In a sad twist of events, Deftones' bassist Chi Cheng passed away at the hospital last night due to a heart attack after showing apparent signs of improvement in his recovery following a terrible car accident back in 2008 which left him with brain damage, then falling into a coma. He was 42.
It seems like fans of Scandinavian super-group Solution .45 can expect a new treat in the near future as the band is working on new musical ideas and tracks. Jani Stefanovic, the band's guitarist, posted an update on the band's official Facebook page.
Following the announcement of a new album and the release of a trailer, death metallers Verminous have released a new song titled "Hordes Ov Vermin". For those who are interested in seeing if the band has anything fresh to offer after ten years, you can check it out below.
As if the previous updates didn't persuade us enough to keep our fingers crossed for a new release this year from the Finnish metallers, Ghost Brigade have announced that they have re-signed their contract with the French renowned label Season Of Mist. This seemed to be a perfect opportunity for the band to introduce two new band members entering their line-up: Joni Saalamo on bass (replacing Janne Julin) and Joni Vanhanen on keyboards, which indicates the band has finally settled on a new, permanent keyboardist.
Californian sludge/post-metal alchemists Intronaut have premiered a new song titled "Milk Leg" from their upcoming album Habitual Levitations (Instilling Words With Tones). It can be streamed over here. "Milk Leg" is also set to be released as the album's first 7" and digital single on February 5th featuring artwork by Randy Ortiz.
With a fruitful year behind them, Ghost Brigade seem to be preparing to release some new material. The band's guitarist Wille Naukkarinen finally gave fans some news on what's going on in their camp in his interview with Metalfuzz.com.
The Swedish death metal outfit Verminous has recently released a new teaser for their upcoming album The Unholy Communion, set to be released on April 1st, 2013 via Xtreem Music. You can watch the teaser below. The Unholy Communion is the band's sophomore release, after a ten-year gap following the release of Impious Sacrilege in 2003.
The Russian band Kauan has announced that the recording process for their new album has been stopped temporarily due to an equipment issue. The band's fifth record will be exclusively released through Blood Music in early 2013.
Apparently, Arcturus fans can expect a blessing from the band as ICS Vortex's official Facebook page has hinted that a new Arcturus album is in the works and it is expected to be released in the fall of 2013, almost 8 years after their latest effort Sideshow Symphonies. This comes after the band had confirmed that they were working on several new songs and expected to enter the studio next year. The band also posted a new banner on their official Facebook page to build up the suspense.