Hello everybody and welcome to 2017! While getting back into the swing of things here at the office, we noticed a handful of exciting (and sad) news has been announced while we were away.
So instead of pumping out article after article for you to comb through and catch up on, we thought we’d compile all the things you may have missed into one, easy-to-read post.
Let us begin:
Austin Carlile Leaves Of Mice & Men Due To Life-Threatening Illness
Sad news out of the Of Mice & Men camp. After years of battling Marfan syndrome – a rare genetic disorder affecting the connective tissue that holds the body’s cells, organs, and tissue together – frontman Austin Carlile has decided to permanently remove himself from the band he founded back in 2009.
“Following the advice from his team of specialists, Austin decided it [be] best that he step away from the band and change his lifestyle to better his health,” wrote the metalcore outfit in a heartfelt letter to fans. “Though we’re heartbroken that he can no longer continue, his health has always been of utmost importance to us and we support him now in this decision and are proud of his perseverance over the years.”
While Carlile assured fans he won’t stop playing music anytime soon, in his own personal letter to supporters he made it clear it won’t be with Of Mice & Men as they’ll be moving forward as a four-piece.
“The band will now still continue on just the four of them and I wish them the best of luck without me heading into 2017. I will be here in Costa Rica, where I have now moved, continuing to heal, rest, and write. I will not stop playing music, I am still able to sing and I’m hungry for what is next to come even though I have no idea what that may be.”
To check out the band’s full statement, be sure to head to their Facebook page here.
Attila and Founding Member Sean Heenan Part Ways
Continuing with the bummer news, after 10-plus years with party metal outfit and previous Noise Presents headliners Attila, founding member Sean Heenan has announced he will no longer be drumming for the band.
“Its 2K17, a new year and new beginnings. It breaks my heart to announce this, but after 11 amazing years Attila and I have parted ways,” Heenan announced via Instagram. “I am extremely thankful to have had the opportunity to travel the world doing what I love and meeting all of you. Drums are my passion and I can guarantee this will in no way be the end of my music career.”
While Attila has yet to comment on the matter and reveal their newest member moving forward, feelings are there will be an announcement coming soon as the band will be kicking off their 2017 headliner with New Years Day, Bad Omens and Cane Hill in February.
Falling In Reverse Premiere New Single “Coming Home”
Getting to some more positive news here, after weeks of teasing listeners via their various social media accounts, Falling In Reverse has finally revealed something their fans can get truly excited about – a brand new single titled “Coming Home.”
Coming in as their first new release since the departure of guitarist Jacky Vincent, the atmospheric track is new territory for the Ronnie Radke-led outfit as it explores a much calmer and vibe-heavy approach.
To check out the new single, see above. Afterwards, make sure to grab tickets to see Falling In Reverse out on tour with Issues and Motionless In White here.
Tyler Carter, Josh Manuel and Jacky Vincent Share Snazzy New Pokemon Cover
Speaking of Issues and former Falling In Reverse guitarist Jacky Vincent, over the holiday break Vincent and Issues members Tyler Carter and Josh Manuel treated fans to an extra special cover of the Pokemon theme song – because why not, right?
After weeks of performing the song live on the Vans Warped Tour, Carter and Manuel must have decided they didn’t hear enough of the Gotta Catch ‘em All anthem and decided to give the track an official, in-studio rendition with the help of Vincent.
To check out the latest performance, be sure to look below. Afterwards, to hear Issues debate some of their favorite Pokemon, head here.
Keith Buckley Confirms The Dammed Things Rumors, States Band Is In Demo Phase
Great news, guys. After rumors began a few weeks back that The Dammed Things (aka the hard rock conglomerate featuring Every Time I Die‘s Keith Buckley, Anthrax‘s Scott Ian, Fall Out Boy‘s Joe Trohman and Andy Hurley, Volbeat‘s Rob Caggiano and Josh Newton (ex-Every Time I Die)) were getting back together, the story has finally been confirmed.
Speaking with Alt Press, frontman Keith Buckley revealed that the band is definitely working on some new material.
“While we have more than enough material for an EP, we are still very much in the ‘demo’ phase – rearranging riffs and trying different things vocally. And though it’s a little too early to say what the next release will sound like comprehensively, we’ve taken a different approach to writing this time around. Things are more atmospheric and weirder. We’ve loosened up a bit and learned to let our major influences speak. In that way, it’s the truest sound we’re capable of.”
While this news is certainly something to get excited about, with busy schedules looming for Every Time I Die, Anthrax and Volbeat (who all have new albums out), the question of when we can hear new music from The Dammed Things may be one we have unanswered for quite some time. In the meantime, however, to relive the glory of 2010′s Ironiclast, head here.
Suicide Silence Reveal Release Date & Track Listing For Upcoming Album
Looking to kick off the new year in a huge way, longtime deathcore outfit Suicide Silence have revealed that their new self-titled album will be released February 24th via Nuclear Blast.
To check out the tracklist for the band’s fifth full-length album, be sure to look below. For pre-orders, stay tuned.
04. “Dying in a Red Room”
05. “Hold Me Up, Hold Me Down”
07. “The Zero”
09. “Don’t Be Careful, You Might Hurt Yourself”
Punk Rock Bowling Unveil First List Of Bands
Looking to follow up 2016′s successful year which saw headliners like Flogging Molly and Descendents, the annual Las Vegas gathering of the punks, aka Punk Rock Bowling, has just unveiled 2017′s first list of bands.
Kicking off May 26th, the festival will include Iggy Pop, Cock Sparrer, Pennywise, Discharge, Bouncing Souls, The Interrupters, The Dickies, Plague Vendor, Booze & Glory, Real Mckenzies, Lions Law, and more.
To pick up tickets, head here.
‘Never Get Tired: The Bomb the Music Industry! Story’ Is Now Available Online
After a run of select screenings throughout the US, Canada, Germany and Australia, Never Get Tired: The Bomb the Music Industry! Story is now available to watch online. Horray!
To check out the Kickstarter-funded documentary following the incredible story of the DIY journeymen Bomb The Music Industry! and their charismatic frontman Jeff Rosenstock, head here.
Afterwards, if you’ve yet to enjoy Rosenstock’s recent release Worry., you can do so here.