EP REVIEW: Dream State – Untethered


As of February 2022, the UK’s Dream State lingered in limbo after the announcement came that all music fans fear. Vocalist CJ Gilpin and guitarist Rhys Wilcox would be departing from the lineup. Both band members stepped down for personal/mental health reasons, but as for the last remaining founding member, Aled Evans decided to charge forward instead of closing the book for good.Continue reading

Judicator Drummer Jordy Elcess and Guitarist Balmore Lemus Have Quit The Band


In a surprising announcement, Judicator has lost two key members of the band. Drummer Jordy Elcess and Guitarist Balmore Lemus, have exited the band, amicably. You can read statements from each former member and the band below. Replacements will be announced next week. The band just released the acclaimed new album The Majesty of Decay (Prosthetic), and you can read our review here.

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Fever 333’s Guitarist and Drummer Part Ways with the Band


In a surprising move, guitarist Stephen Harrison and drummer Aric Improta have split from Fever 333. This leaves co-founder Jason Alon Butler (letlive.) as the sole remaining member. Both departing members shared a brief statement on their Instagrams saying it is “layered” and that “things were pretty bad internally” which you can read below. Fever 333 came together in the rebellious spirit of Hardcore Punk bands, MC 5, Public Enemy, Rage Against the Machine, and other acts comprised of former members from letlive, The Chariot, and Nightverses in 2017. The band released one album. Strength in Numb333rs and EP, and are known for their fiery live performances. We’ll update this story as it develops.

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Riley McShane Has Quit Allegaeon

Sad news as popular Death Metal vocalist Riley McShane has quit Allegaeon. The band has not made a statement yet, but Riley posted it to his personal social media pages. Riley wished the band well and thanked them and fans for his time with the group. Riley From the sound of his post, expects the band to follow through with their upcoming European headline tour. The band has been on tour supporting their excellent early 2022 album Damnum. In addition to his music career, Riley is an entrepreneur with several successful businesses, incldung the gaming company Proponent Games as the CEO. We will update this story as we get more details. Continue reading

The Weekly Ritual Rock and Metal News Show 8/19/22 – RIP Steve Grimmett and RIP Mike Ferrara


Check out our weekly news show! 📰 We cover the major stories of the week in heavy music, rock, and metal news, tour dates, and festivals, New Music Friday, and more!

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Turnstile Founding Guitarist Brady Ebert Has Left The Band

In a post to Instagram Stories, Turnstile has announced they have parted ways with founding guitarist Brady Ebert. Ebert co-founded the Baltimore hardcore band with vocalist Brendan Yates, bassist Franz Lyons, and drummer Daniel Fang in 2010. Their 2021 album Glow On topped many year end lists. The band has also become one of the most successful crossover bands in recent history with acclaimed albums and constant sold-out tours. Turnstile wrote.

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Devildriver Announces New Lineup Changes, Teases Upcoming Touring Plans

Devildriver has announced new members this week. The band has welcomed back original bassist Jon Miller after more than a decade’s long absence from the scene! In addition, Devildriver has also added guitarist Alex Lee (Holy Grail) to the lineup, replacing Neal Tiemann. The band is hinting at announcing new tour dates for this fall in August, with more information coming soon!

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Sergio Vega and Deftones Part Ways

Bassist Sergio Vega is no longer a member of Deftones. Vega, who joined Deftones officially in 2009, posted to his popular Instagram account with the news of his departure. The band had shared a new photo minus Vega on social media, sparking speculation. He continues to be a member of Quicksand and has plans for more producing and DJ projects. You see his video below. Deftones will kickoff their long-awaited Notth American tour with Gojira.

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Gene Hoglan Quits Testament

In a new post to his official Instagram account, world-renowned drummer Gene “The Atomic Clock” Hoglan has quit thrash Legends Testament after 10 years as a recording and touring member of the band. No word yet from the band as to who will replace Gene. Testament heads out on the rescheduled tour dates for “The Bay Strikes Back” tour with Exodus and Death Angel this spring. Gene’s last album with Testament was 2020’s Titans’s of Creation, (Nuclear Blast) and you can read our review here.

Update: Testament has also shared a post wit hthe news, (see below) and the split is amicable.

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