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Just last week Job For A Cowboy revealed they were hard at work on a new album. As it turns out, they’re also in need of a new drummer, as Jon “The Charn” Rice has left the Arizona deathcore group.
Rice gave Metal Sucks the following statement announcing his departure:
“As of this past August, I have decided to part ways with Job for a Cowboy. There are a few reasons for this, none of which I’m going to get into.
That being said, I have no intentions of stopping touring or playing. I honestly love to tour and play live with new people, so I look forward to playing in new musical arenas in the future.
The dudes and I are on very good terms with this and they understand the decision. They have a new record in the making and I’m extremely excited to hear it.
Thanks again to everyone.”
We can only speculate what reasons were behind his split, though it’s interesting to hear that this happened as far back as August (just after the band’s stint on Mayhem Fest). But this certainly isn’t the first time Job For A Cowboy parted ways with a member. In fact, Rice became Job For A Cowboy’s third drummer when he joined in 2007. No word on who will take over drum duties for Job For A Cowboy yet.
[photo via Maclyn Bean]
Another one bites the dust! With the reformation of Nine Inch Nails, Adrian Belew is the next one to be out of the band. Belew posted a lengthier explanation about his departure on his Facebook page, but it has since been taken down and replaced with a simpler, “It didn’t work.”
Here’s the original post:
“hey folks, before this goes too far let me say this: I greatly respect trent and the music he makes. no one is at fault. we both agreed it just was not working. I’m sorry to disappoint anyone. that really hurts. but NIN will do an amazing show and I am back where I belong: creating FLUX.”
This decision must have been swirling around everybody’s heads once NIN re-united with Robin Finck. And with their new album Hesitation Marks due out on September 3, it’ll be interesting to see how the live shows will shape up with the new/old lineup. The news also comes just as the single “Came Back Haunted” made its way online, and after announcing dates for a full U.S. tour to to take place at the end of September with Explosions In The Sky and Godspeed You! Black Emperor opening on select dates. Check out a complete rundown of NIN’s Tension 2013 tour dates below. Read more »
Shortly after quitting Dream Theater (and after his time touring with Avenged Sevenfold came to an end), Mike Portnoy launched Adrenaline Mob with Symphony X singer Russell Allen and guitarist Mike Orlando. That fact alone is why it’s surprising to hear that the drummer is leaving the band.
Portnoy confirmed his departure from Adrenaline Mob via the following statement:
“It saddens me to announce that the 4 upcoming shows in Latin America this month supporting Halestorm will be my last with Adrenaline Mob. Unfortunately, I have scheduling conflicts that prevent me from being able to fully commit to the band’s future activities at the moment.
As I cannot be in two places at the same time, I don’t want to hold them back and have to wait for my schedule to re-open up to resume activity. I’m very proud of what we started together and the music we made over the past two years and I wish the guys all the best in the future.”
Granted, Portnoy does always find something to keep him busy, with The Winery Dogs likely the reason behind the “scheduling conflicts.” Still, Portnoy was an extremely vocal member of the hard rock group (even though Allen and Orlando started collaborating before Portnoy technically entered the picture). No word on who exactly will take over behind the drum kit following the Latin America shows, and whether Disturbed bassist John Moyer (who joined the group last year) will also be exiting in the near future.
Well that was fast. The reformed Nine Inch Nails haven’t even played a show yet, and they’ve already lost a band member. This time around, it’s former Jane’s Addiction bassist Eric Avery.
Avery (who has also been touring with Garbage this past year) revealed via Facebook that he was stepping away from Nine Inch Nails, stating that he became “overwhelmed” as the tour started to grow (now including Lollapalooza and Budweiser Made In America festival appearances). Here’s exactly what he had to say about his sudden departure:
“It’s with very mixed emotions I tell you all that I’m pulling out of NIN. I know. It’s been a tough call and I don’t know if it’s the right one, but I really want to focus on my musical life here in la, on film work in particular. As the tour dates kept growing… I just got overwhelmed. I just got home from a year of heavy travel with Garbage, the idea of leaving town for another year and a half, and with all the intensity that nails demands… fortunately my friend Trent understands all this and appreciated my pulling the plug now instead of deep into 2013 and 14. Go get ‘em, gentlemen.”
While Nine Inch Nails has yet to officially address Avery’s split, Trent Reznor did retweet the bassist’s post about his decision via Twitter. No word on who will replace Avery on bass, though considering their first date isn’t till July Naeba, Japan, NIN certainly have time.
For better or for worse, Attack Attack! accomplished a ton in just six years, using the internet to become one of the most hated and/or loved bands around. But today they announced that they’ve cored their last crab, as they’ll be disbanding following the now-ironically-titled Back In Action tour that starts next Thursday (2). The band’s announcement and statement via Facebook is as follows:
Well everyone, it’s been a wild ride for Attack Attack, but I think it’s about time Whiting and I take some time to write this note.
We want to start by thanking every single one of you that has ever come out to a show, bought a shirt, gotten in a fight over crabcore, or spent the time to send us notes online. We have been insanely blessed to be able to do what we have done with AA and we think it’s time that we wrap up
this chapter in our lives.
Yes, this means exactly what you think it means. The Back in Action Tour will be Attack Attack’s final and most ironic tour.
After 6 long years of playing in garages, VFW halls, clubs, open air festivals, and everything in-between. We’ve decided it is time to lay AA down for good.
You are all beautiful, wonderful people, and we want you to know that we deeply appreciate everything you have done for us.
We are sad to lay Attack Attack to rest, but are very excited for what is next in this new chapter of our lives.
It’s not like the writing wasn’t on the wall, as the band have more former members than they do current ones, and have had a revolving door of vocalists. They’d also been without a label since last year, when they left Rise. And while there are still plenty of screamo bands that feature electronics in their music, it’s not like that’s a growth industry. Yet the band’s blend of screamo and electronica was undeniably popular, and the band embraced that many people made fun of them. In fact, the ridiculous crabcore .gif from the “Stick Stickly” video was a meme before there a year before memes were a thing. Check out the “Stick Stickly” video after the jump, as well as the band’s tour dates. Read more »
The release of his first album with Black Sabbath since 1978 might not be the only milestone that Ozzy Osbourne is going through right now. According to TMZ, the singer and his wife, manager Sharon Osbourne, have temporarily separated from each other. The article is short on details, but quotes sources connected with the couple stating that Sharon is staying at the Beverly Hills Hotel while Ozzy is living at a rented house several miles away. While initial reports said that the couple had moved out of the home while it was undergoing renovations, that’s apparently not the case. The couple have been married for 31 years, and according to the article, have no plans to divorce.
While this is a TMZ headline today, just yesterday, Jack Osbourne dismissed an article that ran in yesterday’s UK tabloid The Sun, saying via tweet: ”It’s all bullshit. Last time I check a lot of British newspapers weren’t amazing sources of accurate information. Moving on…” The Sun‘s article is much more detailed than TMZ’s, with pictures of movers, shots of the couple without rings on, and a quote from Sharon, who had a double mastectomy, saying “He is getting on my new tits.” Yet UK tabloids generally play fast and loose with the truth, and for the most part, when something appears on TMZ, it’s been thoroughly vetted. A spokesperson for the couple said that they’re “still together,” according to Blabbermouth. But it’s conceivable that as Ozzy’s manager, Sharon could continue to work with her husband even if she’s separated from him. We’ll continue to monitor this and give you updates.
[via Zena Metal]
While information has kind of been out there for a month, Chicago psych/black metal band Nachtmystium are on hiatus. Frontman and founder Blake Judd stated in an interview with Stereogum last month that he’s decided to concentrate on Hate Meditation. Back in March, Judd was interviewed for Stereogum about Hate Meditation, and stated that Nachtmystium was “on somewhat of a hiatus for the time being.” Since then, the band’s Facebook page has disappeared and a European tour scheduled has been cancelled, with the following explanation:
“We are sorry to inform you that Nachtmystium have decided to cancel all their live activities in the foreseeable future. The band has parted ways with their long time lead guitarist, Andrew Markuszewski, and their recording engineer/synth player, Sanford Parker. The remaining three band members of Nachtmystium as of today are going to bring the band to a state of hiatus.”
Metal Sucks brings up the fact that Judd is pretty much the only constant in the band anyway. Markuszewski only played on the band’s most recent album, Silencing Machine, and they’d toured without keyboard players before. But essentially, the band had been releasing an album every two years since 2002, so maybe they just got burned out on doing that. What we’re hearing so far from Hate Meditation sounds a lot more like traditional black metal than the experimental psychedelia of Nachtmystium’s two Black Meddle albums. You’ll get to hear the whole album, Scars, on May 24 when it’s released on Norway’s Indie Recordings.
It’s taken a while for Baroness to recover following last year’s horrifying bus accident. However, frontman John Baizley and guitarist Peter Adams have slowly made their way back onstage with a handful of scattered acoustic sets. And with festival appearances like Bonnaroo confirmed, it seemed like Baroness were poised to come back strong. However, it appears that the group will do so without drummer Allen Blickle and bassist Matt Maggioni.
Baizley revealed in a lengthy statement that Blickle and Maggioni will no longer be touring with Baroness, saying:
“Nothing can truly prepare you for a brush with death. The event is unique one, singular to the observer. Trust me, you don’t want to invite the experience. Our bus accident left indelible marks, external and internal, physical and mental, you name it. Each of the nine of us went through and continues to go through an entirely different, yet common experience. We are tied to each other by a trauma, which, despite its damage, has been made individually easier through our shared ordeal. While I would never wish the incident on anyone, I cannot imagine going through that wreck alone.
Thankfully, injury was not dealt out evenly; unfortunately it was dealt in great supply. Each of the nine of us now finds our self in a drastically different circumstance, and we each move forward accordingly. There are two important things to note. First, we are all healthy. We are recovering at different rates, and we’ll all be fine in the end. Second, Baroness has made a commitment to pick up where we left off, and get back out on tour, where we belong. In fact, I am personally staking my recovery on this principle; it gives me direction and something to look forward to (finally).
However, for some of us, the accident necessitated a change that would prevent them from performing music or touring. It is with sadness that we must announce that Matt Maggioni and Allen Blickle will not continue touring with Baroness. The details of their departure are not sensational; they do not come with hard feelings. Nor are the details going to be public; suffice it to say we’d like to keep to ourselves the finer points of this situation, to respect the privacy of all involved. While the nine of us must respect the significance of the bus accident in Bath, we must also move away from it and get back to our lives. Simply put, some of the effects and injuries were severe enough to prohibit further activity in Baroness. While we would never have asked them to leave; we have the utmost sympathy for this situation, and in earnest, we wish Matt and Allen the best in the future. In their stead, we have found two musicians who can approach our music with passion and vitality and help get us back out on tour to finish what was seemingly cut short last August.”
Who exactly these two new fill-ins are has yet to be made publicly known. And while Baizley refrains from directly saying why Maggioni and Blickle have left Baroness, it safe to assume (and rightfully so) that the accident took its toll on both members. It’s a shame that this has had to happen, but at least it won’t slow down Baroness’ comeback.
Gaza, the grindcore quartet from Salt Lake City, UT, has officially disbanded. The band released the following statement:
“Gaza is no longer a band. A big thank you to anyone that has supported us. Some of us will continue to make music together.”
This announcement comes about seven months after the band released their third album No Absolutes In Human Suffering back in August 2012. It has also been about two months since frontman Jon Parkin was accused of raping a woman in Idaho only known by her Tumblr username “amindfullofoyu”, which ended with both parties coming to a resolution and the woman apologizing, though what actually transpired is still unknown.
We don’t want to make the accusations against Parkin the main focus here, but one can’t help but wonder if the incident was somehow linked to the break-up since it didn’t happen too long ago. It could also have had absolutely no bearing whatsoever and the members (especially Parkin) probably don’t want to bring the incident up again. We won’t know until we hear from individual members.
Scott Weiland made it pretty clear that his “termination” from Stone Temple Pilots came as a surprise to him. Now the singer is claiming it’s all part of a publicity stunt to boost ticket sales for an upcoming tour.
TMZ caught Weiland at the Los Angeles airport prior to the launch of his solo tour. You can watch video of the interaction, but he straight out said “STP is not broken up. It’s a whole thing to try to boost ticket sales.” He further stated that even though they haven’t talked about said tour in a while, STP legally can’t fire him due to contract clauses. This comes shortly after Rolling Stone posted an interview with Weiland (originally conducted the day before the firing) where he further claims that STP have not broken up. “My personal feeling is that we just need some new blood in the band. It’ll give it new energy, so that we’re not just playing the same greatest hits set we’ve been playing ever since we got back together after I left Velvet Revolver. I’d like to make a new record so it breathes new life into it. Right now, I’m focused on building my solo career with this group of guys. That’s what feels right,” Weiland told Rolling Stone, also claiming that they’ve been talking about touring plans.
So we can take Weiland’s claims one of two ways: either his bandmates really do have a weird sense of how to do PR, or the singer is simply in denial that he’s been booted from the band. Either way, we doubt this will be the last we hear about the matter (let’s not forget, the remaining members of STP have yet to make a more detailed statement). We’re just hoping that this doesn’t lead to two versions of the group (Stone Temple Pilots and Queensryche co-headlining tour anyone?).