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A Skylit Drive have commented on the departure of their bassist and drummer. In addition, the group have begun recording a new acoustic version of their latest album “Rise“. It will be titled “Rise: Ascension“, with producer Jim Wirt (Incubus, Hoobastank) overseeing the sessions. A January release date is expected for it with a new album also planned for 2015. The band provided the following statement and video on all of that to Altpress.com:

“Before anything else we’d like to apologize for the manner in which yesterday’s abrupt & unplanned announcement of Cory and Brian‘s departure from A Skylit Drive was. We had known for quite some time that both members were becoming increasingly less happy in the band. Both for their own reasons. We knew their time in ASD was coming to an end. Some of the separation was even mutual, but for you, the fans, ASD as a whole should have been able to create an announcement together regarding the separation. You all deserve NO less than that. We don’t want our fans, the lifeline of our passion, to be left wondering. Respectfully, below our statement you will find Cory & Brian‘s [see here.]

As for the future of ASD, We will continue on. ASD is about more than one or two people. It’s about the music & the fans. Where the music comes from is safely intact. That we can promise you. As for our fans, there are none better, and we know you’ll be right there by our sides till the end. Knowing that, we have all we need to carry on.

In the spirit of moving forward and sticking to our word of a big announcement coming, we have a couple of things in store. First things first, we will be releasing a full length acoustic album in January of 2015. For the album we have recreated our most recent record “RISE” in its entirety in FULL acoustic. The album will be called “RISE: ASCENSION“. Please check out the announcement video for full details & pre order specials. Second, we have already begun writing for a new record set to release in the Summer of 2015! Lastly, expect to see us back on the road in early 2015. We can’t be stopped!

To be honest, we couldn’t feel better about where we’re at. There is no doubt within us. We are stronger and more determined than ever before. At the end of the day all we have is our music, and all we want to do is share it with the world. We are beyond excited to continue this journey, and we hope you’re ready for the ride!”

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Machine Head frontman/guitarist Robb Flynn examines the actual worth of social media in his latest journal entry. Amid a realistic appraisal of the bands accrued ‘likes’ and why he walked away from Twitter, Flynn also fired some shots back at Children Of Bodom,—presumably for this statement Alexi Laiho made in regards to the two bands cancelled fall tour.

Addressing the subsequent wave of Childen Of Bodom fans that began attacking Machine Head on social media, Flynn stated:

“There also exists a large group of “I’m-not-really-sure-if-they-are-fans-or-not,” and last and certainly least, there’s the people whose sole purpose is to troll your page. Like, I don’t know… let’s say the Children Of Bodom “Hate Crew” that has been out in full force in light of the US tour being re-scheduled. It’s typical shit talking, albeit a ton of it to the actual Machine Head fans saying ‘how much better Bodom are than Machine Head’ and how ‘Bodom should’ve been headlining over Machine Head’, and “fuck Machine Head”.

However, most people usually need the motivation to act like fools and Alexi’s little bitch-ass response certainly got the “Hate Crew” fired up.

Hate Crew?… pffffft!… more like “Alexi-ain’t-that-Great-Crew!”, more like, “bought-a-ticket-too-Late-Crew!”, more like, “It’s-not-my-fault-you’re-a-virgin-and-can’t-get-a-Date-Crew”!!

But to the weak attacking the MH castle? Whatever… we’ve got the Head Cases, the fucking MH diehards, armed to the teeth and defending us to the bitterest of deaths.

For every person that complains about the tour getting canceled the Head Cases are like “shut the fuck up, life goes on, M F’n H to the death!!!” So for every one of those people, I thank you VERY much. Truly, from the bottom of my heart, I appreciate the fact that you do that. Because shit DOES happen and sometimes life DOESN’T go the way you want it to.”

The full journal entry is an interesting read and can be found below or over at the bands, ahem, Facebook. Machine Head will have a new album titled “Bloodstone & Diamonds” released on November 10th through Nuclear Blast Entertainment.
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Trash Talk Team With Converse For New Shoe Line

Trash Talk have teamed with Converse to collaborate on a shoe together. The pair have come up with the ‘Converse x Trash Talk CONS Pro Leather Skate‘ collection. You can check out the shoes below, which according to the official press release:

“The Converse x Trash Talk CONS Pro Leather Skate collection incorporates several distinct details including the band’s “No Peace” branded logo, a premium leather upper with suede heel cap and a leather heel strip that runs vertically up the back. The inside tongue label of the left sneaker is inscribed with the word “Babylon” and the left with “California” in reference to the locally inspired song from their album “Plague…Walking Disease”. The words “Trash” and “Talk” are also inscribed on alternate sock liners.”

For more info head over to Converse.com.

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There’s quite some time to go before a new Rammstein album emerges, so band guitarist Richard Z. Kruspe‘s new Emigrate album may fill the void. A preview of all tracks from the effort, titled “Silent So Long“, can be streamed here.

Among the various guests featured on the album are Korn vocalist Jonathan Davis and Motörhead vocalist/bassist Lemmy Kilmister. “Silent So Long” is presently headed for a December 09th US release.

Attila Frontman Chris Fronzak Defends Himself Against Homophobic Accusations

Attila frontman Chris Fronzak is once again defending himself against accusations of being homophobic. The latest round of allegations appear to have come from his liberal use of a homophobic slur in the bands new track “Proving Grounds“. Speaking via Twitter today, October 22nd, he offered in his defense:

“If you think I’m homophobic in any way possible, you’re clearly either an idiot or you’re in a washed up band that nobody cares about”

Proving Ground” is taken from the bands new album “Guilty Pleasure“, out November 24th.If you’re just catching up, the bands guitarist Nate Salameh has exited the band to focus on sobriety.

This weeks Boxscore report features a sampling of the earnings and attendance numbers from recent shows played by:

Pearl Jam
Motley Crue
Alice Cooper
Five Finger Death Punch
Volbeat
HELLYEAH
Nothing More
Epica
Judas Priest
Steel Panther
Coheed And Cambria
Thank You Scientist
Amon Amarth
Sabaton
Skeletonwitch
Within Temptation
Amaranthre
Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats
Danava
Lacuna Coil
Devil You Know
Starset
Incura

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A Skylit Drive’s Drummer & Bassist Exit The Band

A Skylit Drive‘s rhythm section (bassist Brian White and drummer Cory La Quay) have announced their departure from the group:

“A message for our fans and friends, from Brian and Cory: First and foremost, we want to express our gratitude towards our fans and friends who have believed in us enough to support the music we love to play. Whether you have been with us since the beginning of A Skylit Drive or have started listening recently, and regardless of how you showed your support (by coming to a concert, buying our CD or merchandise, or spreading the word about us)…thank you.

After careful consideration and having spent a significant amount of time making our decision, we will be parting ways with A Skylit Drive. The life-shaping experiences we have had as individuals, with our band mates/fellow touring bands and especially with our fans and friends is what makes our departure weigh so heavily on our hearts. While we arrived at our decision to leave A Skylit Drive separately, our reasons for doing so are very similar.

Unfortunately, the same passion for our band that once fueled our success has changed. How a person values their art and the creative process is their own right, but for the two of us it has gotten to the point that we do not want to lose our love of writing, playing and preforming music because our values and ideas are no longer aligned with others.When we started this band, we could have never imagined that our dreams to travel and perform on stages across the world would come true.

Thankful is an understatement for the way we feel about the opportunities we have been given to live our dream for the past eight years. That being said, we hope that you—our fans and friends— will continue to follow your dreams, whatever they may be. Do what makes you happy; otherwise there is no point in doing it at all. Music and performing will always be a part of us, and so we look forward to embracing new opportunities. We will not stop dreaming and we hope you will continue to dream with us.

With the sincerest love and gratitude, Brian White and Cory LaQuay

The remaining members of band look to have not authorized the above statement and said of it yesterday:

“Fans & friends, earlier today an announcement was made public without the consent of everyone involved. We promise ALL of your questions and concerns will be answered tomorrow.”