RIP Astarte



Following on a previously ongoing struggle with leukemia, it was reported that Maria “Tristessa” Kolokouri, founder and frontwoman of the Hellenic black metal band Astarte, had passed away on Saturday 9th, 2014.


Credited by friends and loved ones for her courage in pursuing black metal, at a time when the Greek metal scene was considered to have been mostly unreceptive to extreme music let alone female metal heads; Maria went on to help create the band Astarte, with former Lloth bandmate Kinthia on vocals for debut album ‘Doomed Dark Years’. The record, though musically closer to the  second wave Norwegian sound with its frosty atmosphere and shrill, high pitched notes, showed its roots in Greek paganism and mythology, which became a strong, recurring theme for Maria’s lyrics.


Despite Astarte’s lack of recognition outside of Greece, Maria eventually formed collaborations from other musicians in the international metal scene for later releases. Aside from from her peers in the Greek extreme metal scene, guest musicians had also included Angela Gossow (formerly of Arch Enemy), Attila Csihar (present Mayhem) and most famously, Shagrath of Dimmu Borgir fame.


Maria was 37 years old at her time of death, leaving behind her husband, Nicholas Sic Maiis (of the band Insected) and their small son, Antonios.


Me(n)tal-Meltdown wish to offer deep condolences to Maria’s family and friends for their loss, as well as the loss of Astarte.




Hour of 13 release new song for friend, Jason McCash


On Saturday, April 6th 2014, it was officially announced that Jason McCash, bassist for The Gates of Slumber, had unexpectedly passed away. Though the group had already disbanded in 2013, his death can be assumed to have marked the decided end of their career, owing to McCash’s close friendship with former frontman and vocalist Karl Simon.


Following on from the news, which has shaken various people within the doom metal community such as Hampshire trio Witchsorrow and esteemed writer and PR person Kim Kelly, the band Hour of 13 temporarily returned with a new song to mark Jason’s passing.


Though reverted to its roots as a one-man band, as founder Chad Davis performed all instruments and lyrics by himself, Hour of 13 released the song, ‘Upon Black Wings We Die’, in memory of their deceased friend and fellow musician.


However, in response to youtube questions regarding the possible resurrection of Hour of 13, Davis had confirmed that this is the final piece of music from his project.


A month in semi-review

In the News

We may be busy at Casa de Me(n)tal Meltdown, but we want you to know that we don’t neglect the (metal) news. Unless you’ve read it before, then we want you to know we don’t neglect yesterday’s news, too.

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End of an era – Jeff Hanneman dies



On Thursday May 2nd, 2013, Slayer had released the unfortunate news via their official Twitter and Facebook pages that their guitarist and songwriter Jeff Hanneman had passed away.

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Et tu, Slayer?



In a turn of events that bears an eerily resemblance to the ongoing dispute between Black Sabbath and original drummer Bill Ward, it has been recently announced that esteemed, long-term musician Dave Lombardo was replaced by his bandmates in Slayer for their previous Australian shows.
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New Carcass album in the works – about time?


Seventeen years since their last LP, the tentatively named ‘Swansong‘, Liverpudlian act Carcass have declared that they are currently at work on a new record. Continue reading

Randy Blythe to attend Czech court date in 2013



Following on from his bail from Czech prison this past summer, Lamb Of God’s frontman Randy Blythe still faces charges for manslaughter in 2010; Blythe had pushed a fan off of a high platform stage during the band’s performance in Prague, which had led to the young man’s death from head injuries after a month. Continue reading

Satan makes a comeback in 2013



French underground label Listenable Records has recently announced plans to release a new album from NWOBHM band Satan, sometime next year.

Through the label’s official FaceBook page, the following statement was released:


The band are currently in the studio putting the finishing touches to an album entirely of new material written over the last 18 months.

This is the culmination of a process that began when the original ‘Court In The Act’ album line-up got together for an exclusive ‘one-off’ re-union show at Germany’s ‘KEEP IT TRUE’ Festival last year.

This line-up had not performed together in 28 years! The band were somewhat overwhelmed with the response – 10 minutes into headliners ‘Crimson Glory’s set, the crowd could still be heard chanting Satan! Satan! Satan immediately booked more shows in Germany, Holland, Belgium, & London, and have since kept in close contact with each other, writing songs and making demos.”

Since the band (minus Brian Ross) hadn’t previously produced any new albums since 1987’s ‘Suspended Sentence‘, it can be expected that a number of fans will be curious to see how the original line up will work together on recording.


Cerebral Bore lose Frontwoman before a tour


Cerebral Bore, a Scottish death metal band, have just faced a bizarre predicament where their frontwoman Simone “Som” Pluijmers had suddenly left the band right before they were to begin touring North America this year. Continue reading

ANTIFA v Metal, Round ?? (An initial response from Me(n)tal-Meltdown)

It’s recently emerged that before they were to play at ‘Storms of Damnation’ on November 11th in Berlin, Germany; black/death metal bands Spearhead (UK) and Kill (Sweden) saw that their appearances had been canceled due to the intervention of the European anti-fascist organisation ANTIFA.

Supposedly imposed on the grounds of past involvement with nationalist socialist parties, the cancellation came soon after the event was moved from Slaughterhouse club to Blackland venue to avoid physical clashes from protesters. It was reported however, that this in itself didn’t prevent a wave from ongoing political and legal pressure from happening; this is said to have ultimately led to the aforementioned bands’ removal from the one-off festival, which followed the extreme metal fest Nuclear War Now! earlier this month in Berlin.

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