Cannibal Corpse guitarist Pat O'Brien will be filling in for Exodus guitarist Gary Holt who was filling in for Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman who is recovering from an emergency surgery on his right arm after contracting necrotizing fasciitis (commonly known as flesh-eating disease), possibly caused by a spider bite. Got all that?
The Slayer camp released the following message: "Cannibal Corpse guitarist Pat O'Brien will fill in for Exodus' Gary Holt when Holt leaves the Slayer European tour to play with his own band Exodus at the Estadio Nacional in Santiago, Chile on April 4. Holt has been filling in for Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman since the tour kicked off February 26 in Australia.
German melodic death metal band Mourning Caress has issued the following statement:
"We finally found a new guitarist and can officially call ourselves a five-piece again. The new guy is called Wolfgang "Sandman" Sander, a skilled guitar player and insane metalhead. He joined the band directly after the recordings of the new album were completed. So you naturally can´t hear him on the new output. In the meantime he got introduced to our friends and families on a very intimate and private gig we played in our rehearsal room some weeks ago. It was a blast! Please check our new facebook site for some pictures of the event.
We're also happy to unveil the title of our third album: Deep Wounds. Bright Scars.. As mentioned above the recordings are done and we are now facing the mixing stage, the mastering is due in April or May. Once this all is finished we need to find a suitable label to release Deep Wounds. Bright Scars.. The result is sure enough a heavy and very intensive yet melancholic piece of metal which makes us proud to the bone. We can´t wait to share the first songs with you, it´s only a matter of time..."
Celestial Completion, the new upcoming album from US progressive metalcore band Becoming The Archetype, is now available for streaming in its entirety at AOL Music.
Celestial Completion was released on March 29th through Solid State Records. More album details were previously reported over here.
In other news, the new Becoming The Archetype video "Magnetic Sky" can now be watched below.
The clip is described in a press release as "an 8-bit fantasy adventure that finds the members of Becoming The Archetype wandering through a sci-fi landscape in the format of an old Nintendo game, fighting their way through a wasteland of terrifying creatures to fulfill an arcane mission."
French melodic death metallers Winds Of Torment have parted ways with their vocalist Xavier. He has since been replaced with Pierre Arnoux of the French death metal band Aabsinthe.
The band posted the following: "The members of Winds Of Torment are pleased to announce the official arrival of Peter (Aabsinthe) as vocalist, replacing Xavier. Effective since the beginning of the year. The arrival of Peter is a boost to the group as they are currently finalizing the composition of their second album."
Coverfield, the new cover EP from German metalcore band Caliban, will be released in May through Century Media Records.
Comments the band: "We finished recording the songs for our Cover EP Coverfield, and the results literally blew us away! We really hope you will be overwhelmed with our song collection (see the tracklist below) and how we interpreted those originals in our very own way."
Cover artwork by Mark Kraemer for Twenty-dirt.com.
Coverfield EP tracklist:
01. My Girlfriend's Girlfriend Type O Negative cover]
02. Sonne Rammstein cover]
03. Blinded By Fear At The Gates cover]
04. Helter Skelter The Beatles cover]
In other news, Caliban will embark on the Cover Europe With...! Tour in May with support from As Blood Runs Black, Adept and For Today.
Sodom are forced to cancel their appearance at the Silesian Massacre Festival in Katowice, Poland this weekend, after guitarist, Bernd "Bernemann" Kost, was rushed to the hospital today.
Sodom's booking agency, Fleisch, issued the following statement: "A few minutes ago I received an upsetting phone call from Tom and Makka as Bernemann has been rushed to hospital. We do not know what exactly has happened as I write this e-mail, he is currently under medical observation in the emergency section to discover exactly what the problem is.
We feel very sorry, but unfortunately and obviously because of the situation as it stands at the moment the band cannot travel to Katowice on Saturday. I know it is not the best time and it is short notice, but the situation as it is with Bernemann leaves the band no choice. I hope for your understanding and I regret that this situation has come about, the band were looking forward to playing at your festival."
Thin Lizzy guitarist Scott Gorham told Billboard.com that it may be time to bring his band back into the studio again.
Thin Lizzy hasn't released a new album since 1983's Thunder and Lightning and certainly have not thought about it since iconic frontman Phil Lynott's death in 1986. But according to the Billboard interview, guitarist Gorham - who was with the group from 1974-83 and has led various configurations of reconstituted Thin Lizzys since 1996 - thinks that the current line-up may just be good enough to try to add some music to the Lizzy legacy.
Said Gorham: "That's the No. 1 question we're getting from people — are we gonna record some new material? The fans seem to trust this line-up, and I don't blame them. We've kind of jumped this emotional hurdle together. Ricky's writing some fucking killer lyrics, and with the kind of talent that's in Thin Lizzy now I think we can pull off a really cool set of tunes. At least it's something that we can think about now, where before it wasn't on the table."
British heavy metal vocalist Blaze Bayley has issued the following message:
"Due to financial and medical reasons I've been forced to part ways with the band. I will give a full statement in the next few days about my future plans. I hope that all my fans will keep on supporting me in my further projects. The English dates will be postponed to December but the festivals in Germany, Sweden, Lithuania and the show in Istanbul will definitely proceed!"
Blaze Bayley has released the following lengthy statement explaining his decision of going solo:
"First of all thanks again for all the wonderful messages of support I have received in the last few days. The mental, financial and emotional strain of keeping the Blaze Bayley Band together has proven to be too much for me and has taken a terrible toll on my mental health. As a result of that, I have had to split with the Blaze Bayley Band, now I am just Blaze Bayley, a soloartist and also the lead singer of Wolfsbane. Since Anna and Larry left the Blaze Bayley Band, we've tried to do everything ourselves and for me it has been too much. Without a proper manager coordinating concerts, touring, festivals, promotion, record releases and all the finances, it's too much to cope with.
Morbid Angel revealed the cover artwork of their newest opus Illud Divinum Insanus :
It was designed by Gustavo Sazes, who commented on it:
"To create this cover we worked from several references, ideas, elements, and I would say a ''world'' of options and paths. After a long brainstorming period and some ideas left behind we came up with the concept of this organic surreal insane being; a fallen God or a weird mirror image of our own madness. It is a different Morbid Angel cover for sure, but I think that's how Morbid Angel is...Deviant and different on each new release. They never repeat themselves. They are always pushing the boundaries and setting new standards. I'm really proud of the final results and hope the fans appreciate my work, while listening to the new album!"
Disfear bass player and long-time member Henrik Frykman has passed away last Friday after a long battle with cancer.
The surviving band members released the following statement: "It is with heavy hearts we inform you that on Friday the 25th of March, Henrik Frykman passed away in his home after a long battle with cancer. Henrik will be greatly missed by family and friends."
Devildriver bassist Jonathan Miller has departed from the band.
Miller released the following statement: "I just wanted to thank all of the DevilDriver fans around the world for their die-hard love and support for the past 9 years. Yesterday, I decided to leave DevilDriver. It was the most difficult decision of my life but it is something that I needed to do for myself. I had the best times of my life hanging out with all of you guys but it is time for me to move on."
According to Blabbermouth Miller announced at the end of last year that "the drugs and alcohol" "finally caught up" with him after spending the bulk of the last decade on the road with Devildriver. He added that "the damage catching up with mentally and physically" and that he was going to enter "an intense rehabilitation program" in January "in order for to reclaim health and the person who once was." He also stressed that he needed "to make a change so that save own life and keep the friends that still left."
Condate Records are set to release the aptly named Split Roast on May 23rd bringing together 5 of the UK's grimmest bands.
Featuring brand new tracks from Northern black-meets-death assassins Colonel Blast, Leeds-based extreme tech metallers Diascorium, Leeds-based grind manksters Magpyes, Edinburgh death merchants Cancerous Womb and finally Manchester's most brutal death/tech/grind warriors Dyscaphia.
With 20 punishing tracks clocking in at over 60 minutes for only £5, Split Roast is a pocket friendly introduction to the sounds of the current underground metal scene within the UK. The split will be available in digital format from all the major digital outlets, in physical format from the Condate webstore and from the bands themselves at gigs.
Swedish metalcore act Worth A King's Ransom are set to release their upcoming EP, The Kraken Awaits. The new EP will be released through Spotify and iTunes any time soon. A short teaser of the upcoming effort is available below.