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Havok Tap Wretched Drummer For Immediate Shows

Havok drummer Pete Webber will be missing select dates of the bands North American tour with Crowbar, Revocation and more. Webber will be stepping down temporarily to stay by his mothers side, who remains in serious condition following an accident. Wretched‘s Marshall Wieczorek will be filling in for Webber, with the latter stating:

“As some of you may have heard, my mother was in a tragic accident and is in very serious condition in the ICU in Boston. This unfortunately means I will have to miss out on at least a portion of our future shows. I must be by mom and family’s side during these difficult times…Our pal Marshall from Wretched will be filling in on my duties.

He is a good friend of ours and a great drummer! I know he will do an awesome job in my absence! I hope everyone understands and keeps my mom in their positive thoughts and prayers. It helps in a big way to have the support! I will return as soon as I can to my bros in Havok and wish them all the best on this next run!”

Divine Heresy Return With Frontman Tommy Vext

Divine Heresy are back it with previously ousted vocalist Tommy Vext in the fold. Vext and Tim Yeung of the outfit posted the below message regarding that. Rumors have been circulating that Fear Factory guitarist Dino Cazares is no longer involved in the project, though this has yet to be confirmed. Cazares and Vext had an infamous altercation back in 2008 that led to Vext‘s dismissal from the group.
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SikTh‘s debut album “The Trees Are Dead & Dried Out Wait For Something Wild” will be reissued overseas through Spinefarm on October 27th. That outing will be made available as a 2-CD set with ‘extensive bonus audio content’ and ‘ehanced packaging’. A 2xLP edition of the album is on course for an early 2015 release date.

Founding Deadlock Member Tobias Graf Passes Away

Former Deadlock drummer Tobias Graf has passed away at the age of 35. The bands label Lifeforce said of his passing:

“Today we come to you with very sad news, long time dear friend Tobias Graf and founding member of Deadlock passed away at the age of 35. We can hardly express the sadness in our hearts and we wish his family all possible strength in these dark hours. Farewell Tobi and may you have a safe journey!”

Graf was a founding member of the outfit and exited the lineup this past April.

Mark Hunter Officially Lays Chimaira To Rest

Following another mass exodus of musicians, Chimaira frontman Mark Hunter has officially laid the band to rest. The following statement was just posted over at

“After fifteen full blown ass ripping years, it is with great honor to announce the end of Chimaira.

Thanks to everyone that supported the group in any way shape or form.
Everyone involved with the band from members to fans put their heart and soul into this project

We achieved a lot. We bled a lot.
It fucking ruled”

At The Gates Offer First Taste Of New Album “At War With Reality”

At The Gates have dropped some details for their new album “At War With Reality” (out October 28th.) The track listing for the outing can be found below along with a video teaser of material from it. The effort of course marks the bands first effort in 19 years.

01 – “El Altar Del Dios Desconocido
02 – “Death And The Labyrinth
03 – “At War With Reality
04 – “The Circular Ruins
05 – “Heroes And Tombs
06 – “The Conspiracy Of The Blind
07 – “Order From Chaos
08 – “The Book Of Sand (The Abomination)
09 – “The Head Of The Hydra
10 – “City Of Mirrors
11 – “Eater Of Gods
12 – “Upon Pillars Of Dust
13 – “The Night Eternal

The groups present touring concerns will see them out in Europe with the likes of Triptykon and more, here’s where they will hit:

With Rotten Sound:
11/20 Tampere, FIN – Klubi
11/21 Jyväskylä, FIN – Lutako
11/22 Helsinki, FIN – Nosturi

With Grave & Morbus Chron:

11/27 Goteborg, SWE – Tragarn
11/28 Stockholm, SWE – Arenan
11/29 Malmo, SWE – KB

With Triptykon & Morbus Chron:

12/04 London, UK – Forum
12/05 Manchester, UK – Academy 2
12/06 Glasgow, UK – Garage
12/07 Birmingham, UK – Academy
12/08 Cardiff, UK – Solus
12/10 Essen, GER- Turock
12/11 Hamburg, GER – Markthalle
12/12 Eindhoven, NET – Eindhoven Metal Meeting
12/13 Leipzig, GER – Conne Island
12/14 Wien, AUT – Arena
12/16 Aarau, SWI – Kiff
12/17 Munich, GER – Backstage Werk
12/18 Antwerpen, BEL – Trix
12/19 Cologne, GER – Essigfabrik
12/20 Berlin, GER – Postbahnhof

At The Gates only:

01/08 Istanbul, TUR – Jolly Joker
01/09 Athens, GRE – Stage Voume 1
01/10 Thessaloniki, GRE – Principal Club
01/31 Dublin, IRE – Academy
02/21 Bergen, NOR – Blastfest
02/26 Oslo, NOR – Vulkan Arena
02/27 Karlstad, SWE – Nojesfabriken
02/28 Umea, SWE – House Of Metal
05/29 Johannesburg, SAF – Carfax
05/30 Johannesburg, SAF – Carfax

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Suicide Silence have given a revealing interview to in which they detail their life of excess prior to the passing of their frontman Mitch Lucker and the healing process that followed. Amid the chat guitarist Chris Garza speaks of the bands time spent in therapy—a suggestion from their manager—after Lucker‘s passing::

“We were in therapy. Suicide Silence were straight-up in therapy. There were things I didn’t even realize I was thinking, about Mitch, until the therapist drew it out. I think we all bury shit emotionally and mentally. And when somebody makes you confront it, it really sucks at first. I was a mess for a while.”

Fellow guitarist Mark Heylmun also spoke of those sessions:

“Everybody that’s been in a band knows that everybody has those things you don’t talk about; things that are touchy subjects with different members that you just start to avoid. Therapy is where we had to bring those uncomfortable things up and talk about them, because we had to hash it out and resolve them if we were going to continue on.”

Hydra Head devotees should take note of an upcoming new outfit by the name of Sumac. The group feature ex-Isis vocalist/guitarist Aaron Turner and heralded Baptists drummer Nick Yacyshyn. The group have already wrapped up their debut album “The Deal“, which will see a February release on Profound Lore/SIGE Records.

Sweetening the pot is the addition of Brian Cook (Russian Circles, ex-Botch, etc.), who handled the bass in the studio for the group. They also hope to have Cook join them during some future planned live outings. According to Turner, the band won’t be a mere one-off:

“We are pursuing this as a fully functional band rather than side project, with plans to play live in the coming year and continue with further writing/recording thereafter.”

Mell Dettmer oversaw most of the recording of the outing while Converge‘s Kurt Ballou was tasked with mixing. The tentative track listing for “The Deal” runs as follows:

01 – “Spectral Gold
02 – “Thorn In The Lion’s Paw
03 – “Hollow King
04 – “Blight’s End Angel
05 – “The Deal
06 – “Radiance Of Being
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Metal legend Philip H Anselmo‘s (Down, ex-Pantera) low appraisal of Metallica‘s “Load for Metal Hammer got more than a few people talking. That full ‘Discs Of Doom’ feature, has now been published online over at Metal Hammer, though you’ll have to signup to read it in full. It finds Anselmo revealing various important albums to him with some excerpts posted below:

Anselmo stated that the album he wants to be remembered for is:

“I’m going with my knee-jerk reaction here: the first record that pops in my head is Vulgar Display Of Power. I don’t think there’ll be any arguments there and I think people will understand that without any explanation at all!”

The album Anselmo wishes he had made himself is Slayer‘s “Hell Awaits“:

“When Hell Awaits came out, the sound and production of metal was going through many changes. Besides Trouble, the first band that really stepped it up for crunch was Metallica with Kill ’Em All. That’s fine and all – it’s a classic record – but I’m a sucker for odes to Old Nick, so I’ll take Hell Awaits for its creativity and absolute disdain for all things Christian.”

The album he wants played at his funeral is U2‘s “War“.

“Well it’s a funeral environment, so let’s make it as gothic and tragic as possible. Some old U2 would be perfect, man, something like Drowning Man, which is on War. It’d also be good to make a mixtape of stuff with Asleep by The Smiths and The Child’s Right by Swans on there.”

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