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Slipknot’s Clown Talks Touring Bassist, New Album And More

Slipknot percussionist M. Shawn Crahan (aka Clown) gave both a revealing and characteristically colorful interview to regarding the bands upcoming plans. He confirmed that ex-Slipknot guitarist Donnie Steele will once again fill in for late bassist Paul Gray during the bands touring this summer. Steele will still be performing out of sight from the audience, on that Crahan said:

“What gives him the right to be onstage with us right now? When we’re going through an experience like this with our fans, they need to concentrate on the eight members that are grieving, not on someone new. This isn’t a diss on Donnie. I love Donnie, but we chose to tour for just one reason — to share the tragedy, pain and grief of what happened to Paul with our fans instead of going through it alone.”

Discussing the groups forthcoming greatest hits styled release “Antennas To Hell” (due out July 24th on Roadrunner) he offered:

“The songs were put in a certain order by us, so you get a very unique listening experience; it’s like its own piece of art. Not even a machine could do that. Also, I spent two months on the CD booklet. You don’t just get a little piece of paper that goes inside the album cover. You get a huge booklet of some sculpture, photographs and theory that kids can ponder, conceptualize and really enjoy.”

When the topic shifted to the bands new album Crahan revealed that Joey Jordison has written parts for 30 new songs, while Corey Taylor has written some lyrics and guitarists Jim Root and Mick Thomson have both been writing riffs. The group tentatively plan to take around a year off after their upcoming August “Knotfest” appearances before entering the studio for the outing though. On that Crahan stated:

“That’s how everyone is coping with the loss of Paul, by writing. Will all of that stuff be used? No. Will some of it be used? Of course. But until we get to that area I can’t tell anybody anything. It’s like asking me who the next bass player is. I’m not gonna give you an answer ’cause I don’t have to think about it right now.

I need about a year to grieve get my shit together so I can control my emotions in the studio, which is something I can’t do right now. I want to be able to go in there and realize my brother’s not there. And then when I’m asked to do a part, I can control myself and give Paul, the band and the fans everything that Slipknot needs to be.”

Limp Bizkit Film New Music Video In Amsterdam

According to Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst, the bands show in Amsterdam, NET tonight, June 20th, was filmed for future use—including a video for the bands “Gold Cobra“, track “Bring It Back“. Durst had the following to tweet about the shoot:

“EPIC concert and video shoot for “Bring It Back” tonight in Amsterdam!! Really amazing!! Thank you! And props to Dope DOD for making a cameo”

Anthrax Readying New Covers EP For September Release

Anthrax have now confirmed just where those covers will end up. Drummer Charlie Benante has revealed that the group are putting together an EP to commemorate the one year anniversary of the groups latest album, “Worship Music“. Speaking with Loudwire, he mentioned that work is still underway on the EP, which is set to arrive sometime in September.

In case you missed it previously, the band are working on the following covers:

AC/DC – “T.N.T.
Boston – “Smokin’
Journey – “Keep On Runnin’
Rush – “Anthem

An additional cover Black Sabbath‘s “Neon Knights” was tracked for an upcoming Ronnie James Dio tribute.

Two New Serj Tankian Music Videos In The Works

Serj Tankian has two more music videos in production from his upcoming solo album, “Harakiri“. Eric Nazarian (“The Blue Hour“) will head up a clip for the track “Occupied Tears“. Meanwhile, Nico Sabenorio will be helming the clip for the albums title track. “Harakiri” is set for a July 10th release date.

Emery, Mychildren Mybride & To Speak Of Wolves Announce July Tour

Emery, Mychildren Mybride and To Speak Of Wolves have announced the following dates together to following their run on the “Scream The Prayer Tour“.

07/15 Danville, IL – David S. Palmer Arena
07/17 Guymon, OK – The Air Soft Arena
07/18 Lubbock, TX – Jakes Sports Bar and Backroom
07/20 Mesa, AZ – The Nile Theatre
07/21 Las Vegas, NV – Hard Rock Cafe on the Strip
07/22 Yucca Valley, CA – Joshua Springs Calvary Chapel
07/23 Pomona, CA – The Glass House
07/25 West Hollywood, CA – The Roxy Theatre
07/26 Orangevale, CA – The Boardwalk
07/27 Portland, OR – The Hawthorne Theatre
07/28 Seattle, WA – El Corazon

Prong Firm Up Summer Touring Plans

Prong have firmed up their summer touring plans with the addition of a few shows. Here’s how their schedule is now set to run:

07/08 Tempe, AZ – Rocky Point Cantina
07/09 Albuquerque, NM – Launchpad
07/10 Dallas, TX – Trees

With Clutch & Lionize:

07/11 Fayetteville, AR – George’s Majestic Lounge
07/12 Lawrence, KS – Granda Theater
07/13 Indianapolis, IN – The Vogue
07/14 Vienna, WV – Fishbone Gill & Grill
07/17 New Orleans, LA – House of Blues
07/18 Pensacola, FL – Vinyl Music Hall
07/19 Athens, GA – 40 Watt Club
07/20 Charlotte, NC – Amos’ Southend
07/21 Wilmington, DE – Mojo 13 (Prong only)
07/22 Richmond, VA – The National


07/23 Roanoke, VA – Coffin House

With Corrosion Of Conformity:

07/25 Huntington, WV – V Club
07/26 Winston Salem, NC – Ziggy’s
07/27 Wilmington, NC – Soapbox
07/28 Savannah, GA – Jinx


08/17 Pacific Junction, IA – Mid-America Motorplex
08/18 Somerset, WI – Float-Rite Amphitheater

Slang Metalfest“:

08/25 Danville, IL – David S. Palmer Civic Center


08/31 Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theater

Bumbershoot 2012“:

09/01 Seattle, WA – Seattle Center

The Gates Of Slumber Rejoined By Former Drummer

The Gates Of Slumber have amicably parted ways with drummer J. Clyde Paradis. In his place will be returning drummer Bob Fouts. Band guitarist/vocalist Karl Simon spoke on the situation, offering:

“We had a lot of good times together with Cool Clyde and created a massive album that will last the ages however now we are just personally headed in different directions.”

Baroness’ “First” & “Second” EP’s Released As Deluxe Vinyl Set

Baroness‘ “First” and “Second” EP’s have been compiled into a deluxe double 12″ vinyl release via Robotic Empire. Along with new packaging, the set features a new mixing and mastering job. The pressing was limited to 2000 copies with 1000 on opaque purple vinyl and 1000 on opaque “yellowy marble.” You can purchase the set now at with a preview of the entire set available below.

Baroness will also be releasing their new double album “Yellow & Green” through Relapse on July 17th.

click here to check out the set…

The initial lineup has been announced for the first annual “Monster Energy Aftershock Festival“. The event will take place at Discovery Park in Sacramento, CA on September 23rd and feature the likes of:

Stone Temple Pilots
Hollywood Undead
Theory Of A Deadman
Escape The Fate
Gemini Syndrome

Further details are available at

Thrice Frontman Dustin Kensrue Gives Speech At Bands Final Show

Thrice played the final stop of their farewell tour last night, June 19th, at the Observatory in Santa Ana, CA. Echoing recent sentiments by band drummer Riley Breckenridge, frontman/guitarist Dustin Kensrue gave a speech that speculated that the band may return at some point in the future. You can see what he had to say below:

Norma Jean Add More Dates To Summer U.S. & European Tours

Norma Jean have revised their summer touring plans, which include both a short North American run and a tour of Europe. Here’s where they will be playing:

With This Or The Apocalypse & Ice Nine Kills:

07/05 Nashville, TN – Rocketown
07/07 Bushnell, IL – Cornerstone Festival
07/08 Dayton, OH – The Attic
07/10 Joliet, IL – Mojoes
07/11 Bloomington, IL – The Castle Theatre
07/12 Oshkosh, WI – Lifest
07/13 Evansville, IN – Fuel
07/14 Little Rock, AR – Juanita’s
07/16 Fayetteville, AR – George’s Majestic Lounge

Norma Jean:

08/04 Kent, UK – Port Lympne Wild Animal Park (“Hevy Fest“)
08/05 Athens, GRE – Seven Sins
08/07 Kiev, UKR – Bingo
08/08 Moscow, RUS – Plan B
08/10 Ieper, BEL – Ieper Fest
08/11 Jaromer, CZE – Brutal Assault
08/12 Wiesbaden, GER – Schlachthof
08/13 Paris, FRA – Batofar (feat. Darkest Hour)
08/14 Nantes, FRA – Le Ferrailleur (feat. Darkest Hour)
08/15 Basel, SWI – Sommercasino (feat. Darkest Hour)
08/16 Dinkelsbühl, GER – Summer Breeze
08/17 Bussloom, NET – Xnoizz Flevo Festival
08/18 Krögis/Dresden, GER – Manifest Fest
08/19 Lüdinghausen, GER – Area 4