Bruce Corbitt Retires From The Music Scene Due To Health Issues

After being rushed to the hospital earlier this week, Bruce Corbitt has now checked in with bad news about his deteriorating health situation.

Corbitt posted a video here with an update on his condition and announcing his retirement from fronting Warbeast. Following that clip, he then issued the following message online to fans via Facebook:

“Well fuck, more results not going my way. Will be lucky to make it a year, and it will be a miserable year with all they told I’m about to go through. Preparing for first radiation. Wish me luck! Love y’all!”

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Dorothy Polonium Releases “Secrets Of The Deep” Music Video

Finnish group Dorothy Polonium just released a second single and accompanying music video “Secrets of the Deep,” following previous single release “Dystopia.” These two songs are paving the way for an upcoming debut album.

Dorothy Polonium will also embark on a European tour with fellow Finnish band Escalane, which commences in Prague on May 24th – full details can be found at Facebook here or by following the band’s official blog here.

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Rivers of Nihil to kick off “Devastation On The Nation” USA tour with Cryptopsy, Decrepit Birth and more tomorrow

– May 18th, 2017 –

Band to host live stream of rehearsal today on Facebook at 2PM PDT//5PM EDT

Pennsylvania progressive death metal unit Rivers Of Nihil will begin the “Devastation On The Nation” tour tomorrow (May 19th). The mega tour features headliners Cryptopsy and Decrepit Birth with additional support provided by The Zenith Passage, The Kennedy Veil, Visceral Disgorge, Seeker, and Gloom at select shows. See below for all dates!

Before the tour kick-off, Rivers Of Nihil will be rehearsing today (May 18th) live on Facebook. Fans are welcome to tune in at 2PM PDT//5PM EDT at: facebook.com/riversofnihil

Rivers Of Nihil “Devastation On The Nation” tour dates
w/ Cryptopsy, Decrepit Birth, The Zenith Passage (5/19 – 6/4), The Kennedy Veil (5/19 – 5/29), Visceral Disgorge (5/30 – 6/11), Seeker (5/30 – 6/11), Gloom:

5/19 – Bungalow – Manchester, NH
5/20 – Webster Underground – Hartford, CT
5/21 – Saint Vitus Bar – Brooklyn, NY
5/22 – Trickshots – Clifton Park, NY
5/23 – Hard Luck – Toronto, ON
5/24 – Reverb – Reading, PA
5/26 – New Brookland Tavern – West Columbia, SC
5/27 – The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
5/28 – The Rail Club – Fort Worth, TX
5/29 – The Cold Brew – Laredo, TX
5/30 – Scout Bar – Houston, TX
5/31 – Grizzly Hall – Austin, TX
6/1 – Rockhouse Bar – El Paso, TX
6/2 – Club Red – Mesa, AZ
6/3 – Gideon’s Hall – Upland, CA
6/4 – The Catalyst – Santa Cruz, CA
6/5 – Studio Seven – Seattle, WA
6/6 – Metro Music Hall – Salt Lake City, UT
6/7 – The Roxy Theatre – Denver, CO
6/8 – The Riot Room – Kansas City, MO
6/9 – The Wire – Barwyn, IL
6/10 – Oddbody’s – Dayton, OH
6/11 – Foufounes Electrique – Montreal, QC

Rivers of Nihil will be touring in support of 2015′s Monarchy, which was hailed as “the gold standard for extreme, technical, progressive, and passionate death metal right now” (HeavyBlogIsHeavy.com). Monarchy continues the seasonal concept that began with spring on Rivers of Nihil‘s debut, The Conscious Seed of Light – this time, welcoming the oppressive summer heat. Adam Biggs, who also serves as the band’s primary lyricist, explains: “The Earth has been transformed into a vast desert wasteland, where after aeons of lifelessness, new beings begin to take shape and begin their journey as shepherds of the planet. But after a while, a class system forms from a sun-worshiping religious dictatorship, and these beings start to lose their way. Only the guidance of an ancient earthly force can help them save themselves as well the planet.”

To preview and purchase this conceptual masterpiece, please visit: metalblade.com/riversofnihil

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“Blackhearts” Documentary Offered Free For Iranian Viewers

The producers of the award-winning documentary “Blackhearts” have had a goal to release the film in Iran since early in development, and as news of the documentary started to spread online, Iranian main character Sina began receiving messages from aspiring young metalheads finding inspiration in his story, themselves wishing to play the music they love without fear of consequences.

Preparing for the DVD release, all kinds of approaches for distribution or screening possibilities in Iran were pursued, but no traditional solutions were found. Now a geoblocked minisite has been created where all Iranians can watch the full documentary for free, and the production company Gammaglimt has reached out to spread the link below the radar of the Iranian regime. If you’re in Iran and want to view the film, send a message at Facebook here.

Sina comments: “I have received many inquiries from young musicians in Iran, both via email and through social media, who have read about me in connection with Blackhearts. In Iran, it is impossible to play black metal. It is impossible to release your music legally and concerts is also something you can forget. Through my story, they can see that it is possible!”

The story of Sina’s oppression at the hands of the Iranian government questions the role of authority in dictating what defines art; on the other end lies Kaiadas, a government oppressor who is a member of Greece’s neo-fascist political party The Golden Dawn by day and black metal musician by night. In the middle, we have Hector, a devoted Satanist and frontman for the Colombian black metal band Luciferian. All three of them exemplifying the global reach and cultural heritage of Norwegian black metal. Also featured in the film are Norwegian black metallers Keep Of Kalessin, Nocturno Culto from Darkthrone, Destructhor from Myrkskog/Zyklon/ex-Morbid Angel and Tjalve from Den Saakaldte/ex-1349.

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The Faceless Drops Off Tour, Mass Internet Drama Ensues

After dropping off a major tour without warning last year, The Faceless has once again cancelled a live trek at the 11th hour, this time dropping off an Australian / New Zealand bill with The Black Dahlia Murder.

The promoter of the tour – Soundworks Touring – clearly wasn’t happy with the situation, issuing this statement via Facebook:

“Due to complete incompetency by the band and their management, and with a total lack of respect for Soundworks Touring, and more importantly their fans, The Faceless have this morning officially cancelled their entire Australian and New Zealand tour. Over the past week we have been continuously lied to, misled and left in the dark as to the whereabouts of the band since their first scheduled appearance on May 9th.

“We at Soundworks Touring have done everything in our power to bring the band here for these shows, but The Faceless have been completely unprofessional in their behaviour and this cancellation is 100% solely their doing.

“To any disgruntled fans who wish to voice their opinion on this matter, we at Soundworks Touring are more than willing to put you in direct contact with the band and their management so they can address your questions. In the meantime feel free to express yourself on the bands official facebook page.

“We apologize to fans for the cancellation and wholeheartedly share your disappointment, but as mentioned previously, this has been 100% out of our control. The rest of the tour package will continue as is and we hope you still enjoy the amazing show The Black Dahlia Murder, Putrid Pile, Whoretopsy, and Unravel are displaying.”

Needless to say, The Faceless doesn’t agree with the above statement, and has since issued a rebuttal (which the fans don’t seem to be buying – see a screencap from Facebook below). Michael Keene of The Faceless posted this message:

Since Soundworks has decided to throw not only The Faceless, but our manager under the bus, let’s talk a bit about what really happened and why we’re not in Australia right now. Just days before we were to leave to our first date in Jakarta, Indonesia, I found out that all of our equipment had been stolen. This alone was a blow devastating enough to have to cancel, but we spent all the money we had on buying new equipment and putting our live rig back together so we could play these shows.

Everyone got into town with 2 days to rehearse because that’s when all the gear we needed had arrived and I could start assembling it. As soon as we set up, we realized that there were MASSIVE issues with the system and unfortunately because of the nature of our music, we can’t exactly just “wing it” on any old gear and make it work. We have saxophone solos and orchestral arrangements for Christ’s sake. Not to mention over 15 different guitar tones used in the set and we are currently touring without a bass player while he finishes his last semester of music school. We’re not a band that can hop on some Marshalls and make it work. It’s a lot more dynamic and involved than that.

At this point, we knew we were going to miss Jakarta, but I went to 3 specialists to get our system repaired and our rig running. Everything seemed to be fixed, so we boarded a flight to Perth and we were on our way to the first date in Australia after an unfortunate hiccup, but on our way nonetheless. After boarding the plane, we sat on the tarmac for over 5 hours before being told our flight was canceled due to a mechanical error and we’d be put on a flight the following night. At this point, Soundworks is now furious over something that we had literally absolutely no control over.

The next day, we get to the airport and try to explain to them that we no longer needed to be in Perth and rather needed to be in Adelaide since we’d now missed the Perth show, so they tried to work with us, but the only connecting flight they had for us, put us into Adelaide so late that we would have missed the Adelaide show as well. So again, we are screwed and out of options. At this point, our manager E.J. Shannon, who was FAR from “incompetent” or “unprofessional” in any of this called Brad Wesson of Soundworks to explain the situation. We were all ready to purchase new tickets, spend even more money and get to the following show, which at that point was putting us in a situation where we were losing money, but absolutely willing to do it to save face with our fans and not disappoint them.

This is where the REAL unprofessionalism begins. Brad Wesson of soundworks starts taking personal low blows at our manager, our band and me personally. Someone I’ve toured for 5 times and I thought was a friend. For instance, when our manager, EJ, explained to him that he would be buying us new tickets, EJ mentioned that this had tapped out the band financially and that the band, yes a bunch of full grown men, would have to ask to borrow the money from our parents, to which Brad mockingly replied something to the effect of “oh the big boys have to get a loan from mommy?” And that is not even CLOSE to the worst things he said or the lowest attacks he took. Again, someone I thought was my friend. At one point he also called our manager and yelled at him and then called him a cunt and hung up the phone.

Brad from Soundworks also accused us of lying to him and claimed that we were missing flights out of irresponsibility rather than the sequence of events I’ve outlined here, like flight cancellations (which I’d be more than happy to obtain proof from Qantas airlines that the events occurred the way I am saying they did), lost gear and technical problems in our system. At this point, after hearing the things he said, the personal attacks and accusations he was making and the way he was treating us and EJ, I was having a hard time even getting the rest of the band members to agree to do shows for a person who would utterly disrespect us and our manager to such a degree.

However, we were ready and willing to buy new tickets and make it to the next show, but Soundworks closed the door on that opportunity and essentially kicked us off the tour. Let me just reiterate that we would be in Australia right now playing shows for you if it weren’t for Brad Wesson’s unprofessionalism and ultimately not only removing us from the remaining shows for things completely beyond our control, but also sabotaging our New Zealand dates which he had some hand in setting up, but is not the promoter of.

I am still trying to contact the New Zealand promoter directly because we’d like to fulfill our agreement to perform on our New Zealand dates. Last night I had also gone as far as to try to find a bar that would have us for a free afterparty show in Melbourne after the TBDM show just to prove to our fans that we were not only ready and willing to fulfill the remaining dates, but that we will go as far as to buy 4 more tickets to Australia and play for free for you if Soundworks wants to be this childish and disrespect us like this.

Furthermore, we’d like to apologize to our fans in the cities in which either the technical difficulties and theft or airline issues made us miss shows that we frantically did everything in our power to try to make happen for you. We’d also like to apologize to our long time friends in The Black Dahlia Murder. Believe me when I say that we wish we could be there for you. I would feel inclined to apologize to Soundworks for the extenuating circumstances which prohibited us from making the first few shows, but after the way they’ve treated us, I can’t say I feel inclined. As for the remaining shows, you can thank Soundworks for us not being there at this point and as I’ve already stated I’m still trying to work around them and get The Faceless in whatever remaining cities are possible. We’ll see what can be worked out.

And to our fans in Spain, we will see you very soon and look forward to playing, just as we looked forward to playing Australia.

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Sybernetyks Posts “Virtual Lights” Video

Alt metal band Sybernetyks just released a new music video for “Virtual Lights,” taken from the group’s last album “Dream Machine.” The clip was directed by Paul Darbot & Emilien Vives and can be seen below. For more info on Sybernetyks, head over to Facebook here.

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Alkaloid Issues New Album Update

The follow-up to Alkaloid’s 2015 smash hit “The Malkuth Grimoire” (reviewed here) is now being recorded, with Hannes Grossmann issuing this update via Facebook:

“I’d like to do something unorthodox here. The clip below is a rough mix taken from the studio today and features a short sequence of the new Alkaloid album, which is going to be released on Season of Mist in early 2018.

“There is slight compression on the drums for raising the overall volume and the kick trigger added is for monitoring purposes (I don’t use it for the album mix). Other than that this is how my drum set sounds for real, completely dry. I really really like it. The clip is taken from a 19-minute song which will be on the new album.

“It is the most extreme section, most other parts on the album will be a lot more melodic than this. Recorded at Mordor Sond Studio.”

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Alkaloid Issues New Album Update

The follow-up to Alkaloid’s 2015 smash hit “The Malkuth Grimoire” (reviewed here) is now being recorded, with Hannes Grossmann issuing this update via Facebook:

“I’d like to do something unorthodox here. The clip below is a rough mix taken from the studio today and features a short sequence of the new Alkaloid album, which is going to be released on Season of Mist in early 2018.

“There is slight compression on the drums for raising the overall volume and the kick trigger added is for monitoring purposes (I don’t use it for the album mix). Other than that this is how my drum set sounds for real, completely dry. I really really like it. The clip is taken from a 19-minute song which will be on the new album.

“It is the most extreme section, most other parts on the album will be a lot more melodic than this. Recorded at Mordor Sond Studio.”

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Alkaloid Issues New Album Update

The follow-up to Alkaloid’s 2015 smash hit “The Malkuth Grimoire” (reviewed here) is now being recorded, with Hannes Grossmann issuing this update via Facebook:

“I’d like to do something unorthodox here. The clip below is a rough mix taken from the studio today and features a short sequence of the new Alkaloid album, which is going to be released on Season of Mist in early 2018.

“There is slight compression on the drums for raising the overall volume and the kick trigger added is for monitoring purposes (I don’t use it for the album mix). Other than that this is how my drum set sounds for real, completely dry. I really really like it. The clip is taken from a 19-minute song which will be on the new album.

“It is the most extreme section, most other parts on the album will be a lot more melodic than this. Recorded at Mordor Sond Studio.”

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Amerakin Overdose Frontman Accuses Metal Labels Of “Spending Money On Shit Bands That Don’t Matter”

Amerakin Overdose frontman Cody Perez recently went on a Facebook rant against various major metal labels, including Roadrunner Records, Metal Blade, Rise Records, Century Media and Napalm Records. As part of his tirade he accuses the labels of “spending shit money on bands that don’t mater.”

You can find a screenshot of his rant below:

Amerakin Overdose – Letting Go (featuring Waylon Reavis):

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