Xentrix Unveils New Band Lineup

Xentrix just checked in with the following announcement about bringing on a new vocalist and gearing up for live activity once again:

“It’s been a while since we posted any Xentrix news, and to be totally honest, this has been down to the fact that we weren’t sure if there would be anymore news or even anymore Xentrix.

“At the end of 2015 Chris Astley, our singer/guitarist had decided he didn’t want to be a part of Xentrix or any other band for that matter, and so once again he was out of the line up. This left us (the remaining three members) with the option to call it a day or try and find a replacement.

“We knew full well that the vocals are always the most difficult thing for any band to replace, but we wanted to carry on doing shows and making new metal music, so we set out on the arduous task of finding a new vocalist for the band. For the past 18 months we’ve been trying to find that right person and it has been incredibly frustrating how many times we thought we had found the new addition to our line up only to discover, for one reason or another, it wasn’t to be. We’d like to thank everyone that auditioned and demoed for us, we experienced some great voices and really cool people.

“But after a chance meeting at last year’s Bloodstock Festival we found the right man for the job and so Xentrix would like to welcome Mr. Jay Walsh (Bull Riff Stampede) as our new singer / guitarist. We’re super excited to have Jay on board and have already started writing and demoing new material. Most importantly, we can’t wait to get back to doing what we love the most, playing live!”

Xentrix 2017 consists of:

Kristian Havard – Guitar
Chris Shires – Bass
Jay Walsh – Vocals/Guitar
Dennis Gasser – Drums

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Xentrix Unveils New Band Lineup

Xentrix just checked in with the following announcement about bringing on a new vocalist and gearing up for live activity once again:

“It’s been a while since we posted any Xentrix news, and to be totally honest, this has been down to the fact that we weren’t sure if there would be anymore news or even anymore Xentrix.

“At the end of 2015 Chris Astley, our singer/guitarist had decided he didn’t want to be a part of Xentrix or any other band for that matter, and so once again he was out of the line up. This left us (the remaining three members) with the option to call it a day or try and find a replacement.

“We knew full well that the vocals are always the most difficult thing for any band to replace, but we wanted to carry on doing shows and making new metal music, so we set out on the arduous task of finding a new vocalist for the band. For the past 18 months we’ve been trying to find that right person and it has been incredibly frustrating how many times we thought we had found the new addition to our line up only to discover, for one reason or another, it wasn’t to be. We’d like to thank everyone that auditioned and demoed for us, we experienced some great voices and really cool people.

“But after a chance meeting at last year’s Bloodstock Festival we found the right man for the job and so Xentrix would like to welcome Mr. Jay Walsh (Bull Riff Stampede) as our new singer / guitarist. We’re super excited to have Jay on board and have already started writing and demoing new material. Most importantly, we can’t wait to get back to doing what we love the most, playing live!”

Xentrix 2017 consists of:

Kristian Havard – Guitar
Chris Shires – Bass
Jay Walsh – Vocals/Guitar
Dennis Gasser – Drums

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New Vocalist Tiziano “Titian” Spigno Joins Extrema

Italian thrash-metal legends Extrema has announced that the band’s new vocalist will be Tiziano “Titian” Spigno and revealed first official photo of new line-up (shown below).

The band commented: “We’re extremely pleased and excited to announce our new singer Tiziano Spigno! His Live debut with us will be on July 7th at B.Est Fest. Please don’t expect a Clone of our old Singer GL. We have a great and deep gratitude for our former singer work and his long-time contribution in the band. We chose Tiziano for his own style and personality. We’re sure you all will be positively surprised! So Please give a warm welcome to Tiziano. A new chapter has begun!”

Extrema’s upcoming festival appearances include:

July 07 – Berbenno di Valtellina (Italy) – B.EST Rock Festival 2017
July 08 – Gaggiano (Milan, Italy)– GRAVE PARTY 2017
September 16 – Parc De Villeroy (Mennecy, France) – Mennecy Metal Fest
November 25 – Espace René Fallet 91560 (Crosne, France) – MusikÖ_Eye FEST

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Myrkur Debuts New Song “Måneblôt” From Upcoming New Album “Mareridt”

Myrkur debuts a new song titled “Måneblôt”, taken from the upcoming new album “Mareridt” (Danish for “nightmare”), which will arrive in stores September 15th on CD/LP/DLX 2xLP/Digital via Relapse Records.

Check out now “Måneblôt” below.

The new album was inspired by a troubling episode of nightmares and sleep paralysis the singer suffered, of which she says:

“I was in one of the worst times of my life. I was afraid to sleep. You know how they say that when you have been through trauma or abuse, you tend to recreate the situation in an attempt to take ownership of it? I think I was doing that. I was trying to solve things in my nightmares that I could not solve in real life. Things I could not run away from.”

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Shining’s Portland Show Cancelled After Accusations Of Racism & Groping Women

The Tonic Lounge (Portland, Oregon) has cancelled today’s (May 17th) Shining show, due to vocalist Niklas Kvarforth’s alleged behavior at a bar and show a few nights prior.

States the Tonic Lounge:

“Tonic Lounge has decided to cancel the Shining show that was scheduled for this Wednesday, May 17th.
All tickets will be refunded.

We regret having not researched this band more before approving their show. After booking them, it was brought to our attention that Shining’s singer has done and said many things that could be considered offensive, dangerous, or destructive. While we were learning about and considering these issues, the list continued to grow, including a recent report that the he may have been involved in the drugging of someone’s drink.

This morning we received a call from a trusted friend in Boise Idaho, detailing the events that took place while Shining were there on Sunday. We were told that the singer of Shining went to the local punk bar Mulligans before their concert, and was groping women and threatening to stab employees, and had to be removed.

We were also told that later, while performing at The Shredder, he used many blatant racist and homophobic slurs on stage, threatened audience members with rape, slapped audience members in the face, and was sieg heil saluting repeatedly throughout their performance.

Sometimes words and allegations on the internet can be difficult to navigate, but a story like this coming from a friend is not. The above types of behavior are simply not acceptable at Tonic Lounge. This isn’t about censorship. This is about protecting our venue, our staff, and our patrons.

This decision was not made under pressure by any individuals or political groups. We believe in freedom of expression and are not quick to pull the plug on any band booked at our club. However, we are not going to invite someone into our space to spout hate speech on our stage, and/or put our staff and patrons in harm’s way.

We are still in full support of Famine Fest Presents, the other bands who were on the bill, and all of our friends and customers who planned on attending. We hope you all can respect our decision to do what’s best for our club and those within it.”

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Synaptik Posts New Lyric Video For “White Circles”

U.K. prog metal quintet SynaptiK unleashed their sophomore studio album, “Justify & Reason,” on March 10th through Defox Records (digitally), and via Divebomb Records in the U.S. in CD format. Today, April 10th, the album lands in various U.K. stores trhough Plastichead.

Today SynaptiK has also launched a lyric video for third single “White Circles.” Singer John Knight commented about the lyrical concept behind the song:

“Lyrically, the song describes the story of one person’s dependency on medication, antipsychotic drugs, the decision whether to stop taking them and return to a natural state risking confusion and illness or to continue on, the side effects, the withdrawals, the risks. All overseen by the ‘God like’ psychiatrist.”

Knight worked for many years within the mental health system at management level further comments, “I spoke at length with a client about her feelings towards her medication and her psychiatrist. She told me her psychiatrist was ‘like a God,’ someone who oversaw all the choices she made and controlled her life. It made an impression and I wrote this song that night. Of course, not every story is the same and medication plays a very important and useful part of people’s life, it’s not an anti-medication song at all, but about the conflict a person has, the internal battle… Telling themselves ‘I’m well now, I don’t need these tablets’ without realizing they feel this way because the medication is working, the side effects both being on and withdrawing can be severe.”

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SMNnews presents BLACK DONNELLYS

BLACK DONNELLYS 13 Get the CD:www.cdbaby.com/cd/blackdonnellys13Get the Digital Album:https://blackdonnellys13.bandcamp.com                 For punk rockers who grew up in London, Ontario in the eighties, the singer for the Black Donnellys was something of a messianic figure. An infectious wordsmith with a venomous charisma and gnarly set of gnashers, Dan Rudbal was London, Onterrible?s answer to Johnny Rotten.       […]

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SMNnews presents BLACK DONNELLYS

BLACK DONNELLYS 13 Get the CD:www.cdbaby.com/cd/blackdonnellys13Get the Digital Album:https://blackdonnellys13.bandcamp.com                 For punk rockers who grew up in London, Ontario in the eighties, the singer for the Black Donnellys was something of a messianic figure. An infectious wordsmith with a venomous charisma and gnarly set of gnashers, Dan Rudbal was London, Onterrible?s answer to Johnny Rotten.       […]

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Sinlust Sails The “Sea Black” With New Album

Next month, epic black metal band Sinlust will release the “Sea Black” album via M & O Music. Brief snippets from each song can be heard in the preview below, and M & O Music also comments:

“The Bretons pushed the notion of concept album beyond its limits by relating a dark fantasy story, written down by the singer, Firefrost, under the name Nicolas Skinner. The latter gave birth to a novel, ‘Noire Mer,’ which will be published – in addition to the album – in June at Nats Editions.”

1. Red Priestess
2. Sea Conquerors
3. Dawning of the Volcano God
4. Cannibal Beast
5. Streams Attraction
6. Sea of Trees
7. Trilateral Conflict
8. Forgotten’s Master

Sea Black (preview) by SINLUST

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New Band Cyhra Unites Former Amaranthe, In Flames Members

Cyhra, a new project featuring former Amaranthe singer Jake E. and ex-In Flames guitarist Jesper Strömblad, has signed to Spinefarm Records. The band formed a year ago and will enter the studio this spring, with a debut album expected to drop in the fall.

The core members, who cut their teeth in two incredibly influential metal bands, recruited other well-respected musicians to complete the lineup and the rhythm section: drummer Alex Landenburg, known from his work with Rhapsody and Annihilator, as well as bass player Peter Iwers of In Flames and Stoney Mountain. The addition of Landenburg and Iwers helped to fuel the Cyhra songwriting process and to solidify an overall sound.

“The excitement I feel about Cyhra is over the top,” Jake E. said. “I have to pinch myself every day to make sure it’s not just another dream. I am so proud of the music we have created and I can’t wait to show it to the world!”

Strömblad stated, “For the first time for as long as I can remember, I feel I am a part of something special. This band has helped me regain my true passion for music. I can’t wait to share this to the world!”

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