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Ex-Impaled Guitarist Andrew LaBarre Dead At 43

Former Impaled/Ghoul guitarist Andrew LaBarre (43), has passed away due to ALS (a progressive nervous system disease).

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Becoming The Archetype Return After 10 Yrs Hiatus

A new music video for Becoming The Archetype‘s comeback track “The Lost Colony” has premiered streaming via YouTube and Spotify for you below. That single is taken from the band’s upcoming album “Children Of The Great Extinction“, due out August 26th on Solid State and finds the group’s core trio of vocalist/bassist Jason Wisdom, guitarist/vocalist, etc. Seth Hecox and drummer Brent “Duck” Duckett returning from a 10-year hiatus.


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Mantic Ritual Shares First New Song In 13 Years

Mantic Ritual release music video for “Crusader,” the first new song from the reunited thrashers since their 2009 Nuclear Blast debut. “Crusader” was originally released earlier this year to all digital platforms, in addition to a limited 7” single backed with the group’s take on the Mercyful Fate classic “Black Funeral.” The music video, which can be seen below, was shot in the Mojave Desert by producer Randall Smith and edited by Kai Young and captures an intense performance by the band complementing the infectious balance of high-energy traditional melodicism with thrashy break-neck aggression.

"With no festivals or tours on the schedule, we felt it was really important to make a simple, performance-oriented video," explains vocalist/guitarist Dan Wetmore. "It was about getting the Mantic boys together and once again telling the dumbest jokes and being Beavis and Butthead x2, all the while making a sincerely mad clip. Filmed out near Mojave, we took our time hashing out that Pittsburgh/So-Cal vibe. ‘Crusader’ is already out, so this is a weird order of operations, but at approximately 1500 followers on instagram, you gotta ask yourself, does it matter?! Good news is, we make music cuz we’re still pissed and still metal believers. If we were in it for cash, we’d have stuck with Nuclear Blast and made that weird euro pop metal. Enjoy, my friends!" More...

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Wormrot Frontman Arif Suhaimi Exits Band

Arif Suhaimi, frontman of Singaporean grindcore trio Wormrot, has announced his exit from the outfit. The news of his departure arrives just over a month ahead of the release of the group’s impending new studio full-length “Hiss“ (due out July 08th). Suhaimi's wife Azean, who until now had worked as the Wormrot’s manager, has quit the job as well.

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Mnemic Vocalist Dies Aged 44

Guillaume Bideau, the vocalist of Danish heavy metal veterans Mnemic, has died from undisclosed reasons at the age of 44. A statement from the band reads as follows:

"It is with great sadness and heavy hearts to announce that our beloved friend and singer, Guillaume Bideau, has passed away at the age of 44.

"We are absolutely devastated and at a complete loss for words at this point in time, as it feels very unreal and completely unfair.

"Guillaume was an incredible friend with a unique personality. A great entertainer and just an overall good guy who touched many people around the world. He will be greatly missed and his humor, laughter and spirit will live with us forever.

"Our thoughts go out to his family and friends around the world.

"Rest in peace, Guillaume."

Guillaume Bideau joined the band in 2006 after leaving Scarve and performed on the albums "Passenger," "Sons Of The System" and "Mnemesis" before the band went on hiatus in 2013. More...

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The Answer Announces Reunion

After a seven-year hiatus, Irish rockers The Answer are set to make their long awaited and highly anticipated return with an exclusive and sole 2022 comeback performance at this year’s Planet Rockstock festival, Dec 3rd.

Not only that but they are thrilled to announce a new album has been recorded and is due for release in 2023, produced by rising British rock producer Dan Weller (Enter Shikari, Bury Tomorrow) at the helm. The first single from the new record will precede their Planet Rockstock performance and will give fans their first taster of the sheer dynamism imbued in the new music.

A fortuitous ‘how do you feel about writing again’ call from management in early Covid-stricken 2020 planted a seed that slowly gathered real pace as the band started sharing new ideas that felt exiting, fresh and relevant. The now triumphantly completed collection of work displays all of the band’s trademark raw attitude and lack of compromise. In their own words “It felt like we were back at the beginning again, a total reset’.

Says singer Cormac Neeson “We’ve been through a lot as a band, we’ve toured the world, made six great records we’re all proud of, given our live shows everything always and done our best to make honest and timeless music that connects with rock fans and music fans in general. After six albums and a lot of road miles we felt we needed to step back from it all and reset. Whilst that wasn’t an easy decision, with retrospect it possibly he best decision we’ve ever made because the end result is the album we’ve been waiting to make our whole lives…full of good time rock n roll and positive energy created by four brothers who quite frankly just really missed each other. We’re back and we’re ready to bring our best album ever to you!” More...

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Josh Gilbert Exits As I Lay Dying

San Diego, CA-based metal band As I Lay Dying announce the exit of their bassist/vocalist Josh Gilbert. His departure follows that of guitarist Nick Hipa, who left the group in August 2021.

Miss May I‘s Ryan Neff now fills in on bass/vocals, while Ken Susi of Unearth sits in on guitars.

As I Lay Dying posted the below statement regarding this latest developments: More...

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Toxik To Release First Album In 32 Years

Peekskill, New York thrash metal veterans Toxik has announced that their new album, "Dis Morta" will be released on August 5, 2022 via Massacre Records. "Dis Morta" marks the thrash metal legends' third full-length album, and picks up where "Think This," the band's second album, leaves off. This will also be the first album recorded with the current lineup, making it the first Toxik album not to feature bassist Brian Bonini or drummer Tad Leger. More details will be revealed as they become available. More...

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The Black Dahlia Murder Vocalist Dies Aged 41

Trevor Strnad, the vocalist of The Black Dahlia Murder, one of the most popular death metal bands of the 21st century, has died. More information will be made available in due course. The band has posted the following message:

"It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Trevor Scott Strnad. Beloved son, brother, and Shepard of good times, he was loved by all that met him. A walking encyclopedia of all things music. He was a hugger, a writer, and truly one of the world’s greatest entertainers. His lyrics provided the world with stories and spells and horror and whimsy. It was his life to be your show.

"National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
800-273-8255"

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King's X To Release First Album In 14 Years

The legendary King’s X, comprised of dUg Pinnick, Ty Tabor & Jerry Gaskill, are pleased to announce they have signed with InsideOutMusic/Sony Music worldwide. They will be the label-home for the band's forthcoming 13th studio album and first new music in 14 years, which has just been completed, the long-awaited new record will see the light of day on the 2nd of September 2022.

The band comments:

"I feel like it's been forever since we put out a new album, and I'm ready for the world to hear our latest offering, hopefully there's a little bit of everything that you love about Kings X, three sides of one is the best way to describe it. The groove is with us!" – dUg Pinnick

"It’s really gonna happen! The new record is coming out soon. I’m happy to be working with the team at InsideOut/Sony Music. I’m happy with the record. I’m happy everybody gets to hear it. It’s a happy day. Or at least that’s what I’m telling myself. Hope you enjoy it!!!" – Jerry Gaskill

"I have a long-standing relationship with InsideOut and am so pleased that InsideOut/Sony is releasing the new King's X album." - Ty Tabor

InsideOutMusic label-head Thomas Waber adds: "We have known the guys since forever and have been fans even before then. We are really looking forward to adding another album to their impressive legacy. Working on a King's X album is always a highlight and an honour!"

The bands forthcoming new album saw them working with Emmy Award-winning engineer, mixer, and producer Michael Parnin (Rage Against the Machine, Mark Lanegan) at his Blacksound Studio in California. He comments: "I am very proud of the energy and work put into this album, especially of all the different vocal performances and varied musical influences mixed together as one. In true King’s X fashion, we had several obstacles to overcome, and it wasn’t easy but hopefully worth it to the amazing die-hard fans out there who have been waiting so patiently and to the new listeners hearing King’s X for the first time. It’s an honest labour of love that I am excited the world finally gets to hear."

King’s X are set to return to stages in 2022, heading to Europe in September and returning to North America for more dates in October. Find the full list of shows below: More...

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Gabe Serbian (The Locust, Etc.) Dead At 44

Drummer Gabe Serbian (The Locust, Head Wound City, etc.) has passed away on April 30th, 2022. The Locust issued the below statement regarding his death:

“It’s with heavy hearts that we have to share the passing of Gabe Serbian on April 30th, 2022. This world will miss Gabe as a friend, family member, musician, and artist. He will continue to live on in so many ways and through everyone he has connected with during his time with us. May 1st is his birthday, and we hope that you can find a way to celebrate his life.

During this difficult time we ask that you give Gabe’s family privacy.”

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Rivers Of Nihil Part Ways With Guitarist

Progressive technical death metal band Rivers Of Nihil announce the departure of rhythm guitarist/keyboardist Jon Topore from the band's ranks. States the band via their social media:

“After nearly eight years of working together Rivers of Nihil has decided to part ways with guitarist Jonathan Topore. Like any relationship, sometimes it becomes clear that it is simply time for a change that will be in the best interest of everyone involved. We love Jon and we still consider him to be a great friend to all of us in the band."

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Defect Designer Premiere First New Song In 7 Years

Defect Designer premiere a new song entitled “Trolls”, taken from their upcoming new album "Neanderthal", which will be released later this year by Transcending Obscurity Records. The record marks the band's first new album in seven years.

Check out now "Trolls" streaming via YouTube for you below.


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Lovebites Returns From Hiatus

Japanese power metal outfit Lovebites has announced their return from a self-imposed hiatus. In addition to this, the band are also on the hunt for a new bass player, following the departure of previous bassist Miho. A statement from the band reads as follows:

"After taking a break, Lovebites is returning! We're searching for a new bassist, and auditions will be open to submissions worldwide! Check out the details here.

"And on Saturday, April 2, we'll be launching a special audition website at noon (12:00 pm JST), this information will be updated in the official website.

"We've even started an official TikTok account! Follow us and stay tuned for future videos! More...

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God Mother Share First New Music In Five Years

God Mother return with a new single named "Teething" taken from their first new EP in five years titled "Obeveklig". The effort was mixed and mastered by Cult Of Luna drummer Magnus Lindberg at Redmount Studios in Stockholm.

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Foo Fighters Drummer Taylor Hawkins Has Died

Taylor Hawkins, drummer and singer for multi-platinum rock band the Foo Fighters, has passed away at the age of 50. The band were in Colombia and were booked to play a gig in Briceño last night.

A post shared by the group reads as follows: More...

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Sikth Announces Original Lineup Reunion

20 years after the release of their first EP, "Let The Transmitting Begin," legendary British Prog-Metallers SikTh reunite the original line up for two exclusive shows. Dual vocalists Mikee Goodman and Justin Hill, guitarists Dan Weller and Graham Pinney, bassist James Leach and drummer/percussionist Dan Foord reunite for the first time in over five years.

"Excited to be back with Justin onstage." Says Mikee. "Also with Pin being back, this is the line up everyone knows. We want these shows to be our best ever. We plan to play songs we've never played before too."

"Sikth has always been a huge part of my life, I’m so proud of the music we created," declares returning vocalist Justin Hill. "Excited to have the opportunity to celebrate the history of the band. The energy of our live shows has always been such a rush and I can’t wait to experience it again."

"I feel the contrast between myself and Justin’s vocal styles really complement each other," concludes Mikee. "I know the reason he wants to come back is the passion he has for it. And that is the reason I get onstage too. Really excited for the energy of the fans again too."

Tickets on sale 10am Friday 25th March at this location.

Show dates:

November 25 - Academy 2, Manchester
November 26 - Electric Ballroom, London

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Aeternitas Splits Up After 23 Years

Lübeck, Germany based symphonic metal veterans Aeternitas has announced that after twenty three years, the band has decided to break up. Their final release was the single, "Shadows," last year, with their final album being 2020's "Haunted Minds." A statement from the band reads as follows:

"As you may have noticed, there has been a period of silence and we now unfortunately share some sad news. It is with regret that we announce our decision to bring an end to the Aeternitas story.

"As you can imagine, this decision was truly the hardest in the history of the band, especially considering we have recently announced a new female singer and bass player.

“The reasons for our decision are hard to explain in detail and also complex. However, after the cancellation of our planned European tour in January we had a lot of time to reflect, consider the future, our collective and individual musical goals, wishes and expectations, which ultimately brought us to this outcome.

“On reflection, we are very thankful for more than 20 unbelievable years, including six album releases and many incredible live shows we experienced together with you all. However, now it is time for a new chapter.

“And so, we part as friends, proud of what we have achieved over all the years, which was only possible with your help and your support.

“For sure, we shall all continue our own metal or other musical endeavours and we are looking forward to seeing you in one of our future projects. You can already follow Miss ScarRed with her solo project https://instagram.com/miss_scarred_official. She is currently in the process of preparing an EP release this year, starting the production in April.

“Thank you all very much for your support and loyalty!

“Alex, Anja, Daniel, Frank, Rusad and Miss ScarRed" More...

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God Forbid Announces Reunion

New Jersey based God Forbid, who announced their decision to split up in 2013, has confirmed that they have decided to reunite to perform at the Blue Ridge Rock festival, which is scheduled to take place from September 8-11 in Alton.

A message from the band states: "It's been 9 long years. You asked for this. We answered. God Forbid is BACK to devastate the stage at the 2022 Blue Ridge Rock Festival."

God Forbid drummer Corey Pierce adds: "I'm very excited to once again share the stage with my brothers and reconnect with God Forbid fans. I know it's going to be a lot of fun and a fantastic experience for ALL of us."

Says Doc Coyle: "This is an absolute blessing to be able to perform with God Forbid once again. We are a family. What makes me most happy about this reunion is that we can share it with the fans who voiced their undying support for the band. I can guarantee that we will give 100% to make this show a night to remember."

God Forbid joins a number of bands who have reunited in recent years who will perform at the event, including Kittie, Shadows Fall, The Union Underground and Texas In July. You can learn more about the festival by visiting the official website.

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Alexisonfire Announce First New Album In 13 Years

Canada-based outfit Alexisonfire have announced a June 24th release date for their new album “Otherness” through Dine Alone Records. The track and music video “Sweet Dreams Of Otherness” has been launched as the first single from that outing, which is the band’s first studio full-length in 13 years.

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