ICYMI begins with a sombre introduction with the news during the week of the passing of Martin Kearns of U.K’s death metal legends, Bolt Thrower. Kearns passed away mid-week in his sleep from causes unknown, he was 38 years old. A release from the group stated Kearns had left band practice a few days ago, complaining that he’d not been feeling well. Though the reason behind his death has not yet been explained, the band note that he died “peacefully in his sleep”.
“With the heaviest of hearts, and still numb from shock, we have to share the very sad news that on Monday, Bolt Thrower lost our powerhouse drummer, Martin ‘Kiddie’ Kearns,” the group said in a statement. “After the first rehearsal for our upcoming tour of Australia, Kiddie suddenly felt unwell which continued throughout the night, and the next day he passed away peacefully in his sleep.”
The slated Australian tour due to commence next week is now indefinitely postponed. Condolences to the Bolt Thrower family, friends and fans.
Into Metallica news, and no, it’s not details of a new album or a 12″ mix of Lulu album, this week Metallica unveiled a Metallica branded Budweiser beer. The beer will be made available on September 28 as a tie-in promotion for Metallica playing the final show at Quebec City’s legendary Colisée Pepsi this past Monday (September 14) and giving the opening concert at the brand new Centre Vidéotron on Wednesday night (September 16).
On Wednesday, a tanker truck filled with Budweiser was parked in front of the Centre Vidéotron. Once the Metallica show was finished, the tanker headed to the Labatt plant in LaSalle, near Montreal. The beer will be made available in cans, with more than 91,000 black containers being distributed to mark the historic transition from the old venue to the new arena. Wall of Sound are betting that a heap of these cans will be flooding eBay in the coming weeks.
Breaking Benjamin are first up. ‘Angels’ is the track from awesome new album, Dark Before Dawn.
The mysterious Ghost return with another music video from Meliora. Check out ‘From the Pinnacle To the Pit’. This album will no doubt feature in any ‘album of the year’ discussions,
Doom metal titans, My Dying Bride released ‘Feel the Misery’ early this week, the title track from the band’s new album, released a few days ago. An epic journey of all-conquering Doom Metal steeped in woe and despair.
The super band to end all super bands, Metal Allegiance dropped their self titled album during the week and also released another music video, the epic, ‘Gift of Pain’ featuring Lamb of God‘s, Randy Blythe.
Soilwork‘s new album The Ride Majestic is already out and the simply awesome, ‘Enemies in Fidelity’ was released this week as a music video. Melodic death metal never sounded better.
Sticking with the melodic death metal side of things, albeit a tad more brutal, Black Dahlia Murder gave the world, ‘Receipt’ this week, the new video from lates album, Abysmal.
Delaware’s post hardcore favourites, Boysetfire dropped the video for ‘One Match’ this week. New self-titled album lands next week.
Onto to tour news and Adelaide’s The Mark of Cain will be heading out again, touring nationally, starting November 25 in their hometown concluding in Brisbane, December 5th. Tickets are on sale tomorrow. Check here for details.
Japanese post-rock powerhouse, Mono, will bea heading down under this December. This is a band best experienced live, loud and up front. This will be Mono’s first trip to Australia since 2013. Head across to Life is Noise’s Facebook event page for all the details.
Across to album news, starting with melodic-hardcore Californian’s, Ignite. A War Against You will be the title for the band’s latest album, their first in nine years! There is no artwork, as yet, for the much anticipated new release.
Def Leppard, heading to Australia later this year, will have a new album under their belt, so expect one or two new songs in the mix for that tour with the Baby Animals and Live. The new self-titled release drops October 30th.The album is the band’s first studio effort since Songs From the Sparkle Lounge in 2008.
Hardcore veterans, Vision of Disorder will release the follow up to the acclaimed, The Cursed Remain Cursed, with Razed to the Ground slated for a November 14 release. Produced by Chris ‘Zeuss’ Harris (Hatebreed, Rob Zombie), the album will be the first without long time guitarist, Mike Baumbach.
We may all be still waiting for that new Tool album but Maynard James Keenan has been busy with his side-band, Puscifer, the electro infused rock band. New album Money Shot lands October 30th, check out the self-titled track, below…
Children of Bodom‘s new album, I Worship Chaos is due October 2nd. You can now check out the official lyric video for ‘I Hurt’ from the album.
Chris Cornell‘s Higher Truth is out now but you can stream another of the track’s from the album, ‘Worried Moon’ if you’re not sure about jumping on the Soundgarden front man’s latest solo album. Personally, I’m loving this album, a chillin’ Sunday afternoon classic.
Queensryche have released another track for stream from Condition Human, due next month. Check out ‘Hellfire’…
Graveyard present ‘Too Much Is Not Enough’, taken from the new album Innocence & Decadence due out the end of this week (25th). This is a classic early ’70s vibe Sunday chill out track…
Lastly we have Deafhaven‘s new track feature from upcoming release, New Bermuda due October 2nd. By the sounds of things, this album is set to do huge things!
So that’ll do for this week’s ICYMI. Remember to get out to some live shows, Sebastian Bach is touring Australia at the moment, ripping apart venues with his solo stuff, Skid Row classics and an odd cover here and there. Check out Bach talking to Channel 7’s ‘The Morning Show’ the other day!
Until next time…..Cheers