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Episode 10 & 11 of Hatebreed frontman Jamey Jasta‘s ‘The Jasta Show‘ have now been released. Episode 10 finds Jasta chatting with his Hatebreed bandmate Frank Novinec and ‘Mayhem Festival‘ founder John Reese. Steel Panther drummer Stix Zadinia is the featured guest on Episode 11 . You can hear both episodes below:
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Giraffe Tongue Orchestra—the supergroup comprised of The Dillinger Escape Plan guitarist Ben Weinman, Mastodon vocalist/guitarist Brent Hinds, Eric Avery (ex-Jane’s Addiction) and Jon Theodore (ex-The Mars Volta)—have officially entered the studio. Weinman previously revealed the outfit would be recording at the end of August with producer Ross Robinson (Slipknot, Korn). Judging by the below picture (and caption) shared recently by Weinman, those sessions are now finally underway.

“Ross Robinson and I single and ready to mingle. Well actually kinda busy making magic to tape.”

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The first wave of artists have been announced for next years ‘South By So What?!‘ festival, which will take place at QuickTrip Park in Grand Prairie, TX from March 20th-22nd. Those newly confirmed for the fest include:

Black Tongue
Boris The Blade
Dayseeker
Enter Shikari
Ghost Atlas
He Is Legend
Lydia
Mayday Parade
Monuments
Outline In Color
Parables
Red Jumpsuit Apparatus
The Alchemy Index
The Browning
The Maine
The Ongoing Concept
We Came As Romans
Yesterday As Today

Five Finger Death Punch Have Crowdfunded Over $201,000 For Veterans With PTSD

Five Finger Death Punch‘s charitable crowdfunding campaign for a jersey that will benefit veterans suffering from PTSD has been a rousing success. The group originally set out to raise $42,500 via Indiegogo for the campaign. To date they have raised $201,791 with 25 days still remaining. The project finds the band creating a jersey designed by their guitarist Zoltan Bathory with 100% of the profits to go towards organizations who aid vets with the above-mentioned affliction.

Guitarist Emil Werstler Exits Chimaira

Chimaira‘s lead guitarist Emil Werstler has exited the group. Werstler offered of his departure:

“My time in Chimaira has, unfortunately, come to an end. It is time for me to move on as I continue to focus on harvesting my abilities as a musician. I’m very fond of everyone in the band and wish them all the best in the future.

Although this was a difficult choice to make, I feel it was necessary in order to take the next step in my career. The best is still yet to come and I’m very excited for the multiple projects I am working on. I would like to thank the band, management, and, most importantly, all the fans for the endless support and understanding.”

Periphery’s Misha Mansoor Tapped For New ‘Halo 2′ Soundtrack

Periphery guitarist Misha Mansoor and Steve Vai are among the guitarists commissioned to re-record the score for an upcoming re-release of the video game, Halo 2. Their contributions will be made available as part of the ‘Halo: The Master Chief Collection‘ set, which will hit stores on the Xbox One on November 11th. Below you can find a sneak preview of Mansoor‘s work:
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Haste The Day‘s crowdfunding campaign for their new album continues to pick up steam, having now surpassed $88,025 with 14 days still remaining. The bands Stephen Keech issued the following on passing the $85,000 milestone:

Haste the Day Fans!!!

We are so blown away by your continual support of this project! You have spread the word and invested in this record with us, and we couldn’t be more grateful. I can’t believe it, but we just hit $85,000, which releases our next stretch goal. All the backers up to this point will receive a brand new, unreleased song from me!

I can’t wait to share it. But first I would like to touch on a little bit of htd history and one of the reasons this project is special. Way back in the early days of Haste the Day when everyone could eat whatever they wanted and stay skinny, the band released an EP on their own. Meaning, they saved up their allowances, started lemonade stands, and probably ate lots of Ramen noodles so they could make a record. After that, HTD signed to a label gracious enough to let them borrow money to record a full length record. Five albums later, we broke up while still paying off our debt through record sales.

This record is exciting because it is the first full length record that Haste the Day has done where it is funded up front. This campaign has been our lemonade stand. But instead of lemonade, we are selling vinyls, hoodies, t-shirts, cds, and more. Your support is helping us make the album we want to make. There will be no dollar waisted in this campaign. The more money that is made, the more we can do with this record.

Thank you all so much for being so supportive and inspirational to us. It is truly humbling.

God bless,
Stephen Keech

Gwar On Continuing Without Oderus: “Our Fans Wouldn’t Let Us Walk Away”

Gwar spoke of moving forward without their late frontman Dave “Oderus Urungus” Brockie yesterday. You can read their thoughts on the matter below and catch them on their fall tour.

“2014 has been a trying year for Slave Pit, Inc. Our first major milestone after the passing of our leader and mouthpiece, Dave Brockie, was our annual GWAR B-Q. While the entirety of GWAR could have just hung up our rubber swords, we decided to charge forward. Our fans wouldn’t let us walk away, and your outpouring of support fueled us.

The GWAR B-Q, like GWAR itself, came from humble beginnings. We just wanted a place to hang out with our friends and fans. It belongs as much to you as it does us. Over the years, it has grown to epic proportions. Now that the 2014 GWAR B-Q is over, we look back at a truly amazing event.

We each put our unique fingerprints on the GWAR B-Q to push it to fruition, and we’re extremely proud of how it turned out. That’s not to say everything went off without a hitch; but we’re listening to your feedback and trying to get better as the GWAR B-Q gets bigger. We sincerely hope you had an awesome time. We do this for you.

From start to finish, the GWAR B-Q was a chaotic maelstrom of hard-hitting fury. Every band that took the stage – in what was by far our best lineup – delivered crushing performances to a rabid throng. The people behind the scenes, along with our sponsors and vendors, went above and beyond the call of duty. We owe them sincere thanks. Even the weather cooperated.

Last but not least, we want to thank our dedicated fans who showed up in record numbers to party with us! 5,000 of the world’s craziest Bohabs, packed into a freaking waterpark, rocking out and drinking all the GWAR Beer we had…How kick-ass is that?! We can’t wait to see you all again on the GWAR Eternal Tour this fall.

Join us as we say…
Hail Oderus!
Hail Flattus!
Hail GWAR!”

The Dillinger Escape Plan’s Ben Weinman Interviews Mastodon’s Brent Hinds

The Dillinger Escape Plan guitarist Ben Weinman sits down for a chat with his Giraffe Tongue Orchestra bandmate, Brent Hinds in the below new video for Partysmasherinc.com. Hinds is of course most known for his role as the guitarist/vocalist of Mastodon. The friendly chat covers a lot of topics, including the aforementioned supergroup, who are due in the studio shortly.
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