The Faceless Perform Without Michael Keene After He Reportedly Suffering Muscle Spasms

The Faceless performed without band mastermind Michael Keene this Wednesday, June 20th, in Winnipeg, MB. Keene reportedly was unable to perform and was taken to the hospital after suffering muscle spasms. No official statement has been released regarding Keene‘s current health condition so far.

In February Keene himself opened up about his substance abuse problems, referring to himself as a “recovering drug addict.”

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The Faceless Perform Without Michael Keene After He Reportedly Suffering Muscle Spasms

The Faceless performed without band mastermind Michael Keene this Wednesday, June 20th, in Winnipeg, MB. Keene reportedly was unable to perform and was taken to the hospital after suffering muscle spasms. No official statement has been released regarding Keene‘s current health condition so far.

In February Keene himself opened up about his substance abuse problems, referring to himself as a “recovering drug addict.”

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Polaris “The Mortal Coil” Australian Tour Announced

Polaris celebrate the release of their debut album, The Mortal Coil, by hitting the road this April for their most ambitious run to date. Joining Polaris from the US will be The Plot In You, along with Melbourne’s Alpha Wolf and Adelaide’s Ambleside.

Tickets on sale this Wednesday.

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Former Warbringer Drummer Nic Ritter Has Died

Former Warbringer drummer Nic Ritter has died.

Shares the band’s vocalist John Kevill:

“A couple days ago we got some tragic news. Our former drummer, Nic Ritter, is dead. He passed either Wednesday or Thursday and I got the word Thursday night. I know few details of how he died. I had not seen Nic in many years, though I had spoken to him a few times fairly recently. I always will to regret that I never saw him again, and we never really caught up on all our old times traveling the world. Nic played approximately 400-450 shows with Warbringer between June 2008 through January 2011, the period where we were never off the road. His drum performance on “Waking into Nightmares” pushed the standard of technicality and musicianship in Warbringer to a new level and helped to shape the identity of the band to what it is today. He was an absolutely stellar player who in my opinion is a true innovator in thrash metal drumming. Sadly, “Waking into Nightmares” is, to the best of my knowledge, his sole recorded musical legacy. Shame that he never played on another record, at least I know he was very proud of our work on that one.
Rest easy, old buddy
–Kevill”

Nic Ritter’s cause of death was not revealed yet though his family members have referred to his death as being “unexpected” via social media.

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Shining’s Portland Show Cancelled After Accusations Of Racism & Groping Women

The Tonic Lounge (Portland, Oregon) has cancelled today’s (May 17th) Shining show, due to vocalist Niklas Kvarforth’s alleged behavior at a bar and show a few nights prior.

States the Tonic Lounge:

“Tonic Lounge has decided to cancel the Shining show that was scheduled for this Wednesday, May 17th.
All tickets will be refunded.

We regret having not researched this band more before approving their show. After booking them, it was brought to our attention that Shining’s singer has done and said many things that could be considered offensive, dangerous, or destructive. While we were learning about and considering these issues, the list continued to grow, including a recent report that the he may have been involved in the drugging of someone’s drink.

This morning we received a call from a trusted friend in Boise Idaho, detailing the events that took place while Shining were there on Sunday. We were told that the singer of Shining went to the local punk bar Mulligans before their concert, and was groping women and threatening to stab employees, and had to be removed.

We were also told that later, while performing at The Shredder, he used many blatant racist and homophobic slurs on stage, threatened audience members with rape, slapped audience members in the face, and was sieg heil saluting repeatedly throughout their performance.

Sometimes words and allegations on the internet can be difficult to navigate, but a story like this coming from a friend is not. The above types of behavior are simply not acceptable at Tonic Lounge. This isn’t about censorship. This is about protecting our venue, our staff, and our patrons.

This decision was not made under pressure by any individuals or political groups. We believe in freedom of expression and are not quick to pull the plug on any band booked at our club. However, we are not going to invite someone into our space to spout hate speech on our stage, and/or put our staff and patrons in harm’s way.

We are still in full support of Famine Fest Presents, the other bands who were on the bill, and all of our friends and customers who planned on attending. We hope you all can respect our decision to do what’s best for our club and those within it.”

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Dead By Wednesday Re-Releasing Album, Announces Tour With Raven

New Haven based metal group Dead By Wednesday has announced the re-release of debut album “Democracy is Dead.” Comments the band:

“In honor of Record Store Day 2017′ Mindsnap Music will be re-releasing Dead By Wednesday’s very 1st / debut CD ‘Democracy is Dead,’ which came out in 2006 on Jamey Jasta of Hatebreed’s Stillborn Records label.

“It features the original line up including the dual singer brothers & my cousins David & Ceschi Ramos. It is different then what the band is like now musically & doesn’t represent their current sound but it’s still a very unique & stellar piece of the band’s history in its own right that everyone should own & at least check out.”

Furthermore, it was just announced that the EMP Label Group U.S. tour featuring Dead By Wednesday and Raven has been scheduled for for August 17th – Sept. 10th, 2017. Stay tuned for full into to arrive shortly.

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Wednesday 13 Discusses Signing With Nuclear Blast

This year, Halloween takes place in June, when horror kingpin Wednesday 13 releases his new studio album “Condolences” and unveils a heavier side of himself while staying loyal to his unique sense of dark humour and love for horror movies.

Today he shows the first trailer for this release and in this clip, the Murderdolls front man discusses signing to his new record label home Nuclear Blast and being on the same roster as many of his friends.

Wednesday 13 states: “The ultimate thing for me, was finding the right team to get behind the band and so far I couldn’t be happier with it.”

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New Song “Trust In No One” Streaming From Enemy Remains

Newington, Connecticut metal act Enemy Remains – featuring original Fates Warning drummer Steve Zimmerman – is streaming the new song “Trust In No One.” The song is taken from the upcoming new release “No Faith In Humanity,” which is set to be issued on January 20th.

The track listing for “No Faith In Humanity” is:

1. Colony
2. Trust in No One
3. Divided by Hate (feat. Nick Bellmore (Toxic Holocaust, Jasta, Kingdom of Sorrow))
4. Civilization
5. No Faith in Humanity (feat. Joey Conception (Dead By Wednesday) & Jeff Curtis (Obsession)) (see video here)
6. Breath Again
7. Empty Inside

Check out the song here:

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Stench Price Premieres Pre-Release Full-Album Stream Of Upcoming Self-Titled EP

New grindcore supergroup Stench Price – involving members of Brutal Truth, Necrophagist, Benighted, Monument Of Misanthropy, Cynic, Hail of Bullets, Benediction, Bolt Thrower, The Grotesquery etc. – premieres the pre-release full-album stream of the band’s upcoming self-titled EP, which comes out on Wednesday, November 30th through Transcending Obscurity Records in a limited box-set format as well as standard formats.

Check out now “Stench Price” in its entirety below.

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Degraey Streaming Full New “Chrysalis” Album

Spanish post-metal group Degraey, featuring former members of Carontte, today shares a full stream of debut full-length album “Chrysalis” just two days before its official release this Wednesday, November 9th.

Produced by Pablo Pulido at Estudio Uno in Madrid, “Chrysalis” can be heard in its entirety below. Taking in influences from post-rock, post-metal, shoegaze and doom, the album flows between emotional extremes, imaginatively contrasting deep, poignant atmospheres against gritty and heavy riffs.

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