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Live footage from the ‘Vans Warped Tour‘ provides the visual aid in The Color Morale‘s “Suicide; Stigma” lyric video. We Came As RomansDave Stephens guests on the track. September 02nd will see the release of the bands new album “Hold On Pain Ends“.
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System Of A Down‘s Serj Tankian expects to pen some new music for the planned “East Of Byzantium: War Gods And Warrior Saints” two-part ‘docutainment’ mini-series. A $40,000 crowdfunding campaign to finish that series is currently running at Indiegogo, where a trailer can also be found. Tankian himself said of his plans for the series:

“Dear Friends,

My friend Roger Kupelian has begun production on a documentary series called East Of Byzantium. It’s an epic story that deserves to be told and I am excited to be writing some music for it. Please check out the link below and support the project.”

Slayer, Machine Head, Etc. Meet “Transformers” Thanks To Nuclear Blast Sampler

Nuclear Blast Records have teamed up with Transformers and Hasbro for some unique items to be made available at this years ‘San Diego Comic-Con‘. Fans can enter to win the below Transformers-themed ESP LTD M-10 Electric Guitar at the Nuclear Blast booth (#503). Two winners for the guitars, autographed by Metallica‘s Kirk Hammett, will be chosen randomly at the Hasbro booth (#3213) on Saturday, July 26th at 1:30pm PST.

Nuclear Blast are also offering up a limited edition sampler featuring various artists from their roster with Transformers-themed artwork (see below.) Titled “Till All Are One: Nuclear Blast Summer Sampler“, it runs as follows:

01 – Slayer -”Implode
02 – Machine Head -”Killers & Kings
03 – Testament -”More Than Meets The Eye
04 – Accept -”Stampede
05 – Black Star Riders -”All Hell Breaks Loose
06 – Graveyard -”Goliath
07 – Eluveitie -”King
08 – Death Angel -”Son Of The Morning
09 – Orchid -”Mouths Of Madness
10 – Kadavar -”Doomsday Machine
11 – Blues Pill -”Jupiter
12 – Hell -”The Age Of Nefarious
13 – Edguy -”Sabre & Torche
14 – Hammerfall -”Bushido
15 – Battle Beast -”Raven
16 – Sabaton -”To Hell And Back
17 – Meshuggah -”I Am Colossus

You can find more details here.

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Clutch Compile Their Most Popular Songs For “Summer Sound Attack”

Clutch have compiled their most popular songs for a new digital 10-song compilation titled “Summer Sound Attack“. That effort is now available through iTunes. The track listing for that set is as follows:

01 – “Electric Worry
02 – “The Regulator
03 – “10001110101
04 – “The Mob Goes Wild
05 – “Earth Rocker
06 – “Gone Cold
07 – “50,000 Unstoppable Watts
08 – “D.C. Sound Attack!
09 – “Crucial Velocity
10 – “Spacegrass

The cover art for the comp can be found below. Currently on the tail end of a US run the group will return in September for this US tour with Lionize and American Sharks.
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Skeletonwtich recently filmed a music video for their track “Unending Everliving” with Turnstyle Films in Cleveland, OH. That clip will arrive in the coming weeks, but until then some pictures from the shoot have been released below.

In other Skeletonwitch news, the band will be releasing a picture disc version of “Breathing The Fire” on August 05th. You can get your hands on that pressing, limited to 500 copies worldwide, here.
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Gigan, Pyrrhon & Artificial Brain Announce Fall North American Tour

Gigan, Pyrrhon and Artificial Brain (Revocation) will be touring as part of the ‘Interstellar Intellect Tour‘ this fall:

09/11 Cleveland, OH – Now That’s Class
09/12 Toronto, ON – Rancho Relaxo
09/13 Montreal, QU – L’alizé
09/14 Quebec City, QU – Salle Unisson
09/15 TBA – TBA
09/16 Providence, RI – Dusk
09/17 Albany, NY – Bogies (feat. Fit For An Autopsy)
09/18 Holyoke, MA – The Waterfront Tavern
09/19 Brooklyn, NY – Saint Vitus Bar
09/20 Clementon, NJ – Harper’s
09/21 Baltimore, MD – The Sidebar (‘Psychodeathia Fest‘)
09/22 Raleigh, NC – The Maywood
09/24 Covington, KY T- he Backstage
09/25 Atlanta, GA – Swayze’s
09/26 Pensacola, FL – The Handle Bar
09/27 Austin, TX – The Lost Well
09/28 Fort Worth,TX – Tomcats West
09/30 Denver, CO – 3 Kings
10/03 Glendale, CA – The Complex
10/04 San Diego, CA – Til Two Club
10/06 San Francisco, CA – Elbo Room
10/08 Seattle, WA – El Corazon Lounge
10/09 Vancouver, BC – Funky Winkerbeans
10/11 Bozeman, MT – The Complex

Unlocking The Truth‘s recording contract with The Cherry Group/Sony was officially approved in a NY court this past Tuesday, July 22nd. A judge had to approve of the contract due to the band members ages, which range from 12-13. Following the successful approval of the contract—which could potentially net them 1.7 million if they meet some lofty sales goals—the group entered the studio this week with producer Johnny K (Disturbed, Staind) to begin recording their new single “Monster“.  An article over at nydailynews.com has more word on the legal proceedings.

Pre-orders for their debut EP are currently being hosted at PledgeMusic. Below you can find fan-filmed live footage of the band performing “Monster” during an opening spot for Queens Of The Stone Age in Philadelphia, PA last weekend.
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Incubus Guitarist Mike Einziger Involved With New Avicii Album

Incubus guitarist Mike Einziger is among the various rock artists involved with the upcoming new album from EDM artist Avicii. Recently it was confirmed that System Of A Down frontman Serj Tankian was among the many artists who collaborated on the effort. Einziger recently told Dancingastronaut.com of his own work on it:

Tim [Bergling aka Avicii,] I believe is trying to get ready to put a new album out, probably later in the year. We wrote a few new songs together. We did one together with Billie Joe of Green Day, that one’s really exciting. We did a few with AlunaGeorge, some stuff with Wyclef and Matisyahu.”

Release plans for that outing have yet to be finalized.