Swedish black metal masters DARK FUNERAL have parted ways with drummer Nils "Dominator" Fjellström. Lord Ahriman comments: "We must sadly inform you that we have agreed to let Nils 'Dominator' Fjellström take a much needed timeout from the band to handle personal matters. We, of course, wish him the best! "Yet the world keeps turning and so DARK FUNERAL will stride on. We have hired an extremely talented drummer that will fill in Nils's position until further notice. 'Jalomaah' will make his live debut with us today, Friday 10 November, at Aalborg Metal Festival in Denmark. "All scheduled shows and tours will take place as planned! Stay tuned for further announcements! "2018 will be an epic year as we have two celebrations to make: our classic album 'Vobiscum Satanas' turns 20 years old and DARK FUNERAL celebrate 25 years as a band. More news to follow — stay tuned!" DARK FUNERAL's latest album, "Where Shadows Forever Reign", was released in June 2016 via Century Media. The effort was recorded at the Dugout Studios in Uppsala, Sweden and was produced by guitarist Lord Ahriman and Daniel Bergstrand (IN FLAMES, DIMMU BORGIR, BEHEMOTH). The stunning artwork was created by Necrolord (DISSECTION, NECROPHOBIC, EMPEROR). DARK FUNERAL in 2014 announced the addition of frontman Heljarmadr and bassist Natt to the group's ranks.
OF MICE & MEN will release is new album, "Defy", on January 19, 2018 via Rise Records. The disc will mark OF MICE & MEN's first full-length release without vocalist Austin Carlile, who left the group due to his ongoing battle with Marfan syndrome, a rare genetic disorder that afflicts the connective tissue holding the body's cells, organs and tissue together. Handling lead vocals in the band now is bassist Aaron Pauley. The official video for the disc's new single, "Warzone", can be seen below. The clip lives up to the song's explosive combination of metallic insurgency and irresistible hooks. "We’re excited to be debuting the music video for 'Warzone' today, a song from our new album, 'Defy'," said Pauley. "For us, this new album encapsulates and showcases our desire to return to an aggressive, live-oriented sound, and 'Warzone' is of the heaviest tracks on the album. Because we love releasing new music as often as we can, it only seemed fitting to release it right before our massive EU/UK tour with IN FLAMES and FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH this fall/winter. So turn it up, and bang your head." Earlier this year, OF MICE & MEN teased the forthcoming album with the one-two punch of the singles "Unbreakable" and "Back To Me". Those songs have clocked over seven million Spotify streams and five million YouTube/VEVO views in six months. Both tracks were recorded with Grammy-nominated producer Howard Benson (IN FLAMES, ALL THAT REMAINS), mixed by Grammy winner Chris Lord-Alge (DEFTONES, MUSE) and mastered by Chris Athens (DRAKE, OZZY OSBOURNE). "Defy" track listing: 01. Defy 02. Instincts 03. Back To Me 04. Sunflower 05. Unbreakable 06. Vertigo 07. Money 08. How Will You Live 09. On The Inside 10. Warzone 11. Forever YDG'n 12. If We Were Ghosts Carlile originally left OF MICE & MEN in 2010 after his doctor forbade him from touring to undergo heart surgery tied to complications with Marfan Syndrome. He returned in 2011, but his ailments didn't cease, forcing him to exit the band for the second, and presumably final, time at the end of last year. An OF MICE & MEN documentary called "Unbreakable" was released on October 13. The short film, which was directed by Johann Ramos, follows the band across multiple continents on their tour earlier this year.
Whitey Glan, best known for his work as a session drummer with Lou Reed and Alice Cooper, passed away on November 7 at the age of 71. Whitey was diagnosed with lung cancer in September after follow-up tests from treatment for pneumonia in August. Cooper commented on Whitey's passing in a Facebook post earlier today (Thursday, November 9). He wrote: "I picked Whitey Glan as the drummer for my 'Welcome To My Nightmare' tour because he was simply the best drummer around, not knowing he could drink me under a table. He was just a great guy, everybody who's worked with him considered him one of their best friends. He was one of rock's premier drummers, but in my opinion, he was very underrated and underpublicized — he was certainly a drummer's drummer! Canada is less one world class musician... rest in peace, Whitey." According to Toronto Moon, Whitey had been anchoring a weekly Saturday afternoon series in Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada with a band known as WHITEY & THE ROULETTES since August of last year. In recent years, he also appeared with a number of local R&B veterans, including the DANNY B BAND, Mike McKenna and former MANDALA bandmate George Olliver.
Drummer Brian Tichy will rejoin FOREIGNER for the next five shows, beginning with this Saturday's (November 11) concert in Hammond, Indiana. He will be filling in for FOREIGNER's regular drummer Chris Frazier, who is "ill" and "has been advised to rest it up a bit," according to Brian. "He'll jump back in sooner if he can!" Tichy wrote on his Facebook page. Brian added: "It's always great to join back up with [FOREIGNER] and play one of the best setlists in rock!" FOREIGNER tour dates with Brian Tichy on drums: Nov. 11 - The Venue at Horseshoe Casino - Hammond, IN Nov. 13 - Tribute Communities Centre - Oshawa, ON Nov. 14 - Budweiser Gardens - London, ON Nov. 17 - IP Casino Resort and Spa - Biloxi, MS Nov. 18 - Horseshoe Casino's Bluesville - Robinsonville, MS Tichy joined FOREIGNER in 1998 and remained until 2000. He rejoined briefly in 2007, stepping in for Jason Bonham. He then returned from 2008 until 2010, recording the album "Can't Slow Down". He returned for one show in summer 2011, filling in for Mark Schulman, who had recently lost his father. Tichy rejoined FOREIGNER for the month of August 2012 for live performances, replacing the departed Schulman once again. Asked what he thinks the most important thing is that a drummer can do for a band, Tichy told Glide Magazine in a 2014 interview: "There really is only one most important thing and it's keeping good solid time, and solid doesn't mean you have to hit everything and smash it as hard as you can and all that. It just means no matter what you're doing up there, whatever it takes to make that band sound right and groove right and drive the band correctly, the way the band should be, you know, meaning like I don't want to hear like Neil Peart from RUSH playing in AC/DC and I don't want to hear Phil Rudd from AC/DC playing in RUSH. And I don't want a drummer to change it up too much. But the main thing is the groove and the timing."
CHESTER BENNINGTON’s Widow Shares Touching Video Late LINKIN PARK Singer Filmed Two Months Before Suicide
Chester Bennington's widow has shared a touching video the late LINKIN PARK singer sent to her several weeks before he took his own life. In the 45-second clip, which Talinda Bennington posted to her Twitter account, Chester can be seen gushing about his wife, telling her: "I just wanted to tell you how much I love you and how much I miss you. And I just think that you're the most amazing woman in the whole world. You're such a great mom, and you're the best wife. And I'm so glad that you and I can always find a way to keep the magic alive and keep our love strong and be there for each other no matter what. And I just want you to know how much I appreciate you, and how great you are, and I miss you. I love you. Bye." Talinda uploaded the video earlier today (Thursday, November 9), writing in an accompanying message: "My one true love. I miss these msgs from my @ChesterBe.This was 2 months before he died. #fuckdepression #makechesterproud" Bennington died on July 20 after committing suicide at the age of 41. He had been open with the press and public about his struggles with depression, drugs and alcohol, which landed him in rehab twice around 2006. Using the hashtags #FuckDepression and #MakeChesterProud, Talinda is growing an online community that is there to support people with depression, and people who have been impacted by a loved one's depression or suicide. Chester and Talinda had three children together, Tyler Lee, 11, and Lila and Lilly, both of whom are 6. LINKIN PARK paid tribute to Bennington on October 27 with an emotional three-hour show that featured numerous guests joining the band onstage at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. Among the artists who performed with the band throughout the show were BUSH's Gavin Rossdale, Jonathan Davis of KORN, Alanis Morissette, the instrumental members of NO DOUBT, Oli Sykes of BRING ME THE HORIZON, BLINK-182, M. Shadows and Synyster Gates of AVENGED SEVENFOLD and many more. LINKIN PARK has yet to announce whether the band intends to continue without Bennington.
The Los Angeles Committee of Human Rights Watch has announced today that it will be presenting the inaugural Promise Award at this year's dinner on November 14. Inspired by the film and song that powerfully depicted the atrocities committed against the Armenian people, the award recognizes an outstanding song, television show, or film that advances the values of equity and justice in an original and powerful way. Fittingly, the inaugural honor will be given to the late legendary singer and songwriter Chris Cornell in recognition of his song "The Promise". The award will be presented at The Voices for Justice Human Rights Watch annual dinner at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Tuesday, November 14 at 6:30 p.m. The pioneering recording artist Chris Cornell, who sadly passed away in May, wrote the title song for the film "The Promise", the first major film about the Armenian Genocide. The song and its video fittingly weave the Genocide with humanitarian crises of today. The song focuses on courage, perseverance, and hope — connecting us to emotions that characterize and amplify the worldwide struggle for human rights. Cornell donated all proceeds from the song to benefit refugees and children, and his song continues to inspire millions as an anthem for the human rights movement. According to Justin Connolly, director of Human Rights Watch's Los Angeles Committee, "We are proud to name this award after 'The Promise', and present the inaugural award to Chris Cornell's inspiring song." "The Promise" film, the first major Hollywood film about the Armenian Genocide, has raised unprecedented awareness about the atrocities and recruited the general public and influencers from around the world to fight for human rights with its #KeepThePromise social media campaign. All proceeds of the film are being donated to non-profit organizations and humanitarian causes-including the establishment of The Promise Institute for Human Rights at UCLA. Renowned singer, songwriter, film composer and human rights activist Serj Tankian — also known for leading the Grammy-winning band SYSTEM OF A DOWN — will present the award. Tankian also served as the executive music consultant for "The Promise" and also contributed a song for the film's soundtrack. The Los Angeles Committee supports Human Rights Watch through outreach, advocacy and fundraising. It is part of a network of committees across 22 cities in East Asia, Europe, the Middle East and North America. For over 25 years, the Committee has dedicated itself to broadening awareness of human rights issues throughout Southern California.
Sammy Hagar says that his THE CIRCLE bandmate Jason Bonham doesn't want him to reunite with VAN HALEN because the drummer is getting paid good money to tour with the Red Rocker. During a brand new interview with the Tampa Bay Times, Hagar said that he did not hear from VAN HALEN guitarist Eddie Van Halen and drummer Alex Van Halen when he celebrated his 70th birthday last month. "Oh, hell no, man," he said. "If you want to go into those waters right now, I can just say that it pretty much confirms it when [former VAN HALEN bassist] Mikey's [Anthony] grandson died [in April, from a heart defect] — a brand-new baby died — and they didn't reach out to him. And my 70th birthday, they didn't reach out to say happy birthday. Yeah. Pretty much says it all." According to Hagar, Bonham, the son of late LED ZEPPELIN drummer John Bonham, has not offered to assist in mending fences between Sammy and his former bandmates. "Jason makes more money with me playing 20 shows a year as he does with his own band in 100 shows a year, and he's happy about it," Hagar said. "So I don't think he wants to see a VAN HALEN reunion." Hagar, who exchanged tweets with Eddie Van Halen in January 2016, hasn't made music with Eddie or Alex since his final tour with VAN HALEN back in 2004. In 2007, the Van Halen brothers, Wolfgang Van Halen and singer David Lee Roth announced they would be hitting the road for a reunion tour. Anthony later told Music Radar that he "found out about that tour like everybody else did — in the press." Anthony has played primarily with Hagar in the thirteen years since he last performed with VAN HALEN, in groups like CHICKENFOOT and THE CIRCLE.
A video wrap-up of this year's Knotfest, which was held on November 5 in Devore, California, can be seen below. This was the second year Ozzy Osbourne's Ozzfest has merged with SLIPKNOT's Knotfest for a two-day heavy metal juggernaut dubbed Ozzfest Me...
According to the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department, six people were arrested during the first day of Ozzfest Meets Knotfest on November 4 in Devore, California. Five people were arrested for public intoxication and one on an assault charge du...
MAX CAVALERA Says Performing NAILBOMB’s ‘Point Blank’ Was ‘Something I Wanted To Do For A Long Time’
Max Cavalera spoke with Heavy New York prior to SOULFLY's October 22 performance at New York City's Gramercy Theatre, the fifth show of a tour in which the group performs NAILBOMB's 1994 album "Point Blank" in its entirety. The full chat can be seen be...