The end... Or is it?
Unless you have been living under a rock for the lastmonth, or you’re just not a loyal enough metal fan, youwould’ve heard that KK Downing has retired from
after forty years, and will not be completing theband’s
Epitaph World Tour
. 31-year-old guitarist RichieFaulkner (ex-
) has stepped into KK’s shoes for the remainder of the tour. The band announced in Janu-ary that this
Epitaph World Tour
may very well not be theMetal Gods’ last stand, and that they are currently writingnew material.Facing a questionable future is
, who havecancelled their Australian tour due to the departure ofguitarist Jeff Loomis anddrummer Van Williams. Nonews on whether the bandwill be seeking replace-ments has been an-nounced... But in sayingthat, without the identifiableriffs and shredding of Loo-mis, is it really Nevermore?As the Nevermore newswas going to press, deathmetallers
also an-nounced their breakup.Their band will be officiallylaid to rest at this year’sMaryland Deathfest.
On the local front...
Brisbane’s premier alternative rock/metal nightclub
will be closing as a live venue at the end ofthis month. All previously-booked
shows willnow be at the new
in Brisbane’s Jubilee Hotel.Rosie’s promoter James “Geeks” Geekie said in the venueclosure’s press release:
“Lamenting over the past will dono good for anyone, and all alternative fans should lookforward to shows in their new venue.”
Album – [Century Media]
This year, California’s metal misfits Winds Of Plaguebring us yet again more heavy riffs, breakdowns andgrowls—and pretty much nothing else to offer. Their symphonic element is still present in the form of Alanaat the keyboards, but her parts sound pretty superflu-ous this time round as compared to the previous twoalbums. Still, this is a star-studded album (with the likes of Jamey Jasta do-ing guest vocals on “Built For War” for example) that has good productionquality and more catchy anthems to scream along with at the mosh pit.
3.5 / 5
WINDS OF PLAGUE - Against the World
Review by Zapphire Tchaikovsky
have announced their new vocalist. 21-year-old Nadia Vanek
has joined the band’s ranks after the de-parture of former vocalist Lauren Lee Innis earlier this year. The sextet willmake their long-awaited return to the live stage at this year’s
Dead of Win-ter Festival
and are promising to release their debut album [Produced byAdam Merker - Sakkuth, Empyrean, Aeternitus] by the end of the year.Photo by Adrian Pagano.Also on the subject of vocalists,
are searching for a newfrontman after the recent departure of Josh Robinson. Written on theband’s Wordpress page:
“This was due to a stylistic need of the band andis not a reflection of Josh as a person. He is unbeatable as a friend ... Wefelt we were heading in a direction which would not suit his voice and didnot want to force this on him.”
If you feel you’ve got what it takes as areplacement, contact the band at firstname.lastname@example.org.