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Not that you could tell… but Asking Alexandria‘s Danny Worsnop says his band and Korn frontman Jonathan Davisrecent Duran Duran cover was unrehearsed. You can watch Worsnop and Davis discuss the cover below:
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Uncle Acid And The Deadbeats To Release 7″ For New Track “Runaway Girls”

Uncle Acid And The Deadbeats have a special treat planned for their fans to commemorate their first US tour. The band will be releasing a limited edition 7″ for a new track titled “Runaway Girls” on September 16th through Rise Above. A digital single will reportedly land on August 25th overseas. An acoustic version of “Devil’s Work” will appear on the b-side. The US edition of the single will be limited to 500 copies on purple and 500 copies on green vinyl.

Machine Head Tap Andy Sneap For New Album

Machine Head‘s as-yet untitled new album appears to be in the mixing process now with Andy Sneap (Carcass, Killswitch Engage) again behind the boards. If memory serves, the last time Sneap and the band worked together was on 1997′s “The More Things Change…“. Group frontman/guitarist Robb Flynn shared the following image from the ongoing sessions with the caption:

“Chillin’ with my man Andy Sneap putting the finishing touches on this mofo!!! #BackstageStudios #cowsaremetal”

A fall release date through Nuclear Blast Entertainment is being mapped out for the album. A fall tour with Children Of Bodom, Epica and Battlecross was officially announced earlier today.
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Exodus Joined Onstage By Metallica’s Kirk Hammett At San Diego Comic-Con Set

Exodus were again joined onstage by their former bandmate Kirk Hammett during a special San Diego Comic-Con set. Fan-filmed footage of them together playing Blue Öyster Cult‘s “Godzilla” is available after the break. As was recently reported, Hammett will also be guesting on Exodus‘ forthcoming album as well.
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Alesana Cancel Russian, Ukrainian & Finnish Shows

Alesana have cancelled their planned dates in Finland, Russia and the Ukraine as a result of growing tensions and recent tragedies in those regions:

“To all of our fans in Finland, Russia, and Ukraine:

We are sad but we must regretfully announce the postponement of our trip overseas to play for our fans in Finland, Russia, and Ukraine. Politically, things have been tense in some of those regions and in light of the tragedy of Flight MH17 the members of Alesana, along with our families and loved ones, have decided it is in our best interest to postpone the dates until travel proves to be less inhibitive of our safety. We love our fans and cannot wait to play for each and every one of you, but circumstances have forced us to consider our well-being and the peace of mind of our families. We hope to see you very soon!”

The group were recently booked for this September tour.

Intronaut Announce 10th Anniversary Tour With Anciients

Intronaut‘s tenth anniversary will be celebrated with a headlining run that is due to commence in November. The shows will see the band revisiting their back catalogue with guitarist/singer Sacha Dunable explaining:

“We’re taking a break from writing a new record to celebrate our 10th anniversary as a band with this special run of shows. We haven’t finalized a set list yet, but expect at least one song from every release, and maybe a special guest or two to come out and help us play them. Joining us on these shows will be our Canadian friends Anciients, and the LA show will feature Ides Of Gemini, Silver Snakes, and The Great Wall.

We are also planning a couple special 10th Anniversary releases, hopefully to be available by this tour, so keep an eye out for that. Thank you to everyone who has supported Intronaut for these past 10 years! We love you forever.”

With Anciients:

11/06 San Francisco, CA – DNA Lounge
11/07 Sacramento, CA – Starlite Lounge
11/08 Portland, OR – Branx
11/09 Seattle, WA – The Crocodile
11/10 Boise, ID – The Shredder
11/12 Denver, CO – Marquis Theater
11/14 Fort Worth, TX – Tomcats
11/15 Houston, TX – Fitzgerald’s Downstairs
11/16 Austin, TX – Dirty Dog Bar
11/18 Albuquerque, NM – Launchpad
11/19 Mesa, AZ – Club Red

With Ides Of Gemini, Silver Snakes and The Great Wall:

12/18 Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy

Helmet Toss Some Playful Jabs At The Deftones Over Their “Sinatra” Cover

Helmet frontman/guitarist Page Hamilton took some playful jabs at the Deftones for their cover of “Sinatra” during their July 24th set in Denver, CO. Hamilton introduced the song, offering:

“So apparently the Deftones covered this song, I never heard it, I’m sure it’s not as good as our version, but.. I’m thankful to them for covering it, it’s good. I’m sure they fucked up the chords—there’s no way they figured the chords out. I’d tell them that.”

Below you can watch footage of that as well as the aforementioned cover version. Helmet are currently touring with Filter and Local H.
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‘Mayhem Festival’ Bands Dress Up For Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Party

The tradition of themed parties hosted by artists on the ‘Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival‘ has provided some interesting results in the past. Most recently Emmure decided to host a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles-themed affair in Hartford, CT. You can find some artists (Miss May I, etc.) from the festival dressed up in that attire below:
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