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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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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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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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BREAKING NEWS | Slayer Farewell Tour Announced

BREAKING NEWS: Slayer Farewell Tour Announced!

Only moments ago, Slayer disturbed metalheads around the globe by announcing a farewell tour. The announcement featured a trailer in which Slayer took us with nostalgia. This, however, came as no shock to most people as the band, especially Tom Araya, had kept hinting at the possibility of retirement.

“After 35 years, it’s time to like, collect my pension,” – Tom Araya for Loudwire in an interview from 2016.

Slayer are yet to announce tour dates (updated: 25-1-18: scroll down for dates and links of each event), but as the video shows it will be a WORLD TOUR!

Slayer To Bid Fans Farewell: “The End is Near…Slayer to tour the world one more time…”

Apparently, the farewell tour will feature: Lamb Of God, Anthrax, Behemoth, and Testament. As you can see in the poster below, that was posted simultaneously with the farewell tour announcement video on the band’s official website.

Slayer then posted on all their social media outlets the following:

The end is near…
SLAYER TO MAKE ITS EXIT WITH ONE FINAL WORLD TOUR

After making some of the most brutal, breathtakingly aggressive, all-hell’s-a-breaking-loose music ever created, playing nearly 3000 concerts in all corners of the world, receiving countless awards, gracing hundreds of magazine covers, experiencing the devastating loss of a founding brother, and even appearing on “The Tonight Show,” the age of Slayer, one of the greatest thrash/ metal/punk bands of this or any age, is coming to an end.

Slayer will do one last concert tour around the globe to thank their fans for all of their support over the years, for making the last three-and-a-half decades so packed with good times and unforgettable experiences, and will then move on.

Lamb of God, Anthrax, Behemoth and Testament will support Slayer on the first leg, North America, of its final world tour.

Tickets go on sale to the public this Friday, January 26 at 10AM local time.

Very limited Slayer onstage + meet & greet + exclusive merchandise packages will be available.

Log on to www.slayer.net for this and all ticket purchasing info.

BREAKING NEWS | Slayer Farewell Tour AnnouncedSlayer Farewell Tour

MAY
10 Valley View Casino Center, San Diego, CA
11 FivePoint Amphitheatre, Irvine, CA
13 Papa Murphy’s Park at Cal Expo, Sacramento, CA
16 PNE forum, Vancouver, BC
17 South Okanagan Events Centre, Penticton, BC
19 Big Four, Calgary, AL
20 Shaw Centre, Edmonton, AB
22 Bell MTS Place, Winnipeg, MB
24 The Armory, Minneapolis, MN
25 Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre, Chicago, IL
27 Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre @ Freedom Hill, Detroit, MI
29 Budweiser Stage, Toronto, ON
30 Place Bell, Montreal, PQ

JUNE
1 Mohegan Sun, Uncasville, CT
2 PNC Banks Arts Center, Holmdel, NJ
4 Santander Arena, Reading, PA
6 Riverbend Music Center, Cincinnati, OH
7 Blossom Music Center, Cleveland, OH
9 KeyBank Pavilion, Pittsburgh, PA
10 Jiffy Lube Live, Bristow, VA
12 VUHL Amphitheatre, Virginia Beach, VA
14 PNC Music Pavilion, Charlotte, NC
15 Orlando Amphitheatre, Orlando, FL
17 Smart Financial Center, Houston, TX
19 The Bomb Factory, Dallas, TX
20 Austin 360 Amphitheatre, Austin, TX

Slayer also posted on twitter:


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NEVERMORE Singer WARREL DANE Dies In Brazil

NEVERMORE Singer WARREL DANE Dies in Brazil of a Heart Attack!

Acclaimed heavy metal singer Warrel Dane, who achieved fame with the bands SANCTUARY and NEVERMORE, died on Wednesday (December 13) in São Paulo, Brazil. The American musician, who was in the process of making his second solo album, had a heart attack during the night and could not be revived.

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JINJER Set To Release Reissue Of Second Album Cloud Factory

JINJER are widely known in the Metal scene and are mixing up everything with their fresh sound, killer live performances, and energizing voice of their supreme singer Tatiana. Following the release of their Napalm Records debut King Of Everything and numerous festivals and club shows, the Ukraine-based band just got home from their very first and super intense UK headlining tour run. Continue reading

POWERWOLF Back In The Studio To Record Brand New Album

Chart-breakers and Germany’s most successful metal band POWERWOLF are heavily back at work on their seventh studio album. Set to be released in 2018 on Napalm Records, POWERWOLF have finished the songwriting for their follow-up album to “Blessed & Possessed” and will enter Fascination Street Studios in January to record the album together with producer Jens Bogren (Arch Enemy, Amon Amarth, Kreator and many more). POWERWOLF back in the studio to record brand new album!

It feels exciting and spurring to have one of our alltime fave producers working with us on this adventure. Can’t wait to record a truely epic new chapter of the metal mass – be forewarned!” comments guitarist Matthew Greywolf.

POWERWOLF‘s history of success is a metal fairytale: Thanks to lifeblood, passion, and talent, the band has gathered an enormous amount of followers with until now six albums and uncountable captivating live gigs. With their latest records placed in the top 3 of the German album charts, a number #1 live DVD, sold-out headliner shows, and frenetically celebrated festival gigs all over Europe, POWERWOLF prove: Metal is religion, and the wolves will continue to lead the holy metal mass. Amen & attack!

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Legendary AC/DC Guitarist Confirmed Dead

 

 

Malcolm Young has unfortunately been reported dead. The legendary rhythm guitarist and co-founder of AC/DC was reportedly announced dead at 64 after a long battle with dementia. His family, who lovingly surrounded him as he passed away, have released a statement:

”It is with deepest sorrow that we inform you of the death of Malcolm Young, beloved husband, father, grandfather and brother. Malcolm had been suffering from Dementia for several years and passed away peacefully on Saturday with his family by his bedside. Renowned for his musical prowess, Malcolm was a songwriter, guitarist, performer, producer and visionary who inspired many. From the outset he knew what he wanted to achieve and, along with his younger brother, took to the world stage giving their all at every show. Nothing less would do for their fans. Malcolm is survived by his loving wife Linda, children Cara and Ross, son-in-law Josh, three grandchildren, a sister and a brother. While thanking all for their overwhelming support and heartfelt condolences, the family ask that you respect their privacy during this time of heartbreak and grief. For those wishing to send messages to the family please visit the Sydney Morning Herald tribute site for Malcolm Young which will be available later today. The family have asked instead of flowers to send donations to The Salvation Army.”

Malcolm has been one of the most influential guitarists for almost 50 years, known for writing some of the most recognized riffs. Musicians all around the world have paid tribute to him online.

Marilyn Manson Original Guitarist Daisy Berkowitz Dead At 49

Marilyn Manson’s original guitarist Scott Putesky, aka Daisy Berkowitz, dies after a long battle with colon cancer. Daisy Berkowitz dead at 49!

Marilyn Manson’s original guitarist Scott Putesky, aka Daisy Berkowitz, has died at the age of 49 after a long battle with colon cancer.

The news was confirmed via various sources, including Jack Off Jill’s Facebook page, which said: “Saying goodbye to Scott, friend, band mate, artist , hero.. RIP Scott – “always touched by your presence dear.”

Putesky helped compose the majority of music on Marilyn Manson’s 1994 debut album Portrait Of An American Family and went on to play on 1995 EP Smells Like Children. He left Manson’s camp during the recording of 1996 album Antichrist Superstar due to creative differences with the shock rocker.

Along with Jack Off Jill, Putesky played in Godhead and in his Three Ton Gate project.

Manson has paid tribute to his former bandmate on Instagram, saying: “Scott Putesky and I made great music together. We had our differences over the years, but I will always remember the good times more.

“Everyone should listen to Man That You Fear in his honour. That was our favourite.”

Putesky reported in 2013 that he was battling stage-four colon cancer and speaking about the disease in 2014, he told Noisey: “It’s become a huge annoyance. It really gets in the way. It doesn’t get in the way with the kind of work I do, but the amount of work I do.

“When I started chemotherapy in September 2013, I thought I would have down time where I could relax and work on music or artwork. But, I quickly realised that downtime would mean extreme fatigue where I didn’t really feel like doing anything. The most I could do was catch up on movies.

“I didn’t realise how much it would take out of me.”

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