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Former JUDAS PRIEST guitarist Kenneth “K.K.” Downing spoke to Midland Rocks about his shocking April 2011 announcement that he was leaving the band prior to their “Epitaph” world tour.

Downing, who recently started a career as a rock promoter under the banner The Future Of Heavy Metal, says that, contrary to popular belief, he didn’t retire from the music business.

“I’ll never get away from this retirement thing, but what happened was that I quit,” Downing explains. “Retired implies that I am not physically able to do it. I am able to do it, but I didn’t want to do it; I just wasn’t enjoying it anymore

“A lot of things had changed. I think I counted about thirty reasons why I didn’t want to do it at the time, and that is an awful lot of reasons.

“In all honesty, I think that in so many respects it had run its course.

“If you’re part of a songwriting team, you get the recognition and reward for creating something, but for me, PRIEST became about going out and playing live and replicating exactly what people had enjoyed ten, twenty or thirty years ago. The fans would be just as happy if they could see us bin all of the modern guitars we now play and take them on a walk down memory lane, because I think that’s what people enjoy most. And I understand that, because if I could go out now and see Eric Clapton with CREAM, then I would be the happiest person in the world.”

He continues: “One of the beautiful things about being in the industry was the ability to continue to invent and create, constructing songs and making good records. You do feel the need to be creative, and that was taken away with the downloading thing, and as you get older, the balance of the scales starts to tip. So if you can’t be creative, why would you want to continue to dedicate the time into something?

“I suppose if the industry was still healthy and people still had to spend their hard-earned money buying a record, it would be different, but if you give something away, then it has no value.

“We used to buy an album and think, ‘Well, it’s not that good, but I’ll play it a million times [and] I’m sure I’ll get into it, and now it doesn’t really get a second chance.

“In the past, there was always the opportunity to create a record like ‘Dark Side Of The Moon’ [PINK FLOYD] or ‘British Steel’ [JUDAS PRIEST] or ‘Back In Black’ [AC/DC] that would be one of those albums that would be indelible and people will always come back to. And I think that opportunity has gone now, and I think it would take a miracle for one of those to happen again.

“If you consider an album like [JUDAS PRIEST‘s much-maligned conceptual effort] ‘Nostradamus’, then if that had been released in 1978, then it would have been another ‘Dark Side Of The Moon’, but it is all about the timing.

“When you think about it, in the early days, we had the opportunity to write great songs, play great solos and have great vocal performances, but people get used to it and it is hard now to get the reaction of, ‘Wow, have you heard the new PRIEST album?’

“The industry has changed so much… I see companies that are repackaging and rehashing, and that started happening to us, and that was not a pretty thing to be a part of. It’s kind of duping the fans a bit, because there are fans around the world that have got to have everything to complete their collection, so even if there are only a few thousand of them, if you put out a box collection, it might be $100, which is a lot of dollars, and so for me, that is something that I didn’t get into music for.”

Downing‘s place in JUDAS PRIEST was filled by new guitarist Richie Faulkner.

JUDAS PRIEST is currently writing and recording material for a new studio album, to be released sometime next year.

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KK: no regrets

Former Judas Priest guitarist and founding member KK Downing, who sensationally left the band back in 2011, has elaborated on his decision to leave the heavy metal legends, revealing that it wasn’t his own career that he felt was coming to a close…

“I’ll never get away from this ‘retirement’ thing. What happened was that I quit,” he tells The Midlands Rocks. “‘Retired’ implies that I am not physically able to do it. I am able to do it, but I didn’t want to do it; I just wasn’t enjoying it any more. A lot of things had changed. I think I counted about thirty reasons why I didn’t want to do it at the time, and that’s an awful lot of reasons.

“In all honesty I think that in so many respects it had run its course. If you’re part of a songwriting team you get the recognition and reward for creating something. But for me Priest became about going out and playing live and replicating exactly what people had enjoyed ten, twenty or thirty years ago.

KK with Judas Priest

“The fans would be just as happy if they could see us take them on a walk down memory lane – I think that’s what people enjoy most. And I understand that, because if I could go out now and see Eric Clapton with Cream then I would be the happiest person in the world.”

“If the industry was still healthy and people still had to spend their hard-earned money buying a record, it would be different.

“We used to buy an album and think, ‘Well it’s not that good, but I’ll play it a million times and I’m sure I’ll get into it.’ Now it doesn’t get a second chance.

“In the past there was always the opportunity to create a record like The Dark Side Of The Moon orBritish Steel or Back In Black that would be indelible, and people will always come back to. I think that opportunity has gone now – it would take a miracle for one of those to happen again.”

Meanwhile, Judas Priest look set to release a new album next year, despite many assuming they’d call it quits after their Epitaph “farewell”. tour

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Zakk Wylde: willing to pay respects to his fallen brother

Zakk Wylde has addressed longheld speculation that should the surviving members of Pantera ever perform together again, he could be the man to step in on guitar duties.

“It’d be up to Vinnie, Phil and Rex — they’re the guys that make everything happen,” he tells Artisan News. “So if they were all gonna do it and honor Dimebag and [if they said to me], ‘Zakk, would you wanna honor Dime and do Dime’s parts?’ Of course, I was a pallbearer for him — I laid him to rest — so, of course, I’d say, it would be a beautiful way to honor him and stuff like that. And to celebrate all things Pantera and what they achieved. ‘Cause they changed the game, as far as extreme metal goes. I mean, they’re the kings of it. But it’s up to the fellows. Then it would just be me woodsheddin’ 25-8, learning all of Dime’s parts, you know what I mean?! Yeah, but like I said, as far as I’m concerned, it would just be honoring Dime.”

Meanwhile, Black Label Society have finally begun work on the follow-up to 2010′s awesome Order Of The Black, with Zakk confirming that the riffs are now officially a-flowin’.

“It’ll have all the heavy riffs and other stuff everyone knows and loves,” Wylde promises Billboard. “Order Of The Black was already three years ago, which is pretty insane. But the whole time we’ve been working, touring and stuff like that; it’s not like we’ve been sitting around the house. It’s crazy because back in the beginning of Black Label we were pumping out an album a year and constantly touring. But don’t mind doing it this way, either.”

BLS are set to release Unblackened, a special collection of live acoustic re-imaginings and a couple of covers, this week. The opus includes an awesome acoustic cover of Bill Withers classic Ain’t No Sunshine, complete with bonkers video:

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We sent Joe Daly to pay our respects to Jeff Hanneman at the emotional public memorial event that took place last night. Thankfully, it looks like the Westboro wallies didn’t turn up. Here’s how it all went down.

Last week, Slayer announced that they would hold a public memorial service for their recently-deceased founder, guitarist and brother Jeff Hanneman at the Hollywood Palladium on May 23, 2013 at 3:30 p.m. The free event would operate on a first-come, first-serve basis and give fans the opportunity to both mourn Jeff’s passing and to celebrate his storied life with his former bandmates and the metal community at large.

Almost immediately, the hate-mongering, attention-seeking simpletons of the nefarious Westboro Baptist Church issued their own press release, warning that they would picket the service in full force, gloating that Jeff’s death was divinely-ordained and promising to harangue the proceedings with their parody version of “Crazy Train.” Slayer countered this announcement with a message that fans should ignore the picketers and instead focus on celebrating Jeff’s life.

Amid the online flame war raging between the Westboro camp and Slayer fans, it was easy to overlook the fact that Slayer had been banned from playing the Palladium for many years after the band’s fans rioted outside the venue in 1988 in protest of the show selling out. The choice of venue therefore, was ironic and yet, in a way, perfect and on this sun-splashed Hollywood afternoon, we went to pay our respects to a legend.

1:30 p.m. The doors to the Palladium are two hours from opening and there is already a buzzing queue of black t-shirts coiled around an entire city block from the entrance to the Palladium. Clearly these people understand the ramifications of a “first come-first served” policy. No sign of the Westboro Baptist Church.

2:20 Something’s going on up the street, where a group of people in the queue are yelling at a man with a sign. Holy shit- here we go! No…wait, it’s just a Slayer fan holding a “God Hates Us All” sign and the people in line are cheering. It’s still pretty awesome.

2:30 A double-decker Hollywood tour bus slows down as it passes, while smiling, pasty-faced tourists excitedly snap pictures of the scene out front, not quite understanding what it is they’re seeing. The Slayer fans serenade the tourists with hoots and catcalls until a number of particularly free-spirited men drop their trousers and moon the now-horrified onlookers, at which point the bus quickly speeds off.

2:44 Still no sign of the Westboro Baptist Church. It occurs to me that if they were going to make good on their threats, they would be here by now. I’m mildly disappointed that I’m not going to see the Church get absolutely owned by an army of amped-up metalheads. Still, all things considered, it’s probably for the best.

3:05 Outside the entrance to the venue, one of the thorniest questions hanging over the day is answered when Dave Lombardo quietly walks up and begins chatting with friends gathered in front. With all the drama ill will surrounding Dave’s recent departure from the band, it’s great to see him right where he belongs, surrounded by friends, family and fans.

Dave Lombardo: paying respects to a fallen brother

3:30 Looking around the entrance I see a jaw-dropping “Who’s-Who” of the metal community. Here’s former Slayer drummer Paul Bostaph standing next to Metalocalypse director Mark Brooks. Blocking the sun behind me are Testament’s Chuck Billy and drummer Gene Hoglan while Machine Head’s Robb Flynn chats with Metal Blade label president Brian Slagel. It’s like some heavy metal wizard has brought one of my random playlists to life before my very eyes!

Legends gather to salute Jeff

3:25 Dave Navarro sighting!

3:40 The doors finally open. Inside, the stage is draped in black and adorned with two giant walls of Marshall stacks, with ten of Jeff’s legendary guitars propped up from one side to the other. Towards the middle is Jeff’s favourite “Hanneman” guitar, as well as his black Les Paul from the Show No Mercy days. The very front of the venue has been roped off to mark a seating area for immediate family, close friends and speakers.

4:10 Slayer tunes pour out through the PA as upstairs in the VIP lounge, Kerry King is talking to Rob Zombie guitarist John 5. While the sheer number of metal legends gives this lounge the look of an awards ceremony, the chatter is muted and everybody seems to be respecting management’s request that Kerry be given his privacy before and during the event.

4:30 I duck into the men’s room for a quick pit stop and nearly bump into System of a Down’s Shavo Odadjian animatedly telling moshing stories to a guy standing at a urinal. Surreal.

4:44 The programme is running a bit late, but nobody seems to mind. Finally the music dies down and Nick Bowcott, former guitarist for Grim Reaper and marketing director for Marshall Amps comes out and greets the crowd and reminds the fans, “This is a celebration! Let’s make lots of noise!” If ever there were a crowd ready to accommodate such a request, it is here right now. Nick spins a few yarns about Grim Reaper touring with Slayer in the early days and notes that Jeff tended to shun giving interviews because he preferred playing guitar to talking about it. Every budding guitarist should have this line taped to their practice amp.

4:51 Metal Blade president Brian Slagel takes the podium talks about Jeff’s irrepressible love of L.A. sports teams, inspiring a quick cheer for the Raiders, Jeff’s favourite American football team, and then concludes with, “Ronnie, Dime and Jeff must be having an amazing jam right now.”

Metal Blade legend Brian Slagel

4:58 Dino Paredes, from Rick Rubin’s label American Recordings, takes the podium next and apologizes in advance for breaking down, explaining that Jeff’s passing has taken a rather heavy toll on him and he’s not sure if he’s up for this. Even as he explains this from the stage, his emotions overtake him, and the fans roar in support. Metal rules. Dino urges the audience to rediscover World Painted Blood, which was Jeff’s last recorded musical statement, pointing out that while other Slayer releases receive more attention, World Painted Blood showcases Jeff at his creative best. Our soundtrack for the drive home has thus been chosen.

5:11 Nick is back on stage because he apparently forgot to mention something in his opening remarks. He then points out that “Slayer has never ever sold out.” This is like telling a room full of surfers that waves are good.

5:11 Kerry King is out now, plastic cup of Jagermeister in one hand and cell phone in the other. Unlike the other speakers, who prepared notes on sheets of paper, Kerry has his notes on his iPhone. He talks about the early days of Slayer, noting that Jeff did not drive, so Kerry was Jeff’s personal chauffeur in those early days, when they would rehearse in vocalist Tom Araya’s garage.

Kerry is in great form, composed, engaging and occasionally feisty. “Oh, I’m sorry, is this your story?” he asks a slightly overenthusiastic voice in the crowd. Kerry shares a few more personal tales of carousing with Jeff, ending his remarks with a heartfelt thanks to the crowd and a request that we, “remember my brother well.”

5:25 Holy shit, it’s Rob Trujillo walking on stage. He reads a statement from Rick Rubin, who asserts that “Jeff was (Slayer’s) heart and soul, musically.” On a personal note, Rob admits that Jeff used to prank phone call him into the wee hours of the morning, calling him “Lizard.” This elicits howls of laughter from all quarters of the venue, although it’s safe to say that not one other punter in the joint would have the bottle to call Rob “Lizard” to his face. Which is probably why Rob laughs as he tells the story.

5:30 Another surreal moment. A grandfatherly gentleman with grey hair and a blue blazer takes the stage. Nick introduces him as Gary Kahler, inventor of the whammy bar- a device that is as integral to Slayer’s sound as Tom Araya’s scream. While Gary looks a bit out of place amid all these seething, long-haired metalheads, in fact he proves that he’s right at home when he simply says, “Thank you, Jeff Hanneman, for playing my shit.”

5:32 Now it’s Shavo Odadjian at the podium, who gets straight to the point, declaring that “without Jeff Hanneman, there would be no System of a Down.” He’s dead serious and he looks like he’d throat-punch anybody who tried to argue with him. However, he ends with a wide grin and profuse thanks to Jeff, Slayer and the crowd.

Shavo: No Slayer, no SOAD

5:34 Some guy yells “Freebird.” I can’t say for sure, but from across the venue, I could swear I’m hearing the sound of a human getting kicked.

5:35 Slayer manager Rick Sales and the rest of the band’s management team come out and stand together as Rick reveals that Jeff, a notorious recluse, so hated being bothered when he wasn’t on tour that he once changed to an unlisted phone number and refused to share it with the band.

5.42 Kristen Mulderig, a member of Sales’ team, reads a statement from Jeff’s widow Kathryn, who thanks the musicians, management and of course the fans. She then says that when Jeff heard that Gary Holt would replace him on tour in 2011, he excitedly shouted, “Fuck yeah!” in support. The house explodes with their effusive approval. It is intensely cool to see the support Gary continues to receive from both the fans and the band.

5:45 A video montage of Jeff’s life kicks off. Pictures of Jeff as a small child drive more than a few audience members to tears, as Fade to Black accompanies the footage. When the tunes change to South of Heaven, five or six circle pits break out across the main floor. From the balcony it looks like a map of tropical storms forming across the Caribbean. Circle pits at a memorial service. Epic.

At 6:06 sharp, the ceremony ends with Nick’s final send off, ‘Thank you for coming. Now go get fucked up…but don’t drive.’

Right. That’s a wrap. A dignified send-off for a man who has profoundly affected the lives of generations of music fans across the planet. The service is over, but as the fans continue moshing to the Slayer soundtrack, it’s clear that while the service might be over, Jeff’s memory and the music he left behind will endure for ages to come.

Hammer would once again like to send our love and thoughts to Jeff’s family, his friends and his bandmates. RIP, you absolute fucking legend. And thank you.

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The Metal Hammer Podcast: Broken 🙁

Desertfest review, beards, Download, the new Heights album and three men acting like total wallies. It’s all in the new Metal Hammer Podcast, and you can download it below. Please note that this was recorded on Thursday afternoon before we’d all heard the terrible news about Jeff Hanneman, so we’ll be covering that and paying our respects next week.

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I See Stars has been added to Asking Alexandria‘s “Monster Energy Outbreak Tour” with As I Lay Dying, Memphis May Fire and Attila. The North American trek kicks off November 16th. I See Stars will be performing on the bill in-between Memphis May Fire and Attila. Asking Alexandria guitarist Ben Bruce said the following of the situation:

“First and foremost I would like to talk about a dear friend of mine who was prematurely taken from us this month. Mitch Lucker was one of the kindest and most passionate people I have ever had the pleasure of calling my friend. My thoughts are not only with his family and friends, but also with the millions of people, worldwide, who Mitch helped to mould and inspire into the people they are today. A great man was lost who’s love and passion reached all corners of the globe. As many of you know, Suicide Silence were preparing to join us on our upcoming ‘Outbreak’ Tour.

“Due to the devastating circumstances they will no longer be joining us physically. They will however, Mitch included, be with us in spirit. We will go out on this tour with As I Lay Dying, Memphis May Fire & Attila to pay our tributes and respects to Mitch and his brothers in Suicide Silence. A portion of all tickets and official tour t-shirts sold will go to Mitch’s daughter for the Kenadee Lucker Education Fund.

“Suicide Silence could never be replaced on our tour as they are the only band in the world who could bring their element, intensity and power to the line-up. For the sake of giving the fans the best show we can under the circumstances, we have decided to add Sumerian family members I See Stars to the bill, NOT AS A REPLACEMENT BY ANY MEANS, but as another band who’s love and passion for music and their fans is as tried and true as ours. Now, more than ever, we need to come together to celebrate our collective love of music and to show compassion & solidarity in our scene.

“It’s time to put aside all petty differences and remember what it is that brings us all together, the music. Mitch – from myself and everyone else who will be taking part in this tour, you are forever in our hearts. This one’s for you. We love you. Cheers.”

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Members of Machine Head, Hatebreed, Skindred, Bring Me The Horizon, Every Time I Die and Disturbed are amoung the countless names who paid tribute to Suicide Silence frontman Mitch Lucker, who tragically passed away yesterday after being involved in a serious motorcycle accident in California.

Some of their comments via Twitter can be seen below, courtesy of Blabbermouth:

BRING ME THE HORIZON: “We’re deeply saddened to have lost one of heavy music’s most valued icons, Mitch Lucker. Our thoughts are with his family friends and fans.”

Dino Cazares (FEAR FACTORY): “I am truly shocked to hear the news about Mitch Lucker today. I’ve watched him grow up when SUICIDE SILENCE were just a local band in the L.A. area. He was so young with a great future ahead of him. He was truly a all around good dude. This really sucks! My condolences got out to his family, friends, band and his fans worldwide. He had so much to live for. RIP.”

Robb Flynn (MACHINE HEAD): “RIP my brother, fuck. Did 5 tours with the dude, my deepest sympathies to the whole SUICIDE SILENCE family. Great dudes, truly amazing people.”

SHADOWS FALL: “Very sad news to hear about Mitch from SUICIDE SILENCE. We were very much looking forward to sharing the stage at Cali Metal Fest. Rest in peace, brother, the metal community took a big hit today.”

BRING ME THE HORIZON: “We’re deeply saddened to have lost one of heavy music’s most valued icons, Mitch Lucker. Our thoughts are with his family friends and fans.”

Ben Orum (ALL SHALL PERISH): “RIP Mitch Lucker. You were a great friend and one hell of a frontman. Our thoughts and love go out to everyone whose life you touched.”

Paolo Gregoletto (TRIVIUM): “I am pretty stunned by the news of Mitch passing. It sucks that someone with so much potential has been taken from us. RIP.”

Jeremy Spencer (FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH): “R.I.P. Mitch Lucker. I remember those guys waking me up when they’d hit the stage almost every morning on Mayhem back in ’08.”

IN THIS MOMENT: “R.I.P. Mitch, our hearts and prayers go out to your family.”

ABORTED: “Our deepest condolences to the family and friends, bandmembers of Mitch Lucker… such a tragedy. You will be missed.”

BURY TOMORROW : “RIP Mitch Lucker, one of the best front men our band has shared the stage with, our thoughts go out to his family.”

Ol Drake (EVILE): “Incredibly sad news about Mitch Lucker, R.I.P. my thoughts are with his friends and family.”

Phil Bozeman (WHITECHAPEL): “Today sucks. My heart goes out to everyone in SUICIDE SILENCE and Mitch‘s family. Still can’t believe it.”

Chris Kael (FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH): “Put your fingers in the fucking air and live your life without a care.” #RIPMitchLucker.”

Jeff Kendrick (DEVILDRIVER): “Mitch Lucker, I am so saddened by your passing. My heart goes out to his family and my SUICIDE SILENCE brothers. Loss for words right now.”

Michael Keene (THE FACELESS): “Devastating news about a good friend and a good guy. I’m so sorry to hear about this. RIP Mitch.”

DARKEST HOUR: “Our hearts go out to the good dudes in SUICIDE SILENCE and, of course, all their family and friends. Mitch was an all around amazing dude who we were lucky to have toured with if only a few times. We are heartbroken, this is heartbreaking.”

David Draiman (DISTURBED): “Mitch was a super nice guy. He will be missed, RIP.”

Jamey Jasta (HATEBREED): “RIP Mitch Lucker, such a sweet guy. Take a moment for him today and send love to his daughter, family and bandmates. Life is so short and fragile.”

Mark Hunter (CHIMAIRA): “Hard to find the right thing to tweet/say as this is such an impersonal means of communication. RIP Mitch. Love to the SUICIDE SILENCE camp.”

THROWDOWN: “Keep the Lucker family in your thoughts. A 5-year-old girl lost her dad, a wife her husband, parents their son.”

UNEARTH: “#RipMitchLucker Our thoughts are with his family, friends and band mates. Please do the same.”

BONDED BY BLOOD: “R.I.P. Mitch Lucker vocalist of SUICIDE SILENCE. A fellow road warrior you will be missed.”

Philip Labonte (ALL THAT REMAINS): “R.I.P. Mitch Lucker. Condolences to the whole SUICIDE SILENCE family.”

FOZZY: “Sad news today as we learn of the passing SUICIDE SILENCE lead singer, Mitch Lucker. RIP, Mitch. You will be missed.”

HATEBREED: “Mitch Lucker. Gone too soon. May he rest in peace”

EVERY TIME I DIE: “our deepest sincerities go out to the band members close friends and most of all family of Mitch Lucker. so tragic. he was always smiling.”

MACHINE HEAD: “The entire Machine head family extends our most heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Mitch Lucker. R.I.P”

ANDREW WK: “Power prayers to Mitch Lucker and his friends, family, and Suicide Silence. May he be partying and rocking in the next world.”

TOM HYNES (MALEFICE): “R.I.P. Mitch Lucker. Feel extremely lucky to have toured with him and to have known him. Thoughts go out to his friends, family and band ”

Mitch was a friend to many here at Metal Hammer, and there really are no words to describe just how gutted we were to hear this news last night. Our thoughts go out to those closest to him, and we have no doubt that the Suicide Silence boys appreciate the amazing outpouring of love that has come their way over the last 24 hours.

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New York City melodic death metal band Eden A.D is has announced the addition of new drummer Scott “ChopperScott” Hall, formerly of The Communion. The band has been in the studio writing new material and is now appearing live again.

Scott commented, “It is a pleasure being a member of Eden A.D. Their dedication to the band…practicing, songwriting, recording, and performing… is impressive. It’s time to take this to a new level. My respects to Eric, a skilled metal drummer. Learning and performing the drum tracks from ‘Cycles of Relevance’ has been quite an inspiration.”

Eden A.D. also added, “We are proud to announce the arrival of our new drummer… Scott Hall, aka ChopperScott, formerly of ‘The Communion’, ‘Empire Of Dust’, and ‘Sensory Assault’. With quite a few years of metal drumming under his belt, he now resides on the throne supporting Eden A.D. We have been in the studio writing new material and have started to perform live once again in the NYC underground metal scene. Keep an eye out!

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Decibel magazine is currently streaming a track online from U.K. act Vallenfyre, titled “Desecration,” which can be heard here. “Desecration” will appear on the band’s upcoming album “The Fragile King.”

Vallenfyre features the following lineup:

Gregor Mackintosh (PARADISE LOST): vocals and lead guitar
Hamish Glencross (MY DYING BRIDE): rhythm and lead guitar
Mully: rhythm guitar
Scoot (DOOM, EXTINCTION OF MANKIND): bass
Adrian Erlandsson (AT THE GATES, PARADISE LOST) – drum

In regards to “A Fragile King” and the formation of Vallenfyre, Greg Mackintosh comments, “The album is called A Fragile King which is a reference to my fathers’ battle with cancer…In the late summer of 2009, my father John Mackintosh was diagnosed with prostate cancer. Later in the Autumn as his treatment progressed, Paradise Lost embarked on the their European tour to support the latest album [Faith Divides Us – Death Unites Us].

“A week into this, I received a call from my mother telling me that the doctors had found cancer in his lungs and it was terminal. He only had weeks to live. I made the decision to leave the tour leaving my very able guitar tech Milly [not be confused with Vallenfyre’s Mully] to take my place. I went and stayed with my parents for the next few weeks. After a very sad and painful time he passed away on the 2nd December early in the morning.

“Over the next few weeks I experienced all the famous stages of grief. It started to become very self destructive so I decided to channel it into creating something. To pay respects to the man that drove us to our very first gigs because none of us could drive. The only Dad I knew that listened to Bolt Thrower’s Peel Sessions on the radio. The guy who gave me my first chord book. I decided that I was going to go right back to the beginning. To my roots in Death, Crust and Doom. It all started very angst ridden. This wasn’t originally meant for anyone else to hear. It was a release. After recording some material I realized that I was actually enjoying doing this but I wanted friends involved so it could actually become real fun.”

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Randy Blythe, vocalist for Lamb of God, recently took to his official Twitter account discussing the 10 year anniversary of the 9/11 tragedy and the impact it had on his life. You can read Blythe’s statement below.

“10 years ago I woke up late as usual, drank some coffee, & walked to my cooking job at Avalon restaraunt in RVA. I was in a good mood. I came in & saw my buddy Steve (born & raised in NYC) & said “Wassup man” & he said “I guess we’re at war again man.” I looked up & the TV. I saw the planes fly into the towers again & again. I didn’t really understand it at first. Didn’t open the restaurant that day. We watched. As the day wore on, I watched the tv, it sank in what had happened to all those people & I remember thinking “Things will never be the same.”

“Finally at some point in the day it REALLY sunk in & I began to cry. NYC, the Pentagon, the passengers on 93 who fought them TO THE GROUND. I wanted the images to stop, & at some point I stopped watching tv. But the images wouldn’t stop, & have shaped my life since in many ways. A lot of ugly things happened after 9/11 but for a brief time there was a spirit of unity amongst my people, OUR people, the American people.

“Today I think should be a solemn day of reflection, not just on those lost & their kin, but on the meaning of what it is to be one of us. I have been literally around the world several times, & I remain convinced that the United States of America is THE GREATEST NATION ON EARTH. We are ONE nation made up of MANY people. Let us remember that, & try to act accordingly. It should not take a tragedy to remind us if that.

“Ten years later, I’m in NYC having my coffee, then I’ll go to work just like in 2001. But first I’ll stop by Ground Zero to pay my respects. So it’s a sad day, but it’s good for me to be here. New York City still stands tall, as does DC near my Virginian home. We ain’t going away & we WONT go away as long as we remain UNITED. THINK about it, & be good to each other. Im off to Ground Zero. Have a good day.”

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