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Devin Townsend Project Release Lyric Video For New Song “Rejoice”

Devin Townsend has already given Ziltoid his say, now its time for the Devin Townsend Project to chime in. Townsend has released the below lyric video for “Rejoice” through Loudwire. That song appears on the “Sky Blue” half of his new crowdfunded album, ““. The effort is broken into two warring halves, with the Devin Townsend Project taking on the first disc with “Sky Blue“, while Ziltoid commandeers the second disc for “Dark Matters“. “” is headed for an October 28th release on InsideOut Music.
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Skeletonwitch Address The Recent Absence Of Their Frontman Chance Garnette

Skeletonwitch‘s recent shows have been undertaken without their frontman Chance Garnette. The band have issued the following statement regarding that, revealing that they will finish out their immediate touring as a quartet:

“Lately there have been a lot of rumors, speculation, and assumptions, regarding Skeletonwitch. We want to set the record straight.

Unfortunately, Chance is unable to finish out the tour as he has some serious personal matters to attend to. We ask you to respect his and our privacy regarding these matters.

This obviously left us with a very difficult decision to make and we’ve decided to finish out the tour as a 4-piece.

We made the assumption that Skeletonwitch fans attending the shows would rather see 4 of us ripping through our songs, than a piece of paper on the door announcing our cancellation. If the first 2 shows were any indication, we assumed correctly.

You have our sincerest apologies for not being able to bring you the full show, and for canceling the stop in Albany.

We thank everyone for their understanding and their support now and in the future.

Please come out to the remaining shows for riffs, beers, and hi-fives with us. At the risk of sounding too sentimental, music is equally important, if not more so, during rough times as well as the good.

Skeletonwitch is not going anywhere. See you soon.”

Some fan-filmed footage of the bands instrumental set in Brooklyn, NY can be seen below:
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Second Episode Of ‘Metal Grasshopper’ (Philip H. Anselmo, Etc.) Released

The second episode of ‘Metal Grasshopper‘ has been released. That comedic web series finds Philip H. Anselmo of Down/ex-Pantera, etc. fame schooling comedian Dave Hill in the ways of metal. This latest episode also features cameos from some famous monsters—Frankenberry and Boo Berry. Check it out below courtesy of Metal Injection:
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Metallica To Close Out This Years ‘Blizzcon’

Metallica have been booked to play ‘Blizzcon‘ on Saturday, November 08th. That annual gaming convention will be held in Anaheim, CA and celebrate all things Blizzard Entertainment (‘Starcraft‘, ‘World Of Warcraft‘, ‘Diablo‘, ‘Hearthstone‘, etc.) Coverage of the convention, including the bands performance, will be available via PPV.

Lamb Of God’s Randy Blythe Turns In His Memoir “Dark Days”

Lamb Of God frontman Randy Blythe has completed the first draft of his new memoir “Dark Days“. While Blythe initially approached the writing process with confidence, the process slowly broke him down, as he details in a lengthy new entry over at his blog. An excerpt from that can be read below:

“As I sat down each day to work on Dark Days, I very swiftly realized that there was no way in hell I was going to be able to do much of anything at all except write my book while I was writing my book. Writing a book is not easy. Not at all. And despite the fact that I am, indeed, intimately familiar with one variety of the creative process after making several records with my band, the process of writing a book is vastly different from getting together with four other dudes to write and record an album. In my experience, writing a book makes writing a record look like a joke in comparison.

And if you do it like I did it, with no cowriter or ghostwriter or underwriter or whatever they are called these days, then you do it 100% alone. That means when something sucks, it’s 100% your fault. There’s no chance of pawning off even one shitty sentence in your book on someone else. Unlike an album, where listeners sometimes exercise a great amount of leniency and tolerance for aspects of the music they don’t care for because of the things they do enjoy about the band (ie., “I don’t really care for the singer, but the drummer/guitarist/accordionist/kazooist/whateverist is amazing”), an author has nothing to offer to the audience but his own contribution to the book.

A reader isn’t going to recommend your book to anyone else just because it has a few good paragraphs in the first chapter, or they really liked the epilogue. And unlike the collaborative effort that occurs in a band, you as the author can’t blame that particularly sucky self-indulgent part of your book on anyone but yourself. In a band, if a song just sucks (even if it’s your fault), you can always pass the buck and blame someone else: “This would have worked if it wasn’t for that stupid wanking guitar solo at the end,” or “If the drummer would have just played a straight beat like we wanted him to, the middle of this tune wouldn’t sound like he had epileptic fit in the studio,” or “This thing was a ripping jam until that douchebag singer came in and ruined it with his pretentious lyrics and awful screeching.”

Then, when the album drops and people hate it, you can just sit back and take a long relaxing soak in a glorious hot tub of self-righteousness: “I tried to tell them, but those boneheads wouldn’t listen. Now look at ‘em.””

At present Amazon lists the book for a February 03rd release date.

Skindred Sign With Napalm Records

Skindred have signed a worldwide deal with Napalm Records. A new album for the label is in the offing and the group have officially confirmed the addition of DJ/sampler/backing vocalist Dan Sturgess to their lineup. Until then, the band have landed the following support slot to Steel Panther on their March UK tour:

03/06 Manchester, UK – O2 Apollo
03/07 Manchester, UK – O2 Apollo
03/09 Glasgow, UK – O2 Academy
03/10 Newcastle, UK – O2 Academy
03/12 Wolverhampton, UK – Civic Hall
03/13 Leicester, UK – O2 Academy
03/14 London, UK – SSE Arena Wembley

August Burns Red have revealed their headlining run, ‘The Frozen Flame Tour‘, for early next year. Currently the bill will feature Miss May I, Northlane, ERRA and one more as-yet unannounced opener—reportedly Fit For A King. August Burns Red themselves plan to enter the studio later this year to track a new album for a 2015 release.

01/22 Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Soundstage
01/23 New York, NY – Irving Plaza
01/24 Clifton Park, NY – Upstate Concert Hall
01/25 Boston, MA – House Of Blues
01/27 Quebec, QC – Imperial De Quebec
01/28 Montreal, QC – Metropolis
01/29 Ottawa, ON – Bronson Centre
01/30 Toronto, ON – Phoenix Theatre
01/31 London, ON – London Music Hall
02/01 Detroit, MI – St Andrews Hall
02/03 Cleveland, OH – House Of Blues
02/04 Cincinnati, OH – Bogart’s
02/05 Milwaukee, WI – The Rave
02/06 Minneapolis, MN – Mill City Nights
02/07 Lawrence, KS – Granada Theatre
02/09 Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall
02/10 Murray, UT – Murray Theatre
02/12 Edmonton, AB – Starlite Room
02/13 Calgary, AB – Macewan Ballroom
02/14 Spokane, WA – Knitting Factory
02/15 Boise, ID – Knitting Factory
02/16 Seattle, WA – The Showbox
02/17 Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre
02/19 Sacramento, CA – Ace Of Spades
02/20 Pomona, CA – The Glasshouse
02/21 San Diego, CA – House Of Blues
02/22 Mesa, AZ – Nile Theatre
02/24 San Antonio, TX – Backstage Live
02/25 Dallas, TX – House Of Blues
02/26 Houston, TX – House Of Blues
02/27 New Orleans, LA – House Of Blues
02/28 Oklahoma City, OK – Diamond Ballroom
03/02 Orlando, FL – House Of Blues
03/03 Fort Lauderdale, FL – Revolution
03/04 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
03/05 Charlotte, NC – Amos’ Southend
03/06 Norfolk, VA – The Norva
03/07 Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom
03/08 Philadelphia, PA – Theatre Of Living Arts

Drummer Alex Rudinger Has Now Exited The Faceless As Well

As it turns out, bassist Evan Brewer wasn’t the only member to exit The Faceless. Shortly after announcing his departure, drummer Alex Rudinger also announced his decision to step down from the band as well:

“After much thought I’ve decided that it is time for me to leave The Faceless to pursue other projects and seek out other opportunities. I will be looking for work; I love touring, writing, and recording and plan on doing all of these things for a long time to come. I would like to thank the band, as well as every person that attended a show in the last two years. I saw a lot of places and made some great friends along the way; it was a great experience.

I’d also like to apologize to any fans that were planning on coming out to see me with the band next week at Knotfest, as well as Europe next month. I’m sure I will see you all again at some point in the future!

I wish the band the best of luck, I have no doubts they will continue onward. Thanks.”

No word yet on replacements for the pair.