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Eric Wagner
William Mecum
Paulo Turin
Lars-Göran Petrov
Rich Lipscomb
Passed away on 1-7-2020 The King of Drumming Neal Peart R.I.P.1-7 2020
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Reed Mullin
Richard Brunelle

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Peter Hobbs
Erik Lindmark
Earl Root
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Fabiano Penna
Martin E. Ain R.I.P.: Oct 21st, 2017
A true superhero Bill Tolley
Mick Zane passed away on December 23rd of 2016
Adam Sagan passed away on Dec 5th 2016 from Lyphoma
Leonard Haze, the original drummer for veteran Bay Area rock band Y&T, has died at the age of 61.
Nick Menza passed away from a heart attack on 5-21-2016
4-18-16 Aleah Stanbridge passed away after a battle with cancer at the age of 39
Riverside Guitarist Piotr Grudziñski passed away on February 22 2016 at the age of 40
Tregenda R.I.P.
1-24-16 Jimmy Bain passes away at the age of 68
Lemmy passed away on 12-28-15 at the age of 70
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Philthy Animal Phil Taylor passed away on November 11th 2015 at the age of 61
Singer David Van Landing passed away on 11-17-15 at the age of 51 from a car accident !
AJ Pero Passed away on 3-20-15

10-18-2015  Sadly, Bassist Frank Watkins has lost his battle with cancer.     REST IN PEACE

Jonathan Athon
Wayne Static R.I.P.

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Ryan Shutler, drummer for the thrash outfit Lazarus A.D., has reportedly passed away.


Vocalist Terry Jones of the band Pagan Altar has passed away at the age of 69 after his battle with cancer on the morning of May 15th 2015.     

On the Morning of April 6th 2015 three Metalheads lost their lives in a horrible van crash in Notheast Georgia. Nicholas R. Crisostomo(KHAOTIKA), 25, of Round Hill, Virginia; Ian A. McKinney (WORMREICH), 30, of Madison, Tennessee; and Paul. J. Truesdell (WORMREICH), 29, of Mableton, Georgia, were killed at the scene of the crash, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

3-25-2015   Former Death Bass player Scott Clendenin has passed away at the age of 47!

3-20-2015 Metal Brother and Drummer of the band Adrenaline Mob AJ Pero has passed away at the age of 55 of a apparent Heart Attack. AJ also played for the Band Twisted Sister!!!

3-3-2015 Ryan Stanek,Original dummer of the band Broken Hope has passed away at the age of 42. More, details soon!

(Wednesday, February 18, 2015)

Chrys Hyde (Born January 3, 1965), who was the first  Holy Soldier drummer in 1985, also the first drummer from Deliverance from 1985-1990, who also participated in 1991 in Vengeance Rising, has died at age 50. Chris was dealing with a long-term illness.

On Thursday February 19th 2015 Keyboardist Mats Olausson (54) was found dead in his motel room in Rayong, Thailand. 

January 2015  One time Original Bass player of the band Amberian Dawn Tom Joens AKA (Tommi Kuri) has passed away at the age of 40. More Detail soon.

Rene Jansen bass playe rof the band Cadaver passed away on December 3rd of 2014 at the age of 45 after losing his battle with Leukemia. 

Black Tusk Bassist Jonathan Athon passed away at the age of 32 folllowing a motorcycle accident on November 7th of 2014.

From the Static X website:   Static-X Founder Wayne Static 
Passed Away At Age 48

November 1, 2014 - Platinum selling musician Wayne Richard Wells, better known as WAYNE STATIC, passed away at the age of 48.

WAYNE STATIC was the enigmatic former frontman and namesake of Static-X, who later forged a successful solo career. Wayne was scheduled to co-headline tours with Powerman 5000 and Drowning Pool over the next several months.

No additional information is available at this time.

 October 7th 2014    Bernie Versailles guitarist from Redemption and Agent Steel  
Friends -

I have been struggling with whether or not to comment about our friend and bandmate Bernie's condition as it is first and foremost a matter for him and his family. However, the news has gotten out, and we have had many expressions of concern and support, so I wanted to acknowledge them. And it's therefore time at this point to talk a bit about our friend, while keeping details at the appropriate level. 

As I understand it, Bernie felt nauseous on Saturday, which as it turns out is a warning sign for an aneurism, but who would have known? He slept that evening and through the next day when some friends found him and were unable to wake him. They noticed blood, called an ambulance, and had him brought to a hospital, where surgery was performed. Surgery went well but he remains in very serious condition at this time (that is not a hospital's designation -- that is meant literally: it is very serious). Out of respect for Bernie and his family, this is as much information as I am comfortable sharing.

Bernie is young and in otherwise good health, and those are favorable factors for recovery. I do not have details on the severity of Bernie's condition upon arrival, which is the other factor. Evidently an aneurism is not something that needs to be attended to within half an hour of happening; surgery is typically performed within 24 hours, so it is certainly possible that everything will be fine.

As any fan of Redemption, Agent Steel, Engine or Bernie's other projects knows, he is immensely talented. Those of us who know him can also attest that he is incredibly kind, gentle, humble, funny, giving and a dozen other adjectives. He has two beautiful children and a long-time girlfriend who need him. He has a lot of music left in him. He's also a fighter.

I would ask that those of you who consider yourselves religious, keep Bernie and his family in your prayers, and for those of you who are not religious, send positive thoughts. My hope is that I will be able to update you very soon and let you know that Bernie is recovering and doing well.

Thanks for you concerns.

Nick van Dyk

Profesional Bass player Tim Rawbiz Willams passed away sometime in August 2014. The cause of death has not been made public. Tim was a part of the latest release 13 by the hall of fame act Suicidal Tendencies.

June 29th 2014

This story from Loin Music.   We are deeply saddened and shocked over the sudden death of bass virtuoso Randy Coven. He will be missed deeply! 
Randy played with Steve Vai, Yngwie Malmsteen, Mountain, Leslie West and many others. We, here at Lion Music had the great pleasure of releasing two of his finest acheievements in the two MCM albums he did with Alex Masi and John Macaluso but that is just a small fraction of his achievements.

June 17th 2014

Viscereal Disgorge Guitar player Steve Rosenzweig Passes away on June 17th of a overdose.

June 11th 2014

Jonny Morellin, drummer of the band Draugr was killed in a motorcycle accident. The 30 year old Italian passed away in his hometown of Pescara on the night of June 11th.


The 33 year old frontman Tim Lambesis from the band As I Lay Dying was sentenced to six years in prison for trying to set up a hit on his former wife!!!!!!!


Stork guitarist Shane Gibson died yesterday (Tuesday, April 15) as a result of complications from a Blood Cloting  disorder. He was 35 years old. Shane was also a former tourning member of the band Korn. 


 Paulo Schroeber died on March 24, 2014, after an unsuccessful surgery to reset an artificial pacemaker-like device he carried in his chest.Paulo was forced to depart from the band Almah in 2011 because of a heart condition. 

March 23rd 2014

  Dave Brockie, a.k.a. Oderus Urungus of Gwar has passed away at the age of 50.


From Street Smart Marketing. ASKING ALEXANDRIA guitarist BEN BRUCE and co-manager KYLE BORMAN are proud to announce the launch of KBB RECORDS and the signing of the label's first act, SCARE DON'T FEAR.

February 25th

Slayer and Arnette have teamed up with to bring you sunglasses, Series 3MX and Skylight Sunglasses. Limited edition Slayer gear.

2-21-2014 New Jon Lord Book

Rufus Stone has published a new limited edition book celebreating the life of Keyboardists Jon Lord entitled "All Those Years Ago". This Photographic Biography is avalible at 

From Trent Gardner on the passing of his brother Wayne Garnder (Guitarist, Bassist) from the Prog bands Magellan and Explorers Club

2/10/14  Today, my brother Wayne Gardner, died from a self inflicted use of a firearm. Our family is devastated by his loss and in a state of shock. I prefer not to relay any further details until I know all the facts myself. I will always cherish our time as kids growing up and our life in pursuit of music. All the effort and joy of our unique experience is what I want to think about now. His young family is my immediate concern. Please say a prayer for his eternal soul and for his family. We all love you Wayne and hope peace in God are with you. Your loyal brother...

 Many people do not know about the last several years of brutal suffering Wayne had endured due to brain tumors. After doctors dealt with those issues, severe daily migraines set in. He sought treatment from various sources and got temporary relief here and there, but nothing ever worked well enough to give him a good quality of life. 


Extreme Noise Terror has sadly verified that their X-Guitarist, Bass and vocalists Pete Hurley has passed away!!!!

1-6-2014 New Black Sabbath Sneakers

Converse Inc. has teamed up with Metal Legends Black Sabbath to put out a spring collection of 5 differant style's of sneakers.


In commemoration of 30 Years Strong and Proud,  Doro Pesch and Metal+Wine have released a new wine and Champagne. For more info check out this location.


The godfather of the blast beat Pete Sandoval is no longer in the legendary Death Metal band Morbid Angel. According to Vocalist/ Bass player David Vincent "Pete's no longer in MORBID ANGEL." He added: "His whole way of life has changed. He's in a different spot, and the spot that he's in right now, Pete Sandoval and MORBID ANGEL are not compatible." This comment regarding The Commando's recent finding of the lord. Pete will continue in Terrorizer!!!!!!!!!     Comment comes from an interview with Invisible Oranges.


Motorhead fans can now test out their knowledge of this Hall of Fame Rock/ Metal band and their 30 year history. The Rock Science Motorhead trivia game is now avalible.  Order yours today!!!!

11-3-2013  Reported on Sunday November3rd that X-Stillborn / Current Blaze of Perdition bass player Janus Wojciech has passed away after the band was involved in a serious auto accident in Austria. Reports say that singer Sonnelon is in a Coma and he rest of the band has suffered serious injuries.   More to come!!!


In dedication to Extreme Metal band Absu,Trve Brewing Company (Denver Colorado) will release four new ales.   Tiphareth - Red Ale, Manannán - Brown Ale, Eastern Candle and Winter Zephyr - Black Ale.

On October 15 via Voyageur Press wil release The Art Of Metal: Five Decades Of Heavy Metal Album Covers, Posters, T-Shirts, And More.

Eyehategod drummer Joey Lacaze passed away on August 24rd from respiratory failure, Joey had been suffering from long term asthma. 

August 13th marks the day when Iron Maiden's Trooper beer hits the shores of the U.S.A. Coral Springs, Florida Restuarant, Rock n Roll Ribs that is owned by Nicko Mcbrain and Mitch Tanne now has Trooper avalible!!!!

8-10-13 Channel Zero Drummer passes away

Drummer Phil Baheux of the Thrash band Channel Zero died unexpectally on Saturday August 10th 2013, Phil was 45.

                                                                                                                              The band that started of it's existence as Wicked Lester, now 45 years and 75 million  sold albums later the band known as Kiss will have their story told on the Silver Screen. Alan G. Parker will direct "You Wanted The Best… You Got The Best - The Official Kiss Movie

 Due in November a book by Dayal Patterson called "Black Metal: Evolution Of The Cult" covers the evolution of Black Metal from it's 1980's roots up the present. For more information, go to this location.

New product for musicians

Keyboardist Jordan Rudess' company Wizdom Music will release Felipe Pena new creation EarWizard through Apple iTunes store on July11th 2013. 
Details on EarWizard
* Three levels - Easy, Normal and Hard 
* Start with three chords in a key and go up to seven! 
* Features fun Jordan videos playing each chord 
* Five different diatonic modes-presented in three keys 
* Endless Mode for continuous play in any level 
* Speed control - Slow to Lightspeed 
* Chart that allows you to hear and see the note spelling of all chords in the selected key 
* Wizardly video rewards 

New product for guitar players

Guitar god Marty Friedman has put together a new loop library option for adding live guitar sound to a variety of music genres called "Exotic Guitars". For more info click on  this location.

Ruslanas Danisevski losses his battle with cancer

The leader of Folkearth, Ravenclaw and Folkodia, Ruslanas Danisevski (Metfolvik) passed away on June 30th after a year and a half long battle with melanoma.

Kevin Mcdade Passes away at the age on 29

On Friday June 21st, 29 year old Bassist/Vocalist Kevin Mcdade of the Doom Metal band Behold the Monolith was killed in a Automobile Accident. 

7-9-2013 Now this is Metal to the bone!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thanks to ~XenoRomanus~ for this story    
Aleksandra Archangielskaja, the widow of Slawek "Mortifer" Archangielskij, taking over bass duties in Hate in place of her late husband. This is an example of true love and dedication. Respect to her! 

New Amorphis Bourbon sauce can be purchased at  this location.

Motörhead Shiraz Rosé
Vintage: 2010/12
Grape composition: 100% Shiraz
Origin: Southeastern Australia
Bottles per case: 6


Scientist Mats Eriksson has discovered some unknown fossils and named them after his favorite Rock/Metal/Punk stars.


Stern Pinball, Inc has release a new Metallica pinball machine. Interested ?
Go to 
Here is a pic of one of the three models avalible.

5-4-2013 Los Angeles
During warm ups (on Saturday) the Los Angeles Kings (hockey team) paid tribute to former Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman. Hanneman passed away from Liver failure on May 2nd. During warm ups the Kings skated to the Slayer song Spirit in Black which comes off of their Seasons in the Abyss L.P.

The official press release reads:
Slayer is devastated to inform that their bandmate and brother, Jeff Hanneman, passed away at about 11AM this morning near his Southern California home. Hanneman was in an area hospital when he suffered liver failure.  He is survived by his wife Kathy, his sister Kathy and his brothers Michael and Larry, and will be sorely missed.


Krokus drummer from 1987 till 1989 Dani Crivelli passed away on Saturday.

As a result of a car accident in 2009 that left him in a semi-comatose state and battling infections for the past four years, Def Tones bass player Chi Cheng passed away on April 3rd. He was 42.

Longtime friend (of the band Hate) and Bass player Sławomir Kusterka AKA Mortifer, passed away in his sleep from a cardiac arrhythmia on the night of April 5/6th. That night the band had played a show in Stuttgart Germany. Slawomir was 27

Summerian records has teamed of with Altenate Distribution Alliance (Warner Music Group). Because of the fact that ADA is one of the top distributors of independent record labels, this move should boost the avalibilty of Summerians releases.

It looks like the cause of death was suicide, in the case of X-Dark Furneral/ Necrophobic/ and recent guitar player of  the band Infernal Dave Parland. Dave Passed away on March 19th at the age of 42.

Akron Ohio Metalheads and those visiting the state  have a place to call home. Ripper Owens Tap House located at 2727 Manchester Rd. in Akron, incorperates both an Sports Bar eatery with a real concert venue.


X Iron Maiden, Trust, Stratus, Gogmagog, Elixir, Desperado,Praying Mantis and Samson drummer Clive Burr (March 8 1957 – March 12 2013) passed away last night in his sleep.
Burr was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1994. As of now I believe the cause of death was complications from his illness. 

Iron Maiden lead singer Bruce Dickinson considered Burr to be "...the best drummer the band ever had. That's not taking anything away from [present drummer] Nicko. Technically, Nicko's probably a far more competent drummer than Clive. It's just that Clive had this incredible feel, and you can't learn that, and I regret that he wasn't given more time to try and sort himself out." Iron Maiden guitarist Adrian Smith also praised Burr's drumming ability. "Clive was a great drummer, an Ian Paice-type drummer, steady and solid with a nice feel to everything. 

Clive was one of my personal favorites growing up as a young drummer back in the 80's


Publisher Harper Collins  and William Morrow will release Zakk Wylde's  paperback book "Bringing Metal to the Children" A Handbook to all things Heavy Metal on April 9th.

Former Mystic Force singer Bobby Hicks passed away from Internal infection due to liver failure on March 5th in Virginia at the age of 52. Mystic Force released 3 albums with Bobby at the Vocals helm. Bobby's last release was with Power Metal band Manifest. 

On March 5th Pig Destroyer will release Mass & Volume. This E.P. is a dedication to the life of Pat Egan. Pat a longtime Relapse employee and big time Metalhead passed away on February 18th. All proceeds of this E.P. will be donated to a college fund for Pat Egan's daughter Katie.



Century Media and UK  Indie Record company Siege of Amida (Soar) have teamed up. Century media will make all new Soar releases avalible worldwide.

For more information, visit 

Looks like the 2011 release Opus Mortis VII will be the last for Swedish Death Metal band Vomitory. The band put out a statement today calling it a day. They will finish off the year with as many live show as possible. They will finish the day with eight album's during their 24 year career  

Jeff Wagner (former Metal Maniacs editor) is working on a new book called "Soul on Fire- The Life and music of Peter Steele. Soul on Fire will be published in October.


Cayne and X Lacuna Coil Guitarist Cladio Leo died on ( I believe)  the 16th of January from "undisclosed" serious disease.

Mike Scaccia

Ministry, Rigor Mortis, Revloting Cocks guitar player Mike Scaccia passed away on 12/23/13 on stage in Ft. Worth, Texas. He was born on June 14th 1965, he was 47!