Rock/Metal Musicians Pay Tribute To The Late Joey Jordison (Ex-Slipknot)

As previously reported, Joey Jordison (ex-Slipknot) has sadly passed away at the age of 46. A number of musicians have since taken to social media to pay tribute to the legendary drummer. You can see some of their posts below:

Slipknot:

Metallica:

Wednesday 13 (Murderdolls):

Kyle Konkiel (Vimic, Bad Wolves)

Jamey Jasta (Hatebreed):

Zach Myers (Shinedown):

Papa Roach:

Matt Heafy (Trivium):

Andy Biersack (Black Veil Brides):

Michael Amott (Arch Enemy):

Mark Hunter (Chimaira):

The Agonist:

Sinsaenum:

Rob Zombie:

John 5 (Rob Zombie, etc.):

Robb Flynn (Machine Head):

Scott Ian (Anthrax):

Serj Tankian (System Of A Down):

Daron Malakian (System Of A Down):

Gary Holt (Exodus):

Mushroomhead:

Pantera:

Brian Fair (Shadows Fall):

Perry Farrell (Jane’s Addiction):

Otep:

Dave Lombardo (ex-Slayer):

Ben Thatcher (Royal Blood):

Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater):

Richard Shaw (Cradle Of Filth):

Al Jourgensen (Ministry):

Dig The Grave Use Cameo To Create “ISO” Reaction Video Featuring Members Of Anthrax, Lamb Of God, Mudvayne, Etc.

Dig The Grave have premiered a new video for their song “ISO.“ The group used Cameo to make the clip, which features: Mark Morton (Lamb Of God), Derrick Green (Sepultura), Chad Gray (Mudvayne HELLYEAH), Joey Belladonna (Anthrax) Beefcake The Mighty (GWAR), Brann Dailor (Mastodon), Mark Hunter (Chimaira), Elias Soriano (Nonpoint), Brian Fair (Shadows Fall) Brendan Murphy (Counterparts), George Pettit (Alexisonfire), Tia Carrere (Crucial Taunt), Matt Heafy (Trivium), Erik “Smelly” Sandin (NOFX), Andy Cizek (Monuments), Dan Kenny (Suicide Silence), and Rody Walker (Protest The Hero).

Ghost Iris Premiere New Song “Desert Dread” Featuring Chimaira’s Mark Hunter

Ghost Iris have premiered a new song titled “Desert Dread.” This track features Chimaira frontman Mark Hunter and it will appear on the band’s new album “Comatose,“ which is set to be released on May 7.

Mark Hunter (Chimaira) Covers “Anvil Of Crom” From “Conan The Barbarian”

Mark Hunter (Chimaira) has released a cover of Basil Poledouris‘ “Anvil Of Crom” from the 1982 film “Conan The Barbarian.” The frontman commented:

“Like so many of you, I’ve been couped up in the house for months. To keep my sanity in check, I decided to try and tackle one of my favorite songs – ‘Anvil of Crom‘, which is the theme from 1982’s ‘Conan the Barbarian‘. Initially composed by Basil Poledouris and performed by a 94 piece orchestra – I had no idea what I was getting into or how overwhelming of a project it would be. But alas, Crom granted me revenge, and I was able to pull it together. Please enjoy my rendition. *Best experienced wearing a loincloth.”

Mark Hunter Believes Chimaira Were The First Band To Use The “New Wave Of American Heavy Metal” Moniker

Chimaira are considered to be members of the “New Wave Of American Heavy Metal” scene alongside Lamb Of God, Killswitch Engage, Shadows Fall, etc. Considering this, Chimaira frontman Mark Hunter recently discussed the moniker on the “Talk Toomey Podcast” and said that he believes it may have originated from his band.

Hunter said the following:

“It’s one of those things, we did it during the ‘Pass Out‘ era—we had a t-shirt. Our sound guy at the time, Wedge, was a big Iron Maiden fan. And before we would play every night, we would be playing Iron Maiden over the loud speakers. So we just started making t-shirt ideas, like ‘oh, lets use the Iron Maiden font, what does our name look like there? And then lets just change it to ‘New Wave Of American Heavy Metal’ instead of ‘New Wave Of British Heavy Metal’, and just kinda having fun and that caught on.

I remember getting ‘New Wave Of British Heavy Metal’ albums when I was younger and it actually said it on some of those albums. They were letting you know it was like a brand almost. So when we released the CD single to the press and radio stations—and this was just kind of like the first few songs they could play before the album was released—it was called the ‘New Wave Of American Heavy Metal’ sampler. And to my knowledge, I mean unless someone can prove us wrong, I don’t believe that phrase exists before that t-shirt in 2001-2002.”

[via The PRP]

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Chimaira’s Mark Hunter Undergoes Successful Surgery Following Cancer Diagnosis

Chimaira’s Mark Hunter recently revealed that he has been diagnosed with thyroid cancer and he has since undergone surgery to remove the rest of his thyroid. He is now expected to undergo radioactive iodine treatment. Fortunately, the cancer Hunter has, Papillary thyroid cancer, has a high cure rate.

Chimaira Frontman Mark Hunter Diagnosed With Thyroid Cancer

Chimaira’s Mark Hunter has sadly been diagnosed with thyroid cancer. The frontman recently had half of his thyroid removed for testing and will have to have the rest removed later this month.

Hunter said the following:

“Hello friends.

There’s no easy way to say it. I have thyroid cancer.

Last year during a physical, my doctor discovered a large mass in my neck.
I had two fine needle biopsies, but the results were inconclusive.

A week ago, I had half of my thyroid removed so doctors could better test the tumor. The results were positive for Papillary cancer- the most common of thyroid cancers. Luckily, it also has a high cure rate. There is no known cause for this type of cancer, but it’s likely genetic. There weren’t any symptoms either.

The next step is to remove the rest of my thyroid on August 12th and explore radioactive iodine treatment. I should probably sit on a beach somewhere after that.

I’m grateful for my team of doctors at the Cleveland Clinic, my supportive friends and family, and for Lauren and her ability to help me out of the depressive dark hole the news caused me to go down. My mother is also an inspiration for having beat colon cancer, as are many of my friends and fans who’ve endured much worse.

You guys and gals are my extended family, and I’m thankful to have you by my side after all these years. I truly appreciate it. My hope is this inspires you to stay on top of your health. A routine physical could save your life.

In the meantime, I am going to stay busy on work-related projects while enjoying the rest of my summer. I’ll continue to keep my mind busy immersed in my hobbies shall it start to wander toward the dark side.

Leaving you with my favorite quote from Nietzsche (and Conan the Barbarian) that I used as lyrics for Resurrection:

“That which does not kill us makes us stronger.”

– Mark“

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Hello friends. There's no easy way to say it. I have thyroid cancer. Last year during a physical, my doctor discovered a large mass in my neck. I had two fine needle biopsies, but the results were inconclusive. A week ago, I had half of my thyroid removed so doctors could better test the tumor. The results were positive for Papillary cancer- the most common of thyroid cancers. Luckily, it also has a high cure rate. There is no known cause for this type of cancer, but it's likely genetic. There weren't any symptoms either. The next step is to remove the rest of my thyroid on August 12th and explore radioactive iodine treatment. I should probably sit on a beach somewhere after that. I'm grateful for my team of doctors at the Cleveland Clinic, my supportive friends and family, and for Lauren and her ability to help me out of the depressive dark hole the news caused me to go down. My mother is also an inspiration for having beat colon cancer, as are many of my friends and fans who've endured much worse. You guys and gals are my extended family, and I'm thankful to have you by my side after all these years. I truly appreciate it. My hope is this inspires you to stay on top of your health. A routine physical could save your life. In the meantime, I am going to stay busy on work-related projects while enjoying the rest of my summer. I'll continue to keep my mind busy immersed in my hobbies shall it start to wander toward the dark side. Leaving you with my favorite quote from Nietzsche (and Conan the Barbarian) that I used as lyrics for Resurrection: "That which does not kill us makes us stronger." – Mark

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Watch New Clip From Upcoming Short Film On Chimaira’s Mark Hunter & Mental Illness

Chimaira’s Mark Hunter is the subject of a new short film created by director Nick Cavalier. The documentary, which is named after the band’s track “Down Again,” focuses on the connections between creativity and mental illness. It will be released on October 10 and a new clip from it can be seen below:

Hunter said the following about the film:

“I have dealt with depression and bipolar for a good part of my life. It’s probably safe to say that most Chimaira fans understand that the band’s music, lyrics, and live performances were my cathartic outlet.”

“I was a bit apprehensive [to do this documentary] at first. Not because I am unwilling to share my story, but more so because there are thousands of people infinitely more interesting than me. And worse off than me. But in the end, I am thankful to have been a part of this short documentary. It captured an extremely critical moment in time. The rekindling of friendships with my former bandmates was one of the most significant healing moments of my entire life.”

“It’s unfortunate to note the past couple of years have been tough on the music community. We lost a lot of talented people to their struggles with depression. I hope the viewers of our film will take away a story of healing and feel the impact of dealing with mental health issues head-on.”

“This is not a story about Chimaira, although fans of the band will be excited to see familiar faces and hear some of their favorite songs. The audience will get a glimpse into my personality and how I use art to better deal with the harder moments of life.”

Hunter and Cavalier discussed the film further during a recent interview with Loudwire.