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The ‘Metal All Stars‘ package will make its way to the UK in December. A one-off show is scheduled to take place at the O2 Academy in London, England and as with past shows will feature the following performers collaborating together:

Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society)
James Labrie (Dream Theater)
Geoff Tate (formerly Of Queensryche)
Dave Ellefson (Megadeth)
Joey Belladonna (Anthrax)
Ross The Boss (Manowar)
Chuck Billy (Testament)
Carmine Appice (Rod Stewart, Vanilla Fudge)
Cronos (Venom)
Kobra Paige (Kobra And The Lotus)
Gus G (Ozzy Osbourne, Firewind)
Vinny Appice (Dio, Black Sabbath)
Blasko (Ozzy Osbourne, Rob Zombie)

PrimusWilly Wonka-themed push is now in full swing for their “Charlie And The Chocolate Factory” tribute album, “Primus & The Chocolate Factory With The Fungi Ensemble“. Pre-orders are now available for the album, it’s LP pressing on chocolate brown vinyl (complete with five random inserted golden LP’s,) and a 3-pack of their own branded chocolate bars, ‘Mr. Krinkle‘ (crisped rice,) ‘Professor Nutbutter‘ (peanuts,) and ‘Bastard Bar‘ (dark chocolate) by Asher’s Chocolates. You can plunk down some cash on all of those now at this location.

Primus & The Chocolate Factory With The Fungi Ensemble” is up for an October 21st release date and touring in support of it was announced yesterday. Earlier today the band revealed that drummer Tim Alexander is expected to rejoin them behind the kit for the October run (though not their shows prior) following a heart attack and a triple bypass surgery over the past few weeks.
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God Dethroned To Reunite In 2015

God Dethroned will reunite initially for next years ‘70000 Tons Of Metal‘ cruise, which will set sail from Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, FL on January 22nd, 2015. The bands Henri Sattler said of their return:

“In early 2011, I was facing two options: one was to announce a break, and the other option was to quit the band. I definitely needed time away from it all, and having a break wasn’t reassuring enough to know if I would be able to recharge the batteries for another go.

Oddly enough it was at the funeral of the man who discovered us in the first place that I came to realize the story wasn’t finished yet. So here we go again. Don’t think you will be able to see us playing every club for weekends on end. We will only play a small selection of shows and this won’t happen before 2015. Besides that, the core of the band will consist of only Michiel and myself. We’ll have some cool guest musicians lined up, though, to make sure we’ll give you the best performance possible.

Last but not least, our first shows will be where we played our last ones three years ago. Our rebirth will happen on board 70000TONS OF METAL 2015. See you on board!”

Capsize To Release New Album “The Angst In My Veins” In September

Capsize‘s new album “The Angst In My Veins” has been slated for a September 30th release on Equal Vision Records. Jay Mass of Defeater produced the outing and also guests on the title track. Pre-orders will be launched soon. At this moment the band are out on the road with Hundredth, Counterparts and more on this tour.

PHILM (Ex-Slayer) Find New Label Home

PHILM have locked in a new deal with UDR Music for the release of their new album “Fire From The Evening Sun“. The band feature ex-Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo and are plotting a September 16th North American release date for the outing. A teaser for it was released yesterday and is available here. Lombardo said of the new album:

PHILM’s first album, Harmonic, is still an amazing work to me. It’s improvisational and raw. It was my first time producing an album and I am very proud of it. The new album is a completely different animal. It is again produced by me, but mastered and mixed by a couple of musical giants… Tyler Bates and Robert Carranza. I believe this album has a daring, callous temperament about it that really sums up our mindset right now. No improvising, no fluff. It’s heavy and in your face from start to finish. You may think you know what PHILM is, but you don’t. If you haven’t seen us live, you have no idea. We thrive on being out of our comfort zones and want fans to take that ride.”

For the time being, the band have the following shows booked:

09/07 London, UK – The Underworld
09/09 Vienna, AUT – Arena
09/10 Munich, GER – Feierwerk
09/11 Zurich, SWI – Rote Fabrik

Sworn In Confirm More August Headlining Dates

Sworn In‘s touring plans for August include a number of headlining shows, among other stops. Here’s how that now looks:

08/04 Albuquerque, NM – Blackwater Music
08/05 Lubbock, TX – Jake’s Sports Cafe
08/06 St. Louis, MO – Fubar
08/07 Columbus, OH – Double Happiness
08/08 Ottawa, ON – Ritual (feat. Whitechapel & Stick To Your Guns)
08/10 Montreal, QC – Heavy MTL
08/12 Richmond, VA – Canal Club (feat. Whitechapel & Stick To Your Guns)
08/29 Pittsburgh, PA – Smiling Moose
08/30 Buffalo, NY – Waiting Room
08/31 Albany, NY – Bogies

Retox West Coast Tour Booked For October

Retox, Doomsday Student and Hot Nerds have a West Coast US run booked for October:

10/04 Santa Ana, CA – Constellation Room
10/05 San Francisco, CA – DNA Lounge
10/06 Portland, OR – Slabtown
10/07 Seattle, WA – Black Lodge
10/07 Sacramento, CA – Press Club
10/09 Santa Cruz, CA – Catalyst Atrium
10/10 Ventura, CA – Garage
10/11 Los Angeles, CA – The Smell

Comeback Kid, Rotting Out, Etc. Announce October Australian Tour

Comeback Kid will board the plane for Australia in October, having announced the following tour of the country with Rotting Out and Relentless:

10/16 Perth, WA – Amplifier
10/17 Adelaide, AUS – Fowlers
10/18 Melbourne, AUS – Central Club
10/19 Melbourne, AUS – OLP
10/21 Canberra, AUS – The Basement
10/22 Newcastle, AUS – The Cambridge
10/23 Sydney, AUS – Bald Faced Stag
10/24 Sydney, AUS – Bald Faced Stag
10/25 Brisbane, AUS – The Brightside
10/26 Byron Bay, AUS – YAC

Sepultura were featured on Brazilian TV program ‘Música Boa ao Vivo‘ last night, July 29th. The group united with various Brazilian artists during the lengthy performance, which you can watch various highlights from, including a cover of Chuck Berry‘s “Johnny B. Goode” below:
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Tear Me Down” from Nachtmystium‘s final album “The World We Left Behindbegan streaming today. The bands Blake Judd said of this track:

Tear You Down” is, by far, the most vicious track both musically and lyrically on “The World We Left Behind“. Musically, its influences range from traditional eastern music (the primary opening riffs scale being derived from the more traditional “middle eastern” style of music, which I have always felt had a unique and creepy vibe to it.) I can also sight Black Sabbath and more modern black metal bands such as Deathspell Omega and Funeral Mist as all being influential in the riffing throughout the track.

Lyrically it deals with the relationship between an all-controlling addiction and its relationship with its user, but from the persepctive of the substance itself rather than the users relationship with the substance. It is very telling of my ongoing relationship with heroin that I struggled with for over four years and viciousness that the drug unleashes mercilessly upon its user. The song tells the story of that dark world from an angle that I feel is different than the way other songs written on the topic by other artists generally approach the subject. I feel the music herein accurately encapsulates the chaos and true darkness of that sad and lonely world.”

The World We Left Behind” is out August 05th on Century Media.
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In This Moment and Nothing are among the ten artists set to release their albums on pink vinyl on September 30th in support of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. $1 from every unit shipped to retailers will be donated towards Gilda’s Club NYC. In support of the campaign, In This Moment‘s “Blood” and Nothing‘s “Guilty Of Everything” will both arrive on pink LP pressings.

Primus Drummer Tim Alexander To Rejoin The Band On Tour This Fall

Primus have issued another update on the health of their drummer Tim Alexander, who suffered a heart attack on July 15th and underwent triple bypass surgery on July 21st. Here’s their statement:

“On July 15th, Tim suffered a heart attack. It was discovered that there were three blockages near his heart. On July 21, triple bypass surgery was performed to remove the blockages. The Mighty “Herb” has pulled through surgery, the blockage from his heart has been removed with no complications

He is now home resting and beginning his recovery process. Tim will be back in good health and ready to go in October.

Due to Tim‘s health we have decided to cancel the shows in Maplewood, Fargo and Clive. Tim is recuperating fast and furious and making progress every day, but its not realistic to think he can be ready to play 2 sets in September. We’ll have a special announcement about Riot Fest in Chicago and Denver in the next few weeks. Refunds will be available for the three shows at point of purchase.”

Yesterday Primus unveiled their upcoming Charlie And The Chocolate Factory‘-themed album and tour, both of which are coming in October.