DIMESLAND Releases Statement On Passing Of Guitarist

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Drew Cook, guitarist of the forward-thinking, psychologically-demanding Californian metal outfit Dimesland, has recently passed away. Bandmate and brother Nolan Cook issued the following on Cook’s passing:

 We are saddened to announce the untimely passing of Oakland musician extraordinaire, Drew Cook, of the bands Dimesland and Wild Hunt. Drew was a special guitarist and a wonderful individual who will be deeply missed by the Bay Area music scene and by the many who were fortunate enough to have collaborated with or otherwise known him. We have lost an incredibly kind, funny, and talented human being.”

Cook’s passing has put all of his current acts on hiatus until further notice. The most recent example of his musical prowess can be heard on Dimesland‘s debut full-length of last year, Pyschogenic Atrophy. You can check it out after the break.

Please keep the family, friends and bandmates of Cook in your thoughts.

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Everything Ends: HIVESMASHER Call It Quits

hivesmasher quitWell fuck me. It sucks to see bands that I love call it a day, but that time must come for all bands, I suppose. Today we saw the end of Hivesmasher after nine amazing years. This band has done so much to help us here at American Aftermath and we loved having them contribute to the site and just be awesome dudes. This is one of those times where I will tell you to never forget Hivesmasher. I know that I will still keep them in my mind and on my iPod. Check out some choice Hivesmasher shit after the jump.     Continue reading

ROTTING OUT Has Broken Up

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Despite plans for an album following their latest EP Reckoning and a previously announced spot on this year’s Warped Tour, California hardcore act Rotting Out have broken up. The disbanding has been addressed briefly and in little detail by both vocalist Walter Delgado on his tumblr page here and the band as a whole on their official Facebook here.

 

A Sad Day Indeed: INDIAN Call It Quits

It is a sad, sad day for us who listened to and loved Indian. The sludge act was most definitely influential and they were one of my favorites. It sucks a fat one to see them go, but there comes a time when bands move on. Like Battlestar Galactica, this has all happened before and it will all happen again. Rest in peace, Indian. We will remember the fond memories, and you music will live on forever. Crush.     Continue reading

IT DIES TODAY Scrap New Album, Postpone It Indefinitely

itdiestodayWell, this blows. Remember a year ago when I was so excited that It Dies Today was going to release a new album? They even went as far as to release a new song (see here). Well, apparently it was all for nothing because the band has released a statement announcing that they will not be releasing a new album and plans to do so have been scrapped indefinitely. Fuck me, this sucks. You can check out the statement after the jump as well as check out one of my favorite IDT tracks.      Continue reading

BLACK TUSK Bassist Jonathan Athon Has Passed Away At Age 32

black_tusk-1080x675One of my favorite bands of all time is Black Tusk and for good reason. The band is definitely a force to be reckoned with and it is with a heavy heart that I inform you that bassist and vocalist Jonathan Athon has passed away due to injuries he attained in a motorcycle accident. He was put into a medically-induced coma and was later taken off of life support. It was his wish that he not be sustained on life-support. It is sad to see such a talented person pass away at such a young age. Jonathan was 32. After the jump you can see a few of Black Tusk‘s videos in which you can see Athon in action as well as read a statement from the band. Farewell, Jonathan.     Continue reading

ADEBISI SHANK Call It A Day

Quirky instrumental math rockers Adebisi Shank have announced their disbandment. The band offered the following statement regarding the news:

“Dear friends,

We hereby announce the end of a band called Adebisi Shank. From the three of us to all of you, thank you for coming with us on this crazy journey. To Cathy and the Sargent House crew past and present, thank you for believing in us.

Life and music moves on – Lar is making music in All Tvvins, Vin is producing/mixing, working on video games and other cool stuff as VMC Sound, and is also one half of Speed of Snakes. Mick will continue to train for his UFC career.

This Thursday and Friday in Whelans, we will play on an Irish stage for the very last time. Join us if you can. After that, we intend to honour our one existing overseas tour commitment.

To any kids starting bands we offer one piece of advice – play music you love, with people you love, for the people you love.

We saw a million faces

Vin, Lar + Mick (-_-) xxx”

 

Adebisi Shank released their third and final album, This Is The Third Album Of A Band Called Adebisi Shank, early last month. You can stream it after the break and check out their past discography here.

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CASTEVET Call It Quits

castevetbandIt’s always a bummer when bands you really love decide to call it a day. This has been the case many times for me with bands like Alexisonfire, Bone Dance and Heartless and now another band has been laid to rest: Castevet. The post-rock/black metal band formed in 2006 and released two full-length albums and an EP on top of relentless touring and gigging around the world. This band will definitely be missed and I’m sad to see them go. After the jump you can stream the bands most recent album Obsian as well as their previous LP Mounds Of Ash.      Continue reading

MONOGAMY PARTY Announce Disbandment

Seattle noise rock outfit Monogamy Party recently announced that they will cease to be a band. The band will be playing three final shows in the Washington area, which can be seen below.

5/1 – Chop Suey – Seattle, WA w/ Haunted Horses and KA
5/30 – Mootsy’s – Spokane, WA w/ Gaytheist
6/7 – The Black Lodge – Seattle, WA w/ Constant Loves, Sandrider, and others

If your ears have not been graced by Monogamy Party’s debauchery before, now is as good a time as ever to check them out. Stream their Pus City EP, full length False Dancers, and watch their video for “Crimes” below.

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Rest In Peace: Jason McCash of THE GATES OF SLUMBER

Jason McCashIt 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