Sacred Reich Welcome New Guitar Player Joey Radziwill Revamped Roster

Sacred Reich released the following statement after the announcement:

“Joey and his dad Tim helped us record the demos for the new songs. So when we needed a new guitar player Joey was the obvious choice and was able to jump right in and crush his parts on the new record. He is 22 years old and grew up listening to Sacred Reich (his parents raised him up right).”

Sacred Reich is on track to release their first album in more than a decade this year. In addition, Sacred Reich will embark on a major European tour this summer to include several festival dates.

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Ozzy Osbourne Cancels Japanese Download Festival Show

The organizers behind the first ever Download Festival in Japan, which will take place on March 21st, have issued the following statement:

“Following Ozzy’s recent postponement of UK and European tours due to ill health, the Download Japan team has been wishing for a speedy recovery in the hope that he would be able to perform at the festival. Unfortunately however, Ozzy has been forced to cancel his appearance at Download Japan 2019 on doctor’s orders. We apologize to his fans, and anyone inconvenienced by this news.

“Ozzy, who has been suffering from pneumonia, has left the hospital, but has been told to continue to receive treatment at home for a period of six weeks. We wish Ozzy all the best for a full and speedy recovery, and a comeback show in Japan.

“We are currently working towards the announcement of additional acts for the festival. Thank you for your patience. We kindly ask for your understanding that refunds will not be issued in the case of lineup changes.”

Late last month, Ozzy issued the following video in which he talks about his memories of Japan and Japanese audiences.

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Ozzy Osbourne Cancels Japanese Download Festival Show

The organizers behind the first ever Download Festival in Japan, which will take place on March 21st, have issued the following statement:

“Following Ozzy’s recent postponement of UK and European tours due to ill health, the Download Japan team has been wishing for a speedy recovery in the hope that he would be able to perform at the festival. Unfortunately however, Ozzy has been forced to cancel his appearance at Download Japan 2019 on doctor’s orders. We apologize to his fans, and anyone inconvenienced by this news.

“Ozzy, who has been suffering from pneumonia, has left the hospital, but has been told to continue to receive treatment at home for a period of six weeks. We wish Ozzy all the best for a full and speedy recovery, and a comeback show in Japan.

“We are currently working towards the announcement of additional acts for the festival. Thank you for your patience. We kindly ask for your understanding that refunds will not be issued in the case of lineup changes.”

Late last month, Ozzy issued the following video in which he talks about his memories of Japan and Japanese audiences.

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Ozzy Osbourne Postpones Entire European Tour With Judas Priest On Doctor’s Orders

Following the announcement yesterday that heavy metal icon Ozzy Osbourne had postponed shows in Dublin, Manchester, Newcastle and Nottingham after coming down with a case of the flu, the singer has delayed his entire European run on doctor’s orders. After seeing his physician again, Osbourne has been diagnosed with a severe upper-respiratory infection which the doctor feels could develop into pneumonia given the physicality of the live performances and an extensive travel schedule throughout Europe in harsh winter conditions.

Statement from Ozzy:
“I’m completely devastated for having to postpone the European leg of my tour. It just seems that since October everything I touch has turned to shit.

“First the staph infection in my thumb and now coming down with the flu and bronchitis. I want to apologize to all of my fans who have been so loyal over the years, my band, my crew and to Judas Priest for letting you all down. However, I promise the tour with Judas Priest will be completed. It’s being rescheduled right now to start in September. Again, I apologize to everyone. God Bless. Love you all, Ozzy.”

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Witherfall To Release New EP “Vintage” In March

In November 2018, US dark melodic metal act Witherfall released their second studio album, A Prelude To Sorrow. Never resting on its laurels, the group led by the creative duo comprised of vocalist Joseph Michael (Sanctuary) and Jake Dreyer (Iced Earth) now announces the Vintage EP, with the CD, LP, and digital release to be available during the upcoming acoustic tour with Sonata Arctica and released via Century Media Records on March 22nd.

Witherfall reveals: “During the sessions for A Prelude To Sorrow, two cover songs were recorded that showed a different side of Witherfall, originally intended to be bonus tracks. A dark and somber version of Tom Petty’s ‘I Won’t Back Down’ with vocals recorded with Michael Wagener (Metallica, Skid Row) and an epic version of the Helloween classic ‘A Tale That Wasn’t Right’. With the announcement of the Sonata Arctica Acoustic Adventures tour, it was decided to release these covers along with a few acoustic renditions of favorite Witherfall tracks.

“Along with new keyboardist Alex Nasla and session percussionist James “Timbali” Cornwell (Smokey Robinson, Earth Wind & Fire ), Joseph Michael, Jake Dreyer and Anthony Crawford retreated to Harmony Recording Studios in Hollywood, CA (Adele, Miley Cyrus) armed with acoustic guitars and bottles of wine to start working on acoustic arrangements for the tour. The sessions were fruitful and two acoustic versions of past Witherfall songs were recorded: a medley of ‘Vintage’ and ‘Nobody Sleeps Here…’ (originally on “Nocturnes and Requiems”) and an alternate arrangement of ‘Ode to Despair’. Instead of keeping these as secrets and finally making the rare ‘The Long Walk Home (December)’ also available to an audience outside of Japan, the Vintage EP offers a collection of music that shows another dimension of the Witherfall sound.”

Mixed and mastered by Christopher “Zeuss” Harris and again featuring artwork by Kristian Wåhlin, Vintage will be released as strictly limited, hand-numbered CD digipak, on black and limited coloured vinyl as well as on all digital platforms.

Tracklisting:

1. Vintage Medley: “Vintage I”, “Nobody Sleeps Here…”, “Vintage II”
2. A Tale That Wasn’t Right (Helloween cover)
3. Ode To Despair (acoustic)
4. The Long Walk Home (December)
5. I Won’t Back Down (Tom Petty cover)
6. Vintage (album version)

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Boundaries Premiere New Song & Music Video “Blush” From Upcoming New EP “My Body In Bloom”

Connecticut hardcore metal upstarts, Boundaries, shared their new single “Blush” today, along with the accompanying video, which marks the announcement that their upcoming EP, My Body In Bloom, will be out February 22nd on Unbeaten Records.

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Disturbed Completes Work On Seventh Album

Chicago based heavy metal/hard rock outfit Disturbed has made the announcement that they have completed work on their new studio album. A message from the group reads as follows:

“The new record is done! The new album includes many styles of music. Since our last album and the recent footage from the studio, we’ve seen a lot of discussion about the evolution of our new music. Disturbed Ones, we have decided to embrace the debate. For our next single – what kind of sound do you want it to be?”

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Dischordia & The Summoned Announce “The Reaping Tour”

Oklahoma City-based Progressive Death Metal Trio Dischordia Announce The Reaping Tour. With Support From Boston Experimental Technical Death Metal Unit The Summoned. The Reaping Tour Kicks Off On 6/14 And Runs Through 6/30. New Dischordia EP Entitled “Binge/Purge” Out June 15th, Full Announcement Information Dropping Soon.

The Reaping Tour Featuring Dischordia and The Summoned (6/14-6/21)
6/14 – Oklahoma City, OK
6/15 – St. Louis, MO
6/16 – Chicago, IL
6/17 – Richmond, IN
6/18 – Akron, OH
6/19 – Pittsburgh, PA
6/20 – Bristol, CT
6/21 – Allston, MA
6/22 – Baltimore, MD
6/23 – Richmond, VA
6/24 – Charlotte, NC
6/25 – Nashville, TN
6/27 – Madison, WI
6/28 – Minneapolis, MN
6/29 – Waterloo, IA
6/30 – Kansas City, MO

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Above Aurora Unveil “Abyssal Hades” From Upcoming EP “Path to Ruin”

Following the announcement of black metal band Above Aurora’s new EP, “Path to Ruin”, a new track entitled “Abyssal Hades” is now available to listen.

Check out “Abyssal Hades” below:

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New Members Announced By Crobot

Pennsylvania-based rockers Crobot has just announced an all new rhythm section. New to the line-up is drummer Dan Ryan and bassist James Alexander Lascu. James also plays bass in Detroit-based quintet Wilson and will continue to do so for both bands. Dan is an official Ddrum USA artist.

On the announcement, the band comments: “All is definitely well in the Crobot home nebula as we welcome the insanely talented and hard hitting Dan Ryan on drums and the power and monstrous bass playing of James ‘Uncle Jimmy Muscles’ Lascu to hold down the heavy bottom. We are 50 songs into the writing process and we are excited about how productive we have been over the last few months. To say these guys are making us a better band would be an incredible understatement. Stay tuned for new riffin’ & groovin’ as we are planning for a 2018 release! Keep your beards tuned to that same ol’ Crobot transmission!”

Crobot has begun writing new material for their anticipated third album which will be out in 2018.

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