Exciter Reveals New Guitarist Daniel Dekay

With the departure of founding guitarist John Ricci, Canadian speed legends Exciter are hyped to reveal that Daniel Dekay (Diemonds, BangerTV) will be taking the position as the new guitarist for the band. A longtime friend of the Exciter family, Dekay was a natural choice and a perfect fit to keep this thrash machine pounding. Dekay joins forces with original members Dan Beehler & Allan Johnson to round out this lineup of the band which is already working on new tunes with plans for a full length studio record.

The original lineup of Exciter reunited in 2015 but last month guitarist John Ricci decided to leave the group, finishing a second stint in the band which began in 1992.

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Node Taps Destrage Bassist Gabriel Pignata

Italian death / thrash group Node today announces new session bassist, Gabriel Pignata, hailing from alternative metal outfit Destrage. Regarding the lineup shift, Node had this to say:

“We are so thrilled to announce that from our show in Prague on (April 8th) Destrage’s bassist Gabriel Pignata will join us on all our live dates, filling the position, which for months has been empty.

“Of course, Destrage remains the priority for Gabriel, said this, on the dates he can not be present, we’ll use the pre-recorded tracks. We thank Gabriel and Destrage for the invaluable help they are giving us with this great gesture of solidarity and friendship, at the moment the road become increasingly difficult for us! Fortunately, friends who give a hand to help are always many!!! Brothers, rock on!”

Catch Node live on these dates:

08 April – Hudební Klub EXIT-US – Prague (Czech Republic)
06 May – Rock Pub Centrale – Erba (supporting Extrema
13 May – Padiglione 14 – Collegno (Torino)
26 May – Wanted – Galliate
11 June – Blood Gerenzano Festival
01 July – Eresia Metal Fest – Resia (Udine)

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Northlane Releases Surprise Album “Mesmer”

Northlane just released surprise fourth album “Mesmer” worldwide. The album appeared with no forewarning on digital services this morning.

Recorded throughout September 2016 in New Jersey with producer David Bendeth (Bring Me The Horizon, Paramore, A Day To Remember), this is Northlane’s defining statement, presented directly to the fans in an unorthodox manner. The band comments:

“Through determination, hard work, sacrifice, and a bit of luck, we are able to travel the world taking our music to fans both old and new. We’re able to spend time crafting the music we want to hear with the benefit of not having to leave the studio early to go and work a job. To an artist, these are real luxuries. We appreciate them more than anything and we’re in the position of being able to do this because of you — our incredible fans who continue to support us. You free us to be the artists we want to be.

“This is our way of rewarding our fans for everything they’ve given us. What our music means to you is what it means to us. Art is an experience, and to us it reserves no room for competition, and the only accolade that matters to us is the place this holds in your heart.

“Releasing ‘Mesmer’ in this way has been right for us at this moment in time. We have grown immeasurably as people and as a band through the toughest recording process we’ve ever endured. We’ve been tested every step of the way and have come out the other side with something we are truly proud of. We didn’t want to keep it from you a moment longer than we had to. We felt we owed it to this album to try and think creatively about every aspect of the way people would experience Mesmer, like a gift from us to you that is being unboxed. We wanted to make everyon’s discovery of this moment special.”

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Periphery Premieres New Song “Prayer Position” From Upcoming New Album “Periphery III: Select Difficulty”

Periphery premieres a new song entitled “Prayer Position”, taken from the upcoming new album “Periphery III: Select Difficulty”, which will be out in stores this Friday, July 22nd, through Sumerian Records.

Check out now “Prayer Position” below.

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Periphery Streams New Song “The Way The News Goes…”

Periphery will release fifth album, “Periphery III: Select Difficulty,” on July 22nd via Sumerian and today the band debuts a new track. Check out “The Way The News Goes…” below. The full track listing is:

1. The Price is Wrong
2. Motormouth
3. Marigold
4. The Way The News Goes…
5. Remain Indoors
6. Habitual Line-Stepper
7. Flatline
8. Absolomb
9. Catch Fire
10. Prayer Position
11. Lune

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Monuments Parts Ways With Drummer Anup Sastry

Monuments is officially parting ways with drummer Anup Sastry. The band issued this statement online:

“Anup is stepping down from his position in Monuments. We’ve had a sick time and we’re still good mates. This doesn’t effect our touring schedule and all our summer festival shows will go ahead as planned. Huge shout out to Daniel Lang from Red Enemy for filling in on such short notice. First stop Grasspop!”

Anup also had this to say: “As much as I’ve enjoyed sharing the stage with the band, I’ve unfortunately decided to leave Monuments. Touring with the band just wasn’t for me. I had an absolute blast playing with the group live, and I’m leaving the band on good terms. I was able to see a lot of beautiful places and meet a lot of wonderful people while in the band, and I’m very appreciative and grateful for those experiences.

“This decision is very amicable, and I will surely miss hanging out with everyone. Unfortunately, Monuments just wasn’t for me. I wish the absolute best for Olly, Adam, John, and Chris. Monuments will continue to get on stage and rip it, and I wish the band the best of luck with their future endeavors. I’ll be staying busy with a few projects, which I’m excited to announce and share with everyone in the future.

“I want to thank everyone for all of the amazing and continued support. It really does mean a lot. With all of this being said, here’s my last Monuments play-through video. Enjoy!”

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Lamb Of God Parts Ways With Chris Adler And Taps Dave Lombardo

Lamb Of God just released an official statement on the band’s Facebook site that they parted ways with long-time drummer Chris Adler, after rumours emerged that Adler will not only guest on Megadeth’s new studio album, but will also stay as a permanent member of the thrash metal legend.

Explains frontman Randy Blythe:

“I’ve seen it coming over the last weeks and when I asked Chris about all the rumours, he just told me ‘C’mon you would do it too, if you were in my position, right?’. So next thing I did was call Dave [Lombardo, former Slayer drummer] and ask him if he wants to step in. And guess what he said ‘Yes, why not!’ without any hesitation or pause of reflection!”

Read the whole story and official statement on Lamb Of God’s Facebook page HERE.

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Krampus Splits With Guitar Player Leonardo

Italiain folk metal outfit Krampus has issued the following announcement about parting ways with the band’s guitarist:

“Hello guys! We have a sad news for you today. Our fellow guitar player Leonardo has stepped down from his position and decided to dedicate full time to the other side of his life. We are parting ways in the most friendly way and we wish him the best luck on his work!”

Leonardo comments: “I’m out of Krampus cause I got too much swag to play in a band anymore. It’s now time for me to take a break and to steer clear of the stages for a while.

“I’d like to say a big ‘thank you’ to every friend and fan met on the road during the last three years: it has been truly amazing playing with and for you. Special thanks also go to M. Casale Bauer, Jackson Italia, Black Mirror Studios and of course to my bandmates: I wish you every success and happiness in the future! Hasta la vista.”

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Theocracy Splits With Drummer Shawn Benson

Georgia-based melodic metal band Theocracy regrets to announce the departure of longtime drummer Shawn Benson, who will be pursuing other interests. The band comments:

“Continued work conflicts and scheduling issues simply made it impossible to move forward, so both parties amicably agreed that it was time for a change to be made. There are no hard feelings on either side, and the band wishes Shawn nothing but the best in the future.”

“To be honest, I’m pretty devastated about this, as I expected to be playing with Shawn for as long as we kept going,” says vocalist Matt Smith. “But he is moving into a different phase of his life and could no longer give the commitment it takes to be in a band, so ultimately this is the only solution for all parties involved. I’d like to personally thank Shawn for helping to bring three albums from my imagination to reality, and his contributions can never be overstated. He will always be a part of the Theocracy family.”

In the interest of moving forward, Theocracy is beginning to look for candidates to fill the position. Interested parties can contact the band at theocracydrummersearch@gmail.com. Theocracy is currently working on new material to follow the “As the World Bleeds” album.

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Todd Michael Hall Comments On Staying In Reverence After Joining Riot

It was recently announced that Reverence vocalist Todd Michael Hall had joined Riot. Todd has now checked in with the following statement clarifying his position in the bands:

“Hey Rev heads. Some of you may have heard that I (Todd) was selected as the new singer for Riot.

“I am psyched about this new opportunity, but apparently some people are mistakenly thinking I have left Reverence and that is not the case. I have already written five songs for our new album and look forward to continuing the band Bryan and I started.”

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