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Coal Chamber, the band which featured Devildriver founder Dez Fafara, has announced that they will be reforming to perform at Australia's travelling festival, Soundwave next year. Speaking on the decision, Fafara stated:
"Coal Chamber is playing Soundwave Down Under! These reunion shows are for the fans that want to see us again as well as all the people that never got to see Coal Chamber. It is and always will be a very special part of my life, so these few shows are for those people and for us. If you’re not from Australia, better get a ticket now to come see this event!"
"Australia has never seen us, nor have we seen them,” adds guitarist Meegs Rascón. “It will be an extraordinary exchange of energy and adrenaline. Hello Aussies, nice to meet you!" More...
Nattdal, the vocalist of Swedish black metal band Lifelover, otherwise known as "B," has reportedly passed away. The band has issued the following statement:
"On Friday morning, September 9th, B didn’t wake up from his sleep. He didn’t take his own life nor was he victim of any apparent action. The authorities in charge are still examinating his body to find the exact cause of death.
"We, the remaining members of Lifelover have decided to lay the band to rest. This would be the only right thing to do considering B was the main composer of Lifelover.
"Therefore, we won't be performing at our coming, planned shows. We are very sorry and hope that all of the fans that had been looking forward to seeing Lifelover play live will understand. The concerts in Belgium and Holland were the last concerts of Lifelover. We want to thank everybody that was present and helped out, especially Rob "Svograth" Polon of Monads and the members of IXXI.
"These last days have been very hard for us and everybody that knew B. We want to thank all of our fans for being so respectful, dedicated and understanding and, most of all, for supporting Lifelover during all these years.
"Kim, Henrik, Felix, Johan, Rickard and Kral"
Lifelover's latest album, "Sjukdom," was released worldwide February 14th, 2011 by Prophecy Productions.
Canadian progressive metal band Heaven's Cry has recently reunited. The band split in 2004 after releasing two LP's ("Food For Thought Substitute" in 1996 and "Primal Power Addition" in 2002). The first reunion show happened earlier this month (Sept. 8) at Les Foufounes Electriques in Montreal as the supporting act for Katatonia. The band is currently recording its third LP for release in 2012. The current line-up includes:
Pierre St-Jean (Ex-Voivod) (vocals/guitars)
Sylvain Auclair (vocals/bass)
Eric Jarrin (Ex-Despised Icon, Ex-Necrotic Mutation) (guitars)
Rene Lacharité (Ex-Necrotic Mutation) (drums)
Formerly disbanded metallers American Head Charge have announced that they will be hitting the road this coming October for a series of concert dates through central United States. The dates for the group's reunion tour can be found below along with a list of cites and featured venues.
10/20 Mankato, MN – Buster’s
10/21 Jainesville, WI - The Backbar
10/22 Crest Hill, IL – Bada Brew
10/23 Sandusky, OH - The Underground
10/24 Toledo, OH – Frankie’s
10/25 Barrington, IL – Penny Road Pub
10/26 Des Moines, IA – People’s
10/27 Barnesville, MN – The Mainline Tavern
10/28 Fargo, ND – The Nestor Tavern
10/29 Burnsville, MN – Primetime
According to The Associated Press, Behemoth frontman Adam "Negal" Darski was found innocent today in a Polish court, after being on trial for ripping pages out of a Bible and labelling it, "a deceitful book" at a concert in 2007. He was being charged for the crime of insulting religious feelings, an offense which can carry a sentence of two years imprisonment in the predominantly Catholic country of Poland. Darski was cleared of the charges when he explained that the show where the tearing took place was a closed event in which only those who had purchased tickets attended and knew what to expect, a statement held up when questioned audience members stated that they were not offended by Darski's actions or comments. More...
Read the full article at The Associated Press.
Update: Tony Iommi has commented on the original news article but not exactly refuted the claim. You can read his comments here.
Multiple sources are reporting that Black Sabbath is to regroup with their original lineup to record a new studio album next year. Vocalist Ozzy Osbourne and guitarist Tony Iommi reportedly wrote new material for the record in June of this year. The album would mark the first to feature Ozzy since 1978's "Never Say Die." The band is said to be currently rehearsing for a new tour.
"We’re really looking forward to it and I think the stuff we’ve been writing is really good," said 63-year-old Iommi. "It’s more back to the old original stuff."
He added that the reunion has been kept under wraps for some time.
"It’s all been very hush-hush. Ozzy's been the worst at trying to hold it back. He's doing a lot of TV and he’s being asked stuff about a reunion and he's going ‘well I never say never’."
Iommi said his only concern about the current reformation was the health of drummer Bill Ward who in the past has suffered a heart attack.
"He hasn’t been 100 per cent. He had an operation a few months ago, so we’ll see how he is."
Iommi's last version of Black Sabbath, dubbed Heaven & Hell, came to an end when singer Ronnie James Dio died in May 2010.
Dutch melodic death metal band God Dethroned has reunited to play at the 2012 70,000 Tons of Metal festival in Florida.
The band announced the news this morning on the God Dethroned Facebook page, stating "We've just been confirmed for 70.000 tons of Steel!!!" before correcting the mistake minutes later to say, "70.000 tons of METAL, of course!"
70,000 Tons of Metal will take place from January 23rd through January 27th in Miami, Florida.
Former Warrant vocalist Jani Lane was reprtedly found dead at the Comfort Inn hotel in Woodland Hills, California yesterday evening (August 11th.) He was only 47 years old. So far, no cause of death has been confirmed. More information will be revealed as soon as it becomes available.
Lane was born in Akron, Ohio and would find fame singing with Warrant, with whom he recorded seven albums, before releasing a solo album entitled, "Back Down To One." He also had stints with the bands Saints Of The Underground and Great White, who helped out by performing as a touring vocalist while their singer Jack Russell was ill.
Former Deep Purple keyboard player Jon Lord, one of the group's founding members who left in 2002, has announced that he has been diagnosed with cancer. A message from Lord reads as follows:
"I would like all my friends, followers, fans and fellow travelers to know that I am fighting cancer and will therefore be taking a break from performing while getting the treatment and cure. I shall of course be continuing to write music – in my world it just has to be part of the therapy – and I fully expect to be back in good shape next year.
"God bless and see you soon, Jon."
Lord's webmaster added: "May we also, at Jon’s request, ask if everyone could please respect his need for privacy so that he can spend time with his family (and his music). Thank you."
The organizers of Germany's most famous heavy metal festival, Wacken Open Air, have announced the first batch of names for next year's edition of the event, the most surprising of which is Ministry, the American industrial metal band which disbanded 2008.
More information on Ministry's return will be posted as soon as it becomes available.
Also confirmed for next year's Wacken festival are German hard rock legends, Scorpions, as well as Amon Amarth, Cradle Of Filth, Hammerfall, Gamma Ray and U.D.O. The festival will take place from August 2nd - August 4th.
Alexisonfire vocalist George Pettit has checked in with the following announcement about the group deciding to call it a day due to lineup changes, offers from other bands, and personal issues:
"There is no good way to put it so I’m just going to say it. After 10 years, Alexisonfire has decided to part ways. I’m going to try to give you the facts about this as best as I can.
"Almost a year ago Dallas informed us that he would be leaving Alexis after we finished our Old Crows/Young Cardinals tour cycle. Trying to balance his life between touring with us and at the same time quelling the success of City and Colour was a task too difficult to continue managing. He informed us he wanted to focus his effort on City and Colour.
"Under the knowledge Dallas was leaving, we completed the Dogs Blood EP and toured Europe, Australia and Canada,. Our last show in St. Catharines, Ontario on December 19, 2010 was poised to be be the last ever Alexisonfire concert with a lineup as we knew it. In the meantime, the rest of us discussed the future of the band. After much deliberation, we decided to continue and attempt the difficult task of replacing Dallas, but time got the best of us. Over the last six months we all dealt with a litany of personal issues, which pulled us further and further from Alexisonfire.
"In addition to that, Wade was recently asked to join another band and felt it was an opportunity he would like to pursue.
"Replacing one guitar player/singer/writer was something we thought was possible, but replacing two would run the serious risk of perverting the legacy of what we had achieved. So we all took a good hard swallow and decided to end it so it would never get old and ugly.
"Was the break up amicable? Not really. Was it necessary? Probably. Regardless, the members of this band are my family and I wish them nothing but good fortune. More...
Andrew 'Mac' McDermott, the former lead singer of British heavy metal outfit Threshold, passed away yesterday in England. A condolence page has been set up for the vocalist, which you can visit by clicking here. McDermott has reportedly been suffering from "serious health problems" for a while, which resulted in him leaving the band Powerworld in June. The cause of death is presently unknown.
McDermott was best known for his tenure as the vocalist for Threshold, a position he held from 1998's, "Clone" album to 2007's, "Dead Reckoning." He also spent time with German metal band Sargent Fury in the early 90's and most recently was part of the band Swamp Freaks.
NYDailyNews.com has reported that the body of Cipher drummer Daniel Bobis, who went missing while surfing, was discovered today by search crews. An excerpt from the article follows:
Local fisherman in Indonesia on Thursday discovered the body of a popular Long Island surfer and teacher who vanished after wiping out on a wave on Sunday morning. Search crews in West Lampung, Sumatra, said the fishermen pulled the body of Daniel Bobis from waters about 20 miles from the remote break he was surfing when he went missing.
Bobis, 32, allegedly fell off his surfboard after colliding with another surfer while riding a 10-foot swell. His leash broke, sending his board washing ashore.
The Long Beach High math teacher was on a monthlong trek though Sri Lanka and Indonesia with his wife and a friend.
The trio was due back in the U.S. in mid-August, and friends said Bobis and his wife, Rachel, had planned to start a family.
Cipher also posted the following brief message online: "Thanks to all that send condolences for the loss of our brother. We'll keep you all updated. We're all supporting each other, both current and past members of Cipher. Thanks for the genuine love and care. Danny will remain in all of our hearts."
You can find additional details on the band and listen to music available for streaming by heading over to the official Cipher Facebook page.
Read the full article at NY Daily News.
After more than three decades of delivering heavy metal to the masses, Jag Panzer has officially decided to call it quits.
"We are proud of every album we released and the support we've received from the heavy metal community," states guitarist and founder Mark Briody. " We've played so many places around the world and enjoyed every minute of it but the time has come where we just cannot move forward as a band."
Guitarist Christian Lasegue left the band last month to pursue his degree full time. "Christian did an amazing job on The Scourge of the Light and it was a pleasure working with him," continues Briody. "We wished Christian well but kept this quiet until we found a replacement."
Drummer Rikard Stjernquist says, "Several guitar players applied for the job. It was a pleasant surprise to see so many young guitarists with advanced chops. One player, 19 year old Jake Dreyer, submitted videos of him nailing solos from both Chris Broderick and Christian Lasegue. We were ready to welcome Jake into the band but unfortunately that will not happen. There is no doubt in any of our minds that Jake will go on to be a household name in his own right."
Bassist John Tetley adds a final statement: "In closing, we'd like to send out a huge heartfelt THANK YOU to metal fans throughout the world. You all rule!"
You can also find Jag Panzer's video clip for the song "Burn," which debuted online back in March, by heading over to this location.
Chicago based hard rock outfit Disturbed will be placing themselves on hiatus after they finish performing at this year's Rockstar Energy Mayhem festival according to lead singer David Draiman, citing unspecified personal issues within the group. He claimed that the band has no plans to tour in 2012 and that they have no immediate plans to regroup after the Rockstar tour.
Speaking to Idaho radio station KQXR, Draiman stated: "We don't know what we're doing... We're not gonna do our own thing either. This is gonna be the last tour that the American people get to see us in for a while, if not indefinitely. We have some things going on internally, we have some personal things going on. So I don't know. It's hard to tell."
More information on the situation will be revealed as it becomes available.
Gwar frontman Oderus Urungus has apparently upset the folks at Fox News and is not being asked back to their Red Eye show, on which he has made numerous appearances. Oderus tweeted:
“I got canned because Sarah Palin complained that we disemboweled her. The nerve of that woman!” and “Sound off like you got a pair if you think it sucks that I am not on Red Eye anymore!”
MXDWN reports that after trying to get in contact with the studio for months, he was reportedly finally able to discover the truth. While passing through New York on a tour with GWAR, Urungus sat down with Gutfeld. During their discussion, Gutfeld expressed surprise at Urungus’ dismissal, but led the GWAR front man to believe the execution of a fake Sarah Palin upset Fox’s higher ups enough to remove him from the show.
Although the circumstances have yet to be revealed, former X Japan and Loudness bass player Taiji Sawada has reportedly passed away. He was 45 years old. The past week, Sawada had been involved in some controversy, after he was arrested on July 11th "for interference with a flight attendant" due to an incident on a plane en route from Japan to Saipan. He then attempted suicide three days later, (July 14th,) over the incident, for which he was allegedly facing federal charges in the United States. It is not yet known if these instances are related to his death.
Taiji Sawada played for the Japanese heavy metal band X Japan from 1985 to 1992, during which time he recorded three albums with group before creative differences forced him to leave and join fellow countrymen Loudness, with whom he appeared on their self-titled 1992 album, as well as their live record, "Once And For All."
In a bizarrely unfolding story introduced at ThePRP, confirmed at Metal Insider, and expanded at Blabbermouth, Life Of Agony frontman Keith Caputo does indeed appear to have deserted the male gender and reinvented himself as a "frontwoman" - at least in spirit and appearance. Caputo cleared things up amongst a flurry of tweets: "I'm keeping my penis!"
Meanwhile, Life Of Agony is in the midst of a trio of European shows (Germany, Belgium, Netherlands). Whether or not these shows are their last, as has been heavily rumored, some interesting fan-shot footage of the band's performance in Augsburg, Germany, has surfaced - featuring Caputo in his newfound, gender-ambiguous persona.
Read the full article at Blabbermouth.
TMZ.com is reporting that former Queens of the Stone Age bassist Nick Oliveri (also in Kyuss Lives!, formerly of Kyuss) was involved in a standoff with Los Angeles area SWAT officers on the evening of July 12, 2011 at his personal residence.
Cops were called to the home of 39-year-old Nick Oliveri after a neighbor called 911 to report a domestic disturbance between the man and his girlfriend. The girlfriend, who was unnamed, told police the rocker struck her during an argument the day before and she had come back to the home to collect her stuff so she could move out. That's when the two got into another heated argument and the former Queens of the Stone Age bassist had locked themselves inside the duplex. When cops arrived, Oliveri refused to allow cops inside the residence and would not let his girlfriend leave.
A SWAT team was then called to the home and a standoff ensued. After two hours, Nick finally agreed to let his girlfriend leave the apartment and two hours later finally giving himself up without further incident. When police searched the residence they found one high powered rifle which was fully loaded.
Oliveri was booked on felony domestic violence. He has since been released after posting $100,000 bail.
TMZ.com reports that Michael Todd, the bassist for the band Coheed and Cambria, was arrested for armed robbery after he allegedly held up a Walgreens by claiming he had a bomb. And this all went down right before the band played a show.
According to police in Attleboro, MA, Todd showed a pharmacist a cell phone note that said he had a bomb and demanded Oxycontin. He made off with six bottles of pain pill and fled via taxi. Police were able to track his cab to the Comcast Center where Coheed and Cambria was set to open up for Soundgarden.
Michael Todd was charged with armed robbery and unlawful possession of prescription narcotics. He is being held on $10,000 bail and will be arraigned on Monday morning.
July 10th was the last day that Coheed and Cambria was scheduled to perform on the Soundgarden tour.
Read the full article at TMZ.