GIRLSCHOOL Guitarist Dies (RIP)
~ Girlschool Guitarist Loses Battle With Spinal Cancer ~
posted Wednesday, July 18, 2007 at 06:44:14 AM by Diamond Oz.
MOTÖRHEAD has issued the following update:
"It is with extreme sadness to inform you that Kelly Johnson, original lead guitarist of GIRLSCHOOL, passed away on Sunday night, 15th July. She has been suffering from spinal cancer for the last six years.
"Joining GIRLSCHOOL in 1978, Kelly was a face in the classic line-up alongside Kim McAuliffe (rhythm guitar, vocals), Enid Williams (bass, vocals) and Denise Dufort (drums). The band was an integral and major force in the New Wave of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM) movement, beginning with the release of its debut album, 'Demolition' (1980), and continuing with the follow-ups 'Hit 'n' Run' (1981) and 'Screaming Blue Murder' (1982). Kelly's participation also saw GIRLSCHOOL collaborating with MOTÖRHEAD under the name HEADGIRL for the 'St. Valentine's Day Massacre' EP. Both bands appeared on the lead track 'Please Don't Touch' and covered each other's songs, GIRLSCHOOL choosing 'Bomber' and MOTÖRHEAD picking 'Emergency'.
"Watch the 'Please Don't Touch' (MOTÖRHEAD and GIRLSCHOOL) video at YouTube.
"Kelly originally left GIRLSCHOOL in 1984 after recording the band's fourth album, 'Play Dirty', to live in Los Angeles for the next ten years. She rejoined in 1993 and moved back to the U.K. In 2000, she decided to quit the music business for good after recording her final album with GIRLSCHOOL, 'Not That Innocent: 21st Anniversary' (2001), though always remained a close friend to the band.
"Kelly Johnson (RIP) will be missed heavy-heartedly by all. Our deepest condolences go out to her family and friends."
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~ SUMMON: R.I.P. ~
SUMMON is dead. Long live SUMMON. Says guitarist/vocalist Sean Xaphan Peters, "I tried to keep it going, but things have just changed. After a year of not playing together, Josh [Moore, drummer] and I tried to get something going but all the time apart...we just did not see musical directions the same anymore. He is more into technical speed and I am more into raw feeling and power, so we just grew apart with the distance." Meanwhile, Xaphan is keeping busy with his pure black metal holocaust Dark Psychosis, who should have a new album completed in a couple months, with drums done by WIND OF THE BLACK MOUNTAINS skinbeater Nybras. Check 'em out at Myspace.com
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~ DYING FETUS Announces New Drummer ~
Death metal juggernaut DYING FETUS has issued the following update:
"We would like to announce the addition of new drummer Trey Williams, from Baltimore, MD. We regret it has become necessary to part ways with Duane Timlin (KRIEG). However, we thank Duane for his contributions to the band and we wish him the best in his future endeavors. This lineup change will not have any effect on our tour plans, which will go ahead as scheduled. Trey gave us a fantastic audition; we have seen first-hand that he has the professionalism and dedication we would expect. We look forward to our next tour plans with great confidence. We feel the fans will agree that this change will be good for the band and our live performances."
DYING FETUS will embark on the North American leg of its "War of Attrition Tour" in early June. This portion will cover ground all across Canada and into the Northern U.S. Joining DYING FETUS on various dates of the tour are , and more.
DYING FETUS recently concluded a headlining European and North American tour in support of its new album, "War of Attrition".
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~ SEASON OF MIST President Talks About UNDERGROUND ACTIVISTS Division ~
Season of Mist Records has issued more information on its recently announced Underground Activists division.
Regarding what exactly Underground Activists stands for, Season of Mist president Michael Berberian said, "It's basically bands we wanted to sign but that we couldn't sign with SOM. We always wanted Season of Mist to be opened, to explore new genres, to promote the bands to the best of our ability... It's never been a radical label. The goal always was to make it, if possible, 'big,' to turn SOM into a key player on nowadays metal scene. Underground activist will be the total opposite. It's about the most Necro, the most anti commercial, the controversial bands that we like. Bands that wouldn't fit into the SOM roster.
"Since our roots, our personal tastes and musical history are strongly leaning towards the underground, and that despise the trends and all the changes, we always kept an eye on what was happening there, we decided to take a more active part. To us, it feels like paying our dues to a scene that since the tape trading days, helped most of us to shape our musical taste, and made us want to work in music!
"So expect some obscure reissues and some more signings. Basically, it will be just stuff that, we feel, deserves to be released, to be out there, even if they will only appeal to 0.1% of the most extremists of the metal scene."
The first Underground Activists release, BESTIAL MOCKERY's "Slaying the Life", will be issued on August 20 in Europe and September 18 in North America.
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~ DODSFERD Completes Work On New Album ~
Hot on the heels of the project's well-received "Fucking Your Creation" debut for Moribund Records earlier this year, one-man black metal army DODSFERD has already completed work on the next epic of misanthropic violence. Titled "Cursing Your Will to Live", this CD picks up where its predecessor left off, offering both shorter blasts of blackened bile and more extended journeys into mainman Wrath's ravaged psyche. A split CD and 7" are also tentatively in the works.
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~ ARTILLERY Classic Titles To Be Reissued ~
On August 13 (October 8) Metal Mind Productions (Poland) will re-release several classic titles from thrash metal act ARTILLERY. The titles are as follows:
ARTILLERY - "Through The Years" box set containing four CDs and a 32-page booklet. All albums will contain bonus tracks, including recordings from the first ARTILLERY demo. For the first time ever all lyrics included in the booklet. All CDs were digitally remastered using 24-bit technology. The set is limited to a hand-numbered 1,500 copies.
"Fear Of Tomorrow" bonus tracks:
01. Out of the Sky
02. Deeds of Darkness
03. Fear of Tomorrow
04. Hey Woman (with Carsten Lohmann)
05. Time Has Come
06. Mind of No Return
"Terror Squad" bonus tracks:
01. The Challenge (bonus demo)
02. In the Trash (bonus demo)
03. Therapy (bonus demo)
04. Let There be Sin (bonus demo)
05. All for You (With Per Onink)
06. We are the Dead
07. Too Late to Regret
"By Inheritance" bonus tracks:
02. Don't Believe
03. Hey Woman (with Flemming Ronsdorf)
04. All for You (with Carsten Lohmann)
05. Blessed are the Strong
07. Day of Doom
"B.A.C.K." bonus tracks:
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~ TANKARD: 'Best Case Scenario: 25 Years In Beers' Artwork Revealed ~
Long-running Frankfurt, Germany-based thrash metallers TANKARD entered Stage One studios in Borgentreich, Germany earlier in the year with producer Andy Classen (HOLY MOSES, DEW-SCENTED, CALLENISH CIRCLE, TANKARD, OCCULT) to record new versions of their biggest "hits" - from "(Empty) Tankard" and "Chemical Invasion" to "The Morning After" and "Space Beer". The resulting collection, "Best Case Scenario: 25 Years In Beers", is scheduled for release on August 31 through AFM Records, with a special limited first edition set to include the bonus CD "A Tribute to Tankard", featuring cover versions of 18 TANKARD songs performed by such artists as SACRED STEEL, MANTICORA, ABANDONED, PARADOX, COURAGEOUS, and SCORNAGE.
"Best Case Scenario: 25 Years In Beers" track listing:
01. Zombie Attack
02. Maniac Forces
03. (Empty) Tankard
04. Don't Panic
05. Chemical Invasion
06. The Morning After
08. 666 Packs
10. Space Beer
11. Medley (Alcohol, Puke, Mon Cheri, Wonderful Life)
13. Nation Over Nation
15. Minds On The Moon
"A Tribute to Tankard" bonus CD track listing:
01. ABANDONED - Face Of The Enemy
02. COURAGEOUS - The Morning After
03. DOPPELBOCK - Freibier für alle
04. FATAL EMBRACE - Acid Death
05. FKÜ - Space Beer
06. FREZEEBEE - Poison
07. HATEWORK - Live To Dive
08. HYADES - Alien
09. IRREVERENCE - Beermuda
10. MANTICORA - Total Addiction
11. ODIUM - Sunscars
12. PARADOX - Zombie Attack
13. PARAGON - Two-Faced
14. SACRED STEEL - Empty Tankard
15. SCORNAGE - Away
16. SOLICITUDE - Planetwide Suicide
17. TASTE OF DOOM - Rectifier
18. TORMENT - Chemical Invasion
In other news, AFM will reissue the TANKARD cover CD, "Himbeergeist zum Frühstück" (released under the TANKWART moniker) on July 13. The album features metal/punk versions of old German folk classics like "Sieben Fässer Wein" and "Blau Blüht Der Enzian", and will feature a live version of the TANKARD classic "Freibier" as a bonus track.
blackmetal on 07.18.07 @ 03:18 PM PST [link]