ABSU Call It Quits

ABSU have officially called it quits. According to Russley “Proscriptor McGovern” Givens, the decision to disband was based on “insoluble circumstances.”

Givens said the following:

“After meager deliberation and zero remorse, I have decided to dissolve Absu after three decades of existence. Collectively and universally speaking, this decision is finite due to insoluble circumstances, which has led to this ultimate result. No amount of time, exertion, formula or fashion can alter my verdict.

Refusing to further comment on the subject, I leave thee with the following enchantment:

{Vii} For there are bitter waters of Chaos held immobile under (the) ground – And the Sovereigns, who personify them, reign over Opacities and Beyond.

[II] Beseech these All-Begetters in darkness, outside the circles of time. In Chaos’ sleight of hand, the Deep will respond.”

{Vi} Never Blow Out The Eastern Candle”

Prophets Of Rage Disband Following Rage Against The Machine Reunion

Prophets Of Rage, the band featuring Rage Against The Machine’s Tom Morello, Tim Commerford, and Brad Wilk, Public Enemy’s Chuck D and DJ Lord, and Cypress Hill’s B-Real, appear to have called it quits. This news isn’t too surprising considering Rage Against The Machine will be reuniting next year.

B-Real issued the following statement:

“I want to say thank you to the fans that supported @prophetsofrage for the time we’ve been rocking together. It’s been an honor to rock stages and people of all ages with these guys. It’s been a great time and great memories in a short time. Rockin along side of Chuck and Tom has been amazing to say the least. It was fun while it lasted and I hope we left a big impression and that the music has been a source of inspiration for those that needed it. That was the purpose we got together. So I say to y’all stay informed, stay engaged and fight the good fight. ✌🏽️🤟🏼”

Chuck D also commented:

“It was about doing something greater than self. 2020 keeping ZDLR spot warm for @RATM & powering a 👊🏿statement for 1000 days was a honorable truth mission in the hours of chaos from the jump… And so the bands rock on…. Let’s go @cypresshill @PublicEnemyFTP @prophetsofrage”

The Apocalypse Blues Revue (Godsmack) To Continue As The Apocalypse Blues Revival

The Apocalypse Blues Revue, the blues band featuring Godsmack’s Shannon Larkin and Tony Rombola, previously announced that they were calling it quits due to scheduling conflicts, but now it seems that isn’t the case. During an interview with The Sound Lab, Larkin revealed that the group have recruited a new singer and that they will be continuing on as The Apocalypse Blues Revival. A new song is expected to be released within the next week.

Larkin said the following:

“We lost our singer [Ray “Rafer John” Cerbone] recently, so we got a new singer. Our old singer was an old guy; our new singer is a younger guy, around our age… Our [old] singer turned 70… We get in a van. We don’t have these fancy tour buses. And we play clubs — blues clubs — in America, smoke-filled blues bars, with no roadies — one roadie. And our singer, a 70-year-old guy, couldn’t do it. So we got a new singer. And now the REVUE wouldn’t be the REVUE without our old singer, so we changed the name to REVIVAL. So it’s THE APOCALYPSE BLUES REVIVAL — coming soon.”

The band also issued a statement on Facebook:

“It’s coming soon people. The Apocalypse Blues Revival has begun. Stay tuned for announcement of new singer as well as a new song (which will be free;) and new photo☀️ We should be ready to put it up by next weekend😎”

[via Blabbermouth]

Backtrack To Call It Quits, Announce Farewell Shows

Backtrack have announced that they will be calling it quits after one final world tour. The group commented:

“We appreciate everyone who has shown this band love over the past 11 years. Thanks to anyone who has supported us along the way and we look forward to seeing you one last time.”

Tour Dates:

06/14 Philadelphia, PA – Underground Arts (with Dead Heat & Rule Them All)
06/15 Worcester, MA – The Palladium (with Dead Heat & Rule Them All)
06/16 Richmond, VA – Warehouse (with Dead Heat & Rule Them All)
06/17 Atlanta, GA – The Bakery (with Dead Heat & Rule Them All)
06/18 Tampa, FL – The Brass Mug (with Dead Heat & Rule Them All)
06/19 Louisville, KY – Spanelli’s (with Dead Heat & Rule Them All)
06/20 Chicago, IL – The Beat Kitchen (with Dead Heat & Rule Them All)
06/21 Cleveland, OH – Now That’s Class (with Dead Heat & Rule Them All)
06/22 Detroit, MI – The Sanctuary (with Dead Heat & Rule Them All)
06/24 Toronto, ON – Hard Luck (with Rule Them All)
06/25 Montreal, QC – Bar Let Ritz (with Rule Them All)
06/28 Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Bazaar
08/09 Los Angeles, CA – The Lodge Room (with King Nine, Minus, & Somerset Thrower)
08/10 Berkeley, CA – Gilman Street (with King Nine, Minus, & Somerset Thrower)
08/11 San Diego, CA – Che Cafe (with King Nine, Minus, & Somerset Thrower)
08/12 Las Vegas, NV – American Legion Post 8 (with Somerset Thrower)
09/14 Bangkok, THA – Brownstone Studio
09/15 Kuala Lumpur, MAL – Angkasa
09/16 Singapore, MAY – Decline
09/18 Jakarta, IND – Rossi Music
09/21 Kawasaki, KAP – Club Citta (‘Bloodaxe Festival‘)
09/25 Perth, AUS – Amplifier Bar
09/27 Adelaide, AUS – Enigma Bar
09/28 Melbourne, AUS – Stay Gold
09/29 Sydney, AUS – Crowbar
09/30 Newcastle, AUS – Hamilton Station
10/02 Brisbane, AUS – Crowbar

A European farewell tour is also being planned for November.

The Apocalypse Blues Revue (Godsmack) Call It Quits

The Apocalypse Blues Revue, the blues band featuring Godsmack’s Shannon Larkin and Tony Rombola, along with Ray Cerbone and Brian Carpenter, have called it quits. The group were unable to continue due to scheduling conflicts.

Cerbone commented:

“Endings…Beginings…and Continuations

Hey ABR fans, Rafer here….some things I have to relate to ya all. Sit down and relax cause its just some shades of blues that we all just have to accept. Six years ago Shannon and Tony had a dream and that dream manifested itself into The Apocalypse Blues Revue with me and Brian fully on board. It was apparent that together we had something very special. We also knew going in that it wasn’t going to be easy to deal with schedules and timelines but we all poured ourselves into this project heart and soul. Songs were written…shows were performed….a record company jumped on board and a first record was born that went to number 2 on the blues charts and received rave reviews!! We toured and did shows in between Shannon and Tony’s tours with Godsmack. During those tours we all still wrote and rehearsed staying at the ready for any shows that came up. All of you fans were amazing in how you supported and encouraged us in this project, especially during those “quiet” times.

Time passed and soon we recorded our second record. It became clear that the whole scheduling conflict was going to be hard to work around. Sometimes the stars and planets align and sometimes they don’t. Unfortunately ABR had to be put on hold while bigger things in the music universe were taking place.

Maybe too much time passed….maybe the future hold time was going to be too great…maybe it is just the timeline. Unfortunately we’ve come to a place where, for ABR at least, “the music’s over”. For band members it goes on…Shannon and Tony are currently fully immersed in Godsmack with ideas for a new project with Brian in the not too distant future. As for me…I’m working on my first solo record of my fingerstyle, acoustic, singer/songwriter music set for release in early April. It ain’t the blues but it has always been my first love. If you want to check it out on Facebook the page is Ray Cerbone Americana And More.

So from Shannon, Tony, Rafer, and Brian, Thank you all from the bottom of our hearts. We know we left a mark out there for sure. There could be some ABR shows off in the future…who knows? We also still have some vinyl and cd’s kickin’ around. Send me a PM and I’ll see what I can do. Farewell….The music lives forever in our hearts, Rafer

PS – As soon as I have cd’s and vinyl in hand I will post it. Thank You – Rafer”

Morgoth Cease All Activity For The Time Being

Morgoth have announced that they will be ceasing all activity for the time being. The band said this doesn’t mean they will permanently split up, but they will not be doing anything for the foreseeable future. Their only scheduled date will take place on June 8 at the Chronical Moshers Open Air in Germany.

Guitarist Sebastian Swart commented:

“Since a while, it is difficult for us to act flexibly enough as a band. The main reason is that we all live spread all over Germany. My individual reasons are the fact that I suffer from massive and multiple hearing problems, and on top of that, I will be moving abroad for my work.”

Guitarist Harry Busse added:

“This decision was not an easy one for us, but at this point it is necessary to take this step. The initial idea back in 2011 was to play only a handful of shows to celebrate the 20th anniversary of ‘Cursed’. The fact that we went on for another seven years and would follow with a new studio album, ‘Ungod’, wasn’t something that we had anticipated back then. We really enjoyed this time and want to thank all of our fans, Century Media Records and our management, Clandestine Music, for their support during these years.”

Core 10 Implode, Former Members Plan To Launch New Project

Core 10 have decided to call it quits. Despite this, drummer David Silveria (ex-Korn), bassist Chris Dorame and guitarists Joe Taback and Bobby Thomas are currently looking for a singer for their new project.

The following was posted on the band’s Facebook:

“For those of you who havent heard yet…Core 10 has decided to disband pending further notice. It was a fun year and we all have parted ways as freinds. Thank you again for your support during our run!! Please continue to follow all the members in their new endeavors!!”

Silveria, Dorame, Taback, and Thomas also issued their own statement:

“David Silveria and company move forward New Orange County, California based band featuring David Silveria, alongside bassist Chris Dorame, guitarists Joe Taback, and Bobby Thomas begin singer search.

We’re officially announcing that we are seeking a new vocalist to front this new outfit and have already heard from some very talented people. We want this opportunity to hear from more of you out there so we are setting up a way to do just that.

If you think you have what it takes to front this band, record, and tour we would love to hear from you. Vocal tracks must be submitted along with a bio, photos, and videos available showcasing you and your talent for consideration. This new band and singer search stems from the implosion in our previous band we all were in together.

We are moving on for numerous reasons that are both business and personal. With that being said, we all are looking forward to creating, writing, and playing shows together with new songs, and a great front man.

The band is currently in the early pre-production stages of writing their debut album with three songs ready to go. The current songs are crushing, heavy, and also, melodic with David’s signature groove, but keep in mind there are no musical boundaries for us. We write what we feel, what we enjoy playing, and are rising above in 2018.

Interested parties please submit your information to singersubmission2018@gmail.com”