Santa Cruz Fall Apart In The Middle Of Their U.S. Tour With Fozzy

Santa Cruz have apparently fallen apart while on tour supporting Fozzy. The band confirmed that the rest of their touring plans were cancelled and then frontman Arttu “Archie Cruz” Kuosmanen took to Instagram claiming that his bandmates, guitarist Joonas “Johnny Cruz” Parkkonen, bassist Mitja “Middy Cruz” Toivonen and drummer Tapani “Tazzy Cruz” Fagerström, kicked him “out of the bus on the street like a pariah” and that they said they were not going to be part of the group anymore. In his own post, Parkkonen said him, Toivonen and Fagerström were “leaving Santa Cruz” due to “issues that [they] cannot solve even though [they] tried everything that [they] could to make this tour and band happen.” Toivonen also commented on the situation saying “it is impossible for [him] to continue as a member of Santa Cruz.”


Tengger Cavalry Call It Quits

Tengger Cavalry have decided to call it quits. This news comes just four days after the February 23 release of their new album “Cian Bi.“

Frontman Nature Ganganbaigal commented:

“Within all these eight years, I have nothing but gratefulness to all your support.

However, after consideration, I decide that Tengger Cavalry is officially dismissed.

Yes, we are receiving good reviews, having fans and family to love us; getting the best support from Napalm Records. But what has been done to us in heart cannot be changed.


In a society forged by law, successfully winning the legal sabotage from an industry scumbag like Marco Barbieri, who claimed to formerly worked for Century Media Records and Metal Blade Records, who gave us a contract to claim all our publishing rights since 2010, maybe is a win.

In a society forged by business, successfully terminating a toxic relationship with Dawn M Robinson, who claimed to worked for Lady Gaga and Slash, who teamed up with this toxic label person and manipulated us to sign this fraud contract with Marco to give up everything, maybe is a good business.

Yet for an artist, these are the biggest lose. For you have entrusted your heart and soul to these people, only to get them butcher you.


For an Asian immigrant, you cannot fight back, for the “civilized” western ppl will point fingers at you and say: “look, he does not understand our culture”, “He is too hard to work with” etc.

I wanted to share my musical and nomadic culture experience with the world, yet the outcome somehow only comes back in a darker form.

I love you all and thank you all for your support for all these years.”

Young And In The Way Call It Quits While Denying Allegations Of Sexual Assault

Young And In The Way have decided to call it quits following sexual assault allegations, which they have denied. The accusations are connected to a 2014 incident in which multiple women were assaulted by members of the band at a house they were staying at.

The allegations were shared on Facebook:

Trigger warnings: graphic details of sexual assault

The following post is from a member of the Trumbullplex booking collective pertaining to the sexual assault carried out by the band Young and in the Way. We aren’t using the term “allegations” or “accusations” as the collective member was directly involved in the situation and knows for the account to be 100% accurate and truthful.

We’re hoping for this to reach the promoters of Psycho Las Vegas and 71Grind IV rather quickly, as the band’s record label has already reached out to us.

“I’m sharing this information both privately and publicly knowing full well that any misinformation could have severe negative effects on my business and personal life, and thus am choosing to do so knowing with full confidence that all of this information is 100% accurate. Myself and the victims involved were all huge fans of the band before this event occurred, and our only motive in sharing this information is to ensure that known sexual abusers are blacklisted from the community that supports them to send a message that these actions are not tolerated.

A little over three and a half years years ago (late summer 2014), the band Young and In The Way stayed at my house after a festival in Detroit. I was a sponsor for the event, and had also assisted in a food pop-up during the event. Several friends came over afterwards, one of them being another band that had performed. (By the time these incidents occurred, the other band was already asleep in my basement, so I am agreeing to keep them confidential, as well as the names of two of the victims and any identifying information for their own safety.)

Late into the evening, several sexual assaults occurred between members of YAITW and three different house guests. One guest was asleep. The other was cornered in a bathroom by multiple members.

Incident #1: victim 1 had the door to the bathroom opened up on her by their front man while she was peeing. He pulled his dick out and told her “You know you want it, come on, suck the dick of a rock star. You already said we’re your favorite band.” Her and her friend left immediately afterwards.

Incidents #2 and three happened sequentially.

My then partner (Victim 2) was in the bathroom herself about an hour later when three of them walked into the bathroom and immediately shut the door behind them. One of them stood in front of the door so she couldn’t open it and shut the lights off and she said she immediately felt several pairs of hands trying to go both down her pants and up her shirt. She had to physically fight them off and came running into my bedroom. I was already asleep and I woke up to her curled up at the foot of my bed and sobbing. I was asleep myself at the time and didn’t know what had happened, so I lifted the covers so she could fall asleep next to me and spent a half hour consoling a crying woman who couldn’t even form words.

The victim had me repost with a more accurate statement.

“I was in a bed with my eyes closed and was startled by one of the members of the band inappropriately rubbing my vagina. I slapped his hand, removed myself from the situation, and went into a another bedroom. I initially didn’t bring any attention to the incident because we were all partying, and didn’t want to make a big deal out of some drunk guy who thinks it’s okay to act like a creep.

The most offensive part to me personally in this whole situation was being made to feel like a liar when another member of the band approached me for my side of the story when all this originally came to light. I was made to feel like my recollection was inaccurate, as if I didn’t notice the feel of a hand rubbing my genitals or open my eyes to see the guy doing it. I received no apology from anyone in the band, so it makes me happy to see that the right people out there do believe, and a band who deemed this kind of behavior to be okay has just faded into obscurity with their tails between their legs.”

While the entire incident was being discussed in the local community afterwards, two feel event attendees privately contacted me as well who had stated that they left the festival early because the frontman had been aggressively hitting on them to the point of pushing one of them against a wall outside the venue and trying to kiss her, and they were no longer comfortable being there.

The manner in which it was dealt with afterwards was rather confusing. Over the course of the next year, both myself, my partner, and the third victim talked to the band members first online then over the phone on several occasions. They started off saying that they had no memory of the night whatsoever but that they weren’t denying our statements and that they wanted to resolve things. Their frontman had stated that he left work early when he found out what he had done and spent he next several days in a depressed funk. We conversed several times over the phone for probably close to seven or eight hours altogether, and then things came to a grinding halt.

After a statement from other members of the band to me that they were going to have a band meeting about their future together, the incident as a whole, and how to handle things, phone calls suddenly stopped being returned. At that point in time, our lives were both becoming incredibly hectic as I was dealing with a struggling business and my partner was in the midst of moving back to Michigan from another state, so dealing with it got put on the backburner.

The next time it came up was when the Taake/YAITW tour was announced in fall of 2015. Both my ex and I are huge fans of Taake, and seeing the tour being plastered all over Instagram and Facebook resurfaced the entire incident. I immediately contacted Taake with the accounts of what had happened in hopes that they might reconsider who they were signing on to tour with. Taake’s response was “We don’t care, keep this drama off the internet.” My ex then began openly posting about the incident on every post she could find related to the tour, and the responses from both bands were to immediately delete all posts.

That’s when I got a call from YAITW’s frontman for the first time in months. He told me that we needed to stop posting lies in the internet because that’s not at all what happened, implying that they remembered the entire night (which completely contrasted the statement that they didn’t remember the night at all once they got to my house.) People began ridiculing my ex on the internet, telling her that she was “too ugly to be raped”, sending her nasty messages, et cetera. At that point it was just getting ridiculous so we dropped it again in order to prevent any further emotional scarring.

It disgusts me that bands get away with this shit because as a touring musician myself I know how rumors can ruin a band’s reputation, but these aren’t rumors. This is real life shit and I’m appalled at how it was handled and I’m further appalled at how it was swept under the rug and ridiculed. We’ve all seen this shit happen a million times in our life, and the metal and punk community is supposed to be small and supportive enough on the DIY level to keep people like this out of the community, but unfortunately it does happen. After seeing that the band was set to play multiple festivals this year, after having been loud about it time and time again only to be ridiculed and ignored, finally we’ve decided that since people’s call-outs in this day and age are no longer getting ignored, it was the right time to nip this problem in the bud once and for all.”

The band’s label Deathwish Inc. also issued a statement:

“In light of the recent allegations against YAITW, Deathwish Inc. has severed ties with the band and is no longer working with them. We’ve spoken with the women who have come forward, and want to make it clear that we stand with the survivors. We hope that sends an echo far and wide that predatory behavior and sexual assault is not and will not be tolerated in our music scene.”

As for Young And In The Way, they said the following:

“An accusation of sexual assault has been made against members of our band.

As a band and as individuals, we are disgusted that someone was sexually assaulted at an event that we were a part of. We applaud the victim’s courage to talk about it and we support her decision (and right) to name her aggressors. We stand by what we said when we learned about this incident – no member of our band was responsible for this crime. Let us be very clear – our response to this accusation is not an attempt to discredit the victim, we believe her, we’re sorry this happened to her, and we support her. But it was not us.

Victims’ voices can and should be amplified, and we are not sure there’s any decent way to respond to an accusation like this without accepting fault. We can’t accept fault, but we also can’t prove our innocence. That we could even be suspected of such a crime brings us to the end of the road. YAITW is no longer on Deathwish Inc and will not be playing anymore shows. There is nothing left for us to say.

Lastly, do not attack the victim. There is no room for that here.”

[via Metal Injection]


Dirge Within Break Up Once Again

Dirge Within previously announced their return back in April 2017, but now it seems that reunion has been short lived. Shaun Glass confirmed the news in a new statement, which also mentions that he is working on a “very metal” new project.

Glass said the following:

“It’s finally time to share with you some updates…

First and foremost, as many of you have rightly suspected, Dirge Within has sadly come to an end. Being the creator and sole founding member of the band, I tried to resurrect and recreate something that once was. It takes more than one man to be a band, and when I recognized that, it was over. Experience has taught me that when you try to recapture the past, it’s never the same.

It was time to repent.

Together with a group of new people, I have formed a new band, and it’s definitely very METAL. It’s all still in the very early stages, but the writing and creation of NEW music has been taking place in Chicago. We’re not ready for a full reveal just yet, but we will reveal the lineup and details in due time, when there is music ready to share.

It is an exciting time, and while I know that some will be disappointed to hear that the Dirge Within revival is no more, I want all of you to know that I appreciate each and every one of you. For all who have followed my journey through many musical projects, and to those who have joined me as a part of my past bands…

REPENTANCE is upon you!

Shaun Glass



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 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.”


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 ( or preorder our new record ( 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“