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Municipal Waste Debut “The Fatal Feast” Cover Art

Municipal Waste have lifted the veil on the cover art for their upcoming album “The Fatal Feast“. You can check out the artwork, which was done by Justin Osbourn of Slasher Design below.

The album itself is scheduled to land in North American stores via Nuclear Blast on April 10th (April 13th in Europe.) John Connelly (Nuclear Assault), Steve Moore (Zombi) and Tim Barry (ex-Avail) are among the guests who grace the outing.
click here to view the cover…

Deftones bassist Chi Cheng has continued to show some signs of improvement and is now able to lift his legs on command. You can find footage of him doing just that below. Cheng has been in a minimally conscious state since being involved in a 2008 car accident.

An update posted alongside the below footage over at Oneloveforchi.com reads:

“hey all,

here is a video juan (deftones tour manager) sent me of chi lifting his leg by request. you will also hear momma j encouraging him. it’s little baby steps like this that bring chi closer to recovery. he just has to keep trying and working hard at the little things.. eventually more progress will be made.”

Tomahawk Planning New Record Store Day Release

Tomahawk are plotting a new release in time for this years “Record Store Day“. This years edition of the annual event is expected to take place on April 21st. A newly-made Facebook posting from Tomahawk reads:

“Look for something coming your way this Record Store Day 2012!”

The second leg of Gwar‘s “Return Of The World Maggot Tour” has been unveiled and will feature Kylesa, Ghoul and Legacy Of Disorder. Here’s how the dates will run:

04/13 San Antonio, TX – Backstage Live
04/14 Corpus Christi, TX – House of Rock
04/16 Pensacola, FL – Vinyl Music Hall
04/17 Orlando, FL – Beacham Theater
04/18 Jacksonville, FL – Free Bird Live
04/19 Asheville, NC – The Orange Peel
04/20 N. Myrtle Beach, SC – House of Blues SC
04/21 Baltimore, MD – Sonar
04/22 Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall
04/23 Nashville, TN – Marathon Music Works
04/25 Buffalo, NY – The Town Ballroom
04/27 Hampton Beach, NH – Wally’s Pub
04/28 Allentown, PA – Crocodile Rock

Demon Hunter Reveal Title & Track Listing For New Album

Demon Hunter have chosen “True Defiance” as the title for their new album. The effort will land in stores through Solid State Records on April 10th. The group recorded “True Defiance” with producer Aaron Sprinkle (Anberlin, Emery) while Jason Suecof (Trivium, All That Remains) helmed the mixing.

According to band frontman Ryan Clark:

“This record is without a doubt our most aggressive. Every Demon Hunter record must be a step up from the last. I know that’s a goal for every band, but it seldom works that way – especially today, especially in metal. It seems like most bands’ prime years are long behind them. I refuse to let that be the case for us.”

He later continued:

“We’ve been extremely underwhelmed with metal for the last five years or so, and that’s been the fuel to create this record. With an extreme over-saturation of false, fleeting, trend-hopping noise in today’s metal scene, we had to make something we’ve been longing to hear. Something truly meaningful and artistic. Something our fans would love and something that will turn the heads of those who have ignored us for the past decade.”

The track listing for “True Defiance” can be found below:

01 – “Crucifix
02 – “God Forsaken
03 – “My Destiny
04 – “Wake
05 – “Tomorrow Never Comes
06 – “Someone To Hate
07 – “This I Know
08 – “Means To An End
09 – “We Don’t Care
10 – “Resistance
11 – “Dead Flowers

At present Demon Hunter have the following dates booked:

04/17 Seattle WA – El Corazon
04/30 Kouvola, FIN – Vappugospel
06/29 Shirleysburg, PA – Creationfest Northeast

Metallica will headline their own “Orion Music + More Festival” at Bader Field in Atlantic City, NJ on June 23rd and 24th. The group will perform their entire self-titled “Black Album” at one of the shows and, according to the live streamed announcement, “Ride The Lightning” at the other. Additional bands on the bill include:

Arctic Monkeys
Avenged Sevenfold
Modest Mouse
The Gaslight Anthem
Cage The Elephant
Fucked Up
Best Coast
Hot Snakes
Titus Andronicus
Gary Clark Jr.
Lucero
Roky Erickson
The Black Angels
The Sword
A Place to Bury Strangers
Liturgy

More bands will be added while further details can be found over at Orionmusicandmore.com.

Update – February 07th 12:36pm:

The official press release for the festival has now gone out and can be read below:

“Los Angeles, CA – February 7, 2012 – Metallica, in conjunction with friends C3 Presents, today announced the creation of Orion Music + More, a new annual music, arts, and lifestyle festival founded and headlined by the band, a natural progression for a band that has headlined legendary festivals around the world for years. Orion Music + More will take place June 23-24 at Bader Field in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

“We’ve had the idea of doing our own lifestyle festival with lots of diverse music and fun and games for years,” said Lars Ulrich. “Finally this year all the practical ducks lined up in a row, and we are beyond psyched to bring Orion to our fans, friends and the curious.

After the most incredible of weeks ever in December 2011 celebrating our 30th anniversary at the Fillmore in San Francisco, CA, bringing the spirit of that week, the looseness of that week, the possibilities of that week, the fan interactive elements of that week, and the (fill in your own blank here) of that week to a festival setting is so exciting we can hardly contain ourselves.”

Orion Music + More will feature multiple live music stages plus a lifestyle element that reflects each of Metallica‘s band members many personal interests. Metallica will headline both nights of Orion Music + More and play “The Black Album” in its entirety one night Ride The Lightning in its entirety the other. This will be the only time the band will perform these albums in North America in 2012.

The lineup for Orion Music + More will span multiple musical genres. From punk to country, over 20 bands will perform, including: Arctic Monkeys, Avenged Sevenfold, Modest Mouse, The Gaslight Anthem, Cage The Elephant, Fucked Up, Best Coast, Hot Snakes, Titus Andronicus, Gary Clark Jr., Lucero, Roky Erickson, The Black Angels, The Sword, Liturgy, and more to be announced in the coming weeks.

The Metallica Met Club fan club presale starts tomorrow – February 8th at 10am (Eastern) and runs through Friday, February 10th at 10pm (Eastern). Met Club members get first dibs on buying festival tickets and with a couple of options to choose from.

- A Super Special Price at $125 including all fees for a 2-Day pass OR

- The MET CLUB ULTRA 2-DAY PASS, which includes Front of Stage Viewing Area Access, Exclusive Ultra Lounge Access & More for $225 including all fees!

Tickets will go on-sale to the public on Saturday, February 11th at 10 am (Eastern) for $150 for a 2-Day Pass including all fees. Visit www.orionmusicandmore.com to buy tickets.”

Believer Working On New Album

Believer are currently writing new material for their sixth studio album. Band frontman Kurt Bachman offered the following on their progress thus far:

“As we begin the writing process, I feel that this will be the most sensual of all Believer releases. Once again we are striving to create something unique, while not throwing away any riff just because it might not fit the typical Believer mold. This is part of the process we love and hate. We love being creative, yet we place intense pressure on ourselves to write something we’ll enjoy hearing and playing at least 2060 times. Of course, we are sticking to our two main goals: 1) Have fun and 2) Don’t die in the process.”

Dirge Within Post “There Will Be Blood” Studio Footage

Dirge Within have released some studio footage from the sessions for their upcoming album “There Will Be Blood” below. The outing has been slated for an April 10th release date through THC : Music/Rocket Science Ventures.

The cover art for “There Will Be Blood” has also made its way online and can be viewed over at the bands Facebook.

The Empire Shall Fall Still Working On New EP’s

With Jesse Leach having rejoined Killswitch Engage many were left wondering how it would impact his other groups, in particular The Empire Shall Fall. A new posting over at the Facebook of the latter band confirms that work is still underway on the second and third installments of the bands EP series. It reads as follows:

“So everyone can calm down. we are diligently working on volume 2 and 3. ; )”