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Hellfest 2022 Line-up Announced

Hellfest organizers announced that the 2022 edition will take place over a period of ten days (7 days of shows) and will include 350 artists on 6 stages. Tickets for the new added 4 days will go on sale July 7th. More...

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Fleshcrawl Vocalist Passes After Cancer Battle

Sven Groß, the vocalist of German death metal veterans Fleshcrawl since 1997, has passed away at the age of 44, a year after being diagnosed with cancer last year. A message from drummer Bastion Herzog reads as follows:

"Svenson,

"It is hard to find the right words in situations like this one. Probably even impossible. For me personally this really is a hard thing to get over. We knew each other for more than 25 years.

"Haven't been many days during this period where we did not spend time together talking, writing, discussing, partying, drinking, BBQ-ing, making plans, playing shows, rehearsing, travelling, waiting in countless backstages or whatever. You're gonna leave a big gap right here in my heart which cannot be filled anymore.

"Thank you for having been a real friend, one of the most precious human beings this planet had to offer and of course a really awesome and iconic frontman, bandmate and hell of a vocalist of FC. I truly enjoyed each and every second watching you go berserk on stage as a real warrior of death while I was beating the shit out of all those drumkits behind you! Thank you for the great ride!

"You always lived life to the max, keep on doing it whereever you are now. We'll rock on again together on the other side - someday. And I'll make sure to bring some Wasseralfinger.

"My deepest condolences go out to Sven's wife Dany and both of their families." More...

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Megadeth Parts Ways With Dave Ellefson

Dave Mustaine announced on Megadeth's Facebook page that Dave Ellefson was no longer a member of Megadeth due to the recent controversy surrounding him.

This what was posted just a short time ago. More...

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Psycho Las Vegas Announces Revised 2021 Line-up

Psycho Las Vegas have announced the revised lineup for the 2021 edition of the festival which will take place August 20-22 at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino.

The festival is now headlined by Danzig, Emperor and Down, and the 2021 lineup includes new additions like Cannibal Corpse, Exodus, Thievery Corporation, High on Fire, and The Sword, plus Ty Segall & Freedom Band who were on the canceled 2020 lineup, then off this year's and are now back.

Holdovers from 2020 include The Flaming Lips, GZA, Mayhem, Satyricon, Osees, HEALTH, Pig Destroyer, Full of Hell, Eyehategod, Red Fang, Pinback, Zola Jesus, TSOL, Obituary, Poison The Well, Cursive, Repulsion, Curl Up and Die, Paul Cauthen, Amigo the Devil, Weedeater, Midnight, Khemmis, Boysetsfire, and loads more.

Previously announced 2021 headliner Mercyful Fate, as well as Boris, At the Gates, Katatonia, Wolves in the Throne Room, Elder, and Bömbers, have postponed until 2022. More...

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Former Skid Row Vocalist Hospitalized

Johnny Solinger, best known as the vocalist for Skid Row from 1999-2015, has revealed via his Facebook page that he has been dealing with some serious health issues of late, after being diagnosed with liver failure. A statement from the singer reads as follows:

"It is with a heavy heart I must let everyone know what’s going on with me and my health. I have been hospitalized for over the last month. I have been diagnosed with liver failure. And prognosis is not so good. As with most musicians I do not have health insurance and it’s very difficult to get proper care without it.

"I am currently under at least seven different medications and I need to have my abdomen drained off fluid that gets accumulated every couple of days. I have lost a lot of strength and will require physical therapy as well.

"At the moment, I am looking into putting together some sort of fundraiser to help with the medical bills and with the palliative care I will need in the coming months. I am kindly asking those of you who could help put this together to step forward. I would not be asking you all this if I didn’t really need the help, but sadly this is where I’m at.

"I appreciate and want you all to keep me in your thoughts and send me all the healing vibes you can, but I get exhausted easily so I will ask you to please not call or text unless absolutely necessary. But please, if you can help in this difficult time, I will wholeheartedly appreciate it.

"Love you all. I will post a link where you can donate very soon but I wanted to update you on my condition."

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Former Judas Priest Drummer Passes Away

In an Instagram post shared last night, Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford has confirmed that the band's former drummer John Hinch, who he also worked with during his pre-Priest days in Hiroshima, has passed away. He was seventy three years old.

Hinch joined the band along with Halford in May 1973, shortly before Glen Tipton joined them to round up the lineup. Hinch performed drums on the debut album, "Rocka Rolla" and could be seen playing drums when Judas Priest appeared on the legendary music show, The Old Grey Whistle Test. In addition to drumming, Hinch also worked as the road manager and driver for the band. More...

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Mudvayne Returns After 12 Year Hiatus

Mudvayne--one of the most creative and distinctive bands in the aggressive music world--has announced that they’re reuniting after a 12-year hiatus, and will be performing at all four Danny Wimmer Presents U.S. festivals in 2021: Inkcarceration Music & Tattoo Festival (a headlining performance) in Ohio, Louder Than Life in Kentucky, Aftershock in California and Welcome To Rockville in Florida. These dates mark the band’s first shows since 2009 and their only dates this year.

Watch the Mudvayne announcement video below.

Mudvayne formed in 1996 and has sold over six million records worldwide, earning Gold certification for three albums (L.D. 50, The End Of All Things To Come, Lost and Found). The band is known for their sonic experimentation, innovative album art, face and body paint, masks and uniforms. Mudvayne is Chad Gray (vocals), Greg Tribbett (guitar, backing vocals), Matthew McDonough (drums, synthesizer) and Ryan Martinie (bass).

Danny Wimmer, founder of Danny Wimmer Presents recalls, “In our fan surveys, Mudvayne has consistently been one of the most requested bands – even though they weren’t an active band! We’ve been working for years to make this happen, so when I got the call that they’d finally take a meeting, [DWP Executive VP & Talent Buyer] Gary Spivack and I jumped at the chance to fly to Vegas. We sat down for dinner with Mudvayne, their lawyer Eric German, manager Diony Sepulveda and agent Ryan Harlacher – the band hadn’t even been in the same room together for 10 years – and pleaded our case for why the time was right for this to happen. We were hoping to announce this in 2020, we’re fortunate enough to be able to do it in 2021, and DWP is super pumped to have Mudvayne exclusively at all four of our festivals this year.” More...

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Metalium Bassist Killed In Ultralite Crash

Lars Ratz, born Lars Ranzenberger, has died following an aerial accident in which his ultralite crashed near a restaraunt in Mallorca, Spain. He was fifty three years old. The guardia civil is reportedly investigating the incident. More details will follow once they become available.

Ratz began his career as the bassist for power metal band Velvet Viper, with whom he recorded the self-titled debut album and the sophomore "The 4th Quest For Fantasy," before parting company with the band in 1993. He would then join Viva and played on their last album, "Cream Cake Box," in 1996, before forming Metalium in 1998, recruiting such names as Savatage guitarist Chris Caffrey and future Firewind/Brainstorm vocalist Henning Basse.

Chris Caffrey paid tribute to Lars with the following message:

"One of the many discussions I have had during the past year involved reunions and new records from bands I haven’t recorded with in years. You all know the obvious by the posts that have been floating around. One of the others was conversations I had with Henning and Lars Ratz about the possibility of a new Metalium record and festival tour. I had actually began writing songs with this reunion in mind. I am shocked and saddened to have just received the very sad news that Lars Ratz has died today in a small plane crash.

"That first Metalium record was a very huge part of my musical and personal past. Although the situation wasn’t always perfect Lars believed in me and was so proud that he had me there to be a part of that first albums creation and the very first shows. Millennium Metal was a classic record top to bottom.

"Lars loved risks. He kinda lived very heavy metal in many ways. He loved being a pilot. He can now take some of my friends in heaven on some of his flights. Fly with the angels my friend.

"This song was always one of my favorites from this record..." More...

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Iced Earth Guitarist Pleads Guilty In Court

Jon Schaffer, guitarist and founder of such bands as Iced Earth, Demons & Wizards and Sons Of Liberty, has pled guilty to obstruction of an official proceeding and entering a building with a dangerous weapon, after admitting to carrying bear mace while inside Capitol Hill on January 6th of this year. The musician had been speaking with federal investigators in recent weeks and his lawyers, as well as the prosecutors have recommended a stay in prison between 3.5 and 4.5 years.

It's possible that Schaffer will be in court again soon in other cases, as his plea deal means he may testify against other rioters. More details will be revealed as soon as they become available.

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Exodus Drummer Diagnosed With Stomach Tumor

Exodus drummer Tom Hunting has revealed that he has been diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma. Today Tom begins his treatment and hopes his story helps to raise awareness.

Important statement from our man Tom Hunting:

"Today I will be starting treatment for a squamous cell carcinoma. It's a gastric tumor that was diagnosed in my upper stomach in February. I'm making this public to raise awareness for people to pay attention to symptoms of stomach and esophageal issues. If they persist, please go get it checked out. I'm not gonna be sheepish talking about it. I feel that if I can help someone with what I've learned, or someone out there has information to share with me, it's a win-win! When you can name the enemy, it's empowering, and you're 1 step closer to killing it!

"Ok, you've heard the bad news. The good news is he feels great physically! I'm gonna beat this like a fucking snare drum that owes me money!!! I've had great doctors and a great support system that is an army in itself. I'm ready for the fight!

"We have a lot to celebrate this year with the release of what will be a career-defining album and tours to follow! I'm stoked for everyone to hear it, and even more excited to get out there and play some of it! I will see you all very soon! CHEERS!!!"

We at Metal Underground send only our best wishes to Tom, his family and bandmates at this difficult time.

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Razor Shares First Taste Of New Music In 24 Years

Canadian thrash metal legends Razor has posted a clip of a song entitled, "A Pitter Pill," their first new song in twenty four years. The snippet can be heard in the latest YouTube video from guitarist Dave Carlo, which can be seen below, during which, Carlo reveals that a new album entitled, "Cycle Of Contempt" will hopefully be released later this year. This will mark the Ontario veteran's first studio album since the 1997 release, "Decibels."

More details will be revealed as soon as they become available. More...

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Judas Priest Postpones European Tour Dates

British heavy metal icons Judas Priest has announced that, as many expected, the bands plans to tour Europe in 2021 have now been moved to next year. A message from the band reads as follows:

"Unfortunately due to ongoing COVID-19 vaccine issues in Europe we have been advised that our 2021 dates will not be able to take place as planned - all dates have been rescheduled to 2022 - all tickets will remain valid for the new dates - further dates will be announced shortly... However we are pleased to confirm our UK headline show at Bloodstock Open Air 2021 is still scheduled for this coming August where we look forward to celebrating 50 years of Judas Priest and 20 years of Bloodstock."

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Entombed A.D. Singer Lars-Göran Petrov Passes Away


Entombed A.D. just shared the below post via Facebook, announcing the passing of their legendary frontman Lars-Göran Petrov. As reported the singer publicly announced in August 2020 that he was battling an incurable form of bile duct cancer.

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Deez Nuts Bassist Passes Away Aged 35

Sean Kennedy, the bassist for Australian hardcore band Deez Nuts and formerly of I Killed The Prom Queen, has been found dead at the age of thirty five. Although no cause of death has been publicly confirmed, Australian outlet Tone Deaf claims that the musician committed suicide (see article here.) Several of Kennedy's former bandmates have paid tribute to him, with former I Killed The Prom Queen vocalist Michael Crafter saying:

"For years we stood side by side on stage or in band photos. We slept on floors, in vans, planes and somehow managed to tour the world. Time went way too fast. We experienced highs and lows on the road and after all we went through, you will always be my friend. As the years passed us by I'm glad we've always been there for each other. When I called you last week I didn't think it would be the last. I wish I could say goodbye. Love and will always miss you mate. Rest in peace."

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Iced Earth Vocalist & Bassist Quit The Band

Iced Earth vocalist Stu Block and bassist Luke Appleton have announced their departure from the band, in the wake of the ongoing controversy surrounding the group’s guitarist and founding member Jon Schaffer.

Earlier today (Monday, February 15) Block announced his resignation from the group, posting the below statement: More...

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Maryland Deathfest To Reschedule To 2022

Maryland Deathfest is rescheduling their annual event for the 2nd time in the past year to May of 2022. The new dates are now May 27-30. The event organizers posted this statement on their Facebook page:

There is an overload of information in this post, so please take a few minutes to read it all, as it will likely address most of the questions and concerns you may have.

At this point, we don't think it's necessary to go into great detail about why we had to reschedule the festival again. We've been updating you about this possibility for months, so we assume that most of you were expecting this news to be dropped. There is simply no chance that the festival can be staged in its proper form with the majority of the bands (or fans, for that matter) being able to even show up in a short 4 months. It is pretty clear that most, if not all of 2021, is needed for the world to sort itself out to the point that we can enjoy live events again.

The venue situation for 2022 is an ongoing project, but it's starting to look like this could potentially turn into our largest format ever. As of yesterday, we can confirm that we are bringing back Edison Lot, both Rams Head and Soundstage feel like they'll still be open in 2022, and we also have full use of the Power Plant complex, including the outdoor stage there. As of now, the options are plentiful and we plan to utilize all of the venues/stages mentioned above.

As for the bands that we booked in 2019 to play in 2020/2021, the majority of them have once again reconfirmed to play in 2022. Those who have not reconfirmed already and aren't on the flyer shown here fall into one of the categories below.

Bands that need more time to know if they can play in 2022:

Bloodbath - We expect a final answer any day now, as soon as next week.
Negative Approach - We expect a final answer within a month.
Vio-lence - We expect a final answer in 4-6 months.
Coffins - We expect a final answer in 4-6 months.

Bands we haven't received a reply from, so we don't know what their status is:

Phlebotomized
Napalm Raid

Bands that definitely cannot play in 2022 and will need to be replaced:

Grave Desecrator
Panzerfaust
Blaze of Perdition

On the subject of bands, considering the outlook of a larger footprint and the inclusion of outdoor stages in 2022, we will have the space to book more bands on top of the few that need to be replaced. However, we can't immediately dive into booking more bands, as we can't already start throwing around offers to more bands after being completely kicked in the teeth financially by the pandemic over the last year. Eventually, about 20 additional bands will be booked.

The day of show for all originally confirmed bands remains the same.

We expect the lineup for the pre-fest at the Ottobar to remain the same, but we'll follow up shortly to confirm that.

Important info regarding tickets:

- All tickets for 2020/2021 remain valid for the new dates in 2022. No further action is needed.
- If you can't attend the new dates, tickets are transferable to others. If there is someone that you would like to transfer the ticket to, we can assist with that and email them a new PDF ticket.
- As another option for anyone that can't attend the new dates, we can also issue a voucher valid for any future event of ours. These vouchers will have no expiration date and are also transferable to others.

Anyone that needs our assistance with the above options can send us a message here on Facebook or email MDFtickets@gmail.com More...

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Update: Iced Earth Guitarist Jon Schaffer Arrested


UPDATE: According to the FBI, Iced Earth guitarist Jon Schaffer was among the rioters who sprayed U.S. Capitol police officers with a capsaicin pepper spray known as "bear spray", as part of the rioter's attempts to push back the officers inside the Capitol and breach the Capitol building.


The Iced Earth founding member was photographed and captured on surveillance video holding "bear spray" and engaging in verbal altercations with Capitol police officers inside the D.C. Capitol building: More...

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Megaforce Co-Founder Passes Away

Marsha Zazula, the woman who co-founded Megaforce Records with her husband Johnny Zazula, AKA Johnny Z, has sadly passed away the age of sixty eight after a struggle with cancer. Metal Underground sends our heartfelt condolences to Johnny Z and all of Marsha Zazula's family and friends.

The Zazulas co-founded Megaforce in 1983 and released Metallica's debut album, "Kill 'em All" that same year. The couple are also credited with launching the careers of such bands as Anthrax, Overkill and Exciter among several other thrash icons.

Several bands have posted short statements of condolence, such as Metallica, who wrote:

"Rest In Peace, Marsha. Thank you for everything.
Much love to Jonny Z & the Zazula family."

Exodus guitarist Gary Holt: "All of Exodus are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Marsha Zazula, one half of Megaforce records and legends to the entire early trash scene. We’ve known each other since the beginning and our most sincere condolences go out to Jon and the entire Megaforce family."

Overkill: "From the entire Overkill family we are saddened by the loss of Marsha Zazula. Our thoughts and prayers are with Jon and the entire Zazula family. Rest in Peace."

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Iced Earth Frontman Allegedly Stormed U.S. Capitol

It seems that Iced Earth guitarist/vocalist Jon Schaffer was among the Trump supporters who stormed the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, DC on, January 06th. Shaffer allegedly confirmed his attendance at the protests to German news outlet Die Welt.


Another picture shared by CBS News below seems to display him having been among those who breached the Capitol building in Washington, wearing the same outfit in the Die Welt article. More...

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Ex Children Of Bodom Frontman Passes Away

Alexi Laiho, former frontman of Finnish metal band Children Of Bodom, has passed away at the age of 41. A statement from Children Of Bodom reads as follows:

"One of the most renowned guitarists in the world, Alexi Laiho, has passed away. The musician, most notably known as the front man of Children of Bodom, died in his home in Helsinki, Finland, last week. Laiho had suffered from long-term health issues during his last years.

"More than 25 years of friendship. We lost a brother. The world lost a phenomenal song writer and one of the greatest guitarists of all time. Memories and Alexi’s music will live forever.

"Our thoughts are with Alexi’s family during this difficult time.

"-Henkka, Janne and Jaska"

Furthermore, his Bodom After Midnight bandmates have posted the following message:

"It is with heavy hearts and great sadness that we have to announce the passing of Alexi Laiho. We are absolutely devastated and heartbroken for the sudden loss of our dear friend and band member. Our journey together as a band had only just begun so there’s no words to describe the shock and the bottomless grief that all of us feel.

"May your soul rest in peace, you will be eternally missed. We love you brother.

"Our deepest condolences go to his family. No further announcements nor interviews will be given at this time. We kindly ask to respect our need to process and go through this terrible situation in privacy. Thank you for your understanding and support.

"Daniel, Mitja & Waltteri" More...

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