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Metalocalypse Creator Jon Schnepp Is On Life

Metalocalypse creator Jon Schnepp is on life support following a “catastrophic stroke.” His partner, Holly, confirmed the situation in a post on Instagram. “While everyone is desperate for updates on his condition, we ask for your understanding on giving us the privacy we need over the next few days as we deal with the difficult concerning Jon’s care,” she wrote. “Please keep him in your prayers, and in your heart.”

The writer, director and Producer of the show was admitted to a Los Angelas-area hospital late last week. Holly wrote in an update, “My future husband is sicker than I’ve seen him in 15 years, and not being there with him is killing me. Health is all we have you guys. Nothing else matters if you don’t have your health. You can’t fight the world’s bullshit without it.”

A GoFundMe campaign has been launched to help Schnepp’s family with his medical expenses. $98,781 of the $150,000 goal has been raised at the time of this report. Donation options via Venmo and PayPal are available as well. You can see additional information in Holly’s post below.

Aside from Metalocalypse, Schnepp has worked in some capacity with everything from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (actor) and Aqua Teen Hunger Force (writer) to The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened? (director, producer, writer) and the Collider Movie Talk (panelist). He also appeared as extras in both Iron Maiden’s “Be Quick or Be Dead” and Metallica’s “The Memory Remains” music videos.

 

As Published by [Loudwire]


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Metal Is Back To Byblos International Festival With Tarja

After four years of absence Metal is back to Byblos International Festival with Tarja Turunen. The Metal diva who rose to fame as the lead singer of the Finish Symphonic Metal band Nightwish, is coming to Lebanon this summer. Continue reading

Vinnie Paul, Pantera Drummer Dead At 54

Legendary drummer Vinnie Paul, co-founder of heavy metal band Pantera, has died. He was currently a member of supergroup Hellyeah before passing away at age 54.

Vincent Paul Abbott’s cause of death is currently unknown, a representative confirmed his passing to Billboard and no further details have been presented at this time.

Paul, alongside his brother Dimebag Darrell, formed the iconic heavy metal band Pantera in the 80’s. The original frontman Terry Glaze was replaced with Phil Anselmo and the band went on to have mainstream success with their fifth album Cowboys From Hell.

“Vincent Paul Abbott aka Vinnie Paul has passed away,” reads a short statement on the Pantera official Facebook page. “Paul is best known for his work as the drummer in the bands Pantera and Hellyeah. No further details are available at this time. The family requests you please respect their privacy during this time.”

Vinnie Paul, Pantera Drummer Dead At 54

About Vinnie Paul:

Pantera has sold more than 60 million albums and influenced several bands including Korn and Slipknot. The Groove metal band earned four Grammy nominations and had nine albums chart on the Billboard 200, including Far Beyond Driven, which debuted at No. 1 on the chart and top 5 albums The Great SouthernTrendkill and Reinventing the Steel.

Vinnie Paul and Dimebag Darrell formed Damageplan in 2003. The following year, Vinnie Paul’s brother, Dimebag Darrell was tragically murdered on stage during a concert in Columbus, Ohio. Abbott was shot in the head multiple times by a deranged fan.

Vinnie Paul has spoken at length about his relationship with his influential brother. In an interview published by Louder Sound, the late Vinnie Paul spoke about their musical bond.

“We had the greatest chemistry in the world. We always knew where each other was going, especially musically. Loads of kids when they’re growing up get a lot of pressure from their parents about getting good grades and stuff. We worked together and never felt that competition that other kids do.”

Vinnie Paul recently returned to playing with supergroup Hellyeah, which consists of Mudvayne vocalist Chad Gray, former Nothingface guitarist Tom Maxwell, guitarist Horace Drondo and bassist Kyle Sanders.

The band was reportedly working on an album when Paul passed away. The Texan drummer credited Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Kiss, Van Halen as influences in interviews about his music.

Source: Inquisitr

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Ralph Santolla To Be Taken Off Life Support Tonight

Ralph Santolla to be taken off live support tomorrow on Wednesday June 6, 2018.

Ralph Santolla was known for performing with many bands such as: Obituary, Iced Earth, Death, Deicide, Millenium, Memorain, Sebastian Bach, Redscream, Toxik, Eyewitness, Hollow, Stare, Melechesh.

In a heartfelt Facebook status, Ralph’s son Dorian posted that tomorrow they will take his father off the live support with the following statement:

“We are going to take my father off of assisted living on Wednesday. If any of his friends would like to say goodbye, the family will welcome you at St. Joseph’s tomorrow (Tuesday). He would appreciate the love. Thank you ❤”

Santolla was rushed to the hospital on May 31st after suffering a heart attack and falling into a coma.

Ralph‘s mother, Sue Santolla-Rocha, revealed his condition in a Facebook post where she wrote:

“Friends and family, it is out there now, so let me tell you what I know.

Ralph thought he had a spider bite on Saturday. Went to the hospital. It was not a spider bite; it was a blood clot. Tuesday night he fell and he had a heart attack. John Rocha gave him CPR until EMT arrived. His heart had stopped but they got him back.

“His visuals are stable but he is in a coma. He is on a ventilator, but he is breathing around it. He could breathe on his own, but they do not want to add additional strain to his body. He is in a coma. That is the main concern at this moment. They can fix everything else.”

But today, a few hours ago, Ralph was taken off of assisted living at the request of his family.

About Ralph Santolla:

Ralph Santolla was an Italian-American metal guitarist. He played in many bands, most recently with Deicide, and previously with Eyewitness, Death (he never recorded any of their albums, but toured with them in 1993 and appeared in “The Philosopher” video), Millenium, Iced Earth, and the Sebastian Bach band. As of June 3, 2007, it was announced that Santolla would replace Allen West in Obituary for their album Xecutioner’s Return. He is well known for his shred guitar playing style.


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Prominence Introduces New Member

New comers, Prominence, released their first song, four months ago and it features none other than Derek Roddy (ex-Nile, ex-Hate Eternal, Serpents Rise) behind the kit.

Prominence is a new Death Metal band from Lebanon formed less than a year ago. It was gathered by Rock INsight Organization‘s founder and ex-Within Destruction drummer Jack Khamo. After several posts and teasers, Prominence released their first single “Slaughter of Dreams”. The song was composed and written by Khamo himself. But on this song, Jack decided to record the guitar and the bass rather than the drums, leaving that mission to the DW drummer Derek Roddy. Joining him as well on the guitars are guitarists Matt Lawand and Albert Obeid.

As the line up of Prominence was shaky, the band performed with Albert Obeid  during Metal United World Wide Event but as a session guitarist. The band have put up a great show with Albert giving it all on the axe.

A few days ago only, the band announced their newest member, Maurice Semaan, with a post that reads:

“Ladies and gentlemen! We introduce you our new axe-man! Mr. Maurice Semaan! Welcome to the family brother! Another big news coming your way next week, stay tuned and stay metal \m/”

Prominence updated line up is: Maurice Semaan (Guitar), Matt Lawand (Guitar), Sergio Ashjian (Bass), Jack Khamo (Drums), and Nareg Cherchian (Vocals).


“Slaughter of Dreams” featured the legend Derek Roddy ( ex-Nile, ex-Hate Eternal, Serpents Rise) on drums. The song was recorded by all band members (Jack Khamo, Matt ML, Sergio Ashjian, Nareg Cherchian) and our friend Albert Obeid. The song was recorded with Anwar Habib and Triptych Studio.

Prominence was announced to perform in this year’s edition of Beirut Metal Fest on September 7th at Porsche Factory Beirut. The festival will be headlined by Death Metallers Decapitated.


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JAY WUD Tour With SONS OF APOLLO

No one can deny that Jay Wud, the 4-piece band from Dubai, has become a household name in the Rock and Metal community. The Lebanese guitarist and his multinational band have crossed many borders throughout the years.

Jay Wud are no strangers to the international platforms as they performed in the legendary VIPER ROOM in Los Angeles, as well in several festivals in Europe and the region.  Opening for bands like Guns N’ Roses, Motley Crue, and Skunk Anansie surely made Jay Wud one of the biggest names in the Middle East. And now, Jay Wud Tour with Sons Of Apollo just lifted the bar even higher.

Few Days ago, Jay announced a tour with the super-group SONS OF APOLLO that features Dream Theater’s ex-Drummer Mike Portnoy and ex-Keyboardist Derick Sherinian. Jay Wud will participate in 5 of the 9 shows of the UK & IRELAND 2018 SOS tour.

In addition to the tour, Jay Wud announced in January his participation in the Amplified Festival in the UK on July 8th here.

JAY WUD Tour With SONS OF APOLLO

JAY WUD Tour With SONS OF APOLLO Dates

02.07 Motherwell, Motherwell concert hall
03.07 Belfast, Limelight
04.07 Dublin, Tivoli
07.07 Brighton, The Haunt
08.07 Gloucestershire UK, Amplified Festival (not as part of SOS tour)
08.07 Nottingham, Rescue Room


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GALLERY | Metal United World Wide Lebanon

Gallery Metal United World Wide Lebanon

First Batch of Metal United World Wide Lebanon edition’s Gallery:
Photos by Elia Abdo.

Event Description

Metal United World Wide is a community project for the Metal World. There will be shows all over the world on 5 May 2018 – metal shows in the same night under the same banner. A night of united metal! \m/

Presented By:
Black-Roos Entertainment In Association with Metal Bell Magazine

METAL United World Wide – Beirut, Lebanon

At Metro Al Madina On May 5, 2018
Doors open at 8:00
Event starts at 8:45 pm

Slave To Sirens (Thrash/Death Metal)
Divulgent (Experimental/Groove Metal)
Prominence (Death Metal)
Avelyntale (Female Fronted, Symphonic Metal) First Appearance
Gorilla warfare (Heavy Metal) First Appearance

Entrance Fee: 20,000 L.L.

Organized by: SledgeHammer Productions

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Gallery Metal United World Wide Lebanon

 

Partners supporting Metal United World Wide 2018

Wacken Open AirMetal-RoosDragon ProductionsNaticus Music

Media Partners:

Metal Bell MagazineBravewords.comArte MetalARMS Albanian Rock Metal Scene – Antichrist Magazine – Blood Metal AllianceDargedik Rock Metal WebzineEast Jakarta MediaEver MetalFolk-metal.nlForça Metal BRGlobal Metal Apocalypseheavyrock.pl HEHEMETAL Into the Pit Magazine Latvijas Rokmūzikas Asociācija Metal 4 Africa Metal Bell Metal Jesus Magazine Metal Magnitude Metal Messiah Radio Metal Rules Metal Temple Monarch Magazine Peru Metal.net Pub Metal Music Roadie Metal Rock Rage Radio Rocka Rolla Stage TV The Rockpit Thunder Steel Transcending Obscurity Tuonela Unite Asia We Don’t Care

MUWW Team:

Alchemy MediaARTES Negras Prod. – uyBroken Promotions Catafilaprod – Crossbones Denebola Producciones Desolation Dividing The Element Eastern Hammer Productions Emalyth Productions Familia Productions FLYzone Fusion Concert Agency Heavy and The Beast Immortal Productions Jam! Events Kaprikorn Promo Le La Hell Lemmy Productions Macabra Records Mad Hard Ride Promotions Metal 4 Africa Metal Road Metal-Roos Metalheads United Metallurg No Wasted Records Store Noches De Culto Noise Metal Fest One More Page Open The Road Agency Pan Promotions Pasuruan Under Division Pluteras Records Pub Metal Productions Rock Zona Kazakhstan Rockfest Mozambique Scarab Soulgrinder Zine Talent Nation The Primos The Sick Room Radio Thola THP Production Thrashirts Tritones Music Vent Box Productions Vilko Promotions Wacken Open Air

PR Partners:

Asher Media Relations Black-Roos Entertainment Clawhammer PR Domino Media Agency Grand Sounds Promotion Plug Music Agency Rock ‘n’ Growl

Label Partners:

Black Lion Records Inverse Records Ragnorök Records Sliptrick Records Worm Hole Death Records

 

Roy Khan Is Back With His Old Band CONCEPTION | New EP Soon

After 20 years, Roy Khan returns to Norwegian Power Metal band, CONCEPTION, by reuniting with its most famous lineup: Tore Østby, Ingar Amlien, and Arve Heimdal.

CONCEPTION is a Progressive Power Metal band that was formed in the year 1989 and disbanded in 1998 after Khan left to join the American Progressive Metal band, KAMELOT. Khan then left Kamelot in 2010 and went off the radar. In 2014, we published the investigative viral article “What Happened To Roy Khan After Leaving The Band” which tried to collect several information from here and there, and later in 2016, we published a letter that shows Khan’s interest in going back to music. Check it out >here<.

At the beginning of this month, Roy Khan Releases First Song After Leaving Kamelot, and hinted for a reunion with his old band CONCEPTION.

CONCEPTION decided to release their comeback album by financing it themselves and by asking for the help of their fans through a crowdfunding campaign via a PledgeMusic campaign.

“Since releasing the album “Flow” in 1997, the members have been working on separate projects, but fans never gave up hope of seeing them together as a band again. There have been rumors and speculations for some time about a possible reunion, and now they confirm they’ve been quietly working for some time on this new material.

Singer Roy Khan (ex-KAMELOT) says: “It’s great to be back together. The strong bond we have makes for a great foundation for creativity. We can’t wait to present our new music which we feel shows development but still bears the signature of CONCEPTION.”

Guitarist Tore Østby adds: “I can only agree with Roy. I think it’s been a surprising experience for all of us to meet each other musically again and find where this work has taken us.”

The decision to do this on their own has been unanimous, to explore the possibilities in having full control. They have already formed a team of professionals believing in the band’s comeback. The band intends to raise money to release a single and EP in the autumn.

Khan (full name: Roy Sætre Khantatat) recently released his first-ever solo song called “For All”. The track, which was written by Khan, was recorded at Stable Studios in Oslo, Norway in March 2018 and features Roy on vocals, piano and keyboards alongside Leif Johansen on fretless bass and Geir Olav Akselsen on all guitars.

After his departure from KAMELOT seven years ago, Khan, who is a devout Christian, joined a church in the coastal town of Moss, Norway. As an employee of Moss Frikirke, Khan worked with the youth, mainly with the choir and the skaters of the village. Roy stopped working at the church in September 2016, but is reportedly still living and working in Moss.

Khan announced his exit from KAMELOT in April 2011 after taking several months off to recover from a “burnout.” He explained in a statement at the time: “I told the guys in the band already last fall (well after my burnout) that I was leaving the band. Naturally enough, they were shocked (as was the label and everyone else working with KAMELOT). In addition to risk of dropping ticket sales, they wanted to give me time to think things over, and so I did. My decision still stands; it is finished.”

KAMELOT officially announced Tommy Karevik as its new lead singer in June 2012. The Florida-based band has recorded three albums so far with the Swedish vocalist: 2012’s “Silverthorn”, 2015’s “Haven” and “The Shadow Theory”, which arrived earlier month.” – Source Blabbermouth.


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Episode 2 | Interview With Monzer Darwish

Interview With Monzer Darwish – Episode 2 – Metal Bell Podcast!

In this second episode of the Metal Bell Podcast, we sat down with Monzer Darwish, an extremely talented film maker who just released a documentary called Syrian Metal is War.

In this documentary, we go on a journey with Monzer where he takes us deep into the Syrian metal scene and how metal heads and musicians are coping with the atrocities of War.

In this episode, you’ll discover how Darwish had the idea to make this film. Also, you’ll find out about the difficulties in making this film (much footage went missing) and what was the positive part about making this documentary. You can also hear about the fans and critics’ reaction to the film, and finally Monzer gives us his insight about the future of the Syrian Metal Scene.

Check Out Our Report about Syrian Metal Is War >here<

Donation page: https://goo.gl/JjNAmk

Music credits:

  • First Snow – Eulen – Mother Tree (2012)
  • Alone Again – The Hourglass – Resurrection of the Horrid Dream (2007)

Podcast hosted by Maher AJAMANE

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Roy Khan Releases First Song After Leaving Kamelot

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Seven years after leaving Power Metal giants Kamelot, Roy Khan releases his first song as a solo artist. A lot of speculations took place throughout the years about what happened to Roy Khan after leaving Kamelot (read full report here). We then raised the question: Is KAMELOT’s Former Singer ROY KHAN Preparing His Comeback? And our question was answered a year and a few months later >here<.

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