Karl Schubach Breaks His Silence On Being Fired From Misery Signals

With Misery Signals‘ 2008 release having recently hit its tenth anniversary, the group’s ex-vocalist Karl Schubach breaks his silence on his 2014 firing from the band to make way for the return of his predecessor frontman Jesse Zaraska:

“This year marked the 10th anniversary of what, by definition, should have been one of the greatest accomplishments of my life. Misery Signals third studio album, Controller, was released July 22, 2008. I still receive floods of messages from fans explaining how much that album means to them.

To this day, I’ve maintained my silence in regards to my departure from the band which, in retrospect, might be part of the reason I find myself struggling with my mental health to this day.

Over the past few years, I’ve felt growing resentment, and increasing negativity towards my experience as a member of Misery Signals. Removal from the band has left me fighting increasing battles with depression, anxiety, and a complete loss of self-confidence that has severely affected my personal relationships, and has hindered the way I interact with people.

In order to grow, move forward, and begin the healing process I feel there’s no better time than this 10 year milestone to shed some light:

I received a phone call from Ryan in early October, 2015. It was only a week or so after I had made the drive two hours north to link up with Kyle and Stu at a Comeback Kid show in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. It had been a while since I had any communication with the guys, as no touring plans were in the immediate future.

After the formalities and courteous catching up on life, Ryan’s tone shifted. I already knew what was coming, I could feel it in his voice. He proceeded to inform me that the band collectively had decided to continue on with the original vocalist Jesse, which whom they had re-established their relationship with through performing together on the Malice X tour a few years prior.

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For those who don’t know how I came to join the band, I submitted an audition via Myspace of myself singing over an instrumental track off their first record. At that point, they asked me to come down to Madison, WI in order to do an in-person audition, and to pack like I wouldn’t be coming home for a while. After a week of auditions and rehearsals, it was official: This random kid from Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada became the vocalist of his favorite band.

Everything was great in the honeymoon phase. Being on tour, in a different city every night, playing music to hundreds of people, sharing a stage with my idols…every….single….night. I was in no position to call any shots, nor did I want to. I was the new kid, and a literal stranger thrown into a world that was completely unknown to me. These guys had been touring together for years. They clearly had everything figured out. I was content in just being along for the wild ride.

Communication had never been the band’s strong suit. Although tempers never flared, feelings were rarely expressed. It felt like we would rather just bite our tongues, rather than butt heads in an effort to avoid confrontation. Quite simply, it was easier this way. I was guilty of it just the same.

Towards the end of an Australian tour, Stu and Kyle both announced their intentions to leave the band upon our return home. I remember Ryan and I having a conversation about the future of the band, and how he thought it should play out. Eventually he ended up recruiting Greg Thomas, who we had met while he was filling in on guitar for Shai Hulud. With Greg in the mix, it came time to start the writing process for what would become Absent Light.

Something changed in me during the writing of Absent Light. I felt like every decision was being made without my consideration. As if my opinion didn’t count for anything. Seven years, hundreds of shows, thousands of miles, and here I was still feeling like the new kid as I perceived to watch Greg waltz in and immediately get to start calling the shots alongside Ryan as to how things should sound, the recording process, the mix, etc.

That was the first time I could pinpoint that something wasn’t right. I found my mind constantly taking me to a dark place where I only had the ability to feel like a victim, and like everyone was out to get me. Every set of thoughts was illogical, and irrational.

Nothing made sense, but I still tried to justify my sporadic thought patterns. Rather than seek help, or make anyone aware, I shut down. I became distant, passive, and secluded. I had trouble sleeping, and staying focused. All motivation, creativity and passion seemed to vanish. I felt numb…..empty.

I contributed almost nothing to the lyrical content of Absent Light, as I simply couldn’t find the inspiration anymore. That same inspiration, which at one point flourished, had simply evaporated. I removed myself from the recording process of Absent Light and returned home to Regina, where I tracked the vocals in my home studio to the lyrics and vocal patterns that Ryan provided.

The album released a few months later, and a very light touring schedule was set up to support it. The runs were much shorter than what we were typically used to, but that didn’t seem to change anything. I was miserable on the road, completely disengaged from everyone.

I was content in being in a bubble 23 hours of the day, playing the show, and then returning to isolation. This wasn’t a healthy existence for me, or for the rest of the band members. I knew it. They knew it.

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Flash forward to a day after that phone call: I was angry. I felt used, discarded like a piece of trash tossed to the roadside out of a moving vehicle. “How dare they?!” For them to simply tell me my services were no longer required after essentially putting “real life” on hold, and investing 9 years into helping them to continue living out their dream.

No severance package, no two weeks notice, just simply: “welp…See ya later”. It’s taken a lot of time and self-reflection to realize their decision to remove me from the equation wasn’t out of malice (bad reference, I know), but as a necessity for both parties to be able to continue a healthy existence.

Up until recently, I hadn’t listened to a Misery Signals song since that phone call. The countless framed tour posters, magazine articles, vinyls had been collecting dust in a dark corner of my basement for years, rather than being out on display. It pained me to look at them, because I collectively associated them with the result of that conversation, and not the incredible memories and friendships that each of them represented.

In an attempt to heal, I’m letting go of the resentment. I’m taking ownership of the role I played, and the end result. I’m dusting off those posters, and hanging them on the wall, as I feel like I can finally show how proud I am of what I accomplished in that time.

To Ryan, Branden, Kyle, Stu & Greg: I haven’t had the opportunity to tell you I’m sorry. I’m not proud of what I let myself become, and ask that you forgive me for not having the strength to get the help I needed back then. Part of me wishes things could have been different, but most of me also thanks you for doing the right thing. I wish you nothing but the best of luck with Jesse and the new album. I’ll be one of the first to pre-order it.

To everyone else: I hope that by reading this, I haven’t let any of you down. If any of you are struggling with depression or anxiety, please make getting help a priority. Don’t let it go untreated. If you feel alone or like you have no one to talk to, please message me. I’d be happy to help in any way I can.

Writing this all out has actually been very therapeutic. To the point where I now feel the need to rephrase the very first sentence I wrote:

‘This year marks the 10th anniversary of what, by definition, is one of the greatest accomplishments of my life.’”

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Polaris Premiere New Video For “Dusk To Day” – Announce Australian Headlining Tour

Polaris debut a new music video for “Dusk To Day” which you can take in below.

In other new Polaris have announced their biggest Australian headlining tour to date. This November, Polaris will be back on the road hitting all major cities in Australia joined by The Devil Wears Prada, Gideon and Thornhill. Tickets on sale from 10am this Thursday.

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Polaris Premiere New Video For “Dusk To Day” – Announce Australian Headlining Tour

Polaris debut a new music video for “Dusk To Day” which you can take in below.

In other new Polaris have announced their biggest Australian headlining tour to date. This November, Polaris will be back on the road hitting all major cities in Australia joined by The Devil Wears Prada, Gideon and Thornhill. Tickets on sale from 10am this Thursday.

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Parkway Drive, Killswitch Engage, Thy Art Is Murder Australian Tour Announced


Parkway Drive have announced an Australian tour in support of their sixth studio LP, Reverence. Accompanying them on the seven date run will be American metalcore giants Killswitch Engage and fellow countrymen Thy Art Is Murder. Tickets go on sale May 24. Below’s where the the trek will stop:

Thu Oct 25 UC Refectory, Canberra
Fri Oct 26 Hordern Pavilion, Sydney Lic / AA
Sat Oct 27 NEX, Newcastle
Sun Oct 28 Riverstage, Brisbane Lic / AA
Fri Nov 2 Margaret Court Arena, Melbourne Lic / AA
Sat Nov 3 Entertainment Centre, Adelaide Lic / AA
Tue Nov 6 HBF Stadium, Perth Lic / AA

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New Study Finds What We All Already Knew Well Before: “Metal Is Good For Your Mental Health”

In the Journal of Community Psychology, Australian psychologists say that metal has a positive influence on young people aged 18-24. Researchers say metal helps protect fans from stress and bullies:

“Metal identities are popularly represented as leading to mental health issues but with flawed evidence. We documented the community contexts around metal and well-being by talking to young metalheads directly. We engaged in repeated, informal talks with 28 young Australians who strongly identified with metal (aged 18–24 years, 5 females and 23 males), and found that the metal identities and community protected them from mental health problems. Four core themes were found from transcripts: they were all bullied or marginalized through social relationships at school; they enjoyed the impact of metal music and lyrics when angry or ostracized; they felt part of a protective community of metalheads, even though in many cases at this age it was more imagined than real; and embodying metal identities enabled them to keep bullies, detractors, and others at bay, and to find friend groups. By talking repeatedly, directly with young metalheads, it was found that metal identities were helping participants to survive the stress of challenging environments and build strong and sustained identities and communities, thus alleviating any potential mental health issues.”

Read the whole study HERE.

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Greystone Canyon Premiere New Single “Astral Plane”

Australia’s Greystone Canyon will be releasing their upcoming debut album “While The Wheels Still Turn” via Rockshots Records on March 9th for Europe, U.S.A and Canada along with the Australian release on Hellfire Records on March 12th. Inspired by legends like Megadeth and King Diamond, “While The Wheels Still Turn” is an album devoted to the love for old western cowboy films. Greystone Canyon premiere their first single “Astral Plane” from it below:

As vocalist/guitarist Darren Cherry proudly states:

“We really wanted to make an album similar to old Ozzy Osbourne record where songs like ‘I Don’t Know’ and ‘Goodbye To Romance’ can sit comfortably. This is music from the heart and soul!”

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Suicidal Tendencies To Release “Get Your Fight On!” EP In March – Announce Australian Tour

Suicidal Tendencies will release their new EP entitled “Get Your Fight On!” on March 09th. The EP will be one of two releases they have planned for 2018. In other news, the band have also booked a number of Australian appearances around their Australian/New Zealand festival dates. Check all dates below:

03/17 TBA, NZ – Storm The Gates Festival
03/21 Gold Coast, AUS – Coolangatta Hotel
03/22 Sydney, AUS – Metro Theatre
03/23 Brisbane, AUS – Eatons Hill Hotel
03/24 Melbourne, AUS – Download Melbourne
03/26 Adelaide, AUS – The Gov
03/27 Perth, AUS – Capitol

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Turnstile To Support Turnover On 2018 Australian Tour

Turnstile will support Turnover on the below Australian tour run set for March, 2018:

03/05 Brisbane, AUS – Woolly Mammoth
03/07 Newcastle, AUS – Small Ballroom
03/08 Sydney, AUS – Factory Theatre
03/09 Wollongong, AUS – UNI Bar
03/10 Melbourne, AUS – Corner Hotel
03/12 Adelaide, AUS – Enigma Bar
03/13 Perth, AUS – Amplifier Bar

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Arkheth Details Upcoming Release “2 Winter Moons Comes The Witches Brew”

Tells the band’s label: “Good things take time. It was a challenge to find an equally outrageous artwork for the music of Australian black metal entity Arkheth. We’re pleased with the results. The music of Arkheth is unlike any other – they’re experimental in their own way without owing too much to any band per se. Listen to the creepy song in full below.”

12 Winter Moons Comes The Witches Brew (Experimental Black Metal) by ARKHETH (Australia)

Track list:

1. Trismegistus
2. Dark Energy Equilibrium
3. Where Nameless Ghouls Weep
4. The Fool Who Persists In His Folly
5. A Place Under The Sun

Line up:
Tyrone ‘Tyraenos’ Kostitch – All Instruments

Glen Wholohan – Saxophone

Album artwork by T Bare McClough (UK)

Logo by Mark Riddick (US)

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AC/DC Founding Guitarist Malcolm Young Has Died Aged 64

Malcolm Young, arguably the backbone of Australian rock legends AC/DC, has sadly passed away at the age of 64, the band has announced. The cause of death is not yet known, but the guitarist had been battling dementia for a while, which caused him to leave the group in 2014. A statement on the AC/DC website reads as follows:

“Today it is with deep heartfelt sadness that AC/DC has to announce the passing of Malcolm Young.

“Malcolm, along with Angus, was the founder and creator of AC/DC. With enormous dedication and commitment he was the driving force behind the band. As a guitarist, songwriter and visionary he was a perfectionist and a unique man. He always stuck to his guns and did and said exactly what he wanted. He took great pride in all that he endeavored. His loyalty to the fans was unsurpassed.

“As his brother it is hard to express in words what he has meant to me during my life, the bond we had was unique and very special. He leaves behind an enormous legacy that will live on forever.

“Malcolm, job well done.”

Malcolm Young was born in Glasgow, Scotland in 1953 and moved to Sydney, Australia as a child with his family. It was there that he co-founded AC/DC with his younger brother Angus in 1973. Their early material was produced by another Young brother, George, who himself passed away only last month and achieved some success of his own with The Easybeats. AC/DC went on to sell over 200 million albums worldwide, more than The Rolling Stones, Queen, Eminem and U2.

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