Prayers were answered this week as Australian metal maestros THY ART IS MURDER brought back long standing vocalist C J McMahon, after he left the Sydney deathcore outfit back in early 2016. Not only this, but fans were treated to the new track No Absolution, which features the vocalist at his most grotesque since 2015’s Holy War. Guitarist Andy Marsh spoke with blabbermouth.net about C.J.’s return: “After a few months away from the chaotic life on the road, C.J. reached out to us and we started maintaining more regular communication. He mentioned how he had started cleaning up, was focused on working hard and saving for his wedding and enjoying time at home, but he also mentioned he missed the shows, the friends, and us — his band.
"After months of working things out, gaining his voice back, and mending wounded friendships, we are overwhelmed with excitement to announce that we have completed writing for a new record to be released later this year, featuring the one and only Christopher John McMahon. Welcome back, C.J.!"
Floridian foursome TRIVIUM announced the official departure of former drummer Paul Wandtke last week. Serving two years with the band, long standing members vocalist/guitarist Matt Heafy, lead guitarist Corey Beaulieu and bassist Paolo Gregoletto are now currently on drummer number five after rumours circulating that their new skinsman will be Adam Bent. Though Heafy is adamant that the last official Trivium drummer was Travis Smith – who parted ways with the band back in 2010 – the role of drummer within TRIVIUM will be more of a session position until the band can work as a singular creative unit.
No official word has been made about Bent’s inclusion into the band at this time.
In protest of the newly inaugurated 45th President of the United States, Donald Trump, supergroup Audioslave, who feature members of RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE (Tom Morello, guitar; Tim Commerford, bass; Brad Wilk, drums) and SOUNDGRADEN vocalist Chris Cornell, came together for a one off show on January 20th at Los Angeles’ Telegram Ballroom. Dubbed “The Anti-Inaugural Ball”, this was the first time the four piece had played together live since 2005.
In a statement (courtesy of consequenceofsound.net), the band said: “The Anti-Inaugural Ball is a celebration of resistance. Resistance to racism. Resistance to sexism. Resistance to homophobia. Resistance to bullying. Resistance to environmental devastation. Resistance to fascism. Resistance to Donald Trump. We are staring down the barrel of a dystopian nightmare unless we act NOW, unless we fight back NOW. We intend to create ‘No Trump Zones’ across the country; in our homes, our schools, our places of work, and our concert stages. Bad Presidents make for great music. Join us as we get loud and stand together to defend our rights, our country, and our planet