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For the better part of the 00’s, Bleeding Through was a major staple of the Orange County metalcore scene. But now, as a few Facebook posts indicate, it appears that the group is disbanding for good in 2013.
An official announcement has yet to be released, but the following was posted on Facebook yesterday:
“Hey Europe come see us play the ‘Hit The Deck Festival’ Stay tuned for complete dates. This will be our final European tour…… I know that some of you know this already. Many don’t…. Some people already think we are done. Starts in April.”
Granted, the post could be interpreted in numerous ways. However, guitarist Dave Nassie (who joined the group in 2009) added more fuel to the fire by adding the following comment on Facebook:
“I respect my band mates and all the hard work they put into the band before I joined. Unfortunately, yes man. I have been open about how I don’t want it to happen. But, like I said I didn’t build it. Just have loved every min of it and one person can’t keep it alive as much as I have tried. Please come out and see the band I have truly loved being apart of one last time. Dave”
Nassie added in a separate comment that Bleeding Through would tour the States in the Summer. While Nassie’s comments definitely indicate that Bleeding Through is calling it quits, there’s always the chance that the guitarist isn’t speaking on behalf of everyone. Either way, it looks some changes are occurring within the Bleeding Through camp (for better or worse).
This morning, Roadrunner Records released a video teasing some big plans for Opeth this coming spring. Using “The Devil’s Orchard” in the background, the video starts off with a rotating earth before landing on North America. Once the view stops on North America, the “O” in Opeth’s logo appears on top along with “Spring 2013.”
Watch the video teaser above, but it’s safe to say that it’s hinting at one thing: Opeth will be touring North America this coming spring. As you may recall, Opeth were originally planning to tour the States this past fall with Katatonia. However, Katatonia’s Anders Nystrom told us that Opeth mainman Mikael Akerfeldt pulled the plug on the tour at the last minute due to exhaustion.
No word on who might appear on the bill with Opeth or what cities will be included on this tour. Actually, it hasn’t even been confirmed that Opeth will be touring at all (even though the video above makes it seem rather obvious). Either way, fans can look forward to some big plans from Opeth in 2013.
Major changes are in store for Attack Attack! First, bassist John Holgado announced he was leaving the crabcore juggernauts. In a lengthy statement, Holgado revealed that he has been struggling with personal matters and that he holds no hard feelings for his former bandmates. However, less than 24 hours later, it appears that Attack Attack! have parted ways with yet another member.
According to Property Of Zack, Caleb Shomo has indeed left Attack Attack!, roughly four years after joining the group as their keyboardist and three years after becoming their permanent singer. Property Of Zack later reported that Shomo has been replaced by I Am Abomination’s Phil Druyor. However, it should be noted that an official announcement has yet to be made regarding this, and so far Shomo has only given a vague response via numerous tweets.
This past year already promised to be filled with changes for the band, as they have been considering going the DIY route with their next album. But what does this recent lineup change mean for Attack Attack!’s future? An official announcement is likely to be released soon.
With a new album (tentatively titled Black Out The Sun) due out in March/April next year, one would expect that Sevendust would hit the road soon. And according to guitarist Clint Lowery, the group is planning to tour early next year with Coal Chamber and Lacuna Coil.
Lowery spilled the beans during an interview with Source Of The Sound, saying “there’s some talks of” Sevendust touring with Coal Chamber and Lacuna Coil possibly in February. First off, this is a tour package that would interest any nu metal fan for sure (or anyone, for that matter, who listened to heavy rock in 2000). Plus, this could serve as many fans’ first time seeing Coal Chamber since reuniting. However, Sevendust’s past feud with frontman Dez Fafara makes this tour even more interesting.
Even though Lowery says the tour is in the works, an official announcement has yet to be made. So let’s wait a little bit before calling the Sevendust, Coal Chamber and Lacuna Coil tour a sure thing. You can hear audio of the entire interview in the video after the jump, with Lowery’s comments made around the 7:52 mark. Read more »
The Black Dahlia Murder is only a few dates in on their tour with Dethklok, Machine Head and All That Remains. However, fans have already started to notice something different during the group’s set. Namely, that drummer Shannon Lucas isn’t behind the drum kit.
It didn’t take long for Metal Sucks to discover that The Black Dahlia Murder has been performing with Alan Cassidy, formerly of Abigail Williams. What still remains unclear, though, is whether Lucas’ absence is temporary or permanent. As of now, The Black Dahlia Murder has yet to even comment on touring with Cassidy, let alone as to why Lucas isn’t touring with them.
Granted, The Black Dahlia Murder is no stranger to lineup changes. In fact, bassist Max Lavelle had been touring with the group for three months before it was officially announced that he was permanently replacing Ryan “Bart” Williams. Still, many fans would agree that Lucas (who has been in the band for five years now) is one hell of a drummer and has been a perfect fit for The Black Dahlia Murder.
We may have to wait a little longer to find out what’s Lucas’ status in the band is. For now, check out fan filmed footage of The Black Dahlia Murder performing “Moonlight Equilibrium” and “Malenchanments Of The Necrosphere” with Cassidy in Silver Spring, MD after the jump. Read more »
Last month, The Dillinger Escape Plans shocked fans by announcing guitarist Jeff Tuttle’s departure. While the band has yet to announce a replacement, it appears that they might be rejoined by a familiar face.
Yesterday, guitarist Ben Weinman posted the picture above of him and former guitarist Brian Benoit on Facebook. Along with the image, Weinman included the caption “@keap56 #dillingerescapeplan.” Could Weinman be hinting that Benoit is rejoining the band?
As fans will recall, Benoit left the band in 2004 following the release of Miss Machine due to nerve damage in his hand. This past November, though, the band was rejoined onstage by Benoit. While singer Greg Puciato shot down talk of Benoit’s return following that performance, the band has always left the door open for Benoit to return in the event he’s able to perform live. Plus, Weinman has actually been the only guitar player on most of The Dillinger Escape Plans’ releases since Benoit’s departure.
At this moment, The Dillinger Escape Plan have yet to confirm or deny Benoit’s return. However, if a picture (and caption) can say a thousand words, it looks likely that Benoit will be rejoining his bandmates in some fashion.
It’s been about two years now since Korn signed with Roadrunner Records. And since then, the nu metal kings have experienced moderate success (with Korn III – Remember Who You Are and The Path Of Totality selling pretty well). However, if what frontman Jonathan Davis says is true, it looks like Korn could be going the DIY route.
In an interview with Noisecreep, Davis mainly talks about his DJ persona J Devil. However, the singer did give the following insight into Korn’s potential plans for the next album:
“We don’t need labels anymore. When the machine worked in the early days of Korn with Epic, that shit was amazing. We had MTVs, we had video stations and labels that cared and put the work in, but now it’s so diluted and fucked up. We’re going underground again. Commercialized music is just commercialized bullshit. Do we really need labels anymore with the way things went with the Internet? I don’t think so.”
Granted, there’s always the chance that Korn may change their mind about going “underground” again and end up back with Roadrunner. And whether you think Korn is big enough to move forward without label support is a debate for another time. However, if Davis and his bandmates stay true to their word, then it could potentially be another blow to Roadrunner (who recently went through some major layoffs world-wide).
Another Mayhem Fest came to an end this past Sunday in Hartford, CT. And while it’ll be a while till we find out who will be on touring festival’s bill next year, we do know who organizers want to headline. Mayhem Fest co-founder/event producer John Reese reportedly told Idahotstatesmen.com back in June that the band he wants to headline in 2013 is Rammstein. Reese revealed that he unsuccessfully tried to get the German industrial kings on last year’s bill. However, he supposedly said that “I’m gonna try like hell” to get Rammstein on the bill.
Before we get ourselves overly excited, let’s remember that Mayhem Fest JUST came to an end, and there’s no telling who might end up on next year’s bill this early. With that said, the idea of seeing Rammstein on Mayhem Fest someday (if not next summer) would make sense. This year marked the first time Rammstein performed more than a handful of shows in the U.S. Still, now most American fans (and those who went to the shows just to see what all the fuss was about) can say they’ve seen them live at least once. While they may still be able to sell tickets on their own, it may benefit Rammstein to tour on a festival package with other bands, especially if they want to do another U.S. run before releasing another album of new material.
But again, it’s still too soon to tell whether Mayhem Fest will ever get Rammstein on its bill (let alone for next year’s edition). Whether it happens or not, there’s no denying that it would be pretty cool to see Rammstein on the festival.
[by way of The PRP]
With offices in Europe and Canada closing down (and a handful of layoffs across the board), it’s safe to say that it’s been a rough year so far for Roadrunner Records. So naturally it would seem like bad timing for the label to lose one of their bigger acts like Machine Head. There’s a chance that might happen.
During an interview with Germany’s Pit Cam, frontman Robb Flynn let it slip that Machine Head are currently in between labels. While you can watch the full interview above (comments made around the 8:33 mark), Flynn said the following in response to Roadrunner’s current situation and what it means for the band:
“It’s a shame, man. It’s a fucking shame, considering that these are the premiere people in their field. I mean, when it comes to metal, there was no one better… And the thing that was most bizarre was that Warner had all of their rock and metal bands going through Roadrunner because they didn’t know what to do. So it’s kind of like ‘Why would you do that?’ But they did it…
We’re still trying to see how it is. We’re trying to get a feel for what’s going on. I mean, we’re actually in between labels right now. We completed our last record with Roadrunner. So we’re actually in a pretty unique position because we have a lot of different choices that we can go with right now, and the world is basically our oyster… Eight years ago, we got turned down by 35 labels, and now every label on the planet wants to sign us. So it’s pretty awesome.
So we’re gonna play it out. Roadrunner still has a lot of people that we know and love there, especially in America… The core people that are there are huge Machine Head supporters, and we’re gonna check it out. And we may very well be on Roadrunner. We just need to make sure that it’s the right thing and that they get what we’re doing because we’re not a pop band, we’re not some mainstream artist. I mean, we’re the biggest underground band there is.”
Before things get blown out of proportion, it should be noted that Machine Head have NOT YET parted ways with Roadrunner. In fact, Flynn even notes that there’s still a strong chance of them re-signing. Let’s not forget that before releasing 2003’s Through The Ashes Of Empires, Roadrunner had split from Machine Head only to reunite (though in that instance, Machine Head had been let go and re-signed).
So what does this all mean? Well, as Flynn explains, Machine Head are simply checking out all of their options. Of course, considering how big they’ve become since releasing The Blackening (and not to mention the success that came with last year’s Unto The Locust), Machine Head are likely swamped with options.
[via The PRP]
Even though it’s been almost a year, bassist Mic Todd’s attempt to rob a pharmacy for Oxycontin with a fake bomb minutes before he was set to take the stage in Coheed And Cambria still seems unbelievable. And now, following the bassist’s sentencing earlier this week, the story has appeared to take another sad turn.
According to The Sun Chronicle, the former Coheed And Cambria bassist pleaded guilty and was sentenced in Fall River Superior Court to serve one year of home confinement with GPS monitoring. Todd was also given an additional three years of probation. However, the Sun Chronicle is also reporting that Todd has been diagnosed with cancer. We had previously heard rumors of this back in April, but had no way of confirming it. In fact, Todd’s diagnosis has still not been officially confirmed.
If such reports are true, though, we hope that Todd makes a speedy recovery and heads towards the right path to sobriety.
[via Metal Sucks]