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Congratulations are in order for MACHINE HEAD drummer Dave McClain, who just married his Australian girlfriend Belle. The couple live in Alameda, California.

This is the second marriage for McClain, a former member of Arizona thrashers SACRED REICH who joined MACHINE HEAD in 1995 following the departure of Chris Kontos.

In a January 2012 interview with Examiner.com, McClain stated about the touring life: “Personally, I love it. It’s been part of my life for 21 years now, so I love pretty much everything about being out [on the road]. Doing shows, hanging out and doing our thing and doing what we love, it’s a good life.”

He continued: “When I’m stuck at home for some time, that’s when I start feeling a little caged up or something, but not really being in the studio. As long as we’re doing something band-related… I used to kind of just learn to like everything about it. It’s cool if you’re recording, just soak everything in and get back on the road. And that’s when the fun begins.”

MACHINE HEAD will enter the studio later this year to begin recording the follow-up to 2011′s “Unto The Locust” for an early 2014 release.

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Swedish thrashers DARKANE has joined forces with Helsingborgs Brewery to create Darkale. The band says: “You guessed it, we’re talking beer. Ale to be specific. This delightful ale will unfortunately only be available in Sweden.”

This fall, Helsingborgs Brewery will step over to the dark side to give you a delicious hybrid of thrash metal and Skåne ölkunnande. The result is a tough and complex ale, equally inspired by fair means commodities of ferocious double pedals and heavy riffs. Meet Darkale, a proud partnership with Helsingborg, Sweden-based band DARKANE. You get a dark and tasty brew with unexpected nuances and many levels.

Helsingborgs Brewery describes Darkale as a “dark mahogany red-brown ale with a light foam. The taste is a bit malty with some burnt notes and caramel fudge. Easy hopped with fruity and some ortiga tones. Easy to drink for its variety and is perfect for your favorite metal music and some snacks. ”

Says DARKANE: “We are extremely proud of this collaboration.

“We started actually recording our latest album, ‘The Sinister Supremacy’, which came out last summer, with a beer tasting at Helsingborgs Brewery and already there were sown enough seeds of this amazing collaboration. We hope all the avid beer drinking headbangers around the country will like this ale as much as we do.”

Darkale will be on sale at Systembolaget in the Helsingborg vicinity and in the rest of the Sweden through Systembolaget‘s ordering catalog from the middle of October and for a limited period.

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The hype for the new Sepultura album, The Mediator Between Head and Hands Must Be the Heart has been the most I've heard in a while about the Brazilian thrashers. Perhaps it has to do with them reuniting with Ross Robison, who produced Roots, or perhaps having Dave Lombardo guest on the record had something …

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Ohio thrashers Skeletonwitch have unleashed a twisted video for new song I Am Of Death (Hell Has Arrived).

Set in a spooky forest in the dead of night, it’s a feast of blades, blood and bounteous beards. The song is taken from the Americans’ forthcoming fifth album Serpents Unleashed, which was produced by esteemed studio guru Kurt Ballou of Converge and hits the streets on October 28 via Prosthetic Records. Here it is…don’t have nightmares!

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Warbringer are back on the scene and will be putting out a new album, Warbringer IV: Empires Collapse on October 29th via Century Media. Do you dig Warbringer? These LA thrashers just put out a new track, and I want to know if you thrash it or trash it…  Thrash It or Trash It is of course …

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Danish thrashers HATESPHERE have released the following statement:

“Due to serious health problems, our dear bass player, Jimmy ‘The Talent’ Nedergaard, is forced to sit out our upcoming European tour with HYPOCRISY.

Jimmy is suffering from diabetes, and due to that fact his kidney is in very bad shape, things are now that bad that he needs a kidney transplant, and things are set up for that to happen in the end of the year. He is now preparing and relaxing at home, and we wish him a speedy recovery. Nikolaj Harlis Poulsen from fellow Danes BLOOD LABEL will stand in for Jimmy on the shows that will be affected by this.”

HATESPHERE‘s eighth studio album, “Murderlust”, will be released on September 27 via Massacre Records. The CD was recorded at Antfarm Studios in Aarhus, Denmark with producer Tue Madsen (THE HAUNTED, SICK OF IT ALL, MOONSPELL, DARK TRANQUILLITY) and it once again features cover artwork by MNEMIC‘s Mircea Gabriel Eftemie.

“Murderlust” will be made available as both standard and digipack.

The track listing is as follows:

01. Murderlust
02. Pandora’s Hell
03. Fear Me
04. The Violent Act
05. Punishable By Death
06. In Process
07. Iconoclast
08. Darkest Of Forces
09. Refill The Chest
10. Assassin (MUSE cover)

Digipack bonus tracks:

11. Murderlust (pre-production)
12. 500 Dead People (live)

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“Fear Me”, a brand new song from Danish thrashers HATESPHERE, can be streamed in the YouTube clip below. The track comes off the band’s eighth studio album, “Murderlust”, which will be released on September 27 via Massacre Records. The CD was recorded at Antfarm Studios in Aarhus, Denmark with producer Tue Madsen (THE HAUNTED, SICK OF IT ALL, MOONSPELL, DARK TRANQUILLITY) and it once again features cover artwork by MNEMIC‘s Mircea Gabriel Eftemie.

“Murderlust” will be made available as both standard and digipack.

The track listing is as follows:

01. Murderlust
02. Pandora’s Hell
03. Fear Me
04. The Violent Act
05. Punishable By Death
06. In Process
07. Iconoclast
08. Darkest Of Forces
09. Refill The Chest
10. Assassin (MUSE cover)

Digipack bonus tracks:

11. Murderlust (pre-production)
12. 500 Dead People (live)

HATESPHERE will support HYPOCRISY on the second leg of the “End Of Disclosure Tour 2013″ this fall.

HATESPHERE‘s most recent album, “The Great Bludgeoning”, entered the official chart in Denmark at position No. 40. The group’s 2009 effort, “To The Nines”, landed at No. 36 while 2007′s “Serpent Smiles and Killer Eyes” debuted at No. 26.

Vocalist Esben “Esse” Hansen joined HATESPHERE as the band’s new singer in June 2010.

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“Worse Than War”, the new video from Denver thrashers HAVOK, can be seen below. Directed by Roy Warner, who worked on the band’s “From The Cradle To The Grave” and “Point Of No Return” clips, the video addresses the eight stages of genocide: classification, symbolization, dehumanization, organization, polarization, preparation, extermination and denial.

“Worse Than War” comes off HAVOK‘s latest album, “Unnatural Selection”, which was released in June via Candlelight Records. The ten-song CD was produced by David Sanchez, with mixing handled by Terry Date (PANTERA, OVERKILL, DEFTONES). It features original artwork from Polish illustrator Rafal Wechterowicz (SLAYER, MASTODON) and was mastered by James Murphy (ABORTED, WORLD UNDER BLOOD, ABIGAIL WILLIAMS).

“Unnatural Selection” is a far more mature collection of songs when compared to “Burn” (2009), and “Time Is Up” (2011). HAVOK has truly hit their mark with a sound that will please fans new and old. Another standout is the band’s rendition of the BLACK SABBATH classic “Children Of The Grave”.

“Unnatural Selection” track listing:

01. I Am The State
02. Give Me Liberty… Or Give Me Death
03. It Is True
04. Under the Gun
05. Waste of Life
06. Untitled
07. Chasing the Edge
08. Worse Than War
09. Children of the Grave
10. Unnatural Selection

HAVOK is guitarist/vocalist Dave Sanchez, bassist Mike Leon, guitarist Reece Scruggs, and drummer Pete Webber.

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During an appearance on this past Sunday’s (September 8) “Heavy Metal Mayhem” radio show, drummer Gene Hoglan (TESTAMENT, DETHKLOK, FEAR FACTORY, STRAPPING YOUNG LAD) spoke about the status of the planned reunion of his former band, classic late ’80s/early ’90s California thrashers DARK ANGEL.

“We are trying to see if it can be something that we can all pursue. We all are in discussions,” Gene said.

“[Original DARK ANGEL vocalist] Don [Doty] got a little rambunctious, a little enthusiastic with some of the things that he put there [on the Internet regarding a ppssible reunion]. And we had to speak to Don for the first time, I guess, to get him to go, ‘Hey, wait a minute…’”

He continued: “We all understand — we all should understand — that this isn’t really just a matter of calling up the guys, saying, ‘Let’s put the band back together,’ and then doing it. There’s a lot more involved with it than that. So we’re in talks and we’re trying to see the future in it. And things are going well. We’re all entertaining the idea, definitely, rather than somebody going, ‘Nope. I’m not gonna do it.’ And we even reconnected with [guitarist] Jim Durkin and we’ll see what the possibility might be. And I’m trying to see if this works in my schedule, because I am of the mind — and this is just my opinion — but I am of the mind that a DARK ANGEL without Gene Hoglan is not a proper representation of the music, just like… If you’re gonna reunite, I would want the entire band to reunite — the band that made the records. And that means the entire band. We had two vocalists. So we’ll see where that goes even, you know?! But we’re in talks and we’re trying to see if we can make this a viable thing.

“The most important thing for, I think, any of us, and especially me, and I know a couple of the other guys that are involved that the legeacy of the band is very important. And if the band has attained some of kind of underground legendary status over the years, then if we do wanna return, a lot of people have great expecations of us, we’d better exceed those expectations.

“Like [former DARK ANGEL vocalist] Ron Rinehart said yesterday, the definition of ‘good’ is ‘not bad.’ [laughs] We don’t wanna come out and even be great; we wanna be No. 1. And that’s a very heartening attitude.

“If some of the people that might wanna get involved with this… You’ve gotta do it for the right reasons. This is for the fans. And we’re gonna come out and disappoint the fans, don’t do it. If we’re gonna come out and make the fans go, ‘Yes, I expected something great and I got godly.’ Then there’s a reason for doing it. And we’re just trying to see if we’re all on the same page for that. And so far we are; everybody wants to come out and do a great job, if we get to do this. Scheduling is the main issue, but we are trying to see what we can pull off, actually.”

DARK ANGEL‘s management issued a statement last week accusing Don Doty of displaying a “lack of responsibility” by posting “false information” and starting “unfounded rumors” that have been “creating confusion” among the group’s fans. The management confirmed that DARK ANGEL will reform for a limited number of appearances in 2014 with a lineup that will feature Gene Hoglan (drums), Jim Durkin (guitar), Ron Rinehart (vocals) and Michael Gonzalez (bass). Guitarist Eric Meyer is also expected to be involved.

Doty made an online posting last week in which he claimed that Hoglan would not take part in the DARK ANGEL reunion because Gene was “unable to make the practices” due to his “many commitments.”

DARK ANGEL guitarist Jim Durkin said in a statement last month that any talk of the band’s reunion was “premature,” and added that “when I was last in the band, Ron Rinehart was my singer. And IF the band were to come back and continue. he would STILL be my singer. He was our rock when we needed him and there is NO WAY I would do this without him. He and I talk daily and are as close now as ever. If anything, all this talk has brought us all back into more frequent contact! Which is a wonderful thing.”

DARK ANGEL released two albums with Don Doty on vocals — 1984′s “We Have Arrived” and 1986′s “Darkness Descends” — before he exited the group and was replaced by Ron Rinehart (after a brief stint with Jim Drabos in 1987). The band issued two more studio LPs — 1989′s “Leave Scars” and 1991′s “Time Does Not Heal” — before calling it quits in 1992. Rinehart, Hoglan and Meyer reassembled DARK ANGEL more than a decade ago but were forced to abandon their reunion plans after health issues reportedly put an end to Rinehart‘s singing career.

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Don Doty, the original lead singer of classic late ’80s /early ’90s California thrashers DARK ANGEL, has released the following statement regarding the band’s upcoming reunion plans:

“Our dearest fans,

“It is with sadness that I see the events of the last days… and I cannot believe how far things have gone.

“When I headed out to start a reunion, I would have never dreamed things would have gone this far.

“I am saddened that you, our dearest fans, had to see this whole mess, and for my part, I apologize.

“There were many reasons why I left [DARK ANGEL] after ‘Darkness Descends’ — family but also drugs. I had lost my way and did what I thought was best for me and my family. Perhaps that was selfish of me.

“There had been at that time and afterwards other things going on in [DARK ANGEL], and should I be a lesser man, I would go and open that old can of worms. But it has been a long time, and some things should stay private for the sake of everyone involved. There is right and wrong on all sides, and that is all I shall say about this.

“I had hoped that the old grudges would have laid long enough for us as a band to be able to get over them and remember the good times of our friendship and give our fans the reunion they had asked for. Sadly, I was wrong, and I will take this opportunity to apologize to our fans for my mistake. I thought we could all be friends again and I opened my arms to all of my old friends without excluding anybody. Sadly, the things that were said to my face were not the things that had been said behind my back, and this lead to the current mess.

“I will not allow this to continue and stain our legacy any longer. The rest of the band have shown what they wanted, and I will obey their decision.

“If there is no room for Don Doty in DARK ANGEL, I will find my place somewhere else. I did not imagine my return to music to happen outside of DARK ANGEL, but life is full of surprises.

“I will not give up.

“I wish my fellow members of [DARK ANGEL] all the best with a reunion that will hopefully go better than the one in 2002.”

DARK ANGEL‘s management issued a statement yesterday accusing Don Doty of displaying a “lack of responsibility” by posting “false information” and starting “unfounded rumors” that have been “creating confusion” among the group’s fans. The management confirmed that DARK ANGEL will reform for a limited number of appearances in 2014 with a lineup that will feature Gene Hoglan (drums), Jim Durkin (guitar), Ron Rinehart (vocals) and Michael Gonzalez (bass). Guitarist Eric Meyer is also expected to be involved.

Doty made an online posting earlier this week in which he claimed that Hoglan would not take part in the DARK ANGEL reunion because Gene was “unable to make the practices” due to his “many commitments.”

DARK ANGEL guitarist Jim Durkin said in a statement last month that any talk of the band’s reunion was “premature,” and added that “when I was last in the band, Ron Rinehart was my singer. And IF the band were to come back and continue. he would STILL be my singer. He was our rock when we needed him and there is NO WAY I would do this without him. He and I talk daily and are as close now as ever. If anything, all this talk has brought us all back into more frequent contact! Which is a wonderful thing.”

DARK ANGEL released two albums with Don Doty on vocals — 1984′s “We Have Arrived” and 1986′s “Darkness Descends” — before he exited the group and was replaced by Ron Rinehart (after a brief stint with Jim Drabos in 1987). The band issued two more studio LPs — 1989′s “Leave Scars” and 1991′s “Time Does Not Heal” — before calling it quits in 1992. Rinehart, Hoglan and Meyer reassembled DARK ANGEL more than a decade ago but were forced to abandon their reunion plans after health issues reportedly put an end to Rinehart‘s singing career.

Asked what he has been doing since leaving DARK ANGEL in 1987, Doty told Germany’s Radio Gehacktes last month: “It’s a long story, and at the same time, it’s a short one. I basically started a family and showed up to my last show [with DARK ANGEL] and told the guys, ‘Hey, look, [I have a] baby [on the way] and I can’t be on the road and do the family thing; it was just too hard for me. There were too many beautiful women in the world and there were too many other opportunities to go off the deep end, and I just could not do that. So with that being said, I took a step back and I told the guys, ‘There will be a day and I will come back and we will finish what we started.”

Doty added that his reasons for wanting to put DARK ANGEL back together are pure. “I’m here for the fans, because they’ve been there for me and it’s their turn,” he said. “Let’s get back and let’s have some fun.”

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