After just a few short years, bassist Brandon Bruce has departed the lineup of Thrash Metallers Havok. The split appears to be amicable, as the band shared Brandon’s message on Facebook. No word yet on who the replacement will be. Havok’s latest studio album is V, released May 1st, 2020 via Century Media Records. (review here)
Nightwish has announced the replacement for Marco Hietala, who has retired from the band. Jukka Koskinen (Wintersun) will be the bassist for the band as their support their “Human. :II: Nature” album World Tour. Continue reading
Delain has made a startling announcement that most of the current lineup of the band has been disbanded, with only founder/keyboardist/composer Martijn Westerholt remaining. Martijn plans to “keep Delain alive” by taking it back to a project form, releasing new music with special guests. Apparently, all of the former bandmates will continue with music, with vocalist Charlotte Wessels going full-time with the solo project she launched on Patreon during the start pandemic.
After Metal Sucks broke the news overnight that Tommy Vext had quit Bad Wolves, the remaining members: guitarists Doc Coyle and Chris Cain, drummer John Boecklin, and bassist Kyle Konkiel have released a statement confirming their split with the vocalist. The band will seek a replacement while Tommy goes on to a solo career. Vext claimed earlier this week in a social media post he was the main songwriter of the band and the test of the group were his employees, on top of increasing divisiveness over politics, and other issues Tommy faced recently, maybe this is for the best for all parties.
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
Brazillian Thrash Metal band Nervosa has lost two members as bassist/vocalist Fernanda Lira and drummer Luana Dametto have left the band. Each made sperate posts, and the split seems amicable, as both are working on new projects already, TBA. Founder and sole remaining member, guitarist Prika Amaral, has stated in a social media post that she will carry on with the band, although she offered no further details. You can read the posts from Fernanda and Luana below. The bands’ 2018 album Downfall of Mankind was released via Napalm Records. Continue reading
Prog Metal Entheos band has returned with new music and a new lineup. ‘Remember You Are Dust’ is their new single and the band announced a major lineup change. With the departure of guitarist Travis LeVrier, Entheos plans to move forward as a duo; featuring current members Chaney Crabb on vocals and drummer Navene Koperweis taking the helm as a recording musician and primary songwriter for the drums, guitar, and bass. The group plans to incorporate a touring bassist and guitarist on future tours for the foreseeable future. More details can be found via the article seen here. Listen to the new track below.Continue reading
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
Bummer news as California-based Psychedelic Stoner band Old Blood has announced their singer Feathers is departing the group for other opportunities. They have their last gig booked together on May 10th at Petie’s Place in Tarzana, CA, and have a replacement lined up, but as yet unannounced. Old Blood is tight and we love their sound. We’re looking forward to new music from the group as well as what comes next for Feathers. Continue reading
Lineup changes are coming to Death Metal gorelords Aborted as longtime guitarist Mendel bij de Leij has left the band. The group shared a Facebook post announcing the split, which is amicable. Harrison Patuto (Vale of Pnath, Dissonance in Design) will perform on the upcoming US tour dates. No permanent replacement has been named yet. The band is out on the road touring behind 2018’s well-regarded TerrorVision album (Century Media). Continue reading