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Ex-Rings Of Saturn Guitarist Says Lucas Mann Is “A Hack Of A Musician”

Having recently left the band, former Rings Of Saturn guitarist Joel Omans had little kind things to say of his former bandmate, Rings Of Saturn guitarist Lucas Mann, Speaking through his Facebook today, Omans let loose on Mann with the following diatribe:

“So there’s been quite a bit of vagueness to the real reason why I quit Rings of Saturn and It’s been eating away at me keeping it to myself so here it goes. The deciding factor in me leaving the band was Lucas. I had enough of biting my tongue and going along for the ride. When I first joined the band we got along great and had the same common goals as musicians but that changed more and more over the years. To summarize he simply doesn’t care about playing guitar or being a musician anymore.

Word for word he told me “I don’t give a shit about playing guitar or getting better at guitar, I just want to write music and get the band as big as possible in the shortest amount of time.” So with that kind of attitude it hindered the band from playing any of the new songs from Lugal Ki En that we were suppose to be playing live for the last 6 months. Ian, Aaron, and myself were all capable of playing the new songs we prepared for the set but we had to make up excuses such as “the label won’t let us play songs until the music video is out or we didn’t have time to practice as a band so we aren’t playing any songs on the album release tour.”

And his reason for not learning the songs was that he was too busy managing the band. I was also told to get off his back for it since he “Does more in life in general than I do.” All in all what it comes down to is Lucas Mann is a hack of a musician and I will never work with him ever again. He stresses the band into recording songs note by note, releases them, doesn’t learn them and then makes as much money as he can from the merch while sitting in the comfort of his parents’ house.

On top of that he is a self centered asshole to his band mates and fans which is not acceptable to me in anyway. I admit he is very smart with managing and promoting a band. Maybe he’d do better helping other bands since he doesn’t have the desire to play instruments himself. I’ve learned a lot from being in ROS and met some amazing people but Ive had enough of the bullshit.

I’m not going to sacrifice time with my family, my musicianship, or my integrity for some childish wanna be musician. I couldn’t be happier with my choice to leave. I now have time with the people I care about and I’ve regained that burning passion for my instrument. Thanks to all who have supported the band, I’m excited to start releasing albums that are REAL all the way through for the remaining listeners of mine to enjoy. No longer will I stand for someone to record bullshit parts with my music and not even learn it. Fuck that.”

Floor And Minsk April European Tour

Floor and Minsk have an April European tour booked together:

04/09 Tilburg, NET – O13 (‘Roadburn Festival‘) (no Minsk)
04/10 Leipzig, GER – Doom over Leipzig Festival
04/11 Hamburg, GER – Hafenklang
04/12 Berlin, GER – Cassiopeia
04/13 Warsaw, POL – Klub Hydrozagadka
04/14 Prague, CZE – 007
04/15 Innsbruck, AUT – p.m.k.
04/16 München, GER – Feierwerk
04/17 Bologna, ITA – Freakout Club
04/18 Milano, ITA – Arci Lo Fi (‘SoloMacello Fest‘)
04/20 Paris, FRA – Espace B
04/21 Nantes, FRA – La Scène Michelet
04/22 Lille, FRA – La Péniche
04/23 Dortmund, GER – FZW
04/24 London, UK – The Desert Fest
04/25 Antwerp, BEL – Kavka

Dark Funeral Officially Reveal New Singer And Bassist

Dark Funeral have now given their new frontman and bassist a proper introduction following their audio debut on the new song, “Nail Them To The Cross“. The band provided the following statement on these latest additions:

“After launching their brand-new song “Nail Them To The Cross” some days ago, Swedish black metal legends Dark Funeral now introduce their new frontman Heljarmadr and bassist Natt:

Heljarmadr - Vocals
http://www.facebook.com/Heljarmadr666

With roots in the second half of the 90’s black metal scene and with tentacles in bands such as highly respected Grá, Domgård and Cursed 13 comes a raw force from the underground.

Known as a fierce frontman, both on stage and on recordings with his previous bands, he will now step up and claim a seat in the throne room of Dark Funeral to inflict deep scars and infect wounds in the black metal scene. The name Heljarmadr derives from the old Scandinavian languages, simply meaning “a man belonging to hell”.

With long time experience in the arts of creating dark satanic music, he will play a key role in shaping the future vocal and lyrical direction of Dark Funeral. Expect nothing but excellence, pure darkness and uncompromising evil!

Natt - Bass
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Natt-Dark-Funeral/379533948880078

Treading into this world, Natt has always had a strong, deep interest in music and the arts of the great unknown.

Spending time during the nights, exploring the Swedish ancient forests, avoiding the common mass that wanders this simplistic world, made his relations and visions to that which lies beyond, stronger.

Before Dark Funeral, Natt was a member of the black/thrash metal band Angrepp where he met his now close friends Adrian Lawson (Angrepp, IXXI) and Fredrik Widigs (The Ugly, Marduk) and later on joined the deeply devoted Black Metal act, Withershin.

Natt: “Since the beginning of my time, here, in this world, there has always been, a strong connection, towards the isolated parts of the soul, a connection within and beyond. A connection to what can not be seen, nor heard. To everything and nothing. To what is, and what is not, and that which lies between. Outside the borders of this life. Beyond, yet within the acausal flame, in the night, I dwell, beyond the broken circle, outside of the causal mundane, yet not.”

With these new members joining the band’s ranks, Dark Funeral open the gates to a new chapter of furious, intense and merciless black metal.”

SUMAC (Baptists, Ex-Isis, Etc.) Stream “Thorn In The Lion’s Paw”

SUMAC—a new outfit spearheaded by ex-Isis frontman Aaron Turner and Baptists drummer Nick Yacyshyn—are currently streaming their new song “Thorn In The Lion’s Paw“. That trackappeared first over at Noisey and can also be streamed below. The bands lineup is completed by Brian Cook (Russian Circles, ex-Botch, etc.) and their debut album “The Deal” is on course for a February 03rd release on Profound Lore/SIGE.
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Crossfaith Sign With Razor & Tie

Crossfaith have locked up a record deal with Razor & Tie and will be releasing a new album through the label next year. If you missed last night’s news, the band were also confirmed for the 2015 ‘Vans Warped Tour‘. Band vocalist Kenta Koie commented of the news:

“We are thrilled to announce that we’re signed with Razor & Tie. We think they are the most exciting and challenging label in the western music industry nowadays. The fact that we’re going to work with this label partner allows us to showcase our infinite creativity to the music scene. Plus, we’re playing at the Van’s Warped Tour all next summer, which is insanely great news for us and our fans! We’re simply ready for “our” future!”

Skull mask adorned outfit Dr. Living Dead! have released the first track from their Century Media debut, “Crush The Sublime Gods“. Check out that song, “Civilized To Death“, below to prepare for the album’s February 24th digital only North American release. A physical release will be issued overseas on February 23rd.
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Crazy Town Streaming New Single “Megatron”

Crazy Town have premiered a new single titled “Megatron” today which you can hear below via Billboard. Meanwhile, the groups EP plans have been scrapped with their next effort, “The Brimstone Sluggers” now set to be a full-length effort. A Spring release is expected for it with a digital single for “Megatron” slated for a January 27th release.
click here for the stream…

Ex-Megadeth Guitarist Chris Broderick Speaks On His Exit And Future

Former Megadeth guitarist Chris Broderick spoke with Jose Mangin on SiriusXM‘s ‘Liquid Metal‘ last night and addressed his and drummer Shawn Drover‘s recent exit from the group. Blabbermouth transcribed the chat, with some excerpts below:

On leaving Megadeth:

“Well, it’s not gonna be as exciting as anybody would want. It’s not gonna be some huge drama thing or anything like that. It was simply time [for me to leave]. I’d been in [Megadeth] for seven years and I really wanted to just be able to have that kind of creative freedom to write anything I wanted to, to go anywhere with it that I wanted to and just kind of direct my own course.

The way I kind of think of it is it’s kind of not unlike a chef that works at a restaurant that decides that he wants to open up his own restaurant or maybe a lawyer that wants to start his own firm or something like that. It was a great time to move on. And I think, talking with Shawn, Shawn was in the exact same place. We had talked about it and we had thought about it for a little bit. And so when Shawn quit [on November 25], it was, like, ‘Whoah! What happened?’ I mean, I knew that we had talked about it, but he did it; he actually just left the band…

[Shawn and I] talk all the time, and so I knew that he had thought about it and I had been thinking about it. But as soon as he quit, I knew he had made the right decision. Because Megadeth is going to be ramping up for their next CD recording cycle, and if you’ve got trepidation about being a part of something, you don’t wanna commit to that process, the writing process, and then bail on ‘em. And so when Shawn quit, that instantly became clear to me.

So I talked to Ellefson and then I went and I talked to Jackson Guitars, my endorsement, and Fractal Audio Systems, and they were all so supportive. They were, like, ‘Dude, we’ve got your back. You do what you’ve gotta do.’ So I decided that night after Shawn did it, I was, like, ‘It is the right time,’ because Megadeth is getting ready to move into their next recording cycle. I mean, if there is a good time to leave, that was it.”

On Dave Mustaine‘s reaction to the news:

“He was definitely disappointed. It was, obviously… It’s not something that he wanted to hear or anything like that. The one thing that you wanna know is, in a way, we were hired guns, so…”

Both Broderick and Drover plan to form a new band together, of which he said:

“Well, one of the things that I’ve always wanted to do is a solo CD, so I’m definitely gonna be working on that in 2015. But one of the things that I’ve really recently become very excited about is, through talking with Shawn Drover, we’ve talked about how we had all this material that was never gonna get released, all these killer, heavy riffs that we had written and stuff, and so we just decided, ‘Hey, why don’t we put the stuff out? Why don’t we form a band and get out these killer riffs, just to see what people think?’ So we formed a band, we’re working with a killer singer — he’s awesome — and we’ve got record labels that have made some good offers on the table, and we’re really excited about where that’s gonna go.”

The English edition of Behemoth vocalist/guitarist Nergal‘s book, “Confessions Of A Heretic: The Sacred And The Profane: Behemoth And Beyond” will be released on March 19th, 2015. Mark Eglinton oversaw the translation from the books native Polish to English. For more info head over to Behemoth-store.com.

Pallbearer Reportedly Added To At The Gates, Converge & Vallenfyre Tour

It looks as though Pallbearer will be the special guest on next year’s ‘Decibel Tour‘ which features At The Gates, Converge and Vallenfyre. Dates for that run include:

03/27 Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern
03/28 San Francisco, CA – The Regency Ballroom
03/29 Portland, OR – Roseland Theater
03/30 Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom
03/31 Seattle, WA – Showbox at the Market
04/02 Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
04/03 Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall
04/04 Lincoln, NE – Bourbon Street
04/05 Minneapolis, MN – Mill City Nights
04/06 Chicago, IL – House of Blues
04/08 Toronto, ON – The Phoenix
04/09 Montreal, QC – Metropolis
04/10 Boston, MA – Royale
04/11 Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
04/12 New York, NY – Webster Hall