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Ex COF And Satryicon Singer Killed By Terrorist

Andrea Meyer, the vocalist who appeared on the debut Cradle Of Filth album, "The Principle Of Evil Made Flesh," as well as the Satyricon album, "Nemesis Divina," has died at the hands of terrorist Espen Andersen Bråthen during his recent terror attack in Kongsberg, Norway. The 52 year old German singer was one of five people who tragically lost their lives after Bråthen attacked eight people with a bow and arrow on October 13th, before being arrested later that day.

Cradle Of Filth frontman Dani Filth was of many who paid tribute to the vocalist, stating:

"R.I.P. Andrea Meyer.

"Andrea guested on our debut album, The Principle Of Evil Made Flesh, and also modelled and danced for us on stage as well as presiding over ritual back in our formative years. ⁣

"She will be sadly missed and our deep felt love and sympathies go out to her kith and kin."

Aside from her guest work, Meyer released music under the name Andrea Nebel, as well as Nebelhexë and Hagalaz' Runedance. She was also an accomplished writer, penning film scripts as well as social commentary pieces, poetry and spiritual history. She is survived by her daughter Alva.

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David Lee Roth Announces His Retirement

Former Van Halen vocalist David Lee Roth has announced that his upcoming performances at the House Of Blues in Las Vegas, Nevada, will be his final performances. Speaking with the Las Vegas Review Journal, the singer said:

"I'm retiring. This is the first, and only, official announcement. You've got the news. Share it with the world. "I'm not going to explain the statement. The explanation is in a safe. These are my last five shows.

"I am encouraged and compelled to really come to grips with how short time is, and my time is probably even shorter. I know that when I am in the audience, whether you come out with a ukelele or a marching band, all I ask is you give me everything you've got to give. That's what I did for the last 50 years. I'll give you all I've got to give. It's been an amazing, great run; no regrets, nothing to say about anybody.

"I'll miss y'all. Stay frosty."

You can hear his statement via the Van Halen News Desk here.

His final show dates are as follows:

December 31 - House Of Blues
January 1 - House Of Blues
January 5 - House Of Blues
January 7 - House Of Blues
January 8 - House Of Blues

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Lawnmower Deth To Release First Album In 29 Years

Lawnmower Deth, the British comedy thrash metal legends from Nottingham, has announced that they will be releasing a brand new album named "Blunt Cutters" on January 28th. This will be their first full length album since 1993's, "Billy" and features eighteen new songs produced by Chris Clancy (Massive Wagons, Those Damn Crows.) The band has also stated that there will be more live shows to come in the new year.

Tracklisting:

1. Into The Pit
2. I Don’t Want To
3. Botheration
4. Swarfega
5. Bastard Squad
6. Now He’s A Priest
7. Good Morning, Phil
8. Bobblehead
9. Raise Your Snails
10. Deth! Maim! Kill!
11. Christ Options
12. Hell’s Teeth
13. Blunt Cutters
14. Space Herpes
15. Nothing But Noise
16. Goodnight, Bob
17. Power Bagging
18. Agency Of COB More...

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Deeds Of Flesh Classic Lineup Reunites

Technical death metal pioneers Deeds Of Flesh unveil a classic line-up, with the return of long-time drummer Mike Hamilton. Mike's drumming style has been a huge staple in shaping the band's sound and laying the blueprint for the future of technical death metal.

The band comment: "We want to thank Darren Cesca for all of his hard work on our most recent release, Nucleus. That album would not sound the way it does without his stamp on it. Darren is one of the most professional and skilled death metal drummers out there today and we guarantee you'll be seeing him continue to push the envelope for the genre and drumming as a whole. We're very proud to have Darren as a part of the Deeds legacy and wish him all the best and a future of success!"

This news follows the recent announcement that Deeds Of Flesh will return to the stage at next year's HellFest Open Air in Clisson, France.

The band continue: "Although we wish we could be hitting the stage with our brother Erik Lindmark, we feel going forward it would be best to retain the classic Deeds line-up as much as possible."

Jacoby Kingston will return to bass and vocal duties as he has done during his entire tenure with Deeds. Ivan Munguia will make the move from bass over to 2nd guitar, an easy transition given his recent guitar work live and in the studio with Continuum.

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Mudvayne Play First Live Show In 12 Years

This past Saturday, September 11th saw Mudvayne's their first live performance since 2009. The show took place at the annual Inkcarceration Festival‘ at the Ohio State Reformatory in Mansfield. Mudvayne have released the below live footage from that event.

The setlist included the below tracks: More...

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Original Trouble Vocalist Eric Wagner Passes Away

Original Trouble vocalist Eric Wagner, who fronted the band from 1979 to 1997 and then again from 2000 to 2008, has passed away at the age of sixty two after a bout with the COVID-19 virus. His son confirmed the singer's passing on social media, commenting on Eric's band, The Skull's page:

"Hey all this is Luke Wagner his oldest son. Eric Wagner has passed away."

The Skull were originally set to tour with The Obsessed, but were forced to pull out due to four members being diagnosed with the virus. The initial statement read:

"Hey all. More bad news... We will not be able to play Psycho Vegas this Thursday. While 3 out of 4 of us who tested positive for Covid are recovering nicely... Eric Wagner’s bout with Covid has gotten worse and he was admitted to the hospital yesterday with COVID pneumonia. Positive thoughts and words will be helpful."

With Wagner at the helm, Trouble became one of the most acclaimed and beloved bands in doom metal, releasing genre classics such as their eponymous debut (which was later known as "Psalm 9") and "The Skull." After leaving in 1997, he was replaced by Exhorder frontman Kyle Thomas and formed Lid with Anathema guitarist Danny Cavanagh.

He returned to Trouble in 2000 and would eventually release one more album with the band in 2007 named "Simple Mind Condition," before leaving again in 2008, forming doom metal band The Skull four years later.

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Destruction Parts Ways With Founding Guitarist

With their new CD/Blu-Ray "Live Attack" out for just under a week, thunderous German thrashers Destruction prove themselves to still be one of the most relentless groups in metal right now – even after almost 40 years of band history – not planning on stepping off the gas any time soon! Today, Destruction reveals their new single and video "State Of Apathy," giving fans a taste of what’s to come from the quartet after recently signing to Napalm Records!

Featuring legendary Schmier on vocals/bass, Destruction releases an absolute thrash banger with "State Of Apathy!" With tight guitar riffs and unmistakable vocals, Destruction once again showcases how they have earned their spot in the world’s elite of thrash metal, reaching #26 on the German album charts with their latest album, "Born To Perish." Bone-crushingly dynamic drums kick off the song - leaving no neck unbroken. Destruction delivers thrash metal to the fullest!

This is also the first appearance of new guitarist Martin Furia, who joins Destruction on guitars and is also known for his work as sound engineer and producer for Nervosa, Evil Invaders and many more! More...

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Aeon Premiere First New Music In Nine Years

Aeon return with their first new single in almost a decade titled "Church Of Horror". The track features guitarist Daniel Dlimi, bassist Tony Östman and session drummer Janne Jaloma (Dark Funeral). "Church Of Horror" is off the new Aeon album "God Ends Here", due out on October 15.

Explains guitarist Zeb Nilsson: More...

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Monument Of Misanthropy Premiere New Track

Multinational brutal death metal sickos of Monument Of Misanthropy have teamed up with Metalundergound.com to exclusively premiere their brutal new track "Exceptionally Sadistic", taken from their impending new album "Unterweger", which will be released by Transcending Obscurity Records November 12th, 2021.

Check out now "Exceptionally Sadistic" streaming via YouTube and Bandcamp below.

Pre-orders for the album and the brand new killer merch are up as of today HERE. More...

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Former Slipknot Drummer Dead Aged 46

Joey Jordison, best known as the drummer of Iowa nine piece Slipknot, has reportedly died in his sleep. He was 46 years old. No further details have been confirmed thus far and a message from the family reads as follows:

"Joey's death has left us with empty hearts and feelings of indescribable sorrow. To those that knew Joey, understood his quick wit, his gentle personality, giant heart and his love for all things family and music. The family of Joey have asked that friends, fans and media understandably respect our need for privacy and peace at this incredibly difficult time."

Jordison co wrote a number of Slipknot songs during his time with Slipknot, whom he joined when they were still called The Pale Ones, before leaving in 2013. He was also a founding member of Murderdolls along with Tripp Elsen of Static-X and most recently was known for his work with Scar The Martyr and Sinsaenum.

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Metal Church Vocalist, Mike Howe, Passes Away

As reported on the band's Facebook page, Mike Howe passed away this morning at his home in Eureka, California. No further information is available at this time. Metalunderground sends our condolences to his family, friends and band mates. More...

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Dave Mustaine Reveals New Album's Title

In a recent birthday greeting to a Megadeth fan via his Cameo page, Dave Mustaine was back in the studio and revealed that the title of the band's upcoming record will be "The Sick, the Dying and the Dead".

Mustaine appears to be putting final touches on the band's 16th studio full-length and ans also offers a few seconds of the new album's title track:

“If you listen real closely, you can hear in the background — look over my shoulder, uh oh! — there’s the Pro Tools rig with the new album, doing a rough mix, and you’re getting to hear a little bit of it in the background for your birthday. This is the beginning of the song ‘The Sick, the Dying and the Dead,’ which is our title track.”

You can watch the tease below.

In another post Dave Mustaine teased that Megadeth's new bassist was in the studio, which fans believed to be Testament's current bass player Steve Di Gorgio.

Megadeth will be out on the road again with Lamb of God, Trivium and Hatebreed kicking off the run on August 20th, 2021. The trek will be hitting the below cities: More...

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Iron Maiden Announce New Album “Senjutsu”

Iron Maiden announce their 17th studio full-length “Senjutsu“, which will be released on September 03rd through Parlophone Records. The album was recorded back in early 2019 and will arrive as their first new record in six years. The group once again worked with producer Kevin Shirley on the outing, with their own Steve Harris co-producing.

“The Writing On The Wall” was recently launched as the first advance track from the album, streaming via YouTube for you below:

Explains Steve Harris: More...

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Former Kiss/Cinderella Keyboardist Passes Away

Composer Gary Corbett, best known to rock and metal fans for his work with Kiss and Cinderella, has sadly died after battling lung and brain cancer. He performed live with Cinderella from 1990 to 1995 and then again from 1998 to 2014. He was also the first live keyboardist for Kiss, performing with them for three years between 1987 and 1990 and appearing on the Crazy Nights and Hot In The Shade tours. This follows the tragic news from earlier today that Corbett's former Cinderella bandmate Jeff LaBar was also found dead yesterday at the age of 58.

A message from his wife Lenora Corbett/Cohen and sister Mindy Cohen reads as follows:

"It is with great sadness and the heaviest of hearts that the Cohen/Corbett Family needs to let everyone know that after a hard fought battle with cancer, Gary passed away last night on July 14, 2021.

"Those who knew Gary know that we and the wold of music have all lost a very talented, funny, kind and gentle soul. The pain cuts so deeply that our hearts are bleeding.

"A memorial event is being planned. The details will come at a later date.

"Today is Gary's birthday. Please keep Gary and our family in your thoughts and your heart.

"Gary Corbett will be truly and deeply missed, by all who know him." More...

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Cinderella Guitarist Found Dead Aged 58

Jeff LaBar, best known as the guitarist for glam metal/rock band Cinderella and also of Naked Beggars, has died at the age of fifty eight. According to TMZ, his was discovered in his apartment by his first wife, after several days of friends and family being unable to reach him. A statement from his former bandmates reads as follows:

"Heavy hearts cannot begin to describe the feeling of losing our brother Jeff. The bond between us over decades of creating music and touring the world is something that we as a band uniquely shared. Those memories with Jeff will be forever alive in our hearts. It’s unimaginable that one of our band brothers has left us. We’re sending his wife Debinique, his son Sebastian, family, and friends our deepest condolences. Jeff’s memory and music will be with us forever. We all... band, family and management appreciate the overwhelming outpouring of love. Rest In Peace Jeff" - Tom, Eric & Fred

Jeff LaBar joined Cinderella in 1985, three years after the band's formation and stayed with them until their breakup in 2017. The band's first album, "Night Songs" was released a year later and they would go on to release three more albums, "Long Cold Winter," "Heartbreak Station" and "Still Climbing." More...

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Lotus Eater Disbands Following Abuse Allegations

Only nine days before the scheduled release of their debut album, "Where The Body Goes," Scottish metalcore outfit Lotus Eater has announced that they are to disband. This comes after three women came forward of allegations of sexual and physical abuse against frontman Paul Collins, including rape on a social media account named Surviving Paul Collins. The vocalist has denied all accusations and claims that he intends to take legal action to clear his name and that his partner will soon be making a statement in his defence.

Following their breakup, Lotus Eater has been replaced by death metal band Foetal Juice on Bloodstock bill. It is not yet known whether or not "Where The Body Goes" will be released.

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Hellfest 2022 - SOLD OUT -

If you were planning on attending the 2022 version of Hellfest, you better start making other plans. Four-day passes for the added dates sold out within an hour. Single day passes will be available today but are also expected to sell out rapidly. The initial 3 day passes for the event sold out in 2019 pre-pandemic and will honored for the 2022 edition. More...

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Ex Uriah Heep Singer John Lawton Dies Aged 74

Former Uriah Heep vocalist John Lawton, also known for his time with such bands as Lucifer's Friend, Asterix and his own eponymous group, has sadly passed away at the age of seventy four. No cause of death has been confirmed. Lawton sang on the Uriah Heep albums, "Firefly," "Innocent Victim" (both released in 1977) and 1978's "Fallen Angel," as well as the live albums, "Live In Europe 79" and "The Magician's Birthday." A statement from Uriah Heep reads as follows:

"It is with deep regret that we share the devastating and tragic news of the sudden and totally unexpected passing of John Lawton on 29 June 2021.

"Contrary to reports, there was no illness involved, which makes his passing incomprehensible.

"He went peacefully with his wife at his side. John will be greatly missed.

"A private funeral service to celebrate John’s life will be held following his wishes, with only family and close friends attending.

"We would appreciate that the family’s privacy is respected during this difficult time."

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Former Skid Row Vocalist Passes Away

Johnny Solinger, the vocalist best known for his tenure with Skid Row from 1999 to 2015, has tragically passed away at the age of fifty four, a month after revealing that he was suffering from liver failure. Solinger began his career with his eponymous band, before replacing Sebastian Bach in Skid Row, for whom he would become their longest serving singer. He recorded two full length albums with the band, "Thickskin" (2003) and "Revolutions Per Minute" (2006) as well as two EPs, "United World Rebellion: Chapter One" and "Rise of the Damnation Army – United World Rebellion: Chapter Two." Solinger would release his first solo album in 2008, before being fired by Skid Row in 2015 and replaced by TNT singer Tony Harnell, who himself would leave the band at the end of the year.

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Sculptured To Release First New Album In 13 Years

Progressive death metal veterans Sculptured has announced the release of a brand new album, titled, "The Liminal Phase," which will hit the shelves on August 27th through BMG. The band has also posted a new lyric video for the song, "The Ordeal Of Undecidability," which can be seen below.

The 25-year history of Sculptured’s visionary approach to progressive heaviness is the story of guitarist/vocalist Don Anderson’s lifelong musical odyssey.

Formed in the mid ’90s during Anderson’s teen years, early Sculptured songs took their inspiration from the progressive and melodic nature of Chuck Schuldiner’s ever-evolving ideas, after Anderson heard Death’s 1991 record, "Human." By 1996, Anderson was tracking his own compositions. Three recorded songs surfaced on that year’s "Fulfillment in Tragedy" demo tape, and some of that material also landed on Sculptured’s debut full-length album, "The Spear Of The Lily Is Aureoled" (1998). After being picked up for a CD and cassette run by Polish record label Mad Lion, The Spear of the Lily is Aureoled found a home in the U.S. with The End Records, the label that would become Sculptured’s long term partner. In the late ‘90s, Anderson began working with John Haughm and Jason Walton in Agalloch, and both Agalloch’s Pale Folklore and Sculptured’s sophomore record, "Apollo Ends," benefitted from the trio’s collaboration. "Apollo Ends" also saw the return of Spear vocalist Brian Yager and trumpet player Burke Harris. More...

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