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Shvpes Announces Breakup

British metalcore band Shvpes, fronted by Griffin Dickinson, son of Iron Maiden vocalist Bruce Dickinson, has announced that they have decided to disband. The band were formed in 2009 under the name Cytota, but changed their name in early 2015 to Shvapes, after which they released their debut full length, "Pain. Joy. Ecstasy. Despair," in 2016, with their sophomore album, "Greater Than" following two years later. A statement from the band reads as follows:

"Good things all come to an end. After much introspection, we have decided to call it a day with SHVPES.

"As this band has evolved, we have grown a lot as musicians and as people. And as a result we have found ourselves beginning to move in separate directions, musically and otherwise. To continue on as SHVPES would only place further strain on our mental health and personal relationships, as well as be dishonest and a disservice to all of you.

"We leave on good terms, proud and grateful for everything we've achieved.

"To the fans and everyone who has supported, invested and believed in us, we wholeheartedly thank you. You have allowed us to accomplish things we only ever dreamed of and be a part of something bigger than ourselves. For now though, it’s time for a new chapter."

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Agathodaimon Announces Reunion

Dark metal institution Agathodaimon have officially signed a worldwide record deal with Napalm Records. Formed by Sathonys (guitar) and Matthias Rodig (drums), the German five-piece quickly evolved, performed at major European festivals and released six studio albums throughout their vast career. Seven years after their highly praised full length, In Darkness, Agathodaimon reunited in February 2020 and are currently working on new material! More to be announced soon!

Sathonys: "We’re proud to announce that we have signed a deal with Napalm Records! As some of you know, Agathodaimon was put on hold for years. We've been working on a reunion for many months though, to get back in shape- and when we finally felt ready and announced the comeback in February, we were hoping to find a good partner soon, to release our next album. Yet, I didn't expect that we would be contacted by Napalm right away, a label that has developed in such an impressive way over the course of the last decades. Not only being able to sign lots of excellent bands, but who also managed to gather an impressive team of specialists over the course of time, all fully dedicated to and passionate about metal. So, here we are, and we couldn't be more excited to be part of their artist roster. We're absolutely looking forward to working with these guys!"

Napalm Records A&R Sebastian Muench: "In 1998, Agathodaimon released Blacken The Angel, an absolute masterpiece! As many, back in the good old days, I heard first about the band when I bought Metal Hammer Germany magazine and listened to the sampler CD that came with it. The song 'Tristetea Vehementa' on the Off Road Tracks Vol. 10 Metal Hammer compilation made me fan for life. Agathodaimon was able to perfectly combine the best elements from Symphonic Metal, Gothic Metal and Black Metal. The song 'Body Of Clay' is arguably even one of the best Doom Metal songs. All five album releases followed that recipe and resulted in some very unique and timeless classic albums. We are super excited to work with Agathodaimon in the future!"

During Corona-lockdown and due to the fact that Ragnarök Festival was cancelled (where the band was due to play), they put together this joint effort - each band member recorded audio / video of this song individually, and this is the merged result. More...

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Napalm Death Reveals New Album Details

UK grindcore pioneers Napalm Death are delighted to announce their upcoming studio album release "Throes of Joy in the Jaws of Defeatism," to be released on September 18th, 2020 via Century Media Records.

"Throes of Joy in the Jaws of Defeatism" is the highly anticipated follow-up to 2015’s acclaimed "Apex Predator – Easy Meat" album, was again recorded with longtime producer Russ Russell and features artwork by Frode Sylthe (seen below).

Napalm Death’s vocalist Mark "Barney" Greenway checked in with the following comment about the upcoming album and its theme:

"The phrase sticking in my mind when I started thinking about the lyrical direction for this album was “the other”. You could recognise at the time that there was a rapidly growing fear and paranoia being generated about everybody, from migrating people to people with fluid sexuality and this was starting to manifest itself in very antagonistic reactions that you felt were almost verging on violence. Not everybody resorts to such reactions of course, but even the basic lack of understanding can become toxic over time. I’m not saying that this is an entirely new phenomenon, but it has been stoked in recent history by some particularly attack-minded people in more political circles and, as ever, I felt that it would be the natural antidote to endorse basic humanity and solidarity with all.

"The artwork specifically uses a white dove as a centrepiece, which of course is a commonly recognised symbol of peace and cooperation. The dove has been mauled very violently by a sterilising hand and in death appears particularly broken and bloodied. However, through the violence you can see an equality symbol in blood on the chest of the dove, which perhaps demonstrates – visually at least – that equality cuts through in the end. A positive amidst many negatives then, much like the album title itself being a bit of an oxymoron – the celebration of humanity even in the mangling jaws of negativity”. More...

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COVID-19: Destruction Performs An Actual Live Show

Destruction performed their first live show since the COVID-19 pandemic past weekend at Z7 in Pratteln, Swizterland. The audience was limited to 300 fans out of the 1.600 cap venue. Footage from that event can be streamed via YouTube and Facebook below:

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Guitarist Bob Kulick Passes Away

Bob Kulick, the veteran guitarist who made his name performing with the likes of Kiss, W.A.S.P., Meat Loaf, Doro and others, has sadly passed away at the age of 70. No cause of death has been revealed as of yet. The news was broken by his brother Bruce, who himself performed with Kiss, who took to Twitter with the following message:

"I am heartbroken to have to share the news of the passing of my brother Bob Kulick. His love of music, and his talent as a musician and producer should always be celebrated. Please respect the Kulick Family’s privacy during this sad time."

Bob Kulick auditioned for Kiss when the band was forming, but Ace Frehley was chosen over him. Despite this, he would make uncredited appearances on four albums, including "Alive II," "Unmasked," "Killers" and "Creatures Of The Night," as well as working with frontman Paul Stanley on his debut solo album. Before this, he recorded with rock icon Lou Reed on the classic, "Coney Island Baby" album and would later join W.A.S.P. for two studio albums, "The Crimson Idol" and "Still Not Black Enough," before working with metal queen Doro Pesch on her 2000 release, "Calling The Wild," where he played with the singer and Motorhead frontman Lemmy on the ballad, "Love Me Forever."

His work stretched beyond hard rock and heavy metal, as he would also work with Meat Loaf, Diana Ross and Michael Bolton, as well composing music for beloved cartoon Spongebob Squarepants and the World Wrestling Federation, performing with Motorhead on the theme for wrestler Triple H entitled, "The Game," widely regarded by wrestling fans as one of the best entrance themes ever. He would eventually release a solo album in 2017 entitled, "Skeletons In The Closet." More...

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Obscura Welcome Drummer David Diepold

Obscura officially welcome Austrian drummer David Diepold (Monument Of Misanthropy, Cognizance, etc.) as the latest addition to their lineup. He joins the group after a recent mass exodus that saw singer/guitarist Steffen Kummerer remain the only member.

Kummerer has also recently been rejoined by bassist Jeroen Paul Thesseling, with a new full-length being in the works. You can watch David Diepold do a playthrough of Obscura‘s “Vortex Omnivium” below:

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Brutal Assault Open Air Postponed Until 2021

Brutal Assault's 25th anniversary will have to wait until 2021. It should come as no surprise that the festival's organizers were forced to postpone the festival due to ongoing pandemic concerns. The anniversary edition will now take place August 10 - 14, 2021. Festival organizers posted on their Facebook page that they have "already confirmed most of the major bands from the current bill." More...

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Psycho Las Vegas Postponed Until 2021

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s Psycho Las Vegas has been postponed. The event has officially been rescheduled to August 19-22, 2021. The event organizers released this statement in regards to the announcement.

“Attention current and future ticket holders:

Gambling is in our blood but we can’t roll the dice on this one–Psycho Swim and Psycho Las Vegas have been rescheduled to August 19-22, 2021. Nearly all bands have signed on for the new dates but we are awaiting confirmation from one final artist before presenting our updated lineup. We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your patience.

Once our updated lineup is announced, refunds will be available for anyone who can’t join us in 2021, and hotel rooms purchased through the Fan Block will be automatically refunded. For more information, please visit our Festival FAQ.” More...

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Falling In Reverse Guitarist Has Died At Age 35

Falling In Reverse guitarist/vocalist Derek Jones has died at the age of 35. Comments Falling In Reverse frontman Ronnie Radke via Twitter:


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Wacken Postponed Until 2021

The German government decided that due to the Coronavirus pandemic, no mass gatherings will be allowed until August, 31st 2020. Thus, there will be no Wacken Open Air this year. Wacken organizers stated that it will be moved to 2021 but new dates have not been announced yet. No information was immediately available for those that had already purchased tickets for 2020's festival.

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No Live Concerts Until Fall 2021?

The impact that the lockdown initiated to fight the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has had on the music industry - and on live music industry in particular - in just a few weeks has already been ruinous. And it would seem the touring business may remain on hold for much longer than expected.

While some bands have been rescheduling for mid or late summer, some other major festivals and events have been postponed to fall or 2021. Metal booking agent Daniel DeFonce of Continental Touring expressed his fears that touring won’t likely be happening again until 2021.

Now, in a recently published feature at The New York Times about restarting the American economy, it seems that even that assessment could be too short-sighted:

Bioethicist Zeke Emanuel - vice provost for global initiatives and director of the Healthcare Transformation Institute at the University of Pennsylvania; host of a new podcast about coronavirus, ‘Making the Call‘; and author of the upcoming book ‘Which Country Has the World’s Best Health Care?‘ - thinks: More...

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Hellfest XV Rescheduled For 2021

Hellfest is the latest summer music festival to reschedule its 2020 edition due to the ongoing pandemic. The festival is rescheduled for June 18-20, 2021. More...

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Former Riot Guitarist Passes Away

Lou A. Kouvaris, the original guitarist for American heavy metal legends Riot, has passed away at the age of sixty six after contracting the Corona virus, also known as COVID-19. Kouvaris was with the band from 1976 to 1978 and performed on the band's first album, "Rock City," while also contributing writing to the sophomore effort, "Narita." He was most recently involved with the project Riot Act, who are planning on re-recording the first three Riot albums. They recently released a music video for their rendition of "Swords And Tequila," which can be seen below. More...

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Rammstein Singer Reportedly In Critical Condition

According to German newspaper Bild and Russia Today, Rammstein frontman Till Linemann is in critical condition in a Berlin hospital, after complaining of a fever after a solo concert in the Russian capital. The vocalist was tested for the COVID-19 virus as well as pneumonia and is now being kept in quarantine. It is said that at one stage he was in life threatening condition, but is now beginning to show signs of recovery.

The vocalist had been performing shows in Moscow to reduced crowds, owing to the Russian government's ban on gathering of over 5000 people. The fifty seven year old German's representatives have yet to issue a statement. More information will be revealed as soon as it becomes available. More...

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Death Angel Drummer In Intensive Care Unit

Will Carroll, the drummer for thrash metal legends Death Angel, is currently in intensive care after friends and bandmates stated he was "very ill." Exodus guitarist Gary Holt, who himself is in self quarantine exhibiting the symptoms of the illness, made the news public recently while giving his own update. His Instagram post reads as follows:

"I remained quiet on this earlier, not wanting to say anything until I was certain it had become public knowledge, but Will Carroll, is in need of some massive positive vibes. Me, I appreciate all the warm wishes I’ve gotten, but I’m sick, nothing more, Will is in the ICU. WAY worse that anything I’m dealing with, by a long shot. Not even close. He is very ill. There are several of us that have symptoms and are waiting for test results. Will needs some healing vibes from everyone. Get well Will."

When asked if the drummer was suffering from COVID-19, the Holt stated that "tests results being done but that's probably what it is."

Elsewhere, Testament frontman Chuck Billy, who recently toured with Exodus and Death Angel with his band, has tested positive for the virus, as has his wife.

More information will be revealed as soon it becomes available.

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Sacred Reich Founder Jason Rainey Passes Away

Jason Rainey, the founding guitarist of American thrash metal veterans Sacred Reich, has passed away at the age of fifty three following a heart attack, his former bandmates have confirmed. A message from the band reads as follows:

"It is with deep sadness and broken hearts that we must announce that our friend, guitarist and founding member of Sacred Reich, Jason Rainey has passed away.

"Jason started the band after only playing guitar for six months. With sheer determination and will, he lead us through the early years of the band. He worked tirelessly. Sacred Reich was his life.

"In recent years he faced some serious medical issues. He ultimately succembed to a heart attack on Monday, March 16. He was 53 years old.

"Jason, we wish you peace and love.

"Jason Wesley Rainey
February 14, 1967 - March 16, 2020"

Rainey founded the band in the 1985 and performed with them up to last year, when he was replaced by Joey Radziwell, making last year's "comeback" album, "Awakening," the only full length Sacred Reich album that Rainey was not part of. More...

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Inferno Metal Festival Cancelled For 2020

Following in the footsteps of other music festivals and events around the globe, Inferno Metal Festival Norway is postponing its 2020 edition until 2021. The announcement states that those that had purchased tickets for this year's festival will not get a refund, however, those tickets will be valid in 2021.

Also, Decibel Magazine's Metal and Beer Fest - Philly 2020 has also postponed it's April edition and will announce rescheduled dates in the future. More...

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Slipknot Cancel Tour Over Coronavirus Concerns

Slipknot cancel their imminent Asian touring plans as well as their own two-day ‘Knotfest Japan‘ festival due to the ongoing concerns with the novel coronavirus, Covid-19.

Slipknot posted the below statement:

“In light of global health concerns, Slipknot have decided to postpone their upcoming Asian tour, including Knotfest Japan. While decisions like this are not easy, the safety and well-being of the band’s fans always comes first. Furthermore in this case, the bands and artists, crew and local employees are also equally effected, and as such, this was the only responsible decision that could be made. Slipknot and Knotfest will both return to Asia very soon, and at such time that everyone can be ensured of the best possible experience possible.”

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Josh Pappe (D.R.I., Gang Green) Has Died Age 53

Crossover thrash bassist Josh Pappe, who played on two crucial albums for D.R.I., has passed away at the age of 53. As of press time, no cause of death has been revealed. Pappe who was in D.R.I. from 1983 -1984, and 1985 -1998 played on both legendary albums for the genre "Crossover" and "4 of A Kind" as well as Gang Green's " Can't Live Without It". We send our condolences out to Josh Pappe’s family and friends.

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Absu Announces Break Up

American black metal veterans Absu has announced that they are no more. A post on social media from drummer and vocalist Proscriptor McGovern reads as follows:

"After meager deliberation and zero remorse, I have decided to dissolve ABSU after three decades of existence. Collectively and universally speaking, this decision is finite due to insoluble circumstances, which has led to this ultimate result. No amount of time, exertion, formula or fashion can alter my verdict.

"Refusing to further comment on the subject, I leave thee with the following enchantment:

"{Vii} For there are bitter waters of Chaos held immobile under (the) ground – And the Sovereigns, who personify them, reign over Opacities and Beyond.

"[II] Beseech these All-Begetters in darkness, outside the circles of time. In Chaos’ sleight of hand, the Deep will respond.”

"{Vi} Never Blow Out The Eastern Candle – Proscriptor McGovern (Russ R. Givens)"


Absu formed in 1989 in Plano, Texas and released their debut full length, "Barathrum: V.I.T.R.I.O.L." in 1993. After their acclaimed 2001 album, "Tara," the band went on hiatus for five years before returning, eventually releasing an eponymous album in 2009.

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