Video Clip For New Song “Goodnight” Issued By Mountaineer

Next week, Lifeforce Records will release the debut album “Sirens & Slumber” by Californian quintet Mountaineer, a sweeping and often stunning collection of influences, experiences and musical prowess that should light fires in the eyes of all kinds of music fans.

Guitarist Clayton Bartholomew is fresh off his gig with Secrets of the Sky (also ex-Lycus), and he continues his exploration of soaring, doomy tones with his band members, vocalist Miguel Meza (ex-Ashes of American Flags) and all three members of Lament Cityscape (guitarist Mike McClatchey, drummer Sean McCullough, and bassist David Small). The result is both righteous and downcast, neither particularly lethargic nor overly aggressive. The balance is uncanny, and it will hopefully garner the band a wide audience.

The album “Sirens & Slumber” will drop on May 19th, but the band has issued a video clip for the new song “Goodnight,” which you can check out below.

Bartholomew had the following to say about it: “The video for the song ‘Goodnight’ was shot and directed by [Thou bassist] Mitch Wells and features his wife, Kathryn Teague. Mitch has done work for The Body, Full of Hell, Dangers, etc. I think the video captures the same sense of ‘giving up’ that the song implies, but with a twist. We let Mitch run with his interpretation of it, and I think he did a great job.”

The track listing for “Sirens & Slumber” is:

1. Foam
2. Coma Fever
3. Measured Breaths
4. Womb (song streaming here)
5. Pull The Blinds
6. Siren Song
7. Fog and Distant Light
8. Adrift
9. Goodnight

Check out “Goodnight” here:

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Gemini Syndrome Releases “Sorry, Not Sorry” Video

Gemini Syndrome just debuted the “Sorry, Not Sorry” official music video. taken off the “Memento Mori” album. In addition to the video coming online, look for Gemini Syndrome on the of the “Half God, Half Devil” tour with In This Moment, Motionless In White, and Avatar later this month. The band comments:

“Our brand-new music video for ‘Sorry Not Sorry’ tells the story about a husband and wife who have lost themselves in vanity and greed. The woman injects herself with large painful needles and cuts her face, while the man chops up a briefcase full of cash and snorts it like drugs. As the wife sits down with her husband at the dinner table, she looks cartoonish, while the husband is sweating over a large mirrored plate of money. Things then really start to take a turn for the worse for them both and you gotta watch to find out their fate.

“The song itself shines a light on the collective mental illness that our society seems to be infected with. Now more than ever, it’s so easy to lose ourselves in a false virtual reality that glorifies materialism and self-seeking satisfaction. We’ve become ironic memes of ourselves, social zombies lost in our devices, where tangible human interaction has become unnecessary and burdensome. We’re desensitized from only seeing others and ourselves through self-imposed filters. It’s time to wake up from the spell and look ourselves, and each other, in the eye.

“We are also extremely grateful to be a part of the ‘Half God, Half Devil’ Tour with our friends In This Moment, Motionless In White, and Avatar. It’s an honor to be a part of this amazing package and share the stage with such great bands, and good friends, old and new. If there are still tickets available in your city, get them now, as shows have been selling out every night!”

†Headline Show
††w/ Avatar
†††Festival

April 21 – Baltimore, MD – Rams Head Live
April 22 – Stroudsburg, PA – Sherman Theater
April 23 – Worcester, MA – Worcester Palladium
† April 24 – Amityville, NY – Amityville Music Hall
April 25 – Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE
April 26 – Detroit, MI – The Fillmore Detroit
April 28 – Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
†† April 29 – Destin, FL – Club LA
††† April 30 – Summerville, SC – 98 Rockfest
May 02 – Birmingham, AL – Iron City Bham
May 03 – Cincinnati, OH – Bogart’s
† May 04 – Akron, OH – The Empire Concert Club
May 05 – Nashville, TN – War Memorial Auditorium
† May 07 – Fayetteville, AR – Georges Majestic
† May 09 – Fort Collins, CO – Hodi
† May 10 – Grand Junction, CO – Mesa Theatre

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Drummer Jeff Plate Announces Split With Metal Church, Band Drops Off Alter Bridge, In Flames Tour

Jeff Plate, longtime drummer for Metal Church, announced his departure from the band citing time and time management issues. The band announced that it is withdrawing from the AlterBridge/In Flames tour scheduled for this May.

In a post on Facebook, Plate stated: “Hello everyone. It is with a heavy heart that I am announcing my departure from Metal Church. I came to this conclusion 2 weeks ago, and agreed to hold off on the announcement until Metal Church had made some decisions on what they were going to do.

“This is obviously not an easy decision. After many conversations with myself, my wife, my family, my management and Kurdt Vanderoof and Mike Howe, I know I am doing the right thing for my future.

“I know there will be questions and speculation. The bottom line is time, my time, and how best I manage it. I had to come to terms with the fact that time is just blowing by at the speed of light and there is no time for me to second guess or regret anything I’m doing. At this point in my life I need to be in more control of my time and career. I have a number of things I’d like to do and try, and to do these I have to give up something I truly love and am very proud of.

“I cannot thank Kurdt Vanderhoof enough for inviting me into Metal Church. For the past 12 years I have had the honor and privilege of playing some of the best, truly iconic Hard Rock/ Heavy Metal songs ever written. I have recorded 4 records with the band. The latest, ‘XI’, is not only one of my favorite Metal Church records, but I feel it is the one of the best, if not the best records I have recorded throughout my career.

“Also, I cannot thank the Metal Church fan base enough for the tremendous support. I have met thousands of you over the years and you, fans old and new, are simply the best. You have kept this band alive for the past 33 years, and I am sure there is more great music to come.

“Metal Church is in a good place, and there are a number of shows and good things coming up this year. This decision is made now to not only let me prepare for the year to come, but also to let Metal Church do the same. Kurdt Vanderhoof(g), Mike Howe(v), Steve Unger(b), Rick VanZandt(g), Tim Harding(sound and production), and Joe Obrien(President @ Rat Pak Records) have been a tremendous team, and they are also very good friends of mine. I wish them nothing but the best.

“I hope to see you all again somewhere down the road. I will keep you posted on my activities. Trust me, I will not sit still for very long. Thank you, take care.”

Just prior to Plate’s announcement, the band issued the following statement: “Due to unforeseen personnel changes within the Metal Church organization, regretfully we have to pull off the five Alter Bridge/In Flames show dates in May. We are grateful to everyone in the Alter Bridge camp for having offered us the opportunity, and would like to extend our deepest apologies to both bands, their management, and all the fans for the last minute cancellation. We had hoped we could make something work out, but that is no longer a possibility. We will be back on the road in June for all the European shows and we look forward to introducing you to our new drummer! Thank you for your understanding!”

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Berserker IV Festival Lineup Finalized

On April 14-15th 2017, The Crofoot in Pontiac, Michigan will play host to the annual Berserker music fest. Now in its fourth year, the all-ages, two-day event is a wholly DIY affair founded and organized by Child Bite frontman Shawn Knight and his wife Veronica.

Berserker IV is capped offf with the addition of hardcore heavyweights Ringworm. This year’s lineup boasts thirty bands on three stages with appearances by internationally touring acts like GWAR, OFF!, Weedeater, The Obsessed, Negative Approach, Brain Tentacles, Child Bite, and more as well as new and established underground artists including Immortal Bird, Cemetery Piss, Fuck You Pay Me, SNAFU, Artillery Breath, and others.

The festival also marks the official return of Eyehategod vocalist Mike IX William,s who will front the band for the first time since undergoing a liver transplant this past December.

For those who haven’t recently replaced their livers, Berserker IV will debut the festival exclusive Blood Troll Mead, made with Michigan Wildflower Honey, fresh Elderberries, and fresh Gooseberries. It is made with fruits grown and used in Nordic tradition. We cannot promise no Trolls were harmed in the making of this mead. The full festival lineup will be as follows:

GWAR
EYEHATEGOD
OFF!
Ringworm
Weedeater
The Obsessed
Negative Approach
Brain Tentacles
Blurring
Child Bite
Immortal Bird
Horrible Earth
Cemetery Piss
Fuck You Pay Me
Nightkin
Nuke
Cotton Museum
Against The Grain
Boreworm
Hollow Earth
SNAFU
Artillery Breath
Euphoria
Sunlight’s Bane
Centenary
Night Vapor
Off-Ox
Fell Ruin
Sweat
Law

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Megadeth Honored With “Best Metal Performance” Grammy Award

Megadeth took home the Grammy tonight for the “Best Metal Performance” category at the 59th annual Grammy Awards, held Sunday, February 12 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The nomination marked Megadeth’s twelfth over the years. Megadeth was nominated for “Dystopia”, the title track for the band’s 2016 album.

As Megadeth approached the stage to accept the award, the house band inexplicably played Metallica’s classic “Master Of Puppets.”

Says mainman Dave Mustaine in his acceptance speech:

“Fantastic! Only took twelve tries to get this. Last time we were here, we were talking to Kenny G, and he asked me how many times we were here, and he goes, ‘Well, eleven isn’t that bad.’ And I said, ‘How many times did it take you?’ And he said, Twenty-one.’ And I was, like, ‘Oh, my god. If it takes twenty-one times… I don’t know if I’ll live that long.’ I wanna thank Jesus Christ, I wanna thank my wife, my children, all the band’s wives and kids, I wanna thank our management, our label, our agent, our attorney, our crew, all of you, especially the metal community. I think it’s a little weird that we ended up being category 69, but somebody’s got a sense of humor.”

Finally! pic.twitter.com/2KqdWhSrAX

— Dave Mustaine (@DaveMustaine) February 12, 2017

The nominees in the “Best Metal Performance” category were as follows:

Baroness – “Shock Me”
Gojira – “Silvera”
Korn – “Rotting In Vain”
Periphery – “The Price Is Wrong”

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Tim Lambesis Reportedly Released From Prison

Back in 2014, former As I Lay Dying member Tim Lambesis was sentenced to six years in prison for attempting to hire an undercover police officer to kill his wife.

Although it hasn’t been confirmed by any official sources at this point, multiple sites are reporting that Lambesis has now been released from prison.

The source for his info comes from George Lynch on Eddie Trunk’s Show from the Monsters of Rock Cruise. During the interview, Lynch discussed his religion debates with Tim Lambesis and stated Tim has been released and has a book and record label deal.

You can hear the interview segment below, and a transcript follows:

I had every freaking argument out there, and he just was able to really kind of battle every argument, ’cause he had every counter-argument prepared in his mind; he had studied so hard. And as silly as his argument was, and as much as it didn’t really hold water when you thought about it — it was all fallacious arguments — but…

Anyways, he just got out of jail for attempting to kill his wife. Now I’m not saying this as an indictment against anything. All I’m saying is, there is a guy who could argue Christianity beyond anybody I’ve ever spoken to in my life; I had these very heated debates with this guy… He had a beautiful wife; they had adopted three Cambodian children. And then he discovered cocaine, strippers, heroin and steroids. He went completely off the rails, abandoned his family, his wife threatened to divorce him, he hired an off-duty cop to kill her.

He recently got out of jail. He destroyed his band. They don’t have a pot to piss in now; they’re all struggling. [They are] a great band. I know them very well because, actually, the guitar player was my daughter’s fiancé. And, actually, the drummer [Jordan Mancino] played in another project I had ways back, Souls Of We. So, anyways, he’s out, he’s got a mega record deal, he’s got a book deal, everything’s lined up for him. I mean, he’s gonna skate through life. Everybody else is suffering. His wife is living in fear, his children are living in fear. His band doesn’t have a pot to piss in.

Following the arrest and band implosion, Tim’s former bandmates went on to form Wovenwar, and have since released two albums: a self-titled debut and 2016 sophomore output “Honor Is Dead.”

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Burzum Founder Varg Vikernes Discusses Killing Euronymous And Talking To Journalists In Video Series

Varg Vikernes, the founder of one man black metal band Burzum and former bassist for Mayhem, has posted a series of videos online discussing some of the famous moments in Norwegian black metal history, including his relationship with Øystein “Euronymous” Aarseth, the Mayhem guitarist who he fatally stabbed in 1993. You can watch some of the videos below.

Vikernes remains one of metal musics most infamous characters, having also been convicted of arson in 1994 for the burning of three churches and more recently being arrested with his wife in 2013 on suspicion of plotting acts of terrorism in France, though no charges were filed against them. He was later convicted of inciting racial hatred in the country and was sentenced to six months probation and a €8,000 fine.

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Former Y&T Drummer Leonard Haze Passes Away

Former Y&T drummer Leonard Haze has passed away at the age of 61 after suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The drummer co-wrote such songs as “Hurricane” and “Black Tiger” and was scheduled to support Y&T at two Californian shows with his band Hazexperience. Y&T vocalist Dave Meniketti broke the news with an online post that read:

“It is with shock and sadness that I type this. Leonard Haze, the legendary drummer, and a guy I spent decades with creating great music together, has passed away at 61.

“This, just a few days after his birthday. I just woke up to this news, as I’m in Germany, and immediately called his wife, Kelly. She confirmed that Leonard had passed away in his sleep sometime between noon and 7.30pm on Sunday, September 11.

“Leonard has been struggling with COPD for years, but Kelly said that although his health had recently declined, they felt he had a few years left, so this is unexpected.

“My deepest condolences to Leonard’s family and friends. His impact on the rock scene was well documented. Rest in peace, my friend.”

Hazexperience singer Jeff Winslow added: “Leonard was a good friend, a great drummer, and a true ambassador for the world of rock’n’roll. I’m shocked that he’s gone, but thankful I got to know him while he was here.”

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Former Y&T Drummer Leonard Haze Passes Away

Former Y&T drummer Leonard Haze has passed away at the age of 61 after suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The drummer co-wrote such songs as “Hurricane” and “Black Tiger” and was scheduled to support Y&T at two Californian shows with his band Hazexperience. Y&T vocalist Dave Meniketti broke the news with an online post that read:

“It is with shock and sadness that I type this. Leonard Haze, the legendary drummer, and a guy I spent decades with creating great music together, has passed away at 61.

“This, just a few days after his birthday. I just woke up to this news, as I’m in Germany, and immediately called his wife, Kelly. She confirmed that Leonard had passed away in his sleep sometime between noon and 7.30pm on Sunday, September 11.

“Leonard has been struggling with COPD for years, but Kelly said that although his health had recently declined, they felt he had a few years left, so this is unexpected.

“My deepest condolences to Leonard’s family and friends. His impact on the rock scene was well documented. Rest in peace, my friend.”

Hazexperience singer Jeff Winslow added: “Leonard was a good friend, a great drummer, and a true ambassador for the world of rock’n’roll. I’m shocked that he’s gone, but thankful I got to know him while he was here.”

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Former Y&T Drummer Leonard Haze Passes Away

Former Y&T drummer Leonard Haze has passed away at the age of 61 after suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The drummer co-wrote such songs as “Hurricane” and “Black Tiger” and was scheduled to support Y&T at two Californian shows with his band Hazexperience. Y&T vocalist Dave Meniketti broke the news with an online post that read:

“It is with shock and sadness that I type this. Leonard Haze, the legendary drummer, and a guy I spent decades with creating great music together, has passed away at 61.

“This, just a few days after his birthday. I just woke up to this news, as I’m in Germany, and immediately called his wife, Kelly. She confirmed that Leonard had passed away in his sleep sometime between noon and 7.30pm on Sunday, September 11.

“Leonard has been struggling with COPD for years, but Kelly said that although his health had recently declined, they felt he had a few years left, so this is unexpected.

“My deepest condolences to Leonard’s family and friends. His impact on the rock scene was well documented. Rest in peace, my friend.”

Hazexperience singer Jeff Winslow added: “Leonard was a good friend, a great drummer, and a true ambassador for the world of rock’n’roll. I’m shocked that he’s gone, but thankful I got to know him while he was here.”

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