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Metal News for January 25, 2020

Last updated on September 26, 2020 at 6:19 AM ET

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5 news articles posted on this day.

Breaking News

Former Cynic And Death Drummer Found Dead

As first reported by Blabbermouth, Sean Reinert, one of metal's most acclaimed drummers, known for his time with Cynic and Death, has been found dead at his home in California. He was 48 years old. Reinert worked with guitarist/vocalist Paul Masvidal in both Cynic and Death, recording the latter's legendary album, "Human" before the duo returned to Cynic and recorded one of the most essential albums in progressive metal and technical death metal, "Focus."

After the debut, the band was put to rest and the two worked on other projects including Æon Spoke, before reforming Cynic in 2006, releasing their sophomore album, "Traced In Air" in 2008. A new EP, "Carbon Based Anatomy" followed in 2011 before their third and to date latest album, "Kindly Bent To Free Us" was released in 2014. After a dispute as to whether or not the band was still active, it was announced that Reinert had left the band, with his place being taken by Matt Lynch.

Sean Reinert, along with Paul Masvidal, also made headlines in 2014 when they revealed that they were both gay, a move which is widely accepted and supported, with Reinert humourously stating in an article with the L.A. Times, "I see all those old dudes out there just banging their heads to our records and I have to think — ‘That stuff you’re banging your head to? That is some gay, gay metal, man.'" More...

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Imonolith Release New Single Announce Debut Album

Canadian all-star metal powerhouse Imonolith have announced the release of their highly anticipated debut album "State of Being" on March 27 via Imonolith Music and are streaming a new single/video, 'Instinct'.

Featuring drummer Ryan ‘RVP’ Van Poederooyen (Devin Townsend Project) guitarist Brian ‘Beav’ Wadell (Devin Townsend Project), Jon Howard (Threat Signal), guitarist Kai Huppunen (Methods of Mayhem, Noise Therapy) and Scott Whalen (Econoline Crush), Imonolith is a collective of heavy-hitting players at the top of their game, and 'Instinct' serves as a great taster of what can expected on their debut album.

"State of Being" features 10 hook-laden, riff-heavy tracks including 'Hollow', the debut single that made big waves for Imonolith straight out of the gate, racking up 216K Spotify streams in 2019. There are also two very special guest performances from Jens Kidman (Meshuggah) and Swedish vocalist Johannes Eckerström.

Having spent much of 2019 writing, arranging, recording and fine-tuning "State of Being", the band worked incredibly hard to achieve their goal - to make an engaging heavy metal album. RVP commented, “We spent a lot of time making this record. We wanted it to be done the way we envisioned it. We didn’t cut any corners, from the songwriting right up to the album production and artwork. It’s a debut album that we’re very proud of and excited for the world to hear.”

The high production video to 'Instinct' is not only a great example of the band’s quality aesthetic, but it also serves as a look at Imonolith’s collective personality. RVP continues, “I think we raised the bar with the ‘Instinct’ video. It’s a different kind of video that’ll catch you off guard in a few ways. It can also be interpreted differently depending on the viewer. We put a lot of thought into it and hired great visionary people to make it a fun watch.’’

Imonolith will be touring globally for the next two years and have announced their first ever UK/EU headline dates, commencing on March 27 in Sheffield, UK. Beav commented: “To be able to take a brand-new band overseas and have the opportunity to headline shows is completely mind blowing!! And we plan on making every show count, this is a dream situation for us.” More...

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Former Nile Bassist Joseph Payne Passes Away

Former Nile and Divine Heresy bassist Joseph Payne has passed away at the age of 35. His former Divine Heresy bandmate Dino Cazares confirmed the reports in a post on social media yesterday. A statement from Cazares reads as follows:

"Our metal brother Joseph Payne has passed away. Another one gone way to young. I wasn't going to say anything until I got confirmation from his family, which I now did. At this time no cause of death has been revealed.

"Joe was a great friend, a great band member and an incredible musician. Although he played bass in ?Divine Heresy?, he was an incredible guitarist. I first saw him playing bass in Nile and right then and there, I said, 'I want that guy in my band.' After having that first conversation that night, I realized he was a great dude and from there on, we've shared some amazing moments in life and on tour,from Australia to South America to Canada to Mexico to Europe, etc.

"Joe was a very outgoing funny guy with a very friendly personality. He was loved by many and he loved all his fans and road friends. He never complained when times got tough on the road. He always helped everyone and worked his ass off when he was in DH and I admired him for being that way.

"We love you and we will miss you. Rest In Peace, my friend." More...

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Macabre Premiere New Video Starring Travis Ryan

Cattle Decapitation vocalist Travis Ryan stars as serial killer Ted Bundy in Macabre‘s recently released clip for their song “The Ted Bundy Song“. That song originally was released back in 1993 on Macabre‘s “Sinister Slaughter” album.

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Ritual Dictates (Revocation) Premiere New Song

Ritual Dictates, featuring former 3 Inches Of Blood guitarist/vocalist Justin Hagberg and Revocation drummer Ash Pearson, premiere their new track “Given To Despair“. The duo’s debut release “Give In To Despair” will land in stores on April 03rd via Artoffact Records.


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