Jeff Becerra, of formative death and thrash metal band Possessed, has walked again thanks to robotic legs for the first time in thirty years since an armed robbery in 1989 left him paralyzed from the chest down. In the decades since, Jeff has performed in a wheelchair and lived life that way.
The Seven Churches, Beyond The Gates and Revelations Of Oblivion main man shared a clip of himself in a medical facility during the personal moment.
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A statement from Mike Patton:
“Sorry to report that due to mental health reasons, I cannot continue with the currently scheduled Faith No More and Mr. Bungle dates.
I have issues that were exacerbated by the pandemic that are challenging me right now. I don’t feel I can give what I should at this point and I am not going to give anything less than 100 percent. I am sorry to our fans and hope to make it up to you soon.
The bands’ support me in this decision and we look forward to working through this in a healthy way.”
We want to send love to Mike, the fuckin’ GOAT, at this time. It takes a lot to be that honest about feeling subpar and to put health first. This is one way to stop stigma, to normalize that it is ok to have to sit things out if it might tip you into a spiral. One love and much respect to both bands.
The other members of Faith No More have ALSO issued a statement regarding the band’s tour cancelation:
“To say that we feel shattered by these cancellations would be a complete understatement. It has been a real challenge to return to this music after a 5 year absence, but we have been working hard for a few months now, and these last few rehearsals left no doubt that we were back to top form, which makes this statement very difficult to write.
Coming on almost two years of pandemic and lack of work, it has been heartbreaking to give our crew the news. We consider our crew like family. And then, equally importantly, we are aware of what this means to our fans, who have been patiently supporting us– hoping, as we have, for a break in this frustrating situation. Many folks have taken isolation quite hard, and patiently waited as shows have been postponed time and time again. This will be tough for them.
And yet in spite of all this, we have a family member who needs help. We believe that forging ahead with these dates would have had a profoundly destructive effect on Mike, whose value to us as a brother means more to us than his job as singer. He can count on our 100% support to do what he needs to do to get things right. Just as we also ask for your support right now.
Thank you for continuing to believe in us.”
– Bill, Jon, Mike B. & Roddy”
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— Faith No More (@FaithNoMore) September 14, 2021
Some big news today which will make everyone hold tomorrow slightly less in scorn, as we learn mighty LUDICRA will reunite for NORTHWEST TERROR FEST 2022! The selection of bands thus far was already thrilling, but this puts it way over the fucking top!
NORTHWEST TERROR FEST, the Pacific Northwest’s only destination extreme music festival, announce an exclusive reunion performance from San Francisco black metal band, LUDICRA. The band, who disbanded in 2011, made this statement about their performance:
“We are pleased to announce that Ludicra will be returning to the stage at NWTF 2022. All five of us are looking forward to sharing the stage again and we hope to see you there!”
NORTHWEST TERROR FEST organizers shared the following comment about LUDICRA’s anticipated performance:
“This was a long time coming. We at NWTF have been working toward booking Ludicra since our very first edition back in 2017. A big part of the mission of our festival is to both honor and preserve the tradition of black metal from the United States in general and from the Pacific Northwest specifically – bands like Wolves in the Throne Room and Panopticon. Ludicra absolutely belongs on the Mount Rushmore of USBM. Ten years ago their live shows were the stuff of legend, the kinds of concerts that sent metal’s truest lovers streaming onto comment threads and message boards (remember those?) to say ‘I just saw my new favorite band.’ As it happens, many of the people who fell the most under their spell never had the opportunity to experience their power face to face. Giving these five tremendously talented musicians a reason to return to the stage is an honor and a privilege.”
Earlier this week, NORTHWEST TERROR FEST announced the first round of amazing bands joining in 2022:
REPULSION, SUFFOCATION, WINDHAND, OBSEQUIAE, MIZMOR, RINGWORM, CLOAK, GRAYCEON, HAUNTER, XIBALBA, VILE CREATURE, EXULANSIS, RACETRAITOR, SQUALUS, CARTILAGE, ORYX, SUCCUMB, FUNERAL CHIC, WORMWITCH, DISEASE.
The festival will take place over three days – June 30th to July 2nd 2022 – at two of Seattle’s premier venues, Neumos and Barboza, located in Seattle’s historic Capitol Hill neighborhood. For three days, the festival will showcase metal, hardcore punk, and experimental music from almost 40 acts from the underground and beyond.
After two years of forced hibernation due to the global health crisis, NORTHWEST TERROR FEST promises a triumphant return, with double-headlining sets each night. This edition of the festival showcases the diversity of the international extreme music scene with a renewed focus on the best of the Pacific Northwest’s bustling underground metal community.
Mayhem’s famed vocalist Attila Csihar has been on some of my favorite records but I shouldn’t be surprised he is sharing transphobic imagery given he is in a band with noted unapologetic shit troll Hellhammer (who has never walked back “adequately” numerous super fucked up racist or homophobic comments over the years). Sorry you think dressing like an evil tree is somehow more valid than actual gender identity.
The meme he shared is of some chud with a shirt that says- “Transvaccinated- I am not actually vaccinated but I identify as someone who is vaccinated”. Csihar shared it in the context of being detained in Norway because of some quarantine rules and saying it is the New World Order.
First of all, it is a total false equivalency and secondly trans people don’t deserve to be stigmatized by people who don’t understand sex and gender are both a spectrum and that viruses evolve around vaccines if given room to grow.
I believe in giving people a chance to improve in society but it is super discouraging as a trans person to see people just not give a flying fuck about the harm they are causing us. I even ended up defending myself from friends of his in the metal scene like Kim Dylla saying I was bringing my politics into a post and ignoring what her friend Atilla wrote about his situation. WELL…the issue is also that regardless of one’s stance on his “situation” he paired HIS POLITICS with a transphobic as fuck meme, so gaslighting me about it doesn’t change that photo which I can see with my own two eyes.
Even Shane from fucking Napalm Death liked dude’s post. WTAF. I feel like throwing up. I am so fucking bummed out.
Glad at least Cattle Decapitation and Vile Creature members and a few others besides just me told him the post was shite.
As Emma Watson notes , “Trans people are who they say they are.”Add to My Radar
RED FANG have announced today plans to cancel a slew of upcoming appearances out of caution over the current shit minefield that is American touring during a pandemic.
Unfortunately, our cautious optimism has turned into stark realism and we have decided to cancel our appearance at Louder Than Life festival and our upcoming Fall US tour in the interest of public safety. We feel it’s not realistic to play shows in a safe/responsible manner and the best thing to do is hang back and wait until the situation improves. Until then, take care of each other. Love, Red Fang.
Refunds will be available at point of sale.
The humorous hard hitting heshers newest album is called Arrows and it fuckin’ slaps like gym shorts commando balls. Kudos to the band for following their moral compass.Add to My Radar
GREYHAWK are a band you should already know about as a metal fan. Keepers Of The Flame has some of the most anthemic and sing-a-long-able heavy metal/power metal hybrid tracks on it and was one of the better records of 2020. Hammerfall, Stratovarius or Helloween fans, for example, would eat this group up. The solos, the unison rhythmic power, the sturdy metal celebrating vocals and strong, melodic epic feel…this band gets it AND have a great name.
Today’s news concerns the band’s bassist stopping a nearly active shooter, however. The Idaho Statesman has the details HERE, but suffice to say we are glad Darin Wall is ok and was able to contain a potentially more deadly situation at The Shredder venue by confronting a sketchy dude. Wall took a bullet in the leg for his efforts and is recovering from the gunshot.
Darin, you are more valiant than the beefy sword dude on your band’s album cover!
The band’s statement is below:
A few years ago I released a Walking Bombs album with Nefarious Industries called Sphinges, Sibling Selves and Queens (which just turned 2). It had three or four songs on it that directly discussed my gender journey and one song in particular that was really intense to create and was very screamy and cathartic by the end. It felt vulnerable but also profound to be out in my truth and unashamed and forcing confidence on myself to carry a shield and boldly present it to the world, regardless of reaction. I am glad I had the strength. And I don’t blame anyone for any stops or starts or different approaches to their own journey or lack thereof.
That said, after feeling the huge range of emotions that goes along with fucking spilling your guts about your gender to a cold fucking world, I know how helpful it can feel as a trans spectrum punk/metalhead to have other tunes to rock out with that are pro trans. So here are some links to a few songs or records that I am taking refuge in lately as a non binary person.
For awhile all anyone talked about the last few years was G.L.O.S.S. (who were awesome, no shade). “G.L.O.S.S. (We’re From The Future)” remains a total anthemic raging bop, in particular. It is just nice to also see more discourse these days about a lot more trans inclusive artists and more presence in the underground in general, from Feminazgul to mighty Doomstress to Cliterati to Underdark to Sonja to Dreamwell.
Speaking of Melissa and Sonja, I had a really fun time laughing with her the other night about trans-morphed classic punk song names (“Gimme Gimme Puberty Blockers”) and encourage everyone to PLEASE support the awesome Toxic Femme.
Of course on a wider stage you also have Life Of Agony and Against Me! with very visible trans members. And I miss Cretin a lot. Stranger is so fucking brutal, a perfect blend of proto grind, death metal tightened chaos. Marissa Martinez remains inspiring.
I was thrilled to learn of the band Y.G.S.L.R.H. S.T.F.U.T. freaking the fucking shit out of dumb fuck conservatives after the Wi Spa nightmare and their recent Queerpocalypse endeavors.
“Panic Defence” by Pupil Slicer is on one of my favorite albums of the year that will def be on my year end list and is a great example of allyship, as well as just a fucking crushing jam/ extreme music beacon. This band goes hard.
Portland’s Emasculator, not to be confused with my friend Mallika Sundaramuthy’s post Castrator upcoming project, have a pretty brilliant and definitely North West punky crusty rioty hybrid sound which screams DIY shows and zines and meaning every word. I only recently discovered their brilliant track “I Won’t Prove It” and am super enjoying it.
The song is the last track on their Threatening Visibility 2015 release and I literally stumbled across it today, drawn by some gender warp magnetic force. Thank you, oh great non binary Universal forces! Really love the textures and sense of unease but powering through drive and eventual confidence found in the song as well as a sense of outside forces encroaching through dogma. The distorted momentum is addictive.
‘endless doubting/relentless questions/you second guessing my experience is so atrocious.’
Andras and Demeter Wept in the very productive lo-fi black metal wonders Cultum Draculesti have been really inspiring me lately with their awesome music and unabashed demand for trans respect and reparations as well.
Their self titled album in particular is raw and beautiful and vampiric in all the ways I like.
Liturgy’s Origin Of The Alimonies I also have to mention as perhaps the most mind expanding and intense of all the Liturgy releases as well as one of the most forward thinking triumphs and musical statements that will hopefully have aliens think we weren’t all shit if they ever find our smoldering remnants and somehow a copy of it remains in the future post-apocalypse once some vines and trees grow back, etc. ala The 100.
The record I maybe have listened to the most out of the trans friendly releases this year however is Dun Pageant from Seed. This record is just painfully stark and beautiful like an alienated lullaby, melodic and jarring akin somewhat to the tension and release of Big ‡ Brave. Out of all of the above (besides Against Me!, obvs…) I could see it reaching the most people if given half a push/chance by the music industry and society. It feels like a lost banshee telephoning in via Ley Lines to warn us that the 90’s didn’t push hard enough for inclusivity.Add to My Radar
Eric grew from an aspiring lyric writer and novice singer to become a serious lyricist and kind of poet. When the band hit its peak, Eric had fully realized his potential as a singer and lyricist. This helped to catapult Trouble to new heights and made forever fans out of thousands of you. Eric was what musicians call a “lifer”. He made music his life’s mission. He was always working on the next thing and God knows he wasn’t doing it for the money
Fleshgod Apocalypse lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist Francesco Paoli has been hospitalized from a rock climbing accident. He seems to be ok, but keep the dude in your metal thoughts! We already lost Charlie Watts and Eric Wagner this week, can’t lose any more rockers we love right now!
Paoli, an experienced climber, was seriously injured this past weekend while rock climbing in his native Italy.
“Last Saturday, August 21st, our singer Francesco Paoli suffered severe injuries while rock climbing the Gran Sasso mountains in Abruzzo, Italy,” Fleshgod Apocalypse announced. “Despite suffering several fractures, Francesco is currently stable at a local hospital while receiving treatment for his injuries. In light of this, Fleshgod Apocalypse is forced to cancel their Cremona, Italy show at ‘Road to Luppolo’ scheduled this Sunday the 29th. More details will be shared as soon as we have more info available.”
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Last Saturday, August 21st, our singer Francesco Paoli suffered severe injuries while rock climbing.
In light of this, Fleshgod Apocalypse is forced to cancel their Cremona, Italy show at "Road to Luppolo" scheduled this Sunday. More details will be shared as soon as possible.
— Fleshgod Apocalypse (@FApocalypse) August 24, 2021
I saw Lee Dorian and Orange Goblin posting RIP messages about Eric Wagner and then saw confirmed on Blabbermouth, so it sure seems like the worst news is true. Eric Wagner, high priest of “white metal” doom (for spirituality, not race), has left us after a battle with Covid.
The Skull recently dropped off its tour with The Obsessed, citing “the ongoing and growing COVID situation sweeping the nation again, particularly in the South.” The band said that it would “reschedule as much as we can and tour again properly when things calm down.”
Please everyone be as safe out there as possible. I know it is delusional to think everyone will choose to do the same thing, so we have to communicate to one another and not create even bigger, horrible rifts in society. Whatever your beliefs on vaccination or faith or not, please bare minimum mask and be cautious. It is the tiniest thing SOME of us can agree on, so let’s please do that. We need more love to get through this horrible time or we will push ourselves even further apart. We need solutions that can work for all of society to function, so please everyone focus on that and stop downplaying Covid is even a risk or treating one another as subhuman and shunning anyone who doesn’t agree, cuz that won’t convince anyone of anything.
And also, before you call them the Flu Fighters again maybe think Dave Grohl is being cautious for a reason.
RIP Eric.Add to My Radar
“It was clear to me that it should build upon and evolve from our previous record, ‘Auric Gates Of Veles’ (2019), both musically and lyrically. However, every Hate record stands as a separate journey, and never twice to the same place. You never know exactly where it will lead you,” states vocalist/guitarist ATF Sinner, who has led the band since 1991. Hate also have a new drummer Nar-Sil (Neolith, Virgin Snatch, Embrional), who sounds decidedly hungry on the ominous new single. “Working with a new drummer this time around was a fascinating experience for me. Nar-Sil’s technique and presence are quite different from Pavulon’s, and that definitely comes across. I believe we managed to construct a refreshing new chapter to our discography, composing nine truly sinister onslaughts of pure rage.”
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Wow, big energy shift of one of the best and biggest bands in melodic death metal as Dark Tranquillity have reported the departure of both founding drummer Anders Jivarp and bass player Anders Iwers . Cranking “Identical To None” from the triumphant, pandemic gloom defying Moment to honor their footprint tonight.
Filling in for the pair on immediate shows will be Joakim Strandberg Nilsson and Christian Jansson.
A clearly emotional Dark Tranquillity vocalist and co-founder Mikael Stanne said the following:
“Times have truly changed. This last year and a half has been challenging to say the least, and we’ve all had time to think over our decisions and motivations in all aspects of life. When removed from what you take for granted, it becomes clear that you realize what is truly important in life. And this is different for everybody.
“Anders Jivarp and Anders Iwers have decided to move on to other things and not be a part of the band anymore. These are two of the most amazing, loyal and dedicated friends and musicians you could ever find and as sad as we are seeing them go, we know that if passion leads you elsewhere you should follow it.
“Anders Jivarp has of course been there from the very beginning, being instrumental in creating the sound that eventually became our own. His songs are some of our most beloved and with the exception of one insane evening in Istanbul 20 years ago he has played every single show since the band’s inception. We’re excited to hear what will come out of Anders’ future musical projects.
“Anders Iwers has been with us for the last six years but since we have known each other from the very early days of the band it felt like he had always been there. He played on our two latest records, not to mention being an integral part of our live shows.
“We love you guys so much and we wish you the absolute best in everything that you do.”Add to My Radar
Death metal vocalist Mallika Sundaramurthy (ex-Abnormality) has made an announcement about no longer being involved in underground death metal band Castrator. Here is the announcement, grabbed from Facebook:
I will no longer be working with CASTRATOR. Unfortunately, things with the band have ended up in a hugely disappointing way for me. I’m not going to go into details. I prefer not to spread any drama publicly.
The vocal tracks I recorded back in January will NOT be used on the band’s future release. I’m very sorry to all the fans and followers who have been waiting for years for the full length album. I was really looking forward to sharing all the hard work we had done with you. However, this is now the reality and I will move forward.
I have decided I’m going to take the creative vision I had for CASTRATOR, my lyrics and ideas, and put it towards a new project.
Introducing EMASCULATOR. The name is based on the song title and lyrics I wrote. I am now forming a lineup for this new project and already started working on new songs. Follow these pages for updates!
Sundaramurthy is by far one of the best vocalists in death metal, easy pick for the top ten for me or even higher. That is a big loss for any band.Add to My Radar
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The gnarliest punk album of the year just dropped. Love Is A Lie, Filth Is Eternal from Filth Is Eternal (formerly F'd and B'd) reminds us that there was a time when Seattle bands were considered dangerous, when Mudhoney might jump on your face and half the roster of Sub Pop didn't look like even Starbucks wasn't gentrified enough for their tepid, pale faced indie rock bullshit. Filth Is Eternal plays an explosive blend of go for the throat, not a moment wasted punk n' roll married to Sonic Youth flirting dissonance and with tones ugly enough to make Fudge Tunnel blush and The Bronx seem like Captain & Tennille. Fronted by an actual snarling wild animal over some of the best riffs and beats you have ever heard. This record reminds me of a show I played in 1997 with my old band Fuse where I got wasted on unclean tapline Rolling Rocks and bottom shelf whiskey after getting a tattoo and ended up rolling on a country bar floor half nude and bleeding and smearing black grime and tattoo inky residue and blood everywhere, waking up the next day feeling kind of aroused and ready to fight literally anything but also half dead. Sirhan Sirhan is gonna get out of jail and be all stoked to enter polite society and this shit will play and it will retrigger a hypnotic trance and make dude go all Winter Soldier on some dudes. If your band doesn't bang as hard as the ending of "The Dog", just quit now.