According to the Hartford Courant, Connecticut police are treating the death of ALL THAT REMAINS guitarist Oliver “Oli” Herbert as suspicious.

The state medical examiner’s office ruled this week that the 44-year-old musican drowned in a pond behind his Stafford Springs home last month and called the manner of death “undetermined.” Chief Medical Examiner Dr. James Gill said Herbert‘s case will remain undetermined unless new information is developed.

Sources told the Hartford Courant investigators are compiling a timeline of Herbert‘s last 24 hours, reviewing his medical history and searching for people who may have been in contact with him on or before October 16 when his body was found in Hydeville Pond.

Oli and his wife have lived in a home that borders the pond since 2014, town records show. That house was reportedly in pre-foreclosure at the time of the guitarist’s death for lack of payment.

Over the weekend, Elizabeth Herbert, who had reported her husband missing, released a statement via his official Facebook page in which she revealed that Oli drowned after apparently ingesting antidepressant medication and sleeping pills. She also addressed the sudden cancelation of the public memorial service for Oli, which was supposed to be held on Sunday, November 11 at the Worcester Palladium in Worcester, Massachusetts. She wrote: “As far as why the memorial was cancelled; concern for my personal safety and home due to numerous threats to both is the reason.”

ALL THAT REMAINS singer Philip Labonte said last week that he was “shocked” by Oli‘s death. “He was 44 years old, and he wasn’t really a big partier,” Labonte told Meltdown Of Detroit’s WRIF radio station. “He would go hang out with people and stuff, but he didn’t really do a lot of drinking… He didn’t do drugs, he didn’t really drink a lot. He would smoke pot once in a while, but that was the extent of it.”

Herbert began playing guitar at 14. He co-founded ALL THAT REMAINS with Labonte in 1998.

ALL THAT REMAINS has released nine studio albums, a live CD/DVD, and has sold more than one million records worldwide.

The surviving members of ALL THAT REMAINSLabonte, Mike Martin (guitar), Jason Costa (drums) and Aaron Patrick (bass, backing vocals) — will embark on the previously scheduled European tour with SEVENDUST this December. Guitar virtuoso and YouTube personality Jason Richardson (ALL SHALL PERISH, CHELSEA GRIN, BORN OF OSIRIS) has come on board and will fill in on the upcoming trek.

HATEBREED drummer Matt Byrne has confirmed to the “Thunder Underground” podcast that the band is preparing to begin writing material for the follow-up to 2016’s “The Concrete Confessional” album. “Yeah, we’re talking,” he said. “I think two to three years has been our timeline, usually, between albums. Sometimes a little more, sometimes a little less, but overall, that’s kind of the average — two to three years between records for HATEBREED. So we’ve talked loosely about 2019 at some point — I’m not sure when — getting in a room and starting to hash out ideas.”

He continued: “The thing with us is we’ve always been a pretty heavily touring band, whether it be overseas or in the U.S. or wherever. So sometimes the idea is there, like, ‘Yeah, we should really write some new material,’ and what will happen is a tour will come up or something, and it’s a good opportunity, and it’s, like, ‘Well, shit. Let’s just stay on the road.’ “Cause we’re still getting the current music out there and everyone’s having a good time; nobody’s burnt out or anything. We’re road dogs, you know.”

Byrne added that while he is sure “there’s ideas in everyone’s heads” for new HATEBREED music, “we haven’t gotten in a room and started putting stuff together.”

The drummer also talked about the possibility of HATEBREED recording a sequel to the band’s 2009 covers album, “For The Lions”. “We’ve joked about it over the years, since we did the first one,” he said. “It’s funny, because you hear Cyndi Lauper or something on the radio, and we’re, like, ‘Oh, ‘For The Lions 2’. We’ll try that.’ So it’s always been a running joke. Even though it’s talked about as a joke, I don’t think it’s completely out of the question. It would be kind of cool to do. I know NAPALM DEATH has done it — back-to-back cover albums; kind of a volume of covers. So, yeah, I’d love to do it.”

As for which songs might make it on to the next covers album, Matt said: “I don’t know. I mean, we could go way off the spectrum and do something like Cyndi Lauper or something like that — not that that’s an idea that’s being talked about. Or you just keep it heavy, and there’s plenty of heavy bands out there to cover. We’re fans of so much stuff, it’s really just [a mater of] throwing a bunch of names in the hat and seeing what’s picked out. If everyone agrees, we’ll go for it. But, yeah, the idea is there, I guess. Anything is possible. Never say never.”

“For The Lions” included HATEBREED‘s renditions of songs by SLAYER, MISFITS, METALLICA, CRO-MAGS, D.R.I., AGNOSTIC FRONT, MADBALL, SHEER TERROR and OBITUARY, among others.

“The Concrete Confessional” was produced and mastered by HATEBREED‘s longtime collaborator Chris “Zeuss” Harris (ROB ZOMBIE, SUICIDE SILENCE, WHITECHAPEL) and mixed by Josh Wilbur (LAMB OF GOD, MEGADETH). Artwork was created by Marcelo Vasco (SLAYER).

Bruce Dickinson has once again blasted the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, saying that he is “really happy” IRON MAIDEN has not yet been inducted.

Even though artists are eligible for the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame 25 years after the release of their first album or single, iconic hard rock and metal groups like MAIDEN, JUDAS PRIEST and MOTÖRHEAD have yet to be recognized by the institution, which inducted GUNS N’ ROSES in that band’s first year of eligibility.

Dickinson made headlines last month when he referred to the Rock Hall as “an utter and complete load of bollocks” during a spoken-word gig in Australia, insisting that the Cleveland-based institution is “run by a bunch of sanctimonious bloody Americans who wouldn’t know rock and roll if it hit them in the face.”

Asked by The Jerusalem Post about his Rock Hall comments, Dickinson said: “I was so annoyed with that coverage because they took my statement out of context to make it seem like I was upset that we weren’t in the Hall Of Fame.

“I’m really happy we’re not there and I would never want to be there,” he continued. “If we’re ever inducted, I will refuse — they won’t bloody be having my corpse in there.

“Rock and roll music does not belong in a mausoleum in Cleveland,” Bruce added. “It’s a living, breathing thing, and if you put it in a museum, then it’s dead. It’s worse than horrible, it’s vulgar.”

Dickinson‘s bandmate Steve Harris, told “Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon” last month that he wasn’t concerned about whether IRON MAIDEN will eventually be inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. “I don’t really think about it, to be honest. I think awards are things that are nice to have when you get them, but it’s not something you’re really striving for — it’s not what it’s about it,” he said. “It’s never been about that. It’s aways been about just trying to make good music and go out and play good live shows, and that’s it, really. Hopefully people will appreciate it. It’s probably nice when people give you awards — don’t get me wrong; I think it’s great — but it’s not something that you would lose sleep over if you didn’t get any.

“It’s the way that I am,” Harris added. “I don’t know. Maybe the rest of the guys [in the band] might think differently to me, but that’s the way I think. It’s not that I don’t care about [awards]. It’s just… And it’s not that they’re not meaningful when you do get ’em — it’s nice. But I certainly don’t worry about it or anything like that. I think other people are the ones that make a bigger deal out of it than us, about whether we got one or not.”

Having been eligible for induction since 2005, IRON MAIDEN is one of the biggest bands on the planet. Since the release of their self-titled debut album, the British heavy metal legends have released a further 15 full-length studio records, and sold over 100 million copies.

Rock Hall rules state that artists become eligible a quarter century after their first records were released, but the Hall also claims that other “criteria include the influence and significance of the artists’ contributions to the development and perpetuation of rock ‘n’ roll,” which is, of course, open to interpretation.

Eligible for induction since 1999, KISS didn’t get its first nomination until 2009, and was finally inducted in 2014.

DEEP PURPLE was eligible for the Rock Hall since 1993 but didn’t get inducted until 2016.