KISS Bassist Gene Simmons Announces Presidential Candidacy

Gene Simmons, the iconic bassist and vocalist of American rock legends KISS, has announced his intention to run for President of the United States Of America in 2020. Running as an independent candidate under the slogan, “I was made for running you,” the sixty eight year old musician is pledging greater focus on trade, the arts and a “unique” fiscal system, known as “Rockanomics.”

“America is at a crucial point in history,” Simmons stated at a press conference in Detroit, “I still believe it’s fine not to have a career politician in charge, they don’t know jack about the common man, however the image of America needs improving significantly. We need to show the world what kind of fun loving people we are, as well as proving our intelligence and business sense to the rest of the world. I believe I’m the man to do that, having demonstrated my business acumen, literary prowess and rock and roll attitude since the seventies… America, I was made for running you!”

Not much else is known about his policies right now but one issue already being discussed is whether or not Simmons will be eligible to run, as he was born in Israel. This is something also often brought up during the political career of actor Arnold Schwarzenegger, who served to terms as governor of California. Under the proposed, “Demolition Man” legislature though, foreign born American citizens of great upstanding would be able to be elected President of the United States.

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Inquisition Dropped By Record Label, Season Of Mist

Black metal duo Inquisition has been dropped by French record company Season Of Mist, it was announced earlier today. No explanation has been given and the message on the Season Of Mist page simply read:

“Season of Mist are no longer working with Inquisition. There will be no further statement.”

Naturally, rumours are circulating as to why the company has dropped the band, originally from Colombia but now based in the United States of America, though Inquisition are no strangers to controversy, having had several concerts cancelled recently over allegations of Nazism, among other serious accusations. More information will be brought to you as soon as it becomes available.

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Asking Alexandria’s Ben Bruce Still “Incredibly Proud” Of Latest Album – Despite Considerable Sales Decline

The release of Asking Alexandria‘s new self-titled album this past December saw the band move around 22,000 sold units in the United States during its first week. Those sales were down considerably from that of the band’s previous album, “The Black“, which sold 30,000 units during its first week of availability. The band saw their commercial peak during the cycles of Reckless & Relentless and From Death To Destiny. The former moved 31,000 first-week units and debuted at No. 9, and the latter jumped to 41,000 units first-week and saw a No. 5 debut.

A report by Rockfeed.net predicting “… for Asking Alexandria, this may be the beginning of their downslope” caught the eye of the band’s guitarist Ben Bruce, who responded publicly with the following tweets:

So @BrianStormMusic used the term “disappointing first week sales” in regards to our new album, which I find laughable! When compared to bands on our “level” we actually outsold most! We sold thousands more than expected in a rapidly diminishing musical format!

— Ben Bruce (@benjaminbruce) January 2, 2018

We are beyond proud of our first weeks sales and our streams (how most people listen to music now) are stronger than ever before! We knew we would chart lower on billboard charts than if we waited to release in January due to Christmas sales being dominated by pop/rap

— Ben Bruce (@benjaminbruce) January 2, 2018

We wanted to release our album at the end of the year and end 2017 on a high! So reporting that we are disappointed is a gross inaccuracy! We are beyond excited, beyond proud and ready for the most incredible year of our career so far ????

— Ben Bruce (@benjaminbruce) January 2, 2018

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Melted Space Issues Track Listing And Cover Art For “Darkening Light” – Album Due In February Through Sensory Records

As Sensory Records prepares for the February release of Darkening Light, the latest full-length opus by French metal opera collective, Melted Space, the album’s track listing and cover art has been posted.

Darkening Light Track Listing:

1. The Void Before
2. Newborns
3. The Meaning of this Place
4. From the Beginning to the End
5. The Dawn of Man (I’m Alive!)
6. Trust in Me
7. Regrets
8. Man and Future
9. Missing Creed
10. Fallen World

Melted Space’s Darkening Light features very immersive artwork, perfectly reflecting the atmosphere of this new opus, centered on the creation of the world and the rejection of the gods by Man, created by Adrien Bousson. Darkening Light was recorded and mixed in France by François-Maxime Boutault and mastered by Alan Douches at West West Side Music in New York, with additional contributions recorded abroad in Czech Republic, Sweden, Norway, Greece, and the United States between June and September 2017.

Darkening Light will see worldwide release through Laser’s Edge division Sensory Records, on February 16th, 2018. The album will be issued on all digital platforms, on CD, and with an extended double-LP pressing which features exclusive bonus material, which will be disclosed in the days ahead.

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Decapitated Vocalist & Bassist Formally Charged With Rape & Kidnapping & Plan To Pursue Bail

Decapitated singer Rafal Piotrowski and bassist Hubert Wiecek had their first court appearance in Spokane County on Friday for allegedly participating in a gang rape of a woman on their tour bus in Spokane on Aug. 31. With the aid of a Polish translator, Judge John Cooney communicated the charges of first-degree kidnapping and second-degree rape to Piotrowski and first-degree kidnapping and third-degree rape to Wiecek.

Waclaw Kieltyka and Michal Lysejko, the band’s bassist and drummer, had their first court appearance in Spokane on Oct. 13. Kieltyka was charged with first-degree kidnapping and second-degree rape and Lysejko was charged with first-degree kidnapping and third-degree rape.

All four band members had their bonds set at $100,000. They also aren’t allowed to talk to each other while incarcerated and were forced to surrender their passports to their attorneys.

The band has been in Spokane County Jail after being extradited from California. They were arrested Sept. 9 in Santa Ana in connection with the case and charged on Oct. 12.

Attorney Jeffry Finer, who represents Piotrowski, said the men will be pursuing bail, but are waiting on documents from Poland to “impress the court” which could take over a week.

“Among this group, there are a number of advanced degrees and zero criminal history,” Finer said.

None of the men has a criminal history in the United States, according to prosecutors, but it’s unknown if they have criminal records in Europe.

According to court documents, two women told police they were invited onto the tour bus following the show. The alleged victim of the rape said that, after talking for some time, she went into the bus bathroom where she was “grabbed and spun around to where she was facing the sink and mirror in the bathroom,” and subsequently raped by each of the members of the band.

The other woman told police that she was able to escape after kicking one of the band members in the groin.

Decapitated announced last month that it was canceling all previously announced tour dates. The band also publicly denied all accusations.

In an announcement last week, the Decapitated members stated that the charges against them were pressed “as a procedural formality” adding that “without doing so, the police would be forced to release band. This is not a conviction or any indication of guilt or innocence.”

The musicians added: “Some facts are indisputable at this point – that the original officer who took the complaint from the accuser stated, ‘I do not have probable cause that a rape occurred,’ and it’s taken a full thirty days to file charges, which is right up against the point at which the defendants would legally have had to be released.”

“The band firmly refutes the allegations and are confident that once the facts and evidence have been seen and heard, they will be released and able to return home.”

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Wormholedeath Records Inks Deal With Painted Black

Wormholedeath Records is proud to announce that Portuguese dark metal combo Painted Black has signed a distribution deal for the worldwide release of the album “Raging Light.” The album will be available on all digital shops on October 6th. The physical and Japanese release dates are still TBA.

Band Statement: “We’re very thrilled to work together with the team at WormHoleDeath who have been very passionate with our music since day one! It’s a great feeling to know that with this record we can finally reach a wider audience thanks to the promotion and distribution network of the label, and have ‘Raging Light’ available in its physical format all around Europe, the United States and Japan!”

José Carlos Santos statement: “It has been a long journey for Painted Black. Akin to the pacing of several of their older songs, the Portuguese quintet has slowly but surely matured and evolved from denser, doom-laden beginnings into a multi-faceted, dynamic outfit, and their new album ‘Raging Light’ will not only be the glorious confirmation of that lengthy metamorphosis, but also that it is still an ongoing process. While many fans still hold on to Painted Black’s 2010 debut full-length ‘Cold Comfort’ very close to their hearts, even there the seeds for what was to come were already being sown. Far from the monolithic approach of many of their peers, the core duo of Luís Fazendeiro (guitars) and Daniel Lucas (vocals) already showed hints of their forthcoming exploration, on heavy tunes filled with subtle sadness. 2014 gave us another glimpse into the band’s untapped potential, with the ‘Quarto Vazio’ EP, a short but sweet collection of two surprising covers (Nine Inch Nails and Portuguese pop/rock legends Rádio Macau) spearheaded by the rocking energy of the title-track.

“Three years later, and ‘Raging Light’ is finally here, showing yet again that Painted Black simply won’t stay in the same place for long and will refuse to be pegged down. Although the opening title track’s intro itself underlines the continuity, picking up where ‘Cold Comfort’ left off – a cheeky wink to all those who have followed the band since those days – the departure is indeed wonderfully dramatic over the next 61 minutes. The guitar work is constantly phenomenal, intricate and elegant, its prog undertones offering unexpected twists and conflicting moods, while the rhythm section provides the necessary density and depth for the more fragile and sensitive moments to shine through. Vocalist Daniel Lucas, like a bolt of raging light himself, wanders between the power of his furious death metal roar and the beauty of his heartfelt, clean melodies, dripping with sorrow and melancholy. No two songs sound alike – from the hypnotic, clean-sung ‘The Living Receiver’ to the brief fury of ‘Absolution Denied’, from the instant catchiness of ‘Chamber’ to the rock-out grooves of ‘In The Heart Of The Sun’, but never do they stray too far from the quintet’s established personality, and that is the most delicate balance the band is able to achieve with ‘Raging Light’. No matter how far they have come since those early days, their restless creativity still operates within the framework of the band’s uniquely forged personality, and that is valid even for their most ambitious undertaking so far, ‘The Raging Light’s closing giant, ‘Almagest’. A true emotional rollercoaster enriched by a string quintet, a 17 minute long tour-de-force tracing the very journey of existence itself and ending the album on a remarkable high note.
Just like the explosion of colour and vitality of the amazing artwork will force your eyes to refocus and readjust to take in its power in one swoop, so too will the deeply evocative songs of ‘Raging Light’ will have a similar impact on your brain and on your heart, and leave you with both wide open.”

The track listing is:

1 – The Raging Light
2 – Dead Time
3 – The Living Receiver
4 – Absolution Denied
5 – Chamber
6 – In The Heart Of The Sun
7 – I Am Providence
8 – Almagest

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The Convalescence Streaming Full New Album “This Is Hell”

Today marks the official release of the The Convalescence’s “This Is Hell” full-length album via Unique Leader Records. The album has come online for full streaming and can be heard in the Bandcamp player below.

The ten-track offering was produced by John Burke (Forever In Terror, Captain Kid, etc.) at Vibe Studios, mixed and mastered by Christian Donaldson (Cryptopsy, Despised Icon, Beyond Creation, etc.) at The Grid, and comes wrapped in the macabre cover art of Coki Greenway.

“We are beyond exciting to bring our twisted vision of reality to the United States on the This Is Hell headlining tour,” says keyboardist/vocalist Katie McCrimmon. “We can’t wait to see everyone, hit the road with our friend and tear it up nightly!

This is Hell by The Convalescence

The Convalescence w/ Venom Inc., Goatwhore, Toxic Holocaust:
9/01/2017 Voltage – Philadelphia, PA
9/02/2017 Gramercy Theater – New York, NY
9/03/2017 Brighton Music Hall – Boston, MA
9/04/2017 The Low Beat – Albany, NY THE CONVALESCENCE only
9/05/2017 Bungalow Bar – Manchester, NH THE CONVALESCENCE only
9/06/2017 Harpo’s – Detroit, MI
9/07/2017 Agora Ballroom – Cleveland, OH
9/08/2017 Reggies – Chicago, IL
9/09/2017 Full Terror Metal Fest – Cave In Rock, IL
9/10/2017 Riot Room – Kansas City, MO
9/11/2017 Marquis Theater – Denver, CO
9/13/2017 The Pin – Spokane, WA
9/14/2017 Studio 7 – Seattle, WA
9/16/2017 Hawthorne Theater – Portland, OR
9/18/2017 Slim’s – San Francisco, CA
9/19/2017 The Roxy Theatre – Los Angeles, CA
9/20/2017 Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA
9/21/2017 Club Red – Phoenix, AZ
9/22/2017 Tricky Falls – El Paso, TX
9/23/2017 Gas Monkey – Dallas, TX
9/24/2017 Grizzly Hall – Austin, TX
9/25/2017 White Oak Music Hall – Houston, TX
9/26/2017 Parish at HOB – New Orleans, LA
9/28/2017 Churchill’s – Miami, FL
9/29/2017 Orpheum – Tampa, FL
9/30/2017 The Haven – Orlando, FL
10/01/2017 Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
10/02/2017 Soundstage – Baltimore, MD
End Tour

w/ Wings Denied, Shaping The Legacy, Dead Eyes Always Dreaming, Death Rattle:
10/06/2017 The Odeon – Cleveland, OH
10/07/2017 Frankie’s Inner City – Toledo, OH
10/09/2017 Bada Brew – Crest Hill, IL
10/11/2017 Opinion Brewing Company – Newport, MN
10/12/2017 Lefty’s Live Music – Des Moines, IA
10/14/2017 Ernie November – Cheyenne, WY
10/15/2017 Your Mom’s House – Denver, CO
10/16/2017 Monk’s Bar – Missoula, MT
10/18/2017 The Pin – Spokane, WA
10/19/2017 The Funhouse – Seattle, WA
10/20/2017 Shasta Grange Hall – Klamath Falls, OR
10/21/2017 PJs Roadhouse – Placerville, CA
10/22/2017 Five Star Bar – Los Angeles, CA
10/24/2017 Joe’s Grotto – Phoenix, AZ
10/25/2017 Blu Phoenix Venue – Albuquerque, NM
10/26/2017 Rockhouse Bar & Grill – El Paso, TX
10/27/2017 Jack’s Patio Bar – San Antonio, TX
10/28/2017 The Brown Plaza – Del Rio, TX
10/29/2017 Diamond Jim’s – Arlington, TX
10/30/2017 White Swan Live – Houston, TX
10/31/2017 The Handlebar – Pensacola, FL
11/01/2017 Jack Rabbit’s – Jacksonville, FL
11/02/2017 The Dungeon Tavern – Panama City, FL
11/03/2017 The Brass Mug – Tampa, FL
11/04/2017 The Haven – Winter Park, FL
11/05/2017 Piper’s Sports Bar – Greenacres, FL
11/06/2017 The Maywood – Raleigh, NC
11/08/2017 Championship Bar – Trenton, NJ
11/09/2017 Patterson’s Creations – Attleboro, MA
11/10/2017 Bungalow Bar – Manchester, NH
11/11/2017 The Low Beat – Albany, NY
11/12/2017 Kingsland – Brooklyn, NY
11/13/2017 Mohawk Place – Buffalo, NY
11/14/2017 Smiling Moose – Pittsburgh, PA
11/15/2017 Carl’s Tavern – New Haven, IN
11/16/2017 The Ritz – Warren, MI
11/17/2017 Papa Pete’s – Kalamazoo, MI
11/18/2017 The Courtyard – Englewood, OH

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Quor Embarking On U.S. Tour Dates

For the first time in 40 years, the shadow of the moon will be cast directly across the middle of the United States as the Earth passes behind it. Both space rocks will be in line with the G2V star – our sun. Almost like the celestial bodies are literally aligning at the same time Quor is on tour and actively searching to be abducted by aliens. It’s destiny.

Based on modern abduction tales, this should be the right moment for Quor. Four dudes pilot the time machine straight into a total solar eclipse, just when the moment is right. After working to record 4 new smashers between spring and summer tours, San Diego, California metal outfit Quor now announces dates supporting latest single “Life Is a Hard Thing.”

The tour kicks off on August 12th, 2017 at Counts Vamp’d in Las Vegas, NV and takes Quor through the southwest U.S. with friends 9Electric supporting the “Life Is Beautiful Tour.” After detaching from the 9Electric tour in Oklahoma City, Quor expects to return home through CO and AZ. Of course, this is if the band doesn’t get invited to join the aliens.

“We are more alien than the aliens,” states Quor’s Brian Corn.

“We welcome this invitation and are here to challenge what they think they know about our kind,” adds Smitty.

with 9Electric:
8/12/2017 Las Vegas NV Counts Vamp’d
8/13/2017 Tucson AZ The Warehouse
8/15/2017 Gallup NM Juggernaut
8/17/2017 Houston TX Scout Bar
8/18/2017 Austin TX TBA
8/19/2017 Dallas TX Prophet Bar
8/20/2017 Oklahoma City OK Oklahoma City Limits

Quor only:
8/21/2017 Eclipse Rendevouz
8/22/2017 Colorado Springs CO The Black Sheep
8/23/2017 Greeley CO Joe’s Place
8/24/2017 Albuquerque NM TBA
8/25/2017 Flagstaff AZ TBA
8/26/2017 Tucson AZ The Loudhouse
9/15/2017 Phoenix AZ The Rebel Lounge
9/16/2017 San Diego CA Brick by Brick

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Mayhem Announces “De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas” U.S. Tour With Immolation & Black Anvil

Mayhem will bring its “De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas” tour to the United States this fall with support from legendary US death metal outfit Immolation and Black Anvil.

Check out all dates below:

11/03 Buffalo, NY – Waiting Room
11/04 Kitchener, ON – Dallas
11/05 Detroit, MI – St. Andrews Hall
11/06 Columbus, OH – Skully’s Music Diner
11/07 Madison, WI – The Majestic
11/09 Joliet, IL – The Forge
11/10 St. Louis, MO – The Ready Room
11/11 Lawrence, KS – The Granada
11/12 Omaha, NE – The Waiting Room
11/14 Albuquerque, NM – El Rey Theatre
11/16 Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades
11/17 San Diego, CA – The Observatory Northpark
11/18 Los Angeles, CA – The Fonda
11/19 Tucson, AZ – The Rialto Theatre
11/21 Austin, TX – Mohawk
11/22 Houston, TX – White Oak
11/24 Tampa, FL – The Orpheum
11/25 Jacksonville, FL – Mavericks
11/26 Birmingham, AL – Saturn
11/27 Nashville, TN – Cannery Ballroom
11/28 Charlotte, NC – Neighborhood Theatre
11/30 Pittsburgh, PA – Mr. Smalls Theatre
12/01 Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Sound Stage
12/02 New York, NY – Irving Plaza

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Metal Church Recruits New Drummer Stet Howland

Fans that have seen Metal Church live at recent shows in the United States and Europe may have noticed a new face on stage. The guy behind the kit has been none other than Stet Howland, and now that transitional process is complete, Metal Church is happy to announce the addition of Stet Howland as the band’s permanent new drummer.

Vocalist Mike Howe commented: “I am overwhelmed and grateful that Stet has found his way into the fold and I look forward to many successful and joyful performances together.”

Guitarist Kurdt Vanderhoof added: “We are extremely happy to have Stet as our new engine. He is a fantastic drummer and a great guy to work with. But the hazing shall continue relentlessly!”

Stet Howland shares his excitement about joining Metal Church: “After being home for only a few days from possibly the best tour of my life, I received a conference call from Kurdt and Mike, for a split second I thought to myself ‘Oh shit, what did I do?’ But my concern quickly turned to an un-removable smile when they asked if I would be interested in being a permanent member of Metal Church.

“It’s no secret that Metal Church have always been one of my favourite metal bands and that, in my opinion, they are on the strongest ascent of any band in their genre! And given that the band kicks ass live, has an incredible record label, a rabid fan base, relevant new music, recent Billboard chart positions and first week CD sales that rival multi-platinum acts, my answer was an unwavering ‘YES!’

“On my maiden journey I was blown away by Mike Howe’s consistent crowd destruction, Kurdt’s ridiculously heavy riffs, Rick Van Zandt’s refusal to make even one mistake and my glue-like bond with Steve (it’s a well-known fact that Metal Church bass player Steve Unger is one of my closest friends and it was Steve who initially suggested me to the band).

“There is understanding, mutual respect and camaraderie present here that is missing in so many ‘famous’ acts. I am honoured to be a member of such a group of people and will do my best to deliver strong performances both live and in the studio.”

Metal Church – Summer shows 2017:

1st Aug (NO) Oslo – Sentrum Scene (w/ MEGADETH)
2nd Aug (DK) Copenhagen – Store Vega (w/ MEGADETH)
4th Aug (CH) Zurich – Dynamo (w/ GONOREAS, BURNING WITCHES)
5th Aug (FR) Saint-Maurice-De-Gourdans – Sylak Open Air
6th Aug (IT) Cusano Milanino – Blues Rose Fest Open Air
8th Aug (SK) Bratislava – Majestic Music Club
9th Aug (CZ) Jaromer – Brutal Assault
10th Aug (DE) Nuremberg – Hirsch
11th Aug (NL) Leeuwarden – Into the Grave
12th Aug (PL) Vagos – Vagos Metal Fest
7th Sept (USA) Atlanta, GA – ProgPower USA XVIII

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