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Metal

RIP NICK MENZA
Former Megadeth drummer Nick Menza passed away at age 51 after collapsing onstage during a concert by his band Ohm (a fusion band led by fellow Megadeth alumni Chris Poland) at The Baked Potato in LA. By all reports Nick was a healthy, sober guy in great shape. I’m sure many of my fellow guitar players spent countless hours jamming along to Menza-era Megadeth albums, and I know a great many drummers who listed him as an influence. It goes without saying that this is a huge loss for the metal community. And it’s a reminder that all of the greats will one day leave us, and that we shouldn’t wait until they’re gone to celebrate them.
 
CHRIS MARIC RIDES FOR CHARITY. AND METAL
Australian PR manager Chris Maric is one of the hardest-working people in the Australian metal scene, having toiled on behalf of labels and promoters including Eleven Seven, Century Media, EVP, Metal Blade, Season Of Mist, Relapse, UDR, Live Nation, Destroy All Lines, Direct Touring, Wild Thing Presents and many more. Next month Chris is heading to Europe for the summer festival season. Before the festival fun begins though, Chris will be undertaking an epic 265km bicycle ride from London to Castle Donington in the name of several children's charities. Chris has a fundraising page set up and his target for the campaign is about $2500AUD (£1300GBP). You can donate at justgiving.com/fundraising/chrismaric.
 
ANGELUS APATRIDA AT THE BENDIGO
On Saturday June 28 check out a thrashtacular lineup at The Bendigo Hotel headlined by Spain’s Angelus Apatrida. The four-piece formed in 2000 in Albacete, an isolated small Spanish town in the middle of nowhere. “Albacete has no musical infrastructures at all, so we had to fight really hard and do everything by ourselves” guitarist, singer and mastermind Guillermo Izquierdo says. “We are really exited about our first time in Australia and we promise it's gonna be killer. Hope you guys are ready because this is gonna be a total ear-shaking, heads-exploding, earth-quaking and house-rocking hell of a tour.” Joining them are In Malice’s Wake, Harlott and Mason. Tickets are $35, 18+.
 
NEW YNGWIE ON THE WAY
Yngwie Malmsteen will release his new studio album World On Fire on Wednesday June 1 via King Records. When I interviewed him earlier this year for Seymour Duncan he told me, “I spent two years on it, touring, recording, touring, recording. And that's much, much better, actually, in a way. Back in the day I would write the songs then rehearse them with some musicians, then go and do a backing track and we'd record it, mix it, learn the songs to go play them on tour, then do it all again. That way isn't necessarily conducive to making the best music, y'know what I mean? So in a very, very backhanded way, this weird twist of fate in the music industry has actually made it a more inspiring environment, for me at least. I can write anytime and record anytime. My recording studio is always open, 24 hours. I can just record when I want and it's a beautiful thing.”
 
NEW DENNER/SHERMANN ALBUM ANNOUNCED
Twin guitar legends of Mercyful Fate, Michael Denner and Hank Shermann, will release their new Denner/Shermann full-length album, Masters Of Evil, on Friday June 24. The cover was painted by Swedish artist Thomas Holm, who also created the Satan's Tomb artwork, and the record was mixed by Arnold Lindberg at Sound Industry Studio in Gothenburg, Sweden. The vintage sound on the new record harks back to the days of 2-inch tape machines, long nights in dark studios, and huge consoles glowing under dim incandescent light. 
 
FEAR FACTORY LOCAL SUPPORTS NAMED
Fear Factory have announced Circles as national support for their Australian tour next month, with additional local supports in each city. For the Melbourne shows at the Prince Bandroom, the lineup will also include Eye Of The Enemy on Saturday June 4, and Jack The Stripper on Sunday June 5. Fear Factory are allowing fans to choose songs to play: visit Destroy All Lines on Facebook to vote.
 
PRIMAL FEAR NEARLY SOLD OUT
Only a handful of tickets are still available for Primal Fear’s show at Northcote Social Club with Black Majesty on Saturday June 11.
 
KAT O AT GRUMPY’S
Kat O from Kill TV is playing solo at Grumpy's on Wednesday May 25, just before 8pm with heaps of other cool soloists and comedians. Come along and grab a copy of her debut single Vegemite and Tea for free.