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Slayer Cover Exodus At Mountain View, CA “Mahem Festival” Show

Slayer rolled out a cover of Exodus‘ “Strike Of The Beast” for last night’s (July 01st) stop of the “Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival“. The show took place at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, CA with footage available below.

Exodus guitarist Gary Holt is of course once again on the road with the band, filling in for guitarist Jeff Hanneman—who continues his lengthy recovery from a spider bite.

DevilDriver Confirm Upcoming Fall Tour With Gwar & More

DevilDriver‘s Dez Fafara has confirmed that the band will be out on the road this fall with Gwar. Legacy Of Disorder will reportedly be opening the trek, with Fafara offering the following via his Twitter:

“Point is-DevilDriver was Gonna come off the Road but Oct Nov with Gwar in the states , is gonna be a blast! Favorite band to tour with !”

Abigail Williams To Call It Quits

Abigail Williams will be calling it quits later in the year. The band had the following to say about that:

“After much consideration we have decided to make these upcoming Abigail Williams shows our last US tour. This was a very hard decision to make but feels absolutely necessary at this point. I’ve had the best times of my life with this band and learned so much about what I want to do with music as well as what I don’t like about the industry etc and we honestly feel like its best to put the band to rest after making what we feel to be our very best album.

Im honestly just feeling satisfied with everything we have done as Abigail Williams and I feel ready to put it to rest. We want everyone to know this has nothing to do with differences inside the band as we are still very much a family and these are still the same people I want to make music with now and in the future.

We think that 2012 is the perfect year for new beginnings and we definitely plan to put music out later this year in the form of a new band(s). It would be easy to give people the names to our new projects here but rather than capitalize off this announcement we would rather word get out naturally starting with our friends when the time is right.

We want to thank our friends and fans who have supported us through the good and bad times over the years, we know its been a very bumpy road at times. We are still very dedicated to making music and this change will actually allow us to do more of what we want to do and be more productive. We hope to see everyone on the road for this tour that we booked DIY for the most part by ourselves.

The dates are below even though some of them are still waiting to be confirmed. Also we want to emphasize that this is our last US tour and that we are open to touring overseas if the right tour comes up.”

07/26 Santa Barbara, CA – Muddy Waters
07/27 Mexicali, CA – TBA
07/28 Los Angeles, CA – The Black Castle
07/29 Temecula, CA – The Vault
07/30 Tempe, AZ – The Rogue Bar
07/31 Las Vegas, NV – TBA
08/03 Salt Lake City, UT – TBA
08/04 Prince, UT – house show!
08/05 Denver, CO – Old Curtis St Bar
08/07 Midland, TX – Pine Box
08/08 Fort Worth, TX – Tomcats West
08/09 Austin, TX – TBA
08/10 San Antonio, TX – Zombies
08/11 Houston, TX – Numbers
08/12 Baton Rough, LA- Here Today Gone Tomorrow
08/13 New Orleans, LA – Siberia
08/14 Tampa, FL – TBA
08/15 Miami, FL – TBA
08/16 Satellite Beach, FL – Wynfields
08/17 Orlando, FL – Bombshells
08/18 Columbus, GA – The Plughouse
08/19 TBA – TBA
08/20 Johnson City,TN – Hideaway
08/21 Roanoke, VA – Coffin House
08/22 Baltimore, MD – Talking Head
08/23 Frederick, MD – Cafe 611
08/24 Pittsburgh, PA – Smiling Moose
08/25 Columbus, OH – The Shrunken Head
08/26 Lansing, MI – Blackened Moon
08/27 Chicago, IL – Ultra Lounge
08/28 Louisville, KY – TBA
08/29 Nashville, TN – TBA
08/30 Birmingham, AL – The Nick
09/01 Kansas City, MO – The Riot Room
09/02 Quincy, IL – The State Room
09/03 St. Louis, MO – Fubar
09/04 Des Moines, IA The House of Bricks
09/05 Milwaukee, WI – Port of Hamburg
09/06 St Paul, MN – TBA
09/07 Fargo, ND – TBA
09/09 Billings, MT – TBA
09/12 Boise, ID – TBA
09/13 Spokane, WA – TBA
09/14 Seattle, WA – TBA
09/15 Portland, OR – TBA

Lamb Of God guitarist Mark Morton took to his Twitter last night for the following update on his bandmate Randy Blythe‘s release from custody in Prague, Czech Republic on manslaughter charges. Those charges stem from the death of a 19 year old fan at a show the band played in Prague back in 2010.

“finally HOME! 4/5 of us anyway. I cant wait to give Randy a big bear hug & kiss his pointy, stubbly face! Thanx for all the support yall! Flooded w/ questions about Randy. I truly understand & appreciate ur concern. But it would be irresponsible for me to comment on any of it. again….thank yall SOOOO much for your love & support during these difficult times. It means the world to us.”

According to recent reports, Blythe will be able to return home tomorrow, July 02nd, after officially posting bail. In the meantime, you can check out a new Czech TV news report on the situation, which features alleged footage of the incident, at Slow motion-footage from the aforementioned broadcast has since surfaced and can be seen below:

Kittie Working On New Book

Kittie are apparently working on a new book. According to a tweet from the band today (July 01st):

“The guy who is helping us write the kittie book is coming over today… Lots of planning ahead over meat and beer”