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Warbringer Reveal New Guitarist & Drummer

Warbringer frontman John Kevill has revealed that the band have found both a new guitarist and drummer. You can read what he had to say below:

“Status report- new lineup almost complete. Of previous members, it is myself (Kevill) and original guitarist Adam Carroll remaining. We have two new guys, Noah Young on guitar and Vicken Hovsepian on drums, these dudes kill on their instruments and in the month or so we’ve all been jamming we have about 12 songs getting pretty fucking tight. They are both longtime metalheads and have been into Warbringer for many years, and know well the spirit of the band. Awesome to work with such motivated and talented people.

Unfortunately Ben Mottsman (Bass) is not going to be joining us again, best wishes to him in his new project, farewell to a rocking dude.
We have some bass tryouts coming up and we’ll see how that goes. Yeah, I know, we’ve hit basically every conceivable obstacle out there and this is taking forever. But we aren’t gonna play a damned note to you guys until the band is sounding tighter than ever, we aren’t gonna do some half-assed comeback, when you see us again it’s gonna be sharp as a goddamned razor.

Signing off
-Kevill

The nominees were announced for the 57th annual ‘Grammy Awards‘ today. Here’s who is up for the ‘Best Metal Performance’ this year:

Anthrax – “Neon Knights” (Black Sabbath cover)
Mastodon – “High Road
Motörhead – “Heartbreaker
Slipknot – “The Negative One
Tenacious D – “The Last In Line” (Dio cover)

Metallica and Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross all picked up nominations as well. Metallica‘s “Metallica Through The Never” is up for ‘Best Music Film’, while Reznor & Ross‘ score for “Gone Girl” is in contention for ‘Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media’. Winners will be announced as part of the awards ceremony, which is to be held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA on February 08th.

Dates Announced For 2015 ‘SnoCore Tour’ With Flyleaf, Adelitas Way, Etc.

Dates have been revealed for the 2015 ‘SnoCore Tour‘, which will featureFlyleaf, Adelitas Way, Framing Hanley and Fit For Rivals. Tickets will go on sale this Saturday, December 06th, while the itinerary runs as follows:

02/03 Charlotte, NC – Amos South End
02/04 Baltimore, MD – Rams Head
02/06 Clifton Park, NY – Upstate Concert Hall
02/07 Manchester, NH – Jewel
02/08 Lancaster, PA – Chameleon Club
02/13 Syracuse, NY – Lost Horizon
02/14 Buffalo, NY – Rapids Theatre
02/15 Pittsburgh, PA – Altar Bar
02/17 Louisville, KY – Expo Five
02/18 Columbus, OH – A&R Music Bar
02/20 South Bend, IN – Club Fever
02/21 Flint, MI – Machine Shop
02/22 Joliet, IL – Mojoes
02/24 Libertyville, IL – Austins
02/25 Minneapolis, MN – POVS
02/27 Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall
02/28 Grand Junction, CO – Mesa Theatre
03/03 Salt Lake City, UT – Hangar 18
03/04 Missoula, MT – The Wilma
03/06 Spokane, WA – Knitting Factory
03/07 Seattle, WA – Studio Seven
03/10 Reno, NV – Knitting Factory
03/11 Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades

Mastodon Announce Australian Headlining Tour

Mastodon have announced the following dates for their first-ever headlining tour of Australia:

03/27 Melbourne, AUS – Festival Hall
03/28 Sydney, AUS – Big Top Luna Park
03/29 Brisbane, AUS – Eatons Hill Hotel

Crowbar Reveal Early 2015 European Tour

Crowbar have made plans to tour Europe in February and March:

02/13 Tilburg, NET – O13
02/14 Ieper, BEL – Ieperfest
02/20 Vevey, SWI – Rocking Chair
02/21 Aarau, SWI – Kiff
02/22 Lindau, GER – Club Vaudville
02/24 Krakow, POL – Fabryka
02/25 Gdynia, POL – Ucho
02/26 Berlin, GER – SO36
02/27 Prague, CZE – 007
02/28 Brno, CZE – Melodka
03/03 Debreden, HUN – Roncs Bar
03/04 Bucharest, ROM – Fabrica
03/05 Sofia, BUL – Mixtape 5
03/07 Zagreb, CRO – Vintage Industrial Bar
03/08 Munchen, GER – Kranhalle

Frontman Geoffrey Ficco Leaves The Faceless

The Faceless‘ lineup has been reduced to one with mastermind Michael Keene remaining the sole member. Lead vocalist Geoffrey Ficco has announced his departure from the outfit, providing the following statement to Lambgoat:

“After nearly four years with the band, I have decided to leave The Faceless to pursue new opportunities. Thank you to the fans of the band, as well as the past and present members of The Faceless, for the unforgettable experience. One of the projects I will now have more time to focus on is my black metal band Ys, which just released an album in November. Thanks everybody.”

Ficco‘s exit is the latest in a wave of departures.

Bring Me The Horizon were rejoined by ex-guitarist Curtis Ward for a performance of the opening track to their debut album, “Count Your Blessings“, last night at The Underworld in London, England. You can watch fan-filmed footage of them running through that track, “Pray For Plagues“, during the that show below:
click here for the footage…

Product Of Hate Sign With Napalm Records

Product Of Hate have signed with Napalm Records and will release their debut for the label early next year. The recording process for that outing has already been completed with it currently being mixed and mastered by James Murphy (Death, Testament, etc.).

SUMAC (Baptists, Ex-Isis, Etc.) Detail Their Debut Album “The Deal”

SUMAC (Baptists, Russian Circles & ex-Isis, etc.) have revealed more details of their coming debut album “The Deal“. The effort was recorded in Seattle, WA by Mell Dettmer with Converge guitarist (and acclaimed producer) Kurt Ballou having mixed it. The following six tracks will be featured:

01 – “Spectral Gold
02 – “Thorn In The Lions Paw
03 – “Hollow King
04 – “Blight End’s Angel
05 – “The Deal
06 – “The Radiance Of Being

The Deal” will be released February 03rd on CD/digital through Profound Lore and on vinyl through SIGE Records. A teaser for the effort can be experienced at this location.

Machine Head frontman/guitarist Robb Flynn has begun a series of journal entries reflecting on the tenth anniversary of the passing of late Pantera, etc. guitarist, “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott—who was gunned down by a crazed fan onstage on December 08th, 2004. Flynn focuses mainly on his first meetings with Abbott in the initial installment, recalling his bands run alongside Pantera and more on the 1997 ‘Ozzfest‘. An excerpt from the read can be found below with the full entry available here and after the break.

“We were stoked to tour with Pantera. We were nuts about “Vulgar Display of Power” and “Far Beyond Driven.” I first met Dimebag on that ’97 tour and early on he invited me and our-then-guitarist Logan, into their dressing room for shots of Crown Royal whiskey. If you know me, you know I’ve never been a big whiskey fan, always been a vodka guy but this was just one of those “go-with-the-flow” moments and “see-where-the-night-takes-you”. It was awesome! I felt like I had made it into some cool-guy club! Dimebag kept on coming over and saying “damn, dude you look like you’re doing good” and all I could muster up was a “Fuckin’ A’ dude.” Just trying so hard to play it cool on the outside, but inside I’m going “this is fucking awesome!”

This was the beginning of Dime’s “3” phase. He talked endlessly of three’s and how everything in life comes in three’s, he’d spit on the wall and sure enough it would splatter and drip down in 3 drips, he gambled like crazy, he always playing dice and always betting on 3’s. Dude would win and lose money like crazy. He got Logan for something like $700 dollars one night and let’s just say dude was bum-min’! But while Dime may have “taken him” he also took to Logan in many ways. Offstage Logan could often be shy and a little reserved and Dime truly brought out the best in him.

Dime was THE life of the party.

If and when he’d walk into a venue there was usually an entourage of people, fans, and video cameras following him in. From there the volume of everything just went up and that’s when you KNEW Dimebag was in the building.”

click here for the full read…