(25 november 2014)

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MEGADETH guitarist Chris Broderick has left te band. The message comes hours after Shawn Drover announced his departure, hinting on speculations of flirts of reforming of the legendary line-up.

Earlier today, MEGADETH drummer Shawn Drover has released the following statement:
"After 10 years, I have decided to quit MEGADETH to pursue my own musical interests. I want to thank Dave Mustaine and the entire MEGADETH family, as well as thanking all the amazing MEGADETH fans around the world!!! I truly appreciate all of you. Stay tuned for info on my next musical journey. During a January 2012 interview with Legendary Rock Interviews, Drover was asked to recount the very unusual story of how he joined MEGADETH. "It was 2004 and my brother Glen was in the band as their guitar player. They were in rehearsals for their tour and I was in contact with him every day and checking on him and stuff and seeing how things were going. The situation just came up where they didn't want Nick (Menza, former drummer) in the band anymore, so I came home and my brother got hold of me and said, You better sit down.' And I was like, 'Why? What's going on?' And Glen was like, 'Well, they want you on the next plane to come out here' (laughs). This was six days before the first day of the tour, so to be honest with you, that was quite a shock, you know, and I was just like, 'Jesus, man,' because I was well aware of when the tour was starting. So I called my wife and filled her in real quick and I was on a plane bound for Arizona a few hours later to rehearse with the band. We rehearsed for four days, travelled the fifth day, and the sixth day was the first show of the tour. It was quite a daunting task, but looking back now, I probably wouldn't want to do it any other way. It was pretty cool and I really didn't have time to freak out or be nervous or anything like that. I was so focused on learning the songs that I didn't know yet, they had just put out 'The System Has Failed' (click for English double review) and I hadn't heard a note of it at all because it was just released. I tried to learn and cram as much material as I could in those four days of rehearsal. The first show was in front of thousands of kids and was off the hook; it was a great show. It's funny, because for some reason, the barricades weren't up at that venue and the kids were jumping all over the stage and going crazy. I guess nobody remembered to, or whatever, so it turned into an old-school MEGADETH thrash show with kids stagediving and the whole bit, so I thought that was how it was going to be all the time, which was fine by me, you know, because I am definitely from that era. [laughs] Come to find out someone messed up and everyone was like, 'What happened to the barricade?' and I was like, 'Oh, OK….' [laughs] It was pretty funny and I have a lot of fond memories of that time. It was nerve-wracking, of course, but it was so exciting and I was just so focused on learning that it kind of all worked out".

Drummer Sean Reinert has been forced to leave DEATH TO ALL's "Swamp Leper Stomp '14" North American tour due to health reasons. He is being replaced for the remainder of the trek by fellow DEATH alumnus Gene Hoglan (also of TESTAMENT, DARK ANGEL, DETHKLOK). The current lineup of DEATH TO ALL — which features former members of DEATH celebrating the life and music of Chuck Schuldiner — is rounded out by Steve DiGiorgio (TESTAMENT, CONTROL DENIED, SADUS) on bass and Bobby Koelble on guitar. Max Phelps (CYNIC), who has been touring with DEATH TO ALL, is once again handling the vocal and second-guitar duties. Said Reinert in a statement: "Yes, it is with great regret that I left the DTA tour after the San Francisco show Sunday night. Although I have spent weeks rehearsing for this tour and was very excited to put on great performances, it was not meant to be. For the past six months I have been suffering from lower back spasms, extreme muscle fatigue and limited grip strength”.

The Orange Dual Dark 50 Wins Amplifier of the Year at MIA Awards 2014. The 2014 MIA awards were held last week at the The Park Plaza Riverbank, London.For the third consecutive year, Orange Amplification won the Total Guitar, Guitar Amplifier of the Year award and this year it was for the British designed and built Orange Dual Dark 50.

According to SLAYER guitarist Kerry King, the band is "pretty much done" recording its new album at Henson Recording Studios in Hollywood, California for an early 2015 release. The CD is being produced by Terry Date, who previously worked with the group on the song "Implode", which was made available as a free download as a "thank you" to SLAYER's fans for their continued support following the band's surprise performance at this past April's Revolver Golden Gods awards in Los Angeles.

On December 9, LYNCH MOB will release the "Sun Red Sun" EP via Rat Pak Records. The CD was written and recorded by the same lineup as the "Sound Mountain Sessions" EP: George Lynch on guitar, Oni Logan on vocals, Robbie Crane on bass and Scot Coogan on drums.

Vocalist Scott "Wino" Weinrich of doom metal legends SAINT VITUS has apologized to his bandmates for his recent arrest in Norway for possession of illegal substances (said to be eleven grams of methamphetamine) and has vowed to seek out treatment for "a dependency that has become detrimental to his health". Wino was deported back to the U.S. on November 12 and did not rejoin SAINT VITUS for the remaining dates on their recent European tour. Guitarist David Chandler and drummer Henry Vasquez, along with a few surprise guests, took over vocal duties for what the band described as "a rare opportunity to see VITUS with main songwriter David Chandler vocalizing his tormented tales of pain, heartache and DOOM".

Audio samples of the first four songs from PLANETARY COALITION's 14-track debut album, which was released on November 11, can be streamed in the YouTube clip below. An ethnically flavored collective of diverse musicians from all over the world, PLANETARY COALITION is driven by the acoustic guitar of Alex Skolnick, whose work spans jazz (ALEX SKOLNICK TRIO), metal (TESTAMENT), and world music (RODRIGO Y GABRIELA, ISHTAR). He says: "It started with a lone, handwritten sentence on a notepad, describing a musical vision: 'An ethnically flavored collective of musicians from all over the world, driven by acoustic guitar and bringing together inspirational melodies, in-depth improvisation and the passion of the musical styles of gypsy, Middle Eastern, Indian, Latin, East Asian, Mediterranean, Balkan/Eastern European, African and other indigenous lands.'

Guitarist Ola Englund (THE HAUNTED, FEARED, ex-SIX FEET UNDER) and drummer Kerim "Krimh" Lechner (ex-DECAPITATED) are collaborating on a new project called ELDVÅG.

TESLA guitarist Frank Hannon started writing his own batch of songs shortly after TESLA released its latest album, "Simplicity", in June. While on the road touring during the summer or 2014, Frank spent hours recording musical ideas on a little Boss hard disc recording machine, and the ideas started flowing so much that he would literally be recording music in the dressing rooms five minutes prior to TESLA stepping onstage! After returning home, Frank knew he had a batch of strong material, so current FRANK HANNON BAND members Aaron Leigh (bass) and Kelly Smith (drums) joined him in the studio to help put the album into fruition.

AC/DC will release its new album, ‘Rock Or Bust’, on December 2. The album is AC/DC's first without guitarist Malcolm Young, who is suffering from dementia. He has been replaced by nephew Stevie Young. The official video for the title track can be viewed here

SAXON will enter the studio in early 2015 to begin recording the follow-up to 2013's ‘Sacrifice’ for a late summer release.

SLIPKNOT and STONE SOUR singer COREY TAYLOR will release his new book, ‘You're Making Me Hate You: An Uncommon Guide To Common Sense’, June 30, 2015 via Perseus Books Group (a member of the Da Capo Press).

ANGRA will release their new album, ‘Secret Garden’, on January 16, 2015 via earMUSIC. The album will feature guest appearances by Simone Simmons (EPICA) and metal queen DORO Pesch. The official lyric video for the song ‘Newborn Me’ can be viewed here

PERIPHERY will release two albums, ‘Juggernaut: Alpha’ and ‘Juggernaut: Omega’, on January 26, 2015 via Century Media Records.

BLIND GUARDIAN will release its new album, ‘Beyond The Red Mirror’, on January 30, 2015 and February 3, 2015 via Nuclear Blast Records. A trailer for the album can be viewed here

ASKING ALEXANDRIA will release a 2-disc concert DVD, ‘Live From Brixton And Beyond’, on December 15 via Sumerian Records. The DVD features: 1) the full live set from the band’s sold-out Brixton 02 Academy show in London, England; 2) behind-the-scenes and backstage footage from the Brixton 02 Academy show; 3) the unseen “Reckless Halloween" performance at The Wiltern in Los Angeles; and 4) all of the group's music videos and the ‘Through Sin And Self-Destruction’ short film.

U.D.O., the German metal band led by former ACCEPT frontman Udo Dirkschneider, will release its new studio album, ‘Decadent’, on January 26 via AFM Records. The album will be made available in the following formats: digipak, standard CD, black vinyl, colored vinyl, and as a limited-edition fanbox.

FAITH NO MORE has made its first new music since 1997's ‘Album Of The Year’, a song called ‘Motherfucker’, available for streaming at this location. ‘Motherfucker’ will be available as a limited edition seven-inch on Record Store Day's Black Friday event on November 28 and as a digital release on December 9. The B-side of the physical release is a remix of the track by Australian singer/songwriter/producer JG Thirlwell.

NAPALM DEATH will release its new album, ‘Apex Predator – Easy Meat’, on January 26, 2015 via Century Media Records. The song ‘Cesspits’, is available for streaming at this location.

‘Sonic Highways’, the new album from FOO FIGHTERS (which was released on November 10 via the band’s own Roswell Records), sold around 190.000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 2 on The Billboard 200 chart.

KISS frontmen Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons plan to open a second ROCK & BREWS RESTAURANT in Los Cabos, Mexico, later this year, after their first location in the area became damaged by Hurricane Odile in September, reports L.A. Biz.
Kiss will be playing the Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam on June 18th 2015.

Vocalist Tim "Ripper" Owens (Judas Priest, Yngwie Malmsteen), drummer Shawn Drover (Megadeth) and guitarist Glen Drover (ex-Megadeth, Testament, King Diamond) are teaming up for the MASTERS OF METAL CHRISTMAS CONCERT. This event is scheduled for Friday, December 12th at 8 PM, at Paper City Music Shop in Holyoke, Massachusetts. Special guests of this show are Kobra Kai and Disguise The Curse.

AVENGER will release their third album, The Slaughter Never Stops, via Rocksector Records on December 1st. The album contains 10 brand new songs plus a cover of Iron Maiden's "Killers". The Slaughter Never Stops is the band's first new release since 1985's Killer Elite. The release celebrates the 30th anniversary of the band's iconic Bloodsports debut.

Once the ice skates have been tucked away in the attic, the Kunstijsbaan (Ice Rink) in Eindhoven is getting ready to host a couple thousand headbangers in black shirts. Dynamo is presenting their new festival: ″DYNAMO METAL FEST″ on this legendary location (made famous by another festival) on Saturday July 18th, 2015. The first edition will host 8 bands, with the first names to be announced soon. The first bands are expected to be announced in early December and the presale will start in December as well. A ticket will cost 15 euro in advance, or 20 euro at the door.

The crowdfunding campaign for the first release of the Kaotoxin Kollektor Series, the “Ausstellung” split EP by two-drummers instrumental Doom mammoths THE LUMBERJACK FEEDBACK and WE ALL DIE (laughing) has just been launched at IndieGogo at this location.

THE DEFILED have posted their brand new video for the song ‘Five Minutes’. Check them out:

SONATA ARCTICA released a re-recorded version of their debut album “Ecliptica”, which originally came out 15 years ago on October 24th entitled Ecliptica – Revisited; 15th Anniversary Edition« via Nuclear Blast. Today the band unveils a special video clip on their cover version of the GENESIS classic ‘I Can’t Dance’, which is available as a bonus track on Ecliptica – Revisited; 15th Anniversary Edition. Check out the clip here

“New Generation“, a brand new song & video from METAL MACHINE, can be viewed below.

MIGHTY MUSIC announced a worldwide record deal with NO RETURN.

23 February 2015 will see the European release (Germany: 20 February 2015 / US: 3 March 2015) of the latest studio recording by British rock legend UFO, their 22nd to date. The album will be called A Conspiracy Of Stars, and the band consisting of Phil Mogg (vocals), Paul Raymond (keyboards, guitar), Vinnie Moore (guitar), Andy Parker (drums) and Rob De Luca (bass) have recorded almost a dozen new songs.

Slash will be rewarded with the SEGA-award today, for his outstanding contribution to the promotion of guitar music. Performing for Slash in the Ziggo Dome will be Anneke van Giersbergen, Vandenberg’s Moonkings and Jett Rebel. SEGA is the international follow-up to the renowned Eddie Christiani award.

Nordavind Records has made their releases available as a pay what you want download on their Bandcamp.

INSIGHT AFTER DOOMSDAY release a brand new video for the track "Maniac", new and second single extracted from their latest opus "The Way to Nihilism"

Just for laughs: watch Steeves Hostin (from BEYOND THE DUST) in video how to do THE BEST DJENT ALBUM EVER here

Season of Mist announces the signing of black sludge band THIS GIFT IS A CURSE.

SYLOSIS release the premiere video for animated clip “Leech”

Former Murderdolls frontman Wednesday 13 will release his sixth solo album, ‘Monsters Of The Universe: Come Out & Plague’, on January 12, 2015 via DevCo/Cargo Records. The follow up to 2013's The Dixie Dead’ and Wednesday's first concept album was recorded in Los Angeles, California and San Antonio, Texas and produced by Wednesday 13.

ALL THAT REMAINS will release their seventh album, ‘The Order Of Things’, on February 24 via Razor & Tie. The follow-up to 2012's ‘A War You Cannot Win’ was helmed by producer Josh Wilbur, who has previously worked with Lamb Of God and Gojira. A new All That Remains song, ‘No Knock’, taken from ‘The Order Of Things’, can be streamed in this YouTube clip.

MOONSPELL will release their new album, ‘Extinct’, in March 2015 via Napalm Records. The CD was completed at Fascination Street Studio in Örebro, Sweden with producer Jens Bogren, who has previously worked with Katatonia, Amon Amarth, Opeth and Paradise Lost, among others.

With the release date of their fourth full-length album fast approaching, and ‘Graceful Pandora’, a 7" single taken from the album already available, FOSCOR have released a teaser video for ‘Those Horrors Wither’ as a hint of what to expect from the full album. ‘Those Horrors Wither’ will hit the streets on the 25th November on Alone Records.

‘Carrion Skies’ the upcoming album from FEN will be streamed in its entirety on Sputnik Music ahead of its scheduled release. The album can be heard here where it will be streaming until its European release date. The album itself, which will be the band's fourth full-length release, is set to hit the streets on Code 666, a sub-label of the Aural Music Group, on the 22nd November in Europe and the 2nd December in the USA. It was recorded, mixed and mastered by Greg Chandler at the Priory Recording Studio, Sutton Coldfield, England.

ECNEPHIAS’s self-titled album (the 5th full length album of their career) scheduled for February 16th, and an official album teaser can be seen here:

Wacken Open Air is once more inviting bands form unexpected territories to give it their best and will host a W:O:A Metal Battle Middle East 2015. Should you have family over there, they can apply through this location.

ET MORIEMUR just released their second full-length album entitled „Ex Nihilo In Nihilum“ on the Russian label Solitude productions. You can buy the digital or physical copy on band´s Bandcamp page or at Solitude store.

ELUVEITIE have just announced the leaving of Patrick Kistler (Tin & Low Whistles, Bagpipe).
The band states:
With a heavy heart we have to share with you the news that Päde is no longer a part of Eluveitie. After six years and four albums, he leaves big shoes to fill. While we have no further comment at this time, we would like to wish him all the best for his future endeavours. At the same time, we can announce that we have already found a very talented musician to step in and keep the show going: multi-instrumentalist Matteo Sisti, from our friends and colleagues at Krampus, has not hesitated to jump in and learn our full set in just a few days. A big THANK YOU goes out to Matteo and Krampus at this point - in the midst of the European leg of our Origins World Tour, their support is much appreciated. Matteo is joining us as a temporary session musician for the remainder of this tour. We can’t wait to rock the stages together for you!
Upcoming dates on the #Origins European tour are:
21.11.14 DE Bochum - Matrix
22.11.14 DE Hamburg - Gruenspan
23.11.14 NL Eindhoven - Effenaar
25.11.14 DE Köln - Essigfabrik
26.11.14 CZ Prag Meet - Factory
27.11.14 PL Krakow - Kwadrat
28.11.14 PL Warzaw - Progresja
29.11.14 PL Sczecin - Slowianin
30.11.14 DE Berlin - K17
02.12.14 DE Heidelberg Halle - O2
03.12.14 LU Esch-Sur-Alzette - Kulturfabrik
04.12.14 DE Ludwigsburg - Rock Fabrik
05.12.14 DE München - Backstage
06.12.14 DE Geiselwind - Music hall
07.12.14 DE Lindau - Vaudeville
09.12.14 SI Ljubljana - Kino Siska
10.12.14 HU Budapest - Club 202
11.12.14 SL Bratislava - Majestic
12.12.14 AT Wien - Szene
13.12.14 AT Salzburg – Rockhouse

BLACK STAR RIDERS are set to release a new studio album, “The Killer Instinct”, in February 2015. The album will be followed by a full UK and Eire co-headline tour.

THE STORYTELLER will release their 6:th full length album, Sacred Fire, Feb 27-2015 through Dark Legacy Music/Black Lodge Records.

VARATHRON will release their new album "Untrodden Corridors of Hades" on November 21st in Europe and December 9th in the rest of the world via Agonia Records.

Label Despotz is releasing a new KAMCHATKA-single that hasn’t been on the album, called “Ain’t Fallin’”. You can find the video from this single here:

Orchestrated Misery Recordings is proud to announce the signing of Indiana death metal merchants PSYCHOMANCER, who will be releasing their new six-song recording entitled Inject The Worms in 2015.

MINUTIAN are releasing their second album early next year. The album, titled Inwards, will be released through Secret Entertainment and is the follow-up to 2011’s favourably received Repercussions. After the tragic death of guitarist Jaakko Jernberg in 2012, Minutian dealt with their loss with a lengthy process of writing new material.

Biohazard and Madball have been added to the line-up of Dokk’em Open Air, held on June 19th and 20th at the Parklaan, in Dokkem (The Netherlands). The preliminary list consists of My Dying Bride (GB), Powerwolf (DE), God Dethroned (NL), Biohazard (US), Madball (US), Threshold (GB), Legion Of The Damned (NL) en Herder (NL)

Jorn Lande (JORN, ex-MASTERPLAN), and Trond Holter (WIG WAM) have joined forces in a new symphonic rock/metal project called DRACULA. The duo will release its debut concept album, ‘Swing Of Death’ on January 23 via A trailer for DRACULA can be viewed here: