According to Devin Townsend's Facebook announcement, his band, Devin Townsend Project, goes on a break in order that he focuses on other projects. Below you can read the musician's message:

"Hey guys, Devin here. So after 8 years of touring with DTP, I've decided to take a break from this band and focus on a number of other projects I've been really wanting to do for some time now. The band have been there with me through thick and thin and we've shared some pretty great moments - I can't say enough good things about them - And in the future, I'm sure we'll work again.

I have 4 new albums I am currently working on. I am currently in the finishing stages one of the grandest and most overwhelming projects that I have been fortunate to do. It's certainly my favourite DVD release of them all and is a powerful moment, if I can say so myself. Ocean Machine Live In Plovdiv (tentative name). Mixing the orchestras, choirs, the 'by-request' set and the full Ocean Machine album in that magnificent setting has been hugely rewarding. Seeing this spectacle come to life is a testament to this period of work and I can't wait for you to see and hear it.

Life is short and I have a lot I need to say in some new and different avenues. I will certainly continue to play live in several new ways (starting next year) and I'm excited about some collaborative things that have also come up as well.

I salute the band, the team, and the audience for allowing us to do what we have done and the patience to accommodate my persistent morphing. As someone whose music is connected to his personal growth, I feel an obligation to follow this muse wherever it leads. To not do so would be in direct opposition to what it is I have fundamentally done for all these years.

Peace and respect,
Devin Townsend".

K.K. Downing, co-founder and former lead guitarist of Judas Priest, who retired from the band in April 2011, is going to release his memoir, under the title "Heavy Duty: Days And Nights In Judas Priest". The book, co-written by the Scottish author and journalist Mark Eglinton (he has also collaborated in "Official Truth, 101 Proof" with Rex Brown of Pantera and "Confessions Of A Heretic" with Behemoth' s Adam "Nergal" Darski), will be published on September 18.

Official book synopsis:

"Judas Priest formed in the industrial city of Birmingham, England, in 1968. With its distinctive twin-guitar sound, studs-and-leather image, and international sales of over 50 million records, Judas Priest became the archetypal heavy metal band in the 1980s. Iconic tracks like 'Breaking The Law', 'Living After Midnight' and 'You've Got Another Thing Coming' helped the band achieve extraordinary success, but no one from the band has stepped out to tell their or the band's story until now. As the band approaches its golden anniversary, fans will at last be able to delve backstage into the decades of shocking, hilarious, and haunting stories that surround the heavy metal institution. In 'Heavy Duty', guitarist K.K. Downing discusses the complex personality conflicts, the business screw-ups, the acrimonious relationship with fellow heavy metal band Iron Maiden, as well as how Judas Priest found itself at the epicenter of a storm of parental outrage that targeted heavy metal in the '80s. He also describes his role in cementing the band's trademark black leather and studs image that would not only become synonymous with the entire genre, but would also give singer Rob Halford a viable outlet by which to express his sexuality. Lastly, he recounts the life-changing moment when he looked at his bandmates on stage during a 2010 concert and thought, 'This is the last show.' Whatever the topic, whoever's involved, K.K. doesn't hold back. With the band at the beginning through his retirement in 2010 (and even still as a member of the band's board of directors), Downing has seen it all and is now finally at a place in his life where he can also let it all go. Even if you're a lifelong fan, if you think you know the full story of Judas Priest, well, you've got another thing coming".

 

Greek atmospheric metallers On Thorns I Lay return with a new album, entitled "Aegean Sorrow", which is going to be released on March 12th through Alone Records. From this upcoming album, two new songs are revealed, the title track and "Olethros (PT. II)". The band says: "'Aegean Sorrow' is a mix taken from our first demos and our first 4 albums back in the 90's but with a modern sound. It is exactly what we love to hear, first of all, as fans. No trends, just pure feelings and music." As far as the second new track, they say: "We are very proud delivering you a dark melancholic track, that represents our perspective about the dream-sound we are looking for. Enjoy".

As you can listen, the new tracks show the band's come back to the death metal roots. We are anxious to listen to the whole album.

 

Mastodon won the Grammy Award in the "Best Metal Performance" category! They were nominated for the song "Sultan's Curse" from their "Emperor Of Sand" album (2017). The nominees in the "Best Metal Performance" category were as follows:

AUGUST BURNS RED - "Invisible Enemy"
BODY COUNT - "Black Hoodie"
CODE ORANGE - "Forever"
MASTODON - "Sultan's Curse"
MESHUGGAH - "Clockworks"

Of course, it is a great honor for Mastodon and heavy metal music! These awards are a true motive for young bands to pursue their dreams and try for their best. Let's see what the winners had to say.

Mastodon's drummer, Brann Dailor, said backstage that the award is "huge for us and for heavy metal. It's one of the greatest genres with some of the most talented and skilled musicians playing it". He also credited Atlanta fans for the band's eighteen years of success: "Our first show had hundreds of people and they came out to support us from the time we were playing the Parasite House to the Fox Theatre".

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