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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:

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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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Hellfest 2022 Line-up Announced

Hellfest organizers announced that the 2022 edition will take place over a period of ten days (7 days of shows) and will include 350 artists on 6 stages. Tickets for the new added 4 days will go on sale July 7th. More...

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Fleshcrawl Vocalist Passes After Cancer Battle

Sven Groß, the vocalist of German death metal veterans Fleshcrawl since 1997, has passed away at the age of 44, a year after being diagnosed with cancer last year. A message from drummer Bastion Herzog reads as follows:

"Svenson,

"It is hard to find the right words in situations like this one. Probably even impossible. For me personally this really is a hard thing to get over. We knew each other for more than 25 years.

"Haven't been many days during this period where we did not spend time together talking, writing, discussing, partying, drinking, BBQ-ing, making plans, playing shows, rehearsing, travelling, waiting in countless backstages or whatever. You're gonna leave a big gap right here in my heart which cannot be filled anymore.

"Thank you for having been a real friend, one of the most precious human beings this planet had to offer and of course a really awesome and iconic frontman, bandmate and hell of a vocalist of FC. I truly enjoyed each and every second watching you go berserk on stage as a real warrior of death while I was beating the shit out of all those drumkits behind you! Thank you for the great ride!

"You always lived life to the max, keep on doing it whereever you are now. We'll rock on again together on the other side - someday. And I'll make sure to bring some Wasseralfinger.

"My deepest condolences go out to Sven's wife Dany and both of their families." More...

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Megadeth Parts Ways With Dave Ellefson

Dave Mustaine announced on Megadeth's Facebook page that Dave Ellefson was no longer a member of Megadeth due to the recent controversy surrounding him.

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Psycho Las Vegas Announces Revised 2021 Line-up

Psycho Las Vegas have announced the revised lineup for the 2021 edition of the festival which will take place August 20-22 at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino.

The festival is now headlined by Danzig, Emperor and Down, and the 2021 lineup includes new additions like Cannibal Corpse, Exodus, Thievery Corporation, High on Fire, and The Sword, plus Ty Segall & Freedom Band who were on the canceled 2020 lineup, then off this year's and are now back.

Holdovers from 2020 include The Flaming Lips, GZA, Mayhem, Satyricon, Osees, HEALTH, Pig Destroyer, Full of Hell, Eyehategod, Red Fang, Pinback, Zola Jesus, TSOL, Obituary, Poison The Well, Cursive, Repulsion, Curl Up and Die, Paul Cauthen, Amigo the Devil, Weedeater, Midnight, Khemmis, Boysetsfire, and loads more.

Previously announced 2021 headliner Mercyful Fate, as well as Boris, At the Gates, Katatonia, Wolves in the Throne Room, Elder, and Bömbers, have postponed until 2022. More...

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Former Skid Row Vocalist Hospitalized

Johnny Solinger, best known as the vocalist for Skid Row from 1999-2015, has revealed via his Facebook page that he has been dealing with some serious health issues of late, after being diagnosed with liver failure. A statement from the singer reads as follows:

"It is with a heavy heart I must let everyone know what’s going on with me and my health. I have been hospitalized for over the last month. I have been diagnosed with liver failure. And prognosis is not so good. As with most musicians I do not have health insurance and it’s very difficult to get proper care without it.

"I am currently under at least seven different medications and I need to have my abdomen drained off fluid that gets accumulated every couple of days. I have lost a lot of strength and will require physical therapy as well.

"At the moment, I am looking into putting together some sort of fundraiser to help with the medical bills and with the palliative care I will need in the coming months. I am kindly asking those of you who could help put this together to step forward. I would not be asking you all this if I didn’t really need the help, but sadly this is where I’m at.

"I appreciate and want you all to keep me in your thoughts and send me all the healing vibes you can, but I get exhausted easily so I will ask you to please not call or text unless absolutely necessary. But please, if you can help in this difficult time, I will wholeheartedly appreciate it.

"Love you all. I will post a link where you can donate very soon but I wanted to update you on my condition."

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Former Judas Priest Drummer Passes Away

In an Instagram post shared last night, Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford has confirmed that the band's former drummer John Hinch, who he also worked with during his pre-Priest days in Hiroshima, has passed away. He was seventy three years old.

Hinch joined the band along with Halford in May 1973, shortly before Glen Tipton joined them to round up the lineup. Hinch performed drums on the debut album, "Rocka Rolla" and could be seen playing drums when Judas Priest appeared on the legendary music show, The Old Grey Whistle Test. In addition to drumming, Hinch also worked as the road manager and driver for the band. More...

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Mudvayne Returns After 12 Year Hiatus

Mudvayne--one of the most creative and distinctive bands in the aggressive music world--has announced that they’re reuniting after a 12-year hiatus, and will be performing at all four Danny Wimmer Presents U.S. festivals in 2021: Inkcarceration Music & Tattoo Festival (a headlining performance) in Ohio, Louder Than Life in Kentucky, Aftershock in California and Welcome To Rockville in Florida. These dates mark the band’s first shows since 2009 and their only dates this year.

Watch the Mudvayne announcement video below.

Mudvayne formed in 1996 and has sold over six million records worldwide, earning Gold certification for three albums (L.D. 50, The End Of All Things To Come, Lost and Found). The band is known for their sonic experimentation, innovative album art, face and body paint, masks and uniforms. Mudvayne is Chad Gray (vocals), Greg Tribbett (guitar, backing vocals), Matthew McDonough (drums, synthesizer) and Ryan Martinie (bass).

Danny Wimmer, founder of Danny Wimmer Presents recalls, “In our fan surveys, Mudvayne has consistently been one of the most requested bands – even though they weren’t an active band! We’ve been working for years to make this happen, so when I got the call that they’d finally take a meeting, [DWP Executive VP & Talent Buyer] Gary Spivack and I jumped at the chance to fly to Vegas. We sat down for dinner with Mudvayne, their lawyer Eric German, manager Diony Sepulveda and agent Ryan Harlacher – the band hadn’t even been in the same room together for 10 years – and pleaded our case for why the time was right for this to happen. We were hoping to announce this in 2020, we’re fortunate enough to be able to do it in 2021, and DWP is super pumped to have Mudvayne exclusively at all four of our festivals this year.” More...

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Metalium Bassist Killed In Ultralite Crash

Lars Ratz, born Lars Ranzenberger, has died following an aerial accident in which his ultralite crashed near a restaraunt in Mallorca, Spain. He was fifty three years old. The guardia civil is reportedly investigating the incident. More details will follow once they become available.

Ratz began his career as the bassist for power metal band Velvet Viper, with whom he recorded the self-titled debut album and the sophomore "The 4th Quest For Fantasy," before parting company with the band in 1993. He would then join Viva and played on their last album, "Cream Cake Box," in 1996, before forming Metalium in 1998, recruiting such names as Savatage guitarist Chris Caffrey and future Firewind/Brainstorm vocalist Henning Basse.

Chris Caffrey paid tribute to Lars with the following message:

"One of the many discussions I have had during the past year involved reunions and new records from bands I haven’t recorded with in years. You all know the obvious by the posts that have been floating around. One of the others was conversations I had with Henning and Lars Ratz about the possibility of a new Metalium record and festival tour. I had actually began writing songs with this reunion in mind. I am shocked and saddened to have just received the very sad news that Lars Ratz has died today in a small plane crash.

"That first Metalium record was a very huge part of my musical and personal past. Although the situation wasn’t always perfect Lars believed in me and was so proud that he had me there to be a part of that first albums creation and the very first shows. Millennium Metal was a classic record top to bottom.

"Lars loved risks. He kinda lived very heavy metal in many ways. He loved being a pilot. He can now take some of my friends in heaven on some of his flights. Fly with the angels my friend.

"This song was always one of my favorites from this record..." More...

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Iced Earth Guitarist Pleads Guilty In Court

Jon Schaffer, guitarist and founder of such bands as Iced Earth, Demons & Wizards and Sons Of Liberty, has pled guilty to obstruction of an official proceeding and entering a building with a dangerous weapon, after admitting to carrying bear mace while inside Capitol Hill on January 6th of this year. The musician had been speaking with federal investigators in recent weeks and his lawyers, as well as the prosecutors have recommended a stay in prison between 3.5 and 4.5 years.

It's possible that Schaffer will be in court again soon in other cases, as his plea deal means he may testify against other rioters. More details will be revealed as soon as they become available.

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