The Chicago Tribune is reporting that renowned tattoo artist and Leviathan mainman Jef "Wrest" Whitehead (also Lurker Of Chalice, Krieg, Twilight) was charged with criminal sexual assault and aggravated domestic battery Sunday and held on $350,000 bond after allegedly attacking his girlfriend.
Cook County prosecutors said an argument between the couple began about 12:30 a.m. Saturday at a home connected to a tattoo shop in the 1100 block of West Taylor Street. Whitehead allegedly used the tools of his trade to sexually assault his girlfriend after he slammed her head against a floor and choked her.
The woman was taken to the University of Illinois Medical Center in fair to serious condition, said Quention Curtis, a Chicago Fire Department spokesman. Her condition was not known Sunday.
Varjoina Kuljemme Kuolleiden Maassa, the unpronounceable sixth full-length album of Finnish metallers Moonsorrow will be released through Spinefarm Records on the following dates:
February 21: UK
February 23: Finland
February 25: Germany, Switzerland, Austria
February 28: Rest of Europe
An album release show is planned for April 1st at Nosturi in Helsinki, Finland.
In an update in September, the band described the material as follows: "This stuff is cold, heavy and crushing. Lyrically we're dealing with life after the end of the world, so there is no light at the end of that tunnel either."
Resurrected US gore legends Autopsy will enter Fantasy Studios in Berkeley, California in early February with producer Adam Munoz to begin recording their new album, Macabre Eternal, for a spring release via Peaceville Records.
Canadian-based Sonic Unyon Metal are proud to announce that they'll officially reissue Concealed, the classic first album from progressive death metal outfit Augury, this March.
Originally released in 2004 via Galy Records, this updated version features a fully remastered recording of the album, also expanded to include two bonus tracks from the band's 2006 demo. This definitive edition will also be packaged in a new digipak format, designed by Sven De Calluwe of Aborted.
Formed in Montreal, Quebec at the end of 2001, Augury immediately made an impact in the Canadian death metal scene with their technical/classically-inspired progressive death metal attack. The unit entered the studio with Yannick St-Amand (Martyr, Unexpect) in 2004 to record their Concealed debut. The record was mixed by Jean-Francois Dagenais (Kataklysm, Misery Index) and then set loose upon the anxious public. After the release of Concealed, Augury signed with Nuclear Blast Records, who in 2009 unveiled the band's critically acclaimed 2009 album Fragmentary Evidence, further cementing the band's name into the upper ranks of the progressive death scene.
"The End of It All", the new video from Sirenia has been posted online and can now be watched below. "The End of It All" comes off the band's upcoming album, The Enigma of Life, which will be released on January 21st, 2011. More details on The Enigma of Life are available over here.
Deadlock will release their new album Bizzaro World in late February/early March, depending on your location, via Lifeforce Records. The band has just released an audio album teaser, available at this location. A worldwide digital single, State Of Decay, will precede the album on February 7th. More details on Bizzaro World were previously posted over here.
"Soul Journeys", the new video from Finnish melodic death metal band Omnium Gatherum has been posted online and can now be watched below. "Soul Journeys" comes off the band's upcoming album, New World Shadows, hitting stores in early February. More New World Shadows album details are available here.
Benedikt Bjarnason, former guitarist of German melodic death metal band Mourning Caress, has died of cancer at age 32. Bjarnason passed away in late December, but the band only revealed the news today.
"Still words cannot describe our feelings. On December 29th, 2010 our friend and longtime guitarist Benedikt Bjarnason died. He stepped out of the band in January 2009 due to many obligations, mainly work-related. In spring 2010 he got diagnosed with cancer. But in spite of his positive attitude, distinctive humour, courage and immense will to defeat the disease, he lost this battle. We will never forget you."
"Impaled Upon The Tongue Of Sathan", the new video from the Austrian metallers Belphegor, can be viewed at this location.
The clip was shot and edited this past October by director Alexander Koenig in Abtenau, Austria. Keeping with the concept of the forthcoming Blood Magick Necromance, album the crew went through over 60 liters of fresh blood within two nights of shooting. Smashing all oppressive morals with anti-Christian sentiment, the band presents a raw look at depraved blood rites which celebrate the liberation of man through death.
Bass devastator Serpenth stated: "The clip aims to strip down the viewer's psyche with an onslaught of sadistic sex, musick and magick. The ritual action caught on tape was also inspired in part by the world famous works of Viennese Actionists such as Hermann Nitsch and Gunter Brus. Rachael Kozak took over the role of the possessed Sukkubus. As Pro-Domina she was perfect and totally into the role. The blood cut deeper than any drug. The process of such an intense shoot served as a cathartic experience for all involved, making what went on behind the scenes just as important as the final outcome of the visuals."
Rough days for Apocalyptica. Earlier this week the news came out the band had to pay €45,000 to Rammstein regarding a trademark infringement during the band's advertising campaign in Germany for their 2007 release Worlds Collide. You can read the details again over here.
According to The Pulse Of Radio, the Finnish cello metallers have now been forced to pull the vocals of Shinedown frontman Brent Smith off the band's new single, Not Strong Enough. A source told The Pulse Of Radio that Apocalyptica apparently failed to secure the rights from Shinedown's label, Atlantic Records, to release the song to radio with Smith's vocals on it. Instead, the radio version will feature vocals from Hoobastank singer Doug Robb. The version with Smith on vocals remains featured on the band's latest effort, 7th Symphony.
Y&T bassist Phil Kennemore passed away earlier this morning. Phil Kennemore was diagnosed with lung cancer last year in August. Back then his doctors believed the disease to be "treatable", and that he should be back on his feet soon enough.
Y&T vocalist/guitarist Dave Meniketti released the following statement: "It is with profound sadness and disbelief that I tell you that my best buddy for 37 years passed away this morning, January 7, 2011 at 1am at Stanford Hospital. Bravely and steadfastly battling the horrible spectacle of lung cancer, at the end he was surrounded by his family members, and the Y&T family up until his final breath.
R.I.P. Phil Kennemore
All the beautiful things that I could say about my buddy Phil could never be summed up in a short sentence or two, and I promise that I will be back to say so much more about how I feel about him and his talents in due time. But for now, at 3am, after just having returned home from his passing, let me at least put this out there.
Vocalist Jeff Keith and guitarist Frank Hannon have been working in the studio recording some tracks for the "acoustic" style album that US hard-rockers Tesla have been planning to release in celebration of the 20th anniversary of their multi-platinum Five Man Acoustical Jam album.
There is no tentative title for the new release yet, but expect to hear some never before heard versions of Tesla classics such as "Changes", "Paradise", as well as some recordings of studio versions from the 2004 acoustic tour. Also featured will be a brand new song called "2nd Street", and the infamous "Better off without You" recorded acoustically.
Teutonic thrash metal band Sodom has posted a new track, entitled "The Art of Killing Poetry", online. "The Art of Killing Poetry" is available for streaming over at Decibel Magazine.
"The Art of Killing Poetry" comes off the band's latest album In War and Pieces which will be released on January 11, 2011 in the United States. In War and Pieces album details were previously reported here.