It is with a heavy heart that I inform you all of the passing of a great. I did not know Jason McCash but I am a huge fan of his music. Jason was the bassist of The Gates Of Slumber who called it last year after Jason left the band. It was announced yesterday that Jason had passed away at the age of 38, which is far too young. Continue reading
Well, I woke up this morning to some horrible news. We all learned this morning that the world lost shock metal legend Dave Brockie, also known as Oderus Urungus of Gwar. Dave was only fifty years old and the details of his death are sparse. All we know is that he was found by a band member, sitting upright in his chair in his home.
The scumdog will live on. Rest in peace.
Selim Lemouchi was a musical genius. Between his work with The Devil’s Blood and his latest project Selim Lemouchi & His Enemies, who released their debut album in December, the man was a treasure. It saddens me to inform you that Selim has passed away at the incredibly young age of 34. It has not yet been released what exactly his cause of death was, but it is terrible to lose anyone that you admire.
To Selim. I toast one to you.
I first caught news of this when Borknagar shared this on their Facebook page…hoping it was fake. Sadly, the news is true. Oliver Withöft co-owner of Century Media has passed away after battling an illness he caught months ago. My heart goes out to his family, the company and all of the bands he has affected over the many years. I know Century Media is definitely one of the labels that got me into extreme music and this is a huge hit to the community. RIP Oliver Withöft.
Dan Lilker, famed bassist and founding member of Anthrax, Nuclear Assault and Brutal Truth, has announced that as of October 18th, 2014 he will be retiring from music and touring. This date is his 50th birthday and considering he has been playing music since before I was born, I think he deserves it.
Unfortunately, with his retirement, Brutal Truth will be calling it quits at the same time. This is a major bummer for grindfreaks the world over but we did get six full-length albums and numerous splits and EPs spanning more than two decades. You can check out Dan’s full statement after the jump and listen to Brutal Truth‘s last album End Time after the jump. Continue reading
Infamous Connecticut duo Have a Nice Life is a project I’ve just started to dig into with their sole 2008 album Deathconsciousness taking up much of my listening habits lately. It’s a fantastic album, and I’m diving into it just in time for the band’s sophomore LP The Unnatural World to come along and shake up the band’s all-too-long dormancy. If “Burial Society” is any indication, this will be just as worthy a follow-up to such a revered album as any.
Italian technical metal outfit Psychofagist recently announced that the band will be going their separate ways. The band have released a handful of mind-splitting releases and didn’t quite get the recognition they deserve and where definitely on to something unique with their music. The band’s official statement reads:
The hardcore outfit and opening act on select dates of Godflesh’s upcoming tour, Nails, tweeted earlier today that the tour has been postponed and rescheduled for the Spring. A venue, Oakland’s Metro Opera House, has confirmed that issues stems from Godflesh not being able to secure Visas. More info and an official statement are expected to follow.
UPDATED 10/12/2013: Justin Broadrick offered an official statement via his Facebook page:
sadly previously reported, The Chariot will soon be disbanding and embarking on one final North American tour with Glass Cloud, Birds in Row, To the Wind and Rebuker. The band announced the official touring schedule today and can be viewed after the break. This is your last chance to witness the madness that is The Chariot.
The Chariot have announced that they will throw in the towel after ten long years of making chaotic music for all of us to enjoy. The band have released a special video montage revealing their eventual disbandment. The video also announced the band’s plans for a farewell tour that will span from October 10th to November 16th with Birds in Row, Glass Cloud, To the Wind and Rebuker in tow. Needless to say I am incredible bummed and hope to see this band play before I never have the chance again. You can view the farewell video after the break.
RIP The Chariot: 2003-2013. You will be missed.
Marriages’ (Red Sparowes, etc) valuables and gear were stolen out of the home of Andrew Clinco and Emma Ruth Rundle. The two returned home after two out of town shows opening for Boris to find that their home had been flooded (for the second time, mind you) and was burglarized. All of the band’s gear was stolen not to mention various valuables, all of which add up to well over $20,000. The band have started a Indie Go Go campaign and are asking for our help. Marriages needs to raise 5,000 to help with legal fees and moving expenses. Anything over that limit will go towards replacing items. Click on the link above to contribute and read Andrew and Emma’s statement below.