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Former Visions Of Atlantis Singer Passes Away

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 "

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Woods Of Ypres Frontman Killed in Car Accident

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.

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Great White Singer To Form New Version Of The Band

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...

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Gun N Roses Inducted Into The RNR Hall of Fame

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:

Performer Category:
Beastie Boys
Donovan
Guns N’ Roses
Laura Nyro
Red Hot Chili Peppers
The Small Faces/The Faces

Early Influence:
Freddie King

Ahmet Ertegun (non performer) Award:
Don Kirshner

The Award for Musical Excellence:
Cosimo Matassa
Tom Dowd
Glyn Johns

The 2012 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony returns to Cleveland April 14, 2012.

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Carnal Forge Goes On Hiatus

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!"

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Jonas R. Christiansen Passes Away

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!"

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Black Sabbath Confirms Reunion, New Album

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.

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Danzig Gets Plug Pulled at Fun Fun Fun Fest

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...

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GWAR Guitarist Cory Smoot Found Dead

GWAR founding member and vocalist Dave Brockie, aka Oderus Urungus, has posted the following statement online regarding the passing of GWAR guitarist Cory Smoot.

"It is with a sense of profound loss and tragedy that the members of GWAR must announce the passing of their longtime guitarist and beloved friend Cory Smoot, also known to thousands of metal fans worldwide as Flattus Maximus. Cory was found deceased this morning as the band prepared for a border crossing. There is no word as to the cause of death and the members of GWAR are completely shocked and devastated that this has occurred. At this point there is no word on arrangements and the disposition of the remainder of GWAR's current North American tour, nor are there any details regarding long-term plans. At this point we are just dealing with the loss of our dear friend and brother, one of the most talented guitar players in metal today. We ask that our fans and the media be respectful of our request for privacy for those that have suffered this terrible loss. A full statement will be coming in the next day or so, in the meantime please give your thoughts and your prayers to Cory, his family, and all the people that love him."

Cory Smoot handled production duties on Gwar's latest two albums "Lust In Space" and "Bloody Pit of Horror." He also owned and operated his own recording studio, Karma Studios, where several of GWAR's albums had been recorded.

All staff at Metalunderground.com offer our condolences to the Smoot family.

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Decapitated Survives Plane Crash, Cancels Shows

Polish technical death metal band Decapitated has pulled out of the upcoming Damnation Festival in Leeds and the Aalborg Metal Festival due to a plane crash. Apparently, the band was on a flight back to Poland from the U.S. and was forced to make an emergency landing in Warsaw when landing gear failed. Miraculously, no one was killed.

Ulver has agreed to fill in by extending the band's set to 90 minutes.

The plane's landing was captured on video, and can be seen here:

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Sons Of Azrael Guitarist Shot In Armed Robbery

According to Buffalo's WIVB-TV, Sons Of Azarael guitarist Tony Lorenzo was shot in an armed robbery, which took place on Wednesday the 26th of October in the city's Elmwood Village area and is now paralyzed from the waist down, after a bullet was lodged in his spine.

Lorenzo's friend, Alex Artemas, said, "Him and I were just walking to a friend's house, and it was just a complete random hit, came from behind, never saw it coming."

"The kid asked me, he said, 'Give me what you got.' And before I could even get my wallet out, he just shot me," said Tony.

Initial reports were that the victim may have known his attacker. More...

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Crown The Lost Disbanding

American melodic thrash metallers Crown The Lost have announced that they have decided to lay the band to rest after six years together. A message from guitarist and founding member David E. Gehlke reads as follows:

"With great consideration and thought, I have decided to put Crown The Lost to rest. The straw that ultimately broke the camel's back was Leon’s [Mallah, vocals] decision to devote his full attention to his new band, Collide. Taking into account the dearth of singers of his caliber in our region, it is now time for us to call it a day and focus on new projects. However, I don't think it's a reach to say that the band would have folded a lot sooner if it weren't for Leon's contributions upon his arrival in January of 2010. I deeply regret not being able to find him at an earlier stage in our career, as his professionalism and immense talent would have been the cure for what ailed the band during our formative years.

“That being said, we accomplished quite a bit during our six-year run, and I am proud of the three albums we released, specifically our debut [Reverence Dies Within] and our most recent album, Cold Pestilent Hope. I am forever indebted to our current lineup of Leon, Tim Boyle (bass) and Argel Marchelletta (drums), each of whom have become some of my closest friends. Additional thanks to our recently-added lead guitarist Todd Seitz, whose tenure in the band is unfortunately too short to accurately measure. You'll be hearing plenty from him in his most-excellent STYGIA project.

“The nostalgic lot we are not, but our ‘farewell show’ is scheduled for Saturday, December 3rd at the Smiling Moose in our hometown of Pittsburgh. Our good friends Hollowpoint will be opening the show, and joining us for the entire set will be our long-time (or rather, “returning”) lead guitarist Joe Bonaddio. This is a fitting way to go out, and is a great way to put a cap on our career. Be there or be square!”

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Belphegor Frontman Undergoes "Serious" Operation

Austrian black metal band Belphegor have been forced stop all band activities. Frontman Helmuth Lehner underwent an undisclosed "serious and difficult operation" on concluding the band's South American tour earlier this year. All upcoming live dates through May 2012 have been subsequently cancelled.

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Running Wild Returns With Comeback Album

Rock 'N' Rolf of German power metal band Running Wild announced that he will resurrect the defunct band. Running Wild played a final show in 2009 at Wacken Open Air and subsequently issued show as a live album and DVD release entitled "The Final Jolly Roger." Rolf announced that the new album, the first studio release since the 2005 album "Rogues En Vogue," will be entitled "Shadowmaker" and will be released in April of 2012 through SPV Records.

The announcement from the band's official website reads:

"RUNNING WILD are back! To the delight of his countless fans, Captain Rock'n'Rolf has announced the release of the new album, 'Shadowmaker', seven years after RUNNING WILDs last studio album, 'Rogues En Vogue'. 'My comments in spring 2009 about the demise of RUNNING WILD were absolutely serious at the time. I really needed time out and, to be honest, couldn't imagine even in January 2011 that I would ever feel like recording a new album again.', says Rolf. 'But when I had the inspiration for a best-of album, to which I wanted to contribute four new numbers, I rediscovered how much I enjoy composing. From then on it was only a small step to record a full new studio album.'

"Rock'n'Rolf has written ten new tracks for 'Shadowmaker'. among them are the midtempo opener 'Piece Of The Action', the uptempo number 'Shadowmaker' (roughly the same pace as "Angel Of Mercy") and the monumental eight-minute track 'Dracula', based on Bram Stoker's novel and the Christopher Lee movies. 'To me, 'Shadowmaker' is a very special album because there was no pressure, timewise or otherwise. I feel it's clearly audible that this relaxed attitude helped me to write one of the strongest RUNNING WILD recordings of all time.'

Rolf also posted a video message to the fans, shown here:

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Exhorder Vocalist And Guitarist Quit The Band

Exhorder frontman Kyle Thomas has sent a message to Blabbermouth.net, in which he has announced that he, along with guitarist Jay Ceravolo, has decided to leave the group. His message reads as follows:

"On behalf of Jay Ceravolo [Exhorder guitarist] and myself, it is with much regret and disappointment that we are both leaving Exhorder.

"There is much darkness surrounding Exhorder at this time due to business and personal differences.

"We extend deep apologies to those that this has both inconvenienced and disappointed.

"In the wake of the passing of [Exhorder bassist] Frankie Sparcello [in March] and the constant state of disarray that the band has found itself in since reforming, the negatives have far outweighed the positives. We both feel that this is what we must do, and wish that things could have turned out better, as Exhorder has never attained the potential that it so rightfully should have.

"I wish all of my brothers involved well and good luck in whatever the future brings them, whether or not Exhorder continues."

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Dismember Calls It A Day

Swedish death metal veterans Dismember have announced that they have broken up. A brief statement from the bass player Tobias Cristiansson reads as follows:

"After 23 years, Dismember have now decided to quit. We wish to thank all our fans for your support."

Dismember released their first album, "Like An Ever Flowing Stream" in 1991 and released seven more studio albums afterwards, the most recent of which was a self-titled effort, which was released in 2008.

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Candlemass Signs With Napalm Records For Final LP

Legendary doom metal masters Candlemass have inked a deal with Austria's Napalm Records, and the band is currently writing material for a final album. An announcement from Napalm Records reads as follows:

"Napalm Records is very proud to announce that the legendary Swedish doom metal legend Candlemass has joined their ranks. The band is currently working on material for their farewell album, which is tentatively scheduled for a spring 2012 release."

Candlemass commented on the signing: "Now it is official, Swedish doom 'meisters' Candlemass have signed with Austrian Napalm Records for their 11th and last studio album. The band is very happy and excited about this and are looking forward to work with such a great and growing label as Napalm, home of cool bands like Monster Magnet, Karma To Burn, and Isole."

More details on the final studio release are expected soon.

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Symphorce Calls It Quits

German power metal band Symphorce has disbanded after seven studio albums (last of which was "Unrestricted" in 2010). The band made the following announcement on the split:

"Bad news for all fans of German metallers Symphorce. In the following statement the band announces their breakup:

"Thank you & lights out!

"7 albums, 12 years and thousands of enthusiastic fans don't make that decision easy, but after long thoughts and lots of talks we decided together to call it a day and dissolve Symphorce. The heads are dead, the timetables of our main bands packed with dates,...... so we feel a lack of inspiration and no possibility to record more albums, play more shows with the passion and commitment needed therefore. Symphorce always stand for an absolute independent type of metal, but with our latest (and last) album "Unrestricted" we had to recognize, that we have said everything we wanted musically. It was an unbelievable, intense and fantastic time! We thank you all for your long lasting loyalty and the enthusiasm you have shown to us. We will never forget all this for sure.

Of course, we will still remain with and in our other bands and will see us for sure somewhere somewhen on this planet. And therefore, ... lights off ...spotlights on!

"Thanks for 12 fantastic years, thanks for the fulfillment of a dream! It was AMAZING!"

Members of Symphorce can be heard with other projects: singer Andy B. Franck is currently busy with Brainstorm, guitarist Markus Pohl is with Mystic Prophecy and drummer Steffen Theurer is with Watch Me Bleed.

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James Murphy Fighting Cancer Recurrence

James Murphy, renowned for his guitar work with Obituary, Death, Testament, and Disincarnate among others, has revealed on his Facebook page that the tumor he fought nearly a decade ago may have returned due to a high hormone indicator present during a routine bloodwork exam. He is scheduled for an MRI on the 11th of this month.

Several messages like the one below have been posted on his page, along with a Paypal account to help with his medical expenses.

"James Murphy A metal guitarist/producing legend is racking up the medical expenses, due to a relapsing brain tumor. I know how bad medical expenses can be in this great country of ours so please help out by donating via paypal to felissarose123@aol.com. Every little bit helps, whether it be 50 cents or a dollar, or more. Oh, and you can purchase these sweet CKY vinyls from Mr. Deron Miller, and all proceeds will go to help out James. Thanks"

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Bring Me The Horizon Frontman Attacked On Stage

Bring Me The Horizon frontman Oli Sykes was attacked onstage during the band's show in Salt Lake City last night (October 3) while on a headlining U.S. tour. Sykes became angry when bottles were thrown onstage in the direction of the band members and called for those who threw them to either leave or come onstage and address him personally. Some crowd members took him up on his offer and attacked the vocalist. You can watch fan filmed footage of the incident below.

Sykes was unharmed by the incident and returned to the stage a half an hour later to finish the band's set.

He later updated his blog with the following about the incident:

Just to clear any rumours… Nothing happened last night apart from a bunch of soft lads stomped on a lil kids head 5 seconds into our set, so we stopped playing, had a bit of a banter with em telling em to do one, then some fatty gets on stage tries to hit me, in which he completely fails, misses and falls over, and then gets sparked out by someone In our touring party. The “crew” then responded by running around the venue, breaking a very young girls jaw and stamping on her, and injuring a few more of our young fans. Proper hard init.

Not a member in Bmth or any of our touring party got so much as a scratch, oh one did want me to know he fucked my wife though, which hit me hard as you know I’ve been happily married for a long time now :)

Fucking mongs eh? What can u do?

Bring Me The Horizon will play as the support band on Machine Head's U.K. arena tour later this year with Devildriver and Darkest Hour. The band will then begin work on the follow-up to their third album and hope to be in the studio by summer 2012.

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