Bruce Corbitt Admitted To Hospital For Esophageal Tumor

After undergoing heart surgery back in 2015, there have been more health issues lately for Bruce Corbitt (Warbeast / Rigor Mortis).

Bruce has been posting a series of updates from the emergency room via Facebook since late last night, and has now issued the following update about the apparent cause of his bleeding issue:

“Worst news possible. I have an esophageal tumor. In most cases, esophageal cancer is a treatable disease, but it is rarely curable.

“The overall 5-year survival rate in patients amenable to definitive treatment ranges from 5% to 30%. The occasional patient with very early disease has a better chance of survival.

“They’re about to test if already cancerous. I’m going to be here for a long time. Devastated! I’m doomed and my time is short. Love y’all!”

Destroy by Warbeast

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Kimberly Freeman Announces New Album “Secret Lullaby”

Kimberly Freeman of One-Eyed Doll has announced her third solo album, “Secret Lullaby,” is set for release on July 1st, 2017. With this album, Freeman is exploring new sonic territories including progressive rock leaning tracks (“Rust,” “Cream and Sugar”), heavy piano ballads (“The Thief,” “Journey Of Art”), and even R&B-inspired beats (“Amnesia”, “The Missing Link”).

Teaming up again with longtime producer and bandmate Jason Rufuss Sewell, the pair have created a magical and colorful collection of songs unlike anything they’ve released thus far.

Jason Rufuss Sewell says, “We spend a lot of time in the studio. In fact, it’s our favorite place to be and sometimes we get very creative and make songs that just don’t fit in the One-Eyed Doll rock drums and guitar vein. Over the last few years we’ve been crafting this Secret Lullaby concept and we’re both really excited to let our fans hear what we get up to when we don’t set any limitations or preconceived notions of what style of music we’re ‘supposed’ to make, and just let our creativity flow. One-Eyed Doll is still going strong, and we have some big announcements coming. For now, we hope our fans will appreciate this very special album.”

To coincide with the announcement, Freeman has released a music video for the single “Rust.” She explains of the track, “‘Rust’ is the tale of a ship who falls in love with her captain and hopes to keep him with her at sea forever. In his loneliness, the captain loses his mind and follows the sound of a siren, plunging the two to their tragic fate.”

Freeman ties her natural knack for storytelling into the album explaining, “I’m often inspired by other people’s stories, and ‘Secret Lullaby’ goes there a lot. Most of the songs aren’t about me, and some of them aren’t even told from the perspective of a human. Each song has its own special background, but here are a few examples:

“‘The Missing Link’ is the true story of Oliver, the so-called, ‘Humanzee’ who was kidnapped from the jungle, exploited by his handlers and touted as the missing link between humans and chimps. He was eventually abandoned to an infamous animal testing lab for years, where he went blind. Eventually, he was rescued and taken in by a sanctuary called Primarily Primates in Texas, where he met his best friend and fellow ex-lab chimp Raisin. In this song, Oliver tells Raisin the story of his career as the Humanzee, his time spent in the lab and finally, his meeting of her. I was inspired to write this song after meeting Oliver and Raisin at the habitat. Oliver was a very sweet chimp, and so was Raisin. They were really cute together, like a little old couple.

“‘Hoof Horn Tooth Claw’ is told from the perspective of a young pregnant pygmy goat who doesn’t understand the changes that are occurring in her body. Jason, my producer and bandmate, had a goat farm when I met him, so this song reflects a little bit of that time and place in our history.

“‘Lions and Lilies’ is a memorial to Jason’s late grandmother who had a beautiful garden of lilies and lion sculptures. She was a brilliant woman, multilingual, owned a translation company and had her own cooking show on Telemundo. The only lyrics are, ‘leones y lirios,’ in tribute to her love of the Spanish Language.

“‘Journey of Art’ is told by an old dog who was both blind and deaf. His owner, Art, was a kind man who loved him very much, but who’s untreated Schizophrenia made him unintentionally neglectful of both his and the dog’s health. However through the years, they were inseparable best friends. Very shortly after the dog died, so did Art.”

01. Rust
02. The Thief
03. Amnesia
04. To Love A Soldier
05. Cream And Sugar
06. White Dress Princess
07. Lions And Lilies
08. Child Of Yesterday
09. Journey Of Art
10. Hoof Horn Tooth Claw
11. Enchantment
12. Chocolate For Blood
13. The Missing Link
14. Secret Lullaby

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Psycho Las Vegas 2017 (featuring King Diamond)

– May 19th, 2017 –

Tickets on sale now, plus hotel discounts available

Set to take place from August 18th through August 20th (with a pre-party on August 17th at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas in Las Vegas, Nevada), Psycho Las Vegas 2017 will see the legendary King Diamond perform the Abigail album in its entirety as a USA-exclusive show for 2017. Other headliners at the festival include Mastodon, Neurosis, Corrosion of Conformity, among countless other bands as support. It is already – and rightly so – being hailed as one of the best heavy lineups ever put together for an American festival.

Last year, Dig Boston lauded Psycho Las Vegas for boasting “one of the most amazing festival lineups” to-date. BrooklynVegan praised the event as both “fun [and] weird” with a sound quality that was “absolutely top-level,” while Las Vegas Review Journal celebrated the festival’s “communal, come-as-you-are vibe,” adding that “the whole weekend had the feel of a heavy-metal family gathering meets ‘The Big Lebowski’; a laid-back get-together with an ensemble cast of far-out characters, from gray-haired dudes in Captain Beefheart T-shirts to Yeti-shaggy heavy-metal epicureans…Noisey concurred, hailing Psycho Las Vegas for fulfilling “every hesher’s fantasy of wandering around the Hard Rock Hotel stoned out of your mind while alternating between gambling, getting wasted, smoking cigarettes indoors, eating Mexican food, flaunting tattoos, and, of course, watching a seemingly endless onslaught of metal bands perform.

And this year, Psycho Las Vegas will only up the proverbial ante with exclusive 2017 USA appearances by French progressive rock unit Magma, black metallers Abbath led by former Immortal guitarist/vocalist Abbath Doom Occulta, and cult stoner/desert rock unit Slo Burn, fronted by Kyuss‘ John Garcia. Additionally, Mulatu Astatke, the father of Ethio-jazz, will be making his west of Chicago exclusive appearance, while Manilla Road, who are celebrating their 40th anniversary, will perform their classic Crystal Logic in its entirety as a worldwide exclusive for Psycho Las Vegas.

Psycho Las Vegas 2017 tickets are selling fast! Don’t miss out. Secure yours today at: psycholv2017.eventbrite.com

Payment options for Psycho Las Vegas 2017 are available through Affirm, with immediate delivery of tickets. For more information, please visit: affirm.com

Hotel discounts at the Hard Rock Hotel And Casino are also available using the code “psych17” (Note: You must use this special code at the time of booking; not when you arrive at the hotel). Book today at: hardrockhotel.com

Psycho Las Vegas 2017 line-up (alphabetical):
Abbath
Ace Frehley
Black Anvil
Blood Ceremony
The Brian Jonestown Massacre
Buzzov*en
Carcass
Celeste
Chelsea Wolfe
Cirith Ungol
Cloud Catcher
Code Orange
Conan
Corrosion Of Conformity
Cough
Cult Leader
Cult Of Luna With Julie Christmas
Diamondhead
Domkraft
Earthless
Elephant Tree (Aka Flights)
Eternal Tapestry
Fister
Floorian
Gatecreeper
GEQ
Gojira
Gost
Graf Orlock
Heavy Temple
Hollow Leg
Inter Arma
Khemmis
King Diamond
Laura Pleasants & Special Guests
Magma
Manilla Road
Merlin
Mastodon
Minsk
Morne
Mothership
Mouth Of The Architect
Mulatu Astatke
Murder City Devils
Mustard Gas & Roses
Myrkur
Neurosis
North
Oathbreaker
Pelican
Pentagram
Psychic TV
The Rods
Ruby The Hatchet
Sasquatch
Saturndust (AKA Flights)
Sleep
Slo Burn
Slomatics
Snail
Sons Of Otis
Sumac
Summoner
Swans
The Skull
Toke
Urchin
Usnea
Vhol
Weedeater
Windhand
Wizard Rifle
Wolves In The Throne Room
Yawning Man
Year Of The Cobra
Youngblood Supercult
Zeal & Ardor

Psycho Las Vegas online:
http://www.vivapsycho.com
http://www.facebook.com/psychoLasVegas
http://www.instagram.com/psycholasvegas

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Craig Locicero Comments On Death Of Chris Cornell

Last night news broke that Chris Cornell (Soundgarden, Audioslave) had passed away, with news arriving this morning that the cause of death was an apparent suicide. Musicians from across the genre spectrum have expressed their condolences or extreme surprise, with Forbidden’s Craig Locicero issuing this lengthy statement:

“When Alice told me that Chris Cornell was found dead, it was around midnight last night. After looking around I saw it was evidently true. Shocking and somehow not shocking, but most certainly dauntingly sad for millions of us and especially his loved ones and bandmates. When I awoke this morning it still didn’t seem real, but as I opened up Instagram, every post was a Cornell picture with heartfelt words attached to them. It hit me hard in that moment. It’s hitting me right now.

“In 1989 Forbidden went to the Foundations Forum in L.A. to do the schmooze thing with hundreds of other metal bands. Hair metal, thrash metal, prog metal, heavy metal…metal metal. It was like what the NAMM show has turned into these days, but worse. Or better… I dunno…
Everybody got a gift bag the first day. I didn’t even sift through mine until I got home. At that time I went back to living at my parents house in Fremont for a short stay. I opened up my gift bag and found a bunch of unmemorable crap and one cassette that looked interesting to me. Didn’t fit in the cheese bag. That cassette was ‘Loud Than Love’ by Soundgarden.

“I remember putting it on and immediately feeling transformed into a different world. One far less ridged and more free than what music was turning into commercially, even in my thrash metal genre. A world that wasn’t laid into perfect lines, but was splashed in colors and emotion. Less processed, more raw emotion and power.

“Like Led Zeppelin, the Beatles and Black Sabbath all met up in Egypt for a hooka hashish jam session. Chris Cornell was lofty and sang with gut wrenching passion without at all being pretentious.

“This completely cleaned my pallet from all I knew about music at my naive 20 years. I’d found something that transformed me and changed the way I looked at heavy music, for the better. All because it was in a little gift bag at the right time.

“The next thing I did was went backwards buy ‘Ultra-Mega OK.’ So heavy and beautiful. Nobody else in Forbidden appreciated it very much at the time. I was addicted. When the word ‘grunge’ came along following after Nirvana’s breakthrough, I was already entranced by Soundgarden and then Alice in Chains. These were not grunge bands. They were rock bands who did it better than most. They just were great bands.

“Ultimately, Soundgarden was the vessel that started me upon my musical growth and made me more fearless to try new things with my life. Up until then I was just riffing and writing without putting as much of my heart into it. This all happened as we were writing ‘Twisted Into Form’ but really didn’t have time to marinate into the music yet.

“After ‘TIF’ was finished, Alice and I headed to New York to get the record mastered by Howie Weinberg. I had a few days off to hang out with Jim Welsh and everyone at Combat, so one night we went to La’Amours to see Voivod, Soundgarden and Faith No More. In that order.

“This would be the first of many times I saw Soundgarden. That particular night, they took the show with their Middle Eastern influence and care free delivery. It was just heavy and massive. Beautiful. Cornell was a rock god in person.

“That was all the origins for me. Since then They got the accolades that they much deserved and put amazing slabs of art out with Badmotorfinger, Superunknown, Down the Upside and finally King Animal. All mysterious offerings laced with magic and chemistry.

“The closest I came to actually meeting Chris is when we were recording the Manmade God record in Hollywood starting in 2001. Rick Rubin signed us and was co-producing our record. Rick loved our sound and thought that our singer (Pann Reed) had a very powerful and soulful voice, much like Cornell.

“He loved it so much, in fact that he had an idea. To get the guys in Rage Against the Machine to jam with Chris Cornell and see what happens. This is while we are doing preproduction down in Hollywood.

“Next thing we know, they are writing songs on the spot for Audioslave and in the studio a month or so later. Audioslave pretty much was put together, recorded an offering and put it out all while we were still trapped in L.A. working on our record, which took over 2 years to come out after we started the recording process. Crazy and true.

“By the time the MMG record finally did start getting radio play, 6 months before the record hit, the reviews and DJ’s starting making the comparison to Audioslave. Because they figured we came after them. The irony. Not a bad thing at all, but certainly not the case.

“Cornell himself was a true enigma. Not too much was ever known about him because he was very private. His life was a bit mysterious and I’d heard many differing opinions about Chris, the man. I’d never come across him personally for some reason, it just didn’t happen.

“I do know from the time we spent down there recording that Chris was battling his demons during the Audioslave recordings. Just like the rest of us humans, he was vulnerable. I’m actually glad I never met Chris, so the mystery will stay with me forever.

“Much like John Lennon and David Bowie, he will sit in a special place that only true legends sit at in my heart.”

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Details Of New Album “Malina” Issued By Leprous, Tour Dates With Agent Fresco

Norwegian progressive act Leprous is pleased to announce the much-anticipated new fifth studio album “Malina,” which is set to release on the August 25th via InsideOut Music. The album is the follow-up to the acclaimed record “The Congregation.” To coincide with the album’s release, the band will embark on an extensive European tour with special guests, Iceland’s Agent Fresco, plus Australia’s AlithiA and fellow Norwegian act Astrosaur.

Following a hugely successful EU tour as support to label-mates Devin Townsend Project, the band started the recording of the follow-up to 2015’s “The Congregation.” Front-man and keyboard player Einar Solberg comments: “This album is the perfect example of how you can start with a vision and end up with a result that has nothing to do with the original idea. The writing of the album started out with the idea to perfect the sound and working method we began with on ‘The Congregation’. While the writing process was actually pretty similar (30 sketches, elimination process etc etc) we gradually started noticing stuff with the sound and the songwriting on the previous album that we wanted to sound different. Gradually we realized what needed to be done. This album needs to sound more alive, more organic and more dynamic.”

The band entered the studio with David Castillo at Ghostward in Sweden, while mixing duties were once again taken care of by Jens Bogren. “David immediately understood where we wanted to go. We spent probably 4 times as many days in the studio as with any other recording we’ve done, for we’ve come to learn that if you want to sound unique that is primarily done during recordings, not the mix. We wanted it to sound like it sounded. We did not want to ‘digitalize’ the sound.”

With “Malina,” Leprous has made every effort to try new ways of working, and push the boundaries of the sound in ways the band had not originally set out to do. “We feel with ‘Malina’ that we’ve managed to achieve a natural sounding organic album with great songs that still sounds modern. Organic doesn’t necessarily equal ‘retro’. While we still very much sound like Leprous, I believe that with this album we more accurately define as a rock band than a metal band. We’re insanely proud of this album, and can’t wait to share it with you all.” This feeling is reflected in the stunning cover artwork too, which you can see above. Einar continues: “We wanted to try something new this time, and work with a new artist. Some good musician friends of ours recommended Corey Meyers. I checked him out, and damn he’s good. This is the first time we’ve ever received the perfect cover on the first attempt. It represents the album perfectly and looks pretty amazing!”

As mentioned, Leprous will head out on an extensive European tour this Autumn with Agent Fresco as special guests, including an appearance at the UK’s Damnation Festival. The band comments:

“We’re super excited to announce that we’re heading out on a European tour this fall to celebrate the new album. And guess what!? We’re bringing one of our generations greatest with us: the amazing Agent Fresco! In addition to that we’re bringing AlithiA from Australia, as well as Astrosaur – the band featuring our great step-in guitarist from the Devin tour. This is a dream tour for us, to be able to perform in all of these great places for our fantastic fans, listen to amazing music every night and also travel Europe with really good friends!”

Tickets go on sale on Friday, May 19th, at 10am local time. You can find the full list of dates below:

28.10.17 – Pumpehuset, Copenhagen, Denmark
29.10.17 – Logo, Hamburg, Germany
30.10.17 – Luxor, Cologne, Germany
31.10.17 – Rockhal, Esch, Luxembourg
1.11.17 – Patronaat, Haarlem, Netherlands
2.11.17 – The Dome, London, UK
3.11.17 – Voodoo Lounge, Dublin, Ireland
4.11.17 – Damnation Festival, Leeds, UK
5.11.17 – Biebob, Vosselaar, Belgium
6.11.17 – Trabendo, Paris, France
7.11.17 – Barakason, Nantes, France
8.11.17 – Rocher Palmer, Bordeaux, France
11.11.17 – Le Metronum, Toulouse, France
12.11.17 – Le Moulin, Marseille, France
13.11.17 – Magnolia, Milan, Italy
14.11.17 – CCO Villeurbanne, Lyon, France
15.11.17 – Salzhaus, Winterthur, Switzerland
16.11.17 – Grillen, Colmar, France
17.11.17 – Backstage Halle, Munich, Germany
18.11.17 – Szene, Vienna, Austria
19.11.17 – A38, Budapest, Hungary
20.11.17 – Rock Café, Prague, Czech Republic
21.11.17 – Proxima, Warsaw, Poland
22.11.17 – Musik & Freiden, Berlin, Germany

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Soundgarden Frontman Chris Cornell Passes Away Aged 52

Chris Cornell, the singer for such successful bands as Soundgarden, Audioslave and Temple of the Dog, has passed away at the age of 52. The cause of death is unknown at this time and a medical examination will be performed in due course, but his death occured shortly after Soundgarden performed a concert in Detroit last night (May 17th.) More information about the singer’s death will be revealed as soon as it becomes available.

Cornell made his name with Soundgarden, one of the biggest and most influential grunge bands who helped define the “Seattle sound,” releasing five albums before their split up, after which he joined three of the four members of Rage Against the Machine to form Audioslave, a highly successful group who released three albums before parting company in 2007. He was also known for his solo career, releasing five albums beginning with “Euphoria Morning” in 1999 and scoring a hit with, “You Know My Name,” the theme song to the James Bond film, “Casino Royale.” He reunited with Soundgarden in 2010 and the band released another album, “King Animal” in 2012. Soundgarden were writing new material at the time of his passing.

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Between The Buried And Me announces “Colors Ten Year Anniversary Tour” with special guests The Contortionist, Polyphia, Toothgrinder

– May 16th, 2017 –

To celebrate the ten year anniversary of their classic album, Colors, Between The Buried And Me will embark on a special tour this September/October, which will see the band perform the record in its entirety! Dubbed the “Colors Ten Year Anniversary Tour”, the trek also features The Contortionist, Polyphia, and Toothgrinder as support.

Between The Buried And Me comments: “‘Colors‘ was our statement of rebellion. We were challenging how others identified us in the context of heavy metal, and ultimately we were challenging how we identified ourselves. It was some kind of musical manifesto, in which we found new purpose and direction simply by throwing caution to the wind and purging every ounce of creative energy we had, regardless of how unhinged it may have seemed at the time.
Ten years have passed and we are lucky enough to be able to play this album from front to back on stage for our amazing fans. See you all soon!”

Tickets on sale to the general public Fri. May 19th at 10AM local time. Check local listings for details or visit @BTBAMOfficial on Facebook. See below for all dates!

Between The Buried And Me tour dates
w/ The Contortionist, Polyphia, Toothgrinder

Sept. 7 – Center Stage @ Prog Power USA XVIII – Atlanta, GA (BTBAM only)
Sept. 21 – Theatre of Living Arts – Philadelphia, PA
Sept. 22 – Baltimore Sound Stage – Baltimore, MD
Sept. 23 – The Gramercy Theatre – New York, NY
Sept. 24 – Paradise Rock Club – Boston, MA
Sept. 26 – Mr. Small’s Theatre – Pittsburgh, PA
Sept. 27 – The Agora Theatre – Cleveland, OH
Sept. 28 – Crofoot Ballroom – Pontiac, MI
Sept. 29 – Opera House – Toronto, ON
Sept. 30 – Bottom Lounge – Chicago, IL
Oct. 2 – Granada Theater – Lawrence, KS
Oct. 3 – Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO
Oct. 4 – The Complex – Salt Lake City, UT
Oct. 6 – The Catalyst – Santa Cruz, CA
Oct. 7 – El Rey – Los Angeles, CA
Oct. 8 – Glasshouse – Pomona, CA
Oct. 9 – SOMA – San Diego, CA
Oct. 10 – Crescent Ballroom – Phoenix, AZ
Oct. 12 – Trees – Dallas, TX
Oct. 14 – House of Blues – New Orleans, LA
Oct. 15 – Vinyl Music Hall – Pensacola, FL
Oct. 17 – Culture Room – Ft Lauderdale, FL
Oct. 18 – State Theatre – St Petersburg, FL
Oct. 19 – The Plaza Live – Orlando, FL
Oct. 20 – The Masquerade (Heaven) – Atlanta, GA
Oct. 21 – Neighborhood Theater – Charlotte, NC

Between The Buried And Me recently released their DVD/Blu-ray, Coma Ecliptic Live, via Metal Blade Records, in association with Good Fight Entertainment. Filmed live on location October 4th, 2016 at The Observatory North Park in San Diego, CA, Coma Ecliptic Live features the band performing their latest album, Coma Ecliptic, in its entirety. Hailed as “a 68-minute cosmic opera” (Rolling Stone), Coma Ecliptic was released in July 2015, debuting at #1 on the Hard Music Billboard Chart, #12 on the Billboard Top 200, as well as #1 on the iTunes Metal Chart, Vinyl Chart, Amazon Hard Rock Chart, and Amazon Metal Chart. Additionally, the album charted on the iTunes Rock chart (#2), Canada Hard Music Chart (#3), UK Rock/Metal chart (#4), UK Independent Chart (#10), Canada Top 200 Chart (#17), Canada Top 200 Digital (#22), Germany Top 100 (#53) and UK Album chart (#74). This new release, Coma Ecliptic Live, gives fans a must-see visual component to the album’s music. To preview and purchase the DVD/Blu-ray, please visit: metalblade.com/btbam

Between the Buried and Me line-up:
Tommy Rogers – vocals, keyboards
Dan Briggs – bass
Blake Richardson – drums
Paul Waggoner – guitar
Dustie Waring – guitar

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https://www.facebook.com/BTBAMofficial
https://twitter.com/btbamofficial
https://instagram.com/btbamofficial
https://www.youtube.com/user/BTBAMofficial

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Arkona Kicking Off North American Tour Dates With Sirenia

Napalm Records artists Arkona and Sirenia are ready to kick of their North American tour tomorrow night in New York, NY at Webster Hall. This tour serves as a special 15th anniversary run for Arkona and is also Sirenia’s first ever North American tour. A complete list of dates can be found below.

Anton of Arkona on what fans can expect on tour: “For our Anniversary set list we have chosen the songs, which we never played in North America before, from each of 7 albums we released. These songs are very well describing our 15th year path. Also we added 2 new songs from our upcoming album, which we are going to record right after out return from the tour. And of course our well known hits will not be forgotten!”

Morten of Sirenia added: “We are very excited about touring North America for the first time. It’s something that we wanted to do for years and years. This time it will finally happen. A special thanks to our fans supporting this project via our pledge campaign, together we made this happen. See you in the US and Canada in a few days. First show in NYC on the 13th of May already. Be ready, ’cause we sure are!”

5/13: New York, NY @ The Studio at Webster Hall
5/14: Providence, RI @ Firehouse 13
5/15: Quebec City, QC @ L’anti
5/16: Montreal, QC @ L’astral
5/17: Toronto, ON @ Mod Club
5/18: Chicago, IL @ Subterranean
5/19: Minneapolis, MN @ Cabooze
5/20: Kansas City, MO @ The Riot Room
5/21: Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater
5/23: Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
5/24: Portland, OR @ Bossanova Ballroom
5/25: Oakland, CA @ Metro Opera House
5/26: Los Angeles, CA @ Echoplex
5/27: Scottsdale, AZ @ Pranksters
5/28: El Paso, TX @ Rockhouse
5/29: Dallas, TX @ The Curtain Club
5/30: Austin, TX @ Grizzly Hall

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Pentagram’s Bobby Liebling To Miss Tour, Reportedly Arrested For “Physical Abuse Of A Vulnerable Adult”

Pentagram has issued a statement about heading out on tour without Bobby Liebling, which can be read below.

Although it wasn’t mentioned in the statement, it appears Liebling was arrested last month for assault and “physical abuse of a vulnerable adult” according to court records.

The records site is currently crashing due to high traffic, but a screenshot can be seen below. Pentagram posted this message online about the situation:

“As was the case for the recently completed US shows, vocalist Bobby Liebling will not appear with Pentagram for previously booked European dates this summer.

“To elaborate, Bobby called on April 17 saying he had been admitted to the hospital. He called again on April 19, this time after being transferred to a Maryland detention facility. He’s now awaiting a preliminary hearing at which time it will be determined if a follow-up on any alleged charges are necessary. An update will be published when information is available. The band will be fulfilling all currently booked appearances with 36-year mainstay guitarist Victor Griffin performing all vocals.

“A personal note from the band: the outpouring of support on our recent US dates was outstanding! Your energy was matched ten-fold and encouraged us to carry on and deliver what many have called, even by skeptics, some of the best Pentagram performances they’ve seen. Thank you!

“We have the best fans in the world and if not for you, the legacy of this band would have died long ago. We won’t let you down now. The music lives on and as we move forward, we reiterate the lyrics of Curious Volume: ‘In this venture death waits in the shadows, but in survival the volume won’t die!’

“Sincerely, Victor, Greg, & Pete.”

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Cytotoxin Announces “Gammageddon” Album Release

During the night of April 26th, 1986, a world-changing accident occurred at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine. A catastrophic meltdown befell Reactor No. 4, resulting in core explosions and open-air fires. Copious quantities of radioactive materials and airborne isotopes were consequently dispersed into the atmosphere and surrounding lands.

The disaster has been widely regarded as the worst accident in the history of nuclear power globally. As a result, Reactor No. 4 was destroyed and is being enclosed in a concrete and lead sarcophagus to prevent further escape of radioactivity. Large areas of Europe were affected by the accident, with the radioactive cloud spreading as far as Norway.

Moved by devastating consequences of the event, a German band called Cytotoxin pulverized the death metal world with its formation in 2010. Fast forward to today and its time for “Gammageddon.” Captured earlier this year again at Kohlekeller Studios, “Gammageddon” centers itself on the city of Pripyat. Named after the nearby Pripyat River, the city was founded on February 1970 as the ninth nuclear city — a type of closed city — in the Soviet Union, to serve the nearby Chernobyl plant.

It was officially proclaimed a city in 1979, and had grown to a population of nearly 50,000 by the time it was evacuated the day after the Chernobyl disaster. The city is now a ghost town, and “Gammageddon” serves as a soundtrack to the horrors leading to the evacuation with its unadulterated technical extremity.

“Gammageddon” will be released on CD and digital formats via Unique Leader Records on July 28th. Pre-orders will be unveiled in the coming weeks. In the meantime, check out “Radiatus Generis” below.

Notes the band of the track: “You all have had almost five years to prepare for the next radioactive fallout, but you may not be ready for such an overdose of extreme metal.This is brutal… this is frightening… this is Gammageddon!”

1. Radiatus Generis
2. Chaos Cascade
3. Gammageddon
4. Chernopolis
5. Deadzone Outpist
6. Redefiniing Zenith
7. Corium Era
8. Antigensis
9. Outearther
10. Sector Zero

Gammageddon by Cytotoxin

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