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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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Coal Chamber To Reunite For Australian Shows

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...

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Lifelover Vocalist Passes Away, Band Breaks Up

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.

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Heaven's Cry Reunite After Seven Year Hiatus

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)

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American Head Charge Announces Reunion Dates

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

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Nergal Cleared Of Blasphemy Charges In Poland

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...

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Black Sabbath To Reunite With Original Lineup

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.

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God Dethroned Reunites For Metal Cruise

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.

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Former Warrant Singer Jani Lane Found Dead

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.

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Ex-Deep Purple Keyboardist Diagnosed With Cancer

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."

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Ministry To Reunite For Wacken 2012

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.

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Alexisonfire Calls It Quits

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...

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Former Threshold Vocalist Passes Away

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.

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Cipher Drummer Found Dead

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.

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