Jon Schaffer of Iced Earth Pleads Guilty to Two Charges For His Role in The Capitol Riot


 

According to a report from Blabbermouth.net, Iced Earth founder and mastermind Jon Schaffer has agreed to plead guilty for his role in the January 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol. As part of the plea deal, he is expected to enter into a cooperation agreement with the government. Although Schaffer was initially charged with six crimes, including engaging in an act of physical violence and targeting police with bear spray, he has agreed to plead guilty to only two charges: obstruction of an official proceeding of Congress; and trespassing on restricted grounds of the Capitol while armed with a deadly or dangerous weapon. The first charge is punishable by up to 20 years in prison, while the second carries up to a 10-year prison term. It is believed this is the first guilty charge as a result of a plea deal of any person arrested in connection to the Captiol Riots. Schaffer was photographed wearing an “Oath Keepers Lifetime Member” cap during the insurrection. The Oath Keepers describe themselves as an association of former law enforcement and military personnel dedicated to “support and defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic.” But the Anti-Defamation League describes it as “a large but loosely organized collection of right-wing anti-government extremists who are part of the militia movement, which believes that the federal government has been coopted by a shadowy conspiracy that is trying to strip American citizens of their rights.” While in jail, Schaffer distanced himself from the Oath Keepers and participated in “debrief interviews” starting in March, and the organization has said publicly they did not recognize Schaffer as a member as well.

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UPDATED: Fear Factory Shares New Video for “Disruptor” and Full Album Details


Fear Factory has shared their first new song in over five years with “Disruptor” from their upcoming new album Aggression Continuum (Nuclear Blast). The track is a brutal slab of classic sounding Fear Factory with crushing riffs, futuristic beats, and great vocals. A music video and full album details are imminent, so we’ll keep you updated at this space. In the meantime, enjoy the brutal new music!

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Serj Tankian (System of A Down) Shares New Lyric Video for “Your Mom”


Serj Tankian of System of a Down recently released his new solo EP Elasticity, has dropped a new lyric video for his track “Your Mom’ today. You can watch the clip below. You can purchase and stream the album from the links below, with vinyl arriving April, 30th, 2021.Continue reading


Elder’s Nick DiSalvo Announces Delving Solo Project, Releases First Video


Elder frontman and leader Nick DiSalvo has kept busy during the lockdown year by writing and recording a new solo project. Under the name Delving will release his debut album, Hirschbrunnen, on June 11 via his own Stickman Records! His upcoming delving album was recorded, mixed and mastered by Richard Behrens and Emanuele Baratto at Big Snuff Studio. Check out the debut single and wild music video for “The Reflecting Pool” now and pre-order the album below!

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EXCLUSIVE VIDEO PREMIERE: IDEK. – “The Trek”


 

Dutch Progressive Metal Band IDEK. has released a new live performance video for their song “The Trek.” The track releases next Friday, April 23rd, 2021, as a single via Layered Reality Productions. The immersive, compelling clip was shot at Nicolaï Church (home to a legendary pipe organ) in Utrecht and alternates between the band performing the expansive track, and the wonderful atmosphere and visuals of the church. Coming off like a progressive version of Katatonia, with melancholic vocals, deep droning riffs, and shifting tempos and dark vibes, this is a band you’ll want to keep an ear out for in the future. Watch the clip now!

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Fear Factory Shares New Single – “Disruptor”


Fear Factory has shared their first new song in over five years with “Disruptor” from their upcoming new album Aggression Continuum (Nuclear Blast). The track is a brutal slab of classic sounding Fear Factory with crushing riffs, futuristic beats, and great vocals. A music video and full album details are imminent, so we’ll keep you updated at this space. In the meantime, enjoy the brutal new music!

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ALBUM REVIEW: Amigo The Devil – Born Against


There are many ways unironically describe the last year or so of human life in a manner, we can all appreciate. A lot of us use sarcasm and deflection as a means to cope, and it shows. We may become numb to our own reality based on a lot of loss and sadness, and the mass psychotic break the world seems to have suffered. If you are here reading these words, hopefully,you are looking for an escape from the mundane in some good music. Music is here for you, both as a hug to say “it’s gonna be OK,” but also to commiserate with someone who has been there through the muck, just like you. Danny Kiranos, a.k.a. Amigo The Devil has found a foothold in our musical diet, a needed figure to tell the unpleasant truths about that muck and mire we need to learn from, or just relate to. He asks us to look with him and at ourselves too. He does this to a bold effect on his new album, Born Against (Liar’s Club Records, Regime Music Group).

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C-Squared Podcast Episode #36 – with Francis Roberts of Old Man Wizard


C2 is a new podcast series from the minds of Curtis Dewar (Dewar PR) and Cori Westbrook (Metal injection) focusing on helping bands with their music marketing, sales, and promotion. In episode #33 of the podcast, Curtis and Cori interview Francis Roberts of bands such as Old Man Wizard and King Gorm.Continue reading


Riki Rachtman and Gimme Metal TV Team-up for 4 New Episodes of “The Ball” Music Video Show


 

Based on the success of the debut episode, Riki Rachtman and Gimme Metal TV will host four more episodes of “The Ball” music video show starting this Saturday, April 17th. The show airs on Gimme Metal TV each Saturday at 6pm PT / 9pm ET and hangs out with Riki in the LIVE CHAT as he brings you the heavy metal music videos classic in his classic VJ style!

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