Vixen Reveals New Vocalist Lorraine Lewis

American hard rock veterans Vixen has revealed that Femme Fatale vocalist Lorraine Lewis has been recruited as their new permanent singer, following the departure of Janet Gardner.

Says Vixen: “Waiting for the Big One”!?!??! Then wait no more! Show some love and support for Hurricane Lorraine Lewis! Back with Vixen to take care of some unfinished business!”

Lewis previously performed with Vixen in March 2018 in Oklahoma, while Janent Gardner was recovering from surgery. Video can be seen below.

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Dave McClain (Ex-Machine Head) Joins Sacred Reich

Phoenix-based thrash icons, Sacred Reich are thrilled to announce the return of former drummer Dave McClain to their ranks, following his departure from Bay Area metal outfit Machine Head last month after 23 years on the drum throne. Before joining Machine Head, McClain played drums for Sacred Reich for four years between 1991 and 1995.

Sacred Reich’s frontman and bassist, Phil Rind comments:

“It is with great pleasure that we announce that Dave McClain is once again a member of SACRED REICH! This was the best case scenario that we could have hoped for. Dave is the best! A great drummer and a great person and we are beyond excited to welcome him back to the band. We’re headed into the studio in February and can’t wait for you all to hear our new record due in the Summer of 2019!”

Dave echoes the sentiment, stating:

“I’m so excited about re-joining my brothers in Sacred Reich. To have the opportunity to make and play music with one of my favorite metal bands was always something I hoped could happen. I can’t wait for everyone to hear the new album that we’re recording in February and to come see us out on the road in 2019-2020.”

As well as new album plans for 2019 through Metal Blade, Sacred Reich are currently planning their live schedule for next year and into 2020. Stay tuned for more news from the Reich soon.

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Accept Bassist Peter Baltes Leaves The Band

Accept bassist and founding member Peter Baltes has announced that after forty years with Accept, he is leaving the group. He did not give any reasons for his departure, but a post on the band’s official Facebook page read:

“To all Accept fans:

“I hereby like to announce my departure as Bassplayer from Accept. I have been with the band from the very beginning. Many of you have been there as well. I like to thank you all for the great years we shared together.

“Keep it Metal.

A statement from the rest of the band members soon afterwards read:

“We are all heart broken! Peter needed a change in his life and we wish him all the best. He will always be part of the Accept Family and to honor his tribute to music history, we should all wish him well. Gaby, Wolf,Mark, Uwe & Christopher …indeed ACCEPT WILL KEEP IT METAL!”

Accept recently released their new live album, “Symphonic Terror – Live At Wacken 2017,” which saw the band perform at the famous festival with a full piece orchestra.

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The Charm The Fury Announces Decision To Split Up

Dutch metal band The Charm The Fury have announced that the band will cease to exist for the time being.

The band states: “Unfortunately, we have collectively decided that, for the time being, The Charm The Fury has come to an end. Sadly, the band could not be sustained in its current line-up for multiple, complicated reasons. With the departure of our old guitarists Mathijs Parent and Rolf Perdok, many things changed. Also, the financial strain that the band was placing on some of us was becoming too hard to bear. Suffice to say, the current situation could not be maintained and a decision eventually had to be made.”

Over the years the band became well-known in their genre and played on every major festival in 2017, including Download UK, Graspop, Pinkpop and various support slots including Korn, Papa Roach and Marilyn Manson.


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Metal Church Posts New Music Video “By The Numbers” Online

West coast metal veterans Metal Church will release their 12th full length studio album “Damned If You Do” via Nuclear Blast Records on December 7th 2018 (Rat Pak Records/America & King Records/Japan). The latest release is the follow-up to their highly successful 2016 album XI, which saw the return of legendary front man Mike Howe. “Damned If You Do” is a cross between the band’s iconic “Blessing In Disguise” and “The Human Factor.” This new offering features ten fully-charged, classic-metal influenced songs showcasing the sound that has garnered the band a solid fan base for over 3 decades.

Today, the band has launched the third single from their upcoming offering entitled ‘By The Numbers’. The video tells the story of a successful businessman who leads a double life as a lead singer in a metal band, something Mike Howe knows all too well. The video for “By The Numbers” can be seen below.

“Damned If You Do” also features new drummer Stet Howland (ex-W.A.S.P./Lita Ford). Stet first arrived after the departure of long-time drummer Jeff Plate, but soon after joining the band he was diagnosed with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma. Miraculously his treatments for the aggressive non-Hodgkin lymphoma worked and he was able to begin recording the new album.

Speaking of the new album Stet Howland comments, “From the minute we started tracking this new CD, I had the feeling that it was going to be something special. I knew that I was going to do my best to deliver a top drum performance, not only because of the high standard set by past Metal Church drummers, but also because this is my first CD release after being sick. I’m beyond happy with all aspects of this CD, great songs, great performances, great production, just an overall great CD! I love it!”

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Exciter Reveals New Guitarist Daniel Dekay

With the departure of founding guitarist John Ricci, Canadian speed legends Exciter are hyped to reveal that Daniel Dekay (Diemonds, BangerTV) will be taking the position as the new guitarist for the band. A longtime friend of the Exciter family, Dekay was a natural choice and a perfect fit to keep this thrash machine pounding. Dekay joins forces with original members Dan Beehler & Allan Johnson to round out this lineup of the band which is already working on new tunes with plans for a full length studio record.

The original lineup of Exciter reunited in 2015 but last month guitarist John Ricci decided to leave the group, finishing a second stint in the band which began in 1992.

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Ex Onslaught Drummer Michael Hourihan Rejoins Extreme Noise Terror

Extreme Noise Terror has announced that following his departure from British thrash metal veterans Onslaught, drummer Michael Hourihan has returned to the crust punk/grindcore legends on a full time basis. A statement on the band’s official Facebook page reads as follows:

“We’re very pleased to announce the full time return of drum powerhouse Michael Hourihan to the line up. Michael has drummed for ENT on and off for the past 12 years but due to his full time job being the drummer for Onslaught he wasn’t always available for shows and tours with us. Since leaving them a few months ago though he’s back with us for good. We want to thank Joe (Antisect) and Rhys (Vile Inscription) for filling in. Come see him smash fuck out the kit at the following dates:

March 24: Oilsjt Omploft, Aalst, BE
May 18: Eradication Fest, Cardiff, UK
May 25: Norwich Punk & Alternative Fest, UK
August 8: Chimpyfest, London, UK
December 15: Star & Garter, Manchester, UK

“More shows to be announced soon!”

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Former Sodom Guitarist And Drummer Were Fired Via WhatsApp

Guitarist Bernd “Bernemann” Kost and drummer Markus “Makka” Freiwald have released a joint statement regarding their exit from German thrash metal outfit Sodom.

As reported past Friday (January 5) Sodom bassist/vocalist and sole remaining founding member Thomas “Angelripper” Such, announced that he made the decision to part ways with Kost and Freiwald because he wanted to “start all over again with fresh and hungry musicians.”

Kost and Freiwald addressed their departure from the band, writing in a Facebook post:

“Tom has already pointed it out in his statement that in fact we have slightly drifted apart from each other. Indeed, our conceptions of respect and workload diverged even further. Also tour offers neglected by Tom disappointed us.

“After its overwhelming reactions, we were totally looking forward to creating a successor to ‘Decision Day’ and have already recorded lots of song ideas. Unfortunately, Tom did not share our enthusiasm; he terminated his cooperation with us via WhatsApp even without listening to any of the new material.

“Of course, it is not easy for us to leave Sodom — the band that have become such a huge part of our lives and that we totally identify with. But, we will not stop doing what we love — together we will found a new band and we will see a way forward.

“Within our hearts, we will remain Sodom even if Tom is not with us any longer.”

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Evilheart Part Ways With Guitarist Adrian Urias

Mexican blackened death metallers Evilheart announce the departure of their long time guitarist Adrian Urias. Drummer Rodolfo Rogers comments:

“After 13 years working together, Evilheart and guitarist Adrian Urias will take different paths. We will continue to work on our next album and we wish Adrian the best for his future endeavors. A new guitarist will be announced at a later time.”

Evilheart’s latest album ‘Quinquaginta’ was re-released in 2015 on Vancouver, BC based Test Your Metal Records. The band is currently working on their follow up. Evilheart completed their second Canadian tour this past October, which featured new vocalist Adam ‘Greasy’ Benito of Calgary’s Train Bigger Monkeys.

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Bullet For My Valentine Officially Part Ways With Drummer Michael “Moose” Thomas – New Album Completed

Bullet For My Valentine have officially announced the departure of drummer Michael “Moose” Thomas from the band. Moose’s exit doesn’t arrive as too much of a surprise as Jason Bowld has been handling the drums for Bullet For My Valentine since November, 2015. The band posted the below statement on the matter via Facebook:

“Bullet family,

So, the time is almost upon us. We’ve been slaving away since April on new music, and we’re stoked to say that as of today – the sixth Bullet album is 99% DONE. We’ve one or two cherries to add to the cake, so to speak, but we can say without doubt that we’ve created something that we’re incredibly proud of, and we can’t wait to let you hear it.

In the spirit of starting a fresh chapter for Bullet For My Valentine, we wanted to clarify the Bullet For My Valentine drummer situation . As most of you know, Jason Bowld has been in the hot seat since November 2015, playing every show we’ve done since then – killing it every single night. Jase has been a big part of making the last cycle for us our most enjoyable and successful yet, from the live shows through to the writing and recording sessions for ‘Don’t Need You‘ last year.

With that said, we’d like to officially welcome Jason to Bullet For My Valentine as our permanent drummer. Since initially filling in for Moose in 2015, Jase has cemented himself as an integral member of the Bullet family, and you guys are going to be blown away with what he’s brought to the new record.

We’d like to place on record our thanks for everything that Michael “Moose” Thomas has given to Bullet throughout his time in the band, and we wish him every success in his future endeavours.

Please join us in welcoming Jase to the fold, as I know he’d like to thank you guys for all the support and love you guys have given him over the last 2 years.

We’ll see you guys in 2018. It’s going to be a big one.


Michael “Moose” Thomas also commented of his official departure from the band, stating:

Hi guys, thanks for all your messages! As soon as I can say what’s going on you guys will be the first to know. It’s been a weird couple of years for me, but please hear this I AM NOT QUITTING DRUMS OR MUSIC!I have been hard at work on something and will announce very soon. #2018

— Moose Thomas (@moosebullet) December 4, 2017

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