songwriter, was dependent on the rehearsal space and was willing to cover the rental costs himself. The other 2 members then moved out of the premises and stopped paying their share of the rent. Abbath perceived this move as them pulling out of the band."
The letter also argues that Demonaz has not played guitar since he suffered an injury to his arm in 1997, and that Horgh 's role in the band has been limited to playing drums. In addition, Abbath claims that, as Immortal's composer and frontman, he is virtually synonymous with the band and that, as a professional musician, he is dependent on revenue generated by Immortal and therefore cannot simply take a break. More...
British NWOBHM legend Saxon postponed the remaining dates on their UK tour due to drummer Nigel Glockler's health issues. Glockler was rushed to hospital on Monday night. More details will follow as soon as available.
States Saxon frontman Biff Byford in a Facebook post: "Nigel, our friend and brother, is in the hospital in the UK having tests to find a bleed on his brain. He is up and talking but he says he has a ball-crushing headache. I will pass all your messages on to Gina, Nigel's wife, and we all pray that Nige can pull through this! At the moment all shows have been rescheduled to [early] February 2015."
Following shows were rescheduled as follows:
Feb. 03 - Newcastle, UK - Academy
Feb. 04 - Nottingham, UK - Rock City
Feb. 05 - Wolverhampton, UK - Wulfrun Hall
Feb. 06 - Oxford, UK - Academy
Feb. 07 - London, UK - Shepherds Bush Empire
Tickets remain valid for the new dates of course. The band and management would like to apologize to all involved for any inconvenience caused.
Reactivated California outfit Coal Chamber has announced a North American headline tour for Spring 2015.
The tour is in support of a forthcoming album that will be released on Napalm Records. Support on the tour will come from Filter, Combichrist, and American Head Charge. The trek begins March 6th in Tempe, AZ and runs through April 12th in Dallas, TX.
Coal Chamber is currently in the studio working on the band's first studio album in over 12 years. The band is working with producer Mark Lewis (Whitechapel, DevilDriver, Black Dahlia Murder) on the currently untitled album, which is tentatively slated for a Spring 2015 release.
Call it what you want, "The Return", "The Second Coming of," but no matter what you call it, be prepared for Coal Chamber to rule again, and catch the first official festivities on these dates: More...
Geoffrey Ficco, vocalist for The Faceless since 2011, quit The Faceless yesterday evening.
States Ficco: "After nearly four years with the band, I have decided to leave The Faceless to pursue new opportunities. Thank you to the fans of the band, as well as the past and present members of The Faceless, for the unforgettable experience. One of the projects I will now have more time to focus on is my black metal band Ys, which just released an album in November. Thanks everybody." More...
Borknagar has been working on a new album, which is now being delayed due to band member Vintersorg (Andreas Hedlund) being injured in an accident. Borknagar comments:
"This have been a rough week. Seven days ago Mr. V was seriously injured in an falling accident. This resulted in multiple fractures to the skull, brain hemorrhage and momentary dysfunctional hearing on one ear. We have intentionally kept this off the radar, till he felt fit enough to update the public himself. So his post on Facebook today should be regarded as an heartwarming and uplifting statement of his recovery.
"We would like to wish our colleague and dear friend all the best, the best possible treatment and a speedy recovery to full health. Also all the best to his closest family, his wife and kids in this difficult situation. In the current situation Mr. V's process of recovery and regaining health is the most important thing.
"The release of our new album might be delayed accordingly, as there is absolutely no option to leave our bro behind or in any way compromise on his recovery." More...
While Onslaught guitarist Nige Rockett claims the band fired singer Neil Turbin (ex Anthrax) 2 days before completion of the North American "Thrash Invasion" tour, Turbin states he left the tour by his own accord after not being paid for the final week of the trek.
You can read the 2 versions and watch a fan-filmed video footage of Onslaught's final performance with Turbin on November 24 in Anaheim, California below.
Version 1: Neil Turbin has posted the following statement on his Facebook page regarding his early departure from the Onslaught tour: More...
While Megadeth was supposedly recording a new album in 2015 to coincide with a tour next year, the four-piece are now a two piece, as guitarist Chris Broderick and drummer Shawn Drover left the band separately just hours apart.
Drover as we reported earlier today, was the first to quit, releasing a statement stating he was pursuing his own music.
"After 10 years, I have decided to quit Megadeth to pursue my own musical interests. I want to thank Dave Mustaine and the entire Megadeth family, as well as thanking all the amazing Megadeth fans around the world!!! I truly appreciate all of you. Stay tuned for info on my next musical journey."
Shortly after, Broderick, announced his exit via a statement on his official blog web site:
"Due to artistic and musical differences, it is with great reluctance that I announce my departure from Megadeth to pursue my own musical direction. I want all of you to know how much I appreciate the amount that you the fans have accepted and respected me as a member of Megadeth for the last seven years, but it is time for me to move on. I wish Dave and everyone in Megadeth all the best. I am working on a few things of my own and hope that when they come out, you will all dig it. Until then,
Up to now there has been no official statement from Megadeth or Dave Mustaine.
Saint Vitus is currently embarked on a 35th anniversary tour, however it will be going on without front man Scott "Wino" Weinrich:
"Saint Vitus would like to regretfully inform all of our European fans that our lead vocalist Wino was detained by the Norwegian police and immigration officers for possession of illegal substances since Sunday November 9th.
"As of 4 pm yesterday evening (Nov. 11th) we were informed by his Norwegian defense attorney that he would more than likely be released that same day and be able to continue the remaining dates of our European tour. This morning we received notification that Wino was being deported today back to the U.S. with no hope to remain in Scandanavia or anywhere in the EU.
"SAINT VITUS WILL CONTINUE THE REMAINING DATES OF THE TOUR!!! Our sincere apologies to all of our fans, the promoters, booking agents and especially our Norwegian fans and promoter for the cancelled show. We will still deliver the HEAVY sound to all of our friends in Europe and it is our hope that everyone will understand our position to go forward with the remaining dates without Wino. More...
Black Tusk's Jonathan Athon was involved in a vehicle accident earlier this weekend, and now the band has issued the following statement about Athon passing away:
"It is with deep regret and saddened hearts that we must tell you that Athon passed away this morning from injuries sustained from his motorcycle accident.
"Doctors told us that he suffered irreparable brain damage shortly after the accident. He has been in a coma and sustained by life support until now. As per his wishes, we removed Athon from his life support systems and his organs will be donated.
"His body will be cremated and a memorial is being planned for family and friends in Savannah. He was 32 years old and will be forever missed. Thank you all for your support during this devastating time for us, it would have made him proud."
Black Tusk had entered the studio back in September with producer Joel Grind to work on the follow-up to 2013's "Tend No Wounds" EP.
Update: while the drug charges and the charge of "threatening to kill" remain, the charge of procuring murder has now been dropped - 24 hours later. Read the full update at this location.
AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd allegedly tried to have two men killed. He appeared in the Tauranga District Court this afternoon, charged with attempting to procure a murder.
According to a report by Stuff.co.nz, the 60-year-old rock drummer’s home in New Zealand was raided Thursday morning (Nov. 6), and he was also charged with possession of meth and cannabis, as well as "threatening to kill."
Rudd appeared in Tauranga District Court in New Zealand on Thursday afternoon and did not enter a plea to the charges.
He allegedly tried to hire a hit man to murder two men. Rudd is currently out on bail and has been ordered to not have any contact with the man he apparently tried to hire to carry out the killings. He faces up to 10 years in prison, and is scheduled for a court hearing on Nov. 27. More...
On Monday, November 3rd, Ryan McCombs (40) was hospitalised after waking up having noticed feeling uncomfortable and unable to use his right hand correctly.
His partner, Izzi, took McCombs to hospital and doctors have found him to have had a stroke during his sleep Sunday night.
McCombs has since written on his Facebook fanpage, at around 1:30pm (GMT), that he is recovering well, and that they caught his condition at a time that hasn't done too much damage. McCombs' post reads as follows:
"Yes'em, I have been hospitalized after having a stroke in my sleep Sunday night. Thanks to Izzi making me go to the hospital Monday morning we caught it before my stupid brain made to much of a mess of me.. I'm already doing better but I'm warned it'll be a bit of a road.. The Angry Hobbit is a stubborn prick and I believe sh*t will right itself in no time.. I mean hell, my stupid dumb right hand only made me take 15 minutes to write this...lol seriously. That's whooping the horses booty from just last night.. In great hands here and Izzi is keeping a protective eye.. Please give me time on the messages that have been sent on this. Thanks for the well wishes.. Bright sky's fu*kers.. "
Update 5:13pm GMT: McCombs has just announced that test results have come back stating it is safe for him to eat and drink again.
Here's wishing a speedy recovery for Ryan McCombs, stayed tuned for more.
Update: although no cause of death has been released, Wayne Static's publicist has now issued a statement available here stating drugs were not involved.
Details are still sketchy, but inside sources indicate the death may have been drug-related. Micah Electric, drummer of Hollywood-based industrial rockers 9Electric, issued the following via social media:
"My friend Wayne Static has passed away.
"So glad to have known him, recorded with him, toured with him, partied with him and had MANY real conversations with him. He was a good soul who chose the wrong path.
"He will be missed."
Static-X released six studio albums through Warner Bros. Records over the ten-year span of 1999-2009. After formally disbanding the group, Static launched a solo career in a similar musical vein and released the debut album "Pighammer" in 2011.
While there hasn't been an official announcement from the band at this point, it would appear Tool is well into the process of recording a new album.
Adam Jones posted the photo below of the band together via his Instagram account with the caption "SmokeOnTheHorizon." This will be the band's first release since "10,000 Days" eight years ago.
Back in July, Jones had stated that work on the album was delayed for years due to a lawsuit that wasn't made public knowledge (read the full statement over here).
A brief post on the Tool website back in May also indicated writing for a new album was underway and actual recording was due to begin this year.
Further details and official announcements are forthcoming, so stay tuned. More...
Tyson Stevens - formerly the vocalist of the disbanded group Scary Kids Scaring Kids - has passed away.
After rumors were going around today about Tyson's death, his band Coma Prevail posted the following message online via Facebook:
Sathonys from long-running German metal outfit Agathodaimon has issued the following announcement about the band deciding to call it quits:
"The important news as such to start with - we'll split the band.
"And it's damn hard to put this into words. Agathodaimon has been my steady companion during the past years, since its foundation in 1995.
"Looking back, many things changed since then, others stayed the same - we always kept our core principles and our band philosophy in focus. And one of its main aspects was to always strive to deliver the best result possible. But this means that dedication and a good amount of time is needed, and that's what I currently can't deliver.
"Having a family (2 kids) meanwhile, I can either choose between them or the music. Or go for a half-hearted compromise.
"This may sound trivial at first, and I did my best to check all available options and possibilities. But in the end it became obvious that I can't continue with the band on a level that it deserves, that can still aim to 'deliver the best result possible.' More...
Skeletonwitch's Chance Garnette will be sitting out the remaining dates on the band's current tour, meaning the group is now performing as an instrumental four piece. Skeletonwitch issued this statement about the situation:
"Lately there have been a lot of rumors, speculation, and assumptions, regarding Skeletonwitch. We want to set the record straight.
"Unfortunately, Chance is unable to finish out the tour as he has some serious personal matters to attend to. We ask you to respect his and our privacy regarding these matters.
"This obviously left us with a very difficult decision to make and we've decided to finish out the tour as a 4-piece.
"We made the assumption that Skeletonwitch fans attending the shows would rather see 4 of us ripping through our songs, than a piece of paper on the door announcing our cancellation. If the first 2 shows were any indication, we assumed correctly.
"You have our sincerest apologies for not being able to bring you the full show, and for canceling the stop in Albany.
"We thank everyone for their understanding and their support now and in the future.
"Please come out to the remaining shows for riffs, beers, and hi-fives with us. At the risk of sounding too sentimental, music is equally important, if not more so, during rough times as well as the good.
"Skeletonwitch is not going anywhere. See you soon." More...
Structures has checked in with the following announcement about lining up a farewell tour in December:
"We are saddened to announce that Structures will be going on an indefinite hiatus come 2015. This is not an easy decision considering how much we have put into this band since it's inception in 2009, however we all feel that a healthy break is necessary for each of us for various personal reasons. We are all on good terms and have made this decision collectively.
"We want to thank all of our fans, new and old, for supporting the music we have made throughout the last few years. You are what allowed us to live out our dreams and for that we are forever grateful. To all of the bands we have toured with and the friendships that have been formed along the way, thank you for the unforgettable times on the road and the great shows that we've shared. Thank you to Sumerian Records for giving us a platform to release our music. Thanks to Outerloop Management, Good Fight, Pantheon, Avocado and The Agency Group for all your help through the years.
"This tour will be a farewell tour of sorts, however, we are not fully closing the idea of picking things back up if and when the time is right. Who knows what tomorrow brings.
"We're also excited to have Nick joining us on these dates. It only makes sense that we finish off how we started. We will be playing songs from our entire catalogue.
"Looking forward to playing some fun shows around home with Obey The Brave, our hometown friends in Exalt and Villains. See you at the dates below and thanks for your support, we love you all."
12/4 St. Catharines @ Detour Music Hall
12/5 London @ London Music Hall
12/6 Toronto @ Tattoo
12/7 Hamilton @ Absinthe
12/9 Montreal @ La Sala Rossa
12/10 Ottawa @ Ritual
12/11 Quebec City @ Le Cercle
12/13 Guelph @ DSTRCT * no OTB More...
Sweden's Nightingale is back in the spotlight with a long overdue 7th studio album. Entitled "Retribution," the follow-up to 2007's "White Darkness" will be released via the band's new worldwide label InsideOutMusic on January 27th, 2015 in North America.
Nightingale was established by musical multi-talent and producer Dan Swanö (Edge Of Sanity / Witherscape) almost 20 years ago and in the good tradition of the band -- which is completed by Dan's brother Dag Swanö (guitars, keyboards), Erik Oskarsson (bass) and Tom Björn (drums) -- the new album once again showcases a timeless hybrid of different musical styles. From atmospheric metal to catchy AOR and melodic prog, "Retribution" offers an amazingly broad variety of moods and always tuneful songwriting skills.
Dan Swanö, who contributes vocals, guitars and keyboards, commented: "We started putting material together for this album around 2008, but out of all those songs only two made it to the album. I felt that, unless it is the best possible Nightingale album, where every song on the album easily could replace any song from our previous albums, there was no point in making a new album at all.
"During the writing of the Witherscape debut album, I wrote a lot of stuff that would work better on a Nightingale album, and before I knew it, I had the skeleton for a lot of potentially awesome Nightingale songs! It was important that the new material had the vibe of the older albums, yet with a better production and performance.
"I am very confident that all the Nightingale fans will love 'Retribution' since I made sure I felt the same rush inside me when I listened to the tracks that I did upon listening to the finished version of our most famous tracks from the past!"
The track listing is as follows:
1. On Stolen Wings
2. Lucifer's Lament
3. Chasing The Storm Away
4. Warriors Of The Dawn
6. Divided I Fall
7. The Voyage Of Endurance
8. 27 (Curse Or Coincidence?)
9. The Maze
10. Echoes Of A Dream More...
According to Arizona punk act We Steal Copper, Redemption/Agent Steel guitartist Bernie Versailles has apparently suffered an aneurysm and is current in a coma. As of yet, there has been no official press statement from either the Versailles family or Redemption.
The post on We Steal Copper's Facebook pages as of last night reads: "Please keep our best friend & camera man, Bernie Versailles, in your prayers. He is in a coma right now after suffering an anyerism. Some of you know him from our Beer Pong video shoot. Some of you may know him as the guitarist of Agent Steel. We know & love him like family. Either way he has been with us since the beginning and he and his family need all the positive energy. Thank u guys!"
This morning, the band posted the following statement online from Agent Steel bassist Michael Zaputil:
"Michael here. First off, I want to thank all of you. I want to thank Bernie's and my forever brothers in the Agent Steel family, Juan, Karlos, Rick, and Chuck. I also want to thank our brothers in the thrash community who have expressed their concerns. I love you all more than I could express, it is exactly how we pulled together in the first place and took the world as our own back when it mattered. But I have to get this off my chest. It isn't fair. Bernie and I joined Agent Steel together in late 1985. He was 18, I was 26. Before that as a teenager, he devoted himself to being the best musician possible, but he was also a gifted natural. Clean living. Dedicated. In contrast, I on the other hand from the late '70s through the '80s was Sid Vicious and Kurt Cobain combined. I did enough blow and heroin to keep the Afghan and South American drug cartels in business for years, and trust me, that is no exaggeration. Along with being a heavy drinker and smoker. Still smoking actually. At that time, I considered myself a Christian, talk about a walking contradiction.
"Here is a guy that never abused his physical body though, took his music totally seriously, and then this. Just one of many things nowadays that make no sense to me. I happen to know that there are enough of us sending positive prayer and energy to see him through this. It will happen, I will not accept this otherwise. He and I have been through things together you wouldn't believe. Going on thirty years. Way too much to get stopped in our tracks now, we have much work to do. And I'm sorry I didn't respond to some of you earlier, when I get hit with something like this, I tend to pull away and go into my shell. I'm fucked up that way. But bless you all...." More...