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Tad Morose Signs With Despotz Records

Despotz Records is proud to announce the signing of Swedish progressive/power metal act Tad Morose to the label's eclectic roster. After a 10 year hiatus, Tad Morose will release its seventh album "Revenant" this November.

"Tad Morose is a band that I've followed since my teenage days," said Despotz founder Ömer Akay. "They have their unique sound of melodic power metal and a touch of prog metal. After a decade of silence, it will be an honour to put Tad Morose back on the map again!"

Added guitarist Christer "Krunt" Anderson, "It was through our new management Lena Graaf on GMR Music Group that we came in contact with Despotz Records. They seem to be a hard-working and innovative record label, so to sign with them feels very good. It will be very exciting to work with them and we look forward to the release of our seventh album Revenant in November."

Tad Morose debuted back in 1993 with the album "Leaving The Past Behind," and has since released five albums and toured all around the world.

The band is currently working on its seventh studio album in Claustrophobic Studio in Gävle, Sweden to be internationally released this November.

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God Forbid Announces Breakup

East Brunswick, New Jersey based metalcore veterans God Forbid have announced that they have decided to disband after seventeen years and six full length albums. The news comes after guitarist Doc Coyle posted a message online three days ago declaring that he had left the band. A statement from guitarist Matt Wicklund reads as follows:

"Hello everyone! As many of you have heard, God Forbid has broken up. It is a sad time for us and also a time of new beginnings. The past 4 years have been an amazing journey for me and I am forever thankful for the experiences I have gained and the the musical family that I was welcomed into. I have grown immensely from all of this as an artist and a person. I am very proud of the album Equilibrium that I got to write and record with the guys and I loved every minute I got to play all of the songs, new and old, on stages around the world for all of the wild and loyal GF fans. Thank you all again for the good times. Cheers to all of you and to my brothers Doc Coyle, John Outcalt, Corey Pierce, and Byron Davis.

"New chapters are unfolding for all of us and I am taking all I've learned forward into a new and exciting musical adventure. Ghost Ship Octavius is now my main musical outlet and I would be honored to see all of you again and share this new journey with you all! Here's to good memories and to amazing things yet to come!!!" More...

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Phil Baheux Of Channel Zero Passes Away

Belgian metal act Channel Zero announced that drummer Phil Baheux died today. There was no information as to the cause of death, but it was sudden and unexpected.

The announcement reads: "It is with great sadness that Channel Zero must announce the death of their brother and drummer Phil Baheux. The death of Phil Baheux (age 45) this morning is a terrible shock to the members of the Group and the crew. We ask you to respect the privacy of his family and the group."

Channel Zero's latest offering was the 2011 Roadrunner Records release "Feed 'Em with a Brick." More information will be reported when it becomes available. More...

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Children Of Bodom Frontman Hospitalized

Update: although no details on the cause of the hospitalization have been revealed yet, the band has announced tonight's (August 9th) show is also cancelled.

August 8th -- At the sold-out show in Nashville, TN on the tour featuring headliners Children of Bodom and Amon Amarth and support acts Huntress and Battlecross, a shocking last-minute revelation came just before the first set via a member of the Bodom crew: Alexi Laiho has been hospitalized, and the band has decided to cancel the set for the evening. No further details were given. MetalUnderground.com correspondent Frank Serafine was on hand at the show to verify the news.

Refunds were offered to attendees that chose to leave after hearing the news, although the promoter announced that the three other bands would still perform and would play extended sets. At this time, the status of the tour is not known. A follow-up statement from the Children of Bodom camp is expected.

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Emperor To Reunite For Wacken Open Air

The organisers of Germany's largest metal festival, Wacken Open Air, have announced in a recent press conference that Norwegian black metal legends Emperor will be reforming to headline the event next year.

This will mark the twenty fifth anniversary of the festival and be held from July 31st - August 2nd in Wacken, Germany.

Emperor members Ihsahn and Samoth both appeared at the press conference to confirm the reformation and answer questions, during which they stated that the band will be performing a number of shows next year, but gave no indication that they were planning to record a new album, which would be their first since the 2001 output, "Prometheus: The Discipline Of Fire And Demise."

Further information will be reported as soon as it becomes available.

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Slipknot To Reconvene In 2014

Slipknot and Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor was recently interviewed by Fuse and you can now watch the clip below.

In the video, he discusses the recent theft of equipment, Slipknot's plans to reconvene in 2014, songwriting, and more.

Stone Sour's latest releases, the two-part concept album "House of Gold & Bones," are available everywhere now.

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Varg Vikernes Arrested In France

Update: Vikernes has now been released and no charges have been filed.

Euro News (see article at this location) has reported that Burzum's Varg Vikernes has been arrested in France on what authorities have called "suspicion of planning a massacre."

Vikernes' wife had legally purchased four guns, but suspicions had already been raised when the manifesto of Anders Behring Breivik, the man responsible for killing 77 in Oslo two years ago, had reportedly been received by the musician. French authorities searched his home for weapons and explosives and the prosecutor has deemed him "likely to prepare a large-scale act of terrorism.”

Vikernes served 21 years in prison for the murder of Mayhem's Euronymous, as well as receiving convictions for burning four churches. He moved to France with his wife and children following his release in 2009.

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Altar Of Plagues To Disband In Fall

Irish post black metal act Altar Of Plagues is to end this year. The band's final release "Teethed Glory and Injury," out now via Profound Lore Records, will be its last. Multi-musician James Kelly (Guitars, Keyboards, Vocals, Drums) made the following announcement about the band's ceasing of activities on Facebook:

"Altar of Plagues will conclude this year.

"I decided before writing 'Teethed Glory and Injury' that it would be our final album. It was executed with this fact in mind. I can state it no more simply than this; it is time to move on.

"We considered whether or not we would say anything at all regarding this. But at the very least, we would like to give people an opportunity to see us perform again should they care to. And so, these upcoming shows will be our final.

"Our very final performance will be on October 19th, at Unsound Festival Poland. As a festival that celebrates the eclectic and the eccentric, I can think of no other place that would be more appropriate for this occasion. It is exactly the type of environment in which I have always aspired to share our work, and it will be a celebratory occasion to conclude at what I believe will be the peak of our existence as a group. More...

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Behold! The Monolith Comments On Singer's Passing

Chase Manhattan and Matt Price of Los Angeles-based stoner/doom outfit Behold! The Monolith have issued the following statement on the tragic loss of singer/bassist Kevin McDade:

"We are deeply saddened to report the loss of our band member, friend and brother Kevin McDade in a car accident early Friday evening. Needless to say we are absolutely devastated by this. Our hearts and thoughts go out to his parents, family and girlfriend. Thanks for the time we had and the music we made together. We will, and already do, miss you terribly."

Kevin McDade died as a result of an auto accident on Friday, June 21st. He was 29 years old. More...

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Motorhead Cancels Show Due To Health Issue

Motorhead recently updated the band's official website with this announcement about canceling an upcoming live show:

"We are sorry to report that Motörhead will be forced to cancel the appearance in Milan, Jun 25th. The band regret it very much but will make it up to all the fans as soon as possible."

However, according to the See-Rock Festival Facebook page, this cancellation is due to serious health issues with vocalist Lemmy. The post (translated from Italian) reads as follows:

There are very sorry to announce that the Motörhead have their appearance at the Lake Rock Festival tomorrow Saturday to cancel!

Mastermind Lemmy Kilmister can not perceive his appearance! Due to acute hematoma which cause great pain and therefore him his doctor then fly has granted.
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Ministry Announces New Album Release

Al Jourgensen will release his band Ministry's new studio album, "From Beer To Eternity," on September 6th via 13th Planet Records. This album will follow previous release "Relapse" (reviewed here) and pre-order info will be posted soon on Ministry's Facebook.

As fans of the band know, after last year there wasn't going to be another Ministry album, but as Jourgensen put it recently, "I had no choice."

Sessions for what would become "From Beer to Eternity" began last December at Jourgensen's 13th Planet compound in El Paso, TX with Jourgensen (who produced the album, composed the music and wrote the lyrics for all 11 songs), guitarists Mike Scaccia and Sin Quirin, drummer Aaron Rossi and bassist Tony Campos.

Rough tracks for 18 songs were finished on December 19th, and three days later, the 47-year old Scaccia died from a heart attack he suffered onstage while playing a live show with his band Rigor Mortis in Dallas, TX. Jourgensen, Quirin, Rossi and Campos were absolutely devastated.

"We have never, in the history of Ministry, ever had a tracking session like that before," states Jourgensen, "everything went so smoothly, it was surreal. And Mikey was so on fire and inspired, and really a driving force for this record." After returning from Scaccia's funeral in Dallas, and shouldering the weight of grief as well as the desire to honor his fallen comrade, Jourgensen locked himself in his studio with his engineer and co-producer Sammy D'Ambruoso for three excruciating months. More...

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Def Leppard Guitarist Diagnosed With Cancer

Def Leppard guitarist, Vivian Campbell (who has also previously been a member of Sweet Savage and Dio) has announced through the official Def Leppard website that he is currently two months into chemotherapy treatment, after being diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

Despite the treatment Campbell has promised that he will still be performing with the band this Summer. The post from Campbell reads as follows:

“I feel fortunate that my cancer sent me an alarm call in the form of ‘the cough that wouldn’t quit’. Otherwise, how would I have known? After several months of trying every inhaler known to man, my doctor finally had me X-rayed. A further CAT scan revealed that enlarged lymph nodes were doing wrestling manoeuvres on my windpipe – hence the cough. What was causing the enlarged lymph nodes, however, was yet to be determined, so I underwent a surgical biopsy on March 11th, the first day of Leppard rehearsals for our Viva Las Vegas shows. Obviously, I didn’t make it to rehearsal that day, but it’s okay; I know the songs by now.

"My diagnosis was Hodgkin's Lymphoma and 6 months of chemotherapy is the prescribed treatment. I’m about 2 months in and feeling rather spiffy, all things considered. Hodgkin's has an over 80% cure rate, so by my reckoning, if you’re going to have a cancer, Hodgie’s is the one to have! More...

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Mick Morris Reportedly Passes Away

Altpress.com has reported that Mick Morris, who went by the online named "MickDeth," passed away yesterday, June 2nd. According to the story he passed away due to a heart condition.

Mick Morris was the bassist for Eighteen Visions, and formerly played bass for U.S. act Bleeding Through. At this point no official statement has been released by either band or by Mick's family.

Although his tweet's are protected, anyone who was previously following Mick online can read the final messages before his death at this location. Further details on Mick's death will be updated as they become available. More...

Read the full article at Alternative Press.

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Uriah Heep Bass Player Passes Away

British hard rock legends Uriah Heep have announced that bass player, Trevor Bolder, has passed away after a lengthy fight with cancer. He was sixty two years old.

Bolder was previously a member of David Bowie's band, The Spiders From Mars, before joining Uriah Heep in 1976 and remaining with the group until earlier this year when his health forced him to take a break. A message from his bandmates reads as follows:

"It is with great sadness that Uriah Heep announce the passing of our friend the amazing Trevor Bolder, who has passed away after his long fight with cancer. Trevor was an all time great, one of the outstanding musicians of his generation, and one of the finest and most influential bass players that Britain ever produced. More...

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Former White Zombie Drummer Passes Away

Rob Zombie's website has been updated with the following statement about the death of former White Zombie/Last Crack member Phil Buerstatte:

"It has been reported that White Zombie drummer Phil Buerstatte was found dead in Madison, Wisconsin this past weekend.

"Phil was drummer for White Zombie from 1992 to 1994. He played on the La Sexorcisto tour, as well as playing on tracks 'Feed The Gods' on The Airheads Soundtrack, 'Children of the Grave' and
I AM HELL' from the Beavis and Butthead soundtrack.

"R.I.P."

The cause of death has not yet been announced. You can check out the "Feed the Gods" song featuring Phil in the player below. More...

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Tim Lambesis Arrested In Murder For Hire Plot

Update: the band has now issued a statement about Tim's arrest, which can be read here.

Reuters reports that Tim Lambesis, frontman for As I Lay Dying and multi-instrumentalist for Austrian Death Machine, has been arrested for seeking the help of an undercover detective to have his estranged wife killed.

According to a statement from the San Diego County Sheriff's Department, Lambesis was taken into custody on Tuesday in Oceanside, California, after soliciting help from the detective. Police had previously learned Lambesis was seeking someone who could commit the crime, the department said.

A representative for the As I Lay Dying's record label could not immediately be reached for comment, and it was unclear if Lambesis had an attorney.

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Slayer's Jeff Hanneman Passes Away

Slayer has posted the following message online via Facebook about guitarist Jeff Hanneman dying earlier today:

"Slayer is devastated to inform that their bandmate and brother, Jeff Hanneman, passed away at about 11AM this morning near his Southern California home.

"Hanneman was in an area hospital when he suffered liver failure. He is survived by his wife Kathy, his sister Kathy and his brothers Michael and Larry, and will be sorely missed.

"Our Brother Jeff Hanneman, May He Rest In Peace (1964 - 2013)."

Hanneman had also been hospitalized back in 2011 when he contracted necrotizing fasciitis, likely caused by a spider bite, and underwent surgeries, skin grafts, and intense rehab.

Hanneman was replaced on Slayer's subsequent live shows by Gary Holt of Exodus and Pat O'Brien from Cannibal Corpse. More...

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Carnal Forge Returns With New Lineup

Carnal Forge has checked in with the following announcement about returning from hiatus:

"Carnal Forge back in biz! Some of the names may have changed, but CF is back in full force to reclaim their position as one of the heaviest most hard hitting bands ever... and don't call it a comeback, these guys just took a pause... to gather their strength and focus on what's important.

"Back in the game is original founder Jari Kuusisto on rythm guitar and vocalist Jens C. Mortensen that sang on the latest highly acclaimed full length album Testify For My Victims. Long time strugglers Lars Lindén (bass) and Petri Kuusisto (lead guitar) are very happy with this line up and it is completed with Lawrence Dinamarca on drums (Loch Vostok, Bleeding Utopia). More...

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Former Deftones Bassist Chi Cheng Dies

The comatose bassist Chi Cheng of Deftones left our world at 3:00 AM last night due to a heart attack. He is survived by his mother, sister, son and widow.

Cheng showed progress in emerging from his coma last year after an experimental treatment failed to wake him and shortly afterwards was diagnosed with pneumonia. Cheng was seriously injured in a car accident in November of 2008. After several long years, Cheng sadly did not manage to emerge from his coma.

The website OneLoveForChi.com issued the following statement:

"Our dearest Family,

"This is the hardest thing to write to you. Your love and heart and devotion to Chi was unconditional and amazing. I know that you will always remember him as a giant of a man on stage with a heart for every one of you. He was taken to the emergency [sic] room and at 3 AM today his heart just suddenly stopped. He left this world with me singing songs he liked in his ear.

"He fought the good fight.You stood by him sending love daily. He knew that he was very loved and never alone. I will write more later. I will be going through the oneloveforchi (website) and any other information may not be reliable. If you have any stories or messages to share please send them to the onelove site. Please hold Mae and Ming and the siblings and especially Chi’s son, Gabriel in your prayers. It is so hard to let go.

"With great love and Much Respect!"

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Hate Bassist Passes Away

Polish death metal act Hate kicked off a European tour at the end of March, and the band has now posted the following statement online about bassist Slawek "Mortifer" Archangielskij passing away during the trek:

"At night 5th/6th April near a German town of Munchberg, our friend, best comrade and longtime bass player unexpectedly passed away. After the show in Stuttgart last night he went to sleep and never woke up. We found him lifeless early in the morning and immediately called an ambulance. He was reanimated, but to no avail. Results of Slawek’s autopsy should be known soon.

"In this situation, we decided to cancel the remaining shows and return home. We gave detailed testimonies to the German police. We are shocked and shattered by his sudden, unexpected death. We mourn together with Slawek’s family and friends."

Hate was touring in support of latest album "Solarflesh" (reviewed here), and we also conducted an interview with the band's guitarist just before the tour, which can be read at this location. More...

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