Bad Seed Rising Call It Quits

Bad Seed Rising have announced that they will be calling it quits. Their final show will be held at the Carroll County Arts Center in Westminster, MD on September 11.

The band commented:

“We are sad to announce that BSR has come to an end. After 5 years, it is time for us to part our separate ways. Mason and Aiden have simply decided to move on in another direction without us, and although it sucks, we humbly respect that decision and wish them the best of luck. There’s no bad blood between any of us, we will always still be brothers (and sister).

We want to thank all of you so much for supporting us throughout the years. We truly appreciate everything everyone has done for us to get us where we have gone. Nothing could ever replace all of the memories and accomplishments we’ve made. So help us create one last incredible memory. Bad Seed Rising will be playing at the Carroll County Arts Center in Westminster, MD on Mon, Sep 11, at 7:00 PM. You can purchase tickets at the door or here online http://badseedrising.info. Please help us make this last hurrah amazing. Thank you all so much, we hope to see you guys there.

Love, Francheska, Mason, Louey, and Aiden.”

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Dark Sermon Call It Quits

It looks like Dark Sermon have decided to call it quits. Despite this, Johnny Crowder will continue to make music with his new band Prison.

Crowder commented:

“Hey all, J here. My eyes are flooding as I type this, but you deserve to hear it.

Dark Sermon has been my life’s work for nearly a decade – an unforgettable whirlwind of sweat, flat tires, and insane tours. In my head, DS would live on forever, but life rarely follows the imaginary paths we paint for it.

At this point, we have fulfilled our contracts with eOne and Nuclear Blast. This, coupled with a rather unforgiving season of rotten luck, led several members to retire from touring altogether. While I was stubbornly determined to press on, the remaining members decided that now would be a good time to let DS rest.

Initially, I couldn’t accept it, but now I understand. Since high school, we’ve barely had a moment to tend to anything outside of the band. Looking back, I see how undying dedication to one solitary thing can lead to imbalance.

Is Dark Sermon done? Unfortunately, that is not up to me. However, I can’t just stop writing music and sharing it with the world. This is why I created my new band, Prison. You can watch our new music video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vRd5npZccM8) or preorder our new record (https://prisonfl.bandcamp.com/) if you’d like to support us.

Although I am still trying to make peace with this situation, Dark Sermon brought immeasurable healing to me and countless others. And for that, I will never, ever forget it – or you.

To everyone who has followed my personal journey with mental illness, faith, and sobriety, thank you. Whether you decide to accompany me in this new chapter or not, you’ve already given me more than I could ask for. You saved my life.

I love each and every one of you. Deeply.

Goodbye for now.
Yours forever,

J [Johnny Crowder]”

letlive. Call It Quits

letlive. have revealed that they are calling it quits. You can read the band’s full statement below.

“In the summer of 2002 this thing we call “letlive.” began in a garage in a small suburb of Los Angeles with one goal in mind. Above all else, letlive. was meant to be an idea not an outfit. This idea took its roots in honesty, humility, and finding an ironic strength in vulnerability. This is how it all began and it must end in the same fashion.

We have been granted opportunities and experiences beyond anything we could have ever imagined and we are well aware that none of the aforementioned would be possible without you. Your support, investments, and genuine belief have been nothing short of inspiring which is what allowed us to create these works while enduring the unsettling ebb and flow of career musicianship. With this in mind we would like to take this time to exhibit said transparency and explain that over time a divergence in views and aims has developed within the camp- and, for the moment, the impact that has on letlive.

as a group is that there will be no further activity for the foreseeable future. We want to thank every single person that we were privileged enough to make a connection with through this vessel. We will no longer write the soundtrack, but the most important element, the idea, will continue as long as you allow it to. You are and always will be letlive.

All ll.ove,
Jason Aalon Butler, Loniel Robinson, Ryan Johnson, & Jeffrey Sahyoun“

Purson Say Goodbye With “Chocolate Money” Single

Purson, who recently disbanded, decided to leave fans with one last single titled “Chocolate Money.” You can stream that via Spotify.

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Rosalie Cunningham commented:

“‘Chocolate Money‘ is a snapshot of the ostentatious decadence of the ’70s. The mythical rock star character with his double-entendre and self-centred hedonism. The industry has become a very different world since then, which is something I will expand on lyrically with my next album. It has inspired my desire to go back to basics and remember what music is supposed to be about.”

“The past five years have been an unforgettable whirlwind, for which I have to thank our wonderful fans around the world, the band and all the people who have contributed to Purson’s success over the years. Their support has been overwhelming, but the Purson framework has gone as far as it could go, and now it’s simply time to move on. I feel strongly drawn to a more DIY approach to my career in music, and look forward to the freedom to explore many avenues as a solo artist.”

HIM To Call It Quits, Announce Farewell Tour

HIM have revealed that they will be breaking up following an upcoming farewell tour. The dates can be found below.

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The following statement was issued:

Following a long radio silence, Finnish rock giants HIM have announced a farewell tour, closing the final chapter on their 26 year career.

“After quarter of a century of Love and Metal intertwined we sincerely feel HIM has run its unnatural course and adieus must be said in order to make way for sights, scents and sounds yet unexplored. We completed the pattern, solved the puzzle and turned the key. Thank you.” Says frontman Ville Valo

Formed in 1991 by vocalist Ville Valo, guitarist Mikko “Linde” Lindström and bassist Mikko “Migé” Paananen, HIM truly stand out as one of the rock world’s most unique acts. Beautifully blending metal, goth and hard rock with deep, thoughtful and moving lyrics, HIM offered the world a new take on the metal genre, which became known as Love Metal (also the title of their fourth album).

Over the course of eight studio albums, HIM captured the hearts and minds of fans across the globe, drawn by their irresistible and inimitable style. Under the banner of their Heartagram logo – a potent symbol encapsulating the juxtaposition of the light and dark, the fierce and forlorn, and the evil and love found in their music – HIM filled venues and crashed charts the world over, collecting numerous awards, gracing countless magazine covers and becoming the first Finnish act to achieve Gold status in the USA.

Now, four years after the release of their last studio album ‘Tears On Tape’, HIM are saying farewell, taking in 14 countries across 35 shows for their final goodbye.

“At the end of 2017 we will be released into the wild.” Says bassist Mige. “Before this event of great transformation we would love to offer you one last chance to experience our live performances in His Majesty’s service. It shall not be a weepfest but a celebration of love metal in all its lovecraftian glory! See you there!”

Ville Valo (voc)
Mige (bass)
Linde (gtr)
Burton (kb)
Kosmo (dr)

Tour Dates:

06/14 Barcelona, SPA – Razzmatazz
06/15 Madrid, SPA – La Riviera
06/16 Santander, SPA – Sala Escenrio
06/17 Porto, POR – Hard CLub
07/01 Helsinki, FIN – Tuska Festival
07/13 Tuuri, FIN – Milkoonarock
11/24-25 St. Petersburg, RUS – DK Lensoveta
11/26 Moscow, RUS – Club Stadioum Live
11/28 Warsaw, POL – Stodola
11/29 Hamburg, GER – Docks
12/01 Berlin, GER – Columbiahalle
12/02 Prague, CZE – Forum Karlin
12/04 Leipzig, GER – Haus Auensee
12/05 Munchen, GER – Tonhalle
12/06 Zurich, SWI – X-Tra
12/07 Milan, ITA – Alcatraz
12/08 Koln, GER – Palladium
12/09 Esch-Sur-Alzette, LUZE – Rockhal
12/11 Amsterdam, NET – Paradiso
12/12 Tilburg, NET – 013
12/14 Glasgow, UK – Barrowland
12/15 Nottingham, UK – Rock City
12/16 Manchester, UK – Academy
12/17 London, UK – Roundhouse

U.S. and Finnish dates TBA.

Neurotic November Call It Quits

Neurotic November have apparently called it quits. Bassist Terri Bear said the following:

“We owe you more than dropping off the planet. Thank you for your support over the years. The music will always be there, but letting you all believe we are still a group, is a lie that I no longer want to carry. Despite what you have heard, or what you think you may know, we have all gone in different directions in life. It happens, it does not unwrite everything we have done, all the people we have met, and all of the experience we have shared together. Thank you for the memories, good, bad, and indifferent. Chase your dreams. – Terri Bear“

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[via The PRP]