High on Fire drops off (escapes?) the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival Tour


Disappointing news for High on Fire fans today — a press release from the veteran Oakland metal trio's PR firm announces that the band will be dropping out of this summer's Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival.

Here's the deets from the release:

"High on Fire has announced that it will be forced to miss this summer's Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival as front man and guitarist Matt Pike enters treatment for alcohol rehabilitation.  The award winning power trio (also featuring drummer Des Kensel and bassist Jeff Matz) will put its scheduled touring plans on hold indefinitely as Pike takes the necessary steps towards regaining his health."

And remarks from the band, also from the release:

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Cheryl Eddy's top 10 metal shows of 2011


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Cheryl Eddy's list of the top 10 metal shows of 2011 (in chronological order): Read more »


YEAR IN MUSIC 2011: New photo book Murder in the Front Row looks back at the infancy of Bay Area thrash. Plus: top 10 metal albums of the year


Year in Music "This is not a definitive history book," Murder in the Front Row author-photographer Brian Lew is careful to point out. "We wanted it to be more like a time machine."

Lew and his co-author, photographer Harald Oimoen, are not household names. Their photographs, on the other hand, are world famous. That's Oimoen's shot of Slayer, wreathed in smoke, on the back of Hell Awaits. Cliff Burton bending a string to the breaking point on the back of Metallica's Ride the Lightning? Oimoen again.Read more »

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Gehenna's Mike Apocalypse doesn't care what you think


MUSIC "There are people like us who decide we no longer want to deal with what is fed to us through commercial forces," says infamous hardcore singer Mike Apocalypse, "We strive to create new things — if I couldn't create new music, I would fall apart in a month's time."Read more »