In sad news, Wayne Static from industrial metal legends Static-X passed away earlier this month at the age of 48. Static-X rose to fame with their debut album Wisconsin Death Trip in 1999 and disbanded in 2010 before a brief reunion in 2012 to 2013. It has been a tough year with the deaths of other musical heroes such as Dave Brockie from Gwar, and Jason McCash from The Gates of Slumber. RIP Wayne.
After crushing the HiFi opening for Sepultura last month, Brisbane’s In Death have hit the studio to record a new single to be released early in 2015. Front man Krug said about the song, ”Godzilla is an untamed beast roaming the wild plains of the soundscapes. He will make love to your ears rather violently, and eat your children, but you will come away feeling rather satisfied”. Sounds like it is going to be epic!
UK metalcore band Architectsare heading back down under for a headline tour in 2015. The band were recently seen here on tour with The Amity Affliction to glowing reviews. Catch them at The HiFi in Brisbane on 18 April.
Everybody’s favourite industrial metal madman Al Jourgensen has announced the touring line up for Ministry.The new line up consists of Prong guitarist Monte Pittman, Tony Campos from Static-X on bass, Sin Quirin on guitars, Aaron Rossi on drums and John Bechdel on keys. The band will make their first trip to Australia in well over a decade as part of the Soundwave Festival in 2015 and the latest Ministry album From Beer To Eternity is out now.
Gold Coast’s hardest working metal band Azreal are set to release a video for their song Surveying The Fearful. The track comes off the band’s sophomore album Premonition which was released to critical acclaim earlier this year. Keep an eye on the band’s social media pages for more information on their upcoming gigs and video release date.
American progressive metal heroes (I refuse to use the term djent) Periphery will release their new double album Juggernaut: Alpha & Juggernaut: Omega on 23 January through Roadrunner Records. The band was here at the start of 2014 for a tour with Animals As Leaders so hopefully we will see them on our shores again soon in support of the new release.
In surprising news, former Nevermore shredder Jeff Loomis has joined Arch Enemy in time for their upcoming European tour.
Loomis left Nevermore in 2011 citing personal and musical differences and released his second solo album Plains of Oblivion in 2012. Arch Enemy’s amazing latest album War Eternal is out now through Century Media.
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