SHVPES part ways with bassist Ollie Pike


UK metal band SHVPES have parted ways with their bassist, Ollie Pike.

The band, who recently finished recording their full length debut album, made the announcement via their official Facebook page earlier today.

In their statement SHVPES say: “It comes with a heavy heart that we announce we have parted ways with our bassist, Ollie. Ollie has been with the band since the early Cytota days and we’re all sad to see him go. We wish him all the best in the future and thank him for the time and energy he spent with the band.”

Ollie adds: “I have parted ways with SHVPES. This is for the best and there is no bad blood between us. I just want to thank everyone that has ever supported the band and come down to a show it truly means a lot to me. I will be pursuing other interests that are right for me in time but for now I’m going to take some time out. I have had the best 6 years of my life with these guys and I will never forget my time in SHVPES and CYTOTA. I would like to thank Raw Power and Spinefarm for the incredible opportunities they have given me and I will treasure them for the rest of my life.

“Thank you once again to everyone.

P.S. the album is killer and it is going to blow your mind… It was an honour to be a part of it.”

SHVPES have now begun the search for a new bass player. Anyone interested in auditioning can make contact via

The band recently signed with Search and Destroy/Spinefarm Records and are due to tour in May in support of label-mates We Came As Romans and Miss May I, as well as appearing at numerous festivals throughout the summer:

21st May: Brighton, The Great Escape festival
24th May: Liverpool Arts Club*
25th May: Glasgow, King Tut’s*
26th May: Newcastle, O2 Academy 2*
27th May: Manchester, Sound Control*
04th Jun: Camden Rocks Festival
11th Jun: Download Festival
20th Aug: Hevy Fest
* = with We Came As Romans and Miss May I

Check out the band’s most recent video, “State Of Mine”, below.

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Angry ex-roadie reveals identity of new Slipknot drummer and bassist


A disgruntled ex-roadie for Slipknot has revealed the identities of their new drummer and bassist via Instagram.

Drum tech Norm Costa was hired and fired by Slipknot in recent weeks, and has now posted a picture of a Slipknot tour itinerary on his Instagram account which reveals the band’s new drummer to be Jay Weinberg, and new bassist to be Allessandro ‘Vman’ Venturella.

Costa tagged the image “#blowitup #fuckslipknot.” The image immediately followed the posting of a shot of Weinberg’s drumkit seen from the backstage area and tagged “#jayweinberg #slipknot #newdrummer #fuckslipknot.”

Rumours had been circulating about Weinberg’s identity since September when his former colleague in Against Me!, Laura Jane Grace, tweeted: “Dear Slipknot, good luck with that. #shitbag.”

Rumours persisted about Venturella too following the release of Slipknot’s video for Devil In I. Fans picked up on the bassist’s distinctive hand tattoos.

Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor had said that the band might never reveal the real identities of their new drummer and bassist who had been hired following the death of bassist Paul Gray in 2010 and the sacking of drummer Joey Jordison last year.

Slipknot and Korn will be touring the UK on their Prepare For Hell world tour in January of next year with King 810 in support. Confirmed dates are:

Jan 14th: Dublin 3Arena
Jan 16th: Sheffield Motorpoint Arena
Jan 18th: Glasgow SSE Hydro
Jan 19th: Newcastle Metro Radio Arena
Jan 20th: Manchester Arena
Jan 22nd: Liverpool Echo Arena
Jan 23rd: London Wembley SSE Arena
Jan 24th: Cardiff Motorpoint Arena
Jan 26th: Nottingham Capital FM Arena
Jan 27th: Birmingham Barclaycard Arena

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Eyes Set To Kill bassist suffering with blood clot

The 2014 Revolver Hottest Chicks In Hard Rock Tour - Seattle, WA

Anisssa Rodriguez, bassist with Eyes Set To Kill, has been admitted to hospital after being diagnosed with a blood clot.

The bass guitarist is being closely monitored by doctors, with the band’s manager asking for fans’ prayers.

Posting on Eyes Set To Kill’s Facebook page, manager Daniel Vega wrote: “Anissa formed a blood clot behind her eye and is currently in the hospital. She is being monitored to determine what the next procedure will be to help assure a safe and speedy recovery.

“I’m sure you can imagine the severity of the situation and the good thing is she has the best care available.

“This is truly going to be a day by day development. Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers.”

The band were due to embark upon a Norther American tour with Head PE this week, but have cancelled early dates in light of Rodriquez’s hospitalisation.

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Doctor acquitted of Slipknot bassist’s death

Paul Gray Slipknot
Photo Credit: Des Moines Register

Dr. Daniel Baldi has been acquitted on charges of involuntary manslaughter, including one charge involving the death of Slipknot bassist, Paul Gray.

Rolling Stone reports, via The Des Moines Register, that the jury deliberated for two days at the close of the trial, eventually deciding that the prosecution had failed to prove that Baldi had acted recklessly, or prescribed drugs that knowingly lead to his patients’ deaths.

Paul Gray’s widow, Brenna, was a witness at the trial in April, and claimed that Baldi continued to prescribe Xanax to her husband while knowing that Gray had a history of abusing it. She also said that Baldi reduced Gray’s Xanax dosage in the months leading up to his death of an overdose of morphine and fentanyl in May 2010.

Since the bassist’s death, members of Slipknot have worked on solo albums, but have not recorded another album as a band. It was announced in February, however, that the remaining members have entered the studio to record together.

Frontman Corey Taylor says of the new material: “I can say that, to me – and this is only my opinion – it’s a cross between [2001’s] Iowa and [2004’s] Volume 3, but that’s honestly just scratching the surface. I think the fans are going to be very, very excited when they hear this stuff.”

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