Saxon drummer Nigel Glockler makes full recovery

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Saxon’s Nigel Glockler has been given the all clear following brain surgery late last year.

The drummer collapsed during Saxon’s December tour and was diagnosed as having an aneurysm. He underwent two surgical procedures in hospital following his admission.

Glockler was sent home in January to recuperate and now reports: “The neurosurgeons have informed me that I have made a 100% recovery, and there is zero damage at all from the aneurysm – mainly due to the part of the brain it was located in.

“This means I am okay to get back to work, but I’m told to ease back into it in my own timeframe.

“To that end I’ve started to work on getting my stamina back up, and I look forward to being back full-time very soon. Thank you for your support and well-wishes.”

Saxon are set to play two concerts in The Netherlands in April, join Armored Saint for a US tour in May and then return to play a set at this year’s Hard Rock Hell festival in North Wales in November.

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

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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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Tim ‘Herb’ Alexander returns to Primus

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Tim ‘Herb’ Alexander, drummer with Primus, has returned to the band following heart surgery.

Alexander suffered a heart attack in July of this year and underwent emergency surgery during which his heart had to be stopped.

However, the sticksman was back in the drum stool at Primus’ show in Philadelphia last night. Primus announced the news via their Facebook page with a picture of the drummer and the message “Ladies and Gentleman… Herb is back!!!”

Primus released their latest album, Primus and The Chocolate Factory, this week. In a Willy Wonka inspired move, the band have hidden five golden tickets within copies of the album. Fans who find a lucky ticket in their LP will win free tickets to Primus gigs for life.

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Deadlock drummer Tobias Graf dies at 35

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Former Deadlock drummer Tobias Graf has died at the age of 35.

Graf co-founded the melodic death metal group in 1997 and remained a member until April this year. He left the group citing a change in “life and priorities.”

Deadlock’s label, Lifeforce Records, have issued a statement saying: “Long-time dear friend Tobias has passed away. We can hardly express the sadness in our hearts. We wish his family all possible strength in these dark hours. Farwell Tobi – may you have a safe journey.”

The band released a double compilation album, The Re-Arrival, last month. Their last studio outing was 2012’s The Arsonist.

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The Agonist praise producer Chris Donaldson

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The Agonist have been speaking in praise of their producer Chris Donaldson.

In a new studio update, the band’s drummer Simon McKay says: “The good thing about working with Chris is that he’s really calm. If you hit a bump and it’s not working, he’ll just let you work it out. There’s not much you can do other than hammer out the kinks at that point – he’ll tell you if it’s not good.”

Says guitarist Danny Marino: “We see eye to eye on some things and we don’t see eye to eye on other things when it comes to recording production,” he says. “It’s good because sometimes you need someone to tell you ‘no’ and that you should maybe consider other ideas. The end result is a really good balance of his way of doing things and ours.”

Donaldson was in the production seat for The Agonist’s first three albums, and has returned for this album, Eye Of Providence, the band’s first with new vocalist Vicky Psarakis. Previous vocalist Alissa White-Gluz left The Agonist early this year to join Arch Enemy.

You can watch the latest studio update in full below:

The Agonist are currently on tour, and will play:

11th of Aug: The Face Bar, Reading, UK
12th of Aug: The Robin, Bilston, UK
14th of Aug: Metal Frenzy Festival, Germany
15th of Aug: Summer Breeze Festival, Germany
16th of Aug: Rockstadt Extreme Festival, Romania
30th of Aug: Beaverfest, Canada
6th of Oct: Umeda Club Quattro, Osaka, Japan
7th of Oct: Nagoya Club Quattro, Nagoya, Japan
9th of Oct: Shibuya Club Quattro, Tokyo, Japan
18th of Oct: Circo Volador, Mexico

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