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Finland’s Children Of Bodom To Play Final Show With Current Lineup In Helsinki

There is some sad news from the Finnish sensation of a band known as Children Of Bodom…..read down below for the bands official statement on their affairs and future….

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The Press Release:
Finland’s perhaps best known metal act, Children Of Bodom, will be playing their final show with the current line-up this coming December. ”A Chapter Called Children Of Bodom” will take place at the Black Box in Helsinki Ice hall on December 15th. Below is a statement from the band:

”It is with heavy hearts that we announce that 2019 will be the last for Children Of Bodom with this line-up. After almost 25 years with Bodom, thousands of shows & 10 albums it is time for Henkka, Janne and Jaska to step back and change direction within their lives. All three will miss the fans and supporters in every city in every country the band ever played. The last show of this line-up will be on the 15th of December at Helsinki Ice Hall. Tickets still remain for some of the Finnish shows in December. Alexi And Daniel will have further announcements about their plans to keep creating new music in the future. Thanks again for everything – Children Of Bodom”

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Upcoming Children Of Bodom -shows:
5.12.2019 Seinäjoki, Rytmikorjaamo
6.12.2019 Oulu, Teatria
7.12.2019 Tornio, Teatria
10.12.2019 Helsinki, Tavastia (Sold Out)
11.12.2019 Tampere, Pakkahuone
12.12.2019 Turku, Logomo
13.12.2019 Jyväskylä, Lutakko (Sold Out)
14.12.2019 Jyväskylä, Lutakko (Sold Out)
15.12.2019 Helsinki, Black Box

A Chapter Called Children Of Bodom concert:
15.12.2019 Helsinki – Black Box
Ticket ptice starting at 59,00
All ages | doors 18:00
Presales: Tiketti, Ticketmaster, Lippu.fi

Pre-sales start on Monday 4.11.2019 at 9:00 Finnish time.

Unfortunately this also means that ”Hate Crew Deathroll”-special show at Tuska 2020 will be cancelled. Tuska festival apologizes for the inconvenience. Early Crow -tickets can be returned to their place of purchase until 15.11.

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PiercingMetal Thoughts: Perkele. This is some sad news for sure since the lineup of a few years in Children Of Bodom have been bringing their excellent brand of Melodic Death Metal to the masses for awhile. I will miss what they were all about but remain on the hopeful side for what is to come. Speaking frankly, I am thinking that COB ceases to exist as a thing and when the time is right to announce something, it will be something completely new under Laiho’s creative guidance. Considering how good so much of their output was I will close this up by saying “Onnea” to the guyds and wait for additional announcements. Thank you COB, goodnight.

Official Websites:
https://www.cobhc.com/
https://www.tuska.fi/fi/tuskalive
https://greybeard.fi/

Dramatic Lineup Changes In Finland’s Santa Cruz :(

It was just about a week ago when I pointed out that the Finnish Rock band Santa Cruz had pulled out of the remaining dates on their US Tour. They were one of the many openers for Fozzy and also doing some headlining dates on the off times during this run. We did that HERE if you missed it and want to be properly up to speed.

Though there wasn’t any sort of full OFFICIAL PRESS STATEMENT made about the status of the tour and why it was cancelled on their Official Website or Facebook Page, it seemed as though the band members took to their personal Instagrams and posted that they had left the group; Here are the embedded posts from Johnny Cruz, Taz Cruz and Middy Cruz (Joonas Parkkonen, Mitja Toivonen and Tapani Fagerstrom respectively).


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Dianne van Giersbergen Announces “I’m Leaving Xandria”

Now this news might have been expected after discussing in a post yesterday that Xandria had cancelled their upcoming North American tour because of apparent health (or something else) with their lead singer Dianne van Giersbergen. If you didn’t see that post just click HERE to get a refresher and then come on back to see what’s transpired since as Dianne herself has announced to the world via her Facebook that she was no longer a member of Xandria. I’ll return after the statement.

The moment I promised you and me that would never come is here: I am leaving Xandria. And the reason is simple: staying in the band would cause further damage to the health problems the band has caused me.

For nearly 2 years now I’ve been trying to put band and management issues on the table, with the sole reason to keep this band healthy, together and ready for the future. Today I am sad to say that my attempts failed and have been ignored, that my cries for help have been met with financial threats and emotional extortion and that my persistence to keep on going, ignoring all the warning signs, has left me with uncontrollable stress symptoms (confirmed by doctors). I am a fighter, but I’ve come to see that this is one I cannot win. I don’t want to leave, I love the music that I got to write for you – which is 100% me – but I can’t live, can’t perform, can simply not exist in an environment that harms me. This environment does not care for me nor for the fans (even proposed me to playback in order to do more shows in a row) and somehow miraculously never generated any financial outcome and therefore no stability for any of its band members.

Yesterday evening the last hope I had of ever reconciling with the boys was shattered when they made a statement announcing that ‘I’ could not perform with the band anymore, forgetting to mention that I am in this unhealthy position because of Xandria & management. Not surprisingly they also already have a replacement for me and kicked me out of every Xandria social media page. With that they’ve send me one last clear message: they are not interested in fixing the situation nor are they willing to support me if that means (partly) stepping away from the business perspective (quote: ‘we are not friends’) which leads me to conclude what I know now: it is time for me to close this chapter and wish them the best of luck in continuing the band I loved so much.

Now, I don’t know where we will meet again, but I didn’t follow my passion, study all those hours and travel all those roads to simply give up. I’m sad to close this chapter, but I’m sure there will be another one to write. In the meantime I will be focussing on what does make me happy and I will be posting my daily business and updates on my Precious Metal Jewelry and Ex Libris stuff as usual. I very much hope to see you online so we can stay in touch and who knows, maybe one day in an audience again.

Thank you all for understanding, for your love and support!
I am forever grateful ♡

Dianne”

PiercingMetal Thoughts: Wow, what a surprise or was it not too much of one based on the cryptic nature of the bands commentary yesterday. Having caught Xandria twice on visits to our fair Metal Metropolis I can say that her sonic register will be missed during these songs. I’m sure in time the band will bounce back with another singer (and they noted that they had a temporary player in place so maybe she is fulltime now) but its Dianne’s good health that I am most hopeful for. If she felt that she was put through the ringer by the band then she would probably be best served by taking a few months out of the public spotlight to recharge the mental and physical batteries. I think she is a wonderful talent and hope that she is out there kicking some Metal behind sooner than later. What do you readers think about her decision? Did you expect this? Does it surprise you? Chime in down in the comments section below.

Official Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/diannevangiersbergenofficial/

Dallas Toler-Wade Quits Nile; Band Introduces Brian Kingsland

We got this news a little while ago which lines out the recent developments in the band Nile. Read on.

The Press Release:
Tour With OVERKILL Kicks-Off February 14th! NILE will be embarking on their next tour in support of their latest release What Should Not Be Unearthed on Feb 14, 2017. The tour will be with the legendary OVERKILL and will visit 24 cities across America. The band and would also like to announce that Dallas Toler-Wade has decided to leave the band to focus on his own plans and recordings.

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Dallas Toler-Wade w Nile circa 2016

This tour also marks the debut of Nile’s newest member, guitarist / vocalist BRIAN KINGSLAND. After this tour the band will is tentatively scheduled to return to Europe this Summer for a series of METAL Festivals followed by a WSNBU-Latin America tour. NILE is already working on songs for their next album which will be recorded in late 2017 for an early 2018 release. More info will be released in the coming months.
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Carmine Appice Presents: Cactus “Redux” w New Band Members

The geography of music is changing a little bit as it was recently announced that Carmine Appice was reinventing the band Cactus after the departure of bassist Pete Bremy and retirement from touring duties by founding guitarist Jim McCarty. Read the full statement and inside scoop below. I’ll return at the close with some thoughts.

The Press Release:
Coming off a very successful US tour and the release of its first studio album in 10 years, Black Dawn, the time has come for founding member and world renown drummer Carmine Appice to re-energize and rebuild Cactus. The band was once heralded by critics as America’s answer to Led Zeppelin.

Appice announced today two new members to the legendary band’s line-up: bassist Jimmy Caputo and guitarist Paul Warren. Caputo replaces bassist Pete Bremy, who has left Cactus to pursue other projects. Warren, best known as lead guitarist for Rod Stewart, Tina Turner and Joe Cocker, will be the band’s new guitarist for touring, taking over for founding member Jim McCarty. McCarty remains a writing and recording member of Cactus but unfortunately is unable to tour with the band due to health reasons. Lead vocalist extraordinare Jimmy Kunes and harmonica wizard Randy Pratt, both of whom joined when the band re-grouped in 2006 remain in the line-up.

“Nearly five decades after I formed this band, the time has come to re-invent Cactus once again,” says Appice, who also still drums for Vanilla Fudge, The Appice Brothers, and The Platinum Rock All Stars. Adds Appice: “The music remains the same and Cactus is still a ‘hot and sweaty’ band. The level, quality and consistence of the band’s musicianship is as strong as ever.”

The Band Cactus (2017)

“I saw the original Cactus live a few times, and they absolutely killed it,” says guitarist Paul Warren. “That was one of the great bands of the era, and they are still a great band, today. I am excited, and honored, to play with such an historic band!” Warren, who has his own successful solo band, is a native of Detroit and who considers Jim McCarty as one of his biggest musical influences. “”Filling in for Jim McCarty will be a challenge. Not only is he a founding member of the band, he is a brilliant guitarist and one of the best to ever come out of Detroit. Jimmy could never be replaced. I plan to honor and pay homage to his work with Cactus while still bringing some of my own ‘Detroit attitude’ to the legendary music of this band.”
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