News And New Music Roundup: Iron Maiden, Morbid Angel, Fear Factory And More!


Here’s a bunch of news, some of which concern things that just happened, some of which you might have missed.

There have been a bunch of line-up changes that have occurred lately, some of which you may have missed.

  • Destructhor has officially exited Morbid Angel. Should you find yourself asking, “who?”, he’s the guitarist who isn’t Trey. The one who is never discussed. You know, him. I found myself thinking if Steve Tucker is going to replace him, since David Vincent is still a member of the band. But then David Vincent actually announced his departure too, leaving Trey “actually responsible for Illud Azagthoth the only member of the band. No word on who’s going to step in Tim Yeung’s shoes or Destructhor’s. And it turns out that Tyree rumour might not have been as true as we’d have wanted it to be.
  • Marc Rizzo joined Misfits. That’s right, The Misfits. Which naturally means the ex-Black Flag axeman Dez Cadena is out. Marc is a pretty awesome guitar player, so I can’t help but wonder why he always chooses to play in bands he never gets to show his chops at all.
  • Mike Howe has returned to Metal Church and you can hear him on a new version of Badlands.


Fear Factory recently unveiled a new song from their upcoming album, Genexus. “Soul Hacker” has to be the worst, most horrid, foul-smelling, putrid pile if steaming shit I have listened to all year. This crap is easily worse than the new Butt-cherry Bebes song and that band is hardly even trying to be more than some pairs of boobs. Some of you here like FF. I don’t, but until now I haven’t really thought of them as bad. Maybe you can get more from this than I do but if the rest of the album is the same semi-groove nu-metal then it may just be over for these duderinos. See – and worse – hear, the song here.


On a more positive note, Iron Maiden are releasing their new album on September 4th. With 92 minutes and 11 songs, it’s a double album of that proggy-goodness that I so love. You can get some extra details and view the cover art – which our small-handed editor-in-chief described as “Eddie x Dhalsim” – here.


  • Harbinger Down, starring Lance Henriksen has been given the release date of August 7th, stab here for the trailer.
  • Abyssal is streaming their new album, Antikatastaseis, in full at Bandcamp.
  • The Metal Alliance tour may be cancelled, and as a result Deicide wiped their FB page, but Svart Crown is coming to tour the US on their own. Look-a yonder to see the dates.
  • Killing Joke has announced the release of Pylon, through Spinefarm Records, later this year. Most likely the release will coincide with this here tour.


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  • DeadButtDreaming

    My throne for a hoveround.

    My throne is a hoveround.

  • Tyree
  • Dagon

    Pedro Rizzo used to be boss back in the day

    • Herr Schmitty

      The Rock!

  • Woah, that Marc Rizzo guy is good. Meanwhile: “Fuck your politics and all of that…”:

    • Hubert


  • RFI

  • The W.

    Is Marc Rizzo going to get a Crimson Ghost backpack?

  • Dagon

    I read something today on Facebook that made me happy:
    Windhand’s new album Grief’s Infernal Flower will be released on September 18th. The band will tour with FUCKING MONOLORD and Danava on the following dates:

    • KJM

      Of course this tour isn’t coming to Boston. -___- This means 8 hours round trip to NYC and back if I want to see Monolord.

      • Dagon

        I’ve done PVD -> NYC and back a few times, roughly the same duration. You’ll be fine. You need to go see this concert, for me.

        • KJM

          Not caring about the other bands makes it easier.

  • Mother Shabubu III 12 BRICKS

    “Destructhor” is how Daffy Duck says “Destructor”.



    • Lasagna with Smegma Ricotta

      HELL YEAH!!! Killing Joke always puts out quality material.

  • Fun Fact: Marc Rizzo used to be in a death metal band called Thanatopsis when he was younger. It was good stuff too.

  • Mother Shabubu III 12 BRICKS

    What happened to Fear Factory? They used to have such good song writing.

    • Maik Beninton™

      Creative exhaustion?

      They basically stick to the formula, and doesn’t really have the stamina to keep the quality.

      • Mother Shabubu III 12 BRICKS

        I’d agree. You can only go so far with a certain sound.

    • Kevin Nash & Friends

      I hope this song is just an anomaly and that the album is good. I’m probably going to be let down though.

    • Lasagna with Smegma Ricotta
  • What about the chode sucking new Disturbed song?

    • I think you pretty much covered all there is to say right there.


      • Welp. News is news.

        • I didn’t work my ass off on this site just for us to have to write about Disturbed.

          I did it so I could write about Taylor Swift.

          • We all know that Taytay is better than Disturbed. She has far more diversity in her music and her lyrics have actual meaning. Disturbed will never be the musical geniuses that is the one and only Taylor Swift.


          • Sir Tapir the Based™

            I’d listen to Disturbed over Swift.

          • God DAMN Tapir, how many times do I have to tell you, you just can’t take a joke. Sorry, but you lost your Gold Status from the Team Smitty Club.

          • Sir Tapir the Based™

            Jokes? What are those? We do not have them in Funland.

          • I’m sure Danish people have jokes in Denmark. After all, they were the ones that invented Legos.

          • Lasagna with Smegma Ricotta

            Sucks for them. Thankfully you’re in Sweden, with all the warm, happy, humorous people.

          • EsusMoose

            Tapir is also a tapir, humor doesn’t always resonate with our silly looking friend

          • Tapir sadly isn’t my friend, she’s my mother. We’ve been through a lot…

          • I own at least 2 of Disturbed’s 5 albums.


          • Sir Tapir the Based™

            I’m not surprised.

          • The hashtag you’re looking for is #ToiletConfessions

          • Lasagna with Smegma Ricotta

            I own William Hung’s first CD. #toiletconfession

          • old_man_doom

            I am, in fact, “down with the sickness.” #ToiletConfessions

            Am I doing it right?

          • As do I. They sit on the bottom shelf with several other purchases which I don’t listen to often, such as Ozzy’s Down To Earth and Morbid Angel’s Stinky Poop Butt.

          • Kevin Nash & Friends

            I enjoyed Down To Earth and his covers album more than anything he has released since.

          • Lasagna with Smegma Ricotta

            I’d listen to Disturbed over Darkthrone.

          • Lasagna with Smegma Ricotta

            Team Babymetal >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Team TayTay!

      • The W.

        Some of the dudes in the FB group loved it. It’s not for me, but I actually thought the album art was interesting. Sort of reminded me of Xibalba.

    • Tyree
    • Lasagna with Smegma Ricotta

      On behalf of all of us from Southside Chicago, we apologize for them, anti-vaccination era Jenny McCarthy and Chief Keef!

  • Scrimm

    New Maiden trumps any bad news, but seriously, what the fuck FF? Love the band, but this song sounds like Digimortal. NOOOOOOOOPE.

    • The W.

      Mechanize was a very solid album. This song is meh.

      • Lasagna with Smegma Ricotta

        Everything they’ve done after Soul Of A New Machine has been stinky poo.

  • Disgustache

    I want YOU to listen to more Maiden.

    • EsusMoose

      I may have slightly bad dental health but the british make me feel so good

    • ME GORAK™

      GORAK CAN’T WAIT!!!!!

      • Lasagna with Smegma Ricotta

        Same here! Saw them live in 2008, and loved it!

        • ME GORAK™


          • Lasagna with Smegma Ricotta

            I’d love to see Liquid Tension Experiment live, but I know like fucking hell that will never happen!

    • Lasagna with Smegma Ricotta
  • Tyree

    Hey, I fucking hate heavy metal, and I don’t want to be in a heavy metal band. I just went through a phase in my 20s where I thought it was rebellious to play heavy metal is all.

    • there’s always Hot Dad

      • Brent Hinds

        That sounds dumb. I just want to play in a surf band.

    • Your face tattoos are giving you a bad time! GO AND REMOVE THEM WITH LASER!

  • Kevin Nash & Friends

    I’m happy about the Metal Church and Misfits announcements but I disagree about the Fear Factory song being awful. It’s still better than Digimortal but compared to their classic albums it isn’t as good. I’ll see them anyway.



      • Kevin Nash & Friends

        I can’t insult them. They follow me on Twitter.

      • Lasagna with Smegma Ricotta

        He was magnificent too, but Mike Howe’s my fave, definite.

      • Guppusmaximus

        I am just as confused now as I was back then when he left Metal Church. I never found any interviews, etc about it. Personally, I think you couldn’t have found a better replacement than Mike Howe, however imho, “Blessing in Disguise” pails in comparison to “The Dark” or the EP from Reverend (The latter of which I have on Vinyl & CD). And, then Reverend had to go to shit on their full length and Metal Church never regained their prowess. Yea, I was bummed…

    • I thought it was decent too. It certainly wasn’t amazing but I don’t think it was bad at all.

  • Lasagna with Smegma Ricotta

    Why would Tyree join Morbid Angel? Knowing Trey, he’d probably yell at him “goddamnit, Tyree, stay behind the drum machine and give me some dubstep beats! Get that blast beating outta here!”.

    Listened to the Metal Church remake and loving it! Mike still has a couple of kinks to work out in his voice, but definitely not bad at all!

    *rubbing my eyes to make sure that’s Fear Factory and not Drowning Pool*
    Goddamn, it’s even worse than I thought, which is saying alot considering it’s Fear Factory, featuring Dino (pictured below):

    • DCLXVI

      I think that if the plan was to continue down the IDI path, Disco Dave would still be in the band, no?

      • Lasagna with Smegma Ricotta

        You do know that Trey wrote most of the album, right? I’m sure Dave injected his throbbing love for house music, dubstep and gabbacore in there too, but Trey’s mostly responsible for that train wreck.

        • DCLXVI

          I know they’re only numbers, but in the liner notes(I own physical copies of every MA Album) I’m counting 9 DV songwriting credits to 6 TA songwriting credits.

          • G String Full Of Smegma Cheese

            I was going on what tapir told me. I should have known better!

          • Sir Tapir the Based™

            Da fuq? TA did take part in writing six of the eleven songs. That’s exactly what I said.

          • Beefhammer McPubies XIVIII

            Either way, it blew monkey balls. Not exactly having much hope for the next CD.

          • Sir Tapir the Based™

            I really don’t care about it because I haven’t liked a single MA song I’ve heard.

          • Beefhammer McPubies XIVIII

            You don’t like ANY Morbid Angel songs?!?!?! NYEEEEEEEEEEAH!!!!!!


  • CyberneticOrganism

    Fucking hell, that Butcher Babies track… there are few things worse than the “carnival barker” intro to a song. Yeah I get that you’re gonna do it live with a crowd, but do it there and fuck yourself straight to hell.

  • pïgchop™

    I’ll just leave this here.