According to a post on OPETH's Facebook, singer Mikael Åkerfeldt was in a car accident and "was rushed to the hospital" prior to the band's show at the Myth in Maplewood, Minnesota last night (May 7th). No other details his condition have been given although online reports say Åkerfeldt broke his arm and is said to be doing fine and expected to return to the tour shortly.
CHOICE OF WEAPON
Having never been an overly huge fan of The Cult, I've always struggled to understand the rabid way their fans follow them. Clearly, they are one of those bands that are polarizinng. Their fans tend to REALLY love their music. Being honest, I think songs like "Edie" and "She Sells Sanctuary" are pretty cool. I have a few albums, like ELECTRIC, LOVE and SONIC TEMPLE. They are cool I guess. I think they might just be a bit too artsy for my taste, to be perfectly honest.
As SLASH (VELVET REVOLVER, ex-GUNS N' ROSES) gears up for the May 22 release of his second solo studio album Apocalyptic Love, he's announced a run of headlining shows in North America kicking off July 12th and wrapping August 4th with up-and-coming Canadian group MONSTER TRUCK supporting.
An exclusive fan pre-sale begins this Wednesday, May 9th at 10 AM at Slashonline.com, and will feature packages including VIP meet and greets, and rare merch items such as signed guitars. Slash and his band. Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators, are currently touring the US, a mix of headlining dates and festivals (Carolina Rebellion, Rock On the Range, Rocklahoma).
Former INTO ETERNITY guitarist and "ambassador of Saskatchewan metal" Rob Doherty has suddenly passed. He played on the band's 2004 album Buried In Oblivion. Into Eternity mainman Tim Roth says that "he was a special part of our band. Our condolences go out to all of Rob's family and friends, and to all those, who Rob's music touched."
Doherty's band mates in FINAL DARKNESS issued the following statement: "It is with incredible sadness that we must say good bye to our brother Rob - you will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved you...thank you for being a part of our lives. May you find peace my friend..."
THE STRANGE CASE OF...
Sometimes I judge things without ever giving them a chance. This happens primarily because I get 30-40 releases to review. That said, if there's zero in the 1/10 of a second when I see the initial press release that interests me, a release goes low in the review pile. Most times, enough new stuff comes in where I don't end up getting to it. Halestorm is one of those bands that I just missed for what i guess has been 3 years. I remember when their debut came out I thought, based solely on the name of the band, that they were one of those horrible Celtic Folk Metal bands that Nuclear Blast seems to try to force me to like every quarter. I'll admit it, I judged this book by its cover (in this case, their name). Sorry about that.
Beer-chugging German thrash metal heroes TANKARD will release their 30th anniversary release, entitled A Girl Called Cerveza, on July 27th via Nuclear Blast. The album was jointly produced with Michael Mainx (BÖHSE ONKELZ, DER W, DISBELIEF, D-A-D) and features the following tracklisting:
With just 300 tickets remaining to the 2012 edition of the annual, multi-day Atlanta, GA hosted festival, organizer Glenn Harveston has issued his State Of The Union Address, regarding the show. Always the straight-shooter, he addresses some rumors, including the future of ProgPower USA. In short, if the show fails to sell out, or come damn near (in advance), then he's packing it in (ie: the end of the fest). There are currently no plans, nor negotiations underway and has rebuffed the money sponsors pledge for supporting particular bands attending the following year.
BAG OF BONES
Wow! Europe has been pretty good recently, but never in their career have they been this good. Yes folks, it seems that the band that created arguably the worst back to back hits the 80s hair scene had to offer ("The Final Countdown" and "Carrie") have completely reinvented themselves. By completely, I mean that there's not a single note of music here that could be mistaken for anything in the band's past. In fact, I'd bet most people wouldn't even recognize this as the same band.