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Animals As Leaders have announced some headlining off-dates from their late 2014 tour with Devin Townsend & Monuments. Here’s where you can catch them on their own:

12/01 Syracuse, NY – The Westcott Theatre
12/07 Winston-Salem, NC – Ziggy’s
12/09 New Orleans, LA – The Howlin’ Wolf
12/12 Lawrence, KS – The Bottleneck

Project 86 will be touring the US this month with Disciple. Here’s what’s been booked:

With Disciple:

10/02 Joliet, IL – Mojoes
10/03 Green Bay, WI – Cup O’ Joy
10/04 Wausau, WI – Warehouse 21
10/05 Washington, IA – Hamakua Place
10/01 De Motte, IN – Crossroads Church
10/11 Cincinnati, OH – The Underground
10/12 Rawlings, MD – Northstar Church
10/15 Savannah, GA – City Church Pooler
10/16 Bradenton, FL – The Coliseum Of Bradenton
10/17 Jacksonville, FL – The Murray Hill Theater
10/23 Battle Creek, MI – Battle Creek Friends Church
10/25 Shrewsberry, PA – Grace Fellowship Church

With Living Sacrifice & The Agony Scene:

11/14 Tulsa, OK – The Vanguard
11/15 Little Rock, AR – The Rev Room

Project 86 will be touring behind their forthcoming new crowdfunded album “Knives To The Future“.

Bullet For My Valentine Finishing Up Writing New Album

Bullet For My Valentine have been demoing new material throughout the year and it would appear there has been substantial progress made. The group just tweeted the following of where they are currently at:

“11 songs in folks. Should be ready to start album 5 in the next month or so. It’s an absolute monster so far. MT.”

American Nightmare Announce January Shows

January will see American Nightmare return to the stage again, this time for shows in both New York City and Los Angeles. Those stops are as follows:

01/02 New York City, NY – Webster Hall
01/104 Los Angeles, CA – El Rey Theatre

Exodus Preview Each Track Of Their New Album “Blood In, Blood Out”

A preview of every track featured on Exodus‘s new album “Blood In, Blood Out” can be heard below courtesy of Loudwire. That album features cameos from Metallica‘s Kirk Hammett” (“Salt The Wound“,) Dan The Automator (“Black 13“) and Testament‘s Chuck Billy (“BTK“). Nuclear Blast will see that it gets released on October 14th.
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Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian has shared an excerpt from his new memoir “I’m The Man: The Story Of That Guy From Anthrax” with This particular excerpt focuses on the firing of Megadeth‘s Dave Mustaine from Metallica. The book will be released October 14th.

“It was New Year’s Eve 1980, and we had a big party at my friend Richie Herman’s house. He lived on the first floor of our building, and his dad was always out of town, so we had fifty or sixty people at his house to celebrate my birthday. I went nuts. I’d been drinking before, but now I was almost legal.

I was seventeen, and I drank so many screwdrivers made with that ultrapremium vodka, Popov. It’s right up there with Grey Goose and Tito’s, if they tasted like used Russian bleach. I must have had twelve. I have vague memories of making out with this girl, and we stopped kissing because I was getting queasy. I felt the vomit come up my esophagus, and I pulled away and puked all over her and then proceeded to puke all over Richie’s bathroom.

I crawled up the stairs one flight back to my mom’s apartment, crashed out, and woke up the next day still throwing up. I was sick for two or three days. Just the smell of booze nauseated me for years after that. Looking back, that was an advantage because I didn’t drink much during all the formative years of Anthrax, and that helped me maintain focus. I’d go to bars and have a beer or two, but I was not part of the Alcoholica team. Looking at Metallica now, they had a totally different dynamic.

Their music was strong enough to hold up even when they were sloppy drunk, and even when Dave Mustaine was in the band they really were the Four Horsemen. They just all had very strong, different personalities. James Hetfield was actually the wallflower. He was quiet like [Anthrax drummer] Charlie [Benante] with a good sense of humor and hadn’t developed his rock star persona yet. He looked awkward around people, but when he was holding his guitar and screaming into the mike he was right at home. That was where he belonged, even though he never said anything onstage. That was all Dave.

Mustaine was the real front man of the band. He did all the talking onstage and he had that rock star personality. He was also an out-of-control, mean drunk, but he had a sharp sense of humor. Lars could be funny, too, and he could talk a ton of s–t. He actually couldn’t really play when they started. He learned by jamming along with James’s songs and just got better as they went. It would be hard to imagine Lars in any other band, but he’s the right drummer for Metallica. He was also the voice of the band from day one.
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Ministry Planning New North American Tour

Ministry are in the midst of putting together a North American tour. The limited trek will thus far feature stops in the following cities:

Toronto, ON
New York City, NY
Chicago, IL
Seattle, WA
San Francisco, CA
Los Angeles, CA

More dates are being booked with an exact itinerary still pending.

Former In Flames guitarist, etc. Jesper Strömblad addressed a number of fan questions via his Facebook yesterday, September 30th. Providing an all encompassing answer, Strömblad revealed his vision for the band and their current direction didn’t exactly align. He also touched upon alcohol playing a part in his exit from the group. here’s what he had to say:

“Will I ever return to In Flames? No one never knows what the future brings,but the chances are slim as they embarked on a different musical journey,they have a solid lineup and Im on a totally different path in life right now. I would never go into details why I quit, but there is always one official story and there is the other……Alcohol is a quite small part of it.

That can also answer the next question, what do I think of their new stuff. Listen to The Resistance and that explains a bit of it . We simply went different directions. I need to stand behind and feel inspired with what I do 100%, I owe it to the fans and obviosly the band. All respect to In Flames and their new approach, but for me the band was a guitar/riffbased melodeathband. And Its not anymore, but still amazing musicianship and I dont think its wrong.

But its not the vision I had when we started out. But still All respect to them and the huge success,highly deserved! So please, I wish, change the comment from “come back to IF”, to “welcome Niklas Engelin“, who is one of the nicest talented guys, and the one who fill my shoes perfect, and brings back an amazing energy live and personally! So there you have it.

I do not and will never compromise with my music. Im on a new path together with the guys in TR who made me want to play again and the good feeling of being a part of a band.Dedication,frienship,genuine passion for the music! Money, fame grammys e t c doesnt matter a crap if U dont have your not comitted 100% to it. I also have a soloalbum coming up, an facebreaking EP and album with The Resistance and some other other excitiing projects. so….. everyone is where thery belong.. Im im a band I love. IF do their thing great… all good:) love you all”

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