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

DESOLATED Announce US Tour With TRAITORS, BENCHPRESS And VICE NY

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The controversial moshcore titans in Desolated have announced dates for a sure-to-be ignorant month long US tour later this Fall alongside Florida deathcore act Traitors, our Pennsylvania metallic hardcore friends in Benchpress and New York hardcore act VICE. With a strange hierarchy of hatred, wherein metalheads have come to hate hardcore shows for the violence and in turn, the hardcore scene has come to hate Desolated for the same reasons, this tour alongside its crew of bands is going to be something. Peep full details and dates via the poster above.

PSYCHOSTICK Cover “Reading Rainbow” Theme

reading rainbowIf you’re like me, you were subjected to many hours of your childhood being spent on PBS, probably finding yourself watching Reading Rainbow. As a kid, I wasn’t aware that the guy hosting the show was also Geordi La Forge nor did I know that one day I would be writing a post about it on my metal blog.      Continue reading

FIT FOR AN AUTOPSY Announce New Vocalist “#NatesFuckingOut”

FFAA2014Up until the release of their latest album Hellbound, I didn’t care about Fit For An Autopsy, but this new album was an awe-inspiring leap forward for FFAA. Never before had I heard them sound so tight and powerful. Well, according to the band, they have been “Nate Johnsoned.” What the hell does that mean? It means that their vocalist, Nate Johnson, up and left the band “at the worst possible time.” Read more after the jump.      Continue reading

Dave Brockie AKA Oderus Urungus Of GWAR, Dead At 50

gwar-3Well, 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 Of THE DEVIL’S BLOOD And SELIM LEMOUCHI & HIS ENEMIES Passes Away

selimSelim 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.

EMMURE Release Music Video For “Nemesis”

emmure nemesisHere we go. How about I fuck up your day early so that the remainder of today’s posts (or at least some) will cheer you up. Lets kick it with Emmure. How’s that sound? Terrible? Yeah. You’re right. These happy-go-lucky dudes have released a music video for their new track “Nemesis.” It’s an Emmure video. I’m sure I don’t have to go into great detail to explain it. So yeah. Watch it or don’t.       Continue reading

ASKING ALEXANDRIA Cover NINE INCH NAILS’ “Closer”

AAWell, just when I thought I would never post about Asking Alexandria, I do. Didn’t have to, but I thought you folks would get a kick out of this one. Remember those Punk Goes ____ compilations that they have been putting out forever? Well, apparently they are still doing those, with their latest being Punk Goes 90s Vol. 2. What comes out of this? Asking Alexandria covering Nine Inch Nails‘ classic “Closer.” Let the lulz commence.        Continue reading

DMC & STATIC-X’s Wayne Static Collaborate On New Track

Noise RevolitionOh, god. Why the fuck did I click the link? Here is you’re complimentary Metal Sucks-esque post for today.

Below is the official video for “Noise Revolution,” the collaborative track between Run DMC rapper DMC and nu-metal icon Wayne Static of Static-X. Yes. It is as bad as you think it would be.       Continue reading

They’re Thieves!: LIMP BIZKIT Release MINISTRY Cover

thievesI hate Limp Bizkit, but I do love Ministry. It is at this point that I am in the midst of  a dilemma. Limp Bizkit have released their cover of Ministry‘s “Thieves” for free download and while you may love one of the bands, are you obligated to download a track by a band you despise? NO! Why? Because Ministry did it better than Bizkit could ever hope to. You can stream both versions after the jump and if you’re feeling all moist hearing Bizkit‘s cover, you can download it here.       Continue reading

Thinking Outloud: Why Do People Like ATTILA?

When it comes to trends in extreme music, I feel like I am pretty open to whatever the kids are doing these days. Sure, I’ll listen to your deathcore band although I am not the biggest fan of the genre. Hell, I even listened to the new Korn material, although I knew for a fact it would not be anything I would ever want to remember. Speaking of Korn, if there is one fad that I thought and prayed had passed on, out of the eyes and ears of extreme music fans, it is rap metal. Limp Bizkit, the aforementioned Korn and (hed)P.E. dominated the mid-to-late 90s and even into the early 2000s and they captivated teens and young adults the world over. However, the genre of music that these two bands used as a weapon is one that would come to be ridiculed not long after they fell out of the limelight. Continue reading

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Kirk Windstein Leaves DOWN

Several weeks ago, Crowbar announced that bassist Pat Bruders left the band, and that the riff lords would also be cancelling their appearance at Philip Anselmo’s inaugural Housecore Horror Film Festival later this month in Austin.

And now to add an extra twist to the Crowbar saga, it appears as the New Orleans sludge band announces their new bass player, Jeff Golden, guitarist Kirk Windstein also subtly announced that he had left Down.     Continue reading

Mama Said Knock You Out: FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH And TECH N9NE Cover LL COOL J?

Tech FiveSo yeah, this happened. I don’t pay attention to press releases or news items dealing with Five Finger Death Punch because I am not a fan of the band. That is, until the following headline crossed my radar: “LISTEN: Five Finger Death Punch – ‘Mama Said Knock You Out’ (Feat. Tech N9ne).”

Yeah, I said the same thing. What the fuck? Of course we are all familiar with the classic LL Cool J tune and I have posted much praise about Tech N9ne, especially his new album, but how the fuck did this happen?     Continue reading

Bummer Alert: ALTAR OF PLAGUES Calls It A Day

First we lost A Life Once Lost and now we’ve lost Altar Of Plagues, both called it quits after releasing incredible albums, the latter of which is in the running for one of my favorite albums of the year. Teethed Glory And Injury is a stunning black metal release by a band who knows what the hell they are were doing. James Kelly, the bands vocalist, guitarist and keyboardist, has released a statement, in which he tells the world that Altar of Plagues is no more.       Continue reading

Something Awful: A LIFE ONCE LOST Call It A Day

It hurts to report this news, as A Life Once Lost are one of my favorite bands of the 2000s. They were vicious and extremely talented and sadly, they are no more. It has been revealed, through an interview with vocalist Bob Meadows, that the band has called it quits after fourteen years. After the jump you can stream A Life Once Lost‘s last album Ecstatic Trance and read the aforementioned interview.     Continue reading