Vocalist Jon Oliva of Savatage, Trans-Siberian Orchestra and Jon Oliva's Pain fame has just released an update. According to him, he suffered a stroke in April. The good news is that the recovery is going well. In fact, Jon Oliva is planning the release of a double-album of new Oliva music.
Finnish death/doom metal wizards Hooded Menace just announced new vocalist Harri Kuokkanen. He is known as the vocalist of doom metallers Horse Latitudes. You can expect news regarding their next album and upcoming tour shortly.
Guns N' Roses' North American tour has been eventful. More than thirty people were arrested on Saturday night (July 23rd) at the band's concert at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Investigators say 30-year-old Kimberly Goodman was charged with aggravated assault against two state troopers, who received minor injuries. State troopers say there were also arrests for solicitation without a permit, disorderly persons, criminal trespassing, simple assault, drug offenses, resisting arrests, open lewdness and harassment. Welcome to the Jungle.
American black metal underground maniacs Demoncy just lost one of their guitar blasphemers, Clayton Charles Vargo, who was known by his nickname Grymoreth. No details were disclosed regarding his death.
Swedish power metal warriors Sabaton just announced that one brother-in-arms will leave the band. Thobbe Englund has decided to depart. Thobbe will do some more shows during the summer and play his final gig with Sabaton in their hometown Falun, on their own festival Sabaton Open Air, for the release party of the new album, The Last Stand. After that, a new guitar player will carry on the torch.
Back in 2014, British doomsters 40 Watt Sun announced plans for a new album. Wider Than The Sky has now been announced as the title of that new album. This is the follow-up to their 2011 debut, The Inside Room. Furthermore, you can already check out the cover, teaser and also song titles from the opus.
Vocalist Ville Laihiala of Sentenced and Poisonblack fame has launched a new band called S-Tool. He is joined in the Finland-based group by drummer Aksu Hanttu (Entwine), bassist Kimmo Hiltunen (Lullacry) and guitarist Sami Leppikangas. If it looks interesting to you, check out their video for the song "Shovel Man" here to get an idea of the music.
The short-lived Newsted project might be over but American bass player Jason Newsted (ex-Metallica, Voivod, Flotsam And Jetsam) is launching a new acoustic project called Would And Steal with Rob Tucker. Stay tuned for more news about that coming soon but he has debuted the new acoustic duo Would And Steal at Mighty Fine Guitars in California. You can watch that performance here. Jason Newsted plays guitar.
Suomi metal band To/Die/For just announced their farewell. The Finnish band broke up after 17 years as a band, Cult being their last album, released last year. It will all be over and one of their last performances will be at the John Smith Festival in Laukaa, Finland.
Doom metal band from Finland Kypck, who sing in Russian, will bring us another Siberian Winter this upcoming September. Their new opus, and fourth in total, is entitled 3epo (Zero) and Kypck have started a Pledge campaign. You can order the album here. Furthermore, the cover has also been revealed.
Guns N' Roses was detained at the Canadian border for having a gun on board, frontman Axl Rose revealed to a sold-out crowd of 50,000 at Toronto's Rogers Centre Saturday night (July 16th). The singer waited until the evening's 18th song, "Out Ta Get Me," before telling the story. At least they are being true to their band name. Guns N' Roses are currently on the road on their Not In This Lifetime tour, with Rose joined in the lineup by guitarist Slash and bassist Duff McKagan. Original drummer Steven Adler also joined the band onstage recently, appearing at shows in Nashville and Cincinnati.
A 29-year-old North Side man died tragically this Friday night after falling two stories from a railing to the pavement below on opening night of the three-day Chicago Open Air Festival at Toyota Park in Bridgeview. The Chicago Sun-Times reports that just after 10 p.m., Robert Smucz was sitting on a railing watching the concert on the mezzanine level of Toyota Park at 7000 Harlem Avenue when he fell two stories to the cement pavement below, according to city spokesman Ray Hanania.
Hailing from the Swedish town of Boden, the progressive death metal trio An Abstract Illusion will release a new album, Illuminate The Path, this 27th of July 2016. This is the debut album from band. Following up the 2014 release Atonement Is Nigh, the band has recorded 7 original songs, as well as a cover of Norwegian black metal band Windir. Check out their rendition here.
On July 15th, Megadeth were slated to perform at the Rockmaraton Festival in Dunaujvaros, Hungary, but had to cancel the show when bassist David Ellefson broke his foot backstage before the band went on. After planning to save the show, mainman Dave Mustaine informed the crowd that Megadeth would not be playing. The thrash band has canceled the remaining two shows on their European tour, including the Harley Days festival in Slovakia Saturday night and the Masters Of Rock festival in the Czech Republic on Sunday, July 17th.