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White Arms Of Athena Detail New Album, Set December Release

White Arms Of Athena have rolled out the track listing for their new self-titled album, which they had Kurt Ballou of Converge co-produce alongside Travis Kammeyer. Ballou also handled the mix for the outing, which is up for a December 02nd release on Prosthetic Records. When the album does hit stores, here’s how it will run:

01 – “Truth, The Greatest Lie Ever Told
02 – “Heavy Sleep
03 – “On The Edge
04 – “Time Is Nothing (Or Maybe Just One Thing)
05 – “This Transition
06 – “Manifest; Withdrawal
07 – “Participating In and Awakening To The Cycle
08 – “The “I”

This weeks Boxscore report features a sampling of the earnings and attendance numbers from recent shows played by:

Mötley Crüe
Alice Cooper
Linkin Park
30 Seconds To Mars
AFI

Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival
311
Sublime With Rome
Ballyhoo!
The Offspring
Bad Religion
Pennywise
The Vandals
Alice In Chains
Monster Truck
Sugar Ray
Smash Mouth
Blues Traveler
Uncle Kracker
Clutch
American Sharks
Fight Fight In The Parking Lot
Hawthorne Heights
The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus

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The Hell Frontman Thinks That Metalcore Should “Just Fuck Off”

The Hell frontman Nails hit his caps lock key and let loose the following diatribe (via Metal Hammer) regarding the genre of metalcore:

“DEAR METALCORE,

JUST FUCK OFF.

I AM WRITING YOU THIS AS AN OPEN LETTER, NOT BECAUSE I AM TOO MUCH OF A PUSSY TO SAY IT TO YOUR FACE, BUT BECAUSE I COULDN’T FIND YOUR FUCKING ADDRESS IN THE YELLOW PAGES.

PLEASE STOP. NO ONE FUCKING CARES ANY MORE. IT’S DIFFICULT TO WORK OUT WHAT YOU REALLY WANT FROM ANYONE. I SAW A FEW METALCORE BANDS OVER THE SUMMER AND I’VE NEVER BEEN SO FUCKING FURIOUS IN MY ENTIRE LIFE. THESE GUYS GET UP ON STAGE, SHOUTING “WHICH OF YOU MOTHERFUCKERS IS READY FOR A GOOD FUCKING TIME”, AND THEN PROCEED TO SCREAM EVERY DETAIL OF EVERY ROMANTIC FAILURE THEY’VE EVER HAD. NO ONE WANTS TO HEAR IT MATE. THE ONLY PEOPLE WHO DO WANT TO HEAR IT ARE PEOPLE WHO ARE INTERESTED IN SHIT LIKE CRYING AND FLOWERS.

A TIP FROM THE TOP THOUGH, IT WOULD BE EASIER TO STOMACH YOUR OVERLY-SENTIMENTAL, GROTESQUE CIRCUS OF HEARTBREAK IF YOU WEREN’T SELLING T-SHIRTS TO PRE-TEENS THAT LOOK LIKE SOME KIND OF SWEARY, MISOGYNIST VERSION OF ADVENTURE TIME.

YOU’RE CONFUSED, METALCORE. IT’S ALMOST UPSETTING. TAKE ‘ALONE‘ BY FALLING IN REVERSE. IT’S CLASSIC METALCORE. VERSES ABOUT HOW YOU’RE SHAGGING MY HYPOTHETICAL WIFE, THEN A (BEAUTIFULLY SUNG) CHORUS ABOUT HOW YOU’RE FED UP OF BEING ALONE AND YOU MIGHT NOT MAKE IT HOME AND NO ONE’S ON THE PHONE AND DIAL TONE AND PAYDAY LOAN. JUST FUCK OFF.

SO METALCORE, TO AVOID FUTURE HEARTBREAK AND TO SPARE US ANY MORE METALCORE ALBUMS – STOP BEING SUCH A CUNT.

YOURS SINCERELY (AND WE ARE ALWAYS SINCERE),

NAILS

THE HELL

Corrosion Of Conformity To Reissue “Blind” & “Deliverance” On Vinyl

Two of Corrosion Of Conformity‘s definitive albums will be reissued on vinyl through Prosthetic Records later in the year. Limited edition pressings of 1991′s “Blind” and 1994′s “Deliverance” are tentatively due through the label on November 04th.

1000 copies of “Blind” will be pressed with 700 on purple, 200 on black and 100 on clear. New liner notes by journalist Chris Dick will accompany the release along with a color lyric insert. Three bonus tracks will also appear, they include:

Condition A/Condition B
Future Now” (MC5 cover)
Jim Beam And The Coon Ass

Deliverance” meanwhile will also be limited to 1000 copies with 700 on green, 200 on black and 100 on red. Both releases will be pressed on 180-gram vinyl with pre-orders available  here.

Anaal Nathrakh Debut New Track “Idol”, Detail Upcoming Album

Anaal Nathrakh‘s new album “Desideratum” is now on course for an October 28th release on Metal Blade Records. The group have just debuted a track named “Idol” from the outing, which you can find below. Pre-orders for the effort have been launched over at Metalblade.com. Here’s how the album shapes up:

01 – “Acheronta Movebimu
02 – “Monstrum In Animo
03 – “The One Thing Needful
04 – “A Firm Foundation Of Unyielding Despair
05 – “Desideratum
06 – “Idol
07 – “Sub Specie Aeterni (Of Maggots, And Humanity)
08 – “The Joystream
09 – “Rage And Red
10 – “Ita Mori
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High On Fire vocalist/guitarist Matt Pike took the time to chat with Loudwire recently and the conversation shifted to the bands forthcoming album. Of that, Pike offered:

“It’s an extension of ‘Vermis,’ only it’s way deeper. Way deeper. I’m not going to elaborate until I have everything written and my band has all the music together. Jeff [Matz, bass] has been writing all crazy. We’ve been locking ourselves up in New Orleans. We’re taking a little time, I think we’re going to push back our recording date a little but just to make sure that everything is solid and there’s no get-by music on it. It’s all straightforward until every last note is perfect.”

He later relayed that the band hope to once again have Converge‘s Kurt Ballou in the producers chair for the effort. Meanwhile, when asked of the prospect of a new full-length album from Sleep in light of new material recently surfacing, Pike replied:

“No, I really can’t go into that. Maybe the miracle will happen if the miracle happens. [Laughs] I can’t elaborate, I’ve already said too much.”

Black Map (dredg, Far, etc.) Set October Release For New Album

Black Map—the trio featuring members of dredg, Far and The Trophy Fire—will release their debut album “…And We Explode” on October 28th through Minus Head Records. Twelve songs will appear on the outing, which was recorded at Hellam Sound in Oakland, CA with producer Aaron Hellam. Present Black Map dates include:

09/12 San Francisco, CA – The Independent (feat. Strata)

With Chevelle:

10/26 Manchester, UK – Academy 3
10/27 Birmingham, UK – O2 Academy
10/28 London, UK – Electric Ballroom
10/30 Antwerp BEL – Trix
10/31 Paris, FRA – Maroquinerie
11/03 Munich, GER – Backstage
11/04 Berlin, GER – C-Club
11/05 Cologne, GER – Stollwerk
11/06 Hamburg, GER – Knust

Prong Enlist Trivium’s Matt Heafy For “Remove, Separate Self” ‘De-Mix’

Prong will soon be issuing an official single for their track “Remove, Separate Self“. Two formats of the effort are planned with Trivium frontman/guitarist Matt Heafy having contributed a remix—or in this case a ‘de-mix’—of the song. Heafy said of his take:

“With “Remove, Separate Self” – I was initially engulfed by hints of images and characteristics of a futuristic, dystopian world. Whether that was the initial intent of the piece or it was meant to be something entirely different, that became the feeling I kept coming back to. Perhaps with the main line – the title itself – the idea of “separating yourself” made me think of unplugging oneself from something larger; whether metaphorically from an old way of life or literally in some sort of mecha-future.

The idea was to take it one step further, to take the song itself, components of it, and a few secret ingredients, and create that world a little further that I imagined in the first place. Sometimes “remixes” do it right, but I wanted to take a completely different approach to what people think a “remix” is in the first place, even one’s idea of what a song should sound like.”

A digital version of the single will arrive on September 12th through SPV/Steamhammer. It will feature the title track, Matt Heafy‘s ‘de-mix’ of it and “Snap Your Fingers, Snap Your Neck“, taken from the groups “Unleashed In The West” release.

A 7″ version of the single will be released on October 24th and run the same sans the inclusion of  “Snap Your Fingers, Snap Your Neck“. Yesterday saw the release of this music video for the “Remove, Separate Self“.

Dave Lombardo On Slayer: “I Won’t Ever Be Going Back”

Following a messy dismissal, former Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo has stated that he never plans on returning to the outfit. Lombardo was recently doing the press rounds for the new album, “Fire From The Evening Sun“, from his band PHILM and told Metal Hammer:

“It’s nice to be in a band and feel like you’re in a band again, you know? We hang out together as friends and it doesn’t feel like work. It’s fun. I mean, that’s why you start playing music isn’t it. I’m not complaining, I’ve been very lucky, but it feels nice to have a close personal relationship with guys I’m playing with again.”

“You develop a rapport and that feeds into the music. I’ve no doubt about it. Going to a record store and picking out some music to listen to together before having a few drinks can only help the process once you get into the recording studio to jam things out, you’re on the same level and wavelength.”

“I didn’t have that towards the end [of Slayer.] We just saw each other before going onstage every night, you travel in different buses and hang out in different circles. It made it very hard to go onstage and have any sort of chemistry.”

When asked if a return to Slayer will ever be in the cards, he replied:

“No. That’s it. I’m done now. I’ve got lots of other things on my plate and I now know that, when it comes to money, you don’t have any friends in this business. I won’t ever be going back.”

PHILM‘s aforementioned new album will receive a September 16th North American release through UDR Music. As revealed yesterday, Slayer are currently in the studio working on a new album.

Meshuggah Announce 25th Anniversary Fall European/UK Tour

Meshuggah have announced a European/UK 25th anniversary tour that will commence in December. That trek will find them playing a special 25th anniversary set that draws from their discography with some rarely played live tracks. Dates for that run include:

12/09 Umea, SWE – Guitars
12/12 Gothenburg, SWE – Pustervik
12/13 Copenhagen, DEN – Amager Bio
12/15 Lausanne, SWI – Les Docks
12/16 Milan, ITA – L ive Club
12/18 Paris, FRA – Le Cabaret Sauvage
12/19 Amsterdam, NET – Melkweg Max
12/20 London, UK – Roundhouse
12/21 Dortmund, GER – FZW

Meshuggah are celebrating their legacy properly this year with a September 30th North American release planned for a new live DVD/Blu-ray/CD set titled “The Ophidian Trek” and an expanded reissue of “I“.