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A report running over at TMZ.com cites family sources that the recent passing of Coma Prevail/ex-Scary Kids Scaring Kids frontman Tyson Stevens may have been due to heroin. As TMZ report:

Stevens died Monday and the official cause of death is unknown. But law enforcement sources tell TMZ … there’s smoke. The girlfriend and mom say Stevens had struggled with heroin addiction for a long time, although he was recently clean.

Our sources say Stevens‘ body had “old track marks” that had scabbed on his inner right ankle. We’re told there was no heroin in the house where he died, but cops did find weed and pipes.”

Stevens‘ cause of death has yet to be determined pending a toxicology report.

Tool’s Adam Jones Shares More From The Studio

Tool guitarist Adam Jones has posted another photo of the group apparently working on new music in their loft studio. This latest undated photo finds all members of the band in attendance, and once again carries the hashtag “#SmokeOnTheHorizon”. Early next year the bands multi-level lawsuit will go to trial, hopefully paving the way for the release of the long-awaited opus.
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Chelsea Grin & Veil Of Maya Announce February European Tour

Chelsea Grin, Veil Of Maya and as-yet unannounced special guests will be touring UK and Europe in February:

02/05 Nürnberg, GER – Hirsch
02/06 Köln, GER – Essigfabrik
02/07 Leipzig, GER – Conne Island
02/08 Warsaw, POL – Proxima
02/09 Berlin, GER – Magnet
02/10 Hamburg, GER – Logo
02/11 Nijmegen, NET – Doornroosje
02/12 Paris, FRA – Nouveau Casino
02/13 Brighton, UK – Audio
02/14 Manchester, UK – Club Academy
02/15 Glasgow, UK – Classic Grand
02/16 Birmingham, UK – O2 Academy 2
02/17 Cardiff, UK – CF10
02/18 London, UK – Underworld
02/19 Aarschot, BEL – De Klinker
02/20 Esch/Alzette, LUX – Kulturfabrik
02/21 Geneve, SWI – L’Usine
02/22 Aarau, SWI – Kiff
02/23 München, GER – Backstage
02/24 Brescia, ITA – Circolo Colony
02/25 Wien, AUT – Arena
02/26 Budapest, HUN – A38
02/27 Karlsruhe, GER – Substage

Silent Planet Take On The Plight Of Native Americans With “Native Blood”

A music video for Silent Planet‘s song “Native Blood” is now available, having premiered through Revolver. According to a press release, frontman Garrett Russell said the song “’deals with America’s expansionist persecution of Native American people. This is all told through the lens of a young girl who watches her peoples’ way of life be taken from them in the name of ‘God.’”’ The track will be released as part of the bands Solid State debut, “The Night God Slept“, out November 10th.
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Cretin Streaming New Song “Fourteen”

Cretin are streaming a new track titled “Fourteen” below. The song is exclusive to Decibel magazine’s monthly flexi disc series. You can check that out over at MetalSucks. The bands first album in eight years, “Stranger“, will hit stores December 09th on Relapse Records.

Melvins frontman/guitarist Buzz “King Buzzo” Osborne retained his sunny disposition for certain aspects of the media in an interview with Phoenixnewtimes.com. Reviewers in particular were a target of Osborne‘s ire in the chat, with him offering:

“Most people who write reviews for records or talk to our band don’t know what they’re talking about, by and large. They think our records are a pointless endeavor, which doesn’t surprise me. If you look at what they’re reviewing, it quickly becomes clear that they don’t like what we’re doing. Generally speaking, they don’t like anything that’s good.

You’ve got to remember: People who write reviews are lazy. They don’t know anything about music, by and large, but I can’t lead them down the dark path. There’s a vast array of wild, weird music. I don’t really like stoner rock. I don’t like bands that sound like other bands. We take our influences from bands people might not have thought of and turn them into something else.

We’re not sludgy or slow. Those are lazy ways to describe what we do by people who have never heard us and have no idea what we do. That is more sickening than anything else. There is a tiny little percentage of people out there who understand completely what we are doing. Then there are these other people who will never understand and never get it, and you just can’t worry about it. I like it, so let’s just leave it at that.

Let’s say we make something on our new album that’s considered weird — weird compared to what? “Our records are not weird in the grand scheme of weird records out there. I just have to go, ‘Really, guys? You don’t even know what weird is.’ It’s stupid. I have no idea what kind of rock they live under.”

Osborne also went on to rule out drugs as being a source of inspiration of creativity:

“Does it take a lot drugs to make this kind of music? I don’t know. I think drugs would probably stand in our way. I can’t think of a single instance where people have been bettered in their work as a result of taking drugs. Creativity comes from you and not some outside source. If it does, then we’re all being fooled. People who think that . . . there are a lot of psychedelic bands out there who cite drugs as an influence, but most don’t last very long. At that point, who cares?”

Primus Return To The Stage With Drummer Tim Alexander

Primus drummer Tim “Herb” Alexander made his return behind the kit last night, October 22nd, in Philadelphia, PA. The set marked a personal milestone for Alexander, who suffered a heart attack this past July and underwent a triple bypass shortly after. He has since undergone months of physical therapy to get back onstage with the band on their current tour. For some fan-filmed footage of his return, head below. Primus are out touring behind their ‘Willy Wonka‘ tribute album, “Primus & The Chocolate Factory With The Fungi Ensemble“, in stores now.
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Wayne Static of Static-X fame had a chat with Ultimate-guitar.com that ran the gamut of his career, providing insight to the various highs and lows he and the band experienced. Along with a revealing look at various periods and incarnations of the band, there’s also some shots thrown at past members of the outfit—not surprising given legal mess involving the Static-X name. Some excerpts from the lengthy chat can be found below.

On writing the follow-up to the platinum selling “Wisconsin Death Trip“:

“I spent that whole two years [touring] writing “Machine” in the back lounge of the bus. ‘Cause my whole mindset was, “Holy shit. We’ve got a platinum record and we’re gonna go home after this and we gotta get in the studio and people are gonna expect another platinum record.” So while everybody else was out partying and having a good time, I was sittin’ in the back of the bus writing “Machine.” Which I wrote 100 percent by myself. That caused a lot of [problems] and that was when everything just went to shit with the band.

“The band got really pissed off because we had split “Wisconsin Death Trip” four ways ’cause we were all broke and we had all worked our asses off and everything. Then the time came to record “Machine” and I’m like, “Fuck you guys. I’m not splittin’ this four ways. You guys fuckin’ partied for two years while I sat and wrote this record by myself. This is gonna be my first solo record.”

“That’s what I told them. I’m like, “Fuck you, guys. This is my first solo record.” Finally we came to an agreement where I got 2/3 of the record and then the rest of the band split the other 1/3 of the record, which was still being very generous. ”
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Faith No More In The Studio, New Photos Available

With a new single titled “Motherfucker” set for November 28th and their seventh full-length album tentatively due in April, it’s not all that shocking that Faith No More have been in the studio lately. Given that the album will mark their first proper release since 1997, it’s still a bit exciting to peruse the following photos of the recent recording sessions they shared today:
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Ozzy Osbourne Hopes To Get Bill Ward Back For Final Black Sabbath Album

Black Sabbath‘s upcoming final album may also be a proper reunion for the outfit. Frontman Ozzy Osbourne has told Esquire.com that he hopes drummer Bill Ward will be involved in the effort:

“…What I’m really happy about is, if this is Black Sabbath‘s last hurrah, then we’ll have ended it on an up note rather than when I left in 1979 and everybody was fucked up on one thing or another and I was marked out as being the worst, you know. It ended on a bad note, so… The only thing sad about it is I hope Bill Ward can get his stuff together to do this because… one of the biggest things I’m proud of in my life was that Black Sabbath wasn’t a band that was created by some business mogul in London or New York. That we were four guys who had a great idea and it worked from record one, and we still… Would you believe that it took 45 years to get our first number-one album in America? It was amazing to me.”

Ward and the band had a public falling out that led to him not being involved with the bands latest album, “13“. Meanwhile, later in the aforementioned interview Osbourne mentioned that writing for the swan song is still in the very early stages while he also hopes that ‘Ozzfest‘ may one day return.