The last time we heard of Maria "Tristessa" Kolokouri, she was in critical condition battling leukemia. The frontwoman of the Greek black metal band Astarte seems to be improving with the treatments and the updates on her health condition have been regular.
Drummer Jaska Raatikainen of Finnish metallers Children Of Bodom has recently revealed that he was diagnosed with three prolapsed discs in his lower back during the band's fall 2013 European tour. Even though he is doing much better now, Jaska is still not 100% recovered. The band has just begun a North American tour and also released a new lyric video for the song "Sream For Silence" (from Halo Of Blood), available to watch here.
Magellan's founding member Joel Wayne Gardner has passed away at his home in Sacramento on February 10th. He was 48 years old. Wayne was an artist and musician. He helped his older brother, Trent Gardner form the progressive band Magellan in 1985 and was integral to its success until the day of his death.
Newsted have presented a new video for the track "...As The Crow Flies", chosen as their next single from the debut Heavy Metal Music. The group recently completed a video for the track and premiered it online. Filmed in Oakland, California and with images created by Leon Melas and Cyryl Koshyk, the video can be viewed through the YouTube player below.
Black metal war machine Inquisition are currently touring in Europe in support of Behemoth and Cradle Of Filth on their co-headlining tour but their appearance at the show in Vienna, Austria has been cancelled. The venue promoter has banned them and the band was informed they cannot perform there. What?!
Twisted Sister will play a rare special warmup show to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the release of the band's 1984 album Stay Hungry on May 17th at the Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, New Jersey with special guests Stephen Pearcy of Ratt and Killcode.
Italian technical death metallers Gory Blister have inked a deal with Sliptrick Records for the release of their fifth studio album. Tentatively due this spring, the record will be mastered by Q Point in Hilversum, The Netherlands. According to a press release, Gory Blister's new songs feature the band's classic style, but with a darker and more refined sound.
This should be a treat for Joe Satriani fans. For the first time, all of Joe's albums will be compiled in the new Joe Satriani: The Complete Studio Recordings, a 15 CD library box set due out on April 22nd via Legacy Recordings. All recordings are brand-new digital masters, overseen by Joe, with each CD packaged in a replica cardboard jacket. Joe's autobiography Strange Beautiful Music: A Musical Memoir is also due to come out this April.
"Lonesome Rider" is the new Plastickid-directed video from hard rock act Volbeat. The song is taken from the band's latest album, Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies, which was re-released in a special "tour edition" on November 4th, 2013. The band will be performing in Japan and Australia this month and then head out to the States in April. Watch their new video below.
Icelandic death metallers Beneath have finally revealed the details about their second album. The follow-up to Enslaved By Fear is titled The Barren Throne and will be released on Unique Leader Records on April 29th. You can take a look at the album cover and tracklist below. Also, a lyric video for the song "Chalice" will premiere very soon.
Appalachian Winter, the atmospheric black metal act from the US, has posted online a new song called "Laurentia". This track is taken from their new album The Epochs That Built The Mountains, which will be released on the 9th of June 2014. You can listen to the song here.
Scorpion Child have added a new face to their lineup: drummer Jon "Charn" Rice, formerly of death metallers Job For A Cowboy. He replaces Shawn Paul Alvear. Guitarist Tom Frank is also no longer in the band.
"Left For Dead", the new video from San Francisco Bay Area thrash metallers Death Angel, has been unveiled. The clip was directed by Tommy Jones, who has previously worked with Soilwork and Testament, among others. The song is taken from the band's recently released seventh studio album The Dream Calls For Blood, and comes on the verge of their upcoming tour with Children Of Bodom. Enjoy the video below and let us know if you like it.