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Taproot’s Stephen Richards Discusses His Struggle With Seizures

Taproot vocalist Stephen Richards has opened up on his health with Loudwire. Richards revealed that he began suffering from seizures this past February—an ailment that has yet to officially be diagnosed.

Speaking on his latest episode, he stated:

“After the April 10th one they did all the MRIs and all the epilepsy tests, it seemed like everything was okay, they put me on medication just to keep the seizures at bay. They put me on the lowest dose because they know I’m already on cocktails of medicines to deal with anxiety and stuff so they didn’t want to overload me with pills.

I was actually pretty good for about four months – the only other one I’ve had since the record release show was when we had to cancel a bunch of shows and do my tests and all that – I had one about three weeks ago out in Vegas in August. It wasn’t that bad, luckily my wife was home and took care of me, it wasn’t too bad. They bumped my meds up to try to keep it at bay but I haven’t had one since.

It’s just kind of crazy because we did a six week tour and I was told I shouldn’t be doing anything too physically exerting or tiring and then I’m out there performing shows in the hot light, sweatin’ my ass off and just trying not to headbang too much and jump around and do all the goofy stuff I used to do.”

When asked about the cause, he offered:

“They’re not a hundred percent sure. There are some things – that’s why next week I’m going home Sunday to start rehearsing for the next tour with Nonpoint and I’m going to do my next MRI – they moved it up because I had the seizure, they weren’t supposed to do it until November.

There is a possible Meningioma in my brain in the front right lobe which could just be a calcium deposit they just want to compare it to April to make sure that it’s not growing or changing. I’ve definitely done some trauma to the brain a bit after years and years of performing as well as a major competitive hockey player – I’ve taken a lot of dings to the head.”

Richards also went on to discuss cutting back his drinking and more as a result of his condition in the Q&A, which can be read at the above-mentioned link.

Truth And Its Burden To Tour The U.S. With Darasuum, Etc.

Truth And Its Burden will head out in November for their debut U.S. run. The group will be joined by Darasuum and 2×4 at the shows. Here’s how the initial itinerary for the trek is set to run:

11/06 San Diego, CA – TBA
11/07 Canoga Park, CA – The Cobalt Café
11/08 Lancaster, CA – TBA
11/09 San Jose, CA – Music Ink
11/10 Las Vegas, NV – The Box Office
11/11 Mesa, AZ – The Underground
11/12 Albuquerque, NM – The Gasworks
11/13 El Paso, TX – The Spot
11/14 Midland, TX – The Pinebox
11/15 Lubbock, TX – TBA
11/16 Amarillo, TX – Vientiane Night’s
11/17 Lawton, OK – The Wichita Room
11/18 Oklahoma City, OK – The Parish
11/19 Tulsa, OK – The Compound

Chris Vrenna To Return With New Tweaker Album Next Month

Chris Vrenna (ex-Marilyn Manson/Nine Inch Nails) has resurrected his Tweaker project. The outfit, which finds him partnering with Jesse Hall, will release their new album “Call The Time Eternity” on October 23rd through Metropolis Records. Among the songs set to grace the effort is a cover of Phil Collins‘ “I Don’t Care Anymore“.

World Under Blood Debut “Into The Arms Of Cruelty” Music Video

World Under Blood (ex-CKY, etc.) have released the music video for their song “Into The Arms Of Cruelty” below. The bands Deron Miller commented on the Shan Dan directed clip:

“Violence towards children is an appalling, disgusting and unfortunately a rampant occurrence amongst millions of households. World Under Blood will always campaign to bring harsh reality straight to your senses, no matter how ugly and offensive, to bring awareness to its existence. Any misunderstanding that we condone any kind of despicable behavior like the variety found in this music video is false and idiotic.”

Behold The Arctopus Revamp Name And Lineup For “Horrorscension”

Confirming an earlier report, Behold The Arctopus will release their new album “Horrorscension” on October 23rd via Black Market Activities. The effort will be the first for the groups latest lineup, which includes 12 string Warr guitarist Colin Marston , guitarist Mike Lerner and drummer Weasel Walter.

Along with the new lineup comes the bands revised name, which no longer has an ellipsis. You can hear the new album track “Disintegore” and pre-order the effort at this location.

The Chariot Working On “One Wing” Short Film

The Chariot‘s Josh Scogin recently told Exclaim.ca that he and director Kevin Custer (Shadows Fall, Job For A Cowboy) are working on a “One Wing” 20-25 minute short film. According to Scogin: “the album inspired the film, but they are both paying homage to each other.”

The pair hope to have the feature finished up by October/November and have it screen at film festivals.

Underoath are preparing new vinyl pressings of their “The Changing Of Times” and “They’re Only Chasing Safety” albums for an October 02nd release. Both pressings will apparently be limited to 300 copies. Pre-orders can be found here and here respectively.

Underoath were recently in the studio tracking two new songs. They are expected to surface on the bands forthcoming best of release; which at last glance was tentatively due out October 23rd—though may have since been pushed back.

Slipknot have released the following collective statement regarding the recent involuntary manslaughter charges brought against physician Daniel Baldi. As previously reported, those charges include the 2010 overdose of their bassist Paul Gray:

“As the loss of our brother Paul Gray is still very fresh for us in the Slipknot family, this new development has us all in a state of anger and sadness. The fact that this person took advantage of our brother’s illness while he was in a position to help others has outraged everyone in our family.

We can only hope that justice will be served so this can NEVER happen to anyone else ever again! Our thoughts go out to the families of the other victims. We plan to cooperate as much as we possibly can to ensure this tragedy is never repeated, and to make sure this man pays for what he has done.

-Slipknot

Anaal Nathrakh’s “Vanitas” Gets Novemeber Release Date, Teaser Available

Anaal Nathrakh‘s new album “Vanitas” has been slated for a November 06th North American release on Candlelight Records. A new teaser and the track listing for the effort can both be found below.

Furthermore, dates for the bands upcoming November Eastern Canadian run can also be found below as well.

01 – “The Blood-Dimmed Tide
02 – “Forging Towards The Sunset
03 – “To Spite The Face
04 – “Todos Somos Humanos
05 – “In Coelo Quies, Tout Finis Ici Bas
06 – “You Can’t Save Me, So Stop Fucking Trying
07 – “Make Glorious The Embrace Of Saturn
08 – “Feeding The Beast
09 – “Of Fire, And Fucking Pigs
10 – “A Metaphor For The Dead

11/07 Montreal, QC – Foufounes Electriques
11/08 Rimouski, QC – Cactus Bar
11/09 Halifax, NS – The Bus Stop Theatre
11/10 Moncton, NB – The Manhattan
11/11 Quebec City, QC – L’Agitee
11/12 Ottawa, ON – Mavericks
11/13 Toronto, ON – Wreckroom
11/14 Hamilton, ON – The Corktown Pub
11/15 Sudbury, ON – Serbian Centre
11/16 Rouyn Noranda, QC – Petit Theatre
11/17 St. Hyacinthe, QC – Le Thrash
11/18 Sherbrooke, QC – Le Magog

The Des Moines Register have word that Des Moines, IA physician Daniel Baldi has been charged with eight counts of involuntary manslaughter. The charges allege that Baldi perscribed large amounts of painkillers to his patients—a number of whom later died from overdoses.

Among the eight counts he is charged with is the death of late Slipknot bassist Paul Gray. Gray‘s 2010 death was ruled as an accidental overdose of morphine and fentanyl. Slipknot percussionist M. Shawn “Clown” Crahan has since spoken on the legal proceedings to the aforementioned site and you can read his thoughts at this location.

The Seeking Sign With Razor & Tie, Debut Out In November

Sacramento, CA’s The Seeking have inked a multi-album deal with Razor & Tie. The group will release their debut studio album “Yours Forever” through the label on November 06th. As previously reported, the band will be out on the road in support of the effort this November alongside Woe, Is Me, Chunk! No, Captain Chunk! and more.