Marco “Mak” Rivao Departs Samael

Long-time guitarist for Samael, Marco “Mak” Rivao has announced his departure from the band. It appears to be amicable and the band has announced Drop will switch to guitar and the band will seek a replacement on bass. You can read statements from both Mak and the band below. Continue reading


Ghost Reveals “New” Frontman

Enigmatic occult rockers Ghost has finally unveiled their new frontman and leader, the replacement for Papa Emeritus III. Rather than another Papa, (an aged Papa Zero was teased), the band has introduced “Cardinal Copia” as their new frontman. Usually, an announcement of this kind is the forerunner to a new single or new album details, which may be incoming from the band. A tour has been announced with new images of the previous Papa incarnation, so its possible the Cardinal one of the many guises the ghost frontman takes in concert.

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Frank Mullen Announces His Retirement From Suffocation

Sad news this weekend as Frank Mullen has announced he has officially left Suffocation. Although he had already stepped down from full-time touring and nixed future full albums with the band he helped make death metal legends, he had occasionally toured with them. Mullen called this a more permanent, final move in his career. In a video posted to his fan page on Facebook, Mullen said he is done with activity with the long-running band to pursue acting and other projects in the future. Mullen’s final work with the band can be heard on 2017’s … Of The Dark Light album, which was released on Nuclear Blast. As of late, vocalist Ricky Meyers has been replacing Mullen on live performances. Frank will do one last tour with Suffocation later in 2018 before calling it a day.  Continue reading

Royal Thunder Set To Kick Off Tour With Pinkish Black Tonight

Atlanta doom rock masters Royal Thunder kicking off a new run of headline tour dates on their ongoing run to support their amazing 2017 album Wick (Spinefarm). Supported by Pinkish Black, the tour kicks off tonight in Tampa, FL at the Coppertail Club. Tickets to all dates to the tour on sale via the bands’ website and Facebook. Earlier in the week, the band announced via social media that they have undergone a lineup change. Drummer Evan DiPrima has stepped down from the band and is being replaced by Ken Taberle. The split is said to be amicable. Continue reading

Skeletonwitch Changes Drummers, Jon Rice Named As A Fill In For Next Tour

Skeletonwitch, by Hillarie Jason

Mid-western blackened death metallers Skeltonwitch have parted ways with drummer Dustin Boltjes. The band has also announced Jon Rice (Scorpion Child, ex-Job For A Cowboy) will take over duties behind the kit for their upcoming tour with Obituary. Continue reading

Rob Halford Shares His Thoughts On Glenn Tipton

Yesterday we learned that, due to the progression of Parkinson’s disease in his body, Glenn Tipton will no longer tour with Judas Priest. Continue reading

Sodom Parts Ways With Guitarist And Drummer, Searching For New Musicians

Long-running thrashers Sodom have parted ways with guitarist Bernd “Bernemann” Kost and drummer Markus “Makka” Freiwald. Founder and bassist/vocalist Thomas “Angelripper” Such is the only original member left in the band. Continue reading