Drummer Jeff Plate Announces Split With Metal Church, Band Drops Off Alter Bridge, In Flames Tour

Jeff Plate, longtime drummer for Metal Church, announced his departure from the band citing time and time management issues. The band announced that it is withdrawing from the AlterBridge/In Flames tour scheduled for this May.

In a post on Facebook, Plate stated: “Hello everyone. It is with a heavy heart that I am announcing my departure from Metal Church. I came to this conclusion 2 weeks ago, and agreed to hold off on the announcement until Metal Church had made some decisions on what they were going to do.

“This is obviously not an easy decision. After many conversations with myself, my wife, my family, my management and Kurdt Vanderoof and Mike Howe, I know I am doing the right thing for my future.

“I know there will be questions and speculation. The bottom line is time, my time, and how best I manage it. I had to come to terms with the fact that time is just blowing by at the speed of light and there is no time for me to second guess or regret anything I’m doing. At this point in my life I need to be in more control of my time and career. I have a number of things I’d like to do and try, and to do these I have to give up something I truly love and am very proud of.

“I cannot thank Kurdt Vanderhoof enough for inviting me into Metal Church. For the past 12 years I have had the honor and privilege of playing some of the best, truly iconic Hard Rock/ Heavy Metal songs ever written. I have recorded 4 records with the band. The latest, ‘XI’, is not only one of my favorite Metal Church records, but I feel it is the one of the best, if not the best records I have recorded throughout my career.

“Also, I cannot thank the Metal Church fan base enough for the tremendous support. I have met thousands of you over the years and you, fans old and new, are simply the best. You have kept this band alive for the past 33 years, and I am sure there is more great music to come.

“Metal Church is in a good place, and there are a number of shows and good things coming up this year. This decision is made now to not only let me prepare for the year to come, but also to let Metal Church do the same. Kurdt Vanderhoof(g), Mike Howe(v), Steve Unger(b), Rick VanZandt(g), Tim Harding(sound and production), and Joe Obrien(President @ Rat Pak Records) have been a tremendous team, and they are also very good friends of mine. I wish them nothing but the best.

“I hope to see you all again somewhere down the road. I will keep you posted on my activities. Trust me, I will not sit still for very long. Thank you, take care.”

Just prior to Plate’s announcement, the band issued the following statement: “Due to unforeseen personnel changes within the Metal Church organization, regretfully we have to pull off the five Alter Bridge/In Flames show dates in May. We are grateful to everyone in the Alter Bridge camp for having offered us the opportunity, and would like to extend our deepest apologies to both bands, their management, and all the fans for the last minute cancellation. We had hoped we could make something work out, but that is no longer a possibility. We will be back on the road in June for all the European shows and we look forward to introducing you to our new drummer! Thank you for your understanding!”

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Aevum Streaming Full New “Dischronia” Album

Hailing from Turin, Italy the 8-member symphonic metal band Aevum is now streaming brand new album “Dischronia” online in full. The album was release March 17th, 2017 via Maple Metal Records and can be heard below.

Comments the band: “We are glad and completely committed to share our music through the free streaming Thanks to Maple Metal Records that supports our project. Thanks to Alpha Omega Management that help us to spread our music and show around the world.”

New album “Dischronia” was recorded and produced at Aurora Recording Studio by Hannodamalj Production. The album was mixed and mastered by Simone Mularoni (Vision Divine, Ancient Bards, ElvenKing) at Domination Studio, in the Republic of San Marino. Cover art was handled by Erick Vaghi (OneBlindEye Design).

1. Sturm Und Drang
2. Death Of The Virgin
3. The Vitruvian Condition
4. Winterreise
5. Beltade
6. Inner Fire
7. The Elements
8. Memento Mori
9. Lord Of Dreams
10. Inferno Blu
11. Sleeping Venus Tarantella
12. Aremu Rindineddha (Bonus Track)
13. The Elements (Eng Version – Bonus Track)

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Doyle To Star In Horror Movie “Death Ward 13”

Misfits guitarist Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein is set to star in “Death Ward 13,” a remake of the cult-classic film “Don’t Look In The Basement.”

With his iconic devilock hair and impressive physical build, Doyle will play the most terrifying character in the film. Now in pre-production, “Death Ward 13” is directed by award-winning horror filmmaker Todd Nunes and produced by The Readmond Company.

”I’m looking forward to starting my movie career with a starring role in ‘Death Ward 13,'” says Doyle. “It’s time to release the beast on the big screen. Let the killing begin!”

“With Doyle’s horror punk background, we’ve always been looking for opportunities to have him cross over into film, but nothing has sparked his interest until now,” adds Bruce Miyaki (Insane Management). “’Death Ward 13′ is a great breakout film for Doyle – his fans are going to love it.”

“I’m excited to work with Doyle,” says director Todd Nunes. “Doyle will be portraying a ruthless killer called The Duke – a psychopath and the most twisted and terrifying character in the movie. I’m a big fan of Doyle and his music and always thought he would make a menacing horror movie villain. With his threatening looks and massive build, this man will scare the crap out of everyone. Get ready for a horrifying ride!”

It’s 1973 and the Stephens Sanitarium for the criminally insane prepares to shut down permanently. Days before closing, four beautiful nursing students arrive to care for the last handful of “harmless” mental patients in a suspiciously understaffed ward. Confronted by their violent charges, the nurses soon realize that they are trapped inside the asylum with a deadly crew of vicious lunatics. Each patient has their own perverse identity, their own personal demons, and their own violent agenda. Pushed to the brink of insanity, the young nurses find themselves in a gruesome fight for survival inside Ward 13.

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Megadeth Honored With “Best Metal Performance” Grammy Award

Megadeth took home the Grammy tonight for the “Best Metal Performance” category at the 59th annual Grammy Awards, held Sunday, February 12 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The nomination marked Megadeth’s twelfth over the years. Megadeth was nominated for “Dystopia”, the title track for the band’s 2016 album.

As Megadeth approached the stage to accept the award, the house band inexplicably played Metallica’s classic “Master Of Puppets.”

Says mainman Dave Mustaine in his acceptance speech:

“Fantastic! Only took twelve tries to get this. Last time we were here, we were talking to Kenny G, and he asked me how many times we were here, and he goes, ‘Well, eleven isn’t that bad.’ And I said, ‘How many times did it take you?’ And he said, Twenty-one.’ And I was, like, ‘Oh, my god. If it takes twenty-one times… I don’t know if I’ll live that long.’ I wanna thank Jesus Christ, I wanna thank my wife, my children, all the band’s wives and kids, I wanna thank our management, our label, our agent, our attorney, our crew, all of you, especially the metal community. I think it’s a little weird that we ended up being category 69, but somebody’s got a sense of humor.”

Finally! pic.twitter.com/2KqdWhSrAX

— Dave Mustaine (@DaveMustaine) February 12, 2017

The nominees in the “Best Metal Performance” category were as follows:

Baroness – “Shock Me”
Gojira – “Silvera”
Korn – “Rotting In Vain”
Periphery – “The Price Is Wrong”

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70,000 Tons Of Metal Announces Gojira, Nile Have Dropped From 2017 Roster

Just a week before the seventh installment of 70,000 Tons of Metal shoves off from Port Everglades, Florida bound for Labadee, Haiti – UMC promoter Andy announced that Gojira and Nile were forced from the roster. This brings the total bands to 57, with one and two replacement acts left to be revealed.

The announcement reads: “Sailors! This is your Skipper speaking. Unfortunately, I have some bad news to share with you.

“Gojira will not be joining us on board next week. This is due to a serious medical issue of a very close family member that requires them to get back home at a moment’s notice should the situation get worse. This is possible while they are on tour in their home country, but not while they are on a ship at Sea at the other end of the world. I am sure I speak for all of us when I send this message to France: Nous souhaitons de tout cœur beaucoup de force et de confiance, ainsi qu’un bon rétablissement!

“If that was not enough bad news, there’s more. We will also be sailing without Nile. The situation there is that their new bass player will not receive his visa in time for the cruise. Normally he would not need one if they would only play the cruise, but since they are also going on tour in the US right afterwards he unfortunately needs a US work visa. Together with their management I tried to move heaven and earth to make this happen but at this point we are simply out of time.

“Trust me that I am as frustrated as all of you about this situation. I am working around the clock to fill this gap it has created in our line-up.

“I will make sure that we have adequate replacements on board 70,000 Tons of Metal, The Original, The World’s Biggest Heavy Metal Cruise. Stay tuned!”

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Nuclear Blast Signs Pallbearer, Details Of New Album “Heartless” Posted

Nuclear Blast Entertainment is pleased to announce the signing of ruminant Arkansas progressive doom quartet Pallbearer for the territories of UK, Europe, Australia & New Zealand. Pallbearer can also reveal today that the highly anticipated forthcoming third record titled “Heartless” is due for release on 24th March 2017! The album will be released via Nuclear Blast Entertainment in the UK, Europe, Australia & New Zealand and via Profound Lore in North America.

Pallbearer commented on the signing: “We are very excited to be working with Nuclear Blast on this record, as so many of the bands that have helped to shape our own artistic pathways have before us.”

Monte Conner, Nuclear Blast Entertainment president adds: “Pallbearer continue to evolve and scale new creative and sonic heights with Heartless. I am very honoured to be working hand-in-hand with the band, Profound Lore and Oblique Artist Management, and look forward to Nuclear Blast playing a key role in exposing new fans to this incredible band.”

Initially formed in 2008, Pallbearer grew from the fertile underground metal scene of Little Rock, Arkansas – releasing the debut full length “Sorrow and Extinction” in early 2012. The record made an immediate and immense impact on die-hard doom fans and metal critics alike, also forming the four piece fans outside of the metal scene. The formidable sophomore record, 2014’s “Foundations Of Burden” – featured on countless critic’s end of year lists – cemented the band’s reputation as an unstoppable and emotive force – driving doom beyond its imagined limits, carving themselves an entirely original path through the realm of heavy music.

Pallbearer commented on “Heartless”: “This album finds us exploring new territories; instead of staring into to the void – both above and within – ‘Heartless’ concentrates its power on a grim reality. Our lives, our homes and our world are all plumbing the depths of utter darkness, as we seek to find any shred of hope we can.”

And on the ruminative album artwork (shown below), created by hugely talented Indiana based oil painter Michael Lierly: “Michael Lierly’s indelibly expressive work perfectly captures the feelings of fear and heartbreak we hoped to convey as our world crumbles around us.” The album layout was handled by Chimere Noire.

‘Heartless’ was recorded entirely to analogue tape at Fellowship Hall Sound, Little Rock, Arkansas between June and August 2016. The record was produced by Pallbearer, and mixed by acclaimed producer Joe Barresi (Tool, The Melvins, QOTSA, Fu Manchu). Engineering was handled by Jason Weinheimer and Zach Reeves, and mastered by Grammy winning mastering engineer Dave Collins (Black Sabbath, Alice Cooper, Soundgarden, Sting).

The track listing is as follows:

1. I Saw the End
2. Thorns
3. Lie of Survival
4. Dancing in Madness
5. Cruel Road
6. Heartless
7. A Plea for Understanding

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AfterLife Premieres Title Track Of Upcoming New EP “Vicious Cycle”

West Palm Beach, Florida’s AfterLife premieres the title track of the band’s upcoming new EP “Vicious Cycle”, which will be out in stores on February 03rd via Stay Sick Recordings.

Check out now “Vicious Cycle” below.

Comments frontman Tyler Levenson:

“‘Vicious Cycle‘ is an EP we are very excited to release to the world, since collectively over the past year, we have been building and sculpting what is now called Afterlife into what we believe is our most authentic form of music. We are incredibly excited to announce our signing with Stay Sick Recordings and we firmly believe that them and our management team will bring Afterlife to the next level. Growing up, I was heavily influenced by alternative rock and the aggression and emotion that the singers showed in their songs. With ‘Vicious Cycle,’ you will be able to hear and feel exactly what I was going through when the songs were written. It touches base on real life issues like depression, betrayal, love and hate, realization, hope, and the many other feelings we deal with everyday.”

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Mean Streak Finishes New Album “Blind Faith”

Swedish traditional heavy metal band Mean Streak has signed a worldwide management deal with German based Rock’N’Growl Management/Promotion.

The band just finished recordings for fourth album “Blind Faith” with Peter Andersson, Andy LaGuerin, and Thomas Johansson at The Panic Room. The album was produced by Peter Andersson and Max Norman, mixed by Max Norman (Ozzy Osbourne, Lynch Mob, Armored Saint, Lizzy Borden, Megadeth, Y&T) and mastered by Thomas “Plec” Johansson (Soilwork, Onslaught, Armageddon, Degradead, Dynazty) at The Panic Room Mastering.

Peter Andersson says: “Mean Streak is exited and happy to join forces with Rock’n’Growl Management/Promotion. With a new album mixed by Max Norman coming up we are really looking forward to take the show on the road in 2017.”

Max Norman stated: “Just finished mixing Mean Streak new album – it really rocks ! Thankfully all mixing completed and congratulations to the guys on a killer album!”

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Vimic Issues New Album, Tour Updates

Metal Hammer Golden Gods Award winner and Slipknot co-founding member Joey Jordison has unveiled plans for his long-awaited return in the form of new musical venture, Vimic.

The band consists of Jordison on drums, singer Kalen Chase Musmecci, who has toured with Korn as a backing vocalist and percussionist, and Joey’s former Scar the Martyr bandmates Jed Simon (guitar), Kyle Konkiel (bass) and Matthew Tarach (keyboards).

Vimic just signed a management deal with Nashville’s CTK Management, where Jordison will reunite with former member of Slipknot’s original management team Danny Nozell, and will be represented by United Talent Agency’s Neil Warnock internationally and Tim Borror in North America. Additionally, the band is readying the release of a new album for 2017, which will be released on Jordison’s joint venture record label, with a new video & single to be released in December. Stay tuned for full info.

Danny Nozell of CTK Management comments: “It’s an honor to be back working with one of the world’s best drummers and songwriters. Joey is a metal icon. I look forward to Joey touring globally and reconnecting with his fan base, helping share his new music and talents with the world again.”

“I am very excited to be back in business with Joey,” said Neil Warnock, Head of Music Worldwide at UTA. “I have fond memories of working with him during his time with Slipknot, and am looking forward to making him a global success with Vimic.”

Joey Jordison adds: “The band members have just arrived to my home in Des Moines, and the energy and vibe is absolutely magnetic. We are ready to bring back our music, showcase our new live shows to the masses, and show our appreciation to the fans who got us here and supported us in the first place. That’s what matters, the fans!!! It’s been a struggle, but we’ve overcome it and are ready to unleash. Thank you to all who have believed in us, have patiently waited, and continue to stand by our side. We’ll see you soon! Get ready…”

Catch Vimic live on these upcoming dates:

Dec. 26 Des Moines, IA Wooly’s
Dec. 27 Janesville, WI The Back Bar
Dec. 28 Chicago, IL Bottom Lounge

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Psycholies Wraps Up First Headlining Tour, Posts Kiev Footage

Pyscholies is back from the band’s first ever headlining tour and just released footage from the Kiev show. The band comments:

“We are back from the first headlining tour in Ukraine 2016. We played all the songs from the new album, and it was a blast. Thanks to all the Ukrainian fans to be so hot with us. See you again. We also want to thank our management Alpha Omega, to make this happen!”

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