Polarization Parts Ways With Drummer Tom Asvold

Los Angeles based act Polarization has issued the following announcement about parting ways with the band’s drummer:

“We regret to inform you all that after years of hard work, touring, writing, recording and being an amazing friend, our drummer Tom Asvold has been forced to return to his homeland of Skärvången, Jämtlands Län, Sweden.

“This WILL NOT affect any of our shows/tour plans we have coming this winter/next year as we have been aware of this situation for quite some time now, and have found an amazing ‘fill in’ for Tom, who we can’t wait for you all to meet. More info on that later.

“In the meantime we wish our friend the best of luck in his journey. Here’s to you Tom! You will be missed.”

For more info on Polarization, head over to the band’s Facebook profile here.

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Krampus Announces Fill-In Drummer Sasha Veselinovic

Italian folk outfit Krampus, whose drummer Carlo Andrian was reportedly struck by lightning, has issued the following announcement about recruiting a replacement:

“As you may know Carlo is not with us anymore. For THIS TOUR ONLY we’ll have a temporary replacement, a very talented drummer!

“We would like to thank our friend Sasha from Despite Exile! He will cover the drums position for the Heidenfest!

“The new official drummer name, that will join us after this tour, will be revealed in the upcoming weeks! Stay tuned!”

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A Ship Going Under Splits With Drummer Mick Sharp

Glasgow’s A Ship Going Under has posted the following announcement online about splitting with drummer Mick Sharp:

“We are deeply saddened to announce that Mick Sharp will no longer be a part of A Ship Going Under.

“After founding the band and playing solidly with us for 4 years years he has decided that his time here has come to a natural end and that it is in his best interest to persue other musical, personal and professional interests. We wish our friend well.”

You can check out the A Ship Going Under track “Release and Depart” at this location, which is taken from the band’s “The Failure Design” EP (reviewed here).

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Guitarist David Ellenburg Passes Away

Dogbane has issued the following statement following the passing of guitarist David Ellenburg yesterday:

“It is with deep regret and heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Dogbane guitarist David Ellenburg. David peacefully passed away, surrounded by family and close friends, on Monday, July 30th, due to complications of a severe stroke he had suffered the previous week. Dave was a great many things to a lot of people – a husband, a father, and a creative force behind Dogbane. Most importantly, he was our friend. Nevertheless, Dogbane will eventually continue to forge ahead in his honor, as we feel this is what he would have wanted. We ask everyone to please respect the privacy of his family and the band, as we try to cope during this very difficult time.”

David Ellenburg
July 17, 1964 – July 30, 2012

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July 17, 1964 – July 30, 2012

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Elderoth Streaming New Song "Cursed" With Guest Spot From First Fragment

Power metal act Elderoth has posted a new song online titled “Cursed,” which can be heard below. Philippe “Pat’ Tougas of First Fragment also commented on contributing a guest spot for the song:

“This is Elderoth, my friend’s power metal band. I recorded a guest solo in the song at 1:45 and another one at 1:45 in this other song ‘Forgotten.’ Also, check out his amazing solo at the end of the second song. Collin McGee is one of the most talented young shredders in the montreal scene.

“I went with a Tony MacAlpine-esque approach for the tremolo bar use, it should give you a good idea of how our solos will sound on the upcoming FF material.”

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Former Mastic Scum Singer, Will Passes Away

Austrian death metal/grindcore veterans Mastic Scum has announced that their former vocalist Will passed away last Friday (March 23rd,) reportedly as a result of an automobile accident. A statement from the band reads as follows:

“In deep sadness we have to announce that our friend and ex-member Will died by accident on Friday, March 23rd. We are all very shocked about his tragic death. Will joined Mastic Scum in 1993 and left the band in 2008. We had a great time and lot of experiences together. R.I.P. Will – we’ll see us in another life!”

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Accuser Writing New Material For Upcoming Album

Germany’s Accuser has issued the following announcement about writing new material and hitting the road for new tour dates:

“Accuser is busy again. After the successfull release of ‘Dependent Domination’ (still hot and available by the way), the band is writing new stuff. In autumn we will enter the GERNHART studios to record some thrashing tunes with our friend and producer Martin Buchwalter. Apart from that there will be several chances to see us on stage in 2012, there are plans for some shows with mighty Contradiction in September.”

25.02. Winternachtstraum Festival, Arnsberg
02.03. Live Music Hall, Weiher
14.04. Bunkerblast, Köln
28.04. Walpurgis Metal Days, Hauzenberg bei Passau
18.05. Schweiz (tbc)
19.05. Schweiz (tbc)
20.05. Schweiz (tbc)
28.12. JUZ, Andernach
29.12. FZW, Dortmund

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Badfare State Finishes New EP "Socially Dead," Seeking Label

Spanish crossover thrash act Badfare State has announces the band has finished recording the “Socially Dead” EP, which consists four tracks that blend old school thrash metal, hardcore/punk, heavy metal, and rock.

The band now is searching for a record label to release the EP, as well as a bassist and second guitarist to complete the line up. To check out Badfare State’s music, visit the band’s MySpace page at this location. Badfare State’s bio reads as follows:

“Badfare State was formed at the end of 2010 when Rojas (drummer in the goregrind band Haemorrhage and the death/grind act Greenfly) told his friend Chiky (that played guitar in early thrash/death/grind bands from the Spanish scene like Estertor and Conato De Violencia) about to start a band that were a bit of a comeback to musical roots from both (heavy metal, thrash metal, hardcore/punk, hard rock…) taking the spirit and attitude of the first extreme bands from early 80’s. After some months of rehearsing and composition they decided to record a 4 tracks debut EP, asking to their friend Sordeath (vocalist in the punk/rock outfit Twentyyearsold where Rojas played drums too) about to join the band, and he did. During the summer of 2011 the recording of the four tracks was done, ‘Socially Dead’ is the name of Badfare State debut EP, a blend between vintage metal, old school hc/punk and rock, with lyrics that deal about the misery and decay of civilization and humanity.”

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Voodoo Six Posts "Falling Knives" Music Video

British rock act Voodoo Six has posted a music video online for the new “Falling Knives” single, which was released earlier this month. You can check out the clip below. “Falling Knives” is taken from an EP of the same name, due out November 28th, 2011.

The EP’s track listing is as follows:

1. Falling Knives
2. Sharp Sand
3. Stop
4. One More Day (2011)
5. Feed My Soul (2011)
6. No Friend (2011)

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Disturbed Posts Trailer For B-Sides/Rarities LP "The Lost Children"

Chicago outfit Disturbed posted a video trailer for the forthcoming LP “The Lost Children.” The album is a collection of b-sides and rarities and is due out on November 8, 2011.

The track listing for “The Lost Children” is as follows:

1. Hell
2. A Welcome Burden
3. This Moment
4. Old Friend
5. Monster
6. Run
7. Leave It Alone
8. Two Worlds
9. God Of The Mind
10. Sickened
11. Mine
12. Parasite
13. Dehumanized
14. 3
15. Midlife Crisis (Faith No More Cover)
16. Living After Midnight (Judas Priest Cover)

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