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Tool Book Two Shows For January

According to new listings on Ticketmaster.com, Tool have booked two shows for next month. Those dates include:

01/17 Tucson, AZ – Tuscon Arena
01/18 Albuquerque, NM – Tingley Coliseum

Official word on the shows from the bands camp has yet to surface.

Thrice To Release Limited Edition 7″ Next Month

Thrice are set to release a limited edition 7″ of their “Guitar Center” sessions next month. The outing will carry the title of “At: Guitar Center” and will feature acoustic renditions of “Anthology” and “Promises“. It is scheduled to see a release on January 31st and will be limited to 2000 copies with pre-orders available here.

Hell Or Hightwater Pull Out Of “Wake Up Tour”

Hell Or Highwater (Atreyu) have backed out of the “Wake Up Tour” with Me Talk Pretty, Madina Lake and more. The band offered the following statement regarding their departure from the bill:

“Hey guys and gals,

We have some unfortunate news here in Hell or Highwaterville. Due to unforeseen circumstances we will not be finishing the Wake Up Tour w/ Me Talk Pretty, Madina Lake, and New Years Day. We would like to thank everyone who came out to the first few shows. We would also like to thank all the bands for being so cool to us. We plan on getting back out on tour ASAP and cant wait to see all of you that we missed.

See You All Soon-
Brandon,Neal,Joey,Matt, and Kyle

Lostprophets Announce Two Australian “Sidewave” Headlining Shows

The Lostprophets will compliment their upcoming “Soundwave Festival” appearances with two Australian “Sidewave” headlining shows. Those dates include:

02/28 Sydney, AUS – Metro Theatre
03/01 Melbourne, AUS – Billboard

Kids In Glass Houses and VersaEmerge will serve as support to the band at the shows.

Details have been revealed for this years edition of the annual “Dimebash” show — which pays tribute to fallen Pantera guitarist “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott. Abbott was of course gunned down onstage on this day, December 08th, seven years ago.

This years event will take place at The Key Club in West Hollywood, CA on December 14th with proceeds from the show going to the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up & Shout Cancer Fund“.

Artists set to jam together at this years event include:

Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine)
Jerry Cantrell (Alice In Chains)
David Draiman (Disturbed)
Serj Tankian (System Of A Down)
Joey Jordison (Slipknot)
Scott Ian (Anthrax)
Rex Brown (Kill Devil Hill, ex-Down/Pantera)
John 5 (Rob Zombie)
Duff McKagan (Velvet Revolver, ex-Guns N’ Roses)
Sebastian Bach (Skid Row)
Phil Demmel (Machine Head)
Glenn Hughes (Black Country Communion)
Tim “Ripper” Owens (Yngwie Malmsteen, Dio Disciples, ex-Judas Priest)
Stephen Pearcy (Ratt)
Chris Howorth (In This Moment)
James Lomenzo (ex-Megadeth)
Ginger Fish (Rob Zombie)
Brian Tichy (Whitesnake)
Ben Harper
Warren Demartini (Ratt)
Robin McAuley (MSG)
Oni Logan (Lynch Mob)
Doug Pinnick (King’s X)

Eddie Trunk, Don Jamieson and Jim Florentine of “That Metal Show” will host the event. Meanwhile, Dio Disciples and Kill Devil Hill will serve as openers at the show.

Update – December 08th 4:20pm:

More musicians have been added to the list above, including members of Machine Head, Rob Zombie, In This Moment and more. In addition to that, “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott‘s longtime girlfriend Rita Haney has commented on the event with the following statement:

“Today marks the 7th year, which still doesn’t seem like a reality to me. Sometimes I think, “Boy this sure is a long ass tour”, but then I focus back in and realize what I’m working on at this moment and I just have to smile and be thankful for all the amazing people that surround me – thanks to him. I hope everyone enjoys this event as much as we like bringing it to them. It’s nothing more, nothing less, than “About a damn good time!” – one of my favorite Dime pastimes and phrases. There are no words to express my thanks to all the artists who make this event special and give “us fans” a night to remember two truly amazing people and the music they created! I am forever at your beckon call, so c’mon out and experience the evening with us. It’s going to be quite magical!!!”

High On Fire Post New Studio Pictures Online

High On Fire have posted some photos from the studio online over at their Facebook. In addition to featuring a rare photograph of band frontman/guitarist Matt Pike fully clothed; the set specifies that the pictures are from the “writing and recording” of the groups new album.

A recent posting from Converge‘s Facebook suggests that they will be tracking the outing at Converge guitarist Kurt Ballou‘s infamous Godcity Studios. No word yet on whether or not Ballou will oversee the sessions if this is the case however.

In the meantime, one photo in particular of the set also suggests that one of the new songs they are writing has the working title of “The Empath Strikes Back“, nice.

Live footage from Metallica‘s second night (December 07th/December 08th) of their 30th anniversary shows in San Francisco, CA has begun to emerge online. You can watch the live debut of their previously-unreleased “Death Magnetic” b-side “Just A Bullet Away“; their set closing “Seek And Destroy” performance with members of Anthrax, Armored Saint, etc.; plus their Bob Seger cover with Kid Rock and more below:

Just A Bullet Away” (previously known as “Shine“):

click here for more footage…

Retox Book February West Coast Shows

Retox (The Locust) have booked the following West Coast shows for February:

02/16 San Diego, CA – The Casbah
02/17 Long Beach, CA – Alex’s Bar
02/18 Los Angeles, CA – The Smell
02/19 San Francisco, CA – Thee Parkside

Skip The Foreplay Sign With Epitaph Records

You may remember Skip The Foreplay; the Montreal, QC “clubcore” outfit who roped in members and alumni of Despised Icon, Blind Witness and Blessed By A Broken Heart for this questionable content.

Well, said outfit have now signed a new contract with Epitaph Records and will release their debut album for the label in the spring. An official press release on their signing can be found below:

Epitaph Records is thrilled to announce the signing of Skip The Foreplay. Known for their distinct musical style, which mashes up elements of dubstep and house with pop and metal-core, the ground-breaking Montreal – based band has been electrifying audiences with their intoxicating blend of hardcore heaviness and dance floor energy since 2010. Skip The Foreplay will be releasing their anticipated full length Epitaph debut this spring.

“Aside from having one of the greatest names in history, Skip The Foreplay are simply Satan’s delivery system for music of mass destruction,” offers Epitaph founder and President Brett Gurewitz.

Skip The Foreplay made a serious impression on audiences while appearing with the likes of Hollywood Undead, Lamb Of God, NOFX, Alesana and more. The band will be joining up with rock n’ roll heavy hitter Ronnie Radke and Falling In Reverse for a tour this January and February before spending the summer on the road.

Skip The Foreplay singer Marc-André Fillion proclaims, “We’re extremely happy to now be a part of the Epitaph family. Our first record is finally done! We can’t wait to share it with you guys and will keep you posted on the release date. We’ve also just been confirmed on our first US tour with Falling In Reverse in January/February 2012. So come hang out and join the party!”

The band recently created an internet sensation with their stunning and delightfully seditious cover of the song “Champagne Showers” by the popular electro pop duo LMFAO. The new version retains all the seductive dance floor hooks of the track, while adding some serious heaviness that includes massive bass drops, breakdowns, and cerebral electronic remixes.

To watch Skip The Foreplay’s radical version of “Champagne Showers,” just go to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D4iOhG7DD2k

Next years edition of the annual “New England Metal And Hardcore Festival” will now officially take place from April 20th-22nd. The full lineup and ticket information will be revealed at 12pm EST on December 12th. A teaser clip for the officially unannounced headliner for the trek was made available here.

While the intended Cloak & Dagger is appreciated, it may be wise to leave off the ID3 tags next time, which in this case reveal the clip as “Strong Management – KSE Spoken Clip”. Meaning, Killswitch Engage will be the headliner for the event.