Machine Head To Split Up, Announces Farewell Tour

In a ten minute long video posted on Facebook, Machine Head frontman Robb Flynn has announced that the band will split up following a farewell tour. In the video, Flynn stated:

“I’ll get right to it. On Monday night, Phil Demmel quit Machine Head and yesterday afternoon, Dave McClain quit Machine Head and Jared kinda quit but didn’t know if he was quitting for sure. The tour is still going to go on. We have all agreed to make this a celebration of our music and this era of the band.

“We have grown apart as people. Musically we’ve grown apart. I have held on too tight to the reigns of this band and I have suffocated those guys. I have some rough edges, which have given us success as a band but they’ve also hurt the people around me. I have a lot of drive but I have a lot of anger and rage, which has alienated folks in the band.

“I ask that you respect Phil and Dave’s decision, as I respect their decision and I want to say that I’m honoured and grateful for everything they have contributed to Machine Head, which is a lot. Fifteen years with Phil, twenty three years with Dave, innumerable riffs…”

“I don’t know what the future holds. We’re all a little scared. I’m scared and they’re the scared, but if you’re looking for a drummer or guitar player then you can find no better people to have. I wish them well and want success for them.

“I’m gonna do a little bit of soul searching in my life and take a long, hard look at myself and my life. Twenty years of therapy by this point, which apparently wasn’t enough, maybe twenty more! This upcoming tour is going to be a celebration of this music, this lineup, maybe the best lineup this band has ever had. We’re going to end on a positive note, a classy note, so come out and have a drink with us. Maybe not too classy, like white trash classy, hammered and stoned at a metal show kind of classy.

“It’s the end of an era. I did a lot of crying yesterday. I spoke to Jared this morning who said he’s gonna stick around and he’s gonna continue on, which made me happy. It’s going to be like the Ozzy song, ‘Goodbye To Romance.’ You guys have a good Friday, thanks for listening.”

The tour dates are as follows:

October 4 – Sacramento, CA – Ace Of Spades
October 6 – Missoula, MT – The Wilma
October 8 – Calgary, AB – Palace Theatre
October 9 – Edmonton, AB – Union Hall
October 10 – Saskatoon, SK – Louis
October 12 – Winnipeg, MB – The Garrick
October 13 – Minot, ND – The Original
October 15 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue *make-up date*
October 17 – Madison, WI – Majestic Theatre *make-up date*
October 18 – Des Moines, IA – Wooly’s *make-up date*
October 19 – Kansas City, MO – Truman
October 20 – Joliet, IL – The Forge
October 22 – Cleveland, OH – Agora *make-up date*
October 23 – Grand Rapids, MI – Intersection
October 24 – Detroit, MI – Majestic Theatre *make-up date*
October 26 – Ft. Wayne, IN – Clyde Theatre
October 27 – Columbus, OH – Newport
October 29 – Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE *make-up date*
October 30 – Hartford, CT – The Webster
October 31 – Huntington, NY – Paramount
November 2 – Sayreville, NJ – Starland
November 3 – Richmond, VA – National
November 4 – Baltimore, MD – Soundstage
November 7 – Asheville, NC – Orange Peel
November 9 – Louisville, KY – Mercury Ballroom
November 10 – Nashville, KY – Exit In
November 11 – Charlotte, NC – Underground
November 13 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Revolution
November 14 – Tampa, FL – The Ritz
November 16 – New Orleans, LA – House Of Blues
November 17 – Austin, TX – Emos
November 18 – Lubbock, TX – Jake’s
November 20 – Tuscon, AZ – Club X
November 21 – San Diego, CA – House Of Blues
November 23 – Anaheim, CA – House Of Blues
November 24 – Santa Cruz, CA – Catalyst

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Exciter Guitarist John Ricci Leaves The Band

Canadian speed metal stalwarts Exciter, whose original lineup reunited in 2015, has announced that guitarist John Ricci has left the band for the second time. A statement from bassist Allan James Johnson reads as follows:

“Some rather heavy news in the Exciter camp. Due to certain professional and personal differences, John Ricci has decided to leave the band. I wish to inform the fans worldwide that Dan Beehler and I are going to forge on with our song writing and recording however live shows will be postponed until such a time that we can find a suitable guitarist. As I am the sole administrator of the Exciter Original Facebook page I will continue to post from time to time to keep up the legacy of what we have accomplished over the last four and a half years but I will no doubt create a whole new Facebook page for the next incarnation of Exciter. In the meantime, all the best of luck and health to John.”

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Wolfheart Announces New Album, “Constellation Of The Black Light”

Finnish metal outfit Wolfheart has announced the details of their forthcoming new studio album, “Constellation Of The Black Light.” A statement on the band’s official Facebook page reads thusly:

“Determination and perseverance were the key points in the making this album, while conquering obstacle after obstacle during the process of recordings while coldness and beauty of winter were the themes where the music was born. This is definitely a triumph in our career and one of the biggest battles won in my personal career. I could not be more satisfied with the result and with new label and management behind us we are headstrong to stay in the bath of victories”
-Tuomas of Wolfheart

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Bloodbath Completes Work On New Album; Promises Special Guests

Death metal supergroup Bloodbath has revealed that they have completed work on their new studio album. A message from the band’s Facebook reads as follows:

“The new album is officially DONE and the master is now leaving us and heading to Peaceville! Curious about the artwork? The album title? The song titles? The number of songs on the album? The release date? The formats? The line-up? The sound and production? The fuckin’ legendary featured guests? Watch this space….”

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Former Malevolent Creation Singer Bret Hoffman Passes Away

Former Malevolent Creation frontman Bret Hoffman has passed away at the age of 51, following a bout with colon cancer, a message from his wife has confirmed. Her post on Facebook reads:

“Today is the saddest day of my life I just lost my soul mate the love of my my best friend has passed away I will always love u Bret Malev Hoffmann RIP my love ????.”

Hoffman performed in the first three Malevolent Creation albums and was also known for his work with Fire For Effect and Down The Drain.

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Dream Theater Enters The Studio To Begin Writing New Album

In late 2017, Dream Theater signed with Sony Music’s progressive imprint InsideOutMusic. Now, in preparation for the band’s fourteenth studio album and their first album ever produced in collaboration with this leading worldwide label, they are pleased to announce that they have entered the studio to begin the writing process.

Recently, John Petrucci and James LaBrie shared a quick video update from the writing sessions on the band’s official Facebook page (see below).

James comments: “We’ve been here for one week and it is going sensational. Everybody is in the one room… and I gotta tell you, if the first week is any indication of where this album is going, you’re in for a treat.”

John adds: “There’s a lot of ideas flowing, and it’s already been really productive after only a week in. So far the music is heavy, progressive, melodic, shredding and it’s epic.”

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Colorado Death Metal Architects Allegaeon Prepare for 2018 Summer Slaughter Tour Next Month

– June 21st, 2018 –

Colorado death metallers ALLEGAEON will return to the road next month on the 12th annual Summer Slaughter Tour featuring Between The Buried And Me, Born Of Osiris, Veil Of Maya, Erra, The Agony Scene, Soreption, Terror Universal, and Entheos. The tour commences July 13th in Raleigh, North Carolina and will roll through over two-dozen venues upon its conclusion on August 19th in Austin, Texas. Tickets are on sale NOW at THIS LOCATION. See all confirmed dates below.

ALLEGAEON On The 12th Annual Summer Slaughter Tour w/ Between The Buried And Me
Born Of Osiris, Veil Of Maya, Erra,The Agony Scene, Soreption, Terror Universal, Entheos:
7/13/2018 The Ritz Raleigh – Raleigh, NC
7/14/2018 House Of Blues – Myrtle Beach, SC
7/15/2018 The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
7/17/2018 Phase 2 – Lynchburg, VA
7/18/2018 Baltimore Sound Stage – Baltimore, MD
7/19/2018 Irving Plaza – New York City, NY
7/20/2018 Starland Ballroom – Sayreville, NJ
7/21/2018 The Palladium – Worcester, MA
7/22/2018 Theater Of Living Arts – Philadelphia, PA
7/24/2018 Concord Music Hall – Chicago, IL
7/25/2018 Intersection – Grand Rapids, MI
7/26/2018 Majestic Theater – Detroit, MI
7/27/2018 Guelph Concert Theatre – Guelph, ON
7/30/2018 Express Live – Columbus, OH
7/31/2018 Piere’s – Fort Wayne, IN
8/01/2018 Pop’s – Sauget, IL
8/02/2018 Uptown Theater – Kansas City, MO
8/03/2018 Skyway Theater – Minneapolis, MN
8/05/2018 Ogden Theatre – Denver, CO
8/09/2018 Ace Of Spades – Sacramento, CA
8/10/2018 The UC Theater – Berkeley, CA
8/11/2018 The Novo – Los Angeles, CA
8/12/2018 Grove Of Anaheim – Anaheim, CA
8/13/2018 SOMA – San Diego, CA
8/14/2018 The Marquee – Tempe, AZ
8/15/2018 Sunshine Theater – Albuquerque, NM
8/17/2018 Gas Monkey Live! – Dallas, TX
8/18/2018 House Of Blues – Houston, TX
8/19/2018 Empire Garage – Austin, TX

ALLEGAEON released their Proponent For Sentience full-length via Metal Blade in 2016. Produced by Dave Otero (Cephalic Carnage, Cattle Decapitation), the album is a musically complex, intelligent, and absorbing concept record that can rightfully sit alongside the true greats of the medium. With a lyrical arc rooted in science-fiction yet uncomfortably encroaching upon the reality of the present, it captures the Fort Collins, Colorado natives at their most ambitious and accomplished, pushing the boundaries even further than on their three previous critically acclaimed full-lengths. Wrote Metal Injection of the release, “Proponent For Sentience effectively primes these tech death machines for an autonomous takeover of the sub-genre. All hail, ALLEGAEON.No Clean Singing lauded, “the sound of a band truly operating at the top of their game,” while Heavy Blog Is Heavy concurred calling the record, “…some of the best, most interesting modern death metal you’re likely to hear…

The band is currently working on album number five, again produced by Otero with details to be unveiled in the coming weeks. Issues ALLEGAEON in a recent Facebook post, “While we are in the studio we are doing daily multiple live streams for our Patreon subscribers. See everything from tracking to extreme sandwich making:

To preview and purchase Proponent For Sentience, visit: And if you missed it, check out ALLEGAEON‘s single for their cover of Rush‘s “Animate” via Spotify HERE.

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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 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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