Mitch Lucker, frontman of popular metal band Suicide Silence, passed away this morning after sustaining injuries in a motorcycle crash that the vocalist was involved in Wednesday night. The Orange County coroner’s office pronounced Lucker dead this morning at 6:17 this morning after being hospitalized overnight. Continue reading »
In a not very surprising move, Relapse records has announced that they will be re-releasing another Death album. This time it’s the band’s classic 1990 album “Spiritual Healing” that is getting an auditory face lift. The remastered album will feature several bonus tracks and have several different package options to choose from. “Spiritual Healing” part duex is set to ship out on November 20th if you live in the US.
Most of the time I don’t support re-releasing non hard to get album because I see it nothing more than cash grab by the label aimed at die hard fans. However, some of the package deals offered by Relapse on this one are pretty cool. Continue reading for the rest of the details -
So this morning I woke up to some serious E-drama and E-accusations making its way through the underground. As most of you will remember, a few months back Sick Drummer Magizine and former Death manager decided to put on a tour in honor of Chuck Schuldiner‘s legacy. The tour consisted of seven dates and numerous amazing musicians, who at one point in time all contributed to the legendary Death. The tour was a success with some of its attendees while being a nightmare for others.
Tons of fans never received their tour merch orders while some fans in Dallas and Atlanta got completely boned due to those dates being cancelled and not getting refunds. The whole situation was very reminiscent of the Hellfest incident in the mid 2000′s. None of what is mentioned above is news to anyone, however we have recently seen an update from behind the scenes. This new insight is brought to us by former Death manager, Eric Greif, who issued a statement about the tour via Gunshyassassians. Greif is claiming that no only did certain fans of the tour get fucked but so did he, The Schuldiners, The touring musicians, the crew, and most importantly the charity that 20% of all proceeds were supposed to go to….
Continue after the jump to read more about the incident as well as official statements from both the promoter (Sick Drummer Magazine) and Death’s former manager.
I regret to inform music fans everywhere that ex-Gorguts guitarist/Negativa guitarist Steeve Hurdle has passed away. The cause of death, according to an online obituary, was “post surgical complications”. No other details have been release. Steeve helped created Gorguts monumental album Obscura and his guitar playing was something to be envied. RIP Steeve, you will be missed.
RIP STEEVE HURDLE (1972-2012)
Alex Skolnick, Atheist, Cattle Decapitation, Charred Walls of the Damned, Chuck Billy, Chuck Schuldiner, Cynic, Daath, death, Death To All, emil werstler, gene hoglan, gorguts, OBSCURA, Origin, Paul Masvidal, Paul Ryan, Richard Christy, Ryan Knight, sean reinert, Testament, the black dahlia murder, Travis Ryan, Trevor Strnad
The people who are bring us the Death To All Tour have revealed the identities of the special guests on their site. For those of you who don’t know what the Death To All Tour is, it’s a collaborative effort of former musicians of the band Death going on a tour to pay (get paid?) tribute to the late great Chuck Schuldiner. The tour will consist of these seven stops -
6/22/2012 – The Regency Ballroom – San Francisco, CA
6/23/2012 – House of Blues – Los Angeles, CA
6/26/2012 – House of Blues – Chicago, IL
6/28/2012 – Irving Plaza – NYC, NY
6/30/2012 – The Beacham – Orlando, FL
7/01/2012 – The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
7/03/2012 – House of Blues – Dallas, TX
The musicians performing under the Death To All banner will be Gene Hoglan and Sean Reinert drums, Steve DiGiorgio and Scott Clendeni on bass, on guitar we have Paul Masvidal, Shannon Hamm, and Bobby Koelble, and Steffen Kummerer of Obscura and Charles Elliott of Abysmal Dawn / Bereft handling vocals/guitars. The opener on the first four shows will be the ever so amazing Gorguts, with the following four shows being opened by fuckinnnnnn Atheist!
There will also be surprise special appearances from Richard Christy of Charred Walls of The Damned, Alex Skolnick and Chuck Billy of Testament, Paul Ryan of Origin, Craig Locicero of Forbidden, Travis Ryan of Cattle Decapitation, Trevor Strnad and Ryan Knight of The Black Dahlia Murder and Emil Werstler of Daath/Chimaira. Not all of these musicians will be appearing at every show, but rather just certain appearances on certain stops. Although it’s not announced who is playing what city, it is pretty easy to guess based geographic location. I’m calling it now -
Emil Werstler – Atlanta
Ryan Knight / Trevor Strnad - Dallas (or Chicago)
Richard Christy – NYC
Travis Ryan - LA (or San Diego)
Alex Skolnick / Chuck Billy – NYC (or LA)
Paul Ryan - Chicago
– Josh Huddleston
Yesterday, the music world lost one of its finest. Adam “MCA” Yauch, co-founder of the highly influential and popular Beastie Boys died at the age of 47 after a three year bout with cancer. Whether you like them or not, Beastie Boys left a huge mark on the hip-hop world and became one of the most talented and respected groups around and we have MCA to thank for that. I’ve been listening to the Beastie Boys since I was little so it pains me to hear such devastating news. My heart goes out to all of Adam’s friends and family. MCA, you will be missed dearly.
August 5th 1964-May 4th, 2012
Jim Marshall, founder of Marshall Amplification, passed away today in London after a long bout with cancer. He was 88. For decades this man has influenced rock music with his highly recognized amplifier company, Marshall Amplification. Every well known rock musician from Jimi Hendrix to Eric Clapton to musicians of this day and age have used one of Jim Marshall’s trademark amplifiers. In a way, he helped shape rock and roll with his amazing product.
RIP Jim Marshall (1923-2012)
I don’t know about you, but ever since I saw Impiety this past November at The Goregrowler’s Ball in San Antonio, Texas, I’ve been slowly but surely getting into this band.
This is a volcanic blend of death metal, thrash metal, and black metal done with respect, passion, and a great deal of hard work. Mainly I’ve been listening to their 1999 sophmore effort Skullfucking Armageddon, just way ahead of its time. Sick vocals, sicker drumming, and sickening guitar gutwrenching.
Here is a selected track off of that album “Diabolical Witching Agression”:
That’s right. It has been ten years since the great Chuck Schuldiner passed away yet the man is still one of the greatest influences not only to death metal but to extreme music in general. Death were always an amazing band as were Control Denied. Sure, I have always been more partial to Death, but Control Denied were great also. I want to honor Chuck this morning by dedicating my mourning playlist to him. Rest in peace, Evil.
Germany’s Obscura, a band that a few of us here at American Aftermath enjoy, has started up a Kickstarter page to raise money for their upcoming release. This new release will be a collection of the some of the bands oldest material and three new cover songs. That’s pretty sick. The album, titled Illegimitation will only be funded if the Kickstarter is pledged $3000 by January 6th. After the jump, you can read what guitarist/vocalist Steffen Kummerer had to say about the album and check out the track list. Get excited, because I am.
~R. Gnarly//Dig It or Die.
Opeth’s new album, Heritage, is available for streaming in its entirety! Some of you may be disappointed to find that there is only clean singing and no death growls. But if you were a fan of their album, Damnation, you may enjoy it. The music on this record is quite different than anything they have done before. It reminded me of King Crimson at times, whom which I am a big fan of. Though I do miss the death metal influences, I still really like this album. But anyways, I’ll quit running my mouth. Just go listen dammit!
Sammy Urwin is a phenomenal musician. Not only does he play guitar in the incredible band Oblivionized, he also fronts his own solo project called Regurgitate Life. Regurgitate Life is a killer progressive death metal entity hailing from the UK. This is some seriously gnarly tunes. Obvious Death influences are at play here. You can stream and download Regurgitate Life’s 2011 Promo for free on Bandcamp. I thought I would show you where Sammy draws some influences from with a few cover tracks he has posted on You Tube. The first one you will see is a cover of Death’s “Lack of Comprehension” and after the jump you can see his cover of Morbid Angel’s “Rapture.” Enjoy and support.
~R. Gnarly//Dig It or Die.
This year has already been amazing in terms of heavy music. I have already begun to work on my year end list, just so I can keep track of all the amazing albums already released. There are still soooo many more killer albums to drop. I mean, we’re only half-way through this fucking year! Some of the credible albums that have already come out this year include Lake of Blood’s As Time And Tide Erode Stone, Rotten Sound’s Cursed, Vreid’s V, Weekend Nachos’ Worthless and Endstille’s Infektion 1813. So, what are some of the killer albums that came out today? Well, some of the one’s I would highly suggest picking up are… [Continue Reading]