Leeway’s Eddie Sutton Battling Lung Cancer, GoFundMe Launched

Leeway’s Eddie Sutton has sadly been diagnosed with lung cancer. You can help him out with medical bills by donating through GoFundMe.

Sutton commented:

“This campaign is a beginning to help Eddie cover some of his costs and expenses as he fights Stage 3 Adenocarcinoma. This is a form of lung cancer that can be aggressive and spread to other parts of the body, but we’ve already started scheduling chemotherapy at the end of the month because the sooner we bring the fight the better.

I spent a full week in the hospital getting all tests necessary and the doctors feel this can be treated. They at first found a malignant mass on the top part of my right lung which is the culprit that caused me pain for over 2 weeks before I walked into an ER…I didn’t have any healthcare at the time I’m now trying to acquire state healthcare (Medicaid) because this is going to be expensive even with healthcare

I need the help of my friends and family more than ever and I hope each of you know how much this means to me. I have a lot to look forward in life still and I don’t want to leave this world in such a condition

My love and respect to you all and thank you from the bottom of my heart for your support”

Extreme Metal Artist Justin Bartlett Diagnosed With Cancer, GoFundMe Campaign Launched

Extreme metal artist Justin Bartlett, who has created album covers for Cadaver, Dragged Into Sunlight, Trap Them, etc., has sadly been diagnosed with stage four colorectal cancer. You can help him out with medical bills by donating via GoFundMe.

Bartlett’s sister Ashley launched the GoFundMe campaign and she had the following to say:

“As I dropped him off at his Oncology appointment, I looked at my brother and I said, ‘Justin, this sucks so much.’ With pain and exhaustion in his eyes, he replied, ‘And… this is just the beginning.’ Shortly after that conversation, it was confirmed that my brother, Justin Bartlett, has Stage 4 Colorectal Cancer. We had our suspicions based on his symptoms, and the cryptic scan results that had been sent home with him from his latest emergency room stay. Since then, he’s already had three surgeries and is due to start chemotherapy soon.

Justin is one of my best friends. He’s funny, intelligent, generous and extremely talented. He has his own business working as a graphic designer & gallery artist — most famously in the heavy metal music genre. If you’re a metal fan, you’ve seen some of his album cover work and merchandise designs. He’s got a LONG road ahead of him, and needs help with medical and living expenses because he’s too exhausted and in pain to work.”

Bartlett himself also commented on social media:

“I haven’t had to share with the world that I have cancer before, so please excuse the mess. It doesn’t feel “real” sometimes that I was diagnosed with colorectal cancer a few weeks ago, but considering just 4 or 5 days before they thought it was pancreatic, I’ll take the lesser of the two evils.

It’s been a weird ride and is only going to get more weird I suppose. More surgeries, stents, chemo… strange that when this started out, I thought I pulled a back muscle.

Anyway, there’s been a good response and I wanted to thank you all so far for the help! Donations especially are welcome, it means a lot and it will definitely help me out. And if you can’t donate, sharing this on your social media would help me out.

Also due to my condition and time I have available, I’ve decided to shut down my art print store for the time being. If you ordered something in the last few days, expect a refund asap. However, there are plenty of ways you can buy shirts or other merch. I’ll have more info on those items as they come in.

If you’d like to read more about what is going on with me and how you can help, please read the information that my sister and mom put together over on GoFundMe. The link is on my profile. ( My sister especially put a lot of time into setting up the page and helping me out – thanks Ashley!!! / @fauxbias.forge )”

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Waylon Reavis (A Killer’s Confession, Ex-Mushroomhead) Diagnosed With Colon Cancer

Waylon Reavis (A Killer’s Confession, ex-Mushroomhead) has revealed that he is currently battling colon cancer. The frontman says he was diagnosed with the disease two months ago.

Reavis discussed his diagnosis during a recent virtual “Headbangers Con” event:

“My heart crashed. My father passed away from this at 58 years old, and my mother passed at 39 from breast cancer. I was just waiting for my time. Luckily, they caught it early, and they were able to cut it all out. I have had four removed, but they keep growing fast. I have changed my entire diet, thanks to my wife and taking medications. I may have to battle this the rest of my life, but I am going to live my life happy and fight.”

He later added that his cancer battle and his father’s death have also influenced some of the material on the new A Killer’s Confession album:

“A couple of songs are about my cancer and about my father. Those songs mean a lot to me. I cannot wait for everyone to hear them. I’m really excited about this one. Every album I write is different and will never be the same as the others. This one is both heavy and melodic. I took myself back to my roots. It’s what the fans want, so I always like to give them what they have been waiting to hear.”

The record’s first single, “Remember,” is set to be released on January 27.

[via Blabbermouth]

Sebastian Bach’s Guitarist Brent Woods Has Been Diagnosed With Leukemia

Brent Woods, who plays guitar in Sebastian Bach’s solo band, has sadly been diagnosed with hairy cell leukemia (HCL). The musician is currently undergoing chemotherapy for the rare disease.

Woods issued the following statement:

“This is NOT a sympathy post but more of an awareness post. I haven’t told many people about this but the word has spread a bit and I’m getting a lot of concerned messages. I don’t post much but felt this is the easiest way to respond to everyone.

Yes, I was recently diagnosed with a rare form of Leukemia called HCL. Approximately 1,200 people are diagnosed every year, it’s not hereditary and experts say they don’t know how one gets it.

I start chemotherapy treatment today.

I want everyone that reads this post to please go get your bloodwork done. I had NO idea I had this until I did. I had NO symptoms whatsoever. In fact , the only reason I got my bloodwork done was because I went to get a covid antibody test in May and my Dr. said ‘It’s been a while since we’ve seen all your bloodwork, so while you’re here let’s do it all’. I did and it showed a lot of my levels were alarmingly low. After months of testing, treatments and bone marrow biopsies with my hematologist, I was diagnosed with leukemia.

I’m fortunate to have great medical insurance and I know some of you don’t have insurance at all but it doesn’t cost much to get your bloodwork done. It could possibly not only save your life but save you a lot of money in the long run.


As for me, I’m going to kick the shit out of this thing!!!

I refuse not to!!!”

[via Blabbermouth]

Quiet Riot Drummer Frankie Banali Passes Away

Quiet Riot drummer Frankie Banali has sadly passed away following a battle with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. He was 68 years old.

Frankie’s wife Regina issued the following statement:

“He put up an inspiringly brave and courageous 16-month battle to the end and continued playing live as long as he could. Standard chemotherapy stopped working and a series of strokes made the continuation on a clinical trial impossible. He ultimately lost the fight at 7:18PM on August 20th in Los Angeles surrounded by his wife and daughter.”

“Frankie is survived by his devoted wife Regina, loving daughter Ashley, many dear friends, dedicated fans, and a menagerie of rescue animals all of whom are family. He was a long time advocate for animal rescue, a spokesperson for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, and a sponsor of Children International. Donations in his name are encouraged for Fixnation.org, Pancan.org, Children.org. His wish for everyone is that you be your own health advocate for early detection so you may live long and rescue many animals.”

[via Loudwire]

Gared O’Donnell (Planes Mistaken For Stars) Diagnosed With Esophageal Cancer, GoFundMe Launched

Planes Mistaken For Stars frontman Gared O’Donnell has sadly been diagnosed with stage 3 esophageal cancer. You can help him out by donating via GoFundMe.

The band’s tour manager Emily Francis commented:

“I apologize in advance for those of you that know who I am posting about finding out this way but there are too many to call and time is of the essence. Please do not reach out to this person unless he reaches out to you as this is all overwhelming right now and he and his family are putting together the pieces trying to figure out all the details and the next steps.

It guts me and breaks my heart to say but over the last couple weeks my brother and dear friend Gared O’Donnell found out he has stage 3 Esophagus Cancer. As of now the cancer is inoperable and he is going to go through the steps of chemo and radiation but they are still researching the best options.

Gared and his family are also working on finding resources that might offer saving his voice, which many of you know is one of his true loves with singing in his band Planes Mistaken for Stars. This is a huge blow to him and his family but they are taking it head on / day by day as Gared does and he is going to fight the fight.

Some of you know, some of you may not know but Gared and Planes Mistaken for Stars are the reason I am in the music industry. I was a shy girl in college trying to make friends and I met Planes at a basement show in Richmond, Virginia at the Strike Anywhere house.

I was so shy I was too nervous to talk to anybody so I just hung in my corner and watched the world pass. Then a gal named Brandy came up and complimented me on something and made me feel welcomed. She said she was on tour with Planes and pointed over to a long haired, tattooed guy sitting in the shadows saying he was part of the band / the singer. Little did I know this man would help change my life forever and for the better.

All of the band welcomed me with open arms and made me feel like I belonged somewhere immediately. They came through a few times and I would book shows for them and one of the times they convinced me to hop in my vehicle and follow them to the next show. Long and an amazing story short I didn’t stop going on the road with them until about 2008ish.

Gared and I grew very close over the years really seeing the world. I saw things that nobody will ever see in their lives. I have experienced things nobody will believe me if I told them. I know things about Gared that nobody would ever know and he knows about me that nobody would know too.

He is my big brother and no matter how things are or where we are in our lives, he will always have my back. We had our good times and we had our really fucking hard times. Tour managing the band was not the easiest of tasks but Gared, along with the rest of the band, taught me how to not take shit and stand up for what matters. The shit we saw you could write a whole series of novels on and that is even an understatement.

After the many years of my big brother love, I came out of my shell and started to see the world for what it was. I saw life with a different set of lenses. I was pushed to never stop searching for the edge of time or to never stop letting the good times roll. Before becoming part of the family, I remember hearing End Me in Richmond for the first time.

That song was so powerful and spoke to me in so many ways. THIS IS YOUR DOCUMENT YOUR LAST DANCE, SO FUCK YOUR STANDING STILL. Gared helped push me to never stand still. He pushed me to love everybody and everything in a whole different way. He taught me that we only live once so grab life by the balls and push to do what you love no matter what.

If you know me and love me, you will understand that this means the world to me for you to help out my big brother Gared. He is a pain in the ass (he knows that) but I love him for being that pain in the ass. If I never met him, I would not be here in a lot of your lives at the capacity I am

I would probably be working a graphic design job somewhere with A LOT less life experiences. I am reaching out because I need your help to help my brother. He not only changed my life, but has touched so many and he needs support now more than ever.

As you all may know, medical treatment for anything in our country is not cheap. Nor are the flights, hotels, time off work, etc. Gared did not want me to do this at first but I feel we all need to stand up with him and help him fight this fight. We who know Gared love him with all of our hearts and now is the time we have his back and show our love and support because that is what family and the music community does.

I am asking you all with the most humble of hearts to donate to this Gofundme and also share so we can raise as much as we can. I know times are rough for a lot of us due to the pandemic but every little bit can help.

Whatever you can do, we will be so grateful.. Also – if you have any great resources from your experiences, please let me know and I will be more than happy to pass it on to him and his family. Even if you don’t know him, please consider donating as this could be any one of us and we all have to stick together during the tough times.

I will keep you posted with any news I hear and again please respect the privacy of the family at this time. Love you all and please keep Gared and his family in your thoughts.”

LG Petrov (Entombed A.D.) Opens Up About His Battle With Cancer

As previously reported, LG Petrov (Entombed A.D.) recently revealed that he has been diagnosed with bile duct cancer. Now, the frontman has further discussed his battle with the disease during an interview with Metal Hammer.

Petrov said the following:

“A couple of months ago. I felt a lump in my solar plexus. And I was, like, ‘OK, I’ll ignore it.’ But then it started to hurt, so I went to the doctor, and they X-rayed it quickly and said, ‘You have to go to the specialist.’ That was weird. You can’t imagine what it feels like. Your whole body goes warm. It’s, like, ‘Fucking hell.’”

He continued after being asked if doctors will be able to treat it since he previously said it was incurable:

“That’s what they’re hoping for. I will find out when I meet my doctor, who is the best doctor when it comes to this particular cancer. Being young, the doctor said there’s hopefully a way to control it so it doesn’t spread, or maybe even make it smaller.”

He also talked a bit about the lifestyle changes he has made since getting diagnosed:

“The first day I found out, I quit smoking, quit drinking. I haven’t done either in a couple of months. I’ve gone over to the other side. It feels great! I can smell cigarettes from a hundred yards: ‘Oh shit, there’s somebody smoking.’ It makes me want to puke now.”

Petrov also discussed the chemotherapy he has been undergoing:

“It’s very, very hard stuff. It’s not water they’re putting in you. You’re very, very weak. You get all these pills filled with cortisones [a steroid for strength], and you can’t sleep. Pills for nausea as well. But if you take a sleeping pill, then it works against it.

I didn’t sleep at all last night. I waited until my local store opened at 8am, then put some clothes on and slowly walked there. It’s a mile but I had to sit down three times to rest. Your body gets so unimaginably weak. But like I say, I’m a positive person.”

He also added the following about his mental health:

“I’m a really positive person, but sometimes you get really depressed, of course. But I have so many good friends that call me, visit me. We sit outside – distanced, of course. My doctor actually ordered me to have cigars and rum. He said, ‘That’s about life quality.’ Not a lot of rum, just a taste. Same with cigars. But it helps.”

You can help Petrov out by donating HERE.

LG Petrov (Entombed A.D.) Diagnosed With Cancer

LG Petrov (Entombed A.D.) has sadly been diagnosed with an incurable bile duct cancer. You can help him out by donating via GoFundMe.

Petrov said the following:

“I’ve been hit with uncureable cancer (gallvägscancer in Swedish), and have been battling it for some time now. It can’t be removed but the doctors are trying to control it with chemo therapy. Life takes its weird turns…

To help a fellow metalhead in need in these difficult times, feel free to donate here!”

The band also commented:

“Sad news.. LG Petrov has been struck by cancer and he is undergoing chemo treatment to try and control it. Our thoughts and and strength goes out to him.
If you want to support him In these hard times, click on the link and feel free to donate 🖤 http://gofundme.com/f/support-petrov

#fuckcancer #fightforlifeandnetal”

Failure Frontman Ken Andrews Says Drummer Kelli Scott Is “Recovering Well From His Cancer Surgery”

Failure frontman Ken Andrews has offered an update on drummer Kelli Scott’s battle with colon cancer. He said the following in a new video that he launched for his creative and recording techniques:

“I’m happy to report that Kelli Scott, the drummer of the band Failure, is totally recovering well from his cancer surgery. So in my world, everything’s very upside down with schedules and what we can do, but we’re all healthy so that’s the main thing.”

Scott himself previously commented on his illness earlier this year:

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[via The PRP]

Maryland Deathfest Postponed To 2021

The 2020 Maryland Deathfest has been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The event will now take place on May 27-30, 2021 in Baltimore, MD.

Organizers issued the following statement:

“Maryland Deathfest XVIII has been rescheduled!

The new dates for MDF XVIII are May 27-30, 2021.

As mentioned in previous posts, the goal was to retain at least 90% of the line-up, so we’re happy to say that this has been accomplished despite the incredibly short notice. As with every edition of MDF, we were really looking forward to this line-up and put a lot of time, energy and money into it, so we couldn’t fathom watching it all fall apart. By rescheduling to the same weekend next year, we were able to keep it all from falling apart.

Rescheduling the event to any other weekend in the year would have been much more challenging for us to overcome financially, and the line-up wouldn’t have looked anything like it does now. We needed more breathing space to overcome all of this, so rescheduling to next May was the only solution to give the festival a legitimate chance to stay alive.

As of now, there are only 2 bands, Cadaver and Necrophobic, that still need to give us a final answer about their availability to play on the new dates. We will save a space for both bands until we receive confirmation that they can play or not. If any of them can’t play, they will replaced. We’ll keep you updated on this in the coming weeks.

Death Strike and Prostitute Disfigurement are the only 2 bands that definitely can’t commit to the new dates, so replacements for them will be announced soon.

The rest of the line-up remains exactly the same, including day of show for all bands.

The pre-fest party on Wednesday at the Ottobar has also been rescheduled with the exact same line-up. The new date for the pre-fest is Wednesday, May 26th 2021.

All tickets remain valid for the new dates!

If you can hold on to your ticket for 2021, there is no better way to help us through this situation!

It is somewhat of a disaster for us to process refunds right now, keep the line-up pretty much identical, and have very few funds coming in for months to come. We aren’t making this situation all about our own challenges and understand that this pandemic is making it tough for many of you, but we do need to find a proper balance to handle immediate refund requests and not end up bankrupt at the same time. We will be able to process a fair amount of refunds now, but if the requests are excessive, we will need a bit more time to catch up and offset our losses before everyone can be made whole. We will work with everyone who writes, but there’s only so much we can handle in the immediate future.

If you absolutely cannot attend the new dates, you can request a refund by sending a message to our Facebook page or by e-mailing mdftickets@gmail.com

For those that were planning on getting tickets but didn’t because of the uncertainty over the last month, we will make tickets for MDF XVIII available again in 1-2 weeks. These sales will surely help us through this difficult time.

It feels pretty surreal that we just had to post this news. Of course it’s unfortunate that we all have to wait a year for this to finally transpire, but this decision will give MDF a much better chance to survive for years to come.

We hope to see you at MDF XVIII on the new dates!
In the meantime, stay safe and healthy!

Thursday, May 27th 2021
@ Rams Head Live:

Asthma Castle
Acid Witch
Frizzi 2 Fulci (Fabio Frizzi in Concert. A Tribute to Lucio Fulci)

Thursday, May 27th 2021
@ Soundstage:

Putrid Pile
Skeletal Remains
+1 TBA

Friday, May 28th 2021
@ Rams Head Live:

Blaze of Perdition

Friday, May 28th 2021
@ Soundstage:

At War
Blood Feast
Cloud Rat
Fuck the Facts
Negative Approach

Saturday, May 29th 2021
@ Rams Head Live:

Cerebral Rot
Novembers Doom
+2 TBA

Saturday, May 29th 2021
@ Soundstage:

Cadaveric Incubator
Flesh Parade
Holy Cost
Malignant Altar
Napalm Raid
Schirenc Plays Pungent Stench

Sunday, May 30th 2021
@ Rams Head Live:

Dark Fortress
Nocturnus AD
+1 TBA

Sunday, May 30th 2021
@ Soundstage:

Butcher ABC
General Surgery
Shock Narcotic
Zombie Assault”