Slipknot Fires Percussionist Chris Fehn

Slipknot has announced on their official website that, following a lawsuit launched against other members by percussionist Chris Fehn over a payment dispute, he has been fired from the band. The message reads as follows:

“Slipknot’s focus is on making album #6 and our upcoming shows around the world, our best ever. Chris knows why he is no longer a part of Slipknot. We are disappointed that he chose to point fingers and manufacture claims, rather than doing what was necessary to continue to be a part of Slipknot. We would have preferred he not take the path that he has, but evolution in all things is a necessary part of this life.

“Long Live The Knot.”

In the lawsuit, Fehn claims that vocalist Corey Taylor and Shawn “Clown” Crahan set up several other affiliated businesses to make money off the band without the members’ knowledge. He appeared to be backed in his claims by former member Donnie Steele, a founding guitarist who parted company with the band but would rejoin in 2010 following the death of bassist Paul Gray, to perform bass behind the scenes. In a since deleted Facebook post, Steele claimed that the band didn’t do much writing and that everything was done “behind the other member’s backs.”

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Danko Jones Posts New Music Video “Dance Dance Dance” Online

As they prepare to finish their first US tour in five years tonight in Seattle, Canadian hard rock trio Danko Jones has unveiled the Amir Chamdin-directed music video for their latest single, “Dance Dance Dance”. The clip can be seen below.

Chamdin, an award-winning Swedish filmmaker who has previously helmed videos for the likes of Ghost and The Hellacopters, shot “Dance Dance Dance” last month in Stockholm and created something truly unique by combining two vastly different art forms – Danko Jones’ signature style of fist-pumping rock with an incredible single-take dancehall-inspired clip.

As longtime fans of his work, the members of Danko Jones were excited to collaborate with Chamdin and gave him free reign to bring his vision of their song to life. Says frontman Danko Jones, “We are excited to finally have Amir Chamdin directing the video for our new single, ‘Dance Dance Dance.’ We’ve been a huge fan of Amir’s work for years now, and waiting to work with him was all worth it.”

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Korn Launch Their Own Coffee ‘Korn Koffee’ Blend

Korn launch their own ‘Korn Koffee. The band teamed with J Gursey Coffee to create the blend and posted the below teaser clip for it.

We are excited to announce Korn Koffee. Korn has collaborated with @jgurseycoffee to bring you a unique blend of beans worthy of the most die-hard coffee fans. Available Now: https://t.co/E1JQCApXRh pic.twitter.com/OuaLmxDVl0

— Korn (@Korn) September 28, 2018

The following product description was offered:

‘Korn Koffee is a smooth, dark roasted blend of Ethiopian Yirgacheffe, Guatemalan Huehutenango, and Organic Peru beans mixed with Vintage Black Diamond by J. Gursey Coffee that has been uniquely curated by the members of Korn.’

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Realms Of Vision Premiere Title Track To Upcoming New Album “Through All Unknown”

As California-based REALMS OF VISION prepares for the release of their second album, Through All Unknown, through Creator-Destructor Records this month, the LP’s title track has been premiered streaming for you below.

Delivering a groove-drenched style of psychedelic metal, the members of REALMS OF VISION hail from an array of backgrounds, with Frank Costa (Animosity, Entheos) and Corey Largent on guitars and vocals, Mike Ambrose (Set Your Goals) on drums, and Brandon McCubbin on bass. With nine new tracks, Through All Unknown was recorded by Donald Scully, Mixed by Scott Goodrich, and mastered by Paul Miner, and reveals a combination of influences such as Alice in Chains, High On Fire, Type O Negative and Black Sabbath; an amalgamation of darkness, melody, and esoteric intensity, potently paired with modern slam/death metal tendencies.

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Legend Of The Seagullmen (Tool/Mastodon, Etc.) Premiere “The Fogger”

Legend Of The Seagullmen, featuring Tool‘s Danny Carey and Mastodon‘s Brent Hinds among their members, debut a new song entitled “The Fogger“. It’s from their self-titled new album that is out February 09th on Dine Alone. Explains the band’s Jimmy Hayward, the song is about the character Carey adopts for the band (see the below image,) ‘The Fogger‘:

“‘The Fogger‘ is a mystical aquatic tale about The Seagullmen‘s very own drummer, Danny Carey. He stalks the ocean in search of users, abusers and polluters and deals lethal justice with his third eye while ripping the faces from skulls, just like he does during the punishing and beautifully complex drum solo in the middle of the song. The solo explodes into a furious conclusion, leaving no doubt about the karmic justice and pure ferocious power of ‘The Fogger’!”

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Metal Blade Records Inks Deal With Batushka, Debut Album To See Reissue

Polish black metal legion Batushka is the latest addition to Metal Blade Records’ U.S. roster.

Pronounced “Batjushka,” the band’s Cyrillic name ??????? means “father” and is used to address an Eastern Orthodox priest. Despite the themes and imagery, they are not a Christian act. The identities of the members are unknown, but they are involved with other bands. Their live lineup contains eight members.

On November 3rd, Metal Blade will reissue the debut full length “Litourgiya,” which was initially released in 2015 in limited quantity (500 copies) via Witching Hour Productions. Despite its relative cult status, the record earned critical accolades from journalists “in the know.”

Physical preorders for Litourgiya are currently available at this location. A video for “Yekteniya IV – Milost'” is also available in the player below.

The track listing is:

1. Yekteniya I – Ochishcheniye
2. Yekteniya II – Blagosloveniye
3. Yekteniya III – Premudrost
4. Yekteniya IV – Milost’
5. Yekteniya V – Svyatyy Vkhod
6. Yekteniya VI – Upovanie
7. Yekteniya VII – Istina
8. Yekteniya VIII – Spasenie

Check out “Yekteniya IV – Milost'” here:

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Metal Blade Records Inks Deal With Batushka, Debut Album To See Reissue

Polish black metal legion Batushka is the latest addition to Metal Blade Records’ U.S. roster.

Pronounced “Batjushka,” the band’s Cyrillic name ??????? means “father” and is used to address an Eastern Orthodox priest. Despite the themes and imagery, they are not a Christian act. The identities of the members are unknown, but they are involved with other bands. Their live lineup contains eight members.

On November 3rd, Metal Blade will reissue the debut full length “Litourgiya,” which was initially released in 2015 in limited quantity (500 copies) via Witching Hour Productions. Despite its relative cult status, the record earned critical accolades from journalists “in the know.”

Physical preorders for Litourgiya are currently available at this location. A video for “Yekteniya IV – Milost'” is also available in the player below.

The track listing is:

1. Yekteniya I – Ochishcheniye
2. Yekteniya II – Blagosloveniye
3. Yekteniya III – Premudrost
4. Yekteniya IV – Milost’
5. Yekteniya V – Svyatyy Vkhod
6. Yekteniya VI – Upovanie
7. Yekteniya VII – Istina
8. Yekteniya VIII – Spasenie

Check out “Yekteniya IV – Milost'” here:

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Decapitated Arrested In California On Suspicion Of Kidnapping Fan

After releasing the “Anticult” album via Nuclear Blast Records, Polish metal band Decapitated recently hit the road in the U.S. to support the release alongside Thy Art Is Murder.

While the tour is ongoing, Decapitated won’t be appearing on any further dates of the trek, with all four members of the band arrested in California this morning.

The Spokesman Review reported the following:

All four members of the Polish death metal band Decapitated were arrested in Santa Ana, California, early Saturday on suspicion of kidnapping a woman after their concert in Spokane on Aug. 31.

A woman reported to police just before 2 a.m. on Sept. 1 the alleged kidnapping by the band members, said Spokane Police Department spokeswoman Cpl. Teresa Fuller. The band had performed with Thy Art is Murder at The Pin concert venue downtown as part of their “Double Homicide” tour. Fuller said she believes the woman attended the heavy metal concert.

The band members were arrested by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office after their Friday night concert in Santa Ana. They have been identified as 27-year-old Michael M. Lysejko, 35-year-old Waclaw J. Kieltyka, 31-year-old Rafal T. Piotrowski and 30-year-old Hubert E. Wiecek. All are Polish nationals.

The four are in the Los Angeles County Jail awaiting extradition to Spokane. Fuller said additional charges are possible. The case is still under investigation by the department’s Special Victims Unit.

Defense attorney Steve Graham of Spokane said he was hired by the band on Thursday after they became aware of the investigation.

“There is another side to this,” he said. “We have witnesses that can testify to the fact that the accuser came to visit band of her own free will and left on good terms.”

He said he told police that the band members had offered to surrender but never heard anything back. “I made it clear that I could get the guys up here ASAP and they would cooperate,” he said.

Graham said he’s concerned that they will “languish” in the Los Angeles County Jail for weeks before being returned to Spokane, but said the four will not fight extradition and will return to Spokane willingly.

Live footage from the band’s Santa Ana show can be seen below. At this point no statement has arrived from the band or label, but it seems a good bet there won’t be any further U.S. appearances on the remaining dates. The band was also scheduled to tour Europe alongside King Parrot in October and November.

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Rockshots Records Inks Deal With Noturnall, New Album “9” This Fall

Rockshots Records is excited to announce the addition of the Brazilian prog/power metal band Noturnall to the label’s roster!

Formed by very known and established musicians, the combo consists of Thiago Bianchi (Vocals), Fernando Quesada (Bass), Léo Mancini (Guitars) – all former members of Shaman – along with Juninho Carelli (Keyboards) and drummer Aquiles Priester (ex-Angra).

The band has come back with the third album “9,” which brings the roots back to the band’s members (Angra /Shaman), but with a heavier and more modern vocal and instrumental lines. “9” is a collection of the best moments from the members’ old bands, and what stood out from the previous albums of Noturnall. “9” will be officially released on October 27, 2017 via Rockshots Records.

Moreover, the album features guitarist Mike Orlando (Adrenaline Mob ,Sonic Stomp) who had a brief period as a band member, contributing to the song “Wake Up,” one of the highlights of this work.

The first single “Hearts As One” is already available in the player at the bottom. The track listing and album artwork can be found here:

1. Hey
2. Change
3. Wake Up!
4. Moving On
5. Mysterious
6. Hearts As One
7. What You Waiting For
8. Shadows
9. Pain

Check out “Hearts As One” here:

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“The New Chapter” Sees Unreal Terror Release First Album In 31 Years

Italian metal act Unreal Terror, originally formed in 1979, has returned after a 31 year slumber with a new album entitled “The New Chapter.” The album will be released by Jolly Roger Records as a CD, LP (first 100 copies “bone” wax) and digital download on October 6th.

The line-up features 3/4 of the members from previous albums “Heavy & Dangerous” (EP, 1985) and “Hard Incursion” (1986): Luciano Palermi on vocals, Enio Nicolini on bass, Silvio Canzano on drums. “It’s the bridge connecting Unreal Terror’s past and future, a statement of who we are as band today” claims Palermi, underlining “time is the pervasive theme that dominates the entire new album, even if it’s not a concept-album” and adding “we expect this new album to please our historic fanbase as well as attract new followers, we are very excited to release this new work and write a new chapter in our career.”

“The New Chapter” contains 10 brand new songs whose style echoes classic heavy metal tradition, but with a modern perspective. Check out the new song “Timebomb” is available for streaming in the player below.

The track listing for the album is:

1. Ordinary King
2. Time Bomb
3. All This Time
4. Fall
5. The Thread
6. One More Chance
7. Trickles of Time
8. It’s the Shadow
9. Lost Cause
10. Western Skies

Check out “Time Bomb” here:

Unreal Terror – The New Chapter by JOLLY ROGER RECORDS

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