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