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VOIVOD Featuring New Bassist DOMINIC 'ROCKY' LAROCHE: Fan-Filmed Footage Of HEAVY MONTREAL Performance

Fan-filmed video footage of VOIVOD's August 9 performance at the Heavy Montreal festival in Montreal, Quebec, Canada can be seen below. VOIVOD has tapped Dominic "Rocky" Laroche to play bass for the band following the departure of Jean-Yves Thériault (a.k.a. Blacky). Laroche, who has previously performed with blues musician Steve Hill, made his live debut ...

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VOIVOD Recruits Bassist DOMINIC 'ROCKY' LAROCHE Following Split With BLACKY; Video Of First Performance

Canadian metal innovators VOIVOD have tapped Dominic "Rocky" Laroche to play bass for the band following the departure of Jean-Yves Thériault (a.k.a. Blacky). Laroche, who has previously performed with blues musician Steve Hill, made his live debut with VOIVOD last night (Saturday, July 12) at Festival Jonquière En Musique in the group's former hometown of ...

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VOIVOD Parts Ways With Bassist JEAN-YVES 'BLACKY' THÉRIAULT

**UPDATE**: VOIVOD has released the following statement regarding bassist Blacky's latest departure from the group: "It saddens us to announce that VOIVOD will no longer be performing live with Blacky. Jean-Yves has decided to leave the band for his own personal reasons. We wish him all the best. VOIVOD will carry on." The original article ...

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ASSASSIN Anounces New Singer

German thrash metal veterans ASSASSIN have parted ways with vocalist Robert Gonella and have replaced him with Ingo "Crowzak" Bajonczak (LORD OF GIANT, SUPERSOMA, NEW DAMAGE). Comments ASSASSIN guitarist Michael Hoffmann: "We all were lying crippled on the floor, as, all of a sudden, this guy shows up! And he slapped us out of our ...

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THE OATH Calls It Quits

THE OATH, the band forged around the fizzing, feral chemistry between Swedish guitarist Linnéa Olsson and German vocalist Johanna Sadonis, has called it quits. In an e-mail sent out to THE OATH's Bandcamp fans earlier today, Linnéa wrote: "You're receiving this email because you at one point purchased music and/or merchandise from THE OATH's Bandcamp ...

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In a Mirror Darkly - MEKONG DELTA

German progressive thrashers MEKONG DELTA have long been one of the most intelligent metal acts on the planet and they seldom get their due. As the oft-referred "best-kept secret in the world" since the mid-Eighties, MEKONG DELTA has seen its ranks shifted and reassembled numerous times with bassist Ralf Hubert (once operating in the band's ...

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Barishi - BARISHI

Hailing from the mountains of southern Vermont is BARISHI, a progressive metal crack unit looking to stir a few pots of convention with their decidedly unconventional debut album. BARISHI's hybrid music style lies somewhere between screamo, grunge, alt punk, psych and prog. Though hardly like any of them, BARISHI appears to take inspiration and splice ...

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Le Vecteur Transcendantal - KOSMOS

Not to be confused with the KOSMOS side project of VOIVOD's Michel "Away" Langevin, this French black metal project is decidedly more sinister in sound, despite its inherent theme of mankind's desperate and pointless conflict in trying to master Nature. Not exactly your standard black metal fare, this sense of conscience to KOSMOS' second offering, ...

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THE OATH: 'All Must Die' Song Available For Streaming

"All Must Die", a brand new song from THE OATH, can be streamed in the YouTube clip below. The track is taken from the band's self-titled debut album, which will be released on March 17 in Europe and April 15 in North America via Rise Above Records. To master the dark and wring compelling creativity ...

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Enter the Metal - VARGA

Canadian prog-thrashers VARGA had a brief run from 1989 through the mid-Nineties, which is to say, they were doomed from the start for obvious reasons if you were paying attention to the North American music climate of that period. They released two albums, "Prototype" and "Oxygen" as well as their 1991 debut cassette, "Multiple Wargasms", ...

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THE OATH To Release Self-Titled Debut Album In March

THE OATH's self-titled debut album will be released on March 17 in Europe and April 15 in North America via Rise Above Records. To master the dark and wring compelling creativity from its densest shadows requires vision, belief and, perhaps most importantly, a dash of synchronicity. These are all qualities that ooze from every pore ...

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JASON NEWSTED Says 'Private And Personal Circumstances' Caused His Band To Pull Out Of SOUNDWAVE

NEWSTED — the new band featuring former METALLICA, VOIVOD and FLOTSAM AND JETSAM bassist Jason Newsted and STAIND guitarist Mike Mushok — has confirmed that it will no longer be coming to Australia for the Soundwave festival, which begins tomorrow (Saturday, February 22) in Brisbane. Said Jason in a statement: "Due to private and personal ...

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NEWSTED Pulls Out Of Australia's SOUNDWAVE Festival?

Update: Australian touring mogul and Soundwave promoter AJ Maddah has posted a message on Twitter saying that he is "trying to find NEWSTED and figure out what is going on.' He added: "The band's equipment just arrived in Brisbane so not sure what's up." He also wrote: "I can't get hold of any of [Jason's] ...

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NEWSTED: '… As The Crow Flies' Video Released

"… As The Crow Flies", the new video from the new video from NEWSTED — the new band featuring former METALLICA, VOIVOD and FLOTSAM AND JETSAM bassist Jason Newsted and STAIND guitarist Mike Mushok — can be seen below. The clip was filmed with director Leon Melas, who previously helmed NEWSTED's videos for the tracks ...

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JASON NEWSTED, WILLIAM DUVALL Discuss What It's Like To Replace Hugely Influential Departed Musicians

Backstage at last year's Metal Hammer Golden Gods awards event in London, England, Invade TV bumped into William DuVall (ALICE IN CHAINS) and Jason Newsted (NEWSTED, METALLICA, VOIVOD, ECHOBRAIN). An interesting conversation developed, giving some insight into what it's like to come into a band that already existed and taking over the role of departed ...

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VOIVOD Snubbed By Canada's JUNO AWARDS

In a decision that seems reminiscent of the 1989 JETHRO TULL/METALICA controversy of the 31st Grammy Awards, Quebecois prog metal pioneers VOIVOD have been left out of the running for a "Metal/Hard Music" award at the 2014 Juno Awards (the Canadian equivalent of the Grammy Awards). Instead, a power-pop band from Ontario called THE FLATLINERS ...

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BLACK SABBATH's '13' Takes Top Honors In 'Metal On Metal' Listener Poll

BLACK SABBATH's "13" took the number one spot in WJCU's "Metal On Metal" Top 25 year-end album countdown show, which aired on January 3. "13" dominated the listener poll, receiving 30% more votes than second-place finisher, SAXON's "Sacrifice". AMON AMARTH's "Deceiver Of The Gods", MOTÖRHEAD's "Aftershock" and DEATH ANGEL's "The Dream Calls For Blood" finished ...

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JASON NEWSTED: Hour-Long SCUZZ Video Interview Posted Online

This past summer, Terry "Beez" Bezer of Scuzz conducted an interview with former METALLICA, VOIVOD and FLOTSAM AND JETSAM bassist and current NEWSTED frontman Jason Newsted. You can now watch the full chat below. "King Of The Underdogs", the new video from NEWSTED, was filmed in September in Oakland, California with director Leon Melas, who ...

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Beyond the Martyr - ARGUS

While you try to think deeply into the title of ARGUS' third album, "Beyond the Martyr", let's simplify things a little. The Pittsburgh trad metallers used the title in remembrance of their close friend and author, Bruce Nelson. "Beyond the Martyr" is from one of his works. From that point forward, dig for deeper meaning ...

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VOIVOD: 'Kluskap O'Kom' Video Released

"Kluskap O'Kom", the new video from Canadian progressive metal pioneers VOIVOD, can be seen below. The clip, which originally premiered at Philip H. Anselmo's Housecore Horror Film Festival in October in Austin, Texas, was directed by Syl Disjonk, who is best known for his short horror film "Ethereal Chrysalis". The director of photography was JP ...

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VOIVOD Releases 'Kluskap O' Kom' 7" Single

Canadian metal innovators VOIVOD have released a new EP, "Kluskap O' Kom". The seven-inch single contains the studio album version of the title track as well as a live version of the same cut. Check out exclusive colors and packages at CM Distro. "Kluskap O' Kom" comes off VOIVOD's latest album, "Target Earth", ...

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The Dawn of Consummation and Emergence - REPTILIAN DEATH

You have to have a sick sense humor to call yourself REPTILIAN DEATH. Hailing from Mumbai, India, REPTILIAN DEATH is the side project of DEMONIC RESURRECTION vocalist Sahil "Demonstealer" Makhija. Existing for more than a decade as Demonstealer's death metal playground, REPTILIAN DEATH's latest offering "The Dawn of Consummation and Emergence" features more of the ...

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NEWSTED: 'King Of The Underdogs' Video Released

"King Of The Underdogs", the new video from NEWSTED — the new band featuring former METALLICA, VOIVOD and FLOTSAM AND JETSAM bassist Jason Newsted and STAIND guitarist Mike Mushok — can be seen below. The clip was filmed in September in Oakland, California with director Leon Melas, who previously helmed NEWSTED's video for the track ...

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