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Baroness Bus Driver to Be Charged With Dangerous Driving + More News


Norman Markus, the driver of the vehicle in the August bus accident that sidelined Baroness with injuries for months, will be charged with dangerous driving. The driver, a German national, is also charged with driving a vehicle with defective brakes and with breaching a weight limit. He was transporting the band while it was on tour in the U.K. Markus is due to appear in court on April 5. [BBC]

Charlie Benante of Anthrax has reacted to the news that former guitarist Rob Caggiano has joined Volbeat. Caggiano left Anthrax at the beginning of the year to focus on production work, but just this week, he announced he was joining Volbeat as a guitarist after producing the Danish band’s latest album.

“It was a bit of a surprise to me,” Benante said. “I was bummed. He said that he wanted to pursue more producing options, and that was his reason for leaving. He had other reasons, so I guess it was something that he’d been thinking about for a while. He wanted to get back to producing and getting off the road.

“And you’re probably going to tell me, ‘Well you do know he joined another band, right?’ That makes it a bit confusing. I know a lot of our fans were sad to see him go, but were like ‘You want to go produce, we understand that.’ But when you read that he went to go join another band, that makes it seem a bit sketchy.” [Metal Insider]

Van Halen to release The Studio Albums 1978-1984 box set on March 26. It’s limited edition and is comprised of six discs, spanning their 1978 debut through the 1984 album, which was frontman David Lee Roth’s final album with the band until 2012. The set is a must-have for any collector and any diehard Halen fan, as it contains many of the band’s best-known hits. [Blabbermouth]

Cathedral‘s “Vengeance of the Blind Dead,” the first new recorded material in three years, will be included in Decibel’s subscriber-only Flexi Series. But you can still listen to it here. Like what you hear? Well, you can order the Flexi, but act fast, as it’s limited. The band will release The Last Spire in May.

Congrats to Hatebreed for debuting at No. 20 on the Billboard Top 200 this week with The Divinity of Purpose. [Via Press Release]

If you are bummed about the recent news that Tool won’t be releasing an album in 2013, well, we have a Band-Aid for that wound. You can (sorta) commiserate with the likes of Metallica, Rage Against the Machine, Korn, Mastodon and more, who talked about their love of this legendary band. [ARTISTdirect]

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