Bill Rieflin (Ex-Ministry, Etc.) Passes Away

Bill Rieflin has sadly passed away at the age of 59 following a battle with cancer. Rieflin played drums for Ministry from 1986–1994 and also performed with numerous other bands including: R.E.M., King Crimson, Lard, Revolting Cocks, KMFDM, Pigface, Swans and more.

Ministry issued the following statement:

“Today we lost a wonderful artist, tremendous human being and an integral part of Ministry’s developments and success…

Safe travels my brother on the way to your next universal gig.

R.I.P. Bill Rieflin

#MinistryBand #WeAreMinistry #Ministry #Revco #RevoltingCocks #Lard #1000HomoDJs #LeadIntoGold #KMFDM #Swans #NineInchNails #REM #KingCrimson #Drummer #BillRieflin #RestInPeace”

R.E.M.‘s Michael Stipe also commented:

“Bill Rieflin (1960-2020)

It is with heavy hearts we acknowledge the death of our dear friend and consummate drummer, Bill.

Bill sent me this picture last week of him and Lenny Kaye earlier this month when the Patti Smith Group were in town and they got to hang out. He was elated to see such great friends and gather at his favorite weird Chinese-American diner.

A forever memory is decades old, when I first met Bill at a late night Policeman’s bar in Seattle, sat at a greasy table drinking scotch, and we listened to ‘Birdland’ off the jukebox in reverent silence and awe. His attentiveness to that song then and there indicated a lot to me about what it would be to work with Bill— which commenced to create some magical and beautiful collaborations and life long friendships.

And so to Bill now, he is among all the fine points of the stars and we are looking up with love— and with our own reverence for his beauty, his humor, his relentless curiosity and of course his incredible musical ear, his time here with us so precious and golden. —Michael“

KMFDM briefly commented as well:

“RIP Bill Rieflin, my dear dear friend and partner in crime of 30+ years.”

Oathbreaker To Return For 2020 ArcTanGent Festival

Oathbreaker will be returning for this year’s ArcTanGent Festival. This will be the group’s first show since going on hiatus two years ago.

The band commented:

“It’s been over 2 years since the last Oathbreaker show, the dust has settled and the last couple of months we’ve been discussing whether or not to play another show. ArcTanGent felt like the right place to do so. We’re incredibly excited to play these songs again. This will most likely be the only Oathbreaker show in 2020. Hope to see a lot of familiar faces.”

The ArcTanGent Festival will take place on August 20-22 at Fernhill Farms near Bristol, UK and it will also feature: Opeth, TesseracT, This Will Destroy You, Amenra, Ihsahn, Perturbator, Rolo Tomassi (performing “Grievances” and “Time Will Die And Love Will Bury It” across two separate sets), Earthtone9, Giraffes? Giraffes!, Frontierer, GosT, Raketkanon, Quail vs Kenny (Jo Quail and Howard James Kenny), Scalping, OHHMS (two sets, including ‘Subjects‘ film set), Svalbard, Alpha Male Tea Party, Stake, Curse These Metal Hands, Boss Keloid, Body Hound, Vasa, Luo, Briqueville, Fes, Tankengine, The K., Mountain Caller, Swans, Metz, The Locust, Maybeshewill, Leprous, Agent Fresco, The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die, Car Bomb, Wear Your Wounds, A.A. Williams, Tides From Nebula, Jo Quail, The Samuel Jackson Five, Petbrick, Herod, Teeth Of The Sea, The Hirsch Effekt, Bent Knee, Astrosaur, tortuganónima, Bolt Ruin, The Hyena Kill, Mutant-Thoughts, Coldbones, Skemer, Natalie Evans, Odradek, Heisa, The Mantis Opera, Last Hyena, Rainbow Slicer, Lack The Low, SEIMS, Elephant Tree, Kokomo, Thumpermonkey, TOTS, Bicurious, God Alone., Land Wars, MIËT, Vogons, Straight Girl, Ogives Big Band, and qariaq.

Carcass, Youth Of Today, Daughters, Etc. Added To 2020 Oblivion Access Festival

More artists have been added to the 2020 Oblivion Access festival. The event will take place on June 5-7 at Barracuda, Empire Control Room & Garage, and Mohawk in Austin, TX and it will now feature: Carcass, Youth Of Today, Daughters, Swans, Autopsy, Duster, Converge, Zola Jesus, Vio-lence, Lil Ugly Mane, Repulsion, A Place To Bury Strangers, Melt-Banana, Windhand, Coven, Despise You, Mike, Uniform & The Body (collaborative set), Anna Von Hausswolff, Kool Keith, Cough, Thou, Wormrot, Ringworm, Acid Witch, True Widow, Bastard Noise, Fury, Primitive Man, Mizmor, Uniform, Hell, Boan, Yellow Eyes, Big Brave, Candy, Troller, Vermin Womb, Elizabeth Colour Wheel, Outer Heaven, Immortal Bird, Portrayal Of Guilt, Creeping Death, Judiciary, Acid Fab, Ulthar, Vile Creature, Many Blessings, Sub Oslo, Grivo, Saintpeeler, Blank Hellscape, Private Service, Shitbag, and Wolfie Warship.

Austin Terror Fest Rebranded As Oblivion Access

The Austin Terror Fest will be rebranded as Oblivion Access in 2020. The event will be held at Barracuda, Empire Control Room & Garage, and Mohawk in Austin, TX on June 5-7 and it will feature: Swans, Converge, Lil Ugly Mane, Anna von Hausswolff, Despise You, True Widow, and Primitive Man. The following was said about the name change:

“The new name, Oblivion Access, is meant to serve as an homage to Lil Ugly Mane’s 2015 album of the same title. Still ringing true to the festival’s original identity, Oblivion Access will continue to provide fans with some of today’s most sought-after heavy metal, experimental, and punk rock music performances. The festival will also expand into new genres and sounds, continuing the transition that began during last year’s festival to make the event a more inclusive and encompassing celebration of both counterculture and experimental music.”

Mastodon Added To 2017 Psycho Las Vegas

Mastodon have been added to the 2017 Psycho Las Vegas festival, which is set to take place at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas, NV on August 18-20. Check out the updated lineup: Ace Frehley, Black Anvil, Blood Ceremony, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Buzzov*en, Carcass, Celeste, Chelsea Wolfe, Cirith Ungol, Cloud Catcher, Code Orange, Conan, Corrosion Of Conformity, Cough, Cult Leader, Cult Of Luna With Julie Christmas, Diamondhead, Domkraft, Earthless, Elephant Tree (Aka Flights), Eternal Tapestry, Fister, Floorian, Gatecreeper, GEQ, Gojira, Gost, Graf Orlock, Heavy Temple, Hollow Leg, Inter Arma, Khemmis, King Diamond (performing “Abigail“), Laura Pleasants & Special Guests, Magma, Manilla Road, Mastodon, Merlin, Minsk, Morne, Mothership, Mouth Of The Architect, Mulatu Astatke, Murder City Devils, Mustard Gas & Roses, Myrkur, Neurosis, North, Oathbreaker, Pelican, Pentagram, Psychic T, The Rods, Ruby The Hatchet, Sasquatch, Saturndust (AKA Flights), Sleep, Slo Burn, Slomatics, Snail, Sons Of Otis, Sumac, Summoner, Swans, The Skull, Toke, Urchin, Usnea, Vhol, Weedeater, Windhand, Wizard Rifle, Wolves In The Throne Room, Yawning Man, Year Of The Cobra, Youngblood Supercult, and Zeal & Ardor.

Ace Frehley, Gojira, Corrosion Of Conformity, Etc. Added To 2017 Psycho Las Vegas

More bands have been added to the 2017 Psycho Las Vegas festival, which is set to take place at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas, NV on August 18-20. Check out the updated lineup: Ace Frehley, Black Anvil, Blood Ceremony, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Buzzov*en, Carcass, Celeste, Chelsea Wolfe, Cirith Ungol, Cloud Catcher, Code Orange, Conan, Corrosion Of Conformity, Cough, Cult Leader, Cult Of Luna With Julie Christmas, Diamondhead, Domkraft Earthless, Elephant Tree (Aka Flights), Eternal Tapestry, Fister, Floorian, Gatecreeper, GEQ, Gojira, Gost, Graf Orlock, Heavy Temple, Hollow Leg, Inter Arma, Khemmis, King Diamond (performing “Abigail“), Laura Pleasants & Special Guests, Magma, Manilla Road, Merlin, Minsk, Morne, Mothership, Mouth Of The Architect, Mulatu Astatke, Murder City Devils, Mustard Gas & Roses, Myrkur, Neurosis, North, Oathbreaker, Pelican, Pentagram, Psychic T, The Rods, Ruby The Hatchet, Sasquatch, Saturndust (AKA Flights), Sleep, Slo Burn, Slomatics, Snail, Sons Of Otis, Sumac, Summoner, Swans, The Skull, Toke, Urchin, Usnea, Vhol, Weedeater, Windhand, Wizard Rifle, Wolves In The Throne Room, Yawning Man, Year Of The Cobra, Youngblood Supercult, and Zeal & Ardor.

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King Diamond To Perform “Abigail” Album In Full At 2017 Psycho Las Vegas

King Diamond has been confirmed as one of the headliners for the 2017 Psycho Las Vegas festival, which is set to take place at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas, NV on August 18-20. He will be performing “Abigail” in full to commemorate it’s 30th anniversary. Previously announced acts for the festival include: Murder City Devils, Mulatu, Astatke, Carcass, Melvins, Chelsea Wolfe, Wolves In The Throne Room, Crystal Fairy, Slo Burn, Cult Of Luna With Julie Christmas, SUMAC, Myrkur, Pelican, Weedeater, Zeal & Ardor, Oathbreaker, Vhol, Cough, Blood Ceremony, Inter Arma, The Skull, Windhand, Buzzoven, Minsk, Code Orange, Khemmis, Gatecreeper, North, Cult Leader, Snail, Wizard Rifle, Merlin, Floorian, Elephant Tree, Morne, Hollow Leg, and Summoner, Swans, Neurosis, Magma, Abbath, Blood Ceremony, Slomatics, and Domkraft.

Carcass, Melvins, Chelsea Wolfe, Myrkur, Code Orange, Etc. Added To 2017 Psycho Las Vegas

The first set of bands have been revealed for the 2017 Psycho Las Vegas. The festival will take place at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas, NV on August 18-20, and the newly announced acts include: Murder City Devils, Mulatu, Astatke, Carcass, Melvins, Chelsea Wolfe, Wolves In The Throne Room, Crystal Fairy, Slo Burn, Cult Of Luna With Julie Christmas, SUMAC, Myrkur, Pelican, Weedeater, Zeal & Ardor, Oathbreaker, Vhol, Cough, Blood Ceremony, Inter Arma, The Skull, Windhand, Buzzoven, Minsk, Code Orange, Khemmis, Gatecreeper, North, Cult Leader, Snail, Wizard Rifle, Merlin, Floorian, Elephant Tree, Morne, Hollow Leg, and Summoner. Previously announced acts include: Swans, Neurosis, Magma, Abbath, Blood Ceremony, Slomatics, and Domkraft.

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Neurosis, Abbath, Etc. Set For 2017 Psycho Las Vegas

The first set of bands have been revealed for the 2017 Psycho Las Vegas. The festival will take place at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas, NV on August 18-20, and it will include: Swans, Neurosis, Magma, Abbath, Blood Ceremony, Slomatics, and Domkraft.

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