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Sepultura posts new song "Mask" online

published on June 10, 2011 by Zandra
"Mask", a brand new song from Brazilian/American thrashers Sepultura, can be streamed at this location. The track comes off the band's new album "Kairos", to be released on June 24.

Studio Reports:
Part 1 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lzH1PlW3zh8
Part 2 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e8nJft5b49A
Part 3 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z-w3xQHTTSU
Part 4 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1mV_J0PdvEw
Part 5 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0d6YFMpdHnk

Source : www.nuclearblast.de
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Austin mayor declares March 8, 2011 "Motorhead Day"

published on March 7, 2011 by Darren Cowan
In a proclamation made by Mayor Lee Leffingwell, March 8, 2011, has been decreed as "Motörhead Day" in the city of Austin, Texas. This event coincides with MOTÖRHEAD's local performance at Stubb's Bar-B-Q on the evening of the band's dedicated day. Local musician David Siddall reportedly made the formal request to the Mayor's Office, and a signed proclamation was issued on parchment with the official state seal.

The proclamation states:

Be it known that

Whereas,

The Live Music Capital of the World welcomes the band MOTÖRHEAD to our City for one of the many stops on its US Tour; and,

Whereas,

MOTÖRHEAD, founded by Lemmy Klimister [sic], recently celebrated its 35th anniversary of making music that has received worldwide recognition; and,

Whereas,

MOTÖRHEAD's current tour coincides with the U.S. release of its latest album "The Wörld is Yours"; and,

Whereas,

We extend best wishes for a great show in Austin and continued success for the band;

Now, Therefore,

I, Lee Leffingwell, Mayor of The Live Music Capital of the World, do hereby proclaim March 8, 2011, as Motörhead Day in Austin

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Ex-Iron Maiden singer Paul Di'Anno faces jail time

published on February 11, 2011 by Darren Cowan
The U.K.'s Daily Mail reported the following:

"The former lead singer of heavy metal band Iron Maiden is facing jail after he was exposed as a benefit cheat.

Paul Andrews, 52, claiming he suffered nerve damage in his back which prevented him from working but a video posted on YouTube showed him jumping around on stage during a live show.

Known and idolised by millions worldwide as frontman Paul Di'Anno, the heavily tattooed rocker admitted in court to swindling taxpayers out of more than £45,000.

They included wrongly claiming income support of more than £10,000 between 2005 and 2008.

The bald, goatee-bearded former star - fired by Maiden in 1981 under a cloud of drug-taking allegations he always denied - was caught out when Department of Work and Pensions investigators saw the 2006 YouTube video of him.

Andrews, whose former group Iron Maiden had huge hits including Run To The Hills and The Number Of The Beast, was still performing on stage and releasing records.

Investigators had been given an anonymous tip-off that he was still singing.

They then found footage, from his own website and video sharing site YouTube, which showed Andrews energetically leaping around on stage, singing to fans.

The singer, whose autobiography - titled The Beast - bills him as the 'wildest man in rock', even released fresh material while stashing benefits.

Andrews' solo album 'The Living Dead' came out in 2006.

He was eventually arrested last year at Heathrow and charged with fraud.

In court, he was told to 'prepare' for a jail sentence after admitting eight counts of benefit fraud at Salisbury Crown Court yesterday.

Honorary Recorder Judge Andrew Barnett: 'You have got the sense and courage to plead guilty to these matters, but you have to understand that they are very serious.

'Although all sentence options will be open, you should prepare yourself for a prison sentence - and an immediate one at that.'

Andrews was the energetic frontman of Iron Maiden when they took the world by storm and shot to fame between 1978 and 1981.

Andrews illegally claimed £45,479 of benefits. He was caught when investigators saw a YouTube video of him performing in 2006. But the court heard that from 2002 to 2008 he claimed a range of incapacity benefit, housing benefit and council tax handouts, by stating he was to ill to work.

He claimed to be suffering from sciatica, or nerve damage to the back.

Judge Bartlett adjourned yesterday's hearing until March 11 for a pre-sentence report to be compiled and granted him bail

The Department for Work and Pensions criticised Andrews for abusing his celebrity status.

A spokesman said: 'Benefit fraud is a crime. This money is intended to provide valuable support to those most in need, not line the pockets of people already earning substantial amounts from their celebrity status.

'Our welfare reforms and new strategy to tackle benefit fraud will make the system less open to abuse.'

Andrews, of Salisbury, Wilts., will be sentenced on March 11th.

The fallen star, who walked to the hearing with the aid of a stick, refused to comment as he left court."

Source : www.dailymail.co.uk
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Man assaulted over poor Dio karaoke performance

published on December 22, 2010 by Darren Cowan
The Smoking Gun reports Kyle Drinkwine, 24, Wisconsin, assaulted singer James Mischler, 28, and Cyrus Kozub,29, allegedly over an unsatisfactory karaoke version of Dio's "Holy Diver."

Mischler felt his signing was not a joke, stating, "I genuinely love Ronnie James Dio."

Mischler told The Smoking Gun that the two came to blows after he made the comment, "he should find a better vending machine for his jewelry," which referred to Drinkwine's "gaudy" crucifix. Mischler made the comment as a comeback to Drinkwine and his friends' heckling.

Police arrested Drinkwine after a short foot chase. He registered .169 alcohol level, more than twice the state limit. Drinkwine was booked into the Pierce County Jail on battery and disorderly conduct counts. Drinkwine is pictured above in a mug shot taken on November 7th in St. Croix Co., where he was charged with violating probation in a previous case.

Source : www.thesmokinggun.com
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King Diamond undergoes open heart surgery

published on December 14, 2010 by Darren Cowan
King Diamond was recently hospitalized and underwent open heart surgery. He is currently recuperating at his home and is expected to make a full recovery. King's wife, Livia, made the following post on the official King Diamond website, covenworldwide.org:

"Let me catch you all up on the past couple of weeks' happenings, because it affects many things.

On Monday the 29th of November, King had to be transported to the nearby hospital by ambulance. After several different tests were done and the EKG machine showing abnormalities, the doctors recommended that he get a cardiac catheterization.

Cardiac catheterization is a procedure where the doctors lead a very thin tube up from the leg and into the heart, where it injects dye into the bloodstream. Then a camera at the end of the tube takes many pictures of the heart's arteries, looking for blockages. After this was done, they determined that King had several heart attacks, and three of his heart's arteries were the cause: one was completely blocked, the second was 90% blocked, and the third was 65% blocked.

The only solution to this was an open heart triple bypass surgery.

If you are interested in the details of how this surgery is performed, please look it up online. I will only touch on the basics. The sternum (breastbone) is cut in half and pulled apart, to expose the heart. Veins are harvested from other places of the body, in King's case it was his left leg and chest wall. The person is then hooked up to a machine that practically does the job of the heart, circulating and oxygenating the blood. The heart is then stopped, and the lungs collapse (the lungs stop working since the blood is being oxygenated by the machine). The surgeon then sews the harvested veins in place, bypassing the found blockages. Once the surgery is done, the surgeon moves the ribs and breastbone back into place and wires it together. The chest is closed as well. They use an electric pulse to start the heart and a breathing machine is lead into the lungs to restart breathing. King's surgery took approximately 7 hours.

Everything went well, and King was taken to ICU for recovery. He was walking and eating solid food already 2 days after the operation, and he was the first one in the history of the hospital who walked on his own power from the ICU to normal care. 10 days after the ambulance took him to the emergency room, he is at home and is recovering well. It will be a few months before he feels completely normal and is without pain.

He would like to mention here that he's eternally grateful for the wonderful staff at Centennial Medical Center who took care of him. Dr. Kourlis, Dr. Kamili, Dr. Alang, Nurse Christie and Nurse Thomas among many others made sure that he got the best care and attention he could ever have hoped for. They were always very nice to me too, letting me stay overnight in the ICU after visiting hours were over.

In light of this, he will be taking a break from music and the music business altogether until further notice. He very much wants to write new music, finish the DVDs, and go on tour, but for now, all those things are in the distant future and he's not thinking about them.

Please understand that the King Diamond band is not stopping, disbanding or anything of the sort. King's health is first priority, and when everything is going good with him, the music will resume.

Thank you all very much for reading this and STAY HEAVY,
Livia"

Source : www.covenworldwide.org
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Gwar's Oderus Urungus defends slaying Sarah Palin

published on December 3, 2010 by Darren Cowan
GWAR have always made this world a better place by killing off celebrities and politicians on stage during their legendary live show. Blood thirsty GWAR fans crave and expect this, and yes, your Lords and Masters make good on it nightly. The "Bloody Tour of Horror" is no exception to this as it features warty front thing Oderus Urungus and the rest of the band tearing apart Lady Gaga and former vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin. Apparently the Sarah Palin constituents and supporters have caught wind of the nightly slaying and the political blogs and websites have been just overwhelmed with comments about Palin's untimely demise. Check out the video at http://fpro.us/1d

Is GWAR getting ready to delve into the political field even more? Will Oderus run for president? Is Sarah Palin really dead? Did Oderus fuck her corpse? Only one alien would have the answer to that question...

When reached for comment on this highly offensive slaying of Mrs. Palin, (to Republicans and tea partiers at least) possible presidential candidate and overlord Oderus gave the following statement:

"Is this what American politics has come to? We have killed every President since Reagan, regardless of party affiliation, and the proof of it is all over the net...but the right-wing tea bag numb-nuts are getting their knickers in a twist over somebody that doesn't even hold office, and in fact left her office as Alaskan governor in order to concentrate on her reality show...and is this woman actually being considered as a potential president? Why does the agenda of the right require that America be viewed as a global laughing stock? Because between Wikileaks and the attention this idiot gets, that is exactly what you are..." scoffed Oderus.

"Besides, we don't even kill her, just rip her in half, and honestly she seems to love it! Anything for attention, I suppose."

Source : www.gwar.net
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Annihilator escapes fire in Nottingham, England

published on November 18, 2010 by Darren Cowan
Canadian melodic thrash metal pioneers ANNIHILATOR escaped a large fire on Wednesday night, shortly after playing to a packed house in Nottingham, England whilst on their European headlining tour.

ANNIHILATOR were packing up their gear from the Rescue Rooms venue in Nottingham city centre at around 1:00am when a large fire broke out next door. 1,400 people were evacuated from the venue as well as others from surrounding buildings. No one was injured in the incident.

Emergency services were called to the scene and were still putting the fire out on Thursday afternoon, causing significant disruption to the city's transport services. Some of ANNIHILATOR's equipment was still in the venue at the time of the fire and the band and its crew were unable to retrieve it until Thursday.

ANNIHILATOR have now retrieved their equipment and are able to continue with their tour. Catch them live at the following remaining shows:

Nov. 18 - Bristol, UK - Academy 2
Nov. 20 - London, UK - Islington Academy
Nov. 24 - Thessaloniki, Greece - Principal Club Theatre
Nov. 25 - Athens, Greece - Gagarin 205 Club

ANNIHILATOR were regretfully forced to cancel their show on November 19th in Birmingham.

Source : www.annihilatormetal.com
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Stratovarius drummer Jörg Michael diagnosed with cancer

published on November 18, 2010 by Zandra
Jens Johansson from the Swedish melodic metal band Stratovarius has issued the following statement :

"Jörg has cancer.

He recently discovered a lump on his neck, went to the doctor, they decided to operate, and found what they call 'a malignant thyroid neoplasm.' They took out his whole thyroid just to have the best chance to get everything out. He will also have to undergo a regimen of radiotherapy.

He is a fighter. We have all talked to him and it's clear that this guy is not down for the count. He and his team of German doctors are pissed off and ready to kick ass, and I would not want to be a little cancer cell on these guys' shit list.. believe me.

Jörg and his family (and us guys in the band) found this out only last week, after the operation. Naturally we are all going between a lot of emotions, sadness, worry, shock, confusion, even anger.

As for STRATOVARIUS, as you perhaps know, there is a long tour coming up with HELLOWEEN, and with the surgery and therapy that will now follow there is no way Jörg can do the first part of the tour. For me personally, I at first felt quite hopeless about the tour, because I was so upset about all this news. But Jörg himself has been extremely clear that he does not want the band to cancel a single show because of this. In the end, this is what made at least me feel better about going back hitting the road next week.

So, we have debated what to do for many days now. Jörg first suggested my brother Anders to do this November-December 2010 leg, but it turns out Anders will, unfortunately, be busy recording some record or other with that little indie cellar band of his called HAMMERFALL. :o)

After a lot of searching, we found a guy that both can do it and didn't have other commitments: Alex Landenburg [AT VANCE, ANNIHILATOR, MEKONG DELTA]. He plays well, Jörg says he is a great guy (very important!) and he even started learning the set already before we even had decided what to do, which to me shows a lot of dedication. You can Google Alex's name if you are curious.

So it turns out that STRATOVARIUS will do the first leg of the HELLOWEEN '7 Sinners' tour, just as planned, only not with Jörg behind the kit, but with Jörg very much as a motivator to us being there. Not one single date will be cancelled or changed.

Jörg wants to be back on the road with us again as soon as possible depending on the thearapy, but we are not making any promises; that one is up to powers even higher than Jörg Michael and his doctors.

We will try to keep you somewhat updated.
Anyway, the most important thing is that they think they got all the bad stuff out and that the end result is that we just fix that sentence I wrote above. We will then say: Jörg had cancer. But he beat it."


Stratovarius's new effort "Elysium" will be released in Asia on January 12, 2011 via JVC and in the rest of the world on January 14, 2011 via earMUSIC/Edel.

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Nergal has found a bone marrow donor

published on November 8, 2010 by Zandra
This is a good news for Behemoth frontman Nergal and all his fans : according to a statement posted on the band's website, Nergal (who has a leukemia) has found a bone marrow donor that is a genetic match. His old bone marrow will soon be destroyed and replaced with the healthy donor one.

Read more in Polish at http://www.behemoth.pl/site/index.php/pol

Source : www.behemoth.pl
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CHL's Wichita Thunder don Metal Blade jerseys

published on October 26, 2010 by Darren Cowan
The Wichita Thunder sported some killer Metal Blade hockey jerseys during preseason play over the weekend of October 9th. Metal Blade Records, besides being staffed by metal connoisseurs, is also staffed by hockey fans. Metal Blade Records sponsors the CHL's Wichita Thunder as well as the AHL's San Antonio Rampage.

For more information on the CHL, to find your local team, and to check out the Wichita Thunder season schedule, head to these sites:
http://www.centralhockeyleague.com
http://www.wichitathunder.com

About the CHL:
The CHL will be entering its 19th season this fall with 18 member teams playing across 12 states. This season marks a historic one for the league after the CHL and the International Hockey League (IHL), boasting 59 years of professional hockey, joined forces on June 1, 2010.

The CHL and IHL combined to draw close to three million fans during the 2009-10 season. The CHL is administered by a wholly-owned subsidiary of Global Entertainment Corporation (Global Stock Symbol: GNTP), a company engaged in sports management, multi-purpose events and entertainment center and related real estate development, facility and venue management and marketing, venue food services and venue ticketing. For more information about Global Entertainment visit www.globalentertainment2000.com.

Arguably the most significant change over the past 19 years came in May of 2001, as the Central and Western Professional Hockey Leagues joined forces at a press conference in Oklahoma that combined the top markets within both organizations under the CHL banner. The merger has been highly successful, with the CHL reaching several significant attendance marks in each season since. In the 2009-2010 campaign, close to two million people walked through the gates at games in the CHL.

The CHL welcomes the Bloomington PrairieThunder, Dayton Gems, Evansville IceMen, Fort Wayne Komets and Quad City Mallards to the league this season. All but Evansville played in the IHL last season and the IceMen played in Muskegon in the IHL during the 2009-10 season.

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The Ocean robbed of 6,000 Euros

published on October 25, 2010 by Darren Cowan
On Wednesday, October 20, 2010 THE OCEAN, who are currently on tour supporting The Dillinger Escape Plan in Europe, were robbed on a highway near Madrid. Said the band in a statement: "Two guys in a black BMW pulled us over with fake police IDs. They asked for our van papers and IDs and wanted to know if we had any money to declare. We were not skeptical at this point, as it is normal in Europe that you have to declare larger amounts of money when you're crossing borders, so we told them we had merch money with us, and the guy wanted to see it. When we showed them the merch wallet, the guy reached through the open window, seized it and ran back to the BMW in front of us, where his colleague was waiting with the engine running. Unfortunately our van and trailer don't match the speed of a BMW, but fortunately it's not allowed to carry guns in Europe, as otherwise we would be in jail now for shooting the guy in the face.

"We are facing a loss of + 6000 euro of merch income of the last days and fees. The exact amount is still to be determined. As some of you may or may not know, conditions on support tours are usually grim. Fees are low and barely cover expenses for van, gas, highway tolls, ferries etc. There is no accommodation arrangements, we've been crashing out on people's floors for weeks. Losing more than 6000 euro is something we simply cannot afford at this point.

We are asking everyone who is planning to order Anthropocentric in the next few weeks through our shop to help out. You can do so by donating 5 Euro when you place your order. All income generated through this will make the loss smaller for us.

Everyone who donates 5 Euro will receive a copy of the police report and a Thank You card signed by all band members. We would like to thank you in advance for your support!"

You can donate at: http://www.pelagic-records.com/shop

In related news, THE OCEAN will support Anathema on another run of Euro shows in November. Confirmed dates include:

11/09/2010 Rocking Chair - Vevey, Switzerland

11/10/2010 Z7 - Pratteln, Switzerland

11/11/2010 Estragon - Bologna, Italy

11/12/2010 Alpheus - Rome, Italy

11/13/2010 New Age - Treviso, Italy

11/14/2010 Magazzini Generali - Milan, Italy

11/15/2010 Boogaloo Club - Zagreb, Croatia

11/16/2010 Listhalle - Graz, Austria

11/17/2010 Viper Room - Vienna, Austria

11/18/2010 Diesel Club - Budapest, Hungary

11/21/2010 Akademija - Belgrade, Serbia (Headline Show)

11/22/2010 Randall - Bratislava, Slovakia

11/23/2010 Rock Café - Prague, Czech Republic

Source : www.theoceancollective.com
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BEHEMOTH's Nergal responds to those who have offered support

published on August 31, 2010 by Darren Cowan
Since news on Nergal's recent health issues has been released, the band, management, and label has received an overwhelming response from fans and bands all over the world asking how they can directly help Nergal. In response to everyone offering his or her help in terms of setting up benefits and shows to raise money for the frontman of the Polish blackened death metal band BEHEMOTH, Nergal has issued the following statement:

"I haven't intended to manifest myself in any way and, especially at this stage, to share my feelings or any other news with the world for obvious reasons. It is simply too early for it. But it was YOU who provoked me to say a few words. Regarding my personal low opinion of humankind, I'm shocked by the reaction to my illness. I actually expected NOTHING yet received feedback which surpassed all expectations. I want to ensure you I read EACH mail I receive, although I'm unable to reply to all of them. The power of your words is pure magic and I thank you all for it. You are a gigantic indestructible army that truly inspires me in this difficult time. The fact is that a fight with this illness is going to last for many months. Most of this time I will spend in hospital and I will go through various psychophysical states. If you know the history of Behemoth you also know we achieved everything by hard work and a steely determination. The same goes for my private life. I happen to be a strong son of a bitch. I have no faith but rely on a 100% victory and I am sure I will get out of it stronger than ever. Sun Tzu in his 'Art of War' said that if you know your enemy and yourself the result of a thousand battles will not surprise you… I enter the ring with this Nietzschean attitude and I will leave it as a winner, as usual. Just watch and see!

So I want to emphasize that Behemoth will by no means goes through any hibernation state. Obviously all concert plans must be postponed until some unknown point in the future, but things are happening! Lately our newest video for '…Alas, Lord is Upon Me' has premiered and stirred up quite a storm in mass media, which fills us with utter pride. Plus we've just finished the project of our new DVD; Evangelia Heretika is a three disc release, a real encyclopedia of Behemoth with nearly 5 hours of material and a bonus audio CD that will be out in November (Metal Blade US - Nuclear Blast Europe). Expect an experience of visual madness as we went to hell and back to make it! Our official Web store has been functional for a couple of days and official merchandise and some very exclusive stuff can be bought there. At the beginning of 2011, Peaceville in Europe and Metal Blade in US will reissue the EPs with new artwork, bonuses, liner notes, and more. As you can see, despite a complicated situation and difficult circumstances we're remaining active wherever we can.

Finally, I want to comment on some opinions which, provoked by religious circles, lead to far-fetched and inaccurate interpretations. I was surprised to hear my illness became a pretext for some people to embark on their own crusade. Opinions suggesting I might come closer to God or abandon my ideals and grovel to the only correct world view in this country not only surprised but also frightened me. This is a typical example of supporting one's own views by preying on someone's misfortune. 'He fell ill so he will convert to Christianity, he will discover the religion he fought against is actually close to him.' Halt! Why should the illness change my point of view? It is true this is a difficult time for me and the thoughts of ultimate matters are hard to chase away. But the idea that I will change my opinions, priorities, and values as a consequence of my illness sounds as if someone regards my head, and not my body, ill. Suggesting I might convert are ridiculous. To what would I convert? After all, I know Christian mythology pretty well, not only in its literary version, and I find nothing good, creative or beautiful in it. I read books better and wiser than the Bible. War, blood, blackmail, rapes, incest, pedophilia, zoophilia, collaboration and treachery – each page emanates with evil. Some may say I don't understand the message of the Bible. I'd rather say the Christianity is nothing more than a rusty and archaic structure that is going to fall down any moment. It lasts only because of the gullible that follow the shepherd blindly; without any questions, without any consideration, not to any promised land, but to an intellectual slaughter. So, I say to those, who see some chances to break my rules, and myself because of the illness: over my dead body!"

Nergal's official view on benefit concerts, fund raisers, etc. is focused on marrow donations as a whole issue, not his specific situation. If you want to help Nergal the best thing you can do is set up a marrow drive or register to be a bone marrow donor. Every person that registers to be a donor increases the chances of survival for Nergal and every other person out there suffering from the same illness.

To learn more about how you can register to donate marrow check out:
http://www.marrow.org/

Fans wanting to help out, register for the marrow program, or have questions on running a marrow drive may contact the organization Music Saves Lives by email at iCare@musicsaveslives.com or visit Music Saves Lives at http://www.musicsaveslives.org/

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BEHEMOTH's Nergal seeks to educate on bone marrow transplants

published on August 25, 2010 by Darren Cowan
BEHEMOTH leader Nergal has just found out he needs a marrow transplant to fight the sickness he has recently been diagnosed with (leukemia). In light of this he wants to remind everyone about the need to be on the marrow registry. The more people get tested and donate, the more of a chance for life there is for him and people in the same situation.

BEHEMOTH and Metal Blade would like to thank everyone for their support and well wishes during this difficult time. The best thing we can all do right now is learn about the marrow donation process, not only help save one of metal's leaders, but to also help save countless others out there struggling with the same disease.

To learn more about how you can register to donate marrow check out:
http://www.marrow.org/

Fans wanting to help out, register for the marrow program, or have questions on running a marrow drive may contact the organization Music Saves Lives by email at iCare@musicsaveslives.com or visit Music Saves Lives at http://www.musicsaveslives.org/

Music Saves Lives is the bridge between music, entertainment and important life-saving causes. We bring a simple concept; connect the music and entertainment, we all love, to a life saving community action. MSL has focused efforts on blood donation and the marrow registry, reaching out by sharing facts, educating and empowering. We educate about the importance of simple life saving actions they can participate in. These simple actions, like donating blood, running a blood drive, and registering for the marrow program to save those with leukemia, all connect back to the community.

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BEHEMOTH front man diagnosed with Leukemia

published on August 25, 2010 by Darren Cowan
SMNnews reports BEHEMOTH frontman Adam “Nergal” Darski has been diagnosed with Leukemia.

According to reports, the disease is in advanced stages to where chemotherapy is not an option for treatment. Nergal will most likely need a bone marrow transplant.

Reports indicate that Nergal’s fiance has donated bone marrow, but it has not been determined if there will be a DNA match.

This is very sad news for all metal fans, many of whom have already shown incredible support. Other Polish artists are currently organizing concerts to help raise awareness of Nergal’s condition, although no artists or concert dates have as yet been announced. Nergal is currently undergoing a multi-stage, months-long treatment at Gdansk Medical University Hospital and all BEHEMOTH tour dates indefinitely canceled for the foreseeable future.

This is the unexpected clarification of Nergal’s very hopeful statement earlier this month.

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EVILE to bungy jump for DIO's charity

published on August 12, 2010 by Darren Cowan
In March 2010, EVILE's OL DRAKE issued the following statement upon realising his band had been nominated for a Metal Hammer Golden God award:

"If we win, I promise we will do a bungee jump, dressed as cowboys. I'm writing that without checking if anyone else will do it, but that's how I roll. But I definitely will."

Four months later, Metal Hammer Golden God award in hand, OL and EVILE are facing up to the consequences of that statement. OL DRAKE, lead guitarist of EVILE and recipient of Metal Hammer Golden Gods "Metal As Fuck" award, will bungee jump for charity dressed as a cowboy. Accompanying him will be ALEXANDER MILAS, editor of Metal Hammer magazine and winner of 2009 "PPA Editor of the Year" award.

To get an idea of the 170ft jump, go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L8Gk3emWTm4

OL DRAKE will be jumping in aid of the British Lung Foundation, in memory of late EVILE bassist MIKE ALEXANDER. The British Lung Foundation are the only UK charity that helps people with any lung condition. There are 8 million people in this country with lung disease - whether it's pneumonia, asthma, COPD, or lung cancer, the charity strives to be there for them and their loved ones. The British Lung Foundation provides information and support for people with pulmonary embolisms and their families via the help line, publications and recent scientific research into the condition. For more information, go to http://www.lunguk.org

ALEXANDER MILAS will be jumping in aid of the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout cancer charity, in memory of DIO. Stand Up and Shout is primarily to provide free cancer screening programs and testing to the public regardless of any individual's ability to pay for it, and to provide financial assistance to cancer patients who are burdened with the cost of healthcare. For more information, go to http://www.ronniejamesdio.com

The bungee jump will take place in September 2010. Join the Facebook group for more details:
http://www.earache.com/jump4metal
http://www.earache.com/bungee

To sponsor OL DRAKE, go to http://www.justgiving.com/ol-jump4metal

To sponsor ALEXANDER MILAS, go to http://www.ronniejamesdio.com and donate, making sure to put JUMP4METAL in the subject or comments line.

OL DRAKE recalls how he nonchalantly suggested a bungee jump dressed as a cowboy:

"I remember when we were nominated for Best UK Band at the Metal Hammer awards. We were up against Judas Priest, so naturally I thought there's no competition there. I thought, why not make a ridiculous statement that won't happen, because we can't, and shouldn't, beat Judas Priest. I said I would bungee jump dressed as a cowboy if we won an award at the Golden Gods.

"Little did I know we would win the 'Metal as Fuck' award. I'm a man of my word, so I'm going to do it along with Metal Guru and MH Editor, Alexander Milas. Instead of it just being some silly joke, I thought it would be great to make this a jump for charity, and that's why I want to help raise awareness for the British Lung Foundation in memory of our late bassist, Mike Alexander, who passed away from a pulmonary embolism last year."

ALEXANDER MILAS comments on why he is standing by OL DRAKE and joining in this jump for charity:

"When Ol first told me he wanted to jump off a bridge in a cowboy outfit, I thought: 'wow, that sounds fucking idiotic – can I come?' So imagine my dismay when he later replied that he was actually serious. Why the cowboy outfits? I have no idea, but I figure if you're going into battle with gravity, you might as well do it in style, and generate some cash for a charity in honour of one of the greatest heavy metal singers of all time, Ronnie James Dio. It's my hope that with this act of sheer metallic tomfoolery, we can help raise some cash for a truly worth causes, the Stand Up And Shout Foundation for my part, and the British Lung Foundation in honour of the late, great Mike Alexander for Ol."

EVILE and Metal Hammer thank you for your support.

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K.K Downing on holidays

published on December 21, 2009 by Zandra
The guitarist of Judas Priest K.K Downing has posted his last video on his blog , shot in Finland during his holidays . You can watch it on youtube :



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Ronnie James Dio sends a message to his fans

published on December 20, 2009 by Zandra
The famous Heavy metal singer Ronnie James Dio was a few weeks ago diagnosed with a stomach cancer . He wanted to thank his fans for their support , writing these words :

"I'd like to take the time to thank everyone for the most wonderful gift I have ever received - your good wishes, your prayers, your support, your tears and laughter, your anger, your rejoicing, and most of all the unwavering love you have bestowed upon me. I guess I've always felt that we were one person and that you've allowed me to be our spokesman, but until this time of my greatest peril, the truth was perhaps slightly hidden. It is hidden no more. Together we shall face the foe and live on to climb higher mountains and explore greater magic. Together we cannot fail.

"Please accept my never-ending love and dedication to you all.

"So it is written, and so it shall be.

"Magic, from Ronnie James Dio."

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