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This weekend’s US ‘Knotfest‘ is being live streamed across the web for free. The stream will run from 1:30pm-12:30am both today and tomorrow and can be found below. For a schedule of who will be performing when, refer to the above-mentioned link. For the official stream of the festival, which will be headlined by Slipknot both nights, head over to Knotfest.com.

Decapitated Involved In Serious Accident

Decapitated were involved in a serious van accident this week while on tour with Gwar and American Sharks. The wreck largely destroyed their touring van, but all passengers appear to have made it out without serious injury. The band shared the following photos of the aftermath and said of the situation:

Decapitated was involved in a serious van accident on Friday afternoon on their way to a show in House of Blues, New Orleans, LA. We are all ok (two persons were hospitalized and released after a few hours) and we will continue our tour with American Sharks and GWAR. This time we were lucky.”

If the “This time we were lucky” the closed out the bands word on the matter sounded ominous, it should. A 2007 automobile accident claimed the life of the bands drummer Witold “Vitek” Kielytyka and left vocalist Adrian “Covan” Kowanek severely disabled.

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Some more artists have chimed in on Senses Fail and Attila‘s beef over homophobic slurs. Breathe Carolina vocalist David Schmitt implied some hypocrisy on Senses Fail‘s part, while The Word Alive frontman Tyler “Telle” Smith has shown support for Attila and free expression. You can see their comments below:
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Soundgarden Post Series Of Teaser Images

Soundgarden appear to be teasing something, posting the following image which features the text: “words unspoken breed no restraint.” There’s also some other teases popping up around their social media, one of which can be found below. You may recall that guitarist Kim Thayil previously mentioned a proper b-sides and rarities release was in the works. No official word yet on whether or not that is what these images are teasing.

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Slipknot guitarist Jim Root sat in with Triple J Radio and addressed the departure from his former band Stone Sour—which is fronted by his Slipknot bandmate Corey Taylor. Recent interviews have implied that he was unhappy with certain members of the group. Given his latest comments, you can likely rule out Taylor as the source of the tension.

On the situation that led to his departure from Stone Sour:

“I think, in some ways, there are certain people in that band that are just extremely impatient, and they think that they need to have everything that they have, and they need to realize that the only reason they have anything of what they have is because Slipknot made it possible for them to have what they have. Slipknot has graciously and kindly stepped aside and let this other band do everything that it’s ever needed or wanted to do, yet this band can’t seem to take a break for Slipknot to do what it needs to do. And, I don’t know… For me, it seemed like it was a little bit of a smack in the face. So it just got to the point, for me, where I couldn’t stand it anymore, and I needed to work on Slipknot, it was apparent, and it was becoming more and more apparent the more shows that we were doing. And that’s essentially how that sort of happened.”

On how the split impacted his relationship with Corey Taylor:

“I’ve never had a problem with Corey. You know what I mean? Corey and I understand each other a lot better than anybody else from the other bands could, because we’ve been pullng double duty for all these years. And when you’ve got other people in the bands that you’re in that don’t share that common thing, they could never really understand what it is. And after a while you become so spread thin that it becomes really hard to give a hundred percent to both things, and eventually there comes a time where you have to say, ‘Enough is enough,’ and, ‘I need to put my focus a hundred percent into what it is that made this all possible for all of us,’ And let’s face it: Slipknot is a world-class, cult-status band, and it’s where my passion lies.

That’s not to say I’m not passionate about Stone Sour—I’m absolutely passionate about everything that I contributed to Stone Sour—but there are certain people in that band that have a different idea of what Stone Sour should be, and I don’t necessarily wanna be in a radio band, so to speak, you know what I mean? I’d rather be creative and be artistic and be able to play intricate music that moves and really takes you on a journey. About the closest Stone Sour ever came to that were the two records that we just released, and I don’t know that they’ll ever do that again in the future.”

On the prospect of starting another project:

“That’s one of the things that I’ve kinda learned from having two bands. It might be fun to play with some other people or maybe write songs with some other people. But to have another full band with other people where you spend the time in the studio and you put together a full album cycle of touring after that, it really spreads ya thin man. It’s a lot to take on. I commend Corey for wanting to continue all that—if he does, ya know what I mean?—but I know Corey has a lot of other interests in his life, he wants to pursue acting.

He writes books—he’s an author. I know he likes to go out and play with Slash and these bands like Camp Freddy around LA and stuff like that, so… I think if we were all just focus a little bit more on Slipknot that would afford us to more time to really have fun and do the other things that we want to do. It’s hard to say though, I can’t read anybody’s mind, I can’t really take them at their word for anything. You know, actions to me speak louder to words and only time will really tell.

Right now we’re all in a really good headspace and we’re all getting along very well. And everybody is extremely excited about this record and passionate about this record and that’s really all that matters right now at this time, ya know? If I find myself in three years from now at the end of this album cycle and there’s no talking of doing another album, I’m going to continue to write music. Whether that ends up being Slipknot music or whether that ends up being something for something else… I guess only time will tell that.”

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Project 86 Filming New Music Video

Project 86 have announced they are filming a new music video today in Pittsburgh, PA. They did not specify which track, but you can bet it will be from their crowdfunded new album “Knives To The Future“, out November 11th.

The Ocean‘s first trip to India most certainly did not pan out as they had hoped. Amid a cancelled festival appearance, a ‘serious crime scene’ and lodging disputes the band had to involve the German Embassy. You can read on for their recollection of the troubled trip:

“We are back home safe from India, and those 5 days have felt like 5 weeks. We still can’t believe everything that happened this past weekend. For the moment, we can’t reveal all the details of the story, as we got caught up in the middle of a serious crime scene and we don’t want to put anyone’s life at risk.

But we can reveal some details about the final episode of our short stay in India, which was the icing on the cake… the hotel staff was not letting us go when we checked out, because payment for the hotel bill had not arrived in their account. As a matter of fact, payment had already been made by Kingfisher / UBI, the sponsor of the event, and they sent bank statements by email, but the hotel did not accept those statements – they wanted to see the money in their account. When we attempted to leave, hotel security assaulted us, shouted at the Tuk Tuk drivers and intimidated them so that they would not take us, and finally forced us to go back into the hotel lobby, where we had to wait for 3 hours, while a team of arrogant managers and hotel henchmen were discussing things among themselves, to no avail. In the end we lost our patience and called the German embassy to ask for help. 20 minutes later, it was sorted out and we were allowed to go.

We were not involved with the booking nor the payment of our hotel bill in any way and did not have any contract or even email correspondence with this hotel, it all went through The Great Indian October Fest and their sponsor Kingfisher / UBI – so it makes no sense at all why WE were held hostage at this hotel. We were simply guests that had been invited to perform at the festival, which unfortunately did not happen, as the promoters failed to fulfill their contractual duty to pay our fee before the show on Saturday night.

Because we had travelled all the way from Germany to play our first gig ever in India and because it would have been incredibly frustrating for both us and our fans not to play at all, we organized a last minute gig at Vapour Bangalore on Tuesday night. We were expected there for soundcheck at 4 PM, but because of the issues at Matthan hotel, we arrived so late that this show was almost being cancelled as well. If you’ve ever wanted to poop into a box and send it somewhere, you know where to send it to now. And if you don’t like the idea of doing the hard shitwork yourself, you can also hire the folks from www.shitexpress.com to do it for you

In the end, we had a great gig at Vapour club on Tuesday night. With only 2 days notice, we had around 150 people in the room, and it was such a relief to finally be able to do what we came for: to play a show in Bangalore. When Loic lept off the balcony into the crowd that night, it was a massive moment of triumph. We had finally beat all the odds, and cleansed our minds and bodies entirely of the retarded amount of stress that we had all been carrying around with us for the past 4 days, during this one magic hour on stage. Thanks to Salman from Vapour for making this happen, and thanks to our Indian tour manager Mayur for coping with all the difficult situations we encountered as best as he could! And rest assured, people of India: we will be back.”

Slipknot/Stone Sour vocalist Corey Taylor caught up with Revolver where the topic expectedly turned to the bands as-yet unannounced new bassist and drummer—reportedly Alessandro “Vman” Venturella and Jay Weinberg respectively. On the ‘leak’ of Venturella‘s identity, Taylor stated:

“It wasn’t something we’d even thought of and it didn’t even occur to us until it hit. I was like, “Aw, man. C’mon.” But the funny thing is, I was doing a radio interview and I was laughing about it. And then the story got picked up by all these media outlets [see here] that implied I was incensed, angry, and outraged. No, not really. If you listen to the interview, I’m laughing my ass off. It just goes to show you, in this TMZ world, people are gonna pick up something just so they can make a story out of it. It would be nothing for me to make an argument out of it, but at that point it was like, “Man, who gives a shit?””

On keeping their identities a secret:

“To me, it’s more about the collective. It’s more about the group than it is those individuals. And people don’t know for sure all the details, which is part of the fun of it, too–keeping people on the edge of their seats.”

Meanwhile, on the topic of rock allegedly being dead, as stated by Kiss bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons:

“”Skeptic” beat Taylor Swift on the songs charts on iTunes. That’s a pretty big fuck you to the pop world. So if rock’s dead than this corpse is walking around smacking people.”

Slipknot‘s new album “.5: The Gray Chapter” was released earlier this week.

Glenn Danzig has kept busy in recent months. In an interview running over at Examiner.com, the man revealed he has written a new song for use in a future episode and soundtrack for the TV show, “The Walking Dead“. Also in the pipeline are a new studio album in the fall of 2015, preceded by a covers album in March. An EP of Elvis Presley covers is also in the works as well. Furthermore, he also remains hopeful to get a movie from his Verotik line off the ground and has been meeting with producers and potential directors.

A report running over at TMZ.com cites family sources that the recent passing of Coma Prevail/ex-Scary Kids Scaring Kids frontman Tyson Stevens may have been due to heroin. As TMZ report:

Stevens died Monday and the official cause of death is unknown. But law enforcement sources tell TMZ … there’s smoke. The girlfriend and mom say Stevens had struggled with heroin addiction for a long time, although he was recently clean.

Our sources say Stevens‘ body had “old track marks” that had scabbed on his inner right ankle. We’re told there was no heroin in the house where he died, but cops did find weed and pipes.”

Stevens‘ cause of death has yet to be determined pending a toxicology report.

Tool’s Adam Jones Shares More From The Studio

Tool guitarist Adam Jones has posted another photo of the group apparently working on new music in their loft studio. This latest undated photo finds all members of the band in attendance, and once again carries the hashtag “#SmokeOnTheHorizon”. Early next year the bands multi-level lawsuit will go to trial, hopefully paving the way for the release of the long-awaited opus.
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Chelsea Grin & Veil Of Maya Announce February European Tour

Chelsea Grin, Veil Of Maya and as-yet unannounced special guests will be touring UK and Europe in February:

02/05 Nürnberg, GER – Hirsch
02/06 Köln, GER – Essigfabrik
02/07 Leipzig, GER – Conne Island
02/08 Warsaw, POL – Proxima
02/09 Berlin, GER – Magnet
02/10 Hamburg, GER – Logo
02/11 Nijmegen, NET – Doornroosje
02/12 Paris, FRA – Nouveau Casino
02/13 Brighton, UK – Audio
02/14 Manchester, UK – Club Academy
02/15 Glasgow, UK – Classic Grand
02/16 Birmingham, UK – O2 Academy 2
02/17 Cardiff, UK – CF10
02/18 London, UK – Underworld
02/19 Aarschot, BEL – De Klinker
02/20 Esch/Alzette, LUX – Kulturfabrik
02/21 Geneve, SWI – L’Usine
02/22 Aarau, SWI – Kiff
02/23 München, GER – Backstage
02/24 Brescia, ITA – Circolo Colony
02/25 Wien, AUT – Arena
02/26 Budapest, HUN – A38
02/27 Karlsruhe, GER – Substage

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