MÖTLEY CRÜE – Vince Neil Quits Band Over “Fat Jokes”

Shocking news to report. MÖTLEY CRÜE lead vocalist, Vince Neil, has quit the band. An official statement from the legendary glam act is currently pending as they contact the organizers for their once highly anticipated comeback tour, so preparations can be made to effectively issue refunds to all ticket buyers.

MÖTLEY CRÜE were set to team up with DEF LEPPARD, POISON and JOAN JETT & THE BLACKHEARTS for “The Stadium Tour” this summer. The trek would have kicked off on June 18 in Jacksonville, Florida and was to include newly announced gigs in Kansas City, St. Louis, Minneapolis, Nashville, Cincinnati and Cleveland. The tour would have marked CRÜE‘s first live dates since wrapping its 2014/2015 farewell run. The band toured with POISON back in 2011 and DEF LEPPARD teamed up with...

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HELSTAR – Sign With Massacre Records

Texas power metal act HELSTAR have inked a deal with Massacre Records. The band is preparing new material and expects to drop a new album later this year.

HELSTAR‘s latest LP, “Vampiro”, was released in August 2016 via EMP Label Group. The effort was said to be a continuation of HELSTAR‘s classic 1989 Metal Blade release “Nosferatu”.

An influential force in the American power metal movement, HELSTAR was formed in Houston in 1982 by guitarist Larry Barragan, who quickly assembled the band’s original lineup, including singer James Rivera. HELSTAR released its debut LP, “Burning Star”, in 1984 via Combat Records, and followed it up with a string of seminal releases, including “Nosferatu”, before a ’90s hiatus. The band became active again with Barragan and Rivera in 2006.


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ENSLAVED – New Album Details Revealed

ENSLAVED have posted new information about their forthcoming album “Utgard” which is slated to release this fall. The band comments:

“‘Utgard‘ bears countless meanings to us; an image, metaphor, an esoteric ‘location’, a word on its own etc – on different levels and layers. From Norse mythology we know it as a landscape were the giants roam; where the gods of Asgard have no control; dangerous, chaotic, uncontrollable and where madness, creativeness, humor and chaos dwells.

The album is a journey into and through ‘Utgard‘. It is a place of unification of that which is above and that which lies below. It is not about avoiding fear of the pitch-black darkness (it will keep on growing until the next confrontation), but to go into the darkness itself...

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S.O.D. – Quarantined Performance Streaming

ANTHRAX drummer/guitarist Charlie Benante rounded up his ex-STORMTROOPERS OF DEATH bandmates for a quarantine recording of the band’s track “March Of The S.O.D.“. Joining Benante for the performance was his Anthrax bandmate Scott Ian and Dan Lilker (Nuclear Assault, ex-Anthrax/Brutal Truth).

“One of the crucial links in the musical chain linking hardcore punk with speed metal, the Stormtroopers of Death — known more commonly as S.O.D. — were actually intended to be a one-off novelty side project, done as a lark during a gap in Anthrax’s recording and touring schedule in 1985...

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DEATH ANGEL – Drummer Released From Hospital

After spending two weeks on a ventilator in the ICU of a California hospital, DEATH ANGEL drummer Will Carroll has been released from the hospital.

According to Blabbermouth, Carroll’s fiancé Leeshawn Navarro revealed via social media Monday (April 6) that “Will is finally home!!!!!”

In March, Exodus Gary Holt shared the news that Carroll was “very ill” and in intensive care. In late March Testament vocalist Chuck Billy revealed that Carroll was on a ventilator. Last week Carroll emerged from a twelve-day coma and issued a statement thanking fans for their support.

“San Francisco’s Death Angel are the product of the bustling Bay Area thrash metal scene of the ’80s...

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THE SWORD – 2 Compilations To Be Released

THE SWORD are preparing two extensive career-spanning compilations for a June 5th release on Craft Recordings. “Conquest Of Kingdoms” will compile 30 tracks as a three-vinyl set which will feature covers, b-sides, live recordings and more. 16 songs featured on it are previously unreleased.

Meanwhile, “Chronology 2006-2018” will arrive on three-discs. Along with much of the content from the aforementioned rarities set, it will also sport some of the band’s biggest songs and fan favorites. Of the included 52 tracks, 12 are previously unreleased.

New liner notes contributions penned by Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich (who previously invited The Sword to tour with Metallica), Lamb Of God guitarist Mark Morton and Clutch frontman Neil Fallon will also appear on this set...

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GRUESOME – Debut New Single

Exhumed & GRUESOME will have a new split release called “Twisted Horror” out on June 5th via Relapse Records. Exhumed will add their three new tracks “Rot Your Brain“, “Buried To Die” and “Dead, Deader, Deadest” to the outing. Gruesome will contribute “A Mind Decayed” and “Led Into The Dark“. You can stream the new Gruesome song “A Mind Decayed“ via YouTube above.

Comments Exhumed guitarist/vocalist Matt Harvey:

“As everyone knows, it’s a weird, surreal time for us all. So many plans have been disrupted at this point, it’s academic to even get into, but one thing that we didn’t want to postpone was this new Exhumed / Gruesome split record.

With so many of us stuck at home, we’re all depending on Death Metal to keep us sane more than ever,...

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IN FLAMES – Postpone European/UK Tour Dates

IN FLAMES European/UK that was scheduled to run from April 25th through to June 03rd has been postponed. Speaking via their social media, the band commented of that earlier today (April 07th):

“It’s with a heavy heart that due to government restrictions regarding COVID-19, we must reschedule our upcoming headline tour in EU and the UK. We are working to reschedule dates for early next year and will announce ASAP.

Tickets and VIP will be honoured for the rescheduled dates, and refunds are also available at point of purchase. Thank you, Jesterheads. Stay safe 🤘”

“An influential and prolific Swedish heavy metal group, In Flames helped to establish the modern melodic death metal scene and ensuing metalcore scenes of the early aughts...

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ROCKLAHOMA 2020 – Called Off Due To COVID-19

With the COVID-19 pandemic still ravaging the United States, organizers of Rocklahoma have been forced to cancel the 2020 edition of their festival. The event had been slated take place in late May and feature Slipknot, Five Finger Death Punch, Anthrax, and Body Count, among many others.

You can read a statement from fest organizers below.

This is tough. For thirteen straight years Rocklahoma has been America’s Biggest Memorial Day Party. Not being able to bring it to you for year fourteen breaks our hearts, but it is the right thing to do. At the direction of state and local authorities and federal guidelines amid the COVID-19 pandemic, we are so f’ing bummed to announce that Rocklahoma will be postponed to 2021.

We raise our glasses to you, our fans...

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FIT FOR AN AUTOPSY – Release New Single

New Jersey six-piece FIT FOR AN AUTOPSY have unleashed a new standalone single titled “Fear Tomorrow.” You can check it out above.

“‘Fear Tomorrow’ is a song we’ve been sitting on for some time but decided the moment was right to finish and release it,” the band says. “To be fair, we’re not really a positive band and we never show you the light at the end of the tunnel, so don’t expect a happy ending here. FFAA uses music as an outlet to share its distaste for the world, and now we can all share that together — from a safe distance quarantined in our homes.”

FFAA released their fifth studio album, The Sea of Tragic Beasts, last October via Nuclear Blast Records.

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