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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“.

Ex-Suicidal Tendencies Bassist Tim “Rawbiz” Williams Passes Away

Ex-Suicidal Tendencies bassist Tim “Rawbiz” Williams has passed away. The group issued the following statement regarding his death:

“It’s with complete sadness that we have to announce the passing of bassists Tim “Rawbiz” Williams. Tim played bass for Suicidal Tendencies for almost four years until recently. Tim was a monster on bass, running around on stage in the pit, giving his all, even when his body wasn’t at it’s best. We will always remember him and appreciate all the kind words by those that were touched by his bass playing and him personally.”

Details regarding Williams‘ passing have yet to be revealed.

Dates are now in for Mushroomhead‘s coming run supporting Insane Clown Posse and Da Mafia 6ix on a fall tour has been dubbed ‘Shockfest‘. Madchild and JellyRoll round out the bill, which will hit the following cities:

09/25 Grand Rapids, MI – Orbit Room
09/26 Kokomo, IN – Centerstage Bar and Grill
09/28 Newport, KY – Thompson House
09/30 Columbus, OH – LC Pavilion
10/01 Pittsburgh, PA – Club Xtaza
10/03 Beckley, WV – Beckley Convention Center
10/04 Worcester, MA – The Palladium
10/05 Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory
10/07 Orlando, FL – Firestone Live
10/08 Fort Myers, FL – Harborside Event Center
10/10 Biloxi, MS – Kress Live
10/11 Memphis, TN – New Daisy Theatre
10/12 Oklahoma City, OK – Farmers Market
10/13 Houston, TX – Warehouse Live Ballroom
10/15 Mesa, AZ – Mesa Amphitheatre
10/16 Tucson, AZ – Rialto Theatre
10/17 West Hollywood, CA – House of Blues
10/18 Golden Valley, AZ – Castle Rock Event Center
10/20 Magna, UT – The Great Saltair
10/21 Denver, CO – National Western Complex Arena
10/23 Bismarck, ND – Bismarck Civic Center
10/24 Fargo, ND – Fargo Civic Center
10/25 St. Paul, MN – Myth Live Event Center
10/27 Milwaukee, WI – The Rave
10/28 Sauget, IL – Pop’s Nightclub
10/30 Cleveland, OH – Agora Theatre
10/31 Detroit, MI – Fillmore (‘Hallowicked‘)

We Came As Romans Post “Glad You Came” Live Footage From New DVD

Live footage of We Came As Romans performing “Glad You Came” from their new DVD “Present, Future, And Past” can be seen after the break thanks to Billboard.com. The track in question is of course a cover of UK boy band, The Wanted. “Present, Future, And Past” will be released September 02nd on Equal Vision.
click here for the video…

The Acacia Strain, The Plot In You & Cane Hill Tour Officially Announced

The Acacia Strain, The Plot In You and Cane Hill‘s previously rumored tour has now officially been announced. The finalized itinerary for the trek runs as follows:

10/14 Richmond, VA – Canal Club
10/15 Raleigh, NC – Southland Ballroom (feat. Gideon)
10/16 West Columbia, SC – New Brookland Tavern
10/17 Jacksonville, FL – 1904 Music Hall
10/18 Tallahassee, FL – Pug’s Live
10/19 New Orleans, LA – The Beatnik
10/21 St. Louis, MO – The Firebird
10/22 Lansing, MI – Mac’s Bar
10/23 Covington, KY – Legend’s Bar & Grill
10/24 Columbus, OH – Ace Of Cups
10/25 Erie, PA – Basement Transmissions
10/26 Buffalo, NY – Studio At Waiting Room

Minus The Bear continue to tend to their back catalog with plans to reissue new limited edition vinyl reissues of “Planet Of Ice” and “They Make Beer Commercials Like This” on September 30th via Suicide Squeeze. “Planet Of Ice” has been remastered for vinyl by Bernie Grundman and will be released 180g black vinyl, purple vinyl and ‘ice color vinyl.’ Each pressing will be limited to 1000 copies.

They Make Beer Commercials Like This” will have a similar reissue, with pressings on pink, blue and orange vinyl also limited to 1000 each. CD’s of each effort will also be made available with pre-orders available here. A week after the reissues the bands rarities collection “The Lucky Ones” will arrive, hitting stores on October 07th through Dangerbird.

Baptists Detail New Album “Bloodmines”, Reveal Fall West Coast Tour

Baptists have unveiled the details for their new album “Bloodmines“, which is headed for an October 14th release on Southern Lord. The effort was produced & mixed by Kurt Ballou of Converge and will sport the below track listing and cover art. If you missed it earlier in the week, a stream of the new album track “Harm Induction” went live here.

01 – “Chamber
02 – “Wanting
03 – “String Up
04 – “Closed Ports
05 – “Vistas
06 – “Harm Induction
07 – “Festered
08 – “Dissembler
09 – “Bloodmines
10 – “Calling
11 – “For Profit

Current touring plans for the outfit include:

10/11 Edmonton, AB – The Artery (‘Up + Downtown Fest‘)
10/12 Calgary, AB – Nite Owl

With Obliterations and Torch Runner:

10/15 Los Angeles, CA – Los Globos (‘Southern Lord Showcase‘) (feat. Excel, Goatsnake, etc.)
10/17 Santa Barbara, CA – Hard To Find Space (feat. The Offenders)
10/18 San Bernardino, CA – Black Flame Collective (feat. The Offenders)
10/19 Tucson, AZ – Rialto Theatre (‘Southwest Terror Fest‘) (no Torch Runner)
10/20 San Diego, CA – Soda Bar (feat. The Offenders)
10/21 San Francisco, CA – The Knockout (feat. The Offenders)
10/23 Portland, OR – Slabtown
10/24 Seattle, WA – Chop Suey
10/25 Vancouver, BC – Biltmore
10/26 Victoria, BC – Lucky Bar

No Baptists:

10/28 Eugene, OR – Wandering Goat
10/29 Santa Rosa, CA – TBA (feat. Creative Adult)
10/30 Oakland, CA – Eli’s Mile High Club (feat. Creative Adult)

click here for the cover art…