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Animals As Leaders Guitarist Reunited With Stolen Car And Gear

Animals As LeadersJavier Reyes has been reunited with both his stolen vehicle and one of his stolen guitars. The band themselves issued the following statement regarding that below:

“Hey everyone.
We’ve actually got some good news to report! The LAPD successfully recovered Javier‘s car. The even better news is that one of the stolen guitars was in the back seat! I’m now reunited with Strandberg #17.

We want to commend the LAPD for their ability to find the stolen vehicle within 24 hours of receiving the police report. Hopefully this is the key to finding the rest of the guitars! Something still may pop up online so please keep your eyes open. Thanks for all of the support.

We love you all : )”

The band lost a bunch of gear and more in a recent home burglary while off on tour.

According to frontman Corey Taylor, the first single from Stone Sour‘s new conceptual double album “House Of Gold And Bones” will arrive sometime in August. It has yet to be decided exactly which song will serve as the single however.

Speaking through Twitter earlier today (June 19th), Taylor stated:

“I am proud to announce vox for House of Gold and Bones, pts 1&2 are finished!! These epics kicked my ass- can’t wait til the kick YOURS!! Expect the first single from HoGaBpt1 in August. Whichever one that happens to be- there’s a LOT of prospects haha!! #HoGaBoctober12″

The two halves of “House Of Gold And Bones” will be released separately with the first half to arrive in October and the second to follow next year.

More Dates Added To The Contortionist, Jeff Loomis, Etc. Summer U.S. Tour

The Contortionist‘s forthcoming tour with Jeff Loomis, Chimp Spanner and 7 Horns 7 Eyes has expanded with the itinerary now set to run as follows:

07/14 Indianapolis, IN – Emerson Theater (no Chimp Spanner)
07/15 Joliet, IL – Mojoes
07/16 Cleveland, OH – Peabody’s
07/17 Lansing, MI – Blackened Moon
07/18 Portage, IN – Camelot Arena
07/20 Little Rock, AR – Downtown Music
07/21 Oklahoma City, OK – Conservatory
07/22 Albuquerque, NM – El Rey Theater
07/23 Las Vegas, NV – The Sanctuary
07/24 Hollywood, CA – Whiskey A Go Go
07/26 Scottsdale, AZ – Martini Ranch
07/28 Ft. Worth, TX – Tom Cats West
07/29 San Antonio, TX – The White Rabbit
07/30 Metairie, LA – The Cypress
07/31 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
08/01 St. Petersburg, FL – State Theatre
08/02 Jacksonville, FL – Phoenix Taproom
08/03 Spartanburg, SC – Ground Zero

Dirge Within Filming New Music Video, Confirm “Shockwave Festival” Departure

Dirge Within began filming a music video for their track “Memories” today, June 19th, The group are working with director Peeler on the clip and band guitarist Shaun Glass following to say about it:

“The video has a very cool storyline as well as some exciting new elements; we think it will blow people’s minds. We couldn’t be more pumped to be filming in our hometown with such a cool, talented director.”

In addition to that, the group have officially confirmed their departure from this summers “Shockwave Festival“. On that, Glass offered:

“We would like let all know that due to reasons beyond our control we will not be at Shockwave 2012 tour. We will have updates on new dates soon. And to all the hometown fans, don’t forget about next Monday’s [June 25th] show with Hellyeah at the House of Blues in Chicago!”

Turbid North Schedule July Texan Mini-Tour

Turbid North will head out on the following Texan mini-tour next month:

07/11 Woodlands, TX – Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival
07/12 San Antonio, TX – Zombies Bar
07/13 Houston, TX – The White Swan
07/14 Dallas, TX – The Boiler Room

Slaves On Dope have released a free download of their current single “Unraveling” through Soundcloud. The group currently have the following shows scheduled with Saint Diablo set to appear at most stops:

07/24 Rochester, NY – California Brew Haus
07/25 Rockford, IL – Bar 3
07/26 Cudahy, WI – The Blue Pig
07/27 Madison, WI – WJJO Band Camp – Pre-Show (feat. Oedipus)
07/28 Madison WI – Willow Island (“WJJO Band Camp“)
07/29 Battle Creek, MI – Planet Rock
08/04 Murfreesboro, NC – Zakk’s Coffee House
08/07 Indianapolis, IN – The Rock House
08/08 Lansing, MI – Blackened Moon
08/09 Peoria, IL – Castle Theatre (feat. Psychostick, Oedipus, The Blushing Gun)
08/10 Steger, IL – Another Hole in the Wall
08/11 Flint, MI – Birch Run Expo Center – Dirtfest (feat. Clutch, Chiodos, In This Moment)
08/12 Detroit, MI – Blondies
08/14 Albany, NY – Bogie’s

Fear And The Nervous System To Reissue Self-Titled Debut In July

The deluxe reissue of Fear And The Nervous System‘s self-titled debut is now slated to hit stores on July 24th. The project of course features Korn‘s James “Munky” Shaffer alongside Faith No More‘s Billy Gould, Bad Religion drummer Brooks Wackerman and more.

No word yet on any bonus features, though some potential live dates from the outfit are said to be in the works.

Sunflower Dead (Ex-Droid, In This Moment, Etc.) To Release Debut Album In August

Alumni of Droid, Buckethead, In This Moment and more have united in Sunflower Dead. The group are set to release their self-titled full-length debut on August 21st through Bloody Bat Records LLC. The effort was tracked with former Fear Factory bassist Christian Olde Wolbers at the helm with co-production and mixing handled by Jeremy Blair (Guns N’ Roses).

A music video for the bands track “Make Me Drown” is in the works, while you can check out the song itself on the bands Reverbnation profile. Additionally, an EPK for the group can be found below, while their lineup consists of:

Vocals – Michael Del Pizzo
Guitars – Jamie Teissere (ex-Droid)
Guitars – Jaboo (ex-Two Hit Creeper)
Bass – Luis Gascon (Buckethead touring member)
Drums – Jimmy Shultz (ex-In This Moment touring member)

Whitechapel’s Alex Wade Rants On The Importance Of First Week Album Sales

Whitechapel guitarist Alex Wade has taken to his Twitter to rant on the importance of first week sales. The missive emerged in light of today’s (June 19th) release of the bands new self-titled album.

“Alright i’m going to go on a Randy Blythe style rant and it will be the only time I do it, so sorry in advance. The reason why bands hound their fans to buy their CD the first week it comes out is not because of money, it’s for the numbers. No bands make money off of CD sales these days, it’s not a source of income like it used to be for older bands.

Bands like us make income to keep our band going through touring. The music business deems a bands worth by album sales, the more albums they sell, the more people that like them, it’s not rocket science. For whatever reason, someone deemed it that whatever a band sales in the first week is what’s most important, so that’s why bands want you to buy their album in the first week it is out. I don’t want you to buy our CD because it’s going to make me rich, far from it.

I want you to buy it because the more albums we sell, the betters tours and opportunities we will get to play shows for you, our fans. So please, if you have the intention of buying our CD, skip a shitty fast food meal this week and use that $10 to pick up a copy to help our career, not our wallets. Thank you!”

O’Brother Tour Prank Thrice At Santa Ana, CA Farewell Show

Those in attendance at Thrice‘s penultimate farewell show last night (June 18th) at The Observatory in Santa Ana, CA were treated to a rather cruel end of tour prank. Having completed a 20 song set, Thrice left the stage, only to have tourmates O’Brother take to the stage for Thrice‘s encore with a rendition of Creed‘s “Higher“.

Thrice themselves later returned to the stage for 3 song encore that included a cover of The Beatles‘ “Helter Skelter“. Fan-filmed footage of the Creed cover can be found below:

Altars, With Life In Mind & Creations Book Summer Tour

Altars, With Life In Mind and Creations are due out on the road together later this summer. Dates for the trek include:

07/28 Lemoyne, PA – Championship
07/29 New Castle, DE – Crossroads Church
07/30 Long Island, NY – Empire
07/31 Albany, NY – Bogies
08/01 Rochester, NY – Waterstreet Music Hall
08/03 Dayton, OH – The Attic
08/04 Elkhart, IN – The Refuge
08/05 Fort Wayne, IN – Broad Ripple
08/06 St. Louis, MO – Fubar
08/07 Pleasant Plains, AR – House Show
08/08 Oklahoma City, OK – The Conservatory
08/09 Houston, TX – Walters
08/10 Metaire, LA – The Cypress
08/11 Jacksonville, FL – Murray Hill Theater
08/12 Birmingham, AL – TBA