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 🤘🏼”

Fuel Return With New Singer John Corsale, Tease New Song “Hard”

Fuel have officially returned with a new lineup consisting of guitarist Carl Bell, drummer Kevin Miller, singer/guitarist John Corsale, guitarist Mark Klotz, and bassist Tommy Nat. The band’s new album, “Ånomåly,” is set to be released in October and a teaser for its first single, “Hard,” can be found below. The full track will be released on July 9.

Bell commented:

“We were just patient with each other. From the first conversation, I recognized the same feeling in Kevin’s voice. Fuel was huge for us. It was a great moment in our lives, and Kevin was as grateful for the opportunities that Fuel gave us as I was. We bonded on that fact. I would’ve taken a bullet for him — I still would.”

Miller continued:

“For me, new beginnings are exciting, but more often than not, they scare the shit out of me. As much as I love touching my toe to new water, I’m always afraid of the creatures lingering in the depths. I am incredibly excited about this new venture and new lineup of FUEL. Making this record shed a lot of light on what will be, such an amazing amount of talent in this band.”

Bell also added:

“A few months ago, I had no idea I would be returning to Fuel full time, so when it happened, my first call was to Kevin. He simply said, ‘I have the band. I promise you, these are the guys.’ He was right. All are great musicians, and John is this 26-year-old great guitarist as well as a great vocalist and frontman. He sounds fantastic on the album and amazing on our previous hits as well. From the moment I first heard him play and sing, I thought, ‘Wow… This just got real interesting.'”

Ministry Reveal Live Lineup For Fall Tour

Ministry’s live lineup for their fall tour with Helmet and Front Line Assembly has officially been revealed. In addition to frontman Al Jourgensen, the band will feature: guitarist Cesar Soto, guitarist Monte Pittman (ex-Madonna, ex-Prong), bassist Paul D’Amour (ex-Tool), keyboardist John Bechdel (ex-Fear Factory), and drummer Roy Mayorga (Stone Sour, HELLYEAH). In other news, the group have also confirmed that they will be performing some new material from their upcoming album.

Tour Dates:

10/03 Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater
10/04 Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre
10/06 Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
10/08 Buffalo, NY – Buffalo Riverworks
10/09 Cleveland, OH – Agora Theatre
10/10 Chicago, IL – Riviera Theatre
10/11 Detroit, MI – Royal Oak Music Theatre
10/14 Boston, MA – House of Blues
10/15 Huntington, NY – The Paramount
10/16 Montclair, NJ – Wellmont Theatre
10/17 Philadelphia, PA – Franklin Music Hall
10/19 Atlanta, GA – Tabernacle
10/20 Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore
10/21 Orlando, FL – Hard Rock Live
10/23 Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey Live! (no Helmet)
10/24 Houston, TX – House of Blues
10/25 San Antonio, TX – Aztec Theater
10/28 Phoenix, AZ – The Van Buren
10/29 Anaheim, CA – House of Blues
10/30 San Diego, CA – House of Blues
10/31 San Francisco, CA – The Warfield Theatre
11/02 Portland, OR – Roseland Theater
11/03 Seattle, WA – Showbox Sodo

Fleshgod Apocalypse Confirm New Lineup, Release Acoustic Version Of “The Day We’ll Be Gone”

Fleshgod Apocalypse have officially welcomed vocalist Veronica Bordacchini, guitarist Fabio Bartoletti, and drummer Eugene Ryabchenko to the band. With this news, the group have also released a two-track single featuring an acoustic version of “The Day We’ll Be Gone“ and an instrumental version of the track.

Vocalist Francesco Paoli said the following about the new lineup:

“This is the best line-up we could ask for. Eugene is an absolute phenomenon on drums, so I’m really glad to pass the torch to a great successor. Fabio is a true guitar hero, extremely tight and tasteful. Veronica has been with us for 7 years now and even today her incredible talent never ceases to amaze me, so I know she can push her limits further in the future. Now our rehearsal room feels like home again.”

He also added the following about the acoustic version of “The Day We’ll Be Gone“:

“In these uncertain times, we wanted to bare our inner souls and let the music speak for itself. This track pushes us out of our comfort zone as musicians and performer, proving that art in any form can survive the most dreadful circumstances. Given the current situation, it was the right time to do something truly experimental, a once in a lifetime musical exploration for the band. Our recent live streaming concert introduced our new band members to a worldwide crowd, but this song really shows how strongly open minded and skilled they are. Me, Francesco and Paolo have been through this journey together for over a decade, but we haven’t felt this good for a long time. That’s why we’re glad to announce them as official band members. Expect much more, sooner than you think.”

Massacre Confirm New Lineup

Massacre have officially announced their lineup. The band now consists of vocalist Kam Lee, bassist Michael Borders, guitarist Rogga Johansson, guitarist Jonny Pettersson, guitarist Scott Fairfax, and drummer Brynjar Helgeton. This news comes after the band recently parted ways with drummer Jeramie Kling and guitarist Taylor Nordberg. Borders issued the following statement:

“WHO IS READY FOR REAL OLD SCHOOL DEATH METAL!!!? We promised you new MASSACRE music and we are not going to let you down!! Despite recent setbacks, plans for a new MASSACRE album are still moving full speed ahead and with all guns blazing! The current lineup of legendary Kam Lee and original bassist Michael Borders have been joined by Rogga Johansson (Paganizer), Jonny Pettersson (Gods Forsaken, Wombbath, Henry Kane), Scott Fairfax (Memoriam, and As The World Dies), and drummer Brynjar Helgeton!! Prepare for the raw, uncompromising sound you expect from Massacre!! #deathmetal #oldschooldeathmetal”

Evile Announce New Lineup, Finish Writing New Album

Evile have undergone some lineup changes. Guitarist Ol Drake will now be handling lead vocals following the departure of his brother Matt Drake. On top of that, Adam Smith (RipTide) has since joined the band as their new rhythm guitarist. With this news, the group have also confirmed that they have finished writing a new album.

Ol Drake commented:

“You may notice one large difference in the new Evile lineup, and that is that my brother, Matt, unfortunately left the band a while ago. He will release a statement shortly. We’re sad to see him go, but we’re excited about the new road ahead of us.

As you can probably guess, this is why there hasn’t been a 5th Evile album yet, and for that we apologise. The new album is fully written, we’re ready to hit the studio, and we are currently working on a record deal. I will be taking over as the band’s frontman/vocalist while also staying on lead guitar. We’re also happy to announce our new member and rhythm guitarist is Adam Smith from RipTide; a band and friends local to us. Please give him a warm welcome!

The new material is in a much more aggressive vein as it feels like the natural progression for Evile; my vocal style is a much less melodic approach. We have the song titles, album title, and art confirmed and there will be an announcement soon!”

The band went on to say that they are working on getting record deal for the album and that it is tentatively set to be released in late 2020/early 2021.

Genghis Tron Return With New Lineup, Working On New Album

Genghis Tron have officially returned and are currently working on a new album at GodCity Studio in Salem, MA with Converge‘s Kurt Ballou. With this news, the band have also confirmed that they have parted ways with vocalist Mookie Singerman. He has since been replaced by Tony Wolski (The Armed). Furthermore, Nick Yacyshyn (SUMAC, Baptists) has now joined the group as their new drummer. Keyboardist/programmer Michael Sochynsky commented:

“We said it was just a hiatus and we meant it! It’s been incredible writing music again and hearing everything come together in the studio. This is the album we’ve always wanted to write. We can’t wait to share what we’ve been working on.”

Vektor Return With New Lineup

As previously reported, Vektor went on hiatus in 2016 after guitarist Erik Nelson, bassist Frank Chin, and drummer Blake Anderson all exited the band. However, frontman David DiSanto has since reunited with Nelson to launch an updated version of the band with new drummer Mike Ohlson and new bassist Stephen Coon.

The group commented:

“After a four year hiatus following the highly regarded album, “Terminal Redux“, the two original guitar players, David DiSanto and Erik Nelson, have decided to reform Vektor.

With new talent from Mike Ohlson on drums and Stephen Coon on bass, Vektor is back as strong as ever!

The band currently in the studio working on new material, and are preparing for multiple tours in 2021″

This news comes after DiSanto’s wife Katy DiSanto accused him of physical abuse and sexual assault in 2019. He has since gone on to deny the allegations.

Journey Reveal New Lineup

Journey have officially announced their new lineup. In addition to guitarist Neal Schon, keyboardist Jonathan Cain and vocalist Arnel Pineda, the band now features bassist Randy Jackson, drummer Narada Michael Walden and second keyboardist Jason Derlatka. You can see footage of the new lineup performing a socially distanced version of “Don’t Stop Believin'” as part of UNICEF USA’s “UNICEF We Won’t Stop” virtual event below. This news comes after the group previously fired bassist Ross Valory and drummer Steve Smith for allegedly launching an “ill-conceived corporate coup d’état” to take control of the band’s name. As previously reported, Valory has since countersued.

Nervosa Announce New Lineup

Nervosa have officially announced their new lineup. In addition to founding guitarist Prika Amaral, the band now features: vocalist Diva Satanica (Bloodhunter), bassist Mia Wallace (ex-Abbath, etc.), and drummer Eleni Nota (Mask Of Prospero, Croque Madame).

The group issued the following statement:

“After intense days auditioning girls from all over the world, we arrived at the new official line up.

It was a bit of a challenge to audition at a distance but where there’s a will, there’s a way.

Prika Amaral said:

‘It was an incredible experience to meet so many talented women. It was not easy to choose just one and being forced to say “No” to several really good musicians. But the question is beyond musical competence. It involves availability, professional posture, good communication, etc … But I am very happy with the result and very confident. I already have a lot of new songs saved and we have already started writing (which was one of the tests applied during auditions). We will launch some new material online while the Covid-19 situation is sorted. I guarantee that Nervosa comes with full strength.’

To take care of the singing duties Diva Satanica was chosen, currently she is vocalist of the band Bloodhunter, where they have already made several important presentations including alongside Nervosa.

On the bass we have a big name, Mia W. Wallace, who has played with Abbath and (Hellhammer’s reincarnation) Triumph of Death, among others.

Last but not least, on the drums, The Revelation, Eleni Nota. Hard hitting drummer with a lot of energy, who currently plays in progressive metal bands Mask of Prospero and Croque Madame.

The choice to be a quartet was to give Nervosa a fresh approach and show something different. This is a new phase, a new Nervosa, but still with its thrash/death essence intact, with riffs with a lot of downpicking and strong grip, fast and technical drums, a renewed, heavier, bass sound and aggressive and super thrash metal vocals. A second guitarist is still an option, but not for the current moment where it involves a lot of adaptation and a huge challenge in logistics, but for the future it is very possible.

Thank you all for your support!”

This news comes after bassist/vocalist Fernanda Lira and drummer Luana Dametto exited the group last month.