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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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Corrosion Of Conformity Drummer Passes Away

Corrosion Of Conformity has announced that drummer Reed Mullin has died at the age of 53. No cause of death has been confirmed as of yet. A post on the band's official website featured a photo of the music with the simple caption, "You are loved Reed," while a longer post on Twitter reads:

"It’s with heavy hearts that we say goodbye to a friend, a brother and pioneer. Reed you are loved and always will be. Lets all take a moment..."

Mullin was a founding member of the band, staying behind the kit until 2001 when he left after a back injury. In 2010, Mullin took part in the "Animosity" lineup reunion and recorded a further three albums with the band; an eponymous full length in 2012, "IX" in 2014 and most recently, "No Cross No Crown" in 2018. More...

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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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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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Rush Drummer Neil Peart (67) Passes Away

Canadian rock icon and former Rush drummer Neil Peart has passed away past Tuesday, January 07th, at the age of 67, following battling brain cancer for the past three years. The band were inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 1994 and later were inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame back in 2013. Rush concluded their farewell tour back in 2015.


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Black Breath’s Elijah Nelson (40) Has Passed Away

Sad news has reached us on the last day of 2019 from Black Breath: Their bassist Elijah Nelson (40) passed away past weekend. A cause of death has not yet been revealed. Below you can read tributes to the late musician from Nasum and Ringworm.

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Motley Crue Officially Reunites

Almost 6 years after signing a Cessation of Touring agreement, the contract is off the table because a whole new generation of Crüeheads are relentlessly demanding for the band to come back together. Following the huge success of their Netflix biopic The Dirt, Mötley Crüe has seen a massive surge in new audience. And the band best known for breaking the rules has destroyed their cessation of touring contract in true Mötley Crüe-fashion, by literally blowing it up.

After 35 years together on stage, and 30 years since the release of Dr. Feelgood, the members of Mötley Crüe parted ways without speaking to each other after their Final Show on December 31, 2015.

Vince, Nikki, Mick and Tommy didn’t come together again until 2018 to participate in the making of The Dirt movie, which unexpectedly brought them closer together again including seeing them head back into the recording studio after having gone in their own directions for several years. The fuse was lit. More...

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Withering Surface Announces Reunion

Danish melodic death metal band Withering Surface is back in action. The new lineup includes: Jesper Kvist (bass), Michael H. Andersen (vocals), Allan Tvedebrink (guitars), Jakob Møller Gundel (drums), Marcel Lysgaard Lech (guitars) and Morten Lybecker (keys).

The upcoming comeback album, "Meet Your Maker," will be released in Spring 2020. Fredrik Nordström at Studio Fredman is mixing the album, and Niklas Sundin (Arch Enemy, Dark Tranquillity, In Flames) is handling the artwork. Expect a non-compromising melodic death metal record.

Withering Surface released four studio albums during the first incarnation of the band, between 1993 and 2004, having later played a farewell concert in 2005. They were one of the first melodic death metal bands in Denmark. Their bassist, Kaspar Boye Larsen, then catapulted to worldwide success with his other band, Volbeat.

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Mercyful Fate Bassist Passes Away

Mercyful Fate bassist Timi "Grabber" Hansen has passed away at the age of sixty one, his bandmate King Diamond has revealed. A message from the vocalist reads as follows:

"I just found out that I lost one of my dearest friends, who has been fighting cancer for a long time, in such an incredibly brave way.

"He was not just my roommate on the early Mercyful Fate tours, but he was always my favorite bass player of all times.

"I was fortunate to have been able to visit him at his apartment with some other good friends, and we had a great afternoon that will never be forgotten.

"When I last talked to Timi on the phone on October 24th, I could understand that things had gotten tougher than they ever were, and yet he said “we fight on”.
I feel so so sad for his entire family, you have my absolute deepest sympathy.

"Rest in Peace my dear dear friend.
"King"

Hansen was a founding member of Mercyful Fate and performed on the classic eighties albums, "Melissa" and "Don't Break The Oath," as well as the 1993 release "In The Shadows." He was also an original member of King Diamond's eponymous band, recording the albums "Fatal Portrait" and "Abigail," as well as the single, "No Presents For Christmas" and some live releases.

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Quiet Riot Drummer Diagnosed With Cancer

Frankie Banali, the longtime drummer of heavy metal legends Quiet Riot, has revealed that he has been battling stage 4 pancreatic cancer since April of this year. A statement from the drummer reads as follows:

"I just want to let all of my friends and fans know what’s going on with me and why I have unfortunately missed some appearances this year. Since April 17th I have been battling stage four pancreatic cancer.

"The original prognosis was very scary. I had quite a battle on my hands and it took a lot, but I am thankful to say that after several rounds of chemo and other treatments I am on the mend. The road ahead is not going to be easy but cancer has met its match and I plan to continue fighting. I wish I could have been with you all at every Quiet Riot performance as this is the first time in 38 years I have ever missed a gig.

"Please know that if I had been able to fly on a plane and play a show nothing else would have stopped me. I am feeling much better and stronger now.

"I intend to play the Quiet Riot concert at the Whiskey A Go Go on Saturday October 26th and to continue touring in 2020 with Quiet Riot, so I hope to see you there. I appreciate all the fans that support Quiet Riot by coming to shows and I hope you will all continue that support as well as keeping me in your thoughts and prayers.

"Peace and Love" - Frankie Banali

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Hobbs Angel Of Death Founder Passes Away

Peter Hobbs, founder of Australian thrash metal veterans Hobbs' Angel Of Death, has passed away at the age of 58, it was announced today. A message on the band's Facebook page read simply:

"In loving memory of Peter Hobbs.
See you in hell brother.
RESPECT!"

The band recorded their first demo in 1987 and a year later released their debut full lengh eponymous full length. They would release one more album in 1995 entitled, "Inheritance" before breaking up the following year. In 2002, the band regrouped to perform live again, eventually released a new album in 2016 named "Heaven Bled." More...

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Artillery Guitarist Passes Away

Danish thrash metal legends Artillery has announced that guitarist Morten Stützer, who began as the band's bass player, has died suddenly at the age of 57. A statement from the band reads as follows:

"Dear loyal friends and fans

"It is with a heavy heart, a great deal of shock and a lot of disbelief that we have inform you that founding member, friend - and brother, Morten Stützer, no longer is with us. He passed away at the way-too-early age of 57 on the evening of October 2nd. He was surrounded by his family.

"We are absolutely devastated. Morten’s contributions to the band has been invaluable. Besides his incredible musicianship, Morten’s knowledge on so many aspects of life as well as his witty way of being will be so sorely missed.
One thing that is not to forgotten however, is the legacy that Morten has left behind in this world.

"Morten’s contributions and work in music has brought so much joy and entertainment to so many people throughout the world - and will continue to do so for generations to come. In this fact, we find a great deal of comfort.
Needless to say, this will NOT be the end of ARTILLERY. In Morten’s spirit, and as an ode to Morten, Artillery will soldier on.

"Morten will be missed, but never forgotten.

"Good bye, Morten."

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Ex-Morbid Angel Guitarist Richard Brunelle Dead

Morbid Angel's ex-guitarist Richard Brunelle has died at the age of 55. His sister-in-law Marilyn revealed that he passed away on Monday, September 23rd. The cause of death has yet to be revealed.

Richard Brunelle appeared on their 1986 "Abominations of Desolation" demo album (released in 1991), as welllas on 1989their debut “Altars Of Madness” and their 1991 sophomore follow-up, “Blessed Are The Sick“. He played with the band for several periods of time over the years, including a run with Morbid Angel that lasted from 1985-1992, followed by returns in 1994 and 1998.

Richard Brunelle battled with a serious drug addiction in the years that followed his exit from the group that led to a number of arrests and time in prison on substance-abuse related charges.

Comments Morbid Angel's ex-drummer Pete Sandoval of Brunelle‘s death: More...

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