Marc Rizzo To Focus On New Projects Following His Apparent Departure From Soulfly

Ever since it was announced that Dino Cazares (Fear Factory) would be playing guitar for Soulfly on their upcoming U.S. tour, many have speculated that Marc Rizzo is no longer a member the band. Now, it has been revealed that Rizzo has shifted focus to his solo project and two new bands, Hail The Horns and Revenge Beast.

Rizzo reportedly told a fan the following when asked if he is still in Soulfly:

“I’m super excited to move forward with my solo project, Hail The Horns, and Revenge Beast!!! These last few years have been too much of a stress on my life and being home this past year focusing on my projects has been super healthy for me. Much love to all the fans and I can’t wait to hang with you guys after my shows and talk more in person!”

Hail The Horns, which finds Rizzo joined by Tony Campos (Static-X, Fear Factory, ex-Soulfly) and Christian “Opus” Lawrence (Dead By Wednesday), have released a cover of KISS‘ “God Of Thunder,“ which you can find below. Revenge Beast, which finds Rizzo joined by Jay Decay, Brendan MacSahne, and Doug Gussio, have also released an eponymous track. You can find that below as well. In addition to the aforementioned projects, Rizzo is also planning to release a “best-of” solo compilation, titled “Living Shred Vol. 1,” on September 10. For now, you can catch the guitarist on tour with WhiskeyDick:

08/13 Sioux Falls, SD – Big’s Bar
08/14 New Market, MN – The Doublewide
08/15 Green Bay, WI – Old School Bar
08/16 Pekin, IL – Twisted Spoke Saloon
08/17 Braidwood, IL – Top Fuel Saloon
08/18 Lombard, IL – Brauer House
08/19 Kansas City, MO – The Westport Saloon
08/24 Denver, CO – Lion’s Lair
08/25 Colorado Springs, CO – Triple Nickel Tavern
08/26 Amarillo, TX – Zombiez
08/27 Ft. Worth, TX – The Rail Club Live

Hail The Horns also have some dates booked:

11/18 Lombard, IL – Brauerhouse
11/19 Fort Wayne, IN – Piere’s
11/20 Des Moines, IA – Venue TBA
11/21 Braidwood, IL – Top Fuel Saloon

Former Mushroomhead Members Launch New Bands Church & Doom Candy

Former members of Mushroomhead have reunited in two new bands. The two groups include Church, which features Thomas Church and Waylon Reavis, and Doom Candy, which features Thomas Church and Jeffrey Nothing. Church’s new EP “UnHUMAN Beings” will be released on August 16 and the first single “Become The Enemy” can be found below. Doom Candy’s new EP “Suicide Effects” will be released on September 27 and the first single “Cry Fire” can be found below as well.

[via The PRP]

Napalm Death’s Shane Embury Talks About His Upcoming Side Projects With Mastodon, Faith No More, Etc. Members

Napalm Death’s Shane Embury was recently interviewed on The Void With Christina and discussed two side projects he has in the works with members of Mastodon and more. You can watch the full interview and read some excerpts below:

Embury said the following about Tronos, which involves Napalm Death producer Russ Russell, Faith No More‘s Billy Gould, Mastodon‘s Troy Sanders, and a member of Voivod:

“One project, for about five years, I’ve been working on with a guy who produces our records [Russ Russell,] it’s got kind of a doomyish, doomy, weird, shoegazing, doomy kind of music. Billy [Gould] from Faith No More plays bass on some of the tracks, Troy [Sanders] from Mastodon, a guy from Voivod on guitar. ‘Cause the guy who produces our albums, he’s part of it so, we can record for free. So he’s been zoning out on it forever. It’s called Tronos—which is just Spanish for ‘thrones’—I nicked it from a ‘Game Of Thrones‘ DVD in Spanish.

Russ Russell, the guy who produces the Napalm albums and stuff, and all the stuff that I’ve been involved with, he’s got quite a graphic deal as well… So he’s got lots of visual stuff going on and if we can pull it off I’d like to play the ‘Roadburn Festival‘ in Holland, cause then you’d be able to do the projections. And because of the people involved I can only imagine doing the odd show here and there.”

He also said the following about another project, which features Mastodon‘s Bill Kelliher and Brann Dailor, along with ex-Brutal Truth frontman Kevin Sharp:

“Kevin [Sharp] probably didn’t mention that me and him are doing a project with Bill and Bran from Mastodon. Well, he’s got about three million riffs now, we’ve just gotta try to arrange them into songs, it’s heavy stuff. We demoed it in Bill‘s studio, ’cause Kevin built Bill‘s studio for him. Kevin‘s a grindcore carpenter. So we just got a buncha riffs there, it’s a case of trying to work it out, it’s gonna take awhile.”

On another note, he also talked a bit about Napalm Death’s new material:

“It’s fast. But there’s also a lot of weird… Hopefully some—I don’t want to say experimental—but hopefully once it’s done it will go in a few different directions.”

“I don’t want to say noise—there might be some stuff like that—but there’s like a couple of mid-paced Killing Joke-esque influences. So hopefully we veer off in a few directions and hopefully it will make the album, a bit… it will still be abrasive, but not constantly fast all the time.

There is some extremely fast stuff, but ya know… We’ve all been kind of like ticking away every album, trying a little bit of this, a little bit of that, so each step… So this one will be the most diverse one yet, I hope.”

[via The PRP]

Jill Janus Offers Update On Upcoming Projects Including New Huntress Album, Collaborations, Solo Work, Etc.

Jill Janus is no longer using social media, but she did check in with an update on all her upcoming projects. These range from the new Huntress album, which is expected to be released in fall 2018, her solo work, and more. You can read her full statement below.

Janus said the following:

“Creatures of Planet Earth, as many of you are aware, I broke up with the internet several months ago. Creature Cvlt formed and has been servicing all social media for myself and Huntress. Many fans have asked when will Album 4 be released, when will we tour again? We’re aiming for a Fall 2018 release and headlining tour of North America. Europe and UK touring to follow. Huntress will be back in full beast mode for festival season 2019.

In addition to Huntress, I’m fronting The Starbreakers, an all-girl heavy metal coverband with guitarist Nita Strauss (Alice Cooper, We Start Wars), guitarist Courtney Cox (Iron Maidens, Femme Fatale), bassist Emily Ruvidich (Paradise Kitty, Misty Day) and drummer Lindsay Martin (We Start Wars, Glam Skanks). Next show: January 18th at The Whisky in Los Angeles.

I’m collaborating with Monte Pittman (ex-Prong guitarist and current guitarist for Madonna) and producer/sound engineer Jay Ruston (Stone Sour, Antrax). Our project is a life goal I’m finally close to accomplishing. I’m also composing a very exciting project with Angus Clark, lead guitarist for the Transiberian Orchestra and DareDevil Squadron. Our project will be announced early next year. And…expect a solo project that I’ve been writing absolutely on my own, which is challenging considering I’ve always relied on my Huntress bandmates as songwriting partners.

I continue to contribute my voice to various projects, including the live action movie ‘Realm of the Damned’ as commander vampire Athena, featuring David Vincent (ex-Morbid Angel vocalist) and Dani Filth of Cradle of Filth.

Heshette, my occult-themed jewelry line just celebrated 700 sales. So, yeah, I’ve been busy. But I’ve gotta stay busy or I get into trouble.

Those are the updates! I’m optimistic about 2018. Stay heavy. JJx”