January 17, 2006

Montreal’s NEURAXIS have announced the departure of guitarist and founding member, Steven Henry. The move is the result of "personal and musical differences," though the band emphatically states that the split is amicable. The group will continue as a 4-piece with intentions to recruit a live session guitarist for their upcoming tours. For his part, Henry has released the following statement: "After 13 years as guitarist and founder of Neuraxis, I decided to take a different path. It’s simple, the flame of playing Neuraxis is extinct, and gone are the motivation and taste for it. These things happen, especially when I did not expect the band to go as far as it has gone up to now, so it would be ridiculous for me to slow Neuraxis down. I don’t want to be a burden, what I want is the band to grow bigger and I don’t think I’m part of that equation. I definitely need a break and Neuraxis cannot afford to lose its time waiting for me. There are way too many good things ahead for the band, and I do not worry at all that Neuraxis will do great without me. I wish nothing but the best for the guys, and also that they’ll find another talented and dedicated guitar player. I want to thank the guys for their time, friendship and passion for music. I wish them the best! As for me, I’ll keep going with my 3 projects: Urban Aliens, Idiopathetics and Empathy Denied."

Los Angeles Death / Grinders COFFIN TEXTS have posted a new mp3 for free download at www.myspace.com/coffintexts. The song ‘Final Transformation’ is taken from the group’s recently recorded session for their new upcoming release "Tomb Of Infinite Ritual". Also available is the track ‘To Manifest’, which is taken from their 2003 demo. The band is currently looking for a label home after Germany’s Morbid Records allegedly dropped the band because they were "taking too long" to record the new album.

The new video from SEVERE TORTURE ‘Decree Of Darkness’ is now available for viewing online here. The video’s low budget horror style has already caught the attention of notorious sickos Troma Pictures who will be including the video on a forthcoming DVD.

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