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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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Metallica Frontman Enters Rehab

Heavy metal legends Metallica has announced that they have been forced to cancel their upcoming shows in Australia and New Zealand, due to frontman James Hetfield checking himself into rehab for an unspecified addiction. A message from the band reads as follows:

"We are truly sorry to inform our fans and friends that we must postpone our upcoming tour of Australia and New Zealand.

"As most of you probably know, our brother James has been struggling with addiction on and off for many years. He has now, unfortunately, had to re-enter a treatment program to work on his recovery again.

"We fully intend to make our way to your part of the world as soon as health and schedule permit. We’ll let you know as soon as we can. Once again, we are devastated that we have inconvenienced so many of you, especially our most loyal fans who travel great distances to experience our shows. We appreciate your understanding and support for James and, as always, thank you for being a part of our Metallica family.

"All tickets purchased to the shows in Australia and New Zealand, including Enhanced Experiences and Black Tickets, will be fully refunded. More details on how to obtain your refund are below." More...

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Former TNT And Shy Vocalist Passes Away

Former Shy and TNT singer Tony Mills has passed away at the age of 57, following a battle with pancreatic cancer. The veteran rocker announced in April of this year that he had been diagnosed with the illness and that he had been told it was terminal. His final release, "Beyond The Law," his sixth solo album was also released this year.

Mills first gained recognition as the frontman for Shy (formerly known as Trojan,) with whom he released four albums before leaving in 1991 to embark on a solo career. Aside from his solo work at this time, he also worked as a session vocalist, including performing with legendary rock band Slade and fronting a Rush tribute band before reuniting with Shy in 2000. He parted company with the band once more in 2006 when he took over the vocalist role in Norwegian heavy metal veterans TNT, following the departure of their longtime vocalist Tony Harnell. He spent seven years with the band, releasing four albums before leaving to return to his solo work.

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Former Clutch Keyboardist Passes Away

Former Clutch keyboardist Mick Schauer has passed away, the band has revealed. While no details of his death have been revealed as of yet, the group paid tribute to their former comrade who was a member of the band from 2005 to 2008. A statement from Clutch reads as follows:

"We are saddened to hear the news of Mick Schauer’s passing. Mick was an incredible talent and he will be missed. His contribution to the albums Robot Hive Exodus and From Beale Street to Oblivion brought a new sound to the band at a time when the band sought to stretch into new territory. Mick helped us to achieve those goals and more. He was also a powerful force at our live shows. His natural ability was unmatched and his love for the music made us all play better. We are grateful for having had the opportunity to make music with you Mick!"

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Tool Premiere Full-Album Stream Of Brand New Album

After 13 years the wait is over and Tool‘s new record “Fear Inoculum” has officially premiered streaming via YouTube in full below. Check it out:

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Lamb of God Parts Ways With Chris Adler

Lamb Of God has parted ways with drummer Chris Adler. Adler has been absent from Lamb Of God's live shows since 2018 due to injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident, and did not have a clear timetable for his return according to frontman Randy Blythe. Adler was set to return for a few tribute supergroup-type shows this winter, though it's entirely unclear what his health status is and how this pertains to Lamb Of God. Now unfortunately the band has parted ways with Adler completely.

Art Cruz was announced as Adler's replacement and has been playing drums with the band on its most recent tour. The band also announced that they will be pre-production on a new album soon. More...

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Immolation & Monument Of Misanthropy Announce Tour

New York death metal veterans Immolation have announced a 2019 European/UK fall headlining run that will see them out with Ragnarok and Monument Of Misanthropy. The dates for that trek include:

07.11. (GER) Munster / Sputnikhalle
08.11. (HOL) Amersfoort / Flour033
09.11. (HOL) Tilburg / de Nieuwe Vorst
10.11. (HOL) Enschede / Metropool
12.11. TBC
13.11. (ITA) Milan / Slaughter Club
14.11. (ITA) Rome / Traffic
15.11. (ITA) San Dova di Piave / Revolver
16.11. (CH) Sion / Le Port Franc
17.11. (GER) Trier / Mergener Hof
18.11. (FR) Niort / Camji
19.11. (FR) Paris / Backstage
21.11. (UK) Manchester / Rebellion
22.11. (UK) London / The Dome
23.11. (HOL) Rotterdam / Baroeg
24.11. TBC
26.11. (GER) Munich / Backstage
27.11. (CZ) Prague / Nova Chmelnice
28.11. (POL) Bielsko BIala / Rudeboy
29.11. (POL) Lódz / Magnetofon
30.11. (GER) Berlin / Lido
01.12. (POL) Poznan / U Bazyla More...

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Tengger Cavalry Frontman Nature Ganganbaigal Dead

Tengger Cavalry frontman Nature Ganganbaigal has passed away with his cause of death not having been publicly revealed thus far. The band’s guitarist Patrick Reilly informed the press that Ganganbaigal had missed a pre-show rehearsal and that authorities informed the group that they found his body on June 13th.

Ganganbaigal's bandmates shared the below statement on the matter: More...

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Dave Mustaine Diagnosed With Cancer

Dave Mustaine of Megadeth made an announcement via the Megadeth Facebook page that he's been diagnosed with throat cancer and is currently receiving treatment.

Below is the statement that was posted to their Facebook page. More...

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Former Angra Vocalist Passes Away

Brazilian power metal veterans Angra has confirmed reports that original vocalist André Matos has passed away at the age of 47. A statement from the band (loosely translated) reads as follows:

"Dear fans and friends: in respect of the passing of the co-founder of angra, Andre Matos, we decided to cancel today's It wouldn't make sense to go on stage to play while we cry for the loss of our journey companion, whom we owe much of our Andre's legacy is confused with angra's, and so we're going to go up to the stage of temple music today, but only to honor him and remember his importance in the history of each of us, who lives the heavy metal Daily. On this day, our instruments are quiet in mourning.

"The show is rescheduled for July 28th, Sunday, in the same place, and those who wish to be there with us tonight can also participate in the show on the new date. Those who prefer to have a refund of their ticket can do it by the means where they acquired the same

"On this sad day, we wish strength to friends, family, band mates and fans of this world metal icon. Carry on, Andre Matos!"

Matos formed Angra in 1991 while attending Santa Marcelina Music College with guitarists Rafael Bittencourt and André Linhares. Two years later, the band released their first album, "Angels Cry" and with Matos on vocals, the band then released "Holy Land" in 1996 and "Fireworks" in 1998, before Matos, along with bassist Luis Mariutti and drummer Ricardo Confessori, left in 2001.

The trio would form the band Shaman, who would change their name to Shaaman due to legal issues after their first album but received commercial success owing to the song, "Fairy Tale" featuring in the soap opera "Beijo do Vampiro" ("Vampire Kiss.") Matos then went on to launch a solo career, which at one time featured future Sepultura drummer Eloy Casagrande and released three studio album, "Time To Be Free" in 2007, "Mentalize" in 2009 and "The Turn Of The Lights" in 2012. More...

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AUSTIN TERROR FEST

Austin Terror Fest returns this weekend with a lineup that provides further proof that it’s one of the most exciting annual underground metal fests in the South. Spanning three days—Friday, June 7, through Sunday, June 9—ATF 2019 will take place at Barracuda and Empire Control Room and Garage, venues nestled within Austin’s Red River Cultural District. A broad array of subgenres are represented on the bill by notable acts including Goatwhore, Church of Misery, Pig Destroyer, Integrity, Full of Hell, Indian, Dalek, Bongzilla, Thou, Black Cobra, Alcest and Dark Castle. The schedule is provided below. More...

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Eden's Curse Announces Breakup

European rockers Eden's Curse has posted a statement online, confirming that they have decided to disband. The message reads as follows:

"It is with heavy heart that we announce that having evaluated our past and future, we have reluctantly mutually decided to bring Eden’s Curse to a natural end.

"As you will hopefully agree, Eden’s Curse have always set the highest standards when it comes to songwriting, album production, artwork, live performances, set design, merchandising, social media presence and interaction with our fans. Those high standards require significant investment of our money, our time, our families time and that of our label AFM Records.

"To justify continuing this investment we must see benefits such as ever increasing:

- album sales
- concert attendances
- merchandise sales
- potential live opportunities
- booking agency & management interest More...

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Slayer Suing Secret Solstice’ Festival Organizers

According to RÚV (the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service) Slayer have filed suit against the - now former - organizers of the annual ‘Secret Solstice Festival‘, Solstice Productions. The group claim they’re owed $134,000 USD for their headlining appearance at the festival in Reykjavik, Iceland in June of 2018.

“Slayer’s lawyer, Jón Gunnar Ásbjörnsson, wrote a letter to the city on the matter, stating, among other things, that in addition to having not paid the aforementioned claim, the representatives of the festival have retained 20 percent of Slayer’s income to pay withholding tax to the tax authorities.”

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Former Gillan Guitarist Bernie Torme Passes Away

Bernie Torme, best known for his tenure with Gillan, has passed away one day before his 67th birthday after a bout with virulent double pneumonia. The Dublin born guitarist also had stints with Ozzy Osbourne and Atomic Rooster, as well as leading his own band and collaborating with Twisted Sister singer Dee Snider in Desperado. His family has released the following statement:

"Bernie Tormé passed away peacefully on the 17th March 2019, one day short of his 67th birthday, surrounded by his family. He had been on life support for the past four weeks at a London hospital following post-flu complications.

"Bernie will be remembered for dedicating his life to his music for five decades. He will be sorely missed."

Bernie's bandmate Mik Gaffney added, "On a personal note, I can only say how much I will miss him. I've known him since the late 80's. It's been a privilege to be his drummer for the past couple of years and his friend for much longer. It's a struggle to convey the emotion into words."

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