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Final “Cornerstone Festival” Planned For This Year

This year will be the swansong for the long-running Bushnell, IL Christian music festival, the “Cornerstone Festival“. The event has of course played host to numerous faith-based metal, etc. acts over the years. The festivals organizers have issued a lengthy statement regarding the decision to end the yearly event on their Facebook. Some of the reasons cited include “changes in the market and a difficult economy.”

3 Inches Of Blood’s “Look Out” Lyric Video Released

3 Inches Of Blood have released a lyric video (see below) for their song “Look Out” in honor of the two year anniversary of Ronnie James Dio‘s death. According to vocalist Cam Pipes:

“It was hard to find the right words for a song honoring Ronnie James Dio, but I hope it is regarded as a fitting tribute to a legendary figure. His impact on the metal community will last forever, and though he may have been small in stature, his contribution to the music scene is larger than most will ever achieve.”

The Devil Wears Prada Set Title To New Live CD/DVD Set

@TDWPband The Devil Wears Prada‘s forthcoming live CD/DVD outing has been given the title of “Dead & Alive“. The set centers around the groups December 14th, 2011 Worcester, MA show of their “The Dead Throne Tour“. Along with the live footage/audio, it will feature behind the scenes footage and more. It is slated to hit stores on June 26th through Ferret Music.

The Bronx Finishing Up New Album

Work is nearly done on The Bronx‘s forthcoming album. The band recently tweeted that the “finishing touches” are being put on the self-titled effort—which for those keeping score at home will be their fourth eponymous release.

Dark Funeral Sign With Century Media Records

Dark Funeral have signed a three album deal with Century Media Records. The bands own Lord Ahriman had the following to say about the signing:

“Our bad luck with labels in the past has for sure been very frustrating. So it is with great pleasure to finally be able to turn the page, move on and start a new dark chapter in the Dark Funeral saga, as we join the great Century Media family. Century Media has more than enough proven to be a stable and highly professional label. And we are totally looking forward to this new cooperation, which I’m sure will prove to be very satisfying and successful for both parts. Hail the goat!”

The Chariot’s Josh Scogin Talks New Album “One Wing”

The Chariot vocalist Josh Scogin recently spoke with about the bands new album “One Wing“. Recording sessions for the effort are currently underway in Atlanta, GA at Glow In The Dark Studio with producer Matt Goldman (Underoath, Mychildren Mybride).

Speaking with the site on the direction of the material, Scogin offered:

“It’s kind of funny, this one’s probably the weirdest record we’ve ever done. We’re always writing, but when we officially started writing for this record, we started it off with the idea of, “Let’s get weird.” We tried not to have any rules, tried not to have any borders or boundaries but even the little ones we did have, we threw them out the window. Then when we came into the studio, the first thing we told Matt was, “Let’s get weird with it.” [Laughs.] We just want it to be interesting for us—not that our other records aren’t—but it’s very eclectic and a very different record for us. The energy and high pace is still there but it’s always a building process.

With Long Live, we were very impulsive. We’d come in with a finished song, but if we felt like something could be better, we’d change it and never look back. With this one we took that to the next level—we came in almost knowing that these songs were going to get more different, and as we played them and practiced them for weeks beforehand, over and over, even though no one else had heard them, we started to get bored and tired of certain parts. So when we got into the studio, it’s only natural to start feeling bored toward a part or being open to changing things, so that’s where it opens the door to get weird with it and bring something interesting to it that brings our attention back to it.

We always kind of joke that we’re all A D D, especially in this generation, and I feel like we’re the same as everyone else. The more we play it—we’ve now heard these songs thousands of times–we start to go down these paths where we don’t know where it’s going to go and we don’t know if it’s going to sound good, but at the end of the day, at least we went down that path to see what happens. Being impulsive like that has always been a strong suit of ours and something we enjoy doing, because when you hear a final product—especially doing it song-by-song—it keeps it fresh for us, and when we’re about go to that tour where we’re going to be playing new songs, it’s still as brand new as it can be.”

This Is Hell Track BBC Radio 1 Session

This Is Hell spent some time this week tracking a session at the BBC’s Maida Vale Studios for airing on a future episode of BBC Radio 1‘s “Punk Show“. Further details were not available.

“Summer Slaughter Tour” Guest Performers Revealed

An initial tease of a forthcoming “Summer Slaughter Tour” (Cannibal Corpse, Between The Buried And Me) guest announcement has revealed the artists due to appear at select stops on the trek. An exact schedule of guest appearances will apparently be made available later today (May 15th,) while the following bands have been tapped for special appearances on the trek:

Within The Ruins
The Contortionist
Conducting From The Grave
Rings Of Saturn
Enfold Darkness