Negru Of Negura Bunget Passes Away At 42

Tibor Kati from Romanian metal band Negura Bunget has issued this announcement about Negru passing away earlier today:

“With great grief in our souls, we inform you that our friend and colleague, Gabriel ‘Negru’ Mafa, passed today, March 21st 2017, aged 42. We deeply regret the death of the man who founded and maintained Negura Bunget, and who dedicated his life to the sacred side of our culture, bringing it to life through music and transmitting it to various generations from all over the world.

“We hope that his legacy will continue to enchant and console those whom he left behind. With regret and sadness, we offer our condolences to his family and to those who knew and cherished him in this life.”

Several bands have since posted to express their condolences, with Northern Plague issuing this statement: “With deep sadness we would like to pass on the information, that our brother, friend and driving force of one of the very few UNIQUE bands in the world – Negura Bunget, Gabriel ‘Negru’ Mafa has passed away, age 42.

“What’s really depressing, we saw each other on your show in Warsaw just a couple of days ago, and nobody would see this coming. Thank you for your music, thank you for the opportunity to travel together and experience your magnificent country, Thank you for the memories. May your soul rest.”

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Akeldama Changes Name To Love At Last, Announces New Lineup

Akeldama just issued this announcement about calling it quits and reforming as a new entity with a different name:

“Akeldama is shedding its skin and coming back to you in a brand new form. The band will now be known as Love At Last. Jeremy Knapp will no longer play guitar with us, as he is pursuing a career as a fire fighter. We wish him all the best in this endeavor.

“Instead of seeking a new member we have decided to change roles. Connor Reibling will now be playing guitar and Andrew Zink will be the sole vocalist. With that said, we are proud to announce that we are releasing a brand new full-length album exclusively on Hollowed Records this year.”

Love At Last consists of:

Andrew Zink – Vocals
Connor Reibling – Guitar
Eric Owen – Guitar
Michael Schweitzer – Bass
Evan Thibeault – Percussion

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Akeldama Changes Name To Love At Last, Announces New Lineup

Akeldama just issued this announcement about calling it quits and reforming as a new entity with a different name:

“Akeldama is shedding its skin and coming back to you in a brand new form. The band will now be known as Love At Last. Jeremy Knapp will no longer play guitar with us, as he is pursuing a career as a fire fighter. We wish him all the best in this endeavor.

“Instead of seeking a new member we have decided to change roles. Connor Reibling will now be playing guitar and Andrew Zink will be the sole vocalist. With that said, we are proud to announce that we are releasing a brand new full-length album exclusively on Hollowed Records this year.”

Love At Last consists of:

Andrew Zink – Vocals
Connor Reibling – Guitar
Eric Owen – Guitar
Michael Schweitzer – Bass
Evan Thibeault – Percussion

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Fall Of Summer 2017 Lineup Announced

The Fall of Summer team is very pleased to add five new names to its 2017 lineup taking place Friday the 8th and Saturday the 9th of September by the Torcy lake, situated 30 kilometres east of Paris. The festival’s organizers comment:

“With over 45 years difference between the newest and the oldest band, we have decided to introduce them in chronological order.

“First of all we are very excited to announce two mythical bands formed in the late 60s who have been a big influence for many metal artists for almost half a century. We are glad that the American occult rock band Coven will play their very first show in France at Fall of Summer and thrilled that one of our biggest national prides, the French progressive rock band Magma also joins us this year.

“Coming from the 80’s, we’re proud to welcome the American cult thrash metal band Morbid Saint who’ll play for the first time in France. We’re also thrilled that the emblematic Swedish black Metal band Marduk joins forces with us.

“To close this announcement, we invite those who would not know them, to discover Au-Dessus, as those young Lithuanians playing post-black metal since 2014, definitely deserve your attention.”

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Ektomorf Releasing “Warpath” DVD

Ektomorf just checked in with this announcement about gearing up to release a new live DVD later this year:

“Here you go the art work and title of our DVD! Will be out in 2017 May – ‘Warpath (Live and Life on the Road)’ two disc released a DVD with our entire 2016 Wacken show and a movie about being the on the road an life at home with behind the scenes filming!

“The second disc is audio with the full Wacken Open Air show Ektomorf 2016 mixed by Tue Madsen!
More info soon please share the news and you can already pre-order it at AFM Records here.”

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Northlane Streaming New Teaser Video “M E S M E R”

Northlane is streaming a three minute teaser video titled “M E S M E R”. Presumably it’s leading up to the announcement of the band’s new album, which is expected for May/June 2017. A new track from that upcoming effort titled “Intuition” was released in January.

Check out the teaser below.

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Metal Church Announces New U.K. / Ireland Tour Dates

Metal Church is very pleased to announce the band is returning to U.K. shores in June for a five date long run, touring in celebration of latest studio album “XI,” which was released last year via Nuclear Blast.

The tour kicks off at legendary London venue the Camden Underworld on 20th June, taking the five piece to Glasgow, Belfast, Dublin, before finishing at Thekla, Bristol on 24th June. Supports are to be announced in due course.

Guitarist Kurdt Vanderhoof said of the announcement: “The Metal Church fans over there have always welcomed us with open arms and their passion and love for Heavy Metal music is second to none!”

20th June – London, Underworld
21st June – Glasgow, Audio
22nd June – Belfast, Limelight 2
23rd June – Dublin, Voodoo Lounge
24th June – Bristol, Thekla

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Metal Church Announces New U.K. / Ireland Tour Dates

Metal Church is very pleased to announce the band is returning to U.K. shores in June for a five date long run, touring in celebration of latest studio album “XI,” which was released last year via Nuclear Blast.

The tour kicks off at legendary London venue the Camden Underworld on 20th June, taking the five piece to Glasgow, Belfast, Dublin, before finishing at Thekla, Bristol on 24th June. Supports are to be announced in due course.

Guitarist Kurdt Vanderhoof said of the announcement: “The Metal Church fans over there have always welcomed us with open arms and their passion and love for Heavy Metal music is second to none!”

20th June – London, Underworld
21st June – Glasgow, Audio
22nd June – Belfast, Limelight 2
23rd June – Dublin, Voodoo Lounge
24th June – Bristol, Thekla

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Avenged Sevenfold Stagehand Dies After Accident At German Show

Currently out on tour in Europe, Avenged Sevenfold just issued this announcement about one person dying and another being seriously injured during last night’s German show:

“We have some very sad news to report. Last night after our show in Stuttgart, Germany, a 26 year-old stagehand fell from the rafters while breaking down our stage. He fell a very far distance onto a 19 year-old man on the local crew. Tragically, the 19 year-old died from his injuries. The other man is now in critical condition at the hospital.

“This is beyond heartbreaking to everyone in the band and on our crew. We all send our thoughts and prayers to the man in the hospital, both families involved, all of the local Live Nation crew and everyone else whose lives have been affected by this terrible accident.

“We love our crew so much as well as the many local staff who are essential to our show every night wherever we are around the world. This is such a stark reminder of how quickly an accident can happen and lives shattered in the process. When we hear more we will update you.”

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Crystal Eyes Recruits New Guitarist Jonatan Hallberg

Swedish group Crystal Eyes just issued this announcement about bringing on a new guitar player:

“The line-up is now complete and we are proud to announce Jonatan Hallberg as our new guitarist. We discovered him 3 years ago when he recorded a demo with his band Amnesia in our studio and his hunger and passion for music reminded us of the early days of Crystal Eyes.

“Along with a great personality and sick humour Jonatan is a fantastic guitarist and was our first and only choice for the spot. The fact that he showed up on the audition wearing a Running Wild t-shirt was enough to convince us and since he’s younger than the band itself we know he’ll kick our butts if things are not moving rapidly.”

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