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The 2014 ‘Revolver Golden Gods Awards‘ were handed out tonight, April 23rd, in a ceremony that took place at Club Nokia in Los Angeles, CA. The awards show saw Slayer open with a surprise three-song set that included a new track titled “Implode” as well as “South Of Heaven” and “War Ensemble“.

Aside from some unfortunate technical issues and flubs—including Billy Sheehan accidentally awarding the ‘Paul Gray Best Bassist’ to Paul Gray—the show largely went down as planned.

Among the performances was Suicide Silence playing their first US show with their new frontman Eddie Hermida. They performed “You Only Live Once“, “No Pity For A Coward” and were joined by Soulfly‘s Max Cavalera for a cover of Sepultura‘s “Roots Bloody Roots“. The Pretty Reckless, A Day To Remember and Joan Jett And The Blackhearts all performed as well.

Zakk Wylde took to the piano for a solemn performance of Black Label Society‘s “In This River” amid a backdrop of metal and hard rock’s fallen heroes.

Meanwhile, after a lengthy soundcheck, Guns N’ Roses did indeed take to the stage with Duff McKagan; playing “It’s So Easy“, “Welcome To The Jungle“, “Better“, “This I Love“, “You Could Be Mine“, “Sweet Child O’ Mine” and “November Rain“—during which the live stream of the event abruptly cut off.

Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose received the ‘Ronnie James Dio Lifetime Achievement Award‘ award at the ceremony and Joan Jett was honored with the 2014 ‘Golden God Award‘.

See below for who took home the various fan-voted awards:
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A third batch of tracks from Sumerian Records‘ B>Florence + The Machine tribute “Sumerian Ceremonials: Florence + The Sphinx – A Tribute To Florence + The Machine” are now online and ready for streaming. After the break you can check out Born Of Osiris covering “Seven Devils“, Upon A Burning Body taking on “Lover To Lover” and Fever Dreamer‘s rendition of “Leave My Body“.

Sumerian Ceremonials: Florence + The Sphinx – A Tribute To Florence + The Machine” has been earmarked for a May 13th release date on Sumerian Records. It also features covers from the likes of Stick To Your Guns, Darkest Hour, Asking Alexandria‘s Ben Bruce and more. Additional details can be found at

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Wolves At The Gate To Release New Album “VxV” In June

Wolves At The Gate‘s new album “VxV” (aka ‘five by five’) will hit stores on June 10th through Solid State Records. Will Putney (Vision of Disorder, For Today) oversaw the production and mixing duties for the album. Guitarist/vocalist Steve Cobucci commented of the effort:

VxV really came together in an unexpected way. Never had I felt so uncertain about about WATG songs going into the studio, yet never have I been so thankful for the finished product. It’s a strange feeling to know in your heart that the songs are good but so unsure of how they’d come to fruition. I really hope that people can see the thought and time put into each track. Beyond the music I hope that people can continually see the abundant love of God, His sure and rich mercies, and the infinite worth of Jesus Christ.”

Both the cover art and track listing for the release can be found below:

01 – “VxV
02 – “Wake Up
03 – “Dust To Dust
04 – “Return
05 – “Relief
06 – “The Bird And The Snake
07 – “Rest
08 – “East To West
09 – “Wild Heart
10 – “The Convicted
11 – “Majesty In Misery
12 – “The Father’s Bargain
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Machine Head Reveal Opening Act For July US Tour

Machine Head have announced that Anti-Mortem will open for them on their July US ‘Killers & Kings Tour.’ Those dates include:

07/08 Fresno, CA – Strummers
07/10 Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
07/11 Boise, ID – Knitting Factory
07/13 Billings, MT – The Carlin
07/15 Minot, ND – The Original
07/15 Fargo, ND – The Venue
07/17 Ft. Wayne, IN – Piere’s
07/18 Toledo, OH – Mainstreet
07/21 Nashville, TN – Exit/In
07/23 Little Rock, AR – Juanita’s
07/24 Oklahoma City, OK – Diamond Ballroom
07/25 Springfield, MO – Outland Ballroom

Earlier today, Amon Amarth singer Johan Hegg reflected on one of his favorite pranks that late Gwar frontman Dave Brockie (aka Oderus Urungus) played on him. The incident apparently took place earlier this year and involved a rose being sent to Hegg with the note:

“Dear Johan, I want to cum in your beard.

xxx, Andy BVB”

Andy BVB would seemingly be referring to Black Veil Brides frontman Andy Biersack. A picture of the rose & note can be seen below. At the time of the prank (this past March,) Hegg responded with:

“That is very flattering “Andy”, but I don’t swing that way. Best of luck to you on future pick-up-attempts though.”

Tweeting of the prank earlier today, Hegg shared:

“This was a prank played on me by Oderus aka Dave Brockie. I miss the guy! The metal world just got a little less fun. R.I.P @GWARofficial”

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letlive.‘s “Renditions” project continues today with the below release of “The Dope Beat“. Guesting on this latest revision is The Wonder Years vocalist Dan “Soupy” Campbell. letlive. frontman Jason Butler said of this latest collaboration—which marks the second installment in the series:

The Blackest Beautiful” can be viewed in a few different ways. Perhaps, a testament to who we are becoming as an outfit. Or even the sonic aggregate of all we have endured, accomplished, and experienced as letlive. arranged in 11 tracks. However you choose to view it is really up to you. Today we’d like to offer up a new way to listen to “The Blackest Beautiful.” This is the second installment of an unofficial series we have dubbed “Renditions.”

Enlisting some of our favorite vocal performers that we’ve met along our journey courtesy of, well- music. We presented them one song off of our latest album and asked them what they would do with a certain section if I (Jason Aalon) never sang in said section. We asked them to explore with free reign utilizing their particular style and prose.

The point of this was not only to share our gratitude and adoration for other bands/artists, but to work with other artists we appreciate in new methods of collaboration and provide listeners with an exciting approach. In doing this you will hear the same song with different artists providing their artistic signature in the same section. The contrast, we believe, will not negate any single performance, but enhance all of them.”

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Motionless In White To Remain A Quintet Going Forward

Having gone through two drummers (Angelo Parente & Brandon Richter) in the past two years, Motionless In White have decided keep their core lineup a quintet going forward. Such is the case, the group expect to only be working with touring drummers throughout their future shows, which include a stint on this years ‘Vans Warped Tour‘. As frontman Chris Motionless explained:

“For those asking about who is playing drums for us, we are just going to be touring with a drummer from now on and remaining a 5 piece band. And lastly. The drums for #Reincarnate were performed and recorded by a close friend. You’ll find out when the album comes out. All is well!”

Earlier today the band announced that their new album would be titled “Reincarnate” and would hit stores on September 16th.

Classic Black Sabbath Tracks Gets Funkier Thanks To Brown Sabbath

Austin, TX-based ”psych funk” band Brownout have taken to re-envisioning Black Sabbath‘s music as Brown Sabbath. Below you can hear their take on “Hand Of Doom“, with guest vocals from Alex Maas of The Black Angels. The band will release the track backed with a cover of “The Wizard” on limited edition 10″ splattered vinyl on May 13th. An album is set to arrive later on June 24th.
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Harley Flanagan (Ex-Cro-Mags, Etc.) Signs With Southern Lord For New Album

His various legal issues mostly behind him, Harley Flanagan (ex-Cro-Mags, etc.) has landed a recording contract with Southern Lord. Flanagan and a few unspecified musicians have begun recording a new album for the label, which at present remains untitled. He said of the new material:

“I think that this is some of the hardest stuff I have written in a long time. God knows there has been a lot of inspiration over the last few years.”

Circle Of Contempt Part Ways With Sumerian Records, Stream New Song “Filth”

Circle Of Contempt are no longer a member of the Sumerian Records roster. The group confirmed the news on their Facebook yesterday, offering:

“Just to clarify to everyone

We are no longer signed to Sumerian Records !”

Despite the lack of a label, the group have been continuing on with new material, having released streams of the pre-production versions of their tracks “Filth” and “Redefine” during the past few months. You can check out both after the break:
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The rumored lineup for this years ‘The All Stars Tour‘ has leaked via Lambgoat. Here is who is apparently expected to be performing on the trek:

I See Stars
The Acacia Strain
Like Moths To Flames
Hands Like Houses
Betraying The Martyrs
New Years Day
Upon This Dawning
Sworn In
Kublai Khan

An official announcement shouldn’t be too far off as a posting from the trek’s organizers made yesterday stated that word on the lineup is “coming soon.”

Touche Amore, Tigers Jaw & Dads Summer North American Tour Announced

Touche Amore, Tigers Jaw and Dads will be on the road together this summer hitting the following stops:

06/27 Pomona, CA – Glasshouse
06/28 Pomona, CA – Glasshouse
06/29 Camarillo, CA – Rock City
06/30 Oakland, CA – Oakland Metro
07/01 Sacramento, CA – Ace of Clubs
07/02 Fresno, CA – Strummers
07/03 Las Vegas, NV – S. Nevada Sports Centre
07/05 Tucson, AZ – 191 Toole
07/06 Albuquerque, NM – Launchpad
07/07 Oklahoma City, OK – Conservatory
07/08 Memphis, TN – Hi-Tone Cafe
07/09 Birmingham, AL – Zydeco
07/10 Columbia, SC – New Brookland Tavern
07/11 Charlotte, NC – Amos’ Southend
07/12 Richmond, VA – Broadberry
07/13 Baltimore, MD – Ottobar
07/15 Long Island, NY – Revolution Bar & Music Hall
07/16 Providence, RI – Met Cafe
07/17 Portland, ME – Port City Music Hall
07/19 Quebec City, QC – L’Agitee
07/20 Ottawa, ON – Ritual
07/21 Cleveland, OH – Grog Shop
07/22 Pittsburgh, PA – Altar Bar
07/23 Milwaukee, WI – Rave Bar
07/24 Minneapolis, MN – The Garage
07/25 Des Moines, IA – Wooly’s
07/26 St. Louis, MO – Firebird