Ex-Machine Head Guitarist Phil Demmel Comments On Filling In For Gary Holt In Slayer

Ex-Machine Head guitarist Phil Demmel comments on being tapped to fill-in for Gary Holt on the remainder of Slayer‘s current European leg of their farewell tour. Gary Holt announced that he was heading home early to be with his dying father.

Demmel made his live debut with Slayer yesterday (Monday, December 3) at the Royal Arena in Copenhagen, Denmark. Fan-filmed live footage of the band performing “Hell Awaits” can be seen below:

Comments Phil Demmel on filling in for Gary Holt in Slayer via Instagram:

“Full circle. Karma. It’s so crazy how things work out. I got a text less than 24 hours after I played my last MH note. 11 years ago (almost to the day), I had to leave a tour to fly home and be with my family when my father passes away. Some amazing dudes stepped in to cover for me and to help the band out. I am filling in for a legend who was replaced a legend in a legendary band on their farewell tour.

Despite the fact that Slayer is the reason I wanted to play heavy music, it’s beyond my utmost honor to asked to do this. Learning 19 songs (Not just songs, SLAYER songs) has been a daunting task and I have worked very hard to do Gary and the entire camp proud. As we all here send our love and support to @garyholt_official as he goes through a life altering time, the rallying this camp has done is amazing.

Thank you all for your support as I grab the baton for a few shows and fly the Bay Area flag high on stage right. And lastly, the biggest hero is @martarino for being so selfless after having her partner home for 2 days, sends him off to follow this crazy dream. All hail the Queen.”

Remaining dates on that run include:
12/05 Stockholm, SWE – Hovet
12/06 Oslo, NOR – Spektrum
12/08 Helsinki, FIN – Helsingin Jäähalli

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Full circle. Karma. It’s so crazy how things work out. I got a text less than 24 hours after I played my last MH note. 11 years ago (almost to the day), I had to leave a tour to fly home and be with my family when my father passes away. Some amazing dudes stepped in to cover for me and to help the band out. I am filling in for a legend who was replaced a legend in a legendary band on their farewell tour. Despite the fact that Slayer is the reason I wanted to play heavy music, it’s beyond my utmost honor to asked to do this. Learning 19 songs (Not just songs, SLAYER songs) has been a daunting task and I have worked very hard to do Gary and the entire camp proud. As we all here send our love and support to @garyholt_official as he goes through a life altering time, the rallying this camp has done is amazing. Thank you all for your support as I grab the baton for a few shows and fly the Bay Area flag high on stage right. And lastly, the biggest hero is @martarino for being so selfless after having her partner home for 2 days, sends him off to follow this crazy dream. All hail the Queen.

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Slayer: Multi-Camera Footage Of ‘Hell Awaits’ Performance From Final Concert Of North American Tour Posted

Multi-camera video footage showcasing SLAYER’s performance of “Hell Awaits” during the band’s final concert of their North American Farewell Tour on August 26, at the SAP Center in San Jose, California can be streamed below.

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Slayer, Manowar, Carcass, Etc. Announced For 2019 ‘Hellfest Open Air’

An initial lineup announcement has been made for the 2019 edition of ‘Hellfest Open Air‘ festival, which will take place again June 21st-23rd in Clisson, France. Below you can see the bands booked so far:

Slayer
Manowar
Carcass
Mass Hysteria
Dropkick Murphys

The show will be Slayer‘s final French live show as the group are out on with their farewell tour. The announcement was made via the below video.

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Fan Ejected From The Toronto Stop Of Slayer’s Farewell Tour Tried To Swim Back Into The Venue Island

A fan attending the show of Slayer‘s farewell tour at the Budweiser Stage in Toronto, on May 29th, attempted to swim his way back in to the concert after being removed from the venue. It was not disclosed as to why he was ejected.

As you’ll see in the below series of pics posted by Anthrax‘s Scott Ian, he was not successful with authorities apprehending him when he reached the shore and EMT’s tending to him for potential hypothermia.

Slayer are currently out on the first North American leg of their farewell tour with Lamb Of God, Anthrax, Behemoth and Testament as support acts.

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Ozzy Osbourne To Fill In On Vocals For Pentagram On Spring Tour

With Pentagram founder and front-man Bobby Liebling still in jail, Ozzy Osbourne has been tapped to fill in on vocals for Pentagram’s Spring tour dates. Ozzy will take a break from his farewell tour for the short stint of dates with Pentagram.

Commenting on Pentagram, Ozzy said, “I didn’t know about Pentagram was until I’d left Sabbath. But they were right there doing a very similar thing to Sabbath the whole time.”

On Bobby’s life and current situation Ozzy had to say: “For what it’s worth: That could have been me. That could have been any number of people. That’s why I say to myself every day, ‘God, you’re fucking lucky, Ozzy!’ And I wanted to help out Pentagram and old school metal fans in this small way.”

Liebling is still serving his 18 month sentence for “Physical Abuse Of A Vulnerable Adult” for assaulting his mother. It is assumed that he will retake the helm of the band once released.

The upcoming Pentagram tour dates are as follows:

5/17 – Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
5/18 – Portland, OR @ Dante’s
5/19 – Boise, ID @ Neurolux
5/20 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The State Room
5/21 – Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater
5/23 – Phoenix, AZ @ Nile Theater
5/24 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
5/25 – San Diego, CA @ Brick By Brick
5/26 – Santa Ana, CA @ Observatory
5/27 – San Francisco, CA @ DNA Lounge
5/28 – San Jose, CA @ The Ritz

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OneGodLess Posts “The Calm” Music Video

Dutch metal band band OneGodLess just released a music video for “The Calm,” from debut album “Mourner” due out on June 9th, 2017. Check it out below.

The album was produced by Robin Zielhorst & Tymon Kruidenier (Cynic, Exivious, Skeletor, Codex) and the artwork was made by GutsArt in cooperation with Zielhorst.

“The music video illustrates the message of the lyrics,” Zielhorst states. “It’s about saying your farewell to all before you die, being at peace with the end of your life. As the artwork inside the CD Digipack, it’s about the progress of being closed off to the world, then opening up, to the end where you’re open, and at peace with dying.”

01. Intro
02. The Calm
03. Burn The Sun
04. Countless Hours
05. Unstable
06. Hangman’s Time
07. Songs Of Old
08. Goliath
09. Salvation
10. My Blood
11. From The Ashes

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Words Of Farewell Posts New “A Quiet World” Track-By-Track Video

Words Of Farewell just issued a new video discussing several songs off impending album “A Quiet World,” which can be seen below. The band also comments:

“And to start the week we bring you the last track by track concerning our upcoming album, including track seven through nine. Can’t wait to release the album and hear your thoughts! Pre-order the album on iTunes and get ‘My Share of Loneliness’ right away!”

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Words Of Farewell Posts “A Quiet World” Track-By-Track Break Down

Words Of Farewell just issued a new track-by-track clip for upcoming album “A Quiet World,” due out via AFM on November 18th. The band also commetns:

“After releasing our first new track ‘My Share of Loneliness’ last Friday we also want to tell you a little more about some of the other tracks of the album. So here’s a little message from Alex giving some information about the first three tracks of ‘A Quiet World.’ Enjoy!”

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Far Beyond Streaming Full “A Frozen Flame Of Ice” Album

German melodic metal band Far Beyond released the “A Frozen Flame Of Ice” album earlier this month, and now the full album has come online for streaming. Check it out below or over at Bandcamp here. The full track listing is as follows:

1. Evernight – Part I 11:36
2. The Song Remains The Same 08:51
3. A Frozen Flame Of Ice 07:41
4. Last Farewell 05:58
5. Unrelenting Force 08:36
6. Evernight – Part II 08:33

A Frozen Flame Of Ice by Far Beyond

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Fake Idols Reveals “Witness” Album Details

Fake Idols today reveals the details for new album “Witness,” which is set to be released on September 16th via Scarlet Records.

The album features a very special guest appearance by Motörhead legend Phil Campbell on the song “Mad Fall” as well as vocalist Damna (Elvenking/Hell In The Club) on “The City’s Burning.” The artwork and track listing are available below.

1. Out Of Gear
2. Mad Fall (feat. Phil Campbell)
3. So Now…
4. Sail
5. The City’s Burning (feat. Damna)
6. Silence
7. I’m a Fake
8. Go (Chemical Brothers’ cover)
9. Could You Bid Me Farewell
10. Prayers on Fire
11. Witness

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