Tbilisi Jam Fest in Georgia, headlined by Tiamat, has been shut down by religious fanatics. According to reports, several radical priests led several dozen ultraconservative Orthodox Christian activists on Saturday evening in an attempt to violently disrupt an open air festival on the outskirts of Georgia's capital city Tbilisi. The organizer of the event Vladimir Unanyants told a local website that 30 minutes after the concert began a group of people led by Orthodox priests appeared and tried to force the concert to shut down. Unfortunately, this is nothing new. The most recent case being Belphegor, who were attacked by a Christian Orthodox activist and forced to cancel their Russian tour.
After Hellfestrefused to dropDown from their line-up, losing its subsidy funding in the process, now the band has decided to cancel their appearance. Furthermore, Down have cancelled all of their European tour dates, including Download and Graspop Metal Meeting 2016 following Phil Anselmo's "white power" gesture and shouting.
Myrath's new album Legacy has been released in the U.S. via Nightmare Records but will only be available in Europe through Verycords on February 19th. However, you don't have to wait any longer because the progressive Oriental folk metal band's new record is currently available for download and streaming on their Bandcamp page. Go ahead and enjoy it!
According to HuffPo France, after the controversial video was posted a few weeks ago showing Phil Anselmo giving the Nazi salute and shouting "white power", something he has apologized for multiple times, French senator and President of the General Council of the Vendée, Bruno Retailleau asked the promoters of French festival Hellfest to drop Down from its annual summer fest for promoting hatred. Dutch festival FortaRock canceled Down's appearance "to make clear that there is no room for racism or fascism at FortaRock."
After more than 4 years of silence, the Swedish metal sextet Marionette have released their 4th album Propaganda this week on February 3rd, which is available for streaming now via SoundCloud below and to download for free in its entirety on their new website. Don't miss it!
UPDATE: After the Dutch festival FortaRock cancelled Down's performance due to Phil Anselmo's "white power" gesture and shouting, now their February 8th show in New Orleans, the band's hometown, has been cancelled as well. Phil apologized again and publicly apologized to his Down bandmates and now guitarist Pepper Keenan has responded.
Downfall Of Gaia have parted ways with one of their founding members: guitarist/vocalist Peter Wolff. He was there at the genesis of the German band but now departs. His last show with the band will be in April 2016 and they are looking for a new guitarist.
UK's Download Festival 2016 brought the big guns and announced their three big headliners for 2016. The triple-threat bill includes the headliners for next year's Download Festival: Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden and Rammstein. Rammstein will headline the Friday night. Black Sabbath will return to Donington to headline the Saturday night. Their appearance at Download Festival will form part of their worldwide The End tour, as they sign off their 50-year career. Iron Maiden will headline the Sunday night of Download Festival 2016. The British metal gods will headline Castle Donington for the sixth time on June 12th, 2016, and they'll be arriving at the festival site in true Maiden style.
Shortly after they unveiled the track "Cast The First Stone", thrash titans Slayer have more to share with their fans. Listen to the brand new song "You Against You" below from the forthcoming studio album Repentless, out next Friday! Also, you can download the song (the first 15,000 fans) over here. Do you like it?
It seems like we have another legal battle in our hands, this time involving Polish death metallers Decapitated and their former label Earache Records. While the group is now signed to Nuclear Blast Records, it appears that Earache Records has taken down the band's entire catalogue of music released by the label in retaliation for legal disputes brought forth by the band. Essentially, you can't buy or stream these albums from iTunes or Spotify now.
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.