The Damned Things Confirm New Lineup, Announce New Album “High Crimes”

The Damned Things have officially confirmed their new lineup. Rob Caggiano (Volbeat, ex-Anthrax) and Josh Newton (Shiner, ex-Every Time I Die) recently exited the group and as previously rumored Dan Andriano (Alkaline Trio) has joined as their new bassist. The rest of the lineup consists of original members Scott Ian (Anthrax), Keith Buckley (Every Time I Die), Joe Trohman (Fall Out Boy), and Andy Hurley (Fall Out Boy). The band will be releasing a new album titled “High Crimes” on April 26 and are currently booked to perform at Welcome To Rockville on May 4 and at Epicenter on May 11.

Trohman talked about the new album with Kerrang!, saying it was originally going to be an EP “but then it got to the point where [they] just made a whole record.” He continued:

“The more we put into it, the more we were, like, ‘Okay, let’s just do this,'” he said. “I hate using the terms ‘organically,’ because it’s a pretty shitty buzzword, but it happened organically. [Laughs]”

He also added:

“I originally wanted to open the record with this song called ‘Storm Charmer’ because it was really slow and ominous, which is probably a bad idea. [Laughs] I think I love ‘Cells’ — that is one of my favorite songs on the record. ‘Cells’, ‘Omen’ and ‘Carry A Brick’ are some of my favorites.

Honestly, I’ve been sitting with the demos for nearly two years, and I still haven’t got sick of any of it. I don’t listen to it in a self-serving way. I’ll listen to them and think, ‘When am I going to hate them?’ And every time I listen to them, I really like all these songs. It’s the first time I’ve listened to a record and found there’s not a lot I would change. With making anything, I could tweak it forever, but I think with this one, the mentality was just: go in, write these songs, and when they’re done, they’re done. Don’t overthink anything. Hopefully, by approaching it in a ‘Let’s make them sound really cool and not tweak them forever’ stance, then they would be the rawest possible version. I though the last record was definitely a little flippant in production, and I just wanted to pull back on that.”

[via Blabbermouth]

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Bleed The Sky Confirm Latest Lineup, Reveal New Album Title

Bleed The Sky have officially confirmed their latest lineup. In addition to singer Noah Robinson, guitarist Wayne Miller, and drummer Austin D’Amond, the band now features bassist David Culbert, who was a previous member of the band, and ex-Solus Deus guitarist Kevin Garcia. The group, who are currently working on a new album titled “This Way Lies Madness”, had the following to say:

“We’d like to take a moment to officially announce our new member lineup! I’m sure most of you have noticed, but we’d like to welcome 2 new faces to the family! Kevin Garcia is our new guitarist and friend of 15 years. He jammed with Austin D’Amond and Wayne Miller in Solus Deus and we are stoked to have him on board! Also, our good friend and former BTS member Dave Culbert is back in the mix on bass guitar! Dave was with BTS for awhile during the writing stages of Murder The Dance and was a key player in that album’s overall sound and attitude. So let’s all officially welcome these guys aboard our metal ship!”

[via The PRP]

Ill Niño Announce New Lineup, Premiere New Song “Sangre” (UPDATED)

UPDATE: Cristian Machado, Ahrue Luster, and Diego Verduzco are now claiming they never left Ill Niño.

Original Story:

Ill Niño have parted ways with singer Cristian Machado and guitarists Ahrue Luster and Diego Verduzco. Taking their places will be vocalist Marcos Leal (Shattered Sun), rhythm guitarist Sal Dominguez (ex-Upon A Burning Body), and lead guitarist Jes Dehoyos (Sons Of Texas). With this news, the band have also shared a new song titled “Sangre.”

Drummer Dave Chavarri commented:

“Sometimes being in a band is like being married – sometimes people grow apart and no longer see eye to eye, and a separation becomes inevitable. We wish our former members the best in their musical careers, and are pumped to move forward with our new band members. Not only have we toured with them, but they’re very respected, seasoned musicians, and dudes that have always been our ‘Familia’ since day one.”

Leal added:

“Anyone who knows me knows the love I have for this band. I got my start singing Ill Niño covers in my younger years and this band has always held a special place in my heart. When the opportunity arose to front one of my favorite bands of all time, it was something I needed to consider.”

Edge Of Paradise Announce New Lineup

Edge Of Paradise have announced the additions of bassist Vanya Kapetanovic and drummer Jimmy Lee to their lineup. They will be taking over for former bassist Nick Ericson and former drummer John Chominsky.

Margarita Monet and Dave Bates commented:

Both Vanya and Jimmy join the band with a great amount of motivation and passion, and we’re thrilled to have them on board for the next exciting chapter of Edge of Paradise. We want to thank our previous bass player, and new dad, Nick Ericson, and drummer John Chominsky. We accomplished so much together during the nearly 5 years they both were with the band, and we will always be grateful for their contribution. We wish them the best on their future endeavors and will always consider them our lifelong friends!

We are almost finished recording songs for the record. It’s been an amazing experience working with Mike Plotnikoff. We are beyond excited to unleash the new music as we take our sound one step further and present you with the new, electrifying side of Edge of Paradise!”

[via BraveWords]

Cryptopsy & Eukaryst Members Join Cattle Decapitation

Cattle Decapitation have officially welcomed guitarist Belisario Dimuzio (Eukaryst) and bassist Olivier Pinard (Cryptopsy) to the band. Dimuzio, who has been touring with the band for a few years, will now serve as their permanent second guitarist, while Pinard has been recruited as a replacement for Derek Engmann. With this news, the group have also announced that they will be releasing a new album in fall 2019.

Cattle Decapitation said the following:

“We’re pleased to announce the new lineup that will appear on our next album due out in FALL 2019! Many of you who have come to our shows in the past couple of years have seen that we have had a 2nd guitarist on stage with us for the first time in the band’s existence.

We proudly welcome Belisario Dimuzio (San Diego’s Eukaryst) as a full time member and he will appear on the next album! We’re also happy to announce Olivier Pinard (Cryptopsy) as our new bassist who will be appearing on our next album as well! Oil has filled in on shows with us in the past, the chemistry we have with both him and Bel is unmistakable and we’re excited to have them with us.

Be sure to keep an eye out for Cryptopsy’s next release entitled “The Book Of Suffering: Tome 2”! Also be on the lookout for a HUGE announcement coming Sept. 20th regarding a super cool Cattle Decapitation release that has been in the works for a decade now! Its an exciting time for the Decap! Stay tuned!!!”

Orgy Announce New Drummer And Guitarist

Orgy have announced the addition of new guitarist Ilia Yordanov and new drummer Ryan Browne to their lineup. You can read more about them HERE. The band will soon be hitting the road on a headlining tour with Motograter, Brand of Julez, and The Crowned.

Tour Dates:

08/17 Salt Lake City, UT – Liquid Joe’s
08/18 Greeley, CO – Moxi Theater
08/20 San Antonio, TX – Paper Tiger
08/21 Oklahoma City, OK – Diamond Ballroom
08/22 Dallas, TX – Trees
08/23 Houston, TX – Scout Bar
08/24 Austin, TX – 3Ten ACL Live
08/25 Laredo, TX – Ethos Live
08/26 McAllen, TX – Yerberia Cultura
08/28 New Orleans, LA – Southport Music Hall
08/30 Atlanta, GA – Hell @ The Masquerade
08/31 Sanford, FL – West End Trading Company
09/01 Tampa, FL – Brass Mug
09/03 Concord, VA – Blue Ridge Rock Festival
09/04 New York, NY – The Gramercy Theater
09/06 Stanhope, NJ – The Stanhope House
09/07 Providence, RI – Fete Music Hall
09/08 Amityville, NY – Revolution
09/09 Easton, PA – One Centre Square
09/10 Warrendale, PA – Jergel’s Rhythm Grill
09/11 Cincinnati, OH – Bogart’s
09/12 Joliet, IL – The Forge
09/13 Highland, IN – The Room
09/14 West Dundee, IL – RocHaus
09/15 Chesterfield, MI – Diesel Concert Lounge
09/17 Omaha, NE – Bourbon Saloon
09/18 Denver, CO – The Oriental Theater
09/19 Colorado Springs, CO – The Black Sheep
09/21 Anaheim, CA – House Of Blues
09/22 Scottsdale, AZ – BLK Live
09/23 Los Angeles, CA – Club 1720
09/25 Seattle, WA – Club Sur Rocks
09/26 Portland, OR – Paris Theatre
09/28 Las Vegas, NV – Beauty Bar
09/29 San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick

RATT Play First Show With New Lineup

RATT officially played their first show with their new lineup in Mulvane, Kansas on July 7. As previously reported, the group now features Stephen Pearcy and Juan Croucier, along with Pete Holmes (Black N’ Blue), Jordan Ziff (Razer), and Chris Sanders (Knight Fury).

[via Blabbermouth]