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Devin Townsend Releases First “Epicloud” Studio Webisode

Devin Townsend has released the following initial studio webisode for his upcoming “Epicloud” release . Along with the footage comes his own description of the release:

“Finally! Sorry about the wait guys… anyways, here’s us tracking drums in Perth Australia for Epicloud. This record is unique to me in that I became interested in simpler, commercial structures based on (I suppose) a reaction to Deconstruction and Ghost.

I admit, its not too far removed, but far enough to take a few people off guard I think. Thanks to Rob Swire, Ginger and a few others for teaching me the ways of catchy songwriting in a few instances.

I tend to write math equations, so learning from other peoples songs was a cool experience. Anyways, here’s part one of the videos… I’m currently demo-ing the counterpart of Epicloud, ‘Casualties Of Cool‘, which really is as far removed from this record as possible. The world tends to seem like it’s shit, but I think it’s more like the 10% of people who are cruel are just louder than the 90% who are decent.

With Epicloud, I wanted something catchy as the flu, but with a sentiment that is romantic, positive and beautiful. Spiritual without religion and set to heavy music. Again, because some structures are ‘common’ (but new to me) this record is my take on what a big, epic, commercial sounding record that sings about nice stuff would sound like in Dev-land.

Please dont take it as a ‘sell-out’ move, because it truly surprised me as well and is a ‘transition’ between the 4 DTP records and my upcoming musical, Z2. -more to come!!! d”

Opeth And Katatonia Fall North American Tour Rumored

Rumors abound that Opeth and Katatonia will once again be teaming up for a North American tour. The new trek is expected to kick off in September/October and hit places their previous pairing late last year didn’t.

Thus far the two groups have an October 09th show booked together at the State Theatre in St. Petersburg, FL. An official announcement should surface shortly.

Exhumed Announce The Return Of Bud Burke To The Band

Exhumed have confirmed the return of former bassist Bud Burke to the fold. Burke will be rejoining the band to assume the role of guitars this time however, replacing Wes Caley.

Band frontman Matt Harvey commented on the matter with the following:

“We’re psyched to welcome Bud Burke back in the ranks of Exhumed, this time on lead guitar. For those of you who knew him as our bassist (from ’99 – ’04), you will be pleasantly surprised when he melts your face onstage with the band for the Summer Slaughter tour. Rob [Babcock], Mike [Hamilton] and I are all excited to have someone with killer chops and a deep history with the band on board.

We look forward to coming to your town, drinking all your beer and then making fun of your record collection as usual! After the Canadian Ritual tour with Black Dahlia Murder, we made the decision to part ways with guitarist Wes Caley, and Bud was the perfect person to step in on lead guitar.

I know Wes‘ new project, Downfall, is currently in the works and will be awesome and we wish him the best. In the meantime, we’ll see all your drooling, sweaty faces on the road!”

Iwrestledabearonce Members Don’t Expect Krysta Cameron To Return

While it may just be sarcasm, it looks as though Iwrestledabearonce frontwoman Krysta Cameron may not be returning to the fold. The groups Mike Montgomery and Mike “Ricky” Martin recently spoke with, where the following exchange took place:

Krysta being pregnant I would imagine makes the band re-imagine some things. What may change until she’s ready to go again? Or might she leave permanently?
Ricky: I’m going to say she’s permanently gone.
Mikey: Fingers crossed though.”

Cameron of course recently stepped down from touring after discovering she was pregnant. The band have been touring with Courtney LaPlante of Unicron in her place.

Phil Labonte of All That Remains is not one to shy from expressing his beliefs. Labonte, a staunch libertarian, recently had a brief rant on his Facebook regarding the state of music industry today.

Here’s what he had to say about that:

“The music industry, in general, is a PC mouthpiece for the DNC [Democratic National Committee] just like most major media outlets. So much for “expression”. Today that means ‘express what is politically correct’”

New Trailer Released For Dave Grohl’s “Sound City” Documentary

A new trailer has been released for “Sound City“, the upcoming documentary being put together by Foo Fighters vocalist/guitarist Dave Grohl. The effort centers around the now defunct Sound City Studios, which closed in May of 2011.

In particular, the feature focuses on equipment from the studio, which a number of legendary albums were tracked on, including those from the likes of Nirvana, Rage Against The Machine, Slayer and many more.

In addition to the film, Grohl has been working on new songs using the equipment itself. Artists announced to have participated thus far include Slipknot‘s Corey Taylor, Cheap Trick‘s Rick Nielsen, Butch Vig, Stephen Pearcy and Warren DeMartini of Ratt and Kevin Cronin of REO Speedwagon.

The lawsuit that recently cropped up against illegal downloaders of All Shall Perish‘s latest album “This Is Where It Ends” has been voluntarily dismissed. The suit was infamously vehemently opposed by the band themselves.

Their label Nuclear Blast Records has now issued the following statement on the situation:

Nuclear Blast and SKP Enforcement UG, who are experienced in tracking illegal downloads and the file sharing of music, recently decided to cooperate with World Digital Rights to fight against file sharing piracy in the USA.

In the United States, the providers are obligated by law to hand out the IP addresses of the computers from which the downloads / file shares were generated. By collecting this information these companies are also acting in the interest of our artists, which is essential to the future of both our bands and the label.

To be able to recoup the investments both parties have made, is crucial in order to produce new music and to survive in this business. Nuclear Blast, SKP Enforcement, and World Digital Rights want people to be aware that the peer-to-peer file sharing is illegal and hurts the bands and record companies they love.

That said, Nuclear Blast also respects bands such as ALL SHALL PERISH that do not wish to pursue file sharers. ALL SHALL PERISH was not consulted about this course of action and did not wish to participate in it whatsoever. When they learned about it, they immediately asked us to cease all legal action against their fans, file traders or otherwise, as soon as they learned this action had been taken in their name.

Therefore Nuclear Blast and World Digital Rights decided recently to stop legal actions against the file sharing with songs from the band ALL SHALL PERISH.

In all other cases, the parties involved pursue those violating copyright laws to avoid the financial loss they incur and to protect the value of their copyrights.

Nuclear Blast counts on the loyal fans which have been supporting the label and our bands for over 20 years now. Every sale helps support metal and the people that work hard to bring metal to the masses. For those that continue to buy music legally, that is something every loyal fan can be proud of.”

Free Download Of Korn Frontmans White Zombie Remix Available

A free download of a new remix of the White Zombie staple “Thunder Kiss ’65” is up for grabs in exchange for completing a web game at The remix of the track was done by Korn‘s Jonathan “J Devil” Davis. It appears on the upcoming Rob Zombie remix album “Mondo Sex Head“, due out August 07th

In addition to a digital single for the aforementioned track, a new 5-song EP featuring tracks from the release can be found on iTunes.

Touche Amore & The Casket Lottery To Release New Split In October

Touche Amore and The Casket Lottery will team up for a new 7″ on No Sleep Records that is due out October 02nd. The effort will feature both a new track and a cover from each group. The track listing for it can be found below with Touche Amore frontman Jeremy Bolm offering:

“This is a big win for TA. We met Nathan and Junior when we toured alongside Coalesce in 2010 and had gushed to them our love for The Casket Lottery. Their album Survival is for Cowards was produced by Ed Rose and served as the focal point for the sound we wanted to achieve. This being their first release since 2003, we are very honored to be apart of it.”

Side A:
Touche Amore:
01 – “Whale Belly
02 – “Unsatisfied” (The Replacements cover)

Side B:
The Casket Lottery:
01 – “White Lies
02 – “Myth” (Beach House cover)

Fear Factory Confirm Japanese, European/UK & Australian Tours

Fear Factory‘s global touring plans continue to evolve for the latter half of this year. Here’s where they intend to play:

08/25 Valencia, VEN – GILMANFEST
08/27 Sao Paulo, BRA – Caricoa Club
08/29 Asuncion, PRY – Estacion Central
09/18 Tokyo, JAP – Club Quattro
09/19 Nagoya, JAP – Club Quattro
09/20 Osaka, JAP – Akaso
09/22 Auckland, NZ – Powerstation
09/26 Brisbane, AUS – Hi-Fi
09/27 Sydney, AUS – Hi-Fi
09/28 Melbourne, AUS – Hi-Fi
09/29 Adelaide, AUS – Unibar
09/30 Perth, AUS – Capitol
10/27 Nottingham, UK – Rock City
10/28 Folkestone, UK – Quarterhouse
10/29 Strasbourg, FRA – LA LAITERIE
10/30 Esch-Suralzette, LUX – Kulturfabrik
10/31 Hamburg, GER – Logo/Grunspan
11/02 Alborg, DEN – Alborg Metal Festival
11/04 Oslo, NOR – Betong
11/06 Helsinki, FIN – The Circus
11/07 Helsinki, FIN – The Circus
11/08 Tampere, FIN – Pakkahuone
11/11 Copenhagen, DEN – Amager Bio
11/12 Berlin, GER – C-Club
11/13 Koln, GER – Essigfabrik
11/14 Karlsruhe, GER – Substage
11/16 Bordeaux, FRA – Barbey Club
11/17 Durango, SPA – Plateruena
11/18 Porto, POR – Hard Club
11/19 Lisbon, POR – Paradise Garage
11/20 Seville, SPA – Fanatic
11/22 Madrid, SPA – Penelope
11/23 Valencia, SPA – Rock City
11/24 Montpellier, FRA – Le Rockstore
11/25 Milan, ITA – Magazzini Generali
11/26 Pratteln, SWI – 27
11/28 Muchen, GER – Backstage Halle/ Werk Arena
11/29 Vienna, AUT – Arena
11/30 Ljubljana, SLO – Kino Siska
12/01 Zagreb, CRO – Boogaloo
12/02 Budapest, HUN – A38
12/04 Warsaw, POL – Progresja
12/05 Poznan, POL – Eskulap
12/06 Prague, CZE – Roxy
12/08 Geiselwind, GER – Christmas Metal Festival
12/09 Klokgebouw, NET – Metal Fest
12/10 Paris, FRA – Bataclan
12/11 Antwerp, BEL – Trix
12/13 Wolverhampton, UK – Wulfrum Hall
12/14 Glasgow, UK – ABC
12/15 Manchester, UK – Ritz
12/16 Bristol, UK – Academy
12/17 Southhampton, UK – Mo’ Club
12/18 London, UK – London KoKo

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