Former Danzig And Murphy’s Law Guitarist Todd Youth Passes Away

Todd Youth (born Todd Schofield,) known for his time playing with hardcore bands such as Warzone and Murphy’s Law, as well as Danzig, has passed away at the age of 47. The guitarist also spent time with such bands as Agnostic Front, D-Generation and even filled in for Motorhead guitarist Phil Campbell for a short period, before forming a new band named Fireburn with former Bad Brains vocalist Ras Israel Joseph I, who posted the following message on his Facebook account:

“There are no words to express how sad I am at the passing of my brother Todd Youth. The music he made will forever be remembered, and I’m so thankful that I was able to work with him and that we created Fireburn together. Todd and I were living separate lives doing hardcore and reggae music. We met each other in 1992 and then never spoke again until 2017. We created Fireburn within two weeks of knowing each other and finished writing two of my favorite hardcore records that I ever worked on: “Don’t stop the youth”, and “Shine”. Closed casket records signed the band and we were on our way.

“We had great shows and lots of people showed up to them. We toured with GBH from England, hung out with the guys from Negative Approach, and got our blessings about our music and our records from the Bad Brains. I know that Todd is now resting in peace and I know that Krishna has taken his soul to a better place. He was a devout Hari Krishna and a devout human being.

“Todd wherever you are I hope that we will make music again one day. Life is a circle, and I know I’ll meet you again in that circle brother. We will meet again. Rest In Peace, Rest In Power, rest my brother. I am saddened that we cannot make music again together in this world, but I am happy that you are finally going home to be with Krishna that Haile Selassie has finally giving you peace and comfort my brother.

“One day, I too will lay down and die. This body that I wear is temporary. I will probably be alone. There’ll probably be no one around me. However I know that I will join you and all of our other friends in that good place, and we’ll all see each other again. I’m sorry you died Todd. I’m sorry I can’t see you again. I’m sorry I wasn’t there to help you. You are my friend and my brother and I love you. Rest in peace my brother. May your visit to our Heavenly Home be full of peace, and comfort, and closeness to Krishna. Haribo. Haile Selassie I. FIREBURN.”

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Altitudes & Attitude (Megadeth/Anthrax) Premiere New Single “Out Here”

Altitudes & Attitude have a new record called “Get It Out” in the works for a January 18th release via Megaforce. The band’s core consists of Megadeth‘s David Ellefson and Anthrax‘s Frank Bello and the first single from the outing has been launched in the form of the below lyric video for the song “Out Here“. Guitarist Jon Donais (Anthrax, Shadows Fall) guests on this song.

Comments Bello of this current single:

“I’ve learned that writing songs is very cathartic. A lot of these lyrics are about the inner struggles of my life, and about the rage that has built up from my life experiences — my brother’s murder; my father abandoning my family when we were young, leaving us with no funds to pay the bills … the ups and downs of life in general. I’ve always had an anger inside that music really helps me deal with.”

Other guests involved with the effort include drummer Jeff Friedl (A Perfect Circle), Ace Frehley, Gus G. of Firewind, Nita Strauss (Alice Cooper), Christian Martucci (Stone Sour) and Satchel (Steel Panther).

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Watch: Phil Anselmo Appear Via Video At Public Celebration Of Life For Vinnie Paul

The public celebration of life for late ex-Pantera/Damageplan, HELLYEAH drummer Vinnie Paul that was held yesterday, July 01st, at The Bomb Factory in Dallas, Texas can be streamed below. Among those offering tribute via a video presentation was Vinnie‘s ex-Pantera bandmate, Phil Anselmo, who had an estranged relationship with him stemming from the demise of Pantera back in 2003.

Phil Anselmo appeared via a previously recorded brief video message at the celebration offering:

“Vince, always have love in my heart for you, man. Rest in peace.”

Vinnie Paul died on June 22nd, 2018 at the age of 54. The official cause of death has yet to be revealed. He was laid to rest in a Kiss coffin, beside his brother, late Pantera guitarist Dimebag Darrell Abbott, and his mother at the Moore Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Arlington, TX.

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Two Native American Metalheads Pulled From Campus Tour After Nervous Mother Calls 911

Two Native American brothers from the Mohawk tribe, Thomas Kanewakeron Gray, 19, and his younger brother Lloyd Skanahwati Gray, 17, were pulled from a campus tour at Colorado State University this past Monday after an “overcautious” parent on the tour called 911, concerned they looked suspicious, in an outrageous incident of metalhead profiling.

The two boys, who were wearing Cattle Decapitation and Archspire tees, had saved up their money to make the seven-hour drive to the campus tour for prospective students only to be taken aside, patted down and questioned by police.

Thomas Kanewakeron Gray said police stopped him and his brother while the tour group was inside a gymnasium. He described the officers’ questioning as aggressive.

The video footage streaming below shows the brothers walking in a group and down a set of stairs when an officer approaches them and directs them to step aside, saying he and another officer are going to check the teens’ pockets.

The younger of the two brothers has his hands in his pockets, and police officers ask them to take them out.

At first, the officer visible in the video asks the Grays short, focused questions, including whether the brothers were part of the tour group and why they didn’t “cooperate” when others asked them their names.

“The reason we stopped you and talked to you is because someone from the group called and said you guys just kind of came into the group,” the officer said. “They also said they tried to ask you guys questions and you didn’t want to answer questions.”

The older teen quickly responds, explaining that they had arrived late for the tour and that his younger brother is shy. The younger teen offers to retrieve the email confirming their reservations on the tour.

“Yeah, yeah, do that, and then we’ll get you out of here,” the officer shown in the video said.

The “concerned” parent who called the police, reported that the two boys’ quiet behavior and clothing stood out. She said they were “definitely not” a part of the tour, described their behavior as “odd” and said they were wearing “dark stuff.”

The woman also repeatedly told the dispatcher that her concern could be “completely paranoid” and apologized “if it’s nothing.”

“I think it’s pretty discriminatory,” said Thomas Kanewakeron Gray, the older brother, is currently a student at Northern New Mexico College in Espanola and hoped to transfer. “Me and my brother just stayed to ourselves the whole time. I guess that was scaring people – that we were just quiet.”

The university’s president, Dr. Tony Frank, issued a lengthy statement on that matter, stating:

“Two young men, through no fault of their own, wound up frightened and humiliated because another campus visitor was concerned about their clothes and overall demeanor, which appears to have simply been shyness. The very idea that someone — anyone — might ‘look’ like they don’t belong on a C.S.U. admissions tour is anathema.”

Dr. Frank said efforts to contact the Gray family to make right have so far been not successful, and that the university would be reviewing its policies for how they manage campus tours.

Cattle Decapitation responded to the incident yesterday on Facebook by promising the brothers free admission to their shows for life.

You can watch one of the officers’ body-cam footage of the incident below. There is no audio for the first 30 seconds:

The Gray brothers play in a death metal band called Snot Goblin. Stream their latest release below:

The Path Of The Shrunken Heads by Snot Goblin

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Madball Back In The Studios Working On New Album

Madball have begun the recording sessions for their new full-length effort. Rancid‘s Tim Armstrong is helming the production, which finds ex-Madball member Matt Henderson temporarily returning for guitar tracking. Madball shared the below picture from the sessions via Instagram:

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Horizon Ablaze Premiere New Song “Sleep is the Brother of Death” From Upcoming New Album “The Weight of a Thousand Suns”

Horizon Ablaze premiere a new song entitled “Sleep is the Brother of Death”, taken from their upcoming new album “The Weight of a Thousand Suns”, which will be out in stores Feb 17th.

Check out now “Sleep is the Brother of Death” below.

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Ex-Job For A Cowboy Drummer Jon Rice Sitting In For Behemoth’s Inferno For Upcoming Summer Tour With Slayer & Lamb Of God

Drummer Inferno will be sitting out the Behemoth’s upcoming summer tour with Slayer and Lamb Of God. Ex-Job For A Cowboy drummer Jon Rice will be taking over drum duties in his place. Explains the band:

“Behemoth Legions!
We must announce that our drummer, Inferno will not be taking part in the upcoming Slayer tour with Lamb of God:

‘I am going to be a father for the second time in my life and it’s going to happen in July of 2017. I therefore must apologize to all our fans for not being able to participate in the 2017 Summer, North American tour. I believe that Jon Rice, an amazing drummer, a truly experienced musician, and a good friend of ours, will flawlessly take over my drum throne for this short period and will set the stage on fire!’ – Inferno

As much of a disappointment it is not to have our brother with us, we completely support Inferno in this amazing chapter of his life. Rest assured, we’re still bringing one HELL of a show with us and look forward to seeing our North American, Legions in full force!”

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Tributes To Fallen Metal Brothers Made In “Fallen Brother” Video From Kreator

German legends Kreator issued a video clip for the song “Fallen Brother.” The clip is a tribute to those lost in the metal world over the years. The song appears on the new album “Gods of Violence”, just issued this past Friday via Nuclear Blast Records. Check out our review for the album at this location.

The album’s track listing is:

1. Apocalypticon
2. World War Now
3. Satan Is Real (see video clip here)
4. Totalitarian Terror (see video clip here)
5. Gods Of Violence (see music video here)
6. Army Of Storms
7. Hail To The Hordes
8. Lion With Eagle Wings
9. Fallen Brother
10. Side By Side
11. Death Becomes My Light

Check out “Fallen Brother” here:

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Wulfhook Parts With Vocalist Jeff Schlinz

Wulfhook just issued the following announcement online about parting ways with vocalist Jeff Schlinz:

“Happy new year everyone. We’ve been quiet for a minute and unfortunately our first news of 2017 will be a bummer. Jeff Schlinz has decided to part ways with Wulfhook. We will not go into detail as to why. If he’d like to address it he can but please respect his privacy otherwise. We wish him the absolute best with his future endevours and pursuits beyond the band. He will always be our brother and he will be missed.

“That being said, we are looking for a new singer. Anyone interested in trying out can message the band or any of the members directly. We absolutely do not expect anyone to sound like a Jeff Schlinz clone, he was a freak of nature vocally (we are very aware). The best thing you can do is be yourself, bring your own voice and attitude to the table.

“We are looking for someone who is motivated and hard working. We have a lot of plans toward the future and you’ll be hearing much more from us in the weeks and months to come. In the meantime here is the last recording we did with Sling and the only recorded material currently featuring Mike and Chris. We thank you all for your continued support of Wulfhook!”

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Wulfhook Parts With Vocalist Jeff Schlinz

Wulfhook just issued the following announcement online about parting ways with vocalist Jeff Schlinz:

“Happy new year everyone. We’ve been quiet for a minute and unfortunately our first news of 2017 will be a bummer. Jeff Schlinz has decided to part ways with Wulfhook. We will not go into detail as to why. If he’d like to address it he can but please respect his privacy otherwise. We wish him the absolute best with his future endevours and pursuits beyond the band. He will always be our brother and he will be missed.

“That being said, we are looking for a new singer. Anyone interested in trying out can message the band or any of the members directly. We absolutely do not expect anyone to sound like a Jeff Schlinz clone, he was a freak of nature vocally (we are very aware). The best thing you can do is be yourself, bring your own voice and attitude to the table.

“We are looking for someone who is motivated and hard working. We have a lot of plans toward the future and you’ll be hearing much more from us in the weeks and months to come. In the meantime here is the last recording we did with Sling and the only recorded material currently featuring Mike and Chris. We thank you all for your continued support of Wulfhook!”

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