It is with sad regret that we have to announce that Wayne Static, formerly of Static-X has passed away at the age of 48. Wayne's publicist confirmed this with Global Metal Apocalypse early this morning.
He was always known for his spiked up hair (which took around 20 minutes to do) and his highly successful band Static-X, of whom had their song 'The Only' featured on the Need For Speed: Underground video game. After Static-X split, he pursued his own successful solo career; with a reformation of Static-X in 2012 however this was very short-lived (split in 2013).
Wayne Static was confirmed earlier this week to tour with Drowning Pool and Powerman 5000 and over the next several months, their European stint was meant to take place at the following locations and dates:
1/8: Ekaterinburg, RUSSIA @ Tele Club
1/10: St Petersburg, RUSSIA @ Glav Club
1/11: Moscow, RUSSIA @ Glav Club
1/13: Norwich, ENGLAND @ Waterfront
1/14: Reading, ENGLAND @ Sub 89
1/15: Wolverhampton, ENGLAND @ Slade Rooms
1/16 Manchester, ENGLAND @ Club Academy
1/17 Glasgow, SCOTLAND @ Classic Grand
1/18: Newcastle, ENGLAND @ Riverside
1/19: Leeds, ENGLAND @ The Stylus
1/21: London, ENGLAND @ The Garage
1/22: Southampton, ENGLAND @ 1865
1/23: Brighton, ENGLAND @ Concorde 2
1/24: Plymouth, ENGLAND @ The Hub
1/25: Bristol, ENGLAND @ The Fleece
Wayne Richard Wells (Wayne Static) is survived by his widow Tera Wray
Cause of death has not been confirmed at this point, we will keep you all posted.
So whilst Metallica have had the utmost joy in becoming the first band in the world to play on all seven continents, The Defiled however have found solace by becoming the first band in the world to perform on an iceberg.
Before we turn our attention to the London industrialists, we at GMA would like to draw your attention to the band Arctic Spirits and their music video "Assiliarsuaq" which can be seen below. Arctic Spirits are one of the first ever metal bands from Greenland, yeah we bet Kerrang! and the like didn't tell you that!
Right well back to The Defiled, so an iceberg was transformed into not quite exactly a 'gig venue' per se, more like the most literal open-air concert you'll ever see and this all took place in the Greenland Sea (all in aid of the Jägermeister Ice Cold Gig, which if you like pits artists under jaw-dropping temperatures i.e. -30*C).
Rocking out in temperatures to a number of locals from nearby Kulusuk (of which is near Kulusuk Airport and features direct flights to Reykjavik in Iceland), all of whom attended the gig in Amon Amarth fashion via standing and watching the band perform from an array of fishing boats and leisure craft.
The Defiled's journey began with flying from London to Reykjavik (Iceland) and then got their connected flight to Kulusuk Airport, where they then traveled across ice and sea to their base on the neighbouring island of Tasiilaq (just over 2000 inhabitants).
Before taking the challenge head on, front-man Stitch D, along with keyboardist The AvD, bassist Vincent Hyde and drummer Needles spent time mingling with local musicians and watching them perform their own traditional music, before inviting them and other residents to come and witness their unique one-off performance. The choice of set? 30 minutes of insane music taken from their latest album "Daggers" (Nuclear Blast)
To thank the locals for making the gig happen, The Defiled donated their equipment to the local community hall, this happened upon hearing that the Kulusuk village music hall, and all of their equipment, had burnt down in a fierce winter storm. The donations included strings from Mapex and Blackstar, a donated drum kit and guitar amp to contribute to the rebuilding of the facilities.
Stitch D admitted that this performance was one of the most insane they have ever done, adding that "you see these things on TV documentaries but it’s not until you get to see them in real life that you realise just how big and amazing icebergs are. Although it was cold, I don’t think any of us noticed once we got started as the stage location literally takes your breath away."
He goes on to further add that:
“As a group of mates we’ve shared some amazing experiences together but this has been an adventure that has bought us closer together and something that we all feel really privileged to have been part of. We’ve made a lot of friends during our short stay here and donated some music equipment to the local people, so we look forward to coming back one day and playing a joint gig out here next time – maybe the first ever gig with two bands playing on two icebergs at the same time!”
In order to capture the gig and the breath-taking surroundings, the expedition team turned to the latest technology to film and photograph the gig – utilizing state-of-the-art ‘octocopter flying drone cameras’ to hover above and alongside the iceberg which are controlled remotely from the flotilla of boats nearby.
Tom Carson, Jägermeister music manager, added:
“As far as stage backdrops go, I don’t think you’ll find anything more impressive than this. We’re used to staging events at music venues and summer festivals, so it made for an interesting change to be checking ‘berg suitability’ as part of the pre-event checks as opposed to the typical band riders and sound systems."
“We’ve worked with The Defiled for a number of years now as part of our Jägermusic programme and we’re extremely grateful to them for accepting the Jägermeister Ice Cold Gig challenge and staging one of the most unique sets we’ve witnessed – we hope the locals of Kulusuk enjoyed it as much as we did.”
View pictures of The Defiled taking on the Jägermeister Ice Cold Gig Challenge here
The Defiled tour dates:
Tickets for all shows available at http://kililive.com/artists/the-defiled
Cradle Of Filth singer Dani Filth has contributed vocals to the forthcoming Motionless In White 'Reincarnate' album to be released on September 15th, for the song 'Puppets lll'. Maria Brink and Tom Hane from In This Moment also guest. MIW frontman Chris Motionless has said, 'It's very cool and we're really excited for people to hear it'.
Dan also takes over Johnny Doom's evening session on Kerrang! Radio for a week beginning Monday 14th July, whilst said DJ is on holiday. Listen to his nightly buffoonery on DAB digital radio, Freeview, online at www.kerrangradio.co.uk or through one of the free Kerrang! Music apps, all next week between 7 and 10pm... When he will also premiere an exclusive Devilment track, - 'Summer Arteries' - which shall be aired once a show.
Sad to say that it is true, Aaron Curse is no longer a member of The Defiled. Everyone at the GMA Team wishes him a bright and prosperous future, he will always be a Defiled musician. x
Gearing up to open the main stage at this weekend’s Sonisphere festival at Knebworth House (headlined by The Prodigy, Iron Maiden & Metallica), London metallers The Defiled have released the video for their latest single “Infected”.
Featuring stunning 3D animation from the London based Smoke And Guns Productions, the video tells a twisted tale of epidemic infection, while the band rock out in a fire and stripper filled morgue.
Stitch D explains that the band has "done performance videos, we’ve tried our hand at acting, and our last video did not even have us in it", naturally they wanted to do something unique and so what better way to achieve this than by using Lego, as he explains "With animation, anything is possible – if we want a helicopter, no problem, if we want a massive machine gun mounted on a jeep, ditto". Of course he is disappointed that the real thing did not happen, no strippers nor pyrotechnics.
Keyboardist The AvD adds: "Fuck yeah! Suicide, murder, disease, fire, helicopters, machine guns, strippers and lego – this has got it all".
Regarding Aaron Curse's departure (as seen in the video), he admits that the band "are sad to see him go, but you can’t fuck with fate. He is probably down there in hell right now, creeping out Satan and his minions. He will be missed".
To see the video in full and find out what happened to Curse, click here
The Defiled open the main stage of Sonisphere Festival Friday 4th July 2014, their first show as a four piece..For more information check www.sonisphere.co.uk
Swedish death-glam quartet Deathstars have rescheduled their previously-announced March UK dates for November and also confirmed an additional 3 shows. The band issued the following statement - "We have been forced to re-schedule our upcoming European Tour "Claws Through Europe" due to a pushed back album release date. At the same time the tour will be extended to run for a longer period of time and cover more cities throughout Europe and the UK. Bought tickets be will valid for the new dates"
The full list of dates are now as follows and tickets will go on sale on Monday Feb 24th:
SUN 2nd THEKLA, BRISTOL
MON 3rd ACADEMY 3, MANCHESTER
TUE 4th CATHOUSE, GLASGOW
WED 5th O2 ACADEMY 2, NEWCASTLE
THU 6th SLADE ROOMS, WOLVERHAMPTON
FRI 7th THE GARAGE, LONDON
The band are also putting the finishing touches to their 4th studio album, due for release in June 2014, their first since 2009's 'Night Electric Night'.
Swedish Industrial Gothic / Glam Metal quintet Deathstars are pleased to announce that their much-anticipated new studio album is set for release in February 2014 via Nuclear Blast Records, their first since 2009’s "Night Electric Night". The recordings will take place in Studio Bohus with Roberto Laghi who will co-produce the album together with 'Nightmare Industries'. Cat Casino had left the band for other ventures and naturally "Night Electric Night" is the only album he is featured on, meaning Deathstars have now reverted back to their original four-piece setup.
Lead vocalist Whiplasher Bernadotte shares his thoughts on the forthcoming full-length:
'Deathstars is an adventure for us. It’s as if it is a phenomenon of it’s own, and our forum for destruction, glitter and darkness. We are very excited about the new material and every time we hit the studio we never know what the outcome will be, i mean we have a general idea but we’re never a 100% sure how the final result will be until we’re done and can sit back and listen to it'.
This UK tour will be a showcase of everything Deathstars have achieved as a band so far, and also support their newly released material! Tour dates as follows (Ticket links included):
TUE 25 MARCH - LONDON - THE GARAGE
WED 26 MARCH - MANCHESTER - ACADEMY 3
THU 27 MARCH - WOLVERHAMPTON - SLADE ROOMS
Stay tuned for more info regarding their forthcoming album and supports to be announced soon!
Andreas 'Whiplasher Bernadotte' Bergh - Vocals
Emil 'Nightmare Industries' Nödtveidt - Lead Guitar, Keyboards
Jonas 'Skinny Disco' Kangur - Bass Guitar, Backing Vocals
Oscar 'Vice' Leander - Drums
Industrial metallers hERETICS iN tHE lAB unveil new lyric video for 'Some People' via VampireFreaks.com
hERETICS iN tHE lAB are currently set to release their new album, "Suture", via Sacrifice Records on November 12, 2013. Today, VampireFreaks.com is unleashing the band’s brand new lyric video for the track ‘Some People’. Check it out now at this location.
Main instrumentalist and producer h3 explains the meaning behind the track, stating, “‘Some People’ is a song about pacified people who want be told what to think and want to believe what they're told. It's a warning to make sure those same people know to stay away from me."
h3 is the primary backbone of hERETICS iN tHE lAB on "Suture". Although the band performs live with additional members M1 (keys), tB (drums), kV (guitars), h3 creates all that is hERETICS iN tHE lAB, not unlike many of industrial’s greatest musical minds.
Drawing comparisons to Ministry, Nine Inch Nails, Bile and Marilyn Manson, hERETICS iN tHE lAB has established themselves in the underground goth / industrial scene as a force to be reckoned with while still managing to appeal to more mainstream fans of heavy metal and rock. Known for the shear emotional intensity of their live shows as well as their erratic unpredictable song structures hERETICS iN tHE lAB consistently challenges unprepared audiences and leaves them awe-inspired.
Born from social loathing, an evolved conscious, and experimentation in sonic terrorism, Virginia-natives hERETICS iN tHE lAB take elements of industrial music, fine art, post-apocalyptic rock and roll, and avant-garde sound-scapes to form an incredibly intense hard-line industrial music experience drenched in ego and libido.
The band has a static video out now for their first single ‘Skin’, available for viewing here.
The band will perform at a few local tour dates in the come months. See below for all dates, including the CD release party for "Suture".
Upcoming hERETICS iN tHE lAB tour dates:
10/25 Washington, DC @ Phase 1 Dupont – Bound Festival
10/31 Virginia Beach, VA @ The Jewish Mother Hilltop w/ Deist Requiem & Pillbuster
11/12 Norfolk, VA @ The Wave ***CD Release Party***
_Swiss Industrial Modern Metallers Sybreed have announced their forthcoming dates.
The Great Mechanical Hate tour (Mnemic / HateSphere / Sybreed)
Th. 04.10. Copenhagen (DK) Lygten
Fr. 05.10. Kristiansand (NO) - Kick Scene
Sa. 06.10. Veissenfels (GER) - Schlosskelle
Su. 07.10. Darmstadt (GER) Steinbruch Theater
Mo. 08.10. München (GER) Backstage
Tu. 09.10. Graz (A) Explosiv
We. 10.10. Wien (A) Escape
Th. 11.10. Bratislava (SK) Randal Club
Fr. 12.10. Cottbus (GER) Gladhouse
Sa. 13.10. Aarhus (Dk) Radar
Euroblast Festival (Headlining the warm up show)
Th. 18.10. Köln (GER) Euroblast Festival (warm-up show)
We. 31.10. Zug (CH) Galvan www.sybreed.com
Global Metal Apocalypse has learnt that Rammstein are now confirmed as the second headliners for Download Festival 2013, this follows in wake that Iron Maiden will also headline.
We will endeavour to catch up with both band's at some point soon.
Until then, I have a fear of the dark mitt mein feuer frei.
Explosive sextet Motionless In White are thrilled to announce their first North American headline tour for this fall.
"We couldn't be more excited to be heading out on our first full headline tour this fall" notes lead singer Chris Motionless. "We've spent a long time waiting for this moment, and can't wait to kick off 'Infamous' and the next phase of Motionless In White in the best f*cking way possible. I won't give too many things away, but I will say that you will definitely leave knowing you just witnessed a true SHOW."
The Infamous Tour, presented by Rockstar Energy Drink, kicks off on November 8 in Burlington, VT, and will hit 31 cities across the country, more dates to be announced soon. The tour includes support from Chelsea Grin, Stick To Your Guns, Crown The Empire, and label mates Upon This Dawning. The tour follows a huge summer on Vans Warped Tour, headline dates in Japan and a sold out tour of the UK this September.
The tour comes in support of forthcoming album 'Infamous'. Produced by Jason Suecof (August Burns Red, The Black Dahlia Murder, Whitechapel) and Tim Skold (Marilyn Manson), 'Infamous' is the band's second full-length, and is set for release this fall.
Rockstar Energy Drink presentes The Infamous Tour Dates:
Motionless In White w/ Chelsea Grin, Stick To Your Guns, Crown The Empire, & Upon This Dawning
11/8 - Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground
11/11 - Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
11/13 - Charlotte, NC @ Amos
11/15 - St Petersburg, FL @ State Theatre
11/17 - Ft Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room
11/20 - Cincinnati, OH @ Bogarts
11/21 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's
11/24 - Montreal, QC @ Le Tulipe
11/25 - Toronto, ON @ Virgin Mobile Mod Club
11/26 - London, ON @ London Music Hall
11/27 - Pontiac, MI @ The Crofoot Ballroom
11/30 - Dallas, TX @ The Door
12/2 - Odessa, TX @ Dos Amigos
12/4 - Tempe, AZ @ Nile Theatre
12/5 - West Hollywood, CA @ House of Blues
12/6 - Pomona, CA @ Glasshouse
12/7 - San Diego, CA @ Soma
12/8 - Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades
12/11 - Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall
12/12 - Des Moines, IA @ Wooly's
12/13 - Chicago, IL @ The Bottom Lounge
12/14 - Pittsburgh, PA @ The Ironworks
12/15 - New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
12/16 - Philadelphia, PA @ TLA
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