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Periphery’s Misha Mansoor Tapped For New ‘Halo 2′ Soundtrack

Periphery guitarist Misha Mansoor and Steve Vai are among the guitarists commissioned to re-record the score for an upcoming re-release of the video game, Halo 2. Their contributions will be made available as part of the ‘Halo: The Master Chief Collection‘ set, which will hit stores on the Xbox One on November 11th. Below you can find a sneak preview of Mansoor‘s work:
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Haste The Day‘s crowdfunding campaign for their new album continues to pick up steam, having now surpassed $88,025 with 14 days still remaining. The bands Stephen Keech issued the following on passing the $85,000 milestone:

Haste the Day Fans!!!

We are so blown away by your continual support of this project! You have spread the word and invested in this record with us, and we couldn’t be more grateful. I can’t believe it, but we just hit $85,000, which releases our next stretch goal. All the backers up to this point will receive a brand new, unreleased song from me!

I can’t wait to share it. But first I would like to touch on a little bit of htd history and one of the reasons this project is special. Way back in the early days of Haste the Day when everyone could eat whatever they wanted and stay skinny, the band released an EP on their own. Meaning, they saved up their allowances, started lemonade stands, and probably ate lots of Ramen noodles so they could make a record. After that, HTD signed to a label gracious enough to let them borrow money to record a full length record. Five albums later, we broke up while still paying off our debt through record sales.

This record is exciting because it is the first full length record that Haste the Day has done where it is funded up front. This campaign has been our lemonade stand. But instead of lemonade, we are selling vinyls, hoodies, t-shirts, cds, and more. Your support is helping us make the album we want to make. There will be no dollar waisted in this campaign. The more money that is made, the more we can do with this record.

Thank you all so much for being so supportive and inspirational to us. It is truly humbling.

God bless,
Stephen Keech

Gwar On Continuing Without Oderus: “Our Fans Wouldn’t Let Us Walk Away”

Gwar spoke of moving forward without their late frontman Dave “Oderus Urungus” Brockie yesterday. You can read their thoughts on the matter below and catch them on their fall tour.

“2014 has been a trying year for Slave Pit, Inc. Our first major milestone after the passing of our leader and mouthpiece, Dave Brockie, was our annual GWAR B-Q. While the entirety of GWAR could have just hung up our rubber swords, we decided to charge forward. Our fans wouldn’t let us walk away, and your outpouring of support fueled us.

The GWAR B-Q, like GWAR itself, came from humble beginnings. We just wanted a place to hang out with our friends and fans. It belongs as much to you as it does us. Over the years, it has grown to epic proportions. Now that the 2014 GWAR B-Q is over, we look back at a truly amazing event.

We each put our unique fingerprints on the GWAR B-Q to push it to fruition, and we’re extremely proud of how it turned out. That’s not to say everything went off without a hitch; but we’re listening to your feedback and trying to get better as the GWAR B-Q gets bigger. We sincerely hope you had an awesome time. We do this for you.

From start to finish, the GWAR B-Q was a chaotic maelstrom of hard-hitting fury. Every band that took the stage – in what was by far our best lineup – delivered crushing performances to a rabid throng. The people behind the scenes, along with our sponsors and vendors, went above and beyond the call of duty. We owe them sincere thanks. Even the weather cooperated.

Last but not least, we want to thank our dedicated fans who showed up in record numbers to party with us! 5,000 of the world’s craziest Bohabs, packed into a freaking waterpark, rocking out and drinking all the GWAR Beer we had…How kick-ass is that?! We can’t wait to see you all again on the GWAR Eternal Tour this fall.

Join us as we say…
Hail Oderus!
Hail Flattus!
Hail GWAR!”

The Dillinger Escape Plan’s Ben Weinman Interviews Mastodon’s Brent Hinds

The Dillinger Escape Plan guitarist Ben Weinman sits down for a chat with his Giraffe Tongue Orchestra bandmate, Brent Hinds in the below new video for Partysmasherinc.com. Hinds is of course most known for his role as the guitarist/vocalist of Mastodon. The friendly chat covers a lot of topics, including the aforementioned supergroup, who are due in the studio shortly.
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Exodus Set Track Listing For New Album “Blood In Blood Out”

Exodus have revealed the track listing for their tenth studio album, “Blood In Blood Out“. That album will be released through Nuclear Blast on October 14th and finds the band reunited with vocalist Steve “Zetro” Souza. Here’s what you can expect:

01 – “Black 13
02 – “Blood In, Blood Out
03 – “Collateral Damage
04 – “Salt The Wound
05 – “Body Harvest
06 – “BTK
07 – “Wrapped In The Arms Of Rage
08 – “My Last Nerve
09 – “Numb
10 – “Honor Killings
11 – “Food For The Worms

The cover art for the release was previously unveiled at this location.

Hatebreed’s Jamey Jasta Teams With Disturbed’s John Moyer For New Track

Amid some controversy, Disturbed bassist John Moyer recently exited Adrenaline Mob to focus on other commitments. While those commitments have yet to be revealedMoyer will be focusing on production work. He has spent some time working on new material with Hatebreed frontman Jamey Jasta. The finished product may wind up on Jasta‘s next solo album, as the man himself reveals:

“Had 2 hours free while the youngster was at school and tracked a banger that @JohnMoyerBass co-wrote. Could end up on a #JASTA album!!”

A Toddler Gets Metal For His ABC’s

Listening to metal around your one-year-old child may have some positive effects, such as youngster Ethan Conrad‘s below heavy metal recital of the alphabet. According to the child’s father Sean, this was unfortunately the only time young Ethan indulged in such a performance.
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