Crowbar Bassist Todd Strange To Leave The Band

New Orleans metal veterans Crowbar has announced that original bass player Todd Strange, who rejoined the group in 2016, will once again be leaving the band following their tour in support of the 20th anniversary of “Odd Fellows Rest.” A message from the band reads as follows:

“Crowbar will be performing Odd Fellows Rest 20th anniversary show at Southport Music Hall August 4th! We did it at Roadburn Fest in The Netherlands, and want to share this classic in our hometown!! Sexy T will be playing this show but will no longer be our touring bassist. All of us in Crowbar believe that family comes first! Gonna be a great show!! Be there!!!”

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Guitarist Ben Ash Parts Ways With Carcass

Carcass guitarist Ben Ash, who had been with the band since 2013, has confirmed his exit from the group. He posted the below video update on that issue telling:

“At the start of 2018 I decided to come away from the touring circuit and focus on getting back into an educational role.”

Carcass recently performed their first show without Ash since his original addition with Tom Draper apparently being his current live replacement. That show took place as part of the ‘Netherlands Deathfest‘ in Tilburg, NET this past weekend. Live footage from that performance can be streamed below.

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‘Vans Warped Tour Japan’ Adds Of Mice & Men, Pennywise, Etc. To Festival

‘Vans Warped Tour Japan‘ festival has added Of Mice & Men, Pennywise to the lie-up. The festival will be held at the Makuhari Messe in Chiba, Japan on March 31st-April 01st. Below’s who has been booked:

Saturday, March 31st:

Korn
Limp Bizkit
BiSH
Coldrain
Issues
Monoeyes
Mucc
Of Mice & Men
Oldcodex
Tonight Alive

Sunday, April 01st:

Prophets Of Rage
Dizzy Sunfist
The Last Internationale
PassCode
Pennywise
Shadows
Totalfat
Zebrahead

The North American edition of the ‘Vans Warped Tour‘ will be retiring from the touring festival format after the completion of this year’s run.

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Def Leppard Posts “Dangerous” Music Video

Def Leppard has a brand new music video out now for “Dangerous” taken from the band’s self-titled eleventh studio album, which debuted on the Billboard 200 chart.

The band – Joe Elliott (vocals), Vivian Campbell (guitar), Phil Collen (guitar), Rick “Sav” Savage (bass) and Rick Allen (drums) – continues to be one of the most successful forces in rock music and in the touring industry. For more than thirty years Def Leppard’s name has been synonymous with an arsenal of hits backed by epic live shows.

Currently, the band is making its way across the U.S. as part of a massive tour that is stopping in 60+ cities across the country through October. Following the U.S. dates, Def Leppard will continue a world tour with shows in the United Kingdom, Japan, Singapore, and Australia. Dates and tickets are available here.

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Symphony X Preparing For “Underworld” European Tour Dates

Symphony X’s “Underworld Europe” tour will feature support from Tunisia’s fantastic prog rockers Myrath as well as French outfit Melted Space.

This touring package will kick off in Wolverhampton’s Robin 2 on February 12th and comes to an end on March 20th in Tilburg’s 013.

Symphony X states: “Together we are excited to offer what we feel will be a great night of live music for the fans and hope to see all of you at these shows.”

In support of this upcoming European tour, the band just launched a new track video for “In My Darkest Hour,” which also features full tour info. Check it out below.

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Zombi Announces New Album “Shape Shift”

The prolific instrumental duo of Steve Moore and A.E. Paterra, known as Zombi, has announced new album “Shape Shift” is due out via longtime label Relapse Records on October 16.

The album marks a return to the group’s rock roots after a detour into electronic textures on previous albums, a path that had been informed by pursuing the group as a long-distance studio project following a withdrawal from live performance in 2007.

Energized by returning to the touring circuit in 2013 (supporting Italian horror soundtrack legends Goblin), the band resumed regular rehearsals to compose as a unit. Moore commented on the new material: “It’s a rock record – think of it as a follow-up to ‘Surface To Air.’ There are no techno jams or symphonic prog fantasies. No solo track interludes. We have officially moved from ‘studio project’ mode back into ‘live band’ mode.”

The track listing is:

1. Pillars of the Dawn
2. Total Breakthrough
3. Mission Creep
4. Interstellar Package
5. Diffraction Zone
6. Toroidal Vortices
7. Shadow Hand
8. Metaverse
9. Siberia II

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On The Tour Bus With AT THE GATES (Video)

Each episode of Digital Tour Bus‘s “Bus Invaders” takes you inside the touring vehicle of one of today’s top touring acts. In the latest episode, which was filmed on Apri6 in Chicago, Illinois, Tomas Lindberg, vocalist for the Swedish melodic death metal band AT THE GATES, gives you a tour of his band’s bus during the “Decibel Magazine Tour 2015” with CONVERGE, PALLBEARER and VALLENFYRE.

On April 6, AT THE GATES released a very special split seven-inch EP (together with VOIVOD) to accompany the band’s latest tour. The EP featured the AT THE GATES bonus track “Language Of The Dead” from the “At War With Reality” sessions — previously unreleased on vinyl! — while VOIVOD contributed a new track, “We Are Connected”. The EP was “double A-sided” (meaning, each band has their own, reversible front-cover side!) and came with artwork created for both bands by VOIVOD‘s Michel “Away” Langevin.

“At War With Reality” was released on October 28, 2014 (one day earlier internationally) via Century Media. The CD, which sold 7,700 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 53 on The Billboard 200 chart, was recorded at Studio Fredman in Gothenburg and was mixed at Fascination Street Studios in Örebro, Sweden with Jens Bogren (OPETH, KATATONIA, SOILWORK, PARADISE LOST, KREATOR).

See the rest here:
On The Tour Bus With AT THE GATES (Video)

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Protest The Hero Bassist Arif To Miss Upcoming Tour Dates

Protest The Hero has checked in with the following announcement about bassist Arif Mirabdolbaghi missing upcoming tour dates:

“Arif has decided that the touring schedule we have signed up for to support Volition is more intense than what he is prepared to commit. He is actively involved with other projects at home and being a full time band member isn’t a practical thing.

“Though he has and will be missed out on the road with his brothers, everything was left on a positive note and we are open to his involvement down the road and only time will see how it all plays out.

“In the meantime, our longtime friend and tourmate Cam McLellan will be filling in on bass duties for the rest of the cycle. As an amazing musician, co-writer and producer of Volition, he is more than capable to pick off where Riffy left off.

“Don’t fret, Cam’s working on his giant happy smile and well placed high kicks during our set!”

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Incantation Announces Touring Guitarist Sonny Lombardozzi

After announcing the departure of Alex Bouks, Incantation has issued the following update about bringing on a touring guitarist:

“We are proud to announce that our former guitar player, Sonny Lombardozzi, will be filling in on guitar during the touring cycle of our new album.

“We have been friends with Sonny for quite some time and he has also played with Incantation as far back as the early 2000’s during the Blasphemy era.

“We really feel he understands the style of the band and that he will execute the songs in a very honorable way. It’s great to welcome back an old friend into the fold!

“So look out for the new, yet untitled, album coming this May along with a world tour soon to follow!”

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Aeon Comments On Loss Of Guitarist Daniel Dlimi

Aeon recently split with the band’s guitarist due to issues with losing money on tour. Aeon has now checked in with the following update about the band’s status:

“Since some people are asking us if we will continue as a band or not after Daniel’s departure, let’s make it clear that we will continue to spread our dark music.

“We always knew that this point in our career would come. When we would be asked to tour more and more, but the touring does not cover the loss of income from our day jobs… and it is a very difficult point. With this band we do get paid, we just have to cut on our losses. But the rest of us still wanna give it a try!

“We still have faith that there is a need for some true death metal in this world! THE FIRE STILL BURNS!

“We will also be looking for a replacement for Daniel of course. More info on this will come soon. And we just got started working on our next album….how about that folks???”

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