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Hellsaw Calling It Quits

The Austrian black metallers from Hellsaw have announced they will be disbanding after their last live performance at the "Black N Thrash Inferno" in Germany on March 27th. Explains vocalist Aries:

"Dear friends and fans!

"We have to inform you that the Black’n Trash Inferno will be our last concert. Our previously confirmed two Concert’s at the Dark Easter Metal Meeting and the Kaltenbach Open Air are canceled.

"There are many reasons for this decision. The main reason is that will not make fools of ourselves because black metal is this style music you have to live. There happened a lot of different stuff in our lives. Positive as well as negative things.

"We always have represented our attitudes and action to 100%. But there are moments in life where you have to make decisions. And our desicion now is that we say with dignity THANK YOU for 13 wonderful years and we can put it now finally to an end. We are thanking all our loyal fans for staying behind us all this years.

"You can still listen and enjoy our musical works. That is the beauty in music, it stays forever. Be you and stay loyal, Aries, Hellsaw." More...

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Shawn Drover Announces New Band Act Of Defiance

Upon exiting the ranks of Megadeth, the metal world eagerly awaited news as to what was next for Chris Broderick (guitars) and Shawn Drover (drums).

The duo is now excited to announce a worldwide signing to Metal Blade Records for new group Act Of Defiance, which is rounded out by Henry Derek (ex-Scar The Martyr) on vocals and Matt Bachand (Shadows Fall) on bass.

Act Of Defiance is recording a debut offering with world renowned producer Zeuss (Rob Zombie, Hatebreed, Shadows Fall). Look for this album to be released sometime this Summer.

Broderick states: "I am so excited to finally be able to announce Act Of Defiance to the world. Shawn just finished tracking drums the first week of February and his performance and tones are simply incredible. I have started tracking rhythms and leads, as well as working with Henry to get final vocal takes while Matt will record bass at his studio. The final mix and mastering will also be handled by Zeuss.

"I am also very honored to announce that we have signed with Metal Blade Records. There is not a better label to be on than one where the employees (and owner) still understand and listen to METAL! They have shown a loyalty, backing and drive for their artists that few other labels have. As for our music, I am really enjoying the ability to create what is a killer mix of thrash and modern metal. It has a unique combination ranging from thrash to classical influences. I am very proud of what we have written and hope that you all dig it.” More...

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The Era Of Endast Is Ending

All great things must come to an end, as Montreal's iconic DIY metal band Endast has called it quits.

Since being birthed in 2004, the band's career has spawned The Promise” EP (2005), “Odds Against Tomorrow” (2006), “Black Cloud” (2011), “Thrive” (2014), a DVD release "Where I Belong” (2012), 600,000 kms for over 1,300 gigs, countless tours across Canada and the USA that included festival appearances at Heavy MTL & TO, and more. Before the end, Endast will be performing final shows in the following cities:

April 17 - Montreal, QC - Foufounes Electriques
April 24 - Ajax, ON - Rotilicious
April 25 - Hamilton, ON - Absinthe

Vocalist Big James comments: “Well, as these things so often go, the band was on shaky ground after the recent departure of our guitar player Pepe. His departure sparked a lot reflection and discussion on behalf of the remaining members in the band about where we are in our lives. Some of us have other goals outside of the band we'd like to accomplish. The amount of touring we do makes it prohibitive for some of us to accomplish those other goals and so a decision was made to close this chapter in our lives. We all care for each other a great deal and there are no hard feelings between any of us. Some of us will continue to make music together. All of us will continue to make music on some level or another. More...

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Former Yngwie Malmsteen Keyboardist Found Dead

According to the Chaingrai Times, former Yngwie Malmsteen keyboardist Mats Olausson, best known for his work on albums such as "Eclipse," "Seventh Sign" and "Magnum Opus" was found dead in Thailand in a hotel room in downtown Rayong yesterday.

The report from the Chaingrai Times website reads in part: "Pol Maj Gen Chumphon Chanthachamrassil has reported that 54-year-old Swedish Musician Mats Johan Olausson, has been found dead inside a hotel room in downtown Rayong on Thursday afternoon."

It goes on to describe how Olausson was found: "'The body of Mr. Olausson was found on the floor at his Rayong hotel in tambon Tha Pradu,' Pol Maj Gen Chumphon Chanthachamrassil, Chief of Rayong Police, told the Bangkok Post.

"Mats Olausson, wore only shorts and there were seven empty bottles of whisky and empty cans of beer in the room.

"Pol Maj Gen Chumphon Chanthachamrassil said police found no traces of a struggle, and according to a Rayong Hospital Physician his death occurred within 24 hours of his body being found."

Hotel employee Withoon Boonprasert knocked on Olausson's door after he was in the room for several days and never noticed him coming out for meals and never paid for the room. Investigators initially believe that alcohol consumption might be a possible cause of his death, but his body was sent out for a post mortem to determine the actual cause.

Olausson also worked with bands such as Ark, Iron Mask, Lion's Share, Kamelot, Evil Masquerade and more. More...

Read the full article at this location.

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Bruce Dickinson Undergoes Cancer Treatment

Iron Maiden vocalist Bruce Dickinson is currently undergoing cancer treatment for a small cancerous growth at the back of his tongue. Due to the early detection, doctors have listed his prognosis as "very good," and the band will have further updates in May.

The band's announcement reads: "Just before Christmas, Maiden vocalist Bruce Dickinson visited his doctor for a routine check-up. This led to tests and biopsies which revealed a small cancerous tumour at the back of his tongue. A seven week course of chemotherapy and radiology treatment was completed yesterday. As the tumour was caught in the early stages, the prognosis thankfully is extremely good. Bruce’s medical team fully expect him to make a complete recovery with the all clear envisaged by late May. It will then take a further few months for Bruce to get back to full fitness. In the meantime we would ask for your patience, understanding and respect for Bruce and his family’s privacy until we update everyone by the end of May. Bruce is doing very well considering the circumstances and the whole team are very positive." More...

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Lay Down Rotten Laid To Rot

Bad news for Lay Down Rotten fans - the band is officially calling it a day, with Apostasy Records issuing the following statement:

"For nearly 16 years now, Lay Down Rotten has stood tall for energetic top-notch death metal. Their haunting live-shows at festivals like With Full Force, Rock Harz, Extremefest, Death Feast or Summer Breeze and their concerts alongside Cannibal Corpse, Bolt Thrower, Aborted a.o. always grabbed the audience by the balls."

Lay Down Rotten also had this to say: “After a very honest discussion, we all realized that the individual future plans from all band members differ too much from each other. Due to this, it doesn’t make sense to continue with the band. With a heavy heart, we decided to close the chapter LDR after nearly 16 years to move on to address ourselves to our new tasks. Needless to say, we will all stay active musicians and you’ll definitely hear from one or another again.

"We want to thank each and every one who backed us on our long road in the past. First and foremost we thank all the fans that pushed us to the maximum during our almost countless concerts.

"We are going to play all the shows that are already confirmed up until June to celebrate with you for the last time!! Thanks for your support! Lay Down Rotten laid to rot!!"

20.02. - Marburg – Knubbel, Germany
21.02. - Osnabrück - Bastard Club, Germany
06.03. - Frankfurt am Main - Frankfurt Deathfest, Germany
05.04. - Siegen – Vortex, Germany
23.05. - Landau - Südpfalz Metalfest, Germany
06.06. - Bangalore Open Air, India” More...

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Tenacious D Wins "Metal" Grammy

Surprise, surprise, the Grammy Awards continue to have no clue about metal (remember when Halestorm somehow won a metal Grammy?) with pathetic nominations that ignore 99% of the quality material out there from dozens of stellar labels and independent bands.

The Grammys don't actually have a category just for heavy metal albums or songs, but instead include a token "metal performance" category. Nominees in the "best metal performance" category included:

"Neon Knights" by Anthrax (Ronnie James Dio cover)
"High Road" by Mastodon
"Heartbreaker" by Motörhead
"The Negative One" by Slipknot
"The Last In Line" by Tenacious D (Ronnie James Dio Cover)

...and somehow Tenacious D won a metal award by covering Dio. Yeah, wrap your head around that.

If you hate music and want to join the circle jerk of uninspiring musicians with too much fame and money, feel free to find the full list of winners at this location.

For the run down on the real best metal performances (and albums, DVDs, and newcomers), check out our year-end awards over here. More...

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Faith No More Reveals New Album

It's finally happening - after nearly two decades, Faith No More will release new full-length album "Sol Invictus" on May 19th, 2015.

This new album was tied with Slayer for "most anticipated of 2015" in our annual year-end awards. "Sol Invictus" was produced by Gould and recorded in the band’s Oakland, Calif. studio.

"What I can say is that I think through our experience as musicians over the years, I think what we're doing reflects where we've gone since we made our last record as Faith No More. I think this kicks things up a notch,” explained Bill Gould in a recent Rolling Stone interview. “And I think there's parts that are very powerful and there's parts that have a lot of "space." Everything we do, with our chemistry, the way we play; it's always going to sound like us. It's just what we do, that makes us feel good. “

Faith No More will also kick off a round of touring starting with Japan and Australia in February and then kicking off in North America in April (full dates available below).

Preceding the North American tour will be the release of a second single from the forthcoming album, titled “Superhero,” which will be available as a limited edition 7-inch single on March 17th followed by a digital release on March 31st. More...

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Waking The Cadaver Calls It Quits

New Jersey slam outfit Waking The Cadaver has checked in with the following announcement about deciding to call it quits:

"It is with sad news that WTC will have to announce that we are no longer a band. Truth be told, we haven't been a band since our last show we played in Seattle October 2013 on the Dying Fetus/Exhumed tour.

"We were never sure what the status of the band was going to be all this time, that's why there hasn't been an announcement, but some of you have figured it out and it's only right to let everyone know the truth.

"There's no bad blood with members or anything, we are all just living busy lives and are unable to commit to the demands of being in this band. Who knows, maybe in a couple years we'll jam again.

"We want to thanks all our fans world wide...it's so amazing how you people have made this band able to do things other slam bands would dream of doing. We sincerely love you all from the bottom of our cold dead hearts!!! Stay brutal."

The band also comments on other projects from its members: "Mike Mayo is currently jamming in the grindcore outfit Ground and John Hartman is continuing his legacy in the legendary Mortal Decay. Support these awesome bands."

Waking The Cadaver released three full-length albums in its lifetime, capping with 2013's "Real-Life Death." More...

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Rage Announces Split

Legendary German power thrash act Rage just announced the end of the current era of the band. After 15 years, the age of founding member Peavy Wagner and guitar/composer virtuoso Victor Smolski - which began with "Welcome of the Other Side" in 2001 - has come to an end.

A statement on the band's Facebook page reads: "Hi Rageheads, After thinking it over carefully, Peavy and Victor decided to stop working together in the future. This is due to musical and personal changes. We have developed in different directions in the last years that much, that we cannot identify with the current band situation anymore. In this situation we will also part from drummer André Hilgers.

"The last 15 years were blessed with many Highlights and great releases but this era is over now. Every extension would be untrue to ourselves and to our fans.

"We wish each other all the best! Thanx to all the fans for your trust and support!

'Peavy & Victor, Feb 2015"

Recently, Wagner joined forces with old bandmates guitarist Manni Schmidt and drummer Chris Efthimiadis to form Refuge - a tribute to the classic era of Rage when albums like "Perfect Man," "Trapped" and "The Missing Link" were released.

The band played its first official performance on board 70,000 Tons of Metal last week. There is no indication as to whether the current lineup of Refuge will assume as Rage, as that project is still considered to be a fun side project of friends playing classic Rage material in a live setting.

More information is expected soon. More...

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Geezer Butler Involved In Bar Fight

Update: Geezer has now issued a brief thank you message to fans for their support after this altercation, which can be found over here.

According to a press release from the Inyo County sheriff's department, Black Sabbath's 65 year old bassist and song writer Geezer (Terence Michael) Butler was arrested after being involved in a bar room brawl.

The sheriff department's press release reads:

Shortly after midnight on January 27th Sheriff’s Dispatch received a call regarding a verbal and physical altercation that took place at the Corkscrew Saloon located at the Furnace Creek Ranch property in Death Valley National Park.

After the Inyo County Sheriff’s Deputy arrived on scene and interviewed witnesses it was determined that there had been an argument that escalated into a physical confrontation - resulting in an individual being struck, and a broken window.

Terence Michael Butler a 65-year old man from Beverly Hills, CA was arrested for misdemeanor assault, public intoxication and vandalism. Butler was booked into the Inyo County Jail and released after detox and citation.

At this point there has been no statement from either the Black Sabbath camp or Geezer Butler about the incident. So come on Metalunderground readers, let's get on with the Black Sabbath lyric puns in the comments...

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Dragonsfire Vocalist/Bassist Herbert Passes Away

Pure Steel Records and Dragonsfire announced that vocalist/bassist Torsten Thassilo Herbert has passed away on January 8th at the age of 24. The cause of death has not been disclosed.

Herbert was a founding member of the band, having played and sang on the band's demo, two full length and two EP releases, the last of which "Metal X" was independently released on December 27th. He previously was in the German melodic metal act Dark Fortress, who broke up in 2004 having released one album "Light & Darkness" in 2000.

Pure Steel Records commented: "With consternation we found out that the vocalist and bassist from the band Dragonsfire died at the 08.01.2015. We want to express our condolences to his family and the band members. A friend in Heavy Metal went away. Pure Steel Records says thank you for all! We will miss you!"

The band posted the following on its Facebook page (translated via Facebook): "Dear friends, dear fans, we are in deep mourning. Our friend, singer and bassist Torsten Thassilo Herbert died on the 08.01.2015. We can't believe it myself, but it is the sad truth. Our sympathy is first and foremost the family. The funeral will take place on Wednesday, the 14.01.2015 at 11:00 at the cemetery in Stockstadt am Rhein. THASSILO-WE MISS YOU!" More...

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Knife Fight Breaks Out At Cattle Decapitation Show

The pit apparently got out of control last night during a Cattle Decapitation show at 13th Frame in La Habra, CA.

According to various online sources, someone in the pit stabbed another show-goer, who was subsequently subdued by other metal heads. Cattle Decapitation fan Jesse Goytia, who was at the show, posted this message online via Facebook:

Suicide Silence's Alex Lopez was also apparently in attendance and had this to say: More...

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As They Burn Calling It Quits

French outfit As They Burn has issued the following announcement about deciding to call it a day:

"We are deeply moved to announce the end of the band. As They Burn was an amazing way to let our artistic energy flow for a fabulous seven years. We lived and grew up in rhythm with what is for us much more than a musical adventure – a real humane endeavour which embraced a lot of people.

"It is because we honour and respect you guys that we have taken this difficult decision. Up until now, we have provided you with ourselves in the best possible way and we never want to put that aside. As we are now, we are incapable of providing you with the As They Burn you expect us to be. And it is impossible for us, musically and artistically to be less than what we expect and aspire to be, and we will NEVER accept to be half of ourselves.

"By taking this decision we value honesty above become a band that we would never want to be. It is time for us to follow our own independent paths, each cradled by the memories of the past years and the brotherly love that unites all six of us. And it is the same desire of honesty and same willpower that we have decided to part ways with you guys on stage and not by a simple press release!

"We will be playing several farewell shows in 2015 so we can meet one last time on stage (Booking contact: Milton@onlytalentproductions.com).

"From the bottom of our hearts, thank you! Thank you. Thank you. Thank you! Through this message we would also like to thank: our mothers, fathers, brothers and sisters - our families for allowing us to go after and live a dream. We would also like to thank Bastien Jacquesson, our sound engineer and ally on stage, who brought us peace of mind and confidence. A devoted man we have always been able to count on, a real pillar. You are the 6th member of the band but you are also above all our brother, our big brother. More...

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Scorpions Releasing New Album

Celebrating 50 years (!!!) of rocking, a new Scorpions album titled "Return To Forever" is due to drop on February 20th, 2015. The band comments:

"Yeah, baby, 2015 will be our year! We're looking forward to celebrate our 50th Anniversary next year together with all of you! See you on the road & in the cinema!"

An announcement clip can be seen below, while a teaser for "Return To Forever" is available at the band's Facebook profile here.

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Former Amberian Dawn Bassist Passes Away

Finland's Amberian Dawn has released the following statement online about the band's former bass player passing away:

"Some tragic and sad news. Tommi Kuri, our ex-bassist has passed away. This shocking news hit all of us really hard.

"Tommi was a kind man and always tried to help other people too. He was one of the founding members of Amberian Dawn and played on 3 three albums. Tommi was also one of the key characters who helped AD on it's early steps and in the early years he was also kind of managing the band.

"Tommi was always the guy who kept the wheels rolling and took care of the important matters and band members too. Tommi's spirit will live on in all of us who knew him and also in music of all the bands he played with.

"I knew that he had some health issues and that's why he was forced to leave AD back in 2011. He did it with heavy heart. But nobody knew how serious his condition was until now when we got this dramatic news. In fact I saw him only a couple of days ago and he was really acting like he always did: in a funny, joyful and helpful way. More...

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Metalunderground.com's Best Of 2014 Awards

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...

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Immortal's Battle Over Band Name Rights Escalates

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...

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Saxon Drummer Nigel Glockler Rushed To Hospital

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.

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Coal Chamber Announces Reunion Tour, Album

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...

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