Long-running Metal Festival experience Beyond The Gates has booked its final bands for 2020 to complete their lineup! Joining the bill are Candlemass, 1349, Whoredom Rife, Hexvessel and Year Of The Goat. Already announced bands include Mercyful Fate, Opeth, Enslaved, Heilung, Sodom and more! A limited number of 3 Day Festival passes and club tickets on sale at the links below. Beyond The Gates Festival Takes Place August 19 – 22 in Bergen, Norway. Continue reading
Psycho Las Vegas is returning for another round in the desert of Las Vegas at Mandalay Bay this summer on August 14th to 16th. Headlining will be Danzig, Emperor, Mercyful Fate, The Flaming Lips, Down, Mayhem, Satyricon, Blue Oyster Cult, Warpaint, Blonde Redhead, Ty Segall, Watain, Ulver, Thursday, At the Gates, Poison The Well, Cursive, Pinback, Boris, Windhand, Brutus, Mgla, boysetsfire, This Will Destroy You, Kaelan Mikla, Bombers, Mephistofeles and many more. High Roller 3-day VIP is already sold out, but general 3 -Day and pre-party Psycho Swim passes are on sale now at these links:
As we barrel into the new year we want to take one last look at our most popular news stories (by topic) on our website in 2019. Thanks for being here with us and choosing us for your music news, interviews, reviews and other entertaining content we try to provide daily! Continue reading
Sad news today as Heavy Metal legend and former Mercyful Fate bassist Timi Hansen has died after a long battle with cancer. His death was confirmed by his former bandmate, Mercyful Fate singer King Diamond, who shared the new on Facebook. The 61-year-old Hansen played in Mercyful Fate from 1981 to 1985 and again from 1992 to 1993. He was also a member of Kind Diamond from 1985 to 1987. Timi had to bow out of the previously announced 2020 Mercyful Fate reunion tour due to his illness. Hansen went public with his diagnosis in early August after it was announced that he wouldn’t participate. Filling in for him will be Armored Saint, Fates Warning, and Motor Sister bassist Joey Vera. On August 1, Timi released a statement via the Facebook page of Livia Zita-Bendix, wife of Kind Diamond, saying: “There are many questions about why I won’t appear as part of the Mercyful Fate reunion in 2020. The honest explanation is simply that I am currently fighting a fight against cancer. But believe me, I will fight everything I can to be ready. “It’s my big dream to be on stage again playing the old Mercyful Fate numbers in front of all of you very loyal fans. If this wasn’t going to happen, I’d like to ask you to take good care of Joey Vera. I totally agree with King that he is a perfect ‘stand-in,’ so take good care of him.”
We send out sympathies to Timi’s family, friends and fans at this difficult time. Continue reading
I wish I could say I knew Jonny Zazula back in the day, but I wasn’t quite old enough. Sure, I had heard all the stories. As a major Metallica and Anthrax fan, Jon and his wife Marsha’s life stories are Metal history as much as any riff, album or chorus. I bumped into Jon about twelve years ago at Starland Ballroom in New Jersey. I was there to see a Testament headline show. Jon and Eddie Trunk, who owes his career to Jon and Marsha to an extent, walked right by and I totally fanboyed out. I’m pretty sure I blurted out something lame like “Holy shit, Jonny Z! Thanks for everything!”, since that what was in my heart. He gave me like a half-pat on the arm, half a “hey dude I need to get by you” move and slipped past me on his way backstage. Trunk just smiled. That was my in-person brush with him, until a recent phone interview (coming soon) for this book release. The book is a memoir about an enterprising music lover who put a genre or two on his back and raised up everyone around him toward greatness.
It came as quite a shock when legendary Danish frontman King Diamond had to step away from music in 2010 to undergo triple heart-bypass surgery. Thankfully, just a couple of short years later, the rejuvenated frontman returned to the stage in all his corpse-painted, theatrical grandeur, choosing to keep his focus on touring rather than making an immediate return to the studio. Continue reading
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