KORN guitarists James "Munky" Shaffer and Brian "Head" Welch have commented on the passing of frontman Jonathan Davis's estranged wife.Deven Davis died on Friday at the age of 39. The former model's cause of death has not yet been revealed. However, she reportedly suffered with sobriety and substance abuse throughout her life.In an Instagram post, Munky wrote: "Our prayers are with the Davis family at this difficult time. Jonathan, your wife will no longer suffer all of the demons. She is now with God. May she rest in peace and may you trust that me, your band, our families are here for you and will together help you and your boys to heal. We love you so much." He signed the message with "The Shaffer family."Head shared an image which read: "Love, prayers for my bro, my homie Jonathan Davis and his family." He later shared another picture of a heart shattering into pieces and captioned it with a broken heart emoji.Also commenting on Deven's passing was former KORN manager Jeff Kwatinetz, who wrote on Twitter: "My thoughts and prayers go out to one of my closest friends and a truly great human who I love, Jonathan Davis, on the death of his wife from an OD.I pray for his kids and family.I knew Deven and no one deserves to struggle w addiction and die.Too often, too much!"In 2016, Jonathan, 47, filed for divorce from Deven and on Friday filed for a domestic violence restraining order, according to TMZ.Jonathan was reportedly granted a temporary order, which prohibited Deven from visiting their two children or having any contact with the family's dog.In his declaration, Jonathan claimed Deven has struggled with drug abuse for over 20 years.The singer alleged Deven was addicted to prescription and illegal narcotics and has been around their children while under the influence.He also claimed his estranged wife "is constantly under the influence of the nitrous oxide, cocaine and Norco," according to TMZ.Jonathan alleged she had a drug dealer boyfriend who was passed out on the sofa in her living room when he brought the children to her house.He also claimed he found a heroin pipe and cocaine floating in the toilet bowl while Deven was passed out on the floor upstairs.According to the documents, Deven had been in a sober home but went missing a week ago and hadn't been seen since.A former girl-on-girl porn star who married Jonathan in 2004, Deven and the singer had two kids together, Pirate and Zeppelin. (Jonathan's first son from his previous marriage, Nathan, will turn 23 this fall.)
Our prayers are with The Davis family at this difficult time. Jonathan, your wife will no longer suffer all of the demons. She is now with God. May she Rest In Peace & may you trust that me, your band, our families are here for you & will together help you and your boys to heal. We love you so much.-The Shaffer Family. @officialjonathandavis
My thoughts and prayers go out to one of my closest friends and a truly great human who I love, Jonathan davis, on the death of his wife from an OD.I pray for his kids and family.I knew Deven and no one deserves to struggle w addiction and die.Too often, too much!— Jeff Kwatinetz (@JeffKwatinetz) August 19, 2018
Headbangers Lifestyle conducted an interview with BEHEMOTH frontman Adam "Nergal" Darski at this year's Alcatraz Hard Rock & Metal Festival, which was held earlier this month in Kortrijk, Belgium. You can watch the chat below.Asked about "God = Dog", the controversial first single and video from BEHEMOTH's upcoming album, "I Loved You At Your Darkest", Nergal said: "Well, it's a very complex process, because it started with us making this photo session that was very religious-inspired — like religious topics, classic paintings from Caravaggio, Memling and others. We are actors in this… Basically, the whole booklet looks like that — it's all paintings, but they are reinterpreted by us. [It's] pretty literal, so if I'm a crucified Jesus, I'm a crucified Jesus; I'm not Jesus with a dick out. It's not obnoxious in any way — it's very literal, it's very direct. And I think it's beautiful; it's aesthetically really stunning. Then we brought elements of that to that video, and we made it what it is."He continued: "'God = Dog' is… There's some controversy about the title, but what can I say? From simple… Just inverse 'god' and it gives you 'dog,' and that's the simplest way to explain the title, but, obviously, it goes deeper than this. It refers to Aleister Crowley's philosophy, and there's a quote from 'The Book Of The Law' which goes like that: 'Is a God to live in a dog? No! But the highest are of us.' And that's a part of it — it's a section of the song. And then again, go into the lyrics, make up your mind and build your own world there, because I don't wanna fucking spoil it.""I Loved You At Your Darkest" will be released on October 5 via Nuclear Blast.Nergal and his bandmates — Orion (bass) and Inferno (drums) — have channeled that passion into the disc, which revels in the kind of religious provocation that BEHEMOTH do best.Unlike "The Satanist", which was primarily recorded in one studio, "I Loved You At Your Darkest" saw its production spread across Poland and the United States. It was produced by the bandmembers themselves, with drum co-production by Daniel Bergstrand (MESHUGGAH, IN FLAMES), mixing by Matt Hyde (SLAYER, CHILDREN OF BODOM) and mastering by Tom Baker (NINE INCH NAILS, MARILYN MANSON). Which is to say nothing of the 17-piece Polish orchestra arranged by Jan Stoklosa and engineered by Tomasz Budkiewicz.
Rob Halford has confirmed that JUDAS PRIEST is planning to mark the band's 50th anniversary in 2019 with a special celebration."We are, yes," he told Sara Parker of Philadelphia's 93.3 WMMR radio station in a new interview (hear audio below). "We're already having these discussions every now and again in the band and with our label and with our promoters and management. We have some ideas and when we get close to [having something to announce], we'll let you guys know."He added: "It's gonna be a great year. What a celebration. Another incredible milestone for JUDAS PRIEST that we're looking forward to sharing with everybody."Bassist Ian Hill is the sole remaining original member of JUDAS PRIEST, which formed in 1969. Halford joined the group in 1973 and guitarist Glenn Tipton signed on in 1974. Rob left PRIEST in the early 1990s to form his own band, then returned to PRIEST in 2003. Founding guitarist K.K. Downing parted ways with the band in 2011, and was replaced by Richie Faulkner.A month before the start of PRIEST's "Firepower" tour, Tipton bowed out due to the worsening of his Parkinson's disease, first diagnosed four years ago (after being stricken by the degenerative condition at least half a decade earlier). His spot in the band is being filled by "Firepower" album producer Andy Sneap.Hill, who turned 67 in January, told The Pantagraph: "You roll with the punches, and we've had many over the years. You don't think about those things or ask yourself, 'Why the hell I'm still doing this after 60 years?' You keep doing it for the love of it, and I can say that we all still love doing this for our living. The people I know who've retired ... the next thing you know, they're going downhill quickly. This keeps you young and gives you something aim for. Touch wood, I'm doing well at the moment, and will continue along those lines."PRIEST will return to the United States at the end of August for a co-headlining run with fellow classic heavy rockers DEEP PURPLE.Photo credit: Mark Weiss