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'Really Exciting News' for Korn Fans Coming Soon

(via Blabbermouth) KORN guitarist Brian "Head" Welch, who is currently promoting the second album from his LOVE AND DEATH side project, has told U.K.'s Kerrang! magazine that he and his bandmates should have some exciting news to announce pretty soon.

"I asked the manager, because I'm doing LOVE AND DEATH but I know people are going to ask me about KORN, and he said, 'Just tell them the truth. Tell them that you've been getting together with them, you're working on some stuff, and that we've got some really exciting news coming out,'" Welch said. "I think we're gonna make some kind of announcement pretty soon, and that's pretty much all I can say."

Welch went on to say that most musicians have used the coronavirus downtime to get creative.

"I think it's no secret that every band is getting together and there's probably going to be a lot of records coming out," he said.

"We've been throwing ideas back and forth, but it's been hard because of the pandemic and whatnot because Munky [James Shaffer, guitar] lives in Los Angeles — right in the thick of it. One in five people has it there. Thank god Munky has not got it. He lives with his wife and her family, and his mother-in-law, they've gotta be careful with her.

"It's been really crazy, but we managed to get together and we're deciding what we're gonna do, but we're coming up with some cool ideas and are hopefully going to make an announcement pretty soon," he added.

Last month, Welch explained to Knotfest.com why KORN hasn't taken part in any live streams, like so many other artists have during the coronavirus pandemic. "Well, we actually were talking about it, and we were doing this and that with management," he said. "These [other] guys [in KORN] got young kids running around. And what are they gonna do? Just leave their wives with the home school stuff? I'm impressed with my KORN brothers; they're stepping up and doing school with their kids.

"KORN has toured for 25 years," he continued. "I left KORN for eight years and got to chill at home. These guys are taking this time to be family men, to be great fathers. Who's to say we won't do something soon, or early next year? I don't know. But I'm telling you, they are the best fathers, and I'm proud of them. So that's probably the reason — family first."

When Welch left KORN in early 2005, he simultaneously announced that he kicked his addictions to drugs and alcohol by becoming a born-again Christian.

Both Welch and KORN bassist Reginald "Fieldy" Arvizu have had highly public, though separate, conversion experiences, ones that have been greeted with a certain amount of skepticism.

In October, KORN and free-to-play video game titan World Of Tanks Blitz launched a special Halloween collaboration, revealing the music video for "Finally Free", a track featured on KORN's latest studio album, "The Nothing". Thee months earlier, KORN released a cover of THE CHARLIE DANIELS BAND classic "The Devil Went Down To Georgia", featuring a guest appearance by rapper YelaWolf, exclusively via Bandcamp. All proceeds from the track were donated to Awakening Youth, a nonprofit organization devoted to young people faced with the loss of a parent due to divorce, addiction, death, being surrendered for adoption, or other reasons.

"The Nothing" was released in September 2019 via Roadrunner/Elektra. The follow-up to 2016's "The Serenity Of Suffering" was once again produced by Nick Raskulinecz.

GEMINI SYNDROME RELEASES NEW MUSIC VIDEO FOR "IDK" TODAY

(January 19, 2021- Los Angeles, CA) - LA alternative metal band Gemini Syndrome have just released their new track and music video for "IDK" today via Another Century. Watch the music video, below. The track, will be available to purchase and stream on Friday, January 22nd. Pre-add/save the track HERE.

"IDK plays with the double entendre, 'I decay' and 'IDK' (I don't know) to illustrate the Voltaire quote, 'The more I read, the more I acquire, the more certain I am that I know nothing,'" states Gemini Syndrome vocalist Aaron Nordstromabout the newest release.

Gemini Syndrome drummer Brian Steele Medina adds, "IDK opens the door to the idea that we have to be willing to discard our old ideas and identity to give space for new ideas to grow and allow a more evolved identity to flourish. The last thing we want to do is to get stuck in old patterns of thought and behavior. This is an essential principal as we progress through the various degrees of the initiatory traditions."

GEMINI SYNDROME spent the better part of 2018-2019 writing the final installment of their long planned three album trilogy. They retreated to drummer Brian Steele Medina's Las Vegas home studio, where they meticulously crafted song after song, relentlessly reworking and rearranging the musical arrangements until they were fully satisfied. After an exhaustive writing process, GEMINI SYNDROME relocated to Good Sounds Studio in Tempe AZ, where producer Matt Good would help realize the collection of songs. Medina recalls, "We absolutely loved working with Matt and he completely understood where we wanted to take this album creatively and what it was going to take to bring the third chapter of this trilogy to light. Our actual collective blood, sweat and tears went into its creation."

"IDK" follows the release of "Reintegration" and is the band's first new music since the release of their sophomore album Memento Mori (2016), which hit #1 on Billboard Heatseakers Chart and spawned five singles: "Eternity", "Anonymous", "Alive Inside", "Sorry Not Sorry", and "Remember We Die". Stay tuned for more details about the band's forthcoming third album by following the band on socials. 

Gemini Syndrome is Aaron Nordstrom (vocals, keyboards), Brian Steele Medina (drums, programming), Alessandro "AP" Paveri (bass), Meegs Rascon (guitar), and Nicholas Paul Arnold (touring guitar). 

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Review: 'Psychosomatic' from IMMORTAL GUARDIAN

Escape from the mindlessness of quarantine in the past 10 months has been difficult for many. One of the best things about quarantine though has been the explosion of new music coming from artists who have had nothing but time to sit around and come up with new material since their public concert dreams have been squashed by a virus that has put us all in a funk.

Well tell that funk is told to shut up as progressive/power metal group IMMORTAL GUARDIAN has a new album coming out in February entitled ‘Psychosomatic’ that will bring new life to your immortal soul and make you re-think that rock and metal is dead. This second full-length album is one of our favorite types of albums a ‘transition album’ in which each track flows directly into the next when listening from start to finish. An art lost among many artists is brough to fruition in the best way with ‘Psychosomatic’ and for fans of being able to lose themselves in an album, this particular album from IMMORTAL GUARDIAN delivers in full.

The vocals of Carlos Zema find a full range of clean screaming in the title track ‘Psychosomatic’ to ballad suave that comes forth in ‘Candlelight.’ The guitar riffs throughout the album from Gabriel Guardian put him up there with some of the best guitarists in rock history. Hello, Slash are you listening? Add in the powerful melodic bass of Texas’ own Josh Lopez and cure for listlessness drumming of Justin Pie3dimonte from Montreal, Quebec, and you have one of the best hard rock/metal ensembles that we have seen in over a decade.

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From start to finish, ‘Psychosomatic’ delivers a one-two punch in metal that will have classic fans of bands like Dragonforce, Iron Maiden, and Symphony X screaming for more while dragging in a new modern audience that will appreciate the fresh artistic ensemble talent of North America’s best metal group to date. There is not one track on this album that disappoints to those that appreciate balanced music and not adding these tracks into normal listening rotation is a mistake for anyone who genuinely enjoys melodic metal.

On A scale of 10, we give ‘Psychosomatic’ a solid 9.

'Psychosomatic' releases on February 12, 2021 from M-Theory.

Psychosomatic track list:

1. Psychosomatic (5:33)
2. Read Between The Lines (6:01)
3. Lockdown (4:12)
4. Phobia (6:13)
5. Clocks (5:12)
6. Self-Isolation (0:39)
7. Goodbye To Farewells (5:50)
8. Candlelight (5:24)
9. Find A Reason (7:00)
10. New Day Rising (5:56)

About IMMORTAL GUARDIAN:

The seeds of progressive/power metal group IMMORTAL GUARDIAN were sown by band founder and native Texan Gabriel Guardian in 2008. The guitarist/keyboardist began his mission of delivering “super metal” packed with melody and shred, and the group would begin evolving into its current form with two acclaimed self-released EP's, 2013's “Super Metal: Edition Z” and 2014's “Revolution Part I”, the latter produced by Roy Z (Bruce Dickinson/Halford). The EP's showcased Guardian's full-frontal assault of anthemic melodies, technical rhythms, and furious shred, and were augmented by the high-energy, high-flying vocals of Carlos Zema, who had already built his name through stints with respected Brazilian power metallers Heaven's Guardian and Houston progressive-metal act Outworld.

IMMORTAL GUARDIAN began building their following throughout their home state of Texas with live performances alongside some of the biggest names in heavy metal, including Judas Priest, Dragonforce, Kamelot, Symphony X, Sonata Arctica, Slayer, Metal Church, Soilwork, and Steve Vai. The buzz that has been built by their EP's and live performances led to the group signing with M-Theory Audio for the release of their 2018 full-length debut, “Age of Revolution”. The album was hailed by MetalSucks as “seriously epic”, and by Angry Metal Guy as the “front-runner power metal record of the year.” The band was applauded by Metal-Observer as “stylistically trail-blazing” and by Metal Utopia for its combination of “technicality, diversity, and power.” IMMORTAL GUARDIAN further cemented their reputation as a thrilling live act by touring relentlessly for the next eighteen months, touring nationally in support of fellow shredders such as Marty Friedman, Powerglove, and Exmortus. The group also spread their brand of melodic progressive/power metal worldwide by performing in countries as far-and-wide as Russia and Brazil, and with high-profile performances at ESPN's X-Games, South by Southwest, and Fun Fun Fun Fest.

IMMORTAL GUARDIAN guitarist/founder Gabriel Guardian also has a very active presence on YouTube, garnering hundreds of thousands of views on the platform for his self-produced videos showing off his uncanny ability to play guitar and keyboard simultaneously. His cover of “Sweet of Child O' Mine” was shared on Facebook by Guns N' Roses themselves and received over one million views within 24 hours, and other dual-instrument covers of songs by the likes of Iron Maiden and Pantera have also won over social media audiences. Guardian's abilities have also been showcased on the MTV series, “Amazingness”.

Gabriel Guardian and Carlos Zema gathered in Las Vegas at the beginning of 2020 alongside new drummer Justin Piedimonte and bassist Joshua Lopez to record the second IMMORTAL GUARDIAN full-length album. As the spread of COVID-19 and the subsequent pandemic began to ensue, each member of the band retreated to their respective hometowns. With shutdowns around the world being enforced, the band completely scrapped the record that they had been working on and were heavily inspired to write and create a new thematic record about their emotions surrounding current events.  The resulting album, “Psychosomatic” (set for release Feb. 12, 2021 on M-Theory Audio) was a truly multi-national record, with guitarist/keyboardist Guardian remaining in Las Vegas, Zema recording his vocals from his home in Brazil, Piedimonte recording his drumming performances in his hometown in Montreal, Canada, and Lopez recording bass guitar in IMMORTAL GUARDIAN's native Texas. In addition to his new role as the group's bassist, Lopez also handled recording engineer duties on the new album, as he had on the group's previous record, “Age of Revolution”.  

Despite the challenges presented by the global pandemic, “Psychosomatic” is the next step in IMMORTAL GUARDIAN’s evolution while still capturing the band’s exhilarating trademark melding of melodic power metal with progressive/shred tendencies.

Discography:
2021 - Psychosomatic (M-Theory Audio)
2018 - Age of Revolution (M-Theory Audio)
2014 - Revolution, Part 1 (EP)
2013 - Super Metal: Edition Z (EP)

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Nightwish's Bassist Marko "Marco" Hietala Leaving The Band.

(Blabbermouth.net) NIGHTWISH's longtime bassist/vocalist Marko "Marco" Hietala has announced his departure from the band.

Hietala issued a statement earlier today in which he said: "Dear people. I am leaving NIGHTWISH and my public life.

"For a quite a few years now I haven't been able to feel validated by this life. We have streaming company big guns demanding 9/5 work from artists of inspiration while unfairly sharing the profits. Even among the artists. We're the banana republic of the music industry. Biggest tour promoters squeeze percentages even from our own merchandise while paying dividends to Middle East. Apparently some theocrasies can take the money from the music that would get you beheaded or jailed there without appearing as hypocrites. Just a couple of examples here.

"This past year forced me to stay home and think. And I found myself very disillusioned about these and a lot of things. I found out that I am in need of that validation. For me to write, sing and play, I need to find some new reasons and inspirations. 'My Walden' so to speak. And it's even in my book that I'm a chronic depressive. It's dangerous for me and the people around me, if I continue. Some of the thoughts a while back were dark. Don't worry, I'm fine. I have my two sons, a wife, the rest of the family, friends, a dog and lots of love.

"And I don't think that I'll be gone for good.

"Conspiracy is the word of the day. For the people who like them I need to say that my 55th birthday is now on 14th of Jan and I've certainly done my time for now. Blaming for instance Tuomas [HolopainenNIGHTWISH keyboardist and main songwriter] is an insult to both him and my free thinking. This is a very sad thing to all of us too. Have a care please. But of course now we'll know, if some go there on purpose.

Read more at Blabbermouth.net

Fauci: Concert Venues Open By Fall 2021

(Blabbermouth.net) Dr. Anthony Fauci says that theaters and other live entertainment venues could reopen "some time in the fall of 2021."

The director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases gave an update on when he thinks the performing arts will be able to reopen during a virtual conference held by the Association of Performing Arts Professionals.

According to The New York TimesFauci said that the country will have to reach an effective level of herd immunity, which requires vaccinating from 70 percent to 85 percent of the population, before theaters and other venues will be able to reopen.

"If everything goes right, this is will occur some time in the fall of 2021," Fauci said, "so that by the time we get to the early to mid-fall, you can have people feeling safe performing onstage as well as people in the audience."

Fauci went on to say that if vaccine distribution succeeded, theaters with good ventilation and proper air filters might not need to place many restrictions for performances by the fall — except asking their audience members to wear masks, which he suggested could continue to be a norm for the foreseeable future.

Small live music and entertainment venues have been hard-hit during the coronavirus pandemic, with 90 percent of venue owners, promoters, and bookers previously reporting they were at risk of closing without additional financial assistance and an estimated $9 billion in losses.

Last month, congessional leaders announced a new COVID-19 relief bill that will include funding for independent music venues that have been closed throughout the pandemic.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer issued a statement saying the long-overdue $900 billion stimulus deal bill includes "$15 billion in dedicated funding for live venues, independent movie theaters, and cultural institutions."

Also in December, concert trade publication Pollstar released its year-end report in which it said that the total lost revenue for the live events industry in 2020 was more than $30 billion. This figure includes "unreported events, ancillary revenues, including sponsorships, ticketing, concessions, merch, transportation, restaurants, hotels, and other economic activity tied to the live events."

Dallas Stars Players Test Positive for Covid-19: Season Start Delayed

(NHL) - The National Hockey League announced today that six Dallas Stars players and two staff members have recently confirmed positive tests for the COVID-19 virus. Those individuals are self-isolating and following CDC and League protocols. As a result of the positive tests, and as an appropriate precaution, the team's training facilities have been closed, effective immediately, and will remain closed for several days while further daily testing and contact tracing is conducted. The League is in the process of reviewing and revising the Stars' regular season schedule with the expectation that the team will not open its 2020-21 season earlier than Tuesday, January 19.

The Stars organization has, and will continue to follow, all recommended guidelines aimed at protecting the health and safety of its players, staff and community at large as set by the NHL, local, state and national agencies.  

Jon Schaffer of Iced Earth Wanted by D.C. Police

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(Metal UnderGround) It seems like the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department are currently looking for Iced Earth guitarist Jon Schaffer, who is thought to have been among those who unlawfully entered the United States Capitol Building on January 06th. As reported yesterday by Metal Underground, Schaffer is thought to have been among those who, as part of a pro-Donald Trump related protest contesting the results of the most recent U.S. election, to breach the U.S. Capitol Grounds.

The D.C. Metropolitan Police Department have shared this PDF of persons of interest they are searching for in connection to the breach, including the picture thought to be of Iced Earth guitarist Jon Schaffer.

Dallas Stars Hockey Returns January 13th.

(DallasStars.com) NEW YORK / TORONTO - The National Hockey League Players' Association (NHLPA) and National Hockey League (NHL) announced today an agreement to play a 2020-21 regular-season schedule of 56 games beginning Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021, and concluding on May 8.

As part of the agreement, the Stanley Cup Playoffs would feature 16 teams in the traditional best-of-seven, four-round format and conclude around mid-July with the plan of returning to a "normal" hockey calendar for the 2021-22 season (regular season beginning in October).

The NHL and NHLPA will release the Health and Safety Protocols, transition rules and critical dates calendar as well as the 2020-21 schedule in the coming days.

Given the unpredictability of the COVID-19 pandemic, the NHLPA and the NHL intend to be flexible and adaptable in their approach during the coming weeks to ensure compliance with directives from both local and national governmental and health authorities focusing on the health and safety of the players, other game-related personnel and the communities in which we play. The priority will continue to be focused on the health and safety of our fans and Players and Club, League, NHLPA and arena personnel.

"The National Hockey League looks forward to the opening of our 2020-21 season, especially since the Return to Play in 2019-20 was so successful in crowning a Stanley Cup champion," NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said. "While we are well aware of the challenges ahead, as was the case last spring and summer, we are continuing to prioritize the health and safety of our participants and the communities in which we live and play. And, as was the case last spring and summer, I thank the NHLPA, particularly Executive Director Don Fehr, for working cooperatively with us to get our League back on the ice."

"The Players are pleased to have finalized agreements for the upcoming season, which will be unique but also very exciting for the fans and Players alike," said Don Fehr, NHLPA Executive Director. "During these troubled times, we hope that NHL games will provide fans with some much needed entertainment as the players return to the ice."

In reaching agreement on the format for the 2020-21 season, the NHL and NHLPA determined that the ongoing closure of the U.S.-Canada border required realignment and the League and the Players also sought to minimize team travel as much as possible by shifting to exclusively intradivisional play. It is the current plan to play games in the home arenas of participating teams while understanding that most arenas will not, at least in the initial part of the season, be able to host fans. However, depending on prevailing conditions both in local markets and across North America, the League will be prepared to play games in one or more "neutral site" venues per division should it become necessary.

For the 2020-21 season, teams will be re-aligned as follows:

North

Calgary

Edmonton

Montreal

Ottawa

Toronto

Vancouver

Winnipeg

West

Anaheim

Arizona

Colorado

Los Angeles

Minnesota

St. Louis

San Jose

Vegas

Central

Carolina

Chicago

Columbus

Dallas

Detroit

Florida

Nashville

Tampa Bay

East

Boston

Buffalo

New Jersey

New York Islanders

New York Rangers

Philadelphia

Pittsburgh

Washington

Each team in the East, Central and West divisions will play every other team in its division eight times while each team in the North Division will play every other team in its division nine or 10 times.

The top four teams in each division will qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs, with intradivisional play in the first two rounds (#1 vs. #4; #2 vs. #3). The four teams that advance to the Semifinal Round would be seeded by their regular season points total, with the No. 1 seed playing the No. 4 seed in one series and the No. 2 and No. 3 seeds meeting in the other.

Formal training camps will begin on Jan. 3. There will be no pre-season games. The seven teams that did not participate in the 2019-20 Return to Play will be permitted to open their training camps as early as Dec. 31.

Review: Sanktuary - 'Winter's Doom'

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Sophomore albums are often times the defining album from today’s artists. Anyone can put out one good album that people enjoy, but it’s tough to take that step to move into the realm of the music gods that can hold the attention of today’s ADHD metal audience. To hold the attention of the radio audiences today, you need adrenaline, fist pumping action, killer riffs, and something to get lost in. Sanktuary has given all of that to us in their self-released sophomore album ‘Winter’s Doom’ released on January 22.
‘Winter’s Doom’ is the follow up to their 2013 album ‘Something Fierce.’ We knew back a few years ago that these guys had something special. Hailing from the Yukon territory of Canada in the city of Whitehorse where there’s not much else to do but be cold and play music, these guys chose to keep warm with invigorating guitar riffs in their music that keeps those in warmer climates wanting to rip their clothes off from the heat of the music they’re hearing.
The album’s lead off track ‘Space Race’ hits you immediately with a burst of adrenaline that sets up the theme of the entire album, with in your face high speed thrash metal from start to finish. Throughout the album lead singer Alan Binger punches out screaming vocals that land almost perfectly in sync with drummer Anders Grossholm. Whether it’s intention or not, It’s not very often to hear this unique singing style to where the singer and drummer are in almost perfect sync. Binger shares the guitar spotlight with Glen Emond and Cole Hume rounds out the group with a bass line that any metal band today would be envious of. Not many metal bands today feel so in tune when you’re listening to them, nor do they have the feel where everyone has an equal part in the music that is being listened to. Sanktuary has a chemistry that can be felt from the start of ‘Winter’s Doom’ to the very last note of the final track ‘Maximum Authority.’
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Normally we like to go through and pick our favorite tracks off an album. This is usually our way of saying to listen to these and skim around the rest. With ‘Winter’s Doom’ we can’t do that. This is an album that you need to listen to from start to finish. Every track on the album will leave any fan of high speed thrash metal feeling sated, but at the same time begging for more of Sanktuary’s music to be thrown their way. Not many albums deserve this respect, but ‘Winter’s Doom’ is one of those unique albums that deserves any true metal fan’s undivided attention.
Sophomore albums are key in the music industry and while they don’t have to be life and death, they are an important part of any bands career. Sanktuary has delivered with theirs and we expect many great things from these guys in the coming years. With this proven style of music that is an art unto itself, Sanktuary brings us new hope when it comes to high speed thrash metal, and they give us many great things to look forward to in the years to come. For now, ‘Winter’s Doom’ will be blasting loud in our ears and when we need to wake up, or just need to feel better about the day, the radio dial will be cranked up to this fantastic album.
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Stream ‘Winter’s Doom’ here.
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