Former Ozzy Osbourne and Gillan Guitarist Bernie Torme Rushed To Hospital With Pneumonia

Veteran guitarist Bernie Torme has been rushed to hospital and placed in intensive care after being struck with pneumonia, his family has revealed. A statement from his estate reads as follows:

“Bernie Torme, the world-renowned guitarist, with stints with Ozzy Osbourne, Gillan and Desperado (featuring Dee Snider) was rushed into hospital earlier this week suffering from virulent pneumonia in both lungs.

“He is currently receiving the best possible treatment and is fighting back but remains in intensive care.

“We’ll keep you posted on any change in the situation but for now your thoughts and best wishes are much appreciated.”

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Tim Lambesis Reportedly Working On New As I Lay Dying Album With New Band Members

Two months ago As I Lay Dying frontman Tim Lambesis shared some vague posts via his and As I Lay Dying’s social media accounts, simply stating the word “activity”. Now Rock Feed, citing a source they say is familiar with the situation, reports that a source with knowledge on the matter has revealed that Lambesis is indeed working on new music and planning to release it under the As I Lay Dying moniker.

Tim Lambesis served only two and a half years on a six-year sentence after he was arrested and convicted of solicitation of murder for attempting to hire an undercover cop posing as a hitman to murder his then wife, Meggan Lambesis.

It’s worth noting that Lambesis has previously stated that As I Lay Dying is “sleeping rather than dead” in a blog entry posted back in 2014. Blabbermouth also noted in a recent report that rumors suggested the band was “working on new material”. Representatives for the band did not immediately respond to request for comment.

Various now former members of the band spoke out against Lambesis after his actions, with those ex-members having since largely gone on to now perform as Wovenwar.

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Orwellian Working On New Album

Orwellian – a metal band hailing from the rust belt of Youngstown, Ohio – is currently working on a new album to see release in 2017. This release will follow 2015’s “Visions of the Future,” with full details forthcoming.

Deriving the name from George Orwell, “Orwellian” is an adjective describing the situation, idea, or societal condition that Orwell identified as being destructive to the welfare of a free and open society.

Visions of the Future by Orwellian

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Asylum Pyre Parts Ways With Vocalist Chaos Heidi

Asylum Pyre has officially parted ways with vocalist Chaos Heidi. The band issued this statement online about the situation:

“You may have already read it somewhere on her page but, after almost five years in the band, Heidi is no longer a part of Asylum Pyre’s entity. We truly wish her all the best for her future career!

“Be assured that Asylum Pyre is not dead Her replacement is ongoing – by the way, feel free to contact us if interested 🙂 🙂 – and… and, to be honest, we already have a good view of what the next album will sound like.

“Many songs are already written and the lucky ones who listened to them are more than enthusiastic about it! Stay tuned and Tree Your Mind!”

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Lost Soul’s Jacek Grecki Parts Ways With All Other Members

Vocalist Jacek Grecki from Polish metal band Lost Soul just issued this message about parting ways with all members of the band:

“Dear fans and friends! We understand that this news may come as a blow to many of you, but I have to inform that our guitarist Marek Golas has decided to leave the band due to personal reasons.

“Also, because of logistic problems, health problems and personal reasons I have decided to part ways with Damian Czajkowski and Jonathan Garofoli. I would like to thank you guys for good time together and wish you all the best.

“Because of the situation we had no other choice but to cancel a series of gigs in Poland and Germany. We would also like to thank all the fans for the incredible support and motivation that has kept us going for years. Visit our webstore and get our merchandise! More information about future plans of the band very soon, stay tuned.”

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King Diamond Splits With Hal Patino

King Diamond, who recently announced a North American Tour for this fall (the first full fledged tour since his triple bypass surgery over three years ago), has fired long time bassist Hal Patino.

In an announcement on Facebook, King stated: “Hal Patino has been relieved of his duties with King Diamond, for reasons very similar to why he was fired from the band in 1990. This will have NO negative impact on our upcoming shows whatsoever. On the contrary.”

Patino is expected to make a statement on the situation later today via Facebook, where his latest post reads: “Hal Patino Leaves King Diamond! An official statement will be announced later today on why I’ve decided to leave the King Diamond band.”

King Diamond is currently working on a new album, the first in seven years (2007’s “Give Me Your Soul….Please”). The album is slated for release sometime in 2015, as King will await the building of his home studio in order to start recording.

The North American tour is set to commence on October 11th in Atlanta.

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The Prestige Streaming New Song “World At My Feet”

The Prestige has posted a new track from forthcoming album “Ecotone.” The track is titled “World At My Feet” and can be heard in the player below, courtesy of AbsolutePunk.net. To give insight into the song, vocalist JC Hamel offered the following:

“Depression is hell of a nightmare for anyone stuck with it. You tend to see the bad side out of everything, and you carry some sort of sadness around with you wherever you go. This song is a window on the moment where you realize what the situation is, and decide when/where you flip things over, and start seeing the beauty in everything. It’s never too late to turn around, we’ve all been there. We feel having your feet at the top of the world is an equivalent of making the best we can out of anything.”

The band teamed with producer Antoine Lussier (Obey The Brave, Ion Dissonance) AT .357 Productions to record “Ecotone,” whom the band has worked with in the past. “It was the third time we hit the studios with him and we had a blast. He truly is a genius and he helped us craft the sound we were always looking for. We are very proud of how it sounds and cannot wait to have everyone listen to it,” stated guitarist Sebastien Marois.

“Ecotone” hits stores March 18th on Mediaskare Records. Exclusive pre-order packages can be purchased at this location.

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Waylon Reavis Still In Mushroomhead After Regrouping With Jason Popson

Yesterday it was announced that former vocalist Jason Popson had re-joined Mushroomhead, which led to questions of just how many vocalists are in the band and if anyone had left.

Mushroomhead’s Waylon Reavis has posted the following brief message online clarifying the situation:

“Just so everyone is clear on this….. Mushroomhead now has 3 singers Jeffery Nothing, JMANN, and myself. I have no intention on leaving the band. Also don’t worry on how it will work it just does!”

The band will also be touring the U.S. throughout September and October. Dates can be found at the band’s Facebook profile here.

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King Conquer Recruits Three Session Members For Upcoming Tour Dates

King Conquer has checked in with the following announcement about recruiting temporary members for upcoming tour dates:

“Hey guys, we are very sorry to announce that 3 of our members – Adam Whited, Chris Whited, and James Mislow – will not be able to do this tour because of personal/financial problems.

“We are very sad to not have them come out on this one, and we know they are very sad to not be able to attend. With that being said, we are going to have people filling these spots for just THIS tour…

Ryan Gardner from Rose Funeral – Vocals
Jesse Kirkbride from Dealey Plaza – Bass
(Longtime friend) Nate Smith – Drums

“We know this may come as a surprise to many of you and completely understand why. The members filling in have worked very hard to bring the King Conquer fans the best show possible with the situation given.

“We apologize to anyone who is a personal fan of these members, they WILL be back out on tour with us, just not this tour. Thank you for the continued support! We can’t wait to see you all in August/September!”

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Motorhead Issues Update On New Album “Aftershock,” Lemmy’s Health

Motorhead recently cancelled festival appearances due to the health issues of front man Lemmy Kilmister.

Now Motorhead’s Phil Campbell has checked in with the following brief update about the situation and the band releasing a new album:

“Hey everyone out there. Better prepare yourselves big time, cause our mind blowing new record ‘Afterschock’ will be coming out! Lemmy is on the mend and we are gonna be touring our asses off! Business as usual real soon!”

Further details on upcoming new album “Aftershock” will be announced as they are made available.

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