Symphony X Announces European Tour Dates

New Jersey’s progressive metal masters Symphony X are delighted to announce some UK tour dates, as part of a wider European tour which will take place throughout May and the beginning of June this year. The run will see the five piece hit eleven countries in one month – with the tour kicking off on May 7th in Lyon, France, culminating in Gelsenkirchen, Germany at the Rock Hard Festival.

“We are really excited about the upcoming tour! Can’t wait to get back on the road and look forward to seeing everyone again very soon!”, stated the band.

Tickets are on sale now!

The tour dates are as follows:

07/05 FR Lyon Ninkasi Kao
08/05 CH Pratteln Z7
10/05 IT Treviso New Age
11/05 IT Bologna Estragon
12/05 IT Rome Orion
14/05 IT Milan Alcatraz
15/05 DE Munich Backstage Halle
16/05 DE Ludwigsburg Rockfabrik
17/05 DE Berlin Lido
18/05 DE Hannover Faust
19/05 DK Copenhagen Amager Bio
21/05 NO Oslo Rockefeller
22/05 SE Stockholm Klubben
24/05 FI Helsinki Nosturi
26/05 SE Gothenburg Pustervik
28/05 DE Hamburg Knust
29/05 DE Dresden Beatpol
31/05 DE Aschaffenburg Colos-Saal
01/06 BE Vosselaar Biebob
02/06 NL Nijmegen Fortarock Festival
04/06 UK Coventry Empire
05/06 UK Holmfirth Picturedrome
06/06 UK London Electric Ballroom
07/06 FR Paris La Machine du Moulin Rouge
08/06 DE Gelsenkirchen Rock Hard Festival

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Gary Holt Leaves Slayer Tour – Phil Demmel (ex-Machine Head) Tapped To Fill-In

Slayer/Exodus guitarist Gary Holt announces that he will be sitting out the remaining 4 dates of Slayer‘s European leg of their current farewell tour to be home with his dying father. Guitarist Phil Demmel (ex-Machine Head) has been tapped to fill-in.

The remaining shows for said leg of dates, which also includes Lamb Of God, Anthrax and Obituary, as supports will run as follows:

12/03 Copenhagen, DEN – Royal Arena
12/05 Stockholm, SWE – Hovet
12/06 Oslo, NOR – Spektrum
12/08 Helsinki, FIN – Helsingin Jäähalli

States Gary Holt:

“First things first, I want to say thank you to Berlin for the AMAZING show tonight!! BEST CROWD EVER! But what I’ve got to say has been very very hard for me these last ten days or so. My father is very near the end of his journey,I’ve been playing these last several shows with the heaviest of hearts.

And with that heavy heart I have to announce I am leaving the Slayer European tour. I must return home to help care for my dad in his final moments. Tonight ended with me in tears while finishing Angel of death. But the crowd brought out the best in me. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I love you all.

And that having been said, I want EACH AND EVERY Slayer fan to give their biggest screams for Phil Demmel @demmelitionmh !! Bay Area legend!!! My dear friend, who having JUST finished a tour agreed to help me and the band out and learn an entire Slayer set in days and come out here so I can return home for my dad. Thank you Phil, you are family, love you bro!

Please give him your warmest welcome.And most of all, I gotta thank @slayerbandofficial , @tomarayaofficial @paulbostaphofficial and Kerry King, you guys are TRULY my family, and have had my back through all what has been the roughest time in my life on tour. And thanks to our ENTIRE crew, and @lambofgod @anthrax and @obituaryband and their crews, knowing you all have been there for me through this, FAMILY. Love all of you.

To my fans, thanks from the bottom of my black heart, I’ll be back in March to crush once more. And more than anything , thanks to my wife @lisaholt777 , had I been alone for this, my melt downs would have been even greater. Love you baby. See all of you soon. Thank you. And MUCH LOVE to my bros in Exodus! They know what’s going on, and no one has my back more @exodusbandofficial @zetrodus you guys are my rock”

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First things first, I want to say thank you to Berlin for the AMAZING show tonight!! BEST CROWD EVER! But what I’ve got to say has been very very hard for me these last ten days or so. My father is very near the end of his journey,I’ve been playing these last several shows with the heaviest of hearts.And with that heavy heart I have to announce I am leaving the Slayer European tour. I must return home to help care for my dad in his final moments. Tonight ended with me in tears while finishing Angel of death. But the crowd brought out the best in me. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I love you all. And that having been said, I want EACH AND EVERY Slayer fan to give their biggest screams for Phil Demmel @demmelitionmh !! Bay Area legend!!! My dear friend, who having JUST finished a tour agreed to help me and the band out and learn an entire Slayer set in days and come out here so I can return home for my dad. Thank you Phil, you are family, love you bro! Please give him your warmest welcome.And most of all, I gotta thank @slayerbandofficial , @tomarayaofficial @paulbostaphofficial and Kerry King, you guys are TRULY my family, and have had my back through all what has been the roughest time in my life on tour. And thanks to our ENTIRE crew, and @lambofgod @anthrax and @obituaryband and their crews, knowing you all have been there for me through this, FAMILY. Love all of you. To my fans, thanks from the bottom of my black heart, I’ll be back in March to crush once more. And more than anything , thanks to my wife @lisaholt777 , had I been alone for this, my melt downs would have been even greater. Love you baby. See all of you soon. Thank you. And MUCH LOVE to my bros in Exodus! They know what’s going on, and no one has my back more @exodusbandofficial @zetrodus you guys are my rock

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GWAR releases video for “Viking Death Machine”

– October 4th, 2018 –

Kicks off North American tour this Saturday

Human Scum! It is now that time of year and your Lords and Masters GWAR will soon awaken from their Antarctic slumber to devastate North America once again. The “Gore, Core, Metal and More” tour will be co-headlined by GWAR, and the mighty Hatebreed! This rolling heavy metal nightmare kicks off October 7th, following an appearance from GWAR at the Rock Allegiance Festival in Camden, NJ on October 6th. A complete list of all dates can be found below.

Before the tour begins, GWAR is pleased as a bowl of bloody punch to share with you the new video for their epic song “Viking Death Machine,” taken from their latest opus, 2017′s The Blood of Gods, a masterpiece of obscenity chronicling the rise of humanity against their makers, and the massive battle between GWAR and the forces of all that is uptight and wrong with the world. The video was created by Makinita Silva, an Ecuadorian masked Luchador who is also an independent 2-D animator.

Watch the video here: youtube.com/watch?v=akFp2mV8Lf0

Of the video, Blothar has the following to say: “Humans, are you ready to ride the ‘Viking Death Machine’? Our latest video is a faithful animated schlockumentary depicting my harrowing, blood-drenched defeat of the Load Warriors and the other denizens of Saturday morning raceway hijinks, including all of my fellow bandmates in GWAR. I am delighted to take my rightful place as the King of Cartoon Violence, and champion of the first annual Suck-It-Up-Butter Cup! Watch the video now! It’ll make you shit.”

GWAR tour dates
w/ Hatebreed

Oct. 6: Camden, NJ @ Rock Allegiance*
Oct. 7: Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom
Oct. 9: Lawrence, KS @ Granda Theater
Oct. 10: Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall
Oct. 11: Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
Oct. 12: Boise, ID @ Revolution Concert House
Oct. 13: Sacramento, CA @ Aftershock Festival*
Oct. 15: Seattle, WA @ Showbox Sodo
Oct. 16: Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
Oct. 18: Los Angeles, CA @ Belasco Theater
Oct. 19: Tempe, AZ @ The Marquee
Oct. 20: Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater
Oct. 22: Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
Oct. 23: Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Live
Oct. 24: Tulsa, OK @ Cain’s Ballroom
Oct. 25: Sauget, IL @ Pops
Oct. 26: Madison, WI @ The Sylvee
Oct. 27: St. Paul, MN @ Myth Live
Oct. 28: Peoria, IL @ Monarch Music Hall
*=festival appearance

GWAR headline tour dates
Oct. 29: Detroit, MI @ Saint Andrews Hall
Oct. 30: Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
Oct. 31: New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
Nov. 2: North Myrtle Beach, SC @ House of Blues
Nov. 3: Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
Nov. 4: Raleigh, NC @ Lincoln Theater
Nov. 6: Stroudsburg, PA @ Sherman Theater
Nov. 7: Clifton Park, NY @ Upstate Concert Hall
Nov. 8: Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
Nov. 9: Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Soundstage
Nov. 10: Richmond, VA @ The National#
#=w/ Municipal Waste, High on Fire, Toxic Holocaust

GWAR tour date
Dec. 31: Norfolk, VA @ The Norva

GWAR online:
https://www.gwar.net
https://www.instagram.com/gwar
https://twitter.com/GWARofficial
https://www.youtube.com/gwar
https://www.facebook.com/gwar
https://gwarbq.com

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Sodom To Release New EP, “Partisan” In November

Attention all Sodom fans, there’s exciting news from Tom Angelripper & Co. On the one hand, the band are currently at the studio to record new material, on the other their next shows are scheduled for early September, and the end of November will see the start of their extensive MTV Headbangers Ball Tour 2018 alongside Exodus, Death Angel and Suicidal Angels.

And as if that wasn’t enough great news, the best bit of intelligence comes directly from the thrash metal act’s inner circle…

“We’re a real family again,” enthuses frontman Angelripper following the band’s lineup change in spring 2018. “We all really enjoy the new lineup consisting of Frank Blackfire (guitar, ex-Sodom, ex-Kreator, Assassin), Yorck Segatz (guitar, Beyondition), Husky (drums, Asphyx, Desaster) and myself. There’s a real team spirit again, we’re having a great time together, every one of us is interested in everything and – really important! – everybody is there for everybody else. Obviously that kind of atmosphere is bound to have a positive effect on the songwriting.”

Examples? Sodom’s new Partisan EP will be out in November, featuring three tracks including a live recording from this year’s Rock Hard Festival. The new lineup could hardly present itself in a more impressive manner!

Partisan will be released through SPV/Steamhammer on November 23rd as CD digipak, 10″ clear vinyl, download and stream.

Tracklisting:

1. Partisan
2. Conflagration
3. Tired & Red (Live at the Rock Hard Festival 2018)

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Krokus Announces “Adios Amigos” Farewell Tour

Swiss heavy metal legends Krokus has announced that they will be embarking on a headlining world tour, dubbed “Adios Amigos.” The band has stressed that they will not be reuniting once the tour is done and have posted the following statement:

“Since 1975, Krokus stands for honest, handmade, quality power rock. No other Swiss Rock Band sells their albums and their back catalogue worldwide like Krokus. More than 15 million records sold, worldwide tours, gold and platinum in the US and Canada. Our Rock milestones can still be found today all across the globe from Australia to the USA, Mexico, Russia, even Japan and China. Krokus video clips are viewed millions of times on YouTube.

“In 1980, the triumphal march began throughout America, Canada and England. The band cemented their reputation and name as a strong, no-frills live band. Unforgettable headlining tours and on the same bills with great bands like AC / DC, Van Halen, Rush, Ted Nugent, Judas Priest, Motörhead, just to name a few. Wild times, big adventures, which brought the band, among other things, the honorary citizenship of Memphis Tennessee. Krokus were also the first Swiss band to sell-out the Hallenstadion, Zurich in 1982.

“But there was also death, illness and internal disputes that drove the band to the brink of destruction. Then, in 2008 the big comeback. The story of Krokus is unique. Marked by ups and downs. From grandiose stadium concerts to sweaty club gigs. We overcame trends, insidious US managers, harsh splits, bad deals, shady lawyers, drugs, lousy fast food, endless bus trips, disco, grunge, grotesque record companies, and hypocritical advisors.

“During our remarkable career, Krokus rocked more than 2000 shows on five continents – different cities, unique locations, crazy gigs and loyal fans. This long journey ends with our Adios Amigo Tour.

“Krokus shows have always been special and should stay that way. That’s why we decided to stop when it’s still really good. That’s how the fans should remember us. Unlike other bands that are on their eternal ‘farewell tour’, we will keep our word and pull the plug at the end of 2019, handing over the Rock Magic Wand to the youngsters.”

In addition, the band members have issued personal statements.

Marc Storace: “We look forward to a grandiose 2019 Adios Amigos World Tour with the final highlight in Switzerland.”

Fernando von Arb: “We have signed reciprocally contracts with each other that it really is over. We will stick to that. Every party has to end eventually.”

Chris von Rohr: “It was an unparalleled journey with all the ups and downs rock life has to offer. Now we are looking forward to the final lap of honor and will give it our all once more. We owe that to ourselves and our fans. The 7th of December, 2019 will be unforgettable as it was on the 27th of March 1982. “

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Members of Metallica, Slipknot, Lamb of God, Avenged Sevenfold and More Pay Tribute To Late Pantera / HELLYEAH Drummer Vinnie Paul

The family of Vinnie Paul have confirmed that he passed away in his sleep at his home in Las Vegas, NV. A medical examiner will set out to determine his cause of death after which, his body will be transferred back to Texas to be buried alongside his mother and his brother, the late Pantera guitarist “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott.

Members of Metallica, Slipknot, Lamb of God, Avenged Sevenfold etc. pay tribute to Late Pantera and HELLYEAH Drummer Vinnie Paul. Below’s what they have to say:

Thank you for all the good times, Vinnie…your incredible hospitality and warm vibe was infectious and inspiring. Here’s to another shot of Crown Royal and a next level game of air hockey down the road! RIP, brother. Much love. ?? pic.twitter.com/ehNXoO88jY

— Lars Ulrich (@larsulrich) June 23, 2018

Very sad news this evening. This man always treated me & the guys in my band like family, from the very first time we ever met him with his brother at a Damageplan gig in Texas– whether backstage at a show, on his crazy tour bus, at his club, at his house, he was always a gracious host to us. He just wanted people around him to be happy. I didn’t see Vinnie much the last time we played a gig together because I heard he was in a very foul mood– this was highly unusual for him. Why was he in a foul mood? Because we were playing a big festival in Chicago, he had bought a TON OF FOOD to grill in the parking lot for everyone (as usual), & the fire marshall came and shut him down before he could start the bar-b-que. That’s the type of dude he was– he just wanted to make sure people were having a good time, & he took steps to make that happen. He also did me a very solid favor when I was in some very serious legal trouble a while back by writing a detailed letter to a judge explaining what had happened to his brother & the need for good stage security– that wasn’t an easy thing for him to do, but he did it anyway because he was a true friend and knew I needed some help– I’ll never forget that, & I made sure he knew I appreciated it. He also never minded when I got in his face with my camera– I took this photo with a 50mm fixed lens at a festival we were playing with Hellyeah in Iowa in 2016– that means I was basically inside his drum kit. When he saw me poking my head in there, he just turned, flashed me this grin, & kept on rocking. I love this photo– Big Vin smiling and doing what he did best. Rest In Peace, Vinnie Paul. You’ll be missed. BIG LOVE.

Ein Beitrag geteilt von D. Randall Blythe (@drandallblythe) am

Vincent Paul Abbott aka Vinnie Paul has passed away.
Paul is best known for his work as the drummer in the bands
Pantera and Hellyeah.
No further details are available at this time.
The family requests you please respect their privacy during this time. pic.twitter.com/4yCzabmWVt

— Pantera (@Pantera) June 23, 2018

GOD BLESS VINNIE PAUL – 1964-2O18 – FATHER VINNIE,Your Compassion for others & Your Love for seeing everyone around you Happy I will never forget – Your Heart of Gold Made The World a Better Place – Go be w/Your BELOVED BROTHER – I LOVE YOU – tBLSt SDMF pic.twitter.com/8VC3T3hQa2

— Zakk Wylde (@ZakkWyldeBLS) June 23, 2018

I just woke up in Belgium to the news that my friend Vinnie Paul has passed away. Another metal hero taken too soon. Say hello to Daryl for me. Rest In Peace, my dear friend. @Pantera @hellyeahband #vinniepaul

— Dave Mustaine (@DaveMustaine) June 23, 2018

Tragic news about Vinnie Paul today. He was one of the warmest people I knew. A truly good & fun friend. We’re going to miss you more than you could possibly have known. RIP buddy. https://t.co/yQqruY4tio

— Slash (@Slash) June 23, 2018

Shocked and saddened to hear of Vinnie Paul’s passing. A true original. Had some good laughs when we toured with @Pantera. Gone too soon. pic.twitter.com/adiO8B16jf

— Geezer Butler (@GZRMusic) June 23, 2018

Terribly saddened by the news of Vinnie Paul’s passing. Vinnie was a beloved fixture in the rock and metal communities and we will miss seeing him out on the road. His impact on heavy music is immeasurable. Rest In Peace Vinnie, condolences to your family, friends and fans.

— Alice Cooper (@alicecooper) June 23, 2018

R.I.P. Vinnie Paul.
Epic brothers. Both gone now. Loved watching PANTERA live back in the day…a true force of nature.#vinniepaul #pantera #dimebagdarrel #RIPVinniePaul pic.twitter.com/lDjJEPgUEg

— Michael Amott (@Michael_Amott) June 23, 2018

I’m sad. One of many hammered nights I spent with this man… stunned. ??
R.I.P. V.P. pic.twitter.com/ks6uxfbjID

— Robb Flynn (@TheGeneralMH) June 23, 2018

This is so sad-I’ll miss u Vinnie.. R.I.P. brother… #RipVinniePaul https://t.co/2IRTvGEkSb

— FrankBello (@TheFrankBello) June 23, 2018

RIP Vinnie Paul. Friend. Humorist. Badass drummer. All-around good man. Condolences to the family. You will be missed bro…

— Duff McKagan (@DuffMcKagan) June 23, 2018

Very saddened to wake up in Belgium today to the news of Vinnie Paul’s passing. You were a good friend and left us an amazing legacy. Go home in peace…. #ripvinniepaul hellyeahofficial… https://t.co/Wwn5VQqzbr

— David Ellefson (@ellefsondavid) June 23, 2018

Like his brother, he spent his energy sharing his talent with us and bringing heavy music to people all over the world. His unique presence will be sorely missed down here. https://t.co/ZknPIrj2io

— Marty Friedman (@marty_friedman) June 23, 2018

Super sad news. Great guy/Great drummer. No idea what happened. Like his bro, gifted & too young to go. May they jam in eternity #RIPVinniePaul https://t.co/Y2XRmXScXg

— Alex Skolnick (@AlexSkolnick) June 23, 2018

Goodbye my friend, sad to see you go. @vinniepaul3

Ein Beitrag geteilt von David Vincent (@officialdavidvincent) am

Rest in Peace Vinnie Paul. pic.twitter.com/3PHSWSBURw

— Official Dio (@OfficialRJDio) June 23, 2018

Vince. Love you man. RIP #vinniepaulabbott

Ein Beitrag geteilt von Corey Taylor (@coreytaylor) am

Thanks for the one of a kind memories my dear friend, I hope that you are in the arms of our brothers. pic.twitter.com/zNulWNAt5H

— Synyster Gates (@SynysterGates) June 23, 2018

?? RIP Vinnie Paul, my condolences to the HELLYEAH extended family, band, crew, fans & everyone whose life was made better/touched by his kindness, generosity & bad ass drumming. Such a star & a game changer. Getcha pull in the next dimension brother!

— Jamey Jasta (@jameyjasta) June 23, 2018

Fuck man. Just waking up to the news. Another one of our friends In Rock gone way to soon. Respect and love to his close friends and family. Such a Sweetheart.
Rip Vinnie Paul.

— Mina Caputo (@MinaCaputo) June 23, 2018

Don’t even know what to say. Vinnie was such an incredibly fun and joyful person to be around. Some of the greatest times of my life were spent throwing back drinks with Vinnie and brother… https://t.co/TtNfItxB1I

— Brian Fair (@brianshadfall) June 23, 2018

Vinnie, you will be missed. R.I.P #vinniepaul #rip #wewillmissyoubrother pic.twitter.com/P8AuZG04jH

— John 5 (@john5guitarist) June 23, 2018

RIP Vinnie Paul – metal drumming will not be the same without you my friend! pic.twitter.com/ZfspSNMPC0

— Jason Bittner (@jbittnerdrums) June 23, 2018

RIP Vinnie Paul, such a sad day..what a loss for the rock and metal community, such a legend.. pic.twitter.com/7pGygJqw01

— Mark Tremonti (@MarkTremonti) June 23, 2018

Thank you for inspiring us, Vinnie! #RIP pic.twitter.com/BaehM2KRLC

— Trivium (@TriviumOfficial) June 23, 2018

RIP Big Vin..
..brothers together again.
Cowboys raisin’ Hell in Heaven!
Thank you both for teaching ALL OF US how it’s done.#cowboysfromhell pic.twitter.com/jSwIa67hVQ

— Obituary (@obituarytheband) June 23, 2018

RIP Vinnie. Loss for words my friend. Still can’t register. ??

— STEPHEN PEARCY (@StephenEPearcy) June 23, 2018

Sad to hear about my friend Vinnie Paul’s passing. One of the true great ones. He’ll truly be missed. RIP Brother.

— Vince Neil (@thevinceneil) June 23, 2018

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Members of Metallica, Slipknot, Lamb of God, Avenged Sevenfold and More Pay Tribute To Late Pantera / HELLYEAH Drummer Vinnie Paul

The family of Vinnie Paul have confirmed that he passed away in his sleep at his home in Las Vegas, NV. A medical examiner will set out to determine his cause of death after which, his body will be transferred back to Texas to be buried alongside his mother and his brother, the late Pantera guitarist “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott.

Members of Metallica, Slipknot, Lamb of God, Avenged Sevenfold etc. pay tribute to Late Pantera and HELLYEAH Drummer Vinnie Paul. Below’s what they have to say:

Thank you for all the good times, Vinnie…your incredible hospitality and warm vibe was infectious and inspiring. Here’s to another shot of Crown Royal and a next level game of air hockey down the road! RIP, brother. Much love. ?? pic.twitter.com/ehNXoO88jY

— Lars Ulrich (@larsulrich) June 23, 2018

Very sad news this evening. This man always treated me & the guys in my band like family, from the very first time we ever met him with his brother at a Damageplan gig in Texas– whether backstage at a show, on his crazy tour bus, at his club, at his house, he was always a gracious host to us. He just wanted people around him to be happy. I didn’t see Vinnie much the last time we played a gig together because I heard he was in a very foul mood– this was highly unusual for him. Why was he in a foul mood? Because we were playing a big festival in Chicago, he had bought a TON OF FOOD to grill in the parking lot for everyone (as usual), & the fire marshall came and shut him down before he could start the bar-b-que. That’s the type of dude he was– he just wanted to make sure people were having a good time, & he took steps to make that happen. He also did me a very solid favor when I was in some very serious legal trouble a while back by writing a detailed letter to a judge explaining what had happened to his brother & the need for good stage security– that wasn’t an easy thing for him to do, but he did it anyway because he was a true friend and knew I needed some help– I’ll never forget that, & I made sure he knew I appreciated it. He also never minded when I got in his face with my camera– I took this photo with a 50mm fixed lens at a festival we were playing with Hellyeah in Iowa in 2016– that means I was basically inside his drum kit. When he saw me poking my head in there, he just turned, flashed me this grin, & kept on rocking. I love this photo– Big Vin smiling and doing what he did best. Rest In Peace, Vinnie Paul. You’ll be missed. BIG LOVE.

Ein Beitrag geteilt von D. Randall Blythe (@drandallblythe) am

Vincent Paul Abbott aka Vinnie Paul has passed away.
Paul is best known for his work as the drummer in the bands
Pantera and Hellyeah.
No further details are available at this time.
The family requests you please respect their privacy during this time. pic.twitter.com/4yCzabmWVt

— Pantera (@Pantera) June 23, 2018

GOD BLESS VINNIE PAUL – 1964-2O18 – FATHER VINNIE,Your Compassion for others & Your Love for seeing everyone around you Happy I will never forget – Your Heart of Gold Made The World a Better Place – Go be w/Your BELOVED BROTHER – I LOVE YOU – tBLSt SDMF pic.twitter.com/8VC3T3hQa2

— Zakk Wylde (@ZakkWyldeBLS) June 23, 2018

I just woke up in Belgium to the news that my friend Vinnie Paul has passed away. Another metal hero taken too soon. Say hello to Daryl for me. Rest In Peace, my dear friend. @Pantera @hellyeahband #vinniepaul

— Dave Mustaine (@DaveMustaine) June 23, 2018

Tragic news about Vinnie Paul today. He was one of the warmest people I knew. A truly good & fun friend. We’re going to miss you more than you could possibly have known. RIP buddy. https://t.co/yQqruY4tio

— Slash (@Slash) June 23, 2018

Shocked and saddened to hear of Vinnie Paul’s passing. A true original. Had some good laughs when we toured with @Pantera. Gone too soon. pic.twitter.com/adiO8B16jf

— Geezer Butler (@GZRMusic) June 23, 2018

Terribly saddened by the news of Vinnie Paul’s passing. Vinnie was a beloved fixture in the rock and metal communities and we will miss seeing him out on the road. His impact on heavy music is immeasurable. Rest In Peace Vinnie, condolences to your family, friends and fans.

— Alice Cooper (@alicecooper) June 23, 2018

R.I.P. Vinnie Paul.
Epic brothers. Both gone now. Loved watching PANTERA live back in the day…a true force of nature.#vinniepaul #pantera #dimebagdarrel #RIPVinniePaul pic.twitter.com/lDjJEPgUEg

— Michael Amott (@Michael_Amott) June 23, 2018

I’m sad. One of many hammered nights I spent with this man… stunned. ??
R.I.P. V.P. pic.twitter.com/ks6uxfbjID

— Robb Flynn (@TheGeneralMH) June 23, 2018

This is so sad-I’ll miss u Vinnie.. R.I.P. brother… #RipVinniePaul https://t.co/2IRTvGEkSb

— FrankBello (@TheFrankBello) June 23, 2018

RIP Vinnie Paul. Friend. Humorist. Badass drummer. All-around good man. Condolences to the family. You will be missed bro…

— Duff McKagan (@DuffMcKagan) June 23, 2018

Very saddened to wake up in Belgium today to the news of Vinnie Paul’s passing. You were a good friend and left us an amazing legacy. Go home in peace…. #ripvinniepaul hellyeahofficial… https://t.co/Wwn5VQqzbr

— David Ellefson (@ellefsondavid) June 23, 2018

Like his brother, he spent his energy sharing his talent with us and bringing heavy music to people all over the world. His unique presence will be sorely missed down here. https://t.co/ZknPIrj2io

— Marty Friedman (@marty_friedman) June 23, 2018

Super sad news. Great guy/Great drummer. No idea what happened. Like his bro, gifted & too young to go. May they jam in eternity #RIPVinniePaul https://t.co/Y2XRmXScXg

— Alex Skolnick (@AlexSkolnick) June 23, 2018

Goodbye my friend, sad to see you go. @vinniepaul3

Ein Beitrag geteilt von David Vincent (@officialdavidvincent) am

Rest in Peace Vinnie Paul. pic.twitter.com/3PHSWSBURw

— Official Dio (@OfficialRJDio) June 23, 2018

Vince. Love you man. RIP #vinniepaulabbott

Ein Beitrag geteilt von Corey Taylor (@coreytaylor) am

Thanks for the one of a kind memories my dear friend, I hope that you are in the arms of our brothers. pic.twitter.com/zNulWNAt5H

— Synyster Gates (@SynysterGates) June 23, 2018

?? RIP Vinnie Paul, my condolences to the HELLYEAH extended family, band, crew, fans & everyone whose life was made better/touched by his kindness, generosity & bad ass drumming. Such a star & a game changer. Getcha pull in the next dimension brother!

— Jamey Jasta (@jameyjasta) June 23, 2018

Fuck man. Just waking up to the news. Another one of our friends In Rock gone way to soon. Respect and love to his close friends and family. Such a Sweetheart.
Rip Vinnie Paul.

— Mina Caputo (@MinaCaputo) June 23, 2018

Don’t even know what to say. Vinnie was such an incredibly fun and joyful person to be around. Some of the greatest times of my life were spent throwing back drinks with Vinnie and brother… https://t.co/TtNfItxB1I

— Brian Fair (@brianshadfall) June 23, 2018

Vinnie, you will be missed. R.I.P #vinniepaul #rip #wewillmissyoubrother pic.twitter.com/P8AuZG04jH

— John 5 (@john5guitarist) June 23, 2018

RIP Vinnie Paul – metal drumming will not be the same without you my friend! pic.twitter.com/ZfspSNMPC0

— Jason Bittner (@jbittnerdrums) June 23, 2018

RIP Vinnie Paul, such a sad day..what a loss for the rock and metal community, such a legend.. pic.twitter.com/7pGygJqw01

— Mark Tremonti (@MarkTremonti) June 23, 2018

Thank you for inspiring us, Vinnie! #RIP pic.twitter.com/BaehM2KRLC

— Trivium (@TriviumOfficial) June 23, 2018

RIP Big Vin..
..brothers together again.
Cowboys raisin’ Hell in Heaven!
Thank you both for teaching ALL OF US how it’s done.#cowboysfromhell pic.twitter.com/jSwIa67hVQ

— Obituary (@obituarytheband) June 23, 2018

RIP Vinnie. Loss for words my friend. Still can’t register. ??

— STEPHEN PEARCY (@StephenEPearcy) June 23, 2018

Sad to hear about my friend Vinnie Paul’s passing. One of the true great ones. He’ll truly be missed. RIP Brother.

— Vince Neil (@thevinceneil) June 23, 2018

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Nervecell European Summer Tour Announced

Dubai-based death metallers NERVECELL will be back to Europe this summer for a few select shows across Austria, France and Germany. Below’s where the trek will hit:

JUL 13 ESCAPE – VIENNA, AUSTRIA
JUL 14 SICK MIDSUMMER FESTIVAL – SCHARNSTEIN, AUSTRIA
JUL 15 NO MAN’S LAND – VOLMERANGE-LES-MINES, FRANCE
JUL 19 ROCK N EAT – LYON, FRANCE
JUL 20 FERRAILLEUR – NANTES, FRANCE
JUL 22 LE KLUB – PARIS, FRANCE
AUG 31 BONEBREAKER FESTIVAL – KLEINWENKHEIM, GERMANY

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The Sword release their sixth studio album “Used Future”, announce US tour

Austin, Texas-based rock act The Sword released their sixth studio album, “Used Future”, yesterday.

A video for the title track was also released and can be viewed below. The video was created by Austin-based game studio Rooster Teeth, in the spirit of old Nintendo games.

Also announced: an epic three-leg tour which will see the band on the road throughout North America from now until late June.

MAR 24 REBEL LOUNGE – PHOENIX, AZ
MAR 25 EL REY – HOLLYWOOD, CA
MAR 26 FILLMORE – SAN FRANCISCO, CA
MAR 27 ACE OF SPADES – SACRAMENTO, CA
MAR 29 NEUMOS – SEATTLE, WA
MAR 30 THE PIN – SPOKANE, WA
MAR 31 NEUROLUX – BOISE, ID
APR 02 METRO MUSIC HALL – SALT LAKE CITY, UT
APR 03 THE MESA THEATER – GRAND JUNCTION, CO
APR 04 GOTHIC THEATRE – ENGLEWOOD, CO
APR 06 THE BOURBON THEATRE – LINCOLN, NE
APR 07 SKYWAY THEATRE – MINNEAPOLIS, MN
APR 08 THE RAVE II – MILWAUKEE, WI
APR 09 MERCURY BALLROOM – LOUISVILLE, KY
APR 10 MINGLEWOOD HALL – MEMPHIS, TN
APR 11 VARSITY THEATRE – BATON ROUGE, LA
APR 12 WHITE OAK MUSIC HALL – HOUSTON, TX
APR 25 PARISH @ HOUSE OF BLUES – NEW ORLEANS, LA
APR 26 ZYDECO – BIRMINGHAM, AL
APR 27 THE INTERNATIONAL – KNOXVILLE, TN
APR 30 MASQUERADE – ATLANTA, GA
MAY 02 THEATRE OF LIVING ARTS – PHILADELPHIA, PA
MAY 03 MUSIC HALL OF WILLIAMSBURG – BROOKLYN, NY
MAY 04 CANAL CLUB – RICHMOND, VA
MAY 07 SOUNDSTAGE – BALTIMORE, MD
MAY 08 PARADISE ROCK CLUB – BOSTON, MA
MAY 10 THE OPERA HOUSE – TORONTO, CANADA
MAY 11 FOUFOUNES ELECTRIQUES – MONTREAL, CANADA
MAY 12 ANTHOLOGY – ROCHESTER, NY
MAY 13 GROG SHOP – CLEVELAND, OH
MAY 14 SAINT ANDREWS – DETROIT, MI
MAY 15 SKULLY’S MUSIC DINER – COLUMBUS, OH
MAY 17 CAIN’S BALLROOM – TULSA, OK
MAY 18 GAS MONKEY GAR N’ GRILL – DALLAS, TX
JUN 07 LAUNCHPAD – ALBUQUERQUE, NM
JUN 08 191 TOOLE – TUCSON, AZ
JUN 09 BELLY UP – SAN DIEGO, CA
JUN 11 WONDER BALLROOM – PORTLAND, OR
JUN 12 WILD BUFFALO – BELLINGHAM, WA
JUN 13 VENUE NIGHTCLUB – VANCOUVER, CANADA
JUN 15 MARQUEE – CALGARY, CANADA
JUN 16 UNION HALL – EDMONTON, CANADA
JUN 17 THE EXCHANGE – REGINA, CANADA
JUN 18 PYRAMID – WINNIPEG, CANADA
JUN 20 THALIA HALL – CHICAGO, IL
JUN 21 BOGART’S – CINCINNATI, OH
JUN 22 MR SMALLS THEATRE – PITTSBURGH, PA
JUN 23 ROCK N’ ROLL HOTEL – WASHINGTON, DC
JUN 24 IRVING PLAZA – NEW YORK, NY
JUN 26 CAPONE’S – JOHNSON CITY, TN
JUN 27 EXIT/IN – NASHVILLE, TN
JUN 29 MAXINE’S – HOT SPRINGS, AR

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Metallica Obviously “Have No Desire” To Re-Mix “…And Justice For All” For Its Deluxe Edition

Metallica‘s 1988 effort “…And Justice For All” is the next effort in line for Metallica to re-release a deluxe edition for and it doesn’t look like the – according to many fans’ opinion – album’s biggest defects will be righted with the release. Since its publication, fans have decried the drum sound being weird and bassist Jason Newsted‘s bass parts being buried in the mix.

Steve Thompson, who originally mixed the album alongside Michael Barbiero, has stated that he recently contributed some material to the forthcoming deluxe edition and got the impression that Metallica won’t be re-mixing “…And Justice For All”.

Appearing on the Talk Toomey Podcast, Thompson spoke about the original mixing sessions and how the bass came to be buried.

States Steve Thompson:

“The first day Lars would come in with pictures of an EQ setup of how he wanted his drums to sound, every drum. So I said to Barbiero, ‘Michael, why don’t you work with Lars and get the drums sounding the way he wants them and once you got that let me know.’

So he gets the sound that Lars wanted and I listened to ’em myself and said ‘Man, this sounds like shit.’ …And so I chased everybody out of the room, I started putting everything up, re-EQing drums, bringing the guitars up, bringing the bass up, because the bass was a great part because it was a perfect marriage with Hetfield‘s rhythm guitars, it just was great. And I’m blowing up the band and everything like that and Hetfield comes in and he thumbs up, everybody, he’s happy.

So when I was ready for playback, Lars comes walking in, listens to about 15 seconds and he says ‘turn it off.’ And he goes to me ‘Uhh, what happens to my drum sound?’ So I think I just probably said ‘You were serious?”

So I had to get the drum sound back to where Lars was happy and I wasn’t… And then he said ‘See the bass?’ I said ‘Yeah,’ he said, ‘I want you to bring it down about 5 or 6db. I said ‘Why,’ [he said] ‘Just bring it down.’ So I brought it down where you barely audibly could hear it. And he goes now ‘drop it down a little more’.

And I remember I think I turned around to James and James just put his hands up and I said ‘Really, why would you do that?’”

Speaking of the forthcoming deluxe edition of the album, he adds:

“I just contributed to the anniversary album of ‘…And Justice [For All‘]. I just sent them a bunch of pictures and some outtakes, but they have no desire to re-mix the record. They want to keep it the way it is.

They might remaster it or something like that, but there is only so much mastering you can do. And I’ll tell you the truth, I don’t even know if those original multitracks could be saved. Because there are like 5 million edits in them from Lars‘ drums alone. So if you have the box and open it up there probably be about 50 million pieces of tape all over the place.”

“They’ve lived with it this long. I’ve lived with most of the criticism, ’cause everybody assumes it’s my fault. And I guess I have to take blame cause it says my name says mixed by me and Barbiero.

But I remember when Metallica got elected to the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, they flew us in there to be a part of it—which I thought was great—and I remember hanging out with Lars and Lars basically came up to me and said ‘Steve, what happened to the bass on the record?’ He actually asked me that and I just said ‘Ok, I give up, I give up’ [laughs].”

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