Cradle Of Filth Part Ways With Guitarist & Keyboardist

Cradle Of Filth have parted ways with guitarist Richard Shaw and keyboardist/vocalist Anabelle Iratni. Guitarist Donny Burbage (Aether Realm) and keyboardist/vocalist Zoe Marie Federoff (Catalyst Crime) will be taking their places during the band’s upcoming shows.

The band commented:

“It is with the gravest of sadness that Cradle Of Filth announce the departure of guitarist Richard Shaw and keyboardist Anabelle Iratni from the band’s ranks.

Due to other commitments Richard is passing his prestigious baton to newcomer Donny Burbage, who will be fulfilling guitar duties throughout the forthcoming US tour with Danzig, alongside Ashok and bassist Daniel Firth.

We also say farewell to Anabelle and thank her for her awesome contribution on ‘Existence Is Futile,’ her successor being the very talented singer/keyboardist Zoe Marie Federoff. As with Rich, the band wish Anabelle continued success in all her future endeavours.”

Frontman Dani Filth added:

“Unfortunately it just is what it is. If someone feels that their tenure with the band has ended, then who am I to argue with that?

We have to respect that people have personal commitments and/or sometimes find the career choice of being in a band like Cradle a tad overwhelming.

That being said, the band are continuing as indefatigably as ever, with a slew of summer festival dates happening after the tour with Danzig in the US and Canada, plus further Autumn announcements to follow swiftly after. We also have another exciting announcement to share, but all in due course!

Regardless of what befalls us, we stay FILTHY!”

Identity Of Deftones’ Mysterious Touring Guitarist Appears To Have Been Revealed

As previously reported, Deftones recently debuted a new live lineup featuring new bassist Fred Sablan (Chelsea Wolfe, ex-Marilyn Manson) and an unidentified second guitarist. Now, as noted by The PRP, the mysterious member appears to have been identified as Lance Jackman (Horseneck, ex-Will Haven). You can see footage of him performing with the group during their April 14 show in Portland, OR below:

Ex-Flaw Guitarist Tommy Gibbons Joins Worldwide Panic

Worldwide Panic have officially welcomed Tommy Gibbons to the band. This is the guitarist’s latest project since he was fired from Flaw in 2019 due to a plagiarism scandal.

Gibbons said the following:

“It feels good to finally work with someone at my level of skill and professionalism. As well it feels great to work with someone who pushes me to be better. I look forward to future recordings as well as tours!!”

Worldwide Panic vocalist Lane Steele added:

“It has been a longtime coming. I think we both knew for a while that this was the best option for our personal and professional lives to officially become a team. It took certain events happening as well as trials and tribulations to make this work make no mistake. However, it is now all worth it knowing that there is a bright future in store for this band. All members, not only us two are heavily invested into making this band thrive and succeed. I give my word to our listeners and fans that we will not disappoint. Thanks to everyone for their continued support.”

Tombs Premiere “Ex Oblivion” Music Video

Tombs have premiered a new video for their new single “Ex Oblivion.“ This song is the title track of the band’s new EP, which will receive a digital release on July 13. Here’s the track listing for that effort:

01. “Ex Oblivion”
02. “Killed By Death” (Motörhead cover) (feat. Hammer Fight’s Dan Higgins)
03. “Commit Suicide” (GG Allin cover)
04. “Sombre Ruins Nothing Remains” (RKGD Audio Remix)
05. “Murder Legendre” (feat. Integrity’s Dwid Hellion)

With this news, Tombs have also welcomed Todd Stern (Psycroptic) to the group as a second guitarist.

Meshiaak Recruit Ex-Machine Head Guitarist Logan Mader & Ex-Slayer Drummer Jon Dette

Meshiaak have announced the addition of guitarist Logan Mader (Once Human, ex-Machine Head) and drummer Jon Dette (ex-Slayer, ex-Testament) to their lineup. The group are currently working on a new album.

Vocalist Danny Camilleri commented:

“I haven’t been this excited to create music in years! The next Meshiaak album is going to be a monster! A big, fat, angry monster.”

Mader added:

“I am beyond stoked to be a part of this album with Meshiaak. I’ll be producing and playing guitar on it. I have a good feeling about how heavy and epic it will be.”

This news comes after Meshiaak parted ways with guitarist Dean Wells, drummer David Godfrey, and bassist Andrew Cameron last year.

Taylor Nordberg (The Absence, Inhuman Condition) Joins Deicide

Taylor Nordberg (The Absence, Inhuman Condition) has joined Deicide as their new guitarist. He was recruited as a replacement for Chris Cannella. Frontman Glen Benton issued the following statement:

“We are pleased to announce and welcome Taylor Nordberg to the Deicide family! An amazing and accomplished guitarist who takes our sound to the next level and brings a profound level of professionalism that completes and compliments the Deicide machine! GB”

Protest The Hero Book Canadian Shows For March, Announce Altered Lineup

Protest The Hero have booked some Canadian shows for March 2022. The concerts will find the band performing with guitarist Ben Davis, who is taking over for Luke Hoskin as he steps back from touring, and touring bassist Henry Selva.

Tour Dates:

03/01 Ottawa, ON – Bronson Centre
03/02 Montreal, QC – Theatre Fairmount
03/03 Quebec City, QC – Imperial
03/05 London, ON – London Music Hall
03/11 Toronto, ON – Danforth

The group said the following:

“It has been over 3 years since we played our last show. Hard to believe we were in the midst of putting the final touches on Palimpsest when the world shut down. So we’re happy to announce it’s finally time for us to get back out there with some Ontario/Quebec dates in March.

In the initial planning stages for the Palimpsest record cycle, we had some dates booked in 2020 that never got announced. To be frank, it was a tour to see if we wanted to continue touring — a way to dip a toe back in to see if that lifestyle still worked with our middle-aged, adulting lives.

When we didn’t get that chance to hit the road during the pandemic lock-downs, some of us were relieved and others were disappointed. When the conversation came up again, Luke expressed that he was relieved when we had to cancel the shows in 2020, while the remaining 3 of us were still keen to play shows if it could work.

We came to the difficult decision that we’d continue performing and look for a suitable live guitarist for the touring band. However, never fear. Dear Truke will continue to be involved in many other areas like writing, recording, and editing pupdates.”

Hoskin added:

“First I want to say that I have tossed and turned many nights debating this decision. Myself and the rest of PTH have been playing live for more than half of our lives at this point, so walking away from one of the things I know best was not an easy decision.

As the band took a pause from live music (as we all did when the pandemic hit), it gave me some time to gain clarity. Though my heart went out to other artists who felt the detrimental effects of not being able to tour, I found myself feeling the opposite: somewhat relieved that touring was off the table.

I have always believed that the stress associated with touring was worth it in the end. A day filled with challenges and tension was always relieved by the hour (or so) we got to play at night. And while that rings true for most of my touring career, at some point, my love of playing live started to wane making it tougher for me to justify all the other challenges that came with it.

I found myself just trying to ‘get through it’ rather than soak it up and enjoy the process. Knowing that, I am certain it’s time for me to step back from the live side of things.

I can say without any hesitation that the fellas in the band who are continuing on with the show still truly love it. Night after night, I’ve watched them relish the moments they got to spend on stage, each one of them glowing after the set. Showgoers, you’ll be in the best of hands moving forward.”

The band continued:

“When we were racking our brains for who could fill Truke‘s big sneakers, Michael suggested Ben Davis. Ben is an amazing guitarist who played with Michael for many years in his previous band. So we are thrilled to announce that Ben will be ripping it up stage right for these upcoming shows.

In addition to having Ben wielding a six string, we have the pleasure of announcing that Henry “Hankzerclues” Selva from The Human Abstract will be playing bass and bringing his best Soulfly stomp to the stage for PTH. Hank has been someone we’ve known for years, and spent many days on tour with. So we are happy to have him now sharing the stage.

Our band is a community that is far larger than the ‘members’ you see on stage. Over the years, there have been many people involved in making Protest The Hero what it is today. There are many roles that need to be filled to make this all work, and in the past, it may have been a more rigid ‘are you in or are you out?’ These days, it definitely takes a village, and we are happy to welcome our two newest idiots.”

Mudvayne Add New Guitarist To Their Lineup

It appears Mudvayne have recruited Marcus Rafferty (Fall Of Humanity, etc.) as a second guitarist. The musician, who previously worked as a guitar tech for Lamb Of God, Hatebreed, etc., played his first show with the band during the October 9 date of this year’s Aftershock festival in Sacramento, CA. However, it is still unclear if he will become a permanent member of the group.

Destruction Officially Part Ways With Guitarist Mike Sifringer, Premiere Music Video For New Song “State Of Apathy”

Destruction have officially parted ways with guitarist Mike Sifringer. The band will now be moving forward with new guitarist Martin Furia. Furia made his first recorded appearance with the group on their new song “State Of Apathy.” You can find a video for that track below:

Frontman Schmier said the following:

“The last two years have been testing times for all of us. We are all sad to announce that Mike has left Destruction. It all was a shock and hit us hard but nevertheless there was never any doubt that we will continue as a band. We are a strong unit and are proud to welcome our new guitarist, Martin Furia, to the band! Our chemistry is great since Martin has been a part of the Destruction family for many years now. He is the perfect new man on the axe – the first shows have been a fucking blast!

‘State Of Apathy’ shows the direction Destruction will go with the new record: more ‘back-to-the-roots’, more guitars, more in your face! This band is my life and we will always give 100% to keep the spirit alive. I hope you love the new single as much as we do – thanks for all the support! We are wishing Mike the best for his future, for us there is only one way to go THRASH TILL DEATH!”

Sifringer also commented on his departure:

“It’s hard to leave a band after 39 years. Destruction is my life and something like my baby. But sometimes you have to take decisions that hurt. I’m very sad at the moment, but if something doesn’t feel right anymore, better stop doing it. Thanx to all former bandmates. I’m very proud about the music we have created together. Cheers to all thrashers out there. Without your support and your passion, Destruction would not exist. Peace.”

Furia added:

“The news is finally out and I have mixed emotions. I’m extremely proud to be part of this legendary band since 2016 as sound technician and tour manager, I’ve been all over the world with the Destruction family and they have always treated me like another member of the band.

I’m sad to see Mike go because I love him and respect him as a person and guitarist, but when I was asked if I would like to be the new guitarist of Destruction I didn’t hesitate for a second. I feel ready to honor Mike’s legacy, to add my own touch and I will give my best to keep the flame of Destruction burning strong forever, with deep respect and devotion for the past and with full energy and commitment for the future. THRASH TILL DEATH!“

Igorrr Announce New Lineup

Igorrr have parted ways with vocalists Laurent Lunoir and Laure Le Prunenec. JB Le Bail and Aphrodite Patoulidou will be taking their places. Furthermore, guitarist Martyn Clement has since joined the band as well.

The group issued the following statement:

“Few updates to share with you ! We are working hard for all the summer shows at the moment! Covid didn’t help us a lot, to say the least, but this led us to very positive changes in the band :

Laurent decided to not get vaccinated, according to his personal beliefs. Even if we disagree with him, we respect his decision of course, however this has some consequences, regarding his ability to travel with us mainly, so, to be part of the line-up for the future. To say it shortly, Laurent is not a part of the project anymore.

In the meantime, Laure informed us, after this weird “off” period in our artistic journey that she wanted more time to focus on her private life and didn’t show up at the rehearsals. As well, we fully support her.

We are of course sad to see a page of Igorrr to be over, and we wish them the best for the future, but this led us to the awesome news : we are welcoming 3 new incredible people in the band: first, the greek soprano Aphrodite Patoulidou and JB Le Bail as our new vocalists, and finally Martyn Clement as our guitar player.

It is, as challenging as exciting for us, to present to our audience this new live performance, where we’ll play many songs from our last album “Spirituality and Distortion“, plus, of course, some good ol’ Igorrr‘s tunes. Can’t wait to see you, and thanks for your support all those years 🤘🏼”