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David Ellefson Launches New Death-Thrash Band Dieth, Debuts First Single!

After his ouster from the legendary thrash outfit last year in the wake of a sexually scandalous video chat leak, Ellefson first remerged with The Lucid, which features members of Sponge and Fear Factory. Now, he’s teamed with death metal veterans guitarist/vocalist Guilherme Miranda (Entombed A.D., 2019-2021) and Michał Łysejko (Decapitated, 2014-2018) and it’s definitely the heaviest band Ellefson has been a part of yet.

Former Megadeth bassist David Ellefson has debuted another new band, Dieth. The international death-thrash power trio has just released a music video for the brutal new song “In the Hall of the Hanging Serpents,” offering the first glimpse at what is certainly more to come.

“It has been so much happening lately (in life), feeling the need to express ourselves accordingly. Create something new, have a fresh start,” comments Miranda. “Personally,” he continues, “it was a matter of life or death to come back playing music. To do something truly meaningful and finally cope with the anger and grief. Sometimes you have to die inside to be reborn. This is what Dieth represents, a new sonic driving force that leave the past behind.”

Ellefson adds, “The three of us have all been recognized in our respective bands and careers but at some point, we had to close the door on those exploits to let something new begin and now we have found it in Dieth. In fact, the name itself is about dying to one’s past so that something new can spring forth to create the next chapter of life. And, that is a connection the three of us hold in common.”

“For me, Dieth is awakening from a creative lethargy, with the full feeling that the time has come,” Łysejko says, “The lightness with which Dieth’s music flows from us, combining our inspirations and experiences into a whole, is proof of this. The fact that the band was formed in the tri-city I come from has a symbolic meaning for me.”

The song is equal parts thrash and death metal with nonstop hooks, both in the riffing department and through Miranda’s gravely growls. Take a listen below.


Source: Loudwire.com


SEBASTIAN BACH Reveals Slave To The Grind 30th Anniversary Tour Dates

Sebastian Bach has been teasing a 30th-anniversary tour for the legendary Skid Row album Slave to the Grind for quite a while now, and he’s finally come through on the promise.

Bach announced a slew of dates along with a message explaining what fans can expect:

“30 years ago in the year 1991 we released our second record entitled ‘Slave To The Grind’. This album was a collaborative effort between the band members written in our basements and rehearsal rooms in New Jersey shortly after we got off the road for the first record. We had an incredible time coming up with the songs in New Jersey and then bringing in our producer Michael Wagener to help out before we took the whole band and crew down to Gloria Estefan’s New River studios in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. We all lived there recording the record and the stories I could tell……!!

“After recording in Florida, we headed to Burbank, California to finish the album and how proud we were of the results. I remember driving down Ventura Boulevard. We had a cassette of the song ‘Monkey Business’ mix that we cranked over and over again in the car at about 4 in the morning heading back to our hotel. The music was crushing when we made it then and 30 years later it still stands the test of time.

“Solidifying the family vibe making this album was the choice to have my father the late David Bierk RIP (1944-2002) create and paint the album cover. Commissioned by Atlantic Records’ Bob Defrin, the cover art is based on the songs themselves and inspired by Caravaggio. The artwork is a story in and of itself. In association with the artist estate, we will incorporate never-before-seen photos during the show detailing the creation of the album cover, which used actual live models playing out the scene in my Dad’s studio back in 1990 – 1991.

“None of us could believe the day ‘Slave To The Grind’ came out and became the first heavy rock album to debut at Number One on the Billboard album chart. The band were naturally ecstatic as were the record company and all involved…. As well as my father and my family.

“I look forward to playing ‘Slave To The Grind’ in its entirety in the USA this fall for the 30th anniversary and for the first time offer a look behind the scenes into the creation of the album cover artwork. Looking forward to seeing you all on the road in 2021 with very special guests from Detroit Michigan, Kaleido! See you at the show!”

Here are the dates:

Sep. 25 – Waterloo, NY – The Vine at Del Lago Casino*
Oct. 01 – Grapevine, TX – Glass Cactus
Oct. 03 – Cedar Park, TX – Haute Spot
Oct. 05 – Oklahoma City, OK – Diamond Ballroom
Oct. 07 – Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
Oct. 09 – San Antonio, TX – Tierra Sagrada Rockfest*
Oct. 12 – Hopewell, VA – Beacon
Oct. 13 – Bristol, TN – Paramount Center
Oct. 15 – New York, NY – Sony Hall
Oct. 16 – Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Soundstage
Oct. 17 – Asbury Park, NJ – Stone Pony
Oct. 19 – New Haven, CT – Toad’s Place
Oct. 20 – Middletown, NY – Orange County Fair Speedway Arena
Oct. 22 – Boston, MA – Big Night Live
Oct. 23 – Philadelphia, PA – Theatre of Living Arts
Oct. 25 – Virginia Beach, VA – Elevation 27
Oct. 26 – Greensburg, PA – Palace Theatre
Oct. 29-Nov. 3 – Miami, FL – Kiss Kruise*
Nov. 06 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Culture Room
Nov. 07 – Orlando, FL – Hard Rock Live
Nov. 09 – Atlanta, GA – Variety Playhouse
Nov. 10 – Nashville, TN – Brooklyn Bowl
Nov. 12 – Louisville, KY – Mercury Ballroom
Nov. 13 – Cleveland, OH – MGM Northfield
Nov. 14 – Cincinnati, OH – Bogarts
Nov. 17 – Grand Rapids, MI – Intersection
Nov. 18 – Ft. Wayne, IN – The Clyde
Nov. 19 – Detroit, MI – Harpos
Nov. 21 – Minneapolis, MN – Skyway Theatre
Nov. 27 – Denver, CO – Gothic
Nov. 29 – Billings, MT – Pub Station-Ballroom
Nov. 30 – Great Falls, MT – The Newberry
Dec. 02 – Suquamish, WA – Clearwater Casino
Dec. 03 – Portland, OR – Aladdin
Dec. 06 – San Francisco, CA – August Hall
Dec. 11 – Blue Lake, CA – Blue Lake Casino
Dec. 16 – Los Angeles, CA – Fonda
Dec. 17 – San Diego, CA – House of Blues
* No support

Source: MetalInjection


Mordred’s First Album in Over 25 Years Comes Out This Friday

Given the music Axl and I were most stoked on as impressionable pre-teens in the early-mid ’90s (Living Colour, Faith No More, Queensryche, early RHCP, obviously Metallica, etc.), it’s a wonder we never stumbled upon Mordred. MTV and the major label cartel had a hold over what reached our influenceable little ears, I suppose.

The Dark Parade, the band’s first album in over 25 years, comes out this Friday. The singles the band’s released from the record so far are my very first exposure to Mordred. And like whoa, dudes, where have you been all my life?? (that’s a rhetorical questions; don’t answer it).

Since I spaced on writing up the album’s first two singles, “Malignancy” — which features appearances from fellow Bay Area metalheads Chuck Billy (Testament), Will Carroll (Death Angel) and Matt Camacho (Forbidden) — and “Demonic #7,” I’ll post those along with the latest, “Eyes on the Prize,” both of which absolutely slap. Of the latter, the band’s guitarist Danny White explains:

“This song is based on the idea of manifest destiny here in America, set to the backdrop of the transcontinental railway construction of the late 1800s. I was watching a show called ‘Hell on Wheels,’ and it just struck me that manifest destiny and the idea that ruling America at all costs, plundering its resources and subjugating its indigenous inhabitants is somehow divinely preordained seemed antithetical to what a divine being originally intended. Colonization is an ugly business.”

The Dark Parade comes out via M-Theory Audio this Friday, July 23; pre-order here.

Source: MetalSucks



KK’s Priest, the band featuring former Judas Priest guitarist K.K. Downing, are streaming the new song “Brothers Of The Road”, featured on the upcoming release, Sermons Of The Sinner. 

With Downing on guitar, KK’s Priest also features ex-Judas Priest member Tim “Ripper” Owens on vocals, who fronted the band for eight years and recorded two studio albums, Jugulator and Demolition, plus two live albums. They are joined by Tony Newton (Voodoo Six) on bass, A.J. Mills (Hostile) on guitar and Sean Elg (DeathRiders/Cage) on drums. Original drummer, Les Binks, unfortunately sustained a wrist injury, but will make special guest live appearances when the band tours.

Sermons Of The Sinner will be released on August 20. Pre-order / pre-save options are now available here. An exclusive autographed limited edition silver vinyl LP version with bonus CD is available.


“Hellfire Thunderbolt”
“Sermons Of The Sinner”
“Sacerdote Y Diablo”
“Raise Your Fists”
“Brothers Of The Road”
“Metal Through And Through”
“Wild And Free”
“Hail For The Priest”
“Return Of The Sentinel”

Source: BraveWords



French modern metallers, Dagoba, are back. After putting their stamp on the metal scene with their unique blend of metal and neckbreaking grooves, relentlessly touring and sharing the stage with legendary acts like Machine Head and In Flames, Dagoba have signed with leading Austrian metal label Napalm Records to bring their career to the next level.

On the new single “The Hunt”, the four-piece is back with their most ambitious material yet: punishing vocals, groove and modern metal infused guitars, and hard-hitting production prove that Dagoba are on top of their game – pushing their boundaries and incorporating electronic elements seamlessly into their modern metal formula! Combined with an impressive, ambitious music video, Dagoba are hinting at what they have planned for their eighth full-length album.

Dagoba on their new single and video for “The Hunt”: “We are super stoked about this release! ‘The Hunt’ has been our biggest video production so far, and the final result even exceeded our expectations. Being big fans of Blade Runner, Drive, and Akira, it’s super exciting to see the mix of these influences in our own music video.From writing and composing the track until its release, ‘The Hunt’ has been a very long and tough journey for us. But the song and video we are releasing turned out to be even more exciting than we expected it when we started project ‘ The Hunt’. We would like to thank all our fans and backers of the project “The Hunt” who helped us bringing this ambitious video project to life. Without them, the video would not have been as cinematic as it is right now. THANK YOU! Stronger together.”

“The Hunt” is available as a standalone single, as well as a limited 7” vinyl that features an exclusive remix of “The Hunt”, showcasing how far Dagoba can take their electronic influences on their upcoming material – a must-have for true fans of modern metal.

Pre-order the 7” single of “The Hunt” here.


Shawter – vocals/machines
Ritch DM – guitar
Kawa – bass
Theo – drums

Source: BraveWords


Decapitated Comment on Ongoing Issues Stemming From 2017 Sexual Assault Accusations

Decapitated have released a statement about ongoing issues they are facing stemming from sexual assault accusations leveled their way in 2017, claiming that people have been using those past allegations to attempt to have shows canceled on their upcoming tour of the U.K. and Europe.

An unidentified woman accused all four Decapitated band members of rape while on tour in Spokane, WA in August of 2017. They were arrested on September 8, charged with kidnapping and rape (in varying degrees) — denying all the charges — and remained in jail until December, when they posted bail and returned home. A trial was set for January of 2018 but was dropped by the prosecution before it could proceed, with prosecutors citing concern for the well-being of the alleged victim, the band’s defense attorney citing a previous record of the alleged victim lying to the police, and the band citing new evidence proving their innocence as reasons the case would not move forward.

Since their release, Decapitated have returned to touring, although not in the U.S. Guitarist Wacław Kiełtyka (aka Vogg) has also joined Machine Head, replacing that band’s long-time member Phil Demmel. Just last week, Decapitated announced a 25th anniversary tour of the U.K. and Europe in early 2022.

In their new statement, the first time the band has publicly addressed the issue since 2018, the members of Decapitated collectively express hesitance to open old wounds but a compulsion to do so as a result of efforts to bring down their newly announced tour. While saying they “strongly” condemn issues of “actual sexual abuse,” they maintain and stress their innocence in the 2017 incident, saying “We have known the truth and the truth will always win.”

The full statement reads as follows:

“As many of you may or may not be aware, back in 2017 in the midst of our USA tour we had the worst experience of our lives during the time we got arrested and jailed after being falsely accused of sexual assault. We went through hell and back. After all charges got dropped when evidence that would prove our innocence came to light and we were able to return to Poland, we made a short statement about the situation and had decided not to go into any sort of detail. The band had not been found guilty and we didn’t want to share much, if any, of the details of what we had to go through.

“We have known the truth and the truth will always win.

“Unfortunately, it has been brought to our attention that a small group of people, who know nothing about our case or have any connection to it or us, have been reaching out directly to some of our beloved UK venues and promoters of the 25 year anniversary EU/UK tour that we announced earlier this week, bringing up old articles from when we got arrested, in an attempt to cause damage to the band and our shows.
Over the past weeks and months, we’ve heard about several industry players (be it bands, promoters or agents) rightfully coming under fire after severe allegations of unacceptable misconduct.

“This is absolutely unrelated to Decapitated. We have nothing to do with this and don’t deserve to be dragged through the mud again.

“The band has ZERO interest in rehashing the past and certainly, the scars need to be kept closed. We value the emotional and mental health of our band members and ALL involved in their lives. We will not go back to one of the, if not, the worst times of our lives. It hurts us that some people are forcing us to go relive all those terrible feelings again, while we moved on and have been working very hard to rebuild this band.

“Our members, family, label, closest fans, friends and people from the music industry have helped every step of the way to keep us afloat, as well as mentally and emotionally strong.

“Decapitated has never used and will never build their strategy and recognition, or look for media attention, by talking about private life, being scandalists, or provoking and offending others.

“But once and for all to set the record straight: We strongly stand with the victims of ACTUAL sexual abuse, homophobia, racism and strongly condemn any actions or sentiment of this kind, ALWAYS! There is NO room for this in our beloved metal community (or anywhere else). Accusations related to any kind of abuse or assault should always be taken seriously. Sexual harassment does happen and it is horrible.
But false accusations do also happen and can also very easily and rapidly destroy lives, relationships and careers. Unfortunately, we experienced this first hand and this keeps chasing us to this very day. It is very unfortunate and disrespectful that some people are trying to take this away from real survivors of abuse.

“After months of hard work together with our team, we were very excited to announce our 25 year anniversary tour this week. In case some venue or promoter would still want to cancel our show, it would sadden us deeply but we will respect that decision and move on.

“We cannot wait to hit the road again after these challenging Covid times and hope to see many of you on one (or more) of our below tour dates.

“Thank you once again to everyone who has supported us over the years.”

Source: MetalSucks


GO AHEAD AND DIE (SOULFLY, KHEMMIS) Teases More Of Their Debut Album

Go Ahead And Die, the new band featuring vocalist and guitarist Max Cavalera (SoulflyCavalera Conspiracy, etc.), guitarist and bassist Igor Amadeus Cavalera, and drummer Zach Coleman (KhemmisBlack Curse), continues to tease their debut album.

Now we’ve got this and the original tease, both of which sound more than promising and plenty heavy!

 According to Go Ahead and Die‘s label Nuclear Blast, the band’s sound will be death metal and thrash metal with a little early Celtic Frost and “a punk rock attitude.”

Source: MetalInjection


MEGADETH’s New Album Is “Almost Done”.

According to bassist David Ellefson in an interview with The Dan Chan Show, Megadeth’s new album is almost done.

Ellefson credits the album taking forever due to serious circumstances like guitarist and vocalist Dave Mustaine having throat cancer and the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The new Megadeth album is almost done — rounding the corners into the ‘final final.’ It’s funny, ’cause we’d kind of been working on it for four years. Look, COVID, of course, last year changed the course of everything, and Dave went through throat cancer treatments the year before that, 2019. So, there have been some diversions. But at the same time, the record’s always been being worked on.”

“It’s funny — my view is that it’s probably kind of been in the works similar to Dystopia; we’re almost on the exact same timeline of when it’s gonna be finished, mixed [and] delivered. And, of course, as the world keeps attempting to open and then was shutting back down again, especially with live music, you always wanna try to release things around touring opportunities and promotional opportunities.

“So the fact that we’ve been able to work diligently on it and not sort of be boxed into a tour that would then get canceled or postponed, it’s actually been good. In hindsight, it’s all working out just fine.”

The new Megadeth album will also feature a cover song that Mustaine has not yet revealed to fans.

Source: MetalInjection


Grunt “Discipline” pre-orders, start next Wednesday.

Grunt upcoming record “Discipline” will incarnate through the following deluxe bundle that will be out on April 2nd 2021.

Orders: www.larvae.pt

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