Surprising news as longtime member of Queensrÿche, Parker Lundgren has announced he is leaving the band to pursue other business ventures. This news comes from a post actress the Queensrÿche social pages. Parker has been a member of the band for ten years and was a tour guitarist prior to that time for a few years. No announcement yet who the replacement will be. This news follows the ongoing drama surrounding drummer Scott Rockenfdeld, who has been on a hiatus from the band for four years, but has launched his own QR curated website and insists he is still a member of the band. Queensrÿche is in Florida at singer Todd LaTorre’s house, working on the followup to the excellent 2019 album The Verdict (Century Media) with legendary producer Chris ”Zeuss” Harris. .
Iconic British Doom Metal band Orange Goblin has announced the departure of founding member and bassist Martyn Millard, a founding member and bass player for the past 26 years. He played his last shows with Orange Goblin last weekend in London as part of their special 25th Anniversary celebration shows. Replacing him in the lineup is Harry Armstrong, frontman of Blind River and formerly of Decomposed, Hangnail, Earls of Mars, End of Level Boss. Harry’s first show with the band will now be at The Yard in Cornwall on Saturday 31st July.
According to a report by MetalSucks, Tommy Vext has announced a split with Bad Wolves. In a now-deleted livestream on Instagram that was picked up and shared by fans, Tommy announced he is leaving the band. Apparently, the stream did not indicate whether Vext quit, was fired, or the split was mutual. Sources who saw the live broadcast reported to Metal Sucks that Vext claimed his conservative political views caused a rift with his bandmates and their record label, Better Noise, “and that he felt leaving the band was his only option. He said that Bad Wolves will continue without him, that he will launch a solo career, and claimed to have written all or most of the band’s new record himself (whether he was talking about their 2019 album, Nation, or an unreleased future effort isn’t clear).” (All via Metal Sucks). Tommy drew notice from fans and journos in the last few days during the unrest in the Country as fans asked him about his relationship with the other band members and Tommy claimed to be one of the sole songwriters of the group and most of the other band members were his employees. The band has not replied to a request for comment by Metal Sucks.
As we previously reported, Atreyu and their founding vocalist Alex Varkatzas were having beef for a while, and now the “inventors of metalcore” have announced the departure of Varkatzas from the band after twenty-plus years. The band broke the news via a Facebook post. Alex Varkatzas has also made a statement, you can see below.Continue reading
Following the back and forth in the press between himself and Fear Factory co-founder Dino Cazares, Burton C. Bell announced his departure from the band after thirty-plus years. Bell posted a statement to his official website which you can read below. Bell is releasing his new album with his band Ascension of The Watchers soon on October 9th, 2020. We have an interview coming up soon with Burton, so be on the lookout for that. We’ll continue to monitor this story as it develops.UPDATE read Dino Cazares’ response here: Continue reading
Rough news for UADA fans, especially in Central America. The band was to take part in two days of gigs at Black Moon Festivals but had to cancel at the 11th hour as their drummer Josiah Babcock was dismissed from the band for apparently opting not to participate in the tour. The band posted a lengthy apology on their Facebook to fans vowing to come back stronger. For his part, Babcock shared on his Facebook page that he had left the band as well, offering his side of the story and alleging bullying from another band member. The Portland, Oregon-based Black Metallers have set the underground on fire since forming in 2014 with tight performances and sick releases. Babcock joined in 2018. UADA has a European tour booked in six weeks or so, pending a fill-in or permanent replacement being announced. Continue reading
Sad news as Lindsay Schoolcraft, the longest-tenured keyboardist and backing vocalist in Cradle of Filth has departed the band. The separation was mutual and respectful as Lindsay is focusing on her growing solo career under her own moniker with a JUNO Awards nominated solo-album Martyr, from 2019, and her black metal band Antiqua with Xen of Ne Obliviscaris. The band has replacement selected, but not yet announced. Cradle is working on a new album, which Lindsay has been working on with them. It will be the follow up to Cryptoriana – The Seductiveness Of Decay, out now via their long-time label Nuclear Blast. Continue reading
Legendary Finnish headbangers Children Of Bodom will play their final show with the current line-up this coming December. ”A Chapter Called Children Of Bodom” will take place at the Black Box in Helsinki Ice Hall on December 15th. The band has released a statement that Janne Wirman, Henkka Seppälä, and Jaska Raatikainen are departing the band. This also means that the “Hate Crew Deathroll” special show at Tuska Festival 2020 will be canceled. Tuska festival apologizes for the inconvenience. Early Crow -tickets can be returned to their place of purchase until 15.11. Continue reading
Grindcore legends Agoraphobic Nosebleed, who didn’t perform live until a few short years ago, have had a split in the ranks. Kat Katz has quit the band, according to a post on the bands’ Facebook account. Kat was part of their multi-vocalist attack, but the sole vocalist on their 2016 EP Arc (Relapse).Continue reading