Progressive rock band The Reasoning have announced that they are to split after 10 years together.
Rachel Cohen and her bandmates say that they are parting on amicable terms.
In a join statement issued via Facebook The Reasoning say: “We part in the knowledge that we have achieved many wonderful and great things as a band and as individuals but, the time has come to be honest and realise that as a musical group, we have explored as much as we can.
“Though we have enjoyed our journey with you immensely, we have also had occasions where it seemed so tough to carry on and as we approach the 3rd anniversary of the disappearance of our dear friend Owain, this seems like the right time to gently put the band to bed,” they add. Guitarist Owain Roberts disappeared in Cardigan, Wales almost exactly 3 years ago and has not been seen since.
Continue the band: “We want to thank all the bands, press and fans for the amazing loyalty, support and love. We have done many incredible things, been to many amazing places and played to so many amazing people. Our music lives on with you and in our hearts. This is not the last you will hear of us as musicians but I’m afraid, it is the last you will hear from us as a band. We are all parting on good terms and with firm friendships established. This is a decision we all feel is the best thing for the band and its musical legacy.
They sign off: “Be well, take care and we’ll all see you on the road sometime soon.”
AC/DC have issued a brief statement regarding the arrest of drummer Phil Rudd.
As Rolling Stone reports the statement says simply: “We’ve only become aware of Phil’s arrest as the news was breaking. We have no further comment. Phil’s absence will not affect the release of our new album Rock or Bust and upcoming tour next year.”
Rudd was arrested in New Zealand on a charge of attempting to procure the murder of two men. He has since appeared in court and has now been released on bail. The terms of his bail mean that Rudd is forbidden to contact anyone else involved in the case. He could face a jail sentence of up to 10 years if found guilty.
Ryan McCombs, frontman with Soil and formerly of Drowning Pool, is recovering in hospital after suffering a stroke.
In an update on his Facebook page McCombs has said that he has been able to eat and drink something for the first time since being hospitalised at the weekend. He also thanks his girlfriend Izzi for her quick actions in seeking medical attention.
“Just passed some tests that allowed me to have some food and water. First since Sunday,” he wrote.
“I have been hospitalized after having a stroke in my sleep Sunday night. Thanks to Izzi making me go to the hospital Monday morning, we caught it before my stupid brain made too much of a mess of me.”
“I’m already doing better but I’m warned it’ll be a bit of a road. The Angry Hobbit is a stubborn prick and I believe shit will right itself in no time. I mean hell, my stupid dumb right hand only made me take 15 minutes to write this…seriously.
“In great hands here and Izzi is keeping a protective eye.”
The band had just wrapped up touring on a bill with American Head Charge and Hed PE.
A track from Machine Head’s new album has leaked online.
In a statement following the song’s appearance, frontman Robb Flynn said: “NOW WE DIE” HAS OFFICIALLY LEAKED
And why am I telling you this information?
Information that just a few years ago, labels and bands would have been trying their hardest to pull down from torrent sites and flag YouTube channels?
Because in 2014 you just have to own shit like this.
Own it…and move on.
John Lennon once sang “life is what happens, while you’re making other plans…”
That’s right my friends, “Now We Die,” the first track and lead single off of “Bloodstone & Diamonds” has officially leaked, 3 weeks ahead of it’s originally scheduled Oct 10th release date as a digital single.
Mindbogglingly, it was leaked via an iTunes UK Pre-Order page that “someone” fucked up on (and who is about to be fucking fired!) that basically said, “pre-order Machine Head’s new album and get TWO free songs.”
Oh yeah, that’s right, the official album version of “Killer & Kings” has leaked too.
We are FURIOUS.
Imagine what a total shock it was to the band and our new label, Nuclear Blast Entertainment.
I found out about it when a friend of mine from the UK texted me saying, “dude, Now We Die is KIIIIILLLLLLLER”, I went “uh, how did you hear it…?”
Regardless, there is no sense fighting it. The Internet is the speed of light nowadays, and you know, what? That’s a good thing.
It had only been localized to the iTunes UK site, (meaning: nowhere else in the iTunes World had a “Bloodstone & Diamonds” pre-order page even up to be seen) but let’s face it, it was only a matter of hours before it went all over torrent sites and YouTube, so us and our label have made the bold decision to follow suit with the UK iTunes page, and offer the 2 songs as a “gratis” purchase when you pre-order the album from any worldwide iTunes site.
It is going up on Spotify as soon as humanly possible.
And we’ve taken it one step further.
We have decided to upload both “Now We Die” and “Killers & Kings” to our own YouTube channels for anyone who wants to hear both songs for FREE, without a pre-order. This is our way of saying “thank you” to our fans in the U.S. for their patience and understanding in our difficult decision to postpone our U.S. tour.
We hope these songs show a glimpse of what we’ve worked on over many months of recording to achieve. Our hope is that this represents why we are taking so much pride and putting in the extra effort and workmanship into creating something we feel is truly special.
There is no half-stepping in Machine Head. It’s all or nothing.
And if you like it, we want you to SHARE IT! We’ve told the distributors specifically “do not take down fan YT channels with ‘Now We Die'”. Spread the word on your own YouTube channels, post it on your friends Facebook pages and feeds, make your own tribute pages, make your own lyric videos, make parody videos, post your own guitar videos of it, post your own singing videos.
We want to post YOUR videos of these songs too!!
Pre-Order pages for Nuclear Blast will be going up in the next few hours, it may be up on your iTunes now, but either way, we are going to turn this into a positive for the fans.
We cannot wait to share the rest of the record with you.”
Renowned Leeds music venue, The Cockpit, has closed.
The club shut up shop back in July to carry out “essential maintenance work”, but the owners have now revealed that the state of the premises means that they won’t be reopening.
A statement on The Cockpit’s official website reads: “After 20 great years as a pillar of the Leeds music scene, we have decided it is no longer viable to deliver the level of service you deserve, with the building in its current condition.”
“We’d like to thank every one of you who came to watch your favourite bands, found your life partners and gave The Cockpit its reputation as one of the best live music venues in the UK.”
All the concerts that had already been booked at the venue are being re-scheduled at other locations, with Cockpit tickets remaining valid.
The news comes in the wake of the closure of other Leeds venues such as Queen’s Hall and Rio’s. The Empress in Bradford also recently closed, and The Snooty Fox in Wakefield is fighting for it’s financial future.