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Cannibal Corpse Release Statement On Russian Shows Cancelled By The Police

Cannibal Corpse‘s recent planned shows in Russia did not go over so well after objections from the powers that be. Initial protests from orthodox activists spelled the first signs of trouble for the bands cancelled performances.  Heavy police presence and raids also saw them met with an ill fate. They have now released the following statement in regards to that:

“A message to our Russian fans:

As you all are certainly aware by now, our concerts in Ufa, Moscow, and St. Petersburg were cancelled. We were present in these cities and ready to perform each of these shows but were not permitted to. In Ufa the power was turned off shortly before the show (we were told because the venue was late on rent), and in Moscow and St. Petersburg we were told that we did not have the correct visas and that if we attempted to perform the concert would be stopped by police and we would be detained and deported (prior to the tour we had been told that we did have the correct visas and that all of our paperwork was in order).

Our show in Nizhny Novgorod also had problems. In that city we performed half of our set before being stopped by police. We were told the police needed to search the venue for drugs and that the show had to be terminated.

These are the reasons for the cancellations as far as we have been told.

On the brighter side, we had a fantastic time performing in Krasnodar, Samara, Chelyabinsk, and Yekaterinburg. We were able to play our full set in all four of those cities.

We came to Russia excited and prepared to play all of the scheduled concerts, and we apologize that we were not able to do so. It was beyond our control. We are extremely disappointed. We have played in Russia many times and we love our Russian fans. Hopefully someday the situation for us in Russia will be different and we will be able to return.”

Some photos of heavily armed police shutting down the shows can be seen over at the bands Facebook.

New Gwar Lineup Perform Without Makeup, Cover Pet Shop Boys

Gwar were onstage for a stripped down show in Richmond, VA this past Monday, October 13th. The group performed as the Gwar ‘cover band’ Rawg with fan-filmed footage of that available below. Among the songs played was a cover of the Pet Shop Boys‘ “West End Girls“—keep watching after the cover for a fitting tribute to Brockie.

Meanwhile, upon today’s commencement of Gwar‘s first full tour without late frontman Dave “Oderus Unrugnus” Brockie, the bands ‘manager’ Sleazy P. Martini issued the below on moving forward:

“Toodles, ya parasitic bohabs. It’s me, Sleazy P Martini. As you may already know, GWAR will be out on the GWAR Eternal Tour starting tonight because Thai ladyboys don’t pay for themselves. You smarter Bohabs have probably even noticed that GWAR has undergone a lineup change.

The reason for this is the absence of Oderus Urungus due to his return to space. First of all, let’s clear something up: Oderus is not dead! Nor is GWAR. Now, admittedly things will be different. For instance, with Oderus‘s absence, touring expenses will be scaled back considerably as crack usage by the band will drop by over nine tons a day. To which I, the CIA and the Medellin Cartel respond with a collective: “Phew!” Now all those drug mules crossing the border can use the extra butt space for more important things such as food, water and more relatives.

Of course, there are many in the scene (code for no-talents) who say that with Oderus out of the band, GWAR should hang it up. To which I must respond: If I wanted your opinion, I would just knock you unconscious and urinate on your face. Which wouldn’t elicit much of an opinion at all – just the way I like it. You see, GWAR is a perpetual and unstoppable force. If I tried to retire them, I most certainly would end up flayed, shredded, pulled and served with coleslaw and fries to Gor-Gor. One who is a lion tamer cannot suddenly decide to stop and ask his lions to become house cats. And GWAR‘s lust for human carnage cannot properly be met in semi-retirement on the talk-show circuit. So the shows must go on. And they have, starting with Riot Fest in Chicago. The GWAR Eternal Tour starts tonight in Norfolk, VA. and goes through December 13th in Baltimore, MD

Now, there are some who would say, “How can you find a lead singer as talented as Oderus Urungus?” To which I have responded by having famed archeologist Dr. Richard Leaky travel to Antarctica to dig up another immortal Scumdog. According to Dr. Dick, these furballs are stacked up in GWAR‘s fortress basement like chicken pot pies four for a buck. In fact, I have already thawed out one promising prospect named Blóthar. While not as talented a singer as most primates, he’s definitely better than Justin Bieber or the entire One Direction line up.

So, in response to all you haters who would give your left nut to see GWAR finally call it quits, you can go ahead and keep your left nut and hang it from your nose-ring for another 30 years, because GWAR AIN’T GOING NOWHERE! And though you may think GWAR sucks, remember that GWAR is immortal. So, long after your lame hipster ass is in the ground being used as a luxury condo by worms, maggots and pill bugs, GWAR will still be alive, sucking forever.”

click here for the footage…

Malevolent Creation Sign With Century Media Records

Malevolent Creation—who generated some questionable headlines earlier in the year—have locked down a new worldwide deal with Century Media. Plans are currently being hatched for their twelfth full-length album, which will hit next year. Band vocalist Brett Hoffmann said of the signing:

“I am very excited and extremely pumped to be signing and working with Century Media! I believe we will finally get that push we need to really get our music out there!! It feels great to have the guys at Century Media believe in us and our new songs, and really want to stand behind them and the band, and push us forward to bigger things! I mean I think we have always been a bit under rated (I hear that from a lot of fans too) and I really think with this signing we have a great chance to boost this band up!!!

It’s also a pleasure to have drummer Justin DiPinto back in the fold! He brings the hungry aggressive quality this band has always had back to the forefront! When we played 3 weeks of festivals and shows in Europe in August it felt great!! That aggression was feeling strong!! Looking so forward to playing MANY shows after this album hits the street!! Speaking of which. We are currently working on the new slab! It is coming out intense and heavy as HELL!! Everyone is killing it! I think everyone is just so determined and hungry to bust out the heaviest music and ideas we can with this one!!

Great heavy grooves will not be missing, I promise!! With this signing to Century Media and the new ripping album being done, I see great thing happening!! So with that being said, we will soon be unleashing the Malevolence all over the world!!! We will be pounding stages and eardrums into oblivion and hope to see you all out there!!! Let the slaughter commence!!!!”

Guitarist Phil Fasciana added:

“I couldn’t agree more with Bret‘s comments concerning signing with such an established record label (Century Media) and having the confidence of knowing we are working with a company that believes in our band’s music and will get it distributed worldwide properly. Along with guitarist Gio Geraca, bassist/founding member Jason Blachowicz and returning drummer Justin DiPinto, we no longer have the word ‘compromise’ associated with band and its music.

We have had more than enough time to write, re-write and perfect our new material and deliver it the way we want for ourselves and fans. We are very excited to be working together on our 12th album and look forward to its release on Century Media and will be wasting no time on getting back on the road and touring extensively around the world to promote our band and new album. Nobody knows what the future holds, but the 5 of us are all committed to delivering the heaviest Malevolent Creation album to-date and look forward to the future and working with Century Media Records worldwide.”

Amid a chat about the bands Willy Wonka-inspired new album “Primus & The Chocolate Factory With The Fungi Ensemble“, Primus vocalist/bassist Les Claypool shared a story about how they got banned from KROQ‘s radio festivals. Speaking to Billboard.com, Claypool offered:

“…They don’t let us play those radio station shows anymore, I think since we ate a bunch of mushrooms and did a KROQ one years ago…”

“It was one of the KROQ Acoustic Christmases many years ago. Actually, we have a book just out this last week, and we talk about it a little bit. We used to do this thing called Bob Cock and the Yellow Sock; it’s basically us doing lounge versions of Primus songs. There was this character Bob Cock and we would say we couldn’t find him and he’d show up end of the set and supposedly be out of his mind on cocaine and he’d start singing pornographic lyrics, Hendrix songs and “The Courtship of Eddie’s Father,” different things. So of course we did all this frying out of our minds on mushrooms, and I think we went way over on our time, and of course there were kids in the audience and here’s this guy singing about his dick, and I think we ruffled some feathers. [Laughs] So we were never asked back after that.”

When asked if he would be taking anymore more hallucinogenics during their forthcoming tour, Claypool replied:

“I think my ‘shrooming days have waned. As you move through life and accumulate more responsibilities and people that rely on you to exist on the planet, it tends to become a little more stressful to take your mind to that electric place. [But] this is definitely a show for the head, and I’m sure there are going to be people altering their perspective and watch this thing, and we’re there to guide them along to a happy place as opposed to a too terribly dark and spooky place. Our version of Wonka is definitely a little creepier than what’s come down the pike, I think. You read those Roald Dahl books, and they are pretty sinister and pretty creepy, so there’s a little homage to not only Gene Wilder-era Willy Wonka, but also Roald himself.”

Primus & The Chocolate Factory With The Fungi Ensemble” will be released next Tuesday, October 21st. Until then you can stream it here. A tour will be mounted in support of it with dates posted at this location.

Cause Of Death Revealed For Ex-The Mars Volta, Etc. Keyboardist Ikey Owens

A preliminary cause of death has been revealed for Ikey Owens (ex-The Mars Volta, etc.) who passed away yesterday morning (October 14th) while on tour with Jack White. The following statement was issued by White‘s Third Man Records:

“The coroner has determined that Ikey Owens died from a heart attack the morning of October 14th at approximately 4 am. The only drugs found in his room were a small amount of marijuana.

Ikey, born Isaiah Randolph Owens was a GRAMMY award winning artist best known for his work with Jack White, the Mars Volta, De Facto and Free Moral Agents, among others. He was a beloved member of the music community as well as his hometown of Long Beach, CA.”

Hate Eternal Sign With Season Of Mist, Recording New Album

Hate Eternal have signed with Season Of Mist. Work is now underway on a new album at band ringleader Erik Rutan‘s Mana Recording Studio with plans for an early 2015 release. Rutan said of that:

“We are ecstatic about how the recording for our new album has been coming out so far, and our new label and home Season Of Mist. We’ve worked very hard on crafting these songs to reflect our path, from our past to the present, and the journey of Hate Eternal and its members. Writing this album was a long and arduous process. It took a tremendous amount of determination, blood, and sweat to bring this all to fruition. We’re super proud of what we’ve accomplished creatively, and excited at the prospect of releasing what we feel is our most powerful Hate Eternal material to date.

Now it is time to bring this all to life! The recording process so far has been fantastic. I’ve never felt so focused and determined on a Hate Eternal record, and I know that this will be an album our listeners and supporters will truly appreciate. It represents an important milestone for me personally since 15 years ago both Hate Eternal began recording it’s first album and Mana Recording Studios was born. We have so much more news to share with you over the coming months. We cannot wait for you to hear this album!”

Enslaved Offer Update On New Album Progress

Enslaved have checked in with the below update from the ongoing recording sessions for their new album in Bergen, Norway:

“As always, it is hard to formulate an exact direction Enslaved is or is not heading in with the new album. This duality is part of the essence of the band: The ability to maintain consistency and a strong identity and, at the same time, surprise both the oldest fans and even ourselves with new musical directions. The new material is darker and rawer, more aggressive and direct, yet continues the exploration deeper into progressive, softer, and more melodic territories with at times complex song structures, combined with unusually immediate (for Enslaved, at least) elements. The high level of energy in the songs reflects both an inspired and an ever-harder working band that keeps pushing their own and their associated genres’ limits.”

Battlecross, Wretched & War Of Ages Announce Winter Tour

Battlecross, Wretched and War Of Ages have announced the ‘Winter Warriors Tour‘, which will feature various special events to honor the military throughout the trek. Here’s the dates:

11/26 Grand Rapids, MI – The Intersection
11/28 Erie, PA – BT Theater
11/29 Dayton, OH – Rockstar Pro Arena
11/30 St. Louis, MO – The Firebird
12/02 Tulsa, OK – The Vanguard
12/03 Houston, TX – Warehouse Live Studio
12/04 Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey Bar N Grill
12/05 Austin, TX – Dirty Dog Bar
12/06 Lubbock, TX – Backstage
12/07 Albuquerque, NM – Launchpad
12/08 Mesa, AZ – Club Red
12/09 West Hollywood, CA – Whisky A Go-Go
12/10 San Francisco, CA – DNA Lounge
12/11 Anaheim, CA – Chain Reaction
12/12 Las Vegas, NV – Adrenaline Sports Lounge
12/13 Sparks, NV – The Alley
12/15 Denver, CO – Marquis Theater
12/16 Merriam KS – Aftershock
12/17 Minneapolis, MN – The Nether Bar
12/18 Des Moines, IA – Vaudeville Mews
12/19 Chicago, IL – Beat Kitchen
12/20 Westland MI – The Token Lounge
12/26 Toronto, ON – Opera House
12/27 Clifton, NJ – Dingbatz
12/28 Philadelphia, PA – Underground Arts
12/29 Brooklyn, NY – Saint Vitus
12/30 Worcester, MA – Upstairs at The Palladium

Mastodon will be the musical guest on the October 27th episode of the ‘Late Show With David Letterman‘. The band are scheduled to perform their current single “The Motherload” on the show. In other news, they will be taking part in this years Black Friday ‘Record Store Day‘ event on November 28th.

Due out from the band on that day is a limited edition 12″ vinyl picture disc adorned with the album artwork from their latest effort, “Once More ‘Round The Sun“. An instrumental version of the track “Halloween” will appear on the b-side.

Minus The Bear Drummer To Sit Out Fall Tour

Minus The Bear drummer Erin Tate will be unable to make the bands fall tour. They gave the following statement regarding his absence and temporary replacement:

“Friends,

We regret to inform you that due to a personal matter, Erin Tate will not be joining us on the Lost Loves & Beer Commercials 10 Year Anniversary Tour that kicks off this week in Pittsburgh.

In no way does this affect Erin’s future with the band nor our plans to support “Lost Loves”.

Our dear friend and drum tech Kiefer Matthias will be filling in for Erin on this tour and we all wish Erin the best. We can’t wait to see him back behind the kit in a few weeks when we resume writing our new record.

- Jake, Cory, Alex & Dave