UPDATED: Alex Varkatzas Out as the Frontman of Atreyu 

UPDATE: Alex took to social media to refute this report, but has since left the band. According to a published report from Lambgoat, Alex Varkatzas and Atreyu have parted ways. Varkatzas helped found the band in 1998 as Retribution when he was just 14, and the band was one of the leading acts of the American metalcore revolution. Continue reading

Immortal’s Demonaz and Horgh Are In a Fight Over Rights To Band’s Name

Immortal’s members Harald “Demonaz” Nævdal and Reidar “Horgh” Horghagen are involved in a legal dispute over the rights to the band’s name. One of Norway’s first and most successful black metal acts, Immortal was formed by Demonaz and Olve “Abbath” Eikemo in 1990. Horgh joined the group in 1996. Six years ago, Abbath and the rest of the group went through a bitter breakup. Continue reading

Ronny Gutierrez Dismissed from Kobra and The Lotus

There seems to be some trouble in the Kobra and the Lotus camp. It seems guitarist Ronny Gutierrez was fired from the band last week after a blow-up inside the band between him and frontwoman Kobra Paige. The issue stemmed from posts Ronny made about the band being nominated for the 2020 JUNO Awards (the Canadian version of The Grammys). No official announcement has been made yet by the band, but judging from Ronny’s social media posts about this (which you can see below), this relationship not getting repaired and he is moving on. This is a bummer as we are big fans of this up and coming band. KOTL are nominated for their album Evolution out now on Napalm Records and are up against artists such as Striker, Single Mothers Dine Alone, and Lindsay Schoolcraft (Cradle of Filth). Continue reading

Fear Factory Drops Clues About 2020 Release and New Name

Thanks to social media posts, some well-placed sources, and a newly published report over at MetalInsider.net, we may finally get new music from Fear Factory in 2020. However, it may not be under the Fear Factory moniker as we know it. Dino Cazares has been posting to social media a lot lately, hinting at a new album while stating, Fear Factory is not coming back. Confused? Us too! MetalSucks reported on the ongoing lawsuit and continuing issues between Dino, Burton C. Bell, and former members/name and IP owners Raymond Herrera and Christian Olde-Wohlbers (Powerflo). You can read about that here. Dino has been tagging his numerous recent posts with #fearcampaign and monolith. ‘Fear Campaign’ is, of course, a FF song and Monolith is the name vocalist Bell said previously is the definitive title of the new album in a post earlier this year, in a story broken by Ghost Cult. Recently our site interviewed drummer Mike Heller’s band Malignancy and they basically said Mike can’t tour or finish their new album because he is booked solid for Fear Factory in 2020. Hopefully, we get some new music from these guys in some way, shape or form in 2020. Continue reading