Ozzy Osbourne Cancels Japanese Download Festival Show

The organizers behind the first ever Download Festival in Japan, which will take place on March 21st, have issued the following statement:

“Following Ozzy’s recent postponement of UK and European tours due to ill health, the Download Japan team has been wishing for a speedy recovery in the hope that he would be able to perform at the festival. Unfortunately however, Ozzy has been forced to cancel his appearance at Download Japan 2019 on doctor’s orders. We apologize to his fans, and anyone inconvenienced by this news.

“Ozzy, who has been suffering from pneumonia, has left the hospital, but has been told to continue to receive treatment at home for a period of six weeks. We wish Ozzy all the best for a full and speedy recovery, and a comeback show in Japan.

“We are currently working towards the announcement of additional acts for the festival. Thank you for your patience. We kindly ask for your understanding that refunds will not be issued in the case of lineup changes.”

Late last month, Ozzy issued the following video in which he talks about his memories of Japan and Japanese audiences.

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Ozzy Osbourne Cancels Japanese Download Festival Show

The organizers behind the first ever Download Festival in Japan, which will take place on March 21st, have issued the following statement:

“Following Ozzy’s recent postponement of UK and European tours due to ill health, the Download Japan team has been wishing for a speedy recovery in the hope that he would be able to perform at the festival. Unfortunately however, Ozzy has been forced to cancel his appearance at Download Japan 2019 on doctor’s orders. We apologize to his fans, and anyone inconvenienced by this news.

“Ozzy, who has been suffering from pneumonia, has left the hospital, but has been told to continue to receive treatment at home for a period of six weeks. We wish Ozzy all the best for a full and speedy recovery, and a comeback show in Japan.

“We are currently working towards the announcement of additional acts for the festival. Thank you for your patience. We kindly ask for your understanding that refunds will not be issued in the case of lineup changes.”

Late last month, Ozzy issued the following video in which he talks about his memories of Japan and Japanese audiences.

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Eldamar Debuts New Track “New Understanding” From Upcoming New Album “A Dark Forgotten Past”

Norwegian-based atmospheric black metal band Eldamar debuts a newtrack titled “New Understanding”, taken from the upcoming new album “A Dark Forgotten Past”, which will be released in December by Northern Silence Productions.

Check out now “New Understanding” below.

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Eldamar Debuts New Track “New Understanding” From Upcoming New Album “A Dark Forgotten Past”

Norwegian-based atmospheric black metal band Eldamar debuts a newtrack titled “New Understanding”, taken from the upcoming new album “A Dark Forgotten Past”, which will be released in December by Northern Silence Productions.

Check out now “New Understanding” below.

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Abbath Walks Off Stage 30 Minutes Into Inferno Fest Set

Apparently there was an issue at the Inferno Fest this weekend with front man Abbath walking off the stage a few songs into the band’s set. The organizers of the festival issued this comment:

“We are very sorry that Abbath left the stage after 30 minutes into their show. Of course this has nothing to do with the festival and an official statement will come from the band. We hope you all had a great festival even that the night was cut a bit shorter than expected. Thanks for your understanding!”

Nothing official has arrived from Abbath yet, but we’ll update when it does. In the mean time, where’s what a few festival attendees commented via Facebook:

Martin Undfors: He played 4 songs and it sounded Super-great! Awesome energy on stage and everything was good. But then he suddenly throws his guitar in the floor hard as fuck and walks of stage. Then drumsolo for some minutes before they close the gig.

J-p Kneip: Can confirm, 4 songs in, everything seemed ok, then he leaves the stage. We thought it was a technical issue and the drummer played an improvised solo, I think he didn’t know what was going on either. After that, he went backstage too and 10 minutes later, one of the Inferno guys came on stage and said that they (the band?) had asked him to tell people they wouldn’t finish the show and that they would issue a statement later. It’s very unprofessional, even if there were technical problems or problems within the band, the show must go on.

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Abbath Walks Off Stage 30 Minutes Into Inferno Fest Set

Apparently there was an issue at the Inferno Fest this weekend with front man Abbath walking off the stage a few songs into the band’s set. The organizers of the festival issued this comment:

“We are very sorry that Abbath left the stage after 30 minutes into their show. Of course this has nothing to do with the festival and an official statement will come from the band. We hope you all had a great festival even that the night was cut a bit shorter than expected. Thanks for your understanding!”

Nothing official has arrived from Abbath yet, but we’ll update when it does. In the mean time, where’s what a few festival attendees commented via Facebook:

Martin Undfors: He played 4 songs and it sounded Super-great! Awesome energy on stage and everything was good. But then he suddenly throws his guitar in the floor hard as fuck and walks of stage. Then drumsolo for some minutes before they close the gig.

J-p Kneip: Can confirm, 4 songs in, everything seemed ok, then he leaves the stage. We thought it was a technical issue and the drummer played an improvised solo, I think he didn’t know what was going on either. After that, he went backstage too and 10 minutes later, one of the Inferno guys came on stage and said that they (the band?) had asked him to tell people they wouldn’t finish the show and that they would issue a statement later. It’s very unprofessional, even if there were technical problems or problems within the band, the show must go on.

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Infernal Tenebra Joins Growing Roster Of Bands Denied Entry To U.S.

Like with Wormrot and several others before, you can add Infernal Tenebra to the growing list of foreign bands unable to enter the U.S. for touring due to tightening travel restrictions. The band just issued this statement about canceling a previously scheduled trek alongside Testament and Sepultura due to kick off today:

“Can’t win them all! Unfortunately, we were denied visas and can’t enter USA territory at this moment, so we had to cancel our support tour with Testament.

“This past few months were really a nerve wrecking experience. We tried our best to get the proper documents; lawyers in US were contacted, a shit ton of e-mails sent, we went to the US Embassy twice, but it’s just funny how it wasn’t meant to be this time. And it seems this current situation is not affecting only us.

“To make the long story short, just check a few links and you’ll get the picture:

– Metal Sucks: Trump’s Probing Visa Measures Could Cause the U.S. to Lose Foreign Tours
– NPR: Three More SXSW Bands Denied Entry To The U.S.
– Spin: Multiple Bands Denied Entry Into the U.S. While Traveling to Play SXSW
– Vulture: All Of These Musicians Were Denied U.S. Entry to Perform At South By Southwest

“Having said that, we’re working on new material and trying to re-schedule the tour. See you on the road asap and thank you all for the understanding and support!”

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New Song “Annihilation (Smite All The Illusions)” Available For Streaming From Azarath

Polish black/death metal group Azarath released another new song for streaming. Check out “Annihilation (Smite All the Illusions)” in the player below. The song is taken from the band’s upcoming release “In Extremis,” due out on April 7th via Agonia Records.

Recorded in various locations between March and November 2016, “In Extremis” was mixed and mastered by Haldor Grunberg at Satanic Audio. The track listing is as follows:

1. The Triumph of Ascending Majesty
2. Let My Blood Become His Flesh
3. Annihilation (Smite All the Illusions)
4. The Slain God
5. At the Gates of Understanding (song streaming here)
6. Parasu Blade
7. Sign of Apophis
8. Into the Nameless Night
9. Venomous Tears (Mourn of the Unholy Mother)
10. Death

Check out “Annihilation (Smite All the Illusions)” here:

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Azarath Streaming New Lyric Video “At The Gates Of Understanding”

The Polish death/black metal tyrants from Azarath today premiere a brand new song from their upcoming album “In Extremis,” set to be released on April 7th via Agonia Records.

Available in a form of a lyric video, “At The Gates Of Understanding” is the first single to be released from the album. It arrives six long years after the band’s last installment, “Blasphemers’ Maledictions” from 2011.

The lyric video for “At The Gates Of Understanding” was created by Tomasz Strzalkowski and can be watched below.

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Society 1 Announces New Album “Rise From The Dead”

Southern California’s industrial metal group Society 1 has inked a deal with DSN Music to release upcoming album “Rise From The Dead,” scheduled for release this March.

Society 1, which was founded in 1996 by the infamous Lord Zane on lead vocals, also features veteran guitarist Maxxxwell Carlisle, bassist Dirt Von Karloff, and drummer Iorden Mitev.

“It feels good to be back at it again, like an old lover who fucked you better than anyone before or after” said Zane during a decadent signing party at the DSN Music complex in Malibu, CA. “Everyone has those moments when you resurrect and reinvent. This album ‘Rise From The Dead’ is one of those moments.”

The comeback for Zane follows a hiatus during which he established a successful Hollywood career as a music video director, working on projects with such acts as Zakk Wylde, John 5, DMC, Wayne Static, and Orgy. “For me this isn’t so much of a return for the band but more a return of
my understanding of how necessary musical exploration is to my existence,” said Zane.

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