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Thine Vocalist Passes Away

Alan Gaunt, the lead singer of British progressive metal band Thine, has passed away at the age of 40 after suffering from a heart attack, it has been revealed. Alan also worked as a video editor and producer, collaborating with a number of other bands including My Dying Bride, who posted the following message on their Facebook page:

"In the early hours of Tuesday morning we were informed Alan had passed away suddenly and unexpectedly. Due to personal reasons we were asked not to post any tributes but we can now. Results today rule that this was due to a heart attack. He was 40yrs old. He was a good friend of the band and helped on more than one video project they did. He will be sadly missed.

"Bye for now Alan."

Thine released three albums, beginning with 1998's, "A Town Like This," followed by the 2002 release, "In Therapy" and most recently, 2014's, "The Dead City Blueprint." More...

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Ill Nino Reveals New Lineup

Latin metal legends, Ill Niño, are excited to debut their first song in in nearly five years, "Sangre", and welcome new members - Shattered Sun vocalist Marcos Leal, rhythm guitarist Sal Dominguez, formerly of Upon A Burning Body, and Sons of Texas' Jess Dehoyos on lead guitar.

Ill Niño founder and drummer Dave Chavarri says, "Sometimes being in a band is like being married - sometimes people grow apart and no longer see eye to eye, and a separation becomes inevitable. We wish our former members the best in their musical careers, and are pumped to move forward with our new band members. Not only have we toured with them, but they're very respected, seasoned musicians, and dudes that have always been our 'Familia' since day one."

Marcos Leal says, "Anyone who knows me knows the love I have for this band. I got my start singing Ill Niño covers in my younger years and this band has always held a special place in my heart. When the opportunity arose to front one of my favorite bands of all time, it was something I needed to consider."

Leal will continue to do double-duty as vocalist for both Ill Niño and Shattered Sun. More...

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Vixen Vocalist Leaves The Band

Vixen vocalist Janet Gardner has announced that she has decided to step down from the band, ending her fifth stint with the group. In a post on Facebook, the singer stated:

"After much soul searching and many sleepless nights, I have decided that it's time for me to step aside and let Roxy (Petrucci, drummer) and Share (Ross, bassist) pursue their vision for the future of Vixen. Vixen will always have a very special place in my heart and I am incredibly grateful to have been a part of it. I would like to thank everyone for the amazing support over the years, and as Roxy and Share continue to keep the heart and soul of Vixen alive and well and I continue on my path, your continued support to all would be greatly appreciated. Love, Janet."

Gardner joined Vixen in the eighties and appeared with the band in the movies "Hardbodies" and "The Decline Of Western Civilization II: The Metal Years," as well as releasing three studio albums with the group, as well as the recent live album, "Live Fire" last year.

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Watch: News Report On O'Brien's Court Appearance

As previously reported Cannibal Corpse guitarist Pat O' Brian was arrested in Florida for burglary and aggravated assault. Below you can see a WFLA news report on his bail hearing including footage of the death-metal guitarist appearing in court with his wrists and ankles chained together and wearing an anti-suicide vest.

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Morgoth Guitarist Carsten Otterbach (48) Dead

Morgoth's founding member and guitarist Carsten Otterbach has passed away after a long battle with multiple sclerosis. The 48-year-old played on the band's first two EPs, "Resurrection Absurd" (1989) and "The Eternal Fall" (1990), as well as the first three full-length albums, "Cursed" (1991), "Odium" (1993) and "Feel Sorry For The Fanatic" (1996).

Robert Kampf (Century Media Records co-founder), whose label released all of Morgoth's studio efforts, issued the below statement concerning Carsten Otterbach's death: More...

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Holt Leaves Slayer Tour - Phil Demmel Fills In

Slayer/Exodus guitarist Gary Holt announces that he will be sitting out the remaining 4 dates of Slayer‘s European leg of their current farewell tour to be home with his dying father. Guitarist Phil Demmel (ex-Machine Head) has been tapped to fill-in.

The remaining shows for said leg of dates, which also includes Lamb Of God, Anthrax and Obituary, as supports will run as follows:

12/03 Copenhagen, DEN – Royal Arena
12/05 Stockholm, SWE – Hovet
12/06 Oslo, NOR – Spektrum
12/08 Helsinki, FIN – Helsingin Jäähalli

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The Charm The Fury Announces Split

Dutch metal band The Charm The Fury have announced that the band will cease to exist for the time being.

The band states: “Unfortunately, we have collectively decided that, for the time being, The Charm The Fury has come to an end. Sadly, the band could not be sustained in its current line-up for multiple, complicated reasons. With the departure of our old guitarists Mathijs Parent and Rolf Perdok, many things changed. Also, the financial strain that the band was placing on some of us was becoming too hard to bear. Suffice to say, the current situation could not be maintained and a decision eventually had to be made.”

Over the years the band became well-known in their genre and played on every major festival in 2017, including Download UK, Graspop, Pinkpop and various support slots including Korn, Papa Roach and Marilyn Manson.

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Diablo Blvd Announces Break Up

With four studio albums under their belt, headline tours, support slots for metal giants such as Machine Head, Epica, and Life Of Agony plus several appearances at Europe's biggest festivals: Belgian dark rock outfit Diablo Blvd's career has brought them countless remarkable events and made them travel back and forth across the continent. Sadly, the band has decided to call it quits. They recently issued the following statement:

"To all of you reading this message, we will start by announcing our first headline show ever at the legendary Ancienne Belgique venue on the 10th of December 2018. For some reason we never played the AB before so we're absolutely thrilled to finally head over to one of Belgium's most beautiful venues. No doubt this will be a night to remember especially because it will also be our last show ever. Yes, you're reading this right: the DB is calling it a day. More...

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Manowar Guitarist Child Porn Charges: New Details

Disgusting details concerning the child pornography related charges brought against Manowar guitarist Karl Logan have surfaced. WCCB Charlotte have received the arrest warrants for Logan, which found the musician charged with six counts of third-degree sexual exploitation of a minor.

According to the warrants, Karl Logan was found to be in possession of videos depicting girls between the ages of 4 and 12-years-old in several sexual acts with unidentified men. The warrants also describe signs of physical abuse in the clipsl.

Logan was arrested in Charlotte, NC on August 09th, 2018 is out on a $35,000 bond. Manowar meanwhile issued an official statement last Friday on that matter stating: More...

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Former Danzig Guitarist Passes Away

Todd Youth (born Todd Schofield,) known for his time playing with hardcore bands such as Warzone and Murphy's Law, as well as Danzig, has passed away at the age of 47. The guitarist also spent time with such bands as Agnostic Front, D-Generation and even filled in for Motorhead guitarist Phil Campbell for a short period, before forming a new band named Fireburn with former Bad Brains vocalist Ras Israel Joseph I, who posted the following message on his Facebook account:

"There are no words to express how sad I am at the passing of my brother Todd Youth. The music he made will forever be remembered, and I'm so thankful that I was able to work with him and that we created Fireburn together. Todd and I were living separate lives doing hardcore and reggae music. We met each other in 1992 and then never spoke again until 2017. We created Fireburn within two weeks of knowing each other and finished writing two of my favorite hardcore records that I ever worked on: "Don't stop the youth", and "Shine". Closed casket records signed the band and we were on our way.

"We had great shows and lots of people showed up to them. We toured with GBH from England, hung out with the guys from Negative Approach, and got our blessings about our music and our records from the Bad Brains. I know that Todd is now resting in peace and I know that Krishna has taken his soul to a better place. He was a devout Hari Krishna and a devout human being.

"Todd wherever you are I hope that we will make music again one day. Life is a circle, and I know I'll meet you again in that circle brother. We will meet again. Rest In Peace, Rest In Power, rest my brother. I am saddened that we cannot make music again together in this world, but I am happy that you are finally going home to be with Krishna that Haile Selassie has finally giving you peace and comfort my brother.

"One day, I too will lay down and die. This body that I wear is temporary. I will probably be alone. There'll probably be no one around me. However I know that I will join you and all of our other friends in that good place, and we'll all see each other again. I'm sorry you died Todd. I'm sorry I can't see you again. I'm sorry I wasn't there to help you. You are my friend and my brother and I love you. Rest in peace my brother. May your visit to our Heavenly Home be full of peace, and comfort, and closeness to Krishna. Haribo. Haile Selassie I. FIREBURN." More...

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Manowar Guitarist Arrested Over Child Porn

Karl Logan, the fifty three year old guitar player for heavy metal legends Manowar, has been arrested in Charlotte, North Carolina and charged with six counts of third degree exploitation of a minor. His bail was set at $35,000 and has been posted. Currently, no further information has been revealed, though the arrest record can be seen at the Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office web site by clicking here.

Logan joined Manowar in 1994, replacing David Shankle on guitar and made his recording debut with the band on the "Louder Than Hell" album, which also marked the return of drummer Scott Columbus. In 2016, Manowar announced that they would be retiring after a final world tour dubbed "The Final Battle," which is currently scheduled to continue into next year.

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Laaz Rockit Bassist Passes Away

Longtime Laaz Rockit and Dublin Death Patrol bassist Willy Lange has passed away at the age of 57, his bandmates have confirmed, following a motorcycle accident. The bass player joined Laaz Rockit in 1983 and performed on the albums "City's Gonna Burn," "Stranger To Danger," "Know Your Enemy" and "Annihilation Principle" before the band broke up, but took part in their reunion, performing on their latest album, "Left For Dead," which was released in 2008. Tributes have been pouring in from the metal community including his bandmates and peers.

Lääz Rockit vocalist Michael Coons posted the following via Facebook: "In shock... the important thing is to honor Willy Langenhuizen and his family at this time... I will get back to all of you when I’m able to... too difficult right now to do so, please understand."

Willy's Dublin Death Patrol bandmate, Testament frontman Chuck Billy, wrote: "Today I lost my best friend Willy. You were the person I could always count on and I love you for that, I will never forget the wonderful times we shared, see you on the other side, my friend." More...

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Static X Announces Reformation

Static-X is back! Featuring the band's original lineup introduced on their 1999 platinum-selling debut full-length album, Wisconsin Death Trip, bassist Tony Campos, guitarist Koichi Fukuda and drummer Ken Jay have joined forces once again to release a new album, "Project Regeneration."

The album, set for release in spring 2019, will be released in conjunction with a world tour to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Wisconsin Death Trip. The band plans to perform the majority of their debut album at each show. Headline dates will serve as memorial events to honor late frontman Wayne Static, who passed away on November 1st, 2014. More information on the world tour and other dates will be coming soon. More...

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All That Remains Guitarist Passes Away

Springfield, Massachusetts based metal outfit All That Remains has posted a statement online, announcing that their guitarist and founding member Oli Herbert, has died suddenly. He was 44 years old. A message from the band reads as follows:

"We were devastated to learn that Oli Herbert, our friend, guitar player, and founding member of All That Remains, has passed away.

"Oli was an incredibly talented guitarist and song writer who defined Rock and Metal from the Northeast. His impact on the genres and our lives will continue indefinitely.

"No further details are available at this time. The band and family request that you please respect their privacy and remember Oli by celebrating the great music he made."

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Machine Head To Split Up

In a ten minute long video posted on Facebook, Machine Head frontman Robb Flynn has announced that the band will split up following a farewell tour. In the video, Flynn stated:

"I'll get right to it. On Monday night, Phil Demmel quit Machine Head and yesterday afternoon, Dave McClain quit Machine Head and Jared kinda quit but didn't know if he was quitting for sure. The tour is still going to go on. We have all agreed to make this a celebration of our music and this era of the band.

"We have grown apart as people. Musically we've grown apart. I have held on too tight to the reigns of this band and I have suffocated those guys. I have some rough edges, which have given us success as a band but they've also hurt the people around me. I have a lot of drive but I have a lot of anger and rage, which has alienated folks in the band. More...

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Public Sales Date For 70000TONS OF METAL Announced

70000TONS OF METAL™, The Original, The World’s Biggest Heavy Metal Cruise, has announced the Public Sales date and the first 28 of 60 bands for their ninth voyage, sailing January 31 - February 4, 2019, from Miami / Fort Lauderdale to beautiful Labadee and back.

Public Sales will begin on Wednesday, October 3, 2018, at 12:00 PM EDT.

Only 3,000 tickets will be sold. Prices start at USD 766.00 plus Taxes and Fees per person and includes on board accommodation, access to all performances, meals, and numerous special events including meet and greets with all bands on board.

Sales for 70000TONS OF METAL Survivors (festival goers who have attended the event before) began on September 5, 2018, so limited tickets remain. Visit 70000tons.com/booking to book your cabin before they are gone.

The first 28 of 60 bands that have been announced are: ACCEPT, ARKONA, CORONER, DARK FUNERAL, DELAIN, ELUVEITIE, ENSIFERUM, GLORYHAMMER, GOD DETHRONED, GRIM REAPER, HEIDEVOLK, IN VAIN, KALMAH, NE OBLIVISCARIS, NILE, OBITUARY, ONSLAUGHT, PERSEFONE, PESTILENCE, SOULFLY / MAX AND IGGOR CAVALERA RETURN TO ROOTS, SUBWAY TO SALLY, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, TIAMAT (WILDHONEY SHOW), TWILIGHT FORCE, UNLEASH THE ARCHERS, VISIONS OF ATLANTIS, VOMITORY, and WARBRINGER

As is customary for 70000TONS OF METAL, some of the bands will have very special performances on board: More...

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Motley Crue To Reunite For New Material

Glam metal legends Motley Crue, who bid farewell to their fans on December 31st 2015, will be getting back together soon to record four new songs, according to a Tweet sent by lead singer Vince Neil today. In the post, Neil stated:

"Exciting news! I’ll be going back in recording studio in a few weeks with the boys to record 4 brand new Mötley Crüe tracks! Rock On!!"

While no confirmation has been given by guitarist Mick Mars, drummer Tommy Lee or bass player Nikki Sixx, the latter two have recently been working with producer Bob Rock on material, which is rumoured to be for their biopic, "The Dirt," based on the book of the same name.

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Krokus Announces Farewell Tour

Swiss heavy metal legends Krokus has announced that they will be embarking on a headlining world tour, dubbed "Adios Amigos." The band has stressed that they will not be reuniting once the tour is done and have posted the following statement:

"Since 1975, Krokus stands for honest, handmade, quality power rock. No other Swiss Rock Band sells their albums and their back catalogue worldwide like Krokus. More than 15 million records sold, worldwide tours, gold and platinum in the US and Canada. Our Rock milestones can still be found today all across the globe from Australia to the USA, Mexico, Russia, even Japan and China. Krokus video clips are viewed millions of times on YouTube.

"In 1980, the triumphal march began throughout America, Canada and England. The band cemented their reputation and name as a strong, no-frills live band. Unforgettable headlining tours and on the same bills with great bands like AC / DC, Van Halen, Rush, Ted Nugent, Judas Priest, Motörhead, just to name a few. Wild times, big adventures, which brought the band, among other things, the honorary citizenship of Memphis Tennessee. Krokus were also the first Swiss band to sell-out the Hallenstadion, Zurich in 1982. More...

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Nasty Savage Bassist Passes Away

Florida thrash metal veterans Nasty Savage has announced that their bassist, Richard Bateman, suffered a heart attack and passed away on Wednesday, September 5th.

A message from the band states: "It is with deep sadness to announce Richard Bateman has passed away today. We are all devastated. God Bless his family, God Bless Richard Bateman. RIP Brother."

Guitarist David Austin issued the following statement: "My longtime friend Richard Bateman has passed away from a heart attack, absolutely devastated, extraordinary bass playing that he did with Nasty Savage especially Penetration Point, I can't even put it into words, absolutely devastated. I hope the metal community will surround his family with open arms and give them the comfort that they need at this moment and time, I'm completely shocked. Love you Richard may he rest in peace, genuine loving person and extraordinary bass player to say the least."

Bateman had four stints with the band, beginning in 1988 until the band's initial dissolution two years later. He returned in 1998, then again from 2002 until 2012, then finally returned in 2016.

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Behemoth Premiere New Song & Music Video

Behemoth premiere a new song and music video "Wolves Ov Siberia", taken from their upcoming new album "I Loved You At Your Darkest", which will be out in stores October 5 via Metal Blade Records.

Check out now "Wolves Ov Siberia" below.

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