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The mother of fallen Avenged Sevenfold drummer Jimmy “The Rev” Sullivan has issued a letter in honor of today, February 09th, which would have been her sons 31st birthday.

You can read it below:

” Tempering the sadness of missing Jimmy these last two years has been the outpouring of love, hugs, thoughts, prayers, and wishes – from his last music recorded and performed so emotionally by his brothers on “Nightmare” – from the kind sentiments expressed by his peers and those he looked up to in magazines and notes – from hugs and stories friends and relatives have shared – to the remembrances posted on-line and tokens left or given to us in person by you, his A7X family. The family you choose is as important as the family you are born into, and Jimmy chose his extended A7X family well.

Because the cemetery clears the grounds every week, I have tried to collect all the items left there, some from as far away as Sweden, Italy and Australia. You have left so many heartfelt notes, drawings, pictures, poems and tokens – from the affectionate “stallion” ducks and rubber “ninja” knives for the knife master, to drumsticks, concert programs, hand-made items and too many to list. No tokens have warmed my heart more though, than recently finding three 2-year-sober coins, as well as more than a dozen more ranging from 1-day to 1-year, proudly left for Jimmy to see.

On this his birthday, I wanted to acknowledge and thank you all for this comfort. Happy Birthday Jimmy – best remember him by jumping into life with all you have in you and living with hope, enthusiasm, love, and a bit of uninhibited silliness.

Thanks and love to you all,

Jimmy’s mom

#foREVer”

Prong Reveal Details For New Album “Carved Into Stone”

Prong will release their new album “Carved Into Stone” on April 24th in North America through Long Branch Records. Both the track listing and cover art for the Steve Evetts (The Dillinger Escape Plan, Every Time I Die) produced outing can be found below:

01 – “Eternal Heat
02 – “Keep On Living In Pain
03 – “Ammunition
04 – “Revenge … Best Served Cold
05 – “State Of Rebellion
06 – “Put Myself To Sleep
07 – “List Of Grievances
08 – “Carved Into Stone
09 – “Subtract
10 – “Path Of Least Resistance
11 – “Reinvestigate

Currently the band have the following dates booked in support of the outing:

02/16 Santa Clara, CA – The Avalon
02/17 Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades (feat. Testament)
02/18 Reno, NV – Knitting Factory (feat. Testament)

With Black Tusk:

03/21 San Diego (Hillcrest) – Ruby Room
03/22 Los Angeles, CA – The Viper Room
03/23 Las Vegas, NV – LVCS
03/24 Tempe, AZ – The Clubhouse
03/25 Fresno, CA – Starline
03/26 Fullerton, CA – Slidebar

And of course there’s the groups rumored upcoming run with Crowbar.

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Veil Of Maya will be touring throughout Europe and the UK this spring as part of their “European Eclipse Tour“. They will be joined by Betraying The Martyrs, Vildhjarta, Struc/tures and Volumes.

The itinerary for the trek can be found below, meanwhile audio samples of Veil Of Maya‘s forthcoming album “Eclipse” have arrived over at Amazon. “Eclipse” is due out through Sumerian Records on February 28th.

04/27 Munchen, GER – Backstage
04/28 Prague, CZE – Rock Cafe
04/29 Stuttgart, GER – LKA (“Pirate Satellie Fest“)
04/30 Lindau, GER – Club Vaudeville
05/01 Bochum, GER – Matrix
05/02 Reading, UK – Sub89
05/03 Leeds, UK – The Well
05/04 London, UK – Underworld
05/05 Newcastle, UK – O2 Academy 2
05/06 Manchester, UK – Moho
05/07 Birmingham, UK – O2 Academy 3
05/08 Rotterdam, NET – Baroeg
05/09 Aarschot, BEL – De Klinker
05/10 Paris, FRA – Batofar
05/11 Aarau, SWI – Kiff
05/12 Roncade, ITA – New Age Club
05/13 Wien, AUT – Viper Room
05/14 Budapest, HUN – Durer Kert
05/15 Leipzig, GER – Conne Island
05/16 Copenhagen, DEN – Pumpehuset
05/17 Hamburg, GER – Markthalle
05/18 Koblenz, GER – Circus Maximus
05/19 St. Petersburg, RUS – Arktika
05/20 Moscow, RUS – Plan B

Brian “Head” Welch Seemingly Unhappy With Touring Opportunities

Ex-Korn guitarist Brian “Head” Welch is either doing some commentary on his bands recent moniker change to Love & Death; or he’s not entirely happy with his groups current status in the metal ranks. A newly-made tweet from Welch reads:

“So many bands out there, many of them are friends, and we can’t even get any love and support to hook up for tours. Music biz = Love & Death”

Ex Deo Pull Out Of This Years “PaganFest”

Ex Deo have backed out of all but two dates of the coming “PaganFest: America Part III” tour. The bands Maurizio Iacono (also of Kataklysm) commented on their departure from the bill with the following:

“It is with deep disappointment that I am obliged to pull EX DEO off this year’s PAGANFEST. We were all excited to play this festival and premier some new material, but unfortunately our new album “CALIGVLA” has been delayed, and we need to finish it and make it perfect. Add to that, the KATAKLYSM DVD is also on its final production phase… We decided it would be best to concentrate on giving every bit of attention to the album you have been waiting for, and also for the KATAKLYSM documentary to kick major ass.

This being said, we will still perform with EX DEO on the MONTREAL & TORONTO shows with PAGANFEST, as we will be in studio in the area, closing up the album “CALIGVLA“. Everything else is cancelled for EX DEO. We will return to support the album in the Fall…
Word from Rome is that the plans are already in motion for world conquest! We ask our fans to support PAGANFEST and the great bands playing this year!” – Maurizio

Lamb Of God Release “Vox Of God” iOS App

Lamb Of God have released a new iOS app via the iTunes App Store. The voice modulation app is called “Vox Of God” and apples a vocal simulation of band frontman Randy Blythe‘s vocal style to a users recorded input.

You can read the official spiel on it below:

LAMB OF GOD in conjunction with Epic Records and Appetizer Mobile bring you the “Vox of GodiPhone App. The “Vox of God” app is a voice modulating iOS app developed specifically for LAMB OF GOD in support of their Resolution album release and 2012 tour.

The app creates a vocal simulation of LAMB OF GOD lead singer Randy Blythe’s vocal style by applying advanced audio processing techniques and audio modulation to a voice that is recorded with the app.

The results will generate a simulation of Randy’s signature scream/growl vocal effect when the user records their voice using the app with their iPhone. The application features a growl level indicator and several different sharing options.

Users will be able to record with or without an instrumental version of the ‘Ghost Walking’ single, along with playback recording features, and social network integration where the user can share their resulted recording though email, Facebook, and Twitter.”

No word yet if a Twitter app with a penchant for angry rants is in the works as well.

Dance Gavin Dance On Jonny Craig: “He Needs To Focus On Fixing Himself”

Dance Gavin Dance have commented on the recent Jonny Craig situation. Speaking through their Facebook, the band offered:

“As some of you have heard today, Jonny Craig will not be doing the upcoming tour with Dance Gavin Dance. Jonny is very sick right now, and needs to do what he can to get better. Being on the road is no place for someone in his position right now. He needs to focus on fixing himself.

He has NOT been kicked out of Dance Gavin Dance, but we cannot tour with him in the current state he is in. We still want to continue being productive and playing music that we have so much passion for, which is why we decided to continue with the tour without Jonny. We love Jonny and we hope that Jonny can do what he can to get better, because we have done everything that we can to try to get him clean.

For this upcoming tour with A lot Like Birds, we will be joined by Kurt Travis and Matt Geise to fill in on vocals. We will be doing something that we’ve never done before, and thats preforming songs from all 4 full-lengths. For the time being, keep your eyes peeled and your ears piqued for new Secret Band music! See you all out on the road and make sure to come up and say hi to us at the merch table!”

Bill Ward’s Son Comments On Black Sabbath Reunion Troubles

Aron Ward, the son of Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward recently posted on a Black Sabbath Facebook fanpage regarding the situation between his father and the band. You can read his post below:

“the press is spinning this shit storm to read as if my dad has quit. this is not true. the guys know that. that’s why they said the door is ALWAYS open. my dad hasn’t “declined” playing with black sabbath or “threatened” to pull out of this reunion.

as he stated his bags are packed and he’s ready to go. he say’s it loud and clear, he definitely wants to play on the album and he definitely wants to tour. i know he’s been committed to this project from the beginning all the way to the point everyone else flew off to the uk. when i saw him over the summer he had this little cd case with him that had all the rehearsals and song ideas. each cd was sharpie scrawled with rough titles and ideas they had been working on.

about a month ago my dad called me to let me know that Tony had been diagnosed with cancer. he said they were all flying over in the next couple of weeks to continue recording the album in the uk and begin rehearsals for the summer tours. he’d been rehearsing more than i’ve ever known him to. up till about 3 weeks ago he was working extremely hard and close with the other 3 on this album/reunion tour.

he was in very good spirits and sounded excited to be writing with Tony, Geezer and Ozzy again. i know if they sort this shit out you guys won’t be disappointed.

i’ve always stayed out of my dad’s business and would like nothing more than for everything to be worked out swiftly between the guys. unfortunately it’s become personal with all these idiots slagging off my dad so this is for the fucking morons saying

“get over it Bill” : my dad has “gotten over it” again and again. he’s risen above this bullshit thing called showbiz for the last 30 years. he’s respected because he’s real and honest not just because he’s a complete bad ass on the drums. he’s been there for other musicians. in all kinds of circles – punk rock, hardcore, metal whatever.

he was one of the first to get his head screwed back on after the 70′s and get cleaned up. he’s given so much support to so many people trying to pull themselves out of the hell called addiction. he tries so hard to stay in touch with the fans. he’ll talk your ear off if you get a chance. he is humbled by your support and loves you.

“can’t believe he needs to make this public” or “it’s not the first time” : you’re an idiot and have no idea what the hell’s really going on. just shut the fuck up and keep the speculation and lies to yourself. what my dad posted was from his heart, on the level and as usual completely honest. he wants you to know what’s really going on. that he has been given a contract that he can’t sign. nothing more to it. no hidden agenda. disappointingly someone else is trying to shroud everything in some kind of x factor “yeah it’s full steam ahead – we have no choice” bullshit. of course they have a choice.
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Veil Of Maya, The Storm Picturesque & Stories Set For April Australian Tour

Veil Of Maya, The Storm Picturesque & Stories will tour Australia together in April. Dates include:

04/05 Brisbane, AUS – Snitch (no Stories)
04/06 Beenleigh, AUS – PCYC
04/07 Sydney, AUS – SFX
04/08 Perth, AUS – Afterlife, Capital (no Stories)
04/09 Leederville, AUS – YMCA (no Stories)
04/10 Bendigo, AUS – Musicman Megastore
04/11 Ballarat, AUS – Karova Lounge
04/12 Adelaide, AUS – The Underground
04/13 Footscray, AUS – Phoenix Youth Centre

Veil Of Maya will release their new album “Eclipse” through Sumerian on February 28th.

Unsane Streaming New Song “No Chance”

Unsane are streaming a new track by the name of “No Chance” over at Pitchfork. The song is taken from the groups new album “Wreck“, which has been slated for a March 20th release date through Alternative Tentacles.