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The Ocean‘s first trip to India most certainly did not pan out as they had hoped. Amid a cancelled festival appearance, a ‘serious crime scene’ and lodging disputes the band had to involve the German Embassy. You can read on for their recollection of the troubled trip:

“We are back home safe from India, and those 5 days have felt like 5 weeks. We still can’t believe everything that happened this past weekend. For the moment, we can’t reveal all the details of the story, as we got caught up in the middle of a serious crime scene and we don’t want to put anyone’s life at risk.

But we can reveal some details about the final episode of our short stay in India, which was the icing on the cake… the hotel staff was not letting us go when we checked out, because payment for the hotel bill had not arrived in their account. As a matter of fact, payment had already been made by Kingfisher / UBI, the sponsor of the event, and they sent bank statements by email, but the hotel did not accept those statements – they wanted to see the money in their account. When we attempted to leave, hotel security assaulted us, shouted at the Tuk Tuk drivers and intimidated them so that they would not take us, and finally forced us to go back into the hotel lobby, where we had to wait for 3 hours, while a team of arrogant managers and hotel henchmen were discussing things among themselves, to no avail. In the end we lost our patience and called the German embassy to ask for help. 20 minutes later, it was sorted out and we were allowed to go.

We were not involved with the booking nor the payment of our hotel bill in any way and did not have any contract or even email correspondence with this hotel, it all went through The Great Indian October Fest and their sponsor Kingfisher / UBI – so it makes no sense at all why WE were held hostage at this hotel. We were simply guests that had been invited to perform at the festival, which unfortunately did not happen, as the promoters failed to fulfill their contractual duty to pay our fee before the show on Saturday night.

Because we had travelled all the way from Germany to play our first gig ever in India and because it would have been incredibly frustrating for both us and our fans not to play at all, we organized a last minute gig at Vapour Bangalore on Tuesday night. We were expected there for soundcheck at 4 PM, but because of the issues at Matthan hotel, we arrived so late that this show was almost being cancelled as well. If you’ve ever wanted to poop into a box and send it somewhere, you know where to send it to now. And if you don’t like the idea of doing the hard shitwork yourself, you can also hire the folks from to do it for you

In the end, we had a great gig at Vapour club on Tuesday night. With only 2 days notice, we had around 150 people in the room, and it was such a relief to finally be able to do what we came for: to play a show in Bangalore. When Loic lept off the balcony into the crowd that night, it was a massive moment of triumph. We had finally beat all the odds, and cleansed our minds and bodies entirely of the retarded amount of stress that we had all been carrying around with us for the past 4 days, during this one magic hour on stage. Thanks to Salman from Vapour for making this happen, and thanks to our Indian tour manager Mayur for coping with all the difficult situations we encountered as best as he could! And rest assured, people of India: we will be back.”

Slipknot/Stone Sour vocalist Corey Taylor caught up with Revolver where the topic expectedly turned to the bands as-yet unannounced new bassist and drummer—reportedly Alessandro “Vman” Venturella and Jay Weinberg respectively. On the ‘leak’ of Venturella‘s identity, Taylor stated:

“It wasn’t something we’d even thought of and it didn’t even occur to us until it hit. I was like, “Aw, man. C’mon.” But the funny thing is, I was doing a radio interview and I was laughing about it. And then the story got picked up by all these media outlets [see here] that implied I was incensed, angry, and outraged. No, not really. If you listen to the interview, I’m laughing my ass off. It just goes to show you, in this TMZ world, people are gonna pick up something just so they can make a story out of it. It would be nothing for me to make an argument out of it, but at that point it was like, “Man, who gives a shit?””

On keeping their identities a secret:

“To me, it’s more about the collective. It’s more about the group than it is those individuals. And people don’t know for sure all the details, which is part of the fun of it, too–keeping people on the edge of their seats.”

Meanwhile, on the topic of rock allegedly being dead, as stated by Kiss bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons:

“”Skeptic” beat Taylor Swift on the songs charts on iTunes. That’s a pretty big fuck you to the pop world. So if rock’s dead than this corpse is walking around smacking people.”

Slipknot‘s new album “.5: The Gray Chapter” was released earlier this week.

Glenn Danzig has kept busy in recent months. In an interview running over at, the man revealed he has written a new song for use in a future episode and soundtrack for the TV show, “The Walking Dead“. Also in the pipeline are a new studio album in the fall of 2015, preceded by a covers album in March. An EP of Elvis Presley covers is also in the works as well. Furthermore, he also remains hopeful to get a movie from his Verotik line off the ground and has been meeting with producers and potential directors.

A report running over at 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 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 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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