Slayer frontman Tom Araya has been hospitalized in Sydney, forcing the band to cancel tonight's set at Soundwave Festival.
No details about Araya's injury or illness have been released, but the decision to cancel was made just moments before the band was due to hit the stage at the Sydney Showgrounds tonight, February 27th.
Just before 6pm, festival promoter AJ Maddah tweeted: "Tom Araya has been taken to hospital. Slayer set looking unlikely today " but within five minutes "unlikely" had been upgraded to a confirmation of the band's cancellation with Maddah confirming that Araya will be kept in hospital overnight, forcing the cancelation of the band's set.
Nine Inch Nails mainman Trent Reznor and frequent NIN collaborator Atticus Ross have won an Oscar for their Original Score on the The Social Network, the 2010 motion picture about Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.
Earlier this year, the duo already won a Golden Globe Award for their compositions.
The 83rd annual Academy Awards were held last night, Sunday February 27th.
The Social Network soundtrack album was released in October by The Null Corporation, Reznor's own independent record label. A five track sampler EP is available for download at the whopping price of your e-mail address at this location.
Chimaira lead guitarist Rob Arnold has officially joined Six Feet Under.
Six Feet Under previously recruited Dååth drummer Kevin Talley, after the spontaneous departure of longtime drummer Greg Gall and bassist Terry Butler earlier this month.
The band released the following statement: "Just wanted to give you a Six Feet Under band update and let you all know that we would like to announce our good friend Rob Arnold will be joining SFU as 2nd rhythm guitarist for up coming touring duties, as well as collaborating on the new CD."
Commented Chris Barnes: "I couldn't be happier about the new songs and line-up! Rob and myself have been collaborating on new songs along with the bands new drummer, Kevin Talley for the past few months. We are all feeling really excited about the bands future, and the raw intensity of the songs that we have created together so far. THIS IS THE HEAVIEST MOST EXCITING MATERIAL THAT I'VE WORKED ON SINCE THE BLEEDING, AND I'M STOKED THAT ROB WILL BE HELPING OUT CREATING THIS CD WITH US! We've all known each other for a while and we're really looking forward to continue writing the new cd and future tours. We are committed to taking Six Feet Under to the next level of brutality!"
Finnish heavy metal band Machine Men have officially broken up after thirteen years.
Here's the band's farewell message: "Things have been quiet for the past 2 years. During this time we have gone through many changes and we have been thinking about the future of the band. Unfortunately we feel that the challenges as a band would be too hard to overcome. After long conversations we have decided that the story of Machine Men ends here. It's better to end what we started together without bitterness than to make a new album we couldn't put our hearts and souls into. We wouldn't be the five guys that stuck together no matter what. We would be something else, not Machine Men.
Pokolgép, the first-ever Hungarian heavy metal band, has recently parted ways with guitarist Dávid Nagy and drummer Csaba Czébely (ex-Wisdom).
After ten years with the band, Dávid Nagy will now try his luck in the United States, while Csaba Czébely left to pursue a career in other bands. They are replaced by guitarist Zalán Kiss and drummer Márton Veress, respectively.
The new Pokolgép line-up will make its live debut on April 9th at Club 202 in Budapest.
"Aslimu!!! - All Slain Those Who Brought Down Our Highly Respected Symbols To The Lower Status Of The Barren Earth", a brand-new track from Dutch death metal band The Monolith Deathcult, has been made available for streaming over at Soundcloud.
Comments guitarist/vocalist Michiel Dekker: "The lyrical theme of this track is mainly based on Lawrence Wright's book The Looming Tower. Besides that I was inspired by the Dua-e-Sanam-e-Quraish curse and the events around the Muslim Brotherhood." More info can be read here.
"Aslimu!!! - All Slain Those Who Brought Down Our Highly Respected Symbols To The Lower Status Of The Barren Earth" comes off the band's upcoming new, still-untitled album, which is tentatively due before the end of the year.
Black Label Society has parted ways with their live session drummer Will Hunt in the middle of their European Berzerkus tour.
Will Hunt reportedly left Black Label Society in order to join his Evanescence band mates in the studio for the recording sessions of the band's third album.
Last night in Paris, Type O Negative/Danzig drummer Johnny Kelly stepped in to help the band out. According to a Facebook posting, this move is set for the remainder of the Europe 2011 tour, and additional information will be announced soon.
Frontiers Records has scheduled the release of Uriah Heep's forthcoming studio album Into the Wild on April 15th in Europe and May 3rd in North America.
The album was produced by Mike Paxman. Cover art was designed again by the renowned Greek-American artist Ioannis (Lynyrd Skynyrd, Styx).
Into The Wild cover art] tracklist:
01. Nail On The Head audio sample]
02. I Can See You audio sample]
03. Into The Wild audio sample]
04. Money Talk
05. Trail Of Diamonds
08. Southern Star
09. I'm Ready
10. T-bird Angel
11. Kiss Of Freedom
Back in September, we introduced you to MaYaN the new project led by Epica vocalist/guitarist Mark Jansen.
The line-up is completed with guitarist/vocalist Frank Schiphorst and ex-After Forever keyboardist Jack Driessen, together with fellow Epica band mates Isaac Delahaye (guitar) and Ariën van Weesenbeek (drums). Due to his "very busy schedule," Obscura/Pestilence bassist Jeroen Paul Thesseling recently left the band and got replaced by Delain bassist Rob van der Loo.
The band's debut album Quartertpast is scheduled for a May 20th release through Nuclear Blast Records. The album was recorded and mixed by Sascha Paeth (Epica, Kamelot). You can download an album teaser at this location (mp3).
Belgian avantgarde/progressive metal band Oceans Of Sadness have called it a day.
The band's official break-up letter reads as follows: "First of all we want to thank all of you for supporting Oceans Of Sadness during these last 15 years. Thanks to you we had the chance to do a lot of cool things, much more than we ever dreamed of 15 years ago...
During these 15 years we've never really tried to be part of any particular scene musicwise and our image has always been the last thing we cared about. Creating our own sound and writing original and inspiring metal has always been our only real goal and we are proud of the road we travelled during the 5 albums we recorded, with The Arrogance Of Ignorance being the last one, released in 2008 on Scarlet Records.
As previously reported, Psychogenocide, the new album of Dubai based death-thrashers Nervecell, will be released on March 31st in the Middle East through Spellbind Records, on April 29th in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and on May 2nd in the rest of Europe through Lifeforce Records. The album will feature the guest vocals of Nile guitarist/vocalist Karl Sanders.
Comments the band: "We are extremely proud to announce that Karl Sanders will be a part of our new album Psychogenocide as guest vocals on the song entitled "Shunq (To The Despaired... King Of Darkness)".
This particular song is special to the band as it will mark the first extreme metal track ever to include both Arabic lyrics mixed in with English lyrics, and who better else to have come on board and collaborate on this theme with us than the legendary Karl Sanders!
"Refined In The Fire", a brand-new track from US deathcore act Winds Of Plague, has been made available for streaming over at this location.
"Refined In The Fire" comes off the band's upcoming new album Rise Against The World, which will be released on April 18th in Europe and April 19th in North America through Century Media Records. More album details were previously reported over here.
Polish funeral doom metal band Gallileous has parted ways with longtime guitarist Krzysztof "Wino" Winkler.
The official band statement reads: "After long discussions and considerations Wino has left the band because of health and personal reasons. We, here at Gallileous, respect this difficult and important decisions of the extreme music enthusiast!
Wino combined two stages in the band: the beginning of the 90's game as a 14 year old geek until the present day and also after the reactivation of the band and filling the void left after the death of team-mate Gregory "Gego" Lasocie. Thank you for playing together, the magic voice and an uncompromising commitment and passion to Gallileous for so many years."