Guitarist Jesse Stamper Officially Confirms His Exit From Motograter

The volatility in Motograter‘s lineup proceeds with the below confirmation that guitarist Jesse Stamper has now officially left the band as well. The guitarist‘s past exit was previously said to be part of an alleged mass lineup exodus which the band themselves officially denied.

Now Stamper made two posts via his Facebook, one of which aiming at his now ex-bandmate, Motograter guitarist Matt “Nuke” Nunes:

Motograter are currently out on tour with the below dates booked:

06/16 Algona, IA – Lifers
06/17 St. Louis, MO – Fubar
06/18 Springfield, MO – Outland Ballroom
06/21 Houston, TX – Scout Bar
06/22 San Antonio, TX – The Rock Box
06/24 Dallas, TX – Trees

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Guitarist Ralph Santolla (Ex-Deicide, Obituary, Etc.) In A Coma After Suffering Heart Attack

Guitarist Ralph Santolla (Devil’s Highway, ex-Deicide/Obituary/Death, etc.) is currently in coma after suffering a heart attack on Tuesday (May 29th). His mother posted the below statement on his condition via Facebook:

“Friend and family..it is out there now so let me tell you what I know. Ralph thought he had a spider bite on Saturday. Went to the hospital. It was not a spider bite, it was a blood clot. Tuesday nite he fell and he had a heart attack. John Rocha gave him CPR until EMT arrive. His heart had stopped but they got him back. His visuals are staple but he is in a coma.

He is on a ventilator but he is breathing around it he could breathe on his own but they do not want to had additional strain to his body. He is in a coma. That is the main concern at this moment. They can fix everything else. We are having as many of his friends as he can come and talk to him and play music. There has been a minimal movement but some.

It is ICU but he is in a private room and they are letting anyone in and they can stay as long as they want. So please pray as he has people all over the world praying and if you can come and spend time with him. Please..he needs to get back from the place that he is in. I love you all…let’s just work on getting him out of the coma if we can. I will keep everyone update the best I can”

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Fleshgod Apocalypse Has Equipment Stolen In Sweden

Italian symphonic death metal band Fleshgod Apocalypse has posted a message online at their official Facebook account, revealing that their equipment, including instruments, were stolen last night in Gothenburg, Sweden an that subsequently, they have had to pull out of the remaining dates with Vader. The statement reads:

“Hello friends, we’re sorry to inform you that we’ll not be able to make it for the last four shows of this tour: Copenhagen, Hamburg, Brasov and Mannheim.

“Last night some miserable pieces of shit broke into our van and stole our full live rig, production tools and stage props, drums gear, our signature custom-made guitars and bass (by Rufini Guitars), merchandise and various spare parts. Please let us know if you spot one of those turds trying to resell our stuff online.

“If you want to help, you can give us a hand by buying some merchandise from our store (shop.fleshgodapocalypse.com).

“This is a tough day for us, but we’re stubborn like a bull and we’ll keep working harder than before, which is the only way we know to overcome adversities. Old-school we are, old-school we’ll die.

“Please spread the word and thanks so much for your support!”

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Fleshgod Apocalypse Has Equipment Stolen In Sweden

Italian symphonic death metal band Fleshgod Apocalypse has posted a message online at their official Facebook account, revealing that their equipment, including instruments, were stolen last night in Gothenburg, Sweden an that subsequently, they have had to pull out of the remaining dates with Vader. The statement reads:

“Hello friends, we’re sorry to inform you that we’ll not be able to make it for the last four shows of this tour: Copenhagen, Hamburg, Brasov and Mannheim.

“Last night some miserable pieces of shit broke into our van and stole our full live rig, production tools and stage props, drums gear, our signature custom-made guitars and bass (by Rufini Guitars), merchandise and various spare parts. Please let us know if you spot one of those turds trying to resell our stuff online.

“If you want to help, you can give us a hand by buying some merchandise from our store (shop.fleshgodapocalypse.com).

“This is a tough day for us, but we’re stubborn like a bull and we’ll keep working harder than before, which is the only way we know to overcome adversities. Old-school we are, old-school we’ll die.

“Please spread the word and thanks so much for your support!”

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Aborted Reveals New Album Title, Release Date And Announces European Tour With Cryptopsy

Belgian deathgrind veterans Aborted has posted a message online revealing the details of their forthcoming new studio album. A post on their official Facebook account reads:

“We have some exciting news to share with you all – as many of you know, we entered the studio to start the recording of our new studio album which will be called “TerrorVision”. Expect nothing less than brutal death metal on the highest level, enriched by the dark melodic twist of our latest EP, “Bathos”. “TerrorVision” is set to be released on September 21, 2018 via Century Media Records. Aborted will return to the death metal clubs of Europe in early November, joined by Cryptopsy, Benighted and Cytotoxin. Do not miss the brutal death metal package in autumn!

Aborted’s vocalist Sven De Caluwe comments on the album and tour:

“So here we are, at it again. We just spent a little over two weeks recording the follow up to Retrogore, entitled TerrorVision at the mighty Kohlekeller Studios in Germany. Tracking is coming to its end, and it’s been a record we poured a ton of work in over the last year or so. This is actually the first record we were able to do full pre-productions for and had Kohle involved in with since the beginning, and let me tell you, the result is there. We all feel very proud and strongly about how this beast is shaping. Get ready for the most ambitious, varied and brutal Aborted record so far. Kohle has been pushing us beyond the limit of what we have ever done and stuff is sounding massive; always a pleasure to have him involved.

“Next to that we can’t be more excited to announce the line-up for our Hell Over Europe II tour. Last time we had a killer package; well this time for the release of TerrorVision I think not only do we have one of the best brutal death metal packages we could put together; but it’s also the most awesome company of friends we could dream to share the road with for a month. Get ready to have your bodies annihilated by our friends of Cryptopsy, Benighted and Cytotoxin next to yours truly of course. This is going to be the party you don’t wanna miss out on, we are ecstatic to share the road with our good friends and hang with you all, see you all out there, PREPARE TO GRIND!!!!!!”

The tour dates are as follows:

01/11/2018 TH NL Leeuwarden Neushoorn
02/11/2018 FR FR Mulhouse Noumatrouff
03/11/2018 SA BE Sint Niklaas Casino
04/11/2018 SU FR ST-Brieuc La Citrouille
08/11/2018 TH FR Biarritz Atabal
09/11/2018 FR ES Madrid Caracol
10/11/2018 SA ES Barcelona Boveda
11/11/2018 SU FR Lyon CCO
12/11/2018 MO IT Brescia Circolo Colony
13/11/2018 TU Sl Ljubljana Orto Bar
14/11/2018 WE CH Fribourg Fri-Son
15/11/2018 TH AT Vienna Arena
16/11/2018 FR DE Munich Feierwerk
17/11/2018 SA CZ Ostrava Barak Music Club
18/11/2018 SU CZ Prague Roxy
19/11/2018 MO PL Poznan Klub Y Bazyla
20/11/2018 TU DE Berlin Cassiopeia
21/11/2018 WE DK Copenhagen Pumpehuset
22/11/2018 TH DE Hamburg Bambi Galore
23/11/2018 FR DE Essen Turock
24/11/2018 SA DE Weinheim Café Central
25/11/2018 SU NL Eindhoven Dynamo

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Rivers of Nihil challenges The Black Dahlia Murder to a beer pong game, while streaming their new album, ‘Where Owls Know My Name’ (out tomorrow!)

– March 15th, 2018 –

Kicks off North American tour with Dying Fetus, Thy Art Is Murder, Enterprise Earth, Sanction today

Tomorrow (March 16th), Rivers of Nihil will release their third full-length, Where Owls Know My Name, via Metal Blade Records. In support of this new album, the band is hitting the road today with Dying Fetus, Thy Art Is Murder, Enterprise Earth, and Sanction for a North American tour that’s not to be missed (see below for dates).

For a preview of Where Owls Know My Name, fans can watch a video of Rivers of Nihil challenging labelmates The Black Dahlia Murder to a beer pong game – with a part of the album streaming during the clip. Head over to the Metal Sucks Facebook page now for the exclusive: facebook.com

To hear the previous singles – “The Silent Life”, “A Home”, “Where Owls Know My Name” – please visit: metalblade.com/riversofnihil – where the record can also be pre-ordered in the following formats:


–CD
–Swamp green vinyl + download card (limited to 400 copies – USA exclusive)
–Olive green w/ black splatter vinyl + download card (limited to 300 copies – USA exclusive)
–Doublemint inside swamp green vinyl + download card (limited to 300 copies – USA exclusive)
* exclusive bundles with a shirt, plus digital options are also available!

Where Owls Know My Name reunites Rivers of Nihil with Monarchy producer Carson Slovak (August Burns Red, The Last Ten Seconds of Life) and Dan Seagrave, the storied artist behind such celebrated album covers as Entombed‘s Left Hand Path and Suffocation‘s Effigy of the Forgotten. The result is the Reading, PA quintet’s most visceral, accomplished, and satisfying offering to-date.

Guitarist Brody Uttley comments:
“This record is Rivers of Nihil being exactly who we want to be. Many bands get stuck in a comfortable routine of releasing the same album over and over again. Constantly relying on the same familiar formula may work for some bands, but it does not work for us. Music is art, and art is ever-changing. Without change, there is no progress. Without progress, the very fire that powers art and expression will die. This record is the sound of where we come from, where we are, and where we are going.”

Adds bassist/vocalist Adam Biggs:
“This time around, the lyrics feel a little more personal than on previous albums. The story picks up several millennia after the events of ‘Monarchy‘, where one person still remains alive, chosen by the planet to be the sole intelligent witness of its ultimate fate. But ‘Where Owls Know My Name‘ is less about overarching narrative than our previous albums. The scenario is just a backdrop for the more emotional material we tried to put forth this time around. Ultimately, this is an album about loss, getting older, and reaching a point where death becomes a much more present part of your life.”

Where Owls Know My Name track-listing
1. Cancer / Moonspeak
2. The Silent Life
3. A Home
4. Old Nothing
5. Subtle Change (Including the Forest of Transition
6. Terrestria III: Wither
7. Hollow
8. Death Is Real
9. Where Owls Know My Name
10. Capricorn / Agoratopia

Rivers of Nihil tour dates
w/ Dying Fetus, Thy Art Is Murder, Enterprise Earth, Sanction

Mar. 15 – Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
Mar. 16 – Rochester, NY @ Montage Music Hall
Mar. 17 – Cleveland, OH @ Agora
Mar. 18 – Toronto, ON @ Opera House
Mar. 20 – Pontiac, MI @ Crofoot
Mar. 21 – Joliet, IL @ The Forge
Mar. 22 – Minneapolis, MN @ Skyway
Mar. 23 – Merriam, KS @ Aftershock
Mar. 24 – Denver, CO @ Summit
Mar. 25 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Metro Music Hall *
Mar. 27 – Portland, OR @ Bossanova
Mar. 28 – Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
Mar. 30 – San Jose, CA @ The Ritz
Mar. 31 – Pomona, CA @ Glasshouse
Apr. 1 – Phoenix, AZ @ Club Red
Apr. 2 – Albuquerque, NM @ The Jamspot *
Apr. 3 – Tulsa, OK @ The Vanguard
Apr. 4 – Springfield, MO @ The Riff
Apr. 6 – Knoxville, TN @ International
Apr. 7 – Miami, FL @ The Ground
Apr. 8 – Tampa, FL @ Orpheum
Apr. 9 – Birmingham, AL @ Zydeco
Apr. 10 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
Apr. 11 – Jacksonville, FL @ 1904
Apr. 13 – Houston, TX @ Come and Take It Live
Apr. 14 – Austin, TX @ Texas Independence Fest
Apr. 15 – Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Live
Apr. 16 – Hot Springs Village, AR @ The Building *
Apr. 17 – St. Louis, MO @ Ready Room
Apr. 18 – Columbus, OH @ Skully’s Music Diner
Apr. 19 – Allentown, PA @ One Centre Square
Apr. 20 – Worcester, MA @ New England Metal & Hardcore Fest
Apr. 21 – Asbury Park, NJ @ House of Independence
Apr. 22 – Amityville, NY @ Revolution
*=Rivers of Nihil, Enterprise Earth only

Rivers of Nihil line-up:
Jake Dieffenbach – Vocals
Brody Uttley – Guitar
Jon Topore – Guitar
Adam Biggs – Bass/Vocals
Jared Klein – Drums

Rivers of Nihil online:
https://www.facebook.com/riversofnihil
https://twitter.com/riversofnihil
https://www.youtube.com/user/Riversofnihilpa

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Anthrax Cancel 2018 European Tour Plans

According to the Facebook page of the In Flames-curated Borgholm Brinner festival, Anthrax has canceled its plans to tour Europe this summer “due to scheduling conflicts”. The band was one of several acts scheduled to perform at the festival on July 27-28 at Borgholm Castle, Sweden.

Tells Anthrax in a statement, that they “sincerely apologize to all of their fans and hope to see them very soon.”

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Anthrax Cancel 2018 European Tour Plans

According to the Facebook page of the In Flames-curated Borgholm Brinner festival, Anthrax has canceled its plans to tour Europe this summer “due to scheduling conflicts”. The band was one of several acts scheduled to perform at the festival on July 27-28 at Borgholm Castle, Sweden.

Tells Anthrax in a statement, that they “sincerely apologize to all of their fans and hope to see them very soon.”

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Bloodhammer Exits Belphegor & Joins Monument Of Misanthropy For European Tour

Drum wizard Simon “Bloodhammer” Schilling has recently announced his exit from Belphegor for “different reasons”. Yesterday he revealed via his Facebook that he will join Austrian/French brutal death metal act Monument Of Misanthropy on their upcoming European Tour with Immolation and Full Of Hell:

Omophagia and Stortregn have also recently been added to that run. The final updated list of stops of that trek can be seen below:

15.03.2018 Warsaw (Proxima) PL
16.03.2018 Lodz (Magnetofon) PL
17.03.2018 Bielsko-Biala (Rude Boy) PL
18.03.2018 Wien (Viper Room) AT
19.03.2018 Bologna (Freakout Club) IT
21.03.2018 Bilbao (Santana 27) ES
22.03.2018 Porto (Hard Club) PT
23.03.2018 Madrid (Nazca Club) ES
24.03.2018 Lisbon (RCA Club) PT
25.03.2018 Seville (Sala Custom) ES
26.03.2018 Valencia (Rock City) ES
27.03.2018 Barcelona (Razzmatazz 2) ES
28.03.2018 Marseille (Jas’Rod) FR
29.03.2018 Paris (Petit Bain) FR
30.03.2018 Rotterdam (Baroeg) NL
31.03.2018 Esbjerg (Konfus) DK
02.04.2018 Copenhagen (Pumpehuset) DK
03.04.2018 Flensburg (Roxy) DE
04.04.2018 Essen (Turock) DE
05.04.2018 Eindhoven (Effenaar) NL
06.04.2018 London (The Dome) GB
07.04.2018 Haarlem (Patronaat) NL
08.04.2018 Kassel (K19) DE

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