October 01, 2010

Maldives-based Thrashers SERENITY DIES have recently parted ways with bassist / vocalist Chuck and guitarist Xiao due to personal reasons. According to a statement from the band, there is no ill-will on either side and everyone remains close friends. Despite this obstacle, SERENITY DIES are fully committed to moving forward as a band and are pleased to announce that guitarist / vocalist Jared MacEachern (ex – SANCTITY) and bassist Addo (ex – FASYLIVE) have joined the fold. With this newly revamped roster, SERENITY DIES are hard at work on a follow-up to their "Hacksawcracy" EP, which was released earlier this year. For more on SERENITY DIES visit www.myspace.com/serenitydies

CALIBER 666 have been signed by Ibex Moon Records. The band’s debut full-length "Blood Fueled Chaos" will be available digitally on October 1st via MetalHit.com. Mixed and mastered by Fred Estby (ex – DISMEMBER), "Blood Fueled Chaos" features guest performances from LG Petrov of ENTOMBED (‘The Worthless’) and DISMEMBER vocalist Matti Kärki (‘Let The Blood Flow’). The band has posted four tracks from album on their official myspace page www.myspace.com/caliber666sweden. The complete tracklist of the album reads like this: ‘To The Killing Fields’, ‘Black Smoke’, ‘Let The Blood Flow’, ‘Incineration’, ‘A Part Of The Art’, ‘The Worthless’, ‘Frontline’, ‘Serpents Walk’, ‘Genocide’ and ‘Morphing’. You can check out a video clip of CALIBER 666 performing ‘Let The Blood Flow’ live at 2009’s Pretzeltown Open Air Festival in Södertalje, Sweden on the band’s official YouTube page.

New Jersey’s ABACINATE have just issued the following statement: "ABACINATE is incredibly sad to announce that on Tuesday morning, September 28th 2010, our vocalist Jason "Plunger" Sica, 25, was found dead. He died at the home of one of his friends, in his hometown of Edison, New Jersey. Jason was a dear friend and a true brother to all of us. He was an amazing talent, a loving personality, and a true gentleman with a heart of gold. The remaining members of ABACINATE are deeply, deeply saddened by his loss. Before his untimely demise, Jay was immortalized on our most recent recording. It is the first and only recording that will actually be released with Jay performing the vocal duties for ABACINATE. The album, set to be released in late 2010, is dedicated to Jay and all of his loved ones. Although Jay was only a member of the ABACINATE roster for about one year, we soared to new heights together, and experienced much success and prosperity that we had yet to achieve in the prior years of our existence as a band. Jay had the pleasure of doing two U.S. tours, many festivals, and an LP with us during his short run. We are very proud and honored that we were such a huge part of his life. As of right now, ABACINATE plans on taking a short hiatus in order to collect our thoughts and get through this terrible time in a healthy way. We will having a benefit show for Jay, somewhere in NJ in the upcoming months, in order to raise funds for his family, and to say goodbye to him with the rest of the music community in a proper way. Details for this benefit show will be provided as we solidify the plans. Jays’ family and all of us here at the ABACINATE camp would like to express our appreciation to anyone and everyone who reached out to us during this difficult time to extend their sympathy. All the friends we have made on the road, the bands, and the fans have been so kind and loving. For that, we cannot thank you enough. Our thoughts, wishes, and deepest sympathy go out to Jays’ family every moment of everyday. Rest In Peace Jay. You will NEVER be forgotten. Thank you for letting us be a part of your life. We love you Plunger. R.I.P. Jason Sica 3/14/85 – 9/28/10 Forever in our hearts." For more info check out www.abacinate.net or www.myspace.com/abacinatenj

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