Maybe it was predictable after Hatriot's vocalist Steve "Zetro" Souza returned to Exodus but he is stepping down as the singer in the band. While initially it was agreed that he would perform in both bands full time, that is not possible anymore. Bassist Cody Souza is taking over vocal duties in Hatriot. Steve "Zetro" Souza is not leaving the band though and will assist in running operations, writing lyrics, and overseeing the band.
After The Burial have responded to their guitarist's meltdown earlier this week. Justin Lowe posted a lengthy rant on Facebook (which now appears to have been removed) accusing the other members of various bizarre actions and basically leaving the group. However, according to the band, the guitarist is ill and is getting some help right now. He was not in a sound state of mind.
Last week, Russian alternative metallers The SLoT revealed that longtime drummer Kirill "The Dude" Kachanov would be stepping down from the kit after 11 years of service. While they did not go into detail about the reasons for his departure, the band stated that they parted as friends and that they wish The Dude well in his future projects.
Metal United Down Under has dropped the first 38 names for this year's event. The festival falls on Saturday, October 10th, and will take over 18 venues across Australia at the same time. From Hobart to Darwin and Perth to Brisbane, metal will again spread over Australia under the MUDU banner. 19 promoters in 16 cities have joined the MUDU project which tops last year's MUDU when 13 cities in seven states/territories participated. The promoters organized shows with a total of 90 Australian metal bands. This huge event now promises to get even bigger with more cities and the 100 band mark should be reached.
Trouble in paradise? Five Finger Death Punch had a meltdown onstage during the band's performance in Memphis, Tennessee as part of the Beale Street Music Festival. Reportedly, the band cut its performance short after roughly six songs and walking off stage. This led some fans to speculate they were breaking up. However, the Los Angeles metallers have already dismissed these rumors. The band's frontman, Ivan Moody, has suggested that it was all due to technical problems and that the band fired some of their crew.
Metal United Down Under (MUDU), an ambitious project which aims to give Australian artists another avenue for exposure and raise further international awareness for Australian metal, went off without a hitch in 2014.
Poland's Antyradio.pl recently conducted an interview with former Slayer and current Philm drummer Dave Lombardo. You can now watch the chat in two parts below. He talks about Fantômas and Grip Inc. The most relevant part to Grip Inc. fans is that according to him the band is over.
Mexico's death doom metal act Majestic Downfall, fronted by Jacobo Córdova, has inked a record deal with Pulverised Records. Said label will be releasing the band's upcoming studio album (fourth in a row), on which the band is already working hard. More details will follow in the near future.
After releasing a live video recently, now sludge mongers Down have premiered a video for the song "Conjure". The haunting and twisted ode to 70's horror films was directed by JM Stelly and Chris Trainor at Lab Productions. You can enjoy the final product right here now.
Down have released a new video for the song "We Knew Him Well" which can be seen below. The clip was filmed at Southport Hall in New Orleans, Louisiana by Mike Holderbeast and the Cement Level crew. Check out the sludge metallers live in action performing a song from their latest EP Down IV - Part Two. Enjoy the heaviness below!
System Of A Down recently announced their Wake Up The Souls Tour starting on April 10th to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide in which Ottoman Turks began arresting and executing some 1.5 million Armenians. Now frontman Serj Tankian says the band will consider making their first album in 10 years after the tour ends in April. Serj Tankian says System Of A Down have discussed recording a new album.
Swallow The Sun have announced that drummer Kai Hahto is stepping down from the band. While neither the Finnish band nor Kai Hahto say he is leaving the band, Juuso Raatikainen has been announced as the band's new official drummer. You might remember that Kai Hahto is working with Nightwishon their upcoming album as Jukka Nevalainen will take a break due to health issues. The music for the new Swallow The Sun album is ready and they promise something big for their next release.
Germans Downfall Of Gaia will be back in the US this winter touring in support of their latest album, Aeon Unveils The Thrones Of Decay, released on November 7th. The tour is scheduled to begin on January 23rd in Philadelphia, PA and continues through February 13th with the final show at Saint Vitus in Brooklyn, NY. Check out the rest of tour dates down below.
While System Of A Down haven't released a new album since 2005's Hypnotize and Mezmerize, they continue to tour and perform live. Next year, the group will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide with their Wake Up The Souls Tour, commencing on April 10th and concluding with their first-ever performance in Armenia with a free show in Yerevan's Republic Square. Check out the tour dates below. Maybe you can catch the band live near you.